Royal Luggage

We write about a lot of random royal stuff here, and today’s post is no exception. Now that William and Kate’s tour of Australia and New Zealand is about to start, we’ve been inspired to take a closer look at royal luggage over the years.  After all, who doesn’t love a peak behind the curtain?  Luggage with tags marked with ‘The Queen’ fulfills that for me.

The Queen

The Queen is the only British Citizen who doesn’t need to travel with a passport since all British passports are issued in her name. Her family members travel on diplomatic passport and they also use a handy colour coded luggage tag system to keep things organized. Different family members have different coloured tags assigned to them, and they also specify where the luggage is to be delivered (i.e. ‘Residence).

The Queen’s tags are always yellow as you can see here. This stack of luggage was for the Queen’s 2007 tour of the US and are pretty normal looking when you consider what’s inside them., right?

The Queen's Luggage (via )
The Queen’s Luggage (via all womens talk)

Naturally, royal jewels travel as carry on!

Princess Diana

This photo of Charles and Diana was taken in 1981 and shows the couple arriving in London. In this case, Diana had a couple pieces of carry on luggage.

(via Princess Diana Boutique)
(via Princess Diana Boutique)

Things were remarkably different for their tour of Australia in 1985. This photo, taken at the Melbourne airport, shows the pile of luggage that the Prince and Princess of Wales required for the trip. This particular shot comes from the delightful book Dressing Diana by Tim Graham (it can be purchased here and is sooo worth having in your royal library).

Check out the standing wardrobe case!

The Prince and Princess of Wales' luggage
The Prince and Princess of Wales’ luggage

For this tour, the Princess of Wales was assigned pink tags and the yellow tags designated where the luggage was to be delivered. Looks like this was the ninth of many more bags! I just LOVE the organization.

Diana's luggage (from Dressing Diana)
Diana’s luggage (from Dressing Diana)

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“On this tour of Australia and America, Diana took twenty daytime outfits, twelve hats, more than a dozen evening dresses, fifteen pairs of shoes and matching bags, nineteen pairs of earrings, two tiaras, eight necklaces and assorted pairs of tights to match her outfits. Accompanying Diana was her dresser, Evelyn Dagley, who was on hand to help the Princess with her many changes each day. After Australia, the couple flew straight to America. The Princess had meticulously preplanned both trips and unveiled a whole new set of evening gowns, coats, and daywear for the visit, including the show-stoping Victor Edelstein dark blue velvet number she wore to the While House dinner and dance hosted by President Reagan.”

That would be this one, of course and I’m guessing it would have been hung in that standing wardrobe case so the velvet wouldn’t be crushed:

The Dress! (via the Toronto Star)
The Dress! (via the Toronto Star)

Since we’re stepping back in time, here’s an article that appeared in the LA Times the following day (November 12, 1985).

WASHINGTON — If you’re wondering why Princess Diana danced with John Travolta, Clint Eastwood and Neil Diamond but not Mikhail Baryshnikov, the man who sat next to her at that fabulous White House dinner, it was because the ballet dancer had sore ankles and could not do so. . . . The dance with Travolta was quite the talk of Washington the next day. The music they were dancing to, according to Travolta, was a medley of the music from two of his movies, “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever,” as played quite beautifully by the U.S. Marine Dance Band. (Source)

Prince Charles & The Duchess of Cornwall

Moving a long to a more recent tour, here is some of Charles and Camilla’s luggage being offloaded upon their arrival in Sweden in March of 2012. What a great behind the scenes look!

I spy a blue tag (via Zimbio)
I spy a blue tag (via Zimbio)

This was the red carpet arrival they really wanted us to see, but  I”m sure you’ll agree it’s not nearly as interesting as all those bags coming down the stairs.

Charles and Camilla arrive in Sweden for a Jubilee tour in 2012 (via Zimbio)
Charles and Camilla arrive in Sweden for a Jubilee tour in 2012 (via Zimbio)

Prince Harry

In this photo, Harry’s wheeling out his now ex-girlfriend Chelsey Davey’s bag from Heathrow in September 2007. He was an hour late to pick her up, was totally in the dog house and was trying to make amends.

Oh, Harry (via The Daily Mail)
Oh, Harry (via The Daily Mail)

He thinks nothing of schlepping his own bags and is shown here arriving at Hollyroof House for Zara’s wedding back in the summer of 2011.

Harry (via Daily Mail)
Harry (via Daily Mail)

And while were’ on the subject of that wedding, what I loved most about the coverage was all the photos of royals arriving and leaving with their bags.

Here’s Sophie leaving the morning after with her hat box.

Sophie's hat box after Zara's wedding (via Daily mail)
Sophie’s hat box after Zara’s wedding (via Daily mail)

The bride was also photographed getting ready to leave (the striped bag she’s carrying is an Anya Hindmarch traveler bag that is comes tucked away in her bags when you buy them).

 

Zara the day after her wedding
Zara the day after her wedding

Her need husband Mike Tindall was photographed still wearing his suit from the day before (but he did change shortly after).

Mike Tindall (via The Daily Mail)
Mike Tindall (via The Daily Mail)

And here’s Zara’s brother Peter and his wife Autumn packing up to head home.

Heading home with Savannah (via The Daily Mail)
Heading home with little Savannah (via The Daily Mail)

William & Kate

William luggage to include his official monogram. This photo was taken during Kate and William’s tour of North America.

This guy is like WHAT? (Via Lainey Gossip)
This guy is like WHAT? (Via Lainey Gossip)

In contrast, Kate’s luggage is a total miss mash. While living in London after graduating from university, Kate was a weekend warrior (she only worked 4 days a week which helped) and the green bag below made a lot of appearances. By the way, I have those same shoes she’s wearing in the pic below. They are from LK Bennet and the are just the best, though I think the last time they were in stores was 2008.

Kate the Weekend Warrior (via Just Jared)
Kate the Weekend Warrior (via Just Jared)

Here is the bag and those shoes again.

It's huge! (via Just Jared)
It’s huge! (via Just Jared)

Another outing.

Kate and that bag (via Kansas City News)
Kate and that bag (via Kansas City News)

This was taken at Gatwick airport in July of 2007. Kate was en route to the Seychelles where she met prince William (he arrived shortly after her). This was after the short-lived April 2007 breakup heard around the world..

Kate at the airport (via Lazy Girls)
Kate at the airport (via Lazy Girls)

Ok, now we’ll fast forward to the summer of 2011 when Kate and William toured Canada. Remember the big accidental dress reveal?

Kate's dress for the BAFTA event in LA (via Daily Mail)
Kate’s dress for the BAFTA event in LA (via Daily Mail)

It happened as Kate and William’s luggage was being loaded into the airport in Yellowknife, and eagle eyes spotted the dress and correctly assumed the dress was for the BAFTA event they were to attend in Los Angeles. Here it is on Kate.

That dress was well travelled (via The Daily Mail)
That dress was well travelled (via The Daily Mail)

And here’s a close up of some of the other luggage on the tarmac. The spotted one is from Cath Kitson and the red is Longchamp. She has it in a few different colours and sizes.

luggage (via )
I spy another yellow tag (via mymomshops.com)

To end, here are Kate’s outfit options arriving at the hospital after Prince George was born. More random bags!

via Daily Mail
via Daily Mail

We’ll see if her luggage gets an upgrade for the Australia and New Zealand tour!

In the meantime, here’s a round up of some articles around the web with more bits and pieces about the tour if you’re in the mood for more.

Kate’s bought a pretty new pair of pearls from Kiwi jewelry designers to wear on the tour.

Prince George will be wearing some cute stripes from Baby Gap.

And here are some other ideas of what outfits Kate may have packed.

Government House in New Zealand where Kate and William will stat fir the first part if the tour

UPDATED April 6, 2014: The tour has begun: Kate and William were spotted switching planes in Sydney en route to New Zealand. Kate was carrying her navy Longchamp bag (well, actually William was carrying it for her since she had Prince George). Also, is that a Kangaroo?

And so it begins! (via The Daily Mail)
And so it begins! (via The Daily Mail)

 

And it still looks like a total mishmash of bags. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more photos like this during the tour.

Pink tags! (via The Daily Mail)
Pink tags! (via The Daily Mail)

Ok, and this video is hilarious. Seriously, it made me laugh out loud. It’s a morning news show in Australia and they are trying to make a story out of William and Kate getting on their plane to New Zealand and they’re having a lot of fun with it. They talk about the luggage being loaded on, they beg William and Kate to turn around at the top of the stairs when we’re boarding the plane, and we even see Kate’s secretary Rebecca Deacon carrying a hat box and garment bag onto the plane….so perhaps Kate will be wearing that hat and outfit when she disembarks?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_FzSrY1xfc

 

 

Royal Ladies Who Open Their Closets…

Who doesn’t love a little thriftiness? This post is all about royals who’ve popped up wearing something that looks a little familiar or who’ve shared their clothes with friends or relatives.

Queen Silvia & Princess Madeleine

We’re going to start with this especially frothy example. As you probably recall, Princess Madeleine had a gorgeous custom Valentino wedding gown that she wore for her wedding ceremony in June of 2013. She also wore this gown for the  reception.

via Hello!
Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill via Hello!

What many royal watchers may not have realized is that after some dancing, Madeleine took out her updo, put her hair down, and changed  into this sparkly tulle gown.

Madeleine and Chris outside their wedding reception
Madeleine outside her wedding reception (via Princess Madeleine of Sweden Blogspot)

Thankfully kept her tiara in place.

So happy! (via Princess Madeleine of Sweden Blogspot)
So happy! (via Princess Madeleine of Sweden Blogspot)

Some eagle eyes noticed that this dress had been previously seen on Queen Silvia. She first wore it in December of 2001 to the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Queen Silvia in her fairytale gown in 2001 (via Hello!)
Queen Silvia in her fairytale gown in 2001 (via Hello!)

I’m thinking that Madeleine clocked that dress back then and filed it away as the perfect reception dress, and then  her mom pulled it out for her 12 years later. Cute, eh?

Queen Maxima & Princess Aimee

And now onto another Queen. In the spring of 2013 after the investiture of King Willem-Alexander and Queen  Maxima,  our friend AMD flagged that Maxima had loaned one of her gowns for her cousin-in-law Princess Aimee to wear to the big event.

Back when Maxima was expecting Princess Ariane, she wore this lovely flowy gown (far left) and she REALLY blinged it out, right? Gorgeous.

A few royal maternity gowns (via Hello!)
A few royal maternity gowns (via Hello!)

She then he pulled it out of her closet for Aimee, the wife of Prince Floris ( Willem-Alexander’s cousin) to wear to the investiture on April 30,2013. You’ve just got to love Queen Maxima for thinking to do this. Princess Aimee’s son Willem was born on July 1, 2013.

Princess Aimee (via Zimbio)
Princess Aimee (via Zimbio)

I like how Aimee incorporated a little patriotic orange into the outfit with her accessories, too.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Princess Victoria must have a HUGE closet of gowns, and she has been very generous over the years loaning them out to friends. The delightful blog Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour has a great post showing some fun examples which you can check out here.

These are my favourite examples. Check out how the pink and green dresses were given a new look:

Princess Victoria has a lot of dresses and isn't afraid to share 'em (via Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)
Princess Victoria has a lot of dresses and isn’t afraid to share ’em (via Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)

Princess Diana’s Hand Me Downs

Diana was also very generous when it came to giving away her old clothes. One of my favourite examples is this green polka dotted number that Diana wore to the races in the late ’80’s. Diana never did meet a polka dot she didn’t like.

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She later passed the suit and hat on to her sister Sarah, who is shown here wearing it to a wedding in 1990. That’s a whole lot of look!

Diana & Sarah & polkadots (via Pinterest)
Diana & Sarah & polkadots (via Pinterest)

Check out this fun Pinterest page for oodles of more examples of different outfits that Diana either loaned or gave out.

Perhaps Diana got this generous spirit from her mom Frances. In this group portrait taken at the reception of Lady Sarah’s wedding to Neil McCorquodale, Frances is wearing this floaty green frock.

Lady Sarah's wedding portrait
Lady Sarah’s wedding portrait

Sarah must have really liked it since she wore the same dress to Lady Diana’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. See?

What a group!
What a group!

As we mentioned in our post on Emily McCorquodale’s wedding, Sarah wasn’t always just being the recipient of loans. She generously lent her pearl choker to Diana to wear with her going away outfit after the reception, so Sarah had to head home from the reception without it. I wish there was a picture of Sarah handing it over. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Diana in Sarah's pearl choker after her wedding reception
Diana in Sarah’s pearl choker after her wedding reception

Kate, Pippa, and Carole

A little over two years ago (time flies!), we wrote a post on how Kate and Pippa have shown up wearing the same clothes over the years. We’ve unearthed some more occasions where this has happened.

Like the time when Pippa showed up to a wedding in the Katherine Hooker jacket that Kate has worn numerous times over the years, most famously for her first official engagement when she christened a life boat in Angelesy:

Well it IS a nice coat (via )
Well it IS a nice coat (via Elements Boutique)

And then of course there’s the the time in March 2012 that Kate showed up to an engagement in the same circa 2008 blue Reiss dress that Carole had previously worn to Ascot:

Kate & Carole in Reiss (via Parade.com)
Kate & Carole in Reiss (via Parade.com)

Kate and Carole also both took a shine to this pretty red Colette Dinnigan dress that Kate wore to a wedding in September of 2011:

(via Fashion Spot)
(via Fashion Spot)

 

So, who are your faves here? I’ll stick with the Swedes – Victoria and Silvia tie for first place as Best Gown Lenders.

Kate's Lace!

A light but fun post today. A few months ago, Kate wore a beautiful blue lace dress by Jenny Packham to the Royal Albert Hall for a gala hosted by the British Olympic Association. As soon as I saw it, it became my favourite:

And it was so lovely seeing Kate’s hair in an updo that really showed off the petite buttons and intricate lace on the back of the dress:

A few months ago, I received an email from the designer who made my wedding dress that said that the lace for this dress of Kate’s is from the same supplier as the lace we used for my wedding dress. Fun! Since my dress was custom made, we searched all around for an especially light and intricate lace and the supplier we ended up with was Renard Griere, who we now know also supplies lace for Jenny Packham. Renard Griere  is located in Caudry which is the last of two French towns (along with Calais) where lace is still made in France. Their website is here.

It’s funny that when I saw Kate’s dress I thought that they looked quite similar…turns out they had more in common than the cap sleeves and low back. Compare for yourself!

Here’s a closer look at the lace:

Since we’re on the subject, here are some more lace related posts if you feel like some more royal reading:

Similarities between Kate Middleton and Isabella Orsini’s wedding dresses

Emily McCorquodale chose lace, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

The Orsini-Ligne Aquamarine and Diamond Wedding Tiara and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Gown Similarities

The last of our aquamarine tiara postings for March, here’s something a bit different – the Orsini-Ligne Aquamarine and Diamond Wedding Tiara!

The Orsini-Ligne Aquamarine and Diamond Wedding Tiara and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Gown Similarities

On September 7th 2009, Prince Edouard de Ligne de La Tremoille of the Belgian noble House de Ligne married the famous Italian actress Isabella Orsini in a religious ceremony in his family’s ancestral castle in Antoing, Belgium. The House of Ligne can trace its history all the way back to the Holy Roman Empire. HH Princess Isabella as she is now known wore a gorgeous aquamarine and diamond tiara with matching earrings.

Coming out of the cathedral with her new husband. They look so happy! I believe Isabella had just released a dove

As you may have noticed from the above photos, Isabella’s Gerald Watelet wedding gown bears a striking resemblance to the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen designed wedding gown that Catherine Middleton wore to marry HRH Prince William of Wales two years later. There was some surprise in the press (and to Isabella) when the similarities were noticed (lace covered bodices with a v-neckline and lace sleeves, similar skirts and train lengths), but it seems likely that both Catherine and Isabella chose a similar royal style icon for their wedding dress inspiration – Princess Grace of Monaco. They are both gorgeous and royal wedding gowns, and suit the bride. This Royal Post-er has been enamored of Princess Grace’s wedding gown since she was 5 years old, and thinks this trend to long lace sleeves and lace adorned bodices in wedding gowns is all for the best!

It should be noted that there are many differences between Catherine and Isabella’s wedding gowns – Isabella wore a lace jacket on top of her gown, while Catherine’s lace adorned bodice was part of her gown, Catherine’s gown has significantly more detail on the waist, hips and train, and seems to be of a more elaborate construction. Interesting to see this marked trend in wedding gowns, which has now translated into the bridal design industry.

A detail of the back of Catherine’s dress, as her veil is slightly covering it in the above photo

What do you think?

Hope you enjoyed our aquamarine tiara postings for March!

Here are links to the previous aquamarine postings: Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips, The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure, The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden, and the Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Wedding Tiara

Kate’s Valentine’s Day Charity Work in Liverpool

Today Kate travelled to Liverpool for a round of solo visits. Princess Diana used to call these sorts of days outside of London ‘away days.’ As we know, William is in the midst of a six week stint in the Falklands so working on Valentine’s Day seems like a smart way for Kate to use her time to show she’s a hardworking royal. Even if the date was purely a coincidence, it helps to show that Kate is keen to be productive with our without William there to help. True to form, Kate showed up in coat with reddish tones, likely in a nod to the holiday. More on the clothes later.

First to the work. Kate’s first stop was to the non-alcoholic Brink bar in her capacity as patron for Action on Addiction. She met former addicts and even tried out a specially made drink called The Duchess.

Cute shot of her taking a sip:

Next up were visits to Alder Hey’s Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. At Alder Hey, Kate was greeted by an adorable little girl named Aimee Haswell. Aimee has been treated at the hospital for a congenital heart disease and prior to the visit, Aimee’s mum told The Telegraph how excited she was to be chosen. She said, “Aimee is really excited and is already rehearsing her curtsy. She couldn’t wait to get into school and tell everyone the exciting news! Aimee deserves this more than anyone I can think of. She’s a very strong, brave, happy little girl who has been through so much in her short life.” Aimee couldn’t be cuter:

 On to the clothes! Kate was wearing a belted coat from British retailer Hobbs (we recall reading that she’d bought it on one of her fall shopping trips) that to us has a hint of reddish tones. It is quite similar in style and colour to the coats that Kate wore on her humanitarian visit to Copenhagen with Prince William and for church on Christmas Day.
Here she was today with a valentine and flowers:
And in a different coat on Christmas:
And here she is with Crown Princess Mary in Copenhagan last November, in another long coat:
Side Note: Princess Charlene brought out this colour recently as well. This photo was taken at an engagement on February 1st:
But back to Kate. She must have a part of her closet dedicated to coats in red and burgundy tones! Under the jacket she black dress from high street chain Oasis (as confirmed by Clarence House). She took the jacket off at the hospital which must have been much more comfortable.
She also wore her standard black pumps, black tights, and the Kiki McDonough earrings first worn on Christmas Day. Kate also carried a black clutch bag with a small bow detail. We can’t remember seeing this one before but she sure has a lot of black clutches so we just may have. Gotta wonder why she doesn’t leave it in the car or break out a bag with handles from time to time. Seems like it might be easier to navigate flowers and cards and such that way.
For an extended video from The Telegraph on Kate’s day out, check out this video. It shows unveiling a plaque and chatting with kids. Here’s the link: Duchess-of-Cambridge-visits-Liverpool-on-Valentines-Day.html

Just today it was announced that Kate will be visiting her charity The Art Room a week today on February 21. Yesterday it was also announced that Kate will be joining the Queen and Camilla for a visit to Fortnum and Mason in London’s Picadilly on March 1st. If you’ve never been, add it to your list! We were lucky to do some Christmas shopping there this year. Let’s hope for Kate’s sake that Her Majesty is in a better mood than she was for her and Kate’s visit to the exhibit of Kate’s wedding dress at Buckingham Palace! In any event, it’ll be a nice warm up for the following week, when Kate will join the Queen and Prince Philip for another ‘away day’; a visit to Leicester.

To conclude, all of the plans for this period of time really show how much thought has gone into the strategy of getting Kate familiarized with her place in the royal family. This has been thanks to “lessons learned from the past” as Prince William put it. Princess Diana certainly wasn’t heading off for joint visits with the Queen in her first year  in the family! Well done, Kate and Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.

Another Outing From Kate: The National Portrait Gallery

Apart from when she stepped in for Prince Charles at a dinner party for the charity In Kind Direct, last night was Kate’s first official solo royal engagement.

As the Gallery’s Royal Patron, she turned out for a special viewing of the new Freud exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery (for our post on the Gallery, click here).

As far as the strategy behind all of this goes, this event seems like a nice, somewhat easy event to use to break into her role as a Royal patron. Inside the gallery, it was relatively private since there were only a limited number of reporters and Kate was not subjected to being photographed and videotaped the whole time. She was also not required to do a walkabout outside or give a speech or interview which would have taken the pressure off significantly. That sort of thing will likely start to slowly ramp up now that she’s becoming more and more comfortable.

Now, onto the jewels and clothes! Kate accessorized with the same floral diamond bracelet and earrings she wore all over Canada, to Zara’s wedding, and to that charitable dinner party, so maybe they’ve become something of a lucky charm. Plus, they go with everything so why not? This photo was taken at the dinner party:

She also wore the diamond Asprey pendant that we first noticed her wearing in 2007. Here’s Kate last night:

And here she is wearing the necklace during her break up from Prince William in 2007 (it’s there, we promise! if we can find a closer image we’ll post it). Side note: this photo was taken in the days following the break up when Kate was spending time back home in Berkshire. Her brother James had driven her into London to pick up a few things at her apartment, including this tennis racket.

The grey tweed dress was new to us but apparently not to Kate’s princess-ready closet. She is wearing a label called Jesire which is sadly no longer in business. We wonder if the ‘Kate effect’ will change that? In any case, there will be likely be some knock-offs of this dress out there soon.

The dress looks gorgeous and very ‘Grace Kelly classic’, which no doubt she was going for. We love the pleats of the skirt, the four black buttons, and the belt makes it a little modern and fun. The nude stockings (as opposed to black) kept things youthful, as did the black Jimmy Choo’s. Well done, Kate.

We’re looking forward to her Valentines Day engagements next week. Our hope is that she brings out another ‘old’ outfit or two from her closet…it would help her with her ‘serious working Royal’ image after getting flack for the recent Mustique holiday followed by hours and hours in the Richard Ward hair salon.

To end, here she is leaving the gallery afterwards. We bet she went back to her Kensington Palace cottage, put on something cozy, cuddled up with her new puppy, and called Pippa for a full debrief and to recap it all. What do you think?

Ten of Our Favourite of Kate’s Hats. Which is Yours?

We wish we had more opportunities to wear a hat! Here are 10 of our favourites of Kate’s hats.

Which is yours?

1)

Wedding of Laura Parker Bowles, 2006

2)

Garter Day 2011

3)

Christmas 2011

4)

1st Official Royal Engagement with William, Wales, 2011

5)

Military Presentation, June 2011

6)

Derby, June 2011

7)

Zara's Wedding, July 2011

8)

Garter Daym, June 2008

9)

Trooping the Colour, June 2011

10)

At the Calgary Stampede, Canada 2011

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Another Stunning Turn Out From Kate!

There were two Kate sightings today. SO fun.

The first was of Kate driving with William to Buckingham Palace for the annual Christmas brunch. Last year, Kate arrived at the brunch sandwiched between William and Harry in the car. Still on the hunt for that picture….

It looks like Kate was wearing a red jacket on the drive to the palace. It quite possibly is the red LK Bennet jacket she wore to Denmark on her and Wiliam’s trip in aid of UNICEF. It would be pretty smart and savvy of her if she did wear it as a repeat; the Queen and Anne are very frugal and would have appreciated it if they cottoned on.

Here’s a look at the jacket from the Denmark trip:

Tonight, William and Kate joined Prince Harry at the Night of Heroes Military Awards. The black tie event was held at the Imperial War Museum and the three royals all arrived together.

For this event, Kate brought out two stunning new pieces of jewelry; a diamond (and possibly ruby) necklace and matching bracelet. The earrings Kate wore were another wedding present that we have seen several times since the wedding. They were reportedly a wedding gift.  We don’t yet have a reliable source as to wear exactly it came from, but it seems like Kate chose the dress specifically to suit the jewels. After all, you can’t wear coloured stones like that with just anything. The black velvet McQueen dress Kate chose was just the ticket; the sweetheart neckline complements the necklace and the black doesn’t compete.

The other thing to keep in mind with jewelry like that is that Kate must have known she had to wear that necklace in a timely fashion out of respect for the giver. Leaving it much longer out of the public eye could have been seen as an insult, you know? And that necklace in particularly really wouldn’t work with any of the other ball gowns she has worn since the royal wedding. We point this out because the necklace isn’t our favourite. Coloured stones can be a bit tricky and the flowers are just kind of ‘meh’ and seem a tad young. Perhaps this necklace was given to her as a wedding present because she loves ‘the language of flowers.’ That theme was woven through their entire wedding from Kate’s dress to the blooms chosen in her bouquet, to the icing flowers that decorated the cake. Just a thought.

Before we end, we might as well throw in how Kate’s dress is like the modern version of the black strapless gown that Diana wore 30 years ago on her first engagement as a royal fiancee. Both dresses are long, black, and feature a sweatheart neckline with a ruffle. Kate must have known this similarity would be commented on. She’s no dummy…good thing it didn’t deter her from wearing it.

Well, the next time we see William and Kate might well be on their walk to church on Christmas Day. Who thinks she might pull out the coat from Denmark again, perhaps with a different belt? Or will it be a whole new look all together?

Kate and William & the Rest of the Royal A Team at Buckingham Palace

Last night Kate and William attended an event at Buckingham Palace along with The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla. This is the Royal A-Team.

The event was a reception for 350 members of the media who are expected to be reporting on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year. Richard Palmer tweeted that the Queen and Prince Philip shook hands with all 350 guests. Impressive!  The reception also included a ‘Tweet Suite’ where guests could tweet about the event. The British Royals certainly are doing what they can to stay with the times.

Here are a few tweets from the event:

Fearnecotton  “Prince William is still a radio 1 listener which is good news. He has asked for a shout out tomorrow. I think I can manage that!
RoyalReporter Richard Palmer “I spoke to a couple of journos who met Kate for the first time tonight and the verdict was “lovely, so down to earth, very talkative”.”
So, what did you all think of the green Mulberry dress Kate wore? Here’s another look at it from the Mulberry runway:

Me, I had a few of thoughts…

  1. She’s more consistently stepping away from high street (Mulberry is not exactly Reiss), and this is not a repeat or an item she purchased in anticipation of her future role, or an item from the closet of Carole/’Mama Midds’, as with this and,possibly, this.
  2. Colour! This is a departure from the last time we saw her at Buckingham Palace, one-on-one with the Queen to view The Dress when she wore a cream Joseph number. (see #3) To me, wearing green is a bolder, more confident move. (But don’t get us wrong, we LOVED the cream Joseph!) It was also a colour that worked well for her in Los Angeles when she pulled out that DVF number, which made it’s second appearance the night before Zara’s wedding.
  3. Kate seems very relaxed and at ease. She did in Canada as well, but I feel like there’s been a gradual shift away from the novelty of this new life, into a more at ease, comfortableness if you will in the role. I imagine in the coming weeks we will start getting announcements about the first of her patronages. Stay tuned!
  4. It looks like she may be wearing the gold charm bracelet again! You have to look closely…

What did you think?

William & Kate host a Black Tie Reception

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted another black tie evening at St. James Palace tonight. It was no coincidence that tomorrow (November 11) is Remembrance Day and the dinner was in support of the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) Appeal. According to the NMA website, “The NMA Appeal was set up to ensure that the necessary facilities for widows, families, comrades and the public were provided. In time, the National Memorial Arboretum seeks to become a world class Centre for Remembrance.”

William has been patron of this organization since April 2009. To read more about the organization on their official website, click here. William gave a short speech to start the evening off. If you’d like to hear the speech, BBC reporter Peter Hunt provided this link on his twitter feed; sounds like he or someone else at the dinner just might have taped it on their iPhone!

Here’s William launching the Appeal on April 24, 2009:

We are happy to see that both Wiliiam and Kate wore poppies to the event. The tradition of wearing poppies in November is very strong in Commonwealth countries. For our American friends who may not be familiar with this tradition, the poppy became a symbol of remembrance due to the poppies that grew in the fields where slain WWI soldiers were buried. Check out the UK Poppy Appeal by clicking here and the Royal Canadian Legion appeal by clicking here.

Here’s a close up of what the UK poppies look like:

Kate pulled out yet another long, column dress that accentuates her waist. The savvy folks over on the What Kate Wore facebook page identified the dress as a Jenny Packham gown really quickly. Three cheers for them!!! Angelina Jolie wore the dress in red to the Tree of Life premier last December. It certainly does look the same as Kate’s dress. Still waiting for confirmation from Jenny Packham, though…

Kate is also wearing some SERIOUS bling on her ears. Like, wow. At first we though they might be the ones that Kate wore Los Angeles at the BAFTA event…but when comparing the two, they are definitely different. Perhaps a loan from the Queen?

And another look:

To compare, here’s a close up of Kate’s earrings  from the LA BAFTA event:

We’ll keep researching to see if we can identify these earrings from the Queen’s collection or somewhere else. In the meantime, here’s to hoping Kate brings out her wedding earrings again soon. They deserve another appearance, stat!

The other piece of jewelry that Kate is wearing we do recognize –  the diamond bracelet that first appeared during their North American tour was pulled out once again!

Here’s a closer look at it:

More info as it comes!

In the meantime, let’s recap the gowns Kate has worn since becoming HRH, in order. There are five so far, including tonight’s appearance.

1. Here she is in Jenny Packham:

2. And at the BAFTA event in McQueen:

3. And in Beulah London. For a refresher of our post on this event, click here.

4. And here she is in Amanda Wakely during her first solo engagement. To read our post on that, click here.

5. And of course tonight in what does seem to be Jenny Packham:

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