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News Updates and Favorite 2023 Evening Gown Poll – What Kate Wore

I am back after some extended time off and have a few news updates and the first of our 2023 Favorites polls. We begin with a Daily Mirror piece by Russell Myers, the paper's royal editor. In this January 10th story, he writes about an upcoming trip for the Prince and Princess of Wales.  William and Kate are set to make their first tour of 2024 to a foreign country where British armed service personnel are stationed. Royal sources confirmed the couple are in advanced discussions to travel outside of the UK to thank British troops on behalf of the nation. The Mirror is not revealing the location for security reasons but the trip is set to take place next month. Some may remember the story I shared on Christmas about a visit to Italy. The Daily Mail piece by Rebecca English described a short visit to the Italian capital. Here is a portion of that story.  The Prince and Princess of Wales will make a high-profile visit to Rome in the spring as part of a European charm offensive.  While Kensington Palace has not officially announced the trip, the Mail can reveal talks are under way at the highest level and a date has been ‘pencilled in’.  Could the trip to Rome and the military appreciation visit be the same engagements(s)? My guess is that they will be two separate events, but obviously, I could be wrong.   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Our other update involves IDs on two items that have been in the UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) category for some time. Both are coats. Do you remember the soft blue style worn for a day of engagements in Cambridgeshire in 2022? Or the white design seen when the couple visited Wales last February? Both remained unidentified, with many of us continuing to search for the designer. The mystery was solved in December when the Princess wore a design by Savile Row tailor Chris Kerr for the Christmas Carol concert.   The folks at Royal Fashion Police got in touch with the designer and verified all three styles were created by the talented Mr. Kerr.  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ And now for our first poll covering styles worn in 2023. Last year brought eight engagements requiring an evening gown. We'll start with the Alexander McQueen style worn for the BAFTA Film Awards last February.  The one-shouldered design showcased a draped, fitted bodice with a full, flowing skirt and fabric at the shoulder. It was a reworked version 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, along with a new pair of statement earrings by Zara, the Cascading Flower style (only available on the secondary market). Here you see the gown as worn on both engagements. The update included alterations to the left shoulder: the floral petals were removed, and additional fabric was added and anchored to the shoulder. The gown worn for the Coronation in May was also an Alexander McQueen design. The silk crepe gown had long 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 released by the royal household (with the RVO mantle removed), the Princess's gown has a rounded vee-neckline, and she is also wearing the late Queen's George VI Festoon Necklace. Unfortunately, I don't have a closeup of the gown; the photo licensing forbids any editing of the original image.  We had a surprise just a week after the coronation when the Princess made an appearance in a Eurovision Song Contest broadcast. In a video used for the broadcast's opening segment, the Princess is at the piano in a Jenny Packham gown playing a portion of last year's winning song. We don't have great photos showing the 'Marlowe' gown, a one-shouldered style with a tulle overlay and crystal embellishment at the waist, but I wanted to include it in the poll. The Princess also wore the Queen Mother's Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings. We saw two gowns on the Princess when she and the Prince of Wales attended the June wedding of Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein and his bride, Princess Rajwa Al Hussein. The first was an Elie Saab design worn for the religious ceremony at Zahran Palace. It featured pleating and floral lace applique on the bodice, sleeves, and high neck. The skirt had inserts of sheer chiffon with tiny dots and the shoulders were padded. The Princess also wore her Prada Wavy Strap Sandals, the UFO earrings most recently worn to the 2017 BAFTA Awards, and she carried her Wilbur and Gussie Charlie clutch. At the formal reception, the Princess was in the 'Georgia' gown by Jenny Packham, a style she also owns in deep green. Crafted of sequin-covered tulle, it features a row of crystal floral embellishments accenting the waist and neckline, with padded shoulders and a concealed back zipper. The big news for many of us was seeing the Princess wear the Greville Chandelier Earrings for the first time, a pair worn frequently by the late Queen. She also wore the Lover's Knot tiara, her Gianvito Rossi 'Rania' Pumps, and carried her Prada clutch. She wore her Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II (on the left bodice of the dress with yellow ribbon), the sash, badge, and Maltese cross of the Royal Victorian Order, and her Bentley & Skinner Art Deco brooch set with diamonds (right shoulder). In November we saw another Jenny Packham design, this one worn for the state dinner in honor of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon Hee. The style was a customized piece from the designer's spring/summer 24 resort collection. It featured a fitted bodice with a full skirt, wide cape-effect sleeves, structured shoulders with shoulder pads, and delicate floral embroidery.  The focus that evening was more on the Princess's tiara, a piece not worn for nearly one hundred years, the Strathmore Rose Tiara. The Princess also wore the late Queen's Diamond Frame Earrings, her Queen Elizabeth II Royal Order, as well as her Royal Victorian Order sash, star, and cross. She carried her Anya Hindmarch 'Maud' clutch; her gloves were by Irish designer Paula Rowan. Just ten days later we saw the Princess in an evening gown by Safiyaa when attending the Royal Variety Performance. The Princess was in the brand’s ‘Destiny’ style, made of a heavy crepe fabric and featuring a fitted silhouette with dramatic floor-length split sleeves, crystal embellishment at the neckline, and a strong shoulder with shoulder pads. The Princess carried her Jenny Packham 'Casa' clutch, had on her J. Crew earrings, and wore pumps by either Gianvito Rossi or Emmy London. One note: I did not include this year's diplomatic reception look because it was an exact replication of what the Princess wore for the June wedding in Jordan. Now it's time to vote.  https://poll.fm/13221529 With thanks to Bonnie for the reminder, the BBC documentary Charles III: The Coronation Year is available on YouTube. The 90-minute doc features a behind-the-scenes look at the King's first year, especially preparations for the coronation and the event itself.    For anyone who may have missed it, I'll wrap up the post with a year-end video released by Kensington Palace. 2023 ✅ Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our year. pic.twitter.com/GRgkO1Ddhz — The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) December 29, 2023

News Updates and Your Favorite 2023 New Coat – What Kate Wore

Today's post is a mix of things, beginning with news updates, much of which many of you will have already read about. I want to cover news about the King and Princess of Wales briefly so we have some information as part of the WKW record going forward. We begin with Monday's announcement of the King's cancer diagnosis.  Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'Z1Ac8YHlSK1x_gdwwzMucg',sig:'a7GlROSUrXzqhG5iZZ9Bz5taPKfObCXNtrEN3MH6Yqg=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1990547693',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Here is the full Buckingham Palace news release for anyone who may have missed it. The King is reported to have personally notified Prince William, Prince Harry, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, and the Duke of Edinburgh about the news—more from an editorial in The Telegraph.  The King will carry on reading his boxes and holding key meetings with the Prime Minister and the Privy Council, so there should be a seamless continuation of the functioning of the state. ...from all accounts, the prognosis is good, with the Palace saying that the King is anxious to return to full public duties as soon as possible. The key to dealing with cancer is to catch it early and that appears to have happened here. Following the King's visit on Tuesday from Prince Harry, the King and Queen then traveled to Sandringham. Below, the couple as they headed to Buckingham Palace for their helicopter flight from London to Norfolk.   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'jmMHKe1SQkFuFeWPI5zqUg',sig:'Ux96UXO-4b93jw4HozF24rzxi4FOs2OODj-1b7e9JnE=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1983115889',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); More from Russell Myers in today's Mirror.  The King is expected to return to London for highly specialized hospital treatment as an outpatient once a week, staying at his Clarence House home. The monarch is likely to return to Sandringham in Norfolk for the remainder of the week to rest and recuperate, it is understood. The King's public duties have also been postponed to minimize the risk of infection or exposure to viruses while he undergoes treatment, which is understood to be pioneering and less invasive than other options.  I will provide updates as information becomes available.   Yesterday, Prince William undertook his first engagements since the Princess of Wales was hospitalized for abdominal surgery on January 16th. She has been home since January 29th, when Kensington Palace announced she had returned home and was making good progress.” At yesterday's engagements, the Prince spoke of his gratitude for the messages of support directed to both the King and the Princess. The first engagement was an investiture ceremony, where the Prince is reported to have told Patricia Spruce, who received an MBE, that the Princess was being looked after by two amazing and kind nurses. The second function was a London Air Ambulance Charity gala fundraiser. On his way into the event, the Prince said, We really appreciate everyone's kind messages, thank you. More from People's coverage of last night's fundraiser and the Prince's speech. I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you, also, for the kind messages of support for Catherine and for my father, especially in recent days, William continued. It means a great deal to us all. Keeping the mood light, Prince William quipped, It's fair to say the past few weeks have had a rather 'medical' focus. So I thought I'd come to an air ambulance function to get away from it all! Among those attending last night's gala was actor and pilot Tom Cruise. Below, a social media post from Kensington Palace.  Fancy seeing you here, @TomCruise! 🚁 pic.twitter.com/JGYspIz2Eo — The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) February 7, 2024 More from The Telegraph's coverage.  In his speech, Prince William told Cruise: “If you wouldn’t mind not borrowing either of the new helicopters for the next Mission Impossible, it would be appreciated. We have all seen on our screens that - how can I put it - you seem to have a different take on ‘normal wear and tear’ to the rest of us. It’s not the kind that buffs out, that’s for sure.” When speaking with Mr. Cruise, the Prince mentioned his footwear from the 2022 premiere of Top Gun: Maverick. The Prince's Crockett and Jones 'Albert' velvet slippers were custom-embroidered with F18 jets and generated lots of buzz about the fashion-forward look. The Prince and Mr. Cruise.  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Now, a very (VERY) hard turn to fashion and another poll looking at styles worn by the Princess of Wales in 2023. Today we are considering new coats worn by the Princess. Our first candidate is the Alexander McQueen design worn for a visit to Leeds in late January.   The tailored double-breasted design is fitted and midi-length with padded shoulders, peak lapels, button cuffs, front pocket flaps, and a defined waistline.  The Princess owns a similar style in red; that piece is significantly longer than the green style. Our next design prompted an interesting debate: is it old or new? I'm talking about the Hobbs London 'Celeste' style worn in early February for the Prince and Princess's first joint visit to Cornwall as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. The coat features wide notched lapels, asymmetrical front closure, leather stud fastening cuff straps, and a matching belt. It was very similar to the Hobbs Celeste coat first seen in 2012 and worn several times after the initial appearance. Below, the Princess of Wales last February and the Duchess of Cambridge visiting Liverpool on Valentine's Day 2012.  Hobbs released an updated version of the Celeste in late 2022 or early 2023. Not only was the 2023 coat much longer than the original Celeste, but there were other differences, like the pockets. In late February, the Princess sported a new coat during engagements with Prince William in South Wales. The cream-colored coat showcased a fitted bodice, notched lapels, three-button front closure, flap pockets, lightly padded shoulders, and flared cuffs. It was in the UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) category until December of last year. When the Princess wore a coat in December by Saville Row tailor Chris Kerr, the folks at Royal Fashion Police got in touch and asked if this ivory design was also a Chris Kerr design, and the response was yes. When the Prince and Princess marked St. David's Day with the Welsh Guards on March 1, the Princess chose a vibrant red coat by Alexander McQueen.  The Slim Fit Wool Coat features a double-breasted design with padded shoulders, peak lapels, flap pockets at the hip, and a chest welt pocket. The off-the-rack version of the coat has an asymmetrical hem, a feature eliminated in the Princess's coat. The Princess chose a deep teal coat by Catherine Walker for the annual St. Patrick's Day shamrock ceremony with the Irish Guards.  The garment features a slim silhouette with princess seams, a stand collar, angled pleats at the upper bodice, a deep back vent, an attached waistband, and flared cuffs. The sets of four buttons echo those on the Guards' uniforms, which are arranged in groups of four. Our next style is not technically a coat but a cape by Catherine Walker worn in November for the Korea state visit. It was created to go over the Catherine Walker Beau Tie coatdress previously worn by the Princess.  Below is the Beau Tie coatdress, which was first worn by the Princess in December 2021 while taping the first Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey.  Our next design appeared to be a Sportmax past-season style, seen when the Princess visited a baby bank in late November. The single-breasted style features a fitted, darted bodice, broad notched lapels, a deep back vent, self-belt, and flap pockets. There is also a closely spaced row of tortoise buttons. Sadly, that is the only photo available showing the Princess in the coat. All other images from the event show her without the coat. The Princess debuted a new Chris Kerr design in early December at the taping of Royal Carols: Together At Christmas.  The single-breasted coat features peaked lapels, angled flap pockets, a deep back vent, and flared cuffs with one button.   Our final coat in the poll is the Alexander McQueen design seen on Christmas Day.  The bespoke piece is a structured style with notched lapels, flap pockets, an inset waistband with buttons, sleeve bands, and a back vent.  It looks like the same style worn in green for welcome ceremonies in Boston last November.  And here is the poll! https://poll.fm/13257959

Updates and Your Favorite New Hat from 2023 – What Kate Wore

I am back with two quick news updates, and then we look at the new hats worn by the Princess in 2023.  The first update is several days old, but when I added it to the previous post I neglected to hit save, so it was never published. In a Daily Mail column, Richard Eden reported the Princess is making good progress, traveling to Norfolk for the children's school holiday. The Princess of Wales, who underwent 'successful' planned abdominal surgery more than three weeks ago, is on the mend.  And, in a clear sign of her improvement, she was able to join her husband, Prince William, and their three children as they set off yesterday morning for a half-term holiday on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where the King is also convalescing. 'Catherine is recovering well,' a friend tells me. 'She was looking forward to a change of scene and will be able to take it easy in Norfolk while the children let off steam with William.' The second update involves King Charles, who released a message of gratitude on Saturday for the support he has received from the public. The King was seen attending church at Sandringham with Queen Camilla on Sunday. WATCH: Video of the King’s arrival at church in Sandringham. The first time he’s been seen in public since retreating there after getting his first round of cancer treatment. Charles and Queen Camilla attended the 11am service at St Mary Magdalene Church. 🎥 @DuncanCStone pic.twitter.com/aQfDunR5O4 — Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) February 11, 2024 Yesterday, the couple traveled from Sandringham to London, where it is believed the King had another treatment for cancer.   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'bysBDEz_S0FfB5ogy5N-Mw',sig:'rh0i070y5h00FldJEUqfxeTFqUNfdxHiGn1o-17mUoU=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1999458032',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});  I will update (and hit 'save'!) with any significant news about the health of the King or the Princess of Wales.   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ We'll start our review of the new chapeaux with the hat worn on March 1st to mark St. David's Day with the Welsh Guards. The design by milliner Juliette Botterill (£600, about $750 at today's exchange rates) was crafted in peachbloom felt, a high-end material milliners use that has a soft, velvet-like feel. The percher-style hat is trimmed with a double bow and two arrow feathers. The milliner's website notes, This style is worn on a slim headband and hat elastic in your choice of hair color. Our next design was worn to the annual Commonwealth Service in mid-March when the Princess accessorized her Erdem suit with a dark blue hat by milliner Sean Barrett. It is described by the experts at Royal Hats as navy felt with a rounded crown and wide brim, simply trimmed with a large bow on the side. We saw a new design on St. Patrick's Day when the Prince and Princess visited the Irish Guards, the first time the Princess attended the parade as Colonel of the Regiment. She paired a Jane Taylor hat with her Catherine Walker coat. The Clio hat (£1550, roughly $1950 at today's exchange rates) is described as A wonderfully romantic hand-sculptured heart-shaped cocktail hat. Made from a luxurious…felt with a matching black pleated crin detail which fans around this stunning-shaped hat. These photos show how well the color matched the plumes in the Regiment's bearskin hats worn for ceremonial parade events. (The photo on the right shows Prince William at Trooping the Colour in 2022.) When attending an Easter church service in Windsor, the Princess wore the Mayfair Pillbox hat ($1034) by Lock and Company with her Catherine Walker coat. The velour-felt design is described as light as a feather and incredibly comfortable. It fastens with an adjustable elastic at the nape of the neck and is made to be worn at an angle. If the design looks familiar, it may be because the Princess wore the style in green on St. Patrick's Day 2022. At Trooping the Colour in June, the Princess chose a bespoke hat by Philip Treacy. The broad-brimmed style featured a pert bow in the back topped with one of the decorative buttons from her Andrew Gn dress. The ensemble produced this iconic photo of the Princess.  Two days later, the Princess wore another Philip Treacy design at Order of the Garter. She accessorized her Alessandra Rich dress with the saucer-style piece. When attending Ascot in June, the Princess wore vibrant red hues, including her Alexander McQueen dress and Philip Treacy hat. The pros at Royal Hats noted it was a ...new saucer hat with extended brim in red sinamay. The design is trimmed with a large silk bloom and wired silk ribbon tails that swirl around on both the upper and lower sides of the brim. There was serious attention to detail, as Royal Hats pointed out that the embellishment under the brim of her hat was knotted and shaped just as on Queen Camilla's hat, also by Philip Treacy. In July, we saw another Philip Treacy design at Scotland's Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication. The satin teardrop shape hat was a percher that coordinated perfectly with the Catherine Walker coat seen on Easter Sunday last year, initially worn to the Commonwealth Service in 2022. In September of last year, the Prince and Princess were in Wales to mark the first anniversary of the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Princess accessorized her Eponine London coatdress with a teardrop-shaped piece in velour felt by Sahar Millinery. This was a new designer for the Princess. Sahar Freemantle is an award-winning milliner based in London and a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust winner. The Princess debuted a bold Jane Taylor hat during the state visit in November welcoming Republic of Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol and the First Lady, Mrs. Kim Keon Hee. It was a broad-brimmed style likely made of luxury felt.  At the Christmas Day church service, we saw a familiar style in a new color, the Juliette Botterill Bow and Arrow Percher hat in blue to match her Alexander McQueen coat. You saw the Princess wearing this style earlier in the post when celebrating St. David's Day with the Welsh Guards. And now it's time to vote! https://poll.fm/13352195   I will leave you with a look at an engagement a year ago yesterday when the Princess of Wales visited a nursing home in Slough, about twenty minutes from Windsor.  On that 'Pancake Day' (also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, the day before Lent begins), the Princess tried her hand at making some pancakes. And she flipped a few. The Princess paired a turtleneck with Roland Mouret trousers for the visit. Some may remember Pancake Day 2011 when Kate Middleton tried her hand at the same task during a pre-wedding visit to Belfast. For this engagement, then Kate Middleton was in a Burberry raincoat

Your Favorite 2023 New Dress & Fashion Notes – What Kate Wore

Two very quick news updates on the health of the King and the Princess of Wales. Yesterday, the King held his first weekly meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak since his cancer diagnosis.  The King has held his first face to face audience of the year with the PM. Sunak said it was wonderful to see Charles looking so well, to which he replied: “It’s all done with mirrors.” pic.twitter.com/O35RkXqVwq — Victoria Ward (@victoria_ward) February 21, 2024 When chatting with the PM, King Charles shared that the many messages of support reduced me to tears. The King also held a Privy Council meeting yesterday; both events were at Buckingham Palace.  We remain in the no news is good news zone with the Princess's health. The Wales family is believed to be back in Windsor, as the children's mid-term break from school ended on Monday.    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Now for our poll looking at the new dress styles worn by the Princess of Wales in 2023. We begin with the Cefinn Studio dress worn for mid-January engagements with the Prince of Wales in Merseyside.  The Princess chose a navy blue Cefinn Studio Eva Dress in navy. Made of a ribbed merino wool knit with a touch of nylon, the Eva is a key piece for the label. On the site, it is described as …the perfect versatile knit. Crafted in a super-soft merino-wool blend that's both machine-washable and pill-proof, you'll feel pulled together even on the busiest of days. Accessories included the Princess's Mulberry Amberley Small Satchel Handbag, navy suede Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps, and her sapphire and diamond earrings.  Later in January, for the official launch of her Shaping Us campaign today in Leeds, the Princess chose a dress by Victoria Beckham. The Cotton-blend Midi Dress is made in a cotton/elastane/polyamide/viscose fabric. It features a fit and flare silhouette with pointelle knitwork, a mockneck with yellow tipping, the same tipping above the cuffs, and ribbed sleeves. In the accessories department, we saw the return of the Gianvito Rossi bespoke boots, the Micro Bold Leather Shoulder Bag by Manu Atelier, the Shyla London Biarritz Squiggle Earrings, and a new belt by Vanzetti.   When visiting Birmingham in April, the Princess was in a dress by Karen Millen.  The Woven Pleated Midi Trench Dress (now sold out) is made of polyester and described this way: Part dress, part trench coat, this beautifully cut design shows off neat notched lapels, a waist tie, and crisp pleats lining the skirt. Cinch it in for a nipped-in silhouette.... The Princess accessorized with her Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps in Bordeaux suede and Sézane' Dina' earrings. The Princess wore the Mortimer Ditsy Floral Print Dress in early May for a coronation rehearsal at Westminster Abbey. Unfortunately, I do not have any photos from this event, so I have not included it in the poll, but wanted to note it here.  At a pre-coronation reception and walkabout, the Princess chose what is likely a Jenny Packham design. The creamy white dress featured a classic sheath silhouette, with the addition of black trim at the neckline and the waist. Accessories included the Aquazzura Bow Tie Pumps, black Prada clutch, and the Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drop earrings. The white dress is similar to the blue sheath the Princess wore in Northern Ireland in October 2022 and the black design worn to view floral tributes at Windsor following the Queen's death in 2022. There are some minor differences, but I thought at the time the white dress was worn, it was likely a bespoke Jenny Packham piece, and I still feel that way. At a second reception ahead of the coronation, the Princess was in a deep blue Self-Portrait dress. The Self-Portrait Stretch Crepe Twisted Collar Midi Dress (now sold out) is 100% polyester. It features a ruched and asymmetrically draped skirt, twisted neckline, puffed sleeves, and oversized diamante buttons at the shoulder. The Princess accessorized with her Aquazzura Love Link Sling Heels in 'blueberry' grosgrain, Jenny Packham' Casa' clutch, and the Queen Mother's Sapphire and Diamond Earrings.  We saw a familiar piece in a new color when the Princess wore the emerald green version of Suzannah's Flippy Wiggle Dress for a visit to the Anna Freud Centre in April. The Princess has worn this design in white. The shirtdress-style design is made of Italian silk crepe with pintucks at the waist and yoke, puffed short sleeves, and navy silk-covered buttons, and it comes with a thin self-belt. For accessories, the Princess selected her Alessandra Rich Fab 85 Two-Tone Pumps in Beige Black (now sold out) and a new pair of Accessorize earrings.  For a mid-June Early Years engagement, the Princess was in another Cefinn Studio design, the label's 'Petra' Leopard-Print Silk Dress (no longer available). The all-silk design showcases Cefinn's signature leopard pansy print. The midi-length shirtwaist style featured a spread collar, button front, side slit, elastic at the waist, a self-tie, pleated and raised shoulders, and a back yoke. The Princess accessorized with her Mulberry Small Amberley Crossbody Bag, Jimmy Choo Romy 85 pumps, and a new pair of Kiki McDonough Green Amethyst Pear Drop Earrings. June brings many high-profile events, including Trooping the Colour. This year, the Princess chose a dress by Andrew Gn, a Singaporean designer whose label is based in Paris. In the blog post, I initially referred to the style as a coatdress, but a reader pointed out the back zipper on the garment, so I have it in the dress category. The vivid green piece showcases brooch-like embellishments atop fabric bands at the hip and bodice and a smooth satin band at the neckline. The black version of the dress is a viscose/acetate/silk blend; it's possible the Princess's dress is made in the same fabric blend. The Princess accessorized with a Philip Treacy hat, the Aquazzura 'Purist' 105 heels in emerald green, her LK Bennett Dora Envelope Clutch, diamond and sapphire earrings, and the Cartier Shamrock brooch.  Next on the June calendar was Order of the Garter, where the Princess opted for an Alessandra Rich design. The custom design was crafted in a fine polka dot print in a midi-length. It included puffed, raised sleeves, a high gathered neck, and a cinched-in waist defined by gathered fabric. The Princess accessorized with a new pair of two-tone slingback heels by Jennifer Chamandi, a new Strathberry clutch, a new Philip Treacy hat, the Collingwood Earrings, and the Nigel Milne triple-strand pearl bracelet.  The busy June week also included an engagement marking the official reopening of the National Portrait Gallery.  For this event, the Princess chose a Self-Portrait design. The label's Metallic Bouclé and Chiffon Midi Dress featured a tailored bouclé 'jacket' with a pleated skirt, both made of polyester. The jacket has a cinched waist and belt, shoulder pads, contrasting crystal-embellished trim at the neckline, center front, and cuffs. The pleated chiffon skirt has a floaty, soft feel. The Princess paired a new Chanel clutch with her Aquazzura Bow Tie pumps and wore her Imitation Pearl and Diamond Earrings by Heavenly London.  A busy June wrapped up with Royal Ascot when the Princess wore a vibrant red dress by Alexander McQueen. The flowing design featured a v-neck with tucks, a wrap-effect bodice, raised, puffed shoulders, a defined waist, and a full A-line skirt. The bright color was a departure from the ivory and pale blue ensembles the Princess previously wore for this event. (NOTE: This could also be the dress worn by the Princess when visiting the Welsh Guards on St. David's Day.) She accessorized with a new Philip Treacy hat, a new pair of red suede heels by Jennifer Chamandi, a vintage Hermès clutch, and a pair of past-season Sézane earrings.  In early July, the Princess wore a Beulah London dress for a charity polo match.  The 'Sonia' dress (no longer available) in cornflower blue was 100% silk crepe de chine. It showcased a placed print, stand collar, fitted and pleated bodice, blouson sleeves with elastic at the cuff, and a full skirt. Accessories for this ensemble included a new pair of Camilla Elphick slingback shoes, Mulberry's Harlow Small Satchel Bag, her Lenique Louis Gold Spine Hoop Earrings, and a Sézane bracelet. Wimbledon always brings interesting fashion, and last year was no different. The Princess of Wales chose a Self-Portrait dress for the Women's Singles Final. The Lime Boucle Collared Chiffon Midi Dress incorporated a tailored top with a full, floaty skirt and an appearance of wearing separates when it was just one piece. The jacket offered bodice darts, four decorative pocket flaps, self-covered buttons, and a self-belt. The midi-length skirt portion was pleated and fully lined. The Princess accessorized with her Natasha handbag in blush suede by Emmy London, a pair of Gianvito Rossi Ribbon Sling Pumps, the Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Stud Earrings, and a Halcyon Days Salamander Torque Aquamarine and Gold Bangle.  The Princess opted for a deep green Roland Mouret design for the Gentlemen's Singles Final the next day. The Ruffle Detail Asymmetrical Midi Dress was a blend of 97% viscose and 3% elastane. It featured draped fabric at the shoulder, short sleeves, a lined bodice, a concealed back zipper, and back vent. Accessories included the Natasha bag carried for the Women's Final match, Gianvito Rossi 105 Bisque Suede Pumps, a new pair of earrings by Milina London, the Green Onyx Gemstone style, and a new Halcyon Days Salamander Torque Bangle in Forget Me Not. When hosting Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden at Windsor Castle in November, the Princess wore what appeared to be an Emilia Wickstead design.  The Princess accessorized with her Emmy Rebecca heels in the 'greenway' color and her diamond and sapphire cabochon cluster earrings. And here is the poll! https://poll.fm/13386734   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A couple of quick retail notes today, beginning with news from our friends at Earsass, the company offering the Issy Star Earrings ($33) given to the Princess as a gift by Sarah Renton. The earrings were created in memory of Sarah's daughter, Issy, who took her life in April of last year. The earrings are being sold at Earsass as a fundraiser for mental health charity Brave Mind. Below, the Princess wearing the earrings at a SportsAid workshop in October of last year. (The featured photo at the top of the post also shows the Princess wearing the earrings.) Earsass has now raised more than £12000 for Brave Mind. In gratitude, they have launched an earring dedicated to the Princess called the Catherine ($35). Available in gold-plated or silver-plated finish, the earrings showcase eleven glass beads on an oval frame. They were so popular they sold out in a few hours, but they can be pre-ordered with an estimated delivery four weeks after an order is placed. Thank you to everyone who emailed and messaged about the earrings. Also today, word of a collaborative collection between Target and a designer the Princess has worn, Diane von Furstenberg.   More from this Vogue piece about the collection.  Along with wrap dresses, cargo pants, sweaters, outerwear, activewear, loungewear, and intimates, there will also be beauty, home decor and even made-to-order furniture that can be customized in one of seven exclusive Diane von Furstenberg for Target fabrics. Prices start at $4, with most of the clothing (women’s, girls’ and baby apparel, and accessories!) under $50. Of course, the Target version of the signature wrap dress will be included in the assortment too. And this via People's article. As for the prints you'll see in the collection, the designer told Vogue that she pulled from her own archives to adapt for Target, as prints have played a huge role in her eponymous brand's own history. One print is a poppy design that resembles animal print that dates back decades. Another is ginkgo that she told Vogue is a big print for the brand because of how fond she's always been of it. If unfamiliar with the ginkgo pattern, you see an example of it in green at DVF and another at Nordstrom in 'antique pink.' The Diane von Furstenberg for Target collection debuts in most Target stores and on Target.com on March 23. The discount retailer suggests those interested in the collection check this page or sign up on this page to receive email updates on the collection. Thank you to my friend Micki for the tip on this collection!