Saturday, 10 November 2012

Duchess Kate Wears Black For Harvey Nichols Shopping Trip

Duchess Kate enjoyed some retail therapy today with a visit to upmarket department chain store Harvey Nichols in London. (There are a couple of other photos at Pop Sugar)


Pop Sugar

Founded in 1831 as a linen shop, Harvey Nichols now sells international brands of clothing, accessories, beauty products, wine and food. There are a total of eight floors in the flagship London store with the fifth floor dedicated to food and restaurants. The store generally attracts younger shoppers than its rival Harrods. It is not known what Kate purchased, but the homeware and food and wine sections are extremely popular.

Three items from the confectionery section.


Harvey Nichols


A look at the Harvey Nichols Christmas window.

Harvey Nichols Facebook Page

Kate wore the black fringed coat with pocket detailing she previously wore last month whilst out for dinner in Mayfair. It is a beautiful piece and has proved quite impossible to identify despite endless searching by myself and the other Kate bloggers, not to mention the super sleuths over at What Kate Wore Facebook. I expect it is a piece from a number of years ago, which the Duchess may have had in her wardrobe for some time. Kate wore a black dress underneath.



Eagle-eyed Ashley from WKW Facebook believes Kate wore the Kurt Geiger Estee Court Shoes. They certainly look like a match. The black suede are also available in navy and nude for £140 (currently reduced from £160).

Kurt Geiger/House of Fraser

The Duchess wore her hair up, a look we don't often see and one that really suits her. I thought it a very chic look for Saturday afternoon shopping.

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In other news, William and Kate attended a meeting for their Charities Forum yesterday morning at London's Wembley Stadium. The forum is an opportunity for charities to collaborate and share ideas and meets biannually. Prince Harry sent his apologies for non-attendance. :) As far as I know, photos won't be released.


Rebecca English Twitter

A new engagement has been added to the royal diary. On December 9th, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the British Military Tournament at Earls Court. The tournament is an unforgettable and breathtaking opportunity to marvel at the skills and precision of the British Armed Forces while showing appreciation for our heroic servicemen and women.

More from the website:

'The tournament exists to raise much needed funds to support members of the forces and their families. To mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year's British Military Tournament will celebrate the life and times of Her Majesty The Queen. The show will start from the events of 1926 (the year of the Queen's birth) and will tell the story of the ensuing years up to and including the current engagement in Afghanistan'.

I'm very much looking forward to this one.

British Military Tournament

See you all in the morning for Remembrance Sunday.

37 comments:

  1. I wish we could see Kate with a more casual updo like this more often, it really brings out her facial features in a beautiful way! -Brit

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  2. I love that she looks so chic to go shopping.

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  3. Jean from Lancs10 November 2012 20:16

    Very elegant---beautiful!

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    1. I agree - elegant, yet appropriate for an up-scale shopping spree when it's cold and she knows she probably will be seen. Not really like others who might go shopping there in jeans with tall boots, sweater and coat.

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    2. Must be hard to even think about wearing panty hose and not tights or tights and boots. I cannot think of the last time I wore panty hose!

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    3. Although she always looks chic while shopping on the High Street, she does not usually dress up quite this much. My conjecture is that she just did not change her clothes after attending the meeting of the Charity Forum on Saturday morning.
      Lynn
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  4. Wow I'm more impressed she parked her range rover car right out Harvey Nichols, impossible for us, obviously a perk of being royal! Haha! I think her hair up looks lovely really shows her pretty and delicate features.

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    1. She is not in engagement ,so she must not park there

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    2. How did you know she parked her car right out of Harvey Nichols? I would think she would not have needed a car park, but would have had a driver waiting for her when she is going shopping in busy London.

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    3. I've never been to London but I don't think we can already assume from this picture that her security officers who were driving the range rover parked there the whole time she went shopping. I'd still like to think they parked somewhere and just picked her up when she called. It doesn't seem very characteristic of her to be asking for a very VIP shopping treatment, when photographers follow her constantly, and knowing that her every move would be criticized. I'm sure Kate would be more careful now about how she spends her private time and how she is seen.

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    4. Pauline California11 November 2012 01:34

      I would think she can park where ever she wants for security reasons.

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    5. If you pay closer attention to the PopSugar link, you'll see the male driver behind the wheel. She is opening the back door as per usual. Coat hides her body well, amidst all the speculation. Having been pregnant myself and knowing how these things work, I have my suspicions... Let's just say that I don't always smile wide when I'm walking out doing errands, when I was first pregnant I was always tired and found it hard to keep awake, and...if/when they are ready to announce it, they will. :-)

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    6. If you pay closer attention to the PopSugar links, you'll see a male driver behind the wheel. She is opening the back door as per usual. Coat hides her body well, amidst all the speculation. Having been pregnant myself and knowing how things go in the early stages, I have my suspicions... That being said, I don't always have a big smile on when walking around doing errands. I also remember how tired I was the first few months, lacking the energy to keep my eyes open at times. And...if/when the time comes, they'll announce it when they are good and ready.

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    7. Gosh to all your comments re car parking it was merely an observation not a criticism!

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    8. My observation would be that it's a Land Rover Discovery not a Range Rover - hope this isn't too picky, I like my cars and there's a big difference.

      Kate did drive a Range Rover to Wimbledon when she and Pippa went to watch the tennis though but as the Royals have contracts with Land Rover and Audi that's the models they can choose from...

      As for London - the parking's crazy!

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  5. Very uplifting images! Happy Memorial Day! God Bless!! XOXOXOXOXO

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    1. Thought the UK called this Remembrance Day...no - it took the place of the older Armistice Day which was originally also celebrated in the US as Armistice Day - now has been changed to Veterans Day (always the 2nd Monday in Nov now) so as to honor all American Soldiers not just those from WWI. In the US, Memorial Day is in remembrance of fallen soldiers and that is in late May each yr.

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  6. I love her hair like this! Also a big fan of the gray tights with the black!

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  7. stunning look, very simple and classy, love the ponytail too. do you reckon new hat/coat tomorrow for balcony?

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  8. Nice surpise to see this post! Thank you. :) I really like her hair up like that - it's a very sophisticated look.

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  9. Her hair is not worn in a ponytail is it??
    Looks a little diffrent. Does anyone know how the look is achived?

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    1. I think she has it up in a clip, but her hair is just hiding it. -Brit

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  10. I think this is the Mulberry bag she had when she entered the plane before the Canada trip.

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  11. I was not expecting a Kate sighting and this is a pleasant surprise :) I love her hair tied back and look is very chic. Thanks CC! Xoxo

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  12. Fab hair! I wish she would do different takes on style like this - pulling the ponytail part up into a bun for various dressier events. She needs to show her face, esp when the cameras catch her in ever the slighest profile, she is often appearing to be hiding behind her hair.

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  13. Pauline California11 November 2012 01:38

    Nice surprise Charlotte. The Duchess looked stunning as always. She dresses to the nines just to go shopping, such a classy lady.

    Can't wait til Sunday to see if she wears something new or recycle a piece.

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    1. Hi Pauline,
      I think here in Europe we dress less casual and more elegant than in the US, her outfit is not exceptionally elegant for Europe! :-)

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  14. Lovely shoe. The heel is not too high. I wonder if she'll transition to lower heels soon, though I like the look of the Sledge.

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  15. Love the coat and her updo her and think is very posh

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  16. Love her hair up!!! A beautiful look for a day of shopping...classy!!! Wondering what her look will be for Remembrance Day tomorrow? Thanks for the post Charlotte!

    Kate from Texas

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  17. I love her hair this way!

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  18. I like very much this look of the "Duchess off-duty"!
    I think the Duchess could adopt this kind of look even for official engagements, she would be lovely with lower heels and ponytail, so youthful!
    The only negative note is about her make-up: I think she put on too much blush because from the photos a pink stripe on her cheek is too evident!

    Thank you Charlotte for your wonderful posts!

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  19. I just don’t understand why there are pictures of Catherine shopping, which is none of our business and nothing new, and when they are really “working”, no paparazzi pictures. Not even one. How funn

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    1. I agree. Thought r fellow bloggers were not happy to c pics of duchess in private time. Rather hypocritical IMO.

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    2. Let's keep this in perspective before we go on a witch hunt. She was in the middle of London at a major department store interacting with the public. I'm sure she was aware of the potential for photographs.

      If you have such a problem with them- don't look or comment. Problem solved.

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    3. It's not a witch hunt another perfectly reasonable comment. Ditto ditto to previous bloggers up in arms over private pictures that r published.

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    4. We appreciate that there r always photographers around taking private pics of royals, just surprised they are published here when everyone strongly agrees that their privacy is respected. Other private pics can b viewed on lesser rated and reputable sights, surely not here.

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