Thursday, 12 September 2013

Glittering Kate Shines At Tusk Conservation Awards

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the guests of honour at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards this evening.


Members of the media lined the streets to photograph the couple and report on the event.

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Prince William became patron of conservation charity Tusk Trust  in December 2005 and has been supporting their work through a series of public engagements and behind the scenes work since. It is undoubtedly one of the charities he is most passionate about.


William recently said he feels "very protective of wildlife, which is why I get emotional about it. You want to stand up for what is vulnerable and needs protecting. Elephants, rhinos, and many others animals that are persecuted don't have a voice." William proposed to Kate in Kenya, and supporting Tusk Trust and Africa is obviously very important to them both.


Both he and Kate looked very happy as they arrived at the gala. The event marked Kate's second official appearance since Prince George was born seven weeks ago.


It has been a busy week for the couple who left Anglesey, North Wales for the final time earlier this week, Prince William completed his final shift at RAF Valley on Tuesday, bringing his three year posting on the isle to an end.


Before the awards, the Cambridges met finalists and guests including Ronnie Wood and host Kate Silverton at a private reception.

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The Cambridges entering the hall with Tusk Trust's Sarah Watson.

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The Tusk Conservation Awards aim to highlight the outstanding achievements of individuals working within the field of conservation. From practical field work to successful environmental education, these awards recognise the achievements of individuals who are ensuring the future of Africa and bringing the challenges faced by the continent to a global audience.

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Prince William presented the two annual awards.

  • The Prince William Award For Conservation In Africa - Awarded to a distinguished individual for their outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa over a minimum of ten years. It is very much considered a lifetime achievement award.
  • The Tusk Award For Conservation In Africa -  Awarded to an individual with a minimum of five years experience who has demonstrated a considerable commitment to conservation and has already made a significant impact. The award recognises an up-and-coming conservationist whose work shows real promise.
William presenting Clive Stockil with his award for lifetime commitment.

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Kate chatting to Tusk Conservation Award winner Tom Lalampaa and his wife Grace.

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Tusk Trust shared this message about their patron.

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The awards were held at The Royal Society in London, a learned society for science, which is thought to be the oldest such society still in existence. Founded in 1660 it was granted a Royal Charter (a formal document issued by a monarch, granting a right or power to an individual or body) by King Charles II as 'The Royal Society of London'. Today the society acts as a scientific advisor to the government, receiving a parliamentary grant-in-aid. It seemed a perfect choice of venue for the awards.


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Rebecca English shared a photo from outside the Royal Society, which was appropriately decorated for the event :)

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William and Kate enjoyed chatting with guests.

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The couple told guests it was the first time they had left Baby George at home with nanny Jessie Webb and in William's short speech he spoke of bringing his son to Africa someday.

'Catherine and I have recently become proud parents of a baby who has a voice to match any lion's roar. This is our first evening out without him... please excuse us if you see us nervously casting surreptitious glances at mobiles. 
Catherine and I very much hope to introduce him to East Africa - a place we known and love - in the fullness of time. 
Like any new parents, our thoughts inevitably turn to the world that our child will inherit.  It is unfathomable to imagine a world in which children who have been born in the past couple of months may grow up in a world in which rhinoceros have ceased to live in the wild.

The possibility of extinction is bad enough for one of our children growing up here in the West, who will never experience the magic of seeing a rhino; or even for my own little George, who Catherine and I very much hope to introduce to east Africa – a place we know and love – in the fullness of time.

But for a child growing up in Africa and whose birth-right and economic inheritance these creatures are, it is nothing more than immoral that he or she may never experience what his parents and grandparents knew and treasured.'

Kate looking on as William gives his speech.


I don't think we can go any further without mentioning Kate's dress.


The glittering Duchess stole the show in a sequin gown by the one and only Jenny Packham. The dress bears remarkable similarities to a dress from the designer's diffusion line No.1 By Jenny Packham For Debenhams (with thanks to Michelle). It originally retailed for £225 before being reduced to £180, and it is now sold out. However, there are difference between this dress and Kate's; it's possible the Duchess had modifications made or it is an entirely bespoke piece modelled on the dress shown below.

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The gown is embroidered with shiny sequins and features a high round neck and drop waist. The luxurious garment exudes old Hollywood glamour. It was a fantastic choice for the glamorous event; somewhat similar to the rose Packham gown she chose for the ARK Gala back in 2011.

A look at the back of the dress.



Update: Jenny Packham confirmed the Duchess's dress is the style below. It retailed for €2389, however it is currently sold out. Kate's piec is described as 'a full length pale gold sequin evening gown with crystal motif'.

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Kate chose her Jimmy Choo 'Vamp' Sandals for the event.


Kate's diamond bracelet is believed to have been a wedding gift from Prince Charles. The Duchess also accessorised with matching diamond earrings. 


You can watch a video of the Cambridges arriving at ITN News and The Telegraph.


A sixty minute documentary featuring an exclusive interview with Prince William and the Tusk Award winners and nominees is due to be broadcast on CNN and ITV on September 15. Definitely one to watch.

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As we mentioned earlier in the post, William has completed his time at RAF Valley. We've been waiting for almost a year to hear the Prince's future plans and today, Kensington Palace announced the news he is to leave the military and focus on royal duties and public service.

More from the Official Statement:

'He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with the Duchess of Cambridge.
 The Duke will work closely over the next twelve months with the Royal Foundation of  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species.
 The Duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces.'

It will be something of a transitional year for William who is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course. The statement also revealed William, Kate and George will move into their official residence at Kensington Palace within the next few weeks.

Royal correspondent Rebecca English shared this.


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What will the next twelve months involved for William? The Daily Express revealed this.

'He will not become a fulltime working royal yet though after The Queen and Prince Charles agreed he could be more usefully employed for now doing other things than settling down to a life of ribbon-cutting.
Instead he plans to spend the time he would have devoted to military duties on high-profile projects, including campaigning against poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife products.
 He will be undertaking a wider variety of royal engagements, including a couple of investitures on behalf of the Queen for the first time. William, also intends to spend time learning more about his father's hereditary estate the Duchy of Cornwall, which he will one day inherit'.

It is surprising news, as many had thought William would return to his old regiment in London and take up a part-time military role. It took him quite a long time to reach this decision, and he obviously wanted to wait until the arrival of George to see how fatherhood would affect his plans. We'll see William and Kate taking on a greater role within the Royal Family, both at home and overseas. What do you think of William's decision? It's a tough balance for him, as a father and a future King.

188 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress, beautiful Kate (great post Charlotte)! I do think the sparkle and neckline would look better with her hair off her chest - there's too much going on and it looks a tad overwhelmed but am so happy to see her support this great cause and the styling otherwise is lovely. :)

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    1. Agreed about the hair. Especially since the back of the dress is a focal point, hair hanging down covers it up. I also wish that she would have painted her toenails (personal peeve of mine, I'll admit!)

      All said, she does look wonderful.

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    2. Why no toenail polish? Is that a British thing? It seems completely out of synch with the rest of the look.

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    3. I like toenail polish, too. And the hair--beautiful and shiny though it was!--needed to be up to show off the dress. Notice that the model has her hair up--and the dress looks so much more dramatic and attractive on the model.

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    4. Most people who have a 7 week old baby don't get much time to put on toenail polish! ;-)

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  2. Thanks for the quick post Charlotte.
    The Duchess looks beautiful--one of the very best dresses she has worn.
    Not surprised that William has left the armed forces, With the Air,Sea Rescue being privatized in a year or so, it was obvious that he could not take another contract and I never thought he would take a made-up job, leaving lots of time for public duties and charities.

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  3. I'm surprised he is not planning to take on more duties. Let's be honest, they aren't that hard and he'd still be right there to help Kate with the baby instead of being away in Wales. They've had 2 1/2 years.....(really its been 10+) One would think that's enough 'personal adjusting' time for them. It is their duty after all. They have every assistance, help, staff, consoling in the world. .. public engagments are made to be incredibly easy for them and its time to get on with it.

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    1. More duties than what exactly? I'm confused. Isn't that what the statement is all about?

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    2. No, it has been announced that William will not be taking on more royal duties and working full time as expected. He will take an entire year off work, with duties about the same amount as now, to decide what he wants to do.

      A number of people are very, very put off by this kind of behaviour from the future king.

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    3. Hello, A palace spokesperson said William will focus on royal duties and charity work with the Duchess over the next year.

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    4. I think the Official Statement and the Daily Express article contradict each other. The official statement may be vague, but unless I am crazy it certainly suggests that he will be taking on more royal duties. I don't believe for one minute that William is taking a year off to decide what he wants to do, or that he will do less royal duties than he did in the past. That's just more pot-stirring aimed at those who eat it up and run with it. Sad, but true. Not so long ago people were up in arms over the mention of maternity leave and they were sure that Kate wouldn't return to royal duties until well into 2014.

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    5. What I've read is that he's taking a "transition" year (and transition is always in quotes!). I get anonymous' point as he's had plenty of time to think about what he wants to do with his life. The announcement that he'd be leaving Anglesey was a long time ago.

      But Kate looks great. She really did win the genetic lottery, didn't she?

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    6. Thank you for another wonderful and quick post, Charlotte. You are simply the best. One does not have to check anywhere else for updates. :-)
      Yes, the Duchess looks great. Love the "genetic lottery" thing, bluhare. That's absolutly what I thought when I first saw the pictures at thursday evening. Lucky girl. :-)
      Wish you all a nice weekend!

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    7. didn't the article say they (the Queen & PC) want more for Wills than ribbon cutting- "He will be undertaking a wider variety of royal engagements, including a couple of investitures on behalf of the Queen for the first time. William, also intends to spend time learning more about his father's hereditary estate the Duchy of Cornwall, which he will one day inherit".....so it looks like he will be busy- and they both looked amazing-and happy. Thanks Charlotte as always for the great update and info

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  4. Charlotte, I have followed your blog for some time but never posted a comment. You are doing such a wonderful job! The Duchess looks lovely; I think the dress hit all the right notes. Will you be posting the names of those who receive the two awards?

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  5. Wow Charlotte, speedy post, well done! I'm a regular reader but first time commenter. Kate looks stunning as usual, wonderful choice for the occasion and flattering to her figure. She looks pretty healthy too. Prince William's direction of choice into conservation I fully support - I believe he is doing his best to follow his heart, and that's what matters. I'm so glad he is passionate and dedicated to conservation. Right now the conservation field (especially in Kenya) is going through tough times with poaching at sky-high levels; so any help his profile can lend us is most welcome. All the best to the Tusk award winners and to this couple also for the future.

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  6. Great Post! Kate looks wonderful! I do wish she would have done something a little different with her hair. It looks nice but it doesn't go with her dress so well. a nice updue would have been better.

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    1. Completely agree with you. Lovely dress she looks stunning. But her hair is just boooring! She has a better do when she pops up in a coffee store:-( Arika

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    2. I do like her casual hair styles!

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    3. I agree. A nice loose updo would have looked beautiful. And it would suit her too.

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  7. I find it very interesting that Kate seems so thrifty. Like, take this dress for example - the price is nowhere near thousands that most rich people would spend on a gown. I mean, I'm sure she's gotten plenty of expensive stuff, but unless she wears them all at home she seems to favor sensibly priced clothes, nothing a normal person wouldn't be able to afford. And somehow I don't think she's trying to appear to be thrifty. I think that's just how she is actually. Pippa on the other hand loves fashion and mostly wears expensive brand-named stuff. I'm not saying either way is better, I just find it peculiar.

    Charlotte, what do you think? I also think her parents are thrifty and very sensible as well. I really like their family.

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    1. I think a lot of it has to do with her not wanting to be seen as a clothes horse. Diana was criticized for that (not exactly fair since she was a beautiful young woman and there was no competition in the royal family when it came to style...LOL). And I believe Kate is trying very hard to keep the focus to be on her charities and to be more relevant to the public during economically challenging times.

      Pippa, on the other hand, is a private citizen so why shouldn't she shop till she drops? I know I would, if I could. :)

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    2. Thank you all for your comments. It was great to see William and Kate looking so happy and a great night for Tusk Trust.

      I do think Kate is quite thrifty, she isn't a slave to fashion or the latest trends which is why we don't see her wearing designer brands all the time. I would imagine she saw the dress, like it and had a few minor alterations done. I know European royals such as Princess Mary are 'recycling' and getting plenty of wear out of banquet/state dinner gowns and it's refreshing to see a classic piece worn with different shoes/accessories.

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    3. Am I missing something? The dress cost over 2000 pounds.

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    4. Oops . . . after reading down I see Charlotte didn't have the correct info on the dress when she first posted. I take back what I said!

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  8. The dress doesn't look up to the job. It looks unfinished with the nude placards.

    I admire the Duchess greatly but I feel that the clothing she chooses should have a little more structure. I know that the style these days is the "slip dress" but for a royal it looks a little too careless or casual - or immature - somehow.

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  9. The Duchess has come back onto the red carpet in style -- such a fabulous outfit. I think we can safely say this is a sparkling performance! I love the way the dress opens to show the undergarment, it rescues the outfit from being straight Hollywood glitz and adds a bit of edge.

    There's some very clever styling there to disguise the fullness of figure still around at this post-pregnancy stage.

    Her hair looks amazing -- someone has rescued it on her return from London, all colour and gloss restored for the big event. She looks quite her old self! Hope baby is sleeping peacefully back home.

    Thanks for a super post.

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    1. As i was looking at pictures of Kate's dress, the one feature I didn't like was the cutouts on the side and back that showed the undergarment. But after reading your post and finding that you think it gives the dress a bit of edge, which I never thought about, maybe the cutouts arent' as bad as I thought.

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  10. Not a fan of the dress, I love the sparkle and Kate looks lovely, but I think all of the bunchy material around the bust and the nude panels look awkward. I would have liked the top a lot better if it was more fitted, but I understand that maybe Kate preferred a looser fit as she gets back to her pre-baby body.

    One thing I have always wondered - I think conservation and animal rights are WONDERFUL causes, but I don't understand how Will could be so supportive of conservation and anti-poaching efforts when he is such a public and avid hunter. See, for example, this story about his hunt in Seville: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087323/Princes-William-Harry-fly-Spain-secret-weekend-hunting-trip.html. I guess to me it seems inconsistent to fight poaching in Africa while hunting boars and birds for sport back home. I get that the animals in Africa are endangered while the animals William hunts are not, but poaching and hunting seem to me to arise from the same basic trait - the idea that killing animals for sport is fun. I do of course exclude hunting for sustenance from this, that's completely different.

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil12 September 2013 at 21:32

      Hi, anonymmous!
      I think you raised an interesting topic here.
      I'm not a fan of hunting for fun. Because I can't think how killing an animal can be fun. I think I'd be feeling guilty even if I was hunting to eat and survive, which as you said, it's completely different.
      I know it's a royal/aristocrat tradition, but it's a useless and sad one, in my point of view.
      Hugs :)

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    2. There is a difference--the animals and birds on these shooting estates are bred for that purpose,so their numbers are controlled and of course they are eaten.
      The wild animals are in danger of complete extinction and on the whole, they are not killed for food.
      I wouldn't shoot a bird or an animal,(or anything else for that matter) but I can see the difference.

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    3. I totally agree with you. There's something strange about the top of the dress. Too loose. It looks messed up and frumpy. The nude parts are awful, especially the back ones. I'm disappointed. I was expecting something more elegant. The only one dress by Packham which suited Kate was the one she had at an official dinner hosted by Malaysia's Head of State (the white one with golden details). She had her hair up. She looked majestic. It's good her hair's dark again. Yesterday it was faded.
      About William hunting - sadly Kate likes hunting too. I think supporting the charity in that case is hypocrisy.
      I hope Kate and William read the comments and it will make them better. Hope one day they'll stop chasing poor animals and killing them for fun. They seem to be such a good and understanding couple.

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    4. Ana B. from Brazil12 September 2013 at 22:38

      Hi, Jean!
      Yes, I can see the difference too.
      But I still don't think it's nice to shoot birds or any other animals for fun. And I think it's sad to bred an animal just for hunting . Even if they're eaten later.
      Hugs!

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    5. When you are a public person and you hunt, you promote hunting. It does not matter what he hunts, it only matters that he hunts. People in general does not know that he hunts "animals bred for that purpose", but they know that he hunts. It's horrible!
      Justine

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    6. ... Actually, I am SURE that people know William is not hunting endangered species. Like Jean, I personally am not a hunter, but there is a difference between hunting birds and game that exist in abundance for the purposes of hunting and are eaten after shot and hunting endangered species, illegally, and not for food.

      Saying hunting is hunting regardless does not take into account the other variables in this scenario and as a hunter I think William is an even better candidate to represent an organization that takes a clear stand on the endangered animals that should not be hunted.

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    7. I think animals SHOULD NOT BE HUNTED AT ALL. Only if you're starving to death.

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    8. Grace, I respect your opinion unless you eat meat.

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    9. Sport hunting can preserve great tracks of natural land because the animals need the land to live on which means that sport or trophy hunting can, if managed properly, very much support conservation. I could be very wrong about this, but I believe that hunting is part of the training to be monarch. The Queen used to go deer stalking.

      Back to the topic, I believe that Kate needs lots of fabric across her bosom. If she is still breast feeding her bosom needs room to expand during the evening. The nude panels are there because the sequins would be very uncomfortable rubbing against her arms. To put the panel at the back as well makes it a design feature. I like it. She will not be able to wear dresses like this once she is Princess of Wales, William is really trying to hold on to being 'normal', and with their charity work, perhaps she does not want to spend too much money on designer clothes. I like that she is wearing dresses most of us could go out an purchase. It highlights that paying a dressmaker to do a fitting or two is very much worth while. (And I will go home and do some exercises - I would look Much Better if I were stronger!)

      I expect that William needs to be a full time Royal right now. The Crown may come to him quite quickly. I am nervous about the fact that the display at Buckingham Palace is the Coronation Robes; it is a tell tale for me that there may be a coronation in the next few years. I certainly hope not.

      Leah

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    10. Original Anonymous here . . . whoops I didn't expect my offhand comments to spark a debate, and I'm afraid I don't have time to think of well-thought-out answers to all of the lovely comments that have been left. So, here is my poor attempt to further explain my discomfort with William's support for conservation efforts:

      I think many of us would agree that animal rights are important, as is environmental conservation. We may disagree on certain things (ie, whether eating any animal products is moral) but I do hope the basic idea that animal lives are worthy of respect is a universal one. I guess my unease comes from my uncertainty over WHY William is focusing on conservation. It would be one thing if his motivation was, "hey these animals are being hunted and poached and face extinction as a result, we should care about this because we care about animal lives and the survival of species." However, because of his passion for sport hunting I just can't see that as his motivation. Instead, his remarks (in my opinion) imply that he cares about rhinos and elephants because HE wants to be able to see cool animals when he's on safari with his family. That, to me, is different. Does he care about conservation because of his love of animals and the environment, or does he care about conservation because he wants to preserve Africa as an exotic vacation locale for himself and other wealthy Westerners? I fully admit I might be reading to much into his remarks, and he does mention the importance of African conservation for the people of Africa as well, but I saw those comments as kind of an afterthought to his general message of "wouldn't it be a shame if my kid grew up without seeing a rhino."

      Well, I look forward to further thoughts and comments, and again, I apologize if my ideas don't seem fully developed. I am thinking out loud and trying to figure out for myself why William's stated goal of working in the field of African conservation made me feel so uneasy, even though I support Tusk Trust's cause.

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    11. Regardin to the hunting. what is the difference of killing an animal and eating it and eating a cow or pig or chicken that has been breed for thr sole purpose for food. hunting for sport is dfferent then hunting for food. ( I have never done either)

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    12. to Emily J - It's always possible you only hurt an animal and it will be dying in pain. Killing animals for food should be quick to avoid unnecessary suffering. Looking at the death of an animal when you don't have to kill for food makes me sick. Even if it's a royal tradition.

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    13. Many hunters are conservationists. William's father and grandfather for two. That being said, I do think it's a bit hypocritical, and I don't think killing an animal which was bred to be food is any different than killing one in the wild. They're both dead.

      And, yes, I'm vegetarian. :)

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    14. My husband and boys are hunters. I went once with my husband and thoughly enjoyed the sport. They hunt to only eat what they kill. In California there is a limit to how much you can shoot and kill. Sometimes the number of deer that are allowed to be killed is so that they won't starve to death because of the vast number of deer compared to the limited vegetation from a dry season. If the deer were left to themselves they would starve to death. I suppose in my families mind it could be called (putting dinner on the table.) Yes , I can run to the market but, hunting or farming your own food gives you a different kind of appriecation for what you have.

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  11. Wow Charlotte.. you had a feeling she would wear JP :)

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  12. Fantastic post Charlotte thanks again for being the first and best with all the info.

    Her dress is stunning and so is her figure and glow on her lovely face. However I feel she should have worn her hair up to show off her face and dress better.

    Regarding William I'm sad I'm not sure he will be happy not doing his military work but I hope he is. I look forwarding to his future announcement.

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  13. I am so thrilled that they are patrons to the Tusk Trust , our world would be so deary without rhe amazing wildlife we are able to enjoy.

    Kate looks spectacular. Love love her dresses. Well I like sparkly dresses so she can sparkle away , as far as I'm concerned.

    Must be a bitter sweet time for William, leaving the job he loves.. but wow what an amazing adventure Kate and him are headed into. Very glad they have someone they can trust with George. It makes allll the difference!

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  14. Such an adorable quote from William about being new parents and checking mobiles to check on George:) I love that Kate chose an affordable but new gown we haven't seen before for such an important event. However, it's not my favorite and NOT one of her red-carpet bests! Not sure why- maybe it's just not flattering. Her hair looks amazing as always, and I love the shoes, but the dress is just not doing it for me (and usually I love shiny things!)

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  15. Such an adorable quote from William about baby George and checking on him on their mobiles. I love that Kate wore an affordable but new gown we haven't seen before for such an important event. However, this is not my favorite look of hers, and def NOT one of her red carpet best! Not sure why, maybe the top is just not as flattering? Her hair looks amazing as always, and it's great to see them out, but the dress just didn't do it for me (and usuauly I love shiny things!)

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  16. She looks STUNNING!! It is amazing that the dress is no more expensive than it is. I expected it to cost thousands of dollars before I read the description. This is one of her best looks yet. Sometimes I get bored with my brown hair, but then I see Kate's and I think if brown is good enough for Kate, then it is good enough for me. Her hair looks stunning.

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  17. The Duchess of Poppyshire12 September 2013 at 21:25

    Love the Dress, However the hair needed to be up for this type of dress. The look is imbalanced IMHO.

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  18. Ana B. from Brazil12 September 2013 at 21:25

    Hello!
    I spent my entire day waiting for this moment!
    Kate looks great! I like the sparkling dress, but I don't like the way it fits her body, I think it gives her a weird shape.
    I guess I'm used to see Kate wearing dresses that emphasize her waist but I know she had a baby recently so maybe she wasn't ready to emphasize her waist this time. Anyway, she looks gorgeous. I see she's cut her hair a few inches and it looks a little darker! Love it!
    Well, I'm an animal lover and I think that with such high profiles, William and Kate can do many good things to prevent many species from extintion. It's a beautiful cause and we can see they truly care about it.
    I'm sure William had a hard time leaving RAF. I hope he can find another position who can bring the same happiness to his heart.
    Charlotte, thank you again! You always do a fabulous a job!
    Hugs :)

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  19. Great post :) I don't particularly love this dress, but thing she looks gorgeous! Agree with some others that I wish she would do something different with her hair and should have painted her toenails, but I guess as a new "mom" this is not her priority. Love how much William supports this very important cause.

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  20. Great post Ms. Charlotte. I loved the dress and everything about the beautiful Duchess. She looked just stunning tonight in that dress. And I knew there would be not so nice comments on this great blog regarding her hair and dress. But maybe that is how William like's to see his beautiful wife's hair. Alot of men love their wives to wear their hair down. They both looked so happy and the Duchess was just glowing. I love the remark William made in his speech about he & his wife being new parents and being the first time they have left their baby boy at night. This just show's how hands on they have been and I think it will continue to be.

    I am a little surprised that William is not going back into the Blues & Royals but he is doing what is best for he & his family, Kate & baby George. And the way it sounds we will see alot to them together at different engagements in the future. Just think what those two can do for a charity.

    I like the idea that William is not just jumping into something new and will work with his charities and help the Queen. But it is also good that he will take his time and realy decide what he wants to do in the future. I know there are people posting here that think they both have had enough time but they just don't understand how the royal family works. It is not saying William will not be doing royal duties and just said he will take his time to decide what is future will be.

    Again another grat post.

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    1. Pauleen, as a long time reader of this blog I love your enthusiasm in the comments. I get excited just like you to see new posts and love this blog.

      I would like to point out to you that everyone that has commented about Kate's hair and dress choice for this event has been very respectful, pointing to their own preferences and still commending Kate's beauty even if they thought it could have been done better. It is one of the great things about this blog, that everyone is so respectful, and as someone who commented that her hair up would have suited the lines of this dress better, I don't love to hear that my comment is "not nice." I am not being mean, simply noticing that the way she styled this look doesn't totally compliment the dress or her beauty, even though she is still beautiful. I'd like if as a blog community we could allow for opinions and discussions to be respectfully posted without being called mean.

      Thanks for being a source of positivity and posting your ideas too :)

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    2. Anonymous,Pauline has just stated her opinion. I went back and re-read her comment and frankly, i did not find anything offensive at all, so RELAX.

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    3. Anonymous here. Yes she did state her opinion as did I. I acknowledged how much I like her enthusiasm in the comments and thanked her for sharing her opinions on the blog. I asked that we refrain from snarking at eachother for having different opinions (yes saying someone's comments is "not so nice" is a tiny way to do this but that can be how people start to moderate what we are allowed to say and make it so that anything other than "kate is perfect at everything" type of comments are not "allowed). Telling me to RELAX when I did find something offensive and took time to say it nicely to a commenter I like is exactly the kind of thing that makes for a hostile comment section.

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    4. @ Anonymous 00:13 & 00:06

      I agree that you reached out in a very friendly way and I think the reference to relaxing was misdirected. :)

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  21. In his speech the Duke said their son has a voice to match any lions roar.
    The Duchess told someone they had left Prince George with the nanny for the first time.

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  22. I love Kate but sorry to say this is really one of her worst look. Her hair needs a good trim, the bust area is very unflattering and droopy which makes her really looks like having a mum's boob. The slide and rear slit with that tank top looking layer looks really cheap. Over-embellished and so busy, what a horrible choice for her first appearance.

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  23. Sorry to say this is really her worst look to date. Over-embellished, hair needs a good trim, awfully unflattering bust cutting and the side and rear slit with that tank-top looking underlayer looks kinda cheap. Not to mention the hooker stiletto. Not a good look for a first post-labour appearance.

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  24. 4th picture from the top. Uaaaah. Freaky.
    I don't like the dress at all. Sorry.

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  25. The Duchess is very nice on the whole.
    Her haircut has been adjusted and a little shortened and the colour looks slightly darker which is much better in my opinion. I would have loved to see her hair in some kind of chignon because she has such a wonderful face and she look beautiful with her hair up or half up and half down.
    I think a red nail polish on her toenails would have been appropriate but perhaps she didn't have time which is totally understandable.
    I don't like very much the gown, too sparkling for a Duchess and perhaps more suitable to a Hollywood celebrity.
    This is not one of my favourite gala look, but the Duchess is charming as usual and she has now a sweetness in her smile typical of a mother.

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  26. On another note, I'm really envious of how well she does her eyeliner and shadow. I wish I knew what she uses.

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      Hi, Melissa!
      Kate uses Lancôme Le Crayon Kohl and Bobbi Brown eyeliner. At least that's what I've heard and read.
      Hugs!

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    2. Thanks, Ana :)

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  27. Gorgeous~ One of her best looks ever~

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  28. Theresa, from Paris12 September 2013 at 22:37

    I'm afraid I don't like the dress. The flesh colored panels look cheap, and its weird shape doesn't suit her beautiful frame. Too much hair going on around all that sparkle as well. But I like the make-up and the bracelet and especially seeing her so happy ;)))

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  29. Who are all these crazys saying they don't like the dress?? This is one of my all time favourites, it doesn't look cheap at all, quite the contrary actually. The dress on the model does look unflattering and cheap, but certainly not on Kate! I love how it looks like a dress from the thirties, so beautiful and princess-like!!

    Thx a million Charlotte <3

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    1. haha - I am not crazy, just not crazy about this look!
      hair up would have totally changed the feel of this dress and made me like it more - the loose top with the loose hair doesn't work for me.

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    2. I think an anonymous contributor calling other participants "crazys" detracts from the tone of this very respectable--and respectful--blog.

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    3. Sorry Lynn, was trying to be funny not disrespectful, I just can't see how anyone can't like anything our dear Kate wears ;)

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    4. Apology accepted. I did not realize that your comment was made in jest! However, I must add that I love (sometimes adore!) many things that Kate wears--but I feel neutral or negative about other things. I'd put the Tusk Gala dress in my neutral category, especially with the hair down.

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  30. It's great to see them at a formal event again. And I loved William's comment about the mobiles! Talk about a comment people can relate to! LOL.

    I think the past 10 years or so have been mapped out perfectly and I look forward to the next chapter in their lives.

    Also, I do agree with other posters who've commented on her hair. The gown's detail on top is completely lost because her hair is covering it up. I think a bare neck would have added a major wow-factor. In her mid-twenties, when she wore her hair down for a Boxing Ball it was different. She was younger and it would have looked like she was trying too hard if she changed her hair dramatically, but at this age I don't think this look is ideal for a formal evening event.

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  31. I'm wondering if her toes ARE indeed polished, but in a nude/sheer shade that from afar makes them look unpolished. I'm currently on a sheer-pink kick for my toes. It suits my skin tone, is easy to maintain (doesn't show chips) and looks classy.

    I'm a little iffy on the nude panels and overall fit of the dress, HOWEVER, given that she's just given birth I think the slight looseness is probably a comfortable choice for her.

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    1. Agree, liked the dress better before I saw those odd nude panels, looks cheap; and I agree with royalfan about her hair. Usually love her Jenny Packham gowns, this one, not so much. But as a new mummy, she looks great, healthy and radiant, and the messy toenails are sort of endearing. Babies reduce personal grooming to non-essential.

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  32. Thank you for the post! I read your blog quite often but have never posted. I am not certain I like the dress all that much. I think she looks great from the waist down but I find the bust line too bunchy and busy. If her hair was up it would have helped. But overall, she looks pretty good! Especially 6 weeks postpartum!!
    I think it is wonderful that William has finally decided the next step in his life. I feel it is wise to take the time to figure out how to move to being a full-time royal. Afterall, he will be one for the rest of his life. There will be no retirement at 65. So figure out how to approach it with a solid plan in plan.
    I have a bit of an issue with some people equating a transition year with doing little. Just because he will be making a change from full time RAF/part time royal to full time royal, it doesn't follow that he will be slacking off.

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    1. He is taking the year off. From dailymail:

      Palace said today William would take year out after leaving RAF
      Will not scale back Royal duties but will not take on more

      There are just no words. He will soon achieve the impossible which is become more unpopular than his father.

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    2. Here's a link to the official statement from the palace. http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/press-releases/hrh-the-duke-of-cambridge-leave-operational-service-the-armed-forces

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  33. where the heck is the darn tiara???

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    1. hear hear! (though maybe not for this event in particular).

      Dear Charlotte, could you please let us know if/when some appropriate occasions for tiaras come up?

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    2. Hello!

      I'm afraid there's nothing scheduled at the moment. Should William and Kate attend a State Dinner with The Queen I expect she would wear one. It's entirely possible this will happen given William's career announcement.

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    3. Thanks, Charlotte!

      Remember that necklace with all the colours that she wore with the black velvet dress? I think someone said it was possible it converted into a tiara - I would love to see that!

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    4. Yes! And I just want to see that black velvet dress again! It is probably my all-time favorite!

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    5. Yes! It was beautiful and I can't wait to see how she styles it differently next time. There are so many possibilities with the silhouette and colour to mix things up!

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  34. Courtney From Fort Bragg, NC13 September 2013 at 00:39

    I think she looks stunning. She still has that new mum glow. Her body looks amazing. I think the dress is a smart choice and no doubt she chose it because she felt comfortable. It doesn't highlight anywhere she doesn't love. At this point post pregnancy it is important to feel good about how you look. I think the way she carries herself lends well to any look.

    I have been reading this blog for a long while and while this dress is not her best look, I think the happiness shining through is one of her best looks since the wedding.

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  35. I updated the post to add the following information.

    - What the next twelve months will hold for William.
    - An update on Kate's dress, while it is very, very similar to the Debenhams piece there are differences. It's very possible the dress was modified or it could be bespoke.
    - I also added a couple of additional photos :)

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  36. So nice to see our favorite couple together at a formal event! One can truly tell conservation is something close to Will's heart and of course his family! I'm a bit saddened to hear he won't be going into some sort of a military duty, but he is the future king of England and I guess he has to take on more royal responsibilities alongside his own interests. As for tonight, I do think they both looked as happy as can be! Kate looked beautiful as always and I notice she does look a bit different now - she looks more maternal and mature and has this motherly glow about her! Can't wait to see more of them and of course Baby George ;)

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  37. I'm curious...is there a reason she always wears her hair down? I think the dress would have been nicer with her hair up.

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  38. I think whoever wrote the statement from the palace is to blame for the controversy. It is ambiguous about how much work William is going to do over the next year. Transition tends to imply taking time off, but it could actually mean William plans to take on a full schedule of engagements but may decide how to structure his work once he gets more experience. I hope it does mean he will be taking on a reasonable amount of engagements. In these tough times, it won't sit well with the public if he doesn't.

    I agree about the hunting. It is traditional for the royal family and if handled well, can have enviromental benefits but killing hundreds of birds at a time sounds excessive even if they are passed on for food. Wild boar is often a pest and is hunted for that reason but William does need to be mindful of the terrible trouble the king of Spain got into for his hunting trip. As long as he hunts, William will never be an ideal spokeperson for conservation.

    I hope William doesn't consolidate his charitable work into one large organization as has been hinted at. That may be suitable for the very rich but not for the royals who need to be hands on. Appearing at small charitable functions and calling attention to little known charities is one of the best things the royal family does and it's not something that needs to be fixed. In the US, at least, there is considerable scorn for the rich who raise money for charities primarily by attending benefits and parties.

    Loved Kate's dress, she looks wonderfully slim in it, but, hate to say it, open sandals do need painted toenails.

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    1. Anonymous 02:05
      The King of Spain got into trouble for hunting elephants--one of the endangered species that both the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge campaign against.
      I agree though that some of the newspapers reported that he was taking a gap year. I heard the original statement read and it was obvious that he would be spending a lot more time with the Royal Foundation Charity and other charities to do with the environment; children and the military.
      In the normal course of events, he will inherit the Duchy of Cornwall before he inherits the throne, so it would seem sensible to learn something of how it works.
      In this past year with flying duties; royal engagements and becoming a father, not much time to plan other things. I have no doubt that he will be very active.

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  39. Kate looks stunning! Although i wonder why she dint have a darker shade of lipstick on, her whole face looks the exact same skin tone. Good for her to walk in those Jimmy Choos! Im amazed how the heel dint get caught in the hem of her dress! I cant exactly notice the issues in her dress others pointed out( my laptop is non functional so im seeing the pictures and videos on my iphone screen)but her overall look is gorgeous! Thanks Charlotte for this awesome update!xoxo

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  40. The panels look like undergarments to me so I don't care for the dress. I think that it's okay to wear her hair down, but just taking it off her face would be nice. Kate is wearing her eye make-up differently. It makes her look older to me, but maybe a "mum" look is what she is going for. I like how she wore it before...I thought it made her look prettier.

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  41. Please post a picture of her ear rings. I dont believe I have seen them. I also wonder if there is also a matching necklace.

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    1. I saw somewhere else that they are the ones she usually wears with that bracelet. They have the circle at the ear and then a few rectangles and then another circle. Diamonds.

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  42. I have to say I'm not a fan of this look at all. Yes she looks gorgeous, but it's like we've seen this look before. I think it would have looked a lot better if she wore an elegant up do. I feel like she uses her hair. as a safety blanket kind of like Diana did when she was young and felt uncomfortable. She seemed a little tense for some reason and I thought the way she placed her hand on her stomach was awkward. It reminded me when she was pregnant and would cup her stomach. I was also surprised that she didn't have some sort of evening bag or clutch with her, it would have helped with the awkward hand placement.

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    1. Kate used to place her hand on her belly way before she was pregnant!

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    2. Yes, she has always placed her hands in front of her belly, even well before she was pregnant.

      I think she does this on purpose to appear more feminine and demure. If you look at the photos of her walking when she wore that silver one-shoulder dress, she was walking with her hands down. In the photos I am referring to, her shoulders appear very wide and she looks like an American football player with shoulder pads. Placing her hands in front of her instead of leaving her arms at the sides makes her look more feminine.

      It is frustrating though because we want to see her petite figure, but I think this is why she does it. She looks better that way.

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  43. I can't understand why William will be attacked and hated by the British public for choosing to devote himself to conservation charities, which his mother would be cheering non-stop, instead of ceremonial military duties. Why? Maybe I am comparing him to independently wealthy young Americans who work hard on social and environmental welfare. We admire them. It's not a selfish partying lifestyle, after all. I like his decision. I am excited that he is lending his celebrity and royal prestige to this important work. And evidently The Queen approves. He will have decades to (snore) open hospitals and parade on horseback after I'm dead, thank you very much!

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    1. I totally agree with you, Greybird. Sometimes I think that the main challenge of being a Royal is to accept that, everything you choose, the best and most deeply you think about, the most you engage yourself, never mind: a lot of people like just to criticize you. William is linking what he inherited from both his parents: the concept of "having care" belonged, in fact, not only to Diana, but to Charles as well. Prince Charles has been a forerunner of care for nature, and only now it's more and more clear the importance of his idea about biological agriculture. His idea of taking care of natural landscape and traditional landscape as well shows he is able to foreseeing future consequences of actual choices. William is linking this attitude with his mother's one, taking care of nature and of people as well. Now he is young and full of energy: in the family there are at the moment enough people for ribbon-cutting life!

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  44. Marcos the attentive hubby13 September 2013 at 03:31

    I am rolling on the floor laughing. As I am checking this post my hubby is right next to me, sharing his opinion.

    He says:
    I am awfully dissapointed with these royals. They don't have the employees they need. She doesn't have a good stylist. The dress is ugly. Those side panels are just awful. The makeup is to much! Too much blush!! Her Hair isn't styled nicely - a cute updo would go perfect with that dress, instead of her hair all over the place. She doesn't have good advisers. Gosh she doesn't have a good photographer! I can't get over the fact that the photos released were not the least edited. That is just careless. Any good photographer would work on the lighting the shades and the very basic: straightening the photo, for crying out loud!

    I know you are on Team Kate, but she needs help.

    Marcos

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    1. This made me laugh because my husband commented about the pictures too. We're a military family, so I attend several military balls a year. He's used to helping me with my looks. He did NOT like Catherine's hair down at all. Said it should have been all up so she'd be prettier. He didn't mind the sequins, but he didn't like the bunchy top. And, he liked the dramatic eyes, but not the pink cheeks (though I pointed out that I think it might just be the lighting in a few photos) and pale lips. He didn't notice nails, but he did say, "I think those are your shoes." They are, and I'm not surprised he noticed that since they're his favorite and they were expensive (even on sale) so I try to wear them as much as I can. The platforms and straps actually make them more comfortable than most heels.

      So, we've heard it from the male perspective. I think they're pretty spot on. But, Catherine has different priorities now. I think that even with the oddly fitting dress, we'd overlook all the small things if her hair had been up in a style like we've seen with her teal Jenny Packham stunner or the short asymmetrical gray dress. She would have looked more polished.

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    2. I think Kate made a wise choice marrying William and not the two men posted above.

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    3. LOL, Sarah! You just cheered me right up! - Lee from Canada

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    4. Beatrix in New York15 September 2013 at 00:59

      LOL. I am the one married to Marcos and I can share it is wonderful having him as a husband. I even love when he tells me I have too much blush on ;)
      (before walking out of the house)

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  45. Her hair is probably still extra thick from the pregnancy. I wonder if she wore it down because she is enjoying the extra hair.

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  46. I doubt that Kate has a stylist helping her. I have a feeling she checks with William and if he likes it, that's all the approval she needs.

    She usually looks stunning and I want to say something nice about this dress, but I just can't. It's too busy and glitzy and... with all of her hair... it's just not a good look. Obviously she (and William) likes having her hair down, but with this dress it should have been partially pulled pack or worn up and off her shoulders. I agree that an evening bag would have been helpful to complete the look. She usually carries one on such occasions. Otherwise, she looks healthy and has her lovely figure again. I just hope she does keep a little of her baby weight. She was too thin.

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  47. It's great to see the royal couple out and about again!

    Kate looks fantastic for someone six weeks postpartum.

    I don't like the dress. It doesn't appear to fit her very well, especially at the top. I wonder if it had to be let out somewhat around the bust line? I think the gauzy panels probably look better in person than in the photos.

    I agree with the comments that Kate's hair might have been more flattering worn up.

    I had very high expectations for this appearance so maybe I'm easily disappointed. I'm very glad both William and Kate appear to be very happy and not too exhausted.

    I hope that William's career plans are based in the desire to be with Kate and George as much as possible without a packed schedule.

    Thanks for the great post, Charlotte!

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  48. althought i commend kate for choosing a less expensive dress..the problem is..it looks like a cheap prom dress! i hate the nude pannelings!

    she does her makeup wonderfully though

    and i agree in a derss like this..her hair should be up

    also william shouldnt take a year off, just do charity work, it isnt that hard and would do good for a lot of people..he should take on more engagements since he isnt working...kate should to..because shes NEVER worked.

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  49. The 'Mail Online' mentions that William may well be undertaking some work placements with different companies. My first impression of Kate's dress tonight was very positive, then I saw the flesh panels, and I was a bit surprised. Very interested in the detail in your post tonight that shows how similar the dress is to the version in Debenhams; Charlotte, you stated that it's different, but it does indeed look very similar. Kate's shoes look a bit uncomfortable; the close-up of her foot shows how her skin is wrinkled above her toe, suggesting the straps are a bit tight.

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  50. hi charlotte i love your blog every time i go here always update and on go here new update maybe that better for blog the amazing your the most loving blog i ever visit well i love the gowns and heels

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  51. Not a fan of the dress on her but I highly appreciate that she makes an effort to wear clothes that are more affordable. It boosts the profile of British brands that are also found around the world. Debenhams, for instance, is also found here in Asia. :D

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  52. Kate is very attractive and yes..... she did choose an elegant dress for this event. I couldn't help but notice the condition of her feet in the Jimmy Choo shoes. She certainly should have had a pedicure when wearing toes and heel out shoes. I was disappointed when I noticed how unkept they were, especially with such a beautiful gown.

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    1. The Duchess of Poppyshire13 September 2013 at 20:25

      Agreed. One of my personal pet peeves, wearing open toed shoes or sandals without making sure your feet look good. If you aren't a fan of colored polish, even a nice clear coat works..

      Any new mom deserves a pedicure..

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  53. Not so sure that dress is "more affordable. There is talk on what Kate wore that it may be a designer version from 2011 priced at several thousand pounds. And in 2009 Jenny Packham did a very similar sequined gown called Charlize. (images available online) Not sure what anyone's idea of affordable is and it's not the identical dress, but it marketed for a cool $12,750,in the US. Gives an idea of what a bespoke dress like this might cost.

    So we may not be seeing a bargain gown here. Kate's dress looks more heavily sequined than the cheaper version.

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  54. I cant believe more people dont like the dress! One of my favorites, reminds me of the pink one. And I'm so glad she colored her hair darker again looks much better! I personally love when she wears it down and has one of her signature blow outs.

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  55. Beautiful dress! Kate is so lovely. Charming young couple.

    Thank you Charlotte for making my day!

    Monica, France

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  56. I never wrote in your blog about the dresses, I'm not really so interested in, but I have something to say about the criterion Catherine employs in her choices. She is the wife of the SECOND in line, so all comparisons wit Diana style are wrong. Catherine, like William, knows exactly her place in the "food chain" (those words by William are very witty!) and her style is consequent. I bet she will change, when the Queen will abdicate (maybe she is thinking about, who knows), or in any case when Charles will be the king, I bet she will be wearing a larger number of haute couture dresses.
    Please, tell me if there are some flowers painted on her feet, am I having an optical illusion?

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  57. seeing the dress, the first idea I had is that it is comfortably large at the breast, when you are breastfeeding it's uncomfortable to have a too fitting gown.

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  58. Nice dress but very predictible and safe to wear. She could go for something more colourful stimulating that would go great with Africe theme. My opinion is that she has great figure, she's young woman, so she could be more daring at times. Natasa from Austria

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  59. She looks gorgeous. Stunning. Again, I am so impressed with her aplomb! I remember well the first night my husband and I left our first born--indeed, we were on pins and needles checking our phones all night!

    If Kate, who I believe is still nursing given her silhouette, is away from her child for more than an hour or two, there is a very good chance that her nursing status might become evident to everyone over the course of the evening in a way that could only be mortifying. If she has nursing pads in, there is no way the outline of them would not be seen if her bodice were tighter. I think her gown is absolutely brillant for this reason. IMO it is the most elegant gown a nursing mother could wear.

    As for her hair being down, I expect her hair is constantly up at home, otherwise baby grabs it and that can be very painful. I am so happy to see her enjoy it being down while she is out for the evening with her husband.

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    1. Well said.
      The bodice of the dress seems particularly apt for a nursing mother---perhaps the wives of the 2 gentlemen who didn't seem to understand, could just explain to them.

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    2. Anonymous, I'm clapping my hands to you. You nailed it. And the way you wrote your comment was really lovely, a pleasure reading such a nice comment.
      Hugs,

      Ana B. from Brazil

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  60. The Duchess of Poppyshire13 September 2013 at 14:39

    I have been reading that this dress was actually a bespoke piece and cost near $6300 that was modeled after a previous design. I thought it was a JP dress from 2011 that was "pinned all over pinterest" , maybe that is the one it is styled after.

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  61. So much criticism! I personally think Kate looks beautiful, as always. Wearing her hair down seems to be her M.O. My only thought is that it might have been uncomfortable; I picture her hair getting caught in the sparkles of the dress.

    As far as the dress, I think its a beautiful and quite forgiving choice for a new mother. Although she looks fantastic for 6 weeks post-partum, she may still be a bit self conscious about her shape. (I know I would, with the amount of cameras that are always on her!) While the shape is fitted, there is a layer of distraction with all the crystals. I think it was an excellent choice, and her simple styling of it looks great.

    I can only imagine what the blogs would say about me if they cared to cover my every fashion move and venture into public. Naked toenails would be the least of their concerns! :-)

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  62. So much criticism! I think Kate looks beautiful, as always. Wearing her hair down seems to be her M.O. So why can't we accept that? My only comment is that I imagine it might have been uncomfortable. I picture her hair getting caught on the sparkle of the dress.

    As far as the dress, I think it is a fantastic choice for a new mother! The sparkle makes it dressy and she styles it simply. I think it was perfect for the event. I imagine the material was forgiving to her postpartum body. Although she looks fantastic post-baby, she may be uncomfortable with her new shape. The sparkle gives her a bit of camouflage, if you will.

    I, too, have been eagerly waiting for this event because I love to see her fashion choices. I think she is incredibly consistent and I admire her ability to look classic, yet also dress for her age. I find her choices refreshing compared to the red carpet style of Hollywood.

    Intentional or not, I applaud her lack of toenail polish. We have no idea why...did she run out of time? Was she too busy with baby George? Or with moving plans? Or her hair appointment ran late? Regardless, it shows that she's human. And with someone as seemingly perfect as Kate, that's always a nice reminder.

    I know if blogs cared to follow my every fashion move, naked toenails would be the least of their concerns!!

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  63. when will Williams cnn interview air in the states in heard this sunday the but according to my tv guide I couldn't find it I would appreciate it,,,the info asap so I don't miss it. by the way I love love ur blog in my opinion its the best on the internet,

    MARY-ELLEN WELLS

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  64. Like many others, I have to say, I am a little disappointed. I would have liked seeing something that showed her figure a bit more -- it's clear from the McDonald's photos that her stomach is flat once again, so she's got no reason to hide anything. I like the dress, but it just seems to hang wrong on her around the bust.

    The hair should be up as shown in the fashion pictures of the dress. The look is unbalanced with her hair down and the dress line up to the neck. Maybe if she had fixed her hair the way she did for the Los Angeles BAFTA appearance or for the appearance with the pink dress (with the pink bowed LK Bennett shoes) it would be better, but her hair is down and it's in her face. If she wanted it down it should be away from her face for a more balanced look.

    Her toes should be painted. Yes, she's a new mom and busy, but she clearly had her hair trimmed and colored since the marathon appearance and she could have easily got her toes painted. She has her own mother to look after George (they live 2 miles from Kensington) and she has one of William's old nannies to look after George as well so there's no reason not to get the toes painted. She chose to leave them unpainted for some reason, but it's a shame because it makes the look unfinished.

    Other than from a fashion-type viewpoint, she looks fabulous as always.

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    1. Kristin, San Francisco13 September 2013 at 21:31

      Hi Lynn from CA - I, too, will jump in and post - agree with you and the others about the hair - it is lovely in itself but for such an occasion it wud be more suited up and away! And agree with the need for polished nails & maybe shimmering hosiery(?)... The skin wrinkle on her foot looks like it may come from the foot trying to lift the shoe and the body to take another step forward. I agree that the real time visual of the dress may in fact be way better than the photo shows. A sequined dress is pricey, so did not quite believe the low cost figure first mentioned. I keep wondering what it takes to get her hair up and out of her face especially as she knows all eyes will be on her and photographs are forever. I tell myself she must lack a bit of confidence in her frontal profile so she covers that with her hair. Many times when looking at her side profile everything hangs forward so much except for a tiny wisp of hair in the center back - don't mean to be catty all. I would think some of us would feel even more dressed to kill, more princess-y, more glamorous, with a half-up do or a full chignon, something! Why cover up the main focus, the front and center of the dress design? While I do like the dress, it reminds me of the 70-80's 'blouson' look and I do believe many of those dresses had more of a cap or drop sleeve for an even fuller, more flowing fabric-y look above the waist. Perhaps a shimmering silky fabric in the bodice would project better. My pet peeve is the zippers dead center back - a side zipper or even 2 side zippers in the right length might be better...

      Oh, yes! The other pet peeve I have is the clutching of the hands at every photo op - it is not like she chews her fingernails... this is protocol I'm sure - it drives me crazy!

      Overall I like her dress and they do appear radiant - it is good to see them out as a couple. With PG now, they are at a crossroad, so it will be interesting to learn of their plans going forward.

      Charlotte - thank you again for such a fabulous blog and maintaining such integrity thru and thru. I don't post often but do read several times daily...

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  65. DM just reported that her dress is worth way way more : "The frock of last night - a gold, floor-length sequin gown from Jenny Packham's current collection worth around £2,500 - was certainly a showstopper."

    Charlotte, who's info is correct? Have to say if it's a £2,500 dress, I take my "thrifty" comment back...

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  66. CAN U PLEASE TELL ME WHEN THE US WILL SHOW THE WILLIAM INTERVIEW I ASSUME THE 15TH IS THE SHOWING IN THE UK AND THE TIME ON CNN IF U CAN, THX SO MUCH. I PERSONALLY BELIEVE YOUR BLOG IS THE BEST OUT THERE, I CHECK IT EVERYDAY AND YOU POST MORE (ALOT MORE) THAN ANY OF THE OTHERS. THANKS FOR THE HELP..

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  67. Catherine looks so beautiful however the picture of her does not make her so radiant. If you watch video of her arriving, her dress look five time higher outs than in the photo. Is that odd? Maybe I is the lighting in the photo make the dress look like that way.

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  68. Surprised to see so many people say they didn't like the dress/look. I thought she looked beautiful and really liked the dress!

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  69. Hello everyone!

    Jenny Packham confirmed the dress was a (now sold out) style which was available to buy for $3500. I've updated the post with a photo of the style Kate wore :)

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    1. WKW reported earlier today two things - first that the gown was a bespoke JP piece worth around $6000 US then the JP Facebook post stating a description of the gown but no price.

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  70. Could all of the Anonymous posters maybe put a name to the country you are from or. state. Maybe alittle extra something...it does make things more interesting.Please

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  71. Uh oh. Here I go again, bravely against the tide, with some comments, not criticisms per se about Kate's ensemble. Kate has an art degree and is usually very cognizant of all the innuendos of her outfits. She wore the green silk dress with the peace signs on it to the press conference she did with the queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, and William. She had the bows from the crown molding in the gallery room where her wedding cake was served duplicated on her cake, she wore a polka dot dress to show George to the world at the hospital perhaps as a memorial to Diana, she wore a very pale purple dress when she and William landed on American soil as has the queen in previous years and William wore a purple tie (that's a whole other story), her wedding dress told the story of the commonwealth in floral lace.

    I think the dress was pretty BUT IT DIDN"T FIT HER PROPERLY. Love the bling but fit is king. And, Kate knows enough about design to have worn her hair up with that design. All the design at the top of the dress was supposed to be the focal point of the dress. It was obscured by all that hair. And then there are the unpolished, unmanicured toenails. UGH. She is a duchess, baroness, countess, princess of the British commonwealth. To me, it was like she just didn't care. She has plenty of help at her beck and call. If that were any other CEO, attending a formal event like that her corporate team members would no doubt give her some flack. She showed up for the giving of the shamrocks the same way, hair disheveled, poor tailoring on her coat. While the soldiers there had spit polished their boots and passed what was, I am sure, a very stringent dress inspection. She also showed up at the races in that salmon colored coat that had been very obviously poorly altered.
    I really am for Kate and William, however, these are simple events and she has plenty of time and help to prepare for them. She is representing the British government and has great privilege. The queen has four children and has always found the wherewithal to look her very best. She has done it for 60 years. There is a big difference between being a "clothes horse" and being just plain old properly tailored and appropriately proportioned in your attire and having presentable personal grooming. The queen cared about how she presented herself, so should Kate. She's not a college girl anymore.
    Come on Kate, wow the masses and brings smiles to the faces of "your people".
    Be the best you can be. You may have been like us before, but you are not now and never will be again. You are a part of history now. Make it powerful AND pretty.



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    1. I disagree. Not because I think Kate doesn't care to look good, but because she is not perfect and she shouldn't feel obligated to have EVERYTHING just right - toes, hair, makeup, dress, walk etc. Just because she is a royal now doesn't mean she has to be flawless. Some royals are fat, others are old, some are outspoken, others can't dress well. They are not robots with superpowers and so isn't she. I think the fact that she has something that's not polished to perfection only reminds us that we women are already beautiful and shouldn't expect from e/other to be perfect in everyway.

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    2. I never thought about it in terms of being a sign of respect to look her best and I think you're right. She wasn't a total mess this evening, but unpolished, and yes, she could have had help.

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  72. $3,500 for a dress that fit like that?????????????????????
    Who helped her pick out that dress? Becca, did you help her get dressed? How could you let her go out like that? Surely you had other options. yikes.

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    1. The fit makes a cool shape - if only we could see it. The hair is the real problem here>

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    2. Anon 30:51 next time you have a baby if you haven't already , or when you ever do , (provided you are female )will you be prepared to wear a form fitting dress 2 monthes after you give birth?

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  73. Hi Charlotte and everyone else,

    I look at this blog all the time because the comments are just fascinating. Also Kate is an interesting public figure to observe. And of course the girl in me is interested in the clothes, the love story, etc.!

    I rarely comment but I wanted to speak up that it is just incredible that so many on here find issue with Kate's unmanicured, unpolished toenails!!

    Why do we do this to each other? It is bad enough that so many young girls feel they need to be waxed and shaved and oiled and blown out and glossed and polished etc etc etc. William probably takes a 5-minute shower and throws on a tuxedo...imagine what Kate "needs" to do before an appearance. Why do we cultivate such shame about our bodies and appearance, I want to ask all of you?

    I do understand many of you were commenting from the perspective of fashion, but as an outside observer it is really glaring to me how a female in her 'natural state' is deemed offensive by society, and in this individual case, by someone's own "fans". Thoughts?

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    1. I agree. She looks beautiful , so the dress isn't "perfect high perfect fit fashion" - who cares. She is a wife and mother first , Royal second and not at all concerned with what mindless "fans" care to chime in about how much her dress is, why she chose what, of we like it , or if we think she is doing a good enough job for us. Clearly she is where she is for a reason and is quite capable too.
      I still love this blog for Charlottes efforts but really wish that it hasn't blown up so far and wide with others who just use it as a trash talking "opinion" site. Save it for a gossip site and let us keep this one under the quiet calm of just admiring a common woman who is now and heir and beautiful and good woman on top of all that.
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    2. The opinions on this site are very respectfully stated. Please go to YouTube and read some comments there and then come back here. Everyone here loves Kate even if we don't totally love her styling on this particular occasion.

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    3. A from Boston. You are sooo right. Good grief she just had a baby. Toe nail polish. What a joke............................

      Anon 20:58.
      I think Kate is on a different road than the Queen and for that matter many other royals in the past. So why compare her to them? If you have very uppity opinions I suppose you would be very picky. If you are not so nit picky about outward things and appriecate her values you might be able to learn , yes learn from this young lady who perhaps is younger than you , that some things really are not worth the stress and value you put on them. I respect the Queen for who she is but , I think she sees much more in Kate than you do because of some of the hardships she has had to face. Have a peaceful weekend.

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    4. Yes, here are some thoughts. This is a gala, a very formal occasion, with the men in black tie. She's not out at a grocery, she's not at a mall or hacking about with pals, she's at a formal occasion. She's wearing a dress that cost more than many families earn in 3-4 months' time and sandals that are two weeks' wages not to mention a diamond bracelet and earrings worth millions. This is her job, this is what she signed on for, what she waited seven years to do. She knew it when she accepted Diana's sapphire ring from William. She at least owes it to her hosts and to the event and the organization to look a bit more polished than she did at this event. As the second commenter noted, she flubbed this one. She could have done much better. If I was going to slide my feet into $700 Jimmy Choo sandals and walk a red carpet, you better believe I'd want my toes looking their best. And I'd guess that many women would agree with that sentiment.

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    5. Actually it wasn't such a formal affair--they were greeted on arrival by a man wearing a blazer and grey trousers and a woman in a day-length outfit.
      Taking close-up photos of her feet seems to me a little over the top and complaining of her having her hair down is a pointless occupation. She puts it up or half up sometimes, but mostly she wears it down---that's her choice. None of us can say for sure why she does--possibly because her husband likes it that way, or perhaps putting it up gives her a headache. Whatever the reason she is going to have it that way--just get used to it! Anyway so many women under 40 are wearing their hair like that---and some a great deal older.

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  74. Just chiming in on the discussion regarding Kate's hair. I think it's something of a comfort blanket for her for sure. While she looks fantastic, she may be feeling a little self conscious, it's not long at all since she had George and I noticed she kept her hand over her stomach quite a bit. I imagine it takes any new mum time to feel confident body wise after having a baby. For Kate, she has the eyes of the world on her and it's got to be daunting. It's also possible she's been wearing her hair up at home with George and wanted a chance to wear it down. On another note, I'm not sure Kate's hairdresser is doing quite as good a job as the Richard Ward team.

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    1. That's exactly what I was thinking, so it is true then that Kate has really left Richard? Is it known who else is doing her hair now and why? I mean, her hair is still unbelievably gorgeous but Richard was the best!!

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    2. I would agree that it looked better in the past. I also believe it looked healthier, shinier, and more natural when it was dark. Perhaps it's just the lighting, but I think it looks a little dull in this lighter, red-like shade.

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    3. Charlotte, bless your heart for that observation. Her hair looks like she didn't even run a brush through it. I know that hair changes before, during and especially after pregnancy, and that the hair loss after pregnancy can be traumatic due to the fact it takes a few weeks or months to occur. For a formal event and wearing a formal gown and shoes, etc. I'd think that Kate or her hair stylists would have at least run a brush through or put a curl in it.

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  75. I just can't believe all the talk regarding Catherine's hands in front of her, her unpolished nails, her dress and her hair.

    If you have followed the royal couple for awhile you would have notice that she has always placed her hands in front of her. Even when she is carrying a handbag. There is nothhing incorrect about that.

    Now the nails, if anyone of you who have made a comment regarding her unpolished nail, just think if the photograph who was taking the pictures and did not focus on her feet you would have never even known that they were unpainted. Her dress was long enough to hide her feet. But you all had to focus on her feet.

    I think William must like her hair down and long. Alot of men love their wives/girlfriends to have long hair and wear it down. We all know that Catherine will do anything to please her husband. So before we tear her apart regarding her hair and the way she wear's it we should stop and think the only one she need's to please is her husband. Not us.

    Since Catherine is still breastfeeding this dress was the best fit for that. If you have ever had a baby and breastfed you know that if you have not fed the baby in a few hours, your milk comes back and the breast get filled up. So with the panels on the sides of the dress might have been put there just for that reason.

    Now for everyone who never puts their name on their comments and hid behind "Anonymous" need to come out and stop hiding. I would say by reading most of the comments here (not all) most of the negative comments are posted by people hiding behind the "Anonymous". Why not become a bigger person and give your name like most of us do. Maybe Charlotte should remove the "Anonymous" and that way would force everyone to post their name.

    This is a great blog Charlotte spends alot of time on but now she has to play police because of all of the nasty and negative comments. That takes her extra time. She should have to do this.

    And thank you Charlotte for spending so much of your time on this blog and I am sorry you are having to file through all of the nasty & negative comments before you can post them.

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    1. She is a public figure. A very important one. Making up theories about William's preferences are fun but she does represent more than just her husband.

      And censoring what people can and cannot say and how they can and cannot say it does not help great discussion form. Charlotte does a great job posting only respectfully worded comments.

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    2. For the record I posted the first comment regarding the toenails BEFORE Charlotte updated this post with the close up of Kate's feet. I noticed it because I'm looking at her whole ensemble, including her shoes. I notice the open toe and my mind immediately makes note of toenail polish color. I wasn't being nasty, nor have I read a comment that was nasty toward Kate. Now, speculating that she will do anything to please William is far more disrespectful in my opinion.

      BTW Kathy, the words "wears" and "needs" do not contain apostrophes.

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  76. I think the reason many of us who love the duke and duchess but don't always agree with everything they do (or wear) go by anonymous, is that we get hit with far more criticism than people who write favourable remarks. We are called haters or called mean and Elizabeth, who put her name on her responses, was actually asked why she was partcipating on this blog, in an uninviting, indeed almost hostile, way.

    If we would all repect the diversity of opinion found on this blog, we might all feel comfortable using our names without feeling we are going to be targeted and called haters. The blog is more interesting for sharing sometimes conflicting views, it is more rich and involving than a simple fan site.

    I suspect some of the anonymouses out there once did use names and were jumped on and decided to go anonymous in the future. People who publish favourable remarks don't face that kind of pressure.

    Most of participants who are published on this blog are here because we like the tone. We want William and Kate to do well even if we don't agree with all their decisions. We certainly don't want to join anti-monarchy or disrespectful sites.

    Charlotte is entitled to have polite comments, that respect her, other readers and William and Kate. But we should be allowed to agree to disagree as well. Until the word "hater" is banished from this blog, I prefer to remain anonymous. I don't "hate" William and Kate, far from it. I'm excited about their future. I just sometimes don't agree with decisions they make.

    I loved the dress. But I found it just as interesting to read the remarks of those who didn't care for it. It makes for an informed discussion.

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    1. Thank-you! I just jumped on to write a similar reply. I remain anonymous because I don't have a blogger account and I am not interested in building an online presence or having my comments called "nasty" when they are anything other than "Kate is so perfect!" Saying any single thing she has done is exactly how it should be done is calling everything perfect. In this case, some want to jump on others for saying they would have preferred different hair and a painted toe - because hair down and unpainted toes are perfect.

      I have contributed respectful, insightful comments to this post about the styling of this dress (first comment), hunting (agreeing with Jean), and tiara use (asking if charlotte could inform us, thinking about the necklace tiara, and the styling for future black velvet dress appearances) and was the first response to the "crazy people who don't love this dress" joke. What is the point of a comment section if not to engage in discussion about the subject we are all so interested in? I find the tone of this comment section very respectful and somewhat intelligent, except for posts filled with anger about people having gentle difference of opinions and preferences. If no gently, respectful criticisms are able to be discussed, what is the point? The blog would be: everything about this great. Yes, I thought so too. Every time.

      Already people have called others' comments nasty and told other people to relax when almost every comment on here (save 1 or 2) is a respectful discussion never questioning the love we have for Kate or her beauty or admirable ability in her position.

      Seeing comments like this original one make me sad for the future of the comments section. What will it become when commenters hate on other commenters for having a different opinion other than themselves?

      And yes, thank-you Charlotte, for sorting though the comments and allowing the ones that are respectful to have a place on this blog so we can have a discussion.

      Sincerely,

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    2. Third Anonymous (the one who posted the original question/comment about William being a sports hunter) here. I COMPLETELY agree with both of you. I would love to be able to distinguish my posts in some way, but it's just not worth it when there is a small but passionate group of posters on this site who attack any poster who expresses an opinion that is anything but 100% positive for the royal couple. I, too, used to post under an actual handle until one of the posters I mentioned repeatedly jumped on every post I made because she decided I was a "hater" who "needed to give the Duchess a break."

      In my opinion, this website can either be a fan site for a tiny, core group of fans who only post 100% positive things, or it can be an interesting place to discuss differing opinions about fashion, the Camrbidges' work, and their public profiles. There have been times where the only comments on a number of posts in a row are positive, and then there are only about 20-30 comments. The far more interesting posts to read (and re-read) are those that have 100+ comments expressing different opinions and engaging in respectful debates. These type of posts are not possible, however, when posters are permitted to attack anyone who expresses a different viewpoint. The number one thing that suppresses debate is the practice some longtime posters have of questioning why certain posters read the blog because it's only for fans of the Duchess (with "fans" being defined narrowly as people who agree with every single decisions she makes).

      I would fully support Charlotte's decision to get rid of the "Anonymous" commenting feature IF she set a ground rule that posters should not (1) attack other posters simply for expressing different views, and (2) telling other posters to leave the blog if they're not fans of the Duchess.

      Finally, getting rid of the Anonymous feature would not address another potential issue with the comments that I have not seen anyone raise - the fact that there is nothing stopping a poster from using different handles to post. I am almost positive that two of the longtime posters on this site are the same person because of an extreme similarity in writing style (same uncommon misspellings and grammatical mistakes, same practice of attacking posters who express even slightly negative opinions). So, it's not only the Anonymous posters create confusion :-)

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    3. Agree with both anonymouses.

      Charlotte says that respectful and constructive discussion is ENCOURAGED, with the key words being respectful and constructive. I try (but sometimes fail, I admit) to be both. So it can be a bit disheartening to have comments that Charlotte obviously felt were OK for the blog slagged as being mean.

      Charlotte, have you thought about having a forum page that would be available for discussion that people don't appreciate on the front page?

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    4. Hello Bluhare,

      I have thought about it, but my concern would be it would run into bashing. Take this discussion for example, for the 150 comments that were published, there were another 150 that couldn't be for minor reasons but also many because of profanity, threats, horrible remarks about George. It's a very difficult balance I'm afraid and I openly admit if there's one area I'm lacking in, it's moderating :)

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    5. Yeah, Charlotte, you're probably right. But I will disagree on one thing; if there's one thing you aren't bad at it's moderating. Granted, I think all of my comments should have been let through (LOL), but I think you do a good job at encouraging a discussion without it turning into an insult-fest. Sometimes I scratch my head when you say a discussion is turning ugly because it all looks fine on this end, but then I don't see the stuff you don't let through. :)

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    6. Beatrix in New York15 September 2013 at 00:55

      I agree with the anonymous group here.

      I have also been called a "hater" on this blog and quite frankly it is ridiculous to think that I will like absolutely EVERYTHING about Kate. We are after all 2 completely different persons. I don't even think I like absolutely everything ABOUT ME (whether it's decisions, clothes/outfits, etc.). I can dislike things about Kate without *hating her*. Trust me.

      My husband is Marcos. He shared his view on this outfit and spelled out a few things he wanted me to post on his behalf. The funny thing is, at the end he said I am "on team Kate". Many on this blog would certainly not agree with that simply because I have criticized or disliked things in the past.

      I don't think the ANON postings should be eliminated. It would be easier (when reading or commenting on a certain comment) if there was a name to call out, but oh well, no big deal. Certainly not if people feel they need to eliminate their name to avoid being called out by the "Kate lovers"

      I really like this blog. I don't always comment due to time, plus I sometimes forget to "follow up" on my posts but it's great that we don't have to create an account/register/sign in with fb, etc. That is quite a deterrent for commenting. I follow certain fashion bloggers and as soon as the ANON comments have been eliminated I stop posting anything :( I have enough accounts and passwords and also enough of an internet footprint as is. I hope you don't take that away Charlotte. It is great to read such a diverse and international group commenting here.

      It is fun to see how we all notice different things and it would be terribly boring if it were nothing more than Kate " robotic cheerleaders".

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    7. Ladies above , my thoughts about the ANON
      I understand not wanting to use your name but , for the sake of interest as to where the posters are from it really would be fun.
      There was overr 40, 000 people reading the blog yesterday. It's exciting and would be great to know what country everyone if from. During dry times we are able to chat about other interesting things pertaining to each others countries.If I ever go to Brazil , France , Germany we have friends here that we could say " what part of your country should I see"
      If your from the states you could just say Illinois or Montana. From England say Yorkshire. No name if your not comfortable. It really just makes it all fun and more interesting


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  77. Very well said Kathy London. Thank you.

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    1. I disagree. I think opinions posted here are respectful and diverse, even although the diverse part seems to REALLY aggravate some. How sad. Whether participations are posted as anonymous or not is irrelevant IMO.

      Good job Charlotte. Without the diversity of opinion the comments section would be very boring. And, as one post commented, anyone who thinks any comments here are bad should read other blogs and comments sections.
      It is enough to curl your hair. Not healthful forums IMO.

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    2. It's also possible that Kate's values or priorities have changed since she became a mother. She may feel differently about fashion and grooming. For a new nursing mother, I think she looks great. Colorado Eve

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  78. Hello everyone.

    Just a quick note to ask everyone to keep it friendly and not attack each other. We're all entitled to our own opinions and with so many contributors to this discussion it's getting quite heated. Thank you :)

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    1. The problem is that some readers of your blog are stricter than you are. You are the boss, it's your site and if you publish different posts others should respect it :)

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  79. Charlotte., I just posted some wedding dresses FB for fun..check them out if you have time

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I'll pop over now :)

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  80. If anyone is interested to see the interview with William on Sunday. It is on CNN at 7pm PST.
    If you have directv and live in around the Los Angeles area it is on channel 202. But I would check your local listings

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  81. @Elizabeth 03:06 Did you see Charlotte's update on Kate's gown? Jenny Packham confirmed it is currently sold out. So that means it is not a bespoked piece. And the price was C=2389 (not sure if that is Euro Dollars or English Pounds.

    So I beleive the information your received from the other site is incorrect.

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  82. Dear Charlotte,

    my opinion on critical posts is the following: I think that, if they are not aggressive but just express some suggestion to improve Catherine's look, they are welcome. I'm sure that your blog is well known by Catherine or at least by her staff, and maybe she can pick up some suggestions. It's not bad to have sincere opinions. Do you know, sometimes to receive critics can be unpleasant, but at the end of the story they are important if you want to improve yourself.
    In the case of this dress, I think that we must think at her actual condition, she is breastfeeding, her breast must be filled with supplementary protection, her first care was surely not to be flowed with milk!
    Her unpolished nails: sometimes it's a fresh air breeze to see that also a royal princess, when really doing her duty as a mother, can be too tired and busy for being really perfect. I like that, she remains enough distant and fascinating with those little signs of being a human being!
    I like very much, more and more, the comments section of your blog. I would like the Anonymous could find a nick, just in order to understand who is saying what.

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  83. I thought kate looked stunning!! Her hair was styled luvly and sleek though if I was really picky she could sweep it off her shoulders it's a shame we missed some of the neckline of the dress, the 'dog ear 'look just sometimes look a bit strange. Luved the shoes, toenails could have been painted nude to complement colours of dress. Thought it odd no evening bag. But overall great look! Bella uk

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  84. Marci from Salt Lake14 September 2013 at 16:27

    I love your blog as always, Charlotte! I really enjoyed this post and all the updates you have made to it. I agree that the Duchess's dress was outstanding, and that she looked amazing, especially considering that she has chosen to be a full-time hands-on mother with all the time and demands that that entails.

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  85. Charlotte , hello busy lady. I found that dress I posted a few months back.I really love beautiful things. I know all of our styles differ in taste and I'm ancient but , I love weddings . I can't help myself. Go to FB . Have an awesome weekend !

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  86. Kate should have worn closed-toe shoes. If she doesn't have a pair, she should buy a glittery, shimmery pair to wear with outfits like this one. There are styles that have a sling back heel for a somewhat strappy appearance but have a closed toe.

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  87. Charlotte your FB friends are deteminded to stay away from nasty comments.
    PS found the one dress from along time ago. Read the comment too. On FB

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  88. too bad she wasnt at the wedding today :(

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  89. I just do not understand. People are *this* disappointed and complaining about the way she looks at the gala, but are you guys disappointing with her lack of work?

    I just cannot believe how many comments I have read here that are griping that she isn't doing her job by not dressing well enough.
    Not doing her job. By not dressing well enough.

    I repeat - not doing her job... by not dressing well enough.

    I just cannot believe this. They actually have the public believing their duty is to look good. And some of you have actually fallen for it.

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  90. Beatrix in New York15 September 2013 at 00:39

    I have checked this post several times and finally get to comment today(Yay :P LOL).

    It is nice to see how much love William has for Africa, but I do find it quite hypocritical from someone who loves to hunt. I am sorry, but unless you are hunting/killing animals to feed yourself it is just horrible to me. I hate bullfights and hunting equally. I know hunting is associated with aristocracy in England (probably the case with Spain too) but in this day and age, that could be changed/abolished.

    I think I am always on the opposite side of things. I dislike many of Kate's popular outfits and love the not so popular ones :P Funny. I really like this dress. I don't mind the nude panels. I love how it looks on her. It is different, elegant and great for this event. Kate looks great! I hope she doesn't lose much weight, because the pregnancy has given her lovely curves (hips!!). I had always seen Kate's figure as what is known as "inverted triangle" and now her hips give her a great silhouette.
    Her hair should have been up :( disappointing here. It would have been more flattering on her and the dress. Her hair down looks great but by now I'm just bored of it down. I am so happy to see she had it trimmed and colored (the last 2 occasions she was seen with orange hair that just looked unkept). She looks much prettier with this length and as a brunette.
    She needed a pedicure too - any red or pink would have complemented her look - but this is no biggie. Unfortunate that it was captured by the powerful camera lens, but expected too.

    If I were to grade this look ( :P ) I would say 8 out of ten :) I like this dress, this look and she looks great :)

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  91. Goodness, what a lot of comments this post has generated!!!! Until you gals and guys commented on the Duchess's lack of painted toe-nails on this occasion, I must admit that I didn't notice it; probably because I don't paint my own, I don't want to draw attenton to my dreadful, short & wide feet!Many people have expressed the fact that they don't feel that the dress fits well around the bust area; I agree with with the posters who say that Kate may have wanted to conceal her bust with a slightly looser-fitting top as she is either breast feeding/her breasts are not the size they were pre-pregnancy and she felt a bit vulnerable. As many people and Charlotte have commented, her figure is amazing considering she has given birth only a matter of weeks ago. I wish I had her height; I'm only about 5'3'', with very short legs! Kate also sometimes increases her stature with high heels. There are differing opinions of her height, some say 5'10''. That would be the same height as Diana, I believe.

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  92. Kate has a new radiance and lustre about her since the birth of her son; she looks really happy. It is lovely to see. It's nice that she hasn't painted her toe nails, shows she is a 'real' woman. It probably took quite a long time to get her hair blow-dried and to apply her make up (It looks like she is wearing quite a lot of make-up in the photos, probably even more noticeable if we saw it in person) and time is of the essence when you have a baby or very young child to look after, so it's not surprising that she hasn't attended to the less significant details of her appearance.

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