This morning the Duke & Duchess visited Les Invalides, a complex of buildings relating to the military history of France, where victims and first responders from a series of terror attacks in Paris shared their stories.
On the 13th of November 2015, 130 people lost their lives and 300 were wounded as ISIS gunmen and suicide bombers simultaneously targeted bars and restaurants across the capital, as well as a concert in the Bataclan theatre and the Stade de France football stadium. On the 14th of July last year, a cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86 people and injuring 434 people.
The Duchess gave a nod to the host country by picking Chanel’s cotton tweed coat with a red, white and black pattern from the 2017 Spring/Summer RTW Collection. It retails for £8,380/$10,300 (yes, you read that correctly). Kate’s is slightly modified, opting for her own belt which is also Chanel and features the CC logo. The Duchess carried a chic little quilted Chanel purse with an enamel handle. With thanks to Kate’s Closet, the Calfskin Flap Bag is from the Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection and is £3,400/$4,200.
Kate’s necklace and earrings today are from Cartier’s ‘Trinity’ collection. On her feet were her Tod’s Fringe Pumps (sold out) — a very practical choice for the Paris cobblestones and children’s rugby game. We will see Kate again shortly for the Wales vs France rugby game; I’m guessing she’ll change into something more casual. Today Kate revealed that George has a toy rabbit that he named ‘Bun Bun’.
William said at the British Embassy Friday that before he and Kate arrived in Paris, his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II reminded him of how much she has enjoyed her many visits to France. “It is a feeling that Catherine and I entirely share, and look forward to this and many more visits in the years to come—to France our ally, our friend, our neighbor,” he said.