The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner this evening in honour of one of Kate's patronages, East Anglia’s Children's Hospices (EACH).
The black-tie charity event was hosted by the royal couple’s friends (and neighbors) David & Sarah Cholmondeley, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, at their lavish mansion, Houghton Hall in Norfolk.
You may recall that the Cambridges' were pictured at their friends’ estate on a family outing during an afternoon of horse trials in May.
The 90 invited guests were treated to live music during the champagne reception and a sumptuous five-course meal prepared by Michelin-star chefs.
The exclusive gala, titled “A Taste of Norfolk,” was held in celebration of the charity’s recent appeal to raise funds for a new hospice, The Nook.
To the delight of Kate fans all over the world, she re-wore her glittering pink Jenny Packham sequin gown this evening.
It is my all-time favorite gown and I have longed to see her wear it again since its debut at the ARK Gala dinner on 9th June 2011.
The dress is from Jenny Packham's Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection and features pearlescent rose Swarovski crystals on a mesh overlay. The gown is fully lined with a mesh spaghetti-strap dress. It retailed for over US$5000.
This evening, Kate accessorized in much the same way she did when she first wore the gown. The Duchess carried her Prada satin logo clutch and on her feet were the LK Bennett 'Agata' bow strap sandals in pink suede.
This season, LK Bennett reissued their popular 'Agata' style designed with a lower heel and modified bow. They are available in marshmallow pink leather, navy suede and black suede.
You can also find them at SAKS:
Kate wore her hair in a beautiful chignon which showed off her dazzling diamond chandelier earrings on loan from The Queen.
She also loaned the Queen Mary Chain-Link bracelet.
It was originally a choker that belonged to Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of George V. It was later converted to a bracelet by the late Queen Mother.
One more photo of Kate in the diffused light of the sunset over Houghton Hall.
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The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge made their debut appearance at Royal Ascot today.
Ascot Racecourse is steeped in heritage and history and was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
The annual meeting spans over five days and each day begins with a Royal Procession - the arrival of The Queen and the Royal party in horse-drawn landaus.
For today's royal carriage procession, Her Majesty was joined by Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, the Duchess or Cornwall, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark, and the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.
The iconic race meeting is a social event and long been a spectacle of fashion and style.
Kate didn't disappoint in the style stakes. She looked lady-like in her white Dolce & Gabbana midi lace dress (US$5,995). She premiered the frock last month at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
This midi dress is crafted from cotton-blend lace with sheer sleeves, and features a nipped-in waist and tiered skirt. It comes with a smooth satin slip for coverage.
I couldn't help but wonder if Kate's choice of dress was inspired by the Ascot race scene in the movie My Fair Lady!?
Kate donned a new Jane Taylor hat for the occasion. She wore the milliner's 'Una' floral mesh disc with angular feather & twist (£1,050).
She also wore a new pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings.
ID UPDATE (17/16/2016):
Anna from My Small Obsessions has suggested they may be a bespoke piece from Robinson Pelham. The jeweler has responded with "Due to our client confidentially we cannot confirm or deny whether we made these earrings." However, judging from Anna's montage it's evident they are a Pelham design!
Kate accessorized with her familiar LK Bennett 'Natalie' straw clutch and Ginavito Rossi Praline suede 'Gianvito 105' pumps.
It has felt like a royal tour this week, with seven appearances by Kate in the past six days! Kate's next scheduled event is on the June 22nd. It's reported she will host a charity gala in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices.
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Following a sombre morning at the US Embassy, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jetted off to Northern Ireland this afternoon for a garden party hosted by the region's Secretary of State.
The party is held annually on the grounds of Hillsborough Castle which serves as Northern Ireland’s official royal residence, as well as the Secretary of State’s residence.
The garden party was attended by around 2,500 guest from a wide cross-section of Northern Ireland society, including the voluntary and community sectors, local charities and youth organisations.
Baron Carrickfergus and Lady Carrickfergus (as William & Kate are respectfully titled in Northern Ireland) planted a tree to mark their visit.
For the occasion, Kate selected an old favourite from her closet - a decade-old brocade coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen.
The timeless pale gold coat made its debut at the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles to Harry Lopes in 2006. Kate wore it again to two more weddings, and to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Under the coat, we got a glimpse of a lace dress. It's another old favourite from the same vintage as the coat. It's the Collette Dinnigan champagne scalloped edge lace dress.
The Duchess accessorized with new favourites - her LK Bennett 'Fern' trench leather pumps and matching 'Nina' clutch.
As nod to her hosts, Kate wore the Irish Guards gold shamrock brooch. The three-leaf brooch belongs to the regiment and they loan it out at their discretion. Kate has worn the piece on St. Patrick’s Day when presenting shamrocks to the Irish Guards.
There were a couple new additions to Kate's ensemble today.
She donned a new hat by Lock and Company. It is the Morning Rose Perching Hat (£645). the design is inspired by the morning rose flower with swirls of pillarbox sinamay circling around a draped centre and a teardrop tip. The hat can be dyed to match and made in alternative fabrics.
Kate finished the look with a new pair of Kiki McDonough earrings. They are Kiki's Eden Diamond Flower Drop Earrings (£2,900), which have been modified with citrine instead of the lemon quartz shown online.
Kate opted for an up-do again today, her forth in a week!
News just in: William and Kate will make their debut appearance at Royal Ascot tomorrow! I can't wait!
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In the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack in Orlando, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the US Embassy in London to express their condolences for the victims and their families.
Upon arrival at the Embassy in Grosvenor Square they were greeted by US Ambassador Matthew Barzun and some of his staff.
The royal couple took it in turns to sign the book of condolence.
Prince William wrote: 'With our deepest condolences and with our thoughts and prayers to all those affected'.
I debated whether to make mention of Kate's outfit and I held off in publishing this post because of this dilemma. I refrained from making reference to Kate's clothing on social media when news broke of their visit because I felt it would be insensitive to take focus away from the victims and their tribute. Hence the reason I published this post a day later.
While it may seem frivolousness to comment on Kate's clothing, this blog is dedicated to cataloging Kate's sartorial choices, and I believe it is appropriate to make a brief mention of her outfit in this context.
Kate wore a new dress by Tory Burch - 'Sophia' Color Block Floral Print Dress, her Ralph Lauren peplum jacket, Stuart Weitzman 'Power' pumps and, Kiki McDonough Lauren leaf earrings.
At this point in time, I don't feel comfortable finding repliKate options for this outfit as I normally would. My sincere apologies, but I trust you all understand my position on this.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended today's historic Garter Day service with other members of the Royal Family.
The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348. Each year in June, a procession and service take place at Windsor Castle for the Order of the Garter. Prince William has been a Royal Knights Companion of the Garter since 2008.
Kate wore her bespoke red Catherine Walker coat with matching dress, previously worn during the North American tour. in July of 2011.
Here's a look at the back of the fit-and-flare coat.
The ensemble was matched perfectly with her red Lock & Co hat, first seen when worn to the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012.
Kate carried her red Alexander McQueen bow clutch, it was also first noted at the River Pageant. The clutch has been modified with the signature skull clasp removed.
Kate surprised us today with her choice of jewelry! She wore her diamond acorn drop earrings for the first time since her wedding in 2011. They were a gift from Kate's parents who commissioned
Robinson Pelham Jewellers Ltd to produce the diamond oak leaf and acorn earrings.
The Duchess also wore her favorite Mappin & Webb 'Empress' necklace, and art deco diamond bracelet, said to be a gift from Prince Charles.
The only new addition to her outfit was a pair of Gianvito Rossi red suede pumps (£450).
Kate attended her first Garter service in 2008, when she was dating Prince William. We didn't see her again at the annual procession until after William and Kate were married in 2011. Since then, there have been some gaps in Kate's attendance in the years coinciding with the birth of her children.
In other news just announced, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, where they will attend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland‘s Garden Party. See you all again tomorrow!
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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