Kate comes to Birmingham..and again wears McQueen.

Charles and Camilla visited London areas devastated by the riots, Prince Harry went to Manchester, but today Birmingham got the big guns, the ones we all want to see,when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Kate, visited areas affected by the riots last week.

And Kate, as usual, looked amazing. Wearing Alexander McQueen, which seems to have become her design house of choice since the Royal wedding, Kate struck the right chord in looking stylish, but respectful in her dress. Royals rarely wear black, but as a private audience with the families of the three men so tragically killed whilst defending their community was part of the visit, I think she played it just right in an outfit that was beautiful, but understated.

The military style skirt and blouse are from Alexander  McQueen’s pre fall collection, and I found the skirt on sale currently online at Harvey Nichols, Matches and Net-a-Porter. The skirt is wool-crepe and costs £580. Kate teamed it with the matching blouse for a look straight from the runway. I could only  find the blouse on sale online from Net-a-porter.The blouse is silk-georgette in a military style and costs £795.

I think Kate  looks lovely in this outfit. She seems to  really enjoy wearing military style pieces, she wore a piece from this collection in June when she visited the regiment of the Irish Guards.

Chic as ever, I don’t think todays outfit will do anything to change the mind of Vivienne Westwood, but should please the Kate watchers out there.

Pippa’s latest looks.

There seems to be no abatement in the fascination with Pippa Middleton. News that Prince Harry has a new and very beautiful girlfriend seems to put paid to the Harry/Pippa hook-up stories, but Pippa herself still seems to be involved with a love affair with the public. This month she has been on the receiving end of some criticism linked to herself and sister Kate being role models for anorexia sites due to their super-slim figures. This seems to be both unfair and ridiculous, as the copious amounts of images of Pippa running through the streets of London, and taking part in triathlons show that Pippa is super fit and healthy.

In fashion news Pippa has been sticking to her tried and tested formula of cute dresses with the addition of a jacket for the changeable British Summer weather. I really loved the blue and green polka-dotted dress that disproves my granddad’s old adage of ‘blue and green never be seen’.  Pippa’s other  outfit shows that, like Kate Moss, Pippa understands the adaptable nature of a black blazer. This looks really smart over her printed dress. I am also enamoured with her stylish laptop case, the Knomo Slim, which is a really stylish accessory as well as being practical.

Pippa has also been photographed recently wearing the Alex dress from Whistles. This denim skater dress looked great with tan accessories, and is still available to buy online.

More Pippa updates to follow, and next week we have another royal wedding to look forward to, as Zara Phillips ties the knot with Mike Tindall.

A Kate update.

Prince Harry and Kate Middleton at Prince Will...

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Yesterday saw the release of two official portraits of Prince William and his super stylish bride to be Kate Middleton. Taken by Mario Testino, the two shots show the happy couple in both formal and informal poses, and are truly beautiful shots. Testino is almost becoming the family photographer, taking birthday shots of Prince Harry, and photographs of Charles and Camilla, as well as the famous shots of Diana, Princess of Wales. The photographs are sure to increase the interest in the Princess Catherine-to-be, so what else is new on the Kate front?

The Mario Testino shots.

Well, we have a date for the wedding, and we know that Westminister Abbey is going to be the venue. At present, the designer of the much-anticipated dress has not been revealed, but Bruce Oldfield is emerging as a favourite.  Bruce is a fantastic designer, but personally,  I hope Kate opts for someone else as Bruce is a designer clearly linked in people’s minds to Princess Diana. With the sapphire ring on her finger and Testino portraits, a dress by Bruce Oldfield might be a Diana link too far.

Kate at Westminister Abbey

On the fashion front, interest in Kate’s clothing is not abating. The white coat she wore for her evening visit to Westminister Abbey was warm, smart and stylish, and I think it may be a favourite, as I have found photos of Kate wearing this that date back to 2007.

Kate on a night out in that white coat.

The Issa dress that Kate wore for the engagement announcement was an instant sell out, and the F&F £20 copy sold out within a few hours online. Now Peacocks is set to have an instant hit on its hand when it launches its own version of the Kate dress on December 20th. This pretty dress costs just £14 and I think it’s a better copy version than the Tesco dress.

The Peacocks Kate dress £14 from December 20th...on your Christmas list?

In further dress news, there has been lots of discussion about Kate’s first notorious dress. This is the (rather revolting if we’re honest…) see through strapless dress that Kate wore for a fashion show at St Andrews in 2002. The rumour is that it was this dress that first attracted Prince William’s attention to just how stunning Kate was. Now, The Daily Telegraph has reported that the lacy dress, that was designed by fashion student Charlotte Todd, could be worth £100,000! Not bad for what looks like a bit of old net curtain.

A poll in Heat magazine suggested that Kate will be the most watched person in 2011. Fashion-mommy will be following the run up to the wedding with interest and a keen eye, so keep a look out for the royal wedding style updates.