What a week! Kate kicked it off on Tuesday with her appearance at the State Banquet, glittering in the Queen's diamonds and wearing a stunning, bespoke gown from our favorite Jenny P. She quickly followed that up with a new label debut on Wednesday when she wore Dolce & Gabbana for the first time! The question was, of course, could the Duchess close the week on high? The bar was pretty high, but how could we doubt her? Kate and William were in Dundee today for a slew of engagements in the Scottish town and friends, this might be my favorite look of the week.
The Duke & Duchess blended work and play for this Away Day. The couple travelled north to Scotland yesterday, and spent the night at Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, the town in which they met and fell in love. The hotel commands a stunning view of the ocean and golf course.
Today they undertook a number of engagements that highlighted their campaign to promote a better understanding and support for people with mental health problems.
During a lot of these events we get little tidbits about the Cambridges' life or individual personalities. Today, I was charmed to learn that Kate doesn't like computer games (nor do I). According to People, William remarked:
"I can't educate her, she's not interested."
Apparently, Kate had trouble getting the hang of it, but was able to enjoy a lightly more bucolic game:
A quieter game was shown the couple toward the end of their visit. Based on an intricate William Morris floral print, "Strawberry Thief" is activated by striking fingers over the face of a tablet computer as insects gather berries."Prince William said he could see how calm it was and that Kate would like it," the game's designer, Sophia George, 25, tells PEOPLE. "So that's definitely made my day."
I love her. A woman after my own heart.
Kate also proved she is a hyprocite for love..aren't we all.
Outside the Dundee Rep, Kate and William took the time to speak to several well-wishers, including a 28-year-old who asked Kate if William was still riding his motorcycle...She responded, “He’s still riding it. It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it,” continuing, “I’m terrified. Hopefully, I’m going to keep George off it.”
William loves his motorcycle, supposedly he enjoys the anonymity of the helmet, but let's be honest. he is a boy. He likes motorcycles because they are...motorcycles. I cannot speak to recent history, but certainly in the past Kate has been spotted riding with William around Anglesey. Still, a woman can ride a motorcycle and it can still fill her with horror. For some reason, this is an area we either can't win, or simply indulge for its adolescent enthusiasm. You know what they say: the only difference between men and boys...is the price of their toys.
Often, when William and Kate undertake an engagement in an area they aren't usually in, they will schedule a cultural/tourist event. Today, they visited an historic ship, which seems appropriate given their love of sailing:
On to fashion. First let's talk about the look objectively. Do you remember once upon a time Kate wore a shiny blue coat from Christopher Kane? She debuted it at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Welcome Reception. I was...non-plussed. En fait, I disliked it very much. Shiny, odd structure, the list goes on...We didn't get any full length photos from that event, but I was not hopeful.
Kate recycled it at the Order of the Garter in 2014 and my worst fears were confirmed. This is a bespoke and heavily tailored coat. It should have been a smash hit, but it was such a disappointing flop. I shouldn't be too harsh. Kate can transform almost everything (except The Dreaded Moloh and the Reiss Delaney...). I didn't loathe it, but I didn't love it. Don't be fooled, these old dudes are swooning over Kate, not the coat:
We all have off days. We all have that moment where we walk into the mid-term feeling like a champ and leave feeling like a chimpanzee. Good news, you can recover, and that is just what Christopher Kane did today. He didn't just recover, he cleaned up. This bespoke coat is very much like his first creation, a veritable variation on a theme. He has tweaked a few elements and those changes have made all the difference. Most importantly, he changed the fabric. This lighter material, in a delicate houndstooth, has more movement and is far more flattering than the first go-round:
He also changed some design elements. He gave a flare to the skirt and incorporated a loose lapel, which added an unusual and interesting element that gave the coat a soft and feminine edge. This was drop-dead gorgeous. Underneath the coat, Kate had a matching "kilt" skirt, obviously a nod to her Scottish surroundings.
The skirt was in a matching houndstooth to Kate's coat, and featured the requisite pleats and over-sized buttons to qualify as a kilt:
Why did I love this ensemble? I loved this because it was Oh. So. Kate Middleton and it hearkened back to another time she walked the brisk streets of a Scottish town, in a turtleneck and those same Aquatalia boots, as she waved at fans:
When she took the coat off, the skirt and turtleneck reminded me so much of the old days. Kate had a real penchant for turtlenecks and mini-skirts, and it seems she hasn't lost the proclivity:
And, of course, it is in the black and blue style that Kate loves so much and does so very well:
Anytime William and Kate return to Scotland I get nostalgic. Not just for their romance, but for my own past, the furtive hours I spent as a teenager tracking Kate on the massive computer in my parents' bedroom, the excitement at a single picture every three or four months, my detailed repliKating...before that was a thing. Today, Kate displayed how she has changed, matured, evolved, what you will. She was more polished, and more perfect, but I saw so much of the girl she has been when we all were scanning the papers for the Mahiki and Whiskey Mist reports and wondering when, OH When, was William going to pop the question.
Some things haven't changed, though. The same enthusiasm she had as a bride-to-be, on the brink of a royal life...
...is still present today:
And the joy and love we could saw between the freshly engaged couple, flushed with happines and excitement...
...is now earning them the title of "Longest Running Honeymoon-Couple":
Life has odd twists and turns. On October 23, 2010 William and Kate--in the exact same color scheme, I might add--confidently walked into a little church in Gloucestershire with a very special glow. Unbeknownst to anyone, they were finally engaged to be married:
On October 23, 2012, in the glittering reception rooms of Buckingham Palace, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, in her capacity as a senior royal of the British Royal Family, congratulated medalists of the Olympic and Paralympic Games:
On October 23, 2013 a radiant Kate carried her first-born child and the future king of England out of St. James's Chapel Royal after his christening:
On October 23, 2014, pregnant with Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kate lit up the pink carpet for Action on Addiction after battling through her crippling HG:
Today, October 23, 2015, Kate was back in Scotland carrying out multiple engagements and walkabouts with her Prince Charming, just a hop, skip, and a jump from where it all began. Yes, life has twists and turns. Thankfully, Kate continues to overcome every hurdle along the path of her happily ever after...