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Diamond Jubilee: What will William and Kate wear?

31 MAY 2012

We’re used to seeing the Duchess of Cambridge in dark-hued, business-like outfits, many of which she's worn on previous occasions.

But for the Diamond Jubilee festivities, we can probably expect Kate to opt for something outside of her comfort zone.

It is, after all, a once in a lifetime opportunity for the new royal.


She's a fan of Katherine Hooker and Emilia Wickstead's demure, ladylike creations.

But in order to find a truly show-stopping number as she takes pride of place alongside the monarch, Kate might be looking further afield to designers that take more risks.

For example, she may opt for Alexander McQueen, the fashion house that designed her wedding dress and created the fabulous white pleated coat she wore for the Trooping the Colour

Roland Mouret’s latest collection is another possibility. 

The Duchess recently received worldwide praise for wearing their floor-length, gown with a thigh-high split to a recent private function with Prince William.

For the formal events such as the Epsom Derby, which will take place on Saturday Kate will have to don headgear.

As always, Kate will no doubt opt for a stunning asymmetrical creation that perfectly complements rather overshadows her outfit.

For that she could turn to Jane Taylor, a royal milliner, who has designed fascinators for the Countess of Wessex and Zara Phillips.

Meanwhile, her husband is reportedly in a sartorial predicament of his own.

William and his brother, Prince Harry, are said to be unsure about whether to wear naval attire for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.


William, pictured above a naval uniform, is a RAF search and rescue pilot, while Harry is an Apache pilot.

But there may be pressure on them to dust down their rarely worn naval gear to celebrate Britain’s maritime history.

Six years ago, both Princes were appointed to naval positions following a move by the Queen to strengthen links between the Royal Navy and the Royal Family.

William is Commodore-in-Chief, Submarines and Harry is Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ship and Diving.

A spokesperson from St James’s Palace confirmed the Princes will be wearing military uniforms, but declined to give more details.


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