More than a decade as a working member of the royal family has taught the Princess of Wales how to dress for all occasions – and all weathers. In her role as Patron of the Rugby Football League, Kate traveled from her Windsor home to DW Stadium in Wigan on Saturday to take in the England vs Papua New Guinea Rugby League World Cup 2021 Quarter Final, and she dressed for the inevitable rain in a bold poppy-red coat. A custom Alexander McQueen design, the cheerful piece has become a favorite of the Duchess, who first wore it to the opening of her Hold Still exhibition in 2020.
Layered underneath to keep out the November cold? A maroon Gabriela Hearst turtleneck. The Princess turned to the sustainably minded designer earlier this week, too, while visiting Scarborough in another tonal look – shrugging a Max & Co coat over the Uruguayan creative’s camel Betti dress, which she paired with taupe Ralph Lauren pumps in the brand’s Celia style and a beloved DeMellier bag. If Kate is in the midst of evolving her style (see the vintage Chanel blazer she sourced for a visit to the Olympic Park in October), she could do much worse than putting herself in the hands of Gabriela Hearst.
Of course, the most notable accessory worn by Kate on both occasions is her Remembrance poppy. Next Sunday, 13 November, will see the Windsors come together at the Cenotaph in Whitehall to remember those lost in combat for the first time since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of King Charles III – with the Princess expected to be present throughout the moving service. A more joyful occasion coming up in her diary? Hosting a carol service at Westminster Abbey on 15 December, which will be broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve and pay tribute to Her Majesty.
Originally published on Vogue.com