Duchess Kate wore big gold buttons for the Remembrance Sunday event

Cenotaph Rememberance parade

Today is Remembrance Sunday, and per usual, the British royal family was out to pay their respects to the fallen. The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Cambridge were all out today in London, looking somber and respectful. For the first time ever, Charles took over for the Queen by laying a wreath at the Cenotaph. The Queen appealed to shed a tear from the balcony. And Kate’s buttons persevered.

There’s not a lot of chatter (so far) about Kate’s look today, which is how it should be – this was not a fashion event or a look-at-me event, it’s just that we do like talking about fashion. I don’t have the ID on Kate’s dark coat (some say this is navy but it looks black to me), but I know why she chose it: BUTTONS! If you have any article of clothing with shiny gold buttons, please send it to Kate. She is truly the Queen of Buttons. Kate also tried out a new hairstyle – I think her hairstylist likely “pinned” her hair under to make it look like Kate had gotten a dramatic haircut (she did not get a dramatic haircut, trust). The hat is too big, but meh. Kate and Sophie stood together, per usual, on the balcony of the Foreign Office.

Cenotaph Rememberance parade

Cenotaph Rememberance parade

Kate was also out on Saturday for the Festival of Remembrance, which is basically a concert. She wore a velvet Catherine Walker coatdress for that.

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  1. HH says:

    I like both outfits. They’re appropriate. I also like her pinned under hair style. I think it looks cute with the hat. Also, is the hat too big? I have no sense style when it comes to hats. The hat has to be entirely wrong for me to notice. Otherwise, meh.

  2. Senaber says:

    I think the hair with the hat and earrings looks very chic. Love to see more experimenting like this. She looks very stressed- hopefully just a reaction to the ceremony and not a long term trend catching up with her.

  3. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Both TQ and DoE looked like they shed a tear during the wreath laying.

    As for the fashion – I liked Theresa May’s hat (I love me some vintage styles, esp from the 20/30′s era). That’s all i got.

    • bluhare says:

      She did. There’s a close up and there’s definitely a tear by her eye. It must have been difficult for her and Philip to stand and watch. Philip looked frail, but then it was very cold from what I understand. I bet he really feels it at his age.

      • Royalsparkle says:

        So much more life from both. So regal beautiful memorable with both HM DOE on the balcony together. Seem more the walking for DoE and HM surely with age.

        HM her cousins of that generation are so much Regal Royalty and no buttons. DoCornwall look every bit the future Consort.

    • Princessk says:

      Yes, Theresa May’s hat was the best, looked like a cloche, very stylish. But then Theresa May is very stylish, if she started her own clothes line it would be a runaway success. Whereas Sam Cam who always looked awful believed so much that she knew about fashion and has started her own clothes line ‘yes roll’.

  4. Seraphina says:

    Yes she does adore buttons. i think she looks appropriate and the shorter hair looks good on her. The pregnancy weight helps as well. Not much to say except: all hail to buttons.

  5. Mel says:

    That coat-dress is absolutely lovely. I wouldn’t mind having it myself.
    I also don’t understand the “hate” towards big buttons. If well chosen, they are a lovely accent.

    What I find interesting is to observe the halves of K’s face on that “serious face” picture of her alone. (You have to cover one side to see it clearly.) The left side looks bored and slightly confused, even bewildered; the right side looks unspeakably bitter and dark, defeated.
    N.B. I did say “LOOKS”.

  6. Aerohead21 says:

    It’s navy, I hate saying this…but it needs a collar…just something besides that specific neckline…and I like the hat/hairstyle on her.

    I also hate saying this but it was my first thought of the main pic on this post…fake sadness. Ok. Be solemn. Don’t flash a big pearly smile. But to try to look like you’re in mourning? Idk. It feels too insincere to me.

  7. adastraperaspera says:

    I had a chance to visit the UK and tour Bletchley Park a few weeks ago. Though that is a WWII monument, not WWI, it is making these stories of war and sacrifice hit closer to home for me now. Free people find ourselves once again facing an emboldened group of authoritarians. I hope we face this scourge with the brave selflessness of those generations!

  8. Clare says:

    It was actually the second time Charles stood in for the Queen on Remembrance Day – although the first time he did so with her being in the country. Apparently this doesn’t mean anything in terms of a handover, but that the Queen wanted to be with her husband.

    Also Kate looks so…haggard. Perhaps she is tired due to a tough pregnancy, I don’t know, but she looks so much older than her age. Girl needs a new face cream.

    • Citresse says:

      I think it’s nice HM stood with Philip. Philip has been away in Sandringham much of the time and HM in London missing him very much.
      I wonder if watching from the balcony is a much more emotional experience than being a part of the ceremony? I don’t recall HM ever tearing up while on duty at past Remembrances.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I was surprised by the news (if the DM is right) that Philip is now at Wood Farm, Sandringham. I thought Frogmore was set aside for him. Either that or he’d move into Garden House Windsor, vacated when HM’s cousin Margaret Rhodes passed away last year. Interesting he’s chosen to retire at one of the privately-owned estates.

        I was betting on Wood Farm being Harry’s country house if he gets married anytime soon. Plus, now where will HM hide Sarah Ferguson at Christmas?

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Notsugarhere – thanks for mentioning the DM article, I missed seeing it at the time. It is interesting he has retired on one of the private estates, and the workers are allowed to dress casually. He has a page and a footman, wish I knew how those jobs differ.

      • Princessk says:

        @nota…’Plus, now where will HM hide Sarah Ferguson at Christmas?’…loool!

      • carolind says:

        Wood Farm is often used by the royals when they go to stay at Sandringham for shorter visits. Apparently one of the times the queen and duke always go there is hallowe’en weekend.

        I doubt if Prince Philip would have much to do with Frogmore because of its associations with the Duke of Windsor and Margaret Rhodes home was used by a member of staff before she was given it to stay.

        I would think Windsor would be too near London and not private enough for the duke.
        He was back at Sandringham weeks before the Queen left Balmoral and the summer he was recuperating from his stomach op he stayed at Sandringham so definitely seems to be his favourite home probably because it’s away from everything and also the shooting in years gone by.

      • notasugarhere says:

        There are associations with Duke of Windsor, but stronger ones with Belvedere which is currently occupied. What I’d read for years was Frogmore was set aside for PP if HM pre-deceased him. Settling in Frogmore now would give them the chance to be closer each weekend, as they traditionally used to decamp to Windsor Castle on weekends.

        I wonder if HM will now start going to Sandringham on weekends instead of Windsor? Before his retirement announcement, I was thinking they would move to Windsor during the week as well. That would have gotten them away from BP renovations once they start. Wood Farm is everyone’s Sandringham bolthole, but usually Sarah’s at Christmas.

    • minx says:

      I don’t think she and Pippa were too good with sunscreen in the past…maybe she is better now. Also, speaking from experience, tough pregnancies and HG can really take it out of you.

  9. Becks says:

    I don’t love the hat but she has had it for years I think so definitely getting use out of it.

    Omg the buttons. Both last night and today. They were all I could see at first haha.

  10. notasugarhere says:

    I find it strange that she and her mother frequent Catherine Walker, even though these are all old styles being regurgitated by Walker’s widower. That brand is intrinsically tied to Diana and her style evolution/revolution. Plenty of other UK brands and designers out there. Why keep using the one automatically associated with Diana?

  11. Redgrl says:

    Buttons oh buttons my great shiny buttons
    On me you must be seen
    Buttons oh buttons my gold shiny buttons
    For you I am terribly keen!

    Buttons on coats
    Buttons on dresses
    Hiding the fact
    I keep twirling my tresses

    Round buttons, square buttons
    I collect them with glee
    Big buttons small buttons
    More buttons for me!

    - an Ode to Buttons by Kate

  12. Nic919 says:

    Even though it’s a fake bob and the back looks weird, she should get a real bob because it actually looks good on her. She doesn’t do much with her current length as it is and it would be more practical with having three young kids. And if she doesn’t like it then hair grows back.

  13. Sam says:

    I like the hair and coat.Since most of Kate’s clothes this year are new.im wondering if she’s getting stuff down so she can start recycling it later…or getting it because she likes shopping.

  14. Anna says:

    I don’t get why she always dresses / does her hair in a way that makes her look twice her age.

  15. aquarius64 says:

    Kate looks appropriate for the event but I never knew she comes off as uncomfortable in major public family gatherings. When William takes the throne Kate would be the most senior lady of the BRF as queen consort. She with William would set the tone for the family. For being in the Firm from six years I would think she would be able over such insecurities.

    • Harla says:

      I think the reason why she is so uncomfortable around the royal family is that her and William don’t spend much time with them, either as a family or with various individuals. They’re never seen at various fairs and horse events with family members, they only attend “official” family events. Sad really that George and Charlotte don’t seem to have the chance to build relationships with their cousins.

  16. Tootsie McJingle says:

    She’s currently pregnant, right? I didn’t imagine that?

  17. starryfish says:

    Buttons, so many buttons. Always so many buttons lol.

  18. Sharon Lea says:

    I like that Kate tried a different hairstyle, pinning her hair under. It definitely works with the hat and collar of the coat. Its good to see her on Remembrance Day with the family and to see she can attend events without William.

  19. vava says:

    I like the coat and the length of the hair, too. The hat is fine as well. Let’s talk about those eyebrows though……

  20. Adele Dazeem says:

    I like the hat, I much prefer hats like that to fascinators. I really don’t get the fascinators appeal, but as an abnormally large headed person, I suspect I’m projecting my own insecurities that a fascinator on my head would look like a tiny Barbie doll hat.

  21. Ankhel says:

    As the Windsors worryingly presses in,
    their demands again increasing,
    calendars rudely plucked from the bin,
    it seems I must attend this thing.

    Again, dear self, to the breach.
    The Queen insisted most firmly.
    What’s the horror waiting this week,
    perhaps I can get out a bit early?

    The only bright stars in my sky,
    eternal, not ever changing,
    their splendour growing by and by,
    are my buttons, always aiding.

    For since those bores won’t let me be,
    sweet trinkets they shall fund for me!

  22. K says:

    My grandmother used to have this massive tin of amazing random buttons. Mother of pearl ones, shaped ones, bejewelled ones. I used to get to play with them on rainy afternoons if I was good. Buttons were so amazing to me as a kid.

    It’s sad she has so little about her that is more interesting. That we know, at least. I mean, it’s not like she’s an artist of some kind, where her personal life isn’t our business. At this stage in history it’s pretty well the point of them. That, and the charity work that they don’t seem to want to do.

  23. Cerys says:

    I think both outfits were nice and appropriate for the occasions. There were no maniacal grins or hair twirling either.
    William and Harry have been getting a hard time among some of the press for going to rugby games instead of attending the festival of remembrance on Saturday. A bad PR move on their parts, I think.

  24. NikoleN says:

    She looks horrible. Awful buttons, too big hat and flower. Fake smiles and fake sorrow, as usual. But she doesn’t play with her hair, what a big step for 35 y.o. duchess of cabbage!

  25. Starlight says:

    Sombre sombre sombre, Beaming!?!! At least there was no hair twiddling I suppose

  26. Maria says:

    Was that the hat she wore at William’s passing out parade at Sandhurst? With the red coat?

  27. Okie says:

    Damn, usually she looks better when preggo and her face fills out but those deep wrinkles around her mouth are kind of shocking for someone her age. She looks at least a decade older than she really is.

  28. Kaz says:

    Turned-under hair! Ye gods! Absolutely awful – sack the hairdresser now!

  29. Curious says:

    So this time Waity got new bling bling earrings for turning up instead of the usual new coat dress?

    I am not buying her fake sombre attitude. No maniac grinning is an improvement but she really doesn’t grasp what this ceremony is about.

    Sophie does look stressed. Not just sombre or serious but seriously stressed. Waity effect?

  30. HK9 says:

    @Redgirl & Ankhel I came here looking for the button poetry so thank you!! And I love Sophie’s expression in the top photo it’s priceless