We're back with an update on the King's Cup Regatta, but before we get to that, here's our first batch of stylists' looks suggesting possibilities for the Duchess to wear to Wimbledon. I was intrigued to see choices for a daywear event, as we've largely focused on white-tie banquets in previous years and as always you all shared stylish, elegant ideas perfect for a day of summer tennis at the iconic tournament. I've always enjoyed Kate's choices for Wimbledon; she's worn a selection of beautiful dresses in recent years in particular. I think many of you feel the same and selected silhouettes and designs we know Kate favours. There are also fabulous looks featuring separates and jumpsuits, and of course eye-catching accessories and drool-worthy shoe choices.
Miol Mór - Through her fabulous blog Subliminal Insouciance, Miol Mór shared the very first submission for this year's Styling Kate activity. "For this Dress the Duchess Challenge I picked a dress from the 2019 Maticevski Spring Collection which, again, is white based albeit, this time, with the barest of blue and lavender accents. The jewelry is amethyst, as are the lenses of the Bottega Veneta sunglasses (You might have heard my squee when I found them, it was indecently loud ~ sorry for that!). An Eli Saab scarf because I just love how it brings all the colors together, plus black-and-white shoes (internet) and handbag (Staud). Having my fingers tightly crossed that this latest try will get me the craved invitation to the Tournament! And if so, I'll be wearing ...the Badgley Mischka ensemble...perhaps."
Kelly C - "I told myself I was gonna sleep on my outfit choice before posting but I just couldn’t wait! This was so much fun last year so I’m excited to do it again this year! Anyways, my choice seems to be right up Kate’s alley but I don’t think Wimbledon is the place that we’re gonna see her try a new style." Kelly chose the LK Bennett Glenda Wallpaper Print Cotton Midi dress which is described as a nod to the classic fifties sun dress. It's styled with Alexandre Birman Clarita Tie Strap Sandals, the Strathberry Midi Tote in navy, Kate's Cartier watch, and Kiki pearl drops with blue topaz studs and diamonds.
Lady West - "I chose a white dress from Elie Tahari along with Jimmy Choos and Kiki McDonough earrings. The Jimmy Choos are a cobalt blue. I've noticed that Catherine has several pairs of green Kiki earrings. I'm suggesting the green with the white dress and blue shoes to highlight the Wimbleton bow she wears to the matches."
Ruth - Ruth chose Roland Mouret's soft pink Ardmore panelle asymmetric crepe midi dress from the pre-AW19 Collection. A vibrant splash of colour in the form of pink neon Steve Madden Daisy pumps, a pink croc bag and Kiki McDonough special edition morganite earrings in white diamond flower design complete the look.
Alaina from NJ - Alaina styled a separates look for the Duchess featuring a straight cut sleeveless H&M blouse, Erdem's Zennia rose-print jacquard flounced midi skirt. The look is accessorised with Kate's Schutz Dollie sandals, the Loewe Gate Crossbody Bag, Kate's Mappin and Webb pendant and Kiki morganite earrings.
Katie Beth - Katie Beth would love to see Kate wearing LK Bennett's striped Maria Blue Cream dress featuring fitted long sleeves in soft, premium jersey. The dress is styled with the colourful Nine West Pruce Ankle Strap Sandals is raspberry, Kate Spade's Romy medium satchel, Links of London sterling silver and pave round stud earrings and their Hope sterling double drop necklace. Kate's Ray Ban wayfarers complete the look.
Pam from Boston - "This comes at a time of year that's busy for me unfortunately and I don't have a lot of time to really look, so I went directly to one of the designers that I love - Erdem. If not always the designs themselves, I do love the patterns (for the most part) but they tend to be large and dark, not appropriate for Wimbledon, so I went there looking to see if there isn't something in a lighter color and a smaller print, and happily found the very pretty Finn Dress Floral Embroidered Crepe. I think this dress is very Kate....the neckline, the cap sleeves. I would shorten it somewhat to make it a bit more summery. Other than that I think it's perfect for Wimbledon." The dress is styled with Sam Edelman Botanical Gardens sandals, a Botkier handbag without the shoulder straps and Kate's Ray Ban wayfarers.
Camilla from Italy - "My suggestion for a day at Wimbledon: the bespoke Alexander McQueen white eyelet suit dress (v-neck, short sleeves, little peplum, full skirt, belt) Kate wore in Singapore during the 2012 tour. I find this the most perfect of her dresses for Wimbledon, for I think it has it all: it's white, light, feminine, elegant but not too stiff, appropriate for a Patron but also easy for a fan having fun watching sport, and the full skirt reminds one of vintage tennis skirts. It's perfectly tailored but a very summery and comfortable cotton, so both royal and sporty. To be accessorized with purple and green, Wimbledon's colours, and obviously her official brooch."
Miss Lucas - "I loved this year's blue dress so much that I decided she should make that she should wear more of the same and since I also love vintage Kate I love this 40's inspired dress by Bernadette." The Florence gingham silk satin midi dress is styled with a pair of Kate's green Kiki earrings, Christian Louboutin Décolleté 554 85 suede pumps and the Palmette embellished clutch to echo the green hues of Wimbledon.
Anonymous - "The beautiful eyelet dress that the Duchess wore at the zoo in Sydney with Prince William and Prince George, with a pair of her beautiful green gem earrings as a bid to the colours of Wimbledon."
Sonja from Bavaria - Sonja chose a white Ted Baker skater dress with floral embroidery because "it's the best colour against the lawn". The dress is accessorised with Kate's Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf earrings, a matching bracelet by the jeweller, a splash of vibrant colour with Kate's red Miu Miu bag and the Aldo Nicholes block heel shoes the Duchess debuted at the tournament this year.
Meredith in Boston - We chatted about our stylists opting for a look that would be very fresh for the Duchess. Meredith was the first this year to select a jumpsuit for Kate. "I would love to see Kate try the jumpsuit trend. This flowing Erdem in a striking print looks like a dress at first glance. I would pair it with her Victoria Beckham Quincy “Wimbledon bag,” Office Nina block heel sandals and Bulgari sunglasses, and Diana’s sapphire and diamond earrings."
Louise London - Louise would love to see Kate in the the Diane von Furstenberg Eloise printed silk crepe wrap maxi dress. The abstract print design is teamed with flamingo pink Alexandra Birman Clarita sandals, and the medium laser cut Alaia tote. The look is completed with pieces of jewellery from Asprey including Kate's Oak Leaf earrings, and charm necklace with the addition of the blue butterfly charm.
Caroline in Montana - Caroline chose a sleeveless soft pink and white stripe dress by one of Kate's go-to designers, Emilia Wickstead, for the tournament. It's accessorised with Kiki morganite cushion cut earrings, Kate's black Stuart Weitzman clutch, Prada cutout pumps, Cartier watch, black sunglasses and Kate's Wimbledon bow. The Duchess would wear her hair down in a centre part.
Ana B from Brazil - Ana selected a colourful, floral red and green Dolce & Gabbana dress with a square neckline and pleated skirt. It's styled with a pair of Schutz block heel sandals, the Gucci Bamboo top handle bag and completed with a pair of Effy diamond and emerald hoop earrings.
Kristen in Austin - "I would love to see her in a jumpsuit, because I think she could pull it off. Wimbledon would be a good place to try something a little more fun and carefree." The LK Bennett navy and white Diana jumpsuit would be worn with Kate's Superga Cotu sneakers, Victoria Beckham Quincy bag, Cartier watch and Asprey jewellery.
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Next Friday morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go head to head for the inaugural King's Cup Regatta in support of eight charitable causes.
The Palace revealed: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will compete against one another and six other teams in state of the art Fast-40 boats. The regatta will include a number of races, and will begin at 1000hrs. The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup trophy at a public prize giving ceremony in the early afternoon, held at the SailGP Race Village along Cowes seafront towards Egypt Point. The King’s Cup, of which Land Rover is Presenting Partner, will take place ahead of the inaugural Cowes SailGP and Cowes Week. Members of the public are invited to watch the race from the SailGP Race Village, which will be free to access and include a 500-seater grandstand. Footage from the race will play on large screens with live commentary, and there will be a number of activities for families to enjoy along the waterfront."
Today, the Palace confirmed Kate's boat will sail on behalf of her early years initiative with the Royal Foundation and William's in support of his patronage Child Bereavement UK. They will be joined by six well-known faces from television and sport, including British adventurer Bear Grylls.
'The Duke’s four causes include Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign, and Tusk. His Royal Highness will compete on behalf of Child Bereavement UK; Fara Williams will represent Centrepoint; Dan Snow will compete on behalf of London’s Air Ambulance Charity; and Bear Grylls will represent Tusk.
The Duchess will support four of her patronages: Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s work on Early Years. The Duchess will compete on behalf of The Royal Foundation, and will be joined by John Bishop for Action on Addiction, Katie Thistleton for Place2Be, and Helen Glover for the Anna Freud Centre.'
It should be a terrific day in aid of very worthy causes.