William and Kate drove to the French embassy in London this afternoon and signed a book of condolence, jointly marking Friday's horrific terrorist attack in Paris.
Kate wore the same polka dot suit she wore when signing a book of condolence after the death of Nelson Mandela. We have seen this on the Duchess on two previous occasions. The first time was in 2007, so this has been in her closet for a while.
Sometimes, people remark that Kate's choice of ensemble was chosen deliberately to keep the focus off of her. I appreciate the point in many cases, but I often frankly disagree, and I think she just chose the dress or coat because she recycles sometimes and she finds the outfit flattering.
On this occasion, however, I fully agree. This looks like it will be Kate's condolence suit at least for a few years. It is flattering, but very understated and respectful.
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William attended the England v. France rugby game this evening, and all of Wembley stood to sing La Marseillaise.
This has been such a grief-filled weekend, and as the details of the horrors that took place in the Bataclan emerge it seems to only grow more overwhelming. The #prayforParis hashtag has been a beautiful mark of solidarity. On Sunday, I watched the livefeed of the Mass at Notre-Dame in the center of Paris. This beautiful picture is from the service. I love the French colors against the medieval stones, and I am struck by how the Pietà behind the altar stands out so starkly in the darkened church. Who better to understand our gut-wrenching heart-break and our horror at the evil just perpetrated against innocent people, than the mother of God himself? I know many of us gather here from diverse faiths, but in times of trouble, mine tells me to turn here. I invite you to do the same if you are finding the darkness is engulfing you.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it--la lumière brille dans les ténèbres, et les tenèbres ne l'ont pas arrêtée. John 1:5
To my French friends in Paris and all over the world, I grieve with you. May Paris always remain the City of Light and forever be filled with love.
Next post we are back to fashion. Kate had another event today and it will provide a necessary distraction. See you soon.