Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kate Recycles McQueen for Order of the Garter

Kate watched William take part in the annual Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle today. 

Kate enjoying a chat with Camilla and Sophie. All three ladies wore nude heels today.


The Knights which include the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex joined other Knights of the Garter in a procession to the chapel.

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The couple shared a romantic moment as William walked past :)

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We see a glimpse of that moment in the photo below :)

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The household cavalry parading downhill at Windsor.

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We have all been eager to find out how Prince William will be spending his 30th birthday. Apparently he will be working so it will be a low key celebration.

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The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348 by Edward III, is the highest order of chivalry existing in England. St George is the patron saint of the ceremony. The Queen appoints the Knights of the Garter without advice from ministers and this year there will be no new Knights installed into the order. Interestingly Prince William was the 1000th Knight in the register when he joined the Order in 2008. There can only be 24 members of the order at a given time, so it is a huge honour to be chosen.


The Order's members must wear vestments for ceremonial occasions. Members have worn the blue velvet robe since the 16th century. The heraldic shield of St. George is sewn onto the left shoulder of the robe. The hat is a Tudor Bonnet of black velvet with a plume of white ostrich and black heron fathers. 


Thousands lined the streets to watch the procession.

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The couple look incredibly happy today. Lovely to see them all smiles.


Before the service Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a lunch in The Waterloo Chambers at Windsor Castle. The Queen's Sovereigns' Luncheon was also held there on May 18th. You can take a virtual tour of the chambers here. They were joined by other royals and members and officers of the Garter.

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A look at St George's Chapel, Windsor where the service was held.

After the ceremony the royals travelled in a carriage procession. William and Kate joined Charles and Camilla in the second carriage.

Kate's parents were spotted at the Garter.

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Kate first attended the ceremony in 2008 when William was installed as a Knight wearing a black polka dot tailored suit and a Philip Treacy hat. Last year she attended for the first time as Duchess of Cambridge wearing a striking Katherine Hooker suit. Which garter outfit is your favourite?


Kate recycled the Alexander McQueen cotton and wool blend piqué coat she wore to Trooping the Colour last year. We never saw the coat fully at Trooping and I must say it is a beautiful piece, sophisticated and elegant yet the shorter length gives it a youthful flare. The sculptured coat dress was available for €1,676 reduced from €2,395 and is described as

'Alexander McQueen's sculpturally tailored white cotton and wool blend piqué coat is an exquisite choice for a modern bride. Step into pumps to accentuate the elegantly tiered Samurai skirt and accentuate the sharp shoulders with chandelier earrings'.

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Many thought Kate wore her Reiss Peacock dress underneath.


Kate wore a cream hat by couture milliner Jane Corbett (With many thanks to the amazing Anna from My Small Obsessions

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The Duchess wore a similar blue hat by Ms Corbett for Trooping the Colour and the milliner expressed her delight via her blog.

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Kate wore her favourite £185 LK Bennett Sledge shoes.

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Kate carried her £160 LK Bennett Natalie Clutch.

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Kate wore her beautiful green amethyst Kiki McDonough 18ct gold and diamond drop earrings. They were reportedly a Christmas gift from William. They were available for €2,2271 and are described as

'Make a satorial sparkle with these 18ct gold, citrine and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough. It will make a precious gift for any style savvy women. These diamond pave small hoop earrings are set in 18ct gold'.

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I thought the entire look was wonderful, absolutely love the McQueen coat dress. What did you think?


You can watch a video from the event at ITN Source.

In other news, Kate's visit to the Widehorizons Adventure Centre has made the front of several newspapers today.

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Royal Ascot commences tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th and runs until Saturday 23rd. It is definitely possible William and Kate will attend but there has been no official confirmation thus far.


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