Duchess Kate preens in Alessandra Rich at Prince Philip’s memorial service

by Susan Ryant

Prince Philip’s memorial service (or “thanksgiving” service) is happening in Westminster Abbey as I write this. These are photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival at the Abbey, with their two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Y’all knew that the kids would come out after the Flop Tour, and here we are.

The optics of this meant to send the message that William and Kate are back on solid British ground, their family is fine, everything is fine. Of course, William still manages to look incandescent with grumpiness, probably because Kate is using his grandfather’s memorial service as yet another fashion show, and yet another opportunity to waltz around in a hideous new outfit. This is exactly what she did at Philip’s funeral too, she turned it into The Kate Show, and everything became about how great she looked (at a funeral) and how she’s a keen peacemaker.

As for the keen fashion show, Kate’s dress is by Alessandra Rich, a designer who keeps Kate in her most beloved 1980s-retro Diana cosplay. Polka dots, a high neck, puffy shoulders, pleated skirt… and a garish button detail on the shoulder. Jesus, she actually spent £1,665 for this. And it’s a new dress too, we’ve never seen this. She bought herself all-new sh-t for the Flop Tour, and now this.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Instar.

HRH Katherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and daughter Princess Charlotte attends a Service of Thanksgiving for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK on Tuesday 29 March, 2022.,Image: 673787304, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: Please credit photographer and agency when publishing as Justin Ng/UPPA/Avalon., Model Release: no, Credit line: Justin Ng / Avalon (L_R) Prince George, HRH Prince William – The Duke Of Cambridge, HRH Katherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and daughter Princess Charlotte attends a Service of Thanksgiving for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK on Tuesday 29 March, 2022.,Image: 673787487, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: Please credit photographer and agency when publishing as Justin Ng/UPPA/Avalon., Model Release: no, Credit line: Justin Ng / Avalon HRH Katherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attends a Service of Thanksgiving for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK on Tuesday 29 March, 2022.,Image: 673787495, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: Please credit photographer and agency when publishing as Justin Ng/UPPA/Avalon., Model Release: no, Credit line: Justin Ng / Avalon (L_R) Prince George, HRH Prince William – The Duke Of Cambridge, HRH Katherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and daughter Princess Charlotte attends a Service of Thanksgiving for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK on Tuesday 29 March, 2022.,Image: 673787498, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: Please credit photographer and agency when publishing as Justin Ng/UPPA/Avalon., Model Release: no, Credit line: Justin Ng / Avalon Westminster, UNITED KINGDOM – Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Pictured: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte BACKGRID USA 29 MARCH 2022 USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication* Westminster, UNITED KINGDOM – Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Pictured: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte BACKGRID USA 29 MARCH 2022 USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication* Westminster, UNITED KINGDOM – Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Pictured: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte BACKGRID USA 29 MARCH 2022 USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication* Westminster, UNITED KINGDOM – Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Pictured: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte BACKGRID USA 29 MARCH 2022 USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication* Westminster, UNITED KINGDOM – Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Pictured: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte BACKGRID USA 29 MARCH 2022 USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*