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Lookback: Military McQueen + Carole and George at the Farm Park

Thursday, June 25, 2015

You knew this post was coming, right? I am selectively choosing to write lookbacks on some of my favorite early ensembles, and today's coat certainly qualifies. William and Kate married on the 29th of April and disappeared on honeymoon in May. They emerged for a few events between their honeymoon and their blockbuster tour of Canada, and this was one of those events. Accompanying William to the Victoria Barracks in Windsor, it was Kate's first military event. 


Kate fell only a little short of Princess Diana's 1987 appearance at Sandhurst in this modern and feminine military coat dress. I do not think it was just the novelty of seeing Kate dressed for a formal public engagement that had us all swooning at this ensemble. It was picture perfect from head to toe. Be luck or design, she also looked great next to William in his military coat:


Her hat was a bespoke Rachel Trevor-Morgan--the same milliner who made her wildly successful grey Order of the Garter disc hat. I am already partial to structured berets, but this hat had just enough detailing to give it character, but was simple enough to complement the streamlined coat. Its navy hue matched her McQueen coat and Prada pumps perfectly. She accessorized with the Cartier shamrock pin and her cipher bracelet, all in gold that popped against blue. I know Kate likes white--and she looks amazing in white--but Kate in blue just might be the best.  




Kate's bubbly and joyful personality was on full-parade that day. She was smiles and laughter with William, the soldiers, and the families. Her infectious enthusiasm has become a trademark, I think. How many events has she lit up since this day?


Kate was still a real newbie to her royal role, but you would never have known it from her relaxed demeanor and confident stride as she walked across the parade ground to her seat.



The newly-weds presented operational medals and met privately with families. I think it was important that one of Kate's first public events was honoring men and women of the armed forces who serve the United Kingdom. It was a poignant introduction into her own life of service, and a reminder for us all that some give very literally of themselves to safeguard freedom. 


I am not entirely sure if it was the color scheme, the design, or styling, but this outfit has an unshakable place in my list of Kate's Greatest Looks of All Time. On Kate's Clothes I have marked it an easy "Acorn Ensemble." I hope we get more of the same in the future! 


In other news... Granny Carole was spotted with Prince George at the Bucklebury Farm Park. They were photographed heading back to the car, George perched on his granny's shoulders, a protection officer hovering nearby. 



First of all, props to Carole for toting this tyke. Talk about in good shape! Second, I love George's unruly mop. We have mostly seen him with it brushed, so it is cute to see it a little on the wild side. Lastly, who else loves Carole's outfit? Seafoam is such a trendy color right now, and really flattering with her complexion. I want to repliCarole this one. Banana Republic has some cute pieces in seafoam... :)  See all the pictures at PopSugar here

42 comments:

  1. George is wearing Converse Chucks - cuteness overload!! :)

    And Kate's McQueen Military outfit plus the hat is one of my all time favorite looks of hers.

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  2. Great post Jane. Loved all the photos of grandma Carole and George. He is just so cute. Can't wait until July 5th when we will see Kate and her beautiful family. Look forward to your post.

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  3. Faith from MassachusettsJune 25, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Yup! Navy and gold, a crisp, clean design and impeccable tailoring all add up to one superlative outfit. Not to mention Kate's runway model figure! I do still dislike the hat. Its always looked like a pincushion perched on her head.

    As for Carole Middleton, I too am completely impressed because he has to be one heavy kid. The color palette of the two pullovers together is gorgeous. I love seafoam and aqua. Also, love PG's hair. I wish they'd stop trying to take the wave out of it.

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  4. George is too cute, I love his golden curls and his little chuck taylors. :) I wish someone would post a blog about Carole Middleton's style, although most of the time I think she looks rather ordinary, there are moments where she really rocks a great look. I can't tell you what pieces I've loved best because few report on what she's wearing, butthere was one sleek red dress she looked amazing in, a blue short sleeve suit that looks like Chanel, a creamy white dress and matching 3/4 sleeve jacket that looked great, as well as some jeans/jacket combos that are really youthful and hip on her. I think she has better style than Pippa, who often looks over-done, with strange proportions (in my opinion.) Generally I don't like any of Carole's outfits that she wears a hat with, but I really like some of the less formal outfits. I want to see more of Carole because at 49 I'm looking for some sartorial inspiration from someone a little older than Kate. :)

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    1. I love most of what Kate wears, but I more readily identify with Carole because of being closer to her in age. Someone one time posted some instagram photos of her but I can't remember who it was.

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  5. I love love love Kate in this ensemble!!! It is one of my favorites! I wish she would wear it again!!! Thank you for posting.

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  6. As always, thank you for the lovely post! I don't know how I'd indulge my interest without you! That being said, I am surprised to hear this outfit was such a favorite with you. Of course, it is practically perfect, so it should definitely be well liked, but I would think an Acorn Ensemble would need a little more va-va-voom to launch it to the top of the heap. ;-) My favorite of her appearance outfits are the pale pink peplum skirt and top combination from Adalaide, and the dove gray Easter service ensemble. Both, oddly, from the Australian tour. My favorite appearance outfit in the vein of this coat is the red coat and pillbox hat she wore to disembark in New Zealand. However, a red on this occasion would likely have been too flashy, and would have distracted observers from the true purpose of the day. As always, Kate made a very elegant, appropriate, and tasteful choice. Does it warrant an Acorn?... Well, that's just a matter of opinion, and we must each be suffered to entertain our own. :-)

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  7. Love Kates outfit! That is absolutely one of my favorites. She looked fabulous!

    Oh George! So adorable. Love his wild hair too! It is so wonderful that he has Granny Carole for fun dates.

    As usual always great to see a pic!

    Thanks ~ Nina

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  8. Keep the flash-backs coming, Jane.
    George has banged up his knee. Perhaps the reason Gramma is toting him?

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  9. Keep the flash-backs coming, Jane.
    George has banged up his knee. Perhaps the reason Gramma is toting him?

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  10. I love navy and the military style is definitely a favorite. Classic all the way. Although I can't get excited about this hat, to be honest.

    Finally...photos of George with one of his grandparents. :) And major kudos to Carole because he looks like a very solid little toddler. Could he have grown since the recent polo outing? LOL. It does look that way!

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  11. She looked impeccable that day, and I miss the Camilla bracelet. Mostly because. I like the gesture of where/who it came from.

    My first thought was the same, kudos to her for carrying him like that and swooping him off her shoulders. Do we think Kate & Charlotte (& William) were in Bucklberry too? Or do we think George was sent for a visit with is grandparents?

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    1. Maggie - MinneapolisJune 26, 2015 at 2:27 AM

      My guess is Kate, Charlotte, and George went to Bucklebury. William is training so I'd be surprised if he could make it. Maybe when William did the Order of the Garter ceremony and Magna Carta stuff, Kate took the opportunity to visit her family. The reason I think George wasn't sent on his own is because unless they've hired a second nanny that no one knows about, I don't think Kate will want to split the children up because that either means her parents or she would have no help with one of the children. And the Middletons run a company so I'm not sure they can spend all day looking after George. Also I feel like they wouldn't send George by himself right after he gets a new sibling - if they're concerned about him feeling like he's not the center of their universe anymore, they wouldn't send him away imo. But who knows.

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  12. The expression on that soldier's face as she bends down to greet him. ..What a gift-to be able to comfort or inspire
    with just a word and a touch.I would have liked to see Catherine's face, too.I imagine she felt quite humble, being
    confronted with his sacrifice.
    Although his face really is the story.

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  13. This coat is R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S. I love it SO MUCH. Definitely one of my all-time favorite looks (how many are we allowed to have, by the way? Because I have a lot).

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    1. The list can grow and grow. :) I have a lot, too!

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  14. This is one of my favorite events and ensembles (navy & gold do suit a tan Kate & love the smile photo!) as well, Jane - thanks for the post!
    Golly, that boy is cute! Love the Chucks!

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  15. Sonja from BavariaJune 26, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    This is also one of my favourite outfits kate has ever worn ^^ I think the hat was fantastic and the gold accessoires looked so good with the dark blue (that's really her colour). She was picture perfect :)

    Is george wearing converse chucks? How cute is that! Now I have to wear mine today, too ;D I absolutely love his thick blobde hair and those famous grumpy faces! I hope we'll see kate in Wimbledon soon (but I'm not sure if she would want to leave charlotte alone for such a long time - well, a tennis match isn't really THAT long, but if she's still breast-feeding.....)

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  16. Thanks, Jane, for showing us this lovely outfit again. Keeping fingers crossed that we will see her wearing it again, as doubtless, in due course, she will be made Colonel of some regiments.
    Lovely pictures of George-his hair reminds me of Harry's.
    Mrs.Middleton looks a little weary--not as easy chasing grandchildren as it was running after your own children, when you were 30 years younger.
    There was a picture on one of the blogs listed on "Princesas " site yesterday of George waving Prince Harry off in a helicopter--presumably from Kensington Palace.

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    1. Hi, could you post the link to the George photo? I can't find it. Thanks :)

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    2. Hannah, the link to the photos under discussion is in the very last word of this post. When it says "See all the photos at PopSugar here." Here is the link. Click on here and it will take you directly to them.

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    3. Sorry Jane, I was meaning the photo Jean mentioned of George waving off PH in a helicopter.

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    4. Ooops.:) Sorry, I didn't get that. I put it on my Instagram. You can see it here: https://instagram.com/p/4aVV0WRpHV/

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  17. @ Anon June 25 at 1:56 PM. Completely agree with your fashion take. I, too, preferred the pink peplum dress and dove grey outfit Kate wore Down Under, and both were also McQueen. This navy coat was seriously second to those; the navy was saved only by the brass buttons and matching gold jewellery.

    @ Faith from Mass. June 25 at 12:37

    Thank God someone had the insight to state what I was thinking, re George and his hair. First, his hair was shorn in an apparent attempt to eliminate any trace of soft waves and curls and then what remained--not much--was plastered to his scalp with gunk! I am thinking that George isn't going to thank his parents for this faux pas, altho he might well thank the paparazzi for photographing his gorgeous hair in its natural state. Seriously.

    JC

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    1. He does have gorgeous hair JC. Looks like his mom is transferring her love/ hate relationship with her own hair to her child unfortunately. I wonder what tactic will be used to tame Princess Charlotte's hair if it turns out she has inherited the curls as well. Tight braids or pigtails?

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    2. Wincing already, Faith. Am praying that Charlotte has straight hair, so that she may avoid the indignity of braids and pigtails, a fate which is almost worse than death, and which suits only the very few. However, should Charlotte have curly hair, I am less than hopeful, given that those very tactics (braids and pigtails) were employed by Kate's mother on HER.--What a nightmare! And since when is it a crime to have thick, softly waving with softly curling hair? Glossy, floppy curls can frame a face most charmingly.

      Methinks this could be Williams chance to prove that he really is a knight-in-shining-armour; what greater calling could there be than to defend his daughters right to have free-flowing tresses, curly or straight?

      JC

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    3. I actually love braids, pigtails and ponytails on long hair. I had straight waist length hair for up till thirty and as a kid loved wearing braids, pigtails and ponytails. :) to each their own. ali

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    4. Well JC, time will only tell how Kate and William will approach this life and death conundrum. I vote for the free flowing floppy curls.

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    5. Hi ali, I love braids, ponytails and pigtails too. Just ruminating about how Kate will approach the waves and curls of her daughter. She can't exactly cut them off and slick them down like George. I hope she does let them go natural but she seems to have an aversion to that. Some of my favorite photos of Kate are from the Southeast Asian tour with her hair in its more natural state.

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  18. Jeanne, VancouverJune 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Thanks Jane! I too adore this look from head to toe. So elegant. How sweet seeing PG & Carole together. lol at the comments of his hair being "plastered with gunk" - of course his hair was combed & tidied for formal photos but I for one, saw no "gunk".

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  19. Well, I know this won't be a popular opinion, but I have always felt these military looks she wears to be very costume like. I would not call this or the military style blouse with the navy skirt favorites at all. It's as if she's trying too hard to get the right look. I do find it fascinating to see what others like and why. I suppose every outfit she's ever worn is someone's favorite.

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  20. love the coat and just love these coat mrs middleton and prince George I think when less comb I think informal pictures these my fave pic them they are being normal I see princess Diana looking smilling

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  21. @ Anon June 26 at 10:32 AM Goodness-gracious-me-oh-my, as my grandmother used to say, didn't you see the articles in the British tabs re the gunk that had been purchased specifically for use on Georges hair? Do try to keep up. :))

    @ Anon June 26 at 9:52 PM Well, its popular with me! This coat does look like a costume, but I am inclined to give her a pass because, at the time, Kate was new to the Royal game and probably chose safe over sorry--and check out Williams attire if you really want to get into stagecraft.

    JC

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  22. Great, great look, one of her best . I really miss that 2011 superglamouroschic young woman ... But we are lucky enough in 2015 : there's the supercute George!!!

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  23. Oh, yay for this post! This is one of my all-time favorite Kate outfits! I love the color, the structure, that fantastic shamrock shining on its perfect blue background! As long as we had to wait for the engagement and wedding, I think it was a great blessing for her. She had years of being in the limelight and William to help her learn the ropes and have the experience behind her to guarantee success. This outing was a winner all the way around!

    As for the photo of Granny Carole, another bout of perfection. George looks adorable, Carole looks like a great, fun grandma, and she has style to boot. I love the mint green on her and I'm so excited it's a popular color this year because it's one of my favorites! Great post, Jane! (I haven't read any of the previous posts so I'm wondering how unpopular my opinion is. [giggle])

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  24. There should be plenty of photos on Sunday, at the Christening, as they are opening the paddock next door to the church, so they can all be seen before and after the service.
    Prince Harry is already in Africa---so is obviously not one of the Godparents.

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    1. Considering the pattern we're familiar with at Christmas, we may get to see more this time compared to George's christening in London. Wouldn't that be ironic. :)

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  25. This is probably NOT a popular opinion... but I think Diana looks very costume-y and over the top. (I do understand it was the 80s, but still.) Kate's outfit is thematic without being "too much." I know there is a tendency to look at everything of Diana's through rose-tinted glasses but in this instance I think Kate far outshone her. Everything about Kate's outfit here is just absolutely perfect :) I wish she wasn't measured against Diana all the time; it seems somewhat unfair. The hemlines and styles of the 80s lent themselves better to royal protocols whereas Kate has to fight an uphill battle to be both in fashion/on trend AND in compliance with the royal wardrobe protocols.

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    1. I agree with everything you said, Anonymous. It seems that Diana has been so canonized into sainthood that we are not allowed to voice an opinion even slightly against her, her wardrobe and her life. But I do think that she dressed in a lot of "LOOK AT ME!" costumes and I hate it when Kate is so often compared to her. If Kate wears polka dots, it is in honor of Diana. If Kate wears military, it is in honor of Diana. If Kate wears any color Diana ever wore, it is in honor of Diana. Sometimes I wish she hadn't received Diana's engagement ring, because - although I understand William's sentiment - it means she will be forever linked to Diana. People need to allow her to be her own person,

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    2. Anon 3:30, I too prefer Kate's outfit over Diana's, but it was the 80's, as you stated. Diana's taste was evolving and she was having fun with her wardrobe (something Kate has been criticized for *not* doing). But I do think Diana was at her best when she embraced the minimalist approach in the 90's; less is more never looked better.

      Regarding "costume dressing"... surely this outfit worn by the Queen qualifies. However, I see it as a nice mix of honoring her hosts and having a bit of fun. Not a bad combination really.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9115215/Queen-Camilla-and-Kate-wear-blue-for-visit-Fortnum-and-Mason.html

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  26. they release a new details about princess charlotte christening I hope she will a recycle the dress she wore prince George christening

    ://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2015062926025/princess-charlotte-new-christening-details/

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  27. I commented on another site that when Kate had George at the polo match, I thought he was dressed "too pretty" for the rough and tumble play in which he took part, and was thoroughly criticized for it. These pictures of him with Carole is much better, IMO, for a little boy dressing to go to a park or farm. He still has a sweater and shorts, but the baby Converse Chuck Taylors make all the difference in the world. The Mary Jane shoes he's usually in seem more appropriate for a visit with Granny Elizabeth. I'm sure that my opinion is one formed by a thoroughly Midwest United States outlook and George is probably dressed in accordance with standards followed by children of British upper class society. But in these pictures of him with Carole, he simply looks like a typical little boy. I like it.

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