Kate wears more of the family jewels!

Is it just me who wishes that Prince William would buy his Duchess some new jewellery? Since the engagement was announced, the Duchess of Cambridge has paraded a seeemingly endless stream of royal heirloom jewellery on her various royal engagements. From Diana’s engagement ring that adorns her finger, to the Queen’s Halo tiara borrowed for the wedding, the Maple  Leaf brooch that was a permanent fixture during the recent Royal Tour of Canada to the Chandelier earrings from the Queen’s collection that popped up in Hollywood, Kate’s jewellery has all had a ring of second-hand Rose about it.

Now it seems that William has presented Kate with the matching Sapphire earrings that compliment her engagement ring. These were originally stud in design and were much worn by Princess Diana. Now Kate has had them adapted into a delicate pair of  drop earrings and wore them on the last date of her American tour.

Now I understand that Kate has access to  one of the world’s most fabulous jewellery collections, and wants to make the most of it. Quite frankly – Who wouldn’t? I also understand that William wants to present the women he loves with some of the jewellery that once belonged to his beloved mother. I always wear my grandmother’s engagement ring, and also have much treasured pieces that belonged to my mother and late mother-in-law in my own jewellery collection. But it would be lovely to see Kate in more of her own jewellery – modern and vibrant pieces that could support the jewellery industry in the same way Kate supports British Fashion.

Kate has worn some pieces from Links of London, and also wore earrings from Robinson Pelham for her wedding, but it would be great to see Kate wearing some fun pieces from Butler and Wilson, or some pieces from the fabulous Solange Azagury Partridge. Mikey have some amazing costume pieces that could boost the High Street in the same way Kate has supported Reiss and LK Bennett.

In addition, it would be great if Kate wore some fair trade pieces that supported ethical jewellery designers like Vivien Johnston from Fifi Bijoux, or Sara Preisler, who create beautiful  pieces of jewellery using ethically sourced metals and precious stones.

The Royal jewellery collection is beautiful, but some of the pieces are a little bit dated, and that is how I feel about Diana’s sapphire earrings which she wore at the height of her Dynasty Diana period. Maybe William needs to leave a few of the family jewels for Prince Harry and then pay a trip to Tiffany’s – I’m sure Kate would appreciate  it.

Kate shines at the Order of The Garter Ceremony.

Kate Middleton at the Order of the Garter 2011

Image by liam_davies via Flickr

 

Rounding of a trio of stylish and inspired Royal looks, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing yesterday at the annual Order of the Garter Ceremony at Windsor.

Kate opted for a silver-grey coat with an embroidered waistband and a silk draped neck dress, and wore a stunning Philip Treacy fascinator. She again showed off the sleek, elegant style that she is becoming famous for. The outfit was quite similar to the one her mom Carole wore to the royal wedding, showing perhaps where some of Kate´s style influences lie.

I think this weekend as shown that Kate is the rightful heiress to Diana´s vacant style throne. She exudes confidence and always looks so glossy and groomed, but tops it all off with a winning smile.

Kate and Pippa attend friends wedding – check out the frocks!

Just hours after Kate had wowed the crowds wearing  an Alexander McQueen Ivory coatdress for trooping the colour, she was stepping out in yet another fabulous dress for the wedding of an old friend.

Abandoning the McQueen dress, but keeping the beautiful black Vivienne Sheriff picture hat that she had worn so effectively to Trooping the Colour, Kate stepped out in a chic black and white dotted fitted dress and LK Bennett heels for the wedding of Sam Waley-Cohen and Annabel Ballin.

Also attending was little sister Pippa, who was wearing a striking lime green silk coat to the event, with a flash of something monochrome underneath. SHe looked to be wearing the same shoes as Kate, both known to be huge fans of LK Bennett, who has no less than 6 shops on Chelsea´s Kings Road, including a fabulous clearance shop that is sure to be a favourite of thrifty Kate.

Kate continues to impress me with the way she moves effortlessly from event to event, always looking absolutely impeccable. I love this outfit, which is just perfect for a summer wedding.