Kate attended two events today. She first visited the Maritime Museum to launch the British bid for the America’s Cup; then she attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Kate was scheduled to attend the Red Cross Garden Party on Thursday, but at the last minute changed to the one today. She will no longer be attending the Red Cross one.
While at the Maritime Museum, Kate met Sir Ben Ainslie who is leading the British team in hopes of winning the next America’s Cup race which is in 2017. Kate inspected the trophy and had a tour of the museum. She attended a breakfast for the racers and donors as well. PS. Is it weird that I kind of think Kate and Ben make a cute couple? Like, she looks cuter with Ben than she does with Will. Kate loves sailing; she and Ben could go sailing together. It would be great. He’s probably married or dating someone, though. Sad face.
Some interesting history of the America’s Cup: the actual trophy was made by Garrard in 1851 and presented by Queen Victoria to the winner of a race around the Isle of Wight. They renamed the race and trophy after the winner of that race—a ship from New York named “America”. William and Kate did an America’s Cup yachting race event while in NZ. I wondered (to myself) at the time why it was called America’s Cup seeing as the race seemingly had little to do with America (except now I’ve learned America has won the race more times than anyone). Now I know. Yay knowledge! Thanks reporters for clearing that up for me.
By the way, slightly off topic, I was watching the video of Kate arriving at the Maritime Museum and thought, “How funny would it be if the Land Rover rear-ended the sedan?” I think that would be really funny. Is that wrong of me?
Kate then attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, and Princess Eugenie. Today is the Prince Philip’s 93 birthday, by the way. But don’t you dare tell him, “Happy Birthday.” As I mentioned earlier, Kate was not previously scheduled for today’s Garden Party, but, according to the Mirror, the Queen invited Kate to today’s Garden Party so she attended. Kate will no longer attend the Red Cross Garden Party on Thursday—she would have been attending that one with Prince Charles.
[photo from Emily Andrews]
Kate wore two outfits today. For her Maritime Museum visit, she wore a new dress from Jaeger, a white shift dress with navy trim. She paired that with her navy suede heels and Stuart Weitzman navy clutch. She wore her sapphire and diamond earrings and Asprey woodland charms (and Cartier watch). For the Garden Party, Kate brought back her bespoke Alexander McQueen lace dress she wore to the Jubilee Thanksgiving service in 2012—she removed the belt/sash for today’s appearance. She paired that dress with nude patent heels and clutch. She wore her Annoushka pearl drop earrings. She wore a new hat by Jane Corbett that was made to match her dress.
The Jaeger dress with the blue accessories kind of had a maritime-y feel, which matched the event. It’s not my favorite outfit she’s ever worn, but it’s a nice minimalistic look that works on her. It’s also much better than the last few outfits. The McQueen lace dress is a look I actually loved when she wore it before. I’m not a huge fan of this outing though. I think it’s because she removed the belt/sash. The belt/sash really added something. Without the belt/sash it looks unfinished. But props to her for changing up her styling a bit. She added different accessories, which look pretty similar, so by removing the belt/sash it changed things up more. Re-wearing clothes without changing the styling one bit is something I’ve gripped about before, so props to her for actually changing things up a bit.
Kate’s next officially scheduled event is a June 18 visit to Bletchley Park, but Trooping of the Color is on June 14, so we might see Kate there.