Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The Duchess in Pale Blue Emilia Wickstead For Art Room Reception

Kate continued a busy week of engagements this evening by attending a reception at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the work of her patronage The Art Room.


The Art Room works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. The reception marked the organisation's 11th anniversary and the launch of the Pledge For the Future Appeal.


Kate looked very happy as she greeted people upon arrival. Over several hundred people and fifty members of the media turned up to the event.


The National Portrait Gallery is also one of Kate's patronages and it must have been very exciting for the children who have availed of programmes at one of the charity's dedicated art rooms to see such exquisite art for themselves.


The gallery is a wonderful place to visit, housing an incredible collection of portraits, including Paul Emsley's  controversial first official painted portrait of the Duchess. Perhaps the children will be inspired to emulate some of the pieces they see at their next art class.

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Kate talked with children who have benefited from The Art Room and professionals who work with the youngsters.

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More from the Mirror's story:

'Tiertha, 15 from Regent's School in Camden said "I have a picture of Kate on my bedroom wall in her wedding dress. I told her and she said 'wow' and she asked if William was in it as well and I said 'yes' and she said 'good'. 

As a history of art graduate and a keen photographer Kate is hugely passionate about the arts and the positive impact it can have.

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No doubt Kate was impressed to see William and Harry's painting

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Many of the children who go to The Art Room are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn, and all have been identified as needing special time away from their classrooms. The results have proven that in a caring and creative environment the most challenging children can 'learn to achieve through art'. Whilst researching for the post I was lucky enough to see some of the children's work on the Facebook Page and I must say they are hugely talented; this talent should be nurtured and will be thanks to The Art Room.

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The artistic students also made this beautiful painted box and fruit bowl.

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The Duchess made a short speech and said she is a "firm believe in the the power of art to make a difference and The Art Room makes this on a daily basis".

'We all stand here tonight to celebrate this wonderful work. I hope that you will join me in congratulating The Art Room and their supporters on these extraordinary achievements.
 As patron of The Art Room, I feel immense pride to see the amazing work that they are doing but I also feel hugely excited to look to a future with more Art Rooms, where many more challenging and vulnerable children will be helped'.

If you wish to view the speech, you can do so by clicking here. The Duchess stayed for just over an hour before leaving.


Kate chose a sleeveless pale blue dress by Emilia Wickstead for the reception. The empire line frock is very much a 1960s inspired piece and I think it's the most beautiful maternity wear garment the Duchess has worn thus far, it's a custom made piece and the colour is simply darling. Kate is almost seven months pregnant now and I expect we'll see more simple and elegant pieces like this in the coming months. The exact piece is not available to buy but if you're a fan of Wickstead's designs a number of her pieces are available at Matches.


The Duchess wore her grey suede Rupert Sanderson 'Malone' pumps.


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A look at Kate's dazzling diamond drop earrings.

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I loved Kate's hair tonight. She wore it half up and from the photo below you can see how long it's getting.



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Earlier this evening it was revealed that the photographer who took the topless photos of Kate in France and the publisher of Closer Magazine have been charged. The royal family have dealt with media intrusion all their lives and know how to pick their battles. By pursuing this William is making it abundantly clear it is absolutely unacceptable and he isn't going to allow a repeat of what happened to his mother. I commend his tenacity on the matter and hope the couple aren't dragged through such an incident ever again.

More on this from Sky's royal reporter Paul Harrison:

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On Friday Kate will join William and Harry for a trip to Warner Bros. Studios in Hertfordshire. I'm looking forward to seeing the royal trio together!

122 comments:

  1. Thx
    She looks absoluetly lovely I love dress and hair. Without lines under her eyes she would look much better.

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    1. Elizabeth G. (USA)25 April 2013 at 06:59

      Oh come on now....She is an extremely beautiful woman and so what if she has lines under her eyes? She is pregnant and probably tired, and also Catherine has always had a tendency to have lines and a bit of puffiness to her eyes. Big deal! She is still beautiful. Women have a hard enough time as it is trying to fit a perfect ideal of beauty, let's not make it worse on one another.

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills25 April 2013 at 15:37

      @Elizabeth- I think people just has to find something wrong with the beautiful Duchess. Let's face it she has had a very busy schedule lately and being pregnant just add's to it. I am sure she is tired.

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  2. This dress reminds me a lot of a dress that Jackie Kennedy ("Jackie O") one of our First Ladies, wore! My first thought was, "That's so Jackie!" haha. I found a picture of the dress...it's not exact, but it's definitely a very similar style: http://www.oldindianphotos.in/2012/11/US-first-Lady-Jacqueline-Kennedy-during-visit-to-India-March-1962.html

    Two classic ladies, both style icons, and treasured by those in their own countries, as well as those from afar.

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    1. You are right, great observation!

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    2. I thought exactly the same thing. Very well put, Mademoiselle Michael.

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    3. OMG, yes! Just goes to prove that "classic" is truly timeless.

      Kate looked terrific and it was nice to see her walk past William and Harry's portrait. Kudos to that artist.

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  3. Love the hair, and the colour of the dress and think that Catherine looks beautiful. I even quite like the style. But the material is all wrong, it is too stiff and should not stick out like a lampshade. Emilia Wickstead may be able to design but the sewing is awful. This looks amateur to me,

    Wickstead needs to retrain in my opinion.

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    1. My guess is that the stiffness is intentional; she doesn't seem the type to want clingy fabrics, especially these days.

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    2. I agree. The material is not as flattering as something a little more flowy would have been. The dress looks very homemade to me and and just not as perfect as some other things we have seen her in. However, I love the color and her hair is A M A Z I N G!!!!

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    3. The fabric choice by Wickstead here was all wrong. It's unforgivable to have a designer creation not pass the car sitting wrinkle test. Kate was wrinkled soon as she got out of the car seat on arrival and had to wear her wrinkles the entire time she was at the event. That is just an unforgivable mistake for any high end designer to make. If the fabric cannot we swapped out, there are sewing techniques and the use of sizing and fabric finishers that will let wrinkles float out. I hope Kate did not have to pay a dime for the dress - it had major designer flaws. I agree with the commenter above who stated this garment had major lack of dressmaking (sewing) skills clearly. apparent. The color as we know is a brilliant one for Kate to wear. Wonder if her earrings were a loan from QEII? or if they possibly are good fakes? Looks to be an aqua in the center to me with surround of clear diamonds.

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    4. Wickstead outfits always look "homemade" by someone not quite ready for the market - there's always something not finished about them. Maybe the "crafty" look is the goal at Wickstead?? That just proves, once again, the duchess can look good wearing anything!

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    5. I agree; "homemade" is exactly how i would describe the look of the dress. It's a shame because it was probably quite expensive.

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    6. I agree, besides the green coat all the other Wickstead designs Kate has worn seem to me wrongly fitted and her waistlines always seem as sewed provisionaly in hand.
      In general, I like the look, the dress has lovely colour, its cut is something new and fresh, with those bare hands and small neckline, indeed very 60´s like Jackie O as bloggers above metioned BUT again, it fits wierdly, especially in the upper part seems too big standing away below the armpits and the waistline issue here again. E.Wickstead is very expensive but it is not the haute couture in its literal meaning for me...
      Love Kate´s hair and makeup, which in those sweet spring pastels complements the dress and I love the earings. Maybe Harper pumps would have been better, but Malone are fine too. She looks radiant, it is obvious that she as passionate about the Art room, which is great.

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    7. Laurie - New York27 April 2013 at 19:18

      I agree 100%. I didn't read the title of the post and I could immediately guess from the first picture that this was a Wickstead. I absolutely loved the dark green dresscoat, but I've been less than impressed with every Wickstead dress since then. Although the colors are lovely, they all have the same basic problems. The fabric always seems a bit too "heavy" or "stiff" for the dress causing it to wrinkle and stay that way and just not fall quite right. And the finishing always looks awful. Now, I'm certainly not a seamstress nor a high end designer but I can tell you that her dresses always look like they were sewn by someone with zero experience. I don't like the gathering all the way around. If she had used a lighter, flowier fabric with a little more give, and trimmed the waste with either some sort of band or piping or SOMETHING, it would have looked so much more finished. I also don't like the seam down the front. It adds to that homesewn quality her dresses unfortunately seem to have. Having said that, I love, love, love the color and the shiny finish of the fabric. I also love the neckline and back (except for that gathering!) The general shape is simple and classic and is most definitely Jackie-O like! That's one of the things that I love about Kate's style and I'm so happy to see she's opting for that same classing styling in her maternity wear. And her hair! I can't say enough about how much I love this look. I always love her hair half up/half down, but the back of this style is really lovely.

      Pregnancy is certainly agreeing with her now. I was reading an article where people were criticizing her for being too thin. I honestly don't know how anyone could think that. She's naturally on the thinner side...has been athletic her whole life and is continuing to be active throughout her pregnancy. Good for her! Staying fit will make for an easier labor and delivery when the time comes. She's also tall, and whether she's 5'8" or 5'10", when you're tall you tend not to look as big as someone who's shorter. If you look at some of the pics of her taken from the back, you'll notice that her arms have filled out and her calves as well. I'm sure she's eating a very healthy diet to make sure both her and the baby get all the nutrients they need. Her skin and hair are glowing and she she radiates happiness. IMO she looks to be taking excellent care of herself.

      So loved reading about her work with The Art Room and seeing their fantastic art! Kate seems to have a genuine love of helping children from the most desperate of situations and I commend her for that. I can't imagine the pain these children have endured in their short lives and it's so wonderful that through art, they can begin the healing that they so desperately need. You can tell that she's truly in her element when she's interacting with children. She looks like she very much enjoys the time she spends with the them and they with her. Sounds like she's really on her way to becoming "The Children's Princess" :-)

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  4. Love her and your fast posts. I've been anticipating these pics all day!

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  5. Kate looks absolutely stunning in this dress! I adore the color on her and the cut is perfect for maternity wear. I love Catherine's style it is very classy and as a young person she is someone who's style I actually wish to imitate! amazingly fast post as usual!

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  6. One of my favourite looks for the Duchess! Beautiful hair, elegant dress, fabulous earrings...!

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  7. Jean from Lancs.24 April 2013 at 20:16

    Love the dress and she looks beautiful. Love the colour--she is obviously now getting them made. I thought yesterday's dress was probably not completely "off the peg"--I cannot believe it would have adapted to fit Baby unless it was specifically cut to do so as it was quite straight.
    The children's work is great too. I am fascinated by the collaboration of their different charities.I cannot remember any other members of the Royal Family doing this--except perhaps the Prince of Wales.
    Delighted the French are taking action against that photographer and the magazine.
    You were especially quick tonight Charlotte. Thanks so much

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  8. Am I the only one who thinks that Catherine has THE most perfect legs of anyone I've ever seen? She looks stunning tonight! Thanks Charlotte!

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    1. Sarah from Calif25 April 2013 at 00:25

      So true!

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills25 April 2013 at 15:33

      Great "pins"as Harry called them...lol You can tell she take's care of her body even during being pregnant.

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  9. Theresa from Austin, Texas USA24 April 2013 at 20:18

    Lovely...absolutely lovely!

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  10. Theresa, from Paris24 April 2013 at 20:19

    Gorgeous ! Love the dress, the make-up, jewelry... Hairdo : wonderful... Really great hair.
    I'm not so sure about the shoes. I don't think suede is so good with that dress ;)
    She looks radiant. Love her enthusiasm.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for your quick and brilliant post. As always ;)

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  12. Like lightning again!!

    Just beautiful, I love this outfit on Kate. I thought the bump looked low yesterday but she looks just perfect in this.

    Love the new earrings too. Her hair is gorgeous!

    PPx

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  13. She looks absolutely stunning!:-)She is so lucky to be a natural beauty...I love the colour of her dress and her hair is amazing too (especially from the back)Thank you Charlotte for being so fast as usual!:-)I thought I have to go to bed before this event starts,but then your post was finally here,thank you!:-)Sweet dreams everybody!Adri from Hungary

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  14. Wow! She is Stunning! This is my absolute favorite dress she's worn during her pregnancy. A beautiful blue. Does anyone think the "baby blue" color is a wink to the baby's gender? She is so lovely. I can't wait to see as a new mother! Thank you for the quick post!
    Nicole in CA

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    1. I think in general, she wears more blue than pinks... So this color choice might be more of a preference than a baby-indicator.

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  15. I feel the continuation of the gathering around the bust into the back area makes the back look slightly odd. Overall though, the dress seems like one that will be versatile as her midsection grows, and as the weather gets warmer! And the hair is so lovely. I want a personal lesson from her stylist!

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    1. I noticed the same thing about the bunching in the back! It was just so hard to unsee. A little bit of tailoring and this dress would be one of my all time favorites.

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    2. Deconstructing the dress in my head, the bodice could easily be taken in and all those gathers/ease could become fitting darts, reducing the fuller look in the bodice. The skirt volume could be taken in at its seams -- and -- it is now a more fitted dress suitable for post-pregnancy use until a return to a more pre-pregnancy size. I would think that the dress' current skirt would be comfortable for sitting and be more manageable in a breeze; one hand could control the skirt. And, it would also be beautiful for photos taken while sitting. It is a nice dress styled specifically for the expecting woman.

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  16. This is the most beautiful Kate has looked since she began her pregnancy. Wonderful color for her (Baby blue?) and wonderful fabric. Elegant as ever, but with a bit of serenity added in.

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    1. Sarah from Calif25 April 2013 at 00:28

      Lovely word serenity :)

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  17. Not certain those shoes and that dress are a great combo... and maybe it's the lighting, but does anyone else think that's quite a bit of blush?

    (I think my nitpickiness comes from wanting to emulate her in most cases!)

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    1. I agree that the blush was a bit heavy.

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    2. Theresa, from Paris24 April 2013 at 21:08

      Yes ! I thought the same about the blush. Then I thought of the problem of the flash from all the cameras. I love Lisa Eldridge's blog and she explains how one must adapt the make-up to the red carpet.

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    3. yep, way too much blush

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  18. The DM described it as being a 'daringly low back' which made me chuckle! The author of that story seriously needs to get out more!

    Loved the dress, style, colour, hair. What a brilliant look for Kate.

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  19. The dress is perfection! I love everything about it. It doesn't look like something "off the rack." I wonder who designed it?

    I noticed a tad too much blush also. Other than that she looks fabulous and her hair... WOW!

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  20. OMG! How lovely she is! A fairy-tale princess!
    What a beautiful dress! And look at her hair: she dressed it the same way as Empress Elizabeth (Sissi) of Austria.

    Charlotte, thank you so much for this fantastic post! :) I love it! :)

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  21. I agree that the blush was a bit heavy. Otherwise the dress is perfect, including the weight of the fabric. It is elegant yet youthful and Mademoiselle Michael I agree this is very "Jackie O". I have to say those shoes are not doing it, she should have stuck with the trusty L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps. They would have been subtle yet elegant just like the dress.

    She is radiant again and so happy to see that this half of her pregnancy is going much smoother than the first half! Thank you, Charlotte, for the lightening fast post yet again!

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills25 April 2013 at 15:31

      I don't think it is to much blush. I have looked at additional photos and it is the lighting. Some photos show it real pink and others show it normal. So I am blaming it on the lighting.

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    2. I think it's good that Kate didn't wear the L.K Bennett Sledge Pumps. She does wear them quite a lot. The shoes she wore here look far more elegant for this particular look and also complement the colour of the dress.

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  22. Very classy!!!

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  23. I agree, this dress is perfect! If I were pregnant, I'd take these photos to a tailor and order about 10 copies!

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    2. LOL! I hope she has at least a couple more dresses just like this one... in different colors. For cooler evenings a darling shrug or stole could be added.

      This style could easily take her through most of her pregnancy.

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  24. Hurray for Charlotte's blog being referenced by USA Today in their article re: Kate's appearance tonight! :o) Well done, Charlotte!

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    1. Oh wow, thank you so much for letting me know :)

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    2. Beatrix in New York24 April 2013 at 23:16

      Congratulations Charlotte! Your blog is truly the best. Glad you are recognized for your outstanding job :)

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA25 April 2013 at 04:11

      Congratulations Charlotte!!! Fabulous job!!!

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills25 April 2013 at 18:08

      Congrats Ms. Charlotte on your great blog & you being recognized in USA Today. I tried to get the paper but it was sold out where I buy my papers. Can any of you out there tell me the exact day it was in the paper then I can go and see if I can find it.

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    5. I saw it online, Pauline, so am not sure which day USA Today ran the article. Hope you are able to find it!

      Julie

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  25. She looks SO FREAKIN adorable! The dress is by far my favorite to accentuate her lil bump. I would *love* a tutorial on her hairdo too!

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  26. The dress looks like it's made of a shimery, brocade material which is nice for an evening event, however, instead of a seam right down the front of the dress, an inverted pleat would have been much prettier. Also, tonight would have been a great night to wear her silver and rhinestone Jimmy Choo strappy shoes rather than suede gray pumps. These pumps seem more fitting for a day event in winter or fall. A fashion "almost" in my book.

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    1. Agree with you about the hem of the dress in the center,,even i found it odd but she looks beautiful as always,just saw the speech she gave there,,absolutely delightful listening to her speak :) Agree about the shoes also, Jimmy Choos wouldve looked better. Charlotte you are super awesome fast!!! Just logging in after a busy day and here is your awesome update!!!!!Thanks chica!!xoxo

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  27. She is so cute in this romantic dress.. i love her hair style!!So chic as always!!Thank you Charlotte for one more time for timely and accurate information!! :)

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  28. What a beautiful dress, so classy. I'm no fashion expert but, to me, she always looks perfect. Go Kate! Thanks for all that you do Charlotte to keep us up to date.

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  29. She looks lovely. Thanks for your wonderful blog!

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  30. Robin lndiana USA
    Just beautiful love the dress and her hair the Duchess looks so happy. I agree about Jackie O and the style.

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  31. Love, love, love the hair, the shoes, the earrings as well as the colour and shape of the dress, however there is something about the finishing (specifically the seams) of Emilia Wickstead's pieces that I think looks amateurish or even homemade! I refer to the green coat from St Patrick's Day and the yellow one from the Scottish trip. Again, I love the shape and colour of both but I feel there is just something unfinished about them...

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  32. I have to say- I have not been impressed with a lot of her outfits lately. Nothing awful, but just lacking that wow factor. Monday's seemed frumpy to me and Sunday's was just not my style. But this dress is AMAZING. The color is stunning, the cut is sensational, and the simplicity of it is truly classic. This is exactly what I had been expecting from Kate's maternity look. I even love her hair.

    Have we seen those earrings before?

    One minor problem- there is some bunching in the back that looks ill placed. While I don't think it was intentional, I hope it gets sorted out with the next outfit. She is too gorgeous to have any distractions in her outfit.

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  33. Kristin, San Francisco24 April 2013 at 23:01

    I, too, love her look - color, fabric and style of the dress, make-up and of course her updo - all of it! and agree about the suede heels. I second a request for a tutorial on her updo! This is the best look so far in her pregnancy. She exudes radiance and happiness.
    Thank you Charlotte!

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  34. Pauline Oak Hills24 April 2013 at 23:02

    Thank you Ms. Charlotte for this great post. The Duchess looked just so beautiful & stunning in that dress. I love the blue on her. The shoes went well with it too.

    I loved the fact that the Duchess is finally let us all see your tummy. It is makes me so happy to see the Duchess feeling so good and looking so healthy. Being married to a man who is so in love with his wife does make it even better. I can't wait to see this beautiful couple together on Friday.

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  35. I like the hair, the earrings and the color of the dress, even the material. The sewing looks like I made it (and that is not a compliment). And the seam down the front middle of the skirt? That just seems to highlight the "lampshade-ness" of the cut. Now, move that seam, make the sewing better and have her wear it next year in a slimmer cut - that would be a very pretty dress.

    As an aside - picture Kate in a tiara (like the one Sophie wore to the Luxembourg wedding) in a dress this color.

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  36. I genuinely love Kate's style but for me this dress isn't her best outfit. The seam down the front of the skirt and the ruching around the bust/waist looks like really poor construction to me. That said I love the shoes and the earrings.

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  37. I love Kate's style but for me this dress isn't her best outfit. The seam down the front of the skirt and the ruching around the bust/waist looks like really poor construction to me. I love her shoes and earrings though.

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  38. I love her hair, but not a fan of the dress particularly. Although, it might be because, she looks like she is slouching in a lot of pics. It is also interesting that this dress, makes her look both pregnant and not...

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  39. Gorgeous! I'd absolutely love to have those blue & diamond earrings be identified. It's amazing that her shoes still fit!! Lovely.

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  40. Her hair looks great! Although I'd love to see more occasions on which she wears it completely up, "half up" is better than the usual.

    Although it's obvious that she thinks "down" is her trademark look for her hair, there are (many) times when it would just look so much better to use her hair to compliment what she's wearing instead of sticking to the same old-same old. So good for her for going for the "half up" this time.

    But her dress... when will it end? The awful wardrobe choices, I mean. The dress doesn't look like it is worth whatever she paid for it (no matter how little it might have been). The fit looks odd, especially in the bodice in the front AND back (puffy?). The seam down the middle of the skirt? It's so simple-looking and like many of the pieces she wears it looks rather juvenile. It resembles a home-ec project from high school, where the seams and hems aren't well-finished and the pattern was meant to be uncomplicated. *Sigh*

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  41. Sarah from Calif25 April 2013 at 00:43

    Kate looks lovely. Love the dress (style), earrings, her hair looks beautiful,the color of the dress (gorgeous) and the growing little baby for all of us to see.
    So glad she is supporting The Art Room, after all we are not all Rocket Scientist.
    Kids art what can I say "the best " !!!!
    To those who cant handle excessive praise, oh well................

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  42. love the color, but i'm with other posters who found elements which were a little off: the stiff fabric and seaming, the day shoes to an evening reception, the heavy blush, and i'll add one more:

    i really wish there was *more* to the outfit and overall look! a statement necklace and/or earrings would have looked great with the boat neckline and plain bodice, and finished the outfit imo, esp for an evening look.

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  43. The duchess is freaking hot love the stunning dress love too see her glowing bump ... she happy with her pregancy and i can see it she lovely every minute looking forward for enagement on 26 of april they will be royal trio

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  44. She looks very lovely and for a great cause. The dress in my opinion is not very attractive. It does not look professionally created. I don't care for the skirt in particular at all- way too stiff. Her earrings are to die for, though, and it is nice to see her without pin thin arms. She is so very beautiful, though, that any detrimental comment on attire is pretty small potatoes in the scheme of things.

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  45. She looks gorgeous! Her baby bump is really finally showing. She is glowing. I love her hair and outfit and colour.

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  46. She looks lovely! Her bump is finally showing and she is glowing! I love her hair and the colour of her outfit.

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  47. Looks beautiful but the shoes are too high heeled for a pregnant woman. I know most don't agree. She could fall in these shoes, even if she's used to them. because of her changing weight in the abdomen. The shoes make her glamorous, however.

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  48. No video of her speech? I checked IVN and there's nothing yet :(. I love hearing her speak so I hope someone got it on tape. Of course she looks beautiful as usual! But the dress needed a necklace or a bracelet or something.

    I'd love it if someone figured out how to get this hairstyle and post a tutorial!

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  49. I love this color on her. Just beautiful, and I love the fact that she's starting to show. I can't wait for their child to be born. What a happy time for them! Oh, and I love her hair in that style, too.

    I absolutely agree with you about how William is right to pick his battles. They really took advantage of her, and I'm glad he pursued this. She is such a lovely young lady, and I hate that she was the victim of these people who had no business invading their privacy in such a mean way. I'm sure she felt violated, and I'm glad that her husband stood up to them.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  50. Kate, Texas, USA25 April 2013 at 03:59

    I posted from my iPhone earlier, but it didn't go through. I have tried a couple other times and have had the same trouble. Charlotte, have you heard of anyone else having trouble like this? Anyway....

    Kate looks INCREDIBLE!!! I LOVE the dress! The color and style looked amazing! Her hair.....LOVE!!! Her stylist did a beautiful job! REALLY love the earrings....gorgeous! Kate is just effortlessly beautiful and radiant. She really looks so happy. :)

    I love the artwork from the children. They are so talented! Art is such a great way to channel difficult behaviors by using creative expression to achieve healthy behaviors. It sounds like the Art Room provides a great opportunity for these children and is a wonderful charity for Kate to be involved with.

    Thanks for the great post! Kate....absolutely stunning! Can't wait to see the trio on Friday!

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    1. Kate, my apologies, you are definitely not the first person to have this problem. There is an ongoing issue with iphone users leaving comments on blogger. They're working on it but it is certainly taking a lot of time.

      I also adored the artwork, they are all so talented!

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA25 April 2013 at 18:08

      No worries Charlotte! Wednesdays are busy for my family with getting kiddos here and there, volunteering at my children's schools, and church activities. I'll always make it to the home computer eventually, but am always checking for updates on my phone.

      I really did enjoy the artwork from the FB page link you posted. I think my favorite were the self portrait clocks! I have worked in Romania with orphan children and we used a set up like The Art Room for our program and is was hugely successful. I think no matter your nationality, everyone can find common ground and boost their self-esteem with art. So proud of Kate for working with this charity. It will touch so many lives in a positive way!

      Hope you are having a wonderful day! Looking forward to seeing the amazing trio tomorrow!

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  51. Her hair was fantastic. She looked wonderful, I actually like the shoes with the dress, look at what others are wearing, it was one of those "in between" events that are hard to dress for. I agree the fabric photographs not that great but i suspect looked great in person. Her cheeks look too bright in some photos and just right in others so again suspect it is the lighting and camera that is throwing things off. She looks lovely and I suspect the pleats in the dress have to do with it being made ahead of time and maybe using elastic to guess at the size. It looks to me like the seam below the bust has elastic?? That also exclaims the odd ruffles on the back. The truth is that clothes never fit you quite right when pregnant, your size can change in 24 hours, so making ahead is a gamble and alterations are very difficult.

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  52. CJ from Minneapolis25 April 2013 at 04:53

    Kate looks very happy and healthy. She truly seems to love what she is doing -which clearly comes across on many levels. Her hair is beautiful this evening and I do like the color of the dress and the length is perfect. The earrings are beautiful. I think a aquamarine broach would have looked lovely and completmented the earrings. I think a different shoe would have worked better.

    I am not a fan of Emilia Wickstead. For the amount of money she charges, the tailoring and fabrics should be impeccable. Fabric for the Duchess should not be easily wrinkled. This dress is wrinkled and they are not falling out. The bodice doesn't lay well across the front and near the arms. While I like the over all style of the dress, I just don't like the way it is made. I have not liked any of the dresses Emilia has made for Kate and it just seems for me to come down to the choice of fabric and tailoring. I like the way Sarah Burton tailors the bespoke clothing for Kate.

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  53. Catherine looks fantastic.Her hair is to die for

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  54. Elizabeth G. (USA)25 April 2013 at 07:06

    The Duchess looked SO beautiful and elegant! I think this color is my favorite on her. I also loved the smoky eyes!! She looks so healthy and seems to be in wonderful shape. It's very exciting to see her making so many appearances and hopefully this will satisfy those that have questioned her work ethic in the past :) Great news about the photographers and editor of the French magazine having charges brought against them! That has to make Catherine and William feel great. Thanks for the great post as always.

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  55. Thank you so much for your comments everyone! I've linked to a video in the post at ITN Source Royal. Kate did a really good job, I was very impressed.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA25 April 2013 at 17:46

      Yes! She did a wonderful job! While her earlier "stage fright" was endearing, I am happy she was able to overcome it on this occasion. As an influential woman in the public arena, she will be giving speeches more and more often. I'm sure her confidence in speaking publicly will grow accordingly. After all, she exhibited great poise as an actress when she was a mere teenager. (I think she even sang a solo on stage--which requires really good breath control--and courage, too!)

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  56. Jean from Lancs.25 April 2013 at 12:14

    I suspect the high colour is not blusher, but either hormones or possibly lighting, as it extends to her forehead.
    Charlotte, are the earrings the Kiki McDonough ones she wore at Christmas 2012?
    It is very difficult to get a really good fitting dress during pregnancy, because shape can change in a few minutes. I always found that noise made baby particularly active---like the cheers and clicks when she gets out of the car.
    I suspect the under bust gathering is in fact elastic shearing which allows some leeway. We have to look at the overall effect which last night(in my humble opinion)was stunning.

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    1. Hello Jean,

      They're very similar to Kate's Kiki's but they're blue stone diamond drop earrings. Still unidentified I'm afraid.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.25 April 2013 at 19:35

      Thanks Charlotte

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills25 April 2013 at 21:56

      Could the earrings be a gift from William that he had made for her? I believe he gave her the other set of Kiki's for Christmas of 2011. Just a thought.

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    4. Once again, Jean from Lancs, I agree with your observations. In particular, I also wondered if Kate was flushed because of pregnancy hormones.



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    5. Kate, Texas, USA26 April 2013 at 03:19

      Charlotte, will you let us know if they are identified? I absolutely LOVED them! I know they are probably more than I could ever afford, but would still like to know. :) Thanks!

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  57. Colleen Paige, New York25 April 2013 at 15:02

    So exciting to see her feeling well! Thank you again for your dazzling updates and photos. Such a treat for those of us across the pond. :)

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  58. Love the dress color and style and the overall appearance. The back dip breaks the simplcity of the style and the length is perfect on Kate. Kate looks best, in my opinion, in dresses in beautiful fabric but with fairly simple lines. And the fabric is beautiful.

    Having said that, I agree with the others that the dress could be better made. My first impression was that it wasn't made by a maternity designer and tended to ride up in the front in some of the pictures. (One reason there are special maternity designers is for that reason.) The stiff fabric also was an issue - there are a couple of awkward pictures in Daily Mail site of Kate where her arms press against the fabric and it cups rather than gives. But there is a certain homemade looking quality to it. Catherine Walker's original dresses also had that homemade look but they quickly moved beyond that into beautiful tailoring. Not sure if that will be the case here with such an established designer.

    But I liked the grey shoes. Wish they had been silver but better than the beige Sledge, which would have been too informal. Overall, the look is so much more sophisticated then the jeune fille little coats, that it's delightful to see Kate looking like a princess and a mature woman supporting a an important cause. She spoke beautifully too and looked so happy and relaxed. . They are great and interesting charities.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills25 April 2013 at 18:04

      A one of you have commented on the way the dress was made. And the way I am reading these comments you are blaming the Duchess for the way the dress was made. It is not her fault. She did not make the dress.

      I am not much of a dress person but the dress looked beatuiful to me.

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    2. CJ in Minneapolis25 April 2013 at 21:49

      No one commenting is "blaming" Kate for the way the dress is made. It seems clear to me more than several of us think that Emilia Wickstead and her team let the Duchess down with the workmanship and selection of fabric for this dress. The wrinkling is unacceptable for the Duchess. The color is very beautiful and the style is nice - I support Kate and just want her to look her best. I think the comments here are very supportive of Kate.

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  59. Ana B. from Brazil25 April 2013 at 16:17

    Hello!
    Wow! She totally looks the fairy-tale princess she is! This color is absolutely gorgeous on her skin. The earrings are really pretty! Even though I agree with many of you about the suede shoes, I think she tried to match the colors, which is working fine to me.
    I'm impressed by the "combos" she is doing with her charities. I don't know, but if it is all her ideas, she is truly an amazing person! As far as I remember, not many royals do/did this kind of thing.
    Tomorrow will be such a fun engagement! I love the Harry Potter series! I wonder if they like it or read it too!
    On another note, I hope Blogger can solve this issue regarding Iphone and Ipad as fast as possible. I always have turn on my PC to comment. Not very practical.
    Thank you Charlotte, and congrats about the recognition of the blog in the American press. You more than deserve it :)

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  60. I don't know about anyone else (others from the US have this problem?) but I can never get ITN videos to load and play. I managed to find a bit of her speech on Youtube.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA25 April 2013 at 18:17

      Not too sure Emily. They come through fine on my computer and iPhone. :(

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    2. Theresa from Austin, Texas USA25 April 2013 at 19:00

      I don't have any problems, either.....

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    3. I tried it on IE (I use Chrome) and it worked fine. How strange! So if anyone else ever has any problems, try a different web browser.

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  61. You can never please everyone. I thought that the Duchess looked fabulous and
    the color of the dress was perfect. I don't envy her having everyone judge every inch of what she wears, the color, length...etc..Give her a break.

    Love reading your blog here in the US.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills25 April 2013 at 18:01

      Oh Ginger I totally agree with you. There is not an engagement that the Duchess does that some has to have a nagitive comment. Her hair is not up, her dress is to short or she has to much blush on etc. Come on people give the girl a break.

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  62. You can never please everyone. I thought that the Duchess looked fabulous and
    the color of the dress was perfect. I don't envy her having everyone judge every inch of what she wears, the color, length...etc..Give her a break.

    Love reading your blog here in the US.

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  63. Breathtaking as usual. Charlotte, you always do such a fantatic job. Keep it up! :)

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  64. Kate, Texas, USA25 April 2013 at 18:15

    I have watched Kate's speech a couple times and she did a fantastic job. She seemed much more relaxed than her speech in Manchester. Such meaningful and heartfelt words and she delivered them beautifully. It's got to be so daunting to step out of a car or building with thousands of camera flashes and everyone screaming your name. She is the picture of grace and elegance. You could see the excitement in the children's faces when she was near. Love that. :) It looked to be a lovely evening!

    Catherine....effortlessly beautiful. Brilliant! I posted above, but can't wait for the engagement tomorrow with the amazing trio! Love when they are together!

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    1. I couldn't agree more Kate. The barrage of camera flashes and shouts from the press that greeted the Duchess as she came out after the event were overwhelming. I can't imagine what it must be like to have that every time she does an engagement. Just makes me admire her all the more for her confidence and poise. Annie, UK

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  65. Can wait to see the post tomorrow

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  66. Charlotte, I have to hand it to you for actually talking about the charities in your posts. I confess to having blown through a few in the past, but your attention to detail that way is really exemplary. Makes it a bit more than a fangirl blog.

    As for the outfit, I liked it, although I agree with those re the tailoring. It's not Kate's fault; it's Emilia Wickstead's team. Although she manages to tailor clothing for other royals just fine. Maybe it's the maternity angle, and I wondered if the puffy bustline was for future alterations up or down.

    Different shoes, though. I think a satin pump in a silvery blue grey would have been lovely. And a nice complement to the matte of the dress.

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  67. I love reading this blog so much. Thank you for keeping us up to date with everything. Your efforts are thoroughly enjoyed. I agree with lots of other people on here that the fashion house let Kate down with the tailoring of this dress. The colour is beautiful and suits Kate so much, the material (in my very modest inexperienced opinion) was too stiff and doesn't fall as well as it could and that it creased was such a shame. If you look through the look book for Emilia Wickstead the silhouette is straight out of it. I love that the charities that Kate is supporting are combining to create new services for people.

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  68. Sarah from Calif.26 April 2013 at 00:12

    Kate, oh my gosh, how does one not blink with all those flashing cameras?
    I second all you have said above, well said :)
    Catherine looked brilliant!

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  69. This colour really suits the Duchess, even if some of the details of the dress weren't perfect (agree on the wrinkles, stiffness of fabric and gathers being somewhat distracting). I did really like the back, an unexpected touch that added interest to the dress. And such an elegant hairstyle! Bonus was it wasn't in her face during her speech, as during the previous engagement. Looking forward to tomorrow's post, Charlotte!

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  70. Kate looks simply lovely and happy. So glad to see her progress, her speech was alot better.

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  71. I liked the dress very much. Catherine's hairstyle, earrings and shoes also complimented the look. The only thing I didn't like was the dress's low back, I thought it made the design look a bit ugly, looked 'out of place' and ruined the ethereal look of the dress.

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  72. I think she looks beautiful. She looks happy and healthy. And I love this color on her, and this is one of my favorite ways she's worn her hair!

    For me, the dress' "flaws" and homemade look (which I didn't notice until reading the comments) endeared it more to me. It's almost a whimsical look... perfect for a children's art showing. That's why I even like the grey suede shoes with the dress. It's like an artistic pairing of two interesting textures. But I am no seamstress or fashionista!

    I, also, have not been successful in posting comments from my Droid phone. :(

    Thanks you, Charlotte, for such engaging and quick posts!!!

    Victoria in Oregon


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  73. Z. from Portugal26 April 2013 at 12:09

    Hi Charlotte!
    Yesterday was a national holiday here in Portugal so I didn't get to see these photos until this morning. I was very curious about this event :) And what a nice surprise, Kate looks PERFECT! The hair do, the dress (and the back of the dress is so cute), the shoes, the earrings, it all seems simply lovely. I adored this look, so fresh and classy!

    About the speech, wow, she's getting more and more self-confident and at ease. I thought she was very nervous when she made the speech at Manchester school, but she's much better on this one. :)

    Looking forward to reading the post about today's engagement with Will and Harry.

    I wish you all a wonderful weekend!
    Z.

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  74. Thought the dress looked elegant and appropriate and I didn't notice any flaws. As for wrinkles, they're bound to happen EVEN to royals (gasp!). Love the hairstyle on her and as someone else noted, a good style for when she has to speak so she doesn't have to keep flipping her hair out of her eyes. Grey suede pumps and the earrings were perfect accessories. My only gripe would be about Ms. Deacon. She is NEVER seen smiling and always looks like she hates being around the public. Seems like an odd job, being the PA of a very public royal, for someone who appears to detest being around the public. As for those concerned that Kate might be hurt by people stating their opinions on her look - she dated William for seven years. She knew what she was getting into when she married him.

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