Kate wears Kiwi designer as Wills installed as Knight

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, accompanied by Prince Philip, Princess Anne, left, and the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral. Photo / AP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, accompanied by Prince Philip, Princess Anne, left, and the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral. Photo / AP

The work of a New Zealand fashion designer is proving popular with the Duchess of Cambridge who has again chosen an Emilia Wickstead creation for a public royal engagement.

Thirty-year-old Catherine wore a pale yellow coat dress in Edinburgh on Thursday as she attended a ceremony where her husband Prince William was installed as a Knight of the Thistle, Scotland's highest honour.

The outfit, complemented by black suede heels and a subtle latte-coloured sisal beret, surprised some British commentators who described yellow - a colour worn in public only once before by Catherine - as an "unusual" choice.

The beaming Duchess carried a folded tartan scarf, a nod to her Scottish title: Countess of Strathearn.

At a May state lunch, British media described Catherine as "pretty in pink" as she wore a pink coat dress designed by New Zealand-born Wickstead, who is now based in the UK.

-AAP

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