Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Alexander McQueen – The Irish Guards Medal Parade

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge very much dressed the part for her first military role as a royal today.

She joined husband Prince William at Windsor’s Victoria Barracks for the presentation of service medals to members of the Irish Guards.

Catherine wore an Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2011 coat.

The figure-hugging dark navy double-breasted coat has a very distinct military feel with its epaulets and double row of brass gold buttons.

This is the 3rd time Catherine has worn Alexander McQueen since was married in a McQueen gown back in April.

Blue suede Prada pumps, a navy Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat, a gold shamrock brooch and an Anya Hindmarch Marano clutch completed her look.

The presented version of this coat with a cut-out shorter front is available to purchase from Net-A-Porter International and Matches.

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49 Responses to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Alexander McQueen – The Irish Guards Medal Parade

  1. PATRICK ALEXANDER BRIGGS October 29, 2011 at 19:16 #

    I love kate’s grace. its very queenly but she really needs to add some flesh to her skeleton. she is rather too slim for her kind of grace and office.

  2. roxana June 27, 2011 at 07:10 #

    i adore kate! shae is lovely!

  3. gossip_bangkok June 26, 2011 at 18:15 #

    I love it. Very appropriate for the event.

  4. Lucía June 26, 2011 at 13:55 #


  5. suzz June 26, 2011 at 03:16 #

    besides looking like she has a weight problem, i think the duchess needs help in the hat department too.

    great coat, bad hat.

  6. Ella June 26, 2011 at 03:03 #

    Here we go again….I really wish I could go on here and see comments about Catherine’s clothing….NOT about her weight. That is her business. Sorry, FC, but this is really beginning to bug me.

    Personally, I love her ensemble…I always too. As a royal, she should play it safe (like she does). Also, I love her hair. Most people do the same thing with their hair year in and out (like Jennifer Anniston until she FINALLY cut it)

    Sorry for the rant and rave. =)

    • anamika June 26, 2011 at 17:26 #

      +1 @ Ella about Kate’s weight!
      Her man likes her so!
      Kate’s gonna be one fashion icon in the making
      I just love her
      god bless xxxx

  7. asherlev1 June 26, 2011 at 02:32 #

    Super skinny, yes. But also, this doesn’t excite me. Again.

    *sighs* I want so badly to be in love with her style like so many people seem to be, but it’s just not happening for me.

  8. Lily June 26, 2011 at 01:26 #

    I think she wears McQueen fabulously. The strong shoulders, narrow waist, tall frame show off the clothes really well. She also has fabulous legs and great hair. Hate her. No, not really, just jealous. 😉

  9. Marvel June 26, 2011 at 01:00 #

    I love it. I must add that I love how William has added ruffles on his shirt. tres chic 🙂

  10. Raquel June 25, 2011 at 20:30 #

    Very pretty.

    The thing witg the hair is that she wear her hair the same way all the time! I’m not saying she should style it like a 60’s years old, but it’s called variety!

  11. Megan June 25, 2011 at 18:57 #

    She is frightfully thin.

  12. Ann June 25, 2011 at 18:47 #

    Actually it’s not a coat – it’s a dress. It was confirmed by McQueen’s twitter. I think it is this one but with longer sleeves.

    • Fashion Critic June 25, 2011 at 19:21 #

      So does that mean she is wearing two dresses or a dress with a skirt? because she clearly has a dress/skirt under her coat/dress

      • Ann June 25, 2011 at 20:19 #

        Maybe she’s wearing some kind of layer underneath the dress. They posted on official twitter McQueen’s this picture: There was nothing about a coat so I assume they’re reffering to what is visible to us. Maybe that layer is there to hide a split? Without it we would see to much of Cathrine’s leg. 🙂

  13. Emi June 25, 2011 at 18:42 #

    I like her coat even if I prefer the original version, more original. But I think that the clutch is nonsense, that’s a kinda evening clutch, a little handbag would have been better. Also I’m not convinced by the hat, it doesn’t match well the military look. I think she should try to look her age, anyway, she looks 5-6 years older, but I think it’s genetic.

  14. Lee Ann June 25, 2011 at 17:48 #

    Hat looks like it belongs to another outlook,shoes are wrong and she is starts to make McQueen look dull. Boring!

  15. molly June 25, 2011 at 17:44 #

    Love the coat, but she needs to start dressing like a fashion icon. And I wish she would put her hair up in a ponytail. She looked so pretty when she did that last time. And im not sure about the hat….

  16. Gilda June 25, 2011 at 17:17 #

    when she wore her hair up, everyone said she looked ten years older, etc. So of course she went back to wearing it down, which is what she prefers anyway. I think she’s fashion-forward enough, looks appropriate and true to herself. She’s not anna wintour, for god’s sake.

  17. moja31 June 25, 2011 at 17:00 #

    i like the coat, but she looks too much like she’s wearing a costume. it’s all too literal, a military style coat at a military event, how creative.
    and again with the boring shoes, she’s got to have the most boring shoe collection of any woman her age and status.

    • Roberta June 25, 2011 at 20:41 #

      I second that!

      From all the times I have seen her, I have only truly liked the McQueen wedding dress, the off-white McQueen coat ensemble and the Jenny Packham dress. Everything she has ever wore since she started dating Prince William has not appealed to me at all.

    • Lily June 26, 2011 at 01:30 #

      Is there another woman of her age and status? I can’t think of one.

  18. Maz June 25, 2011 at 16:33 #

    Age and occasion appropriate…and stylish, a winning combination. Personally I love her hair – she’s only in her 20s why not wear it long and down while she can…

  19. couturecoco June 25, 2011 at 16:24 #

    Much better version on the Duchess but I can’t look at her without wincing at how super skinny she looks – I don’t care what anyone says, she’s lost too much body fat for her height and frame. She looked the very best at the time of her engagement: toned, curvy and hair thick and shiny. Even her hair looks thinner and drier and we all know how much care she takes of it so what does that suggest?

  20. rebecca June 25, 2011 at 15:59 #

    I think she looks stunning in this look! One of my favorites on her for sure. FC, what are your thoughts on Chloe Moretz in Versace?

    • Fashion Critic June 25, 2011 at 16:10 #

      Hate it.

      She looked ridiculous

      • Naomi June 25, 2011 at 18:31 #

        She looked ridiculous because she’s a 14-years-old trying to pose like a model, pouty lips and all.
        The result was quite awkward.

        • Fashion Critic June 25, 2011 at 19:22 #

          I agree. I was so creeped out by the pics

        • SkirtTheIssue June 26, 2011 at 03:35 #

          I thought she actually looked really lovely in the dress (I want it it’s a fab piece!)- but agreed, the posing was off (but what do we expect from young impressional people thrust into the very adult world of celebrity? Hell, I’ve seen people her age that aren’t surrounded by that, but do the same in their FB pictures. It’s an age for testing the boundaries- and she’s just doing it far more publically)

  21. kbs June 25, 2011 at 15:40 #

    I prefer the runway version. How very odd to wear suede in the summer season. And I agree about her hair.

  22. robbie June 25, 2011 at 15:32 #

    she looks amazing. but really catherine do something with your hair please. even just pull it back anything.

  23. Badaboum June 25, 2011 at 15:13 #

    Love it! Classic, elegant and very well accesorized. I don’t care if people think she is boring she always dresses appropriately, she is very chic and always looks very confident.

    • Badaboum June 25, 2011 at 15:15 #

      Oh and I have just noticed the collar, I love how she wears it

  24. Anamika June 25, 2011 at 15:11 #

    God Bless you Kate xxxx

  25. vicky June 25, 2011 at 15:06 #

    “The Princess sickness” seems to have got hold of Kate.. She’s thinner for each appearance, not good.

    Apart from that, I prefer the models coat with the cut out in the front. Had Kate worn that with an interesting dress underneath this would have looked better. This look is getting old now, it’s the same style as always, she just change colour…

  26. Julie June 25, 2011 at 15:02 #

    I like Kate’s version of the coat better & love her hair. She needs to eat though.

  27. Mahima June 25, 2011 at 14:35 #

    Lovely coat, but she needs to eat.

    • T from Sydney June 25, 2011 at 14:52 #

      you know if she gains any weight eveyone is going to say she is pregnant

      you should see some of the mag covers in oz.

      but i do agree needs a but more weight. i also think cus she is so tall she just more more skinner than the rest of us.

      i LOVE the coat too did she fold the selves or is it a modification but i love anything she wears and her hair 🙂
      but im always a bummer we never see some dresses cus she is always wearing long coats – like the Queen

      • T from Sydney June 25, 2011 at 14:55 #

        *a bit more weight. i also think cus she so tall she just looks much more skinnier than the rest of us*

        sorry about spelling – its midnight here

      • molly June 25, 2011 at 17:43 #

        I would rather be called pregnant than have people saying that I have an eating disorder. But thats just me.

      • Naomi June 25, 2011 at 18:36 #

        We don’t know if she’s on a constant diet, or if that’s just her body type.
        I mean, when you’re in the public’s eye everyone is going to have an opinion, but gaining weight on purpose just because people say you should seems to me as silly as loosing a few pounds just because people say you should.
        If she leads a healthy life-style but looks skinny, no reason she should change her life-style.

        • Mahima June 25, 2011 at 20:22 #

          Yeah, I agree she shouldn’t gain weight just because someone says so, but it looks like she has lost weight since the wedding. Maybe its just the coat as dark colours slim one down.

        • Lisa June 25, 2011 at 22:49 #

          She’s much healthier looking in the photos from her university days so no, this isn’t her natural weight. Human beings tend to increase their natural weight as they age, not decrease. So I would put money on the fact that she’s underweight because of excessive dieting. She seriously needs to put some meat on those bones. Not because of what anyone thinks of her body, but because her current weight is downright unhealthy.

          Nice coat tho. She always looks best when she wears McQueen pieces. But nothing she wears ever REALLY excites me.

    • eimear June 25, 2011 at 15:53 #

      True dat her waist is freakishly narrow!

    • Lily June 26, 2011 at 01:25 #

      She’s blessed with a tiny waist and she’s never had any hips. Blame genetics, not her eating habits for that one. She looks pretty much the same in pictures from 3 years ago.

      • Fashion Critic June 26, 2011 at 09:32 #

        She looks the same to me too. I don’t get the skinny debate either

        • Hilary June 26, 2011 at 15:53 #

          I agree. When I looked at photos of her in that blue coat she recycled from a couple of years ago, she looked the EXACT same size. Her face has been a bit more drawn, possibly because she’s in the midst of stressful whirlwind of publicity right now.

          She needs a bit of rest and privacy more than anything!

          The coat is incredible on her.

      • mikeijames June 26, 2011 at 10:06 #

        and both of her siblings share her slenderness.

  28. LuLu June 25, 2011 at 14:34 #

    I enjoy Catherine (or Kate) but i dont like the way she wore this peice. Also, she needs to do something with her hair,. How old is she again?

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