British Royal family attended the 2020 Remembrance Day Service

Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
On November 8, 2020, Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal family, that is, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and The Duke of Kent attended the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph in London.
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Queen, who watched the tributes in Whitehall from a nearby balcony. The Duke of Cambridge, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Kent all laid wreaths at the Cenotaph at the Remembrance Day service.
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
With the service closed to the public, members of the royal family, politicians and veterans marked the annual Remembrance Sunday standing far apart as they observed a two-minute silence. On the second Sunday of each November, The Queen leads the whole nation in remembering those who have died in world wars and other conflicts.
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
Kate Middleton wore a bespoke black military coat by Alexander McQueen, and a Philip Treacy hat. Queen's diamond and pearl earrings
the countess of wessex wore Zara wool blend cape
Zara wool blend cape

52 Comments

  1. Toutes superbes, chacune dans leur style ; pour cette occasion, Kate porte une tenue qui ressemble beaucoup à un uniforme avec col Officier, épaulettes et gros boutonnage - J'ai remarqué que Sophie arbore la même broche que Camilla ; qui pourrait dire à quel titre ?!

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  2. Kate looks georgeous. Military style suits her because it shows her flawless posture. I once saw a photo of Kate's grandmother in a uniform who served in the women's corps during World War II. She would be proud of her.
    My personal impression: this year's Remembrance Day Service is much more dignified, spiritual. Last year it was more of a theater.
    It is an important tradition that is maintained throughout Europe, not just Britain. With pride and sadness, I remember my grandfather, who fought against Nazi aggression as a soldier, and my grandmother, who was a member of the resistance movement during the occupation. We will never forget.
    Stephanie

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    1. Your personal remembrances add the all-important note to this very special day. May God bless you and your beloved departed.

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    2. Kate looks sensational!!

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    3. It looked like a lovely and solemn ceremony.
      A century has passed since WWI but there are still violent conflicts all over the world where innocent people loose their homes, get hurt, die. Ongoing conflict in Syria. Azerbaijan and Armenia fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. If to name only some. Violence is so pointless. It won't solve anything. But we can always hope that people will learn to solve conflicts without violence and hurt.
      Be well. Stay safe.
      Karen

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  3. On a fashion note, everybody is dressed as he/she should be.
    Even the Duchess of Cambridge's little play with the feminine verson of a military vest is in good taste.
    Not a false note anywhere.

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  4. Catherine looks stunning, and I hardly ever use that word. The look is classic, clean, young, chic, somber, not over the top by any means, but simply stunning and effective

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  5. Very impressive, somber and dignified commemoration.
    to say something about the clothing seems so futile now, but nevertheless: spotless and sophisticated.

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  6. I'm tempted to think that the epaulets bleed a little into the theatrical. But then again, she just wears this look so flawlessly. If the individual elements were differently-colored, the suit could certainly look more like a costume, but the deep monochrome keeps it on the right side of the line. Even as an American, Remembrance Day has become a very important date on my calendar. I'm glad Kate pulls out her best each year for this event.

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    1. To me the epaulets and the side fasteners are both too much. The theatrics of these details detracts from the main focus, those who actually served.

      I would love to see the entirety of the Countess of Wessex's coat. The funnel neck looks warm.

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    2. I agree with Anna, since 2018 Kate adopted this military style. 2018 it was ok, but this coat and last's year coat were too fancy for the occasion. It distracts the attention from the main purpose of the ceremony. All the other ladies were perfectly dressed. I remember in 2013 Kate was criticized for the hairstyle she had for the Remembrance Day, but i consider these coats wrost. It would be perfect without those épaulettes.

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    3. Agree about the epaulets- think they should be removed. However, I like the side fasteners, along with the rest of her look. Everyone else looks very nice and appropriate as well. I just want to add again how truly amazing and dedicated the Queen is, what an absolutely amazing representative for Great Britain and the Commonwealth.
      Glo

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    1. Yep, hear we go again.
      I'm surprised that this type of comment took so long to raise its head.
      I HOPE OUR MODERATOR WILL REMOVE THE COMMENT.
      Why did you just pick the Duchess of Sussex to be on the no show list?
      Why didn't you make a list, which would be a long one, of all the other Royals on the no show list?
      Could I suggest you start with the Duke of Edinburgh.

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    3. Maria from Italy11/9/20, 12:12 AM

      Hi, Meghan!
      How nice to hear from you!

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    6. @10:42pm - Pardon?! ... Google says Meghan & Harry were at a cemetery today in Los Angeles. ~Laurel~

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    7. These comments need to stop being posted. I agree with deadeggs. They bring out the worst in the peanut gallery. The usual suspects are at it again.

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    8. @Anonymous 1:18AM

      I think it is unkind of you to suggest that the Duke and Duchess' visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery to lay a wreath was purely a photo op. The Duke served two tours in Afghanistan and I would think that his wish to memorialize those he served alongside with in addition to the preceeding generations of armed forces who sacrificed their lives is sincere.

      I think the Duke of Sussex is actually the only British Royal of his generation who was in active duty. So I think their personal commemoration of Remembrance Day is wholly fitting.

      Furthermore, I believe they are still President and Vice President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust. I believe they laid flowers from their gardens at two of the grave sites of Commonwealth soldiers.

      I don't think the Sussexes put on a show for photographers, I don't know if they coordinated with photographers. I do know that their actions are probably sincere and heartfelt, especially given the Duke's professional and charitable experiences.

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    9. Maria from Italy11/9/20, 11:13 AM

      @Deadeggs
      I agree with you, but we should remember that Prince Philip retired from public life some time ago, due to his age and health issues.

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    10. Yes, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex made their own ceremony. She was perfectly dressed by the way. Why this blog doesn't made a post about it ? They still members of the royal family despite not being senior members anymore.

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    11. "The couple laid flowers...picked from their garden at the gravesites of two commonwealth soldiers, one who had served in the Royal Australian Air Force and one from the Royal Canadian Artillery.

      They also placed a wreath at an obelisk in the cemetery that features a plaque that's inscribed, "In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Defense of Their Country."

      “To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you,” Harry signed a message with the wreath.

      While Harry asked to have a wreath of poppies laid at the national memorial to those servicemen and women who have fallen, his request was turned down by courtiers because he no longer represents the family, The Sunday Times, which broke the story, reported.

      Harry, who served in the British army for ten years and went on two tours of Afghanistan in that time, would have been in the U.K. in this period of remembrance if the coronavirus pandemic hadn’t hit all travel plans. And he would have made a tribute of his own alongside some of his military comrades, sources have told PEOPLE.

      Instead, he took part in a podcast with other veterans talking about what his uniform meant to him, and poignantly reminisced about what goes through his mind as he stands at the main British memorial to fallen troops.

      Since standing down from the working Royal Family, he has been living in California. But the military community is very much on his mind on this most special weekend in Britain as the sacrifices of millions of service people are remembered.

      In the podcast Declassified, released late on Saturday, Harry spoke about the British tradition of wearing a poppy in tribute to veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and said he does so for “the soldiers I knew, as well as those I didn't. The soldiers who were by my side in Afghanistan, those who had their lives changed forever, and those that didn't come home."

      “I wear it to celebrate the bravery and determination of all our veterans, and their loved ones, especially those in our Invictus family. These are the people and moments I remember when I salute, when I stand at attention and when I lay a wreath at the Cenotaph,” he shared.

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  8. Maria from Italy11/9/20, 12:11 AM

    They all are very dignified and perfectly dressed.
    I like Catherine and Sophie in particular.

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  9. Love the kind of fashionable uniform look of Kate. She looks indeed stunning. Her hat also superb

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  10. Everyone looks fantastic, lovely to see the Queen. I think Camilla looks beautiful here. Catherine's coat is perfect, with the military style. With the engagement closed to the public, it is allowed to be the somber occasion it is, instead of having to play to the public.
    Chel

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  11. This is not my favorite of Kate’s military style jackets. I don’t like the fridge on the shoulders. I’m also not a fan of the detail at the waist combined with the pockets. Her hat is great. I like Sophie’s coat but not her hat. Camilla and the Queen look great. This an important event for the BRF so I’m glad the were able to hold it still.

    E.B.B.

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  12. Catherine looked lovely, loved the coat, hat. Sophie looked overly warm with the neck of her coat. The Queen, lovely as always. Camilla's hat, too much, Sophie's hat a bit too much. Princess Anne, regal, stately, lovely as ever. Glad they kept everything to a minimum, no need to risk people getting sick....

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  13. Sorry ! this is a NO for me. One can look somber and dignified without falling into custome like outfits. Catherine looks like a character on the hunger games.
    the pictures look choreographed and unatural.
    Mary.

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    1. I agree, Kate's coat looks like a theatrical costume. Her hair looks nice. Sophie's hat is not my favorite either. All the Queen and Camilla ok. - Siri

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    2. Maria from Italy11/9/20, 5:18 PM

      Some respect for the Royal Family who is paying tribute to people who lost their lives for the country should come first.
      What a sad and inappropriate comment.

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  14. Solving problems without arms is too expensive for companys who sell them.
    I would be glad if children would not have to kill in general.

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    1. @Maria , are you alluding to my comment? what in the world is inappropriate about what I said? I am talking fashion here, unlike you, always speculating about their feelings, relations and intentions, not to mention when you star talking about your own self. You need to stop scolding people just because they have a different view on fashion, and that is what is totally innapropriate. So stop being disrespectful to the commenters on this blog.
      Mary

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    2. Maria from Italy11/10/20, 11:50 AM

      Anon.11/10/2012.22 A.M.
      You clearly see what you want to see, not my real words.
      I am scolding nobody.
      Your comment about " Kate's theatrical costume " is inappropriate towards a frontline member of the Royal Family paying her tribute to the fallen.
      There is nothing theatrical fashion wise or otherwise on such a solemn occasion, which requires respect in every sense.
      A fashion blog does not justify YOUR scolding the Duchess of Cambridge, so you are the one being really disrespectful.
      By the way, you could extend your selection of my comments and read what I said about the Sussexes and many more Royals , not to mention all the times I share my views with other commenters.
      Thank you.

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  15. I think the Duchess of Cambridge looks superb just because she has the shape and posture to do so however I agree with anonymous 11/9/20, 2:01 AM. I also feel the fringes and waist half belt bits look overly theatrical and just detract from an otherwise beautifully tailored coat.

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  16. Duty comes first. All my respect and admiration for The Queen. 💜

    MaLou

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  17. Many comments above someone mentioned the epaulettes on Kate’s coat look a little too much. I agree. Theatre costumes never belong in this event. Also, folks - is there no room in your hearts / minds for some level of common sense? Why the endless, pointless trolling? Do you really have nothing better to do than this? And of course, while the admin is trying to keep the conversation to some level of decency, she cannot possibly keep up with it. So, take a deep breath and find something to do that sparks joy. It will help curate your soul. Lily A

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  18. The Duchess of Cambridge looks fabulous, outfit, hair, hat and makeup. Superb.

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  19. Anna, you wrote: "I don't think the Sussexes put on a show for photographers, I don't know if they coordinated with photographers." Naozaj?
    Mr. Morgan - photographer, who specializes in 'fashion and celebrity portraiture', has worked with a string of exclusive clients since launching his career aged 18, including Vogue, Adidas and Bloomingdales as well as magazine front covers (inset), also worked with fashion designers Rick Owens, Alexandre Plokhov and rapper Kanye West's Yeez brand - this photographer just happened to walk around Los Angeles National Cemetery and suddenly sees: Hey, isn't it the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who quietly wanted to honor the fallen? Such a coincidence! And because Mr. Morgan happened to have his professional camera with him (complete coincidence), he happened to take a few professional shots.

    And so, by coincindence, Harry and Meghan, who had always longed for privacy, found themselves on the front pages of newspapers (and the memory of the fallen warriors was pushed back).

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    1. Yes, anonymous. "I don't think they were putting on a show for photographers," as in their actions and intentions were sincere. Prince Harry, as a former active duty armed forces member, was memorializing those who he served alongside with.

      And "I don't know it they coordinated with photographers," being a genuine statement regarding the allegedly behind-the-scenes machinations people are claiming occurred, a theory which seems to be lifted from tabloids. I don't tend to give much credulity to tabloids. Outrage and drama sells. I am choosing to appreciating the Duke's thoughtfulness rather than leaning into speculating on things that I do not know are a fact.

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    2. That is a snarky comment. If you take a moment to think about it, a photographer (one) had to be chosen instead of allowing it to become a three ring circus by alerting the press that they were going. If your loved one was buried there, you would not appreciate hundreds of disrespectful photographers trampling on the graves. Also, not every move Harry and Meghan make is designed to grab headlines over other news. If the news did not sell, it would not end up making headlines. To ensure it makes headlines, we all know boring stories are spiced up, and plenty of people are willing to believe what they read.

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  20. I have nothing against Harry honoring the fallen! Also if Meghan wants to join, fine! But why on earth did we need to see photographs of this?

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    1. They did it for personal publicity, not for the rememberance of fallen soldiers. They have a team of pulicity people who think up all sorts of things, which sadly back fire making them look sad and petty.

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  21. What a lot of noise about nothing.
    I'm sure that all those veterans up there in heaven must be falling about laughing at us having our great cat fight about a photographer/photo shoot on their rememberance day.

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  22. Why were comments removed, but the very long missal left there, all in favor of harry and megs? I'm confused. Freedom of speach, should lean both ways not have certain comments were not even posted, or removed, then that 9 paragraph; Anonymous11/9/20, 12:58 PM left in, in support of them, was left in. Either this is a free speach blog or it isnt.

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    1. It's not a free speech blog. If you're American you should reread the constitution. The first amendment concerns the protection of freedom of speech from Congressional or governmental suppression. This is a personal blog. Helen wrote the terms of service clearly outlining the conduct that you are agreeing to when commenting.

      If you want a place where people can be mean and negative maybe you can learn some web design and make a site of your own. There are already plenty out there, perhaps ask around for some pointers. Personally, I prefer places where there is a degree of civility. In real life we are less bold to make such damaging remarks but with the anonymity of the internet I find people to be much meaner so I appreciate the moderation.

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  23. I agree with the commenters about Another Black Coat. Why do any of them need another black coat (this includes QEII, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Wessex, and Duchess of Sussex)? I don't entirely understand this practice of wearing things only once, and then buying something new that is almost identical to wear for a few hours, possibly to be repeated for another few hours in 10 years. I am appreciating CP Mary of Denmark re-wearing clothes in support of her sustainable fashion initiative while at the same time creating a new look with different accessories. Bravo Mary!

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    1. I think Kate repeats her clothes often - at least as often as Mary from Denmark. I'm sure she wears her coats repeatedly. We don't always see it.
      Her coat is very appropriate, she looks gorgeous and dignified in it. In fact, I need a new black coat, so I decided to order a similar one. I often need formal wear in my work.

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  24. @Maria, it seems to me that you lack comprehension of the meaning of scolding, and also of the meaning of disrespect. Mary above didn’t “ scolded” Kate, she stated that the outfit looked theatrical, and it does, that is a very clear fashion opinion, and not in the least disrespectful. Now, you on the other hand scolded Mary for giving a fashion opinion, you aren’t the moderator of the blog, and the disrespect is only in your head, for some reason you sound enraptured with Kate and defend her clothing choices like a crusade, and frankly is a little creepy. I haven’t seen any derogatory comments about her character, personality, and Inwould be the first one to object to that.
    Sandra F

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