Okay, you know the drill. Below are eight polls on Duchess of Sussex’s fashion from the past year, divvied up among coats, evening looks, day dresses and casual ensembles. My favorites are noted at the end of her EOY review here.
Akin to what I do for the Duchess of Cambridge, what follows is a review of the Duchess of Sussex’s 2018, but with a few key differences. This is of course Meghan’s inaugural year as a member of the British Royal Family and so what follows will be a little less about her clothes and patronages (of which there are none of the latter to-date) and more taking a look at how she – and the BRF – have handled her entry.
Yesterday I posted a rundown of the Duchess of Cambridge’s year, calling out the highs and lows and giving you my own take on some of her sartorial hits. As promised, below are eight polls for you to vote on, which should be pretty self-explanatory. I’ve removed looks that were entirely athletic based or which we never got a great look at.
Today we’re going to review the Duchess of Cambridge’s past year. Month by month we’re going to walk through the most memorable moments of 2018, review the fashion and discuss the highs and lows of Kate’s engagements, foreign tours and public appearances. Ideally what we’d like to see each year is growth as Kate evolves within her role as a member of the Royal Family and personalizes her position. In order to gauge that, we’re going to (briefly) cover where we ended in 2017 and then work our way through the highlights of the past 12 months.
Ohhh, where to begin with the royal Christmas this year? The meat of it – beyond the photos and the Duchesses’ fashion – is really the reported angst behind the scenes between the Cambridges and Sussexes, so really there is no coverage of this year’s holiday without delving into this a bit.
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, members of the British Royal Family joined the Queen for her annual Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace. The event marks one final hurrah for the family in London before the monarch decamps to Sandringham in Norfolk for the Christmas holiday. The meal is private, and thus our only images from it come from various royal arriving at BP in their cars.
Four days after the release of her and her husband’s first Christmas card together, the Duchess of Sussex carried out an engagement at the Royal Variety nursing home on Tuesday, Dec. 18. I think the big takeaway, quite frankly, is how far along she now appears – I’m inclined to believe we’re looking at more of a March baby than an April baby.
Well, this was quite the week to release Christmas cards, no? Headline after headline was picking apart reported tension percolating within Kensington Palace, from feuds between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex to sibling rivalry reaching a boiling point with Princes William and Harry. In the midst of this – perhaps to give the press something else to focus on as the Royal Family packed it in for the holiday – KP released two Christmas cards for each couple.
For our purposes, of course, these are not so much cards as they are images, but given that we don’t get them every year it is a nice end of year treat. In this case, the Cambridges’ card was what I think everyone was hoping for – a relaxed, informal image of the family of five with an updated look at the kids, especially Prince Louis.
Today is admittedly several days post-December 11, but I’m going to back date the next few posts covering older engagements just to help keep everything straight. The week that this visit took place I was traveling (to London, imagine that) and so we’re a bit behind in all things Cambridge, Sussex and Windsor. Let’s try to rectify that, shall we?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out two engagements on Tuesday, December 11, one of which was to a homeless center that William has visited since a child and the other to Evelina London Children’s Hospital. En-route between the two, Kensington Palace tweeted out that Kate has been named the patron of the latter, adding yet another cause to the Duchess’s docket. This one is an unsurprising choice given Kate’s focus on early intervention and children’s care.
On Monday, Dec. 10, the Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards to present an award to Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, the designer of her wedding gown. Wearing (what else?) a one-shouldered black velvet Givenchy gown, Meghan noted she was happy to be celebrating British fashion in her “new home,” and stated in her remarks: