The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cambridge all showed up today at Fortnum & Mason decked out in varying shades of blue. No doubt there were some phone calls and emails between the royal staffers to coordinate that.
This is a bit of a tangent, but our favourite example of the Queen’s colour coordination was when she emerged onto the Buckingham Palace balcony in 1995 with the Queen Mum and Princess Margaret. Perfection! And obviously this made a great postcard.
But back to today. Kate chose a very classy looking M Missoni jacket that she may have bought in the Missoni outlet at Bicester Village in January of 2011 (side note: one royal poster paid a visit there in November and didn’t have the same luck).
She also had on her Links of London Hope earrings and underneath the jacket she had the blue Zara dress that first appeared when Kate and William were headed to their helicopter the day after their wedding. Today we got a peak of it here when Kate emerged from the car:
And here’s the first time we saw the dress:
It came out again under a different blue jacket for a service in honour of Prince Philip’s birthday.
We also love that she wasn’t fussing with a clutch bag, which is a first. Our favourite part of today’s outfit, though, are the daffodils she wore in honour of St. David’s Day. St. David is the patron saint of Wales and March 1st marks his death. Daffodils are the traditional flower of Wales and Kate’s wedding dress included them in a nod to the principality. Wonder if she thought of wearing them today herself or if it was suggested by someone in her office before she had the chance? Yes, this is the sort of thing I think about. In any case, we love that Kate is keen to keep up with these traditions, like she showed by wearing the maple leaf brooch and the four leaf clover brooch. each of the three ladies was presented with a bouquet of daffodils:
Camilla and the Queen both wore brooches instead of actual flowers. Camilla’s brooch was a nod to St. David’s day as well, fitting since she is technically the Princess of Wales. The brooch, pinned to her Bruce Oldfield dress coat, was in the shape of a leek. The leek is another symbol of Wales which goes back many centuries. In Shakespear’s Henry V, King Henry tells Fluellen that he is wearing a leek “for I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.” So there you go.
It’s pretty small in this shot of the three ladies receiving gift baskets of treats:
Here’s a bit of a closer look at it as they peruse a Jubilee cake:
The Queen wore a light blue military inspired suit and a flower brooch that looks like it might be a cluster of daffodils. If we track down more information on this particular brooch, we’ll update this post.
The Telegraph has a good video of the visit which you can see by clicking here. Our favourite part is when the Queen jokes about a hat that’s on sale. She seems to know that fascinators are the thing these days.
This St. David’s Day visit reminded us of St. David’s days of the past and in particular when Princess Diana took William on one of his first walk abouts on March 1, 1991 in Cardiff, Wales. I remember when those pictures came out and wonder if Kate saw them then, too. She must have…
Here is a short video of a speech that Diana gave that day extolling the virtues of Cardiff and Wales as a whole. Prince William is behind her for the whole thing with quite a cute bemused expression:
The visit to Fortnum & Mason today lasted a little over an hour so was pretty quick. Do you think the three ladies had lunch together afterwards back at the Palace or just went their separate ways? And do you think Princess Anne would have liked to have joined in today??
In any case it was a nice warm up for Kate who will be spending the day with the Queen and Prince Philip in Leicester next week. She seemed to keep closer to Camilla, and let Camilla and the Queen take more of a lead which was entirely appropriate. For example, Kate was the last to get out of the car when the trio arrived and the last to get in on the way back to Buckingham Palace.
Let us know your thoughts!