Friday, 3 January 2014

Vote for Kate's Best Dress of 2013!

As requested, we're back with end of year polls, beginning with Kate's best dress of 2013! To simplify the process (there are oh-so-many pretty frocks to choose from) I've elected to categorise the voting into two sections - Day dresses, worn candidly and for official engagements - and evening dresses, dressier garments worn for evening functions, galas, premières, etc. I think it allows us to gain a clearer view of our readers' favourite. I'll let you know my personal favourites at the end of the post if I ever decide :)

We begin with evening dresses. I remember when William and Kate's engagement was announced back in 2010, I was particularly interested to see how Kate's style would develop and what her collection of gowns would consist of down the line. Three years later, we see the Duchess selecting pieces time and time again from go-to designers such as Alice Temperley, Jenny Packham and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and a few select dresses she loves to bring back.

Due to Kate's pregnancy and in the absence of a royal tour, it was a relatively quiet year in terms of evening engagements, with the first taking place in April when the Duchess attended a reception for her patronage The Art Room at the National Portrait Gallery. Kate chose a pale blue bespoke (custom made) dress by Emilia Wickstead.


The sleeveless piece features a round neckline and a scooped back. It is crafted of a heavy crepe material.


It encompassed many of the elements we saw in the designer's Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Kate looked radiant and the shade worked beautifully with her colouring. It remains my favourite maternity look Kate wore last year.


Kate shimmered in Jenny Packham at the Tusk Trust Awards in September. It was Her Royal Highness's first 'wow factor' appearance of the year and she chose a pale gold sequin gown with a high, round neck and a drop waist.


It was a divisive piece in terms of reader opinion. Upon a closer look many felt the nude panels detracted from the overall look of the gown, although many of us who have worn sequin pieces can attest to the irritation one can experience.


It was Jenny Packham again for the 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala at Kensington Palace in October.


The gown is described this way:

'Simply stunning in ink-tinged silk, this floor-grazing gown from Jenny Packham is the ultimate in evening elegance. It features a wrapped front, V-neckline, gathered short sleeves, black velvet sash, hidden back zip, tailored bodice and full skirt.'

Below we see a closer look at the ink-blue off-the-shoulder gown from the designer's A/W 2013/2014 Collection. It remains available at StyleBop for €4,219.

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Kate was elegant in Temperley London for the SportsBall in November. We had all hoped the Duchess would wear a full-length gown and dazzling jewels for the event, but it turned out to be quite an informal evening with many of the guests arriving in cocktail dresses.

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The 'Templeton' dress is described as:

'Inspired by Renaissance stained glass, it is made of a taffeta-style fabric and has a plain body with a detailed neck yoke, sleeve and skirt finished with a feminine scallop. Demure and slightly Audrey Hepburn in feel, it has a nipped in waist, slightly exaggerated shoulders and full skirt.'

Below we see a closer look at the garment.

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Perhaps we're bending the rules a little with our next gown. We simply could not have a poll on Kate's gowns without the inclusion of the icy blue, eyelash lace Alexander McQueen gown Kate wore to the Annual Diplomatic Reception in December.


Yes, we must state the obvious. We didn't actually see the gown but from what we could see it certainly appears to be a stunning garment, the detailing, the colour... If we had seen the entire look, we'd wager it was Kate's best look of 2013! Given Kate's penchant for repeating favoured pieces, it's likely we'll see it yet. Nonetheless it shall be interesting to see how it fares in the poll.


 For the première of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Kate brought back her gorgeous Roland Mouret 'Lombard' Gown.


It's truly a striking piece, with strong defined shoulders, a high neckline and the high slit. Kate worked closely with Mr. Mouret on the dress; he described HRH as "very aware of her position, a woman of her time". Given the collaboration and the level of thought that went into it, there's little doubt in my mind it will make another appearance in due course.

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Kate's Temperley London 'Amoret' dress completes the choices in our evening dress poll. The Duchess publicly wore the black lace gown for the third time at an advance screening of David Attenborough's Alive 3D at the Natural History Museum.


We all have that go-to dress in our closets, which works for a wide variety of occasions and we can simply throw it on and feel ready to go with minimal effort. I imagine this is how Kate feels about the 'Amoret'; it's appropriate for the occasion and she clearly feels comfortable in it.


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Moving on to our second poll, we look at more casual frocks and day dresses.

Kate made her first public appearance of 2013 to view her first official portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in her burgundy Whistles 'Sofia Rae' dress. The 100% silk piece has a deep V-neckline and it is just below knee-length.

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Next we look at the Max Mara Studio wrap dress Kate wore for a visit to Action on Addiction's Hope House. The jersey print dress has a V-neck and cross-over front with a ruched waist and attached waist tie.


The Duchess selected another Max Mara dress for a friend's wedding in Switzerland in March. The talking point of the look was undoubtedly the unidentified cream coat (we'll discuss that further in our next poll).


Another dress we merely saw a glimpse of next - the Great Plains 'Cezanne' dress Kate wore in Grimsby underneath her Hobbs 'Celeste' coat.


William and Kate's visit to Child Bereavement UK offices in March marked one of the few occasions the Duchess elected to remove her coat during an engagement. Kate looked chic in the Topshop Collar Contrast Dress. I love the Peter Pan collar and it was quite a fresh, youthful look for HRH; perfectly appropriate for the nature of the visit.

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Kate was stylish in the Erdem 'Sophia' dress for a visit to The Willows Primary School in Manchester. The navy-blue, burgundy, white, blue and pink Visconti-bloom silk-crepe dress has a square-neckline and sheer half-sleeves.


The Duchess looked terrific in the Topshop Florence in April; a splendid maternity look.


We saw another design by Kate's 'independent designer' during Children's Hospice Week; a peach dress.


Kate went furniture shopping in a $42 Asos maternity dress in June.

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New mother Kate looked radiant in Jenny Packham when she stepped out onto the steps of St. Mary's Hospital to introduce little George to the world. The bespoke cornflower blue crepe de Chine dress was a stellar choice for a number of reasons.


It was reminiscent of the dress Diana wore when she left hospital with Baby William and primarily because Kate had only given birth a day before the appearance; it was so refreshing to see her embracing her figure and not hiding it in this day when we see the media pressurising new mothers to look a certain way. It is believed Ms. Packham designed an identical pink one too, as the parents were unaware of the baby's gender.


The following day we saw a glimpse of Kate in the Seraphine Blossom Dress.

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For the first official portraits of Prince George, Kate chose the same dress again, this time in fuchsia.

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For the christening of Prince George, Kate's Alexander McQueen ensemble worked perfectly with George's christening gown; no doubt this was given consideration when planning the ensemble. The ivory ruffled bespoke piece encompassed elements from the brand's Spring 2012 Collection. Kate looked effortlessly chic, and it's very much one of my all-time favourites.

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NOTE: The ensemble is an adaptation of a coat dress, so I elected to include it in our dresses poll as it seemed a suitable choice, as opposed to including it in coats.

Kate wore her Orla Kiely 'Birdie' dress in November.


And finally, the Duchess was festive in red for The Queen's pre-Christmas luncheon. Unfortunately we could not see enough of the garment to definitively determine the designer, but it is widely thought it is either Kate's red McQueen dress from the Jubilee or the Beulah London 'Elsa' dress.


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Now that you've selected your favourites, I'd like to share mine. My favourite evening gown of 2013 (I'm sure you've all guessed it) is the Alexander McQueen gown Kate wore to the annual Diplomatic Reception.  From the limited view we had, I absolutely loved it. It looks elegant, sophisticated, timeless. Everything a gown for a white-tie function should be.


The second one was a tough one. I was torn between the ivory ensemble Kate wore to George's christening and the Jenny Packham polka dot dress. They are both memorable looks which royal fans will remember for some time to come. Ms. Packham's piece won marginally.


I am very much looking forward to seeing your choices, please feel free share your favourites and least favourites in the comments below. In our next poll, we'll be voting for Kate's Best Coat of 2013 :)

121 comments:

  1. Robin Indiana USA
    My two favorites are the beautiful Alexander McQueen gown worn with the tiara and the Blue Jenny Packham polka dot dress!! A memory I will never forget!!! I don't really have any dislikes the Duchess looks good in everything she wears. I believe she puts a lot of thought into what she wears to public engagements. Thank you Charlotte for this wonderful post.

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  2. Ana B. from Brazil3 January 2014 04:50

    Great post, Charlotte! Love this idea!
    My favourite evening dress is the Roland Mouret with that beautiful necklace.
    But when it comes to the day dresses, the Christening ensamble is the best I've seen Kate look in quite a while. She looked absolutely stunning, gorgeous, classy, royal... A real lady. I guess this my favourite dress she has ever worn!
    Thank you again for taking the time to post. I know you must be a *very* busy lady and your work here is brilliant, Charlotte.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs!

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  3. Sarah from Calif.3 January 2014 05:53

    Oh Thank you Charlotte! This is fun. I chose the Ink Blue Jenny Packham for evening gowns although, I still really love the Amoret dress. I love lace but the color of the Ink Blue is an eye catcher. As for daywear (on a real causal note) I love the Max Mara wrap but would have loved to see the red Christmas dress. Kate looks sooo good in that red.
    It is fun to see the votes and what everyone else likes.

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  4. Tough choices because there were so many great looks! My two favorites are the Roland Mouret gown and the blue Jenny Packham dress. I loved the whole look of the Roland Mouret with her hair, the necklace, and the slit. I think it was very flattering and gave her a great hour glass shape. It was so hard to choose the next one because I loved the ivory Alexander McQueen, the black and white polka dot dress, and the Jenny Packham, but I had to choose the Jenny Packham because of the emotions that day. She looked radiant as a new mom and it was a great tribute to Diana.

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  5. Greetings lady Charlotte. Merry new year everyone. Sam calling from London.

    My favorite is the simple Blue cotton summer dress duchess Kate wore carrying baby George outside the lindo wing on that hot day.

    It's typically British in that its understated. She didn't need to promote anything, because she's a royal princess amyway. Rather she showed her post baby bump to the world when must celebs hide it. It made me a bit emotional I don't mind admitting. She she had a beautiful glow about her all through her pregnancy and her outfits were all so elegant. But the light blue summer dress was the one that got me.

    Cheers. .....

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    1. This was fun!

      I picked the gold sequin gown, but from the pictures,I thought it was silver.

      I also picked the "Birdie" dress as I thought she looked very smart in it. While she looked beautiful at the christening, the more I looked at the dress, the less I liked that ruffle down the front, but I guess she didn't want to steal the show from the star and needed something to coordinate well with his special gown and for portraits. I would like Kate in a potato sack simply because I like her as a person, but I do enjoy seeing what she wears. I think she has good taste.

      Happy New Year!

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      Sheila

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    2. Sarah from Calif.4 January 2014 15:04

      Sheila, from previous pictures I too thought the sequin dress was silver. Crazy how photography colors get changed on the internet.

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    3. Think that the blue polka-dot dress was made of silk, not cotton.

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    4. I think it is all the camera flashes that can distort the colurs of her clothes.

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  6. Today your post is very nice and I like the idea to vote for the duchess best Dress.
    But I can't find my favourite day Outfit. Is there maybe coming another voting with coats and trousers and so on? It would be very nice to see this, too. Thank you.

    I love reading every post in that blog. It is so beautiful, what you do. Thanks for that.

    To everyone: A happy new Year!

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  7. The McQueen dress for the christening!

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  8. Fantastic post Charlotte and I agree with you it is do hard to decide a favorite. I went with the lace dress she wore with the papyrus tiara and the christening outfit by McQueen.
    Hope you and your followers will have a happy and blessed new year

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  9. Oh I am so happy you made the poll! It is such fun. Hope you had a good start into the new year. Looking forward to all the new posts!

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  10. Jean from Lancs.3 January 2014 10:20

    Oh dear---might be able to decide by the end of next year!
    Back later.

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  11. Dear Charlotte, thank you for writing this post. Its one of the posts that I actually look at daily to see any updates the post is actually one of the best.. keep it up.

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  12. Max Mara first of all. Happy new year Charlotte!

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  13. I really loved the lines of the Roland Mouret dress as the evening dress. I think my favorite day dress was the animal print she wore to the boat christening, followed by the dress worn to George's christening.

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  14. It was indeed difficult to choose between the absolutely gorgeous christening dress Kate wore. It is extremely elegant and one of my definite favorites so far...but the joy and emotion that is attached to the cornflower blue polka-dot that Kate wore to introduce George to the world is what pulls on my heart strings. So, polka-dot dress it is for me!

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  15. I was looking forward to voting for the outfit Kate wore to the Queen's Jubilee service at Westminster Abbey. But maybe it will turn up among coats. It was difficult to choose favorites. I love the blue dress Kate wore to the Art Gallery and the dark blue Jenny Packham, but I voted for the long black lace Temperley. I also liked the dark red silk dress she wore to visit her portrait and the peach ensemble she wore the day King Willem-Alexander of Orange was installed across the Channel, but I voted for the christening outfit, which is one of her best looks ever. Fun polls!

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    1. Dear Anonymous,

      I think the church service you are thinking of was the coronation service, the Jubilee service was last year. I too wanted to vote this lovely dress/coat that Kate wore to the coronation church service. It reminded me so much of the McQueen lace dress she wore to the Jubilee church service, I wonder if she was trying to repliKate that look?:)

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    2. You are absolutely correct - my mind betrayed me! Yes, the Coronation Service outfit. I do hope it appears in another poll, though it seems very similar in design to the peach coat and dress in this poll.

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  16. Caroline in Montana3 January 2014 17:29

    Good day lady Charlotte! What fun this poll is, my favorite day dress was the Erdem Sophia with the Max Mara studio wrap dress a close second. I absolutely love the pale blue Emilia Wickstead dress, my favorite evening dress, think HRH looks so classy in all her designs! You do a wonderful job and it makes my day to see new posts! Happy new year to you and to all you other followers! -caroline

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  17. Theresa. New York3 January 2014 19:34

    What fun! thank you.

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  18. Jean from Lancs.3 January 2014 20:17

    Afraid I cheated and voted equally for the blue polka dot---because it was pretty and fresh; Catherine had a beautiful glow and made a very valuable point. I also voted for the Christening outfit, because it was gorgeous.
    For evening wear I opted for the ink-blue dress--the one she wore for the Diplomatic "Do" was probably lovely---but she will surely wear it again, when we may get a better view.
    I also love the black lace and the---well just about all of them, because each seemed right for the occasion.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.3 January 2014 22:40

      Jean it's okay I cheated too on the evening gowns. Just couldn't chose between the two.

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  19. Without seeing the gown worn to the diplomatic reception, I'd have to say that the ink blue Jenny Packham is my favorite. I hope to see it again, *and* taken up a notch with an up-do and wow-factor earrings.

    And my day time votes are sentimental...the christening outfit and the polka dot dress worn when she left the hospital. The significance of that is not lost on someone who is old enough to remember William being introduced to the world on those same steps.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State4 January 2014 01:07

      Totally agree about the evening gown, royalfan. Best of the year without a doubt. Agree about the wow factor too.

      The day dresses . . . well, I voted for the wrap dress. I thought it looked lovely on her. Perhaps I'm the only person on the planet who thought the baby polka dot dress was a bit boring. I know it was really hot that day, and it was probably nice and cool, but this is a fashion poll, not utility poll, right?




      Yesterday there was some real ugliness in the prior thread, and a post was uploaded with some very ugly accusations against me and a small way Charlotte. It is gone now, and I don't want to taint this thread with it, but I have posted a response in that thread as I know a lot of people saw it. I will not be responding to any comments on it, either here or there, but statements like that posted will not go unchallenged.

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    2. bluhare, first, I just responded to your comment in the last post. Enough said here.

      Now for the "bit boring" polka dot dress...lol...really? You don't think she deserves any credit for what appears to have been a nod to Diana? I thought it was a sweet gesture, no?

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    3. It was sweet to include polka dots, but I believe the dress was too plain. I did love to see her joy in presenting the child she had just pushed into the world, just hours before, to the people for whom he shall be king.

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    4. bluhare in Washington State4 January 2014 23:03

      I think my first response got lost in the ether, but I'd like to answer your questions, royalfan.

      Yes, I thought it was boring. And interestingly,as I was typing the post that got lost, I realized that they must have known the gender of George prior to his birth, as that dress was custom made. So either there were two made -- one in pink -- or they knew George was going to be a boy. Do I care? No. Their pregnancy, their decisions. But it was reported that they didn't want to know the gender prior to birth. Just an observation, that's all.

      No, I think Kate should try to stand apart from Diana. She's her own person with her own ideas and I think it's unfair for her to be compared to someone who's now larger than life. I want Kate to carve out her own niche. William should be giving the nods to his mother.

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    5. bluhare, I agree that it was their pregnancy and whether they knew the sex or not was their business. Perhaps two dresses *were* made if they didn't know...or to keep people guessing and not start a frenzy over a single color...? Another possibility is that the polka dots were the primary factor and the color was simply Kate's preference; she does like different shades of blue.

      I just thought it was a sweet gesture towards William's mother. He gave Kate Diana's ring as a way of honoring his mother and I could see Kate doing something in her own way. Frankly, I think there have been enough attempts to airbrush Diana from royal history, so I am happy to see ANY nod in her direction.

      As for "boring"......well, I'm not sure what she should have worn as she left the hospital after giving birth in July. :)

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    6. bluhare in Washington State5 January 2014 16:25

      It's a fashion poll, she says defensively!! That's why I didn't vote for it. It's very practical and a nice dress but I thought it a bit dull on the fashion front. I don't even think I'd pick it as my favourite of her maternity dresses. I still like the grey wrap dress best of the ones shown here.

      I think it's a difficult thing to nod to Diana and not chain Kate to Diana. Diana is the elephant in the room everywhere Kate goes and she's compared to her, unfairly I think, all the time. How is anyone going to live up to Diana. They can't and, frankly, shouldn't even try. I'm not one of the people who think Kate having Diana's ring is creepy. I did think it a nice gesture from William; however, I think it's also a gesture he didn't think through. Although, it's just a ring; it's unfortunate it's such an iconic one. And Diana will never be airbrushed from history. The Queen (although I think most of the RF opinion was the Queen Mother and Diana's grandmother's more than anyone else) may gloss over her, but the public never will. And William and Harry won't let her be diminished, I'd bet money on that.

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    7. Okay, bluhare...I think I have a better understanding of where you were coming from with respect to the polka dot dress. My vote was purely a sentimental one. Strictly from a fashion point of view, I guess I would pick the Seraphine Blossom dress. It was fresh, young, and just "very Kate."

      Also, when I refer to Kate giving a nod towards Diana, I am not suggesting that she is trying to fill her shoes; I think both she and William made it clear that she wouldn't try to do so during their engagement interview. I just appreciated the gesture, which in reality was more for William's sake.

      And surprise, surprise, bluhare, but I have a somewhat different view of the engagement ring. :) I see the gesture from William as having a dual purpose. The most obvious being that it was his way of including his mother in a special day that she wouldn't be around to share. But in the long run, this means that (God willing), the ring *will* be worn by a future Queen, which is exactly as it *SHOULD* have been. In the meantime, I hope the sapphire and diamonds have a blinding effect at all RF gatherings. Lol.

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    8. bluhare in Washington State5 January 2014 22:16

      Your sentiments about the ring are very sweet, royalfan, but William's A GUY. Do you really think he thought that far ahead? Not sure I do. But, to be fair, he did trade Diana's watch to Harry for it, so maybe there was more thought involved than I would think. Either that or it was much easier than picking something else out.

      If I were Kate (heaven help us all), I would prefer my own ring and then beg William to let me take the sapphire and diamond setting and turn it into one spectacular necklace. That channels Diana and gives Kate her own personality as well. Imagine what that would look like with the ink blue Packham we both like and those sapphire earrings she already has. Killer.

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    9. bluhare in Washington State6 January 2014 02:09

      All this talk about rings has got me musing. Diana's wedding ring was made from the same piece of gold that Kate's is. I wonder what was done with it; if it's still in the possession of William and/or Harry or used for something else. Maybe Harry gets to use it when he gets married as the trade off for William getting the engagement ring.

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    10. bluhare, you made me laugh out loud over William being "A GUY". I'll give you that, but please allow a sentimental fool to think that *this* guy was actually thinking long term. :)

      As for the suggestion that the engagement ring be reset, I will need smelling salts before I can properly express my distress over that idea !!! ;)

      On a serious note, Kate does need to take advantage of the other sapphire and diamond pieces that are collecting dust, altered or not.

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    11. Hello Bluhare; I agree with your sentiments about the blue-polka dot dress. I know it sounds unkind/unrealistic/unfair etc. , but I was expecting to be 'knocked out' by her outfit on the hospital steps. It was too reminiscent of the dress Diana had worn when presenting William in '82. I know everyone says that this is a tribute, but I find it a bit unoriginal.Sorry, all!

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    12. I also feel that Kate should not have been given Diana's ring as an engagement ring. I am old enough to remember Diana getting engaged, the ring was SO completely identified with her over the years. Diana watchers remember the time she removed it..... It's hard for me to explain why I don't feel it is appropriate for kate to wear it. I think Bluhare summed it up by saying that Kate should be her own person. However, I don't feel that the ring should be recast to form new jewellery; it's a massively historial piece due to its being Dian's engagement ring.

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    13. bluhare in Washington State6 January 2014 21:05

      You and Mo, London are right about the ring, royalfan. In thinking about it, it is too iconic to be taken apart. Besides, I'm not sure the size of the stone would have enough wow factor (I'm stealing that) for a necklace with an evening gown like the blue Packham. Diana's pearl choker with the huge sapphire clasp would be perfect.

      Mo, I'm not sure I agree that Kate shouldn't have the ring, it's more that it's so tied to Diana we automatically think of her when we see it. At least I do. It's not Kate's yet, and that's where I go sideways. But it's nice to get a second opinion on the dress. Thank you. (And you too, Marianna, who I rudely ignored. Sorry!)

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  20. Americanfan Florida, USA3 January 2014 22:01

    Charlotte, thank you for making this so much fun! I voted for the Alexander McQueen for the Diplomatic Reception and of course the McQueen dress for the christening....and also the blue polka dot because HRH looks so radiant. Looking forward to the next poll! Happy Week-End everybody.

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  21. I think we should be focusing on the wonderful charities she supports rather than her dress code. After all that's what's imortant. Sue Boston

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    1. Her Charites are important part of her life but they are not the only part. Her style choices is another part of her. Also with 44 or so public engagments this year, we need to get our Kate fix where we can get it! And especially on how well Charlotte informs us.
      Lastly, the last post was a review of her year and her charites. and dont forget this and other Kate Blogs helped raise over 5000$ for one of fKates charites and this was helped raised donations from the companies of clothes that Kate wears.

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    2. Dear Sue,

      Charlotte does a wonderful job writing about the various charities Kate supports and really highlights the wonderful work they do. I'm sure you recall the donation drive that Charlotte took part in, through this blogsite, on behalf of Kate's charities before the birth of Prince George. This blog is mostly about Kate's fashion which is why the focus is on clothing she wears. I feel it is meant to be light hearted and fun and in no way takes away from the charities that Kate supports.

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    3. Actually, Charlotte gives us more information about Kate's charities than any other blog out there. This type of post is in the minority, but after the stress of the holidays, a little fun is welcome. :)

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    4. Ugg I hate all my grammer mistakes in my last posting! Oh well hopefully my message got acrossed:)
      I want to say again that this is my favorite blog and I check it ALL THE TIME for a new post or new comments. I hope many great things for you and this blog!!

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    5. Thank you so much Emily J :)

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    6. I read this blog for the fashion and the updates Charlotte adds to give us more insight. I think if you want a blog that is just on her charities, Sue, that you should find a different one. There is nothing wrong with wanting to read about her charities, but there are others (me!) who love this blog just as it is and I don't think we should be shamed for being interested in fashion.

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  22. I really think the dress she wore to the diplomat ball is the white underdress she wore in Malaysia. Replacing the long white with gold flowered piece she wore over it with the pale blue lace piece. From the pictures, the bodice of the white dress is cut the same and the shoulder straps seem to get wider in the same way. It seems like a practical thing that she would do? Am I the only one who thinks this?

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    1. It's difficult to tell since the pictures don't show much more than the neckline, but it is possible. I know that Diana had quite a few gowns altered. Since the Malaysia gown had such a distinct style and purpose, perhaps Kate did have it altered into something she could wear more frequently.

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    2. Dear Anonymous,

      Wow, I never would have thought of that. After looking closer at the pictures above, it could be possible, but I don't know if the McQueen Hibiscus dress had an underdress or if it was all one piece. Very interesting notion, maybe if we ever get a good look at the blue lace dress in full it might be easier to decide.

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    3. I really thought it looked like the MxQueen Hibiscus dress was 2 pieces... the only thing that makes me think it wasn't something she could rewear with a different "top" is that maybe the dress is something that will be kept for posterity for later display since it was part of a foreign visit. But glad to hear I am not totally off the wall in thinking that it might be separates.

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    4. And I had one other thought too.. that it also might be the white dress she wore to her wedding reception... just seems that it could be such a versatile basic for her formal wear.

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    5. Americanfan Florida USA4 January 2014 19:27

      That gown was also beautiful- the evening wedding dress, but I don't think we will see it again.....because it was part of the wedding. She did look amazing though.

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  23. We'll have that lovely Jenny Packham creation in our next poll :)

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  24. I think repeats should have been left out and also outfits that we can't even see.

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    1. Well, this post is about the "Best Dress of 2013" and if Kate recycles I guess we can vote on it. :)

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    2. I think the thing that people love the most about Kate is that she seems, at least the PR spin, "reachable," that is "just like one of us" even though that's absurd, she never was and never will be. But one of the things that makes her "just like us" is, ironically, the thing that her worshippers detest the most - that she IS thrifty a little bit and she recycles the extremely expensive ensembles she wears to events. The Amoret gown is at least a $5,000 gown and I think I read closer to $8,000. Would you have her wear an expensive piece like that - keeping in mind the UK's and the world's economic situation - once and then toss it on the trash heap? These are not inexpensive clothes she wears to these events. These are not the high-living 1980s and 1990s of Diana, where a royal could wear an outfit once and then it was never seen again. Kate is being eminently practical as well as PR shrewd. If she recycles a few costumes, then the complaints about the millions-0f-pounds KP reno that the taxpayers paid for or the new $250K Bentley or the pricey, exclusive Mustique vacations probably won't be as loud.

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    3. Diana did recycle (even in the 80's and 90's), but I think her reasons were only partially economic. When she was accused of being a clothes horse and spending too much money on her wardrobe, she would get back at the press by wearing something "old" and NOT giving them the new pictures they wanted so badly.

      I think Kate is conscious of economic times and recycles for that reason, BUT (and I will say it again...lol) she's also treading carefully with in-laws that didn't exactly appreciate the last royal cover-girl (Diana).

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    4. Royalfan; I wonder if you remember that 'Hello' magazine used to publish a yearly poll of all Diana's outfits during that year (with photos of outfits) and invite readers to vote for their favourite? I loved seeing the photos of all the year's outfits in one edition.....Interesting that they don't do that with Kate......maybe the climate's changed, they don't want her to be seen as a 'clothes horse'....'Hello' magazine is very deferential to the Monarchy.

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  25. Royalfan well i love the duchess recycle and mixed with esamble of acessorries i lovr the alexander mcqueen and the tiara

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  26. I find the evening gown results intriguing because of the relative failure so far of the Packham sequin gown.

    The Temperley lace and the Mouret have been worn before and are a bit "stale". They would no doubt have done better on their first outing. The cocktail dresses are low-key and not likely to be competitors and the MacQueen can't be seen well enough for most of us to judge.

    But the Packham sequin was new and a dramatic choice for Kate on her first event after George's birth. It was brighter and bolder than she usually wears. When Diana stepped out in Australia in a similar Hachi gown, it caused a sensation. And yet the elegant, graceful but far more understated Packham ink blue has taken almost a third of the votes and beaten the sequinned gown hands down. I have to admit the ink blue got my vote. It just fits very well with Kate's look. I loved its simplicity.

    I do wonder about what happened with the sequined gown as I still would have expected more votes for it. Was it the fact the gown seemed slightly ill fitting? The flesh colored netting? The confusion about a similar looking cheaper version? Or is just too Hollywood for Kate's persona? Interesting.

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    1. I think, just my own thought here, that the gown, in itself, was gorgeous. However, in that particular instance, it absolutely overpowered Kate. That gown demands a fancy hairstyle, a great mani/pedi, more razzle-dazzle with the makeup and Kate just wasn't able to pull all of that off on that particular evening. Her look was much too casual than what the gown demands.

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    2. Very interesting analysis. I think the sequin gown would have been a greater hit (here and in reality) if Kate had worn her hair up. Evening gowns, in particular, need to be seen from top to bottom in order to get the full effect. (Charlotte had posted a picture of a model wearing it and what a difference with an up-do.) But with Kate's hair covering the neckline completely, it ruined what would have been a major wow-factor. She has a very nice neck and shoulders and I hope she begins to take advantage of that to enhance some of her fashion choices.

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    3. Americanfan Florida USA4 January 2014 15:23

      Hello Anonymous- I liked the sequined gown but not the flesh colored netting. There was just to much if it showing- and my fashion sense tells me it shouldn't have been flesh colored but maybe a shade of grey to blend more with the dress- just a thought, and probably not a good one. However that said I did NOT find the gown ill fitting. She looked amazing.

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    4. Kate didn't seem at her best that night -- tense and nervous (and probably tired with a new baby). I think she had "body confidence" issues and it showed. Amazing how the inner feelings show on the outside! But I also thought the gown look unfinished. The panels created that impression for me.

      Beth in San Francisco

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    5. I liked that gold gown and voted for it! Thought it the best, overall!

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    6. I think if Kate had her hair up with the gold gown it would have been overdone......

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    7. I LOVED the sequin gown - voted it as my favorite (with the ink blue coming in second)
      I thought the sequin gown was just a dazzler - she looked fabulous.

      The ink blue gown was beautiful, but IMO her hairstyle ruined it. It's just TOO MUCH HAIR hanging down all the time. Evening gowns and evening formal events require that you do something special with your hair as well. Kate just doesn't seem to get this. She's always wearing her hair down in a style that's more appropriate for a 20 year old college girl.

      LOVED that Christening outfit too!

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  27. I liked the pale blue Emilia Wickstead best. The panels on the Packham sequin gown did not bother me, I chose the blue Emilia Wickstead because it was beautiful on her not just as a maternity gown but as a lovely dress as well. Simple and beautiful.

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  28. I think her total look in each of these dresses influenced my favorites, which were the pale blue Emilia Wickstead for gowns and the Max Mara grey wrap dress for day dresses. I'm rather surprised not to see the pink coat and dress that Kate wore to the Jubilee thanksgiving church service included. I really did like the sequined Packham gown but her rather slapdash (for Kate, at least!) look in it, like she'd tossed it on and rushed out the door, spoiled the overall look for me and I felt it was a tad overdone, that gown calls for a look that was far more made up and formal than Kate achieved that particular night. I can't say the eyelash lace McQueen since we only got a tiny peek at it and in my own opinion, I think people are reacting more to the fact that their beloved Kate is wearing a tiara, as they think she should EVERY time she steps out in public, not that she's donned a new gown.
    I want to continue to note that the same people who insist that Kate is more than just a pretty clotheshorse are the ones who chastise her for wearing a dress more than once, thus making the event about the event and/or organization and less about her clothing choice.

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    1. Just reading ALL the comments and thought wouldn't it be good to all meet up and have a major debate on Kate!!!! Amazing!

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  29. Sarah from Calif.4 January 2014 14:57

    Anon 6:06. I thought Kate looked lovely in the sequin gown. I also thought seeing the bodice stole from the gown. I was surprised at how much criticism was given when she wore it. I think for the event it was perfect but, I too still like the Ink Blue Packham the best, maybe because it's more Regal.
    On another note. I would think sitting in a sequin gown for a long period of time would be uncomfortable. Have any of the readers here ever done that?

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    1. Yes, when I was in college. So excited to be wearing it that I never noticed any discomfort under the arms.

      Colorado Eve

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil6 January 2014 00:31

      Hi, Sarah!
      I own a sequin dress just like Kate's and it was a very comfortable gown everytime I wore it.
      Hugs :)

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  30. Canadian Friend4 January 2014 16:09

    Hello, Charlotte,

    Best wishes for 2014! Thank you for all your hard work on your blogs. I enjoy them so much!

    I must confess that looking at your photos all together made me feel very differently about some of Kate's choices. I've found I like the J. Packham sequined gown much more than I did before. I didn't vote for it because I felt that Kate's hair, jewellery, etc. didn't really suit the gown so it wasn't a winner for me. Maybe we'll see it again...

    I voted for the Mouret because the whole "look" was just fantastic-the hair, the Zara necklace. Kate looked so stylish and youthful.

    Similarly, I really liked the J. Packham ink blue gown at first but on review, not so much. I'd like to see it again with some jewellery and a different hairstyle.

    With the day dresses, I went for the wraparound Max Mara. Kate looked sensational in it. I really liked the Erdem earlier but on second viewing with the other choices, it didn't do much for me. It's very pretty but not a standout.

    I think the hospital leaving dress is lovely. I think it needs its own category since it was such a special occasion-the introduction of George, a tribute to Diana's memory, presenting her postpartum body to the world. Kate really "represented" on that occasion during a time that is intense and fiercely personal.

    The McQueen Christening dress just doesn't strike a chord with me. It seems overdone (the ruffle?). Part of it is the hat Kate wore with the McQueen. I'd love to see her try some different hat shapes/silhouettes. I know hat brims aren't great for photos but I'm starting to see her hats as fussy and age inappropriate. They age her. Maybe I just don't realize all the fashion/protocol issues that go into hat choices.

    Glad to have a chance to weigh in with my opinions. Wishing everyone a very happy 2014!

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  31. I love this blog for focusing on her fashion. Let's not forget, when the DoC wears an outfit which then sells out in minutes, how many people (mainly women) have income to feed and educate their families because the design was one made in their place of employment, even if it's a copy-Kate. And that she took the time to choose clothes respectful of both her own country and the one being visited (a very difficult task, I would think). Clothes are not just vanity, but say many levels of things, and have throughout history. The insult of wearing black-tie to a white-tie event may have scuttled many diplomatic endeavors in days gone by. The fashion sense of a future queen is important.

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  32. Did anyone else read this article in The Telegraph? "Cambridge University backlash at Duke of Cambridge's 'free pass' to study there"

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-william/10549978/Cambridge-University-backlash-at-Duke-of-Cambridges-free-pass-to-study-there.html

    I can appreciate the argument from a purely academic point of view, but if you consider the big picture, it can't do the University, or town, any harm to have the Duke of Cambridge attending. How many tourists and journalists will go there (AND spend money) hoping to see him? I also don't see it *decreasing* the number of applications to the University in the future.

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    1. Americanfan Florida USA4 January 2014 22:44

      royalfan, I saw it, read it and thought the same thing as you, plus, its not like he getting any kind of degree for the course so how could he bump anybody from the list of applicants? Cambridge as a town and as a University can only win with HRH in residence.

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    2. Good point, Americanfan. Also, can you imagine the fuss if William, as the Duke of Cambridge, didn't choose the University of CAMBRIDGE? I think this is one of those you can't please all the people all the time scenarios.

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    3. William is not an undergraduate, so what do his entrance exams have to do with it? He has already earned a bachelor's degree from St. Andrews in geography. Now he wants to study during a special short course for a future role as Duke of Cornwall. The Cambridge critics need to get a grip (and a life?).

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    4. bluhare in Washington State5 January 2014 16:37

      William is going to take over the Duchy of Cornwall and Charles has some pretty progressive organic and sustainability initiatives going, so I'm not surprised to read that William is taking instruction on how to manage it properly. And it's not like he's on a matriculated program. This seems to me to be more like continuing education and the colleges around here don't require any academics to take those.

      His presence is a nice way for the college newspaper to drum up some action, though. And conveniently ignore the fact that most colleges of that caliber have legacy admissions (not sure what you call that in Britain) and some of the student body don't have the academics non legacies have to have.

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    5. Jean from Lancs.5 January 2014 20:14

      Tried to put this earlier----but it disappeared halfway through---so hope I am not repeating myself.
      I believe the four year Arts degree courses at St Andrew's lead to a Master's degree not a BA and the course that William is doing is not for any kind of degree---think the Students' Newspaper is just in a complaining mood and most obviously failed to read the announcement properly.

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    6. BA degrees in Scotland (where St. Andrews is) are four years in length, whereas in England they are three.

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    7. Amazed that he may not commute daily and see Kate and George every day......but I suppose that he needs space & time to complete studies.

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  33. I've read that when dining at Sandringham or Balmoral one gets pretty dressed up - long dresses for the ladies. Do you think any of the long dresses above, except for the really flashy/sequined ones, have been worn by Kate for dinner at either place? Obviously we don't get photos! but would the ink-blue Temperley or the cream Mouret be appropriate?

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    1. Hellene from Washington, DC5 January 2014 02:25

      I could see the ink blue Temperley as pefectly appropriate for a formal holiday dinner. And I must admit after hearing about the schedule of events over their holidays I did spend a little time imagining what I would wear. My fantasy wardrobe featured a lot of cashmere and heather tweed. Plus hats. I am obviously Le Dork Extraordinaire. :)

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    2. Hellene from Washington, DC5 January 2014 16:05

      ETA: I meant the ink blue Packham!

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    3. bluhare in Washington State5 January 2014 20:04

      Le Dork,

      You forgot the Le Chameau wellies! (OMG, spell check tried to change that to willies! LOL!) And don't even think of getting in the vault for some dinner jewellery. Queen Mary's diamonds are MINE.

      Sign me,
      La Dorkette

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    4. Hellene from Washington, DC6 January 2014 01:00

      I am legit chuckling out loud at Le Chameau willies. All the sophisticated country set have a pair! Oddly enough I am not that into diamonds, though the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland is my favorite tiara. QEII has that one in her favorites pile, so it will never be mine. What I really want are some of her horses. Oh, to spend some time in those stables! And then follow Anne and Zara around asking for tips on my form...

      (I realize this comment is doing nothing to make me seem cooler)

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    5. I think the two mentioned gowns are a bit too 'flashy' and revealing for Christmas with the Royal in-laws. The ink-blue, as it reveals all one's shoulders, the Mouret, due to its split.

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    6. Lynn Georgia USA6 January 2014 20:31

      What fun to speculate about what Kate wore for dinners at Sandringham! I think she might have resurrected the red with long sleeves from the first year of marriage (Sorry, I don't know designer names the way many of you do!)--or maybe the green (McQueen, I think!) she wore to present an award at a post-Olympic sports gala while she was still suffering from HG. Both are elegant but not flashy--and they are in Christmas colors, too!

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    7. bluhare in Washington State6 January 2014 21:16

      I have a pair of Le Chameau's too. I got them when I had a horse to wear in the barn (and I got them at a 75% off sale!). He died a few years ago and I've not been able to ride since. How do you get past that? It just isn't the same without him.

      But I am very glad to hear I'll be all alone in the jewellery vault. I'll pack a hamper and you can lock me in.

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    8. Lynn, I think the two gowns would be perfect choices for a quiet dinner with the family. :)

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    9. Hellene from Washington, DC7 January 2014 04:13

      Sorry to hear about the death of your horse, bluhare.
      :(

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  34. I'm really struggling to pick a favourite dress. I really can't choose. It was the same when I was a little chav, and tried to pick a favourite Spice Girl. ....It was damn near impossible haha.

    Everything Kate wears is stylish modern chic casual giam and cool beauty. I think she's more style than fashion. By that I mean she can add her own style to any fashion.

    I know I've said this before, but I have never ever seen any woman look so beautiful and so elegant when pregnant. My gosh.....!!!
    The maxi nara wrap dress she wore looking tanned and in heels, wearing a diamond necklace. She was so stunning. I was totally gobsmacked. .!!!! Then she topped that when she visited Grimsby, wear a ox-blood colour coat thing wearing the same stylish heels and a sparkling necklace and beautiful hair. What elegance, what style. A lady..... U could see all the hard looking students birds thinking gosh .. "She looked right proper princess like"...lol even the fireman were on their best behaviour. . Lmao.!!!
    I have to say the poll lady Charlotte is impossible because I simply adore the Duchess of Cambridge. She looks good in anything and even more so with a little more weight to round her healthy curves.

    Ps I did make a choice in the end with the spice Girls. It was ginger spice Gerri Halliwell....haha and the Union Jack dress with the peace symbol at the back.

    Love to all.

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  35. carrie from the rockies5 January 2014 00:41

    Hi Charlotte, cheers to u and another year of this wonderful blog. I hardly ever post (unless I read some disrespectful comments about the duchess) but I check it everyday. The poll was so hard to choose. I have a suggestion for a post. I recognize so many readers on here by their name because I see theie coments all year. It almost feels like family from all over the world meets and converses with every new post. I think you should do an intro post so everyone can comment on where they live and why they love the blog and the duchess and ect. Its amazing how u have brought so many ppl together so it would be nice to start the year being more familiar with my fellow readers.

    I love reading readers comments on here, but maybe try to remind us of constructive criticism for the coming year. The end of last year was brutal with the insults about the duchess.

    But anyway I'm looking foward to another year with you all. Lets embrace the duchess for all she is.

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    1. Yes, constructive criticism would be wonderful and the reminder does appear at the bottom of every post.

      I'd like to add another suggestion for 2014, if I may...

      Charlotte puts so much time and effort into this blog and I give her a lot of credit for doing so. Many of us here appreciate it because it gives us something nice to look forward to...an escape from reality :)...whether readers comment or not.

      But it really bothers me when I see some (and I mean a very small minority) go on about her hard work and they "thank Miss Charlotte", yet they show anything but respect when they use her blog to play games and or bully people who may not share their opinions. Perhaps if they realized how *obvious* it is to so many readers here, they would stop doing it.

      We can hope... :)

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    2. carrie from the rockies5 January 2014 23:07

      I agree. I saw a lot of aggression last year. On each other and on the duchess. Many don't realize there's a difference between "I don't like her coat" and "kate looks disgusting in that coat". An opinion and an insult are two different things and those are the comments I always couldn't stand but saw all the time.

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    3. I don't know what it is, do some people get too emotional about it all, perhaps? Or stung when others don't agree with them? We should all try to choose our words in our posts carefully and tactfully so we don't cause hurt and upset.

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  36. The choice with the gown was a little easier than the poll with the dresses. My choice for the dress was the peach dress worn at the children's hospice by the unknown designer. For the evening gown i selected the Jenny Packham ink blue dress she wore at the KP 100 women in hedge funds gala. Thank You Charlotte!Waiting for your next post of 2014!xoxo

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  37. I really liked the ink blue jenny and the topshop Florence. I picked the ink blue because when I saw late in that dress, I instantly thought, she's back! I didn't get that with the gold dress. The ink was just so sophisticated and she looked stunning.
    I chose the Florence because it was an outfit that when I was out shopping I thought of and bought a white with black dot shirt. It definitely influenced my choices.
    I will say, as others posted, that the baby blue Jenny was an excellent choice! I was so happy to see her embrace her body right after her baby. I had a baby in January and I was so impressed with how amazing she looked (heck, I was amazed she could walk! In heels! I couldn't do that as I was on bedrest for a week after my son) and how comfortable she was with herself. In that moment I really thought she was such a great role model to young women.

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    1. She looked so happy and radiant: I don't think we will forget it!

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  38. Sarah from Calif.5 January 2014 17:35

    Charlotte and British fans of Downtown Abbey, how is this next series? I don't know if I can get involved in these peoples lives again. More heartache and all :)

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    1. *WARNING DOWNTON ABBEY SPOILER*

      Hello Sarah,

      The latest series was mostly uneventful and unfortunately (and this is from a serious fan) it was disappointing compared to the others. I think the show is struggling without Matthew, and the Matthew/Mary storyline. It's definitely worth watching though and I'm sure it will improve hugely next series!

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    2. Sarah from Calif.5 January 2014 19:09

      Charlotte, thank you for the reply. It starts up again tonight. So I'll go ahead and continue watching. The clothes and seeing how people lived in those days is an eye catcher to me but some of these relationships have been so intense, agonizing to say the least. Have a restful Sunday :)

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    3. I missed the last episode and haven't yet seen the Christmas one, so am intrigued as to what's happened. Love seeing Edith's relationship.....(I think her suitor is gorgeous!) I didn't think the plot was TOO bad overall, but haven't seen all the other series. Outfits are delightful as always, interesting to see how the fashions have changed since the earlier series. I saw several episodes on 'Catchup' very late one evening (when very tired), and ended up dreaming about it!

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  39. Showed the evening gown poll to my husband, he picked the Mouret white gown and then the Packham sequin gown as his choices. I pointed out that the ink blue Packham was getting around a third of the vote and he said "must be a lot of women reading this blog!"

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    1. bluhare in Washington State5 January 2014 22:18

      Just for kicks I had Mr. bluhare weigh in, Anonymous. He agrees with your husband. Sheesh.

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    2. The ink-blue Packham doesn't show off any womanly curves......

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    3. The first time I saw the Mouret gown, I really like it. However, I don't think that the black accessories she has coordinated with it here enhance it at all, for me, quite the opposite, they have a negative impact on it. I'm also not too keen on the peter-pan collar dress (black), just too simple and no shape. Strange that Kate removed her coat on this occasion, as Charlotte has commented.

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  40. What a fun post! My favorite evening look was the McQueen that she wore for the Diplomatic reception. It's just so much fun to see her really fixed up for the evening, and with a tiara! Although I love the sequined JP, I agree with some other posters that perhaps her hair should have been up. Also, I find the mesh in the back somewhat unattractive.
    I love so many of her day looks, I think that's where she really shines in her choices. I think that the gorgeous McQueen that she wore for the Christening is one of my favorite looks on her ever. Also, that adorable polka dot dress she wore when leaving the hospital was just lovely. She looked fresh and sweet and just radiated so much happiness. I also adore the Topshop dress.
    Looking forward to the poll for coats!

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  41. Thank you Charlotte for doing this poll! Very fun!

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  42. Hellene from Washington, DC5 January 2014 22:05

    I think my favorite evening dress is the black lace Temperley "Amoret" dress. It really blew me away the first time she wore it and it continues to be a showstopper. The cut is just perfect for her shape (broad shoulders and slim hips). And you can tell she loves it because she just shines when she wears it.

    For daytime I vote for the animal print MaxMara dress worn underneath the cream coat. Stlyed with the little fur collar she looked cheeky and chic. (I wish she would wear animal print more often. The leopard print coat she wore to that boat christening is one of my top five all-time Duchess pieces; the sexy edge of an animal print works really well with her apple-cheeked innocent appeal.)

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    1. The black lace gown is popular, but I never liked the seams on it. I feel like my eyes are drawn towards something that shouldn't be emphasized. :)

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    2. Hellene from Washington, DC7 January 2014 03:55

      Yes, I've heard that criticism from others and it makes sense, but I still love it. The eye can be so subjective! Maybe if she ever wears her hair up with it the eye will be drawn upward as well? Here's hoping... :)

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  43. CJ from Minnesota6 January 2014 04:15

    I too liked the MaxMara leopard dress with the coat. It looked very stylish. I am liking the MaxMara things she is selecting. My favorite look was the pink lace dress with coat Jenny Packman. Absolutely stunning! I think that both Packman and McQueen do an exquisite job of fabric selection and tailoring. Not sure about the ruffle on the christening outfit... and I think that the sequin gown was lovely but the nude panels just seemed odd. I agree an updo or a sleek ponytail would have worked better with the whole look. I like anything Kate wears by those two designers.

    Emilia Wickstead, on the other hand...I just don't like the fabrics, construction, tailoring. Granted the ice blue dress is a lovely color on Kate and I liked the general shape and length but the construction seemed off to me and the fabric was wrinkled. How could she let our Kate get out of a car with wrinkly fabric???

    Anyway, good night all from the freezer of the US. I hear it will be -30 F plus below zero tonight. Luckily, I am leaving for Istanbul tomorrow...hopefully the arctic vortex won't decide to come along...

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    1. Hellene from Washington, DC7 January 2014 04:02

      Yes! I love MaxMara in general. And the pink lace dress outfit is another one of my top choices. Christening ruffle did nothing for me; Zara stole the (fashion) show that day in navy, she was my favorite.

      Enjoy Istanbul! It's such a magical place. There's a few stunning gems to look at over there too, as I'm sure you know :)

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  44. Lynn Georgia USA6 January 2014 20:42

    I'm hoping to see the black velvet strapless gown (McQueen, I think?) from her first year as duchess one more time. It's my all-time favorite! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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  45. Here is an affordable repliKate of her Temperley cocktail dress :)

    http://www.next.co.uk/x5398s5

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