19 February 2016

Royal Coat of the Day: February 19

The Duchess of Cambridge dusted off a treasured artifact from her burgeoning royal coat museum yesterday.
Video: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to the RAF Search and Rescue Force in Anglesey
I do love a good red coat. And the Duchess has styled this one in a few different ways, so I'm in the mood for a little review of this coat over the years. Shall we? We shall...

2011: Visit to Denmark
First spotted in 2011, when the Cambridges teamed up with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary to visit a UNICEF facility, the coat was originally worn with a separate belt and some tall boots for a cozy covered look.

In 2012, the belt from the coat model appeared for a rugby match in Wales (an event without much of a full length view, so I'm skipping a pic. Click here to see).

2013: London Poppy Day
2013 gave us a better view, with black tights and black pumps.

2016: Yesterday's Anglesey engagement
And now the coat is trying its hand at a hat pairing. Chocolate brown accessories and a ponytail freshen up the repeat.

The question is...which coat styling is your fave? Moi, I love the way a tall boot brings out the military details of this coat - the belt, the high collar, the epaulettes on the shoulders - and highlighting that structure makes the look.

(That brown Lock & Co. hat has been worn even more often than the coat, actually. But for my money, its appearance at last year's Irish Guards parade can't be beat.)

Photos: L.K.Bennett/via Getty Images