The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London today to view letters relating to three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War.
These documents form part of the IWM’s archive, which provides a means to research, reflect and remember the extraordinary contribution and sacrifice made by so families during the First World War.
Kate also viewed a poppy installation outside the museum ahead of the Armistice centenary on 11 November 2018, marking the end the First World War in 1918.
The Duchess wore a French blue Jenny Packham sheath dress which you might recall from her trip to Canada back in 2016.
The bespoke piece features peaked shoulders, a nipped waist, 3/4 flared sleeves, and flat pointed lapels that extended to the back.
Kate carried a new clutch bag - it is the Mulberry 'Amberley' Clutch in Dark Blush Smooth Calf Leather (£515).
The style is a new addition to the equestrian-inspired 'Amberley' collection which features Mulberry's distinctive Rider's Lock. The chain strap can be fully detached, and it has an optimized interior, with a main compartment, zipped pocket and credit card slots.
She teamed it with her trusty Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' Praline Suede Pumps.
Kate accessorized with her beloved Sapphire & Diamond Oval Drop Earrings and Cartier Ballon Bleu de Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
The Duchess finished the look with a Women of the First World War Poppy Brooch (£29.99) in support of the Royal British Legion.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex today, where they saw some of the apprentices, graduates & employers in action.
JACKET: Smythe Glen Check 2 Button Blazer (US$795).
TOP: Black turtleneck top (unidentified).
JEANS: Black skinny jeans (unidentified).
EARRINGS: Kiki White Topaz Cushion Drop & Diamond Earrings (£1,169).
WATCH: Cartier Ballon Bleu Bracelet Watch.
The British Royal Family rolled out the red carpet tonight for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands who are on a State visit to the United Kingdom.
Queen Elizabeth hosted a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of the Dutch monarchs, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge partook in the evening along with many other members of the Royal family.
This was Kate's third state banquet at Buckingham Palace and she wore a light dusty blue mermaid gown by Alexander McQueen teamed with some serious crown jewels and (finally) a Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II! Palace aides said she was awarded it in 2017 and wore it in December to the diplomatic reception. The event is not open to the media so there is no photographs from within Buckingham Palace - just a handful of car arrival pics.
The Queen gives the order to female members of the Royal Family at her discretion. Here's a description of the Order from Wikipedia:
The Royal Family Order depicts a young Queen Elizabeth II in evening dress wearing the ribbon and star of the Order of the Garter. The miniature, painted on ivory (glass since 2017), is bordered by diamonds and surmounted by a Tudor Crown in diamonds and red enamel. The reverse, in silver-gilt, is patterned with rays and depicts the royal cypher and St Edward's Crown in gold and enamel. The watered silk ribbon is chartreuse yellow and formed into a bow. It is worn pinned to the dress of the recipient on the left shoulder.
Kate returned to her new 'go-to' tiara - the Queen Mary Lover's Knot tiara, and once the signature diadem of the late Princess of Wales. You can read about the history of the tiara here.
Tonight the Duchess paired the tiara with Princess Diana's Collingwood diamond and pearl drop earrings which she has worn on a number of occasions since they were gifted to her last year.
The glittering effect extended to Kate's neckline. She borrowed a necklace from the royal vault - a piece from Queen Alexandra's wedding parure. Here is a little history about the parure and necklace from the blog From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault:
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales - son of Queen Victoria and the future King Edward VII - purchased a magnificent parure for his bride, Princess Alexandra of Denmark, as a gift for their 1863 wedding. The set from Garrard included a large diamond tiara plus a diamond and pearl necklace, set of earrings, and brooch.
The necklace features 8 pearls surrounded by diamonds, each connected with festoons of diamonds, and three detachable diamond and pearl drop pendants. Queen Mary gave the necklace to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and she wore it constantly. The necklace was finally reunited with the brooch and earrings when The Queen inherited it in 2002; we have yet to see her wear it publicly.
Kate carried a new embellished clutch bag and a bracelet. I'll update if/when images become available.
UPDATE (6 Jul 2019): It appears the clutch is the Jenny Packham 'Belle' clutch. Thanks to UFO No More for the identification.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made an unannounced appearance on Wednesday! The royal couple hosted the finalists of this year's BBC Radio 1's Teen Hero Awards at their home in Kensington Palace.
Kate debuted the Whistles 'Margot' Spot Shirt Dress (£159). The burgundy-hued frock is currently available at these retailers: Whistles, John Lewis, Selfridges, Bloomingdales, and The Hut.
In the photo below it looks like Kate may have worn her Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' Praline Suede Pumps.
It appears she finished the look with her Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven Earrings.
It was a special day for the British royal family today who celebrated the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle.
Kate looked elegant as always in a familiar silhouette by Alexander McQueen.
The design of the raspberry toned dress is almost identical to the pink Alexander McQueen frock she wore for the 2017 Trooping the Colour parade.
The custom dress features a paperbag waist, pleated neckline and peaked shoulders.
Her hat was by master milliner Philip Treacy from his AW18 collection.
Kate offset the dress with burgundy toned accessories. On her feet were a new pair of velvet pumps by Prada (US$630).
She carried a new clutch in a matching colour and fabric. It could be the Prada 'Rosa' minaudiere (US$600) shown below in a satin finish, however better photos are need to confirm this suggestion.
The Duchess finished the look with borrowed jewels from Her Majesty. Kate wore the diamond orbital teardrop earrings which she has loaned on a number of occasions since the first time she wore them in November 2016 for the Place2Be Awards.
A closer look at Kate's up-do.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Jack and Eugenie Brooksbank!
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