HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wears her trusty Penelope Chilvers LongTassel Boots while visiting Manor Farm, a fifth-generation family-run mixed cattle, sheep, and arable farm near Darlington, County Durham. It was the royal’s first joint appearance outside of London since December.
The Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots have been a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge for over 17 years and have been worn on numerous occasions – the style has been expertly designed to encase the leg beautifully, giving a sleek elegant silhouette.
Kate was first photographed wearing the same leather boots at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in August 2004, and also in 2017.
Penelope Chilvers was born and raised in England. Originally trained as a painter at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, and was granted a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, to complete an MA at Complutense University in Madrid. Penelope lived for a few years in the city of Barcelona, as a painter and designer where she collaborated with artists and artisans. She worked with wood turners, designed for the textile industry and worked on interesting projects e.g. the restoration of the Picasso Museum. While living in Barcelona, she enjoyed riding in her lunch break in the national park of Collserola in the hills above the city wearing traditional Spanish riding boots.
She pursued the idea of bringing the Spanish riding boot to England and commissioned a small number of traditional artisans in the hills of Spain to make the perfect equestrian boot – our Long Tassel boot – to her own specifications. This boot remains a firm favourite in the collection, most famously worn back in 2004 by Prince William’s then girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge continues to wear her boots to this day, most recently on the Royal Tours of Canada and India.
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