Sunday, 20 April 2014

Kate in Dove Grey Alexander McQueen for Easter Sunday Service

Their Royal Highnesses began Easter Sunday with the morning service at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney city centre.


William and Kate were met by the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, and the Dean of Sydney, Philip Jensen.


The cathedral is one of the city's finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Designed by Edmund Blacket, it was ready for services and consecrated in 1868, making it the oldest cathedral in Australia. John Kerr described St Andrew's as "a perfect example of the colonial desire to reproduce England in Australia in the mid-nineteenth century".

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The order of  service.

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The crowds waited four hours to see the couple.



The couple signed the 'First Fleet Bible'.



The Bible was used in the first Christian service held in Australia in 1788. Brought out in the First Fleet, the large leather bound Bible is inscribed with the address of Botany Bay. It is charred in places, bearing the marks of a fire, which in 1798 destroyed Sydney's first church.


Paying homage to this history, every royal to visit Australia has signed it. The first, in 1920, was Edward VIII, who has since become renowned for his abdication of the throne to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. George VI and his wife Elizabeth also signed it, as did their daughter Queen Elizabeth II. Newly-weds Charles and Diana penned their names in 1983.



Church rector Reverend Justin Moffatt said:

'The book has an extraordinary place in the European history of Australia. I'm very happy that William and Kate have taken the time to look, understand and sign this precious book.  Very few people know about this Bible and this prayer book, which is a pity.'

We see William and Kate's signatures below.

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Kate greeted members of the cathedral choir outside the church.



What a magnificent look for Kate today! The Duchess looked regal in a bespoke dove grey Alexander McQueen coat and dress. It's a very elegant, understated ensemble and the perfect choice for the service. Sarah Burton does a splendid job of creating pieces which are very fitting for the occasion and in keeping with Kate's style.


The coat is very similar to the past season McQueen piece shown below, it also bears a remarkable resemblance to the aubergine coat Kate wore for Christmas Day in 2011 and a later trip to Newcastle. The Palace said it was by an "independent designer".


The matching hat is by milliner Jane Taylor.


The Duchess wore her L.K. Bennett Harper Shoes (currently on sale in black suede and leather).


Kate accessorised with her unidentified blue topaz statement earrings and Mappin & Webb pendant.


And Cartier Watch. The Duchess carried her McQueen clutch


A closer look at Kate's intricate hairstyle. Hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker has truly outdone herself with this creation. Arguable Kate's best hairstyle of the tour.


This afternoon Prince George will join his parents at Taronga Zoo. We'll have another post for that visit later, when we should see some excellent photos :)

105 comments:

  1. I'm sure those are LK Bennett's Harper pumps. I own a pair and they look very much like mine.

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    1. I think she has worn thise shoes before. Remember seeing a picture recently.

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  2. I mean grey on easter? Really? Its easter! Where pink green purple blue..a color for gods sake! I hated this outfit and I've loved mostly what shes worn on ttour but grey on easter..I don't understand at all

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    1. Jane from New England20 April 2014 at 03:03

      I know exactly why she wore a neutral color. The Episcopal or Anglican Eucharist service is one in which much color is worn by the clergy in their vestments. She did not want to clash and conflict with the High Eucharist. When we attend I go for a conservative look, too. I think it was a very thoughtful and reverent thing to do.

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    2. Jane from New England20 April 2014 at 03:04

      Extremely elegant. Very well put together.

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    3. Well said Jane. Lovely elegant outfit. Both Catherine and William look thoughtful and solemn today.

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    4. you are right Jane. it is a sign of respect

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    5. Very well said, Jane, and I agree.
      No matter your church affiliation, Easter Sunday services are always colorful and the point of the service is the fact that Jesus is risen. It's not meant to be a fashion show, though in many places it has become one, as a celebration for the risen Savior.
      It has been mentioned regularly in the UK press that William and Kate, though William will likely someday be Supreme Head of the Church of England, are not regular churchgoers.
      So I suspect the neutral shade and solemn tailoring was both to show deference to the church itself and the Easter Sunday service, as well as to not draw criticism and any possible additional mention of their church attendance.

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    6. It is also autumn in Australia, not spring, so the neutral colour looks appropriate.

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    7. Absolutely agree Jane and Elizabeth. I think her outfit was spectacularly perfect for the occasion.

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    8. The Queen wore almost the same color with a gray print dress under her coat.

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    9. Happy Easter, Sarah! Have a look at a photo of what the Queen wore for Easter Sunday church service. One could say that Kate really represented her visually in Sydney – in respectful abstract simplicity. (Is it only me or is there also something about her that seems to say “Diana was here”?)
      With the First Fleet Bible dating back to at least 1788, it might as well be of interest that Wikipedia informs us “Grey became a highly fashionable color in the 18th century, …” and is also regarded as “the color of humility and modesty”.

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    10. Kate wore it first....hours before the Queen

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  3. William and Kate both look very nice. The dove grey is just lovely and goes well with William's navy suit and colorful tie.

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  4. So fast Charlotte, even the local papers were lagging behind you!

    Love today's look, classic and perfect for the outing. I agree Charlotte, I think its the best hair of the tour to date. I'm really liking the half up look, its looking much tidier. Its hard to tell whether she has any lipstick on, perhaps a very nude shade but I would love to see her with a bit more of a darker shade like on her wedding day. But that is just being picky really, she is looking absolutely lovely today.

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  5. Sarah from Calif.20 April 2014 at 02:33

    Oh Lovely lovely :)

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  6. May the shoes are her suede LK Bennet Harper pair?

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  7. I like the concept of this outfit - I'm not sure it was executed properly. The fit and wrinkles are throwing off the look.

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  8. Lovely look, however I wish she had worn a pin on her jacket to add a bit of sparkle,,Thank You Charlotte!!xoxo

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    1. I agree. Perfect occasion for that wattle brooch. Perhaps she didn't bring it after all.

      The coat/dress are beautiful. I personally don't like the hat.

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    2. I agree about the addition of a pin, to me it's missing a little "something" but in all it's such a lovely and reverent look for Easter.
      However, I do think that her coloring is such that when she wears shades like this she needs a bit of color on her lips. Not heavy, just a shade deeper than her own lipcolor. When she wears brighter shades the nude lips are fine, but I think she looks washed out here. Maybe it's the eyeliner?
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    3. Easter Sunday is about the Resurrection, not the sparkle on the clothing of the congregation - especially of a piece of jewelry that is not a religious symbol. A coat with no jewelry was appropriate.

      Nina

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  9. Charlotte thank you for posting the significance of the Bible and religious history. I am so glad to see them showing an interest in the spiritual on this remarkable day--Easter.
    He is risen!

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    1. Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

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    2. Greybird, where did you celebrate Easter?
      We celebrated in Canada this morning.

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  10. Thank you! Beauty all around

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  11. Sarah from Calif.20 April 2014 at 02:53

    Australia 11:45am , London 2:45 am California 6:45pm.....wow how amazing.
    Oh and George at the Zoo next!
    Happy Easter Charlotte! !!!!!!!!!@
    I love the dress coat. Kate wears that color so well..

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  12. I know I'm going to be in the minority on this one but, don't like this look.
    Something about it to me is just dull and dreary. I think this would have fitted right in on the NZ part of the tour. In Australia though it just isn't working. I would have loved to see her in a great pastel color for Easter. The coat is a little matronly for me. Reminds me of something her mother carol would wear. And not loving the hat either.
    Probably my least favorite look so far.
    Do love the hair thought, looks great. I hope she keeps the stylist after the tour is over. She really makes Kate's hair look beautiful.

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    1. i completely agree. this look reminds me of the unfortunate look she wore at trooping the color 2012( bespoke dress by Erdem Moralioglu and a hat by her favorite milliners, Jane Corbett). today is Easter and i understand she didn't want to stand out in church but a little color please. i am not requesting "banana" yellow or "too bright green",something similar to the peach or mint green she wore while pregnant.

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    2. Blair, I agree. Although I like it, I think the coat looks like something that she borrowed from her mother! The hat is OK but I would rather see it worn further back on her head.

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  13. I love this outfit! The hat is superb and the coat is impeccable (with excellent shoulders, too!) I do agree with another poster that grey is an odd choice for Easter, but I still think Kate looks amazing. Best hairstyle in my opinion, too!

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    1. Yes, this coat does fit her well in the shoulders. Most of her clothes look too small in the shoulder for her frame. I suppose she does that because clothes fit well in other areas and an ill-fitting shoulder line is the compromise. Nice coat, nice fit.

      Nina

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  14. This outfit is a bit stiff...I think it's too small for her as well. The bracelet length sleeves, the shorter skirt and slight straining around the bust...I'm not for it.
    I think the dove grey doesn't particularly suit Kate's colouring either...she would look great in a more beige toned version.
    A bit of fun to pull the look apart, but Kate still looks very lovely today.
    Thanks for such a quick post!
    Jen

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    1. it is a tiny bit tight for her. but a very reverent and respectable outfit to celebrate the true meaning of Easter
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  15. Thank you! Beauty all around

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  16. Oh, how beautiful! I love this look! And I am reminded of the old rule - wear dark shoes before Easter, light shoes after Easter.

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  17. Her hairstyle reminds me of the one with the beautiful blue Emilia Wickstead maternity dress from the back.(Who was her hair stylist then?)
    Sarah Burton really hit it out of the park with this one. I always liked the aubergine coat. The hat goes perfectly with her coat.Would love to see the dress.
    .I literally let out a big sigh when I saw this ensemble, and said, "Perfect!"
    Still, I will never be able to choose just one outfit.
    Marg

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  18. Jean from Lancs20 April 2014 at 03:02

    Very elegant and totally suitable for Church---particularly love the hat.
    Her hair has been lovely all through this tour.

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  19. Another beautiful choice. Kate and McQueen are like Jackie Onassis and Oleg Cassini. A world famous woman and a designer that suits her to perfection. I would not have liked a bright color today, this soft shade is wonderful,. At first I disliked the hat and then I realized it is one of the most flattering shapes she's ever worn. At age 64 I probably will not live to see William crowned, so I really enjoy these glimpses of Kate growing into her future role as Queen Consort. Can't wait to see the family visit the zoo!

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    1. me too Greybird, same age same story although we never know do we.

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  20. Sarah from Calif.20 April 2014 at 03:06

    The earrings look like Sapphires.!?
    Maybe a gift.

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  21. Liz from the US20 April 2014 at 03:19

    I love this look on Kate! Beautiful dress and her hair is stunning.

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  22. Before the tour, articles were published to the effect that The Queen was taking Kate in hand and having Angela Kelly, her dresser, designer advise Kate. The idea was to help her avoid past problems avoidable by wearing a slip under a full skirt ...to help her be more visible in a large gathering by wearing bright ("banana!") colors etc. Some of her outfits have come off as a bit old for her but mostly her very own sure sense of style and of the occasion have won the day. This, to me, is an extremely elegant, sophisticated look. Very classic and polished....I wish I knew how she wears such high heels while standing and walking for hours! Does she put special padded inserts in them? As for the wedges....she has a remarkable sense of balance...even played volleyball wearing them!

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  23. William and Kate... perfection! Understated elegance to the nines!

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  24. Man... All I could think looking at these pics is she looks quite badass! Very McQueen, just Kate-ized. Love it.

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    1. the coat is from the resort 2011 collection. I remember Victoria Beckham wearing back when she was expecting Baby Harper :) I love that coat!!

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  25. This outfit is a miss for me, i think the color washes her out and the makeup is too strong for the morning. On the positive side the hair is fabulous.

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  26. Charlotte - Would you please answer this for me. Is it something in royal protocol that prevents the D&D from touching one another while on "duty". The reason I ask, when they visited the wine vineyard and she was walking and "slipped/stumbled", why could't/didn't William offer his arm or hand. Could Kate feeling the ground uneasy beneath her have taken a hold of his arm to steady herself. Just wondering why. Thanks for the excellent job you have done on this tour. Happy Resurrection Day!

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  27. Hello,

    There isn't anything in royal protocol that would prevent William for helping Kate in that situation. According to a reporter the stumble was just a second or two, he may not have noticed?

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    1. Ok, Thanks!

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    2. Remember St. Patrick's Day 2013? Catherine caught her heel in a grate and I believe William offered his support then. Or she grasped his arm. Think I have the date right.
      Marg

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    3. I've seen them touch several times on this tour---very sweet each time because how often have we seen Royals to that. I think these two are the only ones really, that show any form of PDA, no matter how slight

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  28. For a bespoke piece, the fit is very disappointing. A good seamstress would never let the buttons/bodice pull like that. I'm not a fan of this look. I'm also disappointed that she didn't wear the grey Tabitha Simmons shoes.....grey and beige is just.....weird. I'm beginning to wonder if she borrowed those shoes for the US tour? I like that her hair is pulled back but I'd like it better if it was in a chignon or updo.

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    1. I totally love Catherine's look - she has hit another home run- out of the park as they say. As far as I am concerned, she has not has a miss yet on this tour. What a lovely color on her- and the hat! Well, with her hair it's just lovely. Thank you Charlotte for all of the amazing photos. I hope they are able to get some rest on their down time Monday.

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  29. I love the cut of the coat! I think she looked perfect today!!

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  30. Thanks to you Charlotte, I now know about this priceless element of history, the First Fleet Bible.
    I appreciate that you have researched and share with us.

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  31. What a moment for Kate to sign under Diana- William's Mother. A spiritual moment to be sure. The whole thing is so amazing. Kate is a true gift to William. She looks beautiful, absolutely perfect.

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    1. Wow, I had not noticed that she signed under Princess Diana's name. Yes, what a moment indeed? I totally agree with you Ann. All the best and Blessing on you.

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    2. I believe there were two different books: a Bible and a prayer book. I think they signed both. I believe Prince Andrew and Sarah signed under Prince Charles and Diana , at least in the Bible. I certainly could be wrong.
      It doesn't take away from the poignancy of the moment.

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  32. What a moment for Kate to sign under Diana- William's Mother. A spiritual moment to be sure. The whole thing is so amazing. Kate is a true gift to William. She looks beautiful, absolutely perfect.

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  33. The perfect choice. Delighted to see this sophisticated ensemble. Thank you for the view of the First Fleet Bible.

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  34. I wonder if her dress under the coat is this one. http://www.posh24.com/photo/1014150/prince_william_duke_of_cambri

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  35. I luv her earrings and I don't mind her outfit today, but what an odd hat. Ugh. The bow is too fussy and oddly placed. Something seems off here. Kate has worn a similar pink hat, which I found too fussy. A more clean and tailored hat would look more sophisticated.

    Linda

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  36. I know this is a blog about Kate but why does William almost always wear a blue suit and a wine colored tie?!

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  37. I may be the only one who thinks this outfit - while lovely - is a bit dull / grey for Easter

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  38. Kate kooks amazing .The color is beautiful on her.10 out of 10 for me.

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  39. I love the whole look.10 out of 10 for me.

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  40. 10 out of 10. Stunning today Kate

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  41. My point being bespoke creations are expensive, so why ot try something different. This reminds me of the coat she wore for Olympic opening ceremony. That looked better still, had something to it. Maybe the focus was the hat.it had a tear drop shape sort off. Don't know much about hats. Think Zara wore a similar shape.

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  42. Huge fan of this ensemble, not the least for its recycling possibilities once she returns to the UK and takes up (hopefully) a full-time or even part-time schedule of royal duties. It brings to mind the incredible blue brocade coat that Kate wore in 2009 and 2011. Very appropriate, stylish and just perfect in every way!
    This is stunning. The only miss is the hat, which seems odd and excessive for the event and the climate. It actually brings to mind Princess Beatrice's awful hat at Kate's own wedding.
    But otherwise, spot on. I hope Kate gets the message that her hair is SO much more flattering shorter and layered - as Amanda Cook Tucker seems to be styling it nowadays - and pulled back!!

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    1. Elizabeth, I also love this outfit, but as far as having visions of Beatrice and her hats, well, I never even got close to "B's" in the alphabet. LOL.

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  43. I'm not sure whether I like this look yet. I'll have to check back in the morning to be sure. Maybe I'm just overly tired since it's nearly midnight here in NY. The hat is bugging me immensely. Perhaps the angle needs to be changed slightly? The right corner pushed back just to the hairline and off her eyebrow? Or, the front of the hat should be shorter? It looks so unnaturally perched there. I want to take it off her head and then go, "ahh, better."

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  44. Canadian Friend20 April 2014 at 05:02

    Hi, Charlotte,

    So excited to see HRH's Easter outfit-it didn't disappoint! I think this ensemble is just lovely! It has such beautiful lines. These are complemented by the interesting shapes and textures of the hat. The colour is so subtle and elegant. I'm really amazed how Kate can wear an entire range of pale colours I wouldn't even consider because I've always thought they look blah on brunettes. She has really been totally on top of her game during this tour.

    Wanted to recommend a novel I just finished-"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman. This is a story about a WW1 Australian veteran returning home to Australia. Because of a very unusual job he takes on, he and his new wife must face isolation and hardship as they try to deal with the legacy of the war. I really enjoyed the book's strong sense of Australia, as well as the significance of a WW1 story in this centenary year. It even had a scene with a community supper with sandwiches and sausage rolls-but no "royals". Check it out if you're interested.

    Thanks, Charlotte, for all your hard work! Hope you can relax with a good book when the tour is over!

    Easter blessings to all!

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    1. That's my Book Group book for next month. Can't wait to read it! It's been highly recommended.

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  45. 23 minutes to go until the Zoo visit. A beautiful autumn day here in Sydney!

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  46. I always find Kate comes up with some interesting and unexpected color combinations. I never would have thought she would pair the grey with the nude. At first, it threw me off, but I am starting to like it. Although I wonder if there are too many colors going on with the grey of the coat/hat, then the blue earrings and the nude color of the shoes/clutch. In any case, she does give me ideas that work. For instance, once she paired her Kiki green amethyst and diamond drop earrings with her brown Hobbs coat. I had always thought brown with citrine before that or pearls and she completely opened my eyes to a new color combination.

    In any case, I think she looks great -- I really like the whole look and the hair looks lovely. My only negative would be the super heavy eyeliner -- seems a little much for a morning service, no? Or perhaps I am old-fashioned thinking that heavier eye makeup is only appropriate for evening events?

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    1. Her eye make-up seems like stage make-up....but then, she is on a stage. For others, it might be a bit excessive.
      Have you ever tried to put on mascara, while holding an active baby? Or in a car? Reminds me of that. Although, it might be the unusual camera angle in that one picture.

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  47. She loks absolutely stunning. I cant find words really, this is a well thought, elegant, grey or not grey, fab outfit. Outfit come on we all cry out for one. Thanks Charlotte for the post! Blue 27

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  48. I like her hair today, a piece of art! But not the coat, as it seems she's wearing shoulders at her ears and with shorter sleeves it seems odd to me. Waiting to see little Prince today :)

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  49. Love the color it is perfect for remembering our Savior's death and resurrection . Yes the hat was a great shape but thunk the bow should have been simpler. I think she would look better in a 1930's or 1940's style hats.she needs to try some larger brimmed hats. I wonder if she reads this blog??? Does anyone know? She most definitely need a statement pin. Also I have been dissapointed in the lack of jewelry in this trip,I thought the queen was loaning her some.

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  50. I think Kate looks gorgeous and elegant. I love the outfit from head to toe! Happy Easter to all! God bless.

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  51. Beautiful! Elegant and perfectly appropriate for church. The Duchess has a perfect sense of style and occasion.

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  52. When Kate wears most McQueen, it's very un-McQueen-like. This coat is very blah. Yes, she looks great, as she would in almost anything. But when you take the essence of McQueen out of the garment or accessory (as in the clutch…losing the skull clasp turns the clutch into something very ordinary in my opinion), what's the point? It could be just any seamstress sewing things together for you. I'm sure McQueen are happy to have Kate wear anything with their label, but I guess I just don't get it. But Kate is a great advertisement for any garment really. She wears them all quite well, no matter how lofty or ordinary the designer.

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    1. I've had this same thought. I like to think of these pieces as Sarah Burton and not the AMQ label. I think the skull hardware is the best part of the current accessories and it bugs me just a little that she doesn't embrace the slightly unconventional bits when she wants to wear the pieces.

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  53. Marion from Germany20 April 2014 at 06:47

    Each morning when I check this blog I am astonished by Kate's wonderful clothes. But this light coat has been the best of all - so far. I especially like the collar which makes the look so elegant and sophisticated. The colour is wonderful and suits this occasion very well, perfect for a service on Easter Sunday.

    Kate’s hairstyle is okay, this half updo appears a bit too girlish for me. I liked the ponytail so much on the day she wore that wonderful blue coat. That together with sparkling earrings has been the very best hairstyle so far for me.

    I wonder what William thought when he saw his mother’s signature in that Bible. It must still be painful after all these years, even if he is he happily married husband and a father himself now.

    Best wishes on a bright Easter Sunday to all Kate-followers and especially to Charlotte.

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    1. Why do you think the hair style is to young looking? People complain that she need's to wear her hair up and out of her face. Then she does and people complain that it is to young looking. Can Kate ever please anyone? I am just thinking out loud.

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  54. The reason why Kate wears such high heeled shoes by LKB is because they are so comfortable. I bought the nude strappy sandle ones she has and I wear them all the time. You can walk miles, run in them when required, it's like having your slippers on. They are so well made. She looks fab today.

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  55. Theresa, from Paris20 April 2014 at 08:45

    Fantastic, stunningly elegant look ! I just find her flawless at church for Easter. So regal... And what a wonderful hairstyle as well.
    Just gorgeous...

    Happy Easter to you, dear Charlotte, and to all our "Duchess Kate" friends !!!!

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  56. Many thanks, Adey, for the reply about the very high heels..who knew they're like slippers! I'm just a smidge older than Graybird and Patricia, and 2" heels are my limit....and I keep reading about how celebrities at award shows are aching in their super-expensive super-high heels......and how doctors warn about broken ankles and falls from wearing them .......so, many thanks!

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  57. Mary in Nebraska20 April 2014 at 13:35

    Just wondering if the acorn jewelry could be a message to the Middleton's that she is thinking about them on Easter from across the globe!

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    1. That is a good thought. I am a new grandmother and I have wondered how the Middletons feel about missing George's first Christmas and Easter, and they must miss Kate as well. The acorn necklace from their family crest could mean a lot to them.

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  58. Laurie - N. Carolina20 April 2014 at 14:22

    Beautiful outfit!! McQueen (Sara Burton) just knows how to dress Kate. Personally...I LOVE the light gray and think it's very appropriate for Easter Sunday. It looks to me as though she wanted to make sure that she looked elegant, yet understated so as not to overshadow the true meaning of the day. I, for one, am not a huge fan of pastels in general, but that's just my preference, and any time Kate has worn a pastel she pulls it off beautifully. Her and I have exactly the same coloring and hair color and I much prefer neutrals (browns, grays, tans, black) and deep jewel tones because I think that I (and she) just look better in them. My own Easter outfit is a very light gray, so I'm giving her a huge thumbs up on this choice. And I love the hat as well. My husband was just standing behind me looking at the pictures with me and chuckled when I complained to him that I wished we wore hats here in the States. I know he's amused with my love of Kate, but he goes with it...bless his heart! I think a hat just finishes off an outfit and takes it from nice...to stunning!

    Also...I know that lots of people aren't a fan of her eyeliner, but I've got to say that I've always loved it. Although as a stay at home mom I don't have the need (or time) to wear much makeup anymore, but on the occasion that my husband and I get to go out to a party of event of some sort, I always go with a very dark eye and nude lips. I think it's a striking combination and Kate totally understands the concept of highlighting one feature and letting everything else fade into the background. Her eyes are beautiful and probably her favorite feature which is why she chooses to accentuate in that area as opposed to her lips.

    I would also like to take a moment to wish Charlotte, and all my fellow blog readers a very joyous and Happy Easter! My husband is from Italy so for us...pretty much any holiday is a food fest that consists of many courses that start early, and last pretty much all day - lol. A few years ago, we had the opportunity to spend Easter in Rome as we were visiting his family and it was truly an awe-inspiring experience. Definitely one that I will never forget hope to have again :-)

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    1. Enjoyed your post so much, Laurie! Especially the fond remarks about your husband and the Italian food fest and just all of it.

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    2. Laurie - N. Carolina21 April 2014 at 02:55

      Thank you, RNNOKC! It is 9:30 here on the east coast of the United States, an we just returned from the fest! There was antipasto, then came the pasta course, which was lasagna. Then came lamb with rosemary, ham, eggplant parmesan, sauteed broccoli rabe with garlic, fennel with balsamic glaze, and my favorite...the traditional Italian Easter Pie. After that came the salad (Italian's do salad after the meal, instead of before). Then came the giant table of desserts...fresh fruit, cannoli, chocolate covered strawberries, almond cookies, and to wash it all down...some nice strong espresso...to help ward off the inevitable "food coma" :-) Thankfully, we only eat like this on the holidays, or I would be as big as a house. My husband plans ahead and wears what he calls his "fat pants" so he knows he can pack it all in! Lol. Hoping you had a wonderful Easter!

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    3. What must I do to become a member of your clan? I would gladly learn Italian. I know Spanish and Latin. I'm half-way there.

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    4. Laurie - N. Carolina22 April 2014 at 23:36

      LOL - RNNOKC! You know, I've come to realize that one of my favorite things about the Italian culture (besides the delicious food!), is that they will welcome a total stranger into their home and treat them like an instant member of the family...like you've always been there. For an Italian...food is love...and when they invite you to share a meal with them...whether it's a holiday or a regular old Sunday dinner, it's their way of telling you..."you're family" and you truly do feel that way!

      And if you know Spanish and Latin, you're already more than half-way there!! I took Spanish in school and when I started to learn Italian I was amazed at how similar both languages are to one another. So as they say in Italian..."Tutti a tavola, a mangiare!"...which means..."everyone to the table to eat!" :-)

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  59. Great post Charlotte! Love Kate's look! Very elegant and "Duchess like" in my opinion.

    Only thing missing is a brooch - surely she could have worn a diamond brooch from the Queen's collection?

    Does anyone know how to create the recreate the twist in Kate's hair? I would love to do the same with my hair.

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  60. Kate's hemlines have been longer this trip...do you think there was any truth to those rumours about the Queen's advice?
    Anyway, thanks a million for the coverage, Charlotte, I've just been on cloud nine for the past couple weeks!!

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  61. She looks very elegant and looks how you expect a royal Duchess to look.

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  62. Yes the coat doesn't quite fit as well as one would expect for a roughly $3500 coat. I'm not so sure the color is grey vs a very pale blue, esp with the sapphire earring choice. And a gorgeous statement brooch would have gotten claps from me. But -the tone of the overall outfit to the tone/solemnity of the event was perfect. And I love the hat, how the point isn't sitting straight but a tad raffish to the side. Sh seems to have gotten the message about longer is more regal, and people come to see you, not your hair. At least a 9.5, if not a 10 for this one.

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  63. HM The Queen also wear grey (the same grey as the Duchess) for Easter service. Just like The Queen wore blue during Michael Higgins's visit to Windsor Castle, and the Duchess when laying a wreath at the Blenhein war memorial.


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  64. Those earrings are really beautiful! I am probably wrong but did she wear those earrings when expecting George? I am thinking of the night she wore that powder blue dress?

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  65. I wonder whether the Queen and the Duchess consciously coordinated their Easter outfits? Lovely on both!

    I had to google the skull clasps that were mentioned above, as I had never seen them. Those are bizarre! I can't imagine Kate carrying anything so macabre.

    The tilt of the hat has also been mentioned. It is dramatic in the closeup of her face. I like the effect of the back of the hat and her hair style better, however. Very pretty.

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  66. Personally I think William's attire is always just perfect. The fact that he chooses to wear mostly navy and blues are just fine with me. He is so handsome it just does not matter. His colors will go with everything his wife chooses to wear and his beautiful blue eyes. What a wonderful loving couple. I cannot begin to imagine being on such public display along with everyone critiquing everything. No matter what Kate wears she still manages to look fantastic. Thank you as always Charlotte for your interesting well informed blogs and for allowing us to voice our opinions.

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