The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show this evening, joining the Queen, Prince Harry, and a generous sprinkling of other royals who had turned out to view the show on its opening night. It is always a good day when Kate is surrounded by flowers. Such a plethora of loveliness in one place can only ever put a smile on one's face.
There are a number of activities that strike this American as quintessentially British and a flower show is one. Certainly the Chelsea Flower Show is now world famous as Britain's foremost horticultural presentation, nevertheless, the broader category of flower show conjures up all sorts of visions of perfect English summers. I think of the competitive rose show in Mrs. Miniver, or more recently the Dowager Countess's floral battle in Downton Abbey. It seems to bring out the best of Brits love for all that is charming, bucolic, and gracious.
Beulah London, a brand Kate favors heavily and one that champions causes fighting modern slavery, designed a special dress for the Garden Show. The company announced the dress would be unveiled at the show, and shared a sketch of the springtime frock on Twitter several days ago.
I was excited to see that Eugenie was wearing this dress this evening. The princess was at the show with Beatrice and their respective boyfriends. Eugenie looked lovely in the dress, and I also think that given the design, this dress is very suited to Kate's love of white. It would be fun if she wore it sometime in the future.
|Rose Tinted PR|
Harry, for whom the Flower Show is old hat, seemed to enjoy showing his brother and sister-in-law around as they navigated the colorful displays. If Harry ever does find "the one" his knowledge base gleaned from his time at the Chelsea Flower Show can only be an advantage to locking her in.
The Duke and Duchess seemed delighted to view the chrysanthemum named after Princess Charlotte. I am sure they were also pleased to know that 50% of the proceeds of the special flower are set aside for one of Kate's favorite charities, EACH.
In 2013, Prince George got a special daffodil named after him. Daffodils are my favorite, so I am prejudiced towards those, but these mums seem to fit what we have seen of Charlotte thus far. The colors are particularly suited to her.
Princess Charlotte is the latest royal to have a flower named after her at #RHSChelseaFlowerShow pic.twitter.com/oMPgCsB5tc— Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes) May 23, 2016
It was quite the family affair. The trio bumped into other royals who were wandering the exhibit, keeping royal reporters and fans plenty busy track of them all:
Video: pic.twitter.com/dYg2wS7ZMe— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 23, 2016
It has been noted and I admit that William did look like a bit of a Moody Judy several times today. Let's just say his energy didn't seem to be at raging 100%, shall we?
It is possible the Duke (as well as the Duchess) was having a light allergy flare up. Kate was snapped powdering her nose, which I am not sure that I have ever seen, while William wiped his eyes. You have to assume that the pollen concentration around that place was higher than average. Ah well, roses all have thorns, what?
The Duchess recycled her green Catherine Walker first worn in Canberra while on tour in 2014. This bright green coat dress is a mix of two Walker styles, melding the zippered top of one coat with the flared skirt of another. Perhaps even bolder than the design is the bright, nigh neon, hue.
I don't have the aversion to this dress that many of you have expressed. I like the tight zipped collar and I think it has a modern and trendy edge. I would use a different belt with this, something that isn't so matchy matchy, but in every other respect I don't dislike it at all. This was a win for me, although it wasn't perfect.
Perfect for today would have been pastel, something that complemented the delicate and feminine nature of the flowers. Despite that, Kate's coat was a shade sharper than the greenery that surrounded her and she seemed to almost stick out as the chief stalk. I liked it. She popped out particularly well by the poppy display, a sweeping carpet of red blooms paying tribute to the fallen. (Rebecca Deacon alert!)
Kate accessorized in nude, carrying her new Nina clutch from LK Bennett and her Fern pumps by the same brand. She chose to wear her Lauren diamond studded leaf earrings, presumably in a nod to the theme, although as we have noted here before, these earrings seem to be fast becoming a staple in her everyday wardrobe. All in all, the rain held off and the royals seemed to enjoy their evening in the garden. I was delighted when it was announced that the pair would attend, and although they might have made an exception because it is the Queen's 90th birthday year, I hope we see them at this lovely event many times over the years.