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Kate's Trip to the Nutcracker + KP Staff Party

Friday, December 22, 2017

It certainly has been a festive and exciting few weeks of royal watching. Kate has had a busy time of it as she hosted the Kensington Palace staff Christmas party, attended the Queen's Christmas lunch, and prepped to decamp to Sandringham for more celebrations. On the 20th, after the Queen's Christmas lunch, Kate fit in a little personal time with a trip to the Royal Opera House to see the holiday classic The Nutcracker. 

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Even though this wasn't a public event for the Duchess, she very sweetly met with performers, and we got these snaps. This Zara cape is the same one that Kate wore earlier in the day to the family lunch, and it is a serious cape!


Kate loves a good cape while pregnant, and was spotted often while pregnant with George wearing an another Zara coat from 2010. This new black one, though, provides significantly more coverage. 


Although Kate wore the Zara cape she was pictured in on her way Buckingham Palace, she changed from her Eloise GOAT to a printed McQueen Trapeze dress:

We first spotted this dress when Kate wore it to the annual Kensington Palace staff party at Beach Blanket Babylon. (I'd love to have been around the kitchen table when that named was chosen).  The Cambridges and Prince Harry hosted 60 guests for a beautiful dinner in the restaurant's second floor ballroom. Meghan joined her fiancé and future in-laws for the bash, although the couple left early. The DM ran a pretty thorough story on the night, and you can read that here


It was fun to see Kate make it out to the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is one of my favorite ballets, and although I missed getting to a live performance this year, I watched it on YouTube pretty obsessively. An excellent version of the Marinsky's performance was on YouTube, but just recently pulled, which doesn't seem in the Christmas spirit, but I guess the law is the law no matter the season. That pas de deux was my favorite both for the choreography and for the stunning music, but this one is a good second. Hope you enjoy!



The Queen has headed to Sandringham, and the Cambridges will follow shortly (maybe already?). We will see Meghan join the royals on their walk to St. Mary's and, because Christmas is a Monday, we might see some of the royals head to church on Sunday morning, too. I'm kind of crossing my fingers for that. See you soon!

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  1. I hope at some point we get to see a photo of Kate in this dress. It looks like it would be a really cute pregnancy look for her.

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  2. I love this dress and this cape! Maybe because we're having weather that is pretty cold for us here (in the 30s last night - brrrr) that cape looks so cozy and wonderful!

    Lucky Kate to make it to see The Nutcracker this year! One of my favorites as well and the DVD of Baryshnikov dancing the roll of the Nutcracker Prince is a regular at our house this time of year! I can't wait until Kate takes Charlotte to her first Nutcracker performance! How cute will that be?

    Happy Christmas, Jane! Thanks for all of your hard work on the blog this year in the midst of law school and deadlines!

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    1. I like the look of capes and think the structure of this one is very nice. I wore ponchos back in the day but I've never thought capes or ponchos were very warm. Not only is there the "bare arm" issue but on cold breezy days the wind gets underneath (unlike with a closer fitted or belted coat.) But it is a cute look!

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    2. Lizzie I’m a cape addict, but can’t wear them very often. I think the climate where you live is key! London is fairly mild so I think it works. Where I live there is such a small window for cape wearing - the short-lived sweet spot where it’s cool enough for one but not so cold you need a coat and scarf! Right now it’s so cold we need hats, scarves, mitts & boots! I recently spent two weeks in San Francisco and thought it was a perfect place for capes with their “winters”!

      Also, I think it’s worth noting, generally Kate is driven door-to-door and doesn’t have to brave the elements like the rest of us :-)

      ~ A

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    3. lizzie I always have problems with the arm issue also. If you are wearing a very heavy sweater or jacket and using the cape as an extra layer it works. Also some of the capes I have seen hook to help stay closed or overlap enough to stay closed if made with a heavy wool fabric. They can be very snugly and warm and very easy to wear over heavy sweater of jackets were pulling you arms in and out of coat sleeves.

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    4. Good points ~A & ali. Maybe I need to take a second look at incorporating a cape into my wardrobe for occasional wear as I like the look. Winters in my part of the southern US aren't brutal but it's not unusual for morning commute temps (commutes that aren't door to door ;) to be in the low-mid 30s (F) & for it to drop into the low 20s by evening so an armless cape would need to be worn as an extra layer. But in fall when a wool cape might work in the morning without a heavy sweater underneath, at mid-day it can suddenly be 65 degrees! So I've tended to default to boring all-weather trenches with zip-out linings for everyday wear much of the time except during snow/ice storms or super cold spells.

      My other problem with cape-wearing is my addiction to using shoulder bags in the daytime. But there are some very nice actual *hand*bags out there, I know!

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    5. Wow totally missed my last sentence. Meant to say that capes can be easier to wear over a heavy sweater or with a blazer or suit coat where wearing a coat with sleeves is too bulky.

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  3. I hope we get to see this dress and cape together or separately again. They are great pieces. I really like the design of this cape. The shoulder structure and inverted pleat in the back are outstanding.

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  4. Love this cape and the dress.
    Glad she got to see "Nutcracker".
    Can't help wondering if she may be thinking of becoming a patron of the Ballet, as she went backstage at the end.

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    1. Oh! I hadn't thought of that Jean. A patron would be lovely and we'd get photos of Kate at the ballet to boot.

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    2. I love the idea of her becoming patron of the ballet! Have they had a royal patron since Diana died?

      I can't help but wonder if Kate will receive the family order before M&H get married and if Harry will be invested into the Order of the Garter before then.

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    3. The Queen is patron at present, but as she has been passing some of these down, I just wondered.

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    4. Ooh good call! I also think George’s school has all children study ballet and didn’t we hear Charlotte takes ballet lessons? This patronage would align with her interest in the arts and what she is guiding her children towards.
      ~ A

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    5. Prince Charles took over this patronage about 10 years ago.

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    6. Charles will probably give the garter to Harry. I think the Queen has a problem with the family order. No grandchildren have it and there are blood grandchildren to consider. Also the ivory question may also be a stumbling block. Her family order may have to wait for Charles as well. IMO.

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    7. Charles will probably have his order on porcelain instead of the ivory but I can't see not wanting one from HM just because 60 years ago it was made of ivory - just my opinion. Prince Phillip was the first conservationist in the family but he's not critical of the order. I know there are blood grandchildren but they don't do anything official for HM except show up at horse shows and garden parties. There are at least eight of them in existence and only six holding them right now, including Camilla and HM's cousins. Isn't the family order reserved for those who have served and represented the Queen in an official capacity? Kate has certainly done so and done it well for six years. Given her long life it seems Charles will not reign for very many years and William will become King at a much younger age.

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    8. I think Prince Charles is actually President.

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  5. New heels? Lovely dress and cape!

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  6. love the dress. she looks great.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the link to the Nutcracker! I've been looking for a version to show my little son. Beach Blanket Babylon is a musical revue here in San Francisco, and it markets itself as the world's oldest running revue. Wonder if there's any connection! :) Merry Christmas, Jane! ❤️

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    1. Years and years ago when HM & PP came to SF they had a sort-of Royal Variety performance of local artists for them at Davies. BBB was included and when the lady comes out in the hat with the SF skyline on it they had another one join her with the London skyline. I wonder if that's what they use in the London production. I didn't know it played anywhere outside of SF until Jane mentioned it.

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    2. Yes, thank-you Jane. I am looking forward to watching it. PBS usually has it but I guess I missed it. anon1

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  8. My big question is, who is she with? Was this another Carole/Kate/Pippa girl’s night before Christmas? Either way, always a wonderfully festive performance to attend!
    ~ A

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  9. I love her cape, and it is so appropriate for an evening at the ballet. Kate looks very elegant. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you Jane, and all fellow posters.

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  10. Happy Christmas everyone

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    1. Happy Christmas Jean, and to Jane and all FBTB readers who celebrate! 🎄

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