As we wait with anticipation for Kate's next official appearance, I am doing another look-back and it will not surprise you to see why. Three years ago today, William and Kate made a joint appearance at Middle Temple Inn to meet the first recipients of a scholarship for underprivileged law students. The scholarship was founded in their name as a wedding gift by members of Middle Temple Inn and the couple seemed excited to meet and chat with students benefiting from the grant. They have a further connection, because William was made an honorary barrister in 2009. I need one of those. ;)
The Inns of Court were historically where barristers lodged and lived and worked. Today there are four remaining Inns of Court and they have the exclusive right to call students to the bar. Middle Temple (with Inner temple) is the oldest, dating back to 1388. For those interested in history, that would have been during the reign of Richard II. This picture just feeds my wanderlust. London is such a magnificent city.
|Doorway to Middle Temple via Carron Brown Creative Commons|
Not to veer off the path here, but what else do we have to do on a balmy Thursday morning. Google has a super awesome "360" experience where you can actually navigate through Middle Temple just as you would wander a Paris on "Street View," if that is how you like to spend your free time. :) I love architecture and was very excited to see this. The tour starts in the hall, but if you navigate out, you will quickly recognize some of the backgrounds we know from pictures of Kate's visits to Middle Temple.
The Princess wore Paule Ka, who as my luck would have it, is a French label. The stars aligned. Serge Cajfinger, Paule Ka's founder, was born in Lille, France. He grew up in Brazil, but returned to Lille to launch his label. He mixes classic with contemporary in that effortless French manner and produces pieces that are both unique and timeless.
Kate has only ever worn this one ensemble from the label--to our knowledge! Browsing his look-book, I thought all the below designs would be gorgeous on Kate. I particularly like the evening gown that features her favorite balance of demure and daring.
The royal couple's visit to Middle Temple was just a year after their wedding and you will note the short skirt, something we saw frequently at the time, and not much of now. This is a very classic Kate Middleton ensemble, as she transitioned into the Duchess she has so thoroughly become. I admit that I miss it just a little bit.
I thought it was a very cute suit. I don't think we'd see much like it today, and I know there are some objective arguments to be made against it, particularly as time moves on. Nevertheless, I thought it was very flattering on Kate, and I think she was (and is ;)) young enough to pull it off. Kate's style may have changed, but the constant element was the chemistry between the Duke and Duchess. They are perfect. Life goals, kids. Life. Goals.
In case you missed out! I posted to the Facebook page, but Carole was spotted shopping for what we assume were clothes for Charlotte. E! ran exclusive photos, which you can view here. They couldn't have been too exclusive, because one of you lovely readers also told me that Bunte is running the pictures, too. In any event...
She looked chic as always. Ashley identified Carole's trousers as Somerset by Alice Temperley's Diamond Prints. They are for sale at John Lewis and run £89.
Somerset is a Temperley diffusion line exclusive to John Lewis. Kate has worn a piece from them, as well. You probably recall the boat dress she wore to the BAR headquarters earlier this year. It was Somerset, and as you can imagine, sold very, very quickly.
Like mother, like daughter!
See you all on the 10th!