Kate Pays Solo Visit to Shooting Star House Children’s Hospice


On Friday, Kate brought early Christmas cheer and comfort to gravely sick children and their parents at a hospice in Hampton, Middlesex.

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The Duchess spent an hour and 20 minutes touring the Shooting Star House Children’s Hospice, which has beds for 10 children and daycare facilities for more at any one time. She also watched a music therapy session, met volunteers and had tea with children and their families.

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She spent a great deal her time asking parents about their children and their experiences. During her tour, Kate tried her hand at art, drawing a dog with floppy ears and also entertained children with a little frog puppet.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gray Reiss ‘Delaney Seam Detail Fit & Flare’ coat (£275 and sold out). It has no collar, seam detailing, a flared fit, slit pockets, and fastens with a single concealed button.

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Finishing off her outfit, Kate wore skinny navy, cords, New-Dry Fur Trim Wedge Ankle Boots by Russell & Bromley, her Kiki McDonough diamond and green amethyst earrings and a new twisted silver pendant.

All the details:
Shooting Star Children’s Hospice


Kate’s cords have, not yet been ID’ed.

Russell & Bromley

Russell & Bromley New-Dry Fur Trim Wedge Ankle Boots
• Black weather resistant suede
• Faux fur lining
• Man-made sole
• Wedge measures approximately 9cm
• Platform measures approximately 1.5cm
• Buckle trim
• Gunmetal hardware
• Padded foot bed
• Full inside zip
• £225.00

Kiki McDonough diamond and green amethyst earrings

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Twisted silver pendant
Kate’s pendant is the ‘Fortune Drop Necklace’ by Mappin & Webb in white gold and diamonds (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB).
‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
Additional Pictures
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Update 12/16/2013
A follower on WKW has possibly ID’ed the blouse Kate is wearing under her jacket. It could be the ‘Diffused flower silk top’ by Jigsaw (£98).
Description from the Jigsaw website:
Flattering flower-print top in finest silk.
Round neck, long-line hem and relaxed fit through the body.

HRH Catherine Chooses a High Street Favorite for Official Opening of St George’s Park


This morning, William and Kate travelled by helicopter to St George’s Park, the England football team’s new Staffordshire training base in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire. Specifically, they were to officially open the new £100m FA centre.

They were given a tour of the main facilities before meeting England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad as they trained for their World Cup qualifier on Friday.


The Duchess of Cambridge wore a steel grey winter coat by one of her high street favorites, Reiss. It is the ‘Angel Fit and Flare’ coat (£227) in military grey from their AW10 collection.

Photo credit: Duchess Kate Blogspot
Photo credit: Duchess Kate Blogspot
The coat was accessorised with a grey Reiss Betony belt (£69) from their SS09 line, black suede Aquatalia ‘Rumba’ boots over thick black tights and a black suede clutch (another favorite but not yet ID’ed).
Completing her look, Kate wore her Kiki McDonough 18ct gold, green amethyst and diamond earrings
Additional Information on Kate’s coat
Knee length, fit and flare style wool coat with a large wrap around collar and smart multi stitch detailing. Sleek, with clean lines and a block colour palette. 80% Wool, 20% Polyamide.
This may also have been the unidentified coat we saw Kate wearing at Sandringham, Christmas 2011.
Reiss also confirmed that while shopping in their Bichester village (end of October 2011), Kate

purchased the ‘Angel fit and flare’ coat in fawn. So keep an eye out for this too.

More Pictures from Today’s Visit




Update 3/28/2013


The dress that Kate wore under her Reiss coat has been ID’ed! Thanks to a follower on WKW and a seller on Ebay (Copykate). It is the Cezzane Print dress in Pine Needle from Great Plains (currently on sale for £48).

Copykate on Ebay
Copykate on Ebay


Kate Recycles her McQueen Coat for Garter Day Celebrations

Kate, along with the royal family, took part in the historic Garter Day service. The event was held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Monday (June 18) in Windsor, England.

Founded by King Edward III in 1348, the Order of the Garter is the country’s oldest order of chivalry and the last remaining honour to be given at the discretion of the sovereign.

The Duchess of Cambridge recycled her cream double-breasted Alexander McQueen coat-dress(£2,290)  that she wore almost one year ago to Trooping of the Colour Ceremony.The sculpturally tailored cream cotton and wool-blend piqué coat accentuates Kate’s fine form and features a tiered Samurai skirt.
We can only guess on what Kate is wearing under the McQueen coat-dress and the consensus seems to be the Reiss Peacock dress that she wore to the Epsom Derby last year. Whatever dress she chose, it had a fuller, frillier skirt giving the coat added volume.
As for her headgear, The Duchess chose a matching cream hat by Jane Corbett.
Kate accessorized with her LK Bennett’s nude Sledge heels (£175), her LK Bennett woven straw Natalie clutch (£140), and her Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings.

Kate’s First Public Speech as a Working Royal

Yesterday, Kate opened The Treehouse children’s hospice in Ipswich, Suffolk and gave her first public speech as a working member of the Royal family.

The Duchess delivered her speech carefully, sticking to the script. As she stepped down from the podium, she gave an audible sigh of relief , and told one guest: “I find doing speeches nerve-racking.”

Kate also fulfilled another traditional royal task — tree planting — for the first time in Britain, having done so last year in Canada.

Instead of buying a new dress for the landmark occasion. the Duchess wore a, cobalt blue, four-year-old dress from Reiss (originally costing £139). Kate loaned the dress to her mother, Carole Middleton, in 2010 who wore it to Royal Ascot. The Duchess and her mother regularly borrow clothes from each other.

Kate accessorized the dress with a black, Reiss, waist-cinching belt, black Episode ‘Angel’pumps and a black clutch.

Her jewelry was kept to a minimum. She wore her matching sapphire and diamond earrings (the ones we think once belonged to Princess Diana), her diamond cross pendant, her Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard bracelet, her sapphire and diamond engaement ring and a fundraising bracelet from EACH (£7 and available on the EACH website http://www.each.org.uk/how-to-help/shop_for_each/online_shop/product_pages/each_bracelet.htm)

William & Kate In Copenhagen for First Joint Humanitarian Mission

Today, William & Kate are in Copenhagen, Denmark to undertake their first overseas joint humanitarian mission. They are meeting with Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark (seen above and below).

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are showing their support for UNICEF’s East Africa crisis appeal which is a cause that bears special significance to the couple. It was in Kenya where they became engaged just over a year ago.
The couple visited a Unicef famine relief depot in the city and were offered a taste of a special high-protein peanut paste which is being sent to malnourished children in East Africa.

Kate wore a chic three-quarter length belted burgundy coat for the occasion. She combined it with a seventies-inspired belt, black suede boots and a matching clutch. The coat has been ID’d (thanks to ‘Get What Kate Wore’) as the L.K. Bennett ‘Ami Coat’ which is currently on sale for £276 (originally £345).

Description from the L.K. Bennett website is as follows:

‘This structured, military-style, fashion coat is defined by beautiful detailing, a modern belt and a clean fitted silhouette. The fabric is a tightly woven Wool Melton rich wool mix and the coat is fully lined. Throw on this feminine, wear with everything cover-up for an instant fashion update. Available in Toffee, Black and Burgundy. Fabric is 80% wool, 20% nylon’

Kate also wore her gold plate Vinnie Day logo leaf earrings and her gold charm bracelet. We think the bracelet was gifted to her by her step-mother-in-law, Camilla.

Update 11/2/2011

Kate’s belt has been ID’d! Follower, Kherrington has told me that it’s by  
Reiss has released a statement about the belt on Facebook “We’ve been through our archive and can confirm that Kate Middleton was wearing the bessie Belt from our AW08 collection in Denmark”

A similiar belt (seen below) is the Croco Red belt ($59) by Vecceli Italy www.vecceli.com

Kate’s boots have been ID’d! They are by Stuart Weitzman for the Cool People ‘Zipkin’ and only available at Russell & Bromley in the UK (she bought them here) and zappos.com ($635).

The knee-high suede “Zipkin” style features a 4½-inch heel and a graphite zipper that extends from the footbed to the top of the boot.

Update 11/29/2011

Kate’s clutch has been ID’d (thanks to WKW). It is the Stuart Weitzman ‘Raz Clutch.’ and no longer available.

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.

Kate Spotted in White at the Epsom Derby

The beautiful Duchess of Cambridge was spotted with her new hubby attending the Investec Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

She looked radiant in a white above-the-knee chiffon dress and boxed button-up jacket. Some sources are reporting that both are by Ralph Lauren but I’m skeptical! Upon further examination and a quick trip to the RL website, I found nothing resembling the dress.

Two possible options are by Reiss. The first is the Reiss Peacock Dress (£195) with cording embroidery vermillion. Reiss confirmed that Kate purchased this dress back in April.

The second option is another Reiss dress, and just a guess on my part, the Sonia (£195) ornamental bodice dress in cream.
The jacket looks like it’s a Nessie tweed by Joseph (£460.00). It is currently available at Selfridges in Navy. http://www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/NEW-IN/Nessie-tweed-jacket_793-10038-S1127011354/
The outfit was paired with nude court shoes and a modified beret (fascinator) with deconstructed bow. There are currently conflicting reports as to who the designers are. I will update as soon as I have confirmation.
Kate’s hair was worn up in a loose chignon.


Kate’s shoes appear to be LK Bennett — Sledge2 Court in taupe leather £175
Her clutch (woven straw) also appears to be LK Bennett — Natalie clutch £140

Update 6/9/2011

Paul Steven Baker from Whiteley Hat Company has confirmed that Kate wore their hat.
‘Hiya. Im number 2 on production at Whiteley’s in Luton… It has been very hectic this week after the Derby on Saturday. If anyone wants any more information on Kate’s Cappuccino hat then youcan email me at paul@whiteley-hat.co.uk. Cheers’