When Kate was photographed at St. Mary Magdalene the Sunday after Christmas she was wearing a new Michael Kors ensemble that we only got to see from the side and the back. Many hoped we would get a second look at the ensemble, but I was secretly dubious as to what event this would be a proper recycle. It seems 2016 is already off to a lucky start. Today the Duchess recycled the ensemble almost to a T as she attended a service at St. Mary Magdalene this morning.
The entire Middleton family joined the royals this morning as the Queen marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli. Surrounded by her family, Her Majesty presented a commemorative wreath as those gathered mark a respectful moment of silence.
The Gallipoli campaign actually launched in April of 1915 and ended on the 9th of January 1916. You might recall that William and Kate closed their tour of Australia and New Zealand commemorating ANZAC Day, whose origins lie in the Gallipoli campaign. I think it is interesting that the only other Michael Kors ensemble that Kate has worn was to that event:
The pair placed poppies on the Wall of Remembrance and then bouquets at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier:
I like the connection in the fashion. Today, Kate's recycle of her Lock & Co. Fairytale hat has to make it her favorite hat to-date.
In fairness, I suppose it cannot be assumed it is her favorite, but certainly one she feels is versatile and flattering. By my count, today marked the 7th wear for the structured beret. These are its other six wears. I think the angle of this hat really makes or breaks it.
To my absolute delight, the Middletons joined the party this morning. Doubtless, they were all up to celebrate Kate's 34th yesterday. According to Emily Andrews, Kate spent the day shooting with William and I am sure, the Middletons and some assembled friends. I very truly believe that both Pippa and Carole are wearing Kate's hats. Here is a picture of Pippa. Does the hat look familiar?
In 2006, Kate Middleton wore a sumptuous mink hat to Cheltenham. This is one of my favorite hats of all time. It makes me think of Anna Karenina and Christmas balls at the Winter Palace, and basically everything that is nostalgic and gorgeous about "back in the day" winters. Pippa also has a big fur hat, but hers is smooth. Given the Middleton ladies penchant to borrow, I think she could very well be wearing this hat.
Speaking of shooting and fur hats, I am not entirely sure these are the same, but they re very similar. In 2008 Kate, William, Harry, and a mystery blond. Chelsy was also on this hunting trip,w which took place at Sandringham, so this woman must have just been a friend.
Carole, too, I think might be wearing one of Kate's toppers. Can you guess which one?
I think it is another Cheltenham piece. The "Betty Boop" from Lock & Co.!
Kate has actually worn this four times, but one of those wears was to Cheltenham. I cannot be sure if Carole is wearing this hat, but I think she might be wearing it with the bow at the back, rather than on the side. I imagine that packing hats is kind of a bother and they may have felt it was easier to rifle Kate's ample closet.
I could be wrong, but I think all the Middleton women (Kate included) are wearing Aquatalia's Rhumba boots. This is my favorite family. It is always a treat to see the Middletons with Kate and I revel in any situation where the Middletons hang out with the royals.
The only thing Kate changed in her ensemble today was her hair. This morning she opted for a more pulled together up-do:
Verdict: This is a special outfit. It is very specialized. I love it. But it wouldn't work walking into a church in the middle of London. It is very particularly British country. As we have discussed before, it conjures up Downton Abbey, and solid British heritage. I really liked how she switched up her hair, and I prefer this outfit with an updo. I really like it.
Kate pulls of this look to perfection. She sets a standard, she creates a fantasy, she reminds us of traditional and history. Incidentally, that is exactly what the Monarchy is built on, so all in all a very successful outfit. All the Middleton women looked glamorous and gorgeous. This made up for the Cambridges missing the communion service on Christmas morning. :) One final thing. William cut his hair and it is causing quite the ruckus. I didn't really notice until someone pointed it out. Thoughts?