Saturday, 22 October 2016

Vote for Kate's Best Tour Daywear & Footwear; William and Kate Host Event for Inspirational Young People!

Good afternoon, we begin today's post with our remaining tour polls. Today we're looking at Kate's casual/daywear choices throughout the trip and her varied shoe selection over the course of the tour.

Best Casual/Daywear Ensemble

The tour's itinerary called for several casual ensembles covering a range of activities from outdoor walks to boat trips. We saw the first of these on day three of the tour when William and Kate visited Bella Bella. Kate's outfit comprised of several pieces including the Holland & Holland Ladies Lightweight Multipocket Safari Jacket, the Jigsaw Katharine Sweater, and the Topshop Gingham Print Shirt and jeans.

The Duchess changed from her Caroline Herrera coat into casual attire for engagements in Carcross, where Kate championed Canadian brand Sentaler, wearing their Wrap Coat with Ribbed Sleeves, now known as The Kate Coat. Kate teamed the coat with jeans and wore a black top underneath.

On the penultimate day of the tour, the Cambridges canoed to Haida Gwaii. The Duchess sported a new army green blazer by favoured Canadian brand Smythe, teamed with the delicate Somerset by Alice Temperley Spot Pretty Blouse in ivory. The £79 blouse is crafted in a lightweight and semi-sheer material. Kate completed the look with Zara Mid-Rise Trousers.

For a fishing trip later that day, Kate changed into the Really Wild Cashmere Mix Cable Crew Sweater in ruby and a new parka by Troy London. The £350 Wax Parka is described: "A fresh take on our bestseller, this new lightweight coat is made from 100% cotton milled in England with a dry wax finish. A black sports-luxe lining provides 100% waterproof protection and brings an urban appeal to this casual but elegant coat with a cinched waist and drawstring hood." The Duchess wore her khaki Zara trousers from earlier in the day.

Kate surprised us on the final day of the tour in a chic white Zara Jacket, her off-the-shoulder H&M top and black Zara jeans for the morning's engagements. The look was a departure from Kate's usual choice of dress/coat for engagements of the same nature and proved very popular. I expect it shall fare quite well in the poll!

For sailing that afternoon, Kate changed into her Troy London Parka, Jigsaw Katharine Sweater and jeans for a more outdoorsy look.

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Best Tour Footwear

Moving on to our 'Best Tour Footwear' poll. We saw a number of previously seen pairs along with a couple of unexpected surprises in the shoe department. First up, we have the Gianvito Rossi Suede 105 Pumps in Praline. The Italian brand has become a staple in Kate's collection.

Gianvito Rossi

For the second day of the tour, Kate debuted the red suede Russell & Bromley Pinpoint Pointed Toe Court Shoes.

Russell & Bromley

In Bella Bella, Kate teamed her look with her trusty Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots.

Penelope Chilvers

For a government house reception, Kate wore her gorgeous red suede Gianvito Rossi pumps.


We saw Kate's trusty £195 L.K. Bennett Fern pumps (they appear to have become something of a replacement for the Sledge pumps in recent months).

L.K. Bennett

In Whitehorse, Kate wore a new pair of Tod's Fringed Leather Pumps. The £267 pumps were a lovely choice and a style we don't often see Kate wearing. They are described: "Tod's' versatile burgundy pumps have a sturdy block heel and cushioned footbed for round-the-clock comfort. This Italian-made pair is finished with an elegant gold buckle and the brand's signature pebbled sole."

Kate wore a new pair of R. Soles boots during the tour - the brand's £295 Virgi Chocolate Suede Boots.

R. Soles

For George and Charlotte's playdate, Kate wore her Monsoon Fleur Wedges.


On the final day of the tour, the Duchess wore J. Crew's Avery Heels in Tweed. The Italian made, pointed-toe style features textured tweed fabric, tassel details and a stacked heel for maximum wearability and comfort. Again, something quite different for Kate - and a pair I hope we see again!

J. Crew

We also saw Kate sport a new pair of sneakers on the final day of the tour: the Superga 'Cotu' Sneakers. The sneakers are described: "The textured contrast sole sets off the low-profile design, and the label and logo-embossed eyelets lend branded appeal."


Finally, we have Kate's L.K. Bennett Floret pumps in trench leather.

L.K. Bennett

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I'm very much looking forward to seeing the winning selection. Which looks/shoes did you vote for?


Also today, before Tuesday's reception for Team GB at Buckingham Palace, William and Kate met with inspirational young people at Kensington Palace ahead of BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards.

Since 2008 Radio 1 has held an annual event for teenagers aged 14 to 17 years. The awards celebrate the selfless, brave and exceptional achievements of young people. Celebrities and stars in the music, sporting and online industries are also honoured. The pre-awards event provided an excellent opportunity for the Duke and Duchess to meet the young people involved, and to congratulate them on their success.

More from The Daily Express:

'The royals welcomed teenagers and Radio 1 DJs Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James into their home to praise them for their inspirational work after being crowned Teen Heroes of 2016.
Among those who met William and Kate at the special reception was 15-year-old Lewis who, despite his own health problems, has created a social platform for poorly and disabled children. Lewis has been named one of Radio 1's Teen Heroes for raising over £20,000 for charities as well as launching his Friend Finder website.
Niamh, 15, who has a rare auto-immune illness called neuromyelitis optica (NMO), is a children's ambassador for the NMO UK charity and helps to raise awareness of her condition with a blog while running a support group for young people.'

Kate told the teenagers: "I don't know how all of you find the time to do the volunteering. It's such a great thing... Keep it up." William added: "Massive congratulations, it's seriously impressive." Before telling the group they are "leading the way".

William and Kate posed for a photo with the group. It's interesting to see a closer look at Kate's McQueen dress as photos were rather limited from the Team GB reception.

The winners will be honoured at the seventh annual awards ceremony on Sunday at London's SSE Arena, Wembley. The star-studded event will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw. Music acts Little Mix, Jess Glynne, DNCE and the Vamps will be performing along with other special guests. There's a video available on YouTube with nice quotes.

At present, there's nothing announced for Kate's calendar, however, I expect that to change shortly. Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful weekend! :)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Kate in Floral Print McQueen for Team GB Reception at Buckingham Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended a reception hosted by the Queen and Prince Philip for Team GB and Paralympics GB medallists from the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games at Buckingham Palace this evening.

The Duchess chats with Nicola Adams MBE - the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title.

An arrival video from Kensington Palace.

Other royals in attendance included the Princess Royal, who is president of the British Olympic Association, the Duke of York, the Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Princess Eugenie was scheduled to attend but was unable to make it.

Below, Princess Anne introduces Lord Coe to the Queen. Her Majesty looked regal as ever in an Angela Kelly kingfisher and petrol blue dress.

Prime Minister Theresa May curtsies to the Queen.

Ahead of the reception, Kensington Palace tweeted: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are very much looking forward to attending tonight's reception." They added that Kate's patronage SportsAid has supported many successful athletes including Tom Daley and Ellie Simmonds.

Prince William admires Ellie Simmonds' gold medal. Ellie is a British Paralympian swimmer competing in S6 events. She came to national attention when she competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, winning two gold medals for Great Britain, despite being the youngest member of the team, at the age of 13. In 2012 she was again selected for the Great Britain squad, this time swimming at a home games in London. She won another two golds there, and set a world record in the 400m freestyle. She won another gold medal at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, this time setting a world record for the 200m medley.

Ellie looked delighted to meet the royals, especially Her Majesty.

It's been a very special day for Team GB. The athletes participated in a gilded victory parade today to celebrate their incredible performance at Rio 2016.

Team GB and Paralympic GB brought home a combined 214 medals, coming second in both medal tables. The fantastic results mean Britain is the first ever country to improve on their performance at the games following immediately after one they hosted.

The athletes looking very sharp in their formal wear by Simon Jersey before the reception began.

William and Kate met with Team GB's women's hockey team.

Kate, who has been a keen hockey player since her school days, enjoyed chatting to the ladies about their experiences at Rio.

Discussion with the athletes quickly turned to George and Charlotte. Emily Andrews reported: "Kate said Charlotte is loving learning to ride, while George was using his polo stick as a hockey stick - much to her delight. And although Kate doesn't share Charlotte's passion for horses, she's said she'll champion and encourage it as much as possible."

More from the Mirror:

'Kate spoke as she joined husband William and the Queen honouring Olympians and Paralympians at a Buckingham Palace reception. Equestrian triple-gold medalist Natasha Baker had a good chat with Kate. The Duchess told her: "George is fascinated by fencing but I think that's because of the face shields. "Charlotte would have loved to be here but she'd be running riot!"
Afterwards the Paralympian said: "I asked her how the children were and she said Charlotte is really enjoying her riding which is great to hear and I said we may see her here on a line-up in 20 years time. "She emphasised that Charlotte has this passion about horses and although she doesn't echo it, she'll do her best to champion and encourage it."

The Duchess debuted a new bespoke poppy print Alexander McQueen dress this evening.

Kate's dress appears to be a customised version of the pre-spring 2017 style shown below (with thanks to @katiemidleton). The Silk Floral Midi Dress retails for $3075 at Saks Fifth Avenue. There are several differences between the original style and Kate's dress, most notably the addition of long sleeves and a closed back.


More from the Telegraph's Bethan Holt:

"The collection was inspired by the intricately beautiful hand painted patterns seen in British folk art, with designer Sarah Burton recreating colourful flowers on dramatically flounced  mini dresses and maximalist tiered skirts.
Of course, translating such a richly detailled offering for the needs of a future queen has become a speciality of the Alexander McQueen team; the silk dress worn by the Duchess tonight came with an elegant v-neck, nipped-waist and long, cuffed sleeves.
It's likely that the dress chosen tonight was part of the same order as that worn in Canada as both come from the same collection."

The poppies feature considerably in McQueen's Resort 2017 Collection. In their review of the collection Vogue reported: "The mixtures of carnations, yellow roses, peonies, and poppies, each petal expertly defined with an artist’s paintbrush, were inspired, she said, by British folk art and domestic interiors: 'Wallpaper, patterns you see on canal barges.'"

A look at the print on McQueen's Poppy Print, Drop-Waist Dress.

Neiman Marcus

Kate teamed the dress with her red suede Gianvito Rossi pumps.


The Duchess carried her red Miu Miu Bow Embellished Suede clutch. The £640 bag is described: "Crafted in Italy from plush crimson suede. This ladylike style has a gilded silver chain strap and opens to three spacious compartments - including a secure zipped section. Use the internal mirror to refresh your lip color on the go." It's currently available at Net-A-Porter.


Kate completed the look with her £130 Soru Jewellery Baroque Pearl Double Sided Earrings. The earrings are described: "18ct Yellow gold vermeil on sterling silver earrings. Hand crafted with iridescent baroque pearls edged with multi faceted Swarovski crystals. Length of stones: 2-3cm approx, stone sizes vary slightly as no two pearls are the same making your earrings totally unique to you."

Soru Jewellery

A brief wrap up of the event from Kensington Palace.


In other news, Kate has written the foreword for the GCHQ's (the UK's national intelligence and security agency) new puzzle book. The Duchess' decision to write the foreword was based on two reasons: her grandmother, Valerie Glassborrow, worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, and sales of the book will support William and Kate's mental health campaign, Heads Together.

In the foreword Kate speaks of how proud she has always been of her grandmother: "I have always been immensely proud of my grandmother, Valerie Glassborrow, who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. She and her twin sister, Mary, served with thousands of other young women as part of the great Allied effort to break enemy codes. They hardly ever talked about their wartime service, but we know now just how important the men and women of Bletchley were, as they tackled some of the hardest problems facing the country."

The Duchess continued: "In a new century, their successors at GCHQ continue this intellectual tradition. Like their Bletchley predecessors, they have become well known for valuing neurodiversity and understanding the importance of mental well-being. William, Harry and I are very grateful that this book  is supporting our Heads Together campaign. I hope it will not only amuse and challenge readers, but help to promote an open discussion of mental health problems, which can affect anyone, regardless of age or background."

The book will feature more than 140 pages of codes, puzzles and challenges created by GCHQ's expert code-breakers in their spare time. These will range 'from easy to mind-bending' and include ciphers and substitution codes, tests of numeracy and literacy, and picture and music challenges. It will be available on Thursday, 20 October.

We'll be back with the remaining tour polls next!