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.

Photo credit: WKW

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 — 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 The gloves are currently on backorder (Product Code : SIJ103).

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 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. “

The Royal Couple Honor the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted the crowd at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on Thursday. The two attended a reception to honor the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole, which raised funds for the British Legion.

The teams were completely unsupported during the trek, carrying their food and fuel across the ice for 70 days in sledges weighing 140kg each. Both groups retraced the exact routes of the original explorers and carried copies of Scott and Amundsen’s diaries from the original expedition, reading extracts each evening when they rested.
Photo credit: WKW

Kate suited up in an indigo tweed Rebecca Taylor (Australian-born, New York-based designer)skirtsuit from her pre-fall 2012 collection (Original: $450, On sale for: $270). The jacket has floral accents on the round neckline, a frayed trim and hook-and-eye front. It was available on the Neiman Marcus’ website but sold out within 30 minutes.

Description of the Rebecca Taylor from the Neiman Marcus website:
‘Rebecca Taylor Tweed Jacket Style # NMS12_T41F3
The rich shade of navy blue on this Rebecca Taylor jacket is just what your look needs to perfect it for the season.
Wear this timeless but versatile topper with pencil skirts and skinny jeans alike.•Navy tweed with floral accents at neckline and fringe trim.
•Round neckline; hook-and-eye front.
•Three-quarter sleeves.
•Fitted silhouette.
•Hem hits below hip.
•Imported of Italian material’
Photo credit: The Royal Wedding Dress

Pinned to her jacket, Kate wore a £25 enamelled poppy brooch. The red flower is a symbol of the Royal British Legion charity which can be purchased online for $40.

Description from the Poppyshop website:

‘This stunning Buckley-designed poppy brooch is the must have jewellery item this year. Much larger than the original Buckley brooch, it is plated with 18 karat gold and inlaid with crystals. The brooch measures 65mm x 39mm.’

She also brought along her favorite blue Anya Hindmarch ‘Marano’ clutch bag and wore her blue Prada shoes.

Kate finished off her look with a pair of new (we’ve not seen them before) pearl earrings.

Photo credit: Dianas Jewels
Update 4/30/2012

Rebecca Taylor has reissued Kate’s tweed jacket and skirt seen above. The items were from the designers resort 2011/12 collection and are available on the Rebecca Taylor Website

The tweed jacket retails for $450 and needs to be pre-ordered by calling customer service.

Description from the Rebecca Taylor Website:

‘Classically chic, this polished tweed jacket updates a timeless style with feminine detailing like eyelash fringe trims and bead-dotted rosettes at the collar. Tailored, cropped fit & concealed snap button closure.
•Shell: 60% cotton, 25% acrylic, 5% polyester, 5% polyamide, 5% other.
•Contrast: 100% cotton.
•Dry clean only.
The tweed skirt retails for $265 and is available.
Description from the Rebecca Taylor website:
‘Ultra refined and endlessly sophisticated, this chic tweed pencil skirt reimagines a timeless style with a modern, feminine eyelash fringe trim and rich navy hue.
•Shell: 60% cotton, 25% acrylic, 5% polyester, 5% polyamide, 5% other.
•Contrast: 100% cotton.
•Dry clean only.
In addition to the tweed skirt and jacket, the label is also selling a shift dress version of the design, for $425.