Friday, 15 March 2013

Kate in Joseph Coat For Cheltenham + Upcoming Engagement

William and Kate made an unexpected appearance at Cheltenham Gold Cup Day this afternoon.


Rumours had begun to circulate on Twitter yesterday regarding the possibility of the royal couple attending the event but we were all doubtful because it has been five years since we saw Kate at the racing festival (surprising in itself, possibly due to the large media presence?) which is quite popular with the royals. We've seen Zara Phillips and Pippa Middleton in attendance earlier this week.


The Cambridges arrived just in time to cheer on Mike Tindall's horse, Monbeg Dude who participated in the Gold Cup Steeple Chase.


Despite the dismal weather conditions the Duke and Duchess appeared to be enjoying themselves.


Are many of you familiar with the festival? If not, I thought it would be interesting to share a little background information. The first flat race meeting in Cheltenham took place in 1815 on Nottingham Hill, with the first races on Cleeve Hill in August 1818. Racing's popularity soared over the next decade with crowds of 30,000 visiting the Racecourse for its annual two day July meeting featuring the Gold Cup, a 3 mile race. In 1964, Racecourse Holdings Trust (now Jockey Club Racecourse) was formed to secure the future of Cheltenham.


During 2003-2004 £10 million was invested in the Best Mate Enclosure in the centre of the racecourse, giving a new grandstand which has proven to provide one of the best views of racing. The following year, 2005, the festival was extended to four days. Champion Day, Ladies Day, St Patrick's Thursday and Cheltenham Gold Cup Day.

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Racegoers enjoying St. Patrick's Thursday :)

Cheltenham Official Facebook Page

The couple were in The Royal Box and enjoyed chatting with fellow racegoers. I love this shot of Kate!


In the earlier years of William and Kate's courtship, Cheltenham was one of the few events where we regularly saw Kate and she wore many beautiful pieces to the event over the years such as the Katherine Hooker coat she wore in 2006 and later had shortened for an Anglesey engagement in 2011. I much prefer the shorter length, what do you think?


In 2007, Kate opted for a Katherine Hooker piece again, this time the exquisite 'Alexander' jacket. Combined with the beret and scarf, the whole look was effortlessly chic and one of my personal favourites. Kate appeared to be having a smashing time at the races.


We last saw Kate at Cheltenham in 2008 wearing her Ted Baker trench coat.


Kate elected to wear a dusky pink coat by Joseph today. At first I didn't recognise the piece as one Kate has worn before until Julie and Michelle over at WKW FB pointed out it is a piece that has been in her wardrobe since at least 2009. Many of you correctly pointed out the buttons had been moved allowing more room but unfortunately the markings are very obvious. It's quite a sixties look I've said it many times before, Kate has a fantastic collection of coats.

Inside a Princess' Wardrobe Pinterest

We didn't see much of Kate's dress underneath but from what I could see the print looks identical to her animal print MaxMara dress although it's significantly shorter. It's possible she rolled the dress up?

Kate wore her Stuart Weizman 'Zipkin' Boots with brown tights. The boots are currently reduced in black at Zappos from $635 to $445.

Splash News/Zappos

The Duchess recycled her brown 'Betty Boop' by Lock & Co. As most of you will remember Kate wore the hat at the Swiss wedding of friends earlier this month. I quite like it, it's not too big and the colour works very well with the colour of the coat.

Splash News

Kate wore a gorgeous pair of Kiki McDonough Eternal Citrine Cushion & Diamond Earrings (with many thanks to WKW FB friend Cherry). We haven't seen Kate wearing them before. Perhaps they were a Christmas or Birthday gift? The £1,200 yellow gold drop earrings are described as "sophisticated and chic, these beautiful earrings dazzle with vibrant citrine and diamonds."

Splash News/Kiki McDonough

The Duchess carried her brown suede Emmy Shoes 'Natasha' clutch and wore a pair of chocolate brown Cornelia James Bow Gloves. They're available in an array of colours for £52. Once again Kate opted to wear the gold ruby ring she's been sporting frequently recently.



It was lovely to see William and Kate out and about today!

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Another engagement has been added to Kate's diary today! On March 22nd the Duchess of Cambridge will visit Great Tower Scout Camp in Cumbria. Kate is a member of the Scout Association and a trained volunteer leader, during the visit she will join the scouts for an outdoor cooking session and tree climbing (yes tree climbing :)).

Youth Group Accommodation 

More on the engagement from Majesty Magazine:

'The Duchess will visit Great Tower to view a training event for 24 adult volunteers. These adults are working either with Beaver Scouts (6-8 yrs) or Club Scouts (8-10 yrs). The training course is being run at Great Tower, one of The Scout Association's national activity centres and located in the Lake District Park. The centre is set in 250 acres. It offers a wide range of both land and water based activities.'

Kate is very athletic and loves the outdoors and working with children, so I have always felt working with the scouts was important to her.

It's shaping up to be a very busy week for the Duchess with three engagements within the next week: on Sunday she will attend a St. Patrick's Day parade in Aldershot; on Tuesday she's visiting Child Bereavement UK; and next Friday she's in Cumbria with the scouts.

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The first feature length royal documentary in more than twenty years about the Queen will air on ITV on Sunday 17 March at 8 pm. 'Our Queen' features unique access during the Diamond Jubilee year to members of the Royal Family, to Her Majesty's staff, to her Prime Minister, David Cameron, and to her residences.

ITV

I believe William and Kate were not interviewed for the documentary, but are featured talking to boxer Anthony Ogogo during the London 2012 games about scrabble....

Gordon Rayner Twitter

For those of you outside the UK, I expect the documentary will appear on YouTube.

See you all on Sunday :)

103 comments:

  1. Kate, Texas, USA15 March 2013 at 14:26

    Yea! Great job Charlotte! LOVE seeing Will and Kate together and looking happy! She looks beautiful and I love the Joseph coat! I wonder how much longer she will be able to squeeze into pre-pregnancy clothes? I was always in maternity wear by this point in all 4 pregnancies. From the side view you can see a tiny bit of her dress. It looks like shes wearing the Max Mara animal print dress again. Any word? Also LOVE her boots and tights....LOVE! She looks so chic! Like you I also thought the 2007 look was a great one and really love the Alexander jacket and scarf. Something I would enjoy having in my wardrobe. Such a classy look! Today as always she looks effortlessly beautiful and has the mommy glow!

    Looking forward to seeing her with the scouts, but do you really think she will participate in tree climbing...ACK! Seems a bit adventurous when you are carrying the heir to the throne...LOL!!!

    Looking forward to seeing "Our Queen". I loved "The Diamond Queen" made by the BBC and purchased that on DVD. Maybe a copy of this will be available here in the states. I'll definitely be searching You Tube after it airs. :) Thanks for the info!

    Thanks again for another lovely post! Hope you are having a wonderful Friday!!!

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  2. Kate's glowing, I glad she recycled although I wonder how does she manage to keep all of her winter coats from yesteryears looking so crisp and new!;-))thank you Charlotte for this update, it's lovely to see them together as always :)waiting for the march 17th and 22nd appearances, can't wait to see Kate climb a tree ;-))

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  3. Jean from Lancs.15 March 2013 at 15:02

    Nice coat! Don't remember seeing it before. It seems somewhat shorter than she has been wearing recently, but with her legs, who's complaining.
    Super earrings--seems to be getting quite a collection now.
    Most importantly she is looking so well and so beautiful and as though she is enjoying life again.
    Is it my imagination or is her hair really a lot longer, but must say the half-up styles suit her so well.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA16 March 2013 at 03:08

      Jean, I thought the same thing about her hair looking longer. Maybe she's taking pre-natal vitamins that are causing the rapid growth. I know my hair and nails grew like crazy when I was pregnant. I love her half-up styles also. I always wanted really long hair as a little girl so I would go around the house with a long towel wrapped on my head. :) LOVE Kate's hair!

      Kate does have great legs! William must be proud!!! :)

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  4. Hey everybody,

    I have commented for the first time when we all could "recommend" a few names for the royal baby.
    I have been following the blog since the Royal Tour 2011 and I have to say: Charlotte, you do such a great job. Thank you so much! I can't appreciate enough what you are doing and you are doing it in such a respectful way.

    And now we can read another quick and lovely post.
    I wonder if the dress the Duchess wears underneath the coat is the leoprint dress from the Swiss Wedding and the visit to Cambridge? In one of the pictures perhaps I saw a little piece of it when she is walking up the stairs...?

    Have a wonderful start to your weekend everybody!
    Greetings, the-happy-about-the-post-Vicky

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  5. Why does she her coat buttoned up so high so that the collar doesn't lay flat?! I doubt she's doing it as some sort of edgy fashion statement - This is like when she wore the belt upside down...oh dear! My boyfriend would say something if I tried to go out of the house like that. If her neck is that cold, she should have brought a scarf! I think she looks ridiculous. Although, I do like the pattern of her tights.

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil15 March 2013 at 17:54

      Hi, Anonymous!
      I really like the way she uses her coats bottoned up high!
      We all have different opinions!
      Have a nice day :)

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  6. Well done, Charlotte.

    Thank you for the speedy post on today’s visit to the races. The pictures say it all – she is glowing with her pregnancy and having William at her side makes it all the better.

    Again, referring to the pictures, Catherine is always very royal, very elegant, and very, very stylish.

    Joan - East TN

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  7. Interesting to see slight marks on the coat where the buttons have been moved over an inch or so to accommodate the bump! Lovely to see such economy and practicality from the Royals.

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  8. It looks as though the buttons on her coat have all been moved over about two inches. (It's something I notice; I used to work with tuxedo jackets and we were forever tweaking the buttons.) She looks lovely, though. The color is fantastic on her skin tone, and I'm excited for this coming week now!

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA16 March 2013 at 03:21

      I think you are right about the buttons. :) I wouldn't have noticed, but since you mentioned it you can see where the buttons were moved from. She does look lovely, but I wonder when she'll bring out her stylish maternity wardrobe?

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  9. Looks like she moved the buttons to accommodate her new figure. What a glow she has!

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  10. Ana B. from Brazil15 March 2013 at 16:35


    Good afternoon!
    Great surprise! The combination of brown and pink outfits, one of my favourites, really compliments Catherine's complexion. She looks absolutely amazing, as usual!
    It will be great to see the Duchess interacting with other volunteers and scouts! I really like the fact that she supports this type of activity regarding children. In a time where most kids only enjoy spending time inside the house playing videogames and obesity levels are increasing faster than imagined, it is a really healthy activity! And it also improves your living skills I guess.
    Thank you for this post, Charlotte!
    Best wishes of a great weekend!

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  11. Great post! It looks like Kate moved the buttons on her coat to allow for more room. You can see circle indentations where the buttons used to be. Clever way to keep wearing a coat during pregnancy.

    I think Kate might have narrow feet which is why she wears the same shoes over and over in different colors, like these brown boots that she also has in black. I too have narrow feet and own the Stuart Weitzman Zipkin boots, which are very comfortable. I can speak from experience that stylish, narrow shoes are very hard to find, and she seems to favor brands like Stuart Weitzman that make narrow widths.

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  12. Has anyone else noticed the marks left by the buttons being moved on her coat on the photos?? How clever and thrify of her!!
    I agree its a really pretty piece1

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  13. Loved the ensemble overall BUT the coat was ill-fitting (buttons lopsided, weirdly hanging). Essentially, it is a coat cut for a non-pregnant woman and hangs misshapen over a second trimester woman.

    I do love the hat and the brown-pink combo (similar to her Swiss wedding event). Silvia

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  14. Kate looks really lovely!
    I have found something amazing I would like to share!
    Remember that stunning Alexander McQueen lace dress Kate wore last year during the Diamond Jubilee? Here is a perfect copy of it! http://www.oasap.com/dresses/26314-apricot-elegant-long-sleeves-dress.html
    I still don't know if I should order it or not but it definitely looks great! Enjoy!

    Cath

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  15. Thank you Charlotte for such a detailed post. The Duchess really seems to like citrine, doesn't she?

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  16. Um: very strange. The coat has clearly been let out--you can still see the button marks on the breast. The alteration leaves the jacket hanging poorly. Why wouldn't the Duchess get a coat that fits?

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    1. Jean from Lancs.15 March 2013 at 18:59

      I would imagine she is hoping to get by without new coats.It should soon be getting warmer(hopefully)when she won't need a coat.

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    2. I just think whoever moved the buttons should have given the coat a good pressing afterwards like I would have done and I can't help thinking Kate is taking the recycling just a little too far, she is married to a millionaire after all and for me the length is a tad too short for a royal lady.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills15 March 2013 at 21:54

      But why waste money on new coats when it will be summer soon. Just because her husband has money does not mean for her to waste it. That is not like the Duchess.

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    4. There was no need to waste money - if Kate was truly thrifty she could have bought a bigger coat in the sale a couple of years ago (e.g. the leaving hospital coat was from years ago) and had it altered or a maternity coat in the sale, that would have been more savvy. I agree with other comments that it's her first pregnancy and she needs a maternity wardrobe. Last years budget was £150,000 so one maternity coat should be affordable.

      This was not a great look at all and as a member of the royal family out in public it is too short imho.

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    5. Funny the coat looked ill fitting when she was walking but looked fine when she was standing with her hands in her pocket. Wonder if at first it wasn't buttoned properly, perhaps a button in side the that wasn't hooked? I think it would look better if it was a bit longer too. She is a lovely woman. Happy that she is feeling well!

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  17. Theresa, from Paris15 March 2013 at 17:22

    Love her funny faces ;-)
    And those legs ! Gorgeous...
    I must say I'm always a bit surprised to see her still wearing such short skirts, but she really can as she has fantastic legs.

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  18. Kate, Texas, USA15 March 2013 at 17:22

    Checking back for updates and that one shot of Kate is too funny! I'm sure we'll see it popping up in the future!

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  19. Gorgeous coat and boots, but much too short.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills15 March 2013 at 21:56

      Oh come on bluehare, she is a beautiful young lady and is don't doing a royal engagement. She is out for a day with her husband and their friends.

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    2. That doesn't change that it's too short. The coat is lovely but would have worked better had it been a few inches longer. She is a royal, not a celeb.

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    3. Agree would have looked better had it been just a little bit longer. Has nothing to do with her lovely legs or the event, just the style of the coat. Kind of looks like a pants coat at this length.

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  20. While I applaud the Duchess's thriftiness at recycling the dusty pink coat, it is obvious that the buttons have been moved. You can see the outline and holes where the buttons used to be. I would never wear something that looked like that and am rather surprised that she would. Also, the coat is a bit too short. That being said, I think she is terrific.

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    1. I agree the coat is too short. Hems are going down again now. I had a thought about the buttons being moved to allow her to fit into it .. it might have been sort of a last min. decision that they were going to the races and she had planned what she would wear for Sunday already and fast needed something she could fit into that was warm enough and still in keeping with her covering up from showing much of a bump...but yes, I agree...the holes left from moving the button really would bother me to the point I would not wear it and no one cares really what I wear!

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  21. Am I old fashioned for thinking brown and black don't go together? Especially when you throw in the pink and the yellow. But she does look happy and healthy. And William is even more handsome than ever. Thanks, Charlotte!

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    1. I have always worn black and brown together since the 70's and earth tones were huge then. And citrine (yellow) has always been a stone I adored and have worn...I have it in amber shade and 2 shades of yellow - a lighter shade and this shade Kate has 2 pair of earrings in now it seems (maybe more)

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    2. Done well black and brown can be chic

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  22. Thank you all for your comments! It was lovely to see William and Kate today. No ID on the dress yet but we're pretty sure it's not the MaxMara.

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    1. She could have put a self belt on the MaxMara dress and bloused the dress way up knowing she would not need to take her coat off. She seems to be very thrifty so far on her maternity purchases.

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  23. Hi, great post! Kate looked wonderful today and can't wait for this coming week with all the engagements. Just out of interest, in the summer, will William and Kate attend any polo matches? Or do you reckon due to her being heavily pregnant then only William will attend? Many thanks!

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    1. Hello,

      Firstly Kate is (thankfully) enjoying a happy and healthy pregnancy now so I don't see any reason why she won't continue her routine as normal. I wouldn't rule out a polo match or two at all :)

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  24. Thanks for the update, as usual. Love seeing Kate in her hats. I'm looking forward to seeing the documentary on Youtube!

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  25. Lovely post, thank you Charlotte. I liked her coat, hat especially the earrings. Don't you think it is a different dress because it is a short coat and the Max Mara dress looks longer in the Swiss wedding photos??? But maybe it is just for me:-) Anett

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    1. Absolutely the MaxMara seems too long although the print is very similar.

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  26. On closer inspection it does appear to be the MaxMara. The print does seem to be the same.

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    1. I look forward to having springtime and there will be no guesswork:-)))Anett

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA16 March 2013 at 03:39

      I thought it would be and mentioned it in my post. I am all for recycling and being thrifty, but I am really wanting to see a beautiful maternity wardrobe. I know spring is around the corner and she might not have wanted to spend the money for a coat or a new dress, but it is her first pregnancy. I think she could have used both again in the future (hopefully). :) Really looking forward to the upcoming engagements!

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  27. The earrings are gorgeous! I'm jealous. :) I think the coat looks terrific with the brown tights and boots. And I see no problem with the shorter length. She has fantastic legs and the tights/boots combination works beautifully with it.

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  28. LKC in South Carolina15 March 2013 at 19:15

    I think it is fantastic that she had the buttons moved! Why buy a coat now when cold weather is nearly over? A heavy maternity coat would be costly and would only be worn a time or two. Just because she could afford to does not me she has to. To me it shows a streak of practicality and good sense.

    Also, I like brown and black together, but then I wear animal prints in those two colors when ever I can.

    Great post Charlotte, but then all of your posts are.

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  29. It was so nice to see William and Kate together. What a lovely suprise!
    Thank you dear Charlotte, you've made my day!

    Hugs!

    Monica, France

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  30. Thank you all for your very kind comments about the post, I'm so glad you all enjoyed it x

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  31. JC Penney has Copy-Kate earrings: Genuine Citrine Earrings 14K/Sterling Silver for $100
    Here is the link: http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/jewelry-watches/fine-jewelry/earrings/cat.jump?id=cat100240094&deptId=dept20000020&N=763%204294966829

    Macy's has 26 different earrings that feature Citrine, but JC Penney's has the closest repli-Kate. Nordstrom does not have any similar earrings.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.17 March 2013 at 03:01

      Thank you Melanie, I checked out jcpenney and Macy 's and the Citrine Earrings are lovely. Maybe some day I'll get a pair.

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  32. I wonder if her right-hand ring has garnets, not rubies? Her birthday is in January, and garnets are the birthstone for that month.

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  33. When first looking at the photos today, I couldn't figure out what I didn't like about the coat - it seemed to be hanging strangely on her. Then I checked back and saw the updates and it all made sense with the buttons being moved. I LOVE Kate's style and really can't say that I dislike anything that she wears, but I think she could have made a better choice of coat today. I don't think it flatters her shape at all; it really makes her chest look saggy. Also, considering the coat's length, I think it would be better if paired with trousers. I really do like that it seems that she is trying to be thrifty - maternity coats are expensive (well, in my world anyway)! I was pregnant in winter during two of my pregnancies and remember trying to get by with my existing coats - even my boss asked me once why I was still squeezing into my pre-pregnancy coat :) Other than the coat, I think she looked lovely today, and it is always fantastic to see Kate and William out and about together!

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  34. Kate looks radiantly happy. I don't think she could help but think back to the last time she was at the Cheltenham races with William just before their break-up in 2007. Their body language was so different, William's actually a bit hostile; and even though she was wearing heels, Kate looked short compared to him. What a difference six years makes! Fortunately, he came to his senss quickly.

    My guess is she is "using up" an old coat since most of her pregnacy will be in warmer weather. (And by the next pregnancy, styles may change.) Even though the marks show, she looks great, although the coat was better as a top coat. Very similar to the striking mustard coloured coat Pippa wore yesterday which she looked great in. Wonder why the sisters didn't go together? Maybe Kate was letting Pippa have her moment without outshining her.

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  35. We saw her at the races today and she looked very elegant - it was pouring with rain and although she was mainly undercover, I thought she had dressed quite sensibly, too.

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  36. It's great to see her out and about. This coat is not my personal favorite on her but she looks healthy and happy. That's good enough. :)

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  37. Oh my goodness! This coat is ridiculous! Looks cheap, it's too short, the style has no shape just like piece of wrap, the fabric looks as it is made of recycled material. I wouldn't wear such a coat even if someone paid me for wearing it. She has all the money and all the choices and how on earth she could put on such a coat! Shocking...

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  38. I think the issue with the coat seems to be that the top button hasn't been moved like the lower buttons over her bust and stomach. I think that's what's throwing the line of the coat out slightly. If the top bottom was also moved over a tad the line of the coat would hang better.

    Duchess Kate, I've got a needle and thread and will gladly sort this out for you ;-) xx

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  39. Ooh and something else...Kate's bella dress from Whistles is now on sale, reduced to £95. It's the one she wore to the jubilee concert and to one of the Olympic ceremonies! Might have to treat myself to it!

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  40. Pauline Oak Hills15 March 2013 at 21:59

    Thank you Charlotte for this great post. I was up at 6:00am this morning to read the post and see the pictures of this beautiful couple. They looked very happy. The Duchess look so beautiful and I loved the pink & brown together.

    Thanks again.

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  41. Good catch on the buttons, all! I love the Betty Boop hat. Great proportions, not too showy, but cute and stylish. I really like Kate's whole outfit from 2008 as well, it looks fun and fresh.

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  42. Gosh - when I saw cirtine on her ears I assumed they were her ones we see her were a lot...but yes, these are larger and square.

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  43. SHE LOOKS HOT AND HAPPY!!! BEST COMBO EVER!:)

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  44. Sarah from Calif.15 March 2013 at 23:36

    Personally. I get the feeling Kate loves fashion but, it is not on the top of her priorities. I'm not saying that to critique or criticize anything in these pictures. It just seems like she is not so shallow as to make fashion the only thing that defines her.

    Funny you can see the buttons have been moved.
    I prefer longer clothes but, at her age with lovely legs, more power to her.
    Loooove the earrings! I will be checking out those links for less exspensive ones.
    Yeh William has different glasses! I have been waiting for that.
    Love the Alexander coat. I am so looking forward to seeing the piece on the Queen. I do hope she is feeling better! !!!
    Hello to all! Have a lovely weekend! (((( o. ))))) that is the sun shining on you all!

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA16 March 2013 at 13:58

      Charlotte, any word on the Queen and how she is feeling? Many prayers for good health and her strength and stamina to resume! :)

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    2. Hello Kate, The Queen is on the mend thankfully. She's such a terrific woman for her age, considering the workload she has.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.16 March 2013 at 18:52

      Yes and I think Prince Philip needs to say "that is enough my dear, you will not be taking on as many engagements. We will be spending more time with the grand children and the great grandchildren. Foot down.
      Ha ha I know no one can tell the Queen what to do except Prince Philip!

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  45. The thread used in resewing the buttons is a dark color, not the salmon of the original, and the buttons are not properly lined up. Is it possible the Duchess sewed them on herself?

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    1. It's quite possible. I think the coat may have been a "last minute" choice. It certainly doesn't look like the work of an experienced seamstress or tailor. The fact that she "recycles" makes her even more perfect in my eyes.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.16 March 2013 at 18:37

      Well Marie Antoinette. -was criticized if she wore simple muslin and criticized if she dressed to the top, so nothing new under the sun.
      Oh I guess I'm wrong Kate will not loose her head because of it, and hopefully not any sleep.

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  46. What a nice surprise! Thank you for the great post, done in your usual superb style, Charlotte!

    It's always lovely to see William & Kate together, and some of Kate's expressions are delightful. :o) I like her outfit, too, but wish that whoever did the alterations would have done a better job (and ironed the coat afterwards). How wonderful that Kate is feeling better, and is able to have some fun outings together with William!

    Thanks also for the background information, Charlotte! Looking forward to Sunday!

    Hugs from Hawaii,
    Julie

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  47. She needs a budget for maternity outfits. I dislike the coat with the moved buttons. It looks terrible.

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  48. I think everyone needs to relax about the misshapen coat. Shes pregnant! Id rather see her in a wider, misshapen coat and be comfortable.

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  49. I am a huge fan of mostly all of Kate's fashion choices. I love her accessories as well. In all honesty though, I am not feeling this coat with the moved buttons. It is a lovely coat but think she had a billion other choices that would have looked better. She really needs some maternity wear, she is too far along now to just be wearing her regular wardrobe IMO.

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  50. she looks gorgeous and hot!

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  51. I think it's refreshing to see that she is still practical enough to have the buttons on her coat moved. Also, I loved seeing the funny face pictures! Very cute and relatable - it's nice to see her with so much expression! :)

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  52. I also applaud Kate's frugality. It must have been a last minute decision to wear that coat. I think I could have done a much better job "altering" her coat and I'm not a professional tailor. Despite that, she looks stunning as always.

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  53. Kate, Texas, USA16 March 2013 at 13:56

    Maybe she's saving that beautiful new maternity coat for St. Patrick's Day in Aldershot tomorrow? :)

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  54. If you look at the pictures, Kate had a lot of clothes before she was married and didn't recycle nearly so much. Mostly high street, but still a lot. Think she's being cautious in hard times, but she may have gone a little far this time. Love the colour of the coat and it looked fantastic as a top coat but the alterations couldn't be done successfully because the top button couldn't be moved easily and the material marked. While she has the legs to wear a short coat, it isn't her greatest look, particularly when she's pregnant.

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  55. As another poster already said, people need to relax about the coat. I'm sure it's comfortable, it's warm and I'm also fairly sure Kate and the Palace PR folks are acutely aware of how it would look if Kate started appearing in a new expensive ensemble each time, with taxpayers paying for extensive remodeling and redecorating at KP for Will and Kate not to mention the recent vacations and foreign travel. Also, like the majority of pregnant women, who are not as financially privileged as Kate, she probably wants to make what she's got work as long as she can, she simply likes the pieces and feels comfortable in them. She's got some lovely, extremely expensive pieces. With a little alteration, they work just fine for these early stages of her pregnancy. She looks great and remember, this is a race meeting, not a formal engagement. Warmth and comfort are key for everyone attending!!

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  56. I did not notice that the buttons had been moved but I did notice that another woman appears to be wearing Kate's engagement ring! If you look at the photo of William reading the pamphlet with Kate cheering in behind him, there is a woman to William's other side. This woman is reading a pamphlet as well and appears to be wearing a sapphire ring and wedding band!

    Could this be Kate's Lady in Waiting? Are Kate's rings too small?

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    1. Jean from Lancs.16 March 2013 at 18:44

      Emms,
      Just looked at some more photos on DM and one of them shows quite clearly Catherine is wearing her engagement and wedding rings---also can see what is either a bracelet, or more likely a watch strap on her left wrist. I think the sapphire ring on the other lady is smaller than Catherine's

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    2. Pauline Oak HIlls16 March 2013 at 19:23

      @Emms- The Duchess does not have a Lady in Waiting. But that woman I beleive is a member of the royal family. I have seen pictures of her and the Duchess together at a wedding. It might be Princess Margarets daughter(?). And if you noticed the duchess had her rings on. The other woman had rings on that was blue but nothing like the Duchess beautiful ring.

      Maybe Charlotte can ID the woman with the Duchess.

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    3. On this link, at the bottom Kate is wearing all her rings!

      http://www.newmyroyals.com/search?updated-max=2013-03-16T01:18:00%2B02:00&max-results=7

      Happy weekend to all! I

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    4. Daily Mail Photo shows a close-up of Kate pointing and she is clearly wearing her engagment ring. In the same set of photographs there is a crowd scene which shows her pointing and the woman in blue, clearly taken at the same moment. If you enlarge it, it shows both women are wearing rings. It's not the same ring.

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    5. whew! Thanks everyone :)

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  57. Hello everyone.
    With regard to Kate not splashing out on a very expensive maternity wardrobe, I am pleased to see that she's not emulating Diana in this respect.
    Diana had the great trait of compassion which we all admired so much, but I feel that she was too much of a clothes horse. Maybe she didn't have much else, certainly not a happy marriage, which we can see clearly that Kate has.
    So Kate doesn't need to focus so much on visiting designers before a casual trip to the races. She can just relax and have a happy day. I so wish that Diana could have done that. The more I read about Diana the more my heart breaks for the real unhappiness that she felt. The people closest to Diana consistently talk about her unahppy relationships and lack of purpose. The latest book that I've read, Diana - the Life of a Troubled Princess, is based on the author's interviews with the people closest to Diana, including her sister, Sarah. So much new information and great black and white photos of Diana and the two boys at a young age. I put a few extra copies on Amazon because it is so good:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aag/main/ref=olp_merch_name_2?ie=UTF8&asin=1845132521&isAmazonFulfilled=0&seller=AR4KF6WKGSR0L

    I can't wait to read a lot more about Kate and William. I can see that Pippa has a book out which I will add to my collection. Does anyone have any Kate books to recommend? Please let me know! I am a great reader of royal biographies. Is there anyone else out there who also enjoys these books?
    Regards
    Sandy

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    1. Z. from Portugal19 March 2013 at 18:00

      Sandy, I read Andrew Morton's William and Catherine - Their lives, their wedding, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So many details about their relationship. I recommend it.
      Z.

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    2. Kristin, San Francisco20 March 2013 at 13:15

      Hi Sandy. ..just wanted to say that I am also reading books on royals -starting with Diana. I remember the basics from pre-engagement to the unbelievable tragic ending. It's the details that I find interesting. My first book was the 'Diana Chronicles' by Tina Brown - I will take what ever I find at my local library.

      Thanks to all posters for the names of books to read!

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  58. Sarah from Calif.16 March 2013 at 18:43

    Emms -it looks more square than oval.

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  59. Hello. Actually, I've come across a list of Kate books on another blog- http://katemiddletonblog.wordpress.com/
    Kate: Style Princess by Sara Cywinski
    William and Catherine - Their Story by Andrew Morton - yes,looks very much as if this is THE Andrew Morton!
    Royal Romance, Modern Marriage - by Mary Boone
    William & Kate A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen
    Kate: Princess in Waiting by Claudia Joseph
    Kate's Style by Caroline Jones.
    Has anyone read any of these? Any recommendations? I would be very grateful. I might well begin with Kate:Princess in Waiting. The Amazon write up says:



    With her glossy dark hair, classic looks, natural appearance and cut-glass accent, Kate Middleton displays all the poise and breeding expected from the wife-to-be of the heir to the throne. Sophisticated beyond her years, as well as academically gifted, Kate has charmed William's louche circle of friends as well as the House of Windsor.

    Yet behind her polished veneer lies the extraordinary tale of an impoverished working-class family that overcame deprivation and adversity to rise to the upper echelons of society.

    Claudia Joseph has spoken to members of Kate's family and friends, who have provided an intriguing insight into the extraordinary journey her family has made from the mining villages of Durham to an apartment in the royal residence of Clarence House.

    Drawing on exclusive interviews and containing previously unpublished photographs, this is an authoritative account of Kate Middleton's life so far.

    Once I've had a look I'll let you all know.

    Sandy

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  60. While I understand where some of you come from about Kate being frugal, I really don't see the point or how that makes the people of England feel any better. Kate married into the Royal Family. There is NO shortage of cash around there, for any of them. What is the point in being frugal about a coat? What does that really prove? Maternity coats are a little more pricey, yes, but nowhere near what they spend on other frivolous items and the lux vacations to Mustique and ski resorts that cost upwards of £50,000 pounds per trip. Another poster mentioned that she would probably only wear the coat a couple times, being a waste of money, etc. but another option could be to donate it or any other Maternity coats she buys to the less fortunate. Besides, Kate will more than likely be pregnant again so the coats would actually be a wise investment. They live in England, not Hawaii, I am sure there are plenty of options on what to do with the maternity coats after the Duchess is done wearing them.

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  61. Is the blonde women, see better pics on dailymail article, Kate's cousin?? Ive seen her on the barge too during the jubilee and she has a similar face to carole??

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  62. Robin Indiana USA
    All the fuss about the buttons as long as she and the baby are warm I am fine with it. The Duchess has great legs show them off. I also loved all the funny pictures very happy they were having a great time! I also saw the picture where the Duchess is not wearing her rings.

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  63. I have a question regarding the ruby/garnet ring -- are we sure it is a new ring? I was just looking at some pictures of Kate and found what could be the same or very similary ring.

    It's when she was dressed for the roller-derby in the green shiny top and yellow shorts. She has a gold ring on the middle finger of her right hand. It appears to be the same width, but from the picture I cannot tell if it has the ruby/garnet stones. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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  64. Sarah from Calif.17 March 2013 at 03:22


    ((((((((( O )))))))))) sending rays of sunshine to all in the world who still have winter weather. !!!!!!!!!! ;)

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  65. Thanks again Charlotte!!! I love how much information you give in your posts. I wake up, and knowing that there has been an appearance, I come straight to your blog! I live that she wore the same beautiful coat.

    Like Kate, I started showing between my 5th and 6th month of pregnancy. I started wearing maternity clothes between my 6th and 7th month.

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  66. Sort of amusing to me that those who will jump ferociously - and who insist on censorship - to any criticism of the concrete details of Kate's life, including her work schedule, etc. are sniping about something so minor and shallow as the buttons being moved on a winter coat. They insist that Kate is made of more substantial stuff than being just a clotheshorse - then they themselves turn around and gripe about the button marks and the fact that Kate is recycling her clothes.

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  67. Z. from Portugal18 March 2013 at 11:41

    Today, I'll just talk about Kate's HATS! :)
    Oh, I love hats. I wish we would wear hats more often, here in Portugal. But they aren't very trendy over here...
    I love the old outfits Kate wore in 2006 (yes, the fur hat and the K. Hooker coat with the original lenght: it gives her a misterious russian look!) and 2008 (the black hat and the blue trench coat are simply adorable).
    And I love the brown Betty Boop hat she wore at the races.
    Hugs!
    Z.

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  68. Sarah from Calif.19 March 2013 at 04:22

    Z., I love the fur hat also. I recently saw a picture of Pippa with one on too and was wondering if they ever traded hats and things?

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    1. Z. from Portugal19 March 2013 at 17:54

      Probably they do, Sarah! I saw Carole Middleton wearing a fur hat too. (I also have one, but I rarely use it.) :) Through all these years I've seen the three of them trading hats, dresses and coats, or wearing very similar clothes. They really are very close and they go shopping all toghether, mother & daughters bonding :)
      Have a nice week!
      Z.

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  69. Robin Indiana USA
    Thank you Sarah from California. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and are high temp will be 28 degrees with snow! They said this cold weather will last at least another three weeks. That groundhog was solo wrong. I appreciate you thinking of all of us still in the freeze zone. Robin

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  70. While watching "Our Queen" on YouTube, was surprised to see – in the footage of the Queen’s private sitting room at Balmoral – that it is so cluttered (i.e. messy) I had always been led to believe that she was somewhat compulsive when it came to things being tidy.

    Then, in the still shot you feature here of the same event, I noticed something even more interesting …..see the copy of “Majesty” magazine on the table? I often wondered if they paid any attention to things like that – what others think of their clothes, jewels, etc. Apparently the Queen does!

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