On August 19th 2011, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travelled up to Birmingham to meet local residents, members of emergency services and community group representatives affected by the rioting in the area.
During their visit, the Duke and Duchess spent time with the parents of three young men killed by a car during the riots on August 10th. The three men had been trying to protect their homes and shops from looters when they were struck by a car.
This is the third of recent trips made by the Royal Family to the troublesome, riot-struck areas. Prince Harry took a visit up to Manchester yesterday and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited Croydon the day before.
Obviously this visit was very sad in contrast to a lot of Kate and William’s work. However this is a style blog, so I will still be discussing Kate’s outfit.
Kate chose a military-style skirt and blouse by Alexander McQueen.
Kate is wearing a modified version of this ensemble from McQueen’s 2011 pre-Autumn look book:
The silk blouse features a ruffled hem, which Kate tucked in to her skirt.
“Alexander McQueen’s military-inspired silk-georgette blouse exudes signature sophistication. Tuck this navy-trimmed piece into a structured skirt, adding your highest heels to salute the new season in style.”
“Upgrade your new season wardrobe with a hit of Alexander McQueen’s covetable military aesthetic. In a nautical navy hue, this button-embellished wool-crepe skirt is a versatile style. Directional front slits lend it an air of It girl cool – pair with the matching blouse for a head-to-toe look straight from the runway. ”
Kate’s navy blue wool-crepe skirt features gold anchor-embossed button embellishments on a front flap. We believe the Duchess has had the McQueen skirt altered, and had the two front slits sewn up.
Kate wore her dark, long, glossy hair loose. It had a lot of volume and a slight curl, her signature style.
Duchess Kate wore her navy blue suede Alexander McQueen pumps with the skirt and dress combo.
Kate also wore a pair of blue and gold coloured earrings from Tiffany & Co. They’re from a past collection so very little information is known about them. The jewellery brand does sell a similar pair in their Elsa Peretti “Colour by the Yard” collection.