Tuesday, 23rd March 2021—William and Kate marked Britain’s National Day of Reflection with a visit to Westminster Abbey.
The National Day of Reflection marks one year since the UK first entered into lockdown. It was organised by Marie Curie, the end-of-life charity. The nation was invited to remember those who lost their lives throughout their pandemic. A video from Prince Charles, Marie Curie’s Patron:
Inside the abbey, the Duke and Duchess visited the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor for a private moment of reflection. William lit a candle as Kate left a bunch of fresh daffodils.
Earlier this month, the NHS opened a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. During their visit, William and Kate met with some of the staff and volunteers running the programme.
On a typical day, around 30 NHS staff and a dozen volunteers from the Abbey’s Visitor Experience team and St. John’s Ambulance run the clinic. William and Kate heard from staff about their experiences and discussed working at the iconic venue.
Some will see Kate’s white lace coat and immediately cast their mind back to her wedding dress given the setting. The Duke and Duchess married in Westminster Abbey nearly 10 years ago. (Their anniversary is at the end of next month.)
A video from the Abbey visit:
Kate’s beautiful white coat is from London-based design studio, Catherine Walker & Co. It’s the Valeria style. The piece is made from wool and features a scalloped edge and white lace detailing on the front. Kate will have had the coat made-to-order. Unfortunately, the piece is no longer listed on the brand’s website.
Kate accessorised with her Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings by Annoushka. The earrings feature freshwater pearls suspended from 18ct gold rings. Kate wears them on a pair of gold and diamond hoops by Kiki McDonough. (Third picture from a previous royal engagement).
Kate carried her Métier Roma handbag in Marrakech (the company’s style name to distinguish the brown suede version from others in their catalogue). It features a front flap, a detachable shoulder strap, gold hardware, detachable chain top handle, three interior compartments including a zip pocket, interior card slots, a twist-lock clasp and a black leather lining.
Kate first debuted the bag in December 2020, during the Royal Train Tour. She carried it again last week during a visit to an ambulance station.
Finally, Kate brought back her new tan-brown shoes from last week’s ambulance station visit. The pair remain unidentified at present. At the time, I reported that they might be the Jimmy Choo’s Romy 85 pumps—a style she owns in another colour. The Gianvito Rossi 85 Pumps are another good suggestion by Christine of Kate’s Royal Closet. Kate owns the same shoes in two other colours and the higher heeled 105 version in five different colours.