Saturday, 10 November 2018

The Duchess in Roland Mouret for Poignant Festival of Remembrance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty and members of the Royal family for the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.


In the week of Remembrance, the Queen, and members of the Royal Family, join the nation in commemorating and honouring the men and women who have sacrificed themselves in service to our country. This year marks a century since Armistice Day. 100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. We don't often see such a large number of royals at one event, but Remembrance week is very much the exception, when we're guaranteed to see the family out in force commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


The Duchess was greeted upon arrival.


The Queen has been patron of the Royal British Legion since 1952, only missing two festivals in the many years since taking the role. Her Majesty arriving tonight; she looked particularly resplendent.


William and Kate take their seats.


Royal attendance included the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.


Charles and Camilla in the Royal Box.


The Royal British Legion's annual festival commemorates those who have lost their lives in service of their country. It takes place on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, with two performances on the day - a matinΓ©e open to members of the public and an evening event for members of the Legion, their families, officials and royals.


The very first ‘Festival of Remembrance’ was called In Memory 1914-1918 - A Cenotaph In Sound, in aid of the British Legion, Field Marshal Earl Haig’s Appeal for Ex-Service Men of all Ranks, and was held on 11 November 1923. A royal delegation including HRH the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII and then styled as the Duke of Windsor following his abdication) was in attendance to hear John Foulds’ new composition, 'A World Requiem: A Cenotaph in Sound', performed by a chorus and orchestra.


In 1927 the concert was simply renamed the ‘Remembrance Festival’ and featured community songs including 'Pack up Your Troubles', 'Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty', and 'Tipperary'. The event ended with a service that has now become familiar, featuring 'The Last Post' and ending in 'God Save the King'.


The Royal Albert Hall shared this photo of the family attending the concert in 1984.


A host of well-known names including Sir Tom Jones, Sheridan Smith, Sir Bryn Terfel, Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Kingdom Choir performed alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of HM Royal Marines. Both Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Kingdom Choir performed at the Royal wedding of the Sussexes in May.


Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason played a beautiful rendition of 'Hallelujah' on the as bereaved families held photos of loved ones.


2018 also marks the 100th anniversary of the RAF.


The Torch of Remembrance enters the hall. Veteran Colin Bell read: "They came because country called."


The audience stand to welcome bereaved families, led by Des and Maureen Feely, whose daughter Corporal Sarah Bryant was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 aged just 26.


On each seat in the Royal Albert Hall lay a photo of a fallen soldier.


During the festival, a video of William sharing the story of his patronage, the new National Defence and Rehabilitation Centre, was featured.



A beautiful performance of 'Lord's Prayer' was sung by the Kingdom Choir.


Poppies fall from above during the two minute silence.


To mark Remembrance Week, a very special installation has taken pride of place at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2016, fifty-one transparent seated military figures were installed in the Penshurst Church for Remembrance. This solemn tribute left an indelible impression on all who saw it. Two years later, building on the impact this action had, There But Not There has been installed at the hall.


A representative said: "It is a great honour for the Hall to welcome There But Not There on this very special anniversary. This occasion was marked by installing the ghostly silhouettes of World War One soldiers or ‘Tommies’ within the famous stalls of the Home of the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance. There But Not There is a special centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.


The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. This year, they are asking people to come together to mark the end of the WW1 centenary by saying 'Thank You' to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world. Please click here to support the appeal.


A series of installations have been unveiled across the UK to highlight reasons to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation. The Legion is calling on the nation to wear their poppies with pride and back its ‘Thank You’ movement in the year that marks the end of the First World War centenary.


To launch the appeal a six-metre high poppy installation has been unveiled to the public at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, with veterans and serving personnel in attendance. Poppy red threads featuring messages from the First World War generation reach out from this central point and are positioned to face in the exact direction of poignant partner locations across the UK.


The installations aim to highlight how the legacy of the First World War is woven through the fabric of the nation, often in unexpected places. The messages written on the threads and the locations have been chosen to acknowledge the wide range of contributions from across the First World War generation.


The Duchess looked elegant in an asymmetric black dress by Roland Mouret.


The black wool and stretch silk dress features a distinctive asymmetric neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and the designer's signature gold zipper. It's currently sold out at online retailers. It can be viewed at FarFetch.


Kate carried a new Jimmy Choo Celeste bag in black velvet (with thanks to Heaven).


It appears the Duchess pinned her poppies on the Queen's pearl and diamond leaf brooch.


A closer look at Kate wearing the brooch in Belgium in 2017.


The Duchess debuted a new pair of pearl earrings. It was thought they might be a pair on loan from the Queen, however upon closer inspection it seems they are different.


Kate completed the look with black suede pumps. Heaven suggests they are the Jimmy Choo Romy style.


We'll see William and Kate with members of the Royal family at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday in the morning.

71 comments:

  1. Julia---your message about seeing the poppies was heard!!!

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    1. Haha, I thought the same thing when I saw Kate’s hair off her shoulders. πŸ˜‰

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    2. Yes, Kate's hair looks wonderful - a very elegant outfit too. The asymmetrical neckline highlights the poppies. We still have one more who needs the hair-behind-poppy message but early days. All the ladies look very nicely dressed - always a most moving evening. I particularly like the queen's subdued glitter and her huge brooch holding her poppies.

      Other notes - I like Anne's circular neckline - very attractive with the pearls - Meghan's pretty coat and Sophie's hair down but pulled back. The Duchess of Gloucester seems to drink from the fountain of youth - she looks fantastic for her age. Camilla's dress is nice with the touch of white. But of course the memory of all lost is far more important than these sartorial matters.

      Nice to see Tom Jones performing. These days this golden oldie is glad when she recognises a performer's name. Also lovely to see Harry place his wreath on the pitch at the rugby match. We've company this weekend but the act of reconciliation tomorrow should be most moving and important in these contentious times - shall try to watch.

      Some suggestion Kate's three could honour her lost ancestors as mentioned here earlier - it could well be.

      To all those who may be affected by these dreadful fires and other disasters - my thoughts are with you.

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  2. Kate looks Amazing!!! Those boys sure did fall in love with beautiful ladies, inside & out! xx

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  3. Can you just imagine the fun Diana would be having with her daughters in law & her grandchildren????

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    1. Yes, Becca, Diana would have loved and cherished every moment. Perhaps her influence and example helped her sons to choose amazing women as their wives. My own husband died before the birth of any of our five grandchildren. That to me is the saddest thing about his passing.

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    2. Oh Laura, I'm so sorry!! We have 4 & I understand that it's something that we look forward to sharing in our future together as a couples! :( xoxo

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  4. So Elegant—Love this look.

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  5. ooh, love it! she looks great. and love the cut of the dress.

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  6. Amazing, Kate definitely rules!

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  7. I have always enjoyed this event. Not only because it remembers those who gave their lives but because it's attended by so many members of the Royal Family - a true show of support from so many of them.

    Kate looks great tonight! This whole look has a more confident edge to it and the neckline is quite striking. I especially like the way Kate is about an inch in front ot William in the arrival shot ;) She's happy and confident and it shows :)

    Love Avee in SA

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    1. I’ve definitely noticed a change in her since returning from after having Louis. She has a confidence & zeal (is that the right word?) that I’ve never seen before. Kate has matured & it suits her!

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    2. I couldn't agree with you more Kiwi Gal :)

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    3. +1, Avee and Kiwi Gal!

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  8. quick question:
    what is the dress code? i know most people wear black, or mostly black. but william is wearing blue.

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    1. Pretty sure they never wear dark suits (maybe at funerals). And since this is a military event the regimental tie makes sense. But someone more well versed in etiquette and military rules and such probably know way more than me!

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    2. Since it is a festival of remembrance and not a funeral or even memorial there is no black only code. The men all tend to wear their navy suits. The royal women mostly stick with black, but if you look over the years you will find navy and grey in the mix as well. You will even find HM in a dark blue dress a couple of years back (if I remember right it was 2015)

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  9. As always, the brits and their royals celebrate and show respect to the fallen perfectly! And out in force for the centenery, as they should!

    I must say, although fashion is surely not the point of an event like this, Kate looks splendid! I love the simplicity of the dress and the sleekness while still having small points of interest! Very elegant!

    Also, if that stalk of the brooch is the leafy brooch she's worn before (as I've seen speculated on twitter) it's a very elegant solution to showcazing her 3 poppies!

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    1. Rebecca, you were right about the brooch! That’s quite a clever way of displaying the poppies.

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  10. That neckline!!! Wonderful!!
    Really curious about the earrings..maybe something new? I don’t recognize them.
    Her hair is to die for as usual.

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    1. i'm hoping for better pics of the earrings - they look gorgeous!

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  11. Love love LOVE. One of my all time faves of Kate’s!!!!

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  12. I’m always impressed with how the folks in the UK have Remembrance. This event is particularly nice.
    I love this dress on Kate and I especially like the neckline. It’s different and she looks great.

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  13. I love this dress! More modern and chic than she has been going for lately. In fact I could see Meghan wearing it.

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  14. Gosh this is a refreshing look for Kate! Lovely lines, simple and sophisticated.

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  15. The third child must be the charm! Kate continues to look happy and relaxed. Love love her earrings as well as QE’s wrap. Can anyone identify it?
    Jane in TX

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  16. I love this event - the colors are beautiful!
    Lovely and elegant couple!
    XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  17. Silvia from Tuscany10 November 2018 at 20:32

    Perfectly appropriate to the event. Simple, elegant and sophisticated. Poppies in full sight as it should be. Kate looks beautiful!

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  18. This neckline fits perfect she looking so good

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  19. William and Kate look fabulous. The Queen is amazing, she looks so beautiful. The true star is the event itself.

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    1. The poppies falling, during the 2 minutes of silence was so poignant.

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    2. You are right Tedi, the event was the star and the poppies falling very poignant. Sometimes I wonder how they can remain so poised and hold it together so well in these moments. The Queen is a wonder and a true pillar of strength. cc

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  20. I have always enjoyed Mourets designs and this is perfection. The neckline adds edge, but it’s still the perfect tailoring that suits her figure so so well.
    You never know what happens behind closed doors, but I am quite envious of Kate at this time. Not her position, but having that Confidence and happiness with life that oozes out of her.
    Go Kate!!!

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  21. Looking fabulous. Love everything about the whole look. Totally appropriate for the occasion.

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  22. The DoC looks beautuful. A modern choice , still respectful. The Queen looked lovely. I am mindful of the lost lives of WWI this weekend. I feel for the UK who lost almost an entire generation of young men. I also remember the families who lost their loved ones to the concurrent flu epidemic.

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    1. I was just reading about the influenza epidemic...it was so sad! One young soldier almost made it home to NZ to see his parents, but died just before he got there. We will remember them.

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  23. Love the dress!

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  24. It does not look like the same brooch as the one she wore in Belgium in 2017 but I am not certain. The 2017 one looks white on my screen and todays brooch looks silver and the design looks a bit different to me.

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  25. She looks lovely. Her hair looks gorgeous and those earrings are fantastic.

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  26. Her Majesty the Queen is the picture of elegance. She looks lovely in her wrap.

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    1. I think the Queen looked 10 years younger when wearing that wrap. Just gorgeous on her.

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    2. HM looks fantastic! What an incredible, elegant, dedicated lady.

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  27. Love the duchess outdit she look so stunning hmm prince louie was very relax and very good baby so can duchess really bloom like a mothe of third child was goood

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  28. Thank you for the detailed post. This is always a remarkable event and it's wonderful to see everyone there to Remember.

    I didn't think there would be much to say sartorially about this event which is fine as fashion isn't the focus but colour me surprised! Catherine looks gorgeous. Definitely my favourite look by far she has worn for this event. The dress is lovely and I love the prominence of her poppies. I really like the texture of her poppies rather than the typical paper ones. I wonder where she got them from? Lovely to "see" the diamond and pearl brooch again. I love how the Royal ladies use brooches to anchor their poppies.

    The Queen and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester looked amazing! I really like the Countess of Wessex's hair. Her dress reminds me of the dress Kate wore in 2015. I didn't like that one on Kate and I don't like this one much on Sophie. Something about this design isn't flattering.

    The pic from 1984 is really a blast from the past: the Queen Mother, Lady Diana, Sarah Ferguson, Mark Phillips, Margaret Thatcher.

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    1. Caroline in Montana12 November 2018 at 18:03

      per 1984, I thought it was kind of a funny/sad shot with PC on one end and Lady Di on the other. Just goes to show how far they have come with the placement of couples in the latest family photo. Good to see the RF looking rock solid.

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  29. I love the look!! Especially the lenth of the dress and the sleeves. And her hair ist just - wow! By the way, even the lip gloss looks great ;-)

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  30. In looking back at the photos I wish she had shortened the dress a bit, not fond of that length on her with this dress. The Queen looked wonderful, in fact all the ladies looked very nice. Sounds like a lovely event.

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  31. It was raining here in NZ as well; the tears of the fallen.

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  32. I don’t think this dress favors Kate at all and she looks a bit casual for this evening concert. The skirt falls at a very unflattering wide point on her calves. Maybe it looks better in person. I find it aging and dull.
    A beautiful and moving reminder of the terrible loss in the war to end all wars.

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  33. Love her hair and new earrings. I always hated speculation but the side photos make me wonder if any chance Cambridge’s might be expecting again? Or maybe the dress is just bulky there?

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    1. Caroline in Montana12 November 2018 at 18:07

      I saw that as well, I just thought that it was a bit of left over Louis though:) Its pretty quick but I guess I have siblings that close, id be delighted with one more:)

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  34. Kates make up is on point tonight.

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  35. I love Roland Mouret on Kate! She looks great and this neckline and sleek design really suits her. I much prefer this to some black lace Dolce Gabbana thing. I thought she looked her best in his gowns ( the cream and the sexy blue, off shoulder one). I would really love it if she ditched Jenny Packham for the state occasions and focused more on the sleek Roland Mouret designs- it would showcase any bling and tiara perfectly. Her physique is very similar to Charlene of Monaco- a very athletic build and beautiful arms and legs- Armani would also suit are Kate so well. I also would love to see her in a tuxedo pants suit, but that would be a bit of a stretch out of her comfort zone.

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    1. HoosieLori, you have made some great points:):). I too would love to see her in more of his designs and the off shoulder look, I actually do not think this neckline or the length of the dress is a good look for Kate but in general his sleek style is a good look for Kate....I also could do with very little lace for a long time.

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    2. HoosierLori, I totally agree!

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  36. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher11 November 2018 at 02:37

    Beautiful and emotional event, it’s lovely to see Kate and the royal family get together. Kate’s dress is of course perfect and I do love that pearl brooch, even if we cannot see it this time. The poppies tell the tale of the amazing soldiers who defended our way of life.

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    1. Annette New Zealand11 November 2018 at 06:04

      I do like Catherine's dress but find it difficult to get used to the very obvious zip down the back. I know it shows my age but zips used to be unobtrusive and the same colour as the dress. I don't think it is an improvement!

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    2. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher11 November 2018 at 12:54

      I do agree Annette! I’m not a big fan of visible zips either.

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  37. Especially love the second photo of Kate from your post above. I also liked that her poppies are on full display and I prefer that to the darker smaller poppy worn by Camilla. The support for military should be in full colorful view and respectfully worn with pride. This is no time for a dull poppy so that one's dress can be highlighted. Well done, Kate.

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  38. Really enjoying the dress that the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. Charlotte, this is a great ‘read’. Thanks for all the research. Very interesting historical facts.

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  39. What a poignant photograph of the senior royals in the first row - the future of the monarchy!

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  40. These ceremonies are more emotional for me than those in the US! I think it is because the Queen lived through WWII and I still equate her and her parents' spirits with the bravery of the Allies. We change presidents so often (sometimes not often enough of course), so you don't feel they have a real connection to war and the past and lessons learned. How does the Queen look better each year?? I like to think that she is content with her children's and grandchildren's situations.

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  41. Greybird K, I think she looks so lovely but I agree I keep waiting for a photo that makes the dress and Kate look a bit better...like you I think some of the odd look is just the photos, no one looks too good:):) and I mean no one. Agree this dress is too long it needs a belt, and please no more of those 3/4 length sleeves.

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  42. LK Bennett Carolina earrings look a good replicate for the Duchesses earrings to me.

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  43. she looks absolutely stunning. I prefer this look than Tusk conservation look. her hair is so shinny.

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  44. Tammy from California11 November 2018 at 16:10

    Charlotte, “Resplendent” such a beautiful, colorful word and describes the queen exactly!!

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  45. Is it just me, or does Kate look a bit more full in her face? Normally, her face is so thin it's aging her early. I like everything about her look here. Her hair is glossy and flowing, she does not look tired with bags under her eyes like she did for the Remembrance service, her make-up is not heavy, and the dress is lovely. Well done, Kate!

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  46. Kate looks beautiful I love the neck cut. Thanks Charlotte for sharing this important event.

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