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Kate wears lace dress to Somme Centenary service at the Thiepval Memorial in France

On Friday 1st July 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Image shows Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the Thiepval service. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France. Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

The royal couple joined a number of other prominent royals and politicians at the service, including Prince Harry, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande.

Thiepval Service Concludes – Fri 1 Jul 2016 Image shows the British and French Prime Ministers along with HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France.Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

The service honoured the thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Image shows the Thiepval Memorial and the hundreds of school children from the UK and France who attended the service. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France.Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

A reminder of the battle from the The Royal British Legion

The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home.

Image shows Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge listening to the service. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France.Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

Remembering the fallen soldiers, Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice on behalf of the Royal Family and Great Britain. The 10,000 guests at the service also watched a film about the battle.

Prince Charles and President Hollande laying a wreath at Thiepval Memorial

600 schoolchildren from France, Britain and Ireland laid wreathes on many of the war graves.

Image shows school children from the UK and France laying wreaths for those who had fallen during the battle of the Somme. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France.Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

The three young royals spoke with the children afterwards.  According to The Sun’s Emily Andrews, Kate giggled as she attempted to speak her “GCSE level” French to the youngsters.

Image shows Duchess of Cambridge talking to French and UK school children at the Thiepval service. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France. Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

Prior to the service, William, Kate and Harry toured the newly renovated visitors centre, hearing from staff and speaking with children. According to reporters, Kate told children she was finding the visit “emotional” and “very moving”.

William and Kate at the Memorial

The royal family members each wore two brooches, a ‘bleuet’ cornflower and a poppy.  The flowers are symbols of remembrance in France and Great Britain, respectively.

Image shows Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the Thiepval service. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France. Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

Kate’s outfit:

For the service, Kate wore a cream and black lace dress with a Peter Pan collar, peplum waist and three quarter length sleeves.

Image shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the Thiepval service. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France. Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

Kensington Palace did not release the name of the designer on this occasion, but we do know the dress is made using Sophie Hallette lace. The textile designer confirmed this on Facebook.  Sophie Hallette provides lace for a most major fashion houses, including Burberry, Erdem, Dolce and Gabbana, Givenchy, Nina Ricci, Preen – the list goes on!

Sophie Hallette Lace for Erdem

You may recall Sophie Hallette was one three of the companies that provided lace for Kate’s wedding dress and shoes?

William and Kate wave from the carriage on their wedding day

Many Kate fans immediately assumed the dress was either by Dolce & Gabbana, or a bespoke piece by Alexander McQueen.  However, Twitter user @HeavenQRF contacted PR representatives for the two companies and both denied they’d created the dress for Kate.

Image shows the Duchess of Cambridge after the service at Thiepval concluded. Members of the Royal Family have joined the Prime Minister and representatives of allies and former enemies, together with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and 10,000 guests to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at an international service of commemoration in France.Representatives of all the regiments that took part in the conflict 100 years ago attended the service at the Thiepval Memorial along with a Guard of Honour from the Irish Guards and guns of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Servicemen and women took part in the service, reading moving accounts of the battle from those who went over the top on the 1 July 1916.The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their guns to mark the end of a period of silence, and wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice.The guns are 13 Pounder Quick Fire guns, and saw service in the First World War. art in commemorative services in both Thiepval and Manchester.

Kate’s wearing her Annoushka pearl drop earrings, which are suspended from Kiki McDonough hoops.

Her hat ought to feel familiar too. It’s the Lion Tamer Perching hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Co.

Lion Tamer Hat by Silvia Fletcher for Lock and Co

How the company describe the piece:

Designed by our resident milliner Sylvia Fletcher, the Lion Tamer is a signature style in our Couture collection. Hand-sculpted from layers of dyed ebony sinamay and finished with a simple ostrich feather, it elegantly frames the face.

You may recall that Kate wore the hat to Trooping the Colour in June 2011, then again at a wedding in the same month.

Kate and William at Trooping the Colour 2011

Kate opted for the same accessories as the day prior.  She wore her black suede Mulberry Bayswater clutch:

Also, her Gianvito Rossi heels in the same material:

Note:  We *think* Kate wears Gianvito pump in the 105 style.  The 100 style has a slightly lower heel.  If you’d like to copy Kate’s style, you can purchase the pumps from the following places:

You may be interested to learn that Rue La La currently has the 100 style on sale for less than half price.  Only limited stock remains.

Gianvito Rossi 100 pumps on sale at Rue La La

Kate's outfit for Thiepval Memorial Visit - Day Two

Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings

Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings

Freshwater pearl drop earrings

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Kate Middleton's Mulberry Bayswater Wallet Clutch Bags in Black, Maroon and Cream suede

Mulberry Bayswater Clutch

Conker / Black / Buttercream suede

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