The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle today at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum in London. It marked the first time the four had appeared at an official engagement together.
The Royal Foundation was set up by Prince William and Prince Harry as the main vehicle to pursue their charitable interests. The Duchess of Cambridge became a Patron in 2011, and Meghan will soon become the fourth Patron. The foursome took part in a panel discussion to talk about how The Foundation was founded and their ambitions for its future.
Kate opted for a familiar look today, repeating the royal blue Seraphine 'Valerie' maternity dress we first saw her wear for an event at Roe Green Junior School in January.
The Duchess teamed it with her trusty Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' Clutch and Jimmy Choo 'Georgia' Pumps. She also wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu Bracelet Watch.
The only new addition to her ensemble was a pair of earrings.
The earrings belong to The Queen and were given to her by her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1945 when she was only 19 years old. Below is a photo of Her Majesty wearing the earrings and a matching brooch set while holding an infant Prince Charles.
We will see Kate again tonight when she visits the National Portrait Gallery to view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography‘ in role as Patron.
The Duchess of Cambridge added two new patronages to her portfolio today. Kensington Palace announced that Kate would become patron of The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and the Nursing Now campaign ahead of her visit to both organizations today.
Kate stepped out for the engagements in an all-blue ensemble. She debuted a mod-inspired contrast trim coat and a tonal blue maternity dress. According to The Mirror, both pieces are bespoke from Jenny Packham.
Here's a look at the coat from the side and back.
Kate complemented the outfit with her G. Collins Tanzanite Pendant Necklace & Earrings.
We will see the Duchess again tomorrow when she joins Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Sunderland in northeast England today to get a flavour for the city's arts scene and engineering heritage.
Kate stepped out in a new forest green coat by Dolce & Gabbana. The coat appears to be a bespoke piece from the Italian fashion house. Some of the design features are similar to the plum Dolce and Gabbana coat Kate wore during the recent tour of Norway.
The coat appears to be constructed in two pieces; the first part is the main body of the coat consisting of the back, sleeves, and side panels to the front. The second piece is a front panel with large shiny buttons on each side which gives the illusion of a double-breasted design. The coat is fashioned with besom side pockets, and top stitch detailing on the front panel.
Underneath the coat Kate wore a new patterned dress her go-to maternity brand, Seraphine.
It is the ‘Phaedra Woven Maternity Dress‘ from the British label’s Luxe Collection. The £159 frock is made in soft woven fabric with a flattering A-line shape and a curved empire waist.
Kate accessorized with the following familiar pieces:
Her jewellery consisted of the:
During the visit, Kate changed into her Stuart Weitzman HalfNHalf Black Suede Boots for a stroll across the new £117million Northern Spire Bridge which is due to open later this year. The flat boots were an appropriate choice for the visit to the construction zone.
You can read more about today's events in Sunderland here. We will see the Duchess again next Tuesday when she visits St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign.
It's London Fashion Week and The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex teamed up for the first time this evening to host a reception on behalf of The Queen at Buckingham Palace to showcase a new creative initiative - the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
The project pairs fashion design talent with artisan producers from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries. It celebrates creativity, sustainable production and manufacturing, trade links and ethical supply chains across the fashion industry, from business and design to textile and fabric design and manufacturing, to craft and artisan skills. Kate and Sophie looked at several of the designs created as part of the exchange.
They also meet artisans from around the Commonwealth and heard stories about the design partnerships.
Kate also mingled with fashion heavy-weights Anna Wintour and Stella McCartney.
The Duchess showed off her fashion credentials tonight in a black and white floral guipure lace dress. She wore a custom version of the Erdem 'Suzi' Dress (SOLD OUT).
Kate's dress was modified to a midi length. The €2,520 off-the-shelf piece hits just above the knee as shown on the model below. The fit and flare 'Suzi' Dress is designed with scallop edging around the ¾ length sleeves, neck and hem and soft gently frilled detailing at the waist. The guipure lace overlays a nude crepe de chine lining and a deep V-neck finishes the flirty design.
Here is a closer look at the lace detail.
On her feet the Duchess wore her black suede Prada Wave Cutout Pumps.
She carried her black satin Alexander McQueen Heart-Clasp Frame Clutch Bag.
Kate completed the look with her Anita Dongre Kundan Pearl Drop Earrings.
Sophie looked equally glamorous in a black Burberry Contrast Topstitch Detail Crepe V-neck Dress (£850).
We will see Kate again on Wednesday when she joins Prince William on a visit to Sunderland.
The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince William on the red carpet this evening for the British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Kate looked dazzling in a new deep green Jenny Packham gown, fitting her pregnant figure beautifully. The style is similar to her ink blue Packham evening dress, replicating the splice front and empire waist accentuated with a black velvet ribbon.
The ribbon continues down the back of the dress and is topped with a bow. The portrait neckline extends to the back which features a scoop cut and exposed zip.
UPDATE (15 NOV 2018) - Jenny Packham has released the gown in a green shade as part of her Pre-Spring/Summer 2019 collection. The style is called 'Lucerne' and retails for £2,240.
Tonight we saw the return of the emerald and diamond jewelry set Kate first wore in 2014 for the St. Andrews University fundraiser at the Met in New York.
This evening the Duchess added a matching necklace and converted the drop earrings to studs. The origin of the set is unknown but they are believed to be a wedding gift.
Kate paired the gown with familiar accessories. She carried her black velvet Mascaró bow clutch and on her feet were her black Prada wavy cutout suede pumps.
Kate bucked the trend tonight and opted for a hue other than black in support of the 'Time's Up' campaign. She faced a sartorial dilemma this evening and regardless of what colour she wore she would have been criticized either way. In my opinion I think the Duchess made a subtle nod to the movement with her choice of a muted palette and black accents. Furthermore, she may have chosen the dark green tone in honour of the Suffragettes, who used the colour to represent hope. I think Kate found the middle ground tonight and got the balance right.
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