Kate Shops Her Closet for Harry & Meghan’s Wedding

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Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. She arrived just ahead of the bride, with the adorable bridesmaids and pageboys, helping to usher and coax them into position.

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During the ceremony, she took her seat alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, watching as Prince William took his place next to the groom.

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Kate shopped her closet and wore her ivory Alexander McQueen coat dress which was first seen at the christening of Princess Charlotte back in July 2015. The bespoke knee-length, designer piece featured structured shoulders, wide lapels, a fitted waist, and a flared skirt.

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Adding to her ensemble, the Duchess wore a new, oversized Philip Treacy hat (only ID’d as OC 458 by the designer) and a pair of Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 100’ patent leather pumps ($650).

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The Duchess of Cambridge added new pieces of jewelry to her wardrobe! She wore a new pair of Lemon Quartz Pear and Oval Drop Earrings from the Kiki McDonough Classics Collection (£3,750) and showed off a new ring on her right hand (could possibly be citrine or lemon quartz to match her earrings – pictures are not clear enough. I have messaged Kiki McDonough to see if it is one of their pieces). This may have been a gift from Prince William after the birth of their third child, Prince Louis.

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In closing, I leave you with these adorable snaps of Princess Charlotte.

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Update 5/21/2018

I have confirmed with Kiki McDonough that Kate was not wearing one of their baubles on her finger at the wedding.

What Kate Wore on FB has shared a collage of older pictures of the Duchess wearing the citrine ring on prior occasions. If the designer is ID’d, I will be sure to update, for now it is UFO.

There is now also discussion that Kate’s dress is, in fact, new. Thanks to MF Stylist Perth (@PerthsFashion on Twitter) we have some evidence to prove this.

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Also, in the official photos released from The Royal Family on FB, Kate’s dress seems to have a yellowish tinge in comparison to Charlotte’s white dress.

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We have also been alerted to the fact that Meghan gave six of her best friends and the Duchess of Cambridge a touching gift to remember her big day after they supported her through the nuptials.

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The new Duchess of Sussex, commissioned California-based jeweler Lisette Polny, founder of Zofia Day, to make the bespoke Solid Gold Disc Bracelet as a memento for her loved ones.

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Meghan herself approved the design for the delicate yellow gold trinket, appropriately titled The Kensington Bracelet, which is now available to buy for $450. The bracelet is also available in white and rose gold.

Additional details:

Solid Gold Disc Bracelet
14k
Disc 6.25mm diameter
Length 6.5” with adjustable rings to smaller size

Update 5/28/2018

I found some clearer pictures of Kate’s ring courtesy of Elle Magazine.

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The Royal Family Pays Their Respects to the Fallen on Remembrance Sunday

 

A profound silence fell across Britain as people of all ages and backgrounds came together to honor those that died for their country.

 

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, two minutes of silence brought the nation to a standstill as respects were paid to members of the Armed Forces who died fighting in all conflicts since the First World War.

 

Joining the thousands that crammed the streets were members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, Prince William and Kate.

 

The ceremony was held at the Cenotaph memorial in London where the Queen laid the first wreath. The Duchess of Cambridge watched from a balcony at the Foreign Office alongside the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Lawrence.

 
 
 

Kate wore head-to-toe black and recycled her Diane von Furstenberg coat that she wore to last years service. The double breasted coat is from von Furstenberg’s 2008 collection. It is 100% wool and features a detachable trim to the collar and cuffs called ‘soutache.’ It adds a touch of glitz.

 
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The Duchess of Cambridge’s wide-brimmed Phillip Treacy hat is also a repeat. She wore the same black number for William’s passing out ceremony at Sandhurst back in 2006.

 
 
   
 

Topping off her look Kate wore her Annoushka pearl earrings, her British Legion Poppy Brooch (available in-store at Marks & Spencer and online at http://www.poppyshop.org.uk.) — plated with 18-carat gold and covered in red and black crystals, and her black gloves.

A Walk Down Memory Lane

 

For those that need a refresher on what Kate wore to the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony last year, it was a Jane Corbett head piece with a simple black bow.

 

One more memory jog…Back in 2006 for William’s passing out ceremony, Kate wore her Phillip Treacy hat with a red Armani coat.

Update 11/12/2012

 

Kate’s gloves have been ID’d (thanks to a follower on WKW). They are the Black Bow Cocktail Gloves (£38) by Black & Co www.black.co.uk/ The gloves are currently on backorder (Product Code : SIJ103).

Description:
 
Short black cocktail gloves with a pristine side bow at the wrist. Made from satin lycra, the gloves are stretchy, ensuring a snug, flattering fit.
One size.
Made in England.
 
Update 12/6/2012
 
There has been an interesting development in the identification of Kate’s gloves. A company called Cornelia James emailed ‘Kate Middleton Blog’ and ‘WKW’ to report that Kate’s gloves could possibly be their black pure wool glove with side bow (£52). The company makes gloves for the queen (and holds the royal warrant).
 
The stange thing is that they also make the gloves that Black & Co sells. The statement from Cornelia James www.corneliajames.com/ is as follows: “We actually make both the gloves in question – the satin lycra glove and the pure wool version. We only supplied the pure wool version to St. James’s Palace. I think it very unlikely that the Duchess would wear a satin glove – essentially a cocktail glove – in daylight hours. “

Where does Kate Middleton Shop?

Although Kate lives with her fiancée in a rented farmhouse in North Wales, she spends a lot of time in London — mostly in the swish neighborhoods of South Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Mayfair.

Kate has been called “the high street princess,” and by high street, we are referring to mainstream chain stores you’d find in the mall. There are lots of high streets in London, but Kate’s shopping strip of choice is King’s Road, is a who’s who of contemporary British fashion boutiques, beginning at the Sloane Square end with Duke of York Square, and heading west all the way to the Bluebird Cafe.

Starting with Whistles, where she bought the scalloped-edge ivory blouse she wore in some of the engagement photos, which is located in the outdoor mall at Duke of York Square, fronting King’s Road. The brand is a bit like Madewell, not sexy but sweet. For spring, that means a smart-looking fluorescent pink knife-pleat skirt ($154), a black tie-shoulder jumpsuit ($406) and a lucky horse print blouse ($138).

Next door is L.K. Bennett, is where Kate goes for her sensible kitten heels and signature boots. The round-toe, 21/2 -inch Sabira heels resemble Christian Louboutin’s Simple pumps but at a fraction of the price, just $147. L.K. Bennett is reminiscent of Ann Taylor pre-makeover — lots of office-appropriate pencil skirts and feminine polka dot blouses (both $203), along with conservative silk jersey dresses ($300) and diamante clutch purses ($276).

Jigsaw London, at the west end of Duke of York Square, is where Middleton worked as an accessories buyer in 2007. It has the prettiness of J. Crew and the bohemian appeal of Anthropologie. For spring, that means $57 Breton stripe shirts, $80 T-shirts with silk rose appliqués, along with fluttery metallic floral dresses ($317) and some very cool-looking Hunter wellies with a distressed finish.

Across the street is Reiss, where Kate scored the sleek cream dress she wore in her engagement photos. Reiss is similar to Club Monaco, with super-chic, modern clothes in the style of Celine and Jil Sander such as a fuchsia silk top with a fluid sleeve ($185), an A-line suede skirt ($365), royal blue silk trousers ($195) and asymmetrical cutout wedge sandals ($295).

Back down King’s Road at Sloane Square, Peter Jones is the Middleton family’s go-to department store. The store, which feels like a Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s equivalent, features some of the same brands found on the high street, along with selected designers, including British accessories brand Mulberry.

The hat department at Peter Jones, which stocks feathered and flowered styles by one of Middleton’s favorite milliners, Whiteley Fischer (about $290) is a big attraction.

Another source for Middleton’s extensive hat wardrobe is Philip Treacy. His salon is east of Sloane Square on Elizabeth Street, along a stretch of retail that could cater to a princess bride’s every need — Jenny Packham for dresses, Peggy Porschen for cakes, and Allegra Hicks for honeymoon beach cover-ups. At Treacy’s shop, floral headbands go from $487 to $1,300 and couture creations, such as the silver starburst hat in the window that was made for Grace Jones, can run well into the thousands.

 

A short walk north on Sloane Street toward Knightsbridge, and you’ll pass stationery and leather goods store Smythson, the source of Middleton’s leather-bound wedding diary, and upscale department store Harvey Nichols, where she has picked up those famously smoking-hot silk jersey plunge-front gowns by BCBG and Issa.
Beauchamp Place, a swanky street that’s just a few blocks down Brompton Road past Harrods, was one of Princess Diana‘s stamping grounds and is a Kate Middleton hangout as well.

Kate loves a bargain, and on Kensington High Street just a few blocks away from Kensington Palace is TK Maxx, the British version of TJ Maxx. She reportedly enjoys riffling through the racks of last season’s mirrored Lanvin sandals ($291 down from $991), Valentino tops ($242 from $731) and Alexander McQueen dresses ($761 from $2,567).