For day two of the Battle of Somme commemorations, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry returned to the Thiepval memorial to officially open its visitor centre and museum. They where joined by French president François Hollande.
The royal trio took a tour of the newly renovated centre, viewing the Somme tapestry and meeting visiting British and French school children.
Following this, the young royals headed outside where they joined the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and dignitaries including the British Prime Minister David Cameron, and President Hollande.
They attended the somber National Commemorative Service marking the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval Memorial.
Following the service, the royals spoke with school children who laid wreaths on some of the war graves. The Duchess of Cambridge told them she was finding her visit to the Somme “emotional.”
Kate was in a new bespoke piece for today's event. It features all of her beloved elements; lace, peplum waist, 3/4 sleeves and Peter Pan collar.
The designer of the nude/black cocktail dress remains unknown, however we do know that the dress was crafted from lace by renowned French textile house, Sophie Hallette.
The Sophie Hallette factory in France provides lace for leading couturiers, and the firm made the lace used for Kate’s wedding gown and shoes.
ID UPDATE (27 SEP 2016)
A few of us noticed similarities between the lace peplum dress and the french blue Jenny Packham sheath dress Kate wore on arrival in Canada. Super sleuth @AnnieElizabethN investigated further, and it was confirmed that the french lace dress is a bespoke creation by Jenny Packham:
The Duchess accessorized her new dress with familiar supplements. Today we saw the return of the Lock & Co's 'Lion Tamer' hat. Designed by the firm's resident milliner Sylvia Fletcher, the Lion Tamer is hand-sculpted from layers of dyed ebony sinamay and finished with a simple ostrich feather.
The piece dates back to June 2011. She first wore it for Trooping the Colour, and again to a friend's wedding later that same day.
Kate wore the same black suede accessories from yesterday's vigil. She carried her Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch and on her feet were the Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' pumps.
She donned her favourite Annoushka Pearl Drops and Kiki Diamond Hoop Earrings.
Kate also wore flowers of remembrance; a red poppy with its French equivalent, the cornflower.
I'll leave you with this sweet moment from the service.
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