We're back with our first post of the year and as promised we're hosting our annual polls, asking readers to vote for their favourite pieces worn by the Duchess of Cambridge in 2015. It's become customary to begin with Kate's coats simply because she has such an outstanding collection from a plethora of high street brands and designers. The Duchess added a number of new additions to her closet this year as well as bringing back favourites she's previously worn.
Kate selected the Séraphine 'Natasha' Cashmere Blend Coat for a day of engagements in Kensington. The soft mist-blue garment features mother of pearl buttons, a collarless style, a sleek straight cut, and stylish faux pockets. It is described as "an elegant addition to your wardrobe for before, during, and after pregnancy". It's a gorgeous coat and without question a strong contender for a winning choice.
In February Kate wrapped up in the Max Mara 'Villar' Belted Wool Coat for a visit to Portsmouth. The classic double-breasted coat served as another good maternity choice for the Duchess. The 100% wool piece originally retailed for £580.
During a visit to Action for Children's Cape Hill Centre, Kate debuted a new coat by SportsMax. The stylish blue piece is from the brand's 2014 Collection.
Kate repeated her pretty pink bespoke Alexander McQueen coat for the Commonwealth Observance in March. Kate first wore the coat for Trooping the Colour in 2013 when she was expecting Prince George and it was the perfect occasion to give it another outing.
Kate brought back another coat from her first maternity wardrobe - the Hobbs Dalmatian Print Coat - for a day of engagements in Margate. The Duchess first wore it when she christened 'Royal Princess' and it caused quite a stir as the choice of print was something of a departure from Kate's usual style.
For Kate's visit to the set of Downton Abbey she was elegant in a cream coat by British maternity brand JoJo Maman Bébé. The appropriately named 'Princess' Wool Coat is described as "a great investment piece for your maternity wardrobe". The wool-mix fabric gives it a luxurious, cosy feel. The collarless garment features front slant slip pockets, tonal topstitching and panel seaming.
The Beulah London Chiara Trapeze Coat proved a popular choice for a service of commemoration. The coat was described as "extremely flattering" with a nipped in waist and soft folds at the hem. I thought the entire look was very regal.
On St. Patrick's Day, Kate opted for a chestnut brown Catherine Walker coat. The wool crepe piece was a beautiful fit and it was interesting to see her choosing a colour other than green for the event.
Kate wore her very popular sleek black coat for a visit to Brookhill Children's Centre. Kate's had the piece for several years, with the Palace confirming it's by her "private dressmaker".
For a day of engagements in South London, Kate chose the cerise Mulberry coat she first wore in New York in December 2014. The double-breasted coat is a double crepe wool/silk blend. It originally retailed for £1,500 before selling out shortly after Kate first wore it. It is described as "a timeless winter style with a reassuringly classic silhouette".
It was a floral-print Catherine Walker design for Trooping the Colour - Kate's first official appearance following Princess Charlotte's arrival. The 'Astrid' coatdress features a contemporary pencil line, neat rounded collar, and is sharply tailored in a crisp textured woven ivory and ice blue silk.
The Duchess was effortlessly elegant in a bespoke McQueen coatdress for Princess Charlotte's christening. The cream fit and flare design is a timeless piece with a striking neckline and exquisite tailoring. The piece was clearly designed with complementing the christening gown in mind. Another fantastic collaboration between Kate and Sarah Burton.
Kate wore her much-loved Hobbs 'Celeste' coat for a Crathie Kirk service during the Cambridges' Balmoral visit in September. The Duchess purchased the wool crepe piece in 2011 and has worn it several times since.
For the Ruby World Cup opening ceremony, the Duchess wore the very chic Reiss 'Emile' Sharply Tailored Coat. The bright blue coat features a stand-up collar, a single button fastening and two front pockets, and is neatly panelled to be figure flattering. The 'Emile' is from the brand's Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection.
The Countess of Strathearn was stylish in a beautiful bespoke Christopher Kane coat and matching kilt for a day of engagements in Dundee, Scotland in October. Tailoring really is key when choosing a coat and the slim-fitted dogtooth coat was impeccably tailored.
On Remembrance Sunday, Kate wore a bespoke double-breasted McQueen coat with velvet trim.
For an away day in Wales, Kate repeated her popular Reiss 'Angel' coat. First worn publicly on Christmas morning in 2011, the fit and flare style is clearly a favourite of Kate. The £325 military-style garment is from the brand's Autumn/Winter 2010 Collection. It features a large wrap around collar and smart multi-stitching detail.
Reiss coats proved a popular choice for the Duchess who sported their houndstooth 'Rubik' Coat for a visit to Action on Addiction's Centre for Treatment Studies and again on a shopping outing a few days later.
On Christmas Day, Kate was festive in the green SportsMax Long Belted Coat. As with a number of her coats, Kate opted to remove the belt and wear one of her own.
Another year filled with memorable coats for the Duchess, and it is simply so difficult to choose just one. A few of my favourites include the bespoke blue Christopher Kane, the ivory McQueen coatdress worn for Charlotte's christening, and the blue Séraphine coat. Which one is your favourite and got your vote?
I'm very much looking forward to seeing your votes :)
I'm very much looking forward to seeing your votes :)
Before we leave you for tonight, we'd like to briefly discuss an ITV Documentary, When Ant and Dec Met the Prince: 40 Years of the Prince's Trust. Over a year, popular presenting duo Ant and Dec had incredible access as they followed Prince Charles on an array of engagements supporting the Prince's Trust. It was very moving to hear stories of young people the trust has helped; there was one scene in particular when a group of young people found out work experience they had gained through the trust would lead to full-time employment during a visit by Prince Charles. It was very moving to see their reaction: genuine emotion and tears. It's amazing to think forty years ago just over £7,000 would go on to create an organisation that has helped almost one million young people.
Despite the success of the trust Prince Charles spoke of feeling "he is not doing enough" and his belief in "staying ahead of the game" to ensure the organisation thrives. Charles spoke of his hopes that one day William or Harry will take an interest in the trust and it would be wonderful if they did. Obviously, the young royals will want to make their own mark with their Royal Foundation, but hopefully a way of continuing the successful projects and initiatives created by the trust can be found.
The documentary featured a delightfully candid interview with William and Harry at Kensington Palace. Filmed in their old living room, it was splendid to get a peek inside the palace and around the grounds. It afforded a much better view than we're accustomed to seeing from aerial views. The interior looks beautiful and as they entered it was lovely to see a photo of William, Kate and George from their Australia/New Zealand tour. William discussed how fatherhood has made him "more emotional"and noted Harry likes to come over to "scrounge food". I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the informal style utterly refreshing. At present, the documentary is available on YouTube, and hopefully it will remain there.
We'll be continuing with our polls next, looking at Kate's gowns and dresses!