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Kate Middleton and Prince William Wore His-and-Her Blue Outfits to the Queen's Garden Party

17 May 2017

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Ah, garden-party season. It is upon us. Each year, Queen Elizabeth hosts three of them, two on Buckingham Palace grounds and one in Holyroodhouse (which is a real name of a real place in Scotland) as a way “to recognize and reward public service,” according to official Palace literature.

Known as the Super Bowl of Headwear for fascinator designers (or it should be), the style du jour might be described as Queenly-chic. Pastels reign and fascinators fascinate. The look for men is the dour-sounding, but quite kicky in practice, “morning wear,” a type of daytime formal dress that involves tails, a waistcoat, striped trousers, and a top hat.

For the occasion, Kate Middleton and Prince William chose to go with a matching look, she in a Christopher Kane silk suit-dress that she’s worn before, he in a blue silk vest that he’ll hopefully wear again if there’s any justice in this troubled world. Her head ornament was spun up by John Lock and Co. It’s the Duchess of Cambridge’s fifth year of garden partying, and she’s recycled her outfit at the event in the past as well.

The party itself is a matter of scale. Ready for some staggering yet tasteful stats? The Palace says that, all told, it’ll welcome 30,000 guests; 8,000 of those arrived on Tuesday. It served guests 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches, 20,000 slices of cake. My God (save the Queen). That’s about three cups of tea and two and half sandwiches per head—though, surely, they’re small sandwiches, an exercise in British restraint.

Missed today’s party? No matter. The other Palace parties are scheduled for May 23 and June 1.

Read the full story at: Vanity Fair

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