After a string of movie premieres and red carpet appearances, Kate Middleton observed Remembrance Day (a British holiday dating back to the end of World War I, which honors members of their armed forces who died in the line of duty) in considerably more somber fashion. In stark contrast to the floaty, ice blue Jenny Packham she wore to the London premiere of Spectre, the fire-engine red gown (and ultra-sparkly tiara) she wore to her first state banquet at Buckingham Palace, and the floral Erdem she wore to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds black-tie event, Kate wore simple Alexander McQueen, as Princes William and Harry laid wreaths at the Cenotaph.
That said, the Duchess of Cambridge looked no less fabulous in her minimalistic black coat. Paired with a charmingly retro veiled fascinator (and of course, some poppies on the lapel), her latest foray into outerwear featured militaristic-inspired, double-breasted buttons, as well as velvet detailing on the lapels, sleeves, and bodice, which added some interesting contrasting texture to the ensemble. As we've come to expect from her cadre of McQueen coats, this latest addition is a stylish mix of professional and regal, with just a smidgen of edginess.
Stylish, no? Now, somber as the holiday may be, Kate's got a stellar Remembrance Day fashion record — she is, after all, known for her coat style prowess. Let's take a look at some of her coats of Remembrance Days past.
In Alexander McQueen, 2014
Another classic look, spruced up with some cool detailing on the lapels and sleeves.
In Temperley London, 2013
Remember when Kate just about broke the Internet by twirling her hair in this gorgeous coat/beret combo?
In Diane von Furstenberg, 2012
Another Remembrance Day, another on-point somber black coat.
In Diane von Furstenberg, 2011
Ooh, check out those lapels (and her makeup game is especially on point here).
Want a fascinator now? Me too.