She’s a style icon, a regal queen of fashion who knows just what to wear for every occasion. And for Remembrance Sunday, which formed part of a week-long series of events honouring Remembrance Day in the UK, the Duchess of Cambridge did not disappoint.
The 37-year-old future queen arrived looking classy and oozing understated style, in a custom-made Alexander McQueen coat with shoulder-tassel detail. Kate paired it with a Philip Treacy fascinator and pearl drop earrings borrowed from the Queen. The customary red poppy pin, which is worn to honour those who have died while serving their country, added a splash of colour to her austere look. Her hair was swept back into an elegant up-do.
Social media erupted with praise for the mom-of-three, with one proud Briton tweeting, "This beautiful regal lady looked so proud as her husband lay his wreath, they are such a credit to the royal family and our country." Another wrote simply, "Regal. Dignified. Elegant."
Kate's outfit perfectly captured the mood of the solemn occasion, which saw several members of the royal family laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall in Westminster, a monument to fallen soldiers.
While she's stuck to the trademark black since making her Remembrance Day debut in 2011, Kate has sported a more military look in the past three years. In 2018 she went with McQueen again, her coat featuring a smart white collar and a red epaulette-style trim.
While she favoured her hair loose in her earlier years, she's switched to a more austere up-do in recent years.
As is her style, the mom-of-three has also reused some items. She wore the same jacket in 2011, 2012 and in 2016 and the same black hat in 2012 and 2017. Her jewellery for the most part she's kept subtle opting for stud-style earrings but in 2014 adding a necklace. On occasion she's also opted for black gloves as she did this year.
This year’s commemoration was a scaled-down event compared to recent years, with fewer attendees, who all maintained social-distancing rules. Members of the royal family who laid down a wreath were Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
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“May the memory of their sacrifice and bravery remain with us always.” Her Majesty The Queen led the nation in remembrance to all those who have died in two world wars and other conflicts at the #RemembranceSunday service at the Cenotaph. The Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of The Queen this #RemembranceDay A wreath was also laid on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of Cambridge, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Kent all laid wreaths at the Cenotaph which serves as a national shrine to the memory of all lives lost in war. The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence joined Her Majesty to watch the service from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building. #WeWillRememberThem #LestWeForget Photograph ©1-8 @pa, 9 © @markacuthbert
The queen was also in attendance. Noticeably absent were Prince Harry, who along with his wife, Meghan Markle, visited the Los Angeles Cemetery to mark the day, and Prince Andrew, who is barred from royal duties following his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, bbc.com
Take a look at Kate’s Remembrance Day outfits over the years starting with her debut in 2011: