Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Vote For Kate's Best Tour Accessory

Good evening Duchess Kate readers,

Time for our second royal tour poll 'Kate's Best Tour Accessory'. Kate wore many memorable accessories during the royal tour, some new, some old and others were gifted to her during the tour. I have attempted to choose the best items and decided to include everything from jewellery to the exotic headdress Kate wore in Solomon Islands. Given the varied options feel free to select multiple options.

Kate wore a stunning pair of aqua chalcedony Azuni London Disc Stud Earrings With Drop Stone for the departure ceremony in Tuvalu. The elegant earrings are available in a number of stones for just £22.50. I thought they were incredibly pretty and complimented Kate's Project D London dress. Azuni London are giving away a pair for every 200 likes and comments on their Facebook Page.


Azuni London Facebook 

Kate accessorised her cream McQueen gown embroidered with gold hibiscuses with the Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf Earrings and the Spread Your Wings Bracelet






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When William and Kate arrived in Marau they were given garland necklaces made from shell money.

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William and Kate visited the Prime Minister's office in Honiara where they were gifted necklaces with 'Prince William' and 'Princess Kate' emblazoned on them.

Max Foster CNN

Kate kept cool under the blistering sun with a stylish parasol during her visit to Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore. Whilst the intention of carrying the parasol was certainly not for sartorial purposes it completed Kate's look and worked superbly with the duck egg Jenny Packham dress. The pictures were some of the most beautiful from the royal tour and looked quite Edwardian.



Kate's look for the Diamond Jubilee Tea Party was voted Kate's Best Tour Look. Kate wore pearl pins in her hair, something of a tradition for Malay brides. I thought it a beautiful touch to a stunning look.


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Kate was given an exotic headdress during the couple's time in Solomon Islands. The vibrant colours added a young, fresh touch to Kate's look.




Kate wore a green print Jonathan Saunders dress for her Solomon Islands arrival and her cream Jane Taylor hat with green detailing added a classic feel to the look.


Rebecca English Twitter

Duchess Kate looked chic in the Temperley Lotus Leopard Print Scarf at Brisbane Airport.


Brisbane Airport Facebook/Temperley

Two trusty items in Kate's wardrobe featured frequently over the tour. The LK Bennett Sledge Pumps and Natalie Clutch.


LK Bennett

And two Stuart Weitzman items Kate loved during the Olympics. The Corkswoon Wedges and the Muse Clutch.


I look forward to seeing your choices :)

66 comments:

  1. The parasol and pearl hair pins were my favorites. Both unique accessories that really stood out and gave the look a fun flair.

    Death to the wedges!!! ;)

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    1. I stopped wearing cork wedges in the early 90's! But then I live in the US and not in the UK - styles are different depending where you reside in the world. But her Corkswoom Wedges are way, way too high to work in my book - they only work in my area of the world if they are peep toe, spring time to early summer and MUCH lower heal. Kate clearly has her walk down in a certain height of heel and continues to wear that so as not to trip and fall. I went through that when I insisted to a physical therapist I walked best in a 2 or 3" wedge open toe sandal AFTER I had my hip replaced. They were not taking it from me needless to say - and I had to learn from the experts. Kate also needs to learn from some experts how to walk well in a variety of heel heights. She cannot win here mot likely - when she hires a stylist she will get some bad press for wasting money. However she could fix the shoe thing under wraps (maybe) by using a shoe stylist who works for/with the company who makes the outfit she is wearing. That would go un-noticed as a line item in the budget. Now that we all see her in the LK Bennets, Corscrew wedges and on we are going to think it odd when she shows up in a kitten heal! Maybe when she gets pregnant we will see her in totally different shoes? She will have bigger and swollen feet to deal with and a whole different displacement of her body weight. Not many pregnant women wear 5" heals unless they are named Mrs. Victoria Beckhman!

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    2. Agree the parasol and the pearl hair pins were perfect AND NEVER want to see the sledge shoes or wedges AGAIN!!! Victoria USA

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  2. One accessory that I really liked, which you didn't include in the poll, was the headscarf she wore with the Beulah dress. It was a really memorable look on her and I can envision those photos of Kate in the headscarf walking barefoot as having real staying power over her lifetime as images of her that would be used in books and articles and video etc. that get made about her.

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    1. I agree it was absolutely beautiful but I didn't feel it was worn as an accessory rather religious sensitivities but no doubt one of her most memorable looks.

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  3. Prince William?? :) hehe ok if it can't be him then the pearl pins :)

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  4. Prince William?? Hehe ok if it can't be him then the pearl pins :)

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  5. My vote surely goes to the parasol. It was very feminine and the duchess seemed to enjoy having it. The pearl hair pins were also absolutely beautiful.
    Can I place an official complaint about the accessory I disliked the most?
    The Jane Taylor hat... I really did not get that look at all. It looked like a little peter pan hat, placed in the wrong position.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for helping us with withdrawls! Any news about the progress of additional lawsuits concerning the photos?

    D.

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    1. Peter Pan hat! Love it. To me it looked like a half cap that some Amish women wear sans the hanging down ties found on many of the Amish hats (not all of 'em however = I see Amish often in Washington DC area on tour of the sites with a variety of Amish cap wear.

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    2. I agree with you - that "hat" was horrible.

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    3. Well I am certainly in the minority on this one, because I really liked that outfit and the hat! I thought the retro vibe of it was really fun and different. We rarely see such bold prints on her. Though I think I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much without the pink flower garland, that addition made the outfit complete and the colors just popped together.

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  6. I liked most of her accessories, but my favorites were the pearl pins in her hair, the gold Natalie clutch, and the Temperley scarf. I hated the Jane Taylor hat. I liked the all the flowers she wore or carried, and I find that I have a soft spot for the beaded "Princess Kate" necklace.

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    1. I also hated the Jane Taylor hat. It so did not go with the dress or the area of the globe they were visiting. All I could figure out was she felt she needed some kind of hat to go to the church service they were headed to. Clearly that is not the case in the church culture of the So. Pacific. Understand she represents the Queen and the Queen would never go to any church without a hat on. But someone needed to help her with alternative head coverings. Imagine it's hard to pick a hat when the Brits are so known for their love of hats and often extravagant ones at that. An American stylist of one from Australia could have done the advance info gathering that was needed to satisfy the Duchess desire to sport a hat for church and still work for the dress and the area of the globe she was in. If there was any major dress oops on the tour that was the one in my book.

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    2. The beaded necklaces were not something I would ever wear, but I did appreciate that those took a long time to make.

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  7. Pearl pins are so cute!
    Wonderful look :)

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  8. I love the pearl hairpins and I hope she does more experimenting with her hair.

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    1. I don't understand why her hair needs to be different. Most people I know have the same hairstyle every day, especially at work all week long. My guess is you do, too.

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  9. The disc earrings with drop stones because its something that I can afford to get. Actually I've had a great idea to get them for Christmas presents... Surly when I tell them Kate has them also,they will be even more impressed.

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  10. For me its a three way tie between her parasol, her hat, which had a very retro feel to me, and her scarf, which I though brought her whole going home outfit together. -Brit

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  11. Pauline California25 September 2012 at 23:18

    This is a great idea. We all have our favorites. I really loved seeing the Duchess is both flower head dresses. We all we disappointed that she did not wear a tiara but we did get the Ducess in the "flower tirars". She looked just stunning in the picture where she is looking out the car window. I also liked the pins in her hair. Again just stunning. All I can say is the Duchess is so beautiful and William is a very lucky guy to have such a stunning wife.

    Now I read where they are going on another hliday in November. If that is true let's hope they will be left alone.

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil26 September 2012 at 20:25

      Hello, Pauline!
      I completely agree with you! And that particular picture you're referring to is one of my favourites!

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  12. I kiked the scarf ...thats what got my vote!

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  13. The pearl pins are beautiful, and an original choice which matched perfectly with the gorgeous lace dress. Love the parasol, too.

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    1. I liked the Temperley scarf and the Azuni London earrings. However, the accessory I thought most beautiful were the flowers created by the residents and Kate's smile.

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  14. I loved the parasol! I thought it was very 'of the moment' and also very 'of the place' as well. And as you said, it made for some stunning photos which will hopefully become classic pictures of the Royals, and therefore lasting memorials to the fallen soldiers. :) But I thought all of her choices were thoughtful and beautiful, as always!

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  15. She always looks so great, thank you for posting these!
    I really love the pearl pins in her hair also, but I find the duck egg dress so beautiful as well! Very envious of her look!

    http://chibichicblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. I liked the pearl hair pins and the parasol. Thank you for this lovely blog Charlotte! ~ Beckee

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  17. Do we know if the pearls in her hair were real pearls or just 'the kind' of fake pearls many use on pins in up hair dos?

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  18. As for Kate's personal choices, I liked the Azuni London earrings and the Temperley Lotus Scarf. I loved the crowns of flowers created by the residents and feel they were her best accessory, along w/her smile.

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  19. Ana B. from Brazil26 September 2012 at 03:11

    I simply adored the exotic headdress! That's my favourite!
    But I like those pearl pins too :)

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    1. Pauline California27 September 2012 at 23:09

      Ana- The beautiful headress was thecloses thing we were going to get for a tiara. We can call it a tiara from the Soloman Islands...lol

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  20. Are we sure the heals are SW? The Daily Mail keeps reporting them as Bromley and something...thank ou Charlotte!!! :)

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  21. Are we sure the heals are SW? The Daily Mail keeps reporting them as Bromley and something...thanks Charlotte! :)

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    1. Hi Rachel!

      The shoes are Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley but designer by Stuart Weitzman :)

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    2. Ah! Thank you for clarifying! I knew you'd be on it!

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  22. My favorite accessory was the Cathleen hand fan ;-))Charlotte you could update the post with her pic if you would like to. But the winner was the pearl pins tucked in her hair. So very elegant!!Thank You CC!

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    1. Hi Siddhii

      I'm afraid I can't alter the poll options as the poll doesn't have an edit option.

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    2. No problem, I voted for the pearl pins. The hand fan was just a bit of humor :) xoxo

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  23. My favorite accessories were the pearl pins and the Temperley scarf. I was really lucky to get my hands on the scarf for my own wardrobe and it is gorgeous! Thank you, Charlotte, for allowing us all the fun of participating in these polls!
    Kim

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  24. I liked the Catherine Zoraida leaf earrings. Elegant and simple and not over the top. Went well with the McQueen gown which was already quite elaborate.

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  25. Charlotte - have you seen this story?

    http://www.solomontimes.com/news.aspx?nwID=7265

    -Sarah

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Talk about a mix up!

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  26. All her earrings were lovely and so right for whatever she was wearing and she doesn't mind whether they are expensive diamonds or the sort most young women could afford. It seems that at least for the time being earrings are to be her signature jewellery.
    Shoes--I quite like the shoes she chooses, but whether we do or not, it seems to me she chooses to wear what she finds comfortable and I don't blame her---better to see her lovely smile than the frown of hurting feet.
    The parasol and the pearl pins were lovely--we have seen a lot of her umbrellas this year so what a nice change to have a parasol.
    However still think her best accessories are her smile and her husband!
    Jean

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    1. Your comment made me smile and I couldn't agree more....her best accessories ARE her smile and her husband! :)

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    2. Princess Diana would be proud , I think, that these two compliment each other well. I wished Diana had that for herself too but it wasn't the case:( I truly pray that William & Kate will transcend the difficulties that the Royal marriages have been through. God help them!

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  27. I loved the parasol!!

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  28. No style,no class,no charisma!Only a doll changing outfits,that is my opinion

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    1. Then why visit this great blog? This blog is for fans of the Duchess and it sounds like you don't like her.

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  29. i love the earing that she wore with temperley in the tea pa...rty

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  30. I did not vote for her shoes because the heels are too high and unhealthy. When she gets a little older, she will most likely need surgery on her feet because of that. Or she might even develop a back back. Believe me, I'm old enough to know from experience. I'd like to see her in lower heels.

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  31. I've just read that Olga Powell died :(
    It is so sad :(
    William and Harry will miss her.
    I am wondering if Kate met her in person?

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    1. Oh how sad. I believe Olga cared for the princes for fifteen years, she recently wrote to Harry about Afghanistan and was invited to the royal wedding. She often described the princes as grandsons. Very sorry to hear the sad news.

      There's an article here http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-william-and-harrys-grief-for-their-nanny-1344099

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  32. Charlotte,

    There's a programme about the Duke and Duchess on Sky News at 8:30 this evening (Thurs).

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  33. I think it's pathetic how William and Kate are not working following their tour, especially how Kate didn't attend the wedding of a long-time family friend. They're like children who refuse to play because their favorite toy has been taken from them. They are 30 years old, not 3. They need to work to gain respect and deflect any more attention from the photo scandal.

    People need to stop the infantilisation of Kate. She is an adult who is surrounded by luxury and supportive people. She needs to prove that she can take the heat and fulfill her duties at the same time.

    I apologize for posting my comment here, as it has nothing to do with the topic, but this needs to be discussed.

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    1. Shantel (@fashionandfaith)28 September 2012 at 15:41

      I'm sure that a few days rest is definitely warranted after embarking on a tour like that--none of us have any idea how tiring something like that is (changing time zones, etc.) so it is tough to judge/comment on the amount of rest they would need.
      We don't know the entire story of why she didn't attend the wedding--if she is as close to this person as implied by your post and by news reports, then I would guess that there was a conversation and an understanding reached regarding her absence. She may have stayed away so as to not take attention away from the bride (with all of the hoopla over the Closer incident any public appearance by the Duchess would cause craziness).
      We also don't know what Kate has been up to since she returned. She could be meeting with the different organizations that she is a patron of...she could be researching other possible patronages. We simply don't know. So to make an assumption and then such a harsh judgement is a bit much.
      I know that we are all entitled to our own opinion and this blog is an awesome place to discuss our views; so I hope you don't feel attacked by my response, but I do think that it is unfair to judge when we have no idea of all of the facts. Give her the benefit of the doubt....

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    2. Shantel, I have as many facts as you do. However, I don't know why it's 'judgmental' when I speculate negatively but perfectly plausible when others speculate positively.

      "She could be meeting with the different organizations that she is a patron of...she could be researching other possible patronages." How long does it take to do this? It took her 1 year to announce 5 patronages and she's done 1 engagement for each charity organization. 2 for the National Portrait Gallery, but viewing art is not quite charity is it? (albeit, it's still 'work')

      Some people talk about work that she's doing 'privately'. What is this admirable, behind the scenes work? Is she learning sign language in order to give a speech to the British Deaf Association? It is ANYTHING that leads to concrete, tangible results that we can all see?

      I make my judgement based on the facts, such as the number of engagements she does. I don't even care if she is sincere in her concern or if she actually has compassion. I'm just sick and tired of people saying they need a month off after working for one week. I'll "Give her the benefit of the doubt" when she deserves it.

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  34. Hi Charlotte!
    I was taking a look at "Kate loves" posts, and as I'm not sure if you have already one about hats, I thought I could suggest this one. :)
    Kate has worn so many beautiful hats through all these years, it would be nice to see some of her most famous head accessories.
    Big hug
    Z.

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    1. That is a wonderful idea! Thank you Z :)

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  35. Anonymous 06:07.
    Prince William is back at his full time job flying a rescue helicopter, whilst the Duchess keeps house in Anglesey. Royal duties have been carried out during his leave and days off.
    What Royal duties is she supposed to have refused to undertake?
    As you spell favourite without the "U"---suspect you are American so where do you get this false information?

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  36. Shantel (@fashionandfaith)28 September 2012 at 15:33

    I love, love, LOVE the Jane Taylor hat...just not with that dress. That dress need not ever be re-worn. Seriously!
    The pearl pins were so elegant! She is such a class act! :)
    Fun poll, Charlotte! Keep em comin'!
    Shantel

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  37. There's an article floating around on the Daily Mail (plus has probably made it elsewhere by now) in which Jenny Packham talks about designing for Kate and about that infamous incident in Calgary, with the yellow dress that floated up in the wind. What really jumped out at me was that people actually wrote her to "passionately criticize" her for the incident!! REALLY? How on earth was she supposed to know that the dress would be worn on a tarmac? (for what it's worth, she states in the article that she didn't)

    The Cambridges have a whole freakin' group of people dedicated just to sorting out clothes for the trip, making sure what's worn on each and every day. Given that the same thing happened in Brisbane, methinks somebody needs to start doing their job properly...

    -Sarah

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  38. I just love all the flower headresses that she was wearing from the Solomon Islands. And I simply wish that she experiment with a new hairstyle everytime she goes out- I really admire her braided look.

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