Thursday, 10 April 2014

Kate in Cornflower Blue McQueen for Day in Blenheim

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a flight from Wellington to Woodbourne Royal New Zealand Air Force Base this morning. From there they were taken to Seymour Square in Blenheim for a busy day of appearances.


William and Kate kicked off a year of Royal Family commemorations of the First World War centenary by participating in a wreath laying ceremony at Blenheim War Memorial and Clock Tower in front of 100 returned service men and women.


They stood solemnly as the Last Post was played and the Ode of Remembrance recited.

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The wreath was prepared by the couple before their appearance and the card read 'Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom'. It was written by William and signed by them both.

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A closer look at the wreath.

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Blenheim's 16 metre high clock tower was completed in 1928 and is Marlborough's principal memorial to 419 locals who died in the First World War. Stone was assembled from a variety of locations around the province. The only stone not used from the province is Australian sandstone which is symbolic of the New Zealand and Australian collaboration during World War I. It cost £4550 paid entirely by public subscriptions and was designed by Roger Bacon.

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The couple had the opportunity to speak with a number of veterans who served through various conflicts.


Kate spoke to veteran Wilton Sterritt who showed her a photo of himself and Prince Philip. Kate smiles and replied "You've changed a bit".


A look at the photo Mr. Sterritt showed Kate.

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Royal photographer Mark Stewart shared a photo of the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial bench in Seymour Square, undoubtedly William and Kate noticed it during their walk past.

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After the ceremony, William and Kate joined Mayor Alistair Sowman for a walk around Seymour Square - the first public walkabout of the royal tour. For those unfamiliar with the area, Blenheim is a relatively small town with a population of roughly 28,000 residents, almost a third of that number turned out to meet the royal couple.


The Duchess received flowers and presents for Prince George.


It's the first time we've really seen the crowds come out for the royals during the tour thus far.

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Kate thoroughly enjoyed chatting to locals.



Two little princesses waited for hours to catch a glimpse of Kate.

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Kate was given a purple beanie - The Diana bear- a tribute to the late Princess of Wales on her death. A limited number of the bears were made so it was quite a special item to give to the Duchess. Also you can see Her Royal Highness is wearing a Rainbow Loom bracelet she received from a member of the crowd. I'm told they're extremely popular with youngsters down under.

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After the walkabout, the Cambridge's enjoyed a private lunch with the Mayor and his wife.

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Next, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where they were given a guided tour of the exhibits by The Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson. They toured the Knights of the Sky exhibit which includes Peter's collection of WWI aircraft and artefacts.

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One of the stunning WW1 scenes recreated using Peter Jackson's collection of planes. This is the 'crash site' of German ace pilot 'The Red Baron' Manfred von Richthofen, with soldiers taking trophies from his famous red triplane.

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A wartime poster starring 'George Jnr'.

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The rescue of wounded crewmen is depicted in the exhibit.

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A flying day was organised to provide entertainment for royals and public alike. A number of heritage aircraft were on show during the course of the day.


Meeting little girls.

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The dull weather didn't dampen the spirits of the royal couple who seemed fascinated by the aviation history on show.


In fact, pilot William couldn't resist jumping in.


Meanwhile, Peter Jackson took photos of the Duchess.


A great shot of the couple.


The Duchess looked radiant in a cornflower blue Alexander McQueen Belted Coat Dress.

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The striking piece features peplum overlay and a buckled belt. It has a pleated back, snap-fastening cuffs and is fully lined. We believe Kate's garment is a bespoke version of the piece shown below. It's available in powder blue at Net-A-Porter for €2,595.

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A closer look.

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Below we see the piece in black sans collar - the Alexander McQueen Utility Coat Dress. As you can see, Kate's coat dress appears to be a combination of both pieces.


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Kate is not the first royal to take notice of the stylish garment. Below we see The Countess of Wessex wearing the very similar Peplum-Waist Coat at the Commonwealth Observance Service in March.


Her Royal Highness wore a fitted navy dress underneath.


Kate teamed the coat with her Alexander McQueen suede pumps and carried her Stuart Weitzman clutch.

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The Duchess wore her sapphire drop earrings and a WW100 poppy pin (with thanks to Daisy). It was a most appropriate choice for the event.

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Kate wore her hair in a ponytail; I thought it looked absolutely lovely - very youthful and fresh. It also showed off the details of the coat nicely. I thought it a superb ensemble, which hit all the right notes for the nature of the day. What do you think?


If you wish to view videos from the day click Here and Here.


This evening, William and Kate will attend a State Reception hosted by the Governor-General. It begins at 6.30 p.m. (NZtime). We'll see you then :)

109 comments:

  1. Loved the whole look from Kate. The elderly veteran with the photo- the photo was himself and Prince Philip many years earlier. It was very kind of the person to give the Diana beanie baby for George. They apparently are quite rare.

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    1. I have one, wasn't difficult to buy them at the time.

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  2. This is how she should look and present herself ALWAYS. When she goes back to the UK and does engagements at home (hopefully does engagements at home) she looks this put together. There is no reason she shouldnt be on point at all times because she has the help and means to do so. I love that she wears high street and stuff, but for formal engagements that she goes on, there is a reason its cheaper, it looks cheaper, and isnt tailored to fit her. This look was amazing. Her hair looked amazing. I am glad she finally pulled it back from her face!
    She looked like a duchess today, not just some random celebrity like she has looked in the past year. I know its shallow to say, but it looks so much better when she tries hard and wears better clothes.

    Also, I totally didnt know that the purple beanie baby with the white rose why a diana tribute! I remember having that beanie baby as a kid! Its funny, this guy at work knew it was when I asked him.

    So, all and all kate looks amazing today.

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    1. Sorry, I don't agree. I rather like the mixture and don't mind hair blowing about (or skirts). The Queen always looks regal, but usually looks safe/same and yes, boring. I get the feeling that she is "playing the Queen" like a grand theatrical role, and that she is someone else off stage. Not Catherine. There are always elements of surprise. She always looks like a real person engaged with other real people--babies on the floor, veterans or vice-regal representatives.I love it! (All.)

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    2. Agree Sarah.
      I think the utmost winner was her hair. It needs to be off her face almost always, especially at public engagements. Not sure if she has a new hair stylist. But they know what they are doing. Especially the little twist of hair around the pony tail.
      Love the shade of blue and the military relevance of her coat.
      Hope they continue this type of work on a very regular basis back in the UK. Shame it's only tours such as this where one can see obvious effort in dress and interest in the public. They are royals in direct line to the throne after all and this is what we need to see. Well done. And great work Charlotte. I believe we're almost 12 hours ahead of you, so you really are burning the midnight oil.

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  3. Another wonderful post, well researched Charlotte thank you. Catherine's outfit is classy and regal. It shows a more mature approach to the royal duties. Her hair was fresh and youthful. I love seeing them both like this, very engaged, enjoying their royal roles. Prince William and Catherine complement each other very well.

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    1. I agree. Everything about this outing from the choice of who to honour, to their attitudes, to Kate's look was great. This is the kind of outing that makes me proud to be such a fan of the couple and their work.

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  4. Very quick off the mark for this post! Just saw the Governor General's FB post a few minutes ago. Lovely coat! Sorry not to see a Buckley poppy brooch, though. Love those.

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    1. The poppy pin she and William were both wearing is the WW100 pin which marks the 100 anniversary of the start of WW1. This event at Blenheim was to mark the 100th anniversary, so it is v appropriate.

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  5. There must be several versions of the Diana beanie baby because I have 1 and my mom has 2 and they weren't difficult to find.

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    1. People think they are rare, but it was easy to buy them at the time....I have one.

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  6. Another great post Charlotte. I'm going to be addicted to your blog and following updates on twitter for the next 3 weeks.
    Thank you for all that you do on this wonderful blog. It's greatly appreciated. :)

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  7. I read on twitter that the mayors wife had on a coat similar to Kate's. Do you have any photos of her Charlotte?

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  8. Kate looks beautiful. I love the cornflower blue and the tailoring of the coat is perfect. She looks very confident and happy. I hope she wears her hair up or half up for the evening reception.

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  9. She nailed it. Well done, Kate.

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  10. Wonderful post as always, thank you so much for your timely update! In my opinion, this is the best look of Kate in the tour thus far. She looked just perfect head to toe!

    LondonX

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  11. Wow she is just stunning, and they are both so gracious. Watching the live stream on TV 3. The amount of time they spent talking to people was wonderful, it looked like a genuine interest in all of those people. Apparently Catherine left a woman crying (in the nicest way) because she was so thrilled that she got to speak with her. What an ability to make people happy they have. Lucky Blenheim residents.

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  12. Kate, Texas, USA10 April 2014 at 01:52

    Absolutely gorgeous! Kate looks fabulous! Cornflower blue is a favorite shade of mine and looks lovely and fresh on her. Kate's hair....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I wish she would wear it back more. Looks youthful and classy all in one!

    I loved the picture you posted of Kate speaking with the veteran. No matter what country you are from, there is a sense of pride and gratitude that I certainly feel when I see anyone who has fought for their country. I hope they felt honored today. The note that William wrote was touching and sincere.

    Thank you so much for including the picture of the memorial bench to Princess Diana. I love the words engraved "In memory of our English Rose". Miss her terribly as do so many others. I have two of the Beanie bears pictured above that I searched long and hard for after her death. There were a limited number made, so finding them was no easy feat. The bear is actually named "Princess" and all the proceeds from the bears sold went to the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. How very sweet of the little girl to give it to Kate. I hope it will be a treasure she puts in George's nursery.

    Absolutely wonderful day and post! I will eagerly await pictures from the State Reception!

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    1. Kate, love your post as well, thanks for the information on the Bears. I still miss DIana too.

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  13. The Duchess seems to look wonderful in almost any colour but I thought she looked particularly stunning in this blue coat. And the hairdo was lovely as well. She seems so relaxed with the crowds and that beautiful smile would surely light up anyone's day. Thank you again, Charlotte, for such prompt and informative reporting - this blog is the first thing I read in the morning and often the last thing at night - I learn a lot and I'm never disappointed! Lee from Canada

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  14. This is the way to do it! Her favorite silhouette in the coat and a fitted skirt under in case of winds. Beautiful! Well done Kate!

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  15. Love this outfit! She looks just wonderful! Favorite outfit of the tour thus far!

    -Britt from South Carolina

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  16. OH WONDERFUL POST CHARLOTTE! TRH look amazing.....Catherine has really nailed it hasn't she-and her hair, love the loolk- such a beautiful face- William is so handsome- I see so much of Diana in his face. I hope they are able to enjoy their time and that they are all safe in their travels. Thank you Charlotte- you continue to out-do yourself. I hope you get some rest.

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  17. Charlotte...Thank You for wonderful coverage of the Royal Tour! I look forward to seeing what you write everyday! I watched the event today on Reuters LiveStation....but they had no Sound! But I did get to see everything, but I wanted to see the Duke of Cambridge with the people also....they kept showing the Duchess! Loved the meeting with the Duchess and the Veterans, Priceless! Loved her hair today!! It looks wonderful off her face! The Duke looked handsome as ever!

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  18. Love the coat and the color - except for one thing. I can't think why, if this is indeed a bespoke (couture) piece, why she would want to put those two enormous, awful pockets and flaps right at where all women, including Kate, even as thin as she is, are widest. It just makes it look too bulky right below the belt. The retail version with the peplum was lovely and flattering and would have gone great on Kate. This piece just looks bulky and heavy with those pockets - especially when they'll never be used.
    But the color is wonderful and I am SO GLAD to see her experimenting with the hair a bit. Up in a ponytail is perfect.
    Hopefully she did some film and photo review and saw how many times she fiddles with her hair when she's supposed to be directing her attention to other things and people. But this ponytail is amazing and shows her pretty face to full advantage.
    Great job on getting these wonderful photos and commentary on the attractions up so fast. I'm actually as much interested in the stops and what they're visiting as the two royals themselves.
    One quick question for any Oz or NZ folks - what's the weather like down there? It's tough to tell - I see some folks in shirtsleeves but Kate so far has worn fairly warm clothing for her outside appearances.

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    1. I agree about the coat pockets.. Somewhat overwhelming for the slim tailored style of the coat. But this is a minor point I think.

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    2. I like the big pockets so much better than the odd flap above the waist on the version Sophie wore (though the cream color was nice on Sophie). The hidden snaps worked better than on the black watch coat dress, but the bodice was still slightly puckered. Kate looks lovely in soft blue. She appeared to ask the lady who met her if something about her coat, perhaps the color, was appropriate. I like her hair pulled back without the part. The version from Canada you showed in your last thread was done a bit better with a little more fullness around the head. But this was a nice neat effect. The total effect today was lovely.

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    3. I live in Auckland, NZ but have spent a lot of time around Wellington and Blenheim. The weather at the moment is not actually that cold, just rainy and in some places (especially Auckland) far more humid than London would be.

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    4. Thank you for the info and the feedback. Seem to be mixed reviews on the coat. I just think that it looks bulky with the pockets and even on Kate, who's slender. She's not particularly tall and those long pockets and all that extra fabric seem to slightly overwhelm her. Take those pockets off and it would be a perfect coat!
      I just checked the temps there and it seems to be about on par with our weather here so I'm guessing the heavier outfits are due to the dampness, which can be chilling.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.10 April 2014 at 07:00

      Elizabeth I thought the pockets a bit much too bit if you can find on the Daily Mail there is a fantastic view of the back of the coat. I personally loved it . It has pleats and is very smart.

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  19. This was perfect, she nailed this one. I little too much blusher, but aside from that, I love everything. She was attentive, solemn and appropriate, the card and wreath were so nice. Very good with the people. Appropriate hem length with a great sihlouette. Looking forward to tonight!

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    1. I agree with everything everybody said about how lovely and perfect she looked today except....I think that her hem length was a bit dowdy. It could have been about an inch shorter - knee length, not below the knee. Just my opinion

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  20. Sarah from Calif.10 April 2014 at 02:19

    Love the whole look, very classy and a lovely color on Kate.
    Well said about the Veterans Kate from Texas. I always feel that sense of pride in our soldiers too.
    Looking forward to tonights photos!!!

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  21. Has Kate ever looked bad wearing an Alexander McQueen outfit? Sarah Burton & Kate are money.

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  22. Kate really has the ability to rock a very minimalistic style. I love all of it. And it wouldn't have been perfect without the ponytail. What a wonderful look. In saying that, I would like to see her a bit more adventurous in the footwear department. Especially when the rest of the outfit is very clean and simple. But that's just me.
    Predictions for the evening: bespoke Emilia Wickstead maybe? Can't wait to see design a the kiwi connection.

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  23. I'm not loving this coat. The pockets are out of proportion and the sharp collar looks constricting. I wish the Duchess could take a cue from Scandal and rock a feminine, powerful coat a la Olivia Pope.

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    1. Now that would be something to see.

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  24. Thank you Charlotte you are the best blogger on the planet. I adore this outfit! She looks so much more sophisticated with her hair pulled up. She is gorgeous! I love this new coat, fit, style and color.

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  25. Wow she nailed this look. Interesting but lady like and her hair is off her face but looks polished! Loved it.

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  26. Loving your quick and detailed posts. You always do such a great job!

    Im not a huge fan of her coat. I like aspects to it but hate the pockets. I just don't think they sit quite right even though they are suppose to be a part representation of the pelplum. Love the pleating at the back though. I must say Im a bit disappointed that we have not seen Kate wearing a NZ designer yet. Thought today would be very appropriate for the first kiwi designed outfit to make its appearence. But overall, I think she looks elegant and classy, and I love her when she wears her hair up off her face.

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    1. She will wear Kiwi for the reception.

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    2. Agree, about coat and NZ designers.

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  27. What more can I say that hasn't already been said? Catherine looks absolutely stunning, this ensemble hit all the right notes. The coat fits absolutely perfectly and the hair is simply perfect. I am constantly reminded by her demeanor towards the public of how much I look up to Catherine. I have never heard anything other than praising remarks about her from those who were lucky enough to meet her. You can tell how much she cares about those who come to see her. Love that she is wearing the bracelet someone gave her, how special! She is simply a diamond.

    Thank you Charlotte for your amazing work on this blog, you are wonderful! Try to get some sleep though! ;)

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  28. The Duchess of Cambridge has come age.

    Today I have seen the future Queen.

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  29. Elizabeth from the US10 April 2014 at 02:41

    Kate looks fantastic. The coat is beautiful and I'm so glad she wore her hair up! I can't wait to see what the rest of the day has in store!

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  30. Theresa. New York10 April 2014 at 02:46

    I was so pleased to see Kate wearing a poppy pin. My father and my husband's father fought in France in WWI so the poppy has a special meaning for me. Coincidentally, I am currently reading a mystery by Charles Todd whose main character, Ian Rutledge, fought in the Great War and struggles with its effects. I recommend the series for those that want a good story but includes an accurate portrayal of how horrible and bloody WWI was.
    Kate looked smashing. Everything worked together. Especially liked the longer length of her skirts. I think they make her appear more, for lack of a better word, grown up. I realize I'm getting a bit tiresome on the skirt length.
    Great post! Thank you for your hard work.

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    1. I have always told my daughter, who is almost as tall as Kate, that just below the knee is the most graceful length for a skirt. Knees to my mind are not very pretty. This length looks as elegant on Kate as it did on the Queen when she was younger. But the Queen is tiny. For tall ladies, just below the knee may be a hard length to find in ready to wear. Kate can choose a good length when she wears custom made designer garments like the ones she has worn in New Zealand. And she can put a shorter dress underneath since she always like to show a bit of leg.

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    2. Theresa, I like the longer length of her skirts too. Ironically, if you look back, her skirts WERE longer before her engagement and wedding. Look at any of the formal engagements she attended prior to the engagement and you'll see the dresses and coats hitting right about at the knee.
      I agree with you on the skirt length. I may be too "old school," but thigh-high skirts on anyone, even those with the best legs, look cheap. And there's no reason whatsoever that a thirtysomething royal needs to be wearing a thigh-high skater skirt.

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  31. A+ ensemble and demeanor. Her hair should ALWAYS be pulled back during a solemn ceremony such as this. Thus, no hair twirling or flipping during remembrance ceremonies (as happened earlier this year). I think it's the first time I saw a photograph of a truly somber and royal HRH under these circumstances. Kudos. Silvia

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    1. I'm sure HRH will be thrilled with your grade, Silvia. I personally am less so, and would have appreciated the words "In my opinion" to offset your dogma.

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    2. Jennifer from Wisconsin10 April 2014 at 05:39

      Anon- I think you are being overly harsh. Obviously, it is her opinion- she posted it with a signature.

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  32. I LOVED her hair! Chic and simple. It's nice that she is mixing up her hair style a bit more. She has great hair and SHOULD be showing off so e versatility.

    The coat was not my favorite look. The color is lovely, but I feel like a skinnier belt would look better on her small frame. Something about it just seems off to me. I like so many of her coats, though, so I can't fuss too much.

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  33. Love the hair but do not like the fit of the coat. It doesn't seem to lay very well. As speculated, all of her hems have been longer. I much prefer the retail piece over this one. I suppose there's another 30+ outfits to go so hopefully there will be more to love.

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    1. Her coats are ALWAYS long. Her skirts are short. No change. Sorry. No Queenly advice needed, thank-you.

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  34. Boring. Perfect for the nanny. Not worth the $4,300.

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  35. I loved the hair, but her makeup and the coat not so much.

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  36. RM from California10 April 2014 at 03:18

    Hair is a complete win. Gorgeous, sophisticated, and still playful. Love seeing it away from her face. At first I didn't like the coat but then I really did, especially with the military connotations. A great outing and a great day. Kate does no wrong in my book--- sometimes just does it better than other times.

    Checking the blog all the time. Thank you for your dedication Charlotte.

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    1. I agree with RM from California!!

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  37. My favourite shoes!! Thay match her skirt underneath, which is well above knee all you skirts came down hair up people.The coat appropriate for the wreath ceremony, perhaps the dress/skirt for a later activity. It is difficult to leave in the morning to attend varied events, with no chance to change.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.10 April 2014 at 07:04

      Hi Erin , I was born in Elgin but have lived in CA most of my life. My grandparents worked in the Elgin watch factory.

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  38. I have to agree! Kate looks stunning. I love the entire ensemble, although the pockets are unnecessary as some have noted. Her hair style is perfect. Not many women are able to wear their hair pulled back into a pony tail, but Kate wears it so well. This hairstyle is perfect on a windy days and outdoor events. It eliminates those unflattering hair photos that the media can't enough of!. W&K are both taller and usually tower over everyone else. It just one more reason they cut such a striking image. So far, they haven't put a foot wrong.

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  39. I like it that Kate wore her sapphire and diamond earrings that were apparently made from a pair of Diana's. A nice touch. I have never seen the Diana beanie before. I do own a kangaroo beanie, and I wonder whether Kate will be given that one in Australia! :-)

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  40. I hope we see some pictures of William holding the baby, There are pics of Prince Charles holding William at this age on their Australia trip. Is anyone else sensing a vibe with William in the pictures? Tired...or maybe not with it?

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    1. Milo, I agree. He seems - disinterested. Pleasant enough but disinterested but it could be leftover jet lag. I was looking back at his trip to Australia in 2011 and he was much more animated.

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      I think from the twitter comment I read , he was somewhat overwhelmed with all the babies. :)

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    3. Absolutely.
      I sense that most times with William, particularly since leaving his piloting work in Wales.
      Hence, I'd almost eliminate the jet lag option.
      He gives an air of "not this again - I'd rather be flying around" or perhaps he is becoming a bit too toffee nosed. Seriously, as much as the royals want to portray a more down to earth image - it will never genuinely happen. Their lives are so incredibly different from any average person or aristocrat. William can't hold the "common"act for long, purely because he has no real concept of what it is like.
      Thank heavens we have Kate who is still a breath of fresh air (bit like Diana was). Let's hope she continues to rub off some of her zesty nature onto William.
      From what I'm seeing on this tour she almost has the balance spot on. And she somehow relates to the general public on a much more human level. William has always had mechanical movements and a monotonous tone of voice. Maybe that is the royal way. Keep the distance and do not express too much emotion. Hope they don't change Kate's ways too much.

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    4. William is becoming more and more like his father every day.
      His stance, his walk, his talk and the facial expressions. I used to see a lot of Diana in William, until probably just after his marriage. Perhaps it's a maturity, heading towards mid-age thing. Don't know?

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  41. I love Kate windblown but also loving this polished look!! She looks fantastic! enjoying all the royal tour coverage!

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  42. Maybe Helen Cherry for the reception?

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  43. Oh bugger! Weather forecast doesn't look good for Auckland tomorrow: RAIN!
    Here's hoping for sun. It would be such a shame if the sailing fun has to happen under grey sky. Our hauraki gulf is breathtakingly beautiful when the sun is out.

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  44. Kate looked lovely, elegant and regal from head to toe today. I would prefer the peplum detail without those huge seamed pockets, but that coat balances her long torso where the red military style does not flatter it. The fern brooch would look splendid with her coat today. Her hair is perfection for an outdoor event. Someone is getting "queening" lessons, I bet. I'm 14 hours behind NZ time, can't wait to wake up to the evening look photos.

    Charlotte, I hope you are getting enough sleep. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

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  45. nice, William is smiling in the airplane picture! pic pic pic on the Duchess...i have a feeling she will never make the grade with some..too sad...she is trying to up her game and do right by her country...and Queen and public..i see the effort and appreciate it.

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  46. Courtney from NC10 April 2014 at 04:32

    When I saw pictures of the Countess of Wessex in the one version of the coat I was not impressed. I much prefer the pockets where they are on Catherine's bespoke version. The pockets would not work on most women, but Catherine is tall and thin so they work. I believe that her look in every appearance thus far has been getting better each time we see her. I am hoping that trend continues.

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  47. I can't help but wonder if the Duchess might have been thinking of her Grandfather Middleton when she was visiting with the veterans. She seems to really enjoy events like this, with a historic element to them.

    Thank you for another fantastic post, Charlotte! The insight you provide is unmatched.

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  48. Thank you Charlotte for your awesome posts. I am a kiwi and your blog is the first I check to see what Kate is up to. Also love to read everyone's comments. Kate has looked just perfect on this tour and love her hair today. What a beautiful baby George is - in fact what a lovely family they are. With this time difference my thoughts are with you and the lack of sleep you must be managing on. Thank you for keeping us so well informed.

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  49. What an awful dress! A different bra could have been flattering. I loved her hair. I loved her posture.

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    2. But you see, I didn't. Perhaps you wish that if I didn't have something nice to say, I wouldn't say it.

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  50. The color looks nice on her and IMO the coat suits her as well. Though I wish she'd opted out of those huge pockets. Although she can afford "bulk" around her hips this was a tiny bit overwhelming. That hair though! Gorgeous! She looks so much more youthful with it tied back. Luna, Canada.

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  51. Jennifer from Wisconsin10 April 2014 at 05:49

    William and Kate looked terrific! I loved everything about the look today except the pockets but I thought she pulled it off wonderfully even with them. So sweet about the Diana bear- I bet William will know about it. There are so many thoughtful people out there. I hope it comes back to them too!

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  52. I have to say Kate looked beautiful. I loved her hair and the earnings. The coat will go on the not bad but not my favorite list. I didn't love the pockets, but I thought the color was spot on. My favorite picture are the ones of them with/in the plane. They genuinely seem to be having fun.


    Charlotte I was wondering about a post (someday) on what Prince William wears. Does he have particular suits he favors etc Maybe even include other royal men and their choices. Just a thought..

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  53. Gorgeous coat! So nice to see her hair styled differently. She looked fabulous all-around!

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  54. Gorgeous! Loved seeing her hair styled differently. She looked fabulous all-around!

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    1. Just like on her wedding day itself.

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  55. I have a question. Isn't she supposed to wear black to this kind of engagement? This is just a question, not meant to offend her as I do love this coat.

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  56. Kate is always so lovely. But, she has definitely turned it up a notch this visit which is not surprising as a representative of the Queen on an official visit. I am loving the great fitting coat dresses that hang so beautifully on her frame. I love that she is never over-the top with what she choses to wear in terms of designs. That said, I think it makes her more likeable to her public when they can identify with her choice of clothing, and accessories which are in many ways affordable --not the cost of a high-end luxury car for one outfit.! The royal couple with baby George are batting a thousand thus far.

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  57. Really great look. Love the coat, especially the colour. Ponytail is perfect for the windy wether. Sleek and elegant. This one is a winner foe me!

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  58. Eve from Germany10 April 2014 at 06:57

    Thought she nailed it this time, too!! What I would have added (but that´s not meant as criticism) is a blue suede ribbon for the ponytail, one as exactly matching as the shoe and the clutch colour, which, in my opinion, looked amazing, very subtle, but really adding this extra special touch to the outfit. I absolutely LOVED the shoes and the clutch because of the colour and the fabric. For me, it really added this extra special touch, so fitting for the occasion. Yes, she really was "the Duchess" and future Queen today. Look forward to the next event and the next GREAT post! Thanks Charlotte!!!

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  59. Theresa, from Paris10 April 2014 at 07:33

    Wonderful post, Charlotte... Thank you so much. The idea of the clock on the side of your page is great too ! Fun to know so precisely what time it is for them :-)

    I love her hair and the gorgeous colour of the coat, but the styling is not my favourite : those enormous pockets and the collar - a bit stiff to my mind. But she looks wonderful with her hair drawn back for such an occasion. I wish we could have seen the dress underneath :-)

    Great atmosphere to the photos. Loving all this... I looked at the lodge they stayed in when they arrived : what a beautiful place ! Made me dream all day :-)))

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  60. Thank you so much Charlotte for another great post! You really keep us updated. Kate looks amazing today. So glad that she put her hair up. I was hoping she would. xx

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  61. Jean from Lancs10 April 2014 at 07:39

    Stunning,
    I watched on Reuter's live stream- and running between that and "Sky" reports. Particularly impressed with the time she takes with everyone Unfortunately the Reuter's stream seemed to have forgotten that William was there

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  63. I love her look, today, she looks absolutely gorgeous. Even her pockets, her hair is great! Thanks Charlotte for the great coverage and by the way huge hugs for the Royal Tour Clock!!!:-)))))Bleu 27

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  64. I've just realised that Peter Jackson is actually a hobbit!
    See the pic (incorrectly titled) "Governor-General of New Zealand."
    How appropriate - that made my day :)

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  65. I love the powder blue color, but those pockets are truly awful and I wish she'd opted for the collar-less version. And I don't see the point of the belt if it's the same color as the rest of the coat.

    But thrilled that she has her hair up, especially in that style!

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  66. Her hair looks lovely styled like that. However I am really not a fan of that coat on her and in that colour too - it ages her I think, she can pull off something a bit younger and fresh!

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  67. I am not a fan of this whole look. Not that it isn't lovely and polished but simply because it ages her unnecessarily. I am all for her "royalization" but this coat is too bulky, too long, and the color was what we were used to seeing on the Queen Mother. Also, no one without the most genetically gifted face can wear their hair pulled back so severely. That being said, go Kate. You are fabulous!

    Charlotte, I love your blog and admire your dedication. I am a little dismayed, however, to see some nasty responses by readers to the opinions of other commenters. This is a very civilized place to come and enjoy excellent coverage and thoughtful insights. We need to have varying opinions to keep things interesting. It is all harmless fun and people shouldn't have to apologize for expressing their opinions. This isn't the Daily Mail or some other hideous publication.

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  68. Blue is a great colour for her. I always think she looks better with her hair up. The evening dress was beautiful. Her subtle touches she adds to her clothing to the nation she is visiting.. brilliant. I have to say there might be some truth to the hemline rumours. So far this tour, the hemlines have been longer. We will see as the tour continues...! Another great post...

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  69. 1) This tour is ruining my work productivity! 2) You must be exhausted! 3) The Duchess looked beautiful in the blue coat and I loved the pony tail. I liked the detail on the black dress, but I never care for knee length dresses with long sleeves, they look uneven to me somehow. 4) all her choices so far have been lovely. I'm dying to see her in a pair of slacks, a slightly shorter dress (not crazy, but just above the knee) or a floor length gown! Everything has hit just below the knee - just hoping for a little variety! Heather from USA

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  70. AHHH Charlotte!!! Each day is like Christmas morning for me right now! I can't wait to get on here and see all the new and wonderful pictures and videos you have posted.

    Catherine looked divine as always. Loved everything about her in this post. Keep up the good work my girl!

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  71. Tammy from California10 April 2014 at 16:52

    As a stand-alone dress, I really didn't care for the McQueen dress. I felt it looked, by itself, a bit frumpy. Having said that: leave it to Kate to make it absolutely STUNNING. With her eyes and jewelry, it was the prefect color for her. I'm enjoying waking up to see all the news. Thank you for the hard work you do, I really enjoy it!

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  72. i love her coat and i love her hair up

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  73. I absolutely love the blue color,,,even the hairstyle is spot-on. Although i dint like the pockets very much,, I do like the entire look now, the hair, the coatdress and the earrings.. Cant wait to see what she surprises us with,next!@xoxo

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  74. Yes...this is how she should always look. When doing these types of engagements her hair should be off her face and not blowing all around so she is constantly sweeping it back.

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  75. Tres Chic! Once again, the Duchess has nailed it. But then, I personally have come to expect this from her. One can never go wrong with classic pieces together with the right accessories which time and time again she has chosen to wear with poise and elegance. I looked back at some photos of her jewelry and the piece looks similar to an aquamarine and diamond piece in her collection. Love coat dresses and she wears them well. I also like the little details like the point on the sleeve and the cut of the collar, how it stands up and of course, dove grey looks so stunning on her.

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