Kate Middleton appears to have found her tried and true formula for garden party dressing.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore another monochromatic ensemble to attend the third garden party of the season hosted at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. While the weather wasn’t ideal for an outdoor event, the royal kept things channeled warmer temperatures in a pale mint green midi dress made by her private dressmaker featuring a high collar, a bishop sleeve, and small, covered buttons going down the center. Kate also previously wore this dress in 2019 when she attended a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles‘s Investiture. This time, she paired the look with matching pumps, a sizable fascinator for the royal with a large flower pinned to one side, and an umbrella to avoid the rain.
Kate is clearly loving a monochromatic look for these garden parties as when she attended the first one of the season on May 14, she also went with head-to-toe coral. For that gathering, the Duchess opted for one of her favorite Emilia Wickstead looks, a coral blazer dress with an A-line skirt that she also owns in two other colors, pairing it with Emmy London heels, a vintage Josef clutch, pink morganite cushion drop earrings by Kiki McDonough, and a Jane Taylor coin swirl fascinator she also wore to Trooping the Colour in 2017.
Unlike the first garden party, however, this time Kate was joined by her husband Prince William, as well as Queen Elizabeth‘s youngest son Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and William’s cousin, Princess Beatrice. They mixed and mingled with the thousands of guests who were invited to the palace in celebration of their acts of public service and to partake in tea and cakes with members of the royal family. In fact, per the royal family’s website, somewhere around 27,000 cups of tea are served and 20,000 slices of cakes are eaten every year.
Buckingham Palace’s annual summer garden parties are a tradition dating back to the 1860s. After previously having to cancel both the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to the pandemic, this year, three garden parties be held at Buckingham Palace in May, and one will also be hosted at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in June. However, while the event is also traditionally attended by Queen Elizabeth, the monarch announced earlier this month that she would no longer be able to attend as she has been forced to pull out of multiple royal engagements recently due to ongoing health and mobility issues.
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