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Kate Wears Sandhurst Red Armani Coat in Scotland

Friday, April 5, 2013

Something about wearing red in Scotland with her rhumba boots, Kate is really into it. She pulled a piece from the past when she arrived at Dumfries House today in this red Armani coat.  Remember it? William's passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2006. I didn't love it at the time. It was a little large, with those wide lapels, almost something you could see Diana wearing at the height of the 90's.  The hat was also big, and it all seemed to kind of overwhelm her. The lacey shirt she wore underneath looked like a cheap tank. It felt like Kate was still transitioning from her college-student style, to princess-in-waiting, and hadn't fully found her feet yet.

Kate has now reworn both these pieces with much better success!  We saw the hat just this past Remembrance Day, and with a more fitted coat, she wore the hat instead of it taking over as it did in 2006.

Now, she has worn the coat as well, and it looks so much better! (And more suitable length after yesterday)  Not that Kate is old now, but she is certainly at a different place in her life, and so the more mature look of this coat suits her here as the pregnant Countess of Strathearn, rather than the early twenties, fresh from university, girlfriend of a partying prince.  It is amazing how little things can change an outfit.

William and Kate, aka The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, I do love these titles, were joined by the Duke of Rothesey--guess who...yes, Prince Charles, at Dumfries House, a stately home, indeed. I feel like it could easily be used in just about any Jane Austen adaptation. Don't think it is just the house, this place has 2,000 acres to go with it. Not a bad spread.  They weren't there for an Edwardian festival, though, they were opening an outdoor centre. I wish I could tell you more, but I can't find any info on it, and my interest petered out after the third Google search. A mystery I have no trouble leaving a cold case, so, we move on... But not before we take a moment to notice Prince William's very handsome overcoat. A man in an overcoat is a good looking man.

In case you are not already in the know, this scarf Kate has sported on several occasions is a special tartan.  Tartans we initially produced for decoration, but quickly became associated with regions, and then with families and clans. This scarf is the Strathearn Tartan, and Kate is the Countess of Strathearn, so this pattern is the one she got. I don't love it--I much prefer blues and greens--but if I got to be a countess, I could live with it. Kate has carried this scarf on two other occasions:

You will notice the same pin in the above picture that she is wearing today. Richard Palmer says:
Kate's wearing a maritime-themed brooch featuring two silver dolphins. It's a gift from the Royal Navy Submarine Service.
After Dumfries House, William and Kate visited BAE Systems at Barrow-in-Furness where nuclear submarines are made.  In this light, the coat seems orange at times. It is interesting to note that the coat buttons at just the right spot for a maternity coat, so it really couldn't have been more perfect.

Every engagement, something makes headlines, whether it is the lady who thought she tripped Kate up, or the little girl who didn't want to let a prince kiss her, or Kate revealing she is knitting these days... Today's story was the little girl who showed Kate a barbie doll of the royal. From what I can see of the doll, it is styled loosely on Kate's engagement. The trademark hair is there in force, and Kate asked, is that what my hair actually looks like? She didn't seem to be a fan.

Fun close to the two-day trip!


  1. I think Kate prefers greens and blues, too, if her previous tartan choices are anything to go by! Thankfully her jewelry is gold, so the tartan works with her coloring. Great post!

  2. This coat is working really well with her pregnancy! I agree, it was off the first time she wore it and I think today is great.

  3. Great pictures again! Thank you for the great post!

  4. Wonderful outfit. She looked great. Fun post too!

  5. Thanks for the great photos, Jane! I did not realize that Kate has worn the red coat several other times. It was a perfect choice for this visit and I liked the tartan scarf. It added a bright and cheery accessory.

    I agree with you about Kate's hemline. This look is much more becoming to someone with her new responsibilities and station in life. Those fun, carefree university days are a thing of the past. She can still look fabulous without the minis.


  6. Looks good and fits good, Black is always stylish among leather jackets, this one works well. It helps block winds, and gives me style at the same time. The jacket from is very stylish and will work with a casual or slightly dressed up.

  7. She is very beautiful in that red color dress.when I seeing her face,suddenly i remembered one English movie,But i can't remember that movie name.
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