Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Duchess Kate Joins The Queen at Glittering Team GB Reception

The Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception this evening to mark the achievements of Team GB during London 2012.


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The Queen wanted to say thank you to Team GB's Olympic and Paralympic heroes. For Duchess Kate, (as a London 2012 ambassador she attended a vast number of events during the games) it was a chance for her to meet the athletes again and congratulate them on a summer of sporting success.



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Other Royals in attendance included Prince Andrew, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Edward and The Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne.

Kate enjoyed talking with the women's hockey team. The Duchess is a talented hockey player herself and played hockey with the Team GB ladies in March, no doubt she was eager to catch up with the team.


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Charles and Camilla were scheduled to attend but had to cancel last minute due to weather disruption. Charles and Camilla are spending the evening at the première of the latest Bond movie Skyfall (is anyone else incredibly excited to see this? I cannot wait :)). Interestingly, Kate was recently voted 'Britain's Dream Bond Girl'. I would have loved to seen the Cambridges attended the premiere.



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The athletes wore their official Team GB formal wear, which included a special pocket inside for their medals. Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson was among the first guests to arrive and said to The Mirror:


'I was driving down here and reminding myself that it had been a home Games and that made it a bit more special. Coming here to Buckingham Palace to celebrate a home Games is also special because so many of the Royal Family came out to watch us'.

Team GB canoeist Jon Schofield shared a photo of the Palace after the reception.



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Kate looked elegant in a black ALICE by Temperley dress with sheer billowing sleeves decorated with pink flowers and a flowing, dropped waist skirt that falls just below the knees. There is a bow at the front waist, perhaps not a necessary addition to the garment? The dress is thought to be a bespoke piece and the general consensus appears to be people either love it or dislike it entirely because of the busyness.  Kate's straighter hair style tonight is very chic.



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A look at the back of the dress.



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The silhouette of the dress is very similar to the folksy style Esmeralda Dress (with thanks to Carly) It is quite possible Kate saw the dress, loved it and had it a bespoke version made to suit the Palace reception. The Esmeralda is available in white for €455 and black for $292.50 (55% off).




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A closer look at the detailing.



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Kate wore her Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps. The five inch suede pumps are available for €525.




The Duchess accessorised with her floral diamond bracelet.






You can look at a video from the reception at ITV.





The reception was a resounding success and most importantly the athletes had a wonderful time mingling with the royals. Kate appeared to thoroughly enjoy the event and chatting with the athletes. Recently we've seen the Duchess choosing more bespoke pieces, something I expect  will continue in the future.



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133 comments:

  1. Hi Charlotte!This is Patrícia from Portugal!What a great night!You covered very well this event (as always) and there are great pics of Kate tonight!In my opinion the dress is beautiful and she looks stunning! I also adored the last post with some old photos I had never saw before and I were amazed with that Collette Dinnigan lace dress! With question one of my favourites ever and I would love to see Kate wearing it again...and again...and again...!Huge hug,nice work!!!

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  2. I don't know why but I'm not crazy about this dress but Kate still looks nice.

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  3. Hello Charlotte this is my first time commenting on this site. I would like to thank you for your AWESOME job. I love your site.

    I think the duchess looked elegant and adorable. Love this dress.

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  4. I love that dress. Any word on where William is?

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    1. Hi Jackie, I believe William is working in Anglesey at the moment.

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  5. Hair, Shoes, Dress = Awful. Feel like I've seen this same look time and again. Platforms are not elegant.

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  6. I have been watching your blog all day for this post. Kate looks fabulous. I am so happy she is not repeating an outfit, although I admire her for that. It is just great to see something new. Her bracelet is very pretty, too.

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  7. Nice! Not overwhemingly amazing, but classy and pretty as always. Keeps the focus on the athletes. I do like the slightly straighter hair. (anyone else remember the quite straight hairdo she was sporting the night before the wedding? I've always liked that and wouldn't mind seeing it again just to mix it up a little!)

    Anyway, looking great as always. The only thing I dislike is the shoes--I'm afraid the platform at the front is a little too high for me, pushing it a teeny tiny bit into stripper territory.

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  8. Ana B. from Brazil23 October 2012 at 21:10

    Hello! Finally the time has come! I've been waiting for this the whole day!
    May I say how much I love to see Catherine's hair straighter? I never thought I would ever say it, but I actually prefer her hair this way!
    This is a beautiful dress. If Catherine really are designing all the bespoke pieces she's been wearing lately, she must be congratulated! What an amazing job!

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil23 October 2012 at 22:52

      I have just seen that in the middle of the dress there's a bow. And looking at the dress again, I think there is too much information going on. I would still like the dress if there wasn't the hideous bow.

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    2. There is a bow? Oh yes, now I can see it. Oh no, that isn't a great choice. :-/ The dress is pretty but not so perfect and wonderful as usual.

      Her hair looks straighter? I can't see it. For me it is curly at the hair-ends. I don't unterstand you?

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    3. Ana B. from Brazil24 October 2012 at 16:11

      Hi, Fiona! I don't know, but in the first picture above, her hair really looks straighter to me! There is no "sausage curls" and there is less volume in my opinion. Some people commented the same here! I hope I made myself clear this time! Have a nice day! :)

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  9. bracelet looks like Diana's

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    1. I also thought it reminded me of one I had seen Diana wear.

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  10. Theresa, from Paris23 October 2012 at 21:44

    Oh dear ! I'm afraid I don't like this look at all. I really don't like the dress, much too fussy, and pink and black is a very difficult combinaison at the best of times. The embroidery looks like something you would put on a cake, and the style of the sleeves is very odd. And those black straps that look like bra-straps but can't be ? I'm afraid I don't like the shoes either : the arch is much too exagerated and doesn't make an elegant foot. Oh no, dear Kate, oh no... For me, this is the worst look she has ever had.

    But her make-up is lovely and she looks radiant, as usual ;) Great to see her...

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    1. I have to agree with you, this dress is wrong on so many levels, the overall shape, sorry but it is the worst possible shape for a dress the sleeves could be good but not with this skirt, the embroidery that is neither well done nor pretty or even interesting or eyecatching, strange thing going on the chest with that slip or brasserie she has underneath, and the bow-belt too.. ugh like from cheap and unimaginative prom dress from the 80s. She had so many great outfits this year but this one is not one of them. Major dissapointment.
      Agree on the hair and make up though, lovely.

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    2. Totally agree!!! The dress just seems like its from the 90's. she has such better taste than displayed here. I'm all for a bespoke piece but this needs some guidance.

      Her hair is lovely and she seems like her bubbly self, though!!

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    3. Agreed - I do not like this one. It's just kind of...weird. The bracelet is beautiful though!

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    4. Agree with you, ladies. Too much happening there, a bit like 80ś -90´s, I much more prefere the all black or all white version, but still it seems to me too "country" styled, not for an evening occassion. Totally agree about the bra stripes or what is it. Bow innecessary. Maybe without the bow and with the embroidery (a cake icing comes to my mind too)just on the sleevs and no on the skirt.
      And shoes, quite ok, but I´m not any fan of platforms (yes, the stripper teritory), neither those Jimmy Choose sandals nor this pumps.
      What I like is her sleeker hair and very nice make up, she looks radiant as always. Still think that having striking embroidery or patterns on upper side of a dress, better to sport an updo.

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    5. Totally agree

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  11. I like the sleeve detail, it looks very nice when the arm is bent at 90 degrees, like when one is holding a drink or shaking hands. Great detail!

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  12. CJ from Minneapolis, USA23 October 2012 at 22:02

    I think the dress is pretty - I am not crazy about the black straps under the sheer top. I do like the straighter hair but I would like it better if it was up or in a sleek pony tail. She has the ability to do great things with her hair... I liked Sophie's shoes that she wore for the Royal Wedding in Luxemburg. I am perplexed why Kate wears 5 inch heels when it makes her tower over people.

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    1. CJ from Minneapolis, USA23 October 2012 at 23:25

      So now I am looking again at the front of the dress and I notice the underlining slip and the cleavage in the picture with the hockey team ladies. I think the bodice would have worked better with underlining material straight across and no scoop neck and no straps.

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  13. I like the dress apart from the sleeves. I think overall she looks pretty though. I agree with some of the previous posts regarding her hair. I love it straight! Getting tired of the curled ends.

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  14. Thank you Charlotte for another amazing post!
    I absolutely LOVE this look on Kate, although I would prefer if her hair was in some kind of updo, bit either way love it!

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  15. Nope, we can't believe how much time has passed since we were put out of our wedding dress misery and wiped away a tear as Kate Middleton entered Westminster Abbey an Alexander McQueen-clad bride - and emerged as the great hope of the British Monarchy - either. We look back at every incredible outfit of note in the Duchess of Cambridge's fashion portfolio

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  16. kate looks awesome!!!! and by the way, if you havent heard adele's skyfall song, its awesome!=)

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  17. I think it's a nice, semi-formal look. Young and fun. I admire Kate...she looks so at ease and the people talking to her look delighted at the chance to speak with her.

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  18. The dress succeeds in nobody talking about pregnancy speculation. Good job!

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  19. I don't like the dress at all, the sleeves looks very odd.

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  20. Eve from Colorado USA23 October 2012 at 23:19

    I didn't like the lace on the top of this dress. It reminded me of that unfortunate black dress with a white lace top (Temperley?) that Pippa wore recently. The pink and black color combo doesn't look good on Kate, in my opinion.

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  21. This is the ugliest thing beautiful Kate has ever worn.

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  22. Please, please, please would someone sit down with her look at photos of each event and dispassionately analyse each outfit and define what works for her especially when it comes to her shoe choices, the choice tonight is simply dreadful. They should then take a leaf out of princess Mary of Denmark's book - shoe choices are usually impeccably elegant - take a look at those she wore for church service in recent royal wedding in Luxembourg - just so elegant. If Catherine had worn a similar style with tonight's dress how much better the whole outfit would have looked. I applaud the going-it-alone efforts but there are a few own goals being scored particularly some of the matronly (downright dowdy) dresses that turned up on recent tour of Asia.

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    1. Princess Mary has ten years on the Duchess in age and "time in" as a royal. All things considered, I think Kate has done pretty darn well, even before she married William. How many 20-something year old young women look as poised and elegant as she always did at formal events she attended as Prince William's girlfriend? Not many from what I see and most would kill to have her figure.

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    2. I have a feeling Kate is trying to be careful with her spending. Even though it (her budget) is beyond some of us I do think she is conscious of what is happening in the rest of the world.

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  23. Deborah from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil23 October 2012 at 23:38

    I fell in love with this dress. The Duchess looks stunning. Thank you again for a great post Charlotte!

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  24. Pauline California24 October 2012 at 00:07

    I have waited all day to read about this engagement and I was NOT disappointed. The Duchess looked just stunning. Loved it all.
    I had to do some work today and just got to see the pictures and the wait was worth it. But I wish people would stop comparing the Duchess with Princess Mary. They are two different women and have differnt taste in things.

    I bet William wished he could have been by is beautiul Duchess's side tonight. She looked beautiful.

    Thanks Charlotte for another great post. You are the best.


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  25. This is not my favorite look for her. The dress is just so...busy. But she looks like she was having a great time, and I'm sure it was nice for the athletes to spend time with her.

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  26. Yikes... I think the dress is hideous! WAY too much going on, and not enough going on up top to distract from the bra-strap-looking appearance, all at once. There's a dress that looks remarkably like this at my local thrift shop for $2.50 that's been hanging there for ages.

    The straighter hair looks very nice, I like it.

    -Sarah

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  27. The Temperley dress is fussy. I'll be surprised if we ever see it again. But the undergarments are all wrong. The black ribbon straps and the scooped neck of the slip or whatever detract from the dress. The shoes are looking dated. It's always good to see her out and about.

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  28. Too much going on with the dress although the all-black off-the-rack version is quite pretty and elegant. The pink flowers on the bespoke piece seem too much and too gimmicky. Agree with others about the shoes, she's pushing into stripper territory with such an obvious platform, they're not my favorites of her shoe collection. I wish she'd do something different with her hair, it just hangs there. Not a fan of most of her bespoke pieces, it's like the designers are trying too hard and they overdo the bespoke pieces when their off-the-rack selections are perfectly fine.

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    1. Kristin from San Francisco24 October 2012 at 04:11


      I agree with those posts not liking this dress & shoes. As long as she is in 4-5" heels, can we assume she is not expecting. She looks radiant & poised.

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  29. Do you happen to know what the fabrication on this dress is? It looks to be some kind of a light weight crepe (the black part I am referring to. I think this was an over design. The flounce on the sleeve and the repeat of the flowers at the hem. It could have been streamlined a lot and ended up a very classy dress. It's just too busy and falls a bit short of what I would like to have seen her in. Love the bracelet. I agree with an above comment that it reminds me a lot of one that Diana wore quite a lot.

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    1. Hello beachgal and thank you for your comment.

      I think the general consensus is the look is simply too much busy. The dress features multiple materials. It will be interesting to see if Alice Temperley releases specific information on the dress.

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  30. I normally love the Catherine's clothes, but this dress is a little strange. I don't know about the black and pink color combination, and the pouf at the sleeves looks frumpy. I agree about the shoes; her normal pumps (without the platform) look much more elegant. Love the hair and makeup though, and it looks like she had a great time and was fun to talk to.

    I love this blog - beautiful pictures, informed posts, very friendly.

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  31. Breathtaking dress!! I knew it was Temperley the second I saw it (and why do I know? Because this blog has trained my eye :) ).

    I love this 1920s inspired fashion....so charming! So Downton (as has been discussed in this blog before!)!!

    As usual, great post with great links, Charlotte. A quick q/suggestion: is there any way you can arrange for the links to open up in a separate tab?

    I also cannot wait for Bond!!! I'm in the States, so we're waiting for November 10th! I've refused to listen to the Adele song so that I can have the surprise during the film!!

    Silvia

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    1. Silvia,

      Agree with you about the dress,,it looks lovely on Kate.

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  32. I absolutely love the dress!!! Kate looks beautiful and relaxed as usual. I'm sure she had a lovely time tonight, but would have loved seeing William by her side. She truly is a natural and William has found himself a gem. Looking forward to more posts and Catherine sightings. Charlotte, you did another amazing job!!! Thank you!!!

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  33. I don't like this dress, it's too girly and looks like it should be worn by someone in her early 20s, not a sophisticated 30 year old woman.

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  34. I think she looks lovely. Especially her hair. But the dress is a little too fussy for her. She has an elegant and sleek figure, and I think that longer lines suit her better.

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  35. That ribbon belt is truly awful. Why does she have to wear a belt with EVERYTHING? She seems so scared of venturing out of her comfort zone, and her comfort zone is nothing special. She is like Jennifer Aniston with her hair: always the same! And like Angelina Jolie, this woman does not like color!

    I have nothing nice to say about this look.

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    1. The ribbon belt has proved a particularly unpopular choice. As I said above, given the fact the dress features multiple materials the addition of the belt meant their was too much going on.

      The focal point of the dress should have been the floral work and other details proved distracting. Kate's ice blue Temperley dress from the tour was voted her best look but sometimes bespoke pieces can be hit and miss.

      Thank you all for your comments. As always, it's very interesting to hear your thoughts.

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    2. Deborah from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil24 October 2012 at 23:30

      I hadn`t noticed the bow on the front until I read my fellow posters' comments... I never thought I would say this about something Duchess-related but.... the bow is hideous.

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    3. "Why does she have to wear a belt with EVERYTHING?"
      I know... the last 2 coats she wore (the green and the burgundy) both looked awful with belts compared to the occasion when she wore them with out.

      I think she does it bc she is top heavy (wide back) and she considers her small waist one of her best features so she is determined to accentuate it... and maybe as to not start more baby speculation.

      She should throw some belts out...

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  36. CJ. Minneapolis. USA24 October 2012 at 05:02

    She belts things very high. I can't understand why the belts can't come down.

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  37. This dress should have quit while it was ahead. I'm hoping it looked a lot better in person!

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  38. Claudia from Austria24 October 2012 at 07:48

    First of all, I think the athletes and the Royal Family looked like they were having a great evening. But I’m afraid that Kate's dress isn’t my favourite outfit. I think there is just too much going on – the sheer, billowing sleeves with the flowers, and the belt in particular wasn’t necessary. The bodice also looks a little odd to me, with the visible straps and the unlined part. It’s funny that the ice blue Temperly dress was my favourite outfit of the South-East Asia Tour and I don’t like this one at all. I loved the jewelry though and her sleek hair looks great – even better than before I think!
    And yes, I'm also looking forward to the new Bond movie, can't wait to see it! I think it starts on Nov. 1st here.

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  39. Usually love her choices but this dress is terrible. Unflattering and just plain dowdy.

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  40. Another amazing post, thank you so much Charlotte!
    Ok, I don't like the dress. There's too much going on, too many flowers, the sleeves are weird... I really hope she doesn't wear it again...
    But hair and shoes are perfect, and Kate looks always very nice with people, very at ease even in the presence of Prime Minister and other high profile people. She's doing a great job.
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  41. I don't like the dress. I think it is the worst one she ever wore... Not only too busy but simply hideous.

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  42. Marion from Germany24 October 2012 at 14:25

    Goodness me, I'm totally shocked. This is by far the ugliest dress I have ever seen in my whole life. The only explanation that makes sense for me is that the Duchess has lost a bet. :-) Not for love or money would I put on that dress - and I usually regard Kate as a great fashion inspiration. But never mind, let's wait for the next great outfit, it is sure to come.

    @ Pauline from California: Lesley is not the first person who compared Kate with Mary from Denmark and I think this comparison makes sense. Both are the same (very attractive and sophisticated) type of woman, only that Mary is ten years older; Kate's older sister in fashion so to say. So why shouldn't Kate get some inspiration by another elegant woman, we all do that, don't we?
    By the way, being compared to Princess Mary is a wonderful compliment, I believe. I would be on fashion cloud nine.

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    1. Pauline California24 October 2012 at 16:45

      HI Marion from Germany- I think both women are two different people and should not be compared. Yes both are beautiful and sophisticated but each have their own style. And you said it, there is 10 years in age difference and Mary has been a princess long then our Duchess. It is an honor I guess to be compared to some one who is beautiful but I don't think I would like to be compared to any one.

      But I respect your opinion.

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    2. They are probably compared bc they are both pretty brunettes and royals. I don't think it is fair to Kate as she will always lose next to the beauty of Princess Mary. I think Mary is the hottest, prettiest, and most elegant royal out there.
      If I were in Kate's position, certainly someone I would want to look up to.

      I am however, awfully annoyed to the comparisons with Lady Di. That is something I can't stand.

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  43. I think this may be the worst dress I've seen her wear since the wedding! The belt is bad to be sure. But I also just don't care for the floral detailing or the cut of the dress itself. Very strange pick! And in a way, sort of juvenile. Oh well. I guess we all have off nights.

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  44. I don't know why everyone thinks the dress is so awful. I agree that it's not the best looking dress that's she's ever worn, but it's different and interesting. I love the floral details and the style of the sleeves. I honestly don't think she could look truly awful in anything! The straighter hair was the first thing I noticed, and I think it's a great look for her. Her accessories were great as well. Thanks for another wonderful post, Charlotte!

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  45. I love the duchess dress its for details are good. I guess we are pick nigtht dress like that i really love adele skyfall waiting to show here in usa

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  46. Kate should look at Princess Letizia of Spain. A beautiful woman who is the epitome of elegance but still has an edge to her look making her both stylish and modern.

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    1. So true, I love Letizia's style, even though in the first years she was not remarkable. She made a huge progress.

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    2. Princess Letizia chooses wisely her outfits, always colorful, elegant, etc. but she looks like a walking cadaver. She doesn't have a pretty face and with all her eating disorders, last thing we need is Kate trying to follow her "example". ugh!

      Princess Mary is the prettiest royal, athletic, elegant, etc. Princess Mary should be her role model.

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    3. I totally agree with Bea about Princess Mary. She is always stunning and elegant.

      Letizia does wear a stunning gown or dress from time to time, but MOST of her wardrobe is pretty bland IMO. Her pants suits are functional, but hardly spectacular and they all look alike.

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  47. My only quibbles with this dress are that it looks like her bra straps are showing and that the dress looks like it it came from the dollar store.

    Anonymrs.

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  48. Pauline California24 October 2012 at 17:50

    Charlotte- I have read that the bracelet the Duchess is wearing once belonged to William's beloved mother. Do you know if that is true or not. I don't think there has ever been anything said about the bracelet and she has worn it several times.

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    1. Hi Pauline!

      I'm afraid the bracelet has never been ID'd or confirmed to be one of Diana's pieces. Hopefully we'll find out the designer eventually :)

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  49. Everyone makes a fashion mistake at some time and this was one for Carherine, but she doesn't need to look at anyone but herself.
    Within the last month I have seen pictures of both the ladies being named as a model for her and they have each made awful mistakes.
    I expect when she looks at some of the photos she will realize that herself.
    I also think sleek straight hair is difficult for her to maintain as her hair seems to have a natural curl.
    By the end of last nights event it was already curling into the style we know and love.

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  50. I agree. Kate looked beautiful but the dress was too busy, especially the belt. Maybe without the bow and either the sleeves or the bit at the bottom done in white, but not both.

    I do love her bracelet and her hair though!

    Thanks for the post Charlotte! I love reading your blog and look forward to it after every "sighting." Keep up the great work!

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  51. I would not say that the dress is ugly, far from it. With a different colour, light blue or grey, it could be very nice.

    Monica, from France

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  52. Shantel (@fashionandfaith)24 October 2012 at 21:12

    The dress is definitely not my favorite--it is doing WAY too many things--but The Duchess looks beautiful as usual. It is so amazing to me how she can wear something like this and, while the dress is bad, still look so amazing! I love her hair (I agree with the posts that said the straighter look is cuter and refreshing) and her makeup looks flawless. Most importantly, it looks like she is really enjoying herself!
    Thanks for another great entry, Charlotte!
    Shantel Minnesota, USA

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  53. I can't work out how Kate decides whether to have a clutch/handbag or not??

    Here we are 'at home' in BP complete with clutch and yet she goes to external events without one or a Lady in waiting.....

    As for the outfit not a winner IMHO.

    PPx

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    1. Jean from Lancs.25 October 2012 at 17:44

      Buckingham Palace is not Catherine's home.
      I assume she leaves he clutch in the car when she knows the engagement requires both her hands free--eg planting a tree or drawing with a lot of children.

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  54. ok, yes, too much going on, and the removal of a couple of elements would improve the dress.
    (i'd remove the embroidery at the top and the odd sheer bit - basically, keep the top simple, and just have the embroidered kicky hem)

    BUT, i appreciate the dress not being all black, and the addition of very pretty embroidery.

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  55. I am beginning to realise how different everyone's taste is - perfectly illustrated by this dress. I love it by the way.

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  56. I hope no one is actually looking forward to her next scheduled appearance. She'll be wearing black and standing on a balcony. Hopefully this year she can manage to hold a somber expression for the entire duration of the service.

    Until then, I'm sure we will hear of reports about Kate shopping.

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    1. I can't speak for anyone else but I thought this was a fashion blog. I come here for amusement.

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    2. You are misinformed.

      There are NO photos of Kate smiling on the balcony DURING the service.

      There are photos of Kate and Sophie smiling on the balcony BEFORE the service began.

      There are also photos - during services in years gone by - of HM the Queen and HM the Queen Mother smiling before and after these important services.

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    3. Pauline California25 October 2012 at 17:38

      @Anonymous 06:43 I don't know what pictures you are looking at but the Duchess is not smiling during the service. And yes I am looking forward to her next engagement and that will be the Remembrance Day Nov. 11th.

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    4. I'm so excited for another hat occasion. I loved her hat and hair last year and keep hoping for its reappearance this winter.

      I also admire the monarchy's annual display for Rememberance Day. I wish our military here in the USA received more than a fleeting moment of silence on Memorial Day from our figureheads.

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  57. Bravo Lesley! Kate does need to sit down with someone and analyze her look. She is in her 30s and the future queen. If you look back at pix of Diana, despite it was the 80s, Diana had a sense of style and the looks that worked. Mary. Matildia, and Letiza know how to present themselves, they know the difference between a royal event and a personal appearance. The dress is gastly, straight or curly she needs to wear her hair off her face, the platforms look cheap AND she is not wearing hose. What is she thinking? she really looks as if she just threw on something and ran out the door!

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    1. I cannot see how you can possibly know she is not wearing hose.
      There are pictures of all three of these princesses not wearing hose and wearing unsuitable clothes.

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  58. I had to laugh when I read through the comments... I actually like this dress :P and I laugh because many times when I hate a certain outfit and find it dreadful everyone here is in love with it and I don't even feel like commenting bc I know you will be up in arms if I hate it :P

    I like this dress. I think it would have been better without the BOW belt. Maybe just a strap belt would have been OK, but a *BOW* belt was just too much. Still, I LIKE IT!!
    It is a youthful dress, with lovely embroidery. As the pictures were coming out I didn't knw if was SILVER, GOLD, or PINK flowers :P but I like them too. I thought the flower detailing was a nice touch on a black dress. This is something I absolutely see the old single Kate Middleton wearing and I love it for that. Plus, her straighter hair is such a breath of "relieve" (I'm not sure of the word I want).
    I'm just happy not to see the sausage-curls and to see her in something that is KATE not protocol and not matronly.

    So I give it a 9 out of 10 (again, the *bow*).

    I must also mention, since she has gained a few pounds she looks so much prettier. She has a beautiful face and her complexion just looks so much better/healthier. Kate looks lovely :)

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    1. Claudia from Austria25 October 2012 at 19:55

      @ Bea - I can only speak for me, but actually I appreciate different opinions in discussions. Very often, that allows me to see something with other eyes or I notice details I haven't drawn attention to before. Personally, I didn't like this dress, but I can also see why you like it. So I would certainly not be up in arms if you don't like a dress which I like, or vice versa, and I think it's a pity that you don't feel like commenting because you think you will be attacked. If we all would have the same opinion, and would like and dislike the same outfits, it would be rather boring, wouldn't it :)?

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    2. I also appreciate the varying opinions. And while I agree this is a dress remniscent of her earlier years- I think it's prudent to point out that styles have changed since then. Perhaps that is why so many believe it is out of place- it's just dated.

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  59. According to today's papers she has been voted the UK's most naturally beautiful woman.
    I have just been reading something which suggests the embroidery on this dress is in gold silver and bronze which makes it eminently suitable for the occasion.

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    1. If that's the case about the colors, it would certainly improve my opinion of the dress as a nice nod to the theme of the event.

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  60. Do any of you think it is possible she wears these platforms and high heels so that she is more easily seen in a crowd? I was just thinking about why she continues to wear them knowing she will "tower over people" as one of you pointed out earlier. Perhaps it is intentional and if so- quite thoughtful.

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  61. Pauline California25 October 2012 at 23:46

    I respect everyone's opinions here. But I do wonder way people like to compare the beautiful Duchess to other princess's. They all have their own style. The princess's mentioned here have been princess's by birth or have 10 or so years on the Duchess.

    They all dress in beautiful dresses/gowns etc. And look stunning in whatever they are wearing. So I don't understand why our Duchess has to look to them for style help. Also why are we questioning the shoe the Duchess wears. I have gone back and looked at alot of pictures from the past and she has always worn heels. And when she is with her Prince they make her almost as tall has William.

    Just my opinion.

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    1. comparing is fine she should be compared as she is a royal now. she will inevitable be compared to diana and to current pricesses like princess mary. it is flattering to do so please stop taking things as offensive.

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    2. Pauline California26 October 2012 at 04:03

      First off Anonymous I am not taking this as offensive so please don't put words in my mouth. I was just wondering why they always have to compare the Duchess with other Princess's. We don't see people comparing Princess Mary or other royals to each other and we never seen Princess Di compared to anyone. And future more you never see any other Kinf or Queen compared to each other.

      And futuremore when William & Catherine had their first interview together William said that he did not want Catherine to be compared to his mother but people still compare the two.
      He said that Catherine will pave her own way. So let's just sit back and let the beautiful Duchess do that. Sure she will make mistakes in her choice of clothing but she will learn.

      And she will never please all her fans on what dresses/gowns or shoes she wears. But we all have our own opinions. Adn I respect every ones who post here.

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    3. To each their own but be sure other princesses and duchesses and royals are frequently compared. You don't have to compare her but others are free to do so. Doesn't mean we like her any less.
      Have a good day.:)

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  62. I just love Kates dress i think its elegant and beautiful. Lovely post do u know when Kates next event is? Besides this dress is perfect for the occasion.

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  63. Hi Charlotte - do you know why Kate wasn't at Pippa's book launch? Would that have been considered a promotion of the book that would be inappropriate or something? To me it seems odd she wouldn't be there with the rest of the family. Just wondering if you have any insight on that. Thanks!

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    1. I'm afraid the Palace wouldn't want Kate to be seen endorsing commercial activities, also I'm sure she didn't want to overshadow Pippa's big night.

      When I saw photos of the Middleton family at the launch without Kate it did make me realise just how much she has given up.

      On another note, William and Kate are attending a black tie event on November 8th!

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    2. England is a biter little place and the Middleton's have been repeatedly accused of social climbing and cashing in. Its better that Kate stay away from her sisters book right now.

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    3. I agree with Charlotte - Kate HAS given up a lot.

      It's true that Kate would have overshadowed the event, but it's a bit unfair that she has to be THIS cautious. Despite the inevitable criticism, Camilla has supported her son's commercial ventures on more than one occasion.

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    4. Yeah it's a bit sad Kate has to stay away and give up that part of her family life. At least the Queen has included the Middletons in royal events like the Jubilee flotilla and at Ascot.

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    5. I have mixed feelings about this. One the one hand, I just thought it was awful how she wasn't there to publicly support Pippa. Looking at all the pictures, especially of the family, it's obvious who was missing. She could have simply gone as Pippa's sister, in the most understated and boring outfit possible (there are plenty of those in Kate's wardrobe!) not with William or as a member of the royal family. People are saying that Pippa is 'cashing in' regardless of Kate's absence.

      But then it's not as if Pippa was an author prior to the wedding. However, I thought Pippa looked adorable at the launch. Especially in the purple dress. I wish Kate would wear a dress like that and wear her hair off her face the way Pippa did.

      Anyway, I do not respect Kate for being MIA at Pippa's launch. It shows how anal they are about being politically correct and being portrayed as 'appropriate'. This level of conformity is pathetic. She and her family couldn't put their foot down for this special occasion and be 'normal' as they are touted to be?

      I simply cannot blame Pippa for making £400,000. Who wouldn't want that kind of money? She already works and doesn't live off her millionaire parents. That is to be respected. One thing that can be said about Pippa that cannot of Kate is that she works for and thus earns the money she spends.

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    6. Pauline California28 October 2012 at 22:02

      Robert you have to remember since Catherine married William her life is not her own. She has to walk a fine line and I am sure her family knows all this. And it would not matter what the Duchess wore, she still would have taken the limelight away from her sister,and we have the media to thank for that. So I don't understand why you disrepect her for not attending her sister's book signing.

      And the Duchess can not holed down a job now that she is married to William. So let's not go there anymore.

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    7. LOL Pauline, I have to say, I have disagreed with many of your posts before, but this time I agree wholeheartedly!

      There are plenty of incidents where I thought Kate got some justified flack, but this time I think she really was stuck between a rock and a hard place. It's just not that easy to put your foot down and say "screw it, I'm going" when your husband's family basically owns you. I know Kate loves William and I'm sure he loves her, but I'm not sure any amount of love could have persuaded me to join that kind of family.

      -Sarah

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    8. Pauline California29 October 2012 at 01:58

      Sarah- Yes we have disagreed in the psst but I have always respected your opinion. I know I come off strong sometimes but it is just the way I write. Sorry if it offended anyone. NOT meant too.

      I really feel sorry for the Duchess. But I beleive she knew what she was getting into when she married William. As William said in the interview that he waited a long time to propose to his Duchess to make sure she knew what it all entailed.

      I am with you, I don't know if any amount of love could keep me from something as important as my sisters book launch. But I am sure William also talked in lenght with the Duchess's parent before they married to let them know what was in store for their daughter.

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    9. No worries, you've never offended me! I love a good debate :)

      I don't know if I would say that I feel sorry for Kate - like you said, she probably had a pretty good idea of what she was getting into it and she still chose it. It's certainly not a bed of roses though, that's for sure.

      -Sarah

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  64. I don't care about clothes!In the near year she has been Patron Kate has only visited her charities once each. And don't say she did it privetely,that's NOT TRUE!!!!

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    1. Wow. Lucky you to be in the Duchess of Cambridge's circle and be privy to this information.

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    2. Isn't the point of a royal patronage to bring attention to a cause and thus generate donations for the charity in question? "Private visits" don't make sense.

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    3. If you all visit The Prince of Wales website which I'm 100% sure is a reliable source and explore, it states what Kate does. Kate does her own research and yes she also makes private visits. You are we to judge otherwise.

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    4. "I'm willing to learn quickly and work hard." ~ Kate during her engagement interview. Really? What's her definition of 'work hard' and 'quickly'?

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    5. Pauline California28 October 2012 at 23:12

      Robert- Why are you going there regarding the duchess work? Charlotte has in the past asked us not to address her working or not working. So let's honor Charlottes request and drop the subject.

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    6. Actually, private visits make a lot of sense and it's not a new concept in the royal family. They're about being supportive, learning and keeping on top of things without always burdening the charity with an official royal visit which involves preparations at every level. It's the behind the scenes prep work that goes into being a royal patron. There's more to being a royal patron than putting on a dress or gown for a formal event. So I guess the definition of working hard depends on whether you define it by the charity dinner headline and photo that makes the front pages, or whether you consider the BIG picture, most of which is not captured by photographers.

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    7. "So I guess the definition of working hard depends on whether you define it by the charity dinner headline and photo that makes the front pages, or whether you consider the BIG picture, most of which is not captured by photographers."

      Both. Diana supplemented her public work with lots of private visits. She'd invite people to Kensington palace for tea or lunch. She'd visit them in their home, in the hospital, or for their operation. I'm sure Charles does some too.

      It's easier to disprove your theory than it is for you to prove it. You always hear reports of Kate being spotted shopping (which and private and there are no pictures), but none of her doing any 'private' work.

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    8. Robert,God bless you!

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  65. This is a fashion blog Moi

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  66. Robin, Indiana USA I thought the Duchess looked happy and relaxed. It seems everyone has a comment on the dress but she was there to support the British Medal winners. they all were having a wonderful time. this is something that these Great Britain Medal winners will never forget. I am sure down the road these young people will remember meeting the Duchess of Cambridge.

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    1. That's a nice sentiment, but I think Kate is the one who is truly lucky to be in the presence of such talented and inspirational folks. She's surrounded by people who have reached the pinnacle of athletics, and some have done so while overcoming physical disabilities. Those accomplishments are a LOT more impressive than reaching global stardom by marrying into a particular family! I wish more of the coverage on regular media (obviously not on specialized blogs like this one) focused on the athletes as opposed to Kate's outfits and hair!

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    2. Pauline California28 October 2012 at 03:06

      In my opinion I think the Duchess does feel lucky to be in their presence. She can't help what the media writes about her everytime she does an engagement no matter what it is and that includes what she is wearing or how she is wearing her hair.

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    3. Agreed w/ Anonymous. This is not a reflection on Kate, but on the media. I thought it was quite disappointing that in an article that should have honored the British athletes, the Daily Mail chose instead to focus on what Kate wore, with minimal talk about the athletes themselves.

      -Sarah

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  67. I have just looked at this site again. Silly though it may seem, though I did not care much for this dress when I first saw it---it seems to have grown on me.
    It seems a pity Catherine could not join her family at the book launch. Can't help wondering why It was OK for Beatice and Eugenia to be there.
    Thanks for the info about November 8th Charlotte---you are always so quick with information. Thank you for your hard work.

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    1. Pauline California28 October 2012 at 03:02

      If the Duchess showed up, she would have taken the lime light away from Pippa. And I am sure she did not want that. And like Charlotte said above the Queen would not like it if the Duchess was supporting commerical work. But it is her sister, go figure.

      And I think that since Beatice & Eugenia they are down the pecking order so it seems ok if the show up. Let's face it all these two do is go to parties.

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    2. Pauline - don't you think it's a bit hypocritical for you to write, "Let's face it all these two do is go to parties," about Bea and Eugenie, when you're the person CONSTANTLY insisting that Kate is an extraordinarily hard-working person? Hello, Kate spent her 20s getting photographed leaving clubs and on vacation! I've seen plenty of stories about Bea and Eugenie representing their grandmother at events and running marathons for charity.

      I've seen you write nasty things about the young princesses before. It seems very "mean-girl" of you to be so negative towards them, while fawning all over Kate. Just because Kate is a lot more physically attractive than the York girls (and therefore fits better with a storybook princess image) and gets more press than they do, does not mean that she's necessarily a better person than they are. Give them a break, they didn't ask to be born into this family and face all of the criticism that their parents' antics bring upon them!

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    3. I agree with you totally.

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    4. I agree completely!

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  68. im not a fan of the dress Robin but your words are so true!! that is what is important!

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  69. Fifi from Texas USA28 October 2012 at 13:45

    I read somewhere that the flowers on this dress were embroidered using bronze, silver, and gold thread. If that is true, then I think it was very thoughtful of Kate in designing the dress fitting for the occasion of celebrating Olympic athletes.

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  70. I do not like this dress!
    I'm French and the only word for this style is "kitch".
    C. Paris

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  71. I cannot believe I am saying this but for once Catherine has worn a dress that I absolutely hate!! Ah, well a first for everything!! I think it may be the flower embroidery or just the general busyness of the dress. I just do not think it suits her. As always her hair and makeup are flawless!

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