The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Belgium for official commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Today they visited Bedford House, the final resting place of more than 5,000 Commonwealth Servicemen of WWI.
They were joined by Prince Charles for the commemoration service in Ypres, as well as the King and Queen of Belgium, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Duchess debuted the Catherine Walker 'Melrose' coatdress for the solemn occasion. It is rendered in a delicate dusty pink Venetian wool with hand applique taupe corded lace spreading up from the hem and cuff.
Here's a look at the back of the coat.
Kate carried her pink Prada satin logo clutch.
On her feet were a new pair of suede pumps.
You may be forgiven for thinking they look just like her Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' Praline Suede Pumps, but Kate opted for the lower heeled 'Gianvito 85' style. Below we show them side-by-side.
The Duchess accessorized with Princess Diana's Collingwood diamond and pearl drop earrings, and a brooch we’ve not seen her wear before. It is another piece on loan from the Queen, featuring three large mabé pearls set on a pavé diamond leaf motif.
Kate topped off the look with a new Jane Taylor hat, complemented with a pretty up-do.
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are in Belgium today and tomorrow to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele - one of the First World War's bloodiest battles, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres.
Tonight's event was held at The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - a war memorial in Ypres, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Battle of Passchendaele and whose graves are unknown. Also in attendance was British PM Theresa May, and the King and Queen of Belgium.
The Duchess with Queen Mathilde.
This is the second occasion the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited Belgium. You may recall their visit in August 2014 when they took part in ceremonies for the centenary of World War I.
This evening, Kate opted for a repeat and wore her ivory Alexander McQueen coat dress. She first wore it for Princess Charlotte's Christening and again at last year's Trooping the Colour.
The coat is a customized piece based on the designer's wool-silk pleated open neck coat (US$2,975). It features signature McQueen styling with a wing collar, peaked shoulders and a fit-and-flare silhouette. Kate's version has no pleats and pockets, and she also had it modified with full length sleeves.
Kate teamed the coat with her ivory Lock & Co 'Marisabel' hat, which we saw her wear to the 2015 Trooping the Colour parade. The headpiece was handcrafted by Sylvia Fletcher, Lock & Co.'s leading milliner and sculpted using sinamay and then finished with a curled feather in a matching tone.
Her pearl accessories also originated from past Trooping the Colour outfits. Kate debuted the Balenciaga 'Eugenia' Pearl Clip Earrings at the 2016 parade and she first wore the pearl brooch to the the 2014 event.
Kate carried the Anne Grand-Clément 'Plain Iron' zip purse that she debuted in Germany a little more than a week ago. The pouch comes in various sizes and retails from £145.
The only new item today were her shoes. She premiered a pair of the Emmy London 'Rebecca' courts in 'steel' suede (£425).
And finally, here's a look at Kate's up-do.
On their final day of the Poland-Germany royal tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their morning with a train ride to Hamburg, Germany's second largest city, and home to its largest harbour.
Kate wore a purple fit-and-flare frock - a bespoke creation by Emilia Wicktead.
I found a couple similar mauve hued dresses in the Emilia Wickstead F/W 2015 collection.
On her feet she wore her Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' Praline Suede Pumps.
The Duchess carried a new red reptile skin clutch bag.
Kate accessorized with her Kiki Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings.
We also got a glimpse of her Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
Upon arrival in Hamburg, the Duke and Duchess headed to the Maritime Museum on the bank of the river Elbe for a celebration of the joint UK-German year of science, which this year is focused on oceans.
The royal couple then made their way further through Hamburg’s dockside warehouse quarter to the Elbphilharmonie. Opened in January 2017, the “Elphi” one of the biggest concert halls in the world and renowned for its advanced acoustics. The Duke and Duchess joined the orchestra on stage, before listening to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
William & Kate then depart by boat and traveled down the River Elbe to their final destination for this tour: Airbus. The company’s base in Hamburg is home to production, maintenance and training facilities. The couple toured the complex and met apprentices before visiting the final assembly line of an A320 aircraft.
Following the factory tour, Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their parents on the tarmac at the Airbus facilities to board their flight home.
Well that's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who followed along and joined me on this fun-filled tour of Poland and Germany! Now I'm off to get some much needed sleep!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their royal tour of Germany today with a trip to one of the country's most enchanting cities, Heidelberg, which has been twinned with Cambridge since 1965.
Despite the grey skies on arrival, Kate looked radiant in a sunshine yellow dress by Jenny Packham. The floral jacquard dress is a bespoke piece from the British fashion designer.
The Duchess accessorized with new Oscar de la Renta Pearl Sun Star Button Earrings (US$175) - ID by @katiesroyallove on Twitter. The earrings are currently available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
On her feet she wore her trusty Monsoon Fleur Taupe Suede Espadrille Wedges.
She coordinated the shoes with her sandy hued Alexander McQueen suede clutch. First seen in September 2012, the piece is a modified version the original clutch shown below in grey which features the signature McQueen skull clasp. Kate had hers customised with something a little more demure.
Rounding out the outfit was her Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
Kate and William's first stop was the German Cancer Research Centre to visit the stem cell laboratory and learn more about the important work being done there.
Following the lab tour, the royal couple proceeded to the town centre toward the central market square for a lesson in pretzel making.
Kate and William wandered through the market and made their way to the river Neckar for the highlight rowing event.
The Duke and Duchess changed into something more appropriate to embark on a rowing boat each for a friendly competition, joined by rowers from both Cambridge and Heidelberg.
Kate sported a new blue breton striped top by Hugo Boss.
It is the 'Tamarini' t-shirt (€84.90) from the BOSS ORANGE line. The relaxed-fit jersey top features engineered stripes and 3/4 sleeves with drop-shoulder seams.
During the race (which Kate's team unfortunately lost) she popped on her Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses.
The Duke and Duchess will return to Berlin to attend a reception in the hall of Clärchens Ballhaus for some of the most creative, innovative, and exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology in the city.
Royal Visit Germany - Kate wears Markus Lupfer dress for a night with Berlin's top creative citizens
Following a day trip to Heidelberg, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to Berlin this evening to attend a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus, one of the last remaining ballrooms in the city.
The creative industries reception was attended by some of the most creative, innovative, and exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology in the city of Berlin.
Kate used the occasion to engage in sartorial diplomacy and stepped out in a new dress by German-born London-based fashion designer, Markus Lupfer.
The sleeveless midi dress with an all-over "Wild Sparrow" print is from label's Pre-Fall 2017 collection (ID by HeavenLM on Twitter). The richly hued dress, cut with a chic silhouette was the perfect choice for an audience with Berlin's most fashion savvy citizens.
The dress has sold out, but the print is also rendered on the Markus Lupfer Jacquard Bird Melissa Dress which is available at Harrods.
On her feet were the Prada scalloped strap suede sandals she debuted at last night's embassy reception. They remain available in black only.
Here's a closer look at Kate's accessories.
The new clutch bag is by Anne Grand-Clément - a designer born in North Africa who started her own accessories collection following a stint with luxury brands such as Tod’s and Cacharel. Kate carried the 'Plain Iron' zip pouch featuring a signature geo-optical print. The pouch comes in various sizes and retails from £145.
The metallic chain-like belt is from the Jenny Packham Bridal Collection - thanks to super sleuth @PerthsFashion for the ID.
Royal jewelry aficionado 'Order of Splendor' confirms the three-string pearl bracelet is a piece belonging to the late Princess Diana. It was designed by Nigel Milne - a small independent jeweller based in London’s West End.
Kate finished the look with her Soru Baroque Pearl earrings (£130).
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