Saturday, 8 February 2014

Kate to Team Up with The Queen, Valentine's Day Seraphine Giveaway

Hello-Hello Duchess Kate readers,

We're back with news of another new engagement for The Duchess of Cambridge (one always finds it's a bit like buses with engagement announcements, you could wait and wait for one and then several come along together). The Queen, accompanied by Kate and other members of the Royal Family, will host a reception for the Dramatic Arts at Buckingham Palace on Monday, 17th of February.


The reception will commence at 6 p.m. BST. Approximately 250 guests will attend the reception including directors, playwrights and actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, better known as 'Sherlock' to those of us in the UK. (If I was Kate, I would be seriously starstruck). Helen Mirren who won an Oscar for her portrayal as 'The Queen' will also be there. The Queen and The Duchess of Cambridge will greet guests before moving to the Ballroom for a series of short performances before meeting guests in the State Rooms.

It's wonderful to see Kate teaming up with The Queen again. One always gets the impression they enjoy their engagements together and it's a terrific opportunity for the Duchess to learn from the very best. Watching Her Majesty interact with the public provides an excellent insight for HRH.


Many of you have got in touch this week enquiring about whether or not Kate will be joining Prince William at the BAFTA's on February 16. Unfortunately the Duchess will not be accompanying her husband to this event. I know, I know, we would have loved to see Her Royal Highness at the British Oscars (Think of the fashion possibilities). Perhaps another year?

We're seeing William and Kate taking on more solo engagements since the arrival of Prince George. I presume this is done to ensure one of them is with George as often as possible. We're also seeing the couple teaming up with senior royals, including Kate's engagement with The Queen and of course, Prince William is joining Prince Charles for a series of engagements to highlight the illegal wildlife trade, a cause they are both extremely passionate about. We'll see the Cambridges together throughout the tour in April for almost a month!

Speaking of Prince William, it has just been announced he has gone on a hunting weekend in Spain.
The Sun

To say the timing couldn't be worse is an understatement considering his role as a key speaker in next week's illegal wildlife trade conference. He and Prince Harry are said to be frequent visitors to the estate where they shoot stag and wild boar.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

Richard Palmer offers this:

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

One can only hope the conference is not overshadowed by this, but it was undoubtedly a very bad move.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

In other news, there's been plenty of excellent discussion regarding a Daily Mail article by Katie Nicholl: 'Out go the short skirts, on with the tiaras: It's Kate's regal makeover by order of the Queen'. I was personally cautious regarding several elements of the story including references to 'a lot more tiaras'. I cannot see Her Majesty loaning Kate a number of tiaras to take with her during the tour. The Papyrus tiara she wore the annual Diplomatic Reception? Absolutely. The Cartier Halo Tiara Kate wore for her wedding? Quite possibly. But 'you can expect to see lots more tiaras'? I genuinely don't believe so.


The story also mentioned The Queen offered Kate the personal services of her personal dresser Angela Kelly. This has been reported to be false and a couple of royal commentators have speculated the tour will be quite casual, with formal events thrown into the mix. For such a lengthy tour, one would imagine the Duchess will need a dresser to accompany her, but Ms. Kelly's involvement seems to have been nothing more than a rumour.

Judy Wade Twitter Feed

Is the Duchess going to opt for longer hemlines? I don't think we're going to see Kate's signature style change greatly during the coming tour. The climate may dictate certain choices but overall we'll most likely continue to see a mix of high street with designer pieces and some very special bespoke items from Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperley.

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Next up, to mark Valentine's Day we have a lovely giveaway to share, courtesy of the lovely folks at Kate's go-to maternity brand Séraphine.

Séraphine

The Duchess ordered several dresses from the brand to see her through her pregnancy and the months that followed in style. Séraphine founder Cecile Reinaud discussed her delight upon discovering Kate was a fan: "The Kate effect is huge and we have been enjoying a 400% growth in sales since it became public that Kate bought Séraphine dresses back in April 2013". Below we see HRH in the £46 fuchsia Jolene Dress for the first official portrait of Prince George taken by Michael Middleton.

Michael Middleton

The Duchess wearing the Jolene Dress in Blossom Print.

Séraphine

The brand is not only favoured by royals including Kate and Zara Philipps, but well-known stars including Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Gwen Stefani.

Séraphine

Back to our giveaway, one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win the Claret Knot Front Dress. The pretty frock is remarkably similar to Kate's Jolene Dress, with the addition of longer sleeves making it more appropriate for evening wear and the ideal choice for a romantic Valentine's Day date with your other half. The dress comes in four colours and the winner may choose which one they prefer. Sizing generally runs from 6-18 although this may slightly differ with varying colours. Below we see the Claret dress in red.

Séraphine

More from the product description:

'Séraphine's knot front maternity dress is an elegant option and a staple for any maternity wardrobe. Exuding opulence, without compromising on comfort, this dress is made in a soft silk-like jersey. The stunning front knot creates ultra-flattering gathers over your bump, with a chic V neckline that works perfectly for nursing.'

The dress also comes in black, purple and blue - a great maternity version of Kate's engagement dress.

Séraphine

How do you enter:

  • There are TWO steps to take before entering. Firstly leave a comment sharing which colour you would like to win.
  • The second step is liking Séraphine via Facebook or following on Twitter.

It's worth noting, several of our readers who are not expecting have purchased Kate's dress to wear as everyday pieces. With many thanks to Séraphine for this giveaway and best of luck to all our entrants. It closes on Monday!

200 comments:

  1. Hello! I love your blog and what a fantastic giveaway you are having!
    I would love to win this dress in the blue color, thank you!
    I've already 'liked' Seraphine on FB and Twitter

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  2. Colleen, New York8 February 2014 at 01:44

    The red dress is perfect! Love it. Charlotte, I remain a huge fan of your blog. :)

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  3. I hope to see Kate wear Australian designer, Alex Perry, on the royal tour. His gowns are gorgeous and would look fabulous on her.

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  4. I really love the red dress! Thank you!

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  5. I would love to win the red dress! Thank you!

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  6. Pauline Oak HIlls8 February 2014 at 03:12

    Hello Ms. Charlotte. Thanks for another great post. I have to say I was taken back by Richard Palmer" comment on William & Kate. He is trying to say that there is trouble in their marriage since they have taken separate holidays? He says they have been the "golden couple for many years but things can change quickly. What the hell is that supposed to mean?

    I do find it funny that William did not attend the holiday with Kate & George but stayed at school but then Kate & George comes back to William and he take's off. And that they are having alot of solo engagements. I know they say they want to make sure that one of them are with George and I like that but since the baby was born they are not seen together very much another more.

    Please I am not trying to start an up roar here so don't come back people and kick me in the behind. But it just seems funny to me.

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    1. I think Richard Palmer is referring to the timing of William's hunting trip, as well as the irony of him hunting at all. At least that was my take on it. And I admit that I agree.

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    2. CJ from Minneapolis8 February 2014 at 06:47

      The way I read it - he is referring to public opinion turning on WK if they are not careful. It has nothing to do with trouble in their marriage. He is expressing that perhaps going on a hunting trip is not a good idea before a conference to protect animals. To which I agree - I don't see any need for blood sport especially when animals are enclosed on estates or farms. Among other things, the King of Spain's reputation took a irreparable tumble when he went elephant hunting in Africa as he was on a conservation committee. It also didn't help that he went with a woman not his wife but that is something else. I am certainly not hinting that William would ever do something like that - I don't believe he would. Royals anywhere need to be careful of their image.

      The last few posts on this blog many WK fans expressed concern for how their image is being projected to the public and media. I think it could be improved or what Mr. Palmer is indicating could become a reality.

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    3. Richard Palmer is not at all attempting to insinuate that there is trouble in William and Catherine's marriage. He is commenting on the fact that William is bring treated unfairly in that rediculous Sun tabloid story about hunting. When he said that William and Catherine have been the golden couple for a couple years now, he is referring to the generally good treatment they have received in the press. He points out that some experienced Royal courtiers have warned that this can "turn quickly", meaning that one never knows when the press may start to treat them differently all of a sudden. Mr. Palmer raises this issue in the context of the very unflattering and totally decontextualized story which ran in the front page of the Sun tabloid.

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    4. I think what Richard Palmer is trying to say is that William. nd Catherine shouldn't feel too safe about their popularity, because stories like the hunting one can damage their image if similar stories come up in the future.

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  7. I think it is a bad move for the prince to go hunting when he is a conservationist of animals but to each their own. I am surprised his advisers did not advise against this.

    Great post as always and I agree with you I doubt we will see many tiaras on the tour or a big change in style of dress in Catherine.

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  8. How wonderful that Kate will have another engagement with the Queen. And yes, what a chance to learn from the best!

    But I *am* disappointed that she won't attend the BAFTA'S with William. They were due for a joint engagement, IMO. And I hate to say it, but even I can see a very fine line here with the idea of her not wanting to leave George for a few hours when so many parents are forced to do exactly that every day. I've said this before, but maybe there was too much explaining...too many references to maternity leave. Their engagements should just be announced and W&K should show up to do them. The more they explain, the more it appears that they are justifying their actions.

    As for William's hunting trip, I think the timing is terrible. As far as PR goes, he is shooting himself in the foot. And I apologize if that sounds funny because it isn't intended to be.

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    1. carrie from the rockies8 February 2014 at 17:45

      I agree that I find it strange how they attend solo engagements all the time so one parent can be with pg but they can't spare one night to have him with a nanny. But yet we are away from our kids all day long. It is a complete personal choice for them and I respect that. Just find it strange is all.

      I also don't see why Will would go hunting but not go to the carribean the week before. But personal choice of course.

      Other than that, I'm glad their doing well and that pg is getting so big

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    2. I wonder if William is going to the BAFTA'S alone to make it more of a business-only engagement vs. the two of them attending together and being seen as a celebrity couple? That's just a guess, but if I am on to something, it makes me wonder who was behind the decision.

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  9. Love the dress in red! liked them on facebook! their clothes are amazing and seem to be so comfortable!

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  10. Love the dress in Red! I liked them on facebook as well. Their clothes are amazing and look so comfortable!

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  11. Hello there Charlotte,
    I assume the reception that Kate and the Queen are hosting is going to be formal. Correct? I can't wait I'm having some major Kate withdrawals lol.

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  12. Hello! I would LOVE the blue Seraphine dress. I'm already a fan of Seraphine on FB and Twitter.

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  13. Hello! I would LOVE the blue Seraphine dress. I'm already a fan of Seraphine on FB and Twitter.

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  14. I would LOVE the blue dress. I'm already a fan of Seraphine on Facebook and Twitter.

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  15. Lovely post as always Charlotte. Great giveway, thanks...I favor the red Seraphine.

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  16. Don't think Palmer meant to make a statement about William and Kate's marriage. I think he meant that the couple may feel that the public will always accept what they do because they seem so popular, but the palace is warning them that can change quickly. And so it can. I mentioned the Duke of York the other day, a case in point. He was the Harry of his day and look at what negative press and low poll numbers from the public he gets now.

    I don't think the separate holidays mean much concerning the marriage. Kate no doubt wanted her sunshine holiday with her family as usual, and probably has little interest in hunting and William may have realised that Mustique would bring negative publicity and thought they would draw less attention if they went separately. Or maybe he simply preferred hunting with the boys.

    Having said that both holidays, while fine in themselves, were extremely ill timed. Wild boars are a pest and hunting them may be legitimate but it does nothing for William's conservation cause since most of the public won't understand this distinction and it is timed unfortunately close to his conservation activities. And Kate's fun in the sun ran parallel in the papers to horrible photos of the Somerset levals flooded, making her seem clueless and insensitive to the country where she will one day be queen. Especially after she had undertaken no engagements for two months.

    The royal couple are certainly entitled to take holidays but they would do well to remember how quickly they can fall from favour if they give the wrong impression. January was not their finest month. Hopefully their Australia tour will rebuild some of what has recently been lost.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA8 February 2014 at 17:30

      I agree that Will and Kate have not made a very high grade in the public relations category so far in 2014. The paucity of official appearances added to the Mustique trip and "photo deal," the hunting weekend juxtaposed beside the conservation conference--and don't forget that scowling photograph of William exiting the train and his demand to expunge it from the record. I have always really liked William and Kate, and I am pulling for them to do a good job. However, I am getting a bit worried about their attitudes.

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  17. Blue to keep with the duchess previous engagement style!

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  18. I like the Claret dress. My Facebook account is called Clarence Gifts.

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  19. The red is lovely, and I'm pregnant with my first child art the moment.

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  20. Dear Charlotte, I really like to win the blue dress. :-) And I LIKED Seraphine Maternity Site on Facebook. Thank you for all your great articles! ♥

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  21. Great giveaway, love the dress. It would be a red one for me. Following on Twitter.

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  22. I absolutely love this blog, the research you do is top notch. Keep up the good work! :)
    Lucy x

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  23. I find it extremely unfortunate--although not entirely surprising--that the tabloid press would correlate hunting with the illegal poaching of engaged animals. In many countries, legal hunting, which is strictly regulated according to the season, and for which one requires licenses and tags, is an excellent way to get excercise while eating what is essentially organic meat. Indeed, there are many who would argue that this type of lifestyle is less harmful on the environment than mass industrial livestock farming. This is nothing more than nonsense created by a tabloid on a slow news day. Prince William is a passionate conservationist, and this sort of story is merely good old fashioned tabloid trash.

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    1. I don't disagree with you, but since not everyone can make the distinction, it isn't the best PR move by any stretch.

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    2. Anja from Germany10 February 2014 at 13:05

      That´s a good point. Though I´m not into hunting at all, it is not contradicting to be a hunter and engaging yourself in protection of wildlife. But because in the press hunting is one-sidedly seen as bloodsport, that´s the way many people think. William could have taken that point into consideration, but maybe he was a bit optimistic about people´s understanding... Anyway, I do not see in any problems in a couple taking separate holidays. They will spend lots of time together in the rest of the year, and we are going to share some of that - mainly in Charlottes wonderful blog ;)
      By the way, my wardrobe lacks a little black dress, so a black Seraphine would be fine for me!

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    3. I agree with Micheline. Many hunters are also passionate conservationists and environmentalists. Culling an overpopulation of wildlife and using the meat for food is not in the same universe as slaughtering elephants for ivory or capturing wild monkeys to be killed at table as a "delicacy". In our shallow, silly media world, many will not see the distinction, but it's huge. I imagine William has figured out he can never please everyone and he must live his life by his own moral code and expect to make mistakes, as we all do.
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  24. I love the blue dress - please enter me:

    Follow on facebook as Jessica Righart and twitter @jeressica

    Follow me too? Oh So Gawjess

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  25. Great post and fabulous giveaway!

    I would love to have the dress in purple...off to follow them on Twitter right now...thank you!

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  26. I go by a different name on Twitter - do you need to know what it is?

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    1. No need at all Penelope!

      Wishing you all the very best of luck!

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  27. I'd love the black one!!

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  28. Interested Canadian8 February 2014 at 11:30

    Great post, Charlotte. I have been struck, as your photos illustrate, by the unexpected--by myself, at least--sympatico between the Queen and Kate. Old versus young, experienced versus new-kid-on-the-block, short versus tall, blue blood versus red, and yet, in public, they somehow come across as an unbeatable team, in an odd, inexplicable way better than the Queen and her consort, better than William and Kate. Too bad that they couldn't travel abroad together. But the more they are seen together, just the two of them, the better for the monarchy, IMO.

    I completely agree with your take on the Katie Nicholl article in The Daily Mail. Said journalist strikes me as a rather soulless individual, ready, willing, and able to sell herself to the highest bidder--not that she is alone in this endeavour.

    Unhappily, we may disagree on our take of Williams recent hunting jaunt in Spain. This is despicable, as I see it. William ENJOYS killing, that much is clear; he likes the kill. Just like his father and paternal grandfather, Prince Philip, and many of his aristocratic friends. This has just come back to bite King Juan Carlos of Spain--is William so thickheaded or so entrenched in his own sense of entitlement, aka his father and grandfather, that he cannot see this?

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  29. William and Harry have for many years gone to Spain for a weekend shooting. The estate they visit belongs to the Duke of Westminster---William's Godfather. Wild boar are not a protected species, so probably need to be culled.
    I think Catherine is very wise not to object to this yearly trip by the two brothers.
    Not surprised that the British Press have chosen to criticize---it's the way they work---build someone up and then knock them down.
    Never thought the "Daily Mail" report about Catherine's clothes was right---I have personal knowledge from way back that what they cannot legitimately find out, they make up and I have no reason to believe they have changed.

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    1. Quick correction (the mirror had it wrong too) the Duke of Westminster isn't William's godfather. It's his wife the Duchess who is William's godparent. No doubt that William is close to the family. The Westminster heir Hugh is one of George's godparents.

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    2. But its not a question of the British Press building up William and then knocking him down. In this day and age, it might be wise for William, who is allegedly 'passionate' about the protection of wildlife, to consider that hunting is not such a great sport to practice and that it might be one of the distractions that he could consider ditching from his otherwise full agenda...

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    3. Good point, Jean. William and Harry have done things together and Kate is mature and reasonable enough to go with the flow. I suspect that the same could be said of William's attitude regarding her vacation with her family.

      And yes, the press has a way of building them up only to knock them down, but there is such a thing as handing them something on a silver platter, and the timing of this hunting trip is exactly that. I don't think this particular situation is a press issue...more a judgment issue.

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  30. Hi Charlotte! It's Patricia from Portugal :) Winderfull,wonderful giveaway but I'm not very lucky with this giveaways....Nevertheless I don't give up!!My favourite is the blue one because it's a reminder of Kate's engagement dress...And that colour it's not very common in Portugal, so definitetly the blue one!Have youself a great week ;)

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  31. Ohhhh! So beautiful! I would love royal blue!

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  32. Liked on Facebook, and as for the dress, I'd like black, because I need and LBD.

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  33. OK, not sure the last one went through, but I Liked Seraphine & I'd like the black version of the dress, because I need a new LBD. Thanks!

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  34. "Youpiiii" a giveway :-) Would love to win the Claret Dress in red if it is open to French people.
    Adriane Miller

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    1. Hello Adriane,

      It is open internationally :)

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    2. Thank you :-) fingers crossed

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  35. Blue is lovely! I have a wedding to attend in September and will be months pregnant. Perfect! Thanks, Charlotte, (which is my girl name choice), I am hooked on your blog!

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  37. Love the blog Charlotte, keep up the good work! Love the purple!

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  38. Thanks for another great post!!!!! Little BLACK dress is a must:)

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  39. I love the dress in Red! The color makes any mom-to-be still feel beautiful and sexy while the design and cut of the dress can accommodate the new curves, yet, it looks very comfortable and safe. LOVE IT!

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  40. The red is gorgeous! I think it would be a shame if Kate changed the style that she has found, because it seems to be pretty popular as not being elitist. I don't like the short coats that she wears and wore during her pregnancy but I loved the navy pleated short skirt that she wore.
    I think the shooting weekend was a mistake as it will detract from the messages being sent - I am sure he is not shooting endangered species but I doubt the press will make the distinction. You know what the british media is like for wanting to shoot down anyone who is popular!

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  41. Would love to win the blue dress! I'm currently pregnant with twins and outgrowing everything! The dress looks like it allows for growth and looks fashionable which I love!

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  42. Would love to win the blue dress! I'm currently pregnant with twins. I'm finding it hard to find fashionable maternity clothes that allow for a growing bump!

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  43. Your blog is one of my favs!! We will be announcing to all of our friends and family in march that we are expecting and this dress is blue would be perfect for when I start to show!!! Kate sets such a beautiful example for how to dress maternity style :)

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  44. I would love to win the red dress!
    Courtney from Georgia US

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  45. I love your blog!! This give away is perfect as my husband and I will be announcing in March to our friends and family that we will be expecting! The blue dress would be an amazing addition to my wardrobe!!

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  46. Red One! Beautyful color and shape. Love it so much!

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  47. I love classic Black!

    Great post; I agree with many of the points you brought up about her style not changing drastically for the tour as reports are stating.

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  48. Red one. Beautiful colour and shape - and I AM expecting indeed ^^

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  49. Red one. Beautiful colour and shape - and I AM expecting indeed ^^

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  50. Forgot to include in my last comment that I have also "liked" Seraphine Maternity on Facebook.
    Courtney from Georgia US

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  51. I LOVE the red claret dress and already like seraphine on facebook

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  52. If I won I would wear the red for a romantic meal with my husband. We are expecting our first baby in July!!!!!!!!

    Judy

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  53. Blue or black, great flattering shades for curvier girls.

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  54. The purple version of the Claret dress is SO beautiful and versatile. As my husband and I plan to have our first baby, it's refreshing to know I can emulate the Duchess' style whilst pregnant and not pregnant.

    I follow Seraphine on Twitter (@evamariex387) & like them on FB (Eva McCracken)

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  55. I am totally smitten with the purple Claret dress. It's such a flattering color & undoubtedly flattering on anyone's figure, pregnant or not. It's refreshing to know I can emulate the Duchess' style whilst pregnant or not pregnant; especially since my husband and I our planning our first baby.

    I like Seraphine on FB (Eva McCracken) & follow on Twitter (@evamariex387)

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  56. Hello,
    I follow Séraphine on Twitter.
    I would like to win the Blue one!

    Thank you,
    @DuchessPT

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  57. I would love to win the blue!Sarah davis

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  58. I love the blue! Thank you for all your posts. Though I've never commented before, I don't think, I'm a regular reader and so happy when there is a new post. Keeping my fingers crossed for the blue. :)

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  59. Hi there :)
    I'd like to win the blue dress ... would be amazing !!!!
    Best, elisabeth ^^

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  60. Hi there. I'd like to win the blue version ... would be amazing
    best .... elisabeth

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  61. Seems like blue is the favorite here. Would be my favorite as well!

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  62. I am always so happy to see that you posted a new blog!! You do a fantastic job of keeping us up to date with Kate - thank you!!

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  63. Love the purple and I follow on Twitter! Thx!

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  64. Love the red color.

    I follow Seraphine on FB and Twitter (shertz1981)

    shanahattis at gmail dot com

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    1. I would choose classic black for the dress and I follow seraphine on twitter. Bella Wiltshire

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  65. Hello! I think that William ought to have expected this kind of story to run, perhaps he thinks it will just pass quickly though? With all his experience, he must have known what the tabloids would say. I don't agree with hunting personally, but that doesn't matter. I wish we would see kate and William together, and her in a fancy dress! I do hope that after the tour they kick things up, because even though I LOVE Kate and ADORE this blog, I am worried about the image they are projecting as being too ... Removed. I want to be able to admire kate without qualms. :)

    PS I would

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  66. Aaaaah! Sorry, I hit publish early! I was going to say, I would love the red claret dress, and like serraphine on Facebook.

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  67. bluhare in Washington State8 February 2014 at 21:14

    Has anyone else seen the article where a woman says Kate is too manufactured?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2554614/Mary-Beard-Kate-prisoner-maternal-doll-like-image-thank-god-grey-hair-incident.html

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    1. I read it and it sounded like pyschobabble to me. For example, if a couple of gray hairs (AND while a woman is nursing) are a sign of rebellion then what would a creased skirt suggest? :)

      What was your impression?

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    2. buhare in Washington State9 February 2014 at 21:31

      I think Mary Beard is brave for putting herself out there again. Wasn't she the woman who was subjected to awful online abuse about her looks not that long ago?

      Anyway, I think she's right. Kate puts perfect foot forward, but there's nothing else there. I'd like to see her show some personality even if it's to come on here and comment that I'm full of it.

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    3. bluhare, I wouldn't call it brave to use Kate's name to make headlines (or any other high profile individual), with nothing earthshattering written below it.

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    4. bluhare in Washington State10 February 2014 at 03:54

      Mary Beard was subjected to incredible abuse about her looks last year I think it was. That's what I meant by saying she's brave to put herself out there again.

      The article was discussing an event at which she is speaking. She basically said the same thing Hilary Mantel did, which is that Kate is a nice looking icon, but there isn't much of substance that we see. I am not saying Kate has no substance; I am saying I agree with her and Ms. Mantel that Kate's construct is almost deliberately the opposite of substantive. That makes me a bit sad.

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    5. Hmmm... Kate has many years ahead of her, from a "professional" viewpoint. But I'd like to see Mary Beard or Hilary Mantel live the last 10 years of Kate's life and endure the same amount of nasty public scrutiny. Perhaps then they would give her a bit more credit. A shallow drama queen would not have made it to Westminster Abbey, and beyond.

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    6. I think any woman who goes out in public without coloring her hair, or wearing any/much makeup, or worrying about whether she is thin enough or well dressed enough, is very brave. Even if Kate wanted to do any of these things, and I don't know whether she ever has, there would be tremendous pressure on her from all sides not to. Some commentators had the nerve to assume she was suffering from post partum depression because she let a few gray hairs show!

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    7. Sarah from Calif.11 February 2014 at 14:05

      royalfan , I agree with you. My take on Kate's personality having only watched is that she may appear a quiet , no opinion, beautiful Duchess to some ,who only look on outward appearances. I believe she is very temperate in her opinion and waits for the right moment to speak her mind and when she does look out because it will have been well thought out and have a powerful punch. Oh well just my thoughts.

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  68. The red dress is gorgeous! I follow Seraphine on Facebook.

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  69. I love the red version of the dress! I follow Seraphine on Facebook.

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  70. Would LOVE to win the dress in blue! Just found out I'm preggy with#2! ♥♥♥♥
    followed in fb & twitter. Love this blog. X

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  71. Love the dress in blue! Just found out I'm pregnant with#2! ♥♥♥♥
    following on fb & twitter.
    Love. This. Blog. X

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  72. We viewers across the pond know Cumberbatch as well. We are Sherlocked! Do include pictures of him, too, if possible!

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  73. Melanie from California9 February 2014 at 01:42

    Thank you for your insight, Charlotte, on the Daily Mail article. It sounded too far off the mark to be believed, and it is nice to read that you echo what I thought as I read it. In reference to Kate's hemlines, I wish people would look more closely at her garments. Kate and I have the same body type, although I don't have her fabulous figure. The height comes from the long torso, whereas the legs are shorter. When Kate wears dresses, the waistline, with or without a belt, is an inch or two above the natural waist, which makes the legs appear longer, and draws the viewers' eyes up. By stopping the hemline halfway up the thigh, the illusion is achieved that the legs are longer than they actually are. Also, I believe one of the first rules of photography applies to Kate's sartorial choices: When cropping a photo, never crop at a person's joints, always crop above or below. So rather than having skirts right at the knee, a more flattering trompe l'oeil is to move the skirt above the knee. As long as Kate isn't wearing skin tight skirts like a pop star, she looks fine, and there is a method to her madness ;-)

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    2. buhare in Washington State9 February 2014 at 21:32

      There's also right below the knee. Don't forget that one. And it doesn't have to be matronly. A nice pencil skirt line at that length is chic, not frumpy.

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  74. I would love the purple! I'm in a maternity style rut and this would definitely help get me out of it. Liked on Facebook and following on Twitter. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. I would love the purple color. I'm in a maternity style rut and this would certainly help! Following on Twitter and Liked on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. Goodness I would love to win the dress in red! Thanks for all your hard work on the blog!

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  77. I would love the dress in purple, such a flattering color!
    Currently 6 months pregnant with baby #1. Great giveaway!
    I have liked Seraphine on Facebook.

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  78. Violet/purple or wine please

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  79. I would love the claret red dress! Followed on FB.

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  80. Very excited to hear that our Duchess Kate will meet "Sherlock!" Looking forward to a photo!

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  81. I love the dress in blue! Great blog as usual!

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  82. Loralee from the USA9 February 2014 at 04:42

    How exciting! I love giveaways, and absolutely love following your blog. I choose the claret dress.

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  83. My fellow bloggers... Kate and William and mortals - and not that different from us. They will make mistakes. To expect them to be perfect (just because of the "job description") is quite naive. They will make mistakes and we (including the media) should just accept that. There is the crazy perfect image about them and somehow we imagine that to be true. We're all human. That is all. And media's job is to highlight that.

    By the way, Kate and William aren't the only ones splitting the engagements, when our daughters were little, we did the same. As did my parents (and I am sure many others) before. No nanny compares to a parent.

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    1. Engagement splitting makes perfect sense. It's nicest for the children to be with a parent. Or grandparents!!

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    2. Florence, generally royals split engagements in order to cover more territory and/or simply support their individual charities. But if childcare becomes the main reason given for W&K doing so, it will not be seen favorably. I give them (mostly Kate) credit for (apparently) trying to do as much as they can on their own, but they cannot be seen to *never* want to leave George when so many people have to do exactly that on a daily basis.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills11 February 2014 at 00:31

      IMO I feel it is Charles & Camilla pulling the strings now. Charles & Camilla have a few joint engagements coming up and I don't think they want all the press going to 'Will & Kate. I do feel they both are very jealous of all the great press this beautiful couple get.

      Ithink Charles is trying to put Camilla front & center but it will never work. She is not loved like
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    4. Charles can't make people love Camilla, but he can hurt William and Kate if he is trying to keep them in the background while he promotes his wife.

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  84. Would love the dress in red!!! I follow on facebook (and follow this blog daily, love it!)

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  85. Would love the claret dress in red. I follow on Facebook. Love this blog, follow it daily :)

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  86. Loving the blue dress. No more babies for me though, so even though I'd love it, I hope someone who is "blooming" wins it...

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  87. The red dress is fabulous! I followed on twitter XO

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  88. The red dress is fabulous! I followed on twitter XO

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  89. I love the blue version.. I will follow in Facebook!

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  90. I love the blue color! Following on FB and Twitter!

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  91. I would love to win the red version of the dress! :)

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  92. I would love to win the red version of the dress! :)

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  93. Would love to have the dress in claret. I'm following Seraphine on twitter! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  94. Love all the colors, but the red would be great to wear on Valentine's day. Like Seraphine on facebook and follow on twitter.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  95. Rachel Thompson, Chicago9 February 2014 at 16:11

    I love the claret dress. Charlotte, you continue to outdo yourself with this blog, and a thank you to the regular commenters (and new faces that chime in) for the great discussions lately. Lots of interesting views, which really add to Charlottes' blog! Ps. I like both

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    1. Rachel Thompson, Chicago10 February 2014 at 00:11

      Oops, I forgot to add that I love both the red and black - but would have to go for the RED to add a pop of much color during this long grey winter! xxoo

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  96. On a humorous note, I read an article today that discussed Charles' and William's wildlife initiative - and it referred to William as "Kate Middleton's husband". Sure hope William doesn't end up as jealous as Charles was of his wife!

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills11 February 2014 at 00:27

      I don't believe one minute that William is jealous of his beautiful wife. If anything he is very proud of her.

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  97. I'm five months pregnant and love replicating Catherine's tastes and trends. It would be the blue for me.

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  98. Forgot to add I liked on Twitter.

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  99. My entire maternity wardrobe is from Seraphine, I own the Claret in blue and want to add more colours especially the red.

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  100. Yes, I hope William appreciates the humor in that. :)

    Regarding the joint initiative... My feeling is that William needs a cause(s) to make his own mark. While Charles can be seen as giving additional support, it could also serve to diminish William's contribution.

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    1. buhare in Washington State9 February 2014 at 21:34

      I think both of them could benefit by having initiatives, or even one they did together.

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    2. bluhare, are you referring to W&K? I'm assuming yes. I agree, but I still think that joint initiatives between Charles and William are likely to result in William looking like the junior, inexperienced partner. And yes, he's learning where Charles has "time in", and plenty of it, but William (and Kate) need to have their own agenda where the spotlight is just on them (I mean individually *and* jointly).

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    3. bluhare in Washington State10 February 2014 at 03:56

      I think we do agree, which is why I agree that William should step out on his own and if Kate can't, or won't step out on her own, a joint initiative would be nice. I'd like to see them champion something.

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    4. We do agree bluhare. I wish we had seen joint initiatives between Charles and William (and Harry) before W got married. That is when, IMO, Diana would have been involving her sons a heck of a lot more. Now that William is married, this only serves to minimize his input.

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  101. I think the blue dress is gorgeous! I follow Seraphine on Twitter.

    Thanks for all your work on the blog, it's great!!

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  102. Kudos to Kate and the blog! Would love to win the dress in purple! Seraphine gets my thumbs up on facebook :-)

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  103. Many thanks for this gem of a blog, through which I get my regular 'fix' of HRH :-) I'd love to win the dress in purple and wear it to a good friend's wedding this summer! Seraphine's just got my thumbs up on facebook - all the better to inspire more of my maternity looks!

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  104. rose from Brooklyn9 February 2014 at 20:46

    Love the black. Soooo exciting!! What happens Charlotte if I don't have Facebook or twitter.? ?? Can I still be part of the giveaway? ??

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  105. Yes of course, just leave a comment noting your favourite colour :)

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    1. rose from Brooklyn9 February 2014 at 22:33

      I wrote that I loove the black. Very classy. Thanx for everything.

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  106. I love the black. So chic and stylish. I absolutely agree you can wear this even when not expecting! It's a perfect piece for any gals wardrobe. Like on Facebook!

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  107. I love the royal blue color. I'm 7 months along, amd this would be perfect for my baby shower! My tw user name is @DebbyPortillo

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  108. Love your blog and what a delight to have this giveaway for Valentines! If I win I'd love the red version if this dress. I'm following via twitter as Ettalir.

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  109. I would love the dress in purple. I am following on twitter with the username Megaphone2752. Thanks :)

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  110. I would love this dress in purple, I am 5 months pregnant at the moment and desperately in need of some lovely dresses!

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  111. I would love the dress in red! I'm a huge fan of Seraphine!

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  112. Would love this dress in blue :) I am liking on Facebook as Jessica Haverstock.

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  113. I would love the dress in blue! So pretty!

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  114. Would love this dress in blue :) Liking on facebook as Jessica Haverstock.

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  115. I would like the dress in blue please! :)
    Thanks!:)
    Monica, France

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  116. I would love the blue one. Thanks! Anett

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  117. I would love the purple dress, I liked their Facebook page.
    I had to laugh that everybody is getting "ruffled" about William hunting, if no one hunted here in michigan we would be completely over run by deer! Legal hunting is perfectly harmless. I do see the irony in it though with all the support he's given to wildlife conservation.
    Can't wait to "see" Kate on Friday!
    -Hannah, MI

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  118. As I have already ordered the purple dress I would love to win the red dress. I'm following via Facebook. Thanks :)

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  119. I'd love the dress in BLUE.. I'm following Seraphine on Facebook:-)

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  120. Oooo, I would love to have the dress in Red, wearing it for Valentine's Day would be so sweet!

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  121. I would love the dress in red!!

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  122. I would like the dress in blue. I've already liked Seraphine on Facebook.

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  123. I love the orchid color! Jewel tones always win out for me! I also followed them on twitter. (@cindymindy)

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  124. Séraphine has very nice maternity clothing. I own the fuchsia and the lavender print dress from SS13 and they've transitioned nicely to nursing wear for the past 7 months as well. Good luck to all you mothers-to-be in the contest. I'm quite excited for you. RE: Kensington Park walk, I don't see baby George sitting up in the pram, so I assume she makes these walks while he is sleeping. I know my active & curious 7-month-old would never lay back in a pram unless sleeping. He is at an age where he wants to be moving around a lot or sitting up to get a good view of the world around him. It would be lovely to see her with a friend, though. I do hope that she is able to have friends visit (especially friends with young children), as it is so nice to bounce ideas around and bond about similar circumstances when you are going through the sometimes stressful situations of motherhood. This is an exciting age for baby George: sitting up, rolling/crawling, first tooth!

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  125. Loving the orchid color! Also goes well with the "Pantone Color of the Year" :)

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  126. The red is a beautiful shade and at 6 months gone it would definitely see some mileage! Fingers crossed!

    And I have to agree on the DM piece - 'lots of tiaras' and the Angela Kelly makeover? Right.

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  127. Sarah from Calif.11 February 2014 at 14:08

    Love the dress but, whew my baby days are over! May the best lady win :)

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  128. Sarah from Calif.11 February 2014 at 14:10

    Oh yes I can't wait to see the Queen and Kate together. You can see the pure enjoyment of each other all over them. Very endearing :)

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  129. I feel that William was rather silly going off on a hunting trip immediately prior to promoting the cause of saving the wildlife of this planet he must have been aware of the adverse comments it would bring although admittedly mainly from the anti hunting brigade. Following on from the adverse reaction to Kate's holiday the Cambridges have not improved their images to the general public. I have sympathy for Kate as this is the first holiday she has had since this time last year and the comments were really due to the perception people have that she is idle. No one knows what goes on behind the scenes and I suspect she is working quite hard both for her charities and research preparing for the Australian tour as well as being a hands on mother to a young baby. I also suspect that she is being told what public engagements she can undertake especially now Charles' PR team is in charge.
    However I feel that she needs to change the public perception of her work ethic by increasing her public engagements both solo and particularly with Prince William as soon as possible to regain her popularity. I am looking forward to seeing photos of her at both the events this week

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  130. Ana B. from Brazil11 February 2014 at 16:39

    Hi!
    I hope I'm not too late!
    I'm following Seraphine on Twitter and I'd like the red dress!
    Hugs :)

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  131. I am currently six months pregnant and I would LOVE to win this dress in blue! I liked seraphine on facebook.

    Elizabeth from the USA

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  132. Portia from Chicago11 February 2014 at 17:48

    I just saw that on popsugar there are a number of photos of Jecca Craig with William on his hunting trip, which allegedly took place while Kate was in Mustique with her family. Jecca has long been linked with William, as all of you must know and this link has been strenuously denied by the palace. So of course, now the gossip mill is in overdrive. Sigh.

    I am not against hunting and eating.. but this really does seem to have been a silly move on all fronts.

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  133. I've never heard these rumours before nor heard of her but.... I sincerely hope this isn't true. Had hoped lessons were learnt from the past but who knows ? Bella Wiltshire.

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  134. Kathryn from NOVA11 February 2014 at 19:46

    Oooh, great giveaway - I vote the black please!!

    And thank you to Charlotte for all of your amazing posts, this is definitely my favorite place to keep up with HRH!

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  135. I may be a bit rabid on the subject but I believe all creatures have a right to live and I abhor hunting of any sort. That being said...I eat meat because I also strongly believe in the humane slaughter act even though I know it is not always followed according to the law. I love William and Kate but I think his hunting trip was very ill timed and I can't imagine that his advisers didn't warn him off of this trip.

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  136. Whoop! She's wearing the ink blue Jenny Packham tonight, with a fabulous necklace on loan from The Queen

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  137. I would love the RED please! :)

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  138. Blue is beautiful! I am 33 weeks pregnant and would love this dress for nursing! Thanks!

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  139. I would LOVE that dress in blue! I am 30 weeks pregnant so it would be perfect for the rest of pregnancy and after. Thanks for having this giveaway!

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  140. I would LOVE this dress in the blue! It is gorgeous and would be perfect for the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy and after!

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