It is a busy royal weekend! Last night Kate hosted an exclusive gala at Kensington Palace, tomorrow is Trooping the Colour, and this morning the royal family gathered at St. Paul's Cathedral in London for a thanksgiving service paying tribute to the Queen's 90th birthday.
St. Paul's Cathedral isn't a venue at which we have seen Kate all that often, which might add to the excitement. Last year, while heavily pregnant with Charlotte, Kate attended the Afghanistan Service here, the first time she had been at the church since 2012. At the time, I was struck anew by how special it really is to London:
Designed by celebrated architect Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666, it is a masterpiece of English Baroque. We have seen a number of royal events held in the magnificent space, and of course, it is the church in which Diana and Charles were married. The iconic dome is almost synonymous with London and features in any skyline of the city.
Part of what makes St. Paul's such a fun church for royal events is the imposing stairs that mount up from the street to the doors. It gives both the royal arrivals, but especially the departures, an added boost of majesty and a great photo opportunity for the waiting cameras. Let's jump into all the family and fashion that was happening today. A quick video to get you in the mood:
Watch the highlights from the thanksgiving ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, kicking off a weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.
Posted by Press Association on Friday, June 10, 2016
Kate wore a brand new ensemble, as she generally does for royal family events of this caliber. Today she went bespoke in a light blue coat dress by Catherine Walker. Kate has been expanding her Walker wardrobe at a slow but very steady pace and this could be her best yet. I think this might beat even the red ensemble she wore for her arrival in Wellington.
As usual at these family functions, Harry kept Kate laughing throughout the morning. It is always fun to see the prince teasing his sister-in-law, who clearly takes it all in stride and enjoys the banter.
The Queen was the star of the show, but it isn't hard to see that her attractive three grandchildren command attention, injecting glamour and energy into the proceedings.
A little more of this and the Queen will have to cast the kids a warning glance to pipe it down.
Kate has never failed for a St. Paul's event, but today was a particularly huge fashion win. This coat is very reminiscent of the Catherine Walker that Carole Middleton wore to the Royal Wedding, but it also reminds me very much of the Temperley we all loved so much from the tour in Southeast Asia. Note that she wore the same mystery earrings with that dress that she paired today with her similar coat.
Just like that Temperley, today's coat in blue with white overlay is delicate, fresh and feminine. I love how Catherine Walker pieces have structure, but plenty of movement. This coat looks light as a feather on Kate, airy and springlike. I am particularly delighted by the way the embroidered overlay extends a little beyond the hemline, giving the front of the coat a scalloped detailing.
Kate carried her new favorite clutch, the Nina from L.K. Bennett, and wore the mystery drops she has worn for some years now. She added a new necklace that has not been IDed. It rather looks like it matches the earrings, don't you think? That would be a noteworthy development. The earrings and necklace make for a beautiful set and complement the color and style of the coat to perfection. That hat is the one Kate debuted at Charlotte's christening, designed by Jane Taylor. It is nice to get a better of view of it today.
I like this hat very much, so I am not intentionally drawing ire when I say that from certain angles it "puts me in mind" of Kate's Maleficent hat from ANZAC Day. Watch the pictures. You'll see whispers and hints of it. Still, a beautiful hat. Note Eugenie in the background who killed it in her red and black ensemble--really lovely.
It isn't a real celebration without food and the royals know this as well as the common folk. After the service, they moved to Guildhall, London for a few more tributes and a luncheon. Basically being a royal is like being a perpetual wedding guest.
I feel entirely spoiled after yesterday's beautiful evening gown and today's striking coat. The Duchess just doesn't miss a beat when it comes to family events and they are certainly some of my favorites.
See you at Trooping the Colour tomorrow!