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Random Royaling – Mary and Kate

Not together again, alas. But both were out and about, albeit at two very types of events. That’s fine, though, they took two different approaches.

Let’s just say both women understood the assignment.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the New Designer(s)

The Duchess of Cambridge presented the fifth Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at the Design Museum. The award has been presented by the Queen (2018), Duchess of Cornwall (2019), Princess Royal (2020), and the Countess of Wessex (2021). Just as it sounds, the award recognizes the British design and fashion industry. This year’s winner was Saul Nash, a British dancer and fashion dancer.

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The Duchess’s dress is by another up-and-coming designer, Edeline Lee. It features a relaxed (relatively!) bodice, a signature belt, and short sleeves finished in a sash tie. The textured fabric adds interest to a simple silhouette. She accessorized with her Nadia Irena Maya earrings and finished with Rebecca Heels by Emmy.

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Crown Princess Mary and the Royal Re-Wear

Over in Denmark, Crown Princess Mary attended the Home Guard Parade at the Citadel. The Crown Princess is a Captain in The Home Guard, an organization of Danish citizens who take part in the defense and support of the country on a volunteer basis. Participation does not require a military background. Only a strong desire to be involved is required.

The annual Parade celebrates the anniversary of Denmark’s liberation on May 4, 1945. The Crown Princess wore her Soeren le Schmidt “sash” dress, previously worn with some bling and a hat for 2020’s Flag Day celebration. This event was much more streamlined. She finished off the look with her Jimmy Choo pumps and a sleek ponytail. Mary has been on a bit of a royal re-wear tear lately. Earlier this week, she re-wore her caped Valentino from the 2019 Japanese enthronement.

So, how did they do?