Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton's Azure Coat & Queen's Cake in Pictures

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  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (front L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (front C) watch Queen Elizabeth unveil a plaque during a visit to the Fortnum and Mason food store in London March 1, 2012.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L-R) look at look at a Jubilee cake at the Fortnum and Mason food store in London March 1, 2012.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall samples cake during a visit to the Fortnum and Mason food store in London March 1, 2012.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) points to some sweets as she stands next to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Fortnum and Mason food store in London March 1, 2012.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits the Fortnum and Mason food store in London March 1, 2012.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to staff during a visit to the Fortnum and Mason food store in London March 1, 2012.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    ritain's Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L-R) look at their hampers after being presented with gifts at the Fortnum and Mason food store in London March 1, 2012.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth walks past a cake display at the Fortnum and Mason store in central London March 1, 2012. Together with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge she had viewed the Diamond Jubilee product ranges, met staff and unveiled a plaque for the regeneration of Piccadilly.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks with guests before officially opening the "Fortnum and Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon", during a vist to Fortnum and Mason food store in central London March 1, 2012.
  • Fortnum & Mason Tea: Kate Middleton’s Azure Coat & Queen’s Cake in Pictures
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks with guests before officially opening the "Fortnum and Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon", during a vist to Fortnum and Mason food store in central London March 1, 2012.
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Kate Middleton made her first solo debut with the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall at the famous Fortnum & Mason confectionery on Thursday, but as usual it was her style that caught the public eye.

Sporting her usual glossy hair and flawless make-up, Middleton stepped out (unusually) in an Italian designer. The Azure colored M Missoni label tweed coat surprised and shocked some Middleton Duchess Effect enthusiasts, who went as far as wondering if the Duchess was having a wardrobe malfunction.

The coat was called shabby worn-out and frayed' by Twitter commentators. Despite the criticism, however, the Duchess all-in-all got thumbs up for her new vintage look, according to the Daily Mail.

Afternoon Tea

Middleton met with the Queen and Camilla at the famous food hall of Fortnum & Mason, where they were given a tour before indulging in a beautifully crafted cake that was designed specifically for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The trio was also presented with a Fortnum hamper containing special delicacies, including champagne truffles and dog biscuits, according to the BBC.

The Queen and Camilla also sported shades of Azure for their Royal trip. Queen Elizabeth wore a pale blue outfit with a matching hat, while Camilla was dress in a navy blue coat.

Diamond Jubilee

The queen is currently celebrating her 60th year on the throne, through a series of Diamond Jubilee events held in London. On Feb.29 she unveiled a commemorative feature of 60 lit discs shaped as E II R, which are installed from the main entrance of Buckingham Palace and stretch through to the Olympic park.

During the Queen's visit to Fortnum & Mason, the confectionary unveiled a special fruit-laden Diamond Jubilee Cake. Topped with dried fruits and almonds the cake comes with a dash of Shropshire Apple Brandy and is decorated with glistening dried figs, peaches, apricots and pears.

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