Monday, 16 June 2014

It's Christopher Kane for Order of the Garter

The Duchess of Cambridge joined members of the Royal Family for the annual Order of the Garter ceremonies at Windsor Castle this afternoon.

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Every June, the Knights of the Garter gather at Windsor Castle where new knights take the oath and are invested with the insignia. A lunch is given in the Waterloo Chamber, after which the Knights proceed to a service in St. George's Chapel in their deep blue velvet robes. The procession is a special part of the event, with members of the public from at home and abroad gathering to witness it.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

The Waterloo Chamber is a large room, dating from 1830-31 dedicated to the military defeat of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. It is a magnificent room, filled with historic portraits, soaring ceiling heights and a very long table perfectly suited to hosting the annual luncheon.

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Kate chatted with The Countess of Wessex.


Royal Knights and Ladies include The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, The Earl of Wessex and Prince William.


William looked over at Kate as he walked past.


Kate has always found this particular look on William quite amusing :)


The Order of the Garter is the most senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry, founded by Edward III in 1348. The Order honours those who have held public office, contributed in a significant way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally.

Arms of the Order of the Garter

More from The British Monarchy's website:

'Over the years, a number of nights have been 'degraded' for the crimes of heresy, treason or cowardice - such as Lord Scrope of Masham (a childhood friend of Henry V), and the 3rd Duke of Buckingham in 1521. Charles I wore his Order to his execution in 1649.'

Below we see Henry of Grosmont, Earl of Lancaster, the second recipient of the order, shown wearing his robes in the fourteenth century. I thought it interesting to do a side by side comparison with the vestments and accoutrements worn today. The velvet blue mantle (robe) is worn with a Tudor bonnet of black velvet with a plume of white ostrich and black heron feathers.

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The insignia of the Order of the Garter.

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Interestingly, The Queen appoints Knights and Ladies entirely at her own discretion without advice from aides or ministers. There can only 24 knights plus the Monarch and Prince of Wales at any one, so it is an enormous honour to be chosen. In 1987 Her Majesty decided that women should be eligible for the Garter in the same way as men.


Below we see the late Lady Mary Soames, youngest daughter of Sir Winston Churchill (also a former knight of the order), taking part in the parade in her Order of the Garter ceremonial outfit.

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The Order's motto is 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' which translates to 'Shame on him who thinks evil of it'.


It is a majestic event visually.


The patron saint of the Order is St. George (patron saint of soldiers and also of England) and the spiritual home of the Order is St. George's Chapel, Windsor.

After the ceremony, the royals travelled in a carriage procession. William and Kate joined Charles in the second carriage.


Kate chatting with her father-in-law.


A lovely shot of William and Kate.


It is the fourth year Kate has attended the ceremony. She first attended in 2008 when William was installed as a knight wearing her black pin dot suit and a Philip Treacy hat. At the time, it was thought unusual for a girlfriend to attend but demonstrated the seriousness of their relationship. In 2011 Kate looked elegant in a Katherine Hooker design, and in 2012 she wore that divine cream Alexander McQueen coatdress with her Reiss 'Peacock' dress underneath.

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One of our dear readers Kate from Texas was there today and had a wonderful time. Kate kindly shared her photos with us.


Kate (our Kate from Texas) also got a smile from Prince William :)


The Duchess wore the custom made fitted coatdress by Scottish born designer Christopher Kane she wore to the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. The silk satin piece features four panels per side and a self-belt. The Duchess has been favouring this icy blue colour recently, choosing a similar hue for Trooping The Colour.


What do you this of the coat?


Kate's hat is by Lock & Co. The Sweet Delight style is 100% woven straw and retails for £875.

 Lock and Co.

Kate carried her trusty Natalie Clutch bag by L.K. Bennett

L.K. Bennett

Kate debuted another new pair of beige shoes. It has been suggested they're the Jimmy Choo 'Gilbert' style in taupe leather. We'll update when we're certain about the designer.


And completed the look with these gorgeous earrings. They remain unidentified at this time.


For those who enjoyed today's appearance, we'll be seeing the couple attend a very similar one in Scotland next month - The Order of the Thistle service. Kate is visiting Bletchley Park on Wednesday; we'll see you then! :)

323 comments:

  1. Well bluehare, it's a slightly larger hat this time (and no flowers), but still at that same old angle. Shall we give her half credit?

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    1. Hi Laura,

      While I don't know about your previous conversation with bluehare, according to Jane Taylor (Kate's milliner), fascinators are meant to be worn over the right eyebrow. That is why we keep seeing them at the "same old angle".

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    2. You've hit upon exactly my point--we see mostly fascinators (though usually a bit smaller and often bedecked in floral elements) on Kate, and we think the look's a bit stale. :) We'd like to see her mix it up a bit with other styles of headgear.

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  2. Great post and speedy.

    One error. George's Christening was at the Chapel Royal, not St George's Windsor.

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  3. Kate's hat : http://www.lockhatters.co.uk/Sweet_Delight-b-details.aspx

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  4. I wasn't fond the icy blue on Kate yesterday, but I think it looks quite nice today. The whole look's a bit plain, but I do like her earrings.
    I think it's sweet that Kate and Will exchange often smiles at solemn events like this--they're supposed to be serious, but they both know he looks quite silly in that hat.

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  5. Kate looks fabulous from head to toe! I love everything about her ensemble. Two thumbs up from me! My favourite photo is the one of William glancing over at Kate during the formal procession. No words are needed. It's obvious that they are still very much in love. I'm feeling a bit gushy... in a good way of course.

    Did I notice a gash on Kate's left leg or are my eyes playing tricks on me? Sophie looks wonderful also. She has lost weight and is almost as slim as Kate. I think Sophie and Kate would have quite a bit in common. Neither of them was born with a title which is very refreshing.

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    1. I noticed the gash too! Could be a clutzy move, or crawling around with an active baby!

      I noticed Sophie lost weight too...while I'm sure they have a lot in common I'm skeptical that they really get along. I think Edward/Sophie aren't too happy with Will/Kates popularity and how they are getting the "shaft" these days. Especially since they were the Queen's favorite for years (so I've heard) and now the Queen is focused on the direct line of succession. Plus, they had the youngest kids for a while, and as if Kate doesn't steal the show publicly I'm sure George does privately too.

      There is also video of Edward making fun of Kate's makeup at a function (thanks to lip readers, and you can even see his hand motions). It was awkward and Kate turns away.

      Amanda, Canada

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    2. Amanda, I sooo agree with your thoughts. I smiled as I read your comments because that is what I tend to think as well.

      But you have me curious on the video! Where did you see it? Can you share the source? Thank you... :)

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    3. Dear Daisy and Anon,

      I noticed the gash too, could be she tripped over Lupo or George whacked her leg with a toy. Kids and dogs can be so dangerous:)

      Anon,

      Are you referring to the Jubilee church service video? I've seen it and thought that both Edward and Kate were making fun of Mike Tindall who fell asleep, as Edward makes some gestures in Mike's direction. The Matilda So Blue video on youtube says that Edward is making fun of Kate but most of her videos are pretty negative of Kate.

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    4. I never got the impression that Wessexes and Kate didn't get along. Sophie and Kate have middle class backgrounds. Louise was a bridesmaid and Sophie came to the BP thank you party that Kate held to thank the people that helped out with the wedding. Kate was also pictured at the Olympics hanging out with Ed, Sophie and Louise.

      As the 3rd son, Edward could never expect to be the center of attention. Sophie and the kids are often at Windsor more than the other children of the Queen.

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    5. I agree that they seem to get along. I think it's hard for us on the outside to understand acceptance of the birth position in the royal lineage. I think Sophie kind of came to life style wise when Kate as a new family member came on the scene because she had been surrounded by older or much younger, less stylish women before. I think Sophie's relationship with the Queen is intimate and as special as it was before Kate arrived on the scene. Sophie and Edward are an entirely different generation than Kate and William even though they are closer in age than the other aunts and uncles. I think their expectations of their roles is no different than it was before Kate and William got married. Not every family is torn up by jealousy and it's easy to project this drama on them.

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    6. If you watch the Daily Mail video, you'll see Sophie descend some steps and then turn to wait for Kate to join her. They appear to be friends and colleagues. Edward may be another matter; he famously kept his camera crew in St. Andrews following William after the media had agreed to leave him alone. Prince Charles reportedly was livid.

      I hope this doesn't post twice. I received an error message the first time I wrote it.

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    7. I've been looking at the mark on Kate's leg since the D day celebrations in France. Almost 2 weeks now.
      My analysis shows me that the mark hasn't changed one bit.
      Originally I thought maybe a scratch, but that would have almost healed by now.
      So I think it's a scar from maybe stitches.
      Perhaps a bit of an accident after the tour (which may have put her out of action)?
      Or as someone originally mentioned - a Lupo bite?
      Just my thoughts in writing.. :-)

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  6. Today YES, fantastic, I love the coat, the hat, the shoes (are they news??)), even the earings and also she´s flattered..In addition her lipstick is kind of peach and a bit more glossy...Did you think could be possible that she had read us?? No way.........
    I love Sophie´s look as well and those featheres around her neck for a cool day in London (17ºC).They both seem younsgter...
    Camila at home suffering from sinusitis and Queen 88 years old is better than me....

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  7. Sarah from Calif.16 June 2014 at 17:34

    Ahhh Kate looks lovely! Love the dress,coat ensemble and the hat is delicious! I know silly word to use but it is :)
    Also our Kate from Texas was there, hopefully getting some more fantastic pictures!
    Thank you Charlotte-hope your having a relaxing,enjoyable summer :)

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    1. Sarah from Calif., "delicious" sounds deliciously old fashion : )
      I once saw in a documentary that the Queen Mother used to comment on her new dresses with "delicious" when she really liked them. I think it's adorable!

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  8. Just for the record, Prince George was actually christened at the Chapel Royal in St. James Palace, London, and not at Windsor Castle. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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  9. I love her - but I'm SO BORED!!

    Love the hair, earrings and way William and Kate look at each other, but the outfit is a miss for me. I especially dislike the color of those shoes and the clutch - the Sledges would have been much better if she wanted to go with nude shoes. I wish she would wear a little more color - all the ice blue and grey tones are putting me to sleep.

    It's not like she looks bad - just not interesting in the least.

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    1. I agree that the clutch wasn't a hit but I loved the rest of the outfit. Grey and blue tones are my favorites so that's probably why :)

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    2. I completely agree!

      Catherine looks beautiful, as always, but it feels like we've seen this outfit and style on her a dozen times. I wish she would have gone with a bright color that reflects the happiness of summertime, especially after she chose a steel blue outfit for Trooping the Colour. I understand the occasion requires a more refined, demure palate, but bolder colors and patterns would look so refreshing on Catherine!!!

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    3. I agree too.

      Kate's grooming is impecable but she just seems to lack a bit of personality with her clothes. She has a very paired down elegance to her but it slips into boring when it is constantly seen. I like the hat and coat in themselves. She needs to try fuller skirts that add shape to her figure or box pleats or something.

      KiwiNic

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    4. Yes and when she adds fuller skirts and the wind blows them around, everyone declares that she needs to wear narrow skirts. She likes a modern, clean, tailored silhouette for most of her clothes. It's her style. I respect that she knows what she likes and sticks to classics. It really is the mark of a stylish person. I can see her wearing many of her outfits when she is her mother's age and looking just as classic and just as appropriate. Similar to Princess Anne's ability to wear the same clothes 30 years later and look appropriate, but better because she has great taste.

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    5. Box pleats.!! Yes KiwiNic.
      Lots and lots and lots of little ones right around the skirt of her outfit.
      Kate is straight. I think that's why I prefer to see her in fuller skirts. But we know the risks of a "full skirt"?
      Don't we?

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    6. I have to agree with you Briggs. She does look beautiful, although, I'm not fond of the hat at all. Its just that the light shades of blue and grays is becoming old to me. I would love to see some more color. I also did not think that her shoes went very well with the color of her dress.

      I loved when PW looked over at Kate while he was walking by, I thought that was very sweet and loving (you can tell he is smiling at her).

      I just hope we see something completely different the next time we see her, some color.

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    7. I always feel for Kate when her skirts are blowing around, but they do look great on her. Perhaps she shouldn't wear them when deplaning or on windy days, but that's nothing that a close-fitting slip at the very least couldn't fix. I would love more color! Her outfits on the Canadian and Malaysian tours were my favorites - that purple Prabal Gurung dress was AMAZING!! She always looks beautiful, but looks amazing when she takes a bit of a risk. I understand the need for demure looks on certain occasions, but I think that two official events so close together and wearing the similar shade of blue was disappointing. Here's to hoping she pulls out some more interesting looks over the summer!

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    8. Lynn Georgia USA17 June 2014 at 20:16

      I agree with Briggs. Kate looked beautiful, as ever. However, I'd love for her to kick up the "chic factor" a notch or two. I know she likes classic, conservative styles, but I wish she'd add a little more zip. Lord knows, she's got the figure and the looks and the money and on and on! I've been looking at some pictures of Princess Mary and of Queen (to be) Letizia. They always look elegant and appropriate, I think, but with a little touch of elan! (Sorry, French bloggers, I can't remember the key strokes for the acute accent in elan.)

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  10. anon from Leominster16 June 2014 at 17:50

    I think Kate looks fabulous, love her in elegant clothes like this and just the perfect length. And not a sledge in sight, love these more graceful shoes. This coat does remind me so much of the grey Katherine Hooker which was one of my first Kate favourites. The hat is perfection. A simple strand of pearls would have been lovely or her little diamond cross but that's a quibble. Overall a great look. Not so sure about Sophie though.

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    1. Anon I had matched the shoes in peach colour but Kate might not dare..

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  11. I thought Prince George was Christened in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace

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  12. Jane in Canada16 June 2014 at 18:11

    Kate looks lovely and very proud of her husband! Not a fan of Countess Sophie's collar. The dress looks summery and the collar looks like an after-thought.

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  13. My favourite look for the Garter Ceremony to date. Lovely of you to have put up side by side comparisons. Together the Duchess and HRH the Countess of Wessex made an elegant pair, complementary to, rather than distracting from, the Knights and Ladies. The Princess Royal always looks fantastic in her robes, but for some reason absolutely everyone had a special magic this year. I hope Kate from Texas had a prime spot from which to watch.

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  14. Love this! Perfect for the occasion and the hat is just simply stunning. Love this re-wear versus when it was worn for the Olympics event.

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  15. I'm loving the smiles William and Catherine give to each other so sweet :)

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  16. I love Kate's outfit, the coat is much nicer than the first wear at the Olympics... it doesn't seem so boxy this time. Really lovely. Not a fan of Sophie's collar though.

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  17. I'm loving the smiles William and Catherine give to each other so sweet :)

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  18. Jean from Lancs16 June 2014 at 18:20

    Remember the coat from the opening of the Olympics, but it seems a better fit now and I love the hat. The whole outfit looks very elegant.
    Don't like the thing round Sophie's neck---spoils the outfit--but nice to see her father there.
    Sorry Charlotte, but I think Prince Georgewas Christened at the Chapel Royal in St. James' Palace.

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  19. Oh dear, love the hat hair n make up and colour but not the coat /dress. Just don't like the sateen finish of it. Someone mentioned on the weekend 'mother of the bride' looking. Polly London

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    1. anon from Leominster16 June 2014 at 23:37

      Recall Diana saying years ago that being royal meant dressing like you were going to a wedding for every engagement. Some truth in that!

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    2. God, what a whiner Diana was!

      Luckily for the Firm, Kate is the complete opposite.

      Camilla

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    3. Um, Camilla, personally, I think that was a rather rude comment. I suppose you don't remember all the good Diana did for her charities and the Firm? Whether you think Diana was a whiner or not, that was very tacky to put in THIS blog! If you want to speak rudely of the dead, go do it somewhere else. We don't appreciate comments like that here. I'm sure most, if not all, of my fellow ladies here would agree.

      Yes, I am one of those that loved Diana. She was not properly prepared for the royal life IMO, but she did the best she could. She did some amazing things IMO, she was so compassionate and caring. And she loved her boys immensely. And PW and Prince Harry love and miss their mother to this day, they have both said so in interviews. That is just a cruel thing to say IMO.

      I wonder, your name is camilla.....maybe, just maybe, you are THE camilla? Lol, wouldn't surprise me.

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    4. Anon-- I read that quote too but the one I read about going to a wedding was "as the bride!"
      Camilla...when you take into consideration how she was raised
      And how needy both she and Charles were -- and therefore how ill- suited they were to each other, it's understandable that she was so unhappy. She was no saint , and was far too immature to be married --especially to someone so much older--when she did....but she did a lot of good and William and Harry are two shining examples. Bluhare would agree where Harry is concerned!

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  20. I'm really enjoying all of the royals recent events and especially the surprise of seeing Prince George yesterday!! I really like this coat and its ice blue color. I think it is very nice with the belt, but I am not a fan of the hat she wore today. Thanks Charlotte for keeping us up to date with Kate!
    Jen from USA

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  21. Well done, Charlotte! Thank you for your last three posts, done with your usual attention to detail and historical facts!

    I'm in the minority, but I like ice blue on the Duchess. I think it looks striking with her dark hair. While today's coat is a little shiny for my taste, I really enjoy seeing Kate look so happy. Her smile is by far her best "accessory". :o)

    I look forward to seeing a lot more of Catherine's work and engagements soon. I believe she's really coming into her own this year and, with the furnishing of K.P. and Anmer Hall behind her, am anticipating a bright future for Kate. I do hope she spends every moment she can with George. Kids grow up waaaaay too soon (states someone whose own "baby" is 31!), and time together is extremely precious.

    Thanks again for all your time and work, Charlotte!
    Julie

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  22. Theresa, from Paris16 June 2014 at 18:33

    I much prefer this look to the one a few days ago at the Trooping the Colour. I prefer the streamline of the coat. I didn't really like the MacQueen at all. These earrings are to die for !!! I still pine for the gorgeous Easter Sunday look in Australia :)
    She looks so happy... Wonderful to see them so in love !
    PG really seems a handful :)

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  23. It's like Kate bought a batch of blue-ish pastel recently...Another hat on the same side of color palette? I do like the silhouette of this coat/dress, thought. it suits her much better than that last supposed-to-be Mcqueen skirt suit...

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  24. Danielle, Australia16 June 2014 at 18:42

    Ice blue seems matronly to me, whereas cornflower blue seems youthful. I don't especially like the sheen to the suit's fabric either. Beige doesn't in my mind work with ice blue, either.

    A thumbs down from me on this outfit.

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    1. You could call it matronly, but I figure it's the times when she's trying not to say "look at me!". She probably thinks it's helping her not be the main attraction. While there are definitely times she has fun with fashion, it is probably her mixing it up and letting herself "blend" more. Fashion is an easy way of saying complicated things :-)

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    2. anon from Leominster16 June 2014 at 23:40

      I don't see them as matronly, just elegant. Kate loves blue the most and far better than those somewhat iffy experiments in green. This is a very polished look of a young woman of position with nothing to prove.

      Don't care much for Sophie's collar though.

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    3. I don't think icy blue is matronly, but I do think cornflower blue can be overdone.

      Beige and ice blue patterns have been popular lately. The combination is everywhere.

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    4. I think they wear muted tones when requested to do so and she follows the program in that regard. She looks lovely in all colors.

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  25. I feel like it's a little too similar to the McQueen Easter look. And I really don't like the putty-colored pumps with it.

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  26. Many thanks to those who pointed out the error in the post on George's christening. How on earth did I mix that one up? :)

    Thank you for your comments. I don't the Christopher Kane coat is a favourite for me. What about you?

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    1. Love the hat, and it is not a fascinator, it's a HAT. Kate seems to be coming to a favorite shape, like The Queen. I am with you on the coatdress, I think it's boring and plain. I suppose that is to be a simple background to the Garter finery but I did not care for her dress. Charlotte, I saw your Tweet about wishing Kate would be a bit more adventurous, and I agree. She can stick to the classic lines she prefers but branch out a bit. Evidently she has taken to heart the advice to wear narrow skirts on outdoor occasions but that allows many prettier options than this dreary number.
      Sophie, normally so elegant, looks awful from head to hem. What is that feather thing? Hideous.

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  27. She is in a dove/gray - light/blue kind of phase... right?! This outfit, the one yesterday and the Easter in Australia - now give us 3 different hats in the same kind of color. I think it's perfect on her - enough color for the public to see her - but subdued which is her style. She does not put a foot wrong in my opinion. Maybe the shoes could have been grey or a lighter ivory? But otherwise on point. Those earrings look like they might be from the same company as those green amethyst earrings she wears a lot.

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  28. Again, what an amazing post filled not just with fashion details but some historical background as well! Very well done!! This is definitely what keeps me coming back to this site above the others on Kate :)
    I enjoy this color on Kate, and honestly, it seems like she can never do wrong IMO. She always genuinely seems to be enjoying herself and be happy, and what better look can one have? It makes the great clothes seem like icing on the cake. I would love to know the brand of the earrings and a better description of them, they're lovely.

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  29. Hmmm......

    Lovely Duchess.

    I would gladly take off my jacket and lay it at her feet so the Duchess doesn't get her pretty feet dusty.

    I lurve ze beautiful royal ladies. I'm an old fashioned knight me.

    Hmmmm......

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    1. Sarah from Calif.16 June 2014 at 21:11

      Sam, we need more knights in this world , glad to hear you are one :)

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    2. And I would give a lot to watch you doing it, Sam!
      While paying your respect that way, and if you wouldn't mind, could you please wear the full monty of Order of the Garter attire? That would be much appreciated.

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  30. Kate looks beautiful, as she always does, especially at these large Royal functions. She was born for this role, I think. My faux stylist comment: her beige shows don't work the icy blue, neither these nor the Sledges she usually wears. I have a lovely pair of pewter pumps that would perfect for her: not too shiny but the metallic really works as a nice compliment with aquas, light blues and pinks, and gray neutrals.

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    1. Hi ZZZ,

      You are right her pewter pumps would have looked so much better with this dress. But, do you think they might have been to wintery looking? I also thought the clutch didn't work either.

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    2. anon from Leominster16 June 2014 at 23:41

      Since it's June, I would have said cream or bone would be nice, but just glad not to see the sledges. I liked these courts fine.

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  31. Lovely look!

    1. Her hemline has been NOTICEABLY longer!
    2. How do milliners stay in business? Does anyone besides the royals really wear those hats? Not to mention pays $1000 for them?

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    1. Traditional weddings still call for hats, I think. Some fancy day events, too. I imagine it's not just royals, but that whole set of moneyed elite that buy them.

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    2. Ascot starts today.......I won´t say anything else..

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    3. HATS, HATS, HATS!!!!!!!!!!

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    4. Some real hats Marg.
      No silly fascinators. Get enough of those at our Spring racing carnival here.
      As a matter of fact, it does become a bit of a "carnival" at the races here.
      The fashion really becomes tawdry.
      I want the real Downton Abby look.!!!!!!

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    5. I agree with you Helen, I would love to see the Downton Abby look as well. I really hope we see a nice "hat" on Kate, not a fasinator or whatever you call what she has been wearing lately.

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  32. I absolutely love this look! The icy blues tend to suit her nicely. I think the jacket is beautiful, I really like the simplicity of this hat, and the earrings are beautiful! I think she wore beige (shoes/clutch) to break it up, but I would have preferred those grey suede shoes she has. But I'm not disappointed, still very well executed.

    Love the shot of William looking over at her, and her beaming back at him! I love that their love is still obvious, even with a baby and full calendars.

    On the Daily Mail I saw a photo of Kate curtsying to the Queen. Would you ever consider doing a post on protocol for curtsying? I looked in your archives and didn't see one... I've seen photos of Sophie and Diana doing very dramatic curtsies, where they're almost touching the ground! In video footage of George's christening, Kate can be seen doing a very subtle, very quick curtsy to the Queen when she arrives (note: I believe Kate was NOT holding George when doing this curtsy). I'm also curious, if she's having a casual visit with Charles (if there is such a thing!) would she curtsy too? Or just when she's on formal "business" or other members of The Firm are around to take note?

    Great post!

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. The most beautiful curtsey I've seen was in the film "My fair lady". The embassy ball scene where Audrey Hepburn curteys to the Queen at her announced entrance.

      Absolutely beautiful. Like a swans kiss.

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    2. Great idea Amanda, I'd love to learn more about curtsying. I noticed in the picture of Kate curtsying today none of the other ladies around her did, wonder why?

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    3. There was a picture in Hello! very recently of Autumn Phillips wearing jeans and holding her little daughter's hand curtsying deeply to The Queen, who had just driven up & was still in the car (at the wheel). I believe this was at avhorse show.
      I would guess that Kate would give Charles a quick curtsy-- then kisses on both cheeks.

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    4. I agree!!!! I would love to have a few posts dedicated to royal protocol as it concerns Catherine and her interactions with other members of the royal family. Not just the Queen, but cousins, Aunts, Uncles, etc.

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    5. Lauri from CA - I saw the same picture you mentioned, as well as another one in which Kate is standing straight and the ladies around her are curtsying. I think they all did, just at different seconds, and the camera captured different moments :)

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    6. Every time I see pictures of them curtsying, I think that this movement probably originated when dresses were floor length, because it looks so unattractive in a knee length outfit. It would probably look graceful if we couldn't see their legs at such odd angles.

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    7. How can one curtsy in a carriage? Isn't that where they are shown talking?
      SAM: Also, Deborah Kerr, to Yul Brenner's king of Siam in "The King And I." In her beautiful, long ball gown.

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    8. "The king and I". One my favourite royal films. Love Deborah Kerr.

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    9. RM from California17 June 2014 at 01:03

      There are rules on curtsying and didn't Charlotte say (or maybe the Daily Mail) that if Kate's husband isn't present then she has to curtsy to senior royals? (at the garden party earlier in the week) I thought, what an interesting rule. I don't know anything about curtsying as I'm an American but I sure would like to know. Hint hint Charlotte! We want a post on curtsying!

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    10. I thought it strange that she was curtseying and no one else was. Maybe I didn't look at enough photos.

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    11. I have just seen the whole company curtseying:-) Blue27

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    12. Amanda, I agree 100%, I would love to see a post about the protocol of curtseying as well. I was a little surprised, I have to admit, when I read about how Kate gave the Queen a very quick and small curtsey. I thought that no matter who it is, when it comes to giving the Queen a curtsey, it has to be a deep curtsey. Isn't it a sign of respect how deep it is?

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    13. anon from Leominster17 June 2014 at 16:17

      There's a photo out there with both Kate and Sophie curtseying. The front photo of Kate curtseying isn't flattering but it wouldn't be on anyone. The soft material of Sophie's skirt makes for a better curtsey, but that's about all you can say about that dress.

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  33. It's interesting that in order to give these posts more substance, Charlotte gives us a bit of history. Please don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the back story, history, etc a lot, my concern is that in order for us to have anything to talk about beyond Kate's hair, clothes, etc we have to look somewhere besides her. She's been very flat, especially lately. I do wonder when/if she will take on a role with a bit more weight.

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    1. Maryland Moxie16 June 2014 at 21:05

      Seems she's been rather busy shopping for one thousand dollar hats.

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    2. Dear Anon,

      While I love seeing what the Duchess is wearing it does get a little tiring. I don't think we will have much more than her fashion to discuss for quite a long time imo. The royals don't/can't get involved with anything political or contraversial so I don't know what kind of weighty role Kate could take on. Diana tried to raise awareness of landmines and got into a lot of trouble for that. It's kind of sad really, Kate has such an awesome platform with her world wide recognition but I don't expect she'll ever make anything of it. Just my opinion.

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    3. Lauri from Ca, I cannot help point out that at this point even her siblings are taking weightier roles than her.
      And as for Diana getting into trouble -- did you miss the part where she changed policies surrounding landmines, or people's attitudes towards aids? Oh, and utmost adulation from the public?
      I agree with you that she will never make anything of her platform. But that has nothing to do with the platform itself. Weighty causes require serious thinking and she is either not capable or unwilling to engage in that.

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    4. Hi ANON.
      I don't think it's just the issue of Kate being "flat".
      I believe more so it has to do with us just becoming more accustomed to Kate.
      You can compare it to any child with a new toy.
      After the novelty has worn off, the toy becomes a bit passe/boring/dull/flat.

      There does need to be more interest with her activities though. She is very predictable in that sense.
      I think we need to see her "publicly" amongst more "work" be it with charities/speeches etc.
      After all "Practise makes Perfect"!!

      I actually love the background info Charlotte incorporates into her post. Gives more meaning to the event.
      :)

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    5. Jennifer from Wisconsin16 June 2014 at 23:11

      Lol Moxie

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    6. Diana was married to the next in line and in her role she did take on quite a bit. Aids was controversial and so were landmines (years later). But with that, she had Charles and the rest of the firm twitching when she dominated headlines so to suggest that Kate should be a Diana II, or that the royals would even want her to be, is not very realistic in my humble opinion.

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    7. Moxie, do you have a problem with every royal lady buying expensive hats, or just Kate? She is a future Queen and I would expect her to dress and look the part. Half the comments on here are about how she should take it up a notch.

      She does plenty of recycling and even used some of her own (pre-marriage) wardrobe on the Canadian tour. And I lost count of how many times we've seen the blue and white shirt she wore yesterday. So perhaps giving the gal a break would be appropriate?

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    8. Apparently I'm a minority of one but I thought your comment was funny, Moxie. She's been shopping for fireplaces too.

      But while we're talking about hats (and Lauri this is for you!), that hat would not look out of place in a Georgia O'Keefe exhibition. Yes, I went there.

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    9. Hi bluhare,

      I don't understand the reference to me and hats? Am I missing something?

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    10. Bluhare!! OMG!! TSK! TSK!!
      See, this is what happens while we wait for Kate to get settled in, get her very large households furnished, go out and do engagements, find her feet , have a couple of kids....raise a couple of kids---.we amuse ourselves, get to know each other, and start to get into trouble!! Oh, dear!!
      HeeHee!

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    11. Dear Anon,

      I think we have a bit of a misunderstanding here, I was agreeing with you about Kate taking on a weightier role while merely pointing out that doing that can be difficult for a member of the royal family. The Queen herself is known for never expressing her personal opinion about almost anything so maybe Kate is following her lead.

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    12. My bad Lauri. I meant Laura who asked me about hats.

      Sorry, Jo, but honestly it was the first thing I saw.

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    13. I agree royalfan. Moxie, Kate is a future Queen, she will be expected to dress with the absolute best every time she goes out. Moxie, I get the impression you just don't like Kate, if so, why do you come here? To start trouble? Kate is being encouraged right now to appear in more bespoke pieces, and that would include the best of the best, no matter what the price is. I'm not fond of most of her hats, but hey, its her business how much they cost, IMO.

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  34. Jean from Lancs16 June 2014 at 19:59

    Seems to me that both on Saturday and today Catherine got it just right.
    Competing with the colourful uniforms at Trooping the Colour and the rich velvets and plumes today the best thing a girl can do is go for pale, simple and elegant.
    In my opinion both outfits were perfect for the occasion, as was yesterday's fun day with George.

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    1. Jennifer from Wisconsin16 June 2014 at 23:16

      Totally agree Jean. I like the icy blue- the fascinator isn't my favorite- reminds me of a flying saucer or wok but if she can get away with it- good for her. She knows the ceremony is the most important thing and not to compete with it. I can't wait till George comes too- That will be fabulous.

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  35. I think her shoes could be from L.K Bennett : http://www.lkbennett.com/Shoes/Court-Shoes/Stila-Patent-Leather-Court/p/SCSTILAPATENTRedPillar%20Box%20Red?nv=8

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  36. I do like this look...all of it. But my favorite part of the post is the photos showing W&K looking at each other. The smile on her face says it all.

    As for Sophie, I don't think she can pull off this look; the collar overpowers her. This would be better suited to a very statuesque woman.

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    1. Kate looked lovely as always but Sophie gets on my nerves, seriously. She has copied a lot of Kate's style from the dresses, fabrics and don't get me started on how she wears tan/ nude court shoes for every occasion now. If you google older/ past photos of Sophie before Kate came around, she looked nothing like this and this was not her style. I think Kate made her feel old and frumpy so she hit the gym and bought a whole new wardrobe to look just like her. Sophie did the same EXACT thing to Diana. Diana wore a lot of "shy" suits in the beginning that covered a lot and wore a specific style of heel. Sophie had adopted Diana's style and now she is leaning on Kate for inspiration.
      Although I cannot see Kate wearing the dress Sophie has on, the nude courts and belted lace dresses Sophie has worn to almost every different occasion scream Kate and was not in her wardrobe in past years.

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    2. I think Sophie's dress needs longer sleeves to balance the ostrich feathers around her neck. No offense, but she's too old to wear sleeves this length. And heaven only knows what the ostrich feathers are supposed to be doing for her. I read in Not In Front Of The Corgis, which was published shortly after W & K's wedding, that there was a lot of competition waiting for them among the royals. The book was not specific about who had their knives out. But it does seem that Eddy and Sophie had the best position to lose to the younger generation, especially to the direct line of the throne, and especially since Charles has announced his intention to marginalize his siblings and their royal offspring. None of which has anything to do with, or excuses, Sophie's bad outfit.

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    3. Oh my God!! Eve!!!! I´m 45 (Sophie is 49), years old and I wear short sleeves and my style is similar to Kate.............. but I look after myself a lot........nowadays women don´t get older so fast....Catherine Z-Jones is 45, Nicole Kidman 47, Julliane Moore 53....

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    4. Anon 20:44... in a word....... YES! :)

      Eve... Longer sleeves would work better for the dress. Still not sure it would work on Sophie though.

      Esti... your English is really improving...especially when you become passionate about something. :)

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    5. Jennifer from Wisconsin16 June 2014 at 23:23

      Esti- If you can pull it off, go for it but this is not Sophie's best look. The collar is wearing her.
      Eve- I do wonder what Joan Rivers would say. I think Sophie does a lot more good than not but you are right that those feathers do not help her.

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    6. Sorry Anon 20:44 but in Spain Sophie´s style likes lots........She´s able to take risk,,,,,and that´s fashion if not is only cover the body..............Maybe in Spain, Italy and France women are more fasionable.....My mother is 73 years old and dont´ leave home without make up, goes to the hairdresser every week and if my sister and me don´t do it she tells us off........

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    7. I agree Estibaliz and GO SOPHIE!!
      I like the way she sometimes takes risks. It does not always pay off but she is experimenting and that's what I admire. I am a huge fan of women who take fashion risks until they are about 110 years old. It's what I also like about english aristocracy and royalty. That hint of eccentricity. ; )

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    8. Jennifer that´s a matter of taste, if you don´t like, don´t like.......

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    9. OH!! Royalfan thanks but when I´m nerviuos I get muddle up it´s terrible..snifff

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    10. Ana, I believe in experimenting, but it hasn't always been the case with Sophie. For many years, her style was predictable and bland.

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    11. Oh!! Anna!!! Thanks God you´re here, you know how to say things...............That hint of eccentricity!!!!, well done ANNA!!, If not I already have monarchy at home, Britain Monarchy is kind of picturesque.........All that men and women dressed up with capes and feathers...............

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    12. Jennifer from Wisconsin17 June 2014 at 01:15

      Esti- Sorry, I don't think my response came out right. What I meant was if something looks good on you, then you should wear it happily. I just think I agree with Marg and feel sorry for the ostriches regarding how that dress looks on Sophie. :) Sorry if I offended you in any way. Your mother sounds like fun- my best friend's mother is from Colombia and she always dresses to the nines. She made sure we did too!

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    13. Col Eve - ouch, being a bit ageist there - women can look absolutely fab in their 40's. I totally agree with you Estiabaliz and Anna from NZ. Fashion is about fun, enjoying what you wear and your personality. Thank God that women over 40 do experiment still, otherwise life would be really boring post 30's. There is a confidence that comes whenyou are older and you can wear things that your 20 year old self would never have done. Go Sophie.

      However, I do think that Sophie may have slightly missed on this one. Feathers, great - with that hat - maybe not so much. Lacy hat + flower + feathers - bit too much. I love the fact she did wear it though and she is creating and developing her own style. Just fantastic!

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    14. Thanks Estibaliz, you are lovely : )
      I have always admired the elegance and femininity of women beyond 60 in countries like France, Spain or Italy. The world around them may change and crumble but they will not lose their sense of style. There is this certain attitude and an importance of keeping up appearances..... it's marvellous. I want to grow old that way.
      Take your Reina Sophia. And I am sure she had to keep up with a lot.

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    15. Royalfan - I agree. Sophie's style evolved with time and she seemed a bit clueless at the beginning of her royal career.

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    16. I have to admit, royalfan, even my cold dead heart warmed a bit at that photo. There was a lot of knowing in that look. I might even think she's cooking George VIIIIIIIIIIII.

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    17. Jennifer Darling!! you didn´t offend me in any way.....we were only discussing (not argue) you all are very patient with me, oh!! my latin blood!! Anna is German they´re cooler...ha.

      I´ve been thinking about that and I´ve noticed that is a difference of culture. I´ve never been to USA so I don´t know it. Here in Spain we always have believed that in USA women are very open-minded but I´m noticing that you are very conservative. Well, say USA is nothing because is very large, I supposse that New York is diferent that Virginia, Oregon or Idaho.
      In Europe including 100 years old women in summer wear shorts and tang-tops (UK, Germay and North Europe) they are very feminist. In Britain most of people don black clothes all the year, the fashion don´t care also don´t take care of them. only Monarchy do that .
      On the contrary: France, Italy and Spain, the fashion is all, if a woman wears grey hairs is socially looked down upon, we all have our hair dyed apply anti-wrinkles all night, women over 70 wear heels, and nowadays most of them long hair, and they are in fashion . However we are very different from South American women, we don´t like that kind of shape in their bodys we love the slimness.....and therefore I said that but you didn´t offend me I hope I didn´t offend you..............I don´t care Sophie in fact...

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    18. By the way: Did you know that Juan Carlos King of Spain is member of The Orden of the Garter??, but he would never wear that cap and feathers, here that would be very weird and too much aristocratic, the people would´t like it....

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    19. I forgot: the day after tomorrow is Felipe VI ´s entronement: The Palace of Zarzuela says:
      There will be no foreign representations (although the diplomatic corps may be in reception at the Palacio de Oriente), and two sober ceremonies (no jewelry or items that denote pageantry), on consecutive days, one in Palace and other are designed Courts.

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    20. SOOO TRUE about Sophie copying Diana before Kate!
      She was a perfect lookalike.

      Camilla

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    21. LOL bluhare...George VIIIIIIIIIII? Priceless lol

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    22. Esti - Is Felipe VI's coronation something that most people in Spain happily anticipate?

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    23. Bluhare ...I have a friend who has your exact way of expressing herself...our attitudes are very different , yet we get along! I put up with her ummmm pithy observations & let's say "down to earth" comments & jokes...and she puts up with my prissyness.
      We get along great!!! I wish I had half of her imaginative outlook!

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  37. I knew she was going to recycle. I looked this 2012 post yesterday when she wore this outfit. I am a fan although the colour really close to the oneshe wore 2 days ago. I still find it summery at least not black or grey. I was shocked though at the price of the hat thats huge. Once I read man can borrow these hats can anyone confirm this? Iam sure Kate owns it but still it is ridiculous, I think. I wish she has a bigger role but I am afraid she is not up to it right now. Thank you Charlotte for the quick and lovely coverage.Blue27

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    1. I love the way Kate looks...but poor Sophie IMO again looks dumpy. The only way to make the boa work is for the dress to have long sleeves. The shot sleeves killbthe whole outfit.

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    2. It's not just long sleeves- the boa needs a jacket to carry it off, not a dress. Hopefully, they are fake ostrich feathers.

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    3. Marg ....they're doing wonderful things with faux furs (and firs!!)
      and faux plants--it would save lots and lots of birds if they COULD make fake feathers that really look great! A jacket or even a long , slim sheath might work.
      I think Eve had a point about the short sleeves...I think that they too often truncate a dress's design....but, as Esti says...it is also a matter of taste. And BLUHARE, you're on a roll tonight!
      Whew!

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  38. Oh Charlotte!! so Kate from Texas is very close of them...did she tell you anything else?

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  39. Robin - Canada16 June 2014 at 20:53

    Maybe I missed something, but I can't find any mention of George's Christening in this post, so I'm not sure what the "corrections" in the comments are referring to.

    Kate's hat is beautiful, but I agree that the coat's style and colour are a bit boring. I am willing to bet that this was intentional though and I respect that.

    My absolute favourite piece in Kate's wardrobe is that cream McQueen coat dress from 2012. Stunning!

    My first time commenting - great blog Charlotte!

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    1. Welcome to the blog Robin. You have some very astute observations Robin, very nice. I am tending to agree now, I think Kate did choose this look on purpose for the event.

      Hope you comment more Robin, the more the merrier ;)

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  40. Thanks for the great post Charlotte!!! So much great information and historical detail. And the pictures of William and Kate smiling at each other were so great to see!! Three years married, parents to a toddler and they still act like newlyweds!!

    On to todays fashion, I like this coat better on Kate today than when she wore it in 2012. The hat really makes it in my opinion. Satin can be such a tricky fabric to wear but Kate pulls it off so well. I also like that she has been wearing the dove grey/blue colors lately as they are my favorites and she looks stunning in them. I do feel that she could have selected a different clutch though, perhaps her dove grey McQueen, as this clutch seems a little too casual for this dress.

    Poor Sophie, what was she thinking?! She wore this dress before, to what event I can't remember, and I couldn't stand it then and can't stand it now. The dress itself is fine but the ostrich feathers around the collar look a bit ridiculous to me. It feels like this dress can't decide if it's a summer dress or a winter dress or a nesting spot for some wayward bird. Sophie has a great figure but sometimes her fashion choices don't do her very much justice.


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  41. More blue grey, but at least this time it's more blue, even toward aqua in some photos. It doesn't wash her out quite so badly, or make people ask repeatedly why she's tired! I like the simplicity of the coat design and even the hat. Aren't the earrings aquamarine or topaz? Are the shoes the ones she wore to the garden party? I agree that her grey suede pumps would look nicer with this coat. Very happy pictures! The Garter ceremony must be a very special occasion for involved.

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  42. I thought the outfit was very lovely and well suited to the occasion. The color is beautiful against her hair and I thought the lines of the coat flattered her slender figure.

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  43. I wonder whether bystanders are required to wear hats. We'll have to ask Kate from Texas when she returns.

    Interesting the way Kate diplomatically manages to almost sit across from the Prince of Wales while sitting beside him!

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    1. Hi Anon 21:37.
      I'm not getting the impression that Kate doesn't want to be close to Charles (if that is what you mean?).
      I think she's sitting forward so she can converse easier with him.
      And to form a circle with William.
      Knights of the Round Table! (lol)

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  44. I loved today's look! Could the earrings be the 'Diamond Long Drops' from Heavenly Necklaces??

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  45. I actually like the ice blue - its elegant and understated. My opinion the reds and bright greens she has worn are too "loud". Also especially like that the neckline is open and not closed up to the top.

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  46. Kate from Texas really came through for us! Good for her...she had a great spot to enjoy the whole thing!!
    I thought the OTHER Kate looked lovely...and if Sophie's dress had long sleeves, the whole outfit would have worked..the short sleeves killed it.

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  47. Well this was a surprise after getting my info wrong about Kate not being in attendance (via the BBC).
    To top off all the misinformation, Kate looks lovely.
    Her outfit really suits her today and she is beaming. Both her and William always have so much fun at this ceremony/service.

    I'm going to repeat myself here; but I do wish she had on an accessory to team up with her earrings. BLUHARE/MARG what is your professional opinion?
    Agree with Anon from LEO. Pearls would have been perfect or even a lovely brooch, given the simplicity of the fabric and cut of the outfit. And the shimmer too reminds me more "evening".
    The shoes are irking me a little too. Beige and pale blue not quite complimenting each other.
    Funny that Sophie is wearing almost the exact same shoe colour too. And i'm with the general consensus about the ostrich feather collar/scarf. Just dominates Sophie. (I'm sure she's worn this dress minus the feathers before?)

    What I enjoyed most about today is seeing Kate's interaction between not only William but also Prince Charles!
    They do seem to all be getting along (of course these are selected images.) I feel confident though that Kate's relationship with her father-in-law appears quite amicable and fun. And I do believe they share a green thumb interest.
    Love the photo of Kate next to Charles in the carriage.
    For a moment I thought Kate had thrown a plume in her hat. Now that would have been a statement!

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    1. Helen- If you had not been mis-informed, there would not have been my fascinating details of my childhood sinusitis. And I take back any kind, compassionate remarks I might have made, since it is apparently not Kate suffering from sinusitis. ha!

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    2. Helen-thrown a plume in her hat! ...ha! .....Am I the only one feeling sorry for all the nude ostriches and herons?

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    3. I like it. Needs a bit of tweaking, and a hat that keeps my mind out of the gutter.

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    4. Bluhare...sorry to keep reacting here, but I'm getting progressively sillier with eaach comment...you are a HOOT --and have cheered up a tired day!!

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    5. Glad to be of service, Jo. :)

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    6. Hope I can return the favor one day, Bluhare!

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  48. I really loved Kate's new Alexander McQueen on Saturday - cute two piece suit, unique fabric, pretty hat - and it made me think of this Christopher Kane outfit from the Olympics. I was wondering why she had not "repeated it" and here it is today. I must say, I love this look as well. The hat is chic and sleek and really finishes the coat dress beautifully. I might have worn the Dove Gray pumps (not the Emmy suede heels that are darker) but at the end of the day 'who cares?' She is lovely and they are sooooo happy together. It's wonderful.

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  49. Canadian Friend16 June 2014 at 22:43

    Hi, Charlotte,

    Thanks for all the great coverage over the last few days. We're getting spoiled for frequent appearances again!

    Gorgeous George is a darling! Kate and William will be very tired now that he's up and about!

    With regard to Kate's latest outfits, I like the ice blue colour so I haven't minded seeing it twice. It's interesting that Texas Kate's candid snaps make the Garter shade of blue look much deeper, almost like a robin's egg blue-could just be the lighting, I suppose.

    Both the new hats are lovely but I would just love to see Kate in a wider brimmed hat. I'm bored with the similar shape of almost all her hats. I find it doesn't help because in trying to differentiate them and make them visually interesting, the millinery details/additions can get very fussy.

    The sateen fabric from today always strikes me as wintry. I don't think I would want to wear it unless I was as slender as Kate (I wish!!) because it really adds pounds. Maybe she likes it because it stands up better and still looks good after sitting down, getting in and out of landaus, etc.

    As said by several others, I wish Sophie Wessex had added a few inches to her sleeves; then the boa would have looked fine.

    Looking forward to the Bletchley appearance. I imagine it will be much more business/daytime attire.

    The very best greetings to all your readers.

    Thanks,Charlotte, for your fantastic updating.

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  50. I'm with the minority liking the look. I believe the understated simplicity of the entire ensemble is likely meant to be a foil to the elaborate capes and mail worn by the Knights. The highly flattering soft blue also works with the shoes and bag which are in a golden tone--a classic pairing of opposites on the colour wheel. There's not a misstep anywhere.That said, this would have looked equally smart with the gray suede accessories.

    What would have lifted this ensemble from elegant to extra-ordinary would have been a strand of pearls with a modest pendant or a pearl choker. Perhaps not one of the massive ones better suited to crepe necked royals, but a double strand with a simple clasp worn to the front. But if she had done that, all the attention would have gone you-know-where. I truly believe Catherine is very aware of such variables when she makes her choices. Plus, jewelry of that type is heavy. Even a couple of strands weigh on the neck after many hours.

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    2. I agree Marg, nice comment philly.

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  51. Odd I think she would wear icy blue yesterday and just a bit more saturated side of the same color today -

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  52. Some folks were asking or wondering if Sophie had worn this dress before. She wore it to the Coronation Festival in 2013.
    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2013/07/weekly-royal-fashion-awards-july-7-14.html

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  53. Thanks Charlotte for the great coverage. I wonder if you ever find the time to attend any of the events. Maybe not because you are far too busy at your desk, providing us with updates in the fastest and most efficient way. Do you sometimes try to catch a glimpse of Kate at her announced outings?

    Kate looked very elegant and sophisticated. But it was once more a very conservative and safe choice. However, I thought the coat and hat combination was absolutely stunning. The hat has to be one of my all time favourites. I love Lock & Co. This is the outfit I would have liked to see for Trooping of the colour. Minus the shoes and clutch. Very uninspired in my opinion. I agree with others who would have favoured some contrasting colour.

    Thanks Kate from Texas, I hope you had a marvellous time!

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    1. Hello Anna,

      There's been a few instances where I was in London at just the right time (I'm currently studying and living elsewhere in the UK) however I thought the post would be written very late but I will definitely remedy that in the near future :)

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    2. Anna!! I had changed the shoes too (aldough that are nor very bad), peach color?? What do you think??

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    3. Sounds good Charlotte! : )
      I can't help it but I really picture you in some official royal media/PR capacity. You would make such a great addition to the royal household. Please forgive me for overtaking your career plans. ;)

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    4. Estibaliz, while I think that peach would have worked, I personally would have taken it more towards darker hues. Shoes and clutch in a dark purple or magenta. I think that would have set an interesting contrast. For me, there is too much lovely pastel-ness going on and I am longing for a certain edge. I would have settled for pewter, charcoal or navy to calm the less adventures nerves. :)

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  54. Charlotte thank you so much for the history of this service, and of course for the wonderful photos. TRH are just amazing to this American. I look forward to every new post. They seemed to share a giggle today...very refreshing. Love the outfit, especially the hat- HRH looks amazing in this color it really sets off her eyes. Sophie is a very pretty lady, she has always reminded me a little bit of Diana. Hope everyone has a great week- its a big birthday for me Tuesday- I figure as look as I keep having them I won't complain about age...after all it's only a number. Best wishes to all.

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    1. I hope you have a splendid birthday Patricia!

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    2. Sarah from Calif.17 June 2014 at 01:56

      Happy Birthday Patricia!

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    3. Sarah from Calif.17 June 2014 at 01:56

      Happy Birthday Patricia!

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    4. From me, too, Patricia...since some of us are "up there" it's
      perfectly in character to ask
      HOW big is this birthday! ? That was a tantalizing hint!!

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    5. Well, I reckon it's Patricia's 20th birthday. Isn't hat right??
      Happy birthday Patricia!

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    6. 20 years old?? at that age you can even don a ostrich on you head a be flatering.......happy birthday!!

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    7. Ladies- THANK YOU all for your birthday wishes- if I could curtsey without falling down I would but MAN- that curtsey takes some skill LOL- Thank you again!

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    8. Right you are, Anna! Some people stay at 29 FOREVER! Still, since Patricia said that this is a Big
      Birthday one is very naturally reacting to such an invitingly cryptic description! At least
      THIS ONE is!!!

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    9. Happy Birthday Patricia! I hope you have a wonderful day, you deserve it! Actually, if there is a Mr. Patricia, let him know we said you should be pampered and catered to all day and night ;) lol. Have a great day!

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    10. Happy natal day, Patricia! Have a great time celebrating you! :o)

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    11. Patricia-- what you just wrote about deep curtsies reminded me of some descriptions of Margaret Thatcher's "almost
      gymnastic" curtsies toThe Queen!
      It's Tuesday! (At least where I am!) Hope you're having the BEST Birthday! Here are some hearts in your honor:
      ♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡♡♥♡♥♡♥♥

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  55. I am ready to see Kate in brighter colors as they compliment her complexion so well. Kate did look lovely today and I really like the cut of the coat, but as I stated earlier.. color! Personally, I would love to see Kate's hair cut differently but I don't imagine that will happen any time soon. I love the sweet pictures of Will and Kate; it is so nice to see them still in love. Sophie is one of my favorite royals and I've enjoyed seeing her fashion sense evolve. Today, however, was a miss for me, and as far as Kate not getting along with Edward and Sophie, I don't buy it. You can look for anything negative if you try hard enough. Thanks again, Charlotte.

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    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Someone on another blog also mentioned wanting Kate to cut her hair and I was wondering what kind of cut do you think would suit her? Pippa recently cut her hair into a long bob and it really looks good on her, I wonder how that would look on Kate. With her round face she should probably shy away from bangs. I thought the cut she had before her pregnancy was announced looked nice but it also looked like a lot of work. What are your thoughts?

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    2. anon from Leominster17 June 2014 at 16:49

      I like Kate's hair long and think it suits the shape of her face. She has a very pronounced jaw line and the fullness of the hair suits her. But her hair does look best to my eyes on formal occasions pulled back into a demi-chignon. The way she wore her hair with the hat at the Garter service right after her marriage in the grey coat was perfect to me, pulled back to one side. I also liked the way she wore it at Easter in Australia, as I recall we all chose that as a favourite.

      I don't think she would look good with short hair. I think she will always want to wear at least a bit below shoulder length like her mother does, to softly frame her face.

      So keep it long, but keep it contained, is what I would say. It looked very nice today.

      Her best updo to my eyes was the one she featured at the portrait gallery in the Roksanda lavender dress. It was an elegant chignon but pulled softly around her face, not pulled tightly back.

      Eventually, I hope, Kate is going to need a tiara style. Long was fine for her wedding but I don't think it is ideal with tiaras, and unlike many, I don't think just going broad like Camilla makes for good tiara hair. I would like to see a clever stylist bank Kate's hair up behind a tiara someday. Subtley, not American beauty queen style. Someday, when she inherits the queen's jewels, I would love to see her wear the star brooch in her hair like Jackie Kennedy did.

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  56. Someone has to explain to me: how can a hat that size possibly cost 875 pounds? And it is just made out of straw! That seems ridiculous to me, even if you are paying for a designer name. I seem to be missing something because I can't understand what makes this hat have that kind of value.

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    1. Since it can be found in the couture department of Lock & Co, the hat may be woven entirely by hand. Which would mean that many hours or days of labour would go into making it. Add cost of operation and profit margin and you may hit £875.00.

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    2. I don't get it either, eelady, though I like the hat. The shell (or gingko leaf?) on the top is very pretty. I'd like to see this hat from the back. The back of the Easter hat was lovely, and I have a feeling this one is, too.

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    3. It's the time and skill it takes to mold the straw into the shape.

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    4. Although hats aren't big in Aus. (except the big racing season), the most economic option is to buy off the rack for something made off-shore (usually Asia).
      Now the quality on these is quite of the standard "wear once and throw out". Which I don't endorse.
      Not to mention the risk of the almost everyone wearing the same hat as you at the racecourse.
      If you are to have a hat made, by a reputable milliner, to support your country's economy, you're up for a lot of money. Few hundred dollars.
      Someone in Kate's position will have to step it up a notch and probably go for complete couture - not cheap.

      I guess where some of us are coming from with the hat debate, is that surely for so many hundreds of pounds you expect something really special and maybe bigger?

      I still stand by my mantra. - "The Duchess of Cambridge looks so much better in a brimmed hat with more coverage".

      The other gripe I have with these smaller cocktail hats is that they do look so ordinary from the front.
      All the beautiful shaping, bows, flowers, all the intricate work is rarely seen from the front. It's always a matter of giving yourself neck cramp to catch a glimpse of the side or the back of the wearer's head.
      This could be also why we are becoming "ho-hum" about Kate's hat choices. We always see the saucer shape at the front covering half her face, not the gorgeous details on the side.

      This could also be an indication of the trend today's milliner's are following?

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    5. As always it's craftsmanship you are paying for not to mention the top materials. I'm a florist and know that people don't appreciate the skill that goes in to pieces. Polly London

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    6. Agree with Anna from NZ, this hay is definitely handwoven. And hence the price. It is a work of art! I would say horse racing season is when milliners make most of their income!

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    7. Wouldn't it be fascinating to watch this hat (and many others) being formed?

      I'm ill and in bed today, perhaps a good occasion to look for a video of such.

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    8. anon from Leominster17 June 2014 at 16:55

      Good hats are hand crafted and that tends to be expensive. In fact, there is a world of difference between a cheap hat and an expensive hat, more so I would say than shoes or handbags. A lot of people who may only have a rare occasion to wear a hat and may not want to re-wear it, rent a good one rather than buying a cheap one. Kate did that before her marriage.

      Hats are not only expensive, they tend to be complicated to wear, especially with today's flat hairstyles. Sadly, they are going out of fashion, even at weddings and christenings.

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    9. I suspect Anna has it right when she says "add .... profit margin" That's the real reason something like that hat could cost so much. Even if it were hand woven, I can't imagine the cost of materials is more than 50 pounds, so labor is 800? Wow.
      I don't want to sound snide, but I personally am often amazed at the cost of Kate's coats and hats. And even the cost of little George's clothing. I would never spend $100 on a pair of little overalls. There's no reason for infant's clothing to be in that range.

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    10. Hope you feel better soonest, Summer.

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  57. Love the duchess wearing a brighter colourd the duchess is lovely in her look today well what was sophie wessex thinking her dress and the duke and duchess cambridge i can fell the love hi kate from texas i love your photos in fb i enjoy the pictures happy birthday patricia

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  58. How refreshing that we had a male (Sam, London) in our midst. We need some male view points.

    Kate looked so elegant and royal. It must be quite an undertaking beyond our wildest speculations of how to dress for each and every royal occasion: colors to mean something, colors not to clash with others, coordinating colors, what outfit to recycle, jewelry, hats, shoes, etc. When the other royals attend, one wonders are they given choices of colors, do they know what color each other are wearing as it seems they must be aware, there just is so much behind the scenes I would think. Kate and William appear to have such a deep respectful love for each other that keeps on glowing. What a sweet touch for William to look to Kate as he was passing by her and the valuable timing of the photograph taken.

    Thank you Charlotte for another splendid classy blog.

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    1. I almost always find myself nodding in agreement with you, Kat! You express yourself so well!

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  59. This is one event where I think Kate always knocks it out of the park and this year she didn't disappoint! I hated the icy blue she wore the other day, but this one is a more refreshing fabric, and doesn't age her. However, I am tired of nude heels. I think white shoes would have looked nice and summery...does she have white heels?

    Sophie looks completely delightful, I'm a fan of the whimsy at the collar.

    I can never get enough of the pagentry, and thank you Kate (from Texas) for sharing your pics!

    Thanks for another lovely post, Charlotte!

    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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    1. YES!Thank you Kate from Texas for sharing her lovely pictures! How awesome it wouldve been to see the royals upclose!!

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  60. The hat today is absolutely marvelous in my opinion! Still a little unsure about the icy blue color though… Thank you Kate for sharing your pictures today! I visited the castle last August and found that there is a little pub across the street named the "Duchess of Cambridge".. I think it would be quite lovely for the Duchess to stop by at some point as a kind gesture! The grounds of the castle are impeccable & I definitely enjoyed my day their.

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    1. I'm wondering if Kate sticks to the fascinator-hats because they're off-the-face, allowing her to be more visible to the public than in a "platter hat" that obscures an entire side of the head.
      Also, MAYBE Kate told Sophie that (as one poster shared awhile back) the sledges are incredibly comforable, despite their height--so important for a long day of standing and walkabouts. And Sophie may very well have helped Kate with tips during her pregnancy.

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  61. @eelady, you've got me there. Ridiculous, isn't t? Just imagine what the hats worn by the Queen and Camilla must cost!

    I really liked the way Kate looked at the Order of the Garter, and unlike some others, thought the colour of her shoes and clutch were just right. Missing, in my view, was a big, fat, single strand, silver-white pearl necklace with simple pearl stud earrings to match. These would make a tremendous difference to her daytime wardrobe, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why someone--her wealthy parents/her wealthy husband/her rich father-in-law/the Queen--has not gifted her with same either at her wedding or at the birth of Prince George. Next up would be white diamond studs and a simple, modern white diamond necklace for evening wear. These are basic accessories; many quite ordinary people, not necessarily millionaires several times over, possess these; why doesn't Kate? I am left dumbfounded.

    I enjoy predicting, for the imaginary fun of it, and I predict that William and Kate will arrive at Mons, Belgium via helicopter. Dangerous for Kate. Hence, I think we will see a recycle of her pale blue outfit--dress and coat--first seen at Easter in Australia, with the hat and shoes worn at the Garter ceremony, and without the pearls which would bring it up a notch. Unless Charles is feeling particularly generous, there will be no new bespoke outfit, and nobody seems inclined to gift Kate with something as relatively inexpensive as pearls. Anyone else care to chip in with a prediction?

    I was completely unimpressed with Sophie at the Garter, sartorially speaking. Bland and strangely blowsy, thanks to that fat feather necklace she sported. And to add my two cents, I do think that she and Kate enjoy a cordial relationship; however, I do not think that they are friends.My impression, based solely on many photos since Kate married William, is that her--Sophie, that is-- nose is out of joint, but that she has mustered the decency to be polite. What does intrigue me, again based on photos, is the glimmer of a potentially genuine relationship between Princess Anne and Kate; maybe I have lost it, but, they do have sailing in common, and W/K did choose Zara as a godparent for George. Further, when they do interact, via photos, they seem to get down to basics; they discuss--and ignore the cameras. Nor do they ever step on each others toes. They often show up at the same Garden Parties. I could go on, but you get my drift. There seems to be a connection; I hope so, as improbable as it may seem--altho, Anne has twice married commoners...so maybe not so odd. What do you all think?

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  62. It's not the colour or the fabric, it's not that she's not looking proper – it's more that her look is too tailored, too boring, too matronly - more of a uniform than a style. Hair, check, Kiki earrings, check, beige shoes, check…….

    The shoes are awful – the bag even worse. Ice blue and beige is not a good look.

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  63. This is a mother of the bride outfit, kate is in her early 30's. Just love to see some edge to her outfits, her mother would look great in this.

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  64. Another amazing post! Thank you for your hard work and research! I love reading the history of these events. I was not a fan of this outfit the first time and not a fan the second time. I just don't like it. I especially don't like the color. I absolutely do not like the beige shoes and clutch with this outfit. I am still waiting for her to bring back the Tabitha Simmons lizard shoes (remember those from the Canada tour??) But overall I think she needs a shoe overhaul!

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  65. We are certainly being spoilt with Catherine outings lately! I think she has really found her niche recently. Her outfits are really elegant and appropriate, in beautiful fabrics. I think it is wise to choose paler colours when the outfits of the events we have just seen dress the senior royals and Prince William in very bright, strong and outstanding uniforms, gowns, capes etc..
    MARG and ESTI; Catherine has the mark on her left leg still. I say chasing George and scratching herself on that new fireplace she was purchasing wink wink..
    And MARG, I did read your comment about horsing around, they say that you have to fall off a horse a 100 times before you can call yourself a rider. Which I did in my childhood, and by the sounds of it, you might have too! I hope George will love riding ponies and falling off many times, but safely of course. Then, when we are all retired, we can watch the pictures of Prince George playing polo with his siblings and cousins!

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  66. I was wanting her to recycle this coatsuit dress for one of her tours and Im glad she finally did!!Love the dress and the hat,which is lovely:) Thanks chica!!!xoxo

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  67. It looks as though there's at least one patch on HM's robe? There's a large portion of a different shade of blue near her waistline, right at the front?

    I'm all for mending and thriftiness when possible, but that looks like a large section, and from either a much older robe or different dye lot. And out in the unforgiving daylight, too.

    Speaking of daylight, I think I prefer the Duchess' first wear of this outfit for that very reason: It looked much better in the indoor, evening-lit photos from the reception vs the glare of outdoor lighting that makes the satin overly shiny. As iconic as her sapphire Issa dress was in the engagement photo call, the same treatment happened then with the overload of flashbulbs popping.

    So many, many different considerations when dressing for various occasions and light exposure. I'm thankful I don't have the same restrictions.

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  68. I love how in the first picture on the post that the Duchess's hair is as shiny, silky and smooth as the coat she is wearing.

    Great post Charlotte as always. Very informative and great pictures. I always find your posts to be the most informative on all aspects of her engagements.

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  69. For those who previously asked, Kate's ZIMMERMANN Roamer Day Dress is now available on their official website (and selling out fast) http://bit.ly/1naWc7t

    Also, I've enabled right clicking again as it's very awkward for all of you otherwise :)

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