Kate is pretty in recycled pink for first Palace garden party
At the Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge chats with guest Bethan Haynes, whose husband Warren is in the Navy and stationed at Anglesey, Wales, where Kate and William live. (AFP/Getty Images)
Having about 8,000 people trample your grass might not sound like much fun, but the Queen didn't seem to mind.
The occasion on Tuesday was a garden party at Buckingham Palace, where the Royal Family -- or as much as can be assembled -- play host to people who found their way onto the guest list after being nominated by institutions, charities or businesses.
“It’s very nerve-wracking facing such a sea of people but great fun," the Telegraph quotes the Duchess of Cambridge. “Everyone looks so pretty dressed up.”
Noticed by his absence was Prince William, who remained in Wales where he's on duty as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.
Kate, who is growing more comfortable with her occasional appearances sans William, surprised some observers by wearing the same Emilia Wickstead dress she wore just a few weeks ago for a Queen's Jubilee lunch, accented by a Jane Corbett hat. Of course, if you have a $1,900 dress, it's probably wise to wear it more than once.
The party began with the national anthem, followed by the appearance of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. They led a procession of Prince Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne, and Kate down to the lawn, where the royals mingled with selected guests.
Kate talked with several women who had husbands in the service, including Joanne Roberts. “I asked her how it was being a newlywed," Roberts recounted to the Telegraph, "and she said she was loving every minute. She said she was so busy doing something every day and if she wasn’t working at an official engagement she was researching something to do with her work.”
She also met Royal Navy Lt. Warren Haynes and his wife Bethan, who chatted with her about life in Anglesey, Wales, where William is stationed at RAF Valley. "She said how much she loves living in Wales and had picked up a few Welsh words," Bethan said. "She'd learnt 'araf' which means slow and 'heddlu', meaning police. She was very confident, beautiful and elegant."