SUMMER KNIGHTS: On Monday the Duchess of Cambridge was out of her weekend wellies and back in her L.K. Bennett nude heels for yet another royal ritual. She joined Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family for the annual Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle. The ceremony marks the installation of new knights, and the renewal of oaths by established ones. Kate wore the ivory Alexander McQueen coatdress that she first donned at last year’s Trooping the Color parade, and a cream Jane Corbett hat.

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Catching her husband’s eye, Kate was unable to hide a smile as the Duke of Cambridge passed by her in the traditional attire for the ceremony, which includes blue velvet robes and a black velvet hat with white plumes. Now also a Knight of the Thistle, William was awarded Scotland’s highest honor as a personal gift from his grandmother in time for his 30th birthday on Thursday.

This story first appeared in the June 19, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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