Monday, 29 April 2013

Kate Supports Children's Hospice Week With Naomi House Visit + BCF Launches

On her second wedding anniversary the Duchess of Cambridge visited Naomi House in Sutton Scotney, near Winchester to mark Children's Hospice Week.


Kate received a bouquet from Sally Evans.


Kate enjoyed talking to children from a local primary school.


The Duchess has been publicly involved in supporting Children's Hospices since she became Royal Patron of  East Anglia's Children's Hospices in January 2012. This week, Kate's first video message in support of Children's Hospice Week was released encouraging people to support fundraising efforts and to raise awareness. It runs from April 26th - May 3rd. Coordinated by Together For Short Lives, Children's Hospice Week will this year focus on siblings to raise awareness of how services support brothers and sisters of children with life-limiting conditions.


Kate toured the hospital's facilities including the hydrotherapy pool, children's bedrooms and gardens. She met children and their families as well as staff, volunteers and supporters of the charity.


Naomi House and Jacksplace are hospices for children and young people who are unlikely to make it to adulthood. The charity has two specialist units, Naomi House for young children and Jacksplace for young adults. It costs almost seven million pounds per year to run the two units and the organisation relies on donations for 90% of its funding. Prince Charles officially opened the hospice in 1997.

Naomi House

After the tour, Kate joined a tea party with some of Naomi House's children and their families who have gathered together to celebrate the royal visit and to celebrate Children's Hospice Week.

Naomi House Facebook Page

During the tea party Kate watched a performance by Ollie Wade, who performed his touching song "Free" which he wrote in memory of his brother Ben, who sadly passed away in 2011 after he and his family received end of life care and bereavement support at Naomi House.

Naomi House Facebook Page

Eighteen-year-old Ollie fondly remembers his visits to Naomi House:

"My earliest memories of Naomi House are when we, as a family, would drop Ben off for respite stays and show him to his room. Often I would stay and go for a swim with Ben. He loved swimming in the hydrotherapy pools and going into the garden when the weather was nice. You could tell he enjoyed his visits there. There were loads of other things for me to do as well, and I particularly enjoyed spending time in the music room.
It was a really nice place. We went there every day before his funeral and it made all the difference to us to see him. The staff were so very empathetic and understanding of what we were going through. Everything stops when you are there and you are able to say your goodbyes in your own way and in your own time.”

All proceeds from "Free" go to Naomi House; you can download it at iTunes.

Naomi House Facebook Page

Kate injected a refreshing pop of colour into her look today electing to wear the peach Tara Jarmon Cotton Twill Coat. The £380 piece features two front slit pockets, button fastenings through front, vent at back hem and is 100% cotton. Tara Jarmon is a new brand for the Duchess; the Paris-based, Canadian designer launched her self-titled clothing over twenty years ago and is known for her simple clean lines.


Harvey Nichols

The Duchess teamed her coat with a matching coloured dress which is said to be made by an independent designer.


Kate wore her trusty taupe L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps.



The Duchess accessorised with her matching L.K. Bennett Avona Clutch. The patent long roll clutch is available in a variety of colours for £195.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess completed the look with her Annoushka pearls. Kate's hair looked lovely in soft curls and her make up was flawless. What did you think of the entire look?



Videos from the visit are available at ITN Source and ITV. 

Naomi House Facebook Page

Today's visit marks Kate's last public appearance for a few weeks.


Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

It's hard to believe it's been two years since the royal wedding. Kate was asked if William plans to take her out to tonight. She blushed, spread her arms and replied "He's on shift, so....". The couple were spotted enjoying dinner at a restaurant in London over the weekend. Perhaps they celebrated then? Royal reporter Victoria Murphy summed up just how far Kate has come.


Victoria  Murphy Twitter Feed

Wishing William and Kate a very happy second anniversary and another wonderful year!

The British Monarchy Flickr

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Today marks the launch of something I'm incredibly excited about; The Baby Cambridge Fundraiser.


About

To celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child - five bloggers have banded together to create the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. We thought long and hard about which cause to support and after serious consideration we chose Kate's patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

'Celebrate the birth of William and Kate's first child by helping another in need'.

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions in the families' own homes, in the community, or at one of their hospices. The charity needs to raise £5.75 million from public donations to deliver much needed services each year. This amounts to more than £15,000 a day, every day of the year. People can donate to the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser by visiting the Just Giving Page.

Many of you will be familiar with the blogs spearheading the endeavour:



The idea was conceived in December shortly after the announcement confirming Kate was expecting and we thought it a perfect time to bring together the royal community to support an incredibly worthy cause in celebration of the future monarch's birth. The fundraiser launched on April 29 - William and Kate's second anniversary. The date also coincides with Children's Hospice Week. A number of fashion designers and brands associated with Kate have kindly donated items to support the fundraiser. There will be ongoing opportunities for you to participate in activities related to this throughout the duration of the fundraiser.

The fundraiser is carried out with the approval and support of EACH. Read Their Letter of Endorsement Here.



Donate

You can donate via our JustGiving page. It is incredibly easy to donate, and one can use Paypal, Switch/Maestro, Visa and MasterCard. JustGiving is completely secure and does not personally charge any fees.


UK residents can also text RBCF61 (£ amount) and send it to 70070.




Follow Us and Contact Details

You can keep up to date with all the latest news and updates by following us by Liking our Facebook Page and following our Twitter Account @RoyalFundraiser.

 

To contact us you can write to the the fundraisers official email address: BabyCambridgeFundraiser@gmail.com or you can contact me or any of the other bloggers listed below.

One can find out more about the fundraiser by visiting the fundraisers info page babycambridge.net.



The Duchess and EACH

The Duchess of Cambridge became patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices in January 2012. Two months later Her Royal Highness visited Ipswich to launch the organisations new facility - The Treehouse - where dozens of young people and children are cared for by dedicated staff. Kate met children at the hospice and found at more about the vital work carried out by EACH during conversations with staff and supporters. 

Courtesy of East Anglia's Children's Hospices

During the visit the Duchess gave her first official speech and spoke about the "inspirational work" carried out by EACH:

'What you do is inspirational, it is a shining example of the support and care that is delivered, not just here, but in the children's hospice movement at large, up and down the country. The feelings you inspire - feelings of love and of hope - offer a chance to families to live a life they never thought could be possible'.

Through Kate's work EACH she has become increasingly interested in raising awareness and supporting hospices. One of the most memorable moments of the royal tour last year was seeing the Duchess officially opening Hospis Malaysia and on April 29th (her second wedding anniversary) Kate visited hospice Naomi House in support of Children's Hospice Week.

Sadly hospices are all too often a neglected sector of health care and we hope we can help to raise awareness and support EACH as much as possible. To see a child with a life-threatening illness cared for in a loving environment is truly priceless.

Courtesy of East Anglia's Children's Hospices

How You Can Help

We are always open to new ideas and looking for fellow bloggers, website owners,  Facebook Page owners and enthusiasts to share there ideas. We would love to hear from you with any ideas you may have. Send an email to BabyCambridgeFundraiser@gmail.com and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

A selection of banners and buttons are available for people to put on their websites, blogs and social media pages so please feel free to share them and spread the word. View Banners and Buttons.

I am so proud to be a part of the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser and I'm looking forward to seeing the royal and wider communities coming together to support such a wonderful and vital cause.



I'll be telling you about our first amazing activity on Wednesday. I've also created the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser for all our updates and news. Thank you for reading, I sincerely hope you can be a part of it :)

124 comments:

  1. I like the colour of her coat! But her dress is way too short if you ask me.

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  2. oooh, very pretty outfit! i like it!

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  3. I know we've seen a lot of her recently but she really looks pregnant today! I love it :)

    Her outfit is really gorgeous. And a very happy 2 year anniversary! I'll always remember getting up at 4 am to watch the wedding procession with my momma. Crazy to think that someday we'll be getting up early to watch the wedding of this little one.

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  4. Loved the colour of this outfit but way too short, I think, for an engagement where she would obviously be doing a lot of bending down to talk to the children. I'm not being a prude but one of these days, I fear that there will be pictures splashed all over the wretched Daily Mail - god forbid - of Kate bending over in a too short outfit and you can just imagine the rest. I think Kate has a great figure and legs I would kill for but I really think she needs to bring the hemlines down a few inches just to protect her modesty on public engagements. The second photo of her bending to talk to the lovely little girl in the wheelchair melts my heart on one hand but makes me cringe on the other as to what the view must have been from behind, given her coat has a large vent at the back and it looks like the dress at the back would just about have covered her knickers! Annie, UK

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  5. Kate looks great, but I'm sure the "Hem Police" will be out in force again today. LOL

    I also find Victoria Murphy's tweet amusing. Yes, 14 days is two weeks, but she makes it sound like Kate will be out of sight for *ages*. LOL

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    1. Well, Kate's next scheduled appearance is June 13th. In my mind that is weeks. Or have I missed a pointment?

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    2. Two weeks is ages in my book for Kate. I will be so happy when she and William are full time royals so I can see them every week.

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  6. Hi Charlotte! I love your blog so much. I also really adore Kate, but het hemlines are way too short.

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  7. The fund raiser is wonderful and I'll be donating today! However, I don't understand why Kate has been wearing such short skirts. I have a feeling she is use to wearing very tight clothes so she is making up for it to feel attractive by wearing very short dresses. It's bespoke so no one can use the 'shes just tall excuse'. But nice to see her in a pop of color as well.

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  8. Kate looked lovely today in peach!I love her hair in the softer curls. The color of this dress & coat really brings out her natural beauty. I'm very curious to see who made this dress although I do believe these dresses and coats are getting shorter and shorter! She has legs to die for but shouldn't be that exposed.

    Happy anniversary William and Kate!

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  9. Thank you very much for the quick post! I do very much enjoy reading your blog!
    I absolutely love the colour and cut of the coat! I just think the hemline of her dress underneath a bit too short again. Our Duchess seems to be having a pastel coloured spring and that looks gorgeous with her long dark brown wavy hair. But her hair does indeed look different, don't you all tink? She had quite straight hair in the lost months but lately it has become more wavy again, but also different than the former curls she had. Is she still working with Amanda Cook Tucker?
    Charlotte, I would love a hair tutorial! She occasionly wears such elegant updos (since she is with Mrs Tucker?) and I would love to know how to do them...

    I am very proud of you five bloggers about the BCF! I will donate very soon!

    Love from Germany

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    1. I believe Kate and Pippa were in Richard Ward's salon over the weekend so unsure as to who did Kate's hair today.

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  10. Z. from Portugal29 April 2013 at 15:56

    Wonderful look. Lovely colours and the hair is absolutely fantastic (I love these kind of waves). Everything is perfect!
    Hugs!
    Z.

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  11. Love the coral and peach colors!!!!!she looks flawless like you said Charlotte! Love her hair too! Gosh I'm so buying a dress this color! A very happy wedding anniversary to will and Kate! I still remember watching the wedding at work on my computer :-))) thank you so much chica for this awesome update Monday morning!

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  12. Great Post! Happy Anniversary to the wonderful couple :-) I made my donation to the wonderful cause. Catherine looked great but (and I don't think this to often) I think her dress was a tad to short. The dress was showing to much thigh especially for an event like this. I do like the color on her, she doesn't wear that one to often.
    To bad William couldn't spend the day with his wife.
    On a weird note, I had a dream the other night that William and Harry came to my highschool, I graduated about a decade ago, and I was screaming for Prince Harry and he looked and me and smiled and waved. And then he was talking to me and I had a hard time understanding his accent but I kept gazing into his eyes. The dream was great and I didn't want it to end!

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  13. I love the colour, it makes a nice change and it's lovely for the summer. However, like several others, I am rather saddened to see how short her skirts have been of late: A, she is royal and shouldn't be exposing so much, and B, it just doesn't look elegant or flattering!

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    1. In my opinion it doesn`t matter if she is royal or not. I don`t think that such a short look looks good on anyone. To bad because I love the colours and the overall look.

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  14. This color is phenomenal on her. The coat is lovely but the dress is too short! The picture of her bending over to talk to the child... She has a beautiful figure, but those hemlines need to come down!

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  15. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the fundraiser!

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  16. Theresa, from Paris29 April 2013 at 16:47

    Beautiful color ! Absolutely perfect... Love the shoes and bag and smiles, as well ;)
    But the dress is so short it is ridiculous. It isn't even pretty anymore. When she holds her bag against the bump speaking to a gentleman, the dress is just absurdly short. What must it be when she sits down ?
    I can't understand how such an elegant woman of 31 years old, expecting her first child, can make such a mistake in style at public engagements ? We know she is slim and has beautiful legs. She doesn't need to prove anything. What a pity someone doesn't tell her. A friend ? Her mother ?

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    1. Jane from New England29 April 2013 at 17:28

      Totally agree.

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    3. I quite agree--LOVE the color and style!!! The dress is too short--another 3 inches would have been perfect. I agree with you Theresa (from Paris) that the picture where she is speaking with the gentleman is absurd! My eyes almost popped out when I saw the length of her dress in that picture. You know some pervert will take a picture some day, and then what will she do? Wear pants?

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    4. Beatrix in New York29 April 2013 at 17:59

      I think all the Middletons like short hems.

      Her mother is GREAT for her age. That lady has certainly aged well. I thought she was much younger. Even at almost 60 she likes short skirts, which I kind of find inappropriate and silly at her age.

      Her sister Pippa also loves mini skirts, but in her case... well, she is younger, single and out having a good time and no official royal engagements. I wouldn't expect differently.

      Kate looks lovely. I think she looks healthy, happy, beautiful, but yeah, I think she needs to prove she is still hot. Maybe she feels uncomfortable with a heavier frame :/ The WB function was OK, since it was a more "youthful" thing, but in most cases... she represents the royal family, official engagements, pregnant, and then she bends down much to meet the little ones. I think she should know better. I think short skirts are fine if she is shopping or just on her daily activities, but a bit more formal attire for royal duties. Most of the times, we like to point her out to younger ones (teens) and talk about how classy and proper she is, but then the "mini" kind of comes and slaps you in the face :P

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    5. Lovely colour , nice to c her in lighter colours as she seems to favour greys browns alot. It's not so much the length it's the proportions that look all wrong. Surely her mum could have a word!! I thought her hair looked quite lank today. In not loving this look but such a great cause she's put her name to. I don't understand why she's wearing these lengths in pregnancy when prior to it her lengths were proportionate and elegant. Sam London

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    6. I agree with Theresa too. The coat is beautiful and she looks absolutely lovely. I so envy her looks ! But I simply don't understand her obsession with short skirts. It's as peculiar as her and her family's obsession with tanning, I suppose. It could be a cultural thing - maybe these things are the norm in her social circle and among her friends.
      And before people think that I am 70 years old - I am 33, married and a professional. Age has nothing to do with propriety or elegance. I wear a UK size 8, and have a nice figure if I may say so myself, but I would never imagine wearing such a short dress to work or any formal event!

      There is something about the way that she dresses - it comes VERY close to being sophisticated and really elegant, but just misses the mark. Perhaps it is the small details like this that are the reason.

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    7. I agree with all of you. Great coat, great and new colour for her but the dress is very short - so short that it doesn´t look good anymore. It is not about being young/ old, royal/commoner or pregnant/non pregnant for me, it is just not flattering at all and everytime she bends I´m nervous for her.. Proportions,especially with those nude platform pumps are wierd, sorry. If the hem would have been 1-2 inches longer than a coat, or at least same lenght,but shorter? Defenders should think twice if they are still being objective claiming it is all right if every second opinion concerns this issue....obviously there is something..and has nothing to do with liking Kate, I believe all of us have soft spot for her, that is why we are here, so no need to defend her against "attacks" on her hem lenghts :)
      Anyway she has my respect for the difficult field she chose, it must be hard to face chlidren with such limiting conditions and stay warm and natural and not show the pity one certainly must feel...and she does it more than well so that´s what matters.
      P.S. I´ve been watching the Dutch abdication and Máx looks great in her powder creation (her skirt remindes me Kates pink Jenny Packham gown)..good way how to handel the withdrawal that I already have, spoiled from last week.

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  17. Kate daring it really is fashion to lower hem lines...everyone will still think you beauitful, even more so.
    Happy Anniversary!

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  18. Kate, Texas, USA29 April 2013 at 17:18

    Charlotte, you were mentioned in USA Today again today!!! You are a SUPERSTAR!!!! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Kate can you post the link ?we all want to share in the happiness :)thanks!

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    2. Thank you Kate, it's so lovely to see the fundraiser mentioned most of all :)

      Siddhii - Here's the link :) http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/04/29/duchess-kate-spends-wedding-anniversary-at-kids-hospice/2116401/

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    3. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)29 April 2013 at 20:03

      Yay Charlotte!
      We are all so proud of you; you are amazing!
      Great post (and I think that Kate looked lovely)!
      We will definitely donate to BCF and I am going to spread the word to all of my girlfriends.
      Keep up the good work,
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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    4. Aww thank you so much! I really appreciate all of your support x

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  19. I admire and respect Catherine so much. Her job is a challenging one, being under scrutiny every time she steps out the door, so I try not to be critical of her. However, there have been a few fashion missteps of late. The color of this outfit is beautiful on her and I love the style, but I have to agree on the length. I usually think she looks great in shorter dresses, but the way she holds her hands clasped in front of her creates problems with the length now that her pregnancy is showing. And the wrinkles in that coat. This is the third time lately that her clothes have had this problem. Please, someone call Rebecca English!! :)

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA30 April 2013 at 16:35

      I just don't know what the deal is with the wrinkles! She has always been so impeccably groomed--but lately almost every outfit is wrinkled. Her shoes are as pristine as ever though. She MUST have duplicate pairs of her taupe Sledge pumps. Otherwise, they would surely be showing some wear by now.

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  20. I have to agree with the length of Kate's dress. She can still look current and young with a hemline just touching the top of her knees. Obviously she doesn't have anyone advising her. When someone in her position is out and about almost anything can happen, especially outdoors. I once read that the queen's dresses and coats have small lead weights sewn into the hems to prevent any embarrassing moments. This is where many years of experience are very helpful.

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  21. Children's hospices are so heart breaking. I mean they are doing a wonderful job but it's in a way so sad. I think that if someone hasn't experienced in a first hand it's hard to understand how important it really is. Kate is really doing a good job raising awareness to this cause. The Baby Cambridge Fundraiser also sounds amazing. That certainly is a creation of amazing and beautifull people.

    Oh, and Kate looked great today:)

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  22. Lovely springlike color and outfit but I must agree with so many others, much too short to be flattering. Puts pounds and pounds on her. I was enchanted by her style in the past and ignored remarks about her weight, but I'm beginning to think Kate really is insecure and obsessed with her body. Why else this sudden compulson to show off her legs. Frankly, she has nice legs but they don't show to advantage in a short skirt. A few more inches and Kate would have looked wonderful.

    It's a great cause, though and that's what counts. and I'm delighted to contribute to the charity and proud of you bloggers for organizing it. Thank you, Charlotte. Great work.

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  23. Kate, Texas, USA29 April 2013 at 17:36

    Kate looks absolutely beautiful!!! The color looks amazing on her, so fresh and spring like! Not too many people can wear peach, but she does it perfectly. :) Hair and makeup are lovely. Charlotte, you described her perfectly....flawless. She really does shine and have such a sweet smile. I think her kind heart adds to her natural beauty. I know the children were hugely excited for her visit and I hope they had a wonderful day!

    Charlotte, great job with BCF! You will help make a huge difference in many lives. You and the others who created this should be very proud of yourselves!

    Congratulations on a wonderful two years for William and Kate! I hope they have a happy and relaxing anniversary! Here's to many, many more years to come!!!

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  24. Hi Charlotte. Loved kate's entire look today. The peach coat so suits her colouring. But, I have to agree that its way too short. Kate has the most lovely legs but for such a public engagment she should wear hemlines longer. She def is blooming at the moment. Hope she enjoys hotter time off now. Love this blog.

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  25. I agree with everyone - Ok Kate...lets get some longer dresses!!! She is obviously used to that length of dress, but with a washboard flat stomach the length is more appropriate. I'm surprised with so many around her that someone doesn't speak up. From all angles it looks too short!! And I believe the coats should be lengthened as well - they are not as flattering with her new shape and a slightly longer coat would hang better I believe.

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  26. I think it is interesting that British Vogue "Katepedia" made a point of describing this unusual mid-thigh length favored by the Middleton sisters as a thing of the past, but it's back apparently! Kate looks beautiful as always. Some of the previous shorter skirt lengths have been fine IMHO, however this one is a bit shorter even than those - not sure if it has to do with her pregnancy per se. I still think she looks amazing!

    May (Boston MA)

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  27. Jean from Lancs.29 April 2013 at 18:12

    I thought she looked absolutely beautiful. The colour of her outfit was great.
    She made me smile as soon as she got out of her car--saw it on TV.
    I'm a bit shocked by all the "Hem police". She's 31--not 91 and has great legs, so I see nothing wrong with the length. Maybe that's because I remember the 60s, even wore them short myself.
    Best of all it is the way these children respond to her---they will have lovely memories of a happy day.

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    1. I agree! I think the shorter hemlines provide needed balance to her figure while pregnant. Since she appears to prefer her dresses and silhouettes loose right now, I feel she might come across looking like she's wearing a tent if she didn't wear dresses cut a little higher than normal.

      She's young and gorgeous, and has tasteful, appropriate style. Knee-length might have been the standard a few decades ago, but it's 2013!

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  28. Nice color - but oh my - another way too short dress. The photo of her holding her clutch under her 'bump' pulls the dress up even more. I like the back of the coat a lot. Hard to tell if the dress is a buff or a light peach with all the reflection coming off the camera flashes and the 'read' of the coral coat. One thing we know with all her legs showing is he is not retaining water in her legs (yet)!

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  29. I think Kate looks lovely as always & full of health and joy in her pregnancy. I am delighted by BCF. When there is so much bad news & bad "stuff" on the Internet, it's a beautiful thing to see these blogs coming together for such a positive cause. Well done!

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  30. Agreed -too short as (what seems to be unfortunately) usual. And lately have I missed stockings (maternity pantyhose)? With her hair partly up (so all those who have waited for hours to see her could do so) and a longer skirt length she could be so elegant and a great role model. But I also note so may of the BBBs (blue blood blonds) that run in that circle dress in similar ways (too short, too low-cut, etc) -perhaps that's a strong influence in her choices? Her mother is usually dressed so nicely, and I'm sure would say or has said something.

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  31. Pauline Oak HIlls29 April 2013 at 19:14

    Anotehr great post Ms. Charlotte. I love the color and the dress. It is not to short. She is young and has the figure & legs to wear her dresses short. I am sure if it would offend the Queen the duchess would not ear her clothes that short. And I am sure William would have told her to watch the lengthof her dresses. But we are all entitled to our opinions and I respect everyones.

    Thank you and the other bloggers for taking the time out of all your busy days to put together the Baby Cambrige Fundraisers. Now if everyone on these facebook pages and that read the blogs donate $1 then we will raise the money they are shoting for. I hope everyone get's on board and helps out.

    Happy Anniversary to this loving & beautiful couple. I hope the Duchess is on her way to Anglesey (after her engagement) to spend the day with her Prince. Maybe seh will cook him a great dinner.



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    1. Year one was paper..she did fish in paper.
      What Is year two?

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills30 April 2013 at 00:52

      Cotton

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  32. The length of the dress makes what could have been the most beautiful outfit into a total miss for me. I don't know how she is comfortable bending over in front of all those people with a dress that short! She needs someone to step in at this point and advise her that the lengths of these engagement outfits are really not appropriate! I'm usually not a member of the hem police, but I wouldn't wear a dress this short in a professional setting and I am younger than Kate.

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    1. Well said I could not agree more and for a royal lady/future queen the hems are way to short. Off duty fine on duty no, especially with baby bump pulling the hems even higher!

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    2. Agree 100%. This dress is way too short. This is the Duchess's work! I am sure that hemline falls considerably short of what is considered acceptable dress code in most organisations. I wonder also why she never wears pants. They can look so elegant. On another note, I can't wait to see the style at the Dutch inauguration this week. I think Maxima always looks super stylish as do her Scandanavian counterparts (and dare I say it, not a short skirt in sight!!!).

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    3. @ Mrs D:

      I disagree about there not being a "short skirt in sight". Victoria, for example, has worn some very short dresses (even during her pregnancy).

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    4. Yes, too short again. It's nothing to do with youth or having great legs and a long torso to balance. She is a working Royal lady, and it's not elegant or practical. Part of her job is to look the role she plays in public. Nothing to do with how charming and gracious she seems, but lately Effortlessly Elegant Kate seems to be on maternity leave as to fashion choices. Love the coat, love the peach shade on her, but just not happy with those hemlines.

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  33. Happy anniversary to Wills and Kate! I hope they will be able to find a moment to be together today.
    Brilliant idea you had with your friends Charlotte concerning the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser!
    Hugs,

    Monica

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  34. Hello,

    Thank you for all your hard work with this blog. Although I never comment I stop by often for updates. As of late I have to say that I am really surprised with the reaction people have to her hem line. Not really sure what the problem is?? She is a young fashionable mother-to-be. Why shouldnt she wear it short? Is it not "motherly-like" enough, not "royal-like" enough?
    Get a grip people, she is young, hip, fashion forward and just bc you are pregnant does not in anyway mean you need to cover up. Give the girl a bloody break already, acorrding to half of you she can never get it right. Id liek to see you pull it off and make everyone happy. Leave the lady alone, pick up a few fashion magazines so you are up to date, get over the hem line and move on. Dont worry, Baby Cambridge will be no less of a King or Queen bc Mother Cambridge choose to wear a short skirt. Sheesh!

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    1. I agree! I would say that a lot of women Kate's age wear similar hem lines, without even thinking twice. I would guess that many people who post here even have hem lines that are similar to what Kate wears, but just don't realize because there aren't hundreds of pictures showing it.

      Many schools and work places that have dress codes will mandate a hem that is no less than a couple inches above the knee cap, which, frankly is what most of Kate's hems fall to. It's not a mini skirt. MIni skirts are typically the length of one's fingertips when the arms are straight down to the sides! Kate's hems are quite a bit longer than that.

      I think her hems look short because her legs are long and she is taller than the typical off the rack dress is designed for. And the bump will naturally raise the hem in front if the dress is not cut for maternity wear. People praise Kate for being "frugal" and buying off the rack, but many dresses are not cut to the length that is deemed "royally appropriate." Yes she can have them tailored, and probably does, but many dresses don't have the fabric in the hem to lower the dress several inches. You might be able to get another inch, if the hem was wide to begin with, but most garments don't have an inch wide hem.

      Frankly I think that Kate looks appropriate and pretty well covered. It's not like her tatas are hanging out, or we are getting flashed. She tends to pick one aspect of her body to show and keep it to that. I kind of think that she's in a situation where she's darned if she does and darned if she doesn't.

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills30 April 2013 at 00:52

      @Anonymous 20:26 & 22:38- I totally agree with you both. Some here think just becuase the Duchess is pregnant she should wear grandma dress length. Sorry she is a totally beautiful woman with a great body even beign pregnant with long legs. The short dresses are in style.

      And like Anonymous 20:26 says give the girl a break.

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    3. No one has EVER suggested she needed to wear "grandma length" dresses. That is such a straw man argument. I'm really surprised that people want to ban criticism of the Duchess's hemlines under the guise of "giving the Duchess a break." Seriously, she is a 31-year-old professional who has now had TWO YEARS of experience as a royal. No one is expecting her to be perfect, but she will NEVER improve if she doesn't learn from her mistakes. Consistently wearing dresses to work events that are 5-6 inches above her knees = mistake. I don't care what she wears on her downtime - she can walk around in her underwear for all I care. However, as a 26-year-old lawyer, I'm honestly shocked by what the duchess wears to her work functions. Even in more "liberal" cities like San Francisco, where I work, female professionals (lawyers, bankers, teachers, etc) would never dream of wearing skirts that short to work. All of my skirt suits and dresses hit at my knee or a little bit higher. It's not a question of her being "royal" or an appropriate age/shape to wear the hemlines she does, it's a question of professionalism.

      Women in my age group are always reminded to dress in a way that doesn't distract from the work we're trying to do. Therefore, I dislike the fact that her hemlines have seriously distracted attention from the work she's doing. If she dropped the hemlines to a more work-appropriate length, perhaps there would be more focus on her charitable work as opposed to the comments being dominated by the "hemline debate."

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    4. I understand professionalism, and needing to look the part. I would have to respectfully disagree that her dress is 5 or 6 inches above her knee. In face on pictures that are taken not at weird angles, it looks like her hem is about 2 or 3 inches above her knee. Pictures taken from below will always distort perceptions and make the dress look shorter. For an example of a "mini" skirt that is way to short, I would refer to the black sequin dress Kate wore out to a club several years ago...

      I don't know if I would call her wardrobe and sartorial choices a "mistake" though. People reading blogs about Kate's fashion may consider her hems to be faux pas, but I highly doubt that the charities that she is working with say, "gee, wouldn't it be nice if the Duchess wore something more appropriate?" I haven't seen anyone in the pictures posted of her working look embarrassed by her dresses, and I'm sure they love having her draw attention to their causes, short hem line or no.

      Also, if the Queen believed Kate's hems were too short, wouldn't she direct her to wear something different? If Kate is using one of the queen's seamstresses, I would think that her selections would have to be approved.

      I think she is a stylish, appropriate, beautiful young lady who dresses her age. Just my 2 cents! I love reading everyone's opinions and posts and thanks to Charlotte for keeping us updated!

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    5. The only people who DON"T have a problem with her hemlines must not know or remember what it is like to work in a professional setting.

      There are beautiful young women everywhere who have great legs. If women flaunt their legs because they have good ones do you think that it would make for a great working environment anywhere in the world?
      What if your professor came to class with a skirt that length? How many young students, male or female would actually be focussing on the lecture?
      What if your child had a serious illness and a doctor with great legs and a skirt 6 inches above her knee came in to treat your child? Would you really think it would be appropriate for her to be flaunting her LEGS in the face of your anxiety and worry?
      I could go on and on.

      As a 33 year old professional I would not even WANT to flaunt my legs. People work with me for my brain - I don't WANT them to think of me in any other way , and definitely not sexually. Does Kate want the world to see her sexually? Because that is the only reason people flaunt their body, you know.

      It's only the women who have either never worked, or have worked decades ago and don't remember what it is like to work in a setting with men around you, or are desperate to defend her no matter what, would actually have NO problem with this skirt length. These justifications are completely irrational.

      Yes we all like Kate and we all think that she is gorgeous. That does not make her a saint.

      There was one person who said that she is obsessed over her body - her weight fluctuation and now this rather inappropriate flaunting of her legs and other assets suggest that there is some merit to that speculation. I do think that something is off with her, intellectually and emotionally, for her to be going to such extreme lengths to flaunt her body. It's not normal for a happy 31 year old unless she is a trashy celebrity who is happy to sell her body for money. What with her moving in with her parents before the birth and staying there for SIX weeks after the birth, one cannot help but ignore what it says about her emotional state or the culture she comes from.

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    6. Jean from Lancs.30 April 2013 at 17:55

      What lawyers; bankers and teachers wear is totally different from what members of the Royal family wear. I don't know about the U.S. but in the UK lawyers and bankers would probably be wearing dark clothes which loudly proclaim their profession---teachers seem to wear what they like.
      Princesses are supposed to look pretty-especially when visiting children who have painful lives.
      Before you decide how Catherine should dress, look at the children's faces and then say whether or not she gets it right.

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    7. Her peach coat was at least 4-6 inches above her knee. And I doubt that the queen knows or cares about what Kate is wearing. Contrary to what you believe I don't think that she monitors her. She is 87 years old and probably has much bigger fish to fry than monitoring what younger royals are doing.

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    8. Wow. Really? The ONLY people who defend Kate's hemline could not possibly have experience or remember what it's like to be in a professional setting? I was one of the anonymous posters above who really doesn't see too much of a problem with her dress, and decided to come out of anonymity.

      I DO happen a professional. I am a Behavior Therapist with advanced education and training and I am currently employed for a school district. I have worked in various settings since it was legal for me to hold a job. I work with men and women and children on a daily basis.

      I don't believe that dressing stylishly and femininely negates my brain power or intelligence in my fellow employees' (and supervisor's) eyes, nor does it necessarily mean that I am only seen as a sexual creature. I am a woman, with womanly assets. I do not dress like a man, nor do I try to hide the fact that I have figure. That does not discount my contributions in the work place, nor does it distract others from their work. I don't dress inappropriately, and I am careful to follow my work place's dress code. This outfit that Kate is wearing would be completely acceptable at my workplace, and I have seen my own supervisors wearing similar styles.

      I understand that many believe that Kate needs to have longer hems. She does walk a fine line with the length. I don't think there would be anything wrong with her having longer hems. I think she would look just as pretty with a few inches added. However, in general when I see Kate's outfits, I think "wow what a pretty young woman" not "what a trashy sex-pot."

      I don't think Kate is a saint. She is human and does and will make mistakes like the rest of us. I just don't think that her hem length, whether long or short, makes any marked difference in the worth of her charity work or her contributions to society. I don't think I am being irrational, or that my justifications are ridiculous. I am just trying to present another side to the great hem debate. :-)

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    9. I disagree. I'm a female attorney in my early thirties who has worked in a corporate, professional setting for years and I think it is a wonderful aspect of being a woman to be strong and proud of and in your femininity. A beautiful woman is still beautiful whether she wears a knee-length skirt or a short skirt, but how she presents herself is much more important. Her personal conduct will be the final tale of whether she succeeds in a professional setting much, much more than her clothes ever could.

      When I was doing my undergraduate work in a very conservative, private university, I remember being concerned with my skirt length, but now I am a decade older and I realize that it is perfectly acceptable (and much smarter) to be aware of and confident in being female and feminine. I am from the U.S., but I understand that the French have it right. Their corporate culture allows (and I daresay) expects women to present themselves the way they are naturally, that is, confident in their gender-based qualities.

      For a woman to gain a "respectable, professional" status, she should not need to dress in a standardized way, reminiscent of social mores from several decades ago. In essence, feminism today should mean that women have a right to be fully feminine! To say otherwise, in my mind, is constraining women to unnecessary and dated standards of behavior and dress.

      Duchess Catherine performs her responsibilities with incredible poise and grace. Her clothing choices and her entire way of presenting herself reflects this poise beautifully. She seems to have a genuinely kind heart, and I think she is a lovely role model (including sartorially) for any woman, pregnant or otherwise.

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    10. I think it's rather unfair to make assumptions about people who defend Kate's hemlines. With all due respect, how can you make assumptions about people's age or work experience? I don't believe that Kate wants or needs to "flaunt" anything. Besides, that's a somewhat amusing accusation given that so many of her critics have condemned her for dressing "too old" for her age.

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    11. Pauline Oak Hills1 May 2013 at 02:01

      @Lauren- Very well stated. I work in the legal field and I would wear the dress our Duchess wore the other day. Her hemlines are that of a professional working woman. And when I was growing up these hemlines were in and they still are.

      @royalfan- I agree with you too that the Duchess does not have to flaunt anything. I beleive the reason her hemlines are shorter then usual is because she is buying off the rack and they are not made for pregnant ladies.

      When all said and done the duchess looks beautiful & stunning in whatever she wears.

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    12. I find it amusing some of the older readers who indicate they would wear the dress she has on. I think the issue is to be taken seriously professionally. I think for any age wearing a shorter skirt sends a message and given women want to be take seriously professionally while the dress may look good on them they would opt for a more professional

      In any profession there are a range of settings we dress for. In the legal profession, if you do office work in your office and are not seeing clients you dress one way, casual friday another way, court and arbitration hearing a more professional formal way. Her length is fine for a private meeting but for a more formal occasion it is not a wise selection. We all see how Dutchess of Your is now viewed as she is in her 50s and still dressing in the younger shorter hem mode. Hopefully Kate works on her self image and she does not become old dressing to be young.

      We have all seen the woman in the short skirt eyed by the men and the disapproval of the women she works with who see it as using her looks to get ahead. It may not be right but it is reality.

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    13. Always love your remarks, Pauline but can't agree with you here. I worked for years as a lawyer in California, including in the court system and I would never have dreamed of wearing a skirt as short as Kate's. Someone would have mentioned it if I had. (Men were also held to professional standards.)

      Since I worked in a warm climate in San Jose, pastel colors were fine but skirts were expected to at least touch the top of the knee. Noticed a San Francisco attorney said the same thing. Maybe it's a southern versus northern California standard.

      Kate's outfit was lovely in color and cut but the length wasn't professional looking. It also was extremely unflattering to her, particularly with her purse cupped against her body. It's an excellent cause and I'm sure Kate's charities would be delighted if she visited in blue jeans but she is a professional woman and when on duty, regardless of her age and legs, should dress as such.

      A royal woman doesn't have to dress like a barrister but she should hold to general professional standards. She's not a celebrity ot fashion model. With the possible exception of Victoria of Sweden, all the other royal ladies do keep there skirts a reasonable length and look fabulous.

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    14. Lauren

      Women have a right to be feminine. But what is feminity? Exposing one's legs? Well, the flip side is that men also have a right to be masculine. What is masculinity? Exposing one's chest?

      It is all fine and dandy to turn this into a feminist debate, and to point out that we live in a post-feminist world. I am as abreast of my Germaine Greer or Gloria Steinem as anybody else, but I am also a realist.

      The professional world has to run by certain standards and dressing slightly conservatively is one of them. That does not mean that you squelch your individuality - I don't do that either. I dress very very nicely - I spend time, money and energy on my clothes. I express myself through my clothes and trust me they are 'feminine'.
      Individuality is expressed through the cut of your clothes, the accessories, the color and the length. And I am not saying that one needs to suppress it.
      But overall I think that we all agree that in a professional setting it is more productive to keep the focus of your presence on your work and not on your clothes or legs or other assets. It is generally more comfortable and pleasant for everyone when a woman is not aware of men staring down a shirt or exposed male hairy chests in front of her, and when men are not aware of mounds and mounds of flesh dangling in front of them.

      And since you mentioned French women, have you actually worked in France? On an average they dress far more conservatively yet stylishly than an average woman in the US. They don't expose legs or breasts. They don't have to. There is something called "allure" and it comes from the whole motto of "less is more". Something Ducchess Kate seems to have missed the memo on.

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  35. Did anyone watch the video? I love it when the little girl in the pool asks Kate if she'd like to come in, lol.

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  36. I love this color on her and I like the cut of the coat. Perfect IMO.

    And how lovely to see all the enthusiastic expressions on people's faces when they meet her.

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  37. I echo the comments today about the lovely colour but the outfit is way too short. We all know she has nice legs but at a public engagement there is a level of decorum that is expected. The fashion is to be on or just below the knee isn't it? I can't believe having bespoke items that it can be so wrong - what are the designers thinking???

    I also think her hair looks heavy with product or something today - not a great look.

    I think we'll notice a big growth spurt in the bump next time we see her...not long to go now...

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  38. Call me crazy but I don't believe that Kate is wearing any hosiery. Wasn't she famous for the super sheer nude hose? I know, I know, it's difficult with her growing bump. Anyone else notice this as well?

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  39. Robin Indiana USA
    I think the Duchess looks stunning in peach. I love her hair with all light curls. I am fine with her hem line again if their was a problem the Queen or William would of said something to her. I can't believe it has been two years already. I remember watching in my jammies at 4 am and being so excited for them after the kiss I crashed! Happy second Anniversary William and Kate may you have many more. Charlotte wonderful idea fora fundrafundraiser. Looking over the ininformation to see how I can give. Take care everyone lots of love Robin

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  40. Hello Charlotte,
    Thank you for another great post. What make your blog different from any other royal blogs is not the speed but also the quality of the blog's contents. You don't write only on what she is wearing but also comment on her work, her charity and how important they are, and now with the fundraising. Bravo!! Keep up the good work! I would be delighted to participate too.

    As for today's look, I do agree with many comments above. I think Kate has been dressed more colourful and youthful lately. And I really like her in pastel and brighter colour. I personally think they are joyful and spring-like. IMO, this peach coat has been the best colour from all her maternity collections so far. Saying this, I don't mean that she looks worse in neutral ones. They are also very classy. As we all know, she looks good in almost everything.

    However, I think this look would be much better with a few inches longer. It's way too short, especially when she bend to talk with children or put her hand over the bump. She has great figures, eventhough she's pregnant and I would die to have her legs. But I don't think this length is proper for official engagements as a Royal. It's okay with more casual events. I don't know that the shorter hemlines is related to her changing figures or not. But someone should really advise her to wear it a little bit longer.

    Apart from that, Happy Anniversary to Will and Kate!! I wish they could have a quiet celebration together tonight. Time flies. It seems like yesterday when I watched her wedding online while I was in a lecture. Now she is going to be a mother in less than three months.

    xx

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  41. Elizabeth in Colorado29 April 2013 at 22:23

    The reaction of one of the children in the pool should be enough to get loads of people to donate. I loved how he swam over to greet Catherine, and I think he even asked if she could get in. Darling! Ollie and his song are so sweet also. Best of luck with the fundraiser, Charlotte, to you and your fellow bloggers.

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    1. Elizabeth in Colorado30 April 2013 at 00:32

      Oops, I've watched it again, and I think it's a little girl.

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  42. Charlotte, I want to commend you and the other bloggers who have started this fundraiser! You already do so much work here for the background research and speedy posts, but you have gone above and beyond by using the opportunity of internet-fame to do something positive for such a great cause. Bravo!!

    On an unrelated note, I see so many comments here and elsewhere on the length of Kate's skirts recently. We know she takes great care into choosing her outfits, so I doubt she is unaware of it nor being crass. Considering she's never really had a hemline problem before, I can only imagine she has a well thought-out reason for this new trend in her outfits. Even if I can't guess it!

    And lastly, happy anniversary to the Cambridges! They look just as happy and in love two years later. My mom always tells me about taking a sick day to watch Charles and Diana's wedding (she claims she was really sick- sure!). I woke up in the wee hours of my last day ever of college to watch Will and Kate's wedding with my roommates. I was tired the rest of the day, but I loved every minute. If only I have a daughter who will carry on the tradition when it is Baby Cambridge's turn!

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  43. I love the Duchess, and think she looks beautiful all the time but I am not a fan of all the coats with dresses underneath. I think this look, while nice, is boring and way too mature for her young age. I wish she would wear more current designer dresses like the Erdem she wore recently. Plus, she almost never takes her coats off to show off the dress underneath. I just think she could dress a little more on trend for her age, but still appropriate. I also think the hem of her dresses is wrong - it's not that its too short - but it's just a strange length and does not photograph well. Just my opinion :)

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  44. Sarah from Calif.30 April 2013 at 00:26


    Catherine looks beautiful. ! Can't wait to have more time to read. :)
    Just found out my dear friend has Pancreatic Cancer. :(
    Thank God and many people like Kate who support these Hospices. :)
    Charlotte what a noble adventure with fellow bloggers BCF, count me in.
    Happy Anniversary William and Kate!
    Hugs to all !

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    1. Oh Sarah I'm so sorry to hear that. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your friend x

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA30 April 2013 at 03:33

      Sarah, I am so sorry for your sad news. Lifting you and your friend up in prayer. Lots of love to you and yours.

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    3. Ana B. from Brazil30 April 2013 at 03:41

      Dear Sarah! Sending my deepest thoughts and prayers on your way right now. Hugs!

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    4. Jean from Lancs.30 April 2013 at 10:02

      Sarah,
      So sorry to hear about your friend. You are both in my thoughts and prayers

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    5. Pauline Oak HIlls30 April 2013 at 15:21

      Sarah
      So sorry to hear about your friend. May you find the streght to help carry her through this terrible time. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Be strong.

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    6. Sarah from Calif.30 April 2013 at 22:43

      Charlotte , and Ladies thank you for your kind words. :) sending California sunshine your way.

      Im hoping I put this is the right spot.

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    7. I so sympathize with you, Sarah! Prayers for peace & comfort. <3

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    8. My closest friend has very serious cancer too. It is the hardest thing in the world. You have my complete sympathy.

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  45. I couldn't beleive when i saw catherine in such a fabulous colour coat. I bet the kids wre very happy to see her, sure brightened the day, Happy anniversary Will and Kate, may you have many many more,

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  46. I had a heavy heart today because my beloved grand mother just passed away in the battle of pacratic cancer well i came home early because my mom is craking over the phone and she your grandma past away i drove the my car as fast can switching gear
    I love the duchess choice of dress and coat she suit her pregancy well i hope that she and william will have a boy i support your cause in fact my family donate in our cause to support the duchess cause im have to go to talk to my family to about the burial rights

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    1. Bluefire - I'm so very sorry to hear that x

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    2. Sarah from Calif30 April 2013 at 13:52

      Bluefire I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandma. Sending you and your mom a huge hug.

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    3. So very sorry, Bluefire. My <3 goes out to you.

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    4. So sorry to hear this. It's terribly hard to lose family members. Love and sympathy to you.

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  47. Sarah from Calif.30 April 2013 at 03:33



    Thank you Charlotte. I so appreciate that

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  48. Kate, Texas, USA30 April 2013 at 03:38

    Charlotte, you mentioned this is Kate's last appearance for a few weeks. Could it be they are closing up shop in Anglesey for good? Maybe they will take another vacation before Kate will have to halt traveling? Any word on William's plans with the RAF? I know several have reported he turned in is resignation. Wondering what the latest news is. :)

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    1. I do suspect William is leaving the RAF, it seems to be generally thought it's time for him to increase royal duties and perhaps take on a larger role within the royal family. I'm sure we'll see Kate towards late May and throughout early June :)

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  49. Ana B. from Brazil30 April 2013 at 03:51

    Hello!
    Peach is such a beautiful color for the Duchess! Really matches her skintone! I guess I've never seen Catherine wearing this lovely shade... Have you? Her hairstyle is pretty. but her hair is looking a bit dry today, I think.
    I love the way she interacts with children, shows she really cares about what she is doing, the cause she is supporting so beautifully.
    I couldn't care less about her hemline again, once I think she is decent and poised.
    Well, I guess we will be having a quiet period once she doesn't have anything scheduled until June!
    Charlotte, good job, as always :) And a huge thank you!
    Hugs :)

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  50. I love the outfit and the colour!! Gorgeous! Hey if I had legs that good when I was pregnant I'd show them off too ! ;-)

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  51. I love the outfit and the colour!! Gorgeous! Hey if I had legs that good when I was pregnant I'd show them off too ! ;-)

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  52. This is way off topic, but thinking back to the big day two years ago, I wonder if Kate has worn those beautiful earrings since. If so, when, and if not, why not. I know you cannot answer the last with authority, but does anyone have any ideas? They were gorgeous!

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    1. Elizabeth in Colorado30 April 2013 at 15:18

      I've wondered that too. I just assumed they were still on display with the dress. They are lovely.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA30 April 2013 at 16:55

      JGH, I'm so glad you mentioned the wedding earrings! They were so beautiful and such a special gift from her parents with the acorn motif of the newly created Middleton family crest. What a shame for Kate not to enjoy wearing them again and again! I have wondered if they have been archived as part of the wedding dress ensemble perhaps. Does anyone know?

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    3. I would expect they've been put away and will be worn at another grand occasion to equal the wedding. Not to sound morbid but perhaps when Charles is crowned king or some other such momentous event.

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    4. Jean from Lancs.1 May 2013 at 13:19

      Perhaps she will wear them when next she wears the scroll tiara again. I know the earrings reflected her family Coat of Arms, but they seemed to match the tiara too.

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  53. Jenna from Germany30 April 2013 at 11:42

    BFC mentioned in an article from The Express!


    http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/395806/Why-Kate-blushed-like-a-new-bride?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daily-express-royal-news+%28Daily+Express+%3A%3A+Royal+Feed%29

    Such a wonderful idea to support a worthy cause, I will make a donation this afternoon!

    Best wishes!

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    1. Oh wow thank you Jenna, I'll share it with the team now :)

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    2. Jean from Lancs.30 April 2013 at 17:57

      Charlotte,
      I looked in at another blog which covers all the European Princesses and a reference is given on that to the BCF

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    3. Oh wonderful thank you! The fundraiser has received some great coverage in the press. It's wonderful to see so many getting behind it.

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  54. Thanks charlotte for to kind appericate it okay to if a tweet the #bcf over twitter for many donation i have many followers in philippnes im in canada but my friends in philppnes are asking me how to support the cause

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  55. InStyle just put up a "129 best looks" for our Duchess

    http://news.instyle.com/photo-gallery/?postgallery=92122&pageNum=1

    Let me tell you--looking through those photos, you can DEFINITELY tell most dresses got shorter around the time of her pregnancy annoucement. I am not part of the 'hem police', but as a professional and a young woman, I find the short length a bit sad, especially in a professional capacity. If you are out having dinner or on your own time--wear whatever you want!

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  56. Love the dress, love the color, but what on EARTH is she thinking with those hemlines??? The woman has access to the best couturiers and the best tailors in the WORLD, not to mention the UK. The hemline of today's outfit was almost embarrassingly short and, as someone else has already mentioned, bordering on unprofessional. If she can afford $10K, $15K bespoke couture gowns, she can certainly afford to have a tailor fix the hemlines on these off-the-rack pieces. If they're being made for her then there's absolutely no excuse for these hemlines. It just detracts from the whole outfit and draws the eye away from what, otherwise, would be an absolutely perfect and appropriate and very classic and pretty outfit.

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  57. I can't help wondering how Kate deals with some very sick, even dying, children while pregnant with her own first. She has to be a normal pregnant woman and worry about the health of her own baby at least once in a while. How does she keep a positive attitude about her own baby's health while seeing and advocating for children who are very sick and dying? I don't think she gets enough credit for this. Eve from Colorado.

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  58. CJ from Minneapolis1 May 2013 at 04:42

    I received the Polka Dot Skater dress from Nordstrom in the mail this evening. It is actually a light cream (not white) and black dot dress. I am 5'7 and this dress comes about 6 inches above my knees. Its going back... I wanted it for work because it seemed easy to accessorize and washable since I travel a lot. It is too short for me. I go to all sorts of events and meetings around the world and this dress wouldn't work. I would be constantly on my guard avoiding a fashion malfunction... I think lengths are important in professional situations.

    I was thinking who this independent dress designer was - perhaps it is Carole? My mother used to make me really nice dresses when I was in college and she worked full time. I wonder if Carole sews? Just a thought...

    Today the investure of the new King and Queen in the Netherlands was really exciting - Máxima looked lovely as did the young Princesses. It made me think about all these ladies - Máxima, Leticia, Mary, Mette-Marit, Misako, Salma, Charlene and Kate - all started out going to college and working and somewhere along the way, they met a prince... They seem to have found their footing in the world of the royal families. And, Prince Daniel is doing nicely as well... I think Misako's issues have to do with her not having a son...

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  59. Oh heavens, her skirt length is just fine. If you want to see short look at the 60s.

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  60. Thanks again, Charlotte (and your fellow bloggers) for uniting your followers behind such a wonderful cause. I was happy to make a donation to BCF, and pray for all the children and their families. <3

    Julie

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    1. Thank you for your donation and your lovely message on the Just Giving page. I was so touched! Thank you for all your lovely words and comments Julie x

      I am officially the luckiest blogger to have so many wonderful readers!

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  61. Kate looks gorgeous, except the dress is a tad short! Especially with the heels. I wonder how comfortable she is feeling now her bump is getting quite large.
    I live the fourth pic of her as you can see her belly button has popped out now too. Very cute!

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  62. Spent the weekend doing spring/summer clothes shopping. No surprise, there were quite a few young obviously pregnant women shopping too. About 25% wore slacks/jeans/trousers with some type of running shoe. The remainder wore dresses or skirts and wore heels: some "kitten" heels, some wedges and some 3" or more high. All of the skirts were above the knee. Those blessed with great shapely legs had shorter hemlines. HOWEVER, the hemlines were even all around. The hemlines weren't shorter in the front because of their bump. The weather was warm but the fabric wasn't lightweight & fly-away. Their was some weight to the skirted styles and the hemline. I think what is bothersome about the duchess' outfits is that history shows her skirts have blown up & away in the past. Also, she doesn't stoop low any longer to get to eye level with children. She bends over leaving opportunity for an errant gust of wind to shift her skirt and embarass not only her but the onlookers. I think this is the underlying feeling about the "too short" dresses issue. However, she could wear a slip under the dress thus muting the flying/bending over skirt issue and continue to wear her non-maternity dresses as she likes to do. I have found that people who make me uncomfortable more that once by their dress or inattention to prevention of embarassing situations like a fly-up skirt or too low neckline simply don't care that they make others uncomfortable. How sad that they didn't learn their manners/ettiquette and its purpose. Kate devalues herself in the eyes of those that wish her well. It makes her look dumber than she may be. I certainly wouldn't want to meet her and find the lasting memory is what color her knickers were. She shouldn't dress in a way that makes her hosts, guests and onlookers uncomfortable about the whims of weather or the hemline atop legs while sitting. A woman of her age and experience should know that.

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  63. DOC's dress that she wore with the Tara Jarmon coat looks awfully like the Alexander McQueen crepe dress in blush (on the selfridges website)...

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