It is St. David's Day, and although this isn't the first day of spring, it always makes me feel like spring is right around the corner. Last year, we remembered Kate's 2012 visit to Fortnum & Mason with the Queen and Camilla. The beautiful Duchess wore a blue Missoni coat which perfectly set off the bright daffodils she received. I just loved that ensemble and I loved the day. Three royal women, daffodils, and springtime in the air!
Last year I did a post about Kate and her connection to Wales. We covered the origin of daffodils and the way Kate incorporated the blooms into her wedding. You can read that post here. It's a year old, but still good. ;) Today, I thought we'd just talk about fashion and the times that Kate has worn yellow.
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On her first overseas tour, Kate flew into Calgary, Canada. She wore an airy summer frock by Jenny Packham in a bright, "primrose" yellow. For many women, yellow is a tough color to pull off, but Kate's lovely tan stops the bright hue from washing her out. In fact, I think the yellow actually flatters her! It's amazing.
A little over a year later, Kate wore a bespoke coat by Emilia Wickstead that straddled the yellow/gold line. This coat was also described as "primrose," although it lacked the clarity of color that the Canada Jenny P had. Kate was in Scotland for William's investiture into the Order of the Thistle, which is the (less-prestigious, just being honest) counterpart to the Order of the Garter.
Gravitating back toward a "daffodil yellow" Kate wore this Jaeger dress while on tour in Southeast Asia in 2012.
The very next day, Kate debuted a bespoke dress in a yellow & white broderie anglaise. This dress was made by an "independent dressmaker" and many speculate that Kate designed it and had Angela Kelly, or some other seamstress, put it together.
From a distance it has the look of a homogeneous butter yellow, but a close up view of the pattern reveals it is actually yellow and white.
If you noticed the little shoe in the close-up, Kate recycled this dress while on tour in Australia. At that time, she had her little bundle of energy with her:
Emilia Wickstead must like yellow. When a pregnant Kate attended the Queen's garden party in 2013 she chose a coat by Wickstead in a bright, modern yellow print.
It was almost a year later that the Duchess again wore yellow, and she chose a moment of maximum impact. She was on tour "Down Under" and the royal plane had just landed after a short flight from rain-soaked New Zealand. As the door opened, Kate emerged in a dress that dazzled even the blinding Australian sun. From eclectic designer Roksanda Illincic, this geometric sheath dress was a huge success.
Interestingly, the last time Kate wore yellow was on the steps of the Lindo Wing as she presented her baby daughter to the waiting press and to the world. It was a sweet choice. Gender neutral, but in a sweet, buttercup print, to me it struck the perfect note.
Kate wears yellow about once a year, which isn't much for a woman with a wardrobe as big as hers. When she does, it injects a pop of color and a burst of energy--just like today. March 1st, St. David's Day, and spring in the air. I suspect we will see at least one yellow ensemble during the Cambridges' tour of India and Bhutan. The dates have been announced, too, which is exciting. April 10th--16th! More from the Palace's press release:
Also adding energy today is the announcement that the Duke and Duchess have a new event on their calendar. The two will undertake an engagement for XLP London, a mentoring initiative for young people, on March 11th. The couple appeared for the charity last year on Kate's final engagement before Charlotte's birth: