Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Kate Attends Place2Be Forum in Max Mara and Orla Kiely

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out at a cold and wet Canary Wharf in London this morning to attend a forum meeting for her patronage Place2Be.


Kate struggled to prevent a 'Marilyn Moment' as she exited the car due to the very blustery conditions in London's Docklands (One can imagine what the headlines will focus in on today).


The Duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers by a little girl.


Our go-to photographer, the very talented James Whatling, shared just how cold it was via Twitter.

James Whatling Twitter Feed

There was much excitement surrounding today's royal visit. Kate greeted children from a local school upon arrival.


The 'Resilience and Emotional Strength in Schools Forum' was held at the offices of Clifford Chance where the Duchess listened to leading experts, including Professor Tanya Byron and Professor Stephen Scott address some of the key topics that are so pertinent in building children's emotional resilience and strength, including cyber bullying, helping parents make strong, well-adjusted children, self-harm, special education needs today, raising aspirations, access and achievements, and preventing addiction.


The event brought together experts and leaders from across the health and education sectors, to engage in stimulating dialogue and address these issues collaboratively, to improve attainment and nurture good mental health in children, giving them the opportunity to achieve their full potential. As a new mother, the topics discussed would have been of great interest to Kate.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

Kate met the experts, including head teachers and the founder of an addiction treatment centre.


Place2Be is a national charity providing emotional support to children in schools. The organisation works with 200 schools in some of the most deprived areas of the country, helping children aged 4 to 14 cope with not only bullying but bereavement, neglect, violence, family breakdown and other issues. Through their help and intervention the charity aims to steer children away from the downward spiral that can lead to addiction and mental health problems.


Sadly bullying is such a prevalent problem in our schools. I think it very important for members of the Royal family to support charities like Place2Be and increase awareness where possible.

Place2Be

Kate became patron of the organisation in April 2012, and launched a counselling programme at The Willows Primary School in Manchester the same month.  A spokesman for St James's Palace said at the time it was through her work with Action on Addiction, that the Duchess became interested in the charity rather than any personal experience of bullying (Kate reportedly left Downe House School after two terms because of bullying, moving on to board at Marlborough College). The Duchess's inspiration for choosing the charity came from her belief in increased understanding of the need to intervene early with children.

Place2Be Facebook Page

Has Place2Be been successful in their efforts thus far? I think the statistics speak for themselves.

Place2Be

Benita Refson, chief executive of Place2Be, showed Kate around at the event. She told the Daily Express:

'We truly value her shared passion and commitment to supporting children's mental health. Life can be tough for children for all sorts of reasons - from entrenched issues such as neglect and abuse, through to facing family breakdowns and loss - and it's critical that children have someone to turn to who will listen'.

More from royal reporter Richard Palmer.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

Kate's jacket is by Max Mara. Ashley Marie emailed the brand and discovered it as piece from their Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection.


It appears the jacket is a past season piece and currently unavailable to purchase, however a WKW FB reader noted similarities between Kate's jacket and the Max Mara 'Bamby' Ribbed Wool Jacket. It's not identical to Kate's but it's quite close for those wishing to emulate the look. It's on sale at the moment, reduced from €740 to €446 at Nordstrom.

Max Mara

The Duchess chose a garment by versatile Irish designer Orla Kiely for the second consecutive day. The wonderful Anna from My Small Obsessions identified Kate's navy skirt as the Solid Crepe Blend Skirt from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. The classic pleated skirt in crepe fabric features pleats all the way around with a button and concealed zip to fasten at centre back. It originally retailed for €150.

Orla Kiely

The Duchess accessorised with her Annoushka pearls.
Annoushka

The wonderful Anna also identified Kate's watch as Tissot piece, the Swiss firm was founded in 1853 and since 1983 a member of The Swatch Group Ltd. She has worn her gold and silver watch on several occasions. Many of you will have noticed she is wearing a watch much more frequently since George was born.
My Small Obsessions

Kate carried her Russell and Bromley Muse clutch and debuted a new pair of Cornelia James bow gloves.


The Duchess selected her navy suede Alexander McQueen shoes to complete the look.


What did you think of Kate's look today? I thought the navy accessories added a lovely touch to the ensemble. It was a youthful choice for the Duchess and it was great to see her wearing her hair differently. The half up-half down style was an excellent choice for her. On a more important note, I was very impressed to hear Kate decided to stay an additional hour to hear about addiction and self-harm. It proves she is dedicated to learning more about her patronages.


Kate was applauded as she left the building and those at the forum could not praise her enough with comments including "She's very bright", "You can see this means something to her" and "She was very interested in 0 to 5-year-olds particularly". It was a great day for Kate and Place2Be.


You can view videos at The Telegraph and ITN Source.

222 comments:

  1. Good morning Charlotte,
    Thanks for the speedy post. I can't say this enough but I absolutely adore your blog!It's just wonderful!!

    Now on to Kate. I hate to say this but no just no! This outfit was all wrong to meet children. There's no denying it's a gorgeous outfit, but this looks like something you would wear on a night out with your friends. The extremely high heels with the short hemline of the skirt does not look appropriate at all. She looks beautiful non the less her hair is great and she looks better with it half up half down. She looks well rested. But that outfit....... not appropriate at all!!!!

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    1. I agree. These girls' dresses were longer then Kate's. She can wear mini skirts during her private time not while at work!

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    2. I couldn't agree more...

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    3. Absolutely agree. This woman needs to lower her hemlines.

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    4. You know what, Kate can't win with regards to hemlines, ok? She has dresses that are longer,and those make her look "matronly". She wears this cute skirt and recaptures some of her youth, pre-baby (which I totally get, and I might do the same if I had her awesome legs) and she can't win either. Give her a break and maybe focus on the good she is doing.. How petty can you be?

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    5. Petty? I don't think any of us here are being "petty" because we simply don't like this choice of clothing. I really think you've got the wrong definition of that word. Just because we aren't all fawning over her doesn't mean we wish her ill will. In fact that's the lovely privilege of this site that we can all agree and disagree. If we all just agreed on everything all the time it would only be a handful of comments on here like there are other sites. Women have the bad habit of jumping to conclusions and assuming you're jealous just because you don't like another woman's outfit. Give me a break!!!!

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  2. Sarah from Calif.20 November 2013 at 11:56

    Kate looks beautiful. Love that color on her. Opps blasted wind. Your right Charlotte, I'm sure many people will have things to say about that. Oh and I really love those earrings.
    I think Place 2Be is a wonderful organization. We can help so many children by meeting their needs when their young, instead of waiting until the damage is done and then trying to fix things. Well done Catherine!

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  3. I love the duchess in dark blue and her hair half up! Her complexion is much fresher with blue to match her colours. Thanks for the fast post, Charlotte. Greetings from Germany, Anja

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  4. Another great cause to support. I think Kate looks lovely in navy and like the half-up do. I used to live at Canary Wharf and can testify to how the wind whips around between the tower blocks there. Perhaps she could take a tip from the Queen and have tiny lead weights sewn into her skirt hems to prevent any embarrassment, particularly as she likes to wear shorter skirts.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State20 November 2013 at 19:17

      She does look really good. I just wish she'd have picked a different skirt.

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  5. Catherine looks gorgeous this morning. ---particularly love the hairstyle.
    Pity that newspapers like the "Daily Mail" focus on the wind blowing her skirt---even though nothing exposed but a glimpse of paler blue slip.
    This seems to have been a learning visit, when she listened to some lectures, but again underlines her interest in the welfare of children.

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  6. Great post in record time! I think it's this crepe skirt by Orla Kiely, which Lurdes Rebocho posted over at WhatWouldKateDo: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/thing?.embedder=600877&.svc=tumblr&id=71443807

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  7. I think her skirts are way too short. I do not think this is an appropriate during public and official appearance.

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    1. I agree about the skirts, short skirts and high heels are not a good look, or appropriate for meeting with children. However, it's a great cause and I am glad she took the extra hour of time to stay, shows an impressive level of interest and commitment.
      Kim from Arizona

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    2. I could not agree more- high hills and that short skirt are good for the lunch or evening with friends at the movie theater.

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  8. Thank you so much for your comments! Kate has decided to stay an hour longer than scheduled so we'll have many more updates after that :)

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    1. If Kate was indeed bullied at school, it must be so rewarding for her to now be in a position where she can make a real contribution to anti-bullying campaigns. I love her choice of charities and patronages so far, all such worthy causes.

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  9. Hello Charlotte,

    As always, super fast & fabulous post on the DOC! Well done, Ms. Charlotte. She looks wonderful today. it's good to see her pin her beautiful locks back on such a blustery day. HRH always looks her best in navy, but I really wish her skirt was a tad bit longer to avoid "Marilyn moments." The pieces work well together, however. - Bee. xoxo

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  10. Emily J. small villiage Illinios20 November 2013 at 13:22

    Great post!! I dont know what I noticed 1st, her legs or shoes! I love her hair. I just love a half up hair style.
    I am glad Kate is learning as much as she can about her charites.
    have a great day!!

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  11. Those shoes! I love them. And I think the outfit is totally appropriate; you can see from the pictures inside where the wind isn't blowing it that it's hardly a mini. I highly doubt the children will be scarred for life by the scandalous sight of a woman's knees ;) They most likely thought she looked young and fun.

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    1. The photo of her standing upright and talking to the two adults outside proves it's a mini. It's nowhere near her knees. More like skimming her upper thighs.

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    2. ...If you consider 3 inches above the knee the "upper thigh," then we're just going to have to agree to disagree, LOL.

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    3. Wow... I also say we're going to have to agree to disagree! Her skirts are no where near too short! Do you think children really care at all?! She looks wonderful and modest. She's young! I LOVED the outfit today

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    4. Kate's skirt is simply "short" which means it falls above the knee. It's not a mini until it shows at least half the thigh. She's completely appropriate. I can't recall seeing her in a mini skirt since she married.

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    5. I totally agree with MusingLen and Anon posters who do NOT think it's a mini. :)

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    6. I think if the wind had not been so hard, we wouldn't be having the discussion at all. The skirt wouldn't be blowing around making it look shorter. I think that a different skirt would have been more appropriate because the of the weather, not because of the initial length.

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  12. Theresa. New York20 November 2013 at 13:33

    I can't tell from the pictures but does the jacket match the skirt. I ask because I was always taught that you shouldn't wear two different navies.
    I really, really don't want to nitpick but her skirts are too short. Pippa always seems to get her dress length right just skimming the knees. Is it because she buys off the rack and is so tall and thin that they are so short? I agree she should add weights to the hem.
    Otherwise, she is a beautiful woman with amazing taste.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State20 November 2013 at 19:20

      Kate gets things tailored when she needs to (thinking of the one coat she wore where the buttons had been moved).

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    2. Pippa loves minis. She is almost always in minis, way more so than her sister.

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  13. Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic look. Love all the blue accessories - gloves, clutch, shoes. They look wonderful combined with the jacket and the skirt. Those pleats are sooo Kate :) The non-opaque stockings is a very youthful detail. Congratulations, Duchess!
    Thank you Charlotte!
    Z. from Portugal

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  14. Hello :)
    Do you think this is the same skirt? http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZE55KOrM6y0/Tss5I0_Y_mI/AAAAAAAAH7w/Wp9nk08B4II/s1600/Kate+Middleton+Shopping+Zara+on+Kings+Road.jpg

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    1. No, that one is the Mulberry Polly Push lock skirt. The gold accent on the waste seems to be the only difference. They are incredibly similar!

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  15. I agree with some previous comments here - Kate's look was wonderful, but perhaps not the right thing to wear to a charity event. It's definitely is a good cause and she seems quite dedicated, but she should try to avoid "Marilyn" moments so that the attention is more on the charity she is supporting. Charlotte, I have to say that you do a much better job than many of the articles written, with a bit of everthing in your posts. Your blog is awesome.

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    1. An excellent point. All the headlines are focusing on her wardrobe indiscretion instead of the great work of this charity. I'm sure that wasn't her intent, so hoepfully next time, she'll dress with that in mind.

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  16. Catherine looks absolutely gorgeous, her hair looks perfect half up. She should have her hair in this style more often. As for her dress, the skirt from what I remember is it the same skirt she wore when she went shopping?? Thanks Charlotte for this update, she looks very pretty today. Xoxo

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    1. Siddhii I think it's a new skirt. The skirt you refer to was a Zara piece if I'm correct :)

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    2. That skirt was a Mulberry piece, if I'm not mistaken! She wore it for a shopping spree at Zara!

      Ana B. from Brazil

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    3. YES ! My mistake :D a Mulberry piece for shopping in Zara :)

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  17. I agree with your first poster. the outfit was not appropriate for a visit of this kind. it is also freezing, cold and wet and windy in London today so why the short skirt. seems a bit silly. and I love kate

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    1. Exactly! I wonder why we never see her in a nice pair of trousers? That's what most professional women I know wear to work, and you can still look lovely and classy if done correctly. Seems that would have been a better choice on a cold, windy day.

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    2. I don't know for sure but just by what we all have seen what Catherine wears, her choice is always heels and dresses. She might not like to wear pants on her royal engagements.

      @Anonymous 14:13 Why do you say this outfit is inappropriate for this engagement? All your 30 something in London wear this type of dress/skirt to work. Because Catherine is royal does not mean she has to dress like someone that is old. I would think now Catherine would know how to dress when she is on an offical engagement. She even wears dresses to polo games.

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  18. Now this is so much better than yesterday!! Blue looks magnificent on her.. Her hair also looks so lovely in that style.. Here's hoping we see it more often!!! I LOVE the jacket.. I wish I had it in my closet.

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  19. Theresa, from Paris20 November 2013 at 14:33

    Lovely hair-do and great to see her happy...
    But why, oh why must the Duchess continue with such short skirts when she is working ? She misses out on elegance. Such a pity considering she has good taste. This mid-thigh obsession is just absurd.

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  20. Kate looks beautiful! I think her skirt length is appropriate and fresh for someone her age. Loved everything about this outfit! -BRH

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  21. Thank you once again, Charlotte, for this incredibly quick post with all the lovely photos on top of all the information! Great job! I was once again very happy to see the Duchess looking really happy and relaxed. The clothes looked great on her - although I don´t know whether that skirt was such a good choice for a windy place like Canary Wharf.... ;-)))) I´m sure she had some "OMG"- moments thinking of her skirt showing more than what is considered "appropriate" due to the wind....
    I thought it was lovely that she stayed an hour longer than scheduled - this subject really IS important to her and it´s great that a major royal takes up this subject.... Thanks again + lots of love from Germany, Eve

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  22. Navy outfit, navy shoes, and then black tights? The outfit is great, but she ruined it with the black tights. And of course, because somehow she can't figure out that hems should be weighted.

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    1. it looks like she is wearing Navy nylons to me..

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    2. I am pretty sure they are black!

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    3. They look Navy too me as well. Maybe our screens color schemes are different.

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    4. Actually, her hemlines are weighted! The weights are just heavy enough to keep them down with a strong gust of wind. If you look through some pictures there are actually MANY with the Queen's skirt blowing up! Happens to the best of us.

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    5. Every picture I've seen indicates they are black

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    6. Alexandra, can you post links to some photos of this happening to the Queen? I have never seen that happen. The Daily Mail's photo at the end of the Kate article has the Queen's coat floating up, but her skirt does not move at all.

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  23. There´s quite a long video on ITN NEWS Royal (just google "ITN News Royal", it´s easy to find) and a longer video about Monday´s visit also if anyone is interested...
    Eve from Germany

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    1. Jane from New England20 November 2013 at 15:05

      Thank you so much for this! Telegraph is unavailable without cost.

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  24. Kate seems to be such a nice person who gets along with people so well. She´s always interested in the project she´s visiting and the people she´s meeting.

    I think we all shouldn´t worry about how she dresses and if this is approriate or not. I´m pretty sure HM would tell her if it wasn´t appropriate.

    But: I like the "navy theme". :-)
    K from Germany

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  25. Portia from Chicago20 November 2013 at 15:24

    I like all the pieces individually a great deal. Just the sort I would buy. But I don't think that putting them all together is what is done anymore. Navy head to toe is a bit boring and frankly not great style. She could have mixed it up a bit with grey.

    As for the length of the skirts, the constant flashing - well, I have said this before, and I can't help say it again. It's just really unprofessional, silly and girlish. Her lack of work experience shows through when she dresses like this. Just adding a couple of inches to the skirts, weighting them would make her look so much more elegant, polished and like a mature woman. It's telling when everyone around her is dressed so mature while she is the only one with tiny skirts riding up her thighs.

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    1. I have always tried to figure out why the too high heels and the short skirts and I think you hit it on the head. Her last of working experience shows as she goes more to the socialite version of day wear rather than a professional look. When someone is that tall and meeting with children it seems odd to wear very high heels. She also wears them with the queen where she towers over her. It seems like an insensitive clothing choice as is the mini skirt. I think she looks good in minis and high heels and they are a good choice for her personal and social occasions, just not for working charity events. It is nice to see her hairdresser reads the papers as her hair has really been on point the last two events. Brava

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    2. Yes, I agree. Adding a few inches to that skirt would give more professional look. You are right, she is not a little girl anymore. We have to remember she represents royal family and the country so she needs to be dressed according to the situation. Sorry, she missed it again.
      However, today her hair look good, the total outcome is very poor and not professional at all. I am glad she did not show her cleavage!

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    3. Totally agree with you both.

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    4. I have to agree on all points. I think Kate has a mind of her own when it comes to fashion. Obviously, she doesn't read the online comments. :-) I did love her hairstyle today.

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    5. I agree and you probably have it right as to why, despite knowing the cameras are everywhere, she has not dealt with the skirt issue after almost three years as a member of the Royal family. I suppose the Queen has decided to ignore it.

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    6. Rose from Montreal, Canada20 November 2013 at 20:14

      I think she looked wonderful. If the Queen isnt complaining why should we? She is doing great with her charity and they are more than happy to have her support. This saga about the length of her skirts or dresses is only our opinion. I wish her and her charities all the best

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    7. bluhare in Washington State20 November 2013 at 21:34

      Rose, we don't know what the Queen thinks, but I have a hard time thinking she's OK with it. She probably picks her battles, though. I would.

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    8. We need to focus on her charity work and not what she is wearing. I agree with Rose, if it does not bother the Queen then why should it bother us.

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    9. It bothers us because we care about Kate and want her to do well. We care about clothes and her style because she has such great taste and we are interested in how she wears things. We care because she is a role model to many of us and when she misses, we like to acknowledge why with other people who care. This blog allows for discussion on all of these things with a pro-Kate stance no matter what we think of her hemline. On with the discussion!

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    10. bluhare in Washington State21 November 2013 at 18:32

      Pauline, if we need to focus on her charity work and not what she's wearing, why are almost 100% of the comments on EVERY post about exactly that? Including yours? Yours always talk about the "beautiful duchess", but not about what she was doing at the engagement. Don't call out everyone else for something you do as well.

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  26. I loved her outfit, she looked faboulous, navy is really her colour. Even managed to pull her hair, great job. On the other hand someone at somepoint must tell her that she either puts weighs in her skirts or stops wearing so short ones. Everybody is talking again about her moment instead of the charity and the fact that she left maternity leave at home and did something useful at last. You are increadibly fast Charlotte, thanks.

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  27. Hi Charlotte,

    Just wondering if you noticed Kate is wearing a watch as well? Do you know who the piece is by? I saw the watch in the video link that you posted on FB. Just thought I would bring it to your attention :)

    -Kathleen, Illinois, USA

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    1. Thank you Kathleen, I'll take a look now and update the post :)

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    2. @ Kathleen- It is the same watch she has been wearing. Charlotte posted the maker in other post but I do not remember who it is. Just old age...lol

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  28. I do not like her outfit today. I think that this jacket does not go along with that short shirt and high hills. I like all of these items separately but all together just does not seem to be right. For the school charity purposes I would wear lower hills, longer skirt, and different jacket. I have a feeling that she tried to look like a little school girl forgetting the fact that she is 31.
    Why everyone talks about her skirt not charity? Because of the "Merlin Monroe" effect as other readers have already said. I think she should wear something more modest. Thank you.

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  29. Mini skirts look unfinished to me - I think they are a fabric saving device by the clothing industry, along with 3/4 sleeves and short jackets and over-tight bodices and skimpy cloth. Some of these things look better than others, depending on the weather and the woman. However, knees are never very attractive. The prettiest, most elegant daytime skirt length is just below the kneecap. The midi look of Kate's red coat is also very nice this time of year.

    I do like the all navy ensemble, except for the skirt length. Kate's hair looks as if she pulled it back herself, which is fine for a very windy day. And her obvious enthusiasm and interest make her most attractive!

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    1. I am not a fashion person but I do not think this skirt is a mini skirt. And remember Kate is just 31 not an old lady in her 50's or 60's. IMO the length was jsut right for her age.

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    2. ...but not right for the windy weather.

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  30. She looked gorgeous, as always. I love the outfit. I would like the skirt an inch or two longer, but with her legs, it looks great, and keeps the outfit youthful. You're only young once, so might as well dress young while you can! The hairstyle was perfect for a windy day, to keep it out of her eyes. It's terrific that she stayed longer to learn more, which demonstrates her true interest in children. Absolutely love everything about her!

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  31. She looked gorgeous, as always. I love the outfit. I'd like the skirt one or two inches longer, but with her great legs, she might as well show them off! And, the shorter length keeps it youthful, and you might as well dress young while you still can! It's terrific that she stayed longer to learn even more, which demonstrates her true interest in children and her patronages.

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  32. I note the anonymous hem police are out again.
    She's young and beautiful and has the most amazing legs---so why shouldn't she wear short skirts?
    When the mini-skirt came into fashion in the early sixties I was early thirties and wore them.
    I suspect very few of those criticizing her haven't worn equally short skirts.
    Incidentally talking of her "doing something useful at last", seems patently absurd--the most useful thing anyone can do is care for their own child. Perhaps we'd need fewer of these charities if more parents did that.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State20 November 2013 at 19:09

      I'm no anonymous, and I think the skirt was a poor choice for today. Why? Because it was cold and windy. A pencil or even A-line skirt would have worked much better and not blown up so she had to hold it down. I don't have a length issue unless she's supposed to be bending down. If that's the case, the longer the better.

      But what people miss (in my opinion) is she's WORKING. It's not like she's going out to lunch with a friend, in which case who cares what she wears, but she's representing the RF. Big difference.

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    2. @Jean- I just wish more people would look at the work that Kate is doing then what she is wearing. By her extending her time by an additional hour just show's how important this charity is to her.

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    3. But I cannot imagine let say police officer who is wearing pink short skirt just only because she has great legs or showing her breast. Even when I try to look at that police officer kind of work..........just cannot imagine that. Sorry. Therefore, Kate being at work- needs to wear longer skirts . Please notice that everybody does some kind of work has to dress appropriate. Just to picture that , another example can be an legal secretary meeting with attorney's clients having long pink nails, tiny dress etc. I am not questioning Kate's kind and quality of work, but the wardrobe choices, and these are totally different aspects.

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    4. bluhare- I did not know the royals had a dress code. And I have lived in England all my life.

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    5. Kate is a role model for me, a young professional woman. I like to look at what she is wearing to work and I like being able to talk about it with others who care about fashion. Please stop trying to make me feel bad about that.

      Also, fashion is a huge part of what draws people to Kate (and other celebrities). Did you ever think that, for some people, talking about what she wore leads them to talking about where she wore it and they learn about the work she's doing?

      I love Kate. I love this blog. Thanks all :)

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    6. Melanie from California21 November 2013 at 18:03

      Well said, Jean! I always enjoy reading your remarks.

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    7. bluhare in Washington State21 November 2013 at 18:27

      Kathy, then perhaps you should read the royal website. They do have dress codes, although it's stated as "suggestions". That is for people meeting them, however, but the tone is that they should wear what the royals wear.

      The Queen's the boss of The Firm. As boss, she is the one who has a say, and she does so by example. You don't see her wearing flowing clothes in windy weather. It's pretty simple, although it's interesting to read how a whole lot of people have no issues at all with their skirts blowing all over. At least I assume that's the case with such a spirited defense of it here.

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  33. Are these the same shoes? They were worn during the 2011 Canada tour:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=333782240043981&set=a.378915535530651.94166.132426196846254&type=3&theater

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  34. Finally she matched her shoes....Good Job Catherine. Now if you would just lower your hem...PREFECT!
    LOVE THIS OUTFIT!
    THANKS C....GREAT JOB!

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  35. Kate's back - look at her glow!!! I thought she looked stunning. Jewel tones suit her coloring best, and this look came close to that sapphire blue. I'd like to see her in emerald, and ruby would be fabulous. It's too bad that the wind kicked up, but that is not something that she could have possibly known. I'm sure there was not one child who felt left out because of her height, because she is so sweet. She's got great legs and she's young and in love. I bet William thought she was hot. It's him she cares about the most. She definitely made an effort, and surely we can agree that she looked like a duchess. She is radiating again - what a relief!

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  36. Gorgeous navy blue colour! Love this outfit, but absolutely not appropriate for the weather. She frequently choose flowty skirts, I agree they fit her perfectly. But weather conditions should be taken into account.

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  37. Thank you for including purpose of visits and background on organizations that the Duchess visits.
    It helps me learn about ways that people can be helped to have better lives.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State20 November 2013 at 19:10

      Totally agree with Anonymous. Charlotte, yours is the only place where there is more than a modicum of information about the purpose of the engagement. Which is the whole point of her going, right?

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    2. I love learning about the work too. And the clothes. A perfect combo!

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  38. I was wondering if the woman in black next to Kate in some of the pictures above (and in the videos) is Rebecca Deacon or someone new. If it's Rebecca she has changed her hairstyle -short and curly, and quite becoming when the wind isn't blowing it around! Lee from Canada

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    1. Anonymous- That person with the curly hair is not Rebecca. I just looked at the pictures from Getty, Rebecca was in other photos.

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      Lee from Canada

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  39. Jennifer from Wisconsin20 November 2013 at 17:26

    Ladies,
    I do not know about anyone else but I am 5'2" and sometimes skirts and dresses are not the length I would like them to be. My husband is 6'4" and has trouble with things being too short when he buys shorts and pants. I think some of your comments about Kate are way too harsh. When I was smaller and a size 4, things were pretty good lengths on me, but now I am a 12 and I have to be careful not to look dowdy. When you are tall like Kate who does not have all of her clothes custom made, I can imagine being slender can make things a little shorter at times. I love heels as she does and also know that can make legs appear longer and add to that somewhat. The wind can happen to anyone and the Royal Family will let Kate know if she should change something. She appears also to have common sense and does not regularly make a habit of inappropriately showing off her body the rest of us do not need to see. Please rethink your comments. Instead of being so picky about her hair and her skirts and the like, why not be sympathetic to her plight having to deal with skirts, winds and photographers while managing to be graceful and polite to the young girl giving her flowers. I would have worried about letting go of my skirt! Kate instead smiled and handled her situation with class and dignity. She does a lot of good and should be respected for that. Try on some slightly different sizes when you go shopping and see what I mean. The comments about buying for going out with friends clothing versus for engagements while correct for most people are also unfair. At a certain age, you buy clothes that you like and you don't plan out buying them for going out to a club, nor do I believe Kate would even have the opportunity if she had the desire to go. Be kind and not so judgmental. Kate is someone trying to do good things- time to give her a little respect and some support. She obviously is trying- look at how nice her hair looks and I love the blue. Sure, the skirt could be longer and I bet she wishes it was too, but that might be circumstance due to her size. If she did have all those clothes made for her height and waist size, she would be crucified for the expense. Sometimes as ladies, we are way to quick to judge. I read every post, but out of respect for Charlotte the Amazing's time, I do not comment on them all. This time, I really felt for Kate as no one is perfect- why do we expect her to be?

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    1. Very interesting read Jennifer, I concur with your thoughts completely.

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    2. Jennifer -
      I am 5'9" and I have always had the hardest time trying to find skirts and dresses that are the appropriate length. It gets so frustrating. I live in the United States so maybe other countries are different as far as lengths go. Here though it is a constant battle. I have three children and just shy of thirty. I have found I either have to be happy with a shorter hemline or look like my mother.

      I understand that Kate has people who could fix hemlines for her or have all of her clothes made. If she did that the expense would be all people spoke of. It just makes me so sad that people focus on the frivolous more than the important aspects of her visit. I am not speaking of the blog because most of those here balance both very well. When "news" outlets have more information about her skirt flying up than the cause it saddens me.

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    3. @ Courtney -- same issue here! Another thing is trying to find tops which are long enough that don't ride up, but are not tunic-y and billowy. Having a longer torso makes shopping more difficult to find things which fit.

      I do like Kate's outfit and the colour, but like others, I feel it is more appropriate for a different occasion. I agree that it would be wise for her to have little weights sewn into her seams, the last thing she needs to be worrying about is her skirt swishing around and being self-conscious about it.

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    4. bluhare in Washington State20 November 2013 at 19:14

      Kate has access to all the help in the world for her clothing choices. And, as I pointed out, she's working. Dress codes are not unknown in the working world, and are there to present the image the company wants to project. Therefore, wearing things that don't blow up in the wind (and one look at the weather forecast would have told her what to expect) would be a good choice. She *is* representing the royal family.

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    5. Marion from Germany20 November 2013 at 19:41

      Dear Jennifer,

      what a warm-hearted, kind, polite and wonderful person you must be – just like Charlotte. :-) Thank you for taking the time to write your comment, it is worth reading and I really enjoyed it and must say I totally agree with you.

      Apart from that I do not see any problem with the hemline. The skirt is short, that is true, but not too short, in my opinion. I remember Kate visiting a children’s charity a year or two ago, where she turned up in jeans, and the little ones were so disappointed because “she did not look like a princess". :-( So there will always be people who like her clothes and othes will not, so the best idea is that she just makes her own choice as long as she feels comfortable.

      And as I am just talking about criticizing Kate: I still have the feeling that her hair has changed, or rather that her hairdresser styles it differently. The updo is wonderful, especially in windy weather, but not as good as it used to be. But still good!!

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    6. LR -

      I do have the shirt issue as well. So hard to find a balance of items. I do wish I had the resources that Kate does. Whether that be the monetary ones or the connections that come with being Duchess of Cambridge.

      I do think that the weights are a no brainer. My grandmother did it for me when I was younger and it is such an easy fix. I love that she wears skirts and dresses but wish she would add a few pairs of tailored trousers or pants suits. Just to mix things up. However, regardless of the skirt difficulties I am glad she is bringing attention to her patronages.

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    7. @Jennifer- AMEN to your comment. Some people that write comments here feel in my opinion to think it is their right to write harsh comments regarding what ever Catherine is wearing, or how her hair is that day, or the shoes she has on. But they do not focus on the good she is doing. If Catherine had all her clothes made you would hear how she is spending all the tax payers money on her clothes. So she buys off the rack and the dresses or skirts are to short to their liking. Catherine is a tall woman and off the rack clothes do not fit correctly. She has beautiful legs and she is not to old to wear shorter dresses or skirts. If she was wearign things that did not pass "inspection" Catherine woudl here about it from the Queen or William. All the reviews here in London loved the way Catherine looked today.

      I really wish people would focus more on what Catherine can do for her charities then complaining about what she wears.

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    8. I saw a comment on another website earlier that I thought fit the situation perfectly- How ironic is it that the Duchess attends a forum on cyberbullying, and so many online are being harsh and critical of her clothes instead of taking lesson from today's real focus!

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    9. AMEN Ellie

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    10. I think some of you are being a little sensitive! We all love Kate - why else would we bother to look at a Kate fan blog? But just like we would tell our friend if what she was wearing something that didn't flatter her, its with the same spirit I feel most of us are commenting on here. To start harping on about bullying is just silly. Save it for the Daily Mail commentators - those people are borderline bullies. So lets all just relax and enjoy talking about her style because thats why we like this blog isn't it.

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    11. I don't feel people have been harsh. Even Jennifer has noted that the skirt could be longer. None of these comments are crucifying Kate - meerly stating that this skirt might not be appropriate or they don't prefer the look today. Everyone here loves Kate.
      *****Discussion with different opinions on taste is not bullying*******

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    12. Oh, certainly. Constructive conversation of different opinions is what makes forums like these great! However I've seen others here and elsewhere online using this innocent mishap as a slight to her work ethic, or using personal insults towards those they don't agree with. That's when it crosses the line into bullying, in my opinion :)

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  40. Dear Charlotte thank you again! Kate looks gorgeous and elegant I love the hair, outfit and gloves. I too agree that bullying is something unfortunately too prevalent in schools and has led to the death of many children. I was bullied mercilessly at school and the scars stay with you for life. I'm thankful Kate cares enough to support this initiative.

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    1. Mellie I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with bullying. A friend of mine went through a dreadful time and the school were so terribly unhelpful, it's had such an impact on her.

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    2. Thank you dear Charlotte that means a lot. God bless.

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  41. Why doesn't Kate have a stylist helping her select the appropriate thing to wear? Most of the time she looks absolutely right, but this time the stilettos and short skirt were off the mark. She knows she has a huge amount of attention focused on her all the time - why not get someone to help her out and avoid mishaps? Having her skirts blow up one time can be chalked up to lack of experience, but this is what, the 3rd or 4th time this has happened?

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  42. Penny, 13 yrs, USA20 November 2013 at 17:51

    Beautiful outfit and I loved the Duchess's hair. Do royal babies sometimes go along to engagements? I would love to see Prince George! Maybe he will go the Christmas service? Does anybody know?

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      Penny,
      I was unable to find any pictures or articles confirming whether Princess Diana brought her children to engagements other than on trips, but I did find an article that said the Queen had invited the Middleton family to Christmas and it was expected to be the first time Prince George would be seen at Christmas service. I do not know for sure but let's hope so!

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  43. You've been kind to the Duchess, to omit the photo of the skirt flying up almost to the top of her thigh that appeared in the Daily Mail. She does have beautiful legs. Unfortunately the skirt has become the focus of her visit in the media - and I can't blame the media. It's a silk crepe skirt, you don't wear that fabric more than once on a breezy day without knowing it can cause a distraction. She looked lovely and I really like Richard Palmer's Tweet about the woman underneath the fashions, her brain and dedication. But truly, she needs to have a tailor use HM's trick of sewing in weights or a light chain, for clothes she's wearing outdoors, even if only to be greeted in the front entrance. It makes her look silly and undignified, and I am sure she is neither.

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    1. Yes. Well put. Also: PANTS.

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  44. Kate looks FABULOUS! Love everything about her look. My only harp is the shoes. I am not sure if it is because of the flashbulbs, but they appear a lot lighter than the rest of her navy outfit. So I would have opted for black shoes myself or a darker navy shoe that would appear almost black for better blending.

    Other than that -- I really love the look. She looks fabulous and the skirt length goes to her young age. I don't think it's inappropriate to see children because it is still below mid-thigh, but I wouldn't go any shorter for any type of appearance. It's just a shame that the wind was blustery. All in all, I think she looked almost perfect today -- bright eyed, young, fit and beautiful!

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  45. What's wrong with wearing a longer skirt? She is of age and her legs are beautiful no matter what she wears. Why not start dressing like an adult?

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  46. Great post, thank you! These are actually some of my favorite pics of Kate:) She looks youthful, energetic and adorable- I thought she looked a bit tired at yesterday's engagement, understandably. LOVE the Navy on her! Blue is her color and those shoes are perfection. It was a different look for her, and I loved it. Who care if her skirt blew up in the wind- her legs are beautiful. That happens to everyone and the photos were super cute actually. Sure to become some famous "favorite Kate" pics in my opinion:) Makes me want to head to the gym!

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  47. Do you girls remember the fabulous skirt Kate wore a couple months after the wedding. I mean the navy one with the gold buttons from alexander mcqueen. This I find is an appropriate length for business and it looked amazing on her. I wished she would have worn that one instead of the pleated skirt from today.I really dislike pleated skirts anyway, but that`s just me :D

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    1. That skirt was longer, though it had not one, but two slits in the front at her knees. They went up higher than the hemline of her skirt today.

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  48. I see she has added the navy version of her black gloves with the bow. Thanks for the post!

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  49. Love the outfit, including the skirt length. Don't see the problem. The Queen wore her dresses above the knee when it was last fashionable, as dud Princess Anne. Kate seems very keen on learning a lot about her charities rather than just being a figurehead. Good for her.

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  50. I'm going against the trend here, but I love love love that outfit!!

    It feels like yesterday and today, the old Kate has reappeared!!! Completely love the look and don't care about the length of the skirt! She looks wonderful!

    Jude

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  51. So much interesting discussion, thank you all.

    I just noticed a great photo of Kate from the meeting, I added it to the bottom of the post, it's a lovely shot :)

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    1. It is beautiful :) thank you !

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  52. I think that the length of Kate's skirt is quite typical for someone in her early 30s. Most of the women who work in my office (where women are expected to wear dress pants or skirts and a nice blouse and men are to wear a tie) are in their 20s or 30s, and skirts a couple inches above the knee are quite typical. Shorter skirts are simply more in fashion right now. I expect that other commenters are also correct in saying that Kate's height/slim figure probably make skirts/dresses fall slightly shorter on her than on the average wearer.

    That said, a pleated crepe skirt might not have been the smartest choice on a windy day! Love her hair today, the half-up, half-down look suits her and is a nice change.

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  53. I believe the real headline in this visit is Kate spontaneously staying an hour overtime to attend two extra forums. Royals don't often do things out of their predefined schedule. It shows confidence in her royal role and genuine interest in her chosen causes. Emotional & psychological abuse in children are such important issues. Following the event in Twitter, it appears the speakers & charity chiefs seemed really happy and impressed by her and had a lot of good things to share about the visit. For that I say -- Very well done, Kate!

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  54. I'm sorry, but this outfit is just boring. The pieces are really nice separately, but all together it is too much blue. Blue gloves, blue hosiery, blue clutch - it's just amazingly boring. Hair and make up look 100 times better. I wonder if either the jacket or skirt is bespoke, because the colors match exactly which is rare from 2 different designers.

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    1. OMG that is exactly what I thought! The pieces were too well matched to be from 2 different designers. I also don't think those are McQueen shoes!

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  55. I like her in navy and I like the individual pieces. As a whole though this outfit doesn't do it for me. It is impractical for the weather conditions for one. In general it's a bit dull, the whole look lacks polish or sophistication and also comes across as mismatched and juvenile, not very well put together.

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  56. I'm sorry, but Kate is not a teenager any more, she is not even twenty-something. Her hemline's are too short for a person of her status. What she has should be for her husband's viewing-not the entire world. The Queen would never let her hemline fly up like that--her tailor puts weights at the hemline to prevent exposing so much leg. Kate let that happen in Canada as well. Yes she is nice, yes she is sweet, but why does she feel compelled to expose so much skin??

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    1. I don't think Catherine thought when she left her home today, so today I am going to show some skin. Oh and it was Catherines fault in Canada that her dress blow up. These are really some funny comments. I don't think any woman would leave there homes and want to show alot of skin.

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    2. She wears what she likes. And she obviously knows what her requirements are so if she wears it, it must be ok.

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    3. I have been reading Angela Kelly's book about HM's wardrobe for the Diamond Jubilee year.
      She appears to have about a dozen dressers and dressmakers to attend to her clothes---so comparing the Queen's clothes to Catherine's is rather odd both on age grounds and on position and numbers of people to see to clothes.

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  57. Short, full skirts become parachutes on windy days. A frilly slip underneath could be fun and preserve some dignity. I used to love the designs of a woman who made slips that were meant to be seen. The slips had pretty tulle, lace, and ribbon edgings. They were called "Your Slip is Showing"

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  58. So many women saying that reaching. 30 means longer skirts, since when? Diana, Mary, Maxima, Mathilde, etc didnt do that. In fact most 30 somethings dont. She looked happy and relaxed. She engaged with the event, obviously close to her heart. i think she has her priorities right.

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  59. I thought she looked luvly today. Navy works with her complexion so well. Also the fashion really Is for shorter length skirts at the moment. I recently visited London and noticed the skirts were short t and worn by all ages. The only thing I would say is yes weights in the skirt would be a gr8 idea. Bella Wiltshire

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  60. Even though the hemline was a bit too short for her position or even didn't suit the weather, I have found it a nice dress. Love the skirt! But yes, like some comments above, it was bit too much navy.

    However her makeups and hair have been lot better than in her last appearances. I feel like I am seeing the old kate in the photos, so refreshing, so beautifully dressed.

    Thank you for another great post, Charlotte.

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  61. Perhaps this is because I'm only a few years older than Kate, but I can't find fault with anything she is wearing. All this talk of too short skirts and too high heels makes me wonder about the perspective of those commenting. Skirt length has always been about fashion. It's a changing trend and she's perfectly on trend for business attire. I have seen plenty of attorneys in court wearing skirts the same length and no judge seems to have a problem with it. She is not wearing racy stiletto heels. They are just normal heels according to today's fashion. Being a teacher, I can tell you no modern child is scandalized by knees and heels!

    Were people as critical of Catherine in the same way pre-baby? Perhaps it's just my memory, but it seemed that the comments last year were more about liking or not liking an outfit or hairstyle than constantly wondering if it was appropriate.

    I actually think Kate might have chosen the understated navy today to keep the talk of her clothing to a minimum. The wind had other ideas. It was refreshing to see her truly engaged in her visit though. Just lovely!

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  62. It seems that my prior comment is lost in cyberspace so I apologize if this is a repeat... :)

    I'm so pleased to read the feedback from the people she met today. THAT speaks volumes about her and the work she does with her charities.

    And I really liked her look today and think it is more sophisticated than yesterday's print dress. I think the heels and skirt length are in keeping with today's fashion and she is not the only royal to wear these heels or skirts.

    And has anyone considered that maybe she chose a pleated skirt because it has a youthful touch to it that children can relate to, rather than showing up in a stiff business suit worthy of a bankers' meeting? Just something that occurred to me because this skirt made me think back to the navy and green plaid dress she wore to a school last December. That too had a youthful feel to it and IMO that is part of *her* job as a Duchess...being approachable and doing her best to relate to her audience at any given engagement.

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    1. I agree completely with you: Catherine has a special touch for creating a feeling with people she approaches. Total blue is absolutely chic, and the touches of electric blue are joyful and give a touch of youth, without becoming too in contrast. A sophisticated lady with a perfect hair style and with a marvelous smile!

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  63. It seems that my prior comment is lost in cyberspace so I apologize if this is a repeat... :)

    I'm so pleased to read the feedback from the people she met today. THAT speaks volumes about her and the work she does with her charities.

    And I really liked her look today and think it is more sophisticated than yesterday's print dress. I think the heels and skirt length are in keeping with today's fashion and she is not the only royal to wear these heels or skirts.

    And has anyone considered that maybe she chose a pleated skirt because it has a youthful touch to it that children can relate to, rather than showing up in a stiff business suit worthy of a bankers' meeting? Just something that occurred to me because this skirt made me think back to the navy and green plaid dress she wore to a school last December. That too had a youthful feel to it and IMO that is part of *her* job as a Duchess...being approachable and doing her best to relate to her audience at any given engagement.

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  64. Btw, yesterday the Founder of Only Connect wore a shorter dress to meet William and Kate than this navy skirt. ;)

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  65. To be honest, this is the best I've seen Kate in quite a while... I absolutely loved her outfit! The skirt, the jacket and those gloves were gorgeous and I honestly hope we can see more of this outfit in the future! And I like her hair in this new 'do... Actually, I wear this style almost on a daily basis! And I agree, looks like she did it herself! Good job, Kate! I think it's better than what Amanda Cook usually does...
    I can't understand some people... Just yesterday some were complaining that her outfit was old fashioned. Today it's too short and too young... Have to admit, it's laughable...
    Thank you, Charlotte!
    Hugs ;)

    Ana B. from Brazil

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  66. She should check the weather before she gets dressed. Also, her skirts/dresses should be a bit longer.

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  67. Loved all the blue together -- outfit, gloves, purse, shoes, and sheer navy tights. Even had a navy slip or skirt lining. Can't see why everyone is charged up! You see more at an ice skating competition! She's young, and classy.

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  68. Her look today was FABULOUS! I just love that she is such a beautiful person inside and out.

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  69. Hair looks so much better with some (or all) pulled back vs. how she has been seen wearing it all down and falling in her face. The navy suede accessories are lovely. The skirt? Well once again here we go with the too short skirts. She has great legs but we will see them if she just would wear her dresses down to the top or middle of the knee. It's just too young for anyone over 24 yrs to rock this dress length unless it's a sundress.

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  70. Hi charlotte love the duchess wore i love it i can complain she really been sophiscated today and yestreday i wouls love to she her doing more charities

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  71. Not a fan of the light blue shoes with the dark blue skirt and jacket. Her Aquatalia boots would seem a better - and certainly warmer! - choice. I liked the pleated skirt. I do wish that someone would introduce her to the custom of weighting hemlines to prevent any "Marilyn moments." It wouldn't affect her approachability at all and would actually contribute to making those lighter fabrics fall better. Here's my theory about the watch - if she is still breastfeeding, she's also pumping milk on a regular schedule. Certainly Ms. Deacon would assist with reminders but I'm guessing the watch may help her with remembering it's time to do that.
    Love, love, love her hair up or in the demi chignon. Still wish she'd trim it up a little, it just continues to almost overpower her features. But she looked good today.

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  72. Kate has been trained on being a princess. She knows what she can wear and not wear. So everyone's opinion on what's appropriate is obviously different from her requirements. Please stop addressing what's appropriate for her when your plainly wrong

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  73. She looked beautiful today! The hair, makeup, and navy color were all perfect! I also love each piece of the outfit individually--especially that jacket.

    At first glance, I thought the skirt was too short. After really looking, I realize the length is fine for her age, but the outfit doesn't look balanced when she's wearing the gloves. The gloves make her top half look very warm and cozy, whereas the sheer tights are a little more "naked", which draws more attention to her legs. Look at the later pictures--when she's not wearing the gloves, the lightness of her hands break up the color, the tights actually look more opaque and the whole outfit looks more demure.

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  74. Is it just me or does this outfit remind anyone else of the maroon blazer and short skirt she wore this time last year? Everyone's comments seem really similar and the styles are also a lot alike.

    I'm a little weird about wearing all one color so ill reserve my opinion but as a repeat in style I think we are just seeing Kate's taste more. It's almost kinda gratifying to see more of her personality/preference show when their seems to be a theme arising in her outfits.

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  75. hi charlotte, i think kate looks great, she has great legs and the skirt looks nice on her, doesn't matter if it's too short for some.
    having said that, i don't think i want to see her in pants except in outdoor or casual outings, lol! she better off wearing skirts or dresses in events like these.
    just my two cents.

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  76. Some think it's appropriate for a banker's meeting; others for a night on the town. Well, as they say in politics, when some are criticizing you for being too far to the right, and others too far to the left, you're usually where you need to be. In my opinion, this outfit was polished and delightful, and really could not have been more appropriate for the occasion. And for the record, this piece is most definitely what we in the Western world would refer to as a skirt--not a miniskirt. Well done, Catherine.

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  77. Not to be terribly petty, but I don't think that navy blue from two different designers would match perfectly like that. I also don't think those shoes are McQueen. The soles are shiny black and McQueen always uses leather (natural colored) on the soles no matter what color the leather or suede is.

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  78. Thanks for a great post Charlotte! As usual. I was very much looking forward to this one and to see what our Duchess would choose to wear. As she always does, she looked lovely. I think it was a nice change to see her in a different hair-do. I love that jacket! I just wish it wasn't out of stock or I would gone about trying to get it! I also love how she paired her black ensemble with the blue shoes and clutch. I'm sure everyone at Place2Be who got a chance to meet the Duchess thoroughly enjoyed her day. I'm always touched by the interest she shows to as many people as she can - it must be tough trying to have time for everyone when you have busy schedule and things to do. As for the blustery winds, I think Kate handled her narrowly missed Marilyn Monroe moment while still trying to focus on the little girl. The joys of being a woman - in windy conditions!

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  79. WOW!! I'm suprised at the amount of dissapointed Kate fans. I guess perfect Kate can't meet everyones expectation of what they think is perfect for her. I can't imagine that she even really cares what we think, since the crime has been repeated a few times. ( maybe her way of giving us the middle finger??) I sometimes wonder if she reads all this crap thats written about her and says to herself, Oh well, I will be queen one day and you guys are not. So I will wear what I like. And I say GOOD FOR HER!!

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      Your description of her makes her sound somewhat . . . arrogant. I have no more of an idea than you do but if I were a betting person I'd put my money on the side of her caring very much about public opinion.

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      I'd respond to that, but my jaw's still on the floor.

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    3. bluhare in Washington State23 November 2013 at 00:24

      My jaw's back where it's supposed to be, and Anonymous 16:12, that was the rudest response I've ever received here.

      You (and I've got no idea who you are) don't like my posts. That's clear. However, it would be much nicer if we kept to the topic instead of being snarky. Things stay much nicer that way.

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  80. why doesnt she wear dress pants? like a nice pair of black pants and different shoes and gloves would make this look so much better

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  81. I noticed that the navy skirt she is wearing is no shorter than the brown Orla Kiely dress that she wore to Only Connect with William, and no one said a thing about it. You know what they say...the wind goes wherever it may...hopefully she will do weights in the future. But above all else, I do love seeing her happiness!

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  82. Navy Blue is a difficult color to wear I think. HRH makes everything she wears look professional and beautiful - this isn't a look I would choose to wear, but she looked beautiful as always

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  83. Portia from Chicago21 November 2013 at 18:08

    I don't want to be flamed for writing this. If you don't like it please don't attack me - feel free to criticize the message.

    I have been reading these comments and there are a few things I wanted to note. First of all, it seems that there is a fair amount of projection going on. We tend to project our own lives on others, and that is what we are doing here. But one needs to remember that Duchess of Cambridge's life is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING like any of ours, unless you're another member of the royal family commenting. Let us not compare her to us - we have nothing in common with her anymore. The day she stepped into Westminster Abbey as a bride, any of us ceased to have anything in common with her. The people we should be comparing her to, are other spouses of public figures/heads of states. For example, Sam Cam, or Michelle Obama or Sophie etc. Do any of these people have wardrobe malfunctions on the scale that she has - and the frequency ? Do they really really wear short skirts that fly up at the drop of a hat ? Have any of you (who believe that she is being professional) actually looked at pictures of wives of public figures - how they act/dress/carry themselves? DofC has been a royal for what, 3 years, and she has had about 5 malfunctions and ahem.. her naked pictures flashed all over the newspapers worldwide. After a point one has to wonder.

    Secondly, leaving everything aside for a minute, whether or not you believe that her skirt is too short or her heels are too high etc. ect... the bottomline is that dailymail - which is now the MOST WIDELY READ newspaper in the ENTIRE world, has headlines and pictures showing her wardrobe malfunctions. It does not matter whether she is right or not in wearing these clothes... this is a huge PR mistake. Instead of having headlines focussing on the fact that she stayed an hour and earned widespread praise in her work, she gets pictures of her legs all over the papers. Is this really what she wants ?
    As much as we want to be self-righteous and stick to our preferences the reality is that all of us have to conform to certain norms. DofC does not want to conform to the image of the conventional royal - and I believe that is what is getting the negative press coverage. She needs to understand that a hostile media is what she will deal with her entire life. The best she can do is just give them as little fodder as possible to criticize her. She really really needs to observe other princesses - Victoria, Mary. Look at their press coverage. They control the message and they never let the message get away from them.
    Kate lets the message get away from her ALL the time. She and William think that they actually control the press... In my opinion the press controls their image and they don't even realize it.

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    1. I completely see your points, great sum up!! Anon 1

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    2. I hope she does not take any message from other princesses---they have all had their moments and the others to whom you compare her or 10-20 years older.

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    3. bluhare in Washington State21 November 2013 at 20:24

      Best post on this thread.

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    4. Ana B. from Brazil21 November 2013 at 21:25

      Thank you, Portia, for sharing your opinion with class.
      But I have to disagree. Almost every woman to whom you compare Catherine are way older than her. And I believe not a single one of them has the same press coverage that the Duchess has, so I think some "mistakes" those women may commit won't be wide spread like that and we wouldn't know all of it (I don't follow another RF). And I believe they've been through awkward situations, because, honestly, who hasn't?
      And besides that, they're not copies, I believe each and everyone of them has a different approach in life and a different clothing style.
      I still think the skirt wasn't short, but you're entirely entitled to have and share your opinion here. But I think it would be nice for some of you to consider that maybe the Duchess and her PR staff can't see a problem with the skirt. Yes, there is a bunch of tabloids saying bad things and a bunch of people criticizing her skirt. But there's also a bunch of people who can't see a real problem with that. Either way, she never wins. So in that situation, when she can't please everyone, I think she should do what pleases her the most and I believe that's what she's been doing.
      Hugs :)

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    5. Well, I would agree that there is a lot of projection going on here.

      Kate isn't the first royal to have a wardrobe malfunction, nor will she be the last. Queen Elizabeth, Queen Paola, Camilla, Princess Letizia, Princess Diana, Princess Madeleine, and Princess Caroline all have been there and done that, as they say. The pictures are out there, and most of the ladies have (had) more years under their "official" belts.

      And are we really to compare Kate to the same Michelle Obama who appears in shorts when Air Force One lands...or wears floral print dresses with little sweaters worthy of a garden party to formal events? Sorry, but I can't quite go there. :)

      Yes, Kate had a wardrobe malfunction and the press ran with it, but she is human...royal or not. I do regret that she gave her critics the ammunition, and perhaps she could have been more media savvy, but life happens. The fact that the media prefers to pick up on a moment like that rather than focus on the bigger picture (her charity work) says far more about the PUBLIC than it does about the Duchess. Everything is driven by money. Pictures like that sell more papers and generate more income for advertisers than a story packed with a whole year's worth of charity coverage ever would. If *some* folks weren't so ready to click and criticize, the media wouldn't accommodate.

      During the courtship, there were times when Kate was referred to as manipulative and conniving, yet she is proving to be a normal, down to earth human being (and IMO doing an *above* normal job of adapting to being a Duchess). And how ironic that she also was referred to as a Stepford-like young woman who would do anything to please and fit in, yet now there's a suggestion that she doesn't want to be a conventional royal.

      I think William and Kate are well aware that the media has a degree of control over their image, but I believe they are equally aware that they can only do so much to please if/when there's a preference to knock them down.

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    7. Personally, I think she is very conservative compared to other international celebrities. If she is supposed to be presenting the face of the next generation of the Monarchy, then I believe that she is doing a marvelous job, with a terrific flair!

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    8. I think what makes Kate so much more visible than the other princesses is that her predecessor in this role was Diana. Diana was The Most Famous Woman in the World. Her pictures were everywhere, all the time. And the press literally hounded her to death. Now along comes Kate, and she is equally as stylish and beautiful as Diana. The press want to go after her too - and truthfully, the reason is because of folks like you and me. We all can't wait to see more photos of her, and endlessly dissect every piece of clothing, jewelry, etc. that she has. William can't protect her from this - it's impossible. And it's even worse for Kate because of the internet, which didn't exist in Diana's time (until the last 2 years). Kate had years to prepare for this and she most certainly was aware what she was in for. So she really should be taking extra care not to give the press anything that they can sensationalize. It doesn't matter if she wants to look "youthful" or likes flippy skirts. She should have known that she has to give that up.
      However, I don't put any blame on her for those awful topless pictures. There is no way she could be responsible for the nastiness of a photographer who would stand a half mile away with an enormous lens, and intrude on the most intimate moments of a couple in a private home. She and William were not in a public setting and so the photog had no right to go after them. As punishment, he should have had his private parts splashed all over the papers!

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    9. I do agree with Portia to a large extent. I haven't got a problem with Kate wearing short skirts or high heels per se - she's a lovely young woman with a great figure. But whatever we may think, that fact is that she is reported on globally and the wretched press are just dying to get a less than flattering shot of her. Simple things like getting a few weights sewn into the hems of her shorter/floatier numbers would reduce the chances of the Duchess being embarrassed, the press getting their 'money' shot and most importantly, it would mean that the attention might be more on her worthy support of good causes rather than her wardrobe malfunctions.

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  84. I also thought it worked very well that her jacket and skirt were navy while her shoes and accessories were a bit of a brighter blue. I thought this added the perfect amount of shade variety. Also, the shearer tights, which we don't often see HRH wearing, were perfect for the outfit.

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  85. Jules from Germany22 November 2013 at 00:16

    There has been said a lot about her look of this Place 2Be engagement and I agree with some and disagree with others. I read every comment, also those of the heated discussion after William and Catherines poppy day appearance. Don't you find it weird that some people add things like "please don't attack me for writing this" to their comments and others feel the need of ignoring or leaving the comment section of this wonderful blog? I think it very important that everyone feels save to express ones opinion instead of feeling personally offended by another opinion (from an anonymous opinion I think, or do you really think you know a tiny bit more from me if I say I am Jules from Germany instead of publishing my comment anonymous?) This is not a fight section between enemies where one party is goinig to win in the end. It happend to me this time, that I quite liked Catherines outfit at yesterdays appearance, espescially her makeup, which was very soft and made her looking even brighter than with the darker eyes and the heavy blush. But when I read about the length of her hem I thought, well, I definetly see a point in this discussion because it was -again- very close to an embarassing moment and it makes people all over the worl speaking about this coincident instead of her work. And when she does engagements like those, she is a public person, therefore the opinions of the public, which includes all of us, are to be respected. The other way round, we, the public should respect the private part of the otherwise public person.
    The reason I write all this is, that I fear, some may underestimate of what importance the freedom of opinion really is and what comes with it.
    Sorry for this essay and many thanks to Charlotte, who dedicates so much of her time and thought into this blog. To speak of myself, it adds not only informative things about Catherine/Royalty/Fashion to my life but it find each and every single opinion stated here and the background of it highly interesting. And I want to encourage our male readers to state their view more often!


    On another note: The 'Royal' bootie Catherine wore on Tuesday are available in a variety of colours and sizes at Russel and Bromley: http://www.russellandbromley.co.uk/search?categoryPathRefs=shop&q=ruby

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  86. Fabulous post as always Charlotte! I wish I had time to read all 169 posts. I have skimmed a couple and goodness, will Kate ever have a break about the length of her skirts? I would assume if the Queen had any problem with Kate's wardrobe, it would addressed immediately. That being said.......
    KATE LOOKED AMAZING! I thought she looked youthful and fresh. I feel like she has a great connection with children and obviously how she presents herself has something to do with that. The outfit looked great on her and she has the body type to wear it! He hair looked great pulled back! I like her hair half up/half down and I wish she wore it that way more often. I really appreciate what Richard Palmer wrote that Kate is not a clothes horse, but an educated, engaged woman striving to make a difference. Thank you Charlotte for publishing that. I think it speaks volumes and he is spot on. The fact that she stayed past her scheduled time speaks volumes also. Her heart and passion is obviously in the right place. So much of Royal life is scheduled and staying precisely on that schedule. She realizes the importance of her role and is obviously taking it seriously. Kate, fabulous job on realizing what wonders a charity like Place2Be can do and making a difference in the lives of those you interacted with yesterday!

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  87. Jean from Lancs. did you know that Mary has an almost 80 percent approval rating in Denmark? Did you know that 98 percent of the Swedish population said that they "like" Victoria and approve of her as Crown Princess?
    You don't think that is worth at least noting? Wow.. the BRF and it's patrons must have a very high opinion of themselves then.

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    1. Good for her, but when Mary wore a see-through dress, I read criticism on one site---which was immediately removed.
      See pictures of Maxima on the internet just now---sitting very badly.
      They are lucky their newspapers do not make that the headlines.
      It is not I who have a high opinion of myself, but those who each time Catherine is out demand that she wears her hair as they instruct and what clothes they say she must wear.

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  88. Take a look at the pictures of Maxima, Mathilde, Victoria, and Mary. They are not old crones, but they look like queens and princesses. (Well, the colors of Maxima's dresses in the Caribbean were a little wild, but her hemlines were not.) Elegant Queen Silvia wears the perfect skirt length.

    Before she married, Kate showed too much thigh in autos for years. I think it is time she dressed as who she is. But I agree that the press should concentrate on the good Kate does, and she should make sure of it by controlling her image. The focus should be on her role supporting her charities and making their work visible. It is good to see her back in public, both alone and with William!

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  89. The Daily Mail is now calling her "weighty Katie" and has made an entire article devoted to photos of her dresses blowing up in the wind and how she needs her dresses weighted down and how the queen has almost never had an wardrobe malfunction. Although I don't agree with her outfit, I think what the Daily Mail is doing is very uncalled for.

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  90. Loved Kate's hair pulled back, a very becoming and professional style on her, much better than ringlets. A natural and elegant look.

    A wonderful cause and she clearly takes it very seriously. It should be the focus of all headlines.

    Hate to say it, but while I love her in navy, that skirt is too short, not because of her age but because she is hopefully the future queen of England. As a lawyer myself, while a (male) judge might be amused, any young woman attorney would be mortified by such photos as they want to be recognized for their work, not their clothes. It should be the same with Kate. One mistake is cute and understandable, multiple mistakes shouldn't be happening. A nice outfit with a longer skirt and on a less blustery day,

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  91. Klara from Croatia22 November 2013 at 11:33

    I was so impressed when I saw the video from Place2be, how lovely and interested she is! She seemes truly beautiful from the inside and outside! Hope she has strength and patience to continue great charity work, that's the most important thing.

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  92. Hello everybody. Greetings lady Charlotte.

    I'm not being funny .. How does a woman weigh down her skirting hemlines thingy. ?

    Being a bloke and single. I am curious. I mean would they use lead weights for example. ?? Then how would she sit down. ??.aren't all her clothes high st. How do u alter high st fashion into functional royal clothes. HM Queen has specialist dressmakers.

    Kate is a lovely girl. Very natural with a cool beauty. When she was pregnant, I have never seen a woman look so beautiful and elegant. She's great

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  93. Where is my post?? I was responding to Portia from Chicago21 November 2013 18:08.

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  94. Princess Beatrice was at a charity ball for the Great Ormond St. Hospital in a miniskirt on Thursday night, and was described as showing off her legs as if that were a good thing. How does she wear a miniskirt, and get good press, but the Duchess is heavily criticized for her dress (not a miniskirt) for being too short...(at least with all the wind)? I believe Amber Graafland of the Mirror said that Kate's "style points seem very trivial when you consider she's back in amazing shape, looking glamorous as usual, and has that sparkle back in her eye."

    I don't think anyone will ever get close to being the public figurehead as the Queen. She is amazing-just absolutely amazing! I hope to be around a long time, watching Kate grow into her role. But I also enjoy watching her be young and fresh for now.

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    1. Good question regarding the difference in coverage. And if you consider that Beatrice was BORN a royal and therefore "should know better", it becomes even more of a head-shaker. Lol.

      My theory is that the papers enjoy riling people up. After all, given the wardrobe history of both ladies, it's rather ironic to praise Beatrice's outfit while criticizing Kate. IMO both follow their mother's lead. :)

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  95. To weight a hem, little rings or chains are sewn to the inside. They don't have to be large, just heavy enough to counteract the wind. A straight skirt will also stay put much better than a pleated skirt. But I do like the idea someone posted, that Kate may have been imitating the skirts schoolgirls wear. Some of the little girls in the photos had pleated skirts as part of their school uniforms. To avoid embarrassment and more pouncing by the Daily Mail, Kate's skirt could have been a little longer and better controlled.

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  96. Pauline Oak Hills22 November 2013 at 18:08

    Hello Ms. Charlotte
    I know this is a blog for our beautiful Duchess but since she has just a few engagements I was wondering if you could cover some of the great things William is involved in. I have been reading alot of what he is doing and I think it woudl be nice if you could share it with us. He has been working so hard for his charities and he does not get the coverage as his Duchess does.

    Thanks again for this great blog.

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