William & Kate Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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Today, William and Kate traveled to Arromanches-les-Bains in Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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The couple attended two events to mark the historic occasion.

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First, they had tea with World War II veterans who risked their lives on D-Day.

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Afterwards, they joined a service to pay tribute to the fallen during a service on Gold Beach.

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The Duchess of Cambridge recycled her bespoke, corn flower-blue, Alexander McQueen coat dress(£2,345) that we first saw on the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand in April. It features a built-in belt that accentuates her small waistline and deep utility pockets. It is made from a wool crepe fabric with a rayon and acetate blend.

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Kate paired the coat with a pair of new black, suede pumps (not yet ID’d), her black ‘Bayswater’  clutch by Mulberry and sported her black Sylvia Fletcher fascinator (last seen in June 2013 at the Princess Cruise ship naming ceremony in Southampton), which was perfectly perched above her signature bouncy blowout.

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Completing her outfit, the Duchess kept her jewelry simple and wore her sapphire and diamond earrings.

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Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB, Kate’s shoes have been ID’ed! They are the ‘Power’ Point Toe Courts by Russell & Bromley (£195).
 
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‘Black suede
Leather lining
Leather sole
Heel measures approximately 9cm
Point toe
Made in Spain
235682’

Kate Wears Hobbs in Last Public Appearance Before the Arrival of the Royal Baby

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In her last solo public appearance before her baby is due, Kate flew to Southampton via helicopter for the naming ceremony of the 3,600 passenger cruise ship in front of hundreds of guests.

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The ship was officially christened the Royal Princess when the Duchess of Cambridge smashed a 15-litre Nebuchadnezzar-sized bottle from Moet & Chandon (£1,250) of champagne against its hull.

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Standing on the naming platform with the ship’s Captain Tony Draper, Kate pronounced, “I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her.”

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The naming of a ship is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. The ritual marks the birth of a vessel, and asks for a blessing of good fortune and safety for the ship and its passengers and crew.

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The most important element of the naming tradition is the godmother selected to christen a ship. In the mid-19th century it became customary for a woman of distinction to be selected for this honor. A godmother is the symbolic patron, or sponsor, of the ship through its entire life and symbolizes the spirit of the vessel.

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Princess Cruises has a history of illustrious godmothers for past ships including Diana, Princess of Wales, who named the first Royal Princess in 1984. Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, and Baroness Thatcher have all been godmothers in the past.

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The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her baby bump in a £169 black and ivory Dalmatian print coat by high street brand, Hobbs London (sold out). The collarless coat hung to her knees, and featured two front pockets.
 
Details from the Hobbs London Website:
Length:96cm
Sleeve: Long
Sleeve Color: Black Ivory
Fabric composition:55% flax 45% viscose
Lining:100% acetate
Washing instructions: Dry clean
Style code:4001
Extra detail: Visible zip
 
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Kate complimented her statement look with a matching black hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co Hatters, stylish new box clutch (Wicca Mini leather satchel – $1,095 and no longer available) by Alexander McQueen and her favorite black court shoes.
 
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Her jewelry was kept to a minimum as she wore her Annoushka diamond and pearl drops and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.


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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’

Update:
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

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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.