Showing posts with label order of the garter 2016. Show all posts
Showing posts with label order of the garter 2016. Show all posts

Monday, 13 June 2016

It's Royal Repeats & Wedding Earrings for (a Very Rainy) Garter Day

The Duchess of Cambridge joined other members of the Royal family for the annual Order of the Garter ceremonies at Windsor Castle today.

The Duchess arriving.

Kate waved to the crowds.

The Duchess of Cambridge with the Duchess of Cornwall (who was wearing the coat she wore to William and Kate's wedding).

Unfortunately, our 'British summertime' weather altered today's order of proceedings. Due to persistent rain, carriages and the procession were cancelled. Rebecca English reports "The full garter procession hasn't been rained off at Windsor since 1971, apparently". The crowds still turned out in force.

Prince Charles and Prince William.

Royal knights and ladies include the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, the Earl of Wessex and Prince William. The Duke and Duchess.

Kate and Camilla curtsy to The Queen.

The annual Order of the Garter ceremonies mark a special day on the royal calendar. Each June, the Knights of the Garter gather at Windsor Castle where new knights take the oath and are invested with the insignia. A lunch is given in the Waterloo Chamber, after which the Knights proceed to a service in St George's Chapel.

There are oodles of interesting information surrounding the Order including: the Order's motto is 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' which translates to 'Shame on him who thinks evil of it'.The patron saint of the Order is St George (patron saint of soldiers and also of England) and the spiritual home of the Order is St George's Chapel, Windsor.

The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348 by Edward III, is the highest order of chivalry existing in England. St George is the patron saint of the ceremony. The Queen appoints the Knights of the Garter without advice from ministers. Prince William was the 1000th Knight on the register when he joined the Order in 2008.

The Order's members must wear vestments for ceremonial occasions. Members have worn the blue velvet robe since the 16th century. The heraldic shield of St George is sewn onto the left shoulder of the robe. The hat is a Tudor bonnet of black velvet with a plume of white ostrich and black heron feathers.

The insignia of a knight of the Order of the Garter.

The Queen appoints knights and ladies entirely at her own discretion without advice from aides or ministers. There can only twenty-four knights plus the Monarch and Prince of Wales at any one time. In 1987 Her Majesty decided that women should be eligible for the Garter in the same way as men. Ladies of the Garter include Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

It's Kate's fifth appearance at the event. She memorably made her debut in 2008 (the year William was installed as a knight) wearing her black pin dot suit and a Philip Treacy hat. I recall royal commentators thought it unusual for a girlfriend to be in attendance - and it prompted many a rumour an engagement was imminent at the time. Since the wedding: Kate attended in Katherine Hooker in 2011. In 2012 she repeated a favourite McQueen Coatdress, and in 2014 it was Christopher Kane. The Duchess missed 2013 and 2015 as she was on maternity leave.

Brightening up the rainy day, Kate brought back her much-loved red Catherine Walker coat-dress.

The Duchess first wore it in 2011 as she and William departed from Canada after their very successful debut tour.

The lightweight wool garment features three-quarter length sleeves, princess seaming, and Kate's favoured fit-and-flare style. It was one of my favourite looks from Canada, and it was great to see it again.

Kate chose the red Lock & Co. hat and McQueen red bow clutch from the Jubilee River Pageant in 2012.

A closer look at the hat on Kate today.

Kate's worn several lovely updos in the last week. Today's was especially chic and an ideal choice to show off the hat and earrings.

Kate debuted a gorgeous new pair of red pumps.

Regal Watcher and Middleton Maven identified them as the Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps. Made in Italy, the eye-catching shoes have a pointed toe and leather sole.

Gianvito Rossi

The surprise of the day came in the form of Kate's choice of earrings. The Duchess selected the Robinson Pelham pair from her wedding.

Michael and Carole Middleton had matching earrings commissioned from London jewellers Robinson Pelham as a wedding gift. Their design is derived from the acorn and oak leaves which form part of the Middleton family coat of arms, and they perfectly complement the 'Halo' tiara, echoing the scroll elements in the design. The £15 K earrings are made of 18 karat white gold and diamonds in the form of a curled diamond set oak leaf top and a pear-shaped diamond set drop with a central articulated pave set diamond acorn.

Robinson Pelham

I thought there was a good chance we might see them again, if Kate wore the Cartier Halo tiara from her wedding again, however, it was totally unexpected to see them today.

The Duchess wore her Art Deco bracelet composed of flower clusters alternating with baguette diamonds. It is believed to be part of a wedding gift from Prince Charles.

And her Mappin & Webb Empress pendant.

Mappin & Webb

A stellar look for the Duchess today, what do you think?

It turns out we'll be seeing Kate a lot sooner than expected. It was just announced, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge will attend Secretary of State for Northern Ireland's garden party at Hillsborough Castle tomorrow. It will be their first visit to NI since their pre-engagement visit. 

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