A touch of tartan! Duchess of Cambridge adds Scottish twist to pretty primrose outfit as she watches William honoured as Knight of the Thistle
Duchess known as Countess of Strathearn in Scotland; William known as Earl of Strathearn
Kate wears 1,200 Emilia Wickstead design and carries Strathearn tartan scarf – a nod to her Scottish titleWilliam receiving highest honour possible in Scotland today
14:22 GMT, 5 July 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge attended her first public appearance as the Countess of Strathearn as she attended a service in Edinburgh today that would see her husband given the highest honour possible in Scotland.
Wearing a pale yellow coat dress by Emilia Wickstead and carrying a flash of Strathearn tartan in the shape of a folded scarf – a nod to her Scottish title – Kate joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal for the Thistle Service, which will see Prince William installed as Knight of the Thistle.
The event at the city's St Giles' Cathedral was witnessed by hundreds of invited guests.
Thousands of people crowded on to the Royal Mile to catch a glimpse of William and Kate – known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland – and other royals as they made their way from the Signet Library, across Parliament Square and into the cathedral.
Kate, known in Scotland as the Countess of Strathearn, attends a Thistle
Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh for the installation of The
Prince William, Earl of Strathearn, as a Knight of the Thistle
The colour of the 1,200 Emilia Wickstead coat-dress was an unusual choice for Kate, who has only worn yellow once before in public
Elegant: Kate has shown a fondness for the New Zealand-born, British-based designer of late, and wore a pink Wickstead coat-dress twice in recent months
The Order of the Thistle is the
highest honour in Scotland and is second only in precedence in the UK to
the Order of the Garter.
It honours men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a significant way to national life.
The Princess Royal was invested in the Order of the Thistle in June 2001.
The royal family entered the
cathedral shortly before 11am to a fanfare, accompanied by other members
of the Order, all wearing ceremonial gowns.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge, took her place in the audience.
Kate's hat is by Luton-based milliner Whiteley, 99, supplied at Fenwick on Bond St, and is a style she has worn on a number of previous occasions
Just as she did on the day of the Jubilee flotilla, Kate carried a folded Strathearn scarf, a nod to her Scottish title
At her ears Kate wore a pair of simple gold and citrine drop earrings by jeweller Kiki McDonough
Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings, 495, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge
Her chocolate suede shoes were by British designer Emmy Scarterfield of Emmy Shoes
The installation ceremony was conducted by the Dean of the Thistle, Rev. Gilleasbuig Macmillan.
The short ceremony took place within the internal Thistle Chapel and was broadcast through speakers to those in the cathedral.
The Queen said: 'It is our pleasure
that His Royal Highness the Prince William, Earl of Strathearn, be
installed a Knight of the most ancient and most noble Order of the
The Queen and her husband are members
of the Scottish order of chivalry, as is Princess Anne. Only the
Sovereign has the power to bring new members into the order, and it is
an honour she may choose to bestow herself without seeking approval from
Kate wore a coat dress by Emilia
Wickstead in delicate primrose yellow – a colour often favoured by the
Queen on joyous occasions. Indeed, the monarch chose yellow on the
occasion of Kate and William's wedding last April.
hat, by British milliner Whiteley, was one Kate has worn numerous times
before, and is a 99 sisal beret in latte.
Kate stood by William's side during part of the service today
… the two enjoy a light moment during the service
The Queen was solely responsible for granting William membership to the
order as it is an honour she can bestow independently of the Government
Kate, carrying a scarf made from Strathearn tartan – a nod to her Countess of Strathearn title – is greeted as she arrives as the cathedral today
The Royals dressed in traditional bottle green velvet cloaks and feathered hats for the service at St Giles Cathedral today
The Queen said in the services it was her 'pleasure' that His Royal Highness the Prince William, Earl of Strathearn, be installed a Knight of the most ancient and most noble Order of the Thistle
The Order's vestements include a white taffeta-lined green velvet mantle worn over a suit or military uniform and tied with green and gold tassels, with the star of the Order on the left shoulder. The black velvet hat is trimmed with white ostrich feathers and a black egret or heron feather. A gold collar with thistles and rue sprigs is worn over the mantle, and the St Andrew, known as the 'badge-appendant' is attached to the collar
The Queen was accompanied by fellow Order of the Thistle members the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Cambridge
The Royals leave the Signet Library to head to St Giles Cathedral ahead of the Thistle ceremony
Noble: The Queen and Prince Philip are also members of the Order of the Thistle, an order of chivalry unique to Scotland
WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE THISTLE
Noble: The insignia of the ancient Scottish Order of the Thistle
Like the Order of the Garter in England, the Order of the Thistle is a noble order of chivalry, but it is unique to Scotland.
The current order was founded in 1687 by King James VII of Scotland, also known as James II of England.
The Sovereign grants membership to the order, and need not seek approval from the Government.
The Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Anne are Knights of the Thistle.
Male Knights of the Thistle may use the title Sir, while ladies can use Lady before their forename.
Wives of Knights may use Lady as a prefix to their surname, although peers and princes do not use these titles unless their names are written out in their fullest forms.
The motto of the order is Nemo me impune lacessit, which is translated as No one attacks me with impunity, or alternatively No one can harm me unpunished.
The emblem is a thistle, Scotland's national flower.
The Order's vestements include a white taffeta-lined green velvet mantle
worn over a suit or military uniform and tied with green and gold
tassels, with the star of the Order on the left shoulder. The black
velvet hat is trimmed with white ostrich feathers and a black egret or
heron feather. A gold collar with thistles and rue sprigs is worn over
the mantle, and the St Andrew, known as the 'badge-appendant' is
attached to the collar.
EMILIA WICKSTEAD: THE GO-TO DESIGNER FOR HIGH SOCIETY
Society favourite: Designer Emilia Wickstead with loyal client Samantha Cameron
British based, New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead has fast become one of the go-to designers for London's high society.
In business just three years, Ms Wickstead has already dressed a number of royals – not least Kate, who wore an emerald Emilia Wickstead coat dress for a St Patrick's Day appearance earlier this year, and the same 1,200 pink coat dress on two occasions in the past two months – once for a Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle, and again just two weeks later for a Buckingham Palace garden party.
Kate has been spotted various times visiting the atelier in London's Belgravia, and is said to be a great fan of the brand.
Privately, Ms Wickstead is said to be delighted the Kate has shown interest in her collection.
Ms Wickstead also dressed a number of VIP guests invited to last year's Royal Wedding, including Kate's cousin Lucy; Anya Hindmarch; Georgina Cadbury; Lady Kitty Spencer, Emma Parker Bowles and India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid to Princess Diana.
But Emilia's client base is not restricted to the upper echelons royalty.
Ms Wickstead can also count Dannii Minogue and Samantha Cameron as trusted customers, both of whom have worn her designs on many occasions.
Most recently, Samantha Cameron wore multiple pieces from Wickstead's collection on a visit to the U.S. in March.
The Duchess of Cambridge in Emilia Wickstead at a Buckingham Palace garden party last month, and right, at the Queen's Jubilee lunch held at Windsor castle wearing the same 1,200 dress with different accessories
The designer's spring/summer 2012 collection, a pretty collection in candybox hues, was described by Wickstead herself as being a 'mixture of sophistication and playfulness – fashionable women who entertain'.
'We are happy, delighted and excited to see Kate in one of our designs, a spokesman for Emilia Wickstead said recently, adding that she looked 'lovely' in the Wickstead designs.