Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Kate Recycles McQueen Sailor Dress for Wimbledon

William and Kate made a surprise appearance at day nine of Wimbledon today to watch Roger Federer take on Mikhail Youzhny on centre court.


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It is William and Kate's first Wimbledon appearance of the year. Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton sat in the royal box yesterday and Pippa and James attended last week. Prince Charles also made his first appearance at the tournament in forty years last week.


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There was a loud ovation when the couple entered the royal box.




William and Kate sat beside Anthony and Jane Henman, parents of former British player Tim Henman and exchanged jokes throughout the match.


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Kate has been a huge supporter of tennis for year and has attended several matches over the years. The 30 year old is also a keen player.


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The couple enjoyed a private chat during the match.




The couple who are expected to travel to Edinburgh later today for a Thistle Service tomorrow where William be installed as 'knight of the Thistle' looked happy and relaxed in the royal box.


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Australian tennis player Rennae Stubbs was very excited about seeing the royals :)

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The always incredible Roger Federer beat his opponent in three sets. Speaking about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the Swiss player said


'I think it helps when royalty shows up and other legends of the game come to see me play. I think it's inspiring. I'm happy they came to support tennis and to support me. It was very special'.

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After a short break the royals returned to their seats to watch British number one Andy Murray play against Spain's David Ferrer.


Kate never fails to impress at Wimbledon with her sartorial choices and today was no exception. The Duchess recycled the £1,100 Alexander McQueen cable knit sailor dress she first wore in Charlottetown for Day 5 of the Canada tour. A beautiful piece and simply perfect for the occasion.

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The dress was worn by actress Sarah Jessica Parker in 2006. We also see Kate wearing it exactly one year ago. Did you prefer it today?

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The Daily Mail article noted Kate's dress is somewhat similar to the tennis style from the 1920s.


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A look at the back of the dress.




Kate carried her Jaeger Kate Bag. The quilted leather bag is currently available for £75 reduced from £150.

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Kate completed the look with her navy Prada shoes and Princess Diana's navy and sapphire earrings. Unfortunately the couple had to leave before the match ended but will no doubt be happy to hear Andy Murray won. See you all tomorrow for the thistle service!


43 comments:

  1. Yay you rock girl! The first one to post!!!kate has a contentment glow on her face, is there good news on the way?????anyways she looks gorgeous as always :)

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  2. Love this dress, and I was hoping to see it again this summer, I already liked it very much on the Canada Tour and it's also perfect for today's tennis matches! Kate looks stunning, fresh and happy, and I love her hair as always :) Thanks for the quick post Charlotte!

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  3. Hi Charlotte,

    I've just found a link to a diaporama. I really like these photos, especially the number 12 one. It so nice to see William and Kate exchanging such loving and tender glances !

    http://www.20min.ch/ro/entertainment/people/story/15850673

    Keep up the good work dear Charlotte. I cannot count how many times a day I click on your site looking for some new pictures.

    Kind regards from the South of France!

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  4. l love these pics! thank you so much for posting! i especially love the one w/william and catherine smiling (3rd one down) they are so lovely

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  5. She definitely has a fuller face, I love it!!

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  6. Well, I think that she cut her hair some... or it is just more curled. What do you think?

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  7. Thank you so much for your lovely comments!
    It certainly was a lovely surprise to see them at Wimbledon today, I've been watching the Murray match and they appear to be having a wonderful time and the McQueen dress looks *incredible* on Kate.

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  8. I don't believe it -- the Duchess is actually wearing blue shoes. The nudes got a well earned rest at last.

    I never liked this outfit when it was first worn -- but I do like the way it referenced a nautical theme before, and this time serves well (unintended pun there!) in the sporting context along the lines of cricket/tennis whites.

    I may be imagining this but in one of your pics the skirt looks to clear her knees, whereas last time it was long and droopy and uneven. Is it possible to alter a knitted garment? or could Kate herself have filled out a little and improved the look of the thing....

    For me the best part of seeing it again is that this time she's sitting down and I don't have to look at the droopy mess of a hemline or the way the skirt emphasises Kate's lack of hips.

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  9. Pauline California USA4 July 2012 at 17:42

    Oh my dear Charlotte, you are the best. When I get up in the morning (here in the US) first thing I do is get on your blog to check up on the beautiful Duchess & her handsome Prince. Today was a great surprise. Nice to see them out and about at Wimbledon. They both look so much in love & happy.
    The Duchess does have that glow to her and look's just stunning as always.
    Thank ou for the great pictures and keeping all of us fans up to date on the Duchess. Can't wait until tomorrow with more great pictures. Just wondering what the Duchess will wear to this very special event for her Prince. Hope it is something new.

    If I may I would like to wish all the Amnerican fans a very Happy 4th of July. This is America's birthdate, very special day for all of us Americans.

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  10. She looks great in this dress and totally suitable for the event. :) Love it. that picture of her closeup is super stunning

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  11. Thank you for always posting such informative and amazing pictures of Kate. I am from the states and we don't get enough coverage of Duchess Kate over here. Always a fan from across the pond!!

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  12. Sorry .. I do not like that dress. It does not appeal to me at all.
    She has got fuller face and looks better ! ! I like it!
    Kind regards from Poland :)

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    1. I don't like that dress too, don't like it now and didn't like the first time she wore this dress in Canada, but I think she is beautiful as always, no matter what she wears !!
      I do hope she wears something new and special tomorrow!

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  13. I love the dress, and yes, how suitable for the game! She must have been hot though!
    I notice that she wore the same earings that she wore to Wimbledon last year.

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  14. Blue shoes and black bag ????

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    1. Blue bag with Catherine. Very noticable live on TV. The ad for the bag is black

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  15. I love the dress but I must be honest, I'm dying for some new fashion! Hopefully we'll see a new dress and accessories at the Thistle ceremony.

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  16. Great blog, great post, a clear and cogent composition, just perfect!

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  17. I LOVE this dress and it was perfect for this day. Very young and classic look IMO.

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  18. I think today's outing was the best. It looks better with her hair down,not sure why. She looks beautiful

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  19. Have you noticed that Catherine seems to be sad, lost? Im not talking only about today but about a few last appearances. I dont know ..maybe it is only my observation. What do you think? I hope everything is ok.
    Today she looked much better than in Canada.
    I love Roger, in my opinion he's the best in the world :)
    Best, M.

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    1. Pauline California USA5 July 2012 at 09:54

      I have looked at alot of pictures of the Duchess & her Prince from the past month and have not noticed anything different between them. If you look at the pictures from Wimbledon, they look very much in love. Yes they did talk to different people and William might have had his back to his Duchess but I don't see anything wrong with that when he was talking to the man next to him. And if you look at the pictures of the polo match a few weeks ago, they had their arms around each other. I could go on but I don't think I need to.
      Also if you have ever noticed that William looks right at the camera with that pisst off look. He hates the media so he does not smile much when he know's the media is taking his & his Duchess picture.

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  20. She looks great! The dress looks much better this time around, I think because she looks a lot healthier than this time last year. I'm really jealous of her hair too, looks so soft and healthy!

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  21. Anonymous, I've noticed something weird between William and Kate in recent appearances, but this particular appearance (Wimbledon) I thought they were perfectly mingled, and apparently happy.

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  22. Charlotte, you have made my week. Two of my favourite people in one post! Lovely Kate and gorgeous Roger. And she does look lovely, doesn't she? Great dress, I also prefer it this time around. Thank you for your hard work.

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  23. Charlotte, you have made my week. Two of my favourite people in one post! Lovely Kate and gorgeous Roger. And she does look lovely, doesn't she? Great dress, I also prefer it this time around. Thank you for your hard work.

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  24. You're lovely comments are such a joy to read. Thank you all for taking the time to leave them.

    I also just love Roger :) I'm a huge tennis fan and enjoy playing so was immensely surprised to see William and Kate in the royal box. They met Roger afterwards and he said they were 'really friendly and very nice'.
    Kate would make a wonderful patron for the sport.

    For those of you who felt William and Kate looked strained/unhappy, from watching the match I can tell you they were laughing and smiling, exchanging romantic glances and jokes non stop.

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    1. Pauline California USA5 July 2012 at 09:44

      Charlotte, I don't understand why people always think something is wrong with the Duchess & her Prince. I see nothing going on in the pictures I have seen today with them at Wimbledon. They were smiling, laughing and making those loving looks at each other. They talked to each other like there were nobody else around them.
      There are times when you see William not looking very happy but if you study the picture,he is looking right at the camera with a pisst off look on his face. The Duchess always has a smile on her face so I think if things were not rigth with them, how could the Duchess continue to look like she does.
      We have to remember that William & the Duchess are a very private couple so it can get a little to much with the media always sticking a camera in your face.
      So let's wish them well for a very happy marriage with lot's of babies...lol

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    2. Any couple in the spotlight will get a huge amount of attention put on their relationship but I do believe William and Kate are one of the very happy ones :)

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    3. Pauline California USA5 July 2012 at 18:48

      Charlotte, I totally agree with you. They can't be happy all the time but that does not mean there is problems with their marriage. You can just tell how much in love they are by the photos taken of them at all these different engagements.
      They can not ignore people around them when they are sitting in the royal box or at a polo match. They muct do their royal duties and talk to everyone if possible.
      They did that at the tennis match yesterday. I had to laugh at an article I just read on the internet saying that all the love has gone out of their marriage because William turned his back on his Duchess to talk to a gentleman sitting next to him. And then the Duchess turned her back on him to talk to someone beside her. Come on people just because he talk's to someone and she does the same does not mean there is problems in someones marriage. Just look at al the other pictures out there and you will see how much in love they are.

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    4. Charlotte and Pauline, I'm one of those who really want William and Kate are happy, I think that's exactly why I watch enough their behavior in each event. I believe that people have noticed a difference in their behavior, especially the events surrounding the Queen's jubilee until now, are actually doing a comparison with the appearances of them last year, where they seemed more interlocking (at least in my point of view). But can that really is not anything going wrong between them, it should not be hard to always be the focus of the media, having observed their every step, etc.. By the way, I really liked the appearance of them at Wimbledon, seemed happy and well matched with each other. Kisses!

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    5. Pauline California USA6 July 2012 at 02:38

      Ana Laura- As far as the the behavior between William and his beautiful Duchess during the Queen's Jubilee, we have to remember it was not the place for the two show much PDA as we would like. It was for the Queen and with William being the 2nd in line, he had to be more business like (I could not think of another word) then we have seen him before. And I am sure that the Duchess has been schooled by William as to how to hanlde all of the stuff that would be going on. I have studied alot of the photos of them and yes William at times did look very regal and maybe not his self but we have to remember again that all of the attention should be on the Queen and not William & his Duchess. I don't think we can really compare their actions toward each other from last year til now. Whole different set of facts and things going on. We still get those look of love between them, the smiles at each other and so forth. Matter of fact I was looking at some pictures of the service of Thanksgiving and noticed how William & his Duchess were exchanging those looks they give each other and the look in their eyes said it all. I could go on & on, to many to list. It is funny how different people can look a pictures and come away with different opinons. I do respect your opinon very much.

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    6. Exactly.

      The Queen's Jubilee and the Thistle service were not places for PDA's. The jubilee was about celebrating the Queen and the Thistle Service was an important and incredible honour for William. It would have been viewed as quite disrespectful if they had detracted attention from these events.

      We only have to look at the photos from Wimbledon to see how much fun they have together, but as royals there's a time and a place publicly to show it at events such as Wimbledon.

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  25. Charlotte, have you noticed, that Kate never wears sunglasses when out in public? Hollwyood stars always take theirs off, when they are being photographed during official photocalls or red carpet walks. I've never seen her wear sunglasses after the wedding or engagements even. I wonder if she was advised that or just decided herself.

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    1. I have noticed that, I think it was a perhaps a decision (possibly made with the help of royal aides) not to wear sunglasses. To my knowledge British Royals generally don't, at least not often.

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  26. Kate has cut her hair, her face, breast and hips are fuller.

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    1. Pauline California USA5 July 2012 at 18:50

      I totally agree with you. The beautiful Duchess is looking really good these days. She has always looked good but there is just something about her now that makes her look more beautiful.

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  27. not my fave dress but she looks beautiful nonetheless and finally we see some nice chemistry between her and william i love seeing that when they can relax and be themselves.

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    1. Pauline California USA5 July 2012 at 18:55

      I think there has always been great chemistry between the two but at times you will see William looking pisst off. I think that is becasue of all the cameras being put in their faces. If you ever noticed that when William is looking right at the camera, he looks pisst off.
      They are very private people and when they are out doing privte things he does not want cameras around. But when they are doing their royal duty there is not much he can do about the cameras unless they get to close to his Duchess or him.
      I just love the look's they give each other and the way they talk to each other like no one else is aroun them.
      They are such a beautiufl couple.

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  28. i love tennis especially if the andy murray and love the glances of william and kate love match and i love that she recycle the clothes her canada dress im looking forward tomorrow for thisle and to Wimbledon finals

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  29. I am wondering if Catherine reads such blogs. I know she is pressed for time, but if she came across your blog Charlotte, I am sure she would be amazed. Really, your blog is fantastic!!
    Best, Marta.

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    1. Now that is a nice thought, It would be fascinating if she did :) Thank you.

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  30. A. from Canada5 July 2012 at 13:18

    Very nice look! This is a dress that I really liked on the Duchess when she first wore it in Canada (although I'm sure I could never pull off a style like that) and I'm happy to see her recycle it. I agree that it's reminiscent of an older tennis dress.

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