The Duchess of Cambridge attended today's historic Garter Day service with other members of the Royal Family.
The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348. Each year in June, a procession and service take place at Windsor Castle for the Order of the Garter. Prince William has been a Royal Knights Companion of the Garter since 2008.
The British royals were joined by two special foreign guests. Today Queen Elizabeth II formally invested King Felipe VI of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands into the Order of the Garter. The monarchs were accompanied by their wives, Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
Kate attended her first Garter Day service in 2008, when she was dating Prince William. We didn't see her again at the annual procession until after the couple were married in 2011. Since then, she has attended nearly every year with some gaps coinciding with the birth of her children. In 2017 there was no service for the Order of the Garter because the Queen had to attend the State Opening of Parliament following a snap general election in the UK.
The Duchess usually favours a sartorial repeat for this regal event, but today she opted for a new white coatdress by Catherine Walker.
She debuted the 'Liza' style rendered in ivory wool crepe, and designed with cropped jacket ‘panels’ and a Peter Pan collar edged in fine black lace. The fit-and-flare coat has single-breasted front fashioned with self-covered buttons.
The Duchess accessorized her new coat with familiar supplements. We saw the return of the Lock & Co's 'Lion Tamer' hat. Designed by the firm's resident milliner Sylvia Fletcher, the Lion Tamer is hand-sculpted from layers of dyed ebony sinamay and finished with a simple ostrich feather.
The piece dates back to June 2011. Kate first wore it at the Trooping the Colour parade, and again to a friend's wedding later that same day. It reappeared 5 years later during a visit to France in 2016 for the Battle of Somme commemorations.
Kate carried her black suede Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' clutch, and on here feet she wore her Prada Wave Cutout Pumps.
The Duchess completed the monochrome look with Princess Diana's Collingwood diamond and pearl drop earrings.
As many of you know, I also run the blog queenletiziastyle.com, so today was a real treat for me, bringing together the two royal ladies I passionately follow!
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