Thursday, 13 June 2013

Godmother Kate Christens Royal Princess in Dalmation Print

In her last solo engagement before taking maternity leave, the Duchess of Cambridge christened Royal Princess in Southampton today.


There was tremendous excitement at the docks as the Duchess arrived with members of the media from around the globe lined up to report on the engagement.


The gigantic vessel arrived at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton last Friday.

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The 3,600 passenger Royal Princess is described as a "new generation" ship, and among its impressive features is a greatly expanded atrium, an over-water Sea Walk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship, private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water, and for those who enjoy dessert - the largest pastry shop on sea.

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The ship's full company posed for the traditional photo of the inaugural crew.

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During the ceremony Kate said the words "I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her" and smashed a magnum of champagne against the vessel's hull.



Royal photographer Mark Stewart kindly shared a photo of the Moet & Chandon bottle via Twitter.

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Kate looked very pleased when the bottle smashed. It is said to be bad luck if it doesn't.

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A bereaved family who received care and support from Kate's patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices played a part in the ceremony. Izzie and Charlie Rowbotham presented the Duchess with a pair of scissors to cut the rope with before the bottle break.

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I thought it very touching to include a family from one of Kate's charities in the festivities.


Graham Butland, Chief Executive of EACH said:

'We're delighted HRH invited a family from EACH to be part of the naming ceremony. We know how excited and honoured they are. Our Royal Patronage has provided us with many great benefits including raising awareness and understanding of our services.'

Among the festivities The Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards performed and British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield sang her hit 'Unwritten'. Temporary grandstands were built on the dockside to accommodate the hundreds of guests invited by Princess Cruises to witness the spectacular ceremony.



The Duchess's presence today was much appreciated by the ship's operators, Princess Cruises. Alan Buckelew, the line's President and CEO said: "We can think of no better way to celebrate our company's British heritage and our commitment to the country."


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Kate also showed her support for the port. The British Cruising Industry is Southampton's biggest employer and power base.

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Diana, Princess of Wales christened the original Royal Princess in 1984.  The Princess arrived at the cruise terminal by train, toured the vessel and met the ship's company. She presented the captain and crew with a beautiful ceremonial sword to commemorate the occasion. It's poignant that almost twenty-nine years later her daughter-in-law christened the new Royal Princess.

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More from Princess Cruises:

'Like her namesake that debuted in 1984, the new Royal Princess is indeed a special ship, inspiring equally special godmother, the Duchess of Cambridge.'

Other notable godmothers include Audrey Hepburn, Margaret Thatcher, Olivia de Havilland and Sohpia Loren. Below we see the timeless Ms. Hepburn christening 'Star Princess' in 1989.


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Kate was given a tour of Royal Princess during which she was accompanied by the vessel's master, Captain Tony Draper. The Captain will guide the vessel on a brief two night voyage this evening and the maiden voyage on Sunday.

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The Duchess revealed she had never been on a ship before and seemed genuinely interested in finding out more.

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More from the Daily Echo:

'Kate just giggled and said 'brilliant I was expecting something high pitched' as she threw her hands up in the air as she pressed the ship's horn. She asked the officer's wives about the entertainment and whether any trips or planned. She also asked about their favourite places and if officers get to enjoy the luxuries on board'.

Kate laughs as she sounds the ship's whistle.

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The Duchess then attended a reception where she mingled with dignitaries and representatives from various charities.

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A look at some delicious canapés which were offered to guests.

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At the reception, one guest turned to Kate and said "You will make a wonderful mum".


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The Duchess signed her official portrait, which will be placed onboard.

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The Duchess elected to wear the Hobbs Dalamtion Print Mac. It was an unusual choice for the Duchess, the structure and fit of the coat are very much in keeping with Kate's typical style but the print was an unexpected choice. It's also interesting to note it is not a maternity garment, Kate most likely purchased one size up and had it altered. The coat is available for £169 House of Fraser.

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There are a number of pieces in the Hobbs collection featuring the dalmation print including the Hobbs Niamh Dress. The £110 garment is 100% cotton with short sleeves and a round neck.

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Other similar items include the Niamh T-ShirtThe Savannah Jacket and Matching Trousers (not an item many could wear) and the Niamh Cardigan.


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In this photo we can see Kate is wearing a white dress underneath.


Kate also wore a black fascinator by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock & Co.


Kate wore her black Episode 'Angel' pumps.



The Duchess accessorised with her Annoushka Pearl Earrings.

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Perthz Fashion quickly identified Kate's pretty new bag as an Alexander McQueen piece, it is thought to be a custom made version of the Wicca Mini Satchel.



You can watch videos at ITN Source and The Daily Echo.

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It was a spectacular ceremony, there was a real sense of occasion about it. It's lovely to see old traditions continuing and Kate did wonderfully. One got the impression she thoroughly enjoyed the tour in particular and meeting officers at the reception. I also love that she took a risk in terms of her style and it paid off.

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One for the tweeters among you; the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser is hosting a twitter chat this evening at 7pm BST. Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter will be joining us answering questions and providing insight. We'll be discussing a wide array of royal topics. The fundraiser's twitter account is @RoyalFundraiser and mine is @HRHDuchesskate. Hoping to see some of you there! :)



We'll see Kate on Saturday for Trooping The Colour, the Queen's birthday parade.

95 comments:

  1. Thanks you for the update im looking forward to update more pictures im loving i read it on twitter then you blog is faster love the coat

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  2. I thought the outfit was a striking choice. Kate really has steered away from maternity clothes...

    I thought she looked lovely.

    PPx

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  3. I'm not keen on animal prints personally as I think they invariably look a bit cheap, no matter the price tag, so the coat and dress are a bit of a miss for me. Having said that, Kate looks really well in herself, very pretty and glowing with happiness which is lovely to see. It was great that ordinary people from Kate, William and Harry's charities were invited along too. I know she has been criticised for not taking on loads of patronages so far but I think she is opting for quality over quantity which is very wise. Annie, UK

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    1. I agree about the animal prints looking a bit cheap! This is my least favorite fashion choice by Kate to date. :-(

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    2. I disagree; although I'm not a fan of "common" animal prints, this is a fun choice. Very surprising though!! Has she ever worn anything like it??

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    3. I agree. I think that this was a miss although she herself looks beautiful and glowing as always. I hope that she does not become rake thin again after the baby is born.

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    4. I don't know. The first time i saw the coat i thought it was awful, i really don't like animal prints for the same reasons that were mentioned above. But the more often i take a look on the photos the better it gets.
      And sorry for my english, the last sentence is probably not correct ;)
      Greets from Austria

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    5. Goodness, there is absolutely nothing cheap-looking about this outfit. What a bold, exciting, playful, sophisticated look. Avant-garde, yet straightforward. Right down to the cream coloured bag. A fabulous addition to the pastel looks we've been seeing lately. Kate is a master.

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    6. I totally agree she looks fabulous in that coat ... I'd love to have one!

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  4. I love your blog, no day starts or ends without checking this site.

    I watched the ceremony on the live stream and saw a very health, happy and very pregnant Kate.
    It's too bad that we will miss her for a longer time.

    I hope she attents the trooping the colour parade saturday...

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  5. I watched the livestream here in the US and thought she looked fabulous. Loved the print coat -- I thought it was very contemporary and chic.

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  6. Jean from Lancs.13 June 2013 at 12:45

    She looked beautiful and elegant, as usual.
    The coat blew open as she launched the ship and the dress underneath looked white
    Do you know anything about the hat, Charlotte?
    I don't know how she manages the heels at eight months.
    I think she has done really well with her choice of clothes whilst pregnant.

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    1. Hello Jean, it's a Sylvia Fletcher piece :)

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  7. Z. from Portugal13 June 2013 at 12:50

    Charlotte, you are the fastest blogger on earth, thank you!! :)

    I was anxious to see Kate today. I loved the hat, the hair & make up, but, the coat's print is indeed unusual and it makes her look a little older. I expected something more fresh and summery. But, in general, it is a good outfit, very balanced.

    I loved to see Diana's pictures, I didn't know that she was the godmother of the original ship.

    See you all on saturday! Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs
    Z.

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    1. Jean from Lancs.13 June 2013 at 14:21

      Unfortunately summer has deserted us again, so her choice was sensible.

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    2. I did some quick math and see that Diana was 23 when pictured in the mid-calf red suit here. Styles were more covered up in the 1980's but Diana, though very young, was following the lead of other Royal ladies and dressing more conservatively - "older" - than her actual age. After the divorce she dressed in a more fashionable, body conscious style. My feeling is a woman in her 30's in Catherine's position should be dressing more conservatively, but in my generation - her mother's - women in their 30's were considered mature adults, and dressed like it for business. We saved our high fashion or flirty looks for weekends. So glad she never succumbed to the Los Angeles tight spandex maternity look, bless her.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.13 June 2013 at 18:35

      Greybird I so agree with you about the tight spandex look, it never seemed flattering on almost anyone.

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  8. This may be one of my favorite outfits ever. It is so different from what she usually wears. I LOVE IT!!

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  9. Jane from New England13 June 2013 at 13:29

    Spectacular outfit! Love it! Love it!! Absolutely perfect! Her style is becomeing ever more chic!!

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  10. Great post Charlotte,thank you! :) Is it me or is her hair a lot lighter then it was last year? It is amlost caramel.

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  11. She looks well put together, as always. I just don't like the shape of the coat or the pattern. Think its quite aging on her.

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  12. Catherine got the lenght right, but the print was a bad choice. Isn't it summer in England? I would have loved to have seen her in a summer color solid.
    As always love Catherine just didn't expect that print.
    Looking forward to saturday.
    Thanks Charlotte

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    1. It looks like Kate wasn't alone in wearing a long sleeved coat. One news report referred to the temperature in Alaska being warmer than Southampton today. :o)

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  13. It's certainly different from what she has been wearing. I'm not a huge fan of this outfit - the print is too small, IMO - but I don't think it's terrible or anything.

    She does get major points though for taking (what for her is) a fashion risk.

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  14. Theresa from Austin, Texas USA13 June 2013 at 13:59

    Catherine looks stunning. I loved that she took a slight risk with this print. I think she pulled it off beautifully.

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  15. While not her usual choice in prints, I think Kate chose the dalmation coat strategically. The clustering of the black dots down the sides of the garment visually lessens the size of the bump and gives her a more streamlined appearance. So, it's a fun print that preserves a more flattering shape than some others might at this stage. I think she looks great!

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    1. Interesting -that was my first thought -a perfect camouflage! Again too short for knobby knees and any breeze (and there's always a breeze at the shore). And yes, her hair seems lighter, but more likely an organic natural type of coloring, not a chemical dye.

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    2. i was going to say the same thing! she doesnt want the attention on the bump..i wish she would stop trying to hide it! i know its to ward of photographers but come on kate!...also i hope they do the diana route and exit the front exit of the hospital with the baby...but im afraid they wont

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    3. Sarah from Calif.13 June 2013 at 18:47

      MusingLen, I do understand the whole visual effect thing, it's just the hardness of the colors I have a hard time with. Style wise I love it but, the Autumn, Spring and Summer colors seem to look the best on Kate. If the whole thing was more the browns (softer) what is it leopard, instead of Dalmation. I would have loved it. I thought the visual effect very cleaver on the designers part but, as always it's a fashion issue. Subject to different taste. Kate looks thoughly pregnant and happy, that's all that really matters. :)

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    4. YES - perfect camouflage, and not in a print that's overdone (leopard, zebra etc). Lovely.

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  16. Sarah from Calif.13 June 2013 at 14:07

    Kate looks beautiful as always. I love the style of the coat. Not personally fond of the print, but I do love that hat and she looks so happy and healthy. I really would like a pair of those earrings! Have a lovely day everyone!

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  17. Just wanted to share for any of your Dallas/Fort Worth readers that the British Emporium is hosting a Royal Baby Shower benefit this Saturday from 11-4. More details at http://www.british-emporium.com/

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  18. I think the coat was a wonderful way for her to stand out in a crowd for people to see her without wearing overly bright colors. I wonder what her Godmother Gift was - when Christening a ship, the Sponsor is given a beautiful gift, often jewelry - Didn't the Princess Royal get her Festoon Tiara form a similar event, or am I confused?? But it would be nice to know what the Duchess got. Maybe she just asked for a donation to a charity, which sounds like her style. She is very understated in her jewelry choices.

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    1. You're correct - Anne received the Festoon Tiara for christening a ship and she has worn it several times. Her daughter-in-law, Autumn, wore it as her wedding tiara.

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    2. I agree - it seems Kate has taken a page from the Queen's book and dressed so that she could be easily seen in (and by) a crowd. :o)

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  19. I thought she looked very pretty. The print was "splashy". It was a blending style, great for pregnancy. The clutch was very very pretty and feminine.

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  20. I thought she was very pretty. The coat design was "splashy". She blending in with the surroundings, and her pregnancy was not a focus.

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  21. I'm not liking the coat at all. Too matronly. Personally, I never wear animal prints. I guess that's why I wouldn't choose this look for Kate. I think a cheerful solid color would have been perfect. I doubt that Kate is trying to conceal her baby bump. Without a doubt this is a very happy and exciting time in her life. I'm amazed that she can still wear those higher heels.

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  22. Curious as to what everyone here thinks she is having...my vote is a boy!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.13 June 2013 at 18:52

      Have no idea but, hoping for a boy:) name : Philip Charles Michael Henry (for Harry)
      what fun!

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA13 June 2013 at 20:26

      Yes, Sarah! Everybody on this blog knows that I want a boy to be named Philip--especially now that Prince Philip is experiencing serious health problems at the same time as the approaching royal birth (My prayers are with him!)--and he gave up his surname to join the House of Windsor--and he has served his adopted country and his queen so long and faithfully! I like your other choices for boy names, too, honoring both grandfathers and his paternal uncle! But for a little girl, I want Victoria Mary Elizabeth Anne, honoring England's famous queens, since this baby girl is destined from Day One to join the pantheon.

      P.S. Kate looked great today. This coat was my favorite maternity look thus far--and we don't have much farther to go do we? I know Kate and William are counting the days right along with us.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills13 June 2013 at 23:30

      I am thinking a little girl. And it will be named Alexander Elizabeth Diana Carole. But if it is a little boy named Philip Michael Charles Spencer(after Diana's family).

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    4. Sarah from Calif.13 June 2013 at 23:59

      Lynn Georgia USA, my son's name is Philip and his birthday is July 14. So that's what I am cheering for !!! :)

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  23. Kate looks pretty, her choice of the coat print is unusual, I don't recall seeing Kate in animal prints ever. Gosh the ship is so beautiful from the inside, I wonder how much would it cost for a cruise trip?
    I dint get the part about her portrait, would it be displayed somewhere in the ship? Not a Kate related qs but is this ship as big as the Titanic?
    Thanks chica for this fabulous update! I hope we see her on Saturday!xoxo

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  24. Not in love with the look. I get a little bored with her wearing coats as an ``outfit``Why not wear a nice dress (even in the same pattern) and a nice blazer on top, or a coat that isn`t closed. I mean who walks around in summer with a clost coat?
    She also went a bit heavy on the make up. Maybe she is not feeling to pretty with the weight gain that comes with pregnancy and tries to even it out with (a lot of) make up?
    But she looks happy and healthy, guess that is the most important fact, the rest is just a personal opinion :D

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    1. It's pretty chilly here, so a coat is definitely needed, and an open coat would probably flap about even more with the breeze.

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  25. The duchess look lovely in her and looks happy well be seeing her on trooping colour the well i cruise and its glam and elegant look

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  26. Don't you think her white purse resembles Beyonce's purse in this photo?
    http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/celebrity/535079/beyonce-steps-out-with-baby-blue-ivy-for-the-first-time.html#index=4

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  27. Beautiful Kate! Lovely mum-to-be! And she will be with her Prince tonight. Please have a look at this link:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/prince-william-train-ride_n_3430942.html

    Thank you so much for the great post Charlotte!

    Monica, France

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  28. Ana B. from Brazil13 June 2013 at 17:00

    Hello, my dear friends!
    Catherine was lovely today!
    I wasn't so surprised about the animal print because she wore a dress a few times underneath her coats that has an animal print. I'm talking about the dress she wore at the Cambridge visit (underneath a pale pink coat) and at the wedding she attended in Switzerland.
    I think Catherine is kind of a pioneer bringing together her patronages and envolving families supported by them in this kind of engagements. She brings happiness to the one that most need it. Great choice, she must feel very proud of herself!
    I am going to miss so much the joy of waking up knowing there's a engagement that day! Well, I'm sorry but I'm kind of sentimental today!
    Hope you enjoy a fabulous day!
    See you all Saturday!
    Hugs!

    PS: I'm totally joining the Twitter chat tonight! So excited!

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  29. I'm so glad she went with something a little more daring. She looked chic and beautiful and it it a very fun outfit!

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  30. Thanks so much for all of the information you give. I always love your blog posts. Catherine looks lovely, and I really do like the choice of print today. So unlike her, but she pulled it off so well! I'm sure she will have the coat altered to fit her post-baby or save it for her next pregnancy. I would have loved to have seen the dress underneath. I am not liking her choice of make up today though. I do wish she would lighten up on the blush and eyeliner. She is naturally beautiful and doesn't need that much color on her. Her hair looked amazing as always!

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    1. Christy, I agree with you about the makeup!! It's so interesting to look back at the pictures of Kate even a few years ago, in the months leading up to both the engagement announcement and the wedding. She wore less heavy makeup and she looked wonderful, SO much younger, and still very classy and tasteful - and royal. I remember reading about - and seeing - the "ledge" of shiny blue eyeliner that Princess Diana was addicted to in her first months and years as a royal. I read that after a few lessons with some top makeup artists, she toned it down and learned how to do her makeup to really shine. Not shorting Kate at all but perhaps she needs someone to give her some pointers.

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  31. Thanks so much for all of the information you give. I always love your blog posts. Catherine looks lovely, and I really do like the choice of print today. So unlike her, but she pulled it off so well! I'm sure she will have the coat altered to fit her post-baby or save it for her next pregnancy. I would have loved to have seen the dress underneath. I am not liking her choice of make up today though. I do wish she would lighten up on the blush and eyeliner. She is naturally beautiful and doesn't need that much color on her. Her hair looked amazing as always!

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  32. Best look yet, stand-out, chic and flattering. Note the slightly longer skirt length that still shows off her legs without being too casual or girlish for the event. Still think the Duchess is happiest dressed like the down to earth, country girl she is, in jeans and boots. But what a smashing way to close out her official duties until after her child is born. Best wishes to the Cambridges as they enter the next stage of thei lives together.

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  33. I love this outfit on her! It is so nice to see her stepping out of the box with this exciting print. She looked terrific from head to toe!

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  34. Diane from Boston13 June 2013 at 18:23

    Very cute outfit! The Duchess looks lovely and healthy. But she needs to dial down the makeup gun -- that's a LOT of blush right there. It comes off as rather garish in photos. I think she would benefit from lighter, more-natural makeup, especially her eye makeup and blush, and especially at daytime events.

    I like the dress and coat combo -- my friends in England tell me it's freezing right now, and it's always windy on the water, too. Girlfriend doesn't want to look blue with cold.

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  35. A good look for Kate and obviously purchased with the thought of having it altered for post-pregnancy wear. Only two thoughts - the makeup seems a little heavy but she's paler than we're used to seeing her since she's not had her regular spray tan treatments. I agree with several who have mentioned (before this) that the heavy makeup does tend to age her. And that hair. I like long hair and it can look stylish but it's almost TOO long and heavy, almost becoming a joke or a parody of itself and also starting to look a bit tired and dated. Also agree with an earlier post that mentioned the chatter about Kate "hiding" or covering up her pregnancy. She's not. She's got class and taste which so many people have abandoned or dismissed as "old fashioned." We're a world (sadly) accustomed to seeing women in the tightest, skimpiest, trashiest costumes they can find during their pregnancies. It's no insult to pregnant women or mothers to say that not everybody wants to see a nine months' pregnant belly hanging out of a cropped top and that not every woman wants to go around like that. Pregnancy is a beautiful and magical miracle. It's also an extremely personal event for a woman. Some people still are raised with values, morals and manners. That includes keeping the private things private, including one's pregnancy and that's all that Kate is doing and has done. There's no "hiding" about it.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.13 June 2013 at 23:54

      Elizabeth, I so agree with your comment "Pregnancy is a beautiful and magical miracle " well said. There seems to be something unique in staying a mystery instead of bearing all.

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    2. Rachel, London.17 June 2013 at 04:39

      Elizabeth, you write very well!

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  36. Also, note to blogger Charlotte - I'm a little confused at the headlines about today's event I've seen - is Kate expected to be at Trooping the Color Saturday or not? Today's event is being billed as Kate's last engagement before her "maternity leave."

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      Today was Kate's last solo engagement but she'll definitely be at Trooping on Saturday.

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  37. How does Kate keep her hat on? I noticed in the ITN video that it was quite windy, but the hat/fascinator didn't budge. I'm from the US and we're not big on the fascinators, so I am curious to know how they stay on. Is there a headband that is covered by her hair, or perhaps hair pins??

    Thanks!

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    1. It sits on a headband :)

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    2. I'd guess that, in windy weather, as it was today, some type of discreet clips, hatpins or hairpins also are used to anchor her hat or fascinator in place.

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  38. She lovely today I liked her dress I watched the video ITN video and Kate sings the anthem. then after finished the anthem I noticed that kate wiped her eyes maybe tears? i enjoyed your blogs great.. thank you..

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  39. Pauline Oak Hills13 June 2013 at 23:35

    Great post again Ms. Charlotte. I thought the beautiful Duchess hit it out of the ball park today. I loved the dress/coat. I liked the white dress whe wore under the coat. She did look a little tired to me today. I bet she is getting tired and the baby is moving around & kicking alot. I still don't understand how she can still wear those 4" heels and stand as long as she did today. I hope William gives her a good foot rub tonight.

    I wonder if the standing they have to do at the Garter ceremony is the reason the Duchess will not attend. Or maybe she can just meet them for the carriage ride back to the palace.

    Thanks Ms. Charlotte for all you rhard work to bring us fans this great blog.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA14 June 2013 at 16:44

      Has it been confirmed that Kate will not be at the Garter ceremony on Monday? As an aside, three years ago I wrote for tickets to the Garter parade (I planned to be in London at the time)--and even I, a US citizen--received them--FREE! It was wonderful! Many of the royals (Camilla, Sophie--Kate was not there that year (summer before engagement)--rode down to the chapel in an official car (Even some of the Knights of the Garter who were unable to make the trek to the chapel by foot were transported in cars), then everyone rode back up the hill in the carriages. Kate would be standing only for the parade itself, which is not really that long--and she could be transported in the last car down the hill before the parade, if necessary! I hope Kate can make it!!!

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    2. Hello Lynn. It's not 100% confirmed but it is thought Kate won't be attending. I think she's still undecided.

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    3. Lots of standing in one position required for the Garter ceremony, that was my thought as well. Parade watchers don't get a chance to move about.

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  40. I love it!! Absolutely stunning. A very chic "WOW" factor.

    I don't think the print looks cheap at all. (A print CAN look cheap if the material is spandex or it's black and glow in the dark yellow. LOL.) But certainly not this look given the conservative cut of the coat paired with the traditional hat and pumps.

    And I agree that the print has a wonderful streamlined effect down the center. Something I don't interpret as hiding her pregnancy. She's simply handling it in a very modest and tasteful manner. This is as opposite "Kim-what's-her-name" as it gets. And thank God for that!

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  41. This look is very elegant. It is well thought and every piece is matching. It sits nicely, the coat altered perfectly. As you know I'm very critical of her looks and hardly every give a compliment. But this look is great and I give it 10 out of ten.

    I would also say she is having a boy. Her face expression didn't change at all, only a bit fatter but the eyes are still same, normally with a girl woman changes dramatically, it is very much visible on photos. Kate did not change much, it's a boy.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills14 June 2013 at 17:58

      I don't understand how a facial expression can tell what you are having. I have never heard that.

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    2. Well, IMO Diana's face changed during both pregnancies and we know she didn't have girls. :) Exactly the reason I would rather not make a prediction. LOL.

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  42. Not too keen on the clothes, but she looks beautiful and happy! It's a girl...also, I believe Kate doesn't have a lady in waiting, but have seen the older woman with her on many occasions, i.e. shopping for fabric in Chelsea, Norfolk...does anyone know who she is? Just curious!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.14 June 2013 at 04:57

      Anon 1:55 have a feeling baby might be a girl too but I'd like to see another little Prince. Good question about some of the ladies we've seen out and about with Kate. I have wondered the same thing. Who are these mystery ladies?

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills14 June 2013 at 17:56

      I believe the woman with the Duchess is one of her protection officers. And the Duchess does not have a lady in waiting. And I think it is a girl, at least I hope so.

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  43. I dont think I have ever commented on this blog but I do follow it religously. I think todays look was meant to be one last final hurrah, different but classy and I agree with a lot of the above comments 1) you don't have to flaunt your pregnancy 2) you don't have to look cheap while pregnant 3) I don't see what the big deal about the wearing heels is if you are so used to it anyway, I think she looked beautiful and it was wonderful that she took this one last opportunity to show off a bit

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  44. Re her makeup - take a look at the Bobbi Brown site (they also helped with her makeup on her wedding day). She's a poster girl for the Bobbi Brown look - although the blush was a little heavy but that could have been highlighted by the fact that it's so cold here in the UK at the moment. Didn't like this look particularly, but preferred the slightly longer length and less of the '60s crimplene effect that we've seen with some of the pregnancy outfits! I also don't like to see black suede shoes like this for day wear and I really wish that Lupo her spaniel would take it into his head and chew those wretched nude sledge shoes beyond redemption. As I've said before on here I really wish she'd take a leaf out of Crown Princess Mary's book when it comes to shoes. However, its still a pleasure to see someone who always looks so sunny natured and thoroughly happy and for that I can almost forgive the sledge shoes...!

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  45. Theresa, from Paris14 June 2013 at 11:00

    I think she was great. She behaves with such grace... I'm not a fan of the print, but it really hid her bump fantastically, and I expect that is what she hoped for. I love the way the Duchess interacts wth people. Such fun to watch the videos... She is so at ease now. Lovely to watch ;)

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  46. I think no matter what the royal baby gender was they will love the baby and i dont see the duchess to flaunt her baby bump and wearing high heels well i see princess beatrice and eugeine visting her grandpa in hospital im little worried about prince phillip health..

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  47. No matter what the sex of the royal baby she going to be loves by william and kate i dont she that the duchess wearing high heels or flaunting her baby bump i see some articles about princess beatrice and eugeine visiting their grandfather im worried about prince phillp health meanwhile here the article about the yorks visit prince philllp
    http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2013061413062/princesses-beatrice-and-eugenie-visit-prince-philip/

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  48. Elizabeth in Colorado Springs where we'd love your good thoughts for fire to go away14 June 2013 at 17:45

    First, let me say I've never criticized anything Catherine has worn even though I've not been a fan of some outfits, especially recently. I love how she carries herself and interacts with others. I think she's just darling and a great role model. That said, I am very anti animal prints, and honestly, my first thought when I saw this coat was "Cruella DeVille." Even though I know animal prints are not real animals, I just have this aversion to them. I know a lot liked this look; I just didn't. Eh, that's my two cents.

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  49. @Elizabeth in Colorado Springs

    No need to apologise when you don't like something, taste can be different.

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  50. Pauline Oak Hills15 June 2013 at 02:50

    royalfan- I love all your comments but this one really has me. Now we have to remember that Princess Di and our other beautiful woman our Duchess are two completely different people. And I wish people would not contiune to compare these two beautiufl women. . It is not fair to the Duchess to always be compared to William's beloved mother. And I do respect your comments.

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    1. Yes I agree with you Pauline. The Duchess is her own person who is doing a great job in her own way. I would hate to think that she would be worried about how she compares with Diana. William fell in love with Kate for who she is.

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  51. Just because this post is about princesses, I have a question about titles. Charlotte (or anyone else who might know!) are there are any occasions when Duchess Catherine might use the title Princess William, or when it would be correct to address her that way? Love her outfit and love this blog! Lee from Canada

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    1. Hello Lee, I don't believe so. Kate's official title is Duchess of Cambridge :)

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    2. Thanks, Charlotte! Lee

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  52. she is awesome ..i love her in this attire...looking fantastic..

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  55. Rachel, London.17 June 2013 at 04:54

    Hello Charlotte/blog readers, I note that you describe the white garment underneath's Kate's coat as a 'dress' but actually I thought it was a petticoat. Someone here mentioned that they had seen a video of this event and Kate was seen wiping her eyes; reading that brought home to me just how difficult her role must be and I really felt for her. She's only a young woman, and the eyes of the world are constantly scrutinising her. I think that she has been a tremendous pillar of support and stability for William. I do hope that they have a very happy life together; they are about to embark on a new phase of their lives as parents.

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