William, Harry & Kate keep in mind Princess Diana

Kate wore Prada for today’s events remembering Diana, Princess of Wales.

A video of Kate, William as well as Harry arriving at Kensington Gardens.

The very first part of today’s engagement was a tour of the white garden created in Diana’s honor.

The garden features “flowers as well as foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, picture as well as style.”

From Historic Royal Palaces:

In the summer, pots of traditional English white roses will surround the reflective pool in the centre of the garden as well as the planting will ended up being more exuberant, with glowing ornamental grasses weaving with Cosmos daisies as well as billows of graceful Gaura.

Below, the trio speaking with Sean Harkin, who designed the garden, as well as Graham Dillamore, he knew The Princess when he worked in the gardens 30 years ago.

In addition to visiting the garden the Duke, Duchess as well as Prince met with representatives of charities championed by the Princess.

Kensington Palace noted that the engagement was “The Duke as well as Prince Harry’s chance to publicly pay tribute to their mother, as well as all she achieved.” From The Telegraph’s story:

They were likewise satisfying representatives from the charities supported by Diana in the final years of her life, including fantastic Ormond street Hospital, the national Aids Trust, The Leprosy Mission, Royal Marsden Hospital, English national Ballet as well as Centrepoint.

William, Harry as well as Kate have ties to many of the charities included at today’s event: Centrepoint, Royal Marsden Hospital, as well as kid Bereavement UK are among the groups represented at the reception.

While chatting with representatives of the English national Ballet Kate spoke about Charlotte dancing. This is via Rebecca English on Twitter.

As tomorrow’s 20th anniversary nears, fans have been placing remembrances at the gates of Kensington Palace.

Harry as well as William did a short walkabout just outside the gates.

They were provided flowers by the crowd.

They placed them with others at the makeshift memorial.

The images evoke memories of the boys at those exact same gates in 1997.

Here is a short video from ITV.

Kensington Palace released a statement saying “The Duke as well as Prince Harry are grateful for the many flowers, letters as well as messages they have received about their Mother.”

Now, a tough turn to what Kate wore.

The Duchess was in a silk gown by Prada. I don’t believe anyone was surprised to see a floral print, a nod to the event in a color that wouldn’t stand out or be a distraction. The poppies in the print were a lovely symbol, representing remembrance as well as consolation.

The frock is done in a lightweight silk-crepe. It features a full skirt, gathers at the shoulders, long sleeves, stand collar with detachable with a self-tie bow as well as most distinctively, a smocked shirred waistline. It is offered at Matches fashion in mixed sizes, as well as at My Theresa in a mix of sizes. It is $2340 at both retailers. when once again we say thanks to HeavenQRF on Twitter for a fab ID.

Another look.

Kate accessorized with her LK Bennett ‘Fern’ heels. The shoe is offered in extremely few sizes at the LK Bennett US site ($345); it is in stock in all sizes on the LK Bennett UK site (£195); it is offered in limited sizes at Shopbop ($325). home of Fraser stocks the shoe in ‘beige’ (as opposed to ‘trench,’ the color Kate wears), this is a extremely great repliKate.

And her Monica Vinader ‘Siren’ earrings ($195).

Kate wore her hair down.

UPDATE 5pm Aug 30: It looks like Kate is carrying a Brigg umbrella from British heritage brand Swaine Adeney Brigg. Below, a look at the metal plate on the handle of one of the company’s umbrellas from its website; a close-up shot of Kate’s handle; one more picture from the brand’s website, this one showing Princes William as well as Harry carrying umbrellas by the company.

From the website:

The Brigg umbrella is famous for its high high quality as well as long history supplying Royal Families, Prime Ministers as well as distinguished Ladies as well as Gentlemen around the World.

Today, we are still crafting reputedly the best umbrellas in the world in our workrooms in England!!

I am not able to tell what kind of wood Kate’s is made with; I’m not seeing it on the website for either the gentleman’s styles or the ladies styles. (But I am not a stellar wood identifier.) Below, a screen grab showing the colors offered for the canopy part of the umbrella. Kate’s may be a bespoke style; I have an query in to the business for more information.

Swaine Adeney Brigg

Many thanks to a delightful WKWer for the umbrella tip.

UPDATE 2 Thursday, August 31: The great folks at Swaine Adeney Brigg have gotten back to me as well as verified Kate was carrying their umbrella. It is the Ladies maple with a terra cotta colour canopy as well as a gold collar. UPDATE 3 Friday morning: Swaine Adeney Brigg tell me the color is brown, not terra cotta.

This had to have been a difficult engagement for all three. Tomorrow they will observe the anniversary privately.

Frequent readers understand we seldom discuss Diana in this space; of course, if it is appropriate to an engagement or one more aspect of a publish we compose about it. We have worked difficult to avoid, in particular, comparisons between Diana as well as Kate. however today it seems appropriate to compose a little more about Diana.

When believing about The Princess of Wales, one word always comes to mind: incandescent.

Mario Testino via Kensington Palace

She lit up a room, an engagement, an event, in a method few could.

Mario Testino via Kensington Palace

This is not the site nor am I the writer to properly convey the sense of enormous loss as well as immense grief so many felt in 1997, as well as feel to this day. A comment Harry made today is fitting.

There are thousands of stories about Diana’s function as a fashion icon, as a humanitarian as well as as a mother. It is that function as a parent I wanted to briefly focus on, for it was the function of which she was most proud. I put together a few photos as well as believed I’d share some of William as well as Harry’s quotes about their mother.  This is from William’s interview with British GQ.

“I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine as well as to have seen the children grow up. It makes me unfortunate that she won’t, that they will never understand her.”

Patrick Demarchelier via Kensington Palace

Her function as a mom was the main focus of this summer’s documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life as well as Legacy. Prince Harry, speaking in that documentary.

“She was our mum. She still is our mum. as well as of course, as a son I would state this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that’s for sure.”

Below, Diana with William in Australia in March 1983; Prince William was the very first ‘senior British heir’ born in a hospital, not at a royal palace. (Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, was likewise born at St. Mary’s Hospital, although he was 5th in the line of succession at the time.)

From William, part of the Prince William’s Passion: new Father, new Hope ITV documentary.

“I never realised rather exactly how much of an effect she had. You can feel as well as see when she’s talking as well as visiting that she truly connects as well as cares about what she’s doing.”

Diana was a hands-on mother, more so than in previous generations. below left, a picture that was actually taken by Prince William shows Diana with Harry on the royal yacht Britannia. On the right, a formal portrait of Prince William in December 1982.

Prince Harry, from a great morning America interview:

“I hope that a great deal of my mother’s talents are shown in a great deal of the work I do. I hope she’s looking down, you know, with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we’ve established, I suppose.”

This picture was released this summertime by William as well as Harry; it shows Diana holding William in 1984 while expecting Prince Harry.

TRH The Duke of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry

Prince William, from the BBC Mind over matter documentary.

“The shock is the biggest thing I still feel 20 years later, about my mother. You never get over it.”

We’ll close with an unpublished cover of Hello!. This was exactly how the September 6, 1997, problem of the magazine was supposed to look.

Unpublished Cover via Hello!

This is what was published.


It feels rather awkward including this, however I believed people would want to understand a number of engagements have been scheduled for next week, including Prince George’s very first day at school. Click right here to go to our Kate’s Calendar page if so inclined.


With thanks to Bonnie for her comment, the text is revised to more accurately refer to the gown waistline being shirred, not smocked.

A say thanks to you to Suzanne, Bessie as well as Lavender for their comments on my description of William as the “first heir” born outside a royal palace. I’ve made an addition to the text on this topic.


Centrepoint’s site is here; its Facebook page right here as well as Twitter page here.

The national Aids trust site is here; its Facebook page here, Twitter feed right here as well as the organization’s Instagram page is here.

The fantastic Ormond street hospital site is here; its Facebook page may be seen here, as well as Twitter feed here.

Royal Marsden’s website is here; its Facebook page right here as well as Twitter page here.

The kid Bereavement UK site is here; its Facebook page is here, Twitter feed right here as well as Instagram feed here.

The Landmine Survivors Network site is here.

An evening basic story on the white garden is here;

Mario Testino’s site features some of his iconic photos of the Princess utilized in a Kensington Palace exhibition.

The everyday Mail’s story is here; The Mirror’s story is here; The Telegraph story is here; The Guardian story is here 

The Hello! story about today’s engagement is here; PopSugar’s stories as well as picture galleries are right here as well as here; The Fug Girls piece is here



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