Shocking news this morning, people: Kate Middleton has a new coat dress!
The Duchess of Cambridge, known for her recycling style, has just appeared at the Order of the Thistle ceremony in Edinburgh and rather than rewearing an outfit we've seen before, she's looking resplendent in a brand new pale yellow number by Emilia Wickstead. We're excited.
Kate's topped off the ladylike look with a pair of black heels by British shoe designer Emmy Scarterfield (www.emmyshoes.co.uk) and the Whiteley hat with a curled Parisisal trim that we've seen twice before: first at the Epsom Derby last June, then at the wedding of Emily McCorquodale to James Hutt last month.
Our pals at Emilia Wickstead tell Grazia Daily that this is a bespoke dress specially made for Kate. It’s not from a specific season, but the yellow-gold raffia fabric featured a lot in the Spring Summer 2012 collection. They also tell us that altogether a dress like this takes about 6 weeks to complete.
In true sticking-to-what-she-knows style, this is the third Emilia Wickstead creation we've seen the DoC wearing this year. The New Zealand-born, London-based designer was behind that rose pink number with a pleated skirt that Kate wore for her first ever Buckingham Palace garden party as well as a swanky Windsor Castle luncheon. And in March, she turned to Ms Wickstead for the St Patrick’s Day parade when she wore a sumptuous green coat dress from the Autumn / Winter 2010 collection.
Backstage at her show in February, Emilia revealed her admiration for the royal’s polished style and her super feminine nipped-in frocks with modest hemlines make a perfect fit. What's more, the designer dressed a handful of guests for last year’s Royal Wedding, including Kate’s cousin Lucy, Lady Kitty Spencer and Emma Parker Bowles.
In fact, the pastel-hued ensemble rather reminds us of the concotion Queenie wore on Kate's Big Day, remember? No doubt that'll keep granny-in-law happy. But today, her Majesty is trussed up in the traditional robes with a magnificent feathery hat a-top her head. LOOK:
God Save The Queen! etc. So what have the Royal crew got in store on this fine Thursday? Well, Queenie is due to appoint Prince William to be a Knight of the Order of the Thistle during a ceremony at St Giles Cathedral. Basically, it's the highest honour in Scotland given to those who have contributed in a significant way to national life. How nice. Following the ceremony, a parade of pipers will march down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament and you know what that means? Wills will be sporting another feather-plumed hat. Yes!
Also interesting: William and Kate are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland so that's another grand title to add to their CVs, as if the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Catherine AND Kate Middleton wasn't enough. Rather confuzzling, isn't it?