The Duchess of Cambridge wears Alexander McQueen ensemble at Cenotaph11/14/2021
The Duchess of Cambridge joins Camilla and Sophie Wessex on the Foreign Office balcony for sombre Remembrance Sunday service – after the Queen is forced to pull out at last minute
- Kate Middleton, 39, donned military-style dress coat for Remembrance Sunday service at Whitehall as she took her place between the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex on the Foreign Office balcony
- The three women chatted ahead of the 11am service for the fallen as they watched Prince Charles and Prince William lay wreaths at the Cenotaph
- The Duchess of Cambridge cut a sombre figure in an Alexander McQueen dress coat – previously worn to the 2018 service – and a wide-brimmed Tiffany black hat with ribbon detail
The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie Wessex on the Foreign Office balcony this morning as the royal family gathered to pay their respects to the fallen at the Cenotaph.
On a cold day in Whitehall, Kate Middleton, 39, opted for a favourite Alexander McQueen military-style black dress coat with red lapels, a white collar and silver button detail as she watched Prince William and Prince Charles lay wreaths at the Whitelhall war memorial.
The royal wore the coat previously at the 2018 Remembrance Sunday service, this time accessorising with a chic, drop-brim black hat by Tiffany and diamond and pearl drop earrings.
The Queen had been expected to attend the service but has been advised against the public duty by doctors at the 11th hour.
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Kate Middleton, 39, donned a military-style bespoke Alexander McQueen dress coat for Remembrance Sunday as she joined other royals for the 11am service at Whitehall this morning
The Duchess of Cambridge took her place inbetween the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex on the balcony at the Remembrance Sunday service. She previously wore the dress coat for the Remembrance Sunday service in 2018
On a cold day in Whitehall, Kate Middleton, 39, opted for the military-style navy dress coat with red lapels, a white collar and silver button detail
The Duchess also wore a £19.99 Royal British Legion crystal poppy brooch alongside a trio of larger poppies.
As the clock struck 11am, Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Prince William and other members of Britain’s elite marked the two-minute silence.
The Duchess joined Sophie Wessex and the Duchess of Cornwall on the balcony above the war memorial, taking time to chat with Camilla as the ceremony began.
The Queen is said to be deeply disappointed to miss the service – which she regards as one of the most significant engagements of the year – and she hopes to continue as planned with her schedule of light official duties next week.
Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old monarch made the decision on Sunday morning ‘with great regret’ and is ‘disappointed’ to miss the event – the first time she has not been in attendance in 22 years.
Wearing a trio of poppies and a poppy brooch, the Duchess wore her hair neatly tied to one side under her wide-brimmed hat
Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall exchange words as they take their place on the balcony
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured in attendance at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London this morning
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, right, stand on the balcony of the Foreign Office during the Remembrance service where the Queen would have been standing if she had attended
The monarch, who served in World War II as a army driver and mechanic, was due to watch the service at the war memorial in central London from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building.
Her attendance at the service was confirmed by the palace on Thursday after she was ordered to rest by royal doctors just over three weeks ago and spent a night in hospital on October 20 undergoing preliminary tests.
The palace had previously said it was the Queen’s ‘firm intention’ to attend the annual wreath-laying service in Whitehall.
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