Kate Sees the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker

We are back sooner than anticipated with a very quick update on Kate attending a performance of The Nutcracker last night.

Barbara Zorzato Instagram @BarbaraZorzato (click photo to visit Instagram page)

The Duchess saw the Royal Ballet’s production of the holiday classic at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Below, principal dancer Sarah Lamb as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Royal Ballet (click photo to visit site)

There were several social media posts showing the Duchess after the performance. One of the dancers, soloist Meaghan Grace Hinkis, wrote on her Instagram post: “To say I was excited to meet the Princess, is a colossal understatement.”

Kate was in the Zara cape worn to the Queen’s pre-Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace (our post is here).

The Long Cloth Cape ($149) is a wool/poly blend; it is still available in most sizes on the US Zara website.

It looks like Kate wore a black cardigan or other style of sweater that covered her arms in the photo, as well as the Petal Print Oversized Mini Dress ($2150) by Alexander McQueen.  

The dress was first noted last week when Kate wore it to the annual Kensington Palace Christmas party (our post is here). It remains available at Neiman Marcus ($2050) and at Saks ($2045).

As Emma and Lauren noted on Twitter Kate appears to be wearing the UFO booties first seen when she the Duchess was in new York in 2014.

Many thanks to Christin for her suggestion on Kate’s attendance at the event.

Also today, two quick links to stories you may be interested in reading.

The Telegraph has a good piece featuring an interview with Séraphine founder Cecile Reinaud. Kate has worn several designs by the company, and I expect we’ll see her in much more before April when her third child is due. Below, a few of those designs: the Marina coat ($495) that is such a favorite with numerous of us, the Vanessa Turtleneck Dress ($99) and Florrie Print Dress ($159).

Caroline Leaper, who wrote the piece, asks Ms. Reinaud about the reaction to Kate wearing the brand’s products.

“We were prepared to an extent because we knew that she was our customer in the store,” Reinaud explains. “But you don’t know where and when something will be worn, or whether it will be in the public eye. We had read articles about what [the Kate effect] was doing for brands like L.K. Bennett and Reiss before us, so we were slightly aware that you need to be quick to react.”

Who thinks we might see this again? That is Séraphine’s Natasha coat, another look numerous of us liked.

You can see the entire short article here.

In the same vein, The evening standard has an interview with Jane Lewis, founder of Kate favorite Goat.

A retro inspiration can most certainly be seen in Jane’s designs, with the brands loose-fitting shift dresses proving a particular favourite in the Duchess’s current maternity wardrobe.

And while Kate has already worn a large amount of the brand’s garments, it is clear there are still many items the royal could be yet to wear.

Below, Kate in several of the company’s designs. 

In the piece, we learn about things Ms. Lewis would like to see Kate wearing.

The designer mentions that she would love to see Kate wear “an evening dress” from the brands expanding evening wear collection, stating: “we have a lot of evening wear options and I would love to see Kate in one of our creations.”

Here are a few designs from Goat’s ‘party ready’ collection (shown left to right): the Fandango Beaded dress ($1730), the Excalibur Beaded dress ($1750), the Alexa dress ($1750), and the silk organza Fairytale dress ($1470).

The full Evening Standard short article may be seen here.

We will see you Monday, if not before!


Visit the Royal Opera house website here; its Facebook page is here; the Royal Ballet section of the site may be seen here


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