So I decided to take a vacation for about a week, and missed so much in the land of Kate! I will use this post to quickly update all her past appearances and fashion, including her first public speaking engagement.
March 19 – Kate’s first speech at EACH in Reiss
What was no doubt a nervous moment for The Duchess, she gave her first ever public speech since becoming the Prince’s wife. Attending the opening of The Treehouse, new addition to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Kate went with trusted designer Reiss for this very important occasion.
While I am not loving this dress (bit boring, bit ill-fitted and overall just not flattering) it cannot deter from the real reason for the visit. The Reiss “Trina” dress dates back to 2008, and was once worn by Carol Middleton to Ascot, and I honestly just do not think it fits her properly (although cud’s for trying by adding a belt!) and while the colour is lovely it’s just not working for me
Kate paired the dress with her Episode ‘Angel’ platform shoes (same as the ones she wore a few days prior with Prince Charles), her Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard bracelet, a beautiful cross necklace and her saffire earrings (originally owned by Princess Diana). The most notable accessory however was the purple and orange beaded EACH bracelet (available online here).
Kate also planted a tree on the grounds of the centre, before delivering her speech:
March 17 – St. Patty’s Day with the Irish Guard
The Duchess choose a beautiful green (how appropriate!) Emilia Wickstead jacket for her duties on St Patricks day. As Royal Family members have done in the past, Kate handed out shamrocks to 40 Irish Guard Officers at the Mons Barracks in Aldershot.
The shoes are by UK designers Emmy and the hat comes from familiar designer James Lock & Co. Not loving the “Betty Boop” style hat, however it is fitting with the rest of the outfit and the purpose of the day. I do love both accessories in brown to offset the green, very well done! Kate also wore she trusty Kiki McDonough earrings (first seen on Christmas Day – and rumoured to be a gift from her husband)
An elegant/perfect look for this occasion. The jacket is perfectly fitted, comfortable and a beautiful choice for the occasion. While Kate was mostly smiles during the day, she did maintain a respectful demeanour understanding the importance for the day for the Irish Guards and the Royal Family
Kate wore the same gold shamrock brooch from the Armed Forces Day back in June. This brooch has also been worn by Princess Anne and the late Queen Mother.
I do wonder how many jackets Kate owns that are fitted at the top, with a nice tight waist and then bellows out to just around knee length. That is one thing I do miss about living in a colder climate, jackets are such an easy way to make a fantastic fashion statement.
March 15 – Olympic and Gallery Visit
Kate made a surprise visit to the London Olympic Park and the field hockey teams (n a related note, the Daily Mail is reporting that not only can Kate sell out clothing but the sale of hockey equipment has gone up since her visit, click here for the story)
Photos courtesy of Getty Images and PA
Kate was wearing the very trendy pastel coloured jeans – hers in a coral/pink, some trainers and grey zip hoodie. Kate looked very comfortable showing off her hockey skills with the Olympic team. The exact brand of the jeans is still to be determined, however almost every store on the planet is selling coloured denim this season!!!
After a bit of play, Kate changed into an Emilio Pucci blazer and her LK Bennett “Art” heals in navy. Continuing with the Olympic theme, Kate wore a Paralympic scarf (sold at Next) to complete the outfit.
A quick change and Kate was off to the Dulwich Picture Gallery with Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of one of her Father-In-Laws patrons Children in the Arts.
Photo via The Daily Mail
Kate choose a simple, elegant and fitting dress by Orla Kiely. The dress from the designers 2011 Autumn collection is grey with a pleated skirt falling just above the knee with a self-belt. With some black knitted flower details on the top the dress was an excellent fit for Kate’s tiny frame, and perfect matched to the occasion.
Kate paired the dress with her Link of London earrings (my favourite!) and her Episode ‘Angel’ platform shoe (Kate’s shoes are suede, not leather). Kate was also wearing her Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet, available online for $1,250.
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