Kate Middleton Rocks Custom Alexander McQueen Coat and Matching Hat for Remembrance Day Service
The Duchess of Cambridge stunned at the traditional Remembrance Day Service in a bespoke, black military-style Alexander McQueen.
On November 8 2020, Remembrance Day, Queen Elizabeth, along with several senior members of the British Royal Family gathered to pay tribute to the fallen in WWI and WWII.
Among the members of the Royal Family at the service were Charles, Prince of Wales, his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge
THE STUNNING DUCHESS
The always stunning Duchess Kate was sternly elegant in a striking military-cut black coat from the fashion house, Alexander McQueen. The coat has a mandarin collar and is trimmed with an elaborate braid.
Adding to the military flavor of the outfit, are the silk-fringed epaulets gracing the Duchess' shoulders. To top off the ensemble, the Duchess wore a black velvet fascinator, decorated with a bold grosgrain ribbon bow.
A TOUCH OF COLOR
The only touch of color the Duchess wore were the three red poppies pinned to her left shoulder. Remembrance Day is always marked by the wearing of poppies in honor of the soldiers who died in WWI.
At the end of the war, the fields which had once been battlegrounds were covered in a sea of poppies, growing between the graves of the fallen soldiers, a vision immortalized in the poem "In Flanders Fields," by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
Prince William proposed to the Duchess with his mother's famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring
The Duchess Kate's coat boasted bold mother-of-pearl buttons as a sole concession to decoration, and she wore as her only jewelry besides her wedding and engagement rings, a delicate pair of drop-pearl earings.
Her mother-in-law, Duchess Camila wore a more classical outfit, a black jacket with a lace top, and her pill-box hat was decorated with a large black tulle rose. The Duchess of Cornwall wore a triple strand pearl necklace, a diamond brooch, and a single red poppy.
Her Majesty wore a black double-breasted coat, and an elegant brimmed felt hat. The Queen wore on her shoulder five red poppies, which are said to represent all those who served the Kingdom in the wars: each service in the war: the Army, the Navy, the RAF, the Civil Defence men, and women.
Because of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Her Majesty watched the ceremony from a separate balcony from the rest of her family and wore a face mask. Prince Charles has contracted and recovered from COVID-19, as has Prince William, it was revealed recently.
THE PRINCESS' SAPPHIRES
Duchess Kate stunned the visiting President and First Lady of Ukraine in a lovely bespoke pale blue dress by Emilia Wickstead and accessorized with a lovely sapphire and diamond pendant, which is believed to be adapted from a set of jewelry which once belonged to Princess Diana.
Prince William proposed to the Duchess with his mother's famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring, and she is often seen at events wearing her deceased mother-in-law's favorite pieces -- a sweet tribute to the People's Princess.