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Information Updates and Favourite 2023 Night Robe Ballot – What Kate Wore

I’m again after some prolonged break day and have a number of information updates and the primary of our “2023 Favorites” polls.

We start with a Day by day Mirror piece by Russell Myers, the paper’s royal editor. On this January tenth story, he writes about an upcoming journey for the Prince and Princess of Wales. 

William and Kate are set to make their first tour of 2024 to a international nation the place British armed service personnel are stationed. Royal sources confirmed the couple are in superior discussions to journey exterior of the UK to thank British troops on behalf of the nation.

The Mirror is just not revealing the situation for safety causes however the journey is ready to happen subsequent month.

Some could keep in mind the story I shared on Christmas a few go to to Italy. The Day by day Mail piece by Rebecca English described “a brief go to to the Italian capital.” Here’s a portion of that story. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales will make a high-profile go to to Rome within the spring as a part of a European attraction offensive. 

Whereas Kensington Palace has not formally introduced the journey, the Mail can reveal talks are beneath manner on the highest stage and a date has been ‘pencilled in’. 

Might the journey to Rome and the army appreciation go to be the identical engagements(s)? My guess is that they are going to be two separate occasions, however clearly, I might be mistaken.  


Our different replace entails IDs on two gadgets which have been within the UFO (Unidentified Style Object) class for a while. Each are coats. Do you keep in mind the mushy blue model worn for a day of engagements in Cambridgeshire in 2022?

Or the white design seen when the couple visited Wales final February?

Each remained unidentified, with many people persevering with to seek for the designer. The thriller was solved in December when the Princess wore a design by Savile Row tailor Chris Kerr for the Christmas Carol live performance.  

The parents at Royal Style Police obtained in contact with the designer and verified all three kinds had been created by the gifted Mr. Kerr. 


And now for our first ballot overlaying kinds worn in 2023. Final yr introduced eight engagements requiring a night robe. We’ll begin with the Alexander McQueen model worn for the BAFTA Movie Awards final February

The one-shouldered design showcased a draped, fitted bodice with a full, flowing skirt and cloth on the shoulder. It was a reworked model of a design first worn at the 2019 BAFTA Awards.

The Princess accessorized with a dramatic pair of opera-length gloves believed to be by Cornelia James, her Aquazzura ‘Fenix’ pumps and ‘Celeste’ clutch by Jimmy Choo, together with a brand new pair of assertion earrings by Zara, the Cascading Flower model (solely accessible on the secondary market).

Right here you see the robe as worn on each engagements. The replace included alterations to the left shoulder: the floral petals had been eliminated, and extra cloth was added and anchored to the shoulder.

The robe worn for the Coronation in Might was additionally an Alexander McQueen design. The silk crepe robe had lengthy sleeves and embroidery of rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock motifs. It was topped by the royal blue mantle of the Royal Victorian Order.

The Princess accessorized with a headpiece by milliner Jess Collett that showcased three-dimensional leaf embroidery, the South Sea Pearl and Diamond earrings that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

In an official {photograph} launched by the royal family (with the RVO mantle eliminated), the Princess’s robe has a rounded vee-neckline, and she or he can also be carrying the late Queen’s George VI Festoon Necklace. Sadly, I don’t have a closeup of the robe; the picture licensing forbids any modifying of the unique picture. 

We had a shock only a week after the coronation when the Princess made an look in a Eurovision Track Contest broadcast. In a video used for the published’s opening section, the Princess is on the piano in a Jenny Packham robe enjoying a portion of final yr’s successful track.

We don’t have nice pictures exhibiting the ‘Marlowe’ robe, a one-shouldered model with a tulle overlay and crystal embellishment on the waist, however I needed to incorporate it within the ballot. The Princess additionally wore the Queen Mom’s Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings.

We noticed two robes on the Princess when she and the Prince of Wales attended the June wedding ceremony of Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein and his bride, Princess Rajwa Al Hussein. The primary was an Elie Saab design worn for the non secular ceremony at Zahran Palace. It featured pleating and floral lace applique on the bodice, sleeves, and excessive neck. The skirt had inserts of sheer chiffon with tiny dots and the shoulders had been padded.

The Princess additionally wore her Prada Wavy Strap Sandals, the UFO earrings most lately worn to the 2017 BAFTA Awards, and she or he carried her Wilbur and Gussie Charlie clutch.

At the formal reception, the Princess was within the ‘Georgia’ robe by Jenny Packham, a mode she additionally owns in deep inexperienced. Crafted of sequin-covered tulle, it encompasses a row of crystal floral gildings accenting the waist and neckline, with padded shoulders and a hid again zipper.

The massive information for many people was seeing the Princess put on the Greville Chandelier Earrings for the primary time, a pair worn regularly by the late Queen. She additionally wore the Lover’s Knot tiara, her Gianvito Rossi ‘Rania’ Pumps, and carried her Prada clutch. She wore her Royal Household Order of Queen Elizabeth II (on the left bodice of the gown with yellow ribbon), the sash, badge, and Maltese cross of the Royal Victorian Order, and her Bentley & Skinner Artwork Deco brooch set with diamonds (proper shoulder).

In November we noticed one other Jenny Packham design, this one worn for the state dinner in honor of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Woman Kim Keon Hee. The model was a personalized piece from the designer’s spring/summer time 24 resort assortment. It featured a fitted bodice with a full skirt, vast cape-effect sleeves, structured shoulders with shoulder pads, and delicate floral embroidery. 

The main focus that night was extra on the Princess’s tiara, a chunk not worn for almost 100 years, the Strathmore Rose Tiara. The Princess additionally wore the late Queen’s Diamond Body Earrings, her Queen Elizabeth II Royal Order, in addition to her Royal Victorian Order sash, star, and cross. She carried her Anya Hindmarch ‘Maud’ clutch; her gloves had been by Irish designer Paula Rowan.

Simply ten days later we noticed the Princess in a night robe by Safiyaa when attending the Royal Selection Efficiency.

The Princess was within the model’s ‘Future’ model, manufactured from a heavy crepe cloth and that includes a fitted silhouette with dramatic floor-length cut up sleeves, crystal embellishment on the neckline, and a powerful shoulder with shoulder pads. The Princess carried her Jenny Packham ‘Casa’ clutch, had on her J. Crew earrings, and wore pumps by both Gianvito Rossi or Emmy London.

One word: I didn’t embrace this yr’s diplomatic reception look as a result of it was a precise replication of what the Princess wore for the June wedding ceremony in Jordan. Now it’s time to vote. 

For anybody who could have missed it, I’ll wrap up the publish with a year-end video launched by Kensington Palace.


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