Kate Middleton continued her tradition of wearing statement pieces from her closet for the annual Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel Windsor Castle this weekend.
The absence of Queen Elizabeth, who was announced as a last-week event, was noted. “not expected to attend.”In the wake recent health problems and increased mobility, the monarch, who turns 96 on Thursday will have reduced her public appearances. The last appearance the queen made in public was for the service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip—held at Westminster Abbey—which saw her face criticism for being accompanied by Prince Andrew.
The Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel Windsor is a long-standing royal family tradition. It is a favourite among royal watchers because it allows extended members of the royal families to gather together. It offers followers the opportunity to witness a formal royal fashion parade, as the family walks together to the service at the castle.
Since 2017, the Duchess has attended every year’s service. Prior to that, she was on private or public visits. Kate has reworn pieces from her closet since the first appearance and not worn a completely new outfit.
The duchess wore a blue coat gown by Emilia Wickstead, a favorite designer of Kate and her sister-in-law Meghan Markle to this year’s service.
Kate wore the coat dress for the first time in 2017 while visiting the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The look was updated by Jane Taylor’s blue pleated headdress. It was first worn by Kate in 2017.
Kate is well-known for rewearing clothing from her closet, sometimes more than a decade apart. On her recent Caribbean trip, the duchess wore a Yves Saint Laurent jacket that she had owned since she was a student.
The duchess is motivated to rewear clothing because of her sense of economics. Kate, along with Prince William, is well-known for her keen interest in the environment. Rewearing pre-existing clothing that she commissioned in the past or purchased from vintage resellers helps her reduce her carbon footprint.
Prince William recently appeared on The Climate ChangePodcast with Cate blanchett. He said that he had “a lot of hope”Concerning the environment future of the planet after his meeting with Earthshot Prize finalists. This included a visit to a coral project with Kate on their recent Caribbean tour.
Kate wore vintage clothing more times than any other program of engagements on the tour. Willow Hilson, one of the vintage clothing retailers she purchased, said that it was a great experience. Vogue: “I think she’s really trying to be an advocate for reusing and being [more] sustainable. There are still so many people who would never wear second-hand—she can encourage people to be a bit more savvy with their fashion and look for older pieces.”
William and Kate led members the royal family along with their children Prince George, 8 and Princess Charlotte, 6. They were the most senior members of this family attending the Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel. Also there were the queen’s youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as well as Princess Anne’s showjumper daughter Zara Tindall and the queen’s niece—Princess Margaret’s daughter—Lady Sarah Chatto and her family.
Prince Harry attended the service as a child and again in 2019. This year’s service took place after the private visit by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last week to the queen as they traveled to the Netherlands for Invictus Games.