Duchess Kate is gorgeous in green Emilia Wickstead at Anna Freud Centre

The Duchess of Cambridge opened the Anna Freud Centre of Excellence in Islington today. Kate gave a short speech on the importance of improving mental health for young people and providing them and their families with support. The Duchess chose a familiar Emilia Wickstead design, with a slight twist. Head to our sister site here for more info on the visit.

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The Duchess of Cambridge chose one of her go-to designers, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead. As with a many of the Duchess’ choice of clothes, she wore a bespoke version of one of the designer’s pieces. Kate chose a combination between the ‘Kate wool crêpe a-line long sleeve dress’, which we have seen her wear in a lilac colour in Hamburg, and added the scooped square neckline of the ‘Magita Empire Waist Dress’.

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Emilia Wickstead Kate Dress
The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte during a visit to Airbus in Hamburg, Germany, on the final day of their Royal Tour. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

Catherine’s dress has peaked shoulders with long sleeves and a low square neckline, which at first glance made us think that perhaps Kate had chosen an Alexander McQueen piece – but she was just seeing if we were paying attention! Last year many of Kate’s bespoke McQueen pieces featured these construction elements. The dark bottle green dress has a fitted bodice and a wide cinching waistband. The a-line skirt gradually flares out with a 1950s vintage feminine styling to the knee. The dress has body contouring darts above and below the waist band, and longer starts running vertically down the centre.

The Duchess of Cambridge officially opens the new Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in Islington, London, UK, on the 1st May 2019. Picture by Toby Melville/WPA-Pool
Emilia Wickstead Kate Dress

Below you can see the similar neckline from the Magita dress.

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Emilia Wickstead Magita Dress

Emilia Wickstead Spring/Summer 2019 and Fall/Winter 2019 Collections are punctuated by pieces with the low scoop square neckline in various forms, which has been an inspiration for the Duchess’ bespoke piece today.

Emilia Wickstead Birch off the shoulder dress

On a side note, British actress Jenna Coleman who plays Queen Victoria in the television series ‘Victoria’, wore a runway version of this dress. It’s always a fun link to see a person playing a Royal and a real Royal wearing similar clothing.

The Duchess carried her Mulberry ‘Amberley’ clutch. The dusty-rose pink leather front flap clutch features Mulberry’s updated gold hardware door knob turn lock clasp. The bag also has an optional gold chain shoulder strap. The bag in this colour-way is sold out.

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Mulberry rose pink ‘Amberley’ clutch

This is a fairly new piece that the Duchess owns, only debuting late last year. Kate has previously carried it to the Imperial War Museum, when she wore her blue Catherine Walker dress first seen in Canada in 2016.

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Catherine wore her Gianvito Rossi ’85’ pumps in praline. Kate owns the same colour pump in 105 which can sometimes make it difficult to distinguish which pair is being worn. The lower heel height is quite noticeable today. The pointed toe suede pumps retail for £510 and you can purchase them here.

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Gianvito Rossi shoes to officially opens the new Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Picture by Toby Melville/WPA-Pool

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Gianvito Rossi  ’85’ praline suede pumps

Kate wore her Kiki McDonough ‘Green Amethyst Oval Drop Earrings’. The green amethyst drops are set in gold and have a halo of diamonds surrounding them. They are interchangeable and sit on diamond hoop earrings. Kate has owned these earrings since 2011 and they are no longer available.

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Kiki McDonough Green Amethyst Oval Drop Earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge accessorised with her Kiki McDonough ‘Candy Mini Green Amethyst and Diamond Pendant’. It was interesting to see the Duchess mix these two pieces of jewellery together, as she also owns the matching earrings to this pendant – we saw the two together in Belfast recently. The teardrop shaped necklace retails for £1,333 but is unfortunately sold out. You can still view it here.

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Kiki McDonough Candy Mini Green Amethyst and Diamond Pendant

We loved this dress on Kate today and it was a nice twist to the lilac version that she already owns. The muted dark green colour also works well with her skin tone.

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