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10 Times Duchess Kate Wore American Labels

Monday, July 4, 2016

As we celebrate the 4th of July here in the United States, we are looking at ten times our favorite British royal flew the American flag in her fashion. 

10. The day after her wedding was televised to a massive worldwide audience, Kate and William held a photo call on the lawn of Buckingham Palace. Hand-in-hand, the newlyweds walked to a helicopter waiting to whisk them away to a quiet weekend in Scotland. Kate was wearing a dress by Spanish label Zara, but her jacket was one we'd seen before and would see many times after--a peplum blazer by American giant Ralph Lauren.




9. The Duchess primarily flew the British flag for her first weekend visit to the United States in 2011, but for a cocktail party at the British Consul General's residence, the new princess chose a bright green shift dress from American favorite Diane von FΓΌrstenberg.  


8. On a cold December visit to one of William's favorite charities, Centrepoint, the Duchess stayed warm in a snug turtle-neck dress, again by American label Ralph Lauren. This dress was recycled at Sandringham in 2013 when she wore it to the morning communion service on Christmas Day. 



7. In 2016, while touring India and Bhutan, Kate and William attended a fireside celebration in Assam. Kate doubtless chose the dress for a number of factors, but one in particular stood out.  The colorful maxi was by an American designer, Anna Sui.




6. To announce their massive mental health initiative, the Cambridges and Prince Harry filmed and released a teaser video featuring the royal trio introducing their project. Kate's Breton top sparked a massive ID hunt that finally determined the Duchess was wearing the airy Tippi sweater from J.Crew. 


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5. On Remembrance Sunday in 2011 Kate surprised most royal watchers by turning to American DVF for her appearance on the balcony by the Cenotaph. The Princess recycled the coat the very next year for the somber commemorative event. 



4. The Heads Together video had been a teaser trailer of sorts, but the official launch took place a month later at Olympic Park. Kate again wore American, debuting a label we hadn't seen her wear before: Banana Republic. 



3. Early in January the royals marked the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli at Sandringham in Norfolk. The Duchess recycled an ensemble she had debuted just a few weeks before. This tweed trumpet skirt and blazer is by American Michael Kors, a designer Kate has now worn several times.


2. On their final night on tour in Australia, the Cambridges were the guests of honor at a reception at the Governor General's. Kate wore a striking cocktail dress by Texas-based label Lela Rose. 




1. Kate has worn American many times, but perhaps the most prominent and surprising was the night she represented the Queen, her first appearance at the prestigious Royal Variety Performance, in DVF's lace Zarita dress. 


A safe and wonderful 4th of July to all my American readers! 


While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, 

Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free, 
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, 
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer:


57 comments:

  1. Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue! My fav is the Lela Rose cocktail dress and I would have included a Tory Burch dress to my list. Happy 4th

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    1. I love the Lela Rose cocktail dress also...one of my favorites.

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    2. Whilst I like the Lela Rose I was disappointed she wore it in Australia on her last night. Especially as she followed it on the next day with Michael Kors on ANZAC Day. I feel like on both of these occasions an Australian design would have been better suited - especially as there are many designers here who would have been perfectly suited to these occasions. I was actually quite disappointed by the lack of research into this trip in general.

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  2. What a lovely post for the 4th, Jane! A safe and happy holiday to you as well!

    Kate looks wonderful in DVF and I hope she continues to turn to that label. The black lace is my favorite of all of Kate's lace dresses. Looking back at the green DVF from 2011 I'm hoping we see a repeat soon.

    I love the music you've been sharing. This is one of my favorite versions of God Bless America!

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  3. The Zarita...with Mr. Security looking so dapper in the background. Quite a contrast to his
    glowering gaze at Assam.
    Several classically put-together outfits here.
    I don't recall that particular morning after photo. It exudes a joyfulness and sort of, "We're married! Hallelujah!" vibe.
    Thanks for taking the time on your holiday.

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    1. I *loved* the morning after photo! Lovely to see them holding hands and so obviously happy.

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    2. I think Mr. Security was much more stressed on that particular tour trying to watch over his people in a region of the world with much unrest. It's getting a bit scary out there these days - in every country!

      The morning after photo seems to say "We're married and now we can hold hands in public without speculation!"

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    3. I recall that people speculated over the "lack" of PDA as well, so it was really nice to see an indication of things to come... Have NOT been disappointed. :)

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  4. Happy Independence Day Jane and all our US friends.

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    1. Thank you Jean. The mutual regard between our countries is far more meaningful and enduring than spewed anger which belongs on other blogs.
      Sparkle 74

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  5. Thank you to all the kind comments here. I have, however, received a number that were not so kind. Both those who mistakenly read symbolism where none was intended--most of the time Kate chooses her clothes based purely on her preference with no thought to nationality, be it American or British, and I a not suggesting otherwise here. There were also comments that were downright hostile toward America--definitely not warmly received here today, although unlikely to ever be welcomed on my blog. Please be sure you have read the post and aren't injecting a secondary or primary meaning that I did not intend. This is a very straight forward post highlighting ten times Kate wore American labels. I never addressed any and of intended symbolism on her part--the majority of the time, there is none.

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    1. Oh my. I was just happy to see a new post when I didn't expect one! :) It's unfortunate that anyone read more into it than you intended. A safe and happy 4th to you, Jane.

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    2. Oh my goodness πŸ˜•

      I surely didn't read anything into the post. It's Kate wearing American designers on a blog abut Kate from an American blogger on the 4th of July which is America's birthday. I think it's lovely and fun! I really do not understand some of the comments of late and for anyone to suggest this is anything more than a unexpected treat on a holiday weekend is ridiculous.

      Carry on Jane! Wishing you a Happy 4th of July! As well as to everyone else here that is American! Like I said before here we are many Americans obsessed with all things Kate and British LOL

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    3. Precisely, Diane.I think Jane may have inherited the dregs from another Kate blog
      that has tightened up the editing lately. Whatever the motivation of those would-be commenters,weeding them out for her readers means Jane has to first read the comments.
      I am thinking," No good deed goes unpunished," but perhaps that is too cynical.

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    4. I hear you anon 1 😊

      I think I know which blog you speak of as I left it due to path it was taking. Quite shocking actually. I hope Jane doesn't have to deal too much with that kind of commentary. It is unfortunate that she has to weed through each comment. Are we not adults here? We can have differing opinions regarding fashion without bashing one another.

      Anyway this was an unexpected delight today!

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    5. Sorry you have to read through such crap Jane, especially on this day. Best wishes from Canada to all of our American neighbors. Thank you for the unexpected post. I love all of these looks on Kate.

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    6. I am a bit taken aback that anyone would mistake this blog post as being anything other than a fun way to celebrate Kate here in America on the 4th of July. I'm sorry, Jane, that you had to read any of the rudeness people feel free to write. I am also assuming these are all done by anonymous posters since anyone with an ID could be blocked. How disappointing.

      Thank you to Jean from Lancs and Jane in Canada for your good wishes!

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    7. Anonymous posters can be blocked too

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    8. Kate wears clothing from countries all around the world. As Jane more eloquently stated, this is not the place for politics. I would not frequent this blog if the vitriol and hatred posted elsewhere was allowed here.
      July 4th is my birthday and it saddens me that Jane had to spend part of a lovely national holiday deleting unpleasant comments.
      Back to the real purpose here, I like about half of the American outfits shown here, particularly the Michael Kors and DVFs. The sleeves of the Lela Rose have always reminded me of the plastic rings at the top of 6 and 12 packs of beverage cans. But I am glad that dress made many people happy.
      Chacun a son gout.
      Life would be so boring if we all agreed.
      Sparkle 74

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  6. My fave is the Michael Kors tweed. I think the morning after photo is the first time I saw her beloved wedges. Happy 4th!!! Thanks for the Post!

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    1. I thought the tweed outfit was classic British country church attire and was
      well-tailored and so attractive on her.

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    2. I agree, ladies. The tweed was absolutely perfect on Kate...every single detail.

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  7. Happy Independence Day! Its so funny to think were going to have our own Independence Day now thanks to Brexit! Something tells me it wont take off over here though. Leaving the EU is not quite as monumental as winning a revolutionary war.

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    1. Thank you Anon 1.48 😊

      NO matter our allegiances we are all connected on so many levels. We won the battle but we are still close to our cousins across the pond. I suspect your independence from the EU will not end that connection to the continent.

      Both wins are indeed monumental 😊

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    2. Thanks, 1:48! As Diane said, we still value our relationships and connections to our British cousins.

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  8. I bet I'll be in the minority here: my favorite is the Ralph Lauren turtleneck dress. I know many don't like turtlenecks, but I love them. And...hello! Who looks that fantastic in a sweater dress? Together with the tights and boots this is one of my all time favorite looks on her.

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    1. I have always loved that sweater dress too bristowmom! It's just such a classic look to me!

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    2. That RL is definitely a classic and she looks fantastic in it!

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    3. Kate looked great in the dress. Not a fan of the color, but the dress is timeless and classic.

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    4. I also like the sweater dress. I might have switched up the belt and skirt and worn with a smooth camel leather belt and boots or smooth black belt and boots and not the suede. That dress with a cowl neck would look gorgeous on Kate also. She does have the figure for sweater dresses. ali

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  9. Jane just brightens my days xx

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  10. Beautiful post!! Love all of the designers, and the Duchess looks amazing in all of these pieces!

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  11. Alejandra RamΓ­rezJuly 4, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Love this random posts! :D
    I noticed that you chose the outfits based on iconic events and times, rather than by fashion as the only criteria
    Good job!

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  12. Loved this post, Jane! Wonderful designers and I think the Duchess did them proud (or should that be the other way around? :). Didn't expect a post on the holiday so it was a lovely surprise. Happy Independence Day to you and to all your American readers!

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    1. Thanks leahmaria! I had too much food as we tend to do on the 4th. Let's just say hitting the pavement this morning for my run I felt like I was dragging a log along ... hahahaha...

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  13. Jane,
    May I apologize on behalf of any of my compatriots, who tried to post comments insulting--and hurtful to you and the US in general.
    As you probably realize things are in a bit of a muddle at the moment; seems the DM bloggers are getting everywhere.
    Love this post, especially as you wrote it on your day of celebration.

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    1. You are so sweet, Jean. I can see where there would be some conflict going on after the Brexit vote. We will have our share after our upcoming presidential election as well. There are far more kind people in the world but, sadly, the nasty ones get all the attention and seem to feel it their "obligation" to shout their opinions from the rooftops.

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  14. Jean, hopefully Jane has had a chance to respond by now and I won't interfere.
    I just just wanted to jump in and say what a dear, sweet comment.

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  15. Finally rooted out my earphones and I'm looking forward to listening to the MTC singing
    "God Bless America." Maybe if you listen to it enough times it will drown out the angry
    voices, Jane.

    I can still hear echos of the King's College organ and the beautiful wedding music
    that you shared.
    Growing up, I would wake up every Sunday morning to the sound of the Morman Tabernacle Choir
    on the radio-My Mother's idea of a gentle awakening.

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    1. Anon 1 my Mom played their music all the time growing. Especially their Christmas tunes. They have amazing voices. Often makes a bit weepy. I am such a sap 😎

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    2. Lovely memory,Diane, although I probably didn't appreciate it at the time. I just wanted to
      sleep in. ha! Strange how memory works sometimes.

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  16. Dear Jane,

    Oh dear! I'm really sorry that a "bonus" post, where you indulged our desire for and anticipation of unexpected posts, has to lead to some nastiness. What is wrong with people!?

    To Britain and the United States-both of your nations are loved worldwide and are beacons for freedom and progress. Please remember that so much more is positive in both your worlds than negative. Free speech has as its very core the unpleasant task of listening to idiots as well as those who inspire...

    Happy Glorious 4th, dear Neighbours. We love you!

    Jane, many thanks again for all you do. "Kate's Clothes" is just astounding. I couldn't remember the Xmas 2013 appearance of the Ralph Lauren sweater dress and there it was after only 2 or 3 clicks. Thank you!

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    1. You are so right RMJH in Canada:)

      Much to be grateful for indeed.

      Thank you and we love our neighbors to the North as well! You also just had your Canada Day! 😊

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  17. Said it before, but perhaps it bears repeating: IMO, Kate wears American designers much better than British--they just fit her much better, particularly at the waist. They also often have an element of fashion forward, without going OTT, which is quite flattering and age-appropriate. I particularly like Lela Rose and DVF.

    To the Americans who post or read, I hope you enjoyed your July 1st celebrations--I would've posted yesterday, but I, unfortunately spent my morning having a nervous breakdown, prior to having to visit the dentist in the afternoon, followed by an evening of thankfulness that I had survived. I have a BIG problem when it comes to dentists, directly caused by the sadistic dentist I had as a child.

    I just loved the Lela Rose dress Kate wore down under, altho the black suede shoes and clutch seemed a bit out of whack with it--odd to pair a summery dress with winter-weight accessories.

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    1. I know I'm in the minority here, but I've never cared for the Lela Rose dress. The way the sleeves fit make it look like Kate has rounded shoulders. I totally agree about the suede shoes and purse. Wouldn't silver accessories have been so much prettier with it?

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    2. Robin, it does seem like a more delicate touch would set it off. I really liked the dress at the time.

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    3. JC, I do understand your "breakdown". I was five years old when my fear of needles was not handled in an "ideal" manner by a grumpy old doctor and, to this day, I dread the things! I hope you are doing well...

      Robin, I didn't object to this particular dress, but I do not care for rounded shoulders and have never been fond of capes (I have visions of Sherlock Holmes!). ;)

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  18. My favorite is the Ralph Lauren sweater dress—nothing fancy or edgy, yet always in style. I don't care for the color of this particular dress, but I have always loved sweater dresses. When I was younger (and naturally thin like Kate) I had a lot of sweater dresses in my wardrobe. Unfortunately, my figure has changed (ha-ha!) and I’ve stopped wearing them. But I still love them. If you’ve got the right figure, you can’t go wrong with a classic sweater dress, in my opinion.

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    1. I think royalfan mentioned the color, too. I wonder how true the photo is to the
      real color, with lighting and all. I thought it might be closer to charcoal gray.
      How about a deep royal blue? With a gold chain belt?

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    2. Anon 1, yes I did mention the color. :) Like Betsey, I'm not a fan, but I see more green than gray here. But a deep royal blue (even with the same black accessories)...WOW!! I could see that with her houndstooth coat.

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    3. YES! With the coat open. Now I have to go to Kate's Clothes and look at it again.

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    4. Maybe not the coat open, but the cowl/turtleneck collar of the dress would still
      show up nicely.

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  19. Thank you for the well wishes. Cheers!xx

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