Saturday, 15 June 2013

Kate Pretty In Pink For Trooping The Colour

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived in a horse drawn carriage with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall for today's Trooping the Colour, which is also known as the Queen's birthday parade.


Although the Queen's birthday is April 21st, it has long been tradition to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in June, when good weather is more likely. Her Majesty has attended Trooping the Colour, every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike cancelled the event.


Kate was all smiles as she appeared to spot someone in the crowd.


On horseback were Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, Prince Charles, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, and the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals.


Prince Philip was noticeably absent from this year's celebrations. The 92-year old underwent an exploratory operation at the private London Clinic last Friday after which he was said to be "progressing satisfactorily". Yesterday, Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Harry visited him and said he was feeling "much better". No doubt he will be sorry to have missed this year's parade, as last year he attended just one week after receiving treatment for a bladder infection. He is expected to remain in hospital for two weeks and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.


The Queen invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent to join her in the glass coach for the journey from Buckingham Palace along the mall. Looking regal in a blue coat, Her Majesty completed the look with a striking white and blue hat.

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Royal photographer Mark Stewart shared a photo of Buckingham Palace looking splendid in the sunshine via Twitter.

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More than 1600 officers and soldiers took part in the traditional display of military pageantry. More on this year's parade from HM Armed Forces Facebook Page:

'There were more than 200 horses on parade, and more than 400 musicians from all the Household Division Bands & Corps of Drums marched and played as one. The famous Drum Horses of the Mounted Bands with their immaculately waxed moustaches were also on parade.'

I was interested to read Trooping the Colour actually originated from traditional preparations for battle. Colours, or flags were trooped down the rank so it could be seen by the soldiers. In 1748, it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign's official birthday.

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The Royal Family assembled on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force perform a flypast at 1 p.m.


The flypast is always an unforgettable part of the event and today was no exception.

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Harry never fails to make Kate smile on the balcony.


Today marks the third consecutive year Kate has attended the event. In 2011, the Duchess opted for a McQueen coat-dress and last year she chose an Erdem dress.


Kate looked elegant in a pink coat with a heavy collar, three-quarter length sleeve and pearl buttons. It is said to be a bespoke Alexander McQueen piece. The Duchess seems to favour light pinks, it's a colour we've seen her opt for many times and it's an excellent choice for her colouring. I thought it an excellent choice for the event and it looked like a comfortable garment for Kate who is eight months pregnant.


Kate brought back her pink Jane Corbett hat.

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Kate accessorised with pearl earrings.


It is thought Trooping the Colour marked Kate's final public appearance before the birth of Baby Cambridge. According to several royal reporters there are "no plans" for her to attend the Order of the Garter ceremonies on Monday although it's not been completely ruled out yet. I hope the Duchess has an opportunity to relax and enjoy the final weeks of her pregnancy. It's a very exciting time for her and William!


Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

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  1. Hmm. I wonder if the pink coat is a signal about Baby Cambridge? Would love it if she had a little girl named Alexandra. :-)

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  2. Love the pink coat i think she looks beautiful and happy i love that she enjoying the final stage of her pregancy and i think she bought back the hat in garden party i miss prince phillp in tropping colours

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  3. What is that piece of cloth on her lap?

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    1. It's just a carriage blanket, or "lap rug," for warmth.

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  4. What a pretty coat! Very elegant, she looks beautiful. Watching it now, it always amazes me - the accuracy! How they control the horses like that as well! Amazing!

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  5. Jean from Lancs.15 June 2013 at 12:43

    She gets better and better! In my opinion her choice of clothes during her pregnancy has been spot on--thank goodness neither the tight things beloved of so many pregnant ladies, nor the bell-tents of others.
    She has continued to look beautiful and elegant.
    Big family turnout today and all appearing on good terms.

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    1. I agree with you that she looks fabulous Jean and her clothing choices have been spot on during her pregnancy and I also agree that many pregnant ladies look pretty dreadful. I dispute that pregnant women are necessarily "beloved" of their choices of maternity wear though. Most women simply have to wear whatever is available and within their budget. I pretty much hated everything that was available when I was pregnant and would love to have worn bespoke Alexander McQueen

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    2. Jean from Lancs.16 June 2013 at 13:40

      Minerva,
      I was certainly not criticizing the clothes of most pregnant women---merely those who appear regularly in newspapers etc and most certainly court the attention. Most of them or not short of money.

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    3. I do hear you Jean. Here's to hoping that Kate's wonderful sense of style rubs off on them too. :-)

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  6. They all look very happy in the carriage :)

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  7. Kate has always been so aware of what she wears, so I definitely think (hope) that her wearing pink on her final engagement means she is having a girl!! She looks perfect!

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA15 June 2013 at 16:18

      I think Kate (and William!)have wicked senses of humor and they are having a good time teasing and tantalizing us with their little "hints." However, the pink was beautiful no matter which sex the baby turns out to be!

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  8. Love it! Pink suits her so good! It makes me want to go shopping for that color. The picture of the manequine wearing the hat (the one with the sunglasses) is hilarious! Where did you find it?

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  9. Jane from New England15 June 2013 at 13:55

    She looks wonderful. I agree with Jean from Lancs, completely! I truly do not think she or William know the sex of the baby. I heard a British reporter say that it is not usual that people find out in advance there, like in the States. I think she just likes pink! Anyway, we won't ever know for sure if she did or did not know! And it doesn't matter to me, either. It is going to be exciting to find out! And our wishes for a healthy baby, whichever it is.

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    1. What an odd thing for the reporter to say...it is very usual for parents to find out the gender of their baby before birth in Great Britain; in fact I don't know a parent that hasn't! :)
      Louise, Bath UK

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  10. Jean from Lancs.15 June 2013 at 14:28

    Charlotte,
    I believe the colour trooped was the 2nd Bn Welsh Guards.

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  11. Charlotte love all the photoswonderful the yorks girls are nice too what prince edward dress up the countess wessex looks good in her coat camilla looking so smsrt

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  12. why wouldnt kate attend the order of the garter ceremony? its just two days from now!

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    1. Jane from New England15 June 2013 at 16:59

      For one thing, it is quite a distance away from London, and the travel might be a consideration. Maybe she will surprise everyone and show up there!

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    2. Jane from New England15 June 2013 at 17:05

      My mistake! I was thinking it was Sandringham, but it is at Windsor, so perhaps she will go there. It isn't far.

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    3. My guess would be that because normally the garter ceremony involves lots of standing around - not the most comfortable thing to do at this stage in her pregnancy!

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    4. I've read that Kate hasn't been feeling well, which may be one of the reasons she's not planning on attending the Order of the Garter ceremony...?

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    5. Would she have to stand a lot?
      Lee from Canada

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  13. Sarah from Calif.15 June 2013 at 15:04

    Absolutely lovely :) A Fairy tale Princess.

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  14. For those of you who wonder if Sophie and Edward's son, James, will ever start to appear in public - he was on the balcony today. I believe this is how his sister, Louise, started her public 'appearances' - so it does appear that Sophie and Edward like to introduce their children to the public gradually.

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    1. Jean from Lancs.15 June 2013 at 21:45

      Yes there is a photo elsewhere---during the fly past I think.

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  15. Lovely hat and coat. I feel absolutely certain Catherine's color selection has nothing to do with her baby's sex. What a silly thing that would be. She's worn several outfits in a pink or peach fabric, suits her dark hair. The Queen looks magnificent in her blue.
    Whatever happened to the wonderful print silk dress Catherine wore to a polo match here in the States in 2011? Can't recall the maker now. Never saw her wear it again.

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    1. She later wore it to a wedding in the UK. It was a hand-painted silk dress by Jenny Packham, who designed the pale peach-pink coat and nude lace dress the Duchess wore to the Queen's Coronation anniversary service near the beginning of this month.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA16 June 2013 at 17:12

      Yes, Vittoria, If I recall correctly, she wore the dress with a gray silk coat (from her first Garter ceremony as Duchess of Cambridge) to a Spencer family wedding at one of those beautiful gray stone churches that embellish the English countryside at every turn. (I hope Britons don't take those churches for granted. I gasp each time I see one.) But, then, when I'm in Britain I do a lot of gasping!

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  16. Pauline Oak HIlls15 June 2013 at 15:23

    Charlotte another great post. Our girl looked so beautiful and glowing today. I loved her dress/coat. She hit it out of the ball park again today. I am sure going to miss her for all the time she will be gone. I just hope we see her on Monday even if it is just for minute.

    One question, why in the world is Edward in a uniform? By what I have read he dropped out of the royal marines. To me he does not belong wearing a military uniform if he has not served his country like William, Harry, Charles and Andrew have done.

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    1. Remember he doesn't dress up to fit your taste or expectations. He must have a pretty good reason to wear a uniform I suppose.

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    2. Prince Edward is Honorary Colonel of various military bodies, a standard custom with the royals. Even the women can hold these honors, though none of the women has actually served. (Well, the Queen was trained as a driver/mechanic in the ATS during World War, too, but that was an auxiliary women's service.)

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    3. Pauline Oak HIlls15 June 2013 at 19:54

      @Anonymous- You know you do not need to get nasty. I was just asking a question and IMO if you do not serve your country then you do not deserve to wear a uniform. So if you know so much then answer my question instead of being nasty.

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    4. The Trooping of the Colour is carried out by the 5 Regiments of the Household Division - and each of these has an Royal Honorary Colonel (Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, PRince William, Duke of Kent and Princess Anne).

      Only uniforms of regiments of the Household Division can be worn. Edward is Royal Honorary Colonel of the London Regiment which is the Territorial Army part of Household Division. He has held this post since 2011 and has worn the uniform to the TTC each year since.

      So he is entitled to wear that uniform at this event - and can I add I dont know why you should pick him out when Princess Anne has never served either.

      All Royal Family Members hold Honorary positions in the Military.

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    5. @ Pauline -- I share your opinion of Edward in uniform. IMO, tradition is wonderful, but in HIS case I think he waived the right to wear one.

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    6. Pauline I totally agree with you about Edward. I am British and it makes me mad to see Edward in uniform or as twitter said he's in fancy dress! It seems the palace think the British public have forgotten he is a non military man we haven't and nothing wrong with him not being in the miliatry it doesn't suit all , but please stop dressing up as if you have. I find it dis respectful. Liz Wiltshire

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    7. CP -- I understand the concept of an honorary position/uniform and I realize that Princess Anne has not served in the military. The difference is that Edward QUIT. Therefore, out of respect for the men and women who do/have served, he should decline the honorary position as well.

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    8. Interesting conversation. I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about ANY of the royals being entitled through "service" to wear a military uniform. The reason I say that is because even as they "serve" in the military, Charles, William and Harry are protected and sheltered to a degree that the regular British military soldier, sailor, Marine or airman never have and the extraordinary privilege they have in civilian life also accompanies them during their military "service." For them, it seems to be more or less playing at military service rather than enduring the danger and hardships of actual service. And yes, I know Harry went to Afghanistan but what the public will never be told is how much money and military resources went into keeping him well out of danger and very well protected during those tours in Afghanistan.

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    9. Sarah from Calif.16 June 2013 at 02:16

      Very interesting topic indeed. Being I'm not British and don't live there I really don't have an opinion for everyone to chat about.
      Elizabeth can't agree with your comment " it seems to be more or less playing at military service rather than enduring the danger......" just the thought of being in one of those helicopters gives me the chills. I do think everyone knows there is a price to pay to have Harry out there on the battlefield. How much better to have your monarchs fighting for you instead of being blamed for doing nothing.

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    10. The members of the royal who served in the military -Phillip, Charles, Andrew, William, Harry, Duke of Kent- were real soldiers and sailors. Phillip fought in WWII Andrew in the Falklands, Harry in Afghanistan, William flys a helicopter in bad weather in a mountain range to rescue people. Both Harry and William graduated from Sandhurst which isn't going to treat them any different from any other cadet. I think that is one of the reasons that William and Harry love being in the military because they are just Ft Lt Wales and Capt Wales.

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    11. Jean from Lancs.16 June 2013 at 09:30

      At the time that Prince Edward was given honorary positions in the military, he was reported to have refused them for the very reasons many are now criticizing him, but was told he didn't have the choice, All members of the Royal family have honorary commissions, including the ladies. In due course Catherine will have some (as did Princess Diana).
      I believe Edward's are all reserve regiments.
      Prince Andrew's are, I think, all naval as he served in the navy for so long and it is probably not done to wear Naval Uniform in a purely army affair.
      We would never have known of Prince Harry's service in Afghanistan, if it wasn't for foreign magazines breaking the news, with no regard for anyone's safety. Prince William was refused point blank to serve in Afghanistan, so searched until he realized that in Air, Sea Rescue he could take full part. If any of you saw the TV programme last week about this unit, you will realize he is doing a job well worth doing--keeping a helicopter steady in all weathers over the Welsh mountains or the sea, whilst a man descends on a wire to rescue a person in distress is no sinecure.

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    12. I do think that the royals climb to an officers role and have better roles ie harry as a captain and helicopter flying as a royal than if they were a man or woman off the street. Would a normal person with qualifications as harry ever get to be a pilot or captain with a normal background. It does seem to be higher educated people who get those roles in the uk at least not the normal soldier etc. so yes they do have the privelages once again and the plush roles so not normal service men. On another note I really think Anne looks ridiculous in her uniform, if she was my mother I'd gave to say mum look more feminine! Liz uk

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    13. Sarah from Calif.16 June 2013 at 19:17

      Thank you Jean for this noteworthy information.
      To any man (in the Allied nations) who puts on a uniform in Military capacities, no matter what you do. To cleaning the latrines or scrubbing the deck.......hats off. As we all know to stand up for Freedom even by wearing a t-shirt can put ones life in harms way (Woolworth St.)

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    14. Pauline Oak HIlls16 June 2013 at 21:09

      Both William and Harry went to a military academy to become officers. It is the same here in the States, if you attend one of our military academy you become an officer. Neither William or Harry got to fly choppers without going to the academy and passing a bunch of test. They are not just going to let someone even royal fly a chopper without be educated and trained to fly. I beleive that any person in the UK that can get into the academy (can pass teh entrance test) can do the samething as these two royals.

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  17. Beautiful photos of a young couple in love soon to become parents!
    Charlotte, how would you feel if Wills and Kate have a little girl and name her after after you? After all Charlotte is a royal name and there is prince Charles to consider. So Charlotte, Elizabeth, Diana, Carole (or Caroline). I think you have your chances, especially if they read your wonderful blog. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

    Monica, France

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    1. A royal correspondent suggested Charlotte during our twitter chat. It would be fun for sure :) Family names will play a huge part in the decision, I do love Alexandra and Alice for a girl and would love to see Diana and Elizabeth included in the middle names!

      So many conflicting reports about Garter, I'll update 'Kate's Upcoming Dates' should anything concrete emerge.

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  18. The white McQueen piece the Duchess wore in 2011 is not a "coat dress". A coat dress is a dress styled like a coat but meant to be worn as a dress, only over undergarments. The McQueen coat is meant to be worn OVER a dress (or other garments), as in fact the Duchess has worn it. In other words, it can be taken off in public. It's a coat, not a coat dress.

    There's also a "dress coat," which is a particularly dressy coat.

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  19. Kate is looking pretty in Pink!!Although I was hoping she would recycle her lace dress that she wore for the Queen's coronation service. She did recycle the hat she wore last year to the garden tea party.Overall a simple, chic and classic look,,thanks chica for the update!xoxo

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  20. The Duchess looked happy and glowing today! It's exciting to think that one of the next times we'll see her in public is when she's leaving the hospital with her baby. :o)

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  21. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)15 June 2013 at 16:55

    Great post, Charlotte!
    I don't know why, but I love to see the Princess Royal dressed in her military regalia and riding with the guys! Maybe it's the love of Girl Power....
    Kate looked pretty today--actually everyone did. Even the sisters (bless their hearts)! :)
    Oh! I also wanted to tell everyone that I really enjoyed the #BCF chat! So much fun!
    Have a wonderful weeekend, everyone!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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    1. The twitter chat was so much fun, thank you for participating!

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    2. Agreed! Twitter chat was great :) so fast paced I couldn't keep up from my mobile! Thanks for arranging it Charlotte!
      Louise, Bath UK

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    3. Me too! I had a great time participating the chat via Twitter! I hope we can do this more often!

      Ana B. from Brazil

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    4. Sad to have missed the chat. The computer where I`m staying is too slow. Glad those of you participating had fun. :o)

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  22. i love the soft pink color - it looks great with her skin. but i am perplexed by her choosing a high-end (and known for innovative designs) designer to create a bespoke coat she could buy in any maternity dept! i kind of feel sorry for sarah burton who can't turn away such an important commission, but is asked to create designs she would never create as part of her label.

    other likes:
    sophie's hat
    york girls' outfits, but not so much bea's hat (maybe it is worn too far back?)

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    1. I wonder about that sometimes too. When you look at their collection you see very extravagant pieces. Not ``really``Kates style. They should call it a Sarah Burton piece and not an Allexander Mc Queen.

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  23. Great post! Thank you so much for your hard work!

    I'm only wondering why they would have Kate sit with Camilla and not Prince William... was he doing something else?
    And I don't know if its how she wears clothes, but she definitely is showing her pregnancy! But then when she sits down...gone. Doesn't really stick out. (This is NOT a conspiracy!) Just bizarre :)

    But all in all, I loved what she wore today :)

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    1. Hello Stephanie,

      William was on horseback as Colonel of the Irish Guards :)

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    2. Oh how funny I thought that about her bump too!! And no I'm not conspiracy thinking either. Looks like she's carrying very low. Bea. Boston

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA16 June 2013 at 16:57

      I was actually wondering whether the baby has already dropped? I have always been suspicious that the (approximate)"due date" shared with the public is actually a week or two later than the actual date in order to keep the fever pitch of curiosity and excitement tamped down a bit. In other words, Kate's "middle of July" might actually mean "first of July"? Does anyone else share my suspicion?

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    4. Jean from Lancs.16 June 2013 at 19:29

      Must admit I thought that too, but it's hard too tell.
      I just hope for her sake loads of paparazzi do not park themselves outside wherever she is living.

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    5. @ LYNN Georgia USA....

      YES!! I have suspected the same thing all along! LOL. And for the very same reasons. :)

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    6. Lynn, I agree. I think the fact that her last engagement was June 15 and her appearance, the baby has dropped noticeably from just 2-3 weeks ago, give more credit to a late June, early July due date vs. the mid-July date that was put out earlier. I can't imagine why the false date would have been circulated, Kate and William and the others who live at KP seem to come and go at ease from there so there certainly isn't a worry about that. She's also definitely added some weight, though in no way would she qualify as overweight, in the last few weeks, another good sign that her due date is closer, not further out.

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  24. She looks gorgeous!! I love that hat!

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  25. Oh, this outfit is just delightful! I should think the Duchess can wear almost any colour, but I agree with those who feel pastel shades suit her best. It's heart-warming to see her looking so relaxed, happy, and beautiful as she awaits the big birthday! I'm still in awe of the way she seems to have slipped so easily into her royal role. Despite knowing members of "The Firm" for some years before her engagement, and even with William's support and lots of help from other family members and staff, there's probably been a huge learning curve for her. She is one remarkable young lady and I'm just happy I've lived long enough to see her married to her prince, start their own family and to watch her spreading her wings! Given the capabilities we've already seen her demonstrate, I'm pretty sure we ain't seen nothin' yet!
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  26. She looked so lovely today! I think the hat looked beautiful today with the coat dress (I wasn't really a fan of the pairing with the dress at the garden party). I hope we get to see her again in a couple days! Thanks Charlotte!

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  27. Catherine looks lovely in pink! I like this outfit so much better than last year's, and in most photos from this year she looks barely pregnant – glad to see her looking so well. I also noticed James (Edward and Sophie's son) on the balcony, nice to see their whole family.

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  28. Kate looked absolutely beautiful. This shade of pink is very soft and flattering. And it's nice to see how well William, Kate and Harry get along. Won't he be the greatest uncle ever!?

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    1. Fantastic the whole lot of em are a breath of fresh air to thos outdated monarchy

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  29. She looked beautiful she is a breath pf fresh air to this frumpy out of date monarchy so is prince william I love them both I cant wait to see and be so proud to see this wonderful couple on our throne wonderful and cant wait for the baby they look so much in love finally our monarchy is making us proud be british!

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  30. I think she failed absolutely with her choice. The hat is terrible.

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  31. Elizabeth in Colorado16 June 2013 at 05:15

    I loved this. This was, in my opinion, her best pregnancy look yet. I agree with all who've said we will miss seeing her, but isn't it lovely to see her looking so happy and well? Seeing this post was a breath of air for me as here in Colorado we've had such terrible, destructive fires and so much loss and heartache.

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    1. I`m staying in CO with my brother-in-law, Elizabeth, and we had to drive past the Black Forest fire the day it started. Even that was scary and it`s gotten so much worse since then. :o( I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

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  32. It is interesting to note the progressive adornments to William's uniform. Perhaps you can just recap for us what everyone stands for, Charlotte. That brings me to another question - after the wedding,when William and Kate drove out of Buckingham Palace, she was still wearing her wedding gown but William was wearing a dark uniform jacket and I have always wondered what jacket it was but could not find any reference to it. Kate looked lovely today and yes, she is carrying low and I think her hight also helps her carry 'small'. Thank you for the beautiful posts!

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  33. Don't know whether she knows sex but suspect if she does, it's a boy. Her remarks on wanting a boy make me think that, even though she hedged by saying William would like a girl. Notice she has avoided her usual favorite blue (as noted in Vogue) a lot during this pregnancy. Only the one patterned dress and the dress at portrait gallery that I can think of, nothing recently.

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  34. Robin Indiana USA
    The Duchess looked so happy today and William was quite handsome in his uniform riding on his horse. Catherine's pale pink outfit is so pretty and refreshing. I do hope we get to see her at the Garter ceremony. I want to wish them a healthy and blessed baby. This was one of my favorite post. Thank you Charlotte.

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  35. Sarah from Calif.16 June 2013 at 16:53

    I don't know if you have Father's Day in England but in US it is today. A hearty cheer to Prince Philip, Charles and soon to be father William and all of the fathers in the world who love and care for their children, wives and families.

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    1. Pauline Oak HIlls16 June 2013 at 21:11

      Hello Sarah from Calif.
      Yes the UK has Fathers Day and it is also today. It is so exciting to know that William in the next few weeks will become a daddy himself.

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  36. McQueen does a great job with style, choice of fabrics, length, quality of workmanship etc. for Kate's clothing. I prefer McQueen over Emilia Wickstead clothing.

    Some random thoughts...

    - The Dalamation coat was kind of meh for me. I didn't care for the hat with it. I was thinking a sleek pony tail and maybe some coral, turqoise or mango colored court shoes with a similar colored bag to add a pop of color. Or just black patent court shoes - I put my suede shoes away for the fall already... I think the coat would look better with skinny pants and sleek shoes.

    - I think names for the baby, if a boy would include Phillip, Charles, Michael and Peter (This covers all the grandfathers and great grandfathers). For a girl, Charlotte would be doubtful because Earl Spencer just named his new daughter Charlotte Diana. I am thinking Alice (after Prince Phillip's mother who had a very sad but interesting life. She did a lot of humanitarian work), Elizabeth, Diana, Carole.

    - It would be interesting to know - but none of my business - how she decides on the outfits. Does she look online at John Lewis, LK Bennett, TopShop, etc and order things she likes? Does her secretary go and pick things up? Is there a personal shopper in the store that selects things that seem like hits? Do the design houses send over sketches and swatches? Maybe they come over to the palace for fittings?

    I look at the websites when I travel - I look at the Nordstrom website and order things. I mainly take them back though because I really have to try things on in the store. My father thinks that Nordstrom will eventually cut off my credit card for my returns...

    Cj from Minneapolis

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills16 June 2013 at 23:36

      CJ
      I believe the Duchess does all her own shopping. She does not have a persoanla shopper nor do I beleive Rebecca goes and brings things back to her. I believe who ever she has chosen to make her outfit, they go to her. Now all of this is things I have read and things that were said when she was getting read for one of the tours.

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    2. Beatrix in New York17 June 2013 at 15:44

      CJ I had to LOL when I read what your father thinks about you Nordstrom CC. My husband thinks the same and that tey will eventually ban me from shopping at several stores. It's just that nothing is quite like in store shopping.

      I would have liked the pop of color with the dalmatian coat too.

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    3. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)20 June 2013 at 03:34

      A pop of color would have been a nice touch and I would love to see a sleek ponytail, too! (but I think she still looked adorable!) :)
      I, too, had to laugh at the credit card comment because my husband looks absolutely sick every time I come home with Macy's bags and he has said thaty he wishes that someone would ban me from the mall on several occasions!
      Happy Shopping, Ladies! :)
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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  37. I guess I'm a little late but, still...
    I agree with many of you that Catherine barely looks pregnant when she wears coats like this! Her face just looks fuller than usual and that's it! But even when she wasn't carrying a baby, everytime she gained weight we could only see it because her face was fuller! I guess that's her thing ;)
    She looked adorable and that color suits her very well!
    I guess now we'll just have to wait! Hope everything goes well for her these next few weeks!
    Hope you've had a great weekend!
    Hugs :)

    Ana B. from Brazil

    PS: Kate from Texas can't to wait to hear from you!

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  38. I forgot to say that I think that Cams is looking really good too. It would be interesting to know if it is the bee sting facials that are making her look younger...or whatever she is doing...

    CJ in Minneapolis

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  39. Pauline Oak HIlls16 June 2013 at 21:14

    Hello Ms. Charlotte-
    I know this blog is about our beautiful Duchess but if there are pictures out there of William playing polo on Saturday & Sunday can you post them along with what charities they were playing for.

    I really miss hearing that the Duchess did not attend either match. And I read where she & William will be attending a wedding next Saturday. Now it brings me to the question maybe we will see her at the Garter ceremony tomorrow. We can cross our fingers & hope. Also I understand she is with her dad today.

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    1. Hi Pauline, if Kate doesn't attend the Garter ceremony I will post about William's polo match and other news :)

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills16 June 2013 at 23:44

      Thank you Charlotte. I would like to see a post about her attending the Garter ceremony but Williams polo was for charity.

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  40. Just watched a video of this year's Trooping the Colour. This question is a little off-topic but does anyone know if all the bearskin hats are made from artificial fur? It amuses me to see that the straps on those huge hats are positioned just under the lower lip. I wonder why there and not under the chin. Lee from Canada

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  41. Pauline Oak Hills16 June 2013 at 23:48

    I just love the lst picture Charlotte posted of the beautiful Duchess & her Prince. People ask why don't they show more PDA in public. Well just look at this picture and it tell's it all. They don't have to hold hands or William does not have to have his arm around her, just the look's they give each other tell's how much in love they are. Also I love the way the Duchess looks at him, just melts my heart.

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    1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)20 June 2013 at 03:38

      Pauline, your posts always make me smile! (I know I have told you this before but I just had to say it again). I sighed when I read this!
      PS: Kate from Texas we need updates! :)
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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  42. Lee, See below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearskin

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    1. Thanks for the link, Vittoria. Followed some of the their links too and found all kinds of interesting stuff! Turns out it was too dangerous for them to wear the straps under their chins in battle - they needed to be able to get rid of those towering hats in a hurry! Lee

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  43. Rachel, London17 June 2013 at 04:03

    Hello all. Some really interesting bits & pieces mentioned in the comments section here; discussion about William & Harry being in the military/search & rescue. Someone here wondered if they would have got to the role of Captain (in the case of Harry) if he hadn't been a prince. I do tend to agree with them. It's quite unusual to be a military officer without having a degree and in addition, Harry got very poor 'A' level results as well. The fact that William and Harry, understandably, do want 'proper' jobs does raise certain questions regarding Britain's high profile monarchy in this modern age. As somebody rightly pointed out on this page; the fact that Harry was in Afghanistan was at a considerable expense, he had special bodyguards with him. Changing the subject to the Duchess, I agree with most of the comments here that this outfit is absolutely delighful and looks of high quality. I saw the black and cream lace 'Zara' dress she wore in one of its branches and the quality of the fabric looked dreadful close up, really cheap. I also saw the teal outfit she wore in Leicester (I think) by L K Bennett in one of its shops, and again, the fabric looked horribly cheap and of poor quality. Interesting that it doesn't appear so in photos, Kate must realise this. As people have said, her bump looks quite small for her stage in pregnancy, quite incredible. Maybe she hasn't put on much weight, either. By the way, there was a programme on Channel 5 recently, Charlotte may have mentioned this, 'William and Kate: baby makes three' it was on Thurs 13th June, and repeated today (Sunday)

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  44. Rachel, London17 June 2013 at 04:05

    I'd like to see Kate's 'Dalmation' coat close up. Is it just a shiny, plastic mac?

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  45. Rachel, London17 June 2013 at 04:22

    People here have talked about their opinion that Edward should not be able to be the Commander-in-Chief of a regiment and wear the military uniform as he quit the forces. However, I think that, to some extent, it's irrelevant. In addition, I believe that it did take courage for him to quit. There are rumours that he was mocked and bullied whilst there. Aslo, the Marines are known to be the toughest of the Forces. Someone said that the others are 'real' members of the Forces. However, although William spent time in all three forces, and went to Sandhurst Military Academy and so forth, his search and rescue role is not really a 'military service' one, though I accept that this service, at the moment, is provided by the RAF.

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  46. Z. from Portugal17 June 2013 at 11:22

    I'm a little late, but I think Kate looks great on this colour! And, indeed, she is so fit that she barely seems pregnant. I love the pictures where she is smiling and laughing with Harry, he must be real fun :)
    And the Queen is awesome in that beautiful blue!

    Kate's coat only has only two little things: the heavy collar and the pearl buttons are ageing...

    I can't believe it's only 4 weeks to go! Baby Cambridge is going to be the big news of this summer :)
    Hugs!

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    1. I agree she looks fabulous! I read an article that was saying she was maybe giving a hint at the gender of her baby. I doubt this.

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  47. Im so happy that prince phillip leave the hospital and now the trooping garter cermony BTW our duchess was on cover of us weekly and hello magazine

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  48. There was a new Knight installed this year. Your article needs correcting

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  49. Congratulation for kate middleton and william and lots of blessing for thier baby may he live longer and also become as a blessing for his parents :)

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