Feb. 24, 2011 -- Kate Middleton celebrated her first royal engagement in true fashion on Thursday. Despite the blustery weather, the stylish princess-to-be still managed to look chic in her outfit of choice.
Kate donned a velvet-collared beige coat by one of her favorite designers, Katherine Hooker, that might look a bit familiar to devoted royal watchers. She was previously photographed wearing the coat in 2006 at the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race. But ever the fashion-forward icon, Miss Middleton did make one small alteration. According to the Telegraph, the mid-calf length coat was shortened by Katherine Hooker herself so that it would hit above-the-knee.
On her head, the hat-loving bride-to-be wore a fascinator by Vivien Sheriff Millinery. Maddie O'Mahony, a member of the milliner's design team, told People Magazine that Kate owns numerous pieces from their collection. The headpiece was made of velvet and pheasant feathers, and was topped with two badges. One of those badges represents the Royal Welch Fusiliers, an infantry regiment of the British Army.
Kate tied the look together with brown tights, black ankle-boots, and a black scarf.