Hurrah! On Saturday I kept telling my tweeps how badly I wanted the Duchess of Cambridge to re-wear the cotton and wool-blend Alexander McQueen pique coat she sported to last year’s Trooping of The Colour in London, and today (June 18th) at Windsor Castle my wish was granted. It. Is. Perfection.
The sculptured coat boasts a tiered Samurai skirt and sharp shoulders, fitting Her Royal Highness like a glove. Catherine paired the iconic piece with her trusty LK Bennett “Sledge” heels, a Jane Corbett hat and the same Reiss peacock dress she wore to Epsom Downs in 2011 (thanks to What Kate Wore for confirming my suspicions).
Catherine chatted animatedly with Sophie, Countess Of Wessex and The Duchess of Cornwall at the Galilee Porch entrance while Prince William took part in the Order of The Garter procession, England’s oldest order of chivalry. Founded in 1348 by King Edward III, the order includes the monarch, the Prince of Wales and only 24 members.
Each June, the members gather for a luncheon and then a service of thanksgiving at St. George’s Chapel; members include those who have contributed to national life, and are personally selected to receive the honor by the sovereign.
“Every knight is required to display a banner of his arms in St George’s Chapel at Windsor, together with a helmet, crest and sword and an enamelled stallplate and carries the letters KG after their name for life,” according to the Daily Mail. ”The group make their way on foot from the castle to the chapel, cheered by 7,000 specially-invited members of the public and proceeded by trumpeters and elaborately costumed heralds as well as the 14 Officers of Arms, each bearing fabulously ancient titles as the Rouge Dragon Pursuivant and the Maltravers Herald Extraordinary.”
Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester are also part of the order. William was appointed to the group in 2008, a sight that sent Prince Harry and Catherine (who was only dating William at the time) into a fit of giggles.
Special thanks to What Kate Wore and Lilting Limes for bringing this to my attention, and to royal reporter Victoria Arbiter for assuring me that Catherine checked my tweets before dressing this morning. Dare to dream.