Mrs. Wales' style uniform? McQueen! Kate Middleton (Duchess Catherine) took time off from prepping for her upcoming 11-day trip to North America to step out with husband Prince William at Saturday's Irish Guards Medal Parade at the Victoria Barracks in Windsor, England.
The newlywed — and fashion's newly minted It girl — chose a double-breasted wool crepe navy officer's coat by Alexander McQueen (the same fashion house that created her lace wedding gown). She pinned a gold shamrock brooch to the jacket in honor of the Irish Guard.
The military-inspired topper with gold brass buttons is part of the designer's pre-fall 2011 collection, which also includes a military-style pencil dress ($1,595) and a bi-color draped coat with military epaulettes ($1,840). Select looks from the collection are currently available at http://www.alexandermcqueen.com
The Duchess, who doesn't have a stylist, is reportedly working with personal shoppers at London's high-end department stores (think Harvey Nichols) to pull together her multiple outfit changes for the upcoming trip to Canada and California — she'll likely include a few wallet-friendly fashions from her go-to shop Zara in the mix too.
Plus, it doesn't hurt to have Alexander McQueen's head designer Sarah Burton on speed dial!