Kate’s sweet nod to Prince Philip: Princess of Wales recycled an elegant black coat she wore for engagement one week after the Duke’s funeral for her first appearance since Queen’s service
The Prince and Princess of Wales met those who had helped to organise the late Queen’s Committal Service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday.
It was their first public appearance since the late monarch’s funeral on Monday – and Kate, 40, wore the very same £2,150 Dolce & Gabbana coat she donned for her first engagement after Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.
The collarless long coat in black was paired with a simple pair of pearl earrings, bringing a touch of class without being ostentatious during the family’s period of mourning.
The outfit was near-identical to that worn last April, when the royals paid a visit to Air Cadets of the Royal Air Force in east London – less than a week after Prince Philip’s funeral.
Kate Middleton made a subtle nod to the late Duke of Edinburgh when she attended her first public engagement since the Queen’s funeral yesterday
Her outfit was near-identical to that worn last April, when the royals paid a visit to Air Cadets of the Royal Air Force in east London days after Prince Philip’s funeral (pictured)
The only difference was the addition of dark tights yesterday – and a clutch bag last year.
It comes after Prince William told volunteers and operational staff who helped to organise the Queen’s Committal Service that moments of sadness still ‘catch [him] out’.
Prince William and Kate arrived at Windsor Guildhall yesterday to pass on their appreciation to those who worked on the service at St George’s Chapel – which followed Her Majesty’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
William said he found himself ‘choked up’ when he saw Paddington Bear tributes to his grandmother, but had found comfort in the public outpouring of support for the Royal Family.
The Princess of Wales in her £2,150 Dolce & Gabbana coat yesterday (right) and in April 2021 (left)
He said: ‘It is the things you don’t expect that get to you,’ he said, adding that he got ‘choked up’ over the Paddington tributes.
He went on: ‘It is always very comforting that so many people care. It makes it a lot better.
‘There are certain moments that catch you out. You are prepared for all but certain moments catch you out.’
They also thanked the group for supporting the large crowds that gathered in Windsor to commemorate the Queen and watch the procession of her coffin up the Long Walk to the castle before the service.
Kate, Princess of Wales, and Prince William attended Windsor Guildhall yesterday, three days after the funeral of Her late Majesty the Queen
The Princess of Wales remained elegant and composed as she met with staff and volunteers
The Prince and Princess of Wales met with staff, who were also dressed in black to pay their respects to Her late Majesty during the period of mourning
The Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured) met with volunteers and operational staff yesterday to thank them for their work on the Queen ‘s committal service at Windsor Castle
William and Kate, dressed all in black as they continue to observe the royal mourning period which lasts until Monday, were greeted by a small crowd upon their arrival outside the hall.
The Royal Family were not expected to carry out any official engagements during their mourning period, after more than a week of being under the world’s gaze while performing ceremonial duties following the Queen’s death.
Yet royal duties recommenced on Wednesday for William, with the father-of-three making his first speech since his grandmother passed away with a pre-recorded address to the Earthshot Prize summit in New York.
The prince was due to attend but cancelled his trip following the Queen’s death.
Buckingham Palace say a small number of engagements will be undertaken during royal mourning to thank those involved in the delivery of HM Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral and associated ceremonial events, and to recognise the service to King and country of those on deployment overseas.
The prince and princess arrived dressed all in black as they continue to observe the royal mourning period which lasts until Monday