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Kate's Spring Green Jenny Packham for Mental Health Symposium

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, hosted a symposium on mental health and early intervention at the Royal Society of Medicine. It was snowing here on the East Coast, but in sunny London Kate popped out of her Range Rover absolutely glowing in a fresh, spring green ensemble by Jenny Packham.  

According to KP, the event gathered together mental health researchers, practitioners, and academics to discuss the importance of early intervention. And Kate announced a new steering committee that will head up a collaboration between these various parties to forge new mental health resources for parents and schools. 

Here is Kate full speech, which is actually relatively long, and one which she delivers beautifully.

I love this green one Kate, she looked so, so cute! She has some Kiki McDonough drops sparkling at her ears if you can see them behind her hair. 

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This custom ensemble by Jenny Packham is obviously based on the same general design as the blue ensemble with white piping she wore in early March. 

I know the blue was a hit for many of you, and although it was a miss for me, I can see the alternative viewpoint. The difference in this mint green (for me) comes down to the slightly softer tailoring of the jacket, the fabric that seemed to fall a little better, and frankly, no more piping. It is still borderline. I think the seaming along the top is odd and still comes across as a little boxy, but the bow helped soften that, in addition to the fact it was monochrome. The color was an absolute home run. I think the color makes the ensemble a win. 

This event was extra special because (as someone mentioned in an earlier post) Kate's confidence is booming and she has such a comfortable presence. I loved seeing her out and about in a new shade, presenting beautifully, and ready to be a mom to a third little Cambridge very soon!

Duchess Kate's Two Days of Engagements

Good morning all, and Happy Thursday! We've had two Kate events in the past forty-eight hours, as I am sure you all know. :) I will be blogging about both of them both later today.

Yesterday, Kate was out in a fresh, minty ensemble by Jenny Packham (above), and this morning she undertook an engagement with William on behalf of SportsAid (below). I think these trousers are going to spark some chatter.

I'll see you all later today for the full round-up!

Kate's Catherine Walker Recycle for St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

St. Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday for so many reasons, not the least of which is that Kate and William have their (almost always annual) visit with the Irish Guards. Despite the cold, they were out at the parade ground on Saturday. 

As the wife of the Colonel of the Irish Guards (William!), Kate presents the shamrocks.

The trickiest moment of the morning for Kate is probably pinning a sprig of shamrocks onto Domnall.

He is a pretty well-behaved guy, and she didn't have too much trouble this year:

Kate is always in good spirits at public events, but there also seems to be a particular air of festivity on St. Patrick's Day. I love this shot of her sharing a laugh with one of the soldiers.

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The royals also got a chance to meet the cadets! You can see Kate holding a clutch here. From the side it looks like her Mulberry Bayswater. 

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And, of course, the two join the party at the barracks where Kate has sometimes partaken in the toast with something on the strong side. This year, the princess stuck with water. :) 

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I don't know if this event is popular for the same general reason St. Patrick's Day is so wildly popular in the U.S., or if it's a mixture of the holiday and the traditions at this particular event. I know that I love it partially for the beautiful combination of colors. Kate always looks so spectacular in green (or brown) in the sea of striking red uniforms worn by the Irish Guards. It's a visually beautiful event.

There was a lot of speculation before St. Patrick's Day about what Kate would wear. Several of you mentioned she might choose the green D&G she debuted recently in Sunderland. I didn't love this coat, and was hoping she'd choose something else, but it is green and it was possible the front had an extended panel she could have used. 

The brown Catherine Walker from St. Patrick's Day in 2015 was also a possibility, although when I saw Kate on the 17th, she looked like she has outgrown that coat already. Also...brown on St. Patrick's Day? It was a fun experiment, but I definitely prefer green. 

For whatever reason, this more recent Catherine Walker didn't even cross my mind! The Duchess debuted this coat in Sweden just a few months ago, and you can see she wore the same Troy London fur accessories that day, that she wore today, as well as the Kiki earrings. She wore her Tod's heels in Stockholm, too, but she had changed for this walkabout into boots. 

I remember when we saw the Catherine Walker in Stockholm I felt it was unusually loose for Kate's preference, and now I wonder if this was planned, and the cut of the coat was deliberately generous to accommodate a March recycle. She is certainly filling it out now.

Kate also brought back her Gina Foster beret hat, first worn in 2013 for Christmas morning at Sandringham! I love structured berets on Kate, and this was a brilliant choice for the morning paired with this elegant and intricate up-do. She added a little sparkle at her ears with her bespoke Kiki McDonough earrings of green tourmalines and amethysts. According to Susan at WKW, Rebecca English confirmed with the jeweler that these were a special order to celebrate Princess Charlotte's birth!

This was a big, big win. I have no idea how I forgot this coat, but it was just the right cut and color for the event (and her advanced pregnancy!). It's a big, big win! Three cheers for the Duchess of Cambridge on this one!

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Kate Recycles Beulah for Commonwealth Service

Monday, March 12, 2018

Today the British Royals marked Commonwealth Day with the annual service at Westminster Abbey. It was a particularly exciting year as Meghan Markle made her debut at a formal royal family event. This was the first really hat-worthy event for Meghan, and her first public engagement with the Queen! 

William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan arrived in two Range Rovers at the same time, and walked into the Abbey as a group:

Kate and Meghan went with opposite shades of the color spectrum, which complemented each other nicely. Meghan's ensemble was Amanda Wakeley. 

I thought Kate might choose something new for today, but she dusted off her Chiara coat from Beulah London for the service, pairing it with the Lock & Co. Tiffany hat she wore to the dedication of the Afghanistan Memorial just last year. It's an elegant pairing and a great recycle on both counts. 

Kate's shoes are her Mallory pumps from Rupert Sanderson and the clutch is Jimmy Choo's Celeste. The Duchess once again wore these earrings she debuted last month, but continue to stymie the style sleuths. She added a matching brooch, which I think helped clarify that this is not the jewelry given to the Queen in the 40s, as formally hypothesized. Since these pieces haven't been paired with anything in the vaults, I think it is more likely they are modern additions to her personal collection. Hopefully time (and someone's research!) will tell. :) 

Kate looked magnificent today. This Beulah coat is a color that suits HRH so well and I love the graceful flare of the silhouette. I know some feel this hat is too big, but I think it balances her pregnant figure well and adds a punch of glamour. Her hair was beautifully styled this afternoon, and she added her own glow to look absolutely magnificent. A big win!