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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Duchess repeats McQueen Favourite at The Queen's Garden Party

For her second official appearance today, The Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie at Buckingham Palace for The Queen's Garden Party.


The Duchess was scheduled to attend Thursday's garden party for the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross but it was announced this morning there was a change of plan. One imagines it's a case of which royal is needed most on the day.


It's a pity Kate won't be there Thursday because privately she has been a big supporter of the organisation. In fact, the entire Middleton family are. It would be an excellent charity for the Duchess to work with, but I thought it interesting to share Richard Palmer's tweets because often times work is carried out under the radar and in an unofficial capacity.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

Today is Prince Philip's 93rd birthday and this could very well be another reason the day was switched. The incredibly hard-working prince was in his element celebrating at the 8,000-strong party this afternoon.

No doubt the family will mark the special occasion together later, perhaps with tea and cake? Princess Diana's former chef Darren McGrady shared this photo.

After the playing of the national anthem at 4 p.m. the royals separated and mingled with the crowd to ensure as many guests as possible had the opportunity to meet a member of the Royal Family.

Kate chatting with The Princess Royal.

Her Majesty hosts at least three garden parties every year at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The parties are considered one of the royal highlights of the year since the 1860s when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as 'breakfasts' (although they took place in the afternoon).

Quantities of tea and refreshments served are enormous, according to the official website:

'Tea and other refreshments are served from long buffet tables. At a typical garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed. Some 400 waiting staff are involved in the serving.'

A guest shared a look at his invitation via Twitter.

Jas Jassal Twitter Feed

Mingling with the crowd.

It is the third consecutive year Kate has attended a garden party, in 2012 and 2013 she selected designs by Emilia Wickstead.

PA/The British Monarchy

Kate elected to repeat the beautiful lace Alexander McQueen dress she first wore for The Queen's Jubilee Service in 2012. The knee length sheath showcased lace atop a white base and it features long sleeves, a boat neck and satin ribbon at the waist (today Kate wore it without the ribbon). It's a bespoke piece, not bearing any major similarities to anything the brand has produced in recent years. One expects it was a garment created in collaboration between Kate and Sarah Burton.

A closer look at the exquisite lace.

Kate wore a pretty new hat by Corbett. It was specifically designed to be worn with the McQueen dress.

Jane Corbett

The milliner was delighted to see The Duchess in her creation.

Jane Corbett Twitter Feed

A look at the hat from another angle. Kate wore her hair partially up, a style she is becoming increasingly fond of.

Kate carried her Russell and Bromley Park Avenue clutch.

Russell and Bromley

Kate selected her favourite Annoushka pearls for the event.


Kate's pointed toe shoes are by Russell and Bromley (with thanks to Ashley Marie) The 5th Avenue style are from last year and no longer available in the exact colour she wore. Below we see them in metallic.

Russell and Bromley

It was a lovely look for Kate, the lace dress is one of her best.

If you're just joining us today, this morning's post covering Kate's visit to the National Maritime Museum is here. We'll next see the Duchess on Saturday morning for the annual Trooping The Colour parade; there's some talk of little George appearing on the balcony. It's a possibility, but we'll have to wait and see :)

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Duchess Kate Recycles Emilia Wickstead Dress Coat at Garden Party

Duchess Kate joined the Queen today for her first Buckingham Palace garden party. 8,000 guests attended the party which is considered one of the highlights of the summer season. 


It was a beautiful day in London for a garden party, with the sun shining throughout the afternoon.

Photographer James Whatling

The national anthem was plated when the royals arrived and again when the party finished.

Prince William's absence is reportedly due to work commitments at RAF Valley where he is a Search and Rescue pilot. During William's deployment in the Falklands, Kate proved she could take any solo event in her stride. The Duchess appeared to enjoy the day, mingling with guests.

Tea and refreshments were served from buffet tables. At a typical party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed. Four hundred waiting staff are involved in the serving. You can watch a video about Royal garden parties on The Official Website of the British Monarchy.

When asked how she was finding her first garden party Kate said
'It's very nerve wracking facing such a sea of people but great fun. Everyone looks pretty dressed up'.

When told the average guest consumes fourteen sandwiches Kate smiled and said
'Gosh, no really? Well I had better see what I can do about that'. 

Kate also spoke about how she's loving every minute of married life. When she is not out on an official engagement she is researching for the next one and finds she is kept very busy.

Guests had an opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, a wealth of wildlife and the summer house. Unlike the state rooms the gardens are not open to the general public. 

Duchess Kate recycled the £1200  Emilia Wickstead, pale pink, Alice dress coat she wore to the Queen's Sovereigns' Luncheon on May 18th. The bespoke piece, based on the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection is perfect for the occasion. I suspect Kate chose to recycle the piece so quickly as she is in the company of Her Majesty today and perhaps eager to deflect attention from her sartorial choices. 

Emilia Wickstead/Reuters

Kate teamed her dress with an oversized pink, straw and lace hat by milliner Jane Corbett.

Kate wore her favourite LK Bennett Sledge 2 Pumps. The taupe platform shoes are a staple in Kate's wardrobe, They are available for £185.

 LK Bennett

Kate carried her LK Bennett Natalie Clutch. The £160 clutch is currently out of stock.

Kate opted for minimalist jewellery, wearing a classic pair of pearl drop earrings.


Overall I really liked this look, I think it worked better this time, teamed with the hat. Did you prefer it today or at the Sovereign's luncheon? Kate seemed incredibly happy today and her winning smile is always a fabulous asset :)

 You can watch a video from the party HERE.


In other news, 'The Jubilee Queen with Katie Couric' will air on ABC tonight at 9 pm EST. During Prince William's poignant interview he discusses missing his mother on his wedding day

'It was the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here. And just how sad really, for her more than anything, not being able to see it. I think she would have loved the day and I think, hopefully, she's be very proud of us both for the day. I'm just very sad that's she's not going to get a chance to meet Kate'.

Prince Harry also discusses his mother and how 'she would have loved Kate'. A rare interview with the Prince's not to be missed.

ABC News


Finally another engagement has been added to William and Kate's diary. The couple will join HM and Prince Philip in Nottingham on June 13th. They'll make a balcony appearance at city's council house.

Richard Palmer 

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