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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Monday, Feb 19:
Kate will have her first joint engagement with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as they host a reception at Buckingham Palace. The reception will showcase pieces created as part of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
Wednesday, 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.
Wednesday, 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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