Tomorrow, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will trade in their English titles for their Scottish ones – the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. Their Royal Highnesses will attend events in Strathearn, Perth and Kinross. Any visit to Scotland provides a wonderful opportunity to wear tartan, and Kate has done just that on past engagements.
Tartans are historically representative of clans and regions, and today are synonymous with Scottish culture. Tartan kilts, scarves, capes, and jackets are popular forms of dress while in Scotland. The Countess of Strathearn often wears or carries a scarf of Strathearn tartan on official engagements. Her pattern is called the “Strathean No. 2 Modern” and is available in many fashionable items.
According to the ScotWeb website: “Her Royal Highness, Catherine, The Countess of Strathearn, has famously worn this scarf on many occasions, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Royal Pageant and most recently on a visit to Scotland, in Strathearn No.2 Modern tartan, with our exclusive hand-knotted five-knot fringe detail.”
Kate’s hand-woven silk scarf retails for £290.00 but the price tag represents the extremely high quality of the product. In honor of Prince George’s birth, the brand released a wool version of the scarf for £95. Both pieces are hand woven on historic looms and feature hand-knotted fringe made entirely on Scottish soil.
While the Countess loves her Strathearn scarf, Kate also wears other tartan patterns, not always as symbolic, especially when she is in the Land of Lochs and Legends. While the pattern is usually reserved for colder months, it is entirely appropriate to wear tartan whenever one is in Scottish territory.
Only Kate knows what she will wear on tomorrow’s events in Scotland, but we can predict an adorable tartan ensemble to pay tribute to the beautiful Scottish culture. Add a dash of tartan to your wardrobe with these items:
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