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Kate's Royal Wedding Recycle for Garter Day

Monday, June 13, 2016

After a hiatus in 2015, Kate returned to Britain's annual historic ceremony today to celebrate over 600 years of chivalry, nobility, and history. Dressed in scarlet from tip to toe, the Duchess arrived at Windsor Castle to join Camilla, Sophie, and other royals for one of my favorite events on the royal calendar.


The recent terrorist attack in Orlando and the attack that was thwarted in Los Angeles the same day have only heightened the stress among security personnel the world over, so it didn't surprise me when Rebecca English said that there had been an unusual change to the ceremonial route. Rather than the customary soldiers, police lined the route.

Rebecca English Twitter 

The rain from the Patron's Lunch decided it had such a swell time at the street party it better show up for the Order of the Garter, too. The rain came ready to party, but thankfully the royals and fans were ready for their rowdy guest and it didn't spoil the party. This is a great video of Kate arriving:




Kate got a chance to chat with Bernie Sanders...oops, never mind, that's not him. I don't know who the guy is, but Kate looks radiant, and that's what counts.



The verdict is a smash win, but it didn't start that way.  I will tell you about my transformation from meh to yea! Below was an initial and distant shot of Kate that I saw this morning. I could see she had recycled the Thames hat and the Catherine Walker from Canada and I was disappointed.


However, when the hi-res images came in, I was absolutely thrilled. First, THOSE SHOES! They are electrifying and immediately reframed my opinion of this ensemble. They are brand new Rupert Sandersons Gianvito Rossi and they acted as the finishing touch that made the whole performance pop.


Then, I gave the Catherine Walker a second look. Kate first wore this coat/dress in Canada in 2011. The couple was saying farewell to Canada after a landmark tour, but for whatever reason, there were not a million beautiful pictures. Often on tour when the couple are changing countries the photographers head on to the next stop and we are left with a smaller selection of photos. I don't think this coat-dress got an entirely fair shake at the time.


Today we got a more up close and personal look and it was beautiful. I particularly love the v-neck of the coat and the pleats on both the front and the back.


I am not a seamstress, but it looks like Kate might have added weights to this dress? Can any of my seamstresses weigh in? Pun kind of intended. We also got a 360 today of the coat dress. It is such a feminine coat with a nipped in waist, box-pleats, and a swinging skirt. If I have said it once here I have said it a million times--it is so flattering on her frame.


Finally, I zeroed in on that hat. I liked the Lock & Co. topper when she debuted it for the Thames River pageant, but that event was such a sensory overload in so many ways that I am not sure that I fully appreciated it.


Today, with her hair in a super elegant chignon, I really fell in love with the hat. It is absolutely gorgeous and works so well with this coat dress.  It is quite busy, but the coat dress is sufficiently elegant and reserved that the two work together. (Note carried the modified McQueen clutch today that she debuted at the Thames pageant.)


To add to the excitement, Kate wore the acorn drop earrings that she wore on her wedding day five years ago. These were bespoke from Robinson Pelham, commissioned by the parents of the bride. Mike and Carole ordered custom pieces for each member of the family. They all incorporated the acorn motif in some manner and are certainly part of British royal history now.


I honestly wasn't sure we would ever see Kate wear these historic earrings again and I am over the moon that she did. They are special in every possible way, to say nothing of their objective beauty. Interestingly, Camilla recycled her Royal Wedding ensemble today. I almost wonder if Camilla was chatting with Kate about her wardrobe plans sparking Kate to turn to her wedding day jewelry...or vice versa.

Via Victoria Howard
The final two pieces we haven't mentioned are Kate's necklace, the Empress pendant doing triple overtime, and her Art Deco bracelet gifted to her by Prince Charles as a wedding gift. Kate only wears it for very formal occasions. All together, this was an ensemble with quite a bit of gravitas. Steeped in tradition, Garter Day is one of the very important events on the calendar, and the Duchess certainly showed up to play today. I loved it.


Tomorrow, William and Kate are traveling to Northern Ireland. See you then! 

35 comments:

  1. Just perfection! I loved this beautiful piece when debuted in Canada and thrilled to see it worn again with such success!

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  2. I love this outfit. Such color and she wore real jewelry!

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  3. All around perfect look! LOVE we got to see the earrings and bracelet today. I hardly recognized the dress from Canada. Such a lovely second wear!

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  4. Agreed those coloured shoes just made the outfit so kudos to Kate on the extra color!

    I love it when she implements "Middleton" items when on Royal duty - it's kind of like saying "hi" to her family in a public setting yet subtle way. What acorn jewelry was commissioned for Pippa? I know Carole has her long acorn necklace.

    There is nothing wrong with her jewelry but I'm slightly dissatisfied over the 3 mismatched items. So many different designs and shapes going on. They are all sentimental (expensive) pieces but I don't know if I'd put such 3 separate pieces together like that....but I'm not Kate :-)

    I have said more than once on this blog that I'm disappointed W&K haven't been to N. Ireland since their engagement, so I am VERY happy to hear they will be there tomorrow!!

    ~ A

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  5. Speaking of the acorn earrings, their swirly motif echoes those in the Cartier tiara Kate wore on her wedding day. Do you think the Queen will gift that tiara to Kate before she passes, or leave it to her in her will? It was a gift from her parents so I believe it's private property. I just wonder what the Queen's plans are so it all doesn't end up with Camilla. And forgive me if I seem ignorant I don't fully understand all that can be passed down from the Queen, and with a lot of family members pushed into the background one day, I wonder how she will distribute her expensive personal jewelry. Kids (& their spouses), grandkids (& their spouses), great-grandkids....

    ~ A

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    1. Except for personal gifts, all the Queen's jewellery passes from Monarch to Monarch. Jewellery worn by Camilla and Catherine are loans, not gifts.

      In the past key items of royal jewellery have been gifted (particularly by Queen Mary) and these are now outside of the BRF.

      The Queen Mother left all her jewellery to HMQ, but she has lent some of these key pieces to the Duchess of Cornwall. Catherine does not own any of the tiaras she has worn or the Nizam necklace.

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    2. Do you know if ownership vests in the monarch outright (and are passed from monarch to monarch by tradition) or are the jewels owned by the monarchy itself (rather than the monarch personally) or some trust?

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    3. Passing from monarch to monarch/monarch's wife avoids estate taxes. If they don't own it personally and it remains Crown property, it eases the tax burden. It would be nice if Catherine received some of the personal jewelry as a remembrance of the Queen, but it will ALL be hers one day, anyway.

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    4. Anon 9:44 I did not say Kate owns a tiara. The Queen, I would guess, personally owns the Cartier tiara Kate wore on her wedding day, because the Queen's parents gave it to her as a birthday gift. Since Kate's jewelry was customized to compliment the tiara, and with obvious sentimental attachments, I wondered if the Queen would gift it to Kate at some point so it becomes Kate's personal property.

      As for other personal jewelry items, or the ones the Queen inherited from her mum, who isn't to say QE wouldn't give a pair of earrings to Lady Louise, then a piece to each York girl etc to spread out memories and gorgeous estate pieces? I was wondering if anyone else shared in that speculation.

      ~ A

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  6. There are certainly weights in the hem. However, I'm quite sure they were there the first time she wore the dress too. Look at the movement of the skirt in this picture as they were getting on the plane: https://duchesseorange.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/k143.jpg

    There's also a video of the zoo trip on youtube, so you can compare the movement of the dress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj0Dkh9RfDA

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  7. This is perfection. Absolutely fabulous. All of that red with her beautiful coloring is just fantastic. Starting from the head - this is one of my favorite hats and the chignon makes it even better. So so elegant. The coat dress is fantastic and I agree, the pleats and style of the dress looks so good with her frame. Shoutout to how toned her legs are (lol) and those gorgeous gorgeous shoes. I gasped with glee when I saw them (and for those of you that read the Fug girls, were excited to see how excited they would be at no nude shoes :)) The bracelet is perfect, the earring are out of this world, and I feel like that necklace must have big sentimental value to her as she really likes to wear it.

    Can't wait to see them again tomorrow - boy are they busy!

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    1. Alexandra, since you have already said very nicely my thoughts on the outfit, I need comment no further.

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  8. The jewelry really popped against all that red! It made them look more glittering than usual. So happy she wore her wedding earrings again!!!

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  9. This might just be one of my very favorite ensembles Catherine has ever worn! She looks so good in red, and very rarely wears it. The wedding earrings were an unexpected treat, and I adore that hat.

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  10. Love, love the outfit..the new shoes are nice even though they are suede :(


    But I don't like the dress and shoes together. I see nothing wrong with wearing all red. And while I may be in the minority on this I don't think it means the wearer is trying to be the center of attention and steal attention from others including HM :) But the shoes look more towards a "burgundy-brownish red" while the dress falls between a "true red" and a "coral red." Maybe it's my monitor but to me the shoe color is jarring with the dress. I'm not saying they'd need to match exactly but all reds don't match and blue-reds like burgundy don't go with yellow-reds like coral. I'd rather have seen the smooth leather nude shoes from yesterday even though I get tired of seeing nude with everything. 

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    1. They don't appear that color on my screen, Lizzie. They aren't an exact match but appear to be just a deeper red than the coat. The shoes (and the earrings) really made the outfit for me today. Kind of transcended it from great to spectacular. That pesky Mappin & Webb showed up again though.

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    2. HM was wearing Garter garb. I can't think of a better situation in the Queen's
      presence to wear red. They were not appearing seated together in a church, at any rate.
      Kate's bodice is not skin-tight with cut-outs.
      Just addressing the veiled reference to Eugenie's appearance at St. Paul's.

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    3. The shoes don't appear that color on my screen. I see them as a very deep red in the same tone as the dress.

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    4. Faith and Robin. .You may be right.  Colors on computer monitors vary. The most striking photos that highlight a shade difference not an intensity difference are the first one and the one of Kate and Camilla's backs. I do like the shoes and hope we also see them again with other outfits ..preferably at least once in the fall.


      And Anon 1..St. Paul's was included but was not my only reference because there have been references about color choices when HM is present for years. But I do think there were as many criticisms here of the color of E's dress as the style. I saw nothing wrong with red there or here.

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  11. Love, love, love! New shoes!! Wedding earrings!! Love the dress, the hat, the hair, the bracelet. Home run for Kate today!

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  12. I thought her shoes were not Rupert sanderson but Gianvito Rossi

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous. The coat is beautiful and fits perfectly. Does it seem a tad longer than when she wore it before? Delighted to see the earrings---began to fear they had got lost in transit to the various exhibitions. She doesn't usually wear so much jewellery during the day, but on a day when the men sparkle and there is no fear of outdoing HM (after all, she has a train and pageboys)glad to see the ladies holding their own.
    The news of the visit to Northern Ireland today is very welcome.

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    1. I thought it was a tad longer too, Jean from Lancs!

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  14. The movement of the skirt certainly seems to be identical.
    In the fifties when completely circular skirts were the fashion, I certainly had weights in the hem, but a sudden gust of wind and they were pretty useless. Luckily we wore stiffened and frilly petticoats with them, so it hardly mattered and male photographers were more gentlemanly and didn't hold their cameras so low.

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  15. This recycle was such a great example of how Kate's style has changed over the years. At her first few Garter ceremonies, she would never have worn this much jewellery and these shoes give the coat a much more refined feel than the original LK Bennetts.

    I have really been hoping for a re-wear of both his hat and the wedding earrings so I was so thrilled to see those :) I also liked this coat so much more on the re-wear. I really wish she hadn't carried a red bag but overall, I thought this was a great hit :)

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  16. These past few days have highlighted how the trio is the future of the monarchy.I believe that this year we are seeing more of them than we have seen them last year and the years before that.
    The Duchess has had a streak of wins in the fashion department these past couple of days.It feels like 2011-2012 in that respect.At this year's Order of the Garter she dressed particularly impressively.In a way her choice of ensemble highlighted her senior rank in the family.

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    1. I agree Candice, she is really striking me as having stepped up to the next level in the way she presented. Definitely a senior royal. Also, I think she's found her stride again after the kids. I certainly felt a little lost in myself when I had my babies back to back until my younger child was around a year to 18 mos. She looks like a woman with her feet under her, ready to move into the next chapter of life

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  17. Love those shoes, but Rupert Sanderson or Gianvito Rossi (per What Kate Wore)?

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  18. Not a huge deal, but 2 other reputable sources are reporting Kate's shoes are Gionvini Rossi, not Rupert Sanderson..... But again, thank you for the beautiful photos! I personally love the Duchess' whole ensemble from head to toe. She looked stunning!!

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  19. Simply stunning and I'm so happy we got a better look at this dress - I agree that the pleats are so very flattering on her frame and I think they are a nice alternative to the full skirts she so frequently favors.

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  20. Stunning ! Love love love :)

    The Cambridges went to the US Embassy today to give condolences. Very nice of them. Why doesn't the PoW and the DoC do that? Seems odd. Really blue today ..... Ok sorry. Fashion. .

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  21. Sorry everyone, but apparently I'm the only one who doesn't like this ensemble. I love red. In fact, it's my favorite color. However, I feel that Kate overdosed on red here. A red dress or red accessories would have been nice. But all red, from basically head to toe, is just too much for my tastes.

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  22. I loved all of the red and the adventurous addition of the red suede shoes! Kate is an amazing woman in many ways--especially to continue to look so rested and energized every day for the recent flurry of engagements! Would love to see her with just a hint more lip color when she wears these bold colors....

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  23. When I woke up from my morning slumber on Monday, I was musing to myself what Kate would wear today. I thought she might recycle, and I distinctly hoped it would be the red McQueen ensemble from the 2012 Thames pageant. I was thrilled when I noticed later in the day on the blog, that Kate was reading my mind and opted for the red too. I remember Diana had worn a striking red dress one year at Garter day, and it really went well with the blue velvet robes. On such a gray day, both literally and in the hearts of us here in America, Kate chose a nice pop of colour to chase away the raindrops. Loved the hat then, love it now especially with the updo. We get to see her earrings better- and yay, her wedding earrings made an appearance! She looked regal and appropriate. What a home run for her this weekend!!!

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  24. THE SHOES - Oh my..praise be to the heavens! I literally gasped when I saw the shoes. I love Kate and generally think that she hardly puts a step wrong in terms of her satorical choices but being a shoe fan (atic!) I long ago resigned myself to the fact that Kate is fairly practical in her shoe choices. Plain, simple and comfortable...something that serves the purpose. I get it...she has to spend a lot of time on her feet and there is no kicking them off under the table if they are pinching her toes. So I am just delighted to see something as bold as these red pumps. Could we hope for a cap toe court shoe next???

    The rest of the outfit was also outstanding....I especially love this hat.The Jubilee River Boat outfit is up there in my top 5 Kate outfits. But for me today...it was all about the shoes!

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