HRH Leads the Nation in a Tribute to the Fallen

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It was a ceremony replete with symbolism, and the national focus for commemoration. Yesterday, the events in Whitehall were mirrored around the country as Britain came to a stop at 11am.

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On the strike of 11, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a gun in Horse Guards Parade signalling two minutes of silence. The Queen laid her wreath in the centre of the top step of the Cenotaph and was followed in strict order of precedence by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and the Duke of Kent.

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This year was particularly significant as Britain marked three major landmarks: the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, 70 years since the D-Day landings, and the end of UK military operations in Afghanistan after a 13-year conflict that cost 453 British lives.

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The Duchess of Cambridge stood beside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex as they watched the scene from a balcony of the Foreign Office. This was Kate’s fourth consecutive year in attendance.

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Kate looked polished in an all-black Alexander McQueen ensemble which featured an oversized notched lapel, silver-toned hardware and a flared skirt. The ‘long flared wool coat’ will set you back a cool £1,745.

Additional Details:

‘•Exposed button fastening at front
•Oversized collar, peak lapels, long sleeves, buttoned cuffs, silver-toned hardware, two slip pockets at front, flared skirt, fully lined
•100% wool; lining 50% cupro; 50% rayon
•Dry clean
•True to size
•Length 45″
•Made in Italy’
Some of you may have noticed that the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex are wearing very similar coats (at first glance, I even thought they were the same). You are correct! Both coats are by Alexander McQueen.
Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB for pointing out the differences between the two. Kate is wearing the long version with pockets and Sophie (the Countess of Wessex) is wearing the shorter version which is designed with pleats in the front and the material has a soft sheen to it.
‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
 Beneath her wool coat, there is a black ruffle detail peeking out. A follower on WKW pointed out that it could possibly be the same dress that the Duchess wore to a luncheon in 2011. The dress is still UFO.
Out to lunch in 2011
Kate donned a small brimmed bowler-styled hat with a large sweeping bow adorned with studs by Jane Corbett. You may recall that she last wore this headpiece at her first Remembrance Ceremony in 2011.
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Remembrance Ceremony 2011
Completing her outfit, the Duchess accessorized with her sapphire and diamond earrings, her ‘Empress Mini White Gold and Diamond Pendant’ by Mappin & Webb and her Russian Imperial Crimson Anemone Pin given to her by Emma Roberts-Smith, wife of Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, one of three surviving Australians who won the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan on her 2014 New Zealand/Australia Tour. The pin was available at The Met Store for $85 and went on sale for $42.50. It is currently sold out.
Mappin & Webb

Update 11/11/2014
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Thanks to a follower on WKW, the dress that Kate wore beneath her Alexander McQueen coat has been ID’ed! It is the ‘Tuxedo Trim Matte Jersey Dress’ ($110 and unavailable as it’s from a past season) by BCBGMAXAZRIA.

Additional Details:
‘Charmeuse ruffles trim the Mandarin collar and split neckline of a matte jersey dress styled with cap sleeves.
Pleating below the banded waist lends beautiful drape to the skirt.
Style Name: BCBGMAXAZRIA Tuxedo Trim Matte Jersey Dress.
Style Number: 229187_1.
Manufacturer part number SZO6B862′
The frock came in two colors: ink and black.