Kate wears Alexander McQueen military jacket to Armed Forces Day ceremony

To mark Armed Forces Day in Great Britain, on June 25th 2011, Kate Middleton and Prince William attended a ceremony at at Windsor’s Victoria Barracks where they presented medals to members of the Irish Guards.

William and Kate attend Irish Guard Armed Forces Day event - 2011

William and Kate attend Irish Guard Armed Forces Day event – 2011

The event was Kate’s first military role as a member of the Royal Family – and we thinks she dressed the part!  Her ensamble was demure yet serious: very apt considering Kate met with families of the Irish Guards who had been killed in Afghanistan.

Here’s a picture of Kate and William meeting a shy little girl:

Kate visits the Irish Guard

Kate visits the Irish Guard

Kate’s Coat:

Kate chose a dark navy blue military style coat dress, which was designed Alexander McQueen.

McQueen confirm Kate wore a Pre-Autumn/winter 2011 “dress”, but have not explicitly written that the coat is their creation too.  I personally think they mean “dress coat”.  When you look at some of the coats in McQueen’s pre-AW2011 collection.  Here are a sample of dresses and coats from that collection you can see the similarities:

Kate Middleton Military CoatKate Middleton Blue Coat Gold buttons

Kate’s coat is doubled breasted, features a high collar, epaulets and is adorned with gold buttons just like the dress on the left (and to some extent, the coat in the middle.  Did McQueen adapt the dress adding a skirt underneath (to help Kate protect her modesty), sleeves to the dress and removing the belt?  It certainly appears that way.

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Kate’s Hat:

Kate wore a hat (which almost looks like a beret, in keeping with the military theme) in navy blue.  The hat has a bow embellishment on top.  It has been confirmed that Kate’s hat is by Rachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery.  Here’s a snippet from the confirmation email Rachel sent me:

Kate Middleton Armed Service Day Hat

Kate’s Shoes and Handbag:

I believe Kate is wearing an old pair of blue Prada shoes with this outfit (she loves recycling older pieces!).  Kate has been spotted in the shoes before, most recently at the wedding of Sam Waley Cohen and Bella Ballin.

Additionally, Kate is carrying the Anya Hindmarch Marano clutch bag, which is made from shagreen (stingray) in the colour blue.

Anya Hindmarch Marano clutch bag

Anya Hindmarch Marano clutch bag

Kate’s Earrings and Bracelet:

Kate has finished her outfit off with her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings.

kiki mcdonough citrine drop earrings

Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings

She also wore a charm bracelet that featured her monogram engraved onto a disk.  It’s thought this piece was gift from the Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate’s Shamrock Brooch:

The gold and emerald shamrock brooch worn by Kate that was once worn by the late Queen Mother.  It was handed to Kate specially for today by the Princess Royal, the previous colonel to the regiment.  It is my understanding that the brooch belongs to the regiment and has been loaned to Kate.

Kate's outfit for Armed Forces Day 2011


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  1. the same blue heels at nicholas van cutsem’s wedding (2009)?

  2. Any ideas about the bracelet Kate wore?

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  4. Any idea which one Kate wore out of the three that you have shown?


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