Kate Middleton and Prince William Stepped Out in Color-Coordinating Outfits on Commonwealth Day
Kate Middleton and Prince William returned to the spot where they exchanged their vows for a Commonwealth Day celebration wearing coordinating couple outfits. Although Queen Elizabeth was unable to attend, the duke and duchess represented the royals at the annual ceremony on Monday at Westminster Abbey.
For the event, which celebrates the 54 countries and nations that make up the Commonwealth, Kate and William matched in royal blues (perhaps also showing their support for Ukraine following William's controversial comment). Kate's ensemble by Catherine Walker consisted of wool coat with a velvet collar and a fascinator of the same shade. Navy suede pumps accompanied the look, which was accessorized with gloves, a clutch purse, and a sapphire necklace and earring set that matched her engagement ring, which once belonged to William's late mother, Princess Diana.
Prince William paired a two-piece suit with a blue, patterned tie and crisp white button-down. The appearance comes after William sparked backlash with his war in Europe is "alien" comment. During a visit to Ukraine's Cultural Centre, the duke remarked that "it's very alien to see this in Europe." The comment proves to be inaccurate given Europe's extensive history of war.
Bernice King called out the royal on Twitter, writing, "I believe that we have a great deal of work to do globally to eradicate what my father called the Triple Evils of Militarism, Racism and Poverty. I believe that language matters in that work. And that it is harmful for a global figure to express war as 'alien to Europe.'"
During the Commonwealth Day festivities, Kate and William were joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Queen Elizabeth's cousin, Princess Alexandra. People reports that the queen's absence is not due to her recent COVID-19 diagnosis.