Is This a Clue, Miss Middleton?

25 February 2011

So, lovely, shiny Kate Middleton attended her first official engagement as the fiancé of Prince William yesterday, when she and Wills visited the RNLI's Trearddur Bay lifeboat station to name its newest boat.  For the occasion, Kate wore a Katherine Hooker coat - a 'contrast' design (which starts at £520 FYI), the version Kate wore yesterday is cut from Shetland Herringbone with brown velvet trim.

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She accessorized the coat with, as you will OBviously already have read on Grazia Daily yesterday, a fascinator by Salisbury-based milliner, Vivien Sheriff. As ever, Kate was event appropriate and pristine looking; Hooker is well known for her immaculate tailoring, and each of her pieces is handmade in England.

Naturally, because we are ever-so-slightly-obsessed with the forthcoming wedding, this made Grazia Daily think back to the dress Diana, Princess of Wales wore for her first official engagement after becoming the fiancée of William's father, Prince Charles. It was 9th March 1981, and Diana attended a fund-raising banquet at London's Goldsmith's Hall. She chose an off-the-peg strapless black dress which was roundly criticized, not only for being eeeeever so slightly too small on the décolletage front, but also because it was black - a colour the Royals do not wear unless they are in mourning. Frankly, Grazia Daily thinks it's a good job none of them works in fashion.

So, aside from being interesting to note how much more poised and event appropriate Kate's outfit is than Diana's, the OTHER thing we thought was interesting is this: Diana's black dress (which, incidentally, sold for £192,000 at auction last year) was designed by the Emanuel's, who later went on to design her wedding dress. Katherine Hooker, who designed Kate's coat, has already had her name mooted in terms of the Great Wedding Dress Debate (we reported it waaaay back in January), so could yesterday's choice of coat be a subtle clue from Kate as to what she might be wearing on the big day? Oooh..... We are intrigued!

- Alex Butt


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