Kate Middleton is back in black.
The new Princess of Wales made a touching sartorial gesture today as she met palace staff and volunteers helping out during Queen Elizabeth II’s service at Windsor Castle on Monday, and stepped out in the same coat she wore for her first public appearance after Prince’s funeral. Phillip in 2021.
Dressed in a collarless black Dolce and Gabbana coat with two rows of gold buttons that marched down the front, 40-year-old Prince Royal accompanied Prince William for a surprise appearance to greet the local workers who made the service at St. George’s Chapel. ran smoothly.
She first wore the piece — which cost $2,400 at the time — to another bleak occasion, a Remembrance Sunday event in 2017.
Middleton repeated the designer coat for an April 2021 visit to the RAF Cadets Squadron in London – the first time the then Duke and Duchess attended an official engagement following Prince Philip’s funeral.
For today’s outing, held at Windsor Guildhall, Middleton added black Gianvito Rossi pumps and her oft-worn Annoushka pearl drops ($480) that hung from Kiki McDonough’s gold, diamond-studded earrings ($676).
The princess was originally scheduled to attend the Laver Cup charity tennis event with Roger Federer today, but canceled her performance due to the official mourning period for the royal family, which continues this week.
Instead, the royal couple met “the people who were sorting the portal box, baking, moving flowers, programming the road signs, etc. — all the unsung heroes who made everything run so smoothly over the past few days,” per Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English.
By English Twitter accountThe Prince of Wales told the event that five incredible rainbows had appeared over Balmoral after the Queen died on September 8 at the age of 96.
“You hardly ever see rainbows there, but there were five of them,” William said, adding, “Her Majesty looked down on us.”