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July 8, 2011 / insidecatherinescloset

From Canada to the US…

July 8, 2011 – Completing a nine-day cross-Canada tour, William and Catherine promised to return and waved goodbye to Canada as they board the Canadian Air Force plane one last time to be chauffeured to California, USA, for a three day promotional visit.

Catherine returned to her tried and true: a red lightweight wool, three-quarter length sleeved Catherine Walker “Marianne” coatdress, her Kiki McDonough white topaz and diamond earrings, the maple leaf diamond brooch for the third and last time (on loan for the trip from the Queen), her nude rectangular clutch (still unknown) and her L.K. Bennett taupe patent leather “Sledge” court shoes.

July 6, 2011 / insidecatherinescloset

Diamonds for the Duke and Duchess…

July 6, 2011 – Presented with a brooch (for her) and cufflinks (for him), the Duke and Duchess received gifts from from the premier of the Northwest Territories as keepsakes of their Canadian tour.

The diamond pavé cufflinks and brooch were created with Canadian stones from the Diavik Diaomond Mine, donated and designed by Harry Winston, and modelled on the Government of the Northwest Territories’s official polar bear emblem.

Next time she visits, she won’t need to borrow the Queen’s maple leaf!

July 2, 2011 / insidecatherinescloset

The Duke and Duchess on Day 3…

July 2, 1011 – For their first engagement of the day, William and Kate symbolically planted a Canadian Hemlock tree in the 16-tree royal grove on the grounds of Rideau Hall, Ottawa Canada (the residence of the governor general) with the same ceremonial spade William’s dad, Prince Charles, used back in 1983 when he planted a Pine Oak with Princess Diana (who were also on their first trip to Canada).

Catherine wore a grey capped-sleeved knee-length ‘Kensington’ dress  by Catherine Walker,a favorite designer of Princess Diana’s (and also the same designer her mom Carole chose for her outfit to their wedding), with a silver suede ‘Somerton‘ clutch from Hobbs (£99) and new lizard ‘Dela’ court shoes from Tabitha Simmons‘s AW2011 collection.

Staying true to her recycling roots, Catherine’s jewelry consists of her Hope Egg earrings (a staple in her trinket box it seems!) and the same dainty silver bracelet she wore the other day (still no details).

July 2, 2011 / insidecatherinescloset

The Princess in Purple…

July 1, 2011 – After a full day of official engagements, William and Catherine quietly slipped into front row of the audience (in lieu sitting in the Royal Box) to enjoy approximately 30 minutes of an evening concert on Parliament Hill as part of the Canada Day celebrations, before leaving for a private function to watch the fireworks.

With her hair pulled back into a cool chignon, Catherine wore a deep purple jersey Issa dress accessorized with her Anya Hindmarch “Maude” black silk clutch (£275, the same one she used when meeting the Obamas and at a recent wedding) and dark classic heels.

She stayed elegant with her jewelry, with only the Queen’s  diamond maple leaf brooch and a new(?) pair of stunning pavé diamond earrings.

July 1, 2011 / insidecatherinescloset

Canada’s Catherine…

July 1, 2011 – Celebrating Canada’s 144 birthday with over half a million Canadians, William and Catherine took part in the festivities on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada, after having assisted in a citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec that morning.

Wearing Canada’s colours and incorporating the national symbol into her ensemble, Catherine paired her iconic cream Nanette dress by Reiss (£159, the same one she wore for her official engagement portrait with Prince William) with a bright red fascinator topped with maple leaves from one of her favorite milliners,  Sylvia Fletcher at Lock & Co., and red leather Albini Square Cut court shoes by Hobbs of London (£135).

Carrying a lightweight cream and red straw fan clutch by Anya Hindmarch (£350), Catherine’s jewelry consisted of her white topaz and diamond earrings from Kiki McDonough‘s Grace Collection, a maple leaf diamond brooch on loan from the Queen, a simple silver bracelet and silver necklace with a circle pendant (no details on these last two items yet).

Catherine’s certainly showing us her style with her ability to re-style her wardrobe…Is she putting an end to the fashion “faux-pas” of wearing the same thing twice?

June 30, 2011 / insidecatherinescloset

Air Travel Attire…

June 30, 2011 – Jetting off from London’s Heathrow Airport to fly to Canada on their first official overseas tour as a married couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge board the Royal Canadian Air Force plane.

Carrying a “Polly Push Lock” satchel style bag in ‘midnight shiny grain’  from UK’s own Mulberry (£895), Catherine wore a a navy blazer by Canadian Toronto-based Smythe les Vestes (£579) over a navy asymmetrical-necklined  knee-length Manon dress by French designer  Roland Mouret to appease both the anglophone and francophone Canadian populations alike and gave a nod to more international style with a pair of navy Manolo Blahnik “Calogera” court shoes.

No details on jewelry.

Question: Is she really going to spend the next 6 hours sitting on a plane in this outfit?


June 26, 2011 / insidecatherinescloset

Military duties

June 25, 2011 – Celebrating the third Armed Forces Day at Windsor’s Victoria Barracks, the Duchess of Cambridge, in her first military engagement, with the Duke (and Colonel of the Irish Guards) presented service medals to members of the Irish Guards who recently returned from serving in Afghanistan.

Originally speculated as a Burberry Prorsom coat, Catherine wore a military inspired double-breasted navy PreAW11 dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen (the very same designer of her wedding gown), similar to items in their pre-autumn/winter 2011 collection, accented with a navy Rachel Trevor-Morgan beret-sized hat and a genuine stingray Marano clutch by Anya Hindmarch (£996).

Her shoes are said to be Prada from her own personal “pre-wedding” collection.

Jewelry included a gold three-leaf shamrock brooch – the emblem of the Irish Guards – on loan to her by the regiment and previously worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne, her Kiki McDonough citrine and gold drop earrings and of course her engagement and wedding rings.

We’re used to seeing Catherine with minimal decoration and/or “loaners”, however Catherine did show off a new trinket from her own jewelery box:  a gold-linked bracelet with a single circular gold charm engraved with her official seal. Some are already speculating that this could be a gift from William, much like the charm bracelet his mother received from Prince Charles at the beginning of their marriage.

However, even with gorgeous royal heirloom baubles from William’s side, new diamond earrings from her family and the ability to “borrow” from other sources, I’d like to think that the Duchess may be starting to pick out pieces and creating a style of her own in the upper-echelon medium of jewelry.

I wonder where she might find some inspiration on this…