Novak Djokovic battled past Roger Federer in the longest Wimbledon final in history to match Bjorn Borg by winning his fifth title.
In one of the most dramatic matches the All England Club has ever witnessed, Djokovic defied a crowd screaming for his opponent by becoming the first player to win a singles match on a deciding tie-break.
Djokovic had saved two match points when Federer served for victory at 8-7 in the deciding set and went on to take it 7-6 (5) 1-6 7-6 (4) 4-6 13-12 (3) after four hours and 57 minutes.
This time we saw a change in the trophy presentation.
For the first time the Duchess award the trophies.
The men’s singles trophy inscription reads “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World”.
Kate and Mr. Federer after she presented him with the runner-up’s salver.
From right to left: the Duchess, patron; the Duke of Kent, President, All England Lawn & Tennis Club; Philip Brook, Wimbledon chairman; unknown gentleman; Novak Djokovic, the 2019 Gentlemen’s Singles champion.
It is the Jordin Dress as shown on the Boutique Ludivine site ($1675). The dress is in one of Kate’s favorite silhouettes, a fit and flare design. It has a fitted bodice with a squared neckline and twisted strap detail. It also has a midi length hem and full, pleated skirt. I think the Duchess may have had some of the fullness removed from her skirt. Below you see the dress shown at Emilia Wickstead (£605, roughly $765).
NOTE: The dress is described as having a “beautifully pleated skirt” on the Emilia Wickstead site. To many of us, the skirt looks gathered, not pleated. I am leaving that description in; it is possible there is pleating that is not visible to the eye in the photos, although that seems doubtful.
The Duchess carried the UFO ( Unidentified Fashion Object) clutch we have seen previously.
UPDATE: With thanks to Holly on Facebook for a tip early this afternoon, it’s possible the bag is a vintage piece by Josef. Below you see the Duchess’s bag alongside a vintage Josef piece.
The brand was known for its beaded bags, made by hand, mostly in France, but in other locations as well. Other examples include this piece at the A Goddess Divine shop on etsy (below left), as well as the handbag below right at Katie Melrose on etsy. The company was known for its beaded bags, especially those made Point de Beauvais embroidery, French for a decorative needlework technique.
Point de Beauvais is characterised by its floral motifs, which were used to decorate a wide range of domestic objects, including bed covers, clothing, curtains, wall hangings and so forth. It is still used within the haute coutureworld for elaborate embroidery. In France the tambour hook is sometimes called a Lunéville or a Beauvais hook.
Kate brought back a familiar dress to watch the Women’s Singles Championship at Wimbledon. Below, the Duchess with AELTC Chair Philip Brook and his wife, Gill.
The Duchess is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and today she arrived early to spend time with former and current players. Here you see her speaking with junior players (L-R): Latvia’s Kamilla Bartone, Russia’s Oksana Selekmeteva, Russia’s Polina Kudermetova and France’s Giulia Morlet.
Then it was time to head for the royal box at Centre Court.
Today’s match was between American Serena Williams, going for her 24th major championship title, and Simona Halep of Romania. This is the first time a Romanian woman has reached a women’s singles final. Below, the women arriving on Centre Court.
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.
We were excited when we heard Meghan would be joining Kate, but did not know until today we would have the added delight of seeing Pippa Matthews, Kate’s younger sister.
You see tennis legend Martina Navratilova in the row just behind the royal women.
The temperature was in the mid-70s for most of the match.
But at times the sun peeked out from behind the clouds and that necessitated sunglasses.
Last year the Duchesses also attended a match together.
The Duchess chatting with the Duke of Kent, President of the All England Club.
There were quite a few notable names in attendance today, including outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.
Ms. Halep took the match in less than an hour. Below, the Duke of Kent presents her with the Venus Rosewater Dish.
As noted on the Wimbledon site, “The No.7 seed, whose name appeared on no one’s list of likely winners before The Championships began, became the first Romanian ever to win a Wimbledon title.” The competitors.
This view of the two women provides perspective in terms of where the royal box is in relationship to the court. You can also see where some of the media are situated.
In her very first press conference after her first round win (she beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets), four people turned up. It was less of a press conference, more of a cosy chat, really.
But when she came to the interview room for her champion’s press conference, it was standing room only. As she walked in, there were 78 scribes poised and ready to ask the killer question. By the time she had given a couple of answers, there were many more (we had run out of fingers by that time and sums are not our strong suit) lining the back and sides of the room. That is not to mention the official film crew and photographer.
In the second video listed below after the post content, the Simona Halep interview, you will hear her speak about how excited she is to become a lifetime member of the AELTC, one of the perks for champions. Here you see her with Philip Brook after he has given the new champ her membership pin.
The new champion also spoke earlier this week about how much she hoped Kate would be attending the match. Here you see her wish come true.
Now for our look at what Kate wore, a dress by Dolce and Gabbana.
We first saw the Duchess in the dress during the September 2016 tour in Canada. Here you see the piece as worn then, as well as today, along with the original product shot before it was modified for Kate.
It is made of a stretch crepe described as mid-weight, in a viscose/acetate/elastane blend. Design elements include a fitted bodice, flared skirt, a ruffle at the upper shoulder seam, goldtone buttons and concealed back zipper.
We saw the return of the Rupert Sanderson Malory heels in Nude Kid Leather.
Kate carried the Miss Sicily handbag by Dolce and Gabbana.
The dress is a tiered style with a fitted bodice with high neck and frilled sleeves. We show some of the other fabrics the dress comes in on the right above. More about Anna Mason from the brand’s “About” page: “Her first job as a fashion designer was working for Karl Lagerfeld in Paris, after which she worked in Italy for MaxMara and Valentino. Returning to London she then worked for Amanda Wakeley.” Our thanks to The Daily Mail’s Caroline Parr for the dress ID.
Here is one more photo of the threesome, this one taken after the match.
There are more celebrity photos and pictures of the royals I hope to add shortly.
REMINDER: We’ll see the Duchess, as well as the Duke, for tomorrow Men’s Singles Final. The match begins at 1pm locally, that is 8am EDT/5am PDT.
We have a couple of quick shopping updates to share today.
William and Harry are competing in opposing teams at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, which is being held in honour of late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash in October 2018.
It looked like Kate wore the Madison silk chiffon dress by LK Bennett.
The Duchess was seen wearing the lilac version of the dress (r) when leaving a private party in August 2015. It was described by the retailer as having a “loose, tiered silhouette for effortless style.” The piece originally sold for $525, and was discounted to $367 at some point.
We saw the return of Kate’s Castañer Carina wedge espadrilles.
The Duchess also wore her Catherine Zoraida ‘Fern Hoop’ earrings, shown below when worn at Wimbledon last week.
I hope to update the post with more images and info this afternoon, and also have a What Kate’s Kids Wore post when I return from a couple of must-keep appointments!
The list of charities receiving proceeds from today’s tournament includes: Kensington Palace said the charity match will help raise funds and awareness for charities supported by the dukes including African Parks, The English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, The Invictus Games Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana, The Royal Marsden, RFU Injured Players Foundation, The Passage and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.
The Duchess wore Stella McCartney for today’s christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
In the first row above: the Duchess of Cornwall; the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Archie; the Duchess of Cambridge. In the back row, the Prince of Wales; Meghan’s mother, Ms. Doria Ragland; Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale; the Duke of Cambridge. It was lovely seeing the tribute to Diana with the inclusion of her sisters. Today’s photos were taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, the same room used for Meghan and Harry’s wedding photos.
The ceremony was in the Queen’s Private Chapel, located in the state apartments at Windsor Castle. The Chapel was destroyed by the 1992 fire at Windsor Castle but rebuilt in 1994; it seats about 30 people. Below, an 1848 watercolor by Joseph Nash of the Chapel before the fire. built chapel
Below, the chapel following its rebuilding in a photo by TMJ Interiors, the company appointed by Higgs and Hill to do the specialist joinery work in the chapel.
UPDATE: With thanks to Raman for her comment linking to a Daily Mail story on the chapel, it apparently seats only 12 – 15 people, not 30 as I said above. The christening was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, who also presided at Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
There was also a beautiful photo taken in the rose garden that was released today.
The photos were posted on the Sussex Royal Instagram page. A statement said, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.”
Meghan was elegant in bespoke Dior, and both parents looked proud of their little boy.
Archie wore the traditional replica of the Honiton Lace christening gown worn by Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841.
The white Spitalfields silk-satin gown, which has cap sleeves and a Honiton cotton lace overlay, was created to resemble the dress that Queen Victoria wore for her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840.
The garment has been worn by every monarch since Edward VII – and was also worn by Prince William and his father Prince Charles.
Below, Prince William in the original gown for his 1982 christening.
The original satin and lace gown became increasingly fragile over the years and Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dressmaker, was asked to create a replica. The last royal to wear the original gown is Lady Louise Windsor in 2003, Edward and Sophie’s daughter. The first to wear the replica was Lady Louise’s brother, James, Viscount Severn, when he was christened in 2008. Below, all three Cambridge children in the replica gown (l to r): Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Today’s photos are by Chris Allerton who shot the candid photos at Meghan and Harry’s wedding. Mr. Allerton also took the historic photograph of the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Doria Ragland, and Harry and Meghan with Archie.
In a statement he said, “I am honoured to take the official photographs at the christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and to once again, be part of such a special and joyous occasion for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
At the time of the Christmas post, many thought it was the same dress worn in June 2011 for Prince Philip’s 90th birthday celebration. In the post I wrote, “It looks to me like the fabric in the photos from today is more matte, without the sheen you see with the McCartney dress.” I still feel the same way and think Christmas 2018 was the first time we saw Kate in the dress. (Jane has the 2011 photos in this From Berkshire to Buckingham post.) The dress shown below left looks like that worn in 2011, but not to last year’s luncheon or today.
The Duchess wore a hatband that is a modified version of the Juliette Botterill Pleated Pillbox Hat (£450, about $570 at today’s exchange rates, but that is for the hat shown on the model, not Kate’s style). It is described as a “Straw pillbox with silk abaca pleated detail edging.”
The Duchess also wore the Collingwood pearl and diamond drop earrings that belong to Diana, Princess of Wales. We show them as worn on Garter Day.
HM is still in Scotland following Holyrood Week. Below you see her at Gorgie City Farm on Thursday, and at a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Wednesday. While she attended George and Charlotte’s christenings but was not at Prince Louis’s.
The star of the show, Archie, was just precious. The color coordination among the women looked lovely, especially in the shades worn by Doria Ragland, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Kate. If I can find out more about the ensembles worn by any of the other women in the photos, I will update the post.
Today she visited Aorangi Park on the Club’s grounds to see the practice courts and players’ warm-up area.
The Duchess spoke with players and coaches.
She is also a longtime tennis player herself and has a court at the Cambridge’s family home, Anmer Hall.
Below, Kate stops to chat on the way to her seat. With thanks to those who emailed and commented, she is shaking hands with Floella Benjamin, OBE, perhaps best known for her role as a presenter of several BBC children’s programs. The woman in the red sweater is Reverend Amanda Hodgson, Vicar of St. Mary’s Church Wimbledon, with thanks to Ursula for her comment sharing that information.Kate started the day at Court 14, where she watched Britain’s Harriet Dart play against US player Christina McHale during their women’s singles match.
On Kate’s right, you see Team GB player Katie Boulter, who isn’t competing this year because of a back injury; on her left, former player Anne Keothavong, recently named as Team GB’s Senior National Women’s Coach and Fed Ex Cup Captain.
Ultimately Ms. Dart beat Ms. McHale.
The Duchess was joined in the royal box at Centre Court by AELTC Chair Philip Brook and his wife Gill, where they watched Germany’s Tatjana Maria play Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
On the left, Gill Brook.
In addition to watching matches and visiting the practice courts, Kate also stopped by the Players’ Lounge where she chatted with Andy Murray.
The champion is about to make his return following hip surgery; he will be playing in the men’s doubles.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for Day 2 of Wimbledon.
It is Suzannah’s Flippy Wiggle Dress (£1850, about $2340 at today’s exchange rates), done in an Italian silk crepe.
The tea-length dress has pintucks at the front yoke and waist, half-sleeves with a button cuff, and contrasting silk covered buttons. The piece is available for pre-ordering, with lead-time of 6 weeks.
She brought back her trusty Piper 85 Suede Pumps ($695), a classic pump with a pointed toe (called a ‘severe point toe’ in product descriptions!) and an 85mm heel, that’s about 3.4″. The shoe is back in stock again at My Theresa and available in almost all sizes.
It has been transformed for its new venue close to Henry VIII’s former home.
The garden has some of the features of the original design but is now double the size, and includes new elements to encourage visitors to play and interact with nature. It includes a hill, a bee-friendly meadow with tall grasses and flowers children can hide in, and a pond where youngsters can paddle.
Kate told Jake Catling, director of the Landscaping Consultants – a bespoke garden construction business which built the garden: “I loved it. So many of them loved hopping over the stone and that’s so nice to see.”
The Duchess visited the site near Kingston in south-west London last Tuesday to help with the planting, and Mr Catling said she had been a useful member of the team.
He said: “She was very hands on, it was fantastic. She came and did lots of planting and directing everyone around and got involved in the mulching.”
The Duchess was joined by children from four of her patronages: Place2Be, the Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, and Action for Children.
Action for Children shared a photo of Olivia, Henry, and Riley in the garden’s den.
The boys explored the garden’s water feature.
Students from Hampton Hill junior school also joined today’s activities.
RHS Back to Nature Garden finds a new home at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, as it continues to encourage families and communities to engage with nature and spend time in the great outdoors.
Like the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, this one was co-designed by the Duchess and Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Landscape Architects.
Below you see Kate with Andreé Davies and Adam White today.
The Duchess with the architects and others who worked on the garden today.
Kate, 37, spotted that Khareesha James, eight, was feeling shy as they visited her RHS Back to Nature Garden and took the schoolgirl into a fabric-covered den for a private chat and told her that she likes to hide in them when she is feeling shy.
Speaking afterwards Khareesha said: “I am shy and she said that’s where she goes when she’s shy – in the tent. Her mum Sophia Dowd told HELLO!: “Khareesha is very shy – she doesn’t talk too much to people – and she (Kate) took her over to speak to her. She was really nice with her.” Asked if the moment had helped her to feel better, Khareesha nodded yes.
Khareeesha also gave Kate a plant as she was leaving today; Emily Nash of Hello shared a video.
The RHS also noted that the HamptonCourt Garden Festival has a “much more laid back feeling than RHS Chelsea and two children up to age 16 can visit free per paying adult, so we hope lots of families will come and join in the fun, be inspired and then go home and garden together.” Below, the Duchess and little Olivia.
The pictures today brought back memories of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis enjoying the original garden when they had a special preview before the Chelsea Flower Show.
Emily Nash also shared a video of Kate with officials and others as she was leaving.
Now for our look at what Kate wore for today’s trip to Hampton Court Palace, starting with her dress by Sandro, a brand we’ve not previously seen the Duchess wear.
She was in the Printed Flowing Midi Dress ($199 at Harrods). It is made of 100% polyester fabric, with floaty batwing-sleeves, a hidden back zipper, and deep v-neck bodice with ruching and decorative buttons. The dress is mid-shin length and fully lined.
Here is a closer look at the bodice ruching and self-covered buttons. Below left, that detail as seen on Kate’s dress today, and on the right, an image from the Harrods product listing.
The Duchess has been widely applauded for the photographs she has taken of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
The Royal Photographic Society is one of the oldest photographic societies in the world, founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography. Its first royal patrons were Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, roles they took on in 1854. The society honored Kate with an honorary lifetime membership in January 2017.
The society’s chief operating officer, Mike Taylor, said: “It is a huge honour to have the duchess as our patron, especially given her personal interest in photography.” Below, Prince George on his first day of nursery school in photos taken by his mother.
Returning to the day’s activities, Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK. More than 7,000 staff members and volunteers provide 522 services, “…helping 300,000+ children, teenagers, parents and carers every year…from before birth until they are into their twenties.” Below, the Duchess looking at a timeline showing Action for Children milestones.
Kate became Action for Children’s royal patron early in 2017; previously The Queen was the charity’s patron. The Duchess’s first engagement with Action for Children dates back to February 2015 when she visited Cape Hill Children’s Centre.
Today’s workshops were held at the Warren Park Children’s Centre, a residential care service for young people with disabilities that offers both short breaks and long term care. The workshops were led by honorary RPS fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden. Below you see Ms. Edelstein with the Duchess.
The interactive sessions were designed to show how learning photography can help young people develop confidence.
Various elements of photography were covered, such as the use of light and color. Below, Kate with Ffion Turner.
Another discipline the groups worked on was taking portraits.
The Duchess with one of the participants.
Below, Kate with 9-year-old Josh Evans from Liverpool.
Sitting on a bench in the garden with the schoolboy, Kate said: “Oh wow, you’ve got a real talent there. That’s really good. Do you like taking artsy pictures like that? I think you are very good, you should definitely keep it up.”
Kate spends time with Josh Evans, 9, from Liverpool chatting to him about his new found passion for photography as she becomes Patron of The Royal Photographic Society – passed to her the Queen. Read the full story here https://t.co/oL9YU5o2mOpic.twitter.com/V8Es4mkUYE
The Mirror reports that Josh’s mother said: “…her son, who has ADHD and suffered from behavioural problems, has been transformed after being supported for a year by a junior mentor provided by Action for Children.”
In addition to learning new skills, the workshops also demonstrated how photography offers a universal language for young people to express themselves and explore their thoughts and feelings. Below, a hug for Faith Olukoya from Kate.
Kensington Palace noted that “As part of her longstanding work on early years The Duchess is on a mission to support organizations like Action for Children that aim to give every child the best possible start in life.”
Here you’ll see the Duchess and children as they pose for a picture memorializing today’s visit.
The Duchess as she was leaving today’s engagement.
Now for our look at what Kate wore today, starting with her Ridley London dress.
Below you see Kate’s dress design, the Virginia Midi Dress (£449, about $570 at today’s exchange rates) in silk chiffon. It is shown in a different colorway, the apricot Josephine pattern. (Kate’s design is not available online.)
The dress features a v-neck, flutter sleeves, a fitted bodice with an A-line skirt that also features a flounced hem. A closer look at the bodice shows the darts used for shaping and the invisible zipper on the back.
Camilla Ridley started the brand in 2016. She has worked in fashion for more than thirty years, and her original training was in textiles; that background is evident in the company’s fabrics. Below, three of Ridley London’s current designs: on the left, the Adlington Maxi; in the center, the Milly Shirt Dress; on the right, the Araminta Maxi Dress.
It was a treat to learn Kate was wearing this brand, as it is one I have thought for some time would be ideal for her. Thoughts on today’s look from Bethan Holt in her Daily Telegraph column.
A midi dress like Kate’s is a failsafe option for dressing smartly in the heat, better still if it’s in a breathable fabric like cotton. But warm weather dressing has always proved seemingly effortless for the Duchess, who typically strikes the right balance between looking appropriate for the occasion and comfortable in the heat.
This dress is really pretty. It’s VERY I’m Just Strolling Around My English Garden At This Party I Didn’t Have To Plan, which is my favorite type of party.
UPDATE: With thanks to a lovely commenter, it turns out this is a Liberty of London print, something several of us suspected early on in the search for the garment. Our commenter directed us to Scottish retailer House of Bruar, where we found what looks like the identical print in cotton, used for House of Bruar’s Ladies Liberty Open Collar Shirt (£49.95, about $64 at today’s exchange rates).
The Duchess brought back her Castañer ‘Carina’ espadrilles. The shoe has a jute toe and sole, a suede upper, and suede ankle ties. The heel cup is made of cotton; the height is 9cm, about 3.5″.
The Duchess added a new designer to her wardrobe for Royal Ascot 2019.
Day One of Royal Ascot started out rainy and misty, but the Royal Family and guests were in open carriages for the procession. Below, HM in Carriage One.
As hoped, Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands stayed overnight following yesterday’s Garter Day events in Windsor. They joined the Queen in her carriage along with Prince Andrew (back to camera).
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rode in Carriage Two.
This gives you an idea of how the procession looks as it enters the track.
Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were in Carriage Three with Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Lord de Mauley (Master of the Horse).
The racetrack was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and has since received the patronage of eleven additional monarchs. The Ascot summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911. Below you see Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and HM at Ascot on June 18, 1953, as they watch HM’s horse ‘Choir Boy’ win the Royal Hunt Cup. It was the Queen’s first Royal Ascot winner.
In her welcoming remarks to racegoers in this year’s Royal Ascot program, the Queen calls the event “one of the sporting events that I have been fortunate to enjoy throughout my life.”
Signing it “Elizabeth R,” she adds that even though racing has been taking place there for more than 300 years, and “much has changed, the horses remain the stars, thrilling us with their beauty, brilliance and courage.
“The best horses and jockeys from across the globe are increasingly drawn to Royal Ascot, and it is truly exciting to welcome competitors from overseas, as strong international competition always adds further interest and fascination.”
It was a sea of hats in the stands.
The event is described this way by Ascot Racecourse: “The Royal Meeting is the perfect occasion for socializing, hosting a choice of four separate enclosures with plenty to offer in terms of dining. Royal Ascot is equally synonymous with sartorial elegance and is awash with colourful fashions as well as the most magnificent millinery creations.”
There was no shortage of royals on hand. Below, Zara Tindall greeting her grandmother.
Zara’s husband Mike and his mother in law, Princess Anne.
Kate and Zara greeting each other.
The Tindalls and the Cambridges.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The Duke and Duchess.
King Willem-Alexander, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William are seen in this photo.
Eventually, the rain returned.
Although it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.
We turn now to what was worn for the first day of Royal Ascot, starting with HM, who was in Angela Kelly.
The Duchess was in Elie Saab.
The brand is headquartered in Beirut and shows at Paris Fashion Week. Kate is wearing styles based on these separates from the Resort 2019 collection.
The Duchess wore a bespoke version of the Macramé Pussy Bow Top ($1625), crafted of a cotton/poly/silk blend fabric. It has a relaxed fit, button front, and partial lining. The Embroidered Tulle Skirt ($3100) is done in matching tulle fabric with embroidered dots; it has an A-line silhouette and it is lined.
Here is a closer look at the fabric.
Kate has had long sleeves added to her top, as well as a solid fabric cuff. The macrame trim on her sleeves is vertical, running the length of the sleeve, as opposed to being a horizontal border at the hem. She has also had the bow shortened.
Kate carried a new bag, a clutch style with brushed metal bands and leather back.
It appears to be this Elie Saab style. The piece measures roughly 5″ x 7″ has a leather back (better seen above right) and a detachable chain. The photo above is from a resale site; that piece is shown as having sold in October 2017, so this is not a new item. Thank you to Laura and Gabi for their work identifying the bag!
The Duchess wore a new Catherine Walker coat dress for this year’s Order of the Garter events.
It was a sunny day in Windsor for the annual ceremonies.
This year we had a special treat, as Spain’s King Felipe VI and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands were formally installed and joined by their wives, Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands. From L to R: Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Queen Letizia of Spain; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Queen Máxima of The Netherlands; the Duchess of Cambridge.
As explained by the Palace on Twitter, “700 years ago…King Edward III was inspired by tales of King Arthur and the chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group of honourable knights, called the Order of the Garter.” Below, Prince William and Prince Charles in their velvet robes and plumed hats as they walk to St. George’s Chapel.
Queen Letizia and the Countess of Wessex.
More from the Royal Family Twitter: “St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is the spiritual home of the Order. Knights have their own stall, with the bearer’s banner, crest, helmet & sword displayed above, reminiscent of the Order’s chivalric origins. These items are removed upon death, but the stall plate remains.” Below, the interior of the Chapel and Winston Churchill’s plate.
In this video from People’s Simon Perry, you can see Prince William and the Prince of Wales chatting as they walk down the hill to St George’s Chapel.
A few words between Prince William and his father Prince Charles as they process into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/dfC6mBD8mb
HM is Sovereign of the Garter, and appointments are made solely by her; she does not need to consult with anyone before appointing a new member(s). However, membership is limited to 24, not counting HM and Prince Charles. Here you see the Queen in 1948, then Princess Elizabeth, as she walked in the procession to mark the 600th anniversary of the Order’s founding.
1948 was the year when she and the Duke of Edinburgh were formally installed. Below, HM arriving at the chapel today. (She no longer walks in the procession to the chapel.)
In this video from Richard Palmer of The Express, you can see the guests watching the procession from the Galilee porch of the chapel.
Queen Letizia, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cambridge.
In his People story Simon Perry reports “The parade to St. George’s Chapel…followed a lunch in the Waterloo Chamber of the castle.” Below, from left to right: Princess Anne, the Duke of York, King Felipe VI of Spain, the Earl of Wessex, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and on the very far right, you can just see Prince Charles.
The Duchess and Queen Máxima.
Queen Letizia and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Both visiting kings were previously appointed to the Order; the Queen appointed King Felipe during the Spanish State Visit in July 2017.
King Willem-Alexander was appointed during the Netherlands State Visit in October 2018.
Both kings are Supernumerary, or ‘Stranger’ Knights, as overseas monarchs appointed to the Order are called, honorary positions not counted toward the total of 24 members. Below, King Felipe, HM, and Queen Letizia, earlier today after the formal installation. Juan Carlos of Spain, the former King, was appointed to the Order in 1988.
And King Willem-Alexander, HM, and Queen Máxima. Princess Beatrix (formerly the Queen) of The Netherlands was made a member in 1989.
This year there were also two new appointments invested in the Garter Throne Room. One is a Lady Companion, athlete Lady Mary Peters, seen below with Kate and William during the couple’s February visit to Belfast.
The Dame is known for starting the Mary Peters Trust, created “…to help aspiring young athletes, to realise their maximum potential by assisting them in both a financial and advisory capacity.”
The other is a Knight Companion, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury, and a former Leader of the House of Lords and Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation.
The Queen and the Duchess share a laugh as they watch the procession.
Below, HM and Prince Charles as they leave St. George’s Chapel. A wider shot.
After the service in the chapel, there is a carriage ride back up the hill to the state apartments at Windsor Castle.
A curtsy from the Duchess as the Queen’s carriage passes.