Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Duchess Kate Opens the Treasures Gallery in Mulberry Dress + Diary Dates

Duchess Kate made a solo appearance today as the guest of honour for the opening of the Natural History Museum's new Treasures Gallery.



The Duchess viewed twenty-two of the most extraordinary specimens that have ever been on display at the museum brought together to form the inspiring Treasures Gallery.

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Each object was hand picked by Museum scientists for the fascinating story it has to tell and all objects represent an important part of the museum's scientific, historical, social and cultural worth.

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Treasures is located in the Cadogan Gallery and is a permanent free exhibition. If any of you are planning to visit the Museum, I would recommend taking a look at Treasures. The exhibits span over 4.5 billion years and include dinosaur teeth that led to the discovery that giant reptiles once walked on Earth and the 147 million year old Archaeopteryx that helped show that birds evolved from dinosaurs. A rare first edition of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' is also included.

Natural History Museum

Other exhibits I found particularly interesting are the Nacreous Ammonite fossils. These 200 million year old fossils were once owned by geology legend William Smith, and are the reason he came to the conclusion that rocks layered through time. I was also amazed to see a delicate glass artwork of a sea creature which was crafted by Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolph in the 1880s.

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The Natural History Museum shared a photo of the Treasures Gallery via Twitter.

Natural History Museum Twitter

When Kate entered the Cadogan Gallery I expect she immediately noticed the magnificent artwork TREE, a 17-metre-long, wafer thin section of an entire 200-year-old oak tree, including the roots, trunk and branches inlaid into the gallery ceiling. The artwork was inspired by Charles Darwin's iconic Tree of Life drawing. You can watch a video on the making of TREE. Well worth a watch.

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Reporters at the event commented on how much Kate appeared to enjoy looking at the exhibits but the main topic of conversation was her new hairstyle. Kate's hair appears to be darker with a heavy parted fringe. Do you like it?

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Guests enjoyed music through the ages from the North Sea String Quartet.

Natural History Museum Twitter

Kate was supposed to be joined by world famous naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough but the 86-year-old could not attend because he is recovering from an operation. Since Sir David could not attend I thought I would share a photo of  him with a very young Prince Charles and Princess Anne in 1958. The young royals visited BBC's studios to watch children's programme 'Studio E' and met a cockatoo :)

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Kate officially opened the gallery and spoke about how inspiring the natural world is:

'Being here tonight, seeing some of nature's finest treasures reminds me just how precious and awe inspiring the natural world is. I care passionately about what this Museum stands for. William and I are just two of millions who have passed through these doors and marvelled. The Natural History Museum has a very special place in the heart of this nation. I would also like to send my best wishes to Sir David. It is a great shame that he cannot be here this evening. 

Kate wore the Mulberry Cabbage Peace & Love Jacquard Pleated Dress she wore to a press reception at Buckingham Palace last November. The $2200 dress has trees and peace symbols.


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It is described as:

"Prim and proper with a Mulberry twist. The full pleated shirt dress will not let you blend into the crowd. A shirt style dress with Peter Pan collar and front pleats, the buttoned up look is kept contemporary and cute with metal mock buckle waist belt and a silk jacquard Peace and Love motif. Bright cabbage dress in 100% silk".

 Another look at the dress from last years Mulberry Fall Campaign.

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A look at the back of the dress.



Kate wore her €525 black suede Jimmy Choos Cosmic Pumps.

Jimmy Choos

Kate accessorised with emerald earrings. They're new and not ID'd yet. What do you think of Kate's look tonight?


There is a video of Kate's speech at ITN Source.




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Two more solo engagements have been added to Kate's diary. The Duchess will visit her old prep school, St Andrew's in Berkshire on Friday to mark St. Andrew's Day and will meet students and open a new sports Astroturf.  Kate attended the school from 1986 to 1995 and played on the school hockey team.


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On December 5, Kate will attend the 20th annual ICAP Charity Day in London. ICAP is the world's leading voice and electronic interdealer broker and provider and provider of post trade risk and information services  one day each year they give away all of their revenue and commissions in aid of charity.

More about the Charity Day from ICAP:

'ICAP Charity Day was set up to make a significant difference to charities by giving away all of our revenue and commissions on one day each year. This impact has been huge. This year with more than 63 offices worldwide taking part, we could make it even greater. Together we give 100%'.

Kate's appearance at ICAP will help raise cash for The Art Room and Tusk Trust, charities which she and William are patrons of respectively. Looking forward to seeing Kate as a city trader :)

IPAC

William and Kate have a packed day of engagements for their first visit to Cambridge tomorrow. I expect they will arrive in Cambridge between 9 and 10 a.m. GMT. Thank you for reading as always!

See you all tomorrow :)

116 comments:

  1. I absolutely love Kate's new hairstyle! -Brit

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  2. As ever, thank you Charlotte! I have been waiting for this ALL day - was it an evening engagement?

    I even went on the Royal website and it showed NO engagements for Kate this month or next??? Am I using it wrongly?

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    1. try dukeandduchessofcambridge.org all engagements are on there

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  3. Theresa, from Paris27 November 2012 at 20:10

    I don't think I like the fringe at all. On these first pictures, you can hardly see her face. I usually love her gorgeous hair, just feel she could put it up more often. But now it is just too much hair. Very 1980's... She's a 30 year old young woman, not a teenager hiding behind her hair. Oh dear ;)

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    1. I'm with you, I don't like the new hair at all and agree it's very '80's!! You also can't see her very well with this style...

      PPx

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    2. Kristin, San Francisco28 November 2012 at 04:53

      Oh dear! Count me in too! Absolutely agree...

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    3. So funny because when I first saw her new hairstyle I had to think back when I was a child and had a fringe and my mother always said: oh dear, your fringe is too long we have to cut it because you cannot see anything! :-)

      I'm not sure about her hair. I think it's great that she tried something new but it isn't soo nice..

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  4. Oh i really hate to say it but i dont think i like her hair, it hides her face and looks a small bit sloppy, she was always so groomed before,maybe it just takes getting used to.

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  5. I think she looks lovely :) I love the dress too! Top marks to Catherine & Charlotte once again!

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  6. Diane from Boston27 November 2012 at 20:28

    I must agree with Theresa -- although the duchess is very pretty no matter what, it's just too much hair hanging in front of her face -- in some shots she looks as if she's peering out from behind it. That plus the buttoned-to-the-neck, long-sleeved dress make this whole look not one of my favorites.

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  7. I agree, very 1980's. Her previous style was more flattering.

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  8. It boggles the mind that she thought that this was a good look. The only thing that she has ever made headlines for is her sense of style, as it were. And now this. She really just needs to give in and hire a stylist.

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  9. Pauline California27 November 2012 at 20:38

    OH finally, I have been waiting all day too to see the beautiful Duchess. I love her hair. And the dress was nice too. Again she looked just stunning.

    Now I am going to catch hell for this next comment but I do have to make it. It does look like the Duchess is a little fuller in the tummy area. Any opinion on this????

    Again Charlotte thank you for being so quick on getting this post up for us duchess fans. Another job well done.

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    1. I think that she is just eating more and gaining weight. She looked like death a year ago. She just looks much more of a healthy weight. If she gets pregnant trust me - she will disappear from the public for a good 6-8 weeks. You won't have to keep guessing.

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    2. ^^ Pauline & Anonymous the media is running rampant with rumors of a pregnancy announcement close to Christmas. She was always really skinny, then understandedly trimmed down for her wedding and increased scrutiny due to her new role as wife of William. She's either preggo or giving her body more nourishment to make getting preggo easier (bodies like to get pregnant when they feel well-fed with healthy nutritious foods).

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    3. Pauline, I thought the same thing. There was one picture where it was either a bad angle or she looked much "fuller" in the tummy area. On the other hand, although I love the dress and the color, I don't think it's the most flattering for any figure. Who knows. Rumors of a pregnancy will be rampant until an official announcement is made. Maybe by Christmas...... :)

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    4. First of all, I'll believe a pregnancy announcement when it comes from Clarence House. My guess is that the Palace PR machine and Carole Middleton took a look at the pictures, the reports about Kate being next to emaciated and the comparisons with Diana's bulimia and what was causing that and took action to quell those reports. Immediately following the wedding and the months after she looked terrible, her arms were so thin the bones were showing. And if she is trying to conceive, gaining a bit of weight helps that. The extra bit of weight suits her far more than that skeletal look.

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    5. Jemima, I think you made an excellent point about being compared to Diana and her issues with bulimia. I think Catherine does look much healthier now.

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    6. I'm not so sure that Kate will disappear during her first trimester. Diana certainly did not. I'm old enough to remember a precious picture of Diana all dressed in a beautiful blue ball gown fast asleep on stage while "listening" to some boring old speeches. To quell criticism of the Princess's lack of interest in affairs of state, the Palace released the news of her pregnancy a few weeks earlier than they'd planned--and seven months later, William arrived!
      Lynn

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  10. Ugh. Just all around ugh. Nothing hits a high note with this look. That dress is hideous. And what in the world is with her hair these days? If nobody is helping her style these looks then somebody ought to and if somebody is, that person ought to be sacked ASAP.

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    1. Jemina I agree with you about the dress,but I think the fringe makes her younger or rounded face???Do you say so?
      Anyway I would like to see her wearing new English dresses in her country!!
      Ciao
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  11. Hi, Thanks for quick post as always. I really dislike this dress. Very matronly and the color is too brash even for a dark-haired girl Kate. Hope she retires it after this outing. I think the new haircut may look better without such a buttoned up dress. Also sorry to see how rarely she wears something new in UK while on tour other countries got a fabulous new dress every day.

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  12. Marion from Germany27 November 2012 at 20:44

    Hmmm, I neither like this dress nor her new hairstyle. And I am really sorry about that because I am so eager for a new "WOW"-outfit. Okay, I will wait a bit longer. But still I do not understand why on earth Kate chose this dress because I would never ever see it as appropriate for a young woman. I would rather depict it as a dress for grandmothers - and only for the very old-fashioned ones. :-)
    As Theresa said before, now you see even less of her face than before the haircut, which is a pity as she is so beautiful (really no need to hide her face) and you want to see her (including her face) when talking to people and showing her emotions.

    I really don't understand it, because mostly I like Kate's style but every now and then she picks dresses (like this one and the terrible black-pink-lace-dress) that I regard as incredibly ugly. But perhaps it is only me, so never mind.

    Thanks for the great post, Charlotte!

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    1. Marion,

      No, it's not just you. Although the dress is a beautiful color and the motif of the silk is quite lovely, I just can't like the dress. It looked better on Kate than it did on the models, but it's just BLAH! I, too, love almost everything Kate wears, but I hope she donates this one to charity.

      I feel a bit "iffy" about her new hair cut, too. I want to like it because I thought she needed a bit of a change, but I think her hair is too long to balance with the bangs (if that makes any sense). Maybe if her actual tresses were a couple of inches shorter (nothing drastic!), I would be better pleased with the overall effect. I don't know--but my favorite style is when she wears it half up. I don't how the bangs will fit into that scheme.

      Charlotte, thanks for the great post, including the info and pictures on the Science Museum and the exhibits. Also, if you have time during this busy season, would you update me on the details of the reception when Kate wore the green dress at Buckingham Palace? I seem to remember that the silk motif had some significant relationship to the event--but I'm probably wrong about that.

      Lynn

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    2. Dear Lynn,

      Thank you very much for your comment. Here's a link to a post from the last time Kate wore it :)

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.ie/2011/11/duchess-kate-attends-reception-at-suite.html

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  13. Ana B. from Brazil27 November 2012 at 20:45

    I love them both, her hairstyle and the dress! She looks particularly pretty wearing green shades, in my opinion!
    And her fringe adds a little "movement" to her gorgeous locks!
    Waiting for tomorrow!!
    Good evening to you all :D

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  14. Thank you Charlotte, as always!

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  15. I agree...I think the whole look is very dated and the fringe seems a bit off - like it's either too long or too short. I do miss her previous hairdresser. :(

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  16. I like the dress myself. I liked it the last time she wore it but the pictures from that event were limited, so I'm glad she recycled and we got to see more of it.

    The hair... not so much. She needs to part it further over and blow dry them to one side. It's too much hair in her face.

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  17. I am becoming so, SO bored with Catherine. I used to look forward to her engagements because of the new outfits, but she's becoming a bit too heavy on the recycled and "look how thrifty I am!" bit. She is of course meant to be a bit more conservative, but there is no reason for this. She is in a wonderful position to be a forefront, vivacious, positive ambassador for British and/or small, newly-discovered fashion houses. Why keep recycling these outifts? And unfortunately - in my opinion - most that she chooses to recycle are boring and lack the wow factor of some of her other outfits.
    Her hair should also be dealt with. As others have pointed out, she has BEAUTIFUL locks... but she often hides behind them. Maybe she is still insecure and using them as a protective "blanket" (even though she seems to be touching and fussing with her hair far less), but she needs to recognize that the public wants to see her... and her hair should be up and out of her face far more often.

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    1. I share the same thoughts. I respect her decision to recycle outfits, but I have to admit that sometimes I am a little disappointed that we don't get to see Kate style a new dress, which I quite look forward to. It seems she has been doing this more as of late.

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    2. The problem is you want a fashion plate - fair enough as this is a fashion blog. But that's not her job. So you will have to put up with being bored.

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    3. Also we all need to keep in mind, those of us who remember Diana, that the wear it once and toss it aside days, even for the royals, are gone. This is not the high-living times of the 1980s, even for the uber-wealthy Windsors. People are suffering economically in the UK and all around the world. They still have to be mindful of public opinion.

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  18. Hello! I have to say I think her dress choice was brilliant due to the trees/green and type of exhibit but I think it is so sad that the main topic of conversation was her hair? Maybe it is because I cut my two daughters bangs regularly but I just want to trim them out of her eyes for her. :) Maybe then people can take why she is there more seriously as I am sure she would prefer.

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    1. Jennifer,
      I agree with you. The sad thing is that people will take her more seriously when she does things that CAN be taken seriously. Visiting a few token charities (which were likely chosen for her), making perfunctory and impersonal speeches and emerging every once in a while to do these sorts of events won't do anything to raise her profile as a heavyweight. I am sure that there is some substance to her, but I fear that Palace protocol and her own insecurity about 'learning the ropes' inhibits her from really expressing herself.
      It's sad to witness. Diana was able to emerge from all this only when she stopped caring about the palace. It was at that point that she started choosing charities she really cared about and working tirelessly.
      Catherine seems to be in a place in her life where she is consumed by pleasing her handlers and the palace. Well, she will have to live with the clothes horse label until she gets some courage to break free.

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    2. @Anonymous- What are you trying to say???

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  19. Have to say I agree with the comments about Kate's hair - it really needs a proper cut - it is too long and looks untidy most of the time when it is loose. It's not conducive to seeing her! I'd take a good 6 inches off and straighten it with straightners to make it look more sleek. Today she reminded me of Farrah Fawcett in Charlies' Angels from the 1970s! The whole look was very fuddy duddy dated. The green dress is so frumpy when she could have any designer dress she wanted or better still a nice sharp skirt suit. Oh dear I think it was an off day.

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  20. Thanks for the updates as always.
    sadly Im not a fan of her new hair, we cant see her face. shame since she had beautiful hair, And I loved her hair when its half up half down. And I think some of the outfits she picks should be for some one that is older. Im sure there are young and yet appropriate dresses out there.

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  21. Thanks for the updates as always.
    sadly Im not a fan of her new hair, we cant see her face. shame since she had beautiful hair, And I loved her hair when its half up half down. And I think some of the outfits she picks should be for some one that is older. Im sure there are young and yet appropriate dresses out there.

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  22. The hair makes her look sloppy and hides her pretty face. I'm really surprised she'd go to an event with her hair hanging in her face like that. I'm looking forward to seeing her look more polished.

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  23. I love the style of this dress, it suits her very nicely. Her hair is pretty as always, although I think it would be better if she wore it half up half down-because of the collar of the dress. Bangs are not the best idea-espacially since her hair is naturally wavy, it's really hard to maintain it. My hair is just like hers-so i now :( And also I think her hair ia a little darker then it was a few days ago.

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  24. I thought the hair is beautiful, but the dress I would present my grandmother. Waiting for a repeat tomorrow, but with the Prince William gets more interesting lol

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  25. I think her hair appears different because she is trying not to be photographed touching it so often.

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  26. Perhaps the fringe is a baby step towards cutting her hair much shorter? I'm glad she didn't try a Taylor Swift hairstyle. The fringe is an odd length, too short to tuck behind the ears and therefore guaranteed to be in your face all the time.
    The green is a good color for Catherine, but I think the style is supposed to be retro (peace signs???) and just looks dated to me.

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  27. Love her new hairstyle it's much more styled and mature looking!

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  28. Love the new hairstyle it's much more styled and mature looking!

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  29. I like the bright color of the dress but the hair looks even worse than a couple of days ago at the rugby match. She really looks as if she is hiding behind it. At least style it back and keep it there with hairspray! Very distracting for people who are meeting her, and I'm sure if we saw a video, she'd be tossing it out of her eyes a lot. It seems such a shame to cut off chunks of your hair when it was such a lovely length!

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  30. Same hair as saturday!

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  31. Thanks for this post, Charlotte.

    I can't say I love the hair-it's very late 1970s. It's a "celebrity" look-as if Kate is chasing a trend, rather than being herself.

    I dislike that Mulberry dress-probably my least favourite non-evening dress to date. I'm wondering if its colour, cut, etc. may be more impressive in person.

    Nevertheless, Kate still looks better than most of us ever have, even when it's a moderately "off" day for her.

    Looking forward to the rest of a busy week!

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  32. I really like Kate's green outfit and new hair cut. And I hope she will not cut her beautiful curly hair. It does not bother if she chooses to wear the 1970's or 1980's styles (or any other styles). Isn't Fashion a state of perpetual renewal? By the way, Princess Diana herself at the beginning of her married life used to "hide" her eyes behind a heavy fringe. It was as though she came straight out of "Little house on the prairie".

    Thank you for the quick post Charlotte!

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  33. While I think Catherine is a beautiful woman, I don't like the change she made to her hair! It isn't becoming to her at all.

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  34. I'd really like the skinny on those emerald & diamond earrings. Charlotte, any intel on those? As for the new do, she's getting used to it. My guess is she hasn't had bangs/fringe in a long time. They take getting used to for spectators alike. :)

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    1. Deanna - The earrings are new. I will update the post the moment they are ID'd.

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  35. Oh dear! Her dress sense is as awful as princess Anne's. her hair on the weekend was so much nicer, sleeker. She ought to go back to her original hairdresser. She looks so fuddy duddy. There are many 30 year old professionals who dress appropriately but for their she group, I don't c why she can't. This outfit leaves me speechless. Shame.

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  36. I wish she would recycle some outfits from her Canadian tour, she looked perfect then, hair, simple sleek dresses. Not so keen on the looks recently, her hair never had the sausage curls b4. I'm afraid I agree with another blogger she's becoming a bit boring. I know we shouldn't be looking at the clothes the causes are the worthy things , the queen always looks lovely appropriate business like but never detracts from the cause. She's dressing old. Reminds me of princess Anne's dreadful style.

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    1. That's a good point... we saw some gorgeous outfits on the Canada tour!

      I do really like Kate in green (the DVF dress from LA in 2011 was one of my all-time favorites) but I don't like the design of this dress. My boyfriend just walked by and said "that looks like something her grandmother would wear" - and he knows a lot about what Kate wears, mostly because he has to listen to be blabbering about it... :)

      -Sarah

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  37. I personally don't favor her new hair style. Her normally sleek hair brings youth to wardrobe choices that sometimes walk a fine line between conservative and geriatric and I think this particular hair style tilts her closer to the latter.

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  38. Seems I am out on my own. I think the dress was well chosen for the occasion--the room had quite dim lighting--she would have disappeared in any but a bright colour.The style is classic, not old fashioned or stodgy.
    Some people seem disappointed that she wears clothes more than once--but except on engagements like tomorrow's "away day", she only wears them for an hour or two. When she is on an overseas tour she has to have new to take into account the difference in climate.
    As for her hair, I rather suspect she keeps it long, because that is how her husband likes it-if that is so folks, we will just have to grin and bear it.

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  39. UUgggghhh....that dress! It's too old for her. I didn't like it the first time she wore it, and it's not doing any wonders for her the second time around. I do like her in green though. And I have to say, even though I think it's nice that she recycles her clothes like us regular folk...I just get dissapointed to see her in a repeat!! I think she should wear a new outfit for these events! It's just not as exciting.

    And, I do like her hair. I think with this outfit it just is too much...like someone else said...too buttoned up. But I think with a different outfit, it would look better.

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  40. The only thing I like is the color of the dress, which I think is lovely. But that dress in close up is truly atrocious. The heavy pleats/fringe is terrible. And I can't stand how she's always hiding behind her hair for evening functions. High colared tops call for an updo.

    But in reference to what she said, why does she have to bring William into it? She did that in her first speech too, "a value of William's, which I share..."

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  41. does anyone else think the peace signs on the dress are just so tacky and childish?

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  42. I have to say she really had a wretched hairdo on this one. That fringe looks totally frumpy and unsuitable for her face shape, making it looking square. And the blowdry is definitely not working, the top of the head is flat. Definitely the worst hair day for Kate who normally looks gorgeous. Surprised she approves this new look for herself.

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  43. I very much liked this pretty Mulberry dress--and it fit so well. Hope to see Kate wearing more of this brand.
    Regarding her frequent recycling, I doubt that she has much choice. Now that the PR buildup for the Jubilee
    is over, I think Charles, who is responsible for her working wardrobe--and for his two sons--will cut funding
    sharply. He probably already has, hence the less expensive hairdresser, who clearly is second-rate.
    Lest we forget, both the Queen and Charles have a reputation for stinginess, except when it comes to them-
    selves and their spouses and in the case of Liz, her favourites--Andrew and Sophie. Unfortunately, William
    appears to be every bit as miserly. It is foolish to expect Kate to compete with the European princesses. She
    simply does not have the necessary money. Joan from Canada

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    1. "liz" - show some respect, she is The Queen, and your Queen at that

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  44. I wish everyone would stop going on about her hair. She likes it and her husband likes it. That's it. I learned a long time to ignore other women's opinions when it came to what I like and hopefully Kate has too.

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  45. While I do think she needed to change her hair up a little, the way these bangs are cut is just not right. It's like she has these heavy bangs that are covering her eyes and then the bottom of her hair just hangs there. The bangs should have been a little longer and blended in with the rest of her hair more. She needs some layering around the sides of her face so it all just doesn't lay there like a lump, and she needs to get Jamie Pryce back to doing her hair. With the exception of when her hair was pulled back, which was not very often, her hair on the Asia trip looked like a frizzy mess - how she wore it down so often in that heat and humidity is a mystery to me.

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  46. $2,200 for that dress??? Yikes- who cares if it's Mulberry. I'd rather Kate have bought 10 of her pre-engagement high street dresses that she looked so stylish and lovely in because they flattered her and showed her personality and sense of style than recycle this to be "thrifty". Thrifty does not belong in the same sentence as that dress, nor does recycling it make one thrifty when you spent that much on it.

    She might have even pulled this dress off better if she had just worn her hair up and off her face. I kind of wish someone would tell her it's time to get over her hair (we've all be admiring it for years, we KNOW it's gorgeous) and start doing something with it like a grown woman.

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  47. She's going down the fergie route with her dress sense. How long before the uk press turn?

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  48. I can't c how the fringe or bangs will work with an updo. It wasn't a fringe that was needed it was sleeking the hair again as she had at the engagement pics. Get rid of the curls!!

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  49. As I've said before ... I hate these particular shoes with a passion using a phrase coined by Princess Diana "tart's trotters". I hated this dress when she first wore it and more so on it's second outing. I think she's worried about being perceived as a clothes horse but with this outfit there's no danger of that. I just don't understand what she's trying to achieve at the moment. As for cost Prince Charles might be picking up the cost but for foreign trips the Foreign & Commonwealth Office picks up the tab for clothing and if she's using public money I hope she makes better choices than she did for the last swing through the Far East. I despair at the moment I loved almost all her choices until she hit the Far East and I think as others have said in earlier comments a stylist needs to be brought in and she needs a 360 degree mirror and to ditch the hairstylist as this one is doing her no favours. Before anyone shoots me down in flames I'm a big supporter of the Duchess and think she's wonderful.

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  50. I PERSONALLY LOVE THTA DRESS. I ADORE CLASSIC STYLES. HER HAIR I'LL TAKE OR LEAVE, DOESN'T BOTHER ME EITHER WAY. I ALSO LIKE THAT SHE HAS GAINED A FEW..VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY LOOKING.

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  51. Not a fan of hair hanging in eyes. Not a fan of shirt waist dresses, although it is easier to let them out an inch or two to fit better if one has gained weight. Eve

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  52. Well, we all can have opinions... I am sorry to say I don't like her hairdo at all. She does look like she is peering out from behind a curtain of hair. The times when she looks most elegant and assured are when she wears her hair up and away from her face. Don't much like the dress, either, and usually I think she looks stunning.
    Kim

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  53. Personally, I don't like her hair cut BUT she's entitled to do what she wants with her hair and experiment. It's just a bit too Farrah Fawcett-y to me for such a modern elegant person.
    When are we going to address the PREGNANCY rumors? Do you think she's hiding a tiny baby bulge under that dress? The belt appears to be cinched a bit high...

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  54. We've all been dying for a hair change, now it's come! I didn't think I liked her hair at first, but I've decided it's just because it's different and I'm not used to it yet. I'm going to wait and see her in her next few engagements to see if I like it. But in the end, it doesn't matter if we like it. Her hair, her choice!

    She looks lovely tonight, as always. I like her in that color. I enjoy seeing her do solo engagements. I'm sure it's nerve-racking and she seems to be coming into her role very confidently.

    Thanks Charlotte for the update! Any video of her speech?

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  55. Hi Casey,

    Not yet but I will update the post once one is available :)

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  56. Thank you Charlotte for this update.I love the dress especially the color and style but I agree with the others. I don't like her hair it looks very school girly and unkept. She could've tied her hair in a demi chignon and had just a few strands of bangs on either end. She also could've carried a clutch. Both these small changes could've made her look much more prettier. Charlotte were you able to tell the earrings she wore? Also is there a video to this event? Thanks chica!xoxo

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    1. Hi Siddhii, the emerald earrings are new, no ID yet. I will add a video as soon as a good one is available :)

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    2. Pauline California28 November 2012 at 02:16

      Charlotte- Could those earrings had been Pricness Di's. Maybe William gave them to her. Wish we can find out.

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    3. Hi Pauline, at the moment it looks like they could be custom made. I'll update when we find out :)

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  57. I think you guys are way off base on the dress... I actually think it's retro and youthfull at the same time. I do agree and wish she would update with some new fun dresses....

    On her hair - I TOTALLY felt remenicent of Princess Diana on the first picture... Her bangs or "fringe" as you call them in the UK remind of of how Diana wore her bangs when she was pregnant with William... long and allows for her to kind of shy away from the camera. Her face DEFINETLY looks fuller - i do so hope she is pregnant, as I know this is the time they were planning for it to happen. But, I tend to agree with others, that she will probably (if aloud by the Palace) retract from the public eye for the first trimester.

    Thanks for the great post!
    Tracy

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    1. Ciao I think the fringe makes her younger,and more round face? is'it wrong????

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  58. I think the fringe makes sense seeing that she always seems to have to touch her hair and hold it back from her face; it takes a little weight off of the front. That said, I'm not a fan of how it was styled tonight. I think if her hair had been parted a little more to the side, it may have looked a little better. It definitely makes her look more her age, being a more styled look. Overall, I guess I'm just happy to see something a little different done with her hair! :-)

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  59. Going through this post again, I realized that this Mulberry dress looks a little bit like Anne's dress in the 1958 picture, haha :)

    -Sarah

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  60. Hmmm...I'm sorry to say I'm not impressed with the new hairstyle at all. It looks somehow dated, and it hides her face even more than before. My eye goes straight to the fringe when I look at the new photos of her. I know that many blog readers here keep expressing the hope that she will put her hair up more often, or at least pull it a little bit away from the face, since that way it's not so heavy-looking and lets her gorgeous face show. Sadly, the fringe accomplishes the opposite. I do like this shade of green on her, but not the style of the dress. Oh well.

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  61. To anonymous at 22;54 When Her Majesty the Queen earns my respect, she will get it.-- Face it; the woman has
    no judgement--note her appalling reaction to the death of Diana, her absolute lack of mothering skills, her
    choice of husband, Phil the Philanderer, her favouring of Andrew.-- Until then, I will continue to call her Liz.
    To some others on this blog, Kate cannot AFFORD to dress like the princess she is because nobody is
    funding her appropriately. Cut her some slack.
    Joan from Canada

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    1. Her parents are multi-millionaires, her husband and brother-in-law are multi-millionaires and so are her father-in-law and grandmother-in-law. I'd imagine there's a few hundred quid there somewhere she can spend.

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  62. Dear Charlotte, where does one find the photo of her earrings? Thank you!!
    Kim

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    1. Hi Kim, I added a photo of them in the post :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.28 November 2012 at 04:52

      Hi Charlotte I have been looking all over the blog for the earrings. For some odd reason I'm not finding them. I love emeralds so I'm very curious to see them.

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    3. Nancy in Kentucky28 November 2012 at 05:01

      Where Chatlotte???? :)

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  63. She will always look good no matter what. Now I want to photograph her with her new hairstyle!! And that will mean a trip to the UK for me. The only thing is it'll be hard to get a good shot of her if her hair is always hanging in her face. i'm not a professional shutterbug.

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  64. Like others, I have to agree that my first impression of her dress was that it is too bright to work with her skin tone and hair color, and the style is very old-fashioned. Though I do like her new fringe in the front, it would have looked better without the dress buttoned up to the neck. It created a very 70s- 80s blouse effect because of the neckline and style.

    BUT I think she is under pressure to choose British designers while at home events in the UK, and local designers for each country she visits. That's probably why she doesn't recycle looks from other countries like Canada on very British nights like this one, though one of those lacy Erdem dresses would have been stunning.

    Her advisers have probably told her to keep with the UK designers while at home as much as possible. And this green dress looked to be the most "nature" themed outfit for the occasion, dealing with science, earth and historic themes. That's my thinking anyway! :)

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  65. this is not my fave dress but kate makes anything lovely

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  66. I think Catherine is going through some changes...either pregnant or really hoping to be. In most of her recent photos she is shielding her tummy. I think she needs support, not criticism.

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  67. No mater what the duchess wore she look great and charlotte the duchess give speech... love her new hairstyle ... looks like the new version of charlie angels

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  68. I like the dress by itself, but when I see the entire look, I swear I'm looking at a picture of my aunt in her bridesmaid's dress at my parents' wedding in 1977!

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  69. No matter what the duchess wore she looks beautiful and great love her hair looks like new version of charlie angels .. charlotte the duchess had speech..

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  70. I don't like the dress. But apparently she does and really that's all that matters.

    I like the new hairdo. And apparently she does too and really that's all that matters.

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  71. I think the new hairstyle makes her look younger. But I agree with another poster who said the collar on the dress calls for an updo.

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  72. Hate the dress her hair looks like it did back in her university days..also love that she is tall and wears tall heels i am 5'11 and also love wearing heels despite my height also isnt she cold without a jacket? Its the middle of winter

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  73. I tried to think of a nice way to say this but I couldn't, it's God aweful, the whole look! The hair hides her face and makes her look like she's from the 70's and the dress looks like something my Gram would wear to church it's just aweful from the color to how high the neck is to how it just hangs on her, hate it. Her worst look ever.

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  74. Jane from New England28 November 2012 at 04:01

    Her best and most regal hair styles have been pulled off her face and either 1/2 up or a complete updo. The style she wore recently when she met David Cameron at a museum (I forgot what the event was), but the dress was dove gray and her hair was up and elaborate in the back. Also the style she wore with the teal evening gown for the Olympic event -- both of these were smashing and so elegant. Also, the straight but full pony tail when she was shopping recently was very classy. I wish she would go for the elegant more often. Maybe she will eventually. Maybe she is experimenting I hope so. She seems "off center" somehow. Not as assured as at first. Well, I know she has a difficult job, and I wish her well. She hasn't asked for my advice! We'll just have to watch and see.

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  75. Well, I am a bit disappointed. I was hoping for a new, dazzling dress with a pretty updo. I know it wasn't the most formal occasion, but..... I completely understand recycling, but it seems she is doing it alot. As for the new hair, can't say that I am a fan. It does make her look younger.

    Looking forward to maybe seeing a new outfit for their Cambridge visit tomorrow and hoping Catherine's hair is back off her face. :)

    Charlotte, do you know if there's a video of her speech? Looking forward to your post tomorrow!

    Kate from Texas

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  76. I love, love, love the whole look!! Both retro/funky and wholly conservative!! It's great to see the Duchess trying out new hair looks. And I love the whole late 70s/80s vibe. Kudos!! Silvia

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  77. Even though I like elements of her outfit (I think the colour of the dress is great, her shoes are lovely too - I've always liked them on her), I don't think this was a good look. The way her fringe is styled in combination with the form of the dress makes her look MUCH older than she is. Her hair looked fantastic in last week's engagement but the curls completely overdid it in today's one. Less is more!

    But, what does my opinion matter? She can wear what she wants. As long as she likes it and her husband is happy :-)

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  78. Hi guys, re the earring shot. It was impossible to get a good sized one, I'll keep looking though.

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  79. sarah from western australia28 November 2012 at 10:09

    I imagine Kate is struggling. I would, if I were her. The pressure to be perfect and not put a foot wrong - and she has already made a few blunders - notably this year (who knows what she has put up with from the royal family and courtiers, not to mention the public over THAT), the being in a fishbowl type of situation - which, however she's adjusted to it, it is still unnatural, the constant criticism of herself and her family in the media, and who knows whether she's had to deal with a miscarriage, or whether she's struggling with fertility issues due to her slimness? We don't know for sure about any of these things, but I would bet life ain't a bed of roses for her. I know that under stress I tend to go for dowdy clothes, reflecting my self-esteem I suppose. Perhaps she's like that. But certainly she could do with our prayers. I would hate for Kate to buckle under pressure, whether she ever becomes queen or not.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.29 November 2012 at 00:35

      Thanks Charlotte trust me we will live if you don't get a pic of the emeralds. Just really like that perticular stone.

      Sarah from western Australia. I'm glad you stated all of that. Having had 3 miscarriages and 3 healthy boys I didn't want to freak anyone out. Pregnancy is an awesome scary wonderful adventure. I hope and pray the best for William and Kate.

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    2. Sarah from Aussie, I can't imagine the pressure she must feel! Normal women face enough pressure to get pregnant at her age, and for her it's exponentially more intense! Hopefully they aren't facing any fertility issues (after all, even though we're always quick to wonder about the woman, men can have issues as well...) because that would be so tough for them to face in the spotlight. Hopefully, there will be a happy and healthy baby Cambridge in the near future :)

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  80. I'm kind of surprised by the strong reactions to this look! Her hair is BARELY different, and the dress is much like others she has worn...As for the pregnancy speculation (much as I will be very excited when it happens!!) I'm just not seeing it. She looks as skinny as ever, and I don't see any fullness in her face. Hope I'm wrong though! :)

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  81. It's time to fire the new hairstylist and hire back the old one. Her hair in increasingly looking moppy and unkempt. This version hides her pretty face and makes her look dreadfully tired. And is the Queen her new stylist? The dress is horrid!

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