Kate wears kimono-style dress in Singapore as she and William visit orchid created for Princess Diana which she never got to see

Kate was wearing a kimono-style pink dress featuring an orchid pattern by British designer Jenny Packham - an appropriate choice given that their first engagement was a trip to the world famous Botanical Gardens. 

The couple received the special honour of having a pink and white hybrid orchid named for them - 15 years after Prince William’s mother Diana was awarded the same privilege.

The Duke and Duchess spent a few minutes quietly viewing the delicate pure white Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana orchid.

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London 2012 Paralympics: Kate Middleton’s Opening Ceremony Outfit

You can always trust Kate Middleton to fly the flag for fashion, and her Paralympics Opening Ceremony outfit definitely didn’t disappoint. The Duchess wore a pale-gold coat dress in a lace-like brocade (one of AW12′s biggest trends) with her favourite LK Bennett neutral pumps and a metallic glitter clutch for a note of glamour. Tumbles of glossy brunette curls and satin-finish tights provided the perfect polished finish that has become K-Mid’s signature.

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Is that your dancing dress, Kate? Duchess of Cambridge recycles Whistles dress she wore for Diamond Jubilee concert at Closing Ceremony bash.

She is famous for her love of recycling clothes and it seemed that Kate loved her blue, purple and white Whistles dress so much that she wore it to both the Diamond Jubilee concert in June and the Olympic Closing Ceremony last night. Kate wore the £150 silk Bella dress as she took her seat next to her brother-in-law Prince Harry at the musical spectacular. As an avid fan of the high street, Kate has worn Whistles on a number of occasions, but this particular dress is a last season piece and is now sold out.

Most notably she donned a navy blue Whistles dress for one of her official engagement photographs - and has become something of an ambassador for the label. Her love of the line has even caused the website to crash with shoppers desperate to emulate her style in desperate pursuit of the items.

Since her engagement she also opted to wear several of her outfits on more than one occasion, including a £49 Zara dress first seen the day after the Royal Wedding, and a brocade dress coat which made its debut in 2006.

Kate also recycled a number of staple wardrobe items over the course of the Olympics, namely a navy or white Team GB polo with a dark pair of jeans. The Duchess and Harry seemed to be having a great time as they took to their feet and danced the night away to the likes of the Spice Girls and George Michael.Kate teamed the dress with Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz and Diamond Earrings.

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 Kate jumps for joy as British team beat New Zealand to bronze in 3-1 win

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What Kate could wear next: As the boss of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite High Street store is named the world’s THIRD richest man, we look at Zara’s latest looks.

The Duchess of Cambridge is a well-known fan of High Street chain Zara - and where Kate goes, shoppers follow.Dresses worn by Kate, such as the blue chiffon dress she wore the day after her wedding to Prince William, and jeans she has worn to the Olympics have flown off the shelves - so it’s no surprise that the Spanish label’s profits have soared in the last year.While other High Street chains like Marks & Spencer’s have struggled during the European recession, Zara has gone from strength to strength. As a result, itsowner, Spaniard Amancio Ortega, has just become the world’s third richest man, with a fortune of £30billion.


The 76-year-old fashion tycoon opened the first Zara store in Spain in 1975 and it gradually spread around the world with the first UK store opening its doors in 1998.Of course it’s not just the endorsement of celebrities like the Duchess of Cambridge who have contributed to Zara’s success. Their fashion forward range is sold at affordable prices and appeals to both young and old.Our fashion writer, Liz Jones, is another of the store’s fans and wrote recently about their success. ‘As well as being the first port of call for working women, it also succeeded because of one other all-important factor: speed. Its turnaround from drawing board to rail is just ten days,’ she said. She added that their rising sales have also been due to the company expanding beyond Europe into countries like China and Ecuador. 

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'I just love her shoes': Swimmer Rebecca Adlington can't help gushing about Kate's high street wedges when royals drop in to meet British Olympic team

Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have dropped in on the British Olympic team’s official residence to wish them good luck and to admire the bronze medal won by swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

Yesterday’s royal visit caught dozens of athletes by surprise.

Adlington, who has a passion for fashion, told the duchess she loved her navy wedges - and couldn’t help gushing about them afterward.

 'I just love her shoes. They're much nicer than the sports gear we're wearing this week,' said Adlington, who took bronze in the 400m freestyle. 

Kate’s cork-heeled £245 wedges were from high street brand Russell & Bromley, and earlier in the day the Duchess was spotted using the matching £245 clutch bag at cousin Zara’s equestrian event.

 William and Harry, both wearing white Olympics shirts, toured the quarters for the women’s handball players.

Harry joked that his brother didn’t know the rules, but William said he’d been reading up on the sport.

 The royals were at the Games yesterday with the Princess Royal and the Duchess of Cornwall to see Zara Philips and her teammates in the equestrian eventing final.

The Queen’s granddaughter and her teammates narrowly lost out on the first British gold of the London Olympics and had to settle for silver

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Cut-price Kate sports a £35 dress from Hobbs as she joins the country in countdown to Olympic Games

With just a day to go before the opening of the London Olympics, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were entering into the spirit of the Games today.

 Kate and the two princes were  attending the launch of a new sports project in south east London that aims to train the next generation of sports coaches.

Young trainers were putting some 100 students through their paces for the royal trio, whose charitable foundation is supporting the initiative.

Judo, basketball, five-a-side football and table tennis will be demonstrated for William, Kate and Harry during their visit to Bacon’s College in Rotherhithe.

The three young royals were also due to try their hand at some of the sports on offer - although perhaps, a palace spokesman laughingly said, not the judo.

Prince Harry was due to take part in the basketball, William football and Kate table tennis - as well as watching the martial arts.

On the football pitch William sweated in the heat as he kicked a ball, dribbled it through some cones and then wildly mis-timed a shot at goal.

Prince Harry missed his four shots at goal in the basketball but Kate looked quite a dab hand at table tennis.

Kate looked the picture of summer perfect in a patterned white and beige Hobbs summer dress, low beige wedges and with her trademark blowdry. Kate’s ‘Wessex’ dress cost £35 in the sale from High Street store Hobbs but is sold out.

William and his brother were dressed equally casually - well, for male royals - in open neck shirts and chinos.

Harry sported a distinctive patterned African belt and brown suede shoes.

William walked onto the five-a-side football pitch where dozens of school children were practising shooting, dribbling and passing skills.

William, wearing a white shirt, trousers and brown suede shoes, joined youngsters practising their football skills. 

He made two attempts on goal after running through a series of plastic cones before being passed the ball.

He put the first shot 6ft wide and the second over the top of the bar. He later joked with one girl: ‘Obviously it was the shoes.’

William and Harry asked a group of about a dozen boys and girls which team they supported. 

Many answered Arsenal or Chelsea. One boy told William he supported the duke’s favourite team, Aston Villa, to which William replied: ‘Good man, good man.’ Another boy said Xavi, the Barcelona and Spain midfielder, was the best in the world. William said: ‘He is good, isn’t he.’

The Duke was joined by Michael de Giorgio, chief executive of Greenhouse, and chatted to some of the coaches who were taking the lessons.

But William could not resist joining in and lined up with a group of youngsters for shooting practice.

The royal shimmied through some cones then passed the ball to a trainer who returned it for the shot, but William hit it just wide of an empty goal.

With his head bowed he trudged back to the middle of the pitch but a few minutes later had the chance to redeem himself when the students were asked to volley the ball into the net.

As William ran forward the trainer threw the ball into the air and shouted ‘keep your eyes on it’ but the royal sent it just over the bar but received the encouraging comment ‘much better’ from the coach.

In a short speech about Coach Core William jokingly likened himself to being a ‘giraffe on ice skates’ on the football pitch and ribbed his brother Harry about ‘cheating’ to become the fastest man on earth -  a reference to his legendary race against Usain Bolt in Jamaica earlier this year’.

But he charmingly described his wife, Catherine, as being ’ a sight to behold with a tennis or hockey stick in her hand’.

 The Coach Core programme is being piloted by the organisation Greenhouse and will train 16 to 19-year-olds to become qualified coaches and mentors for their schools and communities.

The hope is that the talented young sportsmen and women will be able to inspire their students and build a future for themselves in sport.

If it proves successful, the foundation aims to roll out the initiative to other sectors where inspirational young coaches can become role models for and inspire young people.

'The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry wanted to develop a sports programme in recognition of London hosting the Olympic Games and developed the Coach Core concept with Greenhouse charity,' a spokesman for the three said.

The young Royal told of how important coaching is within the sports field.

He said: ‘Coaching is a vital part of any sport.  Being properly coached, really knowing about your sport – how to play it, how to train for it, how to compete - allows you to enjoy it to the full and gain most value from it.  Being properly coached is also the key to success, over the next few weeks we just need to look over the river to see the power of coaching.   ‪‪

'Coach Core will offer 16 to 22 year olds the opportunity to become first class coaches, taught and mentored by professionals in their field and in turn passing these skills on to other young people.  Once this year’s pilot scheme is successfully completed, we hope over the next few years to train hundreds, then thousands, of young people to become coaches -  and in time, transform the sporting potential, aspiration and enjoyment of many thousands more across this Country.‪

'A special thank you to all those here today who have already signed up for the project. Catherine, Harry and I wish you every success in your new careers as sports coaches.‪'

Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla were in Tottenham to watch torchbearer Scott Moorhouse, a Paralympic javelin thrower exchange the Olympic flame with Jay Kamiraz who ran the Olympic flame along Tottenham High Road past the remnants of a branch of carpet retailer Carpet Right that was burnt down during last year’s riots.

The Olympic flame is making its way through the capital’s Northern boroughs on day 68 of its journey around the UK before arriving in the Olympic Stadium on Friday evening for the Olympic games’

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Alexandra Shulman reveals Adele cover flopped and that Kate Middleton is dream Vogue cover girl

Last week, LDNfashion was invited to an intimate talk with Alexandra Shulman, editor-in-chief of British Vogue held at the quirky Doodle Bar in Batterse  speaking about ‘Fashion and Fantasy: What’s in Vogue and Why Does It Matter?’, Shulman delivered a shocking revelation: Adele might be able to shift millions of copies of her albums but when it comes to fashion covers, her October issue last year was one of the worst selling in the magazine’s 100- year history.

Shulman uncovered that, whilst some celebrities do have the power to sell, the formula of what works is still very much unbeknown; she is not sure exactly why some celebrities work and some don’t. However, she did reveal contrastingly that the most successful cover ever was the millennium issue – which didn’t have anyone on it, but acted like a mirror so you could see your own reflection. Very interesting stuff.

When probed about who she would most love to see on the cover of Vogue, there seems to be only one woman of the moment: Kate Middleton. She confirmed that the Duchess had been approached, but is yet to take them up on her offer. Royalty is certainly no stranger to gracing the front of Britain’s most iconic fashion mag- Diana, Princess of Wales appeared on no less than four of the publication’s covers.

Shulman did delve below the surface level of discussing covers and unveiled some interesting personal opinions about what she thinks Vogue is-  it’s very much a part of contemporary culture and immersed into the world it exists in- you cannot separate it from reality. She admitted that for her, the magazine is more about a vision of the world, rather than specifically about fashion.

She also shot back at the size zero debate, accusing her critics of not seeing the whole picture. On a recent shoot with a world famous super-skinny model, Shulman was shocked to find that she struggled to fit into the sample pieces. She sent letters to the designers to raise her concerns but her comments fell on deaf ears. There is a wider problem beyond Vogue, she added: weeklies have a far more adverse effect on body image with their constant scrutiny of celebrity bodies. Vogue, on the other hand, never publishes diets or criticise figures.

As for Shulman’s ultimate Vogue cover, it would be the perfect blend of the swinging 60′s captured by a modern day genius: Patty Boyd in Ossie Clark shot by Tim Walker. If only fantasies could come true!

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Kate and Pippa watch on as the battle for the  Wimbledon title begins. 

Andy Murray may be the star attraction on court today, but Kate is once again stealing the show.Looking stunning the Duchess of Cambridge waved to fans as she arrived at Wimbledon with her sister Pippa minutes ahead of the final

Kate is wearing outfits she has worn on previous occasions - a cream-coloured tweed jacket and a Nessie tweed jacket - both designed by Joseph. It is the third appearance for the dress and the jacket was worn at Epsom in 2011.She has a prime vantage point in the front row of the Royal Box alongside Pippa amidst the rest of the nervous centre court crowd - all hoping for a historic win over six-times champion Federer.

Kate has already seen Murray in action this week, showing the whole range of emotions as she watched his win against Spain’s David Ferrer from the Royal Box with Prince William.

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