The Pride of Britain Awards will air tonight, with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having presented an award on behalf of the nation, to recognise the NHS frontline workers in the fight against coronavirus. You can catch this on ITV at 9pm for those in the UK.
Kate wore her old Smythe blazer, now called the ‘Duchess’ style. First seen back in 2011, this has been a staple piece for Catherine over the years. With a distinct cut-out vent to the rear, oversized peak lapel and a waist pocket with gold button, the blazer is made of wool.
And seen back in 2011, on the way to Canada for her first tour:
She teamed it with a new blouse from Lisou, their ‘Betty’ style in cobalt blue silk with rainbows. It costs £250 here, and features half, cuffed sleeves with pleats at the shoulder, a loose fit and invisible placket with mother of pearl top button. The rainbow came to represent the NHS in the first COVID-19 wave earlier in the year, so this was a nod to efforts of frontline health workers, with whom William and Kate met.
As an aside, I think it important to mention that the use of the rainbow has been criticised, since – until the beginning of the pandemic – the symbol has long been associated with the LGBTQ+ community. It feels that the symbol has been reappropriated for a more mainstream usage, with little regard for what it has traditionally meant, or the struggles the community has historically endured and continues to face.
She chose wide-leg trousers with a front pleat, which we haven’t yet found. There are some similarities with her Jigsaw trousers seen in Cyprus, but those have a sewn-in pleat and a fly that opens the other way.
In a floor-skimming length, and crepe-like material I feel they are not quite the right fit with this blazer. Perhaps next time, a two-piece suit, with pieces made to go together would work better?
Having said that, I have been pleased to see Catherine explore more outfits with trousers this year, for example her M&S dusky pink suit in June, and on a recent visit to the University of Derby. This is not new, with the Duchess having worn culottes a number of times, but I think she is honing this particular look (with slim fit trousers) well.
Her new belt was also seen, with the rounded-edge buckle in croc print. This was the one seen on Princess Charlotte’s first day of school in 2019. No further info at this time.
The Duchess wore pointed navy heels for the event, which came after her visit to Vauxhall with the Duke in a new red McQueen coat. They were obscured by her trousers, but they are probably her Emmy ‘Josie’ block heels.
Catherine chose her Spells of Love ‘Alia’ trapeze hoop earrings and reused her Amaia Kids mask in the yellow pepper Liberty fabric. You can preorder a pair of the 18k gold-plated earrings here for £62, but the mask (RRP £15) has sold out.
Copy Kate’s look here:
Images via @KensingtonRoyal. Thanks to @emgcollins for the blouse ID.