Royal Maternity Style: Kate Middleton Was Every Bit A Duchess During Her Four-Day Nordic Tour
No one pulls off classic royal style quite as well as Kate Middleton. Time after time, the Duchess proves that even while on duty abroad, she can look the part of a royal lady and accomplish what she sets out to do in style.
This week, Prince William and Kate recently concluded a royal visit to Norway and Sweden as part of their efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties with their Northern European counterparts. As they always do, the couple made great impressions with the press and the countries' adoring public by being gracious, approachable, and ever charming.
See what they did, where they went, who they met, and of course, how Kate nailed royal maternity style:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Sweden
Met by the equally fashionable Swedish family on Wednesday, Prince William and Kate kicked off their Nordic tour with a private and elegantly prepared luncheon. King Carl KVI Gustaf and his wife Queen Silvia as well as Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel dined with the British royals, following it up with a playful game of bandy in Stockholm National Park.
What Kate Wore: Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, dressed appropriately in winter athletic gear that included a black coat by Burberry, a jumper by Swedish designer Fjällräven, snow boots, gray gloves, and a thick knitted hat.
The royal couple goes on a Swedish tour around Stockholm
What's a visit to a foreign country without a guided tour of its capital's best sites? During the afternoon, Prince William and Kate were brought around Stockholm's most iconic places: cobblestone streets leading to Stortorget Square, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and the Nobel Museum, as well as Sweden’s headquarters for creativity, architecture, and design, ArkDes.
What Kate Wore: A subdued pine green maternity wool dress by Catherine Walker
Meeting the Swedish Prime Minister
Heading back indoors for the evening's events, Prince William and Kate met with Sweden's head of state, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his wife Ulla for a formal dinner at the residence of the British Ambassador. There, they were joined by other government officials and discussed matters relating to military forces in the region (Prince William served in the British armed forces for seven years).
What Kate Wore: Kate dazzled in a mustard, jewel-toned floral print Erdem floor-length gown.
Visiting the Karolinska Institute
Having been deeply affected by Princess Diana's sudden death, Prince William and Kate have been staunch advocates for mental health. Hence, the couple made it a point to visit the Karolinska Institute in Solna which specializes in developing ways to help young people deal with mental and emotional concerns, where they were accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Matteusskolan school in Stockholm was also on the agenda and the school kids couldn't be happier to meet the royal couple who were friendly as always.
What Kate Wore: Stunning against a gray and white backdrop, the Duchess wore a red and white Catherine Walker coat, an off-white Alexander McQueen dress, earrings by Swedish designer In2Design, and a maroon Chanel purse.
On their second and last night in Sweden, the British royal couple were treated to performances at the Fotografiska Gallery that highlighted Swedish culture. Charmingly, the Prince offered a toast that night that honored Sweden's innovation and creativity.
What Kate Wore: A blue coat by Swedish designer Ida Sjostedt and a Victorian-inspired Erdem Christina Devore velvet midi dress
Goodbye Sweden, hello Norway
Prince William and Kate's next stop was in Oslo, Norway, where they were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Unfortunately, harsh winter conditions led to the cancellation of their scheduled trip to the Uppsala Airbase. Instead, they went straight ahead to meet the Norwegian royal family and enjoyed at a private lunch hosted by the King and Queen of Norway at the royal palace. A visit to MESH, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-up companies, ensued, as well as a quick stroll down the streets where crowds were waiting to meet the royals.
What Kate Wore: Looking stylish even when expecting, Kate sported a funnel-necked coat by Catherine Walker and underneath, a matching dress with a lace bodice by Seraphine.
Guests of honor in Norway
On their first night in Norway, Prince William and Kate were honored at the royal palace in an elegant private dinner. They dined with King Harald and his wife, Queen Sonja, as well as Norwegian business leaders, veterans, members of the country's thriving creative industries, and other members of the government.
What Kate Wore: A blush Grecian-inspired Alexander McQueen evening gown with silver embellishments, accessorized with a diamond bracelet and matching earrings.
So, which outfit was your favorite?
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