The Earl and Countess of Strathearn were in Scotland today for a busy day of public engagements, in what was their first joint appearance since their fabulously successful tour Down Under in April. This was a fun visit because they weren't just in Scotland, they were in the area of Scotland in which their title is rooted, so that added a special touch to the day.
They began at the Strathearn Community Campus before moving to MacRosty Park, and in both places met with locals.
When the Countess of Strathearn is in Scotland, she often holds or wears the tartan-scarf with the Strathearn plaid. The silk scarf retails for close to $500 from D C Dalgliesh. I can't say I love the colors of the pattern, but Kate always coordinates beautifully with it. Here she carries it at William's installation into the Order of the Thistle in July of 2012:
In London for the Thames River Pageant in June 2012:
Again in Scotland in 2013 with Charles and William:
Although Kate did not opt to wear her scarf today, she was presented with a large bear wearing a kilt in her pattern. William suggested the kilt might fit George.
The little prince won't have to steal mummy's teddy's clothes, though, because he was gifted his own Highland wear:
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Kate was wearing Kiki McDonough earrings, LK Bennet pumps and clutch, and brooch that she received as a wedding gift, purportedly from William. It is a Celtic design with some fun background provided by My Small Obsessions:
The triscele is commonly found in late Celtic art and is thought to have some Roman influence, although fine examples are found in the native art of Ireland and Scotland. It is thought to represent the three realms of Celtic lore: the past, the present and the future. One of the most popular of Ancient Celtic designs, it survived well into the Christian period, probably because it could also be considered to represent the Holy Trinity.
Kate was wearing a Jonathan Saunders coat with a Goat dress underneath. We will get to Goat momentarily. When I first saw pictures this morning, before I knew the label, I thought the color changes on the coat were ribbing. (You have to forgive me, I had just woken up and was looking at an iPhone screen.) I immediately thought of Kate's Jonathan Saunders jumper, but once I realized it was a mohair pattern I no longer saw any resemblance, despite the fact that it actually is a JS! How strange are whims. Anyhow, Jonathan Saunders makes another appearance on Kate today in a red and pink blend:
I am torn on today's choice. I like it, but I am not in love. Ultimately, it feels a little old to me, although guess what kids, you asked for wind proof and you got it. I think this looks like something Camilla could wear just as easily as Kate, and that makes me not such a huge fan. Only because Kate is barely 32 and Camilla is...no longer 32. If the coat had been a little more tailored, I think I would have liked it better. This isn't a miss, I do like it, and she looks fabulous, but I can't say it's a home run. It just looks too big on her. I am used to and prefer her more figure hugging choices.
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"Beautiful dress. What are you wearing?"
"Oh, this? It's Goat."
I just don't understand why you create a clothing line and name it Goat, but that's not the point of this post... The first time Kate wore this label was the white coat while pregnant with George. The Goat Coat!
It was a good day. Kate had a super healthy glow from her light tan, her hair looked like a hundred bucks, she was beautifully accoutered, received flowers, and had a drink with William. Perfect, perfect. Most of all, we have finally reached the end of the inevitable recovery period that follows a tour and can now get back to more regular royal appearances. I am so, so very excited for their visit to Normandy in just a little over a week to commemorate the D-Day Landings, and Kate has also scheduled events on June 10th and June 12th. Fun times ahead. Can't wait to follow it with you all...