Duchess Kate repeated the infamous hot pink-9/11 Mulberry coat in Coventry

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Coventry Cathedral

The Duchess of Cambridge repeated an infamous coat today in Coventry. This Mulberry coat was first seen in December 2014, during Kate’s first-ever trip to New York, when she and William visited the 9/11 Memorial. I thought it was inappropriate at the time, to wear hot pink to such a somber event. It was especially odd considering that up to that point in the New York trip, Kate had been wearing a lot of black – she wore black to meet with little kids, she wore black for a cocktail reception, etc. Then suddenly she goes to a sombre photo-op and she wore a radioactive shade of pink? It was weird. In any case, she wore the coat today with seemingly all of the same accessories? Same clutch, similar black shoes, black tights.

She put the coat away in her archives for a few years, but she brought it out today for this day-trip to Coventry with her husband. Kate and William scheduled events together throughout the day, events like… visiting a really old church, visiting a new church, meeting some kids and more – go here to read People Magazine’s coverage.

The Duke and Duchess’s itinerary for their Sweden and Norway trip was just released too – they’ve scheduled a “tour” of both EU countries for four days, January 30 through February 2. The itinerary involves time with Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria, a reception with Alicia Vikander as a guest, and lots of photo-ops, I’m assuming. The point of the trip is making nice with all of the EU countries after the Brexit fallout. George and Charlotte will not come on the trip, because both have school those days.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Coventry Cathedral

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Coventry Cathedral

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Nancy says:

    I love pink and black together. I also rather like her black gloves and tights. The problem is the timing. If it were April, I’d be all in.

  2. littlemissnaughty says:

    Putting aside the question of appropriateness for the NYC event, this is still an excellent coat, one of the best she’s ever worn.

  3. Genevieve says:

    I guess that’s now her go-to coat for sites of infamous disasters.

  4. Lainey says:

    She wore it another time before her maternity leave, can’t remember with who.
    As for the tour one of their engagements includes walking along a street and a private tea. So same old same old with those two.

  5. Maria F. says:

    i love this coat on her. The colour is amazing.

  6. SNAP says:

    Something nice: I REALLY like the way her hair is styled here!!!

  7. Ayra. says:

    I really like this coat. Goes well with all black.

  8. Talie says:

    Are they usually this active together…?! I feel like I haven’t seen either one do so much as I have recently.

    • FLORC says:

      They do before the final count of work numbers goes in. Like clockwork.

    • William has been working quietly and consistently for awhile. Never thought I’d say this but I’m extremely impressed with his efforts to destigmative dealing with one’s emotions among men. That is so important and something he and Harry can speak sincerely about.

    • Princessk says:

      Why are people interested in NUMBERS? It is the QUALITY of the visit that counts. I also feel that if the royals are seen TOO often in public they become overexposed and the mystic will wear off. There needs to be a balance.

      I keep asking the question, do people not understand the meaning of Royalty, they are not supposed to be seen out and about on the streets every week. We need to be thrilled when we see them and so that means sparingly. I have seen Charles and Diana from afar, William and Harry close up (sad circumstances) but never the Queen who I would like to see. I have seen Prince Philip close up.

      I am particularly concerned that where Meghan is concerned there will not be too many engagements because I see her becoming very very popular.

      It seems that some people just want them to be like Joe Bloggs. if you want a Republic just say so!

      • Tina says:

        That has never been the deal with the royals. As Queen Mary said, “We love hospitals. We are never tired.” The Queen Mother wore her best to visit bombed-out areas and said when Buckingham Palace was bombed, “Now we can look the east end in the face.” The Queen herself, at 91, still does more engagements than William and Kate put together.

        It is not necessarily about numbers. It is about public service. I give Harry a bit more of a pass than William and Kate because he genuinely seems to care about his causes, particularly Invictus. William and Kate do not seem to care about anything but themselves.

      • notasugarhere says:

        “I have to be seen to be believed.” HMQEII

        The younger ones have neither the quality nor the quantity of the elders re. their engagements.

  9. EscapedConvent says:

    I don’t see anything to complain about with this outfit. It’s one of the few times I’ve ever liked what she was wearing.

  10. Sequinedheart says:

    Nana-nana-nana-nana, WIG-LET!

  11. Margo S. says:

    Broseph, if you’re balding that much, why don’t you just shave your whole head. Why don’t will and Kate have style?

  12. FLORC says:

    Something interesting. This is in the span of time Kate cleared. She removes all charity work from her calendar saying she didn’t feel well months ago. And even if she feels better she’s still not visiting her patronages. What she’s made time for are selective fluff to puff up numbers. Why can’t she visit her charities?
    It’s not a damned if she does/doesn’t. It’s just why can’t she uphold her commitment to them?

    Also, she looks like she’s having and as had a perfectly healthy pregnancy.

    • RoyalSparkle says:


      Only that Prince Henry Couple is out performing duties, that waitie keen now out after 7 years lacking any work ethics or quality time (baring red carpet events), with charities.

      • FLORC says:

        It’s like clockwork. They choose the events they want. If it’s celeb related for Kate she attends even if it’s cancelled to the public like the sailing event. If it’s PR/charity work she tends to arrive late. Leaves early. And nothing more than pictures comes from it.
        Not often does she appear to engage with the coordinators. And I’m waiting for someone to say her support or her appearance to a patronage has ever benefited them. When she does engage we all praise and hope its a turn towards the better.

        Some consistency would help them. Then they wouldn’t need to have flurries of work.

      • Veronica says:

        Harry has done 4 events in a MONTH. And one was a walk to Church. And he’s not pregnant. Meghan has done 2, but she isn’t married yet, so I don’t blame her.
        Reality is a beautiful thing.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      Did she clear her calendar around her charities?! I don’t remember reading that, I thought it was just at the time she was feeling morning sickness/when the pregnancy was announced. Ha Royal Sparkle, the competitive ‘sporty’ aspect of Kate is kicking in! I too think she doesn’t want to be outdone.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Even when she’s not pregnant she gives very little time and press to her patronages, unless it’s Ben Ainslie. She’s just not interested in them.

  13. WakaDoo says:

    She does love her hot pink – uh… just no. And will someone please get her some boots for cripesakes, it’s winter and those same ole, black tights, black suede pumps aren’t cutting it anymore.

  14. Really says:

    Love the outfit on her. She looks polished and classy.

  15. Maria says:

    Love the outfit. Glad to see she is recycling coats. She doesn’t more new coats, let’s face it.

  16. bluhare says:

    That really old church is Coventry cathedral which was bombed to what it is now in WW2. Father forgive is inscribed on the altar wall. It’s actually a very poignant site especially with the new cathedral. I have been there. Story is Churchill let it be bombed rather than give the Nazis a heads up that they’d broken enigma.

  17. Vinot says:

    I’m so excited for the CP Victoria photo op! I find her infinitely more interesting than William and Kate.

  18. manta says:

    Both EU countries? Sorry ,I’ve missed the date when Norway became a member. In fact they declined to join, twice.
    If the goal of international trips of these 2 is to smooth relationships between UK and UE, well maybe Sweden is a good pick, not sure about Norway.

  19. Citresse says:

    I see Kate’s coat matched the Coventry choir!

  20. Cerys says:

    I think she looks good. It’s a nice coat and I like the colour. Pregnancy suits her and she looks healthy and happy.

  21. Sharon Lea says:

    W&K haven’t made a point to go to the Scandinavian weddings, christenings etc, but are now willing to do this trip? Sophie & Edward usually attend. First became aware of it for Princess Grace’s funeral, Diana insisted on going, but no one else from the family (not even Charles!) I read in the tabloids the UK royals notoriously do not attend other royal family special events, its a bit of ‘we are the top and you are all below us.’ I can’t help but think there is some truth to this.

  22. Lorelai says:

    I guess she was completely unaware of the barrage of criticism hurled at her when she wore this coat to the 9/11 memorial, because one would think she would never want to wear it again and remind people of that awful misstep.

    Or else she just doesn’t care, which is certainly a distinct possibility with her.

  23. BearcatLawyer says:

    BUTTONS. Just buttons. Gotta have buttons!

  24. Mary Rose says:

    William looks disgusted. It’s that same face he gets when he has to be around the great unwashed. He doesn’t really like his subjects.

  25. Starlight says:

    Hot pink keeping up the dynamics in the Daily Mail today Wills furious he is going to be upstaged on the forthcoming Harry-and Megs Wales Visit , the paps all out to snap the engaged couple rather than Wills so interesting what is going on . Wills on same day doing a visit to his favourite charity and Kate may make impromptu show. I am guessing this is happening in the next couple of days.

    • seesittellsit says:

      @BAnna – not technically, but it does participate in the EEA and has a close relationship with the EU – because of the EEA participation, I think it has to abide by all the regular EU rules, including free movement. I think the same is true for Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

  26. Katebush says:

    Like the pink and black combo.

  27. aquarius64 says:

    Kate, the Queen called. HM wants her outfit back.

  28. Pandy says:

    Maybe she wears a brighter color to stand out in photos and in public situations, a la HM? I’m happy she repeats clothes. And at six months, maybe there are only so many in the rotation that still fit. Personally I LOVE strong colors, especially with all black.

  29. Leah says:

    If you go to the Daily Mail, they have great pics-that is the only good thing about that paper and you can see how old Kate looks. I mean her forehead lines are pretty deep for someone who just turned 36. By comparison, Meghan, who is the same age, looks ten years younger and fresh as a daisy.

    Kate needs to stay her butt home on the day Meghan and Harry visit Wales. If not, we all will know that she is making a conscious effort to upstage-of course, that is the only conscious effort she would ever make.

    I was shocked that the pics of Charlotte were released the day before Meghan and Harry went to Brixton and not the day of.

    • Lobbit says:

      Were you seriously inspecting photos for wrinkles? Really? That’s pretty wild…

    • Helenw says:

      I’ve said it on other threads: such comments are really upsetting for all of us who, God forbid, have not won the genetic lottery. There is no such thing as “pretty deep for someone who just turned 36″. Yoir skin at 36 is not my skin at 36. I have same wrinkles but also much sagging. It is how it happens in my family.

    • Levin says:

      Her forehead lines may be “pretty deep for someone who is 36″ but you’re also very petty for someone who is old enough to type complete sentences.

      I hope that the next time you’re feeling insecure, people are kinder to you concerning your flaws – sincerely.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The problem is the publications that have used photoshop on her until she is unrecognizable, coupled with her more obsessed fans who do the same. They want a Barbie not the real thing.

      The outcry about her first official portrait was funny because of that. The painting was an accurate rendition of an unaltered photo, her fans just didn’t realize it or didn’t want to realize it. As LAK and FLORC point out on here a lot, people are more interesting when viewed realistically, KM included.

  30. Kieron says:

    People on twitter are talking about how Kate made a ungracious response to the women there at the event who said, they took the time to make sure they had Almond milk on the table for her.

    She didn’t even say thank you to the women. She said “I Dont’T even like Almond Milk” don’t believe every thing you read.

  31. Ravine says:

    This coat sure is a coat, all right. Judging by these pictures, I’d say it has about two sleeves. Oh, and it’s pink, which is a colour.