Kate wore a green suit for a meeting with Norwegian royalty at Windsor Castle on Thursday morning (2nd March 2023).
The Prince and Princess of Wales welcomed Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit to the royal residence, where the two couples engaged in a productive discussion about “green energy, the environment and much more”.
Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit visited the UK for two days in an effort to foster economic cooperation between their two nations, with a focus on environmentally friendly industry and technology, as well as strengthening cooperation in the energy sector.
Literature was another area of focus for Mette-Marit. The Princess is an avid reader and has spent many years promoting literature among younger people.
The visit was a great opportunity to mark the historical ties and relations between Norway and Great Britain, and to build on the good relations that already exist between the two Royal Families.
Haakon is heir apparent to the throne of Norway. His father, King Harald, is a second cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth.
The Norwegian couple had planned to visit London last year (September 2022). Sadly, the visit had to be postponed following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
William and Kate last met with Haakon and Mette-Marit during their official overseas visit to Norway in 2018. The Norwegian royals greeted the then Duke and Duchess off the plane after they touched down in Oslo.
In Norway, William and Kate spent time with Mette-Marit and Haakon at a State Dinner during the visit, plus the four royals spent time outdoors at the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.
On Wednesday evening, the two Norwegian royals attended a networking reception in London. I thought I’d mention this because Mette-Marit wore a shimmering dress that may look familiar to some:
It’s by The Vampire’s Wife, it’s the Falconetti dress,. Kate owns it in emerald green. The Princess debuted it at a reception during a visit to Ireland in March 2020. We saw Kate in the green metallic dress for a second time, in an official portrait painted by Jamie Coreth, unveiled in June 2022.
Now let’s look at Kate’s outfit during the meeting at Windsor castle.
Kate’s green suit & matching blouse:
Kate wore a green suit with a matching green pussybow blouse—both from Burberry, according to Vogue. It was a bold and stylish choice for the Princess. The vibrant green is eye-catching and a flattering colour.
Kate’s choice of green may have been a nod to the importance of green energy and sustainability, a topic the four royals discussed during the meeting.
Of course, red would have been an obvious choice—it’s the dominant colour on the Norwegian flag that also features in the Union Jack. Wearing the colour would have been a way to subtly highlight the close ties between the UK and Norway. However, just the day before, Kate wore a vibrant red coat for a visit to the Welsh Guard for St. David’s Day. It’s possible that she wanted to avoid repeating the colour so soon after her previous engagement.
During the meeting with the Norwegian royals, Kate flew the flag for homegrown fashion, opting for a classically British tailored suit from a famous London-based brand synonymous with British fashion and heritage.
The pussybow blouse added a touch of femininity and elegance to the look. The overall effect was sophisticated and polished, with Kate looking every inch the modern-day royal.
Kate has worn the suit jacket and blouse on two previous occasions, both promoting the ’Shaping Us’ campaign. The suit and blouse’s colour is quite similar to the campaign’s branding, which I’m sure is no coincidence.
The Princess finished her outfit with a pair of simple emerald and diamond drop earrings.
Sadly, I cannot tell you anything further about the earrings. Kate’s them a handful of times in public since 2012 (though she might have owned them for longer of course). She tends to pair them with green outfits.