Prince William attended his first ever Buckingham Palace Garden Party yesterday, May 24. The Duke of Cambridge accompanied Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Kate Middleton, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie (all old hats at the BP Garden Party game). I’m covering the new candid photos of Prince George and Kate’s ICPCN letter in a separate post.
I’m talking fashion first, because I’m utterly shocked by what Kate chose to wear to this Garden Party, and I’m also shocked at my opinion of it. Up until yesterday, there were four dresses I never thought I would see Kate wear again because they are too “iconic” to repeat: the blue Issa engagement announcement dress, her two wedding gowns (obviously), and this cream Alexander McQueen Kate wore to Prince George’s Christening.
This ruffle-y McQueen dress is a bespoke piece based on pieces from the SS12 Collection, and was previously mostly hidden by George’s giant Christening gown. Since we didn’t get a good look at the dress in 2013, I had to base my opinion of it on the ready-to-wear design it was based off of, which I hated because it had way too many ruffles. Even more shocking to me than Kate repeating this dress is the fact that I actually like it. It’s not my favorite Kate dress by a long shot but it looks way better than I thought it did. I like the bespoke Jane Taylor hat, too.
I would have paired the dress with colored clutch and heels (rather than Kate’s LK Bennett “Nina” in trench and ANOTHER new pair of nude heels), and I would have worn a more whimsical earring (instead of Kate’s beloved Annoushka Pearl Drops), but that’s just me. I liked that Kate wore her hair up, too; with it down around the ruffles it would have been too much.
October 2013 on the left; May 2016 on the right.
The Queen wore a blue coat by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan. HM debuted a new diamond and pearl marquise-shaped brooch.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie also attended (as they have many times). Beatrice wore a £1,695.00 floral silk dress by Burberry Prorsum and a black cocktail hat by Nerida Fraiman. Eugenie wore a £275 skirt from Alice + Olivia and a hat by Sarah Cant. She carried a clutch by Stacy Chan. As is usual with me, I like Eugenie’s outfit much better than Beatrice’s. Also, Beatrice’s dress is way too expensive for what it is.
Part of William and Kate’s 23-strong medical team which helped with the births of their children were invited. The team consisted of two obstetricians, three midwives, three anesthetists, four theatre staff, two special care baby unit staff, four pediatricians, one lab technician (in case of blood tests and the like) and three to four managers. This is just the backup staff, by the way.
Given how odd I think Kate looks when she laughs this hard, I would hate to see a photo of me going full-on belly laugh. I probably look like a loon, too.
Kate’s staff also attended the event. The woman in pink on Kate’s right is her personal assistant, Natasha Archer; the woman in blue is Kate’s hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker; and I believe the woman in green is Sophie Agnew, Rebecca Deacon’s assistant. On Kate’s left is Chris Jackson (royal photographer and boyfriend of Natasha Archer).
Here’s a look at some of the cakes BP offered to their guests as well as the flowers in the garden.
Here’s a video of the event.