Best Day Dress
The award for Kate's Best Day Dress of 2012 goes to the Alexander McQueen ensemble the Duchess wore for Prince George's christening. With almost 50% of the vote it was one of our clearest winners in the poll. The bespoke cream ruffled garment was a fabulous choice for the occasion. A very worthy winner indeed!
I think most of us, from a fashion perspective at least, favour seeing Kate in an evening gown above all else. There were few events in 2013 which called for a floor length frock, but we did see a small number of gorgeous dresses - most notably our winner - the ink-blue Jenny Packham off the shoulder gown from the designer's Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 Collection. The Duchess wore this for a reception at Kensington Palace and it clearly impressed many of you.
The Duchess has a stellar collection of coats, many of which we had the opportunity to see in 2013, both new pieces and older ones. I was particularly interested to see which one would prove most popular and wasn't at all surprised to see the beautiful Black Watch tartan Alexander McQueen coat dress was your favourite.
Many of us love seeing Kate pair individual items together achieving an altogether polished look. For Kate's Best Separates Look you chose the navy Max Mara jacket and Orla Kiely pleated skirt she wore back in November. The garments worked together perfectly and Kate looked fantastic. It was a sophisticated yet youthful and fresh look.
The award for Kate's Best Designer very deservedly goes to Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Ms. Burton has created a selection of incredibly detailed and structured garments for the Duchess in the past year. It was a relatively close race, with Jenny Packham not far behind, however, comparing the two talented designers' creations for the Duchess in 2013, Sarah Burton was marginally ahead. She really knows how to dress Kate beautifully, in pieces befitting her position. A terrific fashion partnership, I think you'll agree.
The award for Kate's Best Shoes goes to her ever reliable L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps.
Kate has a fantastic collection and her go-to Aquatalia Rhumba Boots are our winners! They look excellent with coats, dresses and jeans, and add so much to any look.
The Best Hat Awards goes to the Jane Taylor 'Georgie' Hat Kate wore for Prince George's christening. Obviously it was created to match the McQueen ensemble and named after George. The sinamay beret features delicate ivory silk/organza rose and classic veiling trim. It remains available for £755.
Kate's most popular earrings from 2013 are the diamond chandelier earrings lent to her by The Queen for the Annual Diplomatic Reception. Splendid choice!
This was one of our smallest polls with a mere four nominees. The voting was incredibly close but the award for Best Necklace goes to the £20 Zara Sparkly Bead Crystal Necklace the Duchess wore to the Mandela première. Fans of the piece may be interested to know it's coming in and out of stock regularly on the website.
How much did we love Kate's Tiara Appearance?
I included the tiara in the poll to gauge just how popular it was. The vast majority of you 'loved it' or 'didn't care which tiara we saw, the fact Kate was wearing one was enough'. I do hope we see it properly at some point this year.
Our final award for Best Clutch goes to Kate's red bow Alexander McQueen clutch. A gorgeous accessory, which injects a pop of colour into any look.
Congratulations to all of our worthy winners and thank you all so much for taking the time to participate by voting and commenting. I wish to reiterate my earlier words - this has been so much fun - and a welcome series of posts during an exceptionally quiet month in terms of royal news and appearances. Let's do it all again after the tour! :)
As we mentioned above it has been an incredibly quiet month. Despite this Kate continues to make headlines; this week Her Royal Highness marked 1,000 days as a Duchess. The Daily Express's Richard Palmer wrote a lovely article yesterday about the milestone.
'Inside her grand home in an ornate 17th-century palace, it is unlikely there will be celebrations as The Duchess of Cambridge marks a milestone today. It will no doubt be business as usual: looking after her young son, chatting with the housekeeper and nanny about domestic duties and holding discussions with her private secretary about official duties.
But as she ponders an uncertain future and gets to grips with motherhood, the former Kate Middleton could be forgiven a quiet smile to herself after notching up 1,000 days as a Duchess.'
The article discusses William's future career possibilities and mentions engagements in February for Kate:
'William has been looking into the possibility of postponing full-time royal duties for at least another couple of years by performing some as yet unidentified public service role. Those closest to William say they are still working it through with him and a decision will be made in September. But there is a hint of subtle change in the royal household with some suggesting that much-vaunted public service role could now mean starting full-time royal duties.
Whatever her husband does, courtiers anticipate Kate stepping up her royal duties in 2014, starting with a handful of engagements in February.'
I expect we will hear an engagement or two announced for the Duchess shortly.
Earlier this week, Kate was spotted out and about on the Fulham Rd enjoying some retail therapy. She was also seen at Selfridges. Super sleuth Ashley Marie spoke with Jordan, who saw the Duchess and noted she was accompanied by a royal protection officer and wearing a Ralph Lauren Collection Dress from the Spring 2013 Collection. Jordan actually works for Ralph Lauren and noticed the dress immediately.
The Contrast Collar Montgomery Dress features an eggshell round collar with eyelet trim, black crepe, puff short sleeves, padded shoulders, button-down front to waist with hidden top snap at the collar. The tailored fit dress is currently on sale at StyleBop reduced from €2800 to €1400. It's worth noting, the dress bears remarkable similarities to Kate's Topshop Contrast Collar Dress.
Kate also wore a long black coat, her Russell and Bromley Charge It Boots and carried a green clutch bag.
Finally, Prince George is six months old on Wednesday. It's hard to believe it's been that long! The Royal Family welcomed a new addition with the arrival of Ms. Mia Grace Tindall (daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall) and no doubt she and George will be great pals. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)