05 May 2016

Royal Outfits of the Day: May 5

(Note: Tiara Thursday will be up tomorrow.)

Oh look, someone's decided to play along with my Will we ever see it again? tour game. Not with items from the most recent India tour, but items from Royal Tours of Yore appeared yesterday as the Duchess of Cambridge did three engagements.

Kensington Palace
The first stop, at Hampton Court Palace for the opening of the Magic Garden children's play area, brought back a Michael Kors coat from the 2014 Australia tour. I find myself much better able to appreciate its kicky little flare without the hat it was originally worn with.

Kensington Palace
Underneath the coat and unveiled for the day's second engagement, a reception for the Anna Freud Centre, was the Roksanda Ilincic dress from way back on the 2011 tour. Lovely then, lovely now, lovely always, this dress.
Michael Kors coat, Roksanda Ilincic dress, Mappin & Webb earrings and pendant

One more repeat for the road! This pink Alexander McQueen from the Australia tour returned for a visit to the National Portrait Gallery to view the Vogue portrait exhibit, where two of those new photographs of Kate have been installed.
She also chose to repeat a necklace and earrings from Monica Vinader. Curious and possibly intentional timing here: in a new article at the Daily Mail site, the designer said of the first time Kate wore these pieces in 2014, "I knew nothing about it as my press team had lent them to her people and they’d told them to tell no one else in the company." Lent being the word everyone has picked up on - is the Duchess borrowing jewelry?! (Gasp! The horror!) (Nah, wouldn't be so unusual if she did.) Borrowing things to review while selections for an event are in the works is probably standard, with purchase to follow after the decision is made. A good reminder not to read too much into things, at least.
Alexander McQueen peplum dress, Monica Vinader Riva Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings and Diamond Cluster Bib Necklace, 18ct rose gold plated vermeil on sterling silver with pavé-set diamonds
But here we are, going on about the clothes and the jewels, and missing the day's real headline news: Kate REVEALED that the Cambridge family has a new member! A hamster. A hamster called Marvin. Don't tell Estelle.