The Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband Prince William, The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family for Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. Kate was dressed in familiar pieces for the occasion.
The Duchess wore her Catherine Walker ‘Russian Great Coat’. The beautifully tailored bespoke coat is made from alpaca wool, and has a high neck with a split short pointed down collar. Large gunmetal double breasted buttons cascade precisely down the front panel of the coat in two narrow tightly spaced rows, giving a military feel and silhouette. A square peaked shoulder moves down the long sleeve to five rounded gunmetal buttons along the cuff. The coat has a beautiful full flared skirt with slight pleating falling to just below the knee. Kate’s coat is made in a bright red hue especially for her.
We first saw this coat when Kate stepped off the plane on a visit to New Zealand. You can view the coat here.
The coat is cinched in at the back with a half belt affixed with two buttons to provide a streamlined silhouette. You can see more defined box pleats, through the rear of the coat.
A reminder of the first time we saw the coat dress, in a wet and windy Wellington, plus baby George!
Kate added a new red hat to her ensemble that appears to be a Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Co. We know that this is one of the Duchess’ favourite Milliners. We think Kate’s red felt hat looks most closely like the ‘Dart’ style, with the bow moved to the other side. A simple sloping disc shape accented with a large flat bow sitting flush along the upper ridge.
We show an image of other Lock and Co designs. You can see the one on the far right with a similar bow to Kate’s.
Catherine carried her Emmy London ‘Natasha Clutch’ in a taupe suede. A very simple front flap rectangular suede clutch with top stitched edge and contrast metallic – in this case silver – piping. Kate has owned this clutch for a number of years and it is still available here, costing £350.
Kate wore her Emmy London ‘Rebecca Pumps’. Grey suede pointed toe pumps with straight back 4-inch heel. The Duchess owns this pump in a variety of shades. The style is also worn by Autumn Philips and Zara Tindall. You can get any Emmy London style bags and shoes custom dyed to match your ensemble, a great trick to save you a lot of time finding the perfect matching accessories.
The Duchess accessorised with an unusually shaped pair of earrings today. They appear to be marquise-cut diamond cluster starburst studs in a graduated teardrop shape. Starting with smaller pear cut shape diamonds and moving into the marquise cut diamond starburst. These earrings are still unidentified at present. We will update you when we know more.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave us the elegant style that we have come to expect from her and she always knows how to add a twist to transform an old favourite to refresh and make it look new again. A great look for Kate today.
You can get Kate’s look here: