Check out the Duchess of Cambridge — yes, better known (much to many people's horror, apparently) as Kate Middleton* — at Westminster Abby celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, earlier this week, June 4.
Kate, 31, donned a fabulous peach Jenny Packham lace dress with grey ribbon detailing and a matching silk coat. She completed the look with her beloved $1,391 Jane Taylor fascinator, an Alexander McQueen clutch and the LK Bennet pumps we saw last week. She also wore diamond earrings and a bracelet, which were reportedly wedding gifts from Prince Charles, her father in-law.
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How gorgeous is this dress? As a maternity dress, it's tailored to perfection — with that flattering empire waist — so it hardly looks like she's due next month. She looks comfortable, svelte and elegant (whereas I looked uncomfortable, swollen and elephant that far along in my pregnancies).
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It really is no wonder the Duchess is being called the No. 1 fashion icon/trend setter in the world right now: Her looks are relatively attainable (just ask Topshop what happened when she wore one of their dresses), safe but stunning, and she recycles different pieces — she's worn that amazing fascinator and those gorgeous shoes to a ton of events now. When she first started re-wearing clothes (to think!), it was viewed as a faux pas, but now it's celebrated.
*P.S.: If you want to know why the media is still calling her "Kate Middleton," here's a great article. And, don't worry, in another five years, the name will go away, and you'll have your "Duchess of Cambridge." In the meantime, I'll continue to honour both names.
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