On the final day of their royal tour, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were up before sunrise to attend the ANZAC day dawn service at Canberra's War Memorial. This was an unscheduled and surprise appearance by the royal couple. ANZAC day is a significant national occasion which marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Prince William wore his two medals given for service to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth - the golden jubilee medal and diamond jubilee medal. The Duchess wrapped up warmly with a cream-coloured scarf, black gloves and her Temperly 'Noa' coat. The black coatdress features a jacquard diamond check panel design with a fit-and-flare silhouette. The Duchess first wore this piece to last year's Remembrance Sunday service.
Kate also wore black tights with black heels which appear to be her Episode 'Angel' suede pumps. On her coat lapel was pinned a sprig of rosemary traditionally worn by Aussies and Kiwis on this day. The plant grows abundantly on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, where over 11,000 Australians and New Zealanders died in battle.
Later that morning the Duke & Duchess attended the commemorative Anzac Day March which included representatives of First World War veterans. The Duchess changed into a blue tweed coat and donned a navy headpiece. Out of respect for the day of remembrance, the Palace did not release details about Kate's outfit.
After the service, various media outlets did publicize the details. Firstly, News Corp Australia revealed that Kate's headwear was by Sydney based milliner, Jonathan Howard. Kate wore the 'Boutton' headpiece in an appropriately named ‘Duchess Blue’ hue. The piece is from the milliner's racing collection and features a felt button with flying bow trim. It retails for AU$540 and comes in a variety of colours.
Following this, Hello Magazine revealed that Kate's coat was by Michael Kors. The indigo twill jacquard swing coat is from the Spring 2014 collection. This is the first time the Duchess has worn a piece by Michael Kors, and it makes it the fourth American designer for the royal tour. Previously, we saw Kate wear dresses from Tory Burch, DVF, and Lela Rose.
Kate completed the outfit with her Alexander McQueen navy suede pumps, and Russell & Bromley navy 'Muse' clutch (aka Stuart Weitzman 'Raz' clutch in the USA).
Her jewellery pieces included the sapphire earrings, Asprey London 'Woodlands' charm necklace, and Cartier Ballon Bleu Watch.
Kate also wore a red poppy-shaped brooch given to her by the wife of Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith. The brooch is the Russian Imperial Crimson Anemone Pin from the Metropolitan Museum of Art store. It originally retailed for US$85 but is no longer available.
It is a reproduction of a Peter Carl Fabergé’ design, and there are a few jewellery variations in the collection including, earrings, necklace and cuff.
Immediately after the commemorations, the Royal couple returned to their home base at Government House to pickup Prince George and then made their way to the Fairbairn RAAF Base for their official farewell before flying back to London. You can read full details of today's events on the official page of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Well that wraps up three amazing weeks with so many memorable moments! This tour was extra special to me because it was in my home country of Australia, and also the first I have covered since I started the website. I will leave you with my favourite image from the tour which I think captures the essence of this beautiful family.
I have retired the "Bits and Bobs" section of the website and started a new segment title "Outfit Chronicle".