This is it, folks. Kate wore this sheer Issa dress with pink buttoned jacket and black hat to Peter Philips and Autumn Kelley’s wedding at Windsor in May 2008. As she and William revealed in their official engagement interview, this was the first time that Kate met the Queen. No doubt William wanted to bring this up to diffuse the rumours that Kate had met the Queen either at their graduation from St. Andrew’s in June 2005 or at William’s passing out parade at Sandhurst in December 2006. As you may recall, there were some mean spirited comments that when Carole met the Queen she had said, “pleased to meet you” and was chewing gum. Clearly this wasn’t the case.
Of the meeting, Kate said “Well I first met her at Peter and Autumn’s wedding and again it was in amongst a lot of other guests and she was very friendly.” Interesting how she down plays it.
William does, too when he added, “She was very welcoming. She knew it was a big day and everything was going on with Peter and Autumn, she had wanted to meet Kate for awhile, so it was very nice for her to come over and say hello…had a little chat and got on very well.” Very nice of the Queen to come over and meet his grandson’s girlfriend of seven or so years! It really is a different world.
William wasn’t there for what must have been a rather nerve wracking meeting for Kate. William he had already committed to the wedding of close friend Batian Craig in Kenya (brother of rumoured flame Jecca) so was unable to attend his cousin’s wedding. So, Kate had to handle this all of herself and by all accounts did a fantastic job, though I feel that the sheer dress she was wearing was jut not appropriate for a meeting with the Queen. I just can’t imagine ever having chosen it for an occasion where that could happen. Let’s hope she hadn’t taken her jacket off by the time the Queen came by.
Here are some more pictures from Hello magazine which give us a better idea of the outfit. Looks like Kate has taken her hat off…do you think it’s just sitting on her chair? Hmmm….
Kate must have felt quite comfortable with this dress as she pulled it out again this past January for the wedding of friends Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton (picture below). She wore it under the Libelula Dulwich coat that time. UPDATED: We found the jacket in a London boutique and tried it on. The construction and velvet fabric didn’t actually seem to be the best quality for the price (310 pounds) which was a bit of a surprise. It did have a beautiful silhouette, though.
In any case, Kate really does seem to like the dress so we’ll probably see it again!
If you’d like to read more about Kate’s closet, click on our “Kate’s Closet’ link on the left:)