Monday, 6 January 2014

Vote for Kate's Best Coat of 2013, What Kate has been up to & More

Hello-Hello, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

To kick off another week on the blog, we're back with our second poll (there is still time to vote for Kate's Best Dress of 2013) taking a look at Kate's Best Coat of 2013. The Duchess has a stellar collection, which she displayed throughout her pregnancy and later last year during a series of engagements. As always, I'm very excited to see the winning garment and to hear your thoughts. We'll be revealing all the winners in a Kate Fashion Awards after the polls end, but first back to the topic at hand.

We first saw Kate in a coat in March at a friend's wedding in Switzerland. The Duchess selected a chic cream coat for the event, and the piece has been very popular among readers as it remains unidentified, despite numerous searches.


A reader who attended the wedding got in touch shortly afterwards and noted the buttons looked fake. Jenny noted the garment bears many similarities to the Reiss Covent Coat, so perhaps it is a past season piece by the brand? Regardless, it is a striking coat and Kate clearly loves it, having worn it several times since.


Kate brought back her Hobbs 'Celeste' coat for a day of engagements in Grimsby.


For Cheltenham, the Duchess chose a lovely dusky pink Joseph coat she has had in her wardrobe for several years. The buttons had been moved allowing more room, making it a suitable maternity wear style.


At the St. Patrick's Day parade at Aldershot, Kate wore her green Emilia Wickstead coat. The Autumn/Winter 2010 piece features a fitted top and a full skirt completed with a belted waist. It's yet another coat from Kate's wardrobe which worked well for her during her pregnancy.



For an engagement at the offices of Child Bereavement UK, the Duchess debuted a new coat: the Redgrave by Goat. The heavy wool piece features a low collar, button front fastening, stitch detailing and two slanted open front pockets.


What does one wear for an engagement with Her Majesty and Prince Philip? Kate has perfected the art of choosing simple, understated clothing when accompanying The Queen on official appearances. In March, the royal trio visited Baker Street Station; the Duchess wore a dark teal coat by Danish designer Malene Birger.


When Kate volunteered with the scouts in the snow, she opted for a practical look befitting the nature of the day and kept warm in her Barbour Linhope jacket. It is described as "a versatile jacket which offers you excellent protection against all weathers".


The Duke and Duchess made a two-day trip to Scotland in April; on day one Kate elected to wear the £425 tartan 'Workers Coat' by Moloh.


On day two, we saw another old favourite brought back as a maternity style; the royal red angora Armani coat she debuted at William's passing out ceremony at Sandhurst in 2006. It's one of Kate's all-time best looks in my opinion and it was great to see it again.


The Duchess looked splendid in a mint Mulberry coat at The Queen's Scouts Parade. The €2,300 coat is 100% cotton and features four flower buttons in soft gold, two large pockets, frayed fabric panel detailing and lined sleeves.

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For a hospice visit, the Duchess wore a peach Tara Jarmon cotton twill coat. It looked great on Kate and I loved the colour.


The Duchess brightened up Her Majesty's Garden Party in the Emilia Wickstead 'Marella' silk coat - perfect for the event and the season. The yellow abstract coat is collarless with an open front and three-quarter length sleeves.

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Kate was elegant in a pale pink Jenny Packham coat for The Queen's Coronation Service in June.


Godmother Kate christened Royal Princess in the Hobbs Dalmatian Print coat. The print was an unusual choice for HRH and a departure from her usual taste in coats, but it was a fun piece and it was nice to see her experimenting.


Kate was pretty in pink in a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat with large pearl buttons for Trooping The Colour.


Below we see a closer look at the detail.


The Duchess wore her L.K. Bennett 'Ami' coat to meet Poppy Day Supporters in November. It's one of my least favourites as it seems somewhat ill fitting and too roomy around the shoulders. What do you all think?

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Kate was solemn in the Temperley London 'Noa' coat for Remembrance SundayThe elegant piece features a high neck, long sleeves, a single-breasted front button fastening, a jacquard diamond check design and a pleated hem.

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Vote for Kate's Best Coat of 2013!
  
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Thank you so much for voting! I have to say it was a tough choice, as Kate has worn so many magnificent coats this year (she really does love them). While it's very much subject to change, my number one choice is the UFO cream coat the Duchess wore in Switzerland and later on Christmas morning. It's a stunning piece and incredibly versatile.

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Next, we have just a few news tidbits to share with you. What has the Duchess been up to lately? We know William, Kate and George rang in the New Year at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury. Kate and Pippa were seen attending a friend's party in the village on New Year's Eve.

On Saturday, the Duchess was spotted shopping for antique rugs at Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire - just over 30 kilometres from Bucklebury - suggesting it is quite likely Kate and George are still in Bucklebury (with many thanks to Abbey and Raquel who shared their sightings). Prince William began his ten-week bespoke course at Cambridge University today (Good luck, William!) so it is entirely possible the Duchess may opt to spend some of the time with her family.

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The Duchess was accompanied by a royal protection officer and wore a camel coat for the shopping excursion.

Aggie Davies Twitter Feed

It is thought the Duchess was shopping at Knights Antiques. The shop "combines the ageless beauty of Persian tribal and village rugs and carpets with the unique style of English country furniture, clocks, pewter and paintings from the period 1600-1900". An antique Persian rug costs roughly several thousand pounds. Perhaps Kate is adding finishing touches to Apartment 1A, Kensington Palace, or shopping for Anmer Hall?

Knights Antiques

Kate celebrates her 32nd birthday on Thursday, and I expect William has something special lined up. Last year, William, Kate, the Middletons and friends enjoyed Cirque du Soleil!

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Many readers will be interested to hear Kate's Pied A Terre Imperia Wedges are back in stock. The £85 sling-back espadrille wedges are available in black, red and navy at Dune.

Dune London

Finally, Australian news outlets are reporting William and Kate have selected Sydney as their base for their April tour. Royal aides are set to travel over shortly to finalise details and the itinerary. We'll be back with our next poll in just a couple of days!

102 comments:

  1. I voted for the cream coat, but I love that green plaid one, too. It is a toss up between them.

    xo

    Sheila

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    1. I was torn between those two too. They're both such lovely pieces. In the end I went for the cream coat as it seems so versatile but I do love the McQueen tartan coat :)

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  2. Kenna from NYC6 January 2014 22:27

    What a great post, Charlotte! I love voting her favorite looks, I completely agree with the cream UFO coat although my second favorite was the Moloh workers coat. My mother in law lives in Oxfordshire and I have been to the shop Kate was spotted in! Wish I could have seen her, that would have made my day (or life haha)! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and I am so happy to see what 2014 will bring for the royal family and your wonderful blog!

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    1. Hello Kenna,

      What a wonderful coincidence. It looks like a gorgeous shop indeed! I spoke with a girl who saw Kate in there and noted how "normal, friendly and pleasant" she was.

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  3. I personally like the long slim coat silhouette on Kate. When she wears ones that are above the knee and flared, then she tends to wear a dress underneath that is a similar length, and I feel the short length is just not right for someone in her position.
    I loved the red Ami coat and the brown Celeste because of their longer length. But that dark teal coat by Birger? - waaay too short. She looks elegant in a slim coat. She managed to pull off that same look, while very pregnant, with the Dalmatian coat. It was a fabulous look for her - stylish, modern, elegant.

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    1. The Hobbs Dalmatian Coat looked great on Kate and it was a fun maternity style.

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    2. Absolutely agree, her knees are not her best feature. With her height,a long slim coat is so elegant, which is why that UFO cream is so great -looks like the queen she'll be.

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  4. Lovely--what fun to see so many great coats! Thanks.

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    1. You're very welcome Martha :)

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  5. Brenda, Minnesota, USA6 January 2014 22:44

    I have to say you do such a wonderful job! I absolutely adore Kate and wait patiently for your posts and stop everything when there is something new. I adore coats as well and find this a hard choice to make. I love the fact that Kate recycles her clothing. That is so refreshing.Thank you for all your wonderful blogs.

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    1. That is incredibly kind of you Brenda, thank you so much :)

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    2. You'd know coats, lIving in MN especially this year, coats have to be longer to block the (extremely cold) winds.

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  6. carrie from the rockies6 January 2014 22:52

    I loved the pink maternity coat. Kate looks wonderful in all the coats though. It was such a good year for kate and her coats.

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    1. It was indeed and she'll get so much wear out of them with UK weather!

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  7. Kkushy in Sunny South Africa6 January 2014 22:53

    The Duchess is her beautiful stunning self in all her coats. I love her style...I love her coats n her shoes...she's one stylish princess. My favorite coat is the Goat Redgrave! The length is stunning on Kate and it looks fun n trendy...
    Hi Charlotte. Lovely post as usual, I havnt been commenting recently, but always read every blog n check daily for updates. Just what if there's something new! U never know, u always get the top news like a bullet. All the best for 2014 to u. May u go from strength to strength... Be blessed always and keep up ur good work. Hope all u ladies r doing well for the new year! Best wishes from Kushy

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    1. Thank you so much Kushy. Wishing you all the very best for 2014!

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    2. Hi Kkushy,

      I like the Redgrave coat too! It wasn't my favorite, but it does look very fun. What did you think of the dress she wore with it? I personally don't like the Peter Pan collars on adults, I think it makes them look like 3 year olds. But, Kate does like to have fun now and then with her fashion choices and this look was definately that.

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  8. This poll is a lot more difficult for me than the dresses and gowns! I can't vote for just one...

    My top two coats are the black Noa for Remembrance Sunday and the teal Malene Birger for the Baker St station visit. I also like the one she wore in Switzerland, but it was the *total* look that made that one stand out for me. And the pink was my favorite maternity coat.

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    1. Excellent choices Royalfan!

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil7 January 2014 02:00

      Royalfan, I completely agree with you! I think the Noa Temperley coat was a magnificent look for Kate. I can honestly say this is my favourite coat EVER! I love the way it is, so structured and has awesome fitting.
      The teal coat from Malene Birger was another stellar choice! She looked like a real lady!
      And I couldn't agree more with you, regarding the outfit she wore to the wedding in Switzerland.... The look, with that fur scarf, was a show stopper! Very, very, very regal and chic!
      The tartan McQueen is another favourite of mine!
      And for maternity coats,I really liked the yellow one, the pink one and the orange one.
      I just love her coats, but to me, the Noa from Temperley is the winner!
      Charlotte, these polls are so much fun! Thank you for your hard work!
      Hugs :)

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    3. Hi Ana, I love *everything* about the Noa coat...the cut, pattern, and material. It was a very sophisticated choice and I had the same impression of the Malene Birger coat. And in Switzerland she looked very chic indeed. That coat, combined with the dress and accessories, was absolutely perfect.

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    4. royalfan and Ana - I'm with you in the coat selections. LOVE the Noa coat and Birger coat! :o)

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  9. PS.... I had hoped that the Malene Birger would be recycled for Christmas Day. :)

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  10. I don't consider the Green Emilia Wickstead to be a "coat" but rather a coatdress. The latter is a dress styled like a coat but usually worn over little more than undergarments (or possibly a blouse or thin sweater, as the Duchess wore the Wickstead this past year), whereas a coat is primarily for outdoor wear, worn over clothing, and meant to be removed indoors. The McQueen tartan may also be a coatdress, strictly speaking, rather than a coat, since it's not clear that she wears a dress underneath it. I really don't think she did so at the school sports field engagement.

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  11. bluhare in Washington State7 January 2014 00:56

    I voted for the St. Patrick's Day coat. It's different and it's very, very snappy. Second is the Remembrance Day coat. I think it's lovely.

    I like the McQueen plaid coat dress as well, but I think it would be very hard to wear.

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    1. The Temperley London Noa is doing surprisingly well, I hadn't expected it!

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    2. bluhare, we agree on the Noa coat. I hope she recycles that one soon. The St Patrick's Day coat *is* sharp and I love the full "skirt", but I feel like it needs a belt.

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    3. bluhare in Washington State7 January 2014 03:20

      It has a belt, royalfan. She wore it belted the first time we saw it, on St. Patrick's Day 2012. I like it better with a belt too, but as she was pregnant this year I imagine it didn't work as well as it did the year before.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116328/St-Patricks-Day-2012-parade-Duchess-Cambridge-Kate-Middleton-presents-shamrocks-guardsmen.html

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    4. bluhare, my mistake...I had forgotten about that! :)

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    5. Love the Jenny Packman coat she wore to the Coronation Service....not a big fan of the red coat though. It was just too long...too much fabric from head to toe. I felt the same way about the sequin dress in the last post. Both the coat and the dress overwhelm her. I think if she is going to wear something with so much "fabric" she needs to wear ger hair up and let the outfit be the star. The concept is the same with makeup....if your eyes are wearing a lot of makeup, then only wear lip gloss and visa versa. Loved this post.

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  12. Aww man i usually love every single one of kates coats but this year there were only a few i liked (Her dresses were to kill though)
    I loved the UFO coat (when she was pregnant and not pregnant- looked great)
    Love the red armani coat (although i liked it better on her the first time she wore it)
    I thought the Orange coat was springy and looked so refreshing on her in that point in her pregnancy
    I disliked the coats that had the buttons moved to accomodate for that reason
    and alot of the coats at the end of her pregnancy (mint green, yellow, navy blue with the queen, and the pink one at troop the color) looked awfully matronly. My 85 year old grandmother has very similar coats to those! especially those huge pearl buttons- yikes
    That being said Kate is gorgeous and always looks amazing, regardless of what she wears.

    And Thanks so much for these cute blog posts and for always posting so quickly after each event! i love this blog and can tell you put a ton of effort and time!

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    1. I too disliked that coat that had the buttons moved, you could see where the buttons originally were and it doesn't look like they were sown back on evenly as the hem is crooked. And yes, some of the coats were awfully "mature". I think my least favorite was the
      pink McQueen she wore at the Trooping of the Colors. I do disagree with you about the red Armani, I didn't like it the first time and still don't. I think the big collar just doesn't do her justice.

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  13. Sarah from Calif.7 January 2014 01:28

    Ohhh dear Charlotte, I looooove coats and will need to give this one some careful thought. I'll get back on this :)

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    1. Looking forward to hearing your choice Sarah :)

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    2. Jean from Lancs.7 January 2014 13:02

      Difficult to choose one--as individually they each suited the occasion for which it was worn.
      Suspect I will give up on this one.

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  14. Happy New Year Charlotte! These polls are quite entertaining and I enjoy them immensely! Ok, so for my vote, I chose the Noa, by Temperly. I chose it because I am partial to the designs of Temperly, and it makes her look tres chic! I also loved the cream coat, because of versatility. The McQueen tartan is also stylish, and appropriate. It was hard Charlotte, to choose just one! :)
    Thank you for your great posts as always, and I read this blog often to get my Kate fix! I love that she recycles her clothes like the regular woman, and for that she will always be relatable to the people. Blessing to you in the New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year M.C., thank you for commenting!

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  15. I love the polls! I'm having fun reliving 2013 by looking at all the great pictures. But it is so, so hard to pick a favorite. Kate looks great in anything she wears, so it seems to be a matter of taste. I am a romantic and love, love, love pink, so I am voting for the silk pink coat with the pearl buttons. But, I also really, really like the green St. Patrick's Day coat. She looked adorable in it with the shamrocks pinned on he lapel! Can we vote for a first , second , and third? =)

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  17. Where do you think she stores all these clothes? I'm sure it isn't a large closet a la Mariah Carey or someone like that!! Perhaps another apartment close by??

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    1. Hi Anne 7,

      I have often thought the same thing! Even in her single days, she always had new clothes, where does she keep them? I wonder if some of the clothes are put into storage or archives and can be retreved at a later date if she wants to rewear them? I mean you certainly wouldn't stuff a $3000 gown into the back of your closet!

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    2. I believe the Kensington Palace flat has 20 rooms. There's plenty of room for her wardrobe, which is not that enormous as yet. Prior to their move to KP, her wardrobe was probably stored in a variety of different places. One of her assistant's jobs probably would have been to retrieve an outfit when it was needed.

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    3. The new Kensington flat is very large. I would guess that there is an area devoted to clothing storage and care, probably dating at least from Princess Margaret's time. This area should include space for William, who has various suits, tuxedos, and uniforms. Perhaps that was one of the selling points for Flat 1A, though Princess Diana's former flats would also have had space for her wardrobe. Kate must be happy to have a place where she can organize her things and supervise their care. Though she probably had space at Clarence House and probably at her parents' home, with casual clothes at Anglesey, it would be a relief to have a central dressing area in her own home.

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    4. Anne, I would expect there is ample wardrobe and storage in the KP apartment, not to mention additional storage in other sections of the palace for off-season clothing. I do remember reading in an article a few years ago about the royal ladies that each garment is inspected for stains or rips after it's worn, then carefully hung or folded. I remember reading that Diana and the Queen had dressers whose job it was to catalog, with a card in a clear bag attached to each garment's hanger, when and where the garment was last worn and detailing everything that was worn with it, from jewels to undergarments and shoes. I would expect that either Kate or another unnamed member of their staff performs a similar chore for her clothes.
      I think we tend to think of the KP flat as an "apartment" or a smaller residence, and, as others have noted, it's actually quite spacious, more akin to a 20-room mansion in the U.S. than what we would consider an "apartment."

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  18. Where do you think she stores all these clothes? I can't imagine her walking into a "closet," a la, Mariah Carey, Cher?? Perhaps another apartment??

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  19. Love the teal coat! What a lucky girl to have so many beautiful coats, I wish I could get my hands on a few of them! :)

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  20. Charlotte, thanks so much for these posts, they are so much fun!! I enjoy seeing what outfit others have choosen. I voted for the Pale Pink Jenny P., that Kate wore to the coronation church service. It really reminded me of the McQueen she wore to the Jubilee church service. I wonder if she was repliKateing that look?:) Any thoughts on that? I also loved the UFO, as she wore it in Switzerland, the hat, dress, fur collar, all of it was so lovely and very regal looking. I also loved the teal dress on her, she can really pull off those strong colors, although it just a bit to short for my taste, but she has great legs so she pull that off.

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    1. Kate did wear the same hat to the Jubilee Service and the Coronation Service. The outfits of course were quite differently styled, though similar in color. By the way, Charlotte, how about a hats poll? :-) I'm very much enjoying these polls.

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      We do have a hat poll coming up after the next one :)

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  21. Great post Charlotte! I have to say this one was really hard for me to pick a favourite coat! All her coats are so lovely. I reluctantly picked the dark teal by birger for your poll! :)
    Have a beautiful week!

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  22. I love your blog! I've been looking forward to the Kate Loves Tiaras. Did I miss it or is it forthcoming?

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  23. Hi, I´m leaving a comment for the first time. You are doing splendid work here.
    I voted for the Celeste coat, as it imo is closest to Kate´s age and we actually see so few brown coats these days. Matching her hair color as well.

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  24. I couldn't wait for this post and I replied right away, but somehow since I got my new computer for Christmas, none of my posts are showing up. It's like the Safari-monster just eats them instead of sending them. I'm attempting this post through a different browser. Fingers crossed.

    I loved seeing all of Kate's coats together. I've almost forgotten that she was pregnant last year. I voted for the McQueen tartan because Kate just looked so lovely in it on Christmas. I had a hard time deciding though. My second choice, by a hair, was the Temperley Noa. I love the detailing of it. I would own it if I could afford it! I agree with others though, Kate looked the most "regal" in the cream coat when worn with the hat and fur collar.

    Do you think we'll see (or hear about) Kate out with William for her birthday this year? It made me smile to see that she spent last year's at a Cirque du Soleil show. My birthday is the day before hers and I've spent many at Cirque shows. It's a favorite. This year, I'll be snowed in. Started snowing yesterday and isn't supposed to stop until tomorrow afternoon. Predicted accumulations of nearly 6 feet on top of the foot that was already there. They've shut the main highway due to zero visibility.

    I can't wait for all the dresses that will come with the Australian tour this Spring! I'm going to need the relief from this Upstate NY Winter. Thanks for another great post, Charlotte, and I hope your year is starting out well!

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  25. Hi Charlotte, this blog is one of my first 'stops' most mornings. The lead up to the WEDDING was a goal for me, I was having chemo for breast cancer at the time and I just HAD to be well enough to watch..and I was :) I follow the royals ardently, in a world of almost constant 'bad' news I find their news to be refreshing happy stuff :)
    Keep up the fabulous updates for me ad all the other 'Kate' fans xx

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    1. Anonymous, I hope this response to your comment finds you well. From what I read in your post it seems that it has. I agree that in a world full of crazies, this blog is a much needed relief from the negative. Thank you for sharing your story with us. It reminds me to be thankful for every day the lord allowes me to be healthy and happy. I hope you continue to comment and keep us updated in your recovery. May god bless and keep you

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  26. This poll was so hard! Kate REALLY knows how to put an outfit together with a coat; as I am coat obsessed and find myself drooling over many of these looks. I had such a hard time choosing a favorite, but I think my favorite was the coat from St. Patricks day, because I thought the entire look was perfection. It is such a fresh change to see her hair up, and I loved the accessories as well. I think she looks fabulous in deep, saturated colors and that green is so stunning. Of course, I loved many other looks as well- particularly the Dalmatian coat because it was such a departure. Also, anything McQueen suits my fancy and I love both the red and the tartan. What I wouldn't give for a perusal through her closet!!!!
    I have to second previous commenters interest in where/how all of these gorgeous clothes are stored. Surely there is an inventory so she knows what she has, but it must be a serious undertaking to keep track of all of it!

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    1. bluhare in Washington State7 January 2014 20:57

      Agree regarding the total St.Patrick's Day look. Absolutely gorgeous. I'd kill for the entire outfit.

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  27. Would have voted for the Birger coat except for its length. It't not just a questionof suitability, the coat looks skimpy and out of proportion on a tall girl like Kate. Agree with those who say Kate looks much better in longer coats and the votes for the Mcqueen tartan show that. It's the perfect length for her although she also looks very good in long coats like the Hobbs and the Bennett.

    So cast my vote for the Temperley Noa which has a beautiful fabric and is hopefully long enough for Kate. Let's hope she goes back to the length that suited her so well on the tours and engagements before her pregnancy.

    I think the Birger would have done almost as well as the Mcqueen with a few more inches added. It is otherwise an elegant piece and looked great on Princess Mary where it was longer.

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    1. Hello! has a side-by-side photo of Kate and Mary in the Birger coat. Kate may be taller, but it really doesn't look *that* much shorter her.

      http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2013032111708/kate-middleton-princess-mary-coat/

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  28. I vited for the Hobbs dalmation print coat and the peach Tara Jarmon coat. The choice was a difficult one but, these two are my favorites of all her coats.Thanks Charlotte!xoxo

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  29. I was very tempted to vote for the cream coat worn in Switzerland and at Sandringham. Both times, the look Kate created was stunning. However, I'm not quite sure about the structure of the sleeves, and we have never seen the neckline. So I stuck with my wish to vote for the outfit she wore to the Coronation Service. Even though the photograph showing the lining is a bit awkward, this is a beautifully constructed garment, and she looked lovely.

    I agree with the poster who wanted a second and third and even a fourth choice! Mine would be the coats with beautiful color - the peach, the pink, and the long red one. I also agree with those who like the longer coats. They are sleek and chic! I disagree with those who like the plaid coat dress best. To me, the front placket with snaps showing through is less than graceful. It is pretty from the back. The coat dress for the Remembrance Service is much more elegant.

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  30. OMG!!! I am on holiday in Oxfordshire right now from California. I have to be on a better look out for Duchess Kate spotting!

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  31. It's such fun to look at all of Kate's beautiful clothes and coats. I think there is a good chance that I am older than most of your readers, so my tastes are informed by a different era. I love ALMOST everything Kate wears, but she had two coats which reminded me very much of things my Grandmother wore, which is not a good thing! (My Grandmother was born in 1895.) The coats I speak of are the mint Mulberry and the yellow Emilia Wickstead. I am not criticizing her choices - Kate makes everything look good. I just cannot embrace these two because they look "grandmotherly" to me.

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  32. What fun to look at Kate's beautiful clothes and coats! I am probably older than most of your readers, so my opinions are a bit different. While Kate manages to make everything look great, two of her coats remind me of things my grandmother wore so I cannot embrace the looks. (My grandmother was born in 1895!) The coats are the mint Mulberry and the yellow Emilia Wickstead - too "grandmotherly" for me!

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    1. Glad I'm not alone. :) The green and yellow are my two least favorite coats. There's also something about the shorter sleeve length (on a coat) that doesn't look quite right to me but I can't put my finger on it.

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      As long as we are all in agreement! I thought the same as you bristownmom and royalfan- those two coats didn't do HRH justice- but LOVE the cream coat, she looks very regal.

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    3. Have to agree with royalfan here (and bristowmom!). There was just that "something" about the mint green and that bright yellow (bright yellow, for anyone, is a tough color to wear, let alone when you're pregnant!!) coat that made me wrinkle my nose. Too- too - something! But, like royalfan, I just can't put a name on it. It was the same with the Malene Birger teal coat with the black piping. The length was too, too short but there was just that "ewww" moment I had when I saw that coat!!

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    4. Gina, we part ways on the Malene Birger coat. :) I loved it on Kate (and Princess Mary). I see it as more of a coat dress and the length was fine IMO. The green one was dowdy and not very sharp looking and the yellow, well, perhaps I've seen too much of it on the Queen and Princess Anne over the years. LOL.

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  33. I loved that UFO cream coat best, too - but could definitely sympathize with the current "leader" also! :-))) The cream coat looked truly regal and she can definitely wear those creamy colours (I´m also dark-haired, but I would look as if I had just returned from the dead in a cream coat! ;-)) ), it looks really elegant!
    Happy New Year to everyone and especially to you, dear Charlotte!! Hope, 2014 started well for you so far! Lots of love, Eve from Germany

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  34. Canadian Friend7 January 2014 23:34

    Dear Charlotte,

    Thank you so much for your hard work in bringing these big posts together.

    I voted for the green Wickstead. I loved Kate's first wearing of it more than the most recent wearing. It's a beautiful cut and colour and the perfect length.

    I do love the creamy UFO coat, especially paired with the fur collar and brown hat, but I agree with the comment that we've never really had a chance to see it clearly.

    The Noa is also very beautiful with great structure and fabric. I hope we can also get a better look at it from a "fashion" viewpoint on a less solemn occasion than Remembrance Day.

    There are several coats I really don't like. This is all just my opinion so please take it for what it's worth.

    I hate the pale green Mulberry. It looks as if it's being worn inside out because of the frayed seaming. I thought the Trooping of the Colour pink coat was very matronly and more traditionally "royal" i.e. brightly coloured in order to stand out for crowds and photos but dull fashion. Many female royals wore this look for many years. Princess Diana was put in some truly dreadful examples of this style in the early 1980s.

    Many of Kate's longer coats are very beautiful like the red Armani and the Celeste. I think they are more workaday so I didn't choose them as my #1.

    It's really too hard to choose just one to vote for but I did what I must!

    Stay warm (most of us in northern North America at least) and have a great week!

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  35. Robin Indiana USA
    I love the Duchess in Red so I voted for the Red Armani Coat!! My second choice is her green coat dress for St. Patrick Day. It is so cold here -35 degree windchill would love to borrow a coat!!! Stay warm everyone

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  36. Lady Sarah from Calif. (hey why not)8 January 2014 00:54

    Today is Charlotte's Birthday if I have the timing right! I'm in CA , USA. Happy Birthday Charlotte! You are do special! Why because you love beautiful things, not just outward things but beautiful things of the heart. I hope you get all your heart desires.
    Again Happy Birthday Lady Charlotte!!!!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much Lady Sarah, you are too kind :)

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  37. Lady Sarah from Calif. (hey why not)8 January 2014 01:03

    Hmmmm I really have coat issues. I can't decide yet. I love the style of one but the color of another. I'm tending toward red (Kate looks fantastic in red but I love the plaids) by this weekend I will decide.

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  38. Robin Indiana USA
    I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday Charlotte!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Robin :0

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    2. Your birthday is close to Kate's, Charlotte. A very Happy Birthday to you!

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  39. I've Got A Gal in Kalamazoo8 January 2014 03:48

    Happy Birthday Charlotte!!!

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  40. Pauline Oak Hil8 January 2014 04:06

    Oh Ms. Charlotte. I want to wish you a very special Happy Birthday. I hope all your wishes come true.
    You deserve the best out if life. I want to thank you for all your hard work and this great blog. You put up with alot of crap from your readers but you continue to post great information.

    So here is hoping you have one special day.

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    1. Pauline, I'm not trying to start anything okay...i just want to say that about 99 percent of the readers on this blog are nothing but respectful. We read and comment on this blog because we are fascinated by the Duchess and enjoy reading the incredible and informative way in which the blog is written. I don't think Charlotte has to put up with a lot of crap from her readers. I have never had an issue with another readers comment until now. I wish you would stop directing your comments in a negative way toward other readers of this blog. We have nothing but the highest regard for Charlotte, the blog and other readers of this blog. Through Charlottes hard work and the dedication of its readers, this blog will flourish. Happy Birthday Charlotte.

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    2. jenndog, I agree and I think referring to other readers' "crap" is disrespectful towards Charlotte since it is HER blog.

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    3. Agree with jenndog and royalfan. Just because we comment on what we, ourselves, observe and like or dislike, doesn't mean it's "crap." I appreciate that the blogger allows comments both positive AND critical of Kate and her ensembles, it certainly makes for a much more lively and interesting debate AND read than if the comments were all adoring of Kate. One of the things I like about Kate and that I can safely say others like is that she is human. She is eminently human. She's not a saint, she's not perfect and she makes mistakes. She has bad hair days, she has days when she just doesn't have it all together. That, to me, is what makes her, despite her immense wealth, fame and position - "one of us."

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    4. Amen, Gina. I think you summed it up beautifully. Perhaps even Kate herself would agree with your assessment of her.

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  41. Happy natal day, Charlotte!

    I hope you have a fantastic time celebrating you! (Can you imagine the *huge* party we Duchess Kate readers could have for you if we were all together?!?) I hope you have a marvelous day and year, and that you do something special - just for you - today. <3

    Shine on!
    Julie

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    1. I love so many of these beautiful coats- but I wanted to vote for the black Odele sheepskin coat from Temperley London, so beautiful.

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  42. It would be one incredible party Julie! Thank you so much :)

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  43. Happy Birthday, Charlotte. :) All my best...

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  44. Kate, Texas USA8 January 2014 16:24

    Oh Charlotte, I LOVED this post! I adore coats in general....maybe because I really don't need a wardrobe of coats in our unpredictable and usually warm Texas weather. Kate has an amazing selection and you have chosen some lovely ones for the post! I have a few I REALLY like, but I think my favorite would have to be the pink McQueen she wore for Trooping the Colour. I had the privilege of seeing Kate in person that day (pretty close to my excitement) and joining others standing on The Mall in the birthday celebration for the Queen. She truly is as beautiful as people say. She was just glowing and it was a glorious day! I also LOVED the dark teal coat she wore on the engagement to Baker Street Station with the Queen and Prince Phillip. The Noa coat and tartan McQueen are a couple more favorites. :) I do love coats!!!

    Thanks for a lovely post! Have a wonderful day!!!

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  45. Happy Birthday and all the best for you, Charlotte! Hope you had a fab day so far... :-)
    Sarah from Germany

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  46. I love the green Emilia Wickstead coat Kate wore for the St. Patrick's day parade.

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  47. Caroline in Montana8 January 2014 22:26

    First thing first, happy birthday lady Charlotte! I hope you have a wonderful day and a very blessed year ahead. Onto the coats! It was really hard to narrow down, much harder than the dresses! My top choice is the Hobbs Celeste, love the chocolate color on her and it was a great length, then the red Armani, the malene birger dark teal and then the Noah. Whew! I will say I agree with the other posters that don't like the coat that had the buttons moved, it just doesn't look quite right:( love your blog keep up the excellent work! -caroline

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  48. The McQueen Christmas tartan coat, the mystery cream coat and because she looks especially lovely in red, the Armani coat. The Noa coat is also beautiful. Fave maternity coat was the pink/peach? She wore at Trooping the Colour.

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  49. The tartan coat and the timeless, classic red Armani are my favorites, although it's a tough call with the green Emilia Wickstead and the apricot (dusky pink?) Joseph coat she wore at the Cheltenham races in the mix.
    One thing for sure - the longer coats are definitely more flattering to Kate, they make her legs look longer in a way the short, thigh-high coats don't, AND the longer coats look MUCH more appropriate in every situation. They don't look frumpy or old, they just look appropriate for her age and for her position.
    The short, thigh-high coats and dresses just look badly tailored (which I think, unfortunately, some of them were) or that Kate is trying too hard and in the wrong ways to make her legs look longer. A well-tailored, knee-length coat achieves that goal successfully.
    It's been observed on here before that Kate is long-waisted and short-legged and so she makes up for that with shorter skirts and higher heels (and on some dresses as we've seen, moving the natural waistband up to just below the bust, which looks sad and silly). Longer coats elongate the leg from the natural waistline and give the impression of a longer legline. Thigh-high dresses just look cheap and gimmicky, I think and especially when worn with high heels.
    I think my favorite maternity coat was the pink Jenny Packham she wore at the Coronation Service - and that's mainly because it was an appropriate length, although the Hobbs Dalmatian coat was a close second, just because it was fun and, again, a good length!!
    I always love Barbour, although their coats are much more suited to the UK's cooler, milder, rainy weather than the 10, 20, 30 below that we're currently experiencing in the U.S. Midwest!!
    SO HAPPY to see the Pied A Terre wedges are back in stock, definitely going to order a pair!!
    It is my hope and wish for 2014, at least as far as the royals go, that we'll see more of William and Kate, not just during the royal tour but in the course of more royal duties.
    This absolute reclusiveness is starting to become a little odd, as is the continued clinging to Kate's parents. It would be understandable if she was an 18-year-old bride on her own for the first time but she's a 32-year-old wife and mother who not only dated her husband for seven years before they were engaged, they also lived together for a fair amount of time before they were married.
    It's just starting to seem a bit odd, almost as if she's unable to cope with being a wife and a mother, not to mention a working royal, without the constant presence of her mother.
    I'd love to be proven wrong but from outside appearances and especially with Kate staying out of sight for such an extended period and with her parents now almost constantly, except for a few carefully-choreographed events, that's sure what it's starting to seem like to an outside observer.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State10 January 2014 01:37

      Hi Gina, this may seem a bit forward but will you marry me? I think I just fell in love with that post!

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    2. Reclusiveness? Personally I just think that William doesn't want his family to court publicity when not on official engagements. His mother's way of life and manner of death has had a huge impact on their behaviour. I think he wants the paparazzi to get bored. Imho.

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  50. Reclusiveness?? Kate is out and about quite a bit, given charity and royal events, shopping, social occasions, walking with her son, etc. The fact that she belongs to a closeknit family does not seem like clinging to me. Kate after all is not a government figure; she is the wife of a prince who until recently worked in the military. She has borne a son and moved into a large apartment during the past year. She'll be making a long tour with her husband soon, and he is currently on a special course at Cambridge. Her time is no doubt occupied with planning a wardrobe for Australia and New Zealand and learning about those countries, as well as spending as much time with Prince George as she can before she has to spend time away from him. Kate has always been accused of not doing enough, especially when she had a good job with Party Pieces. The fact that she works quietly should not be held against her. She is a confident and vibrant spirit when she is in public. I think the way she has adapted to her changing life since her marriage is amazing.

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    1. I like your response, Anon! Calm , clear-headed, and you presented actual facts. THESE are the kind of responses that actually do any good. And I totally agree!!

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    2. Well put, Anonymous 02:56! Very well done!

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  51. CJ from Minnesota11 January 2014 09:55

    I think that from a PR prospective, a few engagements before Australia would bode well for public goodwill. Only being seen shopping or perceived as “occupied planning a wardrobe” appears rather shallow even though there may be a lot of work behind the scenes. It seems to me a balance would make a better public perception. I work from home, travel a lot and have to prepare presentations for seminars around the world, I know there is a lot of work I have to do behind the scenes to prepare. I also know that I have to show my boss (who is in Denmark) that I am working hard in between my trips – perception is everything.

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