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Catherine, Princess of Wales, and William, Prince of Wales, Make Their First Solo Appearance Since Queen Elizabeth II’s Death

Catherine, Princess of Wales, and William, Prince of Wales, Make Their First Solo Appearance Since Queen Elizabeth II’s Death

LONDON — The new Prince and Princess of Wales are honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s death by visiting different counties in the U.K. to greet members of the public.

On Thursday afternoon, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Sandringham House in Norfolk, east of England. This was the first time the royals, whose titles have just changed, have been seen together without any other senior members of the family present since the queen’s passing.

Sandringham House is one of the royal residences of King Charles III and where Kings George VI and George V died. In 2021, Sandringham was the subject of Pablo Larraín’s Princess Diana biopic “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart.

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On Saturday, William invited Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to pay tribute to their late grandmother and to greet members of the public outside Windsor Castle.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, carrying a Grace Han top-handle bag in Sandringham.

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The “fab four” as they’ve been dubbed in the British press, reunited again on Wednesday afternoon at Westminster Hall, where the queen’s coffin will lie in state until Monday, the day of her funeral.

On the visit to Sandringham, Kate wore a new bespoke black Catherine Walker coat with Gianvito Rossi heels and a black Grace Han top-handle bag. She added a tribute to the queen by wearing the late monarch’s diamond and pearl earrings. 

Prince William wore a classic navy suit with a skinny black tie.

When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria vowed to never wear colorful clothes again. She adopted a strict dress code of black for four decades until her death in 1901. During her era, pearl earrings became the custom for mourning jewelry.

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Mourn Queen Elizabeth II With Pearl Jewelry

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Mourn Queen Elizabeth II With Pearl Jewelry

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has arrived at Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state until Monday, the day of her funeral.
King Charles III, Prince William and Prince Harry followed the coffin on foot as it made its journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where other senior members of the royal family met them, including Camilla, Queen Consort; Catherine, Princess of Wales; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. 

The queen died on Sept. 8, aged 96 at Balmoral, her home in Scotland, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

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Then and now: The procession for Princess Diana in 1997 and Queen Elizabeth II’s in 2022.

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For the procession, the queen’s coffin was draped with the Royal Standard flag, which features three gold lions for England, a red lion for Scotland and a harp for Ireland with the Imperial State Crown sitting atop, which has the Cullinan Il diamond, cut from the largest diamond in the world.

On Saturday afternoon, William and Harry put aside their differences to pay tribute to their late grandmother and to greet members of the public outside Windsor Castle. They were accompanied by their wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

At Westminster Hall, Kate and Meghan paid respect to the queen with their jewelry.

The Princess of Wales wore a new Catherine Walker coat in black, of which she has a similar style in beige. She added the queen’s diamond and pearl leaf brooch to mark the occasion. Kate previously wore the brooch in Belgium in 2017. 

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Prince William, Prince of Wales; Catherine, Princess of Wales; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Peter Phillips follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall. (Photo by Darren Fletcher/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Also in two soft nods to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, Kate wore her Collingwood earrings and pearl bracelet. She first wore the earrings to a Spanish state banquet in July 2017. The earrings were a gift to Diana on her wedding day from the company Collingwood, the family jeweler of the Spencer family.

Meghan opted for a Givenchy black coat that she first wore in 2019 on a special visit to the Association of Commonwealth Universities while pregnant. She accessorized the somber ensemble with a black Loewe postal bag and Paul Andrew black pumps, both of which she has worn before.

It’s understood that Meghan’s pearl earrings were a gift from the queen for their first joint engagement together. 

The significance behind Kate and Meghan’s pearl earrings is that they were worn as mourning jewelry during Queen Victoria’s era.

A Closer Look at Kate Middleton’s Standout Fashion Streak at Wimbledon 2022

A Closer Look at Kate Middleton’s Standout Fashion Streak at Wimbledon 2022

Kate Middleton returned to the Wimbledon tennis championship this past week, continuing her standout fashion streak with several memorable style moments.
The Duchess of Cambridge brought her signature elegant style to multiple matches, relying on her go-to fashion designers in order to make an impact with her courtside looks. Many of the duchess’ outfits also gave a nod to the late Princess Diana, who Middleton has been referencing more often through her fashion in recent appearances.
She began her appearances on Tuesday where she rewore a blue pleated polka-dot dress from one of her favorite designers, Alessandra Rich. She paired the dress with pearl-drop earrings, white heels and a Mulberry bag. Middleton also supported female tennis players with her look, pinning a green and purple bow — the badge that female members of the All England Tennis Club wear — to her dress.

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Kate Middleton in Alessandra Rich at the 2022 Wimbledon championship.
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Middleton then returned the 2022 Wimbledon championship on Saturday, rewearing another look from her closet: a bright yellow midi dress from London-based Serbian designer Roksanda Ilinčić. She paired the dress again with the green and purple ribbon and an LK Bennett saffron straw hat.
The duchess wore the dress to present tennis champion Elena Rybakina with her first Wimbledon trophy after she won the Women’s Finals match against Ons Jabeur.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Roksanda Ilinčić at the 2022 Wimbledon championship.
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Middleton returned to Wimbledon the following day for the men’s finals match, where she presented the championship award to Novak Djokovic. For the appearance, Middleton again looked to Alessandra Rich, wearing a navy polka-dot dress similar to the dress she wore for her first 2022 Wimbledon appearance.
The duchess sat in the royal box alongside husband Prince William and their eldest son Prince George, who attended his first Wimbledon game.
Alessandra Rich has been a go-to designer for Middleton of late. The duchess wore a similar white polka-dot dress at her appearance at last month’s Royal Ascot, where her look drew comparisons to an outfit worn by Princess Diana in 1988 at the event.
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The Duchess of Cambridge’s Blue Polka Dot Dress at Wimbledon 2022 Says More Than Meets the Eye

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Blue Polka Dot Dress at Wimbledon 2022 Says More Than Meets the Eye

LONDON — The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first appearance at this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships.
Kate Middleton rewore a blue pleated polka-dot midi dress from Alessandra Rich accessorized with pearl-drop earrings, white slingback heels and a boxy white Mulberry handbag. 
Middleton’s first public appearance in the dress was in June during the four-day Jubilee weekend celebrations when she surprised locals by attending a street party in Kensington, London.
The dress has been modified for the duchess to make it more demure by removing the crystal embellishments on the belt and buttons.
The extra detail on Tuesday was the dark green and purple ribbon bow pinned to her dress — a badge that female members of the All England Tennis Club wear, of which the duchess is a patron.

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Alessandra Rich has become Middleton’s summer go-to designer. She chose another polka-dot number from the British designer for this year’s Royal Ascot that resembled the black-and-white polka-dot dress Princess Diana wore to the 1988 Royal Ascot races.
The duchess was recently commissioned by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to photograph her for the cover of Country Life at her home in Wiltshire, Raymill. 
On the day of the cover reveal, Middleton tactically used her sartorial choices to send a clear message — that she respects both Camilla and her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales. 
Middleton’s Alessandra Rich dress bears a strong resemblance to Diana’s blue-and-white polka-dot dress designed by Catherine Walker that she rewore twice — once to accompany Queen Elizabeth II at Victoria Station to welcome German President Richard von Weizsacker in 1986 and the other in 1989 on the royal tour of the Gulf with Prince Charles to meet with the Emir of Kuwait, Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Princess Diana’s green polka-dot outfit when leaving St Mary’s Hospital after giving birth to Prince William in 1982.
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Polka dots are a sentimental print for Middleton and are often how she pays tribute to Diana.
When she left St. Mary’s Hospital in 2013 after giving birth to her firstborn, Prince George, she did so in a blue polka-dot Jenny Packham dress that drew similarities to Diana’s green polka-dot outfit when leaving the same hospital after giving birth to Prince William in 1982.
The signs are all in the polka dots — you just have to connect them.

The Duchess of Cambridge Wears Catherine Walker to the 2022 Garter Day Celebrations, Sophie Wessex in Pink Valentino

The Duchess of Cambridge Wears Catherine Walker to the 2022 Garter Day Celebrations, Sophie Wessex in Pink Valentino

LONDON — It’s been a busy month for the British royal family — the Jubilee weekend earlier this month was a four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s seven-decade reign where everyone came together, from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.The family hasn’t stopped working, and is now making up for lost time after a major pause in their working schedules due to the pandemic. On Monday, they gathered together once again at Windsor Castle for the first Garter Day celebrations since 2019.
Garter Day is the oldest Order of Chivalry in the U.K. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Tony Blair and Baroness Amos were installed as members of the Order of the Garter on Monday.

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a Catherine Walker coat dress at the Garter Day celebrations at Windsor Castle
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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a vivid ultramarine blue coat dress by Catherine Walker, a favorite designer of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who wore Walker’s designs from 1981 until her death in 1997.

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The duchess paired the ensemble with a matching fascinator from the London-based milliner Juliette Botterill that retails for 560 pounds; a scalloped clutch bag, and Aquazzura slingback heels that complemented her deep blue sapphire engagement ring, which previously belonged to Diana.
In addition, Middleton was wearing her matching set of pear-shaped sapphires — earrings and necklace — that resemble the famous engagement ring.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex in a Valentino dress at the Garter Day celebrations at Windsor Castle
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was also in attendance, wearing a bubblegum pink Valentino dress with long pink sleeves. She paired it with a cream fascinator and nude pumps. Her wardrobe choice might take many by surprise as the countess has long been a consistent champion of British designers.
During the Jubilee weekend, the countess wore labels including Suzannah and Me+Em. This marks her big designer breakout, and sees her joining the ranks of Markle, who regularly wears Dior, and Middleton, whose closet is filled with Alexander McQueen.
Camilla was accompanied by her husband Prince Charles during the parade at St George’s Chapel. She wore the traditional ceremonial attire that’s made up of a velvet robe with white bows at the shoulder, a rope tassel worn around the neck and a navy slouched hat with a flat brim with feathers attached.
Queen Elizabeth was not in attendance with the rest of the royal family, but she later joined them behind-the-scenes for lunch and the investiture ceremony.

All the Times Kate Middleton Made Headbands the Modern Royal’s Answer to Fascinators

All the Times Kate Middleton Made Headbands the Modern Royal’s Answer to Fascinators

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The Duchess of Cambridge has been establishing the headband as one of her style signatures since the birth of Prince Louis in the spring of 2018, and this Easter, she dug out a favorite brilliant blue Jane Taylor headpiece with which to offset her duck egg Emilia Wickstead coat dress at a Windsor church service. First worn at Sandringham in 2019, the diamond crepe pleated hair adornment was the perfect foil to Kate’s prim spring formalwear, which was a color-blocker’s dream.
Taylor, who grew her millinery empire on a narrow boat docked in Kew before setting up shop on Chelsea’s King’s Road, has become something of a secret weapon for Kate. Her arts and crafts-inspired pieces, such as the two-tone Jane Taylor halo band which brought a festive flourish to the Duchess’s burgundy Catherine Walker coat for a 2018 Christmas Day service, are instant outfit elevators, but offer a modern alternative to the world of hats and fascinators. The blooming cream Jane Taylor headpiece, which Kate commissioned for Louis’s christening in July 2018, is perhaps her most famous take on the world of regal headwear regalia, while a Blair Waldorf-esque band worn on a royal tour of Dublin in March 2020 showed a more discreet everyday way to wear the accessory.
The Duchess wearing a custom Jane Taylor piece at Prince Louis’s christening. Photo: Getty
Christmas Day chic à la Kate in King’s Lynn in 2018. Photo: Getty
Wimbledon-based Juliette Botterill is another millinery favorite of Kate’s that is less Ladies’ Day, more refined, thanks to the designer’s keen eye for sculptural silhouettes. (Botterill cut her teeth in the studio of the Queen’s milliner, Marie O’Regan.) A blue Juliette special laden with florals added flair to Kate’s Catherine Walker dress coat at the wedding of Sophie Carter and Robert Snuggs in September 2018, while a pretty pink silk band pepped up her pleated pussy-bow Stella McCartney dress at Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s christening during the summer of the following year.
The first time Kate wore her Jane Taylor band to church in 2018. Photo: Getty
Kate doing Easter style her way in 2022. Photo: Antony Jones
Although hair adornments can be seen as a natural extension of the jeweled, ornamental crowns, tiaras and tokens that are part and parcel of her royal image, the Duchess doesn’t discriminate between high end and high street. She’s just as likely to be seen wearing a beaded Zara Alice band as she is to commission a royal milliner to create something special for her. The sweet ribbons Kate also ties in her ponytail might look like the work of fashion favorite Jennifer Behr, but are actually from J Crew.
Wearing Jane Taylor at Westminster Abbey, 2018. Photo: Getty
Velvet Jane Taylor in Dublin, 2022. Photo: Samir Hussein
The fashion pack commends the Duchess’s growing collection of chic headpieces. “I like them as they frame your face and extend your silhouette,” Simone Rocha, whose hairbands are as much a part of her personal aesthetic as they are her catwalk looks, opines about the appeal. Vogue’s contributing fashion director Venetia Scott, who calls hair accessories a habit of a lifetime, also praises the fuss-free, foolproof mode of adorning an outfit. “It’s just a detail which I forget is even there,” says Scott. “It’s funny how people pierce so many holes in their ears to have more places for jewelry, but they don’t use their hair more to embellish.”
The rest of the industry agrees. From household-name brands, like Miu Miu and Gucci, to the accessories labels, including Maison Michel, Eugenia Kim and Lelet NY who Kate is yet to discover, hair accents have become a bona fide category for e-tail giants and department stores alike. When Prada released its wildly popular satin bands stamped with the brand’s triangular plaque, Net-a-porter.com grew its headband offering by 50 per cent to satisfy the demand for the myriad colors, crystal and studded versions.
Hair ribbons for the win in 2018. Photo: Getty
In Sloane Ranger mode, 2016. Photo: Shutterstock
Head adornments were not always on the Duchess’s sartorial agenda, however. The 2012 Diamond Jubilee Tour around the Solomon Islands saw her don a variety of floral headdresses that one could only assume she had not planned to wear when plotting out her usual diplomatic wardrobe. She did not return to headbands again until the summer of 2016, when she entered the Alice band phase. Cue a barrage of flashbacks to Fergie in the ’80s, which are now, thankfully, a long way and many excellent headbands behind her. Here, six styles that would put Kate in the cool-girl camp over traditional Ascot territory.
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

10 Beautiful Ladylike Top Handle Handbags Spotted in Kate Middleton’s Wardrobe

10 Beautiful Ladylike Top Handle Handbags Spotted in Kate Middleton’s Wardrobe

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The Duchess of Cambridge is the queen of condensing her personal effects into a clutch, but her collection of ladylike top handle bags has become a true hallmark of her royal style. While her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, has been carrying patent styles from Launer London for decades, Kate has cherry-picked from myriad handbag brands that befit the wardrobe of a modern-day duchess.
Aspinal of London’s Midi Mayfair bag – which Middleton owns in both black and lilac croc – and Mulberry’s Mini Seaton share the same sleek lines and discreet gold hardware. Dolce & Gabbana’s rose Sicily model also has the curved handle and front flap reminiscent of vintage bag styles, but comes with soft, rounded corners that make it more capacious.
Two perfectly-formed Alexander McQueen bags sit at the petite end of Kate’s feminine bag collection. The black leather and raffia styles are variations on the brand’s micro Wicca satchels, and – like her bottle-green Manu Atelier model – make for chic day-to-night accessories owing to their compactness.
The Duchess’s burgundy Chanel bag is the highlight in her edit of timeless handbags, none of which are defined by the season they were created or the designer who conceptualised them. As Coco Chanel herself once said, “Fashion passes, style remains,” and Kate’s polished bags are emblematic of quality fashion that holds its value. Testament to this is the frequency with which the Duchess wears her accessories (the Aspinal of London and Chanel styles are rotated most often).
As always, there is a democratic undertone to Kate’s wardrobe. Her Dolce & Gabbana and McQueen bags might cost upwards of £1,000, but the Manu Atelier and Aspinal of London styles retail at less than £400. More recently, the Duchess has incorporated vintage accessories into her wardrobe – sporting a 1960s Wayne Taylor bag in orange for an overseas visit to Jamaica.
The price of an investment bag of course varies for everyone, but, as always, Kate is conscious that her public-facing fashion should incorporate an element of accessibility. The difference between her once beloved LK Bennett Sledge pumps and her current roster of Zara knitwear is that Kate’s handbags come with the responsible message long touted by another designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood: “Buy less, choose well and make it last.”

Below, take a closer look at the Duchess of Cambridge’s ladylike bag collection.
Mulberry small Amberley bag 
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Vintage Wayne Taylor bag 
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Aspinal of London black croc Midi Mayfair 
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Aspinal of London English lavender Midi Mayfair 
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Alexander McQueen raffia Wicca bag
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Chanel burgundy quilted calfskin bag 
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Alexander McQueen black leather Wicca bag 
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Manu Atelier green leather top handle bag 
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Mulberry black leather Mini Seaton
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Dolce & Gabbana rose Sicily 
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Originally published in Vogue.co.uk
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Kate Middleton Styled Her Cobalt Blue Coat Dress with Matching Fine Jewelry

Kate Middleton Styled Her Cobalt Blue Coat Dress with Matching Fine Jewelry

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The Duchess of Cambridge was a vision in blue as she attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey today. For the occasion, the royal wore a Catherine Walker coat dress, which she teamed with a matching pillbox hat and navy heels, along with diamond and sapphire earrings, and a matching pendant.
Kate often favors Chelsea-based designer Catherine Walker for formal engagements, with the royal wearing a grey coat dress by the brand for a recent trip to Copenhagen, too. It’s the second time in the space of a week that the royal has chosen to wear blue: last Wednesday, the Duchess opted for an Alexander McQueen jumper in the color of the Ukrainian flag for a visit to London’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre.
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As a result of a busy royal schedule, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were noticeably absent from last night’s BAFTAs ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, with Prince William – who is president of BAFTA – appearing via a video message instead.
Later this week, the couple will embark on a 12-day tour of the Caribbean that will see them visiting Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Expect to see Kate once again mastering the art of diplomatic dressing then.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk
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Kate Middleton Wears Ukrainian Blue in a Show of Support

Kate Middleton Wears Ukrainian Blue in a Show of Support

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London today. Photo: Getty
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge showed her support for Ukraine today as she and Prince William visited London’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre to find out more about the efforts being made to support those affected by the war in the eastern European country.

Keenly aware of the powerful message her fashion choices can send, Kate opted for a blue Alexander McQueen jumper to match the Ukrainian flag, which she teamed with navy trousers and Gianvito Rossi heels. Both she and William wore blue and yellow badges, in a further sign of their support.
Shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, the royals shared a message expressing their solidarity with the people of Ukraine. “In October 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to learn of their hope and optimism for Ukraine’s future,” the Duke and Duchess wrote on Twitter. “Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine’s people as they bravely fight for that future.”
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Kate Middleton Chose Vogue Photographer Paolo Roversi for a Trio of 40th Birthday Portraits

Kate Middleton Chose Vogue Photographer Paolo Roversi for a Trio of 40th Birthday Portraits

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In the decade since she joined the royal family, the Duchess of Cambridge has honed her eye for photography, serving as the National Portrait Gallery’s patron, releasing her own images of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis on their respective birthdays, and launching her Hold Still initiative during the pandemic. It’s natural then that, for her 40th birthday on January 9, Kate eschewed sitting for a painter, instead commissioning Italian photographer (and frequent Vogue contributor) Paolo Roversi to shoot a trio of portraits in Kew Gardens.
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Taken in November, the shots depict the Duchess in a series of ballgowns against a neutral backdrop. Over the course of 2022, the portraits will be displayed in locations with “special meaning” to Kate, according to Kensington Palace. The first, Berkshire, is where she was raised and where the Middleton family still lives; the second, St Andrews, is where the future Duchess famously met Prince William as a history of art student; and the third, Anglesey, is where the Duke and Duchess rented a cottage just after their 2011 wedding.
Photo: Paolo Reversi
The exact locations where the portraits will be displayed will be revealed shortly, and will form part of a wider National Portrait Gallery initiative, titled Coming Home. While the NPG – which is due to reopen in 2023 after a major refurbishment – is closed, many of its treasures are on show in locations across Britain, from Vanessa Bell’s portrait of Virginia Woolf at Charleston to Olivia Rose’s shot of Stormzy in the Museum of Croydon. Roversi’s three portraits of the Duchess will form part of the institution’s permanent collection from next year.
In the meantime, start planning a weekend break to Anglesey…
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