Today marks the first time that HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joined Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for a royal engagement, and it was quite extraordinary to see the sovereign and two future consorts together on a sort of “Gal’s Day Out.”
Mayor Boris Johnson was one of the first to greet the royals at the Picadilly location,where Her Majesty unveiled a plaque commemorating the famed store’s restoration. Inside the store, they met military personnel and staff, and viewed the store’s Diamond Jubilee product ranges.
Catherine wore a tweed coat from M Missoni‘s Fall/Winter 2010 collection which, according to People‘s Simon Perry, she purchased at Bicester village outlet store a few months back. She adorned the chic coat with a daffodil to mark St. David’s Day. On the Duchess’s feet were suede Rupert Sanderson heels, a pair she wore to the Order of The Garter ceremony back in June, according to Grazia.
In her first joint visit with Camilla and the Queen, Catherine made sure to remain somewhat in the background so as not to take any attention away from Her Majesty. The Daily Express‘s Richard Palmer put it perfectly when he tweeted from the event, “Kate seemed keen to show deference to both the Queen and Camilla.”
Inside the luxury department store, in business since 1707, the ladies inspected goods that Fortnum & Mason would be shipping to British troops, a tradition upheld since the Napoleonic Wars, according to the Daily Mail.
Catherine chatted with associates at the tea stand, inquiring about how to make a solid cup of tea. ”I would really like to learn to make the perfect cup of tea as when I last made a pot of tea with dried tea leaves I got it very wrong,” she said with a laugh. ”I like a cup of tea but it is my brother who really likes his tea as well. I will definitely tell my brother to come down here. He really does love his tea. This is so interesting.”
What do you think of Catherine’s visit today?