To kick off another week on the blog, we're back with our second poll (there is still time to vote for Kate's Best Dress of 2013) taking a look at Kate's Best Coat of 2013. The Duchess has a stellar collection, which she displayed throughout her pregnancy and later last year during a series of engagements. As always, I'm very excited to see the winning garment and to hear your thoughts. We'll be revealing all the winners in a Kate Fashion Awards after the polls end, but first back to the topic at hand.
We first saw Kate in a coat in March at a friend's wedding in Switzerland. The Duchess selected a chic cream coat for the event, and the piece has been very popular among readers as it remains unidentified, despite numerous searches.
A reader who attended the wedding got in touch shortly afterwards and noted the buttons looked fake. Jenny noted the garment bears many similarities to the Reiss Covent Coat, so perhaps it is a past season piece by the brand? Regardless, it is a striking coat and Kate clearly loves it, having worn it several times since.
Kate brought back her Hobbs 'Celeste' coat for a day of engagements in Grimsby.
For Cheltenham, the Duchess chose a lovely dusky pink Joseph coat she has had in her wardrobe for several years. The buttons had been moved allowing more room, making it a suitable maternity wear style.
At the St. Patrick's Day parade at Aldershot, Kate wore her green Emilia Wickstead coat. The Autumn/Winter 2010 piece features a fitted top and a full skirt completed with a belted waist. It's yet another coat from Kate's wardrobe which worked well for her during her pregnancy.
For an engagement at the offices of Child Bereavement UK, the Duchess debuted a new coat: the Redgrave by Goat. The heavy wool piece features a low collar, button front fastening, stitch detailing and two slanted open front pockets.
What does one wear for an engagement with Her Majesty and Prince Philip? Kate has perfected the art of choosing simple, understated clothing when accompanying The Queen on official appearances. In March, the royal trio visited Baker Street Station; the Duchess wore a dark teal coat by Danish designer Malene Birger.
When Kate volunteered with the scouts in the snow, she opted for a practical look befitting the nature of the day and kept warm in her Barbour Linhope jacket. It is described as "a versatile jacket which offers you excellent protection against all weathers".
The Duke and Duchess made a two-day trip to Scotland in April; on day one Kate elected to wear the £425 tartan 'Workers Coat' by Moloh.
On day two, we saw another old favourite brought back as a maternity style; the royal red angora Armani coat she debuted at William's passing out ceremony at Sandhurst in 2006. It's one of Kate's all-time best looks in my opinion and it was great to see it again.
The Duchess looked splendid in a mint Mulberry coat at The Queen's Scouts Parade. The €2,300 coat is 100% cotton and features four flower buttons in soft gold, two large pockets, frayed fabric panel detailing and lined sleeves.
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For a hospice visit, the Duchess wore a peach Tara Jarmon cotton twill coat. It looked great on Kate and I loved the colour.
The Duchess brightened up Her Majesty's Garden Party in the Emilia Wickstead 'Marella' silk coat - perfect for the event and the season. The yellow abstract coat is collarless with an open front and three-quarter length sleeves.
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Kate was elegant in a pale pink Jenny Packham coat for The Queen's Coronation Service in June.
Godmother Kate christened Royal Princess in the Hobbs Dalmatian Print coat. The print was an unusual choice for HRH and a departure from her usual taste in coats, but it was a fun piece and it was nice to see her experimenting.
Kate was pretty in pink in a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat with large pearl buttons for Trooping The Colour.
Below we see a closer look at the detail.
The Duchess wore her L.K. Bennett 'Ami' coat to meet Poppy Day Supporters in November. It's one of my least favourites as it seems somewhat ill fitting and too roomy around the shoulders. What do you all think?
Alexander McQueen coat dress Kate wore Christmas Day. I imagine it was one of several outfits the Duchess wore that day, but it was a wonderful look for her - very festive.
Thank you so much for voting! I have to say it was a tough choice, as Kate has worn so many magnificent coats this year (she really does love them). While it's very much subject to change, my number one choice is the UFO cream coat the Duchess wore in Switzerland and later on Christmas morning. It's a stunning piece and incredibly versatile.
On Saturday, the Duchess was spotted shopping for antique rugs at Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire - just over 30 kilometres from Bucklebury - suggesting it is quite likely Kate and George are still in Bucklebury (with many thanks to Abbey and Raquel who shared their sightings). Prince William began his ten-week bespoke course at Cambridge University today (Good luck, William!) so it is entirely possible the Duchess may opt to spend some of the time with her family.
The Duchess was accompanied by a royal protection officer and wore a camel coat for the shopping excursion.
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It is thought the Duchess was shopping at Knights Antiques. The shop "combines the ageless beauty of Persian tribal and village rugs and carpets with the unique style of English country furniture, clocks, pewter and paintings from the period 1600-1900". An antique Persian rug costs roughly several thousand pounds. Perhaps Kate is adding finishing touches to Apartment 1A, Kensington Palace, or shopping for Anmer Hall?
Kate celebrates her 32nd birthday on Thursday, and I expect William has something special lined up. Last year, William, Kate, the Middletons and friends enjoyed Cirque du Soleil!
Finally, Australian news outlets are reporting William and Kate have selected Sydney as their base for their April tour. Royal aides are set to travel over shortly to finalise details and the itinerary. We'll be back with our next poll in just a couple of days!