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[Updated] Duchess Kate Wears Zara Printed Crops

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Good evening to all my favorite Kate fans! As had been hoped--and heavily suspected--Kate was a spectator again at the Rugby World Cup tonight, accompanying William and Harry to watch the match between England and Wales. Do you know the problem with these sports games?


The two princes root for rival teams (Harry for England and Wills for Wales) so we were sure to get fun snaps of the infamously competitive brothers. I am a little surprised that Kate wasn't seated between the guys just to keep the peace, but they seemed to all behave very well.



The majority of Kate's ensemble remains a mystery. From various pictures is appears she is wearing a velvet jacket. Kate doesn't have a ton of velvet in her closet. She has some fancier pieces, known of which match tonight's criterion, and she has a black, velvet blazer from way back in the day, but tonight's ensemble does not match that description. I think it is new, and we will just have to wait and see if better pictures emerge. I expect some will. 

By all accounts it was a really great (i.e. close) match. There were moments when Harry was up and excited, and the Duke & Duchess looked glum:



And then there were times when Prince Harry was miffed and the Cambridges were pretty pleased:


And there were moments when they all looked rather shocked. I think Wills and Kate knew the score on this and Harry is holding his breath wondering if it could be true...


It was true:


But ultimately, Wales ruled the night. They beat England 28 to 25. This was good news for royal fans, because William and Kate got all carried away, à la the Olympics, and we got another--albeit milder--PDA. Cue massive fan meltdown on Twitter and Tumblr.


Harry kind of stood over on the side wondering what Greek god he has offended:



His sweet older brother consoled him, though...I am joking. This looks more like gloating, but I guess we can give him the benefit of the doubt. They are an awesome pair:


Kate had brought along Emma Probert as part of her security detail and Emma seems like a pretty enthusiastic fan. Kate was caught smiling at her PPO's enthusiasm on a number of occasions. 


Kate was wearing a red scarf that is likely her Hugo Boss. She debuted new earrings from Catherine Zoraida that feature fern leaves in a gold hoop. I think they are gorgeous! the earrings come in both gold-plated silver and in solid gold. Given Kate's history, I suspect these are the gold-plated, but there is virtually no way to confirm that. Catherine Zoraida confirmed that Kate owns the gold-plated silver version, not the solid gold. 

Catherien Zoraida

[Update] Well, the most exciting element of the evening emerged after this post went to press. As almost all of you know, Kate wore cropped trousers (aka pants, for us Yanks). I know many of you have been agitating for just such a ensemble, so it certainly was your lucky day. I just wish we had better pictures!



The hunt to ID the cropped slacks was a long one, and the majority of Kate bloggers had settled upon Reiss's tapered trousers in their "Perdita" polka dot pattern, when Angela messaged me with an alternate theory. What about Zara? Angela was right--yay From Berkshire to Buckingham community--and the mystery was solved.

Zara
I love, love, love this ensemble. It is so, darn cute! This is preppy and put-together/relaxed professional. Kate looks darling. I hope she either recycles this ensemble or that we get better photographs. The jacket is definitely new, and features a velvet trim. This photograph was taken by an obliging gentlemen and placed on Instagram.

@jonofellet
In this snap, it seem that the jacket/blazer has an asymmetrical closure:

@jonofellet
I suspect this piece will be IDed within the week, but all-around big win for Kate at rugby. She was just picture perfect. The Duchess was carrying a clutch, partially visible in the photo below, but we are not sure exactly which one it is. Emmy London, or possibly her Muse?



Let's switch gears and talk about romance, briefly. Both Pippa and James have been the subject of media attention since Kate married William.  Pippa has dated a number of handsome hotties, but has been with Nico Jackson for over two years now. Below, the pair are pictured attending the British Heart Foundation's Red Ball in February. 



I think that much of the media and even fans had concluded that Pippa and Nico Jackson were completely over, though. The two vacationed in Venice in the spring and had not been photographed together since. He lives in Geneva right now, and Pippa has been biking, swimming, and running all over God's green yard, but still. It's a long time not to be snapped in some foreign local grabbing an espresso together. When Pippa joined her family, including James and his girlfriend Donna Air, in St. Barts, it seemed like the final nail in the coffin. Do not despair, though. While we were all distracted with Kate's appearance at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup on September 18th, Pippa and Nico were looking as loved up as ever on a date in London:



You can read more about the couple's date at People here, but suffice it to say, all seems to be well on this front. Rather, it is the couple we all thought were doing very well that were alleged to have hit the rocks. Rumors have been circulating that James Middleton has called it quits with Donna Air. Below, they are pictured early in their romance leaving a launch party in London.



Sources claim that James "didn't see them going the distance" and I have read some other rather speculative comments that are not confirmed and aren't entirely helpful to a painful split. Whatever the reasons, it does look like James and Donna are no longer an item. [Update: Au contraire  James has now publicly denied the couple have split, and we also have it on good authority that Donna is writing a note to self about Instagram snaps. ;)] Donna posted a picture on her Instagram that seems to confirm the rumors...but apparently, don't:

A photo posted by Donna Air (@airdonna1) on


The stories were gaining so much momentum, the pair put out a joint statement! 
Mark Twain once complained that reports of his death were exaggerated. A few days ago we were equally amazed to read the obituaries of our relationship splashed across the national press. Happily, we can report that our relationship is not over. We are still very much a couple and have not parted ways. These stories are completely untrue and without merit.
props to them for the Mark Twain reference. ;) It is good to hear there is no trouble in paradise. Can you imagine reading that over you morning oatmeal?
Remember that some updates go up on Facebook before I update the blog, so if you want to stay up-to-the-minute, follow From Berkshire to Buckingham on Facebook here. Also, Kate's Clothes gets updated pretty quickly, too, so you can see what's going on there at this link.


xo, Jane 


46 comments:

  1. You are so fast, fair play, tumblr is reblobbing the same 5 pictures the last 70 minutes, frustration. I cant believe im sitting through an entire rugby match, neither my nationality, just for a Glimpse of kate, but i actually find myself rooting for Wales!! And im not just saying that cuz theyre playing a great game!!!!

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    1. Me too, Marie! I have never watched a rugby game in my life, until today. But, you know what? The second half was so riveting that I almost forgot that the real reason I was watching was Kate. Who knew?

      JC

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  2. Kate is a Wales fan. She wearsthe Wales red scarf.

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  3. There are some great photo's of William and Kate belting out the Welsh anthem and Harry is looking annoyed staring at William. Fabulous pic. There is also some hugs between W&K and William seems to be trying to make Harry feel better. Fun.

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  4. The rugby match looked like good family fun!

    As for James & Donna, I've heard Donna didn't mesh well with the Middletons. Was she ever spotted on casual family dates like Nico has? I can see how the family trip to St. Bart's would have been a good test of what they both wanted.

    As for Pippa, did you choose to mention that her ex-boyfriend (the royal wedding date, Alex) was her lunch date the other day? I'm sure they are just friends.

    What I see as a relationship challenge with both James and Pippa is they are still struggling to find their true passions to be successful at, and that is tough when looking for a solid long-term life partner. I've heard James' business is struggling, and Pippa is trying to find a long term career for herself (high impact sports are not long term. Despite the good challenge now). She is too independent to move to Geneva and put her passions on hold. Yet she stil hasn't firmly established her career in the UK. I wish Pippa and James all the best in choosing their life partners!

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    1. I do not envy James and Pippa in the relationship department and I only hope that their mates (present or future) are with them for the right reasons.

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    2. Their facial expressions are priceless. Lovely to see! :))

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    3. I also sympathize with James and Pippa in trying to carry on a normal relationship given the public interest in them. It's hard enough for Harry as an actual member of the royal family. It seems harder for James and Pippa because they are related without any of the perks or protection that goes along with it. They are just normal people who, because of who their brother-in-law is, have to issue public statements about their relationships. Kind of sad.

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  5. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3250276/Twickenham-electric-England-Wales-fans-descend-home-rugby-mouth-watering-World-Cup-clash.html

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  6. It's funny seeing their security detail sitting in front of them and getting into the game. The female officer, who walked alongside Kate at Charlotte's christening, is really diligent. It is cute and reassuring seeing her keep such a watchful eye on Kate. My guess is that officer is married, as you can see she wears a ring, and it's respectful how she juggles that job with her personal life.

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    1. Emma is not only married but had a baby not too long ago.

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  7. DId you see she wore polka dot trousers!!!

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  8. The Duchess is wearing POLKA-DOT trousers!!

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  9. Hold on to your hats! Kate had on polka dot pants! Pants PANTS ! Black with white polka dots.

    Maybe the blood moon, lunar eclipse, full moon and Mercury retrograde is helping to mix things up!


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    1. Maybe she reads this blog :-)

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  10. Apparently Middleton and Air have given a statement to Charlotte Griffiths saying "these stories are completely untrue" ... "our relationship is not over... we are very much a couple" and that they were "amazed" to read the press reports.

    For what it's worth :)

    Claudia

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    1. Meant to add that Donna Air's grandmother died a week or so ago, the "Accept What Is" post could have referred to that...

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    2. I'll bet you're exactly right, Claudia. The post probably did have something to do with her grandmother's death. Poor girl. Your boyfriend's sister married into the BRF and, all of a sudden, you have no privacy.

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    3. Another score for the DM. :-(

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  11. Does anyone have an ID for the guy sitting next to Kate? He looks unbelievably familiar, but I cannot figure out why. I'm sure as sokn as someone IDs him, i'll shout "of course it's (insert name here)!"

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  12. She has polka fot pants on I love the new look very fashionable

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  13. Could these polka dot pants by the Tory Burch Owen crop pant?? Wow, You go Kate. That should silence all those who said she dressed to "dowdy" and boring .

    Nothing boring about polka dot pants

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  14. I love love love the earrings. I wonder if they come in silver.... and ship to the US.....for me :-)

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  15. http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/prince-harry-prince-william-duke-of-cambridge-and-catherine-news-photo/490170284?et=-gDZ1e4NRupBiB7Ssj2j_Q&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fhrhduchesskate.blogspot.com%2F

    I love kate but polka dot trousers? Certainly an interesting choice. Really cute pics from the game though.

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  16. hmm I love the duchess wearing but I cannot figure it out polka dots as for james and pippa and their respective significant others I eny them because they have long terms relationship while other or me does that have in short relationship

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  17. Some reports that Catherine's trousers are Zara. What a pity there are no really good photos of her
    Soon after their engagement William and Catherine launched a lifeboat on Anglesey, when they sang the Welsh National Anthem in Welsh--after all, they will one day be Prince and Princess of Wales, which is why he is Vice patron of Wales Rugby.
    The Queen is patron of all the home countries, but I cannot remember ever seeing her at a match

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  18. http://catherinezoraida.com/products/fern-hoop-earrings?variant=1095751389

    Yes they do......but the shipping.... :(

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    1. Hmmmm...... I see that. Slightly prohibitive :-( The earrings arent expensive but when you add in the shipping. How can I justify that, I wonder? :-

      Royalfan! 4:39 am??!! You are an early riser!
      Thank you for doing the leg work while I was sleeping. I hope for your sake you are on the west coast though.

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    2. Ooo, I could avoid the shipping but you know they will all be sold out by the time I get there. :-(

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    3. LOL. Faith, it was 5:39 my time. Not much better, I realize! I was meeting a friend for our power walk ... followed by power chatting at Starbucks. :)

      As far as the earrings are concerned, well, a girl is entitled to justify. Go for it!

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    4. Royalfan, I feel better for you now. 5:39 is a more sane hour than 4:39. Good for you getting out there for that walk.... and chat. So hard to make that a priority in busy schedules.

      I ordered the earrings!! It is my birthday in November, so there's my justification :-)

      Robin, thanks for the offer but I suspect you are right about the being sold out part. I love them too much to gamble it. Enjoy your trip!

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    5. Faith, good for you!! I'm excited for you and hope you will share your impression when the package arrives in the mail.

      And an EARLY, lol, happy birthday! :))

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    6. Thanks Robin, and royalfan, I will give a review when my earrings come in :-)

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  19. Her pants are definitely Zara, not Tory Burch. The price is only $39.90!! I imagine they will sell out within minutes!

    Jane, I love your dry humor, you are a delight..

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  20. Love these photos. The very obvious affection Will & Kate have for each other is always a delight to see. I love her ensemble as well - even more so to see that it is little flowers and not just plain old polka dots. Maybe she reads FBTB and saw us all complaining about the denim skinnies! I can see that jacket becoming a staple for her. A classic that can either be dressed up or down. She looked fabulous.

    I think it's wonderful that they rooted for Wales! They obviously loved their time there and have a great deal of fondness for the people. Since they will be the Prince and Princess of Wales one day I love to see their connection to the country. All three of them had priceless facial expressions during the game! What a fun outing!

    Poor Pips and James. To be so scrutinized while trying to carry on with their daily lives.

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    1. I do agree about the interaction between W&K. And how nice that the next generation is being raised in what must be a very happy and loving home. William had the winning lotto ticket. ;)

      The pants are adorable and Kate has the figure to pull them off, but I would not run to buy the shoes worn by the model. Maybe a modest kitten heel...or ballerina flats...?

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    2. LOL! Oh, I agree with you about those shoes! It looked like Kate chose far better shoes from what we can see in the photos.

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  21. Hi,Jane, love the post as always! Just to point out, the first pic from instagram is of last week, when kate wore the blue issa coat! It's the same assymetrical closure that coat had!
    Anyway, on to Kate: LOVE the trousers! I was SO excited to see this!! Hope she wears them again and she has lots more surprises in her closet :)

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  22. These pants are so exciting!! Hopefully more pictures will emerge soon.

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  23. hello,
    I'm not really shure. But ist seem to me, the jacket can be the > Tommy Hilfiger Womens Jacket TERESA BIKER JKT < ???
    http://www.frankonia.de/Wolljacke/Tommy+Hilfiger/Ansicht.html?Artikelnummer=313214&lsn=Stilrevier
    Lovely greetings Mon@ from Berlin/Germany

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  24. hello,
    I'm not really shure. But ist seem to me, the jacket can be the > Tommy Hilfiger Womens Jacket TERESA BIKER JKT < ???
    http://www.frankonia.de/Wolljacke/Tommy+Hilfiger/Ansicht.html?Artikelnummer=313214&lsn=Stilrevier
    Lovely greetings Mon@ from Berlin/Germany

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  25. I am not a fan but I admire how the Duchess has assumed her role. Is it possible that she is preggers as, when not flashing that broad smile, she looks a trifle drawn, and what are those bangs/fringe there for? Hiding something?

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    1. I did wonder the same myself, especially as she has been looking a bit fuller of face recently! But surely very soon ofter Charlotte?

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