Kate"s hat trick puts her ahead on style: Duchess chooses same headpiece as William is honoured as a Knight of the Thistle

Kate's hat trick puts her ahead on style: Duchess chooses same headpiece as William is honoured as a Knight of the Thistle
Duchess known as Countess of Strathearn in Scotland; William known as Earl of Strathearn
Kate wears bespoke Emilia Wickstead design and carries Strathearn tartan scarf – a nod to her Scottish titleWilliam receiving highest honour possible in Scotland

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09:01 GMT, 6 July 2012

As a duchess, she could grandly demand an endless supply of different hats.

But that's not Kate's style. She scored a thriftiness hat trick yesterday, wearing the same jaunty headpiece for the third time in little over a year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Edinburgh, where William was installed into the highest order of chivalry north of the border.

Golden girl: The Duchess of Cambridge (left) walks with Lady Sarah Chatto after attending a Thistle Service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

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

June 2011: The Duchess attends Investec Derby Day at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the wedding of Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt in June 2012

The Duchess attends Investec Derby Day at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse in June 2011 (left) and (right) attending the wedding of Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt in June 2012

The colour of the 1,200 coat-dress was an unusual choice for Kate, who has only worn yellow once before in public

The colour of the 1,200 coat-dress was an unusual choice for Kate, who has only worn yellow once before in public

The colour of the Emilia Wickstead coat-dress, which was created especially for Kate ahead of the event, was an unusual choice for the duchess, who has only worn yellow in public once before

Delicate: Kate, known in Scotland as the Countess of Strathearn attends a Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh for the installation of The Prince William, Earl of Strathearn, as a Knight of the Thistle

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

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

It was the couple's first official engagement as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, the titles they use in Scotland.

In a typically thoughtful gesture,
Kate carried with her a wrap made out of the clan's distinctive tartan.
And she also displayed her trademark thrift in the 99 latte-coloured
sisal cocktail hat, by Luton-based milliner Whiteley.

She first wore it at last year's
Derby, and last month paired it with a pale embellished coat for the
wedding of William's cousin, Emily McCorquodale.

Yesterday she wore a beautiful pale
gold coat dress by society designer Emilia Wickstead, a favourite of the
Prime Minister's wife, Samantha Cameron.

The duchess recently sported a 1,200
Wickstead coat in pink, but this one, according to the designer, was
made especially for her and would have cost significantly more.

Her husband, William, wore the moss green velvet gown and distinctive heron-plumed hat of the Order of the Thistle.

Kate's hat is by Whiteley, 99, while her primrose coat dress is an Emilia Wickstead design

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

Just as she did on the day of the Jubilee flotilla, Kate carried a folded Strathearn scarf, a nod to her Scottish title

The Duchess of Cambridge last carried the folded Strathearn tartan scarf during the Jubilee flotilla last month

The yellow of the Strathearn tartan complemented the yellow coat dress perfectly

The Duchess of Cambridge last carried the folded Strathearn tartan scarf during the Jubilee flotilla last month, left, and in an identical manner today

The order, founded in 1687, is unique to Scotland. Unlike many national honours, it is in the personal gift of the Queen.

She made her grandson a Knight of the Thistle to mark both her Diamond Jubilee and his 30th birthday.

It is the
highest honour in Scotland and is second only in precedence in the UK to
the Order of the Garter.

At her ears Kate wore a pair of simple gold and citrine drop earrings by jeweller Kiki McDonough

Kate admires Princess Anne's elaborate costume

At her ears Kate wore a pair of simple gold and citrine drop earrings by jeweller Kiki McDonough

The order 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 Kiki McDonough earrings

Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings 495, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge

Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings, 495, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge

The hat worn by Kate today in Edinburgh is a fine hand woven sisal straw beret in the colour 'latte' from Whiteley's eponymous Whiteley Collection

The hat worn by Kate today in Edinburgh is a fine hand woven sisal straw beret in the colour 'latte' from Whiteley's eponymous Whiteley Collection

The hat worn by Kate today in Edinburgh was a
fine, handwoven sisal straw beret in the colour 'latte' from Whiteley's
eponymous Whiteley Collection

Her chocolate suede shoes were by British designer Emmy Scarterfield of Emmy Shoes

Emmy Scarterfield creates custom made shoes for her clients

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
Thistle.'

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
the Government.

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.

Her
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

Kate stood by William's side during part of the service today

... the two enjoy a light moment during the service

… 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

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 tartan clutch bag, greets the reverend at the cathedral today

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 Royals dressed in traditional bottle green velvet cloaks and feathered hats for the service at St Giles Cathedral today

The pomp and pageantry of the Order of the Thistle ceremony dates back to the 1600s when it was founded by James VII of Scotland, also James II of England

The pomp and pageantry of the Order of the Thistle ceremony dates back to the 1600s when it was founded by James VII of Scotland, also James II of England

Noble: The Order of the Thistle is an ancient order of chivalry in Scotland

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

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 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

The Royals leave the Signet Library to head to St Giles Cathedral ahead of the Thistle ceremony

The Queen and Prince Philip are also members of the Order of the Thistle, an order of chivalry unique to Scotland

Noble: The Queen and Prince Philip are also members of the Order of the Thistle, an order of chivalry unique to Scotland

Princess Anne is a member of the Order of the Garter as well as the Order of the Thistle, meaning she holds the highest honour in both Scotland and England

The elaborate vestements bear a star emblem and an ostrich feather hat

Princess Anne is a member of the Order of the Garter as well as the Order of the Thistle, meaning she holds the highest honour in both Scotland and England

The Royals emerge after the ceremony, which took place within the internal Thistle Chapel and was broadcast through speakers to those in the cathedral

The Royals emerge after the ceremony, which took place within the internal Thistle Chapel and was broadcast through speakers to those in the cathedral

The Queen and Princess Anne removed their gowns after the service to reveal elegant floor-length outfits

The Queen and Princess Anne removed their gowns after the service to reveal elegant floor-length outfits

The Queen's white gown was made from richly textured silk, and at her neck she wore a diamond and emerald necklace

The Queen's white gown was made from richly textured silk, and at her neck she wore a diamond and emerald necklace

ANCIENT ORDER FOR SOVEREIGN NOBLES DATING BACK CENTURIES

The insignia of 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 same motto appears on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom for use in Scotland and some pound coins.

The same mottos is also used by the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Scots Guards, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

The Order's patron saint is St Andrew, and its 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.

On the left shoulder of the mantle is a star badge bearing the motto of the Order, Nemo me impune lacessit - no one can harm me unpunished

The Queen was accompanied by fellow Order of the Thistle members the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Cambridge

On the left shoulder of the mantle is a star badge bearing the motto of the Order, Nemo me impune lacessit (no one can harm me unpunished). The velvet hat is trimmed with ostrich feathers and one black egret or heron top feather in the centre

EMILIA WICKSTEAD: THE GO-TO DESIGNER FOR HIGH SOCIETY
Society favourite: Designer Emilia Wickstead with loyal client Samantha Cameron

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

The Duchess of Cambridge in Emilia Wickstead at the Queen's Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle

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.

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