Kate Middleton unveils a new bespoke wardrobe while commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I
One (of many) reasons why we love all things Kate Middleton: she can rock both casual and elegant, effortlessly. Last week may have called for casual attire and recycled pieces to fit a relatively active week, but for her two latest royal appearances, Kate was back to showing off bespoke (and new!) tailored goodness, which of course is making us jump for joy on this Tuesday.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I when Germany invaded Belgium, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew to Liège, where they represented the Queen to attend a series of receptions and services. The Cambridges were given a warm welcome by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium who hosted an international service at L’Abbaye Saint-Laurent, a military hospital, for 50 other heads of state. Hopping from one private luncheon to a reception at Mons Town Hall to paying tribute to the fallen at the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery, you can be sure Kate needed an outfit to keep her looking stylish throughout the day. And boy, did she choose a goodie. Opting for a neutral coloured look for the solemn day, Kate debuted a custom-made creamy-white coatdress by Alexander McQueen, which consisted of features from different pieces of the current designer label’s collection like a fitted bodice, a drop waist pleated skirt and a Peter Pan collar. While she matched her look with a box clutch by McQueen, she added a hint of colour with an ombre pink ruffled designed Jane Taylor Millinery hat to complete her bouncy half-up hairstyle, subtly revealing her hybrid earrings: Annoushka pearls and Kiki McDonough hoops. And no neutral-coloured outfit is complete without her trusty pair of L.K Bennett pumps.
Continuing the commemoration of WWI, Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry attended the official unveiling of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, an installation of 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies (each representing a British or Colonial military fatality) in the Tower of London’s moat designed by ceramic artist Pal Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, where they also had the opportunity to plant a poppy. The royal trio spent this morning touring the field and meeting the artists who took part of the artwork, as well as the charitable members who will benefit from this project. Standing out in the field of red, Kate’s choice of the blue L.K Bennett dress could not be more perfect. While we last saw her team this dress with black suede pumps, this time the Duchess instead showed off a new pair of navy suede pumps by Jimmy Choo and a Russell and Bromley clutch she’s been carrying on repeat for a head-to-toe blue outfit. Debuting a new piece of jewellery, an empress white gold and diamond pendant necklace by Mappin and Webb, Kate finished off with with her sapphire and diamond earrings and Cartier watch.