On the 13th of June 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) attended the Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle. She arrived with Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall.
Kate was very well received, gaining applaud from the large crowd that had gathered hoping to get a glimpse of the future Queen.
Kate’s 2011 Order of the Garter outfit:
Kate wore a silvery-grey coat and dress by Katherine Hooker. Both are named the ‘Buxton’.
Katherine Hooker informs us that the dress is cut on the bias and made from a “Mercury crepe silk satin”.
The £740 Buxton Coat was made from silk. It was finished a beaded lace trim on the cuffs and waistband. The coat had been designed especially for Kate and featured an antique clasp.
Here’s Katherine Hooker’s comment on her Facebook page:
Kate’s wonderful hat was by Rachel Trevor–Morgan millinery. A spokesperson told me that it is the first bespoke hat they have made for Kate and that it was made from a straw mesh disc with curled pheasant feathers.
Kate wore her white topaz and diamond stud earrings from the Kiki McDonough Grace collection.
She finished her outfit with a pair of Rupert Sanderson Malone shoes in grey suede and carried a (currently unidentified) silver-grey clutch bag.
About the Order of the Garter:
The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry. It was founded by Edward III in 1348.
Read more on the official website of the British Monarchy here.