Kate Recycles Emilia Wickstead Coat Dress at St. Patrick’s Day Military Parade


Today, Kate braved the rain to present sprigs of shamrock to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. This was a special patriotic celebration at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire.


The Duchess took her position next to the Duke as she presented shamrocks to officers and guardsmen (Wills got a sprig too). The last sprig was given to new battalion mascot, eight-month-old Irish Wolfhound, Dohmnall, who was carrying out his first public engagement.


The sprigs were worn in the front of their caps, while Kate attached one to her lapel, next to a shamrock brooch.

Kate at last years event

The Duchess recycled an emerald Emilia Wickstead coat dress (Fall/Winter 2011 Collection). This was the same green dress coat she wore to last years event . She styled the coat sans belt and again saw evidence that she got a seamstress to move the buttons to accommodate her growing bump.


Kate teamed her outfit with a black felt Lock & Co ‘Fairy Tale’ hat (seen when she visited Leicester last March), her black, suede Episode ‘Angel’ heels, black tights and her black, wool Cornelia James gloves with side bow.


The Duchess of Cambridge selected her jewelry carefully for the occasion. She wore her emerald and diamond earrings and a a golden three-leaf clover brooch (owned by the regiment and loaned out for events such as today’s. The late Queen Mother and Princess Anne have worn it.


Kate wore her hair up in an elaborate chignon.


On a side note, the Duchess has a slight mishap but handled it with grace and poise. She wedged her heel into a drain during the ceremony. Fortunately, William was on hand to aid her. Kate grabbed her prince’s arm, and unfazed, she pulled herself free.

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The Royal Trio Attend a Swiss Alps Wedding


Today, William, Kate and Harry attended the Bechtolsheimer – Tomlinson Wedding in Arosa, Switzerland.

Laura Bechtolsheimer won a gold medal in dressage for Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, and Mark Tomlinson plays polo with both princes.

The hour-long ceremony took place in Arosa’s Protestant Church and was followed by a reception at a hotel owned by Bechtolsheimer’s grandfather.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore an unidentified cream coat with brown fur trim.
Under the coat, Kate wore her previously seen MaxMara leopard print dress.
Completing her outfit, the Duchess accessorized with her brown Lock & Co hat (worn at the Irish Guard Ceremony in March of last year), her brown suede Emmy heels, a brown matching Emmy ‘Natasha’ clutch, and her Annoushka pearl drops with Kiki McDonough diamond hoops.
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Kate Presents Shamrocks to Irish Guards in Aldershot

Today was Kate’s first solo military engagement. She presented shamrocks to soldiers to mark St Patrick’s Day.

The Duchess watched the ceremonial military parade before handing out lucky three-leafed clovers to 40 officers and NCOs (non-commissoned officers) at Mons Barracks in Aldershot. Even their Irish Wolfhound mascot got one.

During the event, 450 soldiers marched into the square at the barracks wearing their scarlet tunics and bearskin busbies. They were followed by the band of the Irish Guards, along with Conmael, the Irish Wolfhound regimental mascot.

Kate spent time speaking to members of the Regiment Association and the Mini Micks cadets on the parade ground before being photographed with 100 Sergeants and then with 40 Officers.

Kate chose to wear a dark green Emilia Wickstead coat dress (Fall/Winter 2011 Collection). She accessorized her look with chocolate brown bespoke suede heels by Emmy and matching’Betty Boop’ chocolate brown pillbox hat with bow by Lock and Co (£245).

She topped off her look with a green belt (we suspect it could possibly also be by Emilia Wickstead), a frothy shamrock and her favorite amethyst and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.

As for that gold cartier shamrock brooch, it’s actually owned by the Guards, and loaned out by them, having previously been worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne.

Update 3/22/2012

Kate’s chocolate brown Emmy shoes are now available on their website www.emmyshoes.co.uk They are the ‘Valerie’ Chocolate brown kid suede shoes (heel height 11.5cm). They currently retail for £400.

Update 4/9/2013
Kate’s belt has been ID’ed (thanks to a follower on WKW). Her belt is a ‘Black Crocodile Embossed Leather Waist Belt’ by Emilia Wickstead. The belt is currently available in red from Matches www.matchesfashion.com for $100 (marked down from $254).

Kate & Wills Arrive in Gatineau, Quebec for a Citizenship Ceremony.

Prince William and Kate arrived in Gatineau, Quebec to preside over a citizenship ceremony, the first of several events scheduled for the couple’s second day in Canada.

The royal couple took to the stage at the Canadian Museum of Civilization alongside Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Gov. Gen David Johnston shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

More than 20 new Canadians will be sworn in at the ceremony, including candidates from Belarus, China, India and Madagascar. The royal couple presented miniature flags to the 25 new citizens in Ottawa following their swearing-in.

For today’s celebrations, Kate chose an outfit with a nod to Canada Day. She wore an cream dress, red fascinator, red shoes and a colourful Anya Hindmarch fan-shaped clutch with tassel (marked down from £350 to £175 and sold out).

Kate’s cream mid-length day dress with an asymmetrical ruffle and three-quarter-length sleeves was the same Reiss ‘Nannette’ dress from the official engagement photos shot by Mario Testino. On her lapel, she wore the Queen’s diamond maple leaf brooch.

Cocked a bit to the side, Kate wore a red straw saucer fascinator by Lock & Co’s milliner Sylvia Fletcher. It was festooned with stiff, sculpted maple leaves.

Additional details about Kate’s straw ‘Fan Clutch’ in cream and red

‘Straw clutch finished off with our signature gold bow and over-sized beaded tassel.’

Kate borrowed the diamond maple brooch from the Queen, who wore the same piece for the Canada Day celebrations in London last year.

Kate chose to wear her Kiki McDonough earrings – from the ‘Grace Collection’

Kate’s shoes have been ID’d they are Hobbs London Albini Square Cut Court Shoes in Cherry (was £135) now £54 but sold out http://www.hobbs.co.uk/index.cfm?page=1017&productid=0111-N80D-038H800&productvarid=0111-N80D-038H800-CHERRY-40_5

 Update 5/4/2012

Photo credit: Royal Collection

I have since found additional info on the Maple Leaf Brooch and a detailed picture (thanks to My Small Obsessions on FB).

The Queen (as Princess Elizabeth) wore this brooch in the shape of a maple leaf during her first visit to Canada in 1951.