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William and Kate Arrive at The Carlyle Hotel In New York City

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Union Jack was fluttering next to Old Glory tonight, above the entrance of The Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan's prestigious Upper East Side.  The freezing December temperatures were made merry by Christmas lights glittering in the trees and over door frames, affording a warm welcome to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrived in New York on their highly anticipated three-day trip.

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 Hours before Wills and Kate had even landed, crowds began forming outside The Carlyle: Royal HQ for the next three days. These were not just locals, fans from all over the nation have been making their way to NYC in the hopes of catching a wave from a royal.

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All was not smooth sailing for the Cambridges, however, as their flight was delayed by forty minutes. William and Kate landed in New York at 4:37pm local time. Keep in mind that royals must go through customs, too, but of course, they receive expedited treatment, as is appropriate. I don't think Kate is smuggling in contraband with her bump and there can't be too much confusion as to their identities. Their flight received a police escort on the tarmac at JFK, and the were soon on their way by motorcade to the hotel:

I was was surprised that they didn't get in a little earlier to have time to decompress, but they may have preferred a more leisurely morning. I would like to imagine they drove George to Bucklebury themselves, but even royals can't be that organized, right? Perhaps Grandma Carole and Grandpa Mike came for a nice breakfast before the royal departure. Reader LiveLoveLaughvr, who lives in the NY area, had a fantastic location near the hotel, and kept us all apprised of the fun facts before the royals arrived.

Kate stepped out of the car in a purple coat with black piping from maternity label Séraphine.   Susan of What Kate Wore has identified it as a bespoke piece named the "Marina."

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Séraphine just launched their first US store, (perfect timing!) and the founder, Cecile Reinaud, spoke about Kate's recent purchases:
[Kate has] purchased a couple coats from us, so since it’s freezing in New York I’m hoping we’ll see her in coats! I think she’s going to start wearing quite bump-hugging styles, because she’s got that little tummy. She needs to hug it to make sure people know she’s pregnant, even though everybody knows. She’s bought from us a couple of tight fitting dresses, so we’re really excited to see her in those. They’re actually quite fashion forward prints.
At the moment, she’s really showing this fashion forward attitude in her wardrobe. We’ve seen at the last couple of events, she’s trying relatively more daring, high fashion pieces. She’s picked those pieces from our collection, so we hope to see her in it.
It seems we might be seeing more Séraphine on this trip.

Kate bought about three different dresses from Séraphine when pregnant with George, although, I believe we only ever saw two of them. She wore a printed dress when she left Kensington Palace for Bucklebury, the morning after returning from the hospital. She also wore Séraphine's fuchsia wrap dress for the informal snaps (taken by Mike Middleton) the couple generously released from their time in Bucklebury.

Tonight, Kate's coat had black piping and she carried her suede Muse clutch, and completed the ensemble with black stockings and what we thought were LK Bennett's Doreen Suede Platform booties. Currently, though, it seems the platforms do not match, and so her shoes are a UFO for the time being. Still working on it...

The Duchess pulled out her glitzy, art-deco styled diamond earrings for her arrival in the Big Apple. These are matched with that diamond bracelet she wears to fancy events, and it is common belief they were a wedding present from Prince Charles.

This is such a win for me. Kate looks remarkable for having just deplaned a trans-Atlantic flight and her hair was picture perfect. Everything about this look was polished, and sophisticated, and also cute. So, so cute! I think everyone knows that I felt Kate struggled with her maternity-wear the first time around.  Obviously a trip of this kind demands a spot on wardrobe. Just this first glimpse reassures me that she will be impeccable! I am particularly thrilled that she chose to wear a piece specifically tailored for maternity needs. Our thrifty Kate likes to cut the occasional corner, which thus far has been successful, but every week has greater potential to be problematic. She was photographed outside The Goring last week after The 1851 Trust reception wearing the McQueen coat she debuted on Remembrance Sunday. (see here) and the second button just didn't make it. I am loving tonight's look far more.

Super strong start for the beautiful Duchess in New York! William and Kate have a private dinner tonight at Sir Martin Sorrell's Manhattan apartment, for The Royal Foundation in America. This post will be updated throughout the evening and later with better photos.

Mark Stewart has shared the first glimpses of Kate's evening dress on his Twitter account @regaleyes:

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