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Kate Middleton channels Jackie O in New Zealand (Plus, look at those cheeks on Prince George!)

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And we’re off! The royal tour of Australia and New Zealand has officially begun, with Kate, Will and Prince George arriving at Wellington Airport yesterday afternoon. It was our first IRL glimpse of the little prince since his christening last fall and that baby did not disappoint. (Case in point: He already has his own grumpy baby face meme.)

Also in the not disappointing us department was Kate Middleton, whose scarlet-red ensemble was a certainly a nod to Jackie Kennedy’s signature style. The military button coat was by Catherine Walker, who designed many outfits for Princess Diana but we’ve only seen Kate wear her twice before—both times during her tour of Canada in 2011. The coat was paired with a matching red dress and Gina Foster pillbox hat. Its placement is probably what evokes the most comparisons to Jackie O—seriously, if you squint at this Instagram you could mistake it for a photo from the ’60s!—with the hat resting at the crown of Kate’s head, her hair neatly tucked half-up underneath. Read more »


Kate Middleton celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in a trenchcoat by Hobbs and with another flawless blowout

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Happy St Paddy’s Day! While Irish folk (and those just looking for a good time) revel with green beer on this side of the pond, the royals were up for ceremony in England. Earlier today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a 300-person parade with members of the British army in Aldershot. And while spreading Irish luck might have been the ostensible theme, y’all know Kate’s coat is what we want to talk about. In 2012 and 2013, the Duchess wore a shamrock green coatdress by British designer Emilia Wickstead, and while it served her well both with and without baby bump, she’s retired it in favour of today’s coat: a double breasted wool trench by high street brand Hobbs. The Persephone coat (it’s on sale!) is cinched to perfection with a green snakeskin belt, paired with green suede pumps by Valerie Carbon and embellished with a gold Cartier shamrock brooch previously worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne. Overtop her latest blowout, Kate’s wearing the hard-shell beret by milliner Gina Foster that debuted on Christmas Day. Underneath those flowing locks, there are green amethyst drop earrings by Kiki McDonough—but what’s frosting when the cake’s already so flawless?
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Kate Middleton wears an azure blue L.K. Bennett dress on Valentine’s Day

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Based on her diamond-encrusted outing earlier this week and a morning spent in the public eye today, it seems Kate Middleton’s royal engagement schedule is back on track—and we couldn’t be more chuffed. This morning Kate was out in the London borough of Ealing to officially open The Art Room at Northolt High School, and helping spread some feel-good Valentine’s Day vibes along the way.

As a Royal Patron of the charity, Kate has championed its work bringing art therapy to youth undergoing challenges in their lives. While Kate’s appearance was a solo one, it was a giving day for all the royals: Prince William spent the day with Harry, helping the army build flood protection barriers in the southern parts of England. We’ll assume the happy couple will be spending some quality Valentine’s Day time together later tonight. Read more »


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand to church on Christmas

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Christmas 2013

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The biggest royal contingent in years set upon the Queen’s Sandrigham estate to celebrate Christmas yesterday and despite last week’s reports that those further down in the pecking order would have to sleep in servants rooms (the horror!), it looks like yesterday’s festivities went off without a hitch. Spirits were high, especially for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who walked to St. Mary Magdalene church hand in hand and greeted well-wishers on the way. Many asked after Prince George, though unsurprisingly, he did not make an appearance. Prince Harry did make an appearance, sporting his fresh from the South Pole beard alongside Will and Kate.
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Kate Middelton matches Prince George’s christening gown with off-white Alexander McQueen

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Who wore off-white best: a pudgy-cute baby in a dress or the always-stunning Kate Middleton? Okay, it’s not a fair comparison, but with Prince George on the scene, attention is certainly divided. The three month old heir to the throne was christened this morning at an intimate royal affair—just 22 guests are reported to have been in attendance, including the Middleton family, Prince Harry and, of course, the Queen. (Sorry, Cressida Bonas, maybe next time!)

While Prince George’s christening outfit was decided centuries ago (he’s in a replica of the royal christening robe, the original of which is 172 years old) Kate’s christening dress is completely new. It’s a bespoke Alexander McQueen piece, which bares a striking resemblance to the ruffled Reiss dress she wore for her official engagement photos in 2010. Kate kept her hair straight with one side pinned up, the perfect style to match her cream-coloured hat by Jane Taylor and show off her Kiki McDonough citrine earrings. Read more »


Kate Middleton continues to be crafty about hiding her baby bump

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Kate Middleton does have a royal baby bump—she just doesn’t want you to see it. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise outing today (that is, they attended a public event that wasn’t part of their working royal duties) at the horse race festival at Cheltenham. Kate has actually attended the race almost every year in the past and other royals, like Zara Phillips and Princess Anne, were at Cheltenham earlier in the week.

But back to the baby bump. Lest you think that Kate Middleton is experiencing a magical pregnancy that keeps her looking trim at all times, the eagle-eyed readers of What Kate Wore were quick to notice that she’s altered her coat to allow for more room. Read more »


Kate Middleton opts for a low-key Christmas look while spending the day with her family

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Prince William and Kate Middleton attend Christmas Day services in Berkshire England

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Christmas time is family time at its best—a sentiment that was especially embraced by the Duchess of Cambridge, who opted to spend her last Christmas before motherhood with her own family at their home in Berkshire alongside Prince William, rather than with the rest of the Royal Family who gathered at Sandringham with Queen Elizabeth.

For the Middleton family’s visit to St. Marks church (caroling was involved!), Kate opted to wear some old favourites, including the brown wool Celeste coat by Hobbs she previously wore while on visit to Liverpool last February, her matching brown suede Aquatalia boots and her green amethyst Kiki McDonough earrings. Her hair was pulled back into a simple low bob, which while uncharacteristic for the Duchess, must have been her wanting to be comfortable.

The Duchess amped up the festive spirit with the red Hugo Boss pashmina she wore last summer while on visit to Prince Edward Island and a red Gucci clutch she’s been carrying of late. Red seemed the accent colour of choice for the Middleton family, with Carole and Pippa opting to accessorize in the same shade.

While the rest of the day was a private affair for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Middleton family, we can only hope for clues inside Pippa Middleton’s entertainment book, Celebrate.


And the bangs rage on… Kate Middleton makes her first visit to Cambridge!

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Prince William and Kate Middleton visit Cambridge

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Well, isn’t this interesting. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit to the city that bears their official title—the first ever for the Duchess, and the first in official capacity for Prince William since being married. Arriving by train from Kings Cross station in London (but maybe not this platform), the couple made several stops. But before they could get to them, the Duke and Duchess were met by throngs of fans who had lined the streets in hopes of meeting them. One fan gave Prince William a “babygro,” which upon googling, we learned was a baby jumpsuit. Awks.

Beginning with a visit to Cambridge University’s Guildhall, the Duke and Duchess were greeted by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, the Chancellor of the University and met with several staff members including her father’s first cousin, Dr. Penny Barton. According the BBC, Prince William made a lovely speech about the city being “a place renowned the world over for its dynamism, beauty and learning” and Dr. Barton responded by saying that Kate had made the family “proud.”
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