In a newly released 'Shaping Us' campaign video, we see Catherine, The Princess of Wales in conversation with Iceland Foods' Richard Walker OBE.
The pair spoke about the crucial impact early years have on our long-term development, the role businesses can play and what they can practically do to come together to affect long-term change. This conversation was part of Kate's recently launched 'Business Taskforce for Early Childhood'.
The Princess wore her ecru Zara Textured Double Breasted Blazer with a familiar yet unidentified knit top. She contrasted the ecru tones with blue jeans, and completed her look by wearing the Accessorize Pearl and Disc Hoop Earrings.
The Princess of Wales hosted the inaugural meeting of her new Business Taskforce for Early Childhood on Tuesday at NatWest's headquarters in London. It’s the next step in her 'Shaping Us' campaign and ongoing commitment to the Early Years.
The Princess brought together some of Britain’s most influential business leaders from large corporations such as Natwest, IKEA Deloitte, and Unilever to discuss why the Early Years is so important for business.
Kate presented on the advantages of creating a supportive and nurturing environment for children and their caregivers, emphasizing how the business community can play a role in achieving this goal and the economic benefits it can bring.
JACKET: NEW! Alexander McQueen Leaf Crepe Tailored Blazer in Ivory (£1,490).
TOP: Unidentified fine knit top in ivory. First worn in 2018 for a trip to Cyprus.
TROUSERS: LK Bennett 'Frieda' Crepe Cigarette Trousers in Black (repeat).
BELT: Anderson's Black Croc-Effect Leather Belt (repeat).
SHOES: Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' Pumps in Black Suede (repeat).
EARRINGS: Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings (repeat).
The Prince and Princess of Wales attended the Irish Guards St. Patrick's Day Parade on Friday at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, England.
Catherine attended the traditional celebration for the first time as Colonel of the Regiment since taking on the role from Prince William. She presented fresh shamrock sprigs to the officers and guardsmen, and later made a speech.
The royal couple posed for official photos then joined senior guardsmen for a celebratory drink.
Kate looked impeccable in a military-inspired teal coat crafted by London-based atelier, Catherine Walker.
The shade is departure from the usual dark green she tends to favor for St Patrick's Day. According to Kate Middleton Style, the new colour choice was intentional and reflects the hue of the Irish Guards’ plume and their regimental badge. The colour is officially called "St Patrick's Blue". This can be seen on Prince William's Irish Guards uniform during Trooping the Colour, as shown below.
Gert's Royals notes the buttons on Kate’s coat follow the same pattern as the ones found on the Irish Guards uniform - four buttons followed by a gap and another four buttons. The standup collar is also inspired by the regimentals.
Below is a look at the back of the bespoke coat.
The Princess debuted Jane Taylor's 'Clio' cocktail hat (£1,450) today in a coordinating hue. ID by Kate Middleton Style.
The made-to-order hat features a hand-sculptured heart-shaped base made from a luxurious felt with a tonal pleated crin detail which fans around the side.
During the occasion, Kate carried a new variation of her favourite Emmy London 'Natasha' clutch in the colorway called Lake. Additionally, she also brought along a new pair of teal leather gloves by Dents.
On her feet she premiered a familiar style of shoe, the Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' suede pump, but in a new teal colour.
Kate wore her Emerald & Diamond Oval Earrings, and completed her St Patrick's Day look with the gold three-leaf shamrock brooch, pinned just above her sprig of shamrock. The piece belongs to the Irish Guards who loan it to the Princess for the occasion.
Kate has typically opted for dark green as her preferred color for this traditional event, with the exception of 2015 when she surprised us by donning a chestnut brown Catherine Walker outfit.
Note: The Duchess of Cambridge skipped the 2016 parade, and the 2020 & 2021 parades were canceled due to the pandemic.
The Prince and Princess of Wales marked Commonwealth Day on Monday.
They joined King Charles III, Queen Camila, the Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence for a multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey.
Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year. It is a celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations which represents a global network of 54 countries working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals.
The King delivered his first Commonwealth Day Message during the service since becoming the organisation's head. The monarch reflected on the late Queen during a speech and also spoke of the Royal Family's commitment to the organisation and its international Commonwealth family.
For today's ceremony in London, the Princess debuted an Erdem ensemble.
The navy floral print separates are from the Pre-Fall 2023 collection and feature an ottoman jacquard peplum jacket ($2,495) with a coordinating flared midi skirt ($1,695). With thanks to @Japanese_Ginger for the ID.
She complemented the set with a new navy felt saucer hat featuring a bow detail by British milliner, Sean Barrett.
The design bears a resemblance to the chapeau that Kate wore for the Queen’s funeral last year.
The Princess supplemented the look with familiar navy suede accessories. She carried her Emmy London 'Natasha' clutch, and on her feet were the Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' Pumps.
We got a glimpse of her navy bow wool jersey gloves designed by Andy Sheils for Dents.
Kate donned Princess Diana's Cabochon Sapphire Drop Earrings.
Today we saw the return of the Prince of Wales Feathers Brooch without the emerald pendant. Kate first wore this royal heirloom for a meeting with the President of South Africa last November.
And finally, a look at the detail of Kate's chignon.
Below is a look back at Kate's past Commonwealth Day ensembles since she first starting attending in 2015. The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge were absent in 2017, and the service was canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic.
The Prince and Princess of Wales visited the Hayes Muslim Centre on Thursday.
The community centre in west London has been fundraising for those affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. The Prince and Princess expressed their appreciation towards members involved in the aid effort.
During the visit, the Princess of Wales opted for a monochromatic outfit that she had previously worn in September 2022 while visiting Sandringham House ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral (shown below).
The pieces include a black Catherine Walker long wool coat paired with a custom Alexander McQueen Long Pleated Skirt Dress in black.
Kate carried her Grace Han 'Love Letter' Small Top Handle Bag, and on her feet were her Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps in black suede.
The Princess covered her head with a shawl during the visit to the Muslim center as a mark of respect and solidarity.
The white and black embroidered dupatta is from the Élan 'Royal Garden' Kurta set, which the then Duchess of Cambridge wore during the Royal Visit to Pakistan in October 2019 (shown below).
In the photo below we can see the silhouette of Kate's Shyla Chunky Knot Baroque Pearl Earrings.
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