Royal Tour Day 3, Norway: Kate dazzles in floaty Alexander McQueen gown for Black Tie Dinner in Oslo
This evening the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a black-tie dinner in their honour hosted by The King and Queen of Norway at the Royal Palace, Oslo.
Kate looked every inch the princess in a floor-length gown by her go-to designer, Alexander McQueen.
The blush pink number is a custom piece based on this ready-to-wear silhouette from the British fashion house. Crafted in Italy from light-as-air silk, this floaty style comes with a romantic cape-like tulle layer and falls to an elegant floor length.
Kate had the neckline embellished with a crystal diamante embroidery.
The Duchess carried a new Jimmy Choo clutch in a tonal hue. The design is identical to the one she used for the Embassy dinner in Stockholm a couple of nights ago. It is the 'Celeste' style in Ballet Pink suede. It is defined by an embellished frame and faceted clasp. Ut retails for US$1,495.
On her feet she wore her Cinderella-inspired Oscar de la Renta Platinum Lamé Cabrina Pumps.
Kate complemented her dazzling look with the Queen's diamond orbital teardrop earrings and the 'Wedding Gift Bracelet' also on loan from Her Majesty. As the name implies the bracelet was a wedding gift to HM from Prince Philip. The hefty piece is set with diamonds from a tiara once belonging to his mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. The Duchess has worn both pieces of jewellery on previous occasions.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bade farewell to Sweden this morning, and boarded a private jet bound for Oslo to begin the Norwegian leg of the royal tour. On arrival they were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Kate was back in Catherine Walker for the third consecutive day. This time she wore a teal number featuring a funnel neck.
Kate teamed the coat with her trusty combination of black Mulberry 'Bayswater' Suede Clutch and Tod's Suede Block Heel Pumps.
She accessorized with her Sapphire & Diamond Oval Drop Earrings and Cornelia James 'Beatrice' black wool gloves.
William and Kate's first stop was the Royal Palace in central Oslo for a luncheon with the Norwegian Royal Family. They were welcomed by King Harald V of Norway and his wife Queen Sonja.
The Duchess removed her coat to reveal the Seraphine 'Marlene' maternity cocktail dress (£169). The frock has a lace bodice lined in comfortable stretch jersey, while the elegant long sleeves are made in stylish peek-a-boo lace, with subtle bell detailing at the cuffs. The fitted lace top is contrasted with a soft woven skirt, and velvet ribbon detailing at the empire waist, cuffs and collar complete the look.
After lunch, the Duke and Duchess headed outside to visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens. The sculptures, of which there are now four, are designed by and for children, through cartoon competitions in schools across the country.
Kate rugged up for the walkabout and wore her chocolate brown Lacorine ‘Sumac’ hat and Cornelia James ‘Clementine’ gloves also in chocolate brown. We first saw these pieces when Kate attended church services at Sandringham in January.
She coordinated the accessories with her Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' clutch in a matching chocolate hue.
Kate also changed her footwear and wore a new pair of brown Stuart Weitzman 'HalfNHalf' boots (£455) - a style she also owns in black. These knee-high boots are a collaboration between Stuart Weitzman and Russell & Bromley. Rendered in luxurious brown suede with a low block heel these boots are detailed with trademark stretch panel at the back for a clean fit and elongated silhouette.
This evening, The Duke and Duchess will attend an official dinner in their honour at the Royal Palace.
Unfortunately I will not be able to cover the remaining events of the royal tour as I will be on vacation starting tomorrow. It's now midnight in my part of the world and I still haven't packed! I will do catch up posts when I return in mid February.
- Elizabeth xo
Royal Tour Day 2, Sweden: Duchess Kate dons another Catherine Walker coat on second day in Stockholm
Day Two of William and Kate's royal visit to Sweden began with a focus on the country's pioneering work in the field of mental health and children's wellbeing.
The royal couple were accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel for their first stop of the day at the Karolinska Institute, one of the world's largest and most prestigious medical universities.
The Duchess stepped out in her second Catherine Walker coat of the tour. Today's coat was a bolder choice compared to the solid forest green piece she debuted yesterday. The red and white houndstooth coat has a double-breasted front and is a bespoke creation from the London-based atelier.
She teamed the coat with a tailor-made Alexander McQueen sheath dress.
The piece is made from an ivory wool-blend bouclé-tweed, flecked with gold yarns. The fabric is seen throughout McQueen's Pre-Fall '17 collection. Below are some pieces that feature the material.
Kate complemented the mod style with her ultra-chic Chanel quilted handbag, first seen in Paris last March, and again on Christmas Day. On her feet were the trusty Tod's Burgundy Fringed Leather Pumps.
She wore the iconic Cornelia James 'Imogen' wool gloves in chocolate brown.
Kate's earrings are by In2Design - a jewellery brand founded by two Swedish-American designers Inger Mark and Inga “Louise” Baldwin who have been designing unique, hand-crafted jewelry together since they met in the U.S. in 2002.
They are the label's Baroque Pearl Earrings (US$152) available at Banana Republic. Due to the nature of Baroque freshwater pearls, each is a one-of-a-kind original, and the shape and size of the pearls will vary. The pearl hangs from a gold-filled wire, and the earrings are handmade in the U.S.A.
The Duke and Duchess and Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel then headed to Matteusskolan, a comprehensive school in the heart of the city centre to join children who have taken part in the Youth Aware of Mental Health programme. Here they had an opportunity to learn about the support children and young teenagers get through the Swedish education system.
That afternoon, the two Royal couples visited one of Sweden's leading department stores – NK – to open an interactive exhibition of UK design, fashion and brands that operate in Sweden.
From NK, William and Kate traveled to Haga Palace, the official residence of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, for a private tea with the Royal couple and their children.
On their last evening in Stockholm, The Duke and Duchess will attend an event at the Fotografiska Gallery, which at night boasts glittering views over Stockholm.
On their final evening in Stockholm, William and Kate attended an event at the Fotografiska Gallery, which at night boasts glittering views over the city. The event was a celebration of contemporary culture with guests representing the worlds of music, film, television, theatre, tech, dance, art and sport, with live music, drinks and canapés.
The Duchess opted for another floral patterned Erdem dress tonight, not dissimilar to the gown she wore for the black tie dinner hosted by the British ambassador yesterday evening, only this one is a midi length and made from blue velvet.
The 'Christina' dress (£2,690) is a runway piece, shown as part of the designer's A/W 2017 collection. Crafted from a medium weight silk-blend velvet-devoré, it features a mock neckline with banded waist, long bell sleeves, and a fluted godet hemline.
Kate, the sartorial diplomat, arrived at the venue wearing a new black coat by Swedish fashion designer Ida Sjöstedt. The couturier, who has long been a favorite for Swedish Royals, graduated from London’s University of Westminster in the year 2000, and set up her own label in Stockholm the following year. The piece Kate wore is the 'Antonia' coat from the A/W 2018 Collection.
Kate accessorised the coat with black Troy London faux fur collar and faux fur cuffs.
On her feet were the Gianvito Rossi 'Mila' Black Suede Ankle Strap D'Orsay Pumps, previously worn on tour in Paris and Poland.
Kate completed her evening look with a pair of glittering statement earrings.
They are the Robinson Pelham Aspen earrings from the jeweler’s Oxygen collection. The £4,900 hoop earrings are set with white diamonds in 18ct gold.
Tomorrow morning, The Duke and Duchess will depart Sweden for Norway from Uppsala Airbase. Prior to their departure, William and Kate will receive a short briefing on the Swedish Armed Forces' operational capabilities.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Stockholm yesterday evening ahead of their 4-day royal tour to Sweden and Norway. Kate and William arrived by private jet before being escorted to the British Ambassador’s residence where they will be staying for the duration of the Swedish leg of the official visit before flying on to Oslo later in the week.
We got a glimpse of Kate wearing her Mulberry Cerise Double Breasted Coat for the private arrival.
It has been one of her favorites during her pregnancies. She first wore it in New York at the September 11 Memorial & Museum in December 2014 while pregnant with Princess Charlotte. We saw the ensemble again a few moths later just before she went on maternity leave. She revived the coat earlier this month when she joined Prince William for a day trip to Coventry.
Today, Their Royal Highnesses kicked off the tour proper with a visit to the Vasaparken, an outdoor ice-skating venue in the city centre for a bandy hockey event.
Kate wrapped up warm in a new black shearling coat.
It is the Burberry'Tolladine' shearling trench coat (US$3,495). It features all of the heritage details of the brand's signature trench, including buckled cuffs, epaulettes and a storm flap. Crafted in Italy from black lamb shearling, this slightly loose style has a double-breasted front that can be cinched using the detachable belt, and a back vent for ease of movement.
Under the coat we got a glimpse of a Fair Isle jumper.
Kate paid homage to the host country by wearing the Övik Folk Knit Sweater (£135) by Swedish brand Fjallraven. The knitted woollen sweater features a pattern inspired by Nordic folklore. It is designed with a round neckline and ribbed sleeve cuffs and hem. Kate wears it in the 'Uncle Blue' colourway which is currently available at these leading retailers: Fjallraven, Amazon (US), and Amazon (UK).
Her hat is the Eugenia Kim 'Rain' Faux-Fur Pompom Beanie (US$275). The beanie has sold out but the fox-fur version is currently available at Harvey Nichols (£240). With thanks to @PerthsFashion for the ID.
The eagle-eyed @PerthsFashion's also identified Kate's gloves. They are the John Lewis Women's Black Faux Fur Trim Suede Gloves (£42). The gloves have sold out in black but are still available in brown suede and on sale for £21.
Kate's scarf is the Brora Cashmere Fine Cable Snood in Bordeaux (ID by @RoyalNorway). Originally retailing for £135, it is now discounted to £89.
On her feet, the Duchess wore the Sorel 'Torino' boots (US$154) - with thanks to @HeavenQRF for the ID. The snow boots are currently available at these leading retailers: Net-a-Porter, Amazon, and My Theresa.
Kate finished the outfit with her $4,800 Asprey London 167 White Gold Earrings.
Next, The Duke and Duchess will travel to the Royal Palace of Stockholm to attend a luncheon hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
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