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.