In their first public appearance together without their husbands, Middleton, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Elizabeth II visited Fortnum & Mason store in London on March 1, 2012 as part of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. All three women wore blue, with Middleton choosing a cornflower Missoni coat.
Kate stepped out in the Italian desginer’s blue azure colored tweed coat from Missoni’s fusion line, M Missoni. The vintage look was accessorized with Links of London’s ‘Hope Egg’ white topaz and white rhodolite drop earrings, nude pantyhose and grey suede Rupert Sanderson’s ‘Malone’ pumps. Kate also wore bright yellow daffodils in honor of St. David’s Day on the lapel of her coat.
The Royals met with military personnel at the store and toured its food hall, which is renowned for its wines and delicacies and indulged 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. The Queen also unveiled a plaque to commemorate the regeneration of the local Piccadilly area while at the store.
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.
The Hope Egg earrings from Links of London retails for $430. It is an important symbol in Russian culture, traditionally given for birthdays, festivals, etc. This egg represents hope and new life.