Thursday, 20 July 2017

Kate in Bird Print Markus Lupfer Dress & Diana's Pearl Bracelet for Clärchens Ballhaus Reception

The Duke and Duchess attended a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus tonight.

Ahead of the reception the British Council said: "Both the British Council and Their Royal Highnesses William, the Duke of Cambridge, with his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, share the same passion about strengthening the intercultural and international links between Britain and the world. During their visit to Germany, Prince William and his wife Catherine aim to learn what makes Berlin such a strong magnet for artists from all around the world - especially for British creative professionals."

A warm welcome upon arrival.

The Duke and Duchess were joined at the reception by some of the most creative, innovative, and exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology in the city.

Opened in 1913, Clärchens is one of the last remaining old ballrooms in Berlin.

An interesting review of the venue from The Guardian:

'Amid the sleek new cafes, offbeat shops and modern art galleries of the buzzy Mitte district, one cultural icon looks much the way it did a century ago. Founded in 1913 by Fritz Bühler and his wife Clara, affectionately known as Clärchen, this two-storey ballroom has an air of gracefully faded grandeur.
 I’d heard about this peculiar urban timewarp long before I stumbled across it one afternoon while looking for a bite to eat. The attached beer garden, decorated with exposed bulbs and dense greenery, looked so intriguingly out of place that my friends and I stepped in without thinking. After brusque bow-tied waiters served us schnitzels that dwarfed the plates beneath them, we took a peek inside the building’s well-worn facade. There, under the neon lights and silver streamers, a group of maybe 20 people were enthusiastically tangoing away. It felt oddly like trespassing on a high school dance from decades past.
I’ve since been back to Clärchens Ballhaus as a participant rather than a voyeur, doing my best to cha-cha with two left feet. But as much as I love the nostalgic vibe on the ground floor, it is the chandeliered Spiegelsaal (mirror hall) upstairs, all towering ceiling, baroque detailing and huge mirrors, that draws gasps, and crowds. This hallowed hall has witnessed raucous 1920s nightlife, covert sword duels, allied bombing, balls for war widows and, more recently, a dramatic revival, thanks to David Regehr and Christian Schulz, who saved it from dereliction in 2005.'

Looking inside is like stepping back in time.

The building has protected status as a Berliner Kulturdenkmal (cultural monument).

Well-known faces included Sam Riley and Game of Thrones star Thomas Wlaschiha, who plays Jaqen H'ghar on the hit show. During their chat on BBC Radio 1, William revealed they are both big fans of the show.

Mingling with guests.

A great shot.

Kate enjoyed a look around with British Council director Rachel Launay.

An overview of the party. Can you spot the Cambridges?

A highlight of the evening was a performance by Sam Hall, aka DJ Goldierocks.

With years of DJ experience and a theatre degree from Goldsmiths, University of London behind her, Sam is known for her theatrical flair as well as her cutting-edge playlists. As host of the British Council's radio show The Selector, Goldierocks reaches a global audience of over three million. Each week she brings listeners the brilliance and diversity of British music, promoting the sounds, talents and musical culture of modern Britain to an international audience. The award-winning radio show covers all styles of music from indie, dubstep, folk, soul, electro and everything in between.

William and Kate with DJ Goldierocks.

The Duke and Duchess leaving.

Kate selected a dress by German designer Markus Lupfer tonight (with thanks to HeavenQRF). The teal bird-print jacquard dress is from the Pre Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection. It's a very fresh choice for Kate; quite different from the usual styles she favours.

Markus Lupfer

Kate's dress is not available yet, but for those fond of the print the Markus Lupfer Melissa dress featuring the same print is available at Harrods.


Markus Lupfer graduated in 1997 from London’s University of Westminster with a first-class honours degree. With his refreshingly unique style and artful way he redefined everyday basics; his critically-acclaimed final year collection was immediately bought by London boutique Koh Samui. It was in quick succession that he was awarded the British Fashion Council’s New Generation Award in 2001, providing the platform to begin showing on an international level the label that bears his name. Markus Lupfer became a regular on the London Fashion Week schedule before becoming Design Director at Spanish fashion house Armand Basi in 2006. In 2008 Markus Lupfer won ‘Best Designer of the Year’ at the Prix de la Mode Awards in Spain. Fans of the brand include Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Cara Delevingne, Olivia Palermo, Anna Kendrick, and of course Pippa Middleton.

Markus Lupfer

The Duchess added her own chic belt, which really complemented the look.

Kate teamed the dress with her  Prada Scalloped Suede Sandals from last night. They are described: "Prada's sandals have been made in Italy from smooth black suede. Set on a vertiginous stiletto heel, this pair has three precision-cut straps that are strategically placed to flatter your foot." They remain available in limited sizes at Net-A-Porter.


Kate accessorised with her Soru Jewellery Baroque Pearl earrings.

Soru Jewellery

A closer look.

Kate wore a triple strand pearl bracelet.

Initially it was thought to be the same one she wore for Order of the Garter in 2008...

Upon closer inspection, the eagle-eyed Order of Splendor and (our) Rebecca noticed it's actually Diana's Triple Pearl and Diamond Spacer bracelet. Diana wore the elegant piece on a number of occasions - most memorably with her Catherine Walker 'Elvis' outfit and Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara. The bracelet features very distinctive 'spacers'. It would certainly seem William has gifted Kate quite a few pieces from his mother's collection. It's a beautiful bracelet.

And Kate carried a new clutch.

Today's earlier post:

Today's earlier post covering the Cambridges' day in Heidelberg and the fun rowing race can be viewed here.

Tomorrow's Schedule:

  • The Duke and Duchess visit Hamburg which is Germany’s second largest city, and home to its largest harbour. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Maritime Museum on the bank of the river Elbe. Here The Duke and Duchess will celebrate the joint UK-German year of science, which this year is focused on oceans.
  • William and Kate will make their way further through Hamburg’s dockside warehouse quarter to the Elbphilharmonie. The Duke and Duchess will join the orchestra on stage, before listening to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
  • The Duke and Duchess will then depart by boat and travel down the River Elbe to their final destination for this tour: Airbus. The company’s base in Hamburg is home to production, maintenance and training facilities. The couple will tour the complex and meet apprentices, both German and English. The Duke and Duchess will then visit the final assembly line of an A320 aircraft and view the cockpit of a near-complete plane.
  • Afterwards, William, Kate, George and Charlotte will return to London.

To view all of the Royal Tour Poland/Germany coverage, click here.

Kate Goes for Gold in Jenny Packham & Hugo Boss Stripes for Day in Heidelberg!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to one of Germany's most enchanting cities, Heidelberg, today.

Just south of Frankfurt, surrounded by thick forest, this is the oldest university town in Germany. Heidelberg is a very appropriate stop for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - it has been twinned with Cambridge since 1965.

William and Kate's first stop in Heidelberg was the German Cancer Research Centre.

An arrival video from Peter Hunt.

The establishment of a national cancer research centre in Germany was initiated by Heidelberg surgeon Professor Karl Heinrich Bauer. The Centre was set up in 1964 by resolution of the State government of Baden-Wuerttemberg as a foundation under public law. In 1975, the Centre became a member of the Association of National Research Centers. Ongoing research programmes include Cell Biology and Tumor Biology, Structural and Functional Genomics, Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention, Tumor Immunology, Innovative Cancer Diagnostics and Therapy, Infection and Cancer and Translational Cancer Research.

They met researchers and visited the stem cell research lab to learn more about the important work being done there.

The Duke and Duchess received a briefing on leukaemia.

Richard Palmer reports:

'He said: "It's really helpful to have a visit from the Duke and Duchess as they publicise the importance of work we do here. "The UK and Germany are leaders in this field of stem cell research," said the expert who has been based in Heidelberg for seven years. He told William and Kate about the latest developments in stem cell research. 
The Leeds University graduate, told them how his team focuses on the question whether and how an accumulation of DNA damage in stem cells is the causes for ageing of an organ system. Such damage may cause exhaustion of the stem cell pool and loss of the organ's capacity to regenerate. The work is particularly important in research into leukaemia.  
William said, "Ladies first" when he was asked to look at the cells through a microscope. Afterwards Kate said: "It's in 3D too, which is amazing." William, who also looked through the microscope, asked how far down the line the centre's stem cell research was and added: "It's fascinating work."

The royals proceeded to the centre of Heidelberg, situated by the riverside and overlooked by the ruins of its famous castle.

They posed with local children for photos.

They wandered through the central market square, on which a British-German market was set up offering local food and drink.

After a quick lesson from local apprentices, The Duke and Duchess got to grips with pretzel making.

Kate enjoyed it immensely judging by this photo.

William and Kate were led by the Mayor.

William and Kate met children in the market.

Then it was time for a quick change of clothes for a very fun event!

William and Kate embarked on a rowing boat each joined by rowers from both Cambridge and Heidelberg.

The Express reports:

'Kate had jokingly told her crew: "No pressure, but I do want to beat my husband," before the race and she was given a huge advantage over William after an Olympic gold medalist was chosen to be in her boat. Filip Adamski, who was in the winning German eight in the London 2012 Games, was selected as her stroke. The rest of both crews were made up of local amateur crews from Cambridge and Heidelberg.
William, with a hint of bravado, insisted it was "fine" when told he was up against an Olympic champion  as he arrived on the banks of the Neckar. But he admitted to his wife: "This could  be a challenge," before setting off without any advice on how to cox.
Kate spent several minutes taking tips from her teammate before setting off, admitting she was "worried about crashing" and indicating with her hands that she feared zig-zagging along the water.'

A video from KP.

The scene on the River Neckar.

This panorama from the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke shows the Neckar running through Heidelberg.

William looked over and said "We're going to get them. Let's keep it up".

Prince William's team was victorious in the end. It's fun to see friendly competition between the couple and best of all for royal fans it produces brilliant photos.

The couple enjoyed a little friendly banter.

 And a hug afterwards.

The photos are reminiscent of the Dragon Boat Race William and Kate competed in during the 2011 Canada tour and their boat race in Auckland in 2014.

The royals were congratulated and given medals.

A cold beer to celebrate.


A video from The Telegraph:

It's a very exciting day for our lovely reader Sara. We've been chatting on Twitter for weeks about her hopes of seeing William and Kate in Heidelberg. Sara was delighted to meet Kate and give her gifts she made for George and Charlotte. I was chatting with Sara afterwards and she said "She was so sweet! I am sure she was genuinely thankful, what everyone that meets her says is true!! She's so kind and sweet!"

The gorgeous gifts Sara made George and Charlotte.

The Duchess chose a bespoke yellow brocade Jenny Packham dress today. The floral jacquard dress features the fit-and-flare silhouette Kate is fond of. It's another case of diplomatic dressing as the hue channels the gold in the German flag.

A closer look at the floral motif.

Kate wore her Monsoon Fleur Wedges.


Kate carried her bespoke McQueen clutch.

Kate's pretty new earrings are the Oscar de la Renta Pearl Sun Star Button earrings (with thanks to Katie). More from the product description "Make a subtle statement in our wear-with-everything button earrings. Crafted with striking gold-plated sun stars, this darling pair is set with lustrous Japanese resin pearls." I think they work perfectly with the Packham dress - adding to the sunny vibe of the look. The £142 earrings are available at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

Oscar de la Renta

Also available in the same range are the Sun Star gold-plated faux pearl clip earringsSun Star Link Bracelet. the Gold-Tone Faux Pearl Brooch and the Pearl Ring.

Oscar de la Renta

And wore her trusty Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Moving on to Kate's second look of the day. Kate opted for her signature casual look - a Breton top and skinny jeans.

Despite endless searches we were left stumped identifying the top. Luckily, Kensington Palace announced it's by German luxury brand Hugo Boss. It was a nice way of giving a nod to the host country and the top itself is a very eye-catching shade of blue. As of writing, it appears Kate's exact top isn't available online, however Middleton Maven notes the very similar Slim-Fit Jersey T-Shirt retails at Hugo Boss for £59.

Kate wore her Superga Cotu sneakers. They remain available at Nordstrom for $65.


Kate wore her Ray Ban Wayfarers during the rowing.


This evening, The Duke and Duchess will attend a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus.