The Subtle Message the Prince and Princess of Wales Are Sending with Their Clothes in Boston This Week

Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.

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Royal drama continued (as ever) to swirl as the Prince and Princess of Wales touched down in Boston yesterday for their first U.S. tour since 2014. The couple stepped off the plane Wednesday afternoon to news that Prince William’s godmother, Susan Hussey, had resigned her longstanding role as a lady-in-waiting at Buckingham Palace amid disturbing accusations of racism. The next day, Thursday, the trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming Netflix docuseries—simply titled Harry & Meghan—dropped, taking even more attention away from the work surrounding environmentalism William and Catherine were in Boston to undertake.

And while the Palace has recently said it wanted less focus on Catherine’s clothes and more on her work—understandable—she and husband William were sending a clear message through their sartorial choices on the first two days of their U.S. tour: the two of them are a united front.

The two stepped off the plane (a commercial flight, no less) at Boston Logan International Airport on Wednesday wearing coordinating navy suits, Catherine in a cropped Alexander McQueen blazer over a turtleneck, paired with ankle-length pants. (Catherine also wore this same suit two other times this year: the bubblegum pink version in June, and an all-white version in August.) William chose a blue tie to wear with his suit.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Their first engagement of the tour took them to Boston’s City Hall, where William gave remarks alongside Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Massachusetts Governor-Elect Maura Healey. Again, the prince and princess coordinated their looks, William wearing a tie to match Catherine’s Burberry tartan dress and Alexander McQueen coat. To wrap up the evening, the couple went from navy to green to blue, Catherine in a vintage blue Chanel jacket, with William in a coordinating blue button down.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Then, on Thursday at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts and Roca in nearby Chelsea, a new coordinated color: maroon this time, Catherine in a burgundy Roland Mouret suit and pink pussybow blouse; William’s matching sweater made it abundantly clear and obvious—they’re standing together sartorially (and otherwise).

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

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So far, the only break in color coordinating across the visit happened at their third and final engagement on Thursday, to Boston Harbor. The Waleses bundled up to face the chilly temperatures in parallel looks, both in long coats and scarves crossed identically. Catherine’s double-breasted Alexander McQueen trench coat was dark brown with an orange knit Gabriela Hearst turtleneck dress underneath, while William wore a dark blue coat and a blue scarf with navy trousers. Catherine wore gloves; William, despite the freezing temperatures, did not. Kathy Abbott, CEO of Boston Harbor Now, offered William a hand warmer, which he declined, laughing and saying “I don’t want to be rude. I’m keeping them [his hands] in my pockets—when I can feel them again, it will be better.” Catherine pointed to her own brown gloves and looked happy to have opted to wear them.

Even as drama surrounds them, the couple has made it clear: we’ve got each other.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Rachel Burchfield
Contributing Royal Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.