Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Kate Deejays in Pink McQueen for Adelaide Visit

Following a relaxing night in Uluru, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew to Adelaide in South Australia.


The couple were greeted upon arrival.


The day's events were based in the suburb of Elizabeth, which was named after the present Queen on its formation in 1955. Her Majesty actually visited the city in 1963, so it's quite fitting for her grandson and his wife to stop by during their visit, over fifty years later.



There was great excitement surrounding the visit.

Samantha Vadas Twitter Feed

The couple's first stop in Elizabeth was the Northern Sound Studio, which is a music workshop and studio for young people. It is an inspirational place, giving youngsters the chance to rehearse, record and perform their own music.



Kate had a great time trying out deejaying and gave it the thumbs up.


In fact, she liked it so much, she persuaded her husband to give it a try.



Kate chatted with young people about the studio.



The studio is also something of a hub for young people. William and Kate watched a skate-boarding display in the skate park just outside the studios.


The couple look pleased to receive a skateboard for George.


William and Kate unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of Prince George plaza.



Prince William greeted 100 year old Monica Swarbrick.


The royals carried out a walkabout much to the delight of locals.



Next, the couple visited Playford Civic Centre for a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia.



Afterwards, the couple will return to Prince George at Government House in Canberra.


Kate chose her favourite label - Alexander McQueen - once again today. The Duchess wore a soft pink, long-sleeve top with a v-neck and peplum detail (with thanks to Perth Fashion and What Kate Wore). The top is paired with a matching pleated A-line skirt.


Below we see the separates in closer detail. The Peplum Jersey Top has structured shoulders and the Silk Blend Pleated Skirt features a high waist and a rear zip fastening. It's currently available in several sizes at Farfetch. They're very sharp, strong piece and very McQueen, in a toned down wearable way.

Alexander McQueen

The soft pink colour is one of the brand's most popular this spring with a selection of their ready-to-wear pieces featuring the feminine hue. Below we see the Peplum Wool CardiganLace Print DressCrepe BlazerBelted Crepe Pencil Dress and the Ruffled Crepe Top.

Alexander McQueen

UPDATE: It was believed Kate was wearing a top and skirt at the time, however it turns out the garment is in fact a dress from the brands Pre-Fall Collection. The Wool and Cashmere-Blend Dress is currently available at My Theresa for £1,985. It's partially lined with a zipped back, hook fastening and a flared skirt with high-low hem.

My Theresa

A closer look at the dress.

My Theresa

From the product description:

'Alexander McQueen lends a vintage theme to this pretty dress. Light pink fabric, reworked for a figure-sculpting silhouette, is given a feminine boost with a peplum waistband and draped detailing. 90& wool, 10% cashmere.'

It also comes in poppy red; a colour which suits the look and structure of the dress better than the soft pink in my opinion.

Lane Crawford
Kate wore her much loved L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess carried her L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch.

L.K. Bennett

Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls, a gold chain with Asprey charms and her Cartier watch.


The Duchess wore her hair in a very pretty half up - half down style.


You can watch a video featuring the royal DJ's at YouTube.


William and Kate are in Canberra tomorrow:

  • The couple will head to the National Arboretum and plant a tree.
  • From the gallery, the Duke and Duchess will move to Parliament House, where Prime Minister Abbott will host a reception in the Great Hall and Prince William will deliver a speech.
  • The day begins at the National Portrait Gallery where the couple will view an exhibition and meet some of the subjects of the portraits.
  • Finally, they will attend a reception at Government House.

Share your thoughts on William and Kate's day in Adelaide in the comments section below! :)

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  1. Nice, but not executed very well. Not quite sure, but something doesn't look right.

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    1. it's her jewelry and the color. kate looks better in bold color. plus a bun, high or low, would've been great.

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    2. i am an older woman and i have learned that some colors are aging. this dusty rose/light pink is very aging. something like raspberry or a purple would have been gorgeous with her skin coloring.

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    3. I love the colour. For me, what is off, is that I want to take everything up one inch. The neckline, the waist line and the hemline. Still beautiful and appropriate but that would be my minor adjustment.

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    4. Jennifer from Wisconsin23 April 2014 at 06:01

      Bluhare- I agree. I think for me it's the back of her hair since the pony sticks out a bit and the front of the tunic is cut so low. She is beautiful as always but it's off.

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    5. I agree. I like the style of the dress and the material but the colour does not give her any good, definitely not my fave this time. I'm a bit tired of her choice of shoes and jewellery, she has so many why not change a little bit, Maybe next time.Blue27

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    6. Marion from Germany23 April 2014 at 15:20

      I think she should have added a belt.

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    7. bluhare, I quite agree. The whole ensemble was a bit - off.
      Someone commented on the "cone bra" tailoring of the top which was one issue (and seems to be a trademark of Sarah Burton, the wedding dress did the same thing). The color and the whole appearance speaks more to what the queen, at just-turned 88 years old, would wear rather than a young, 32-year-old woman would wear.

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  2. Lovely color, a little too low on the V neck for my taste. Absolutely love the skirt!!!

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  3. Tammy from California23 April 2014 at 03:44

    I just love her in baby pink!

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    1. It is a lovely color on her.

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    2. Kate looks divine in baby pink!!

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  4. My first thought was, "Awww, no pictures of George as they deplaned?" But then I remembered this was probably one of the days he stayed with a nanny. Glamping or no, I still wouldn't want to bring a baby camping.

    As the risk of sounding like a bit of a prude, I think I would have preferred this top in a bespoke version with a slightly higher neckline. I suppose Kate can get away with a lower neckline than a larger-chested woman could, but this top still seemed a bit low for daytime engagement, IMO. Neckline aside, I still don't think this is one of my favorite looks of the tour. I did very much like her hair and accessories, however!

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    1. Me too about the neckline - loved everything else though! She is just so darn beautiful!

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    2. Laura, I second your "at the risk of sounding like a bit of a prude" comment. I think it's elegant and I like the color, but the neckline is low for a situation where she may be bending over to talk to children or people in wheelchairs. And I suspect it presented a challenge for the young men seated at the table. :)

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  5. I'm not sure I've ever seen such a low cut top on Kate before! Pretty colour, though. Does she look a bit tired?

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  6. Kate is either upset or tired. She's looked that way a couple of times the past two days. It may just be travel fatique, which would be totally understandable, but the pictures have me worried. I hope everything is okay. The pink is fantastic on her.

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    1. We never know though. That face in the car is a split second picture. Maybe they were talking about something unpleasant for a moment and then the topic passed.

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    2. I would expect they're both very tired.
      Keep in mind - and I'm just pointing out a fact here, not bashing since the couple is above reproach - that this is a couple who went from absolutely no official engagements, essentially doing nothing in the way of royal "work," to a three- and four-event per day schedule on this tour.
      It's bound to be a little exhausting if you haven't been working for a year or more.
      I would hope we will see a more active royal calendar for both of them when they get back. There's absolutely nothing standing in the way of them doing that. Will is not active military anymore. Kate has the baby but a nanny and tons of help.
      They've proven on this tour that they are certainly capable of maintaining a very busy full-time royal calendar of events.
      If I were either of them, I think I'd be a little (actually, a LOT!) embarrassed that royals almost three times their ages - namely the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (although he has cut back recently) are able to maintain a full-time royal calendar of events that involve travel while Will and Kate focus on - vacation and leisure activities.

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    3. Talking points. I thought we were past this.

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  7. Kate looks absolutely stunning! This may be my favorite so far.

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  8. I think Kate looks unhappy. I am going to assume it's tiredness, which is very understandable, but I hope something more isn't going on. I love this young family and want all the happiness for them. The pink is fantastic on her. Thanks for all your hard work. I really love your blog.

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  9. Second favorite look of the tour! My favorite being the bright yellow dress she wore in Sydney. It fits her so well.

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  10. 2 more days and the tour is over!!! I'm going to miss these daily posts and seeing all of the designers Kate wears.
    I liked this look today a lot. Very pretty and feminine. Pink is my favorite color and Kate looks great in it. This is a thumbs up for me! Loved the hair as well. She looks very soft and feminine today in the pink.

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    1. I agree with you, it is a lovely look both sharp and elegant

      I wonder why kate is afraid of showing her arms but has no problems with low necklines !

      Gabriella from italy

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  11. love the duchess but i have to be completely honest. i actually saw this in person because the crowd today was a small crowd(just glad they didn't try to herd us together to give the appearance of a large crowd)
    # 1 her jewelry was not well coordinated-- i thought she was going to have access and someone to help her put the items together.
    # 2 overdressed for this engagement
    # 3 the material was not great and the stitching on the top gave it that hideous cone bra pointing like the wedding gown( let it be known we spent 2 nights sleeping outside of the abbey to view that gown)--being that the garment is
    mcqueen you expect more
    # 4 those shoes....we all love the duchess so unlike "the haters" we want was best for her so the wedges and the nude shoes(and the suede boots) need an upgrade.

    today was great and seeing her up close was eye opening. just disappointed by the small crowds. this isn't the first time it was small either. maybe it' s the heat.

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    1. Heat? it's a very mild day in Adelaide today. I don't think that is keeping locals away.

      I agree that this look is overdressed for the engagement. Elizabeth is a low socio-economic area, recently hit hard by the closure of the car industry. This was the reason why they were there. As they were visiting youth projects, a younger/ more casual look would have been more appropriate. The fabric choice (being chiffon/georgette) of the skirt in particular seems wrong, given that a lot of the young people they were to meet were in jeans (not to suggest she should wear jeans, but that something more day dress/ less church attire might have been a better option).

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    2. The South Australian police estimated there was 50,000 people in Elizabeth today to see the royal couple I wouldn't call that a small crowd.

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  12. Elegant, exquisite; the color is soft as a sigh and perfect for her. I DO hold my breath when I see a photo of Kate at the top of a plane's stairs wearing a full skirt!!! Yikes!! This full skirt does not look girlish but is gorgeous. The neckline's a bit low but overall, this outfit is loveliness befitting a princess. Thank you SO much for letting us all experience this tour so completely...and with the integrity of not violating the privacy that family worked so hard to earn! Bravo!

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  13. Charlotte, I am such a huge fan of your blog. I check it numerous times a day, and it's always the last thing I do before I go to bed!! ( my husband says I'm obsessed )
    I have really liked Kate's looks on this tour. They've seemed well thought out. No doubt the poppy L.K. Bennett dress has been my favorite. She looks stunning. I just wanted to see if anybody else's opinion of this dress is that the V-neck might be just slightly too deep? It certainly doesn't seem in bad taste, but it definitely draws your eye in that direction. I keep going back and forth about it.

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    1. Back in NZ, folks were commenting that her coats were zipped up too high! Now the neckline is too low (which it is not!!) Then she looks too old, then too young!! Give her a break!!! She cannot win with you people!! This look is exquisite!! Well done, Kate!!

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    2. E, Heather said she looks stunning and asked if others thought it was slightly too deep and she gets this from you? Good thing she didn't say she hated it.

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    3. Marion from Germany23 April 2014 at 15:19

      Dear Heather,

      I completely agree with you on the low V-neckline. I was also a bit confused by it as she has definitely lowered the hemline of her dresses, which is a good idea by the way. I love V-necklines but this one does not go together with the complete look. The colour is brilliant, I love this soft powderish pink, it is such a clean colour, just so lovely. I also thought that something was missing - I would have added a belt.

      Regarding your dear husband - tell him that he is not the only one who has got a Duchess Kate-blog-obsessed wife. Here in Germany there is another one, currently sitting in our living-room. :-)

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  14. This is my least favorite out of all the dresses she's worn so far.

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  15. Lovely soft color, very spring approriate. I love the dutchess in pastels best. Her hair is beautifully coiffed. She looks perfectly perfect in every way to me :))

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    1. But it isn't spring in Australia. It is autumn. I've thought quite a few of the outfits were too spring/summery in colour.

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    2. Yes it may be autumn but as am Aussie the weather here is very similar to spring temperatures. We are still experiencing days of around 26 average

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  16. Very pretty and simple. I think the style isn't great as it makes her upper body appear too long and makes her lower body look shorter. I love her in light pink.

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    1. "it makes her upper body appear too long and makes her lower body look shorter"

      I think you stated it well. I didn't like the low neckline, but there was something else about this look that didn't look quite right. It as though all the "lines" (neck, waist, hem) need to be raised an inch or two

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  17. Perfection. Not a single detail wrong and the color and accessories are totally right.

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  18. For me, she needs a lace camisole with that low cut top. It's not too bad though- not like she's showing major cleavage or anything, but it's a little low for a daytime look.
    I love her hair, though. It's been great this whole tour.

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    1. She's a young woman and shouldn't cover her chest up. I think she looks very appropriate

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    2. Great suggestion on the lace camisole. Bending over at children's eye levels and I can see the lower round of her breast is just wrong for a daytime event. A strategically placed lase would have saved this outfit for me.

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    3. Jane from New England23 April 2014 at 17:45

      I agree Annie ny,USA. I think the neckline is a little too low, but other than that everything is fine. I like the pink and style of the dress. And her hair looks great, IMO. This has been a wicked (that's New England expression for rigorous, not evil or bad!! :-) ) schedule and I'm sure they are both exhausted. Won't be long now and they can go home! I'm sure they look forward to some disappearing and R&R. They have more than earned it, and done a fabulous job!!

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    4. I love to see her wear youthful, less conservative gown and other outfits, but, for me, this wasn't the right occasion. The low neck here just seems a bit odd- like it doesn't match the rest of the overall look.

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    5. I don't think it's really a matter of being young, but what's appropriate for the occasion. I'm young (23) and what I would wear for a daytime work engagement is different than what I'd wear for, say, an evening office Christmas party. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think Kate looks scandalous or anything, but given the occasion, I do think her neckline could stand to be a tad bit higher.

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  19. WOW, what a fast post! Impressive and ever grateful! But, I'm not quite following the McQueen ID. The pieces Catherine is wearing bear little resemblance to the McQueen pieces shown. Maybe they'll be more details about her outfit later. With that said, if hers is truly a McQueen piece, I'm appalled at how poorly constructed it is. If you look closely at the seam up the front of the bodice, you can see it has not been lined properly and can see the folded fabric. Hideous. With that off my chest, the Duchess looks beautiful in pale pink (or any color for that matter) and I'm finally beginning to like her hair pulled back. This is definitely a great look for her!

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  20. While the pink is very pretty; this pink is not her colour. Kate is an autumn season. If she likes pinks she should do a salmon colour--a warmer version. That would be complementary for her warm skin tone. This pink is a cool colour, and clashes with her skin tone. So surprised when those people with access to every stylist in the world, don't get it right. Here's a good hint for Kate: I once had a stylist say to me: if you see the outfit first, you've got the wrong colour. If you see the face first, it's the right colour. What do you see first here? Outfit or face?

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  21. I think she looks pretty and feminine in pink.

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  22. I like this look. She looks really polished. I think she would look equally well in a richer color. The fact is, she really looks good is so many colors. The only thing I noticed was that in some of the pictures, they both seemed almost tense or pensive. Hard to tell from a split second photo -- hang in there, kids -- only a few days to go!

    One other thing I noticed -- Is that a sweat spot under Kate's arm in the last pic where she is waving goodbye? Oh please god, tell me no. Please be a shadow.

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    1. She's not allowed to sweat? ;)

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    2. I try not to get too jealous of Kate, about her situation in life. But there is one thing I must admit I am VERY jealous over.
      She never sweats, or at least it doesn't show! I always think this and I always wonder what kind of deordorint she wears. For example, that yellow dress with s the white underarms. I could never wear that bc the white would not be white for long. Sad but true.

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    3. Stephanie -- of course she's allowed to sweat ;) And thank god she does! I just cringed when I saw this because I thought to myself: "Oh no, now the haters are going to attack her".

      It's weird, I find myself waiting on the edge of my seat for two things when she makes appearances: 1) To see what she wears because I am interested and think she has fabulous taste and try to incorporate what I can into my own wardrobe because I really do not have the imagination to put looks together so I copy from people (even co-workers) whose taste I like and 2) To see if she had any blunders (hoping of course that she didn't) because I don't want to have to hear/read about everyone attacking her.

      Funny, I even cringed when I first saw the picture of the skirt when she was at the top of the steps at the plane and thought: "Oh no, a flowy skirt on the tarmac again!" Thank god there was no wind, otherwise, it would have been another "Marilyn" moment that the haters have re-named "Kate" moments.

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  23. She does look lovely in pink. My opinion is that the neckline is a little too low, as is the waistline compared to what she normally wears. I think a fuller peplum to match the flow of the skirt (same idea as the dress she wore to George's christening) would 'lift' the dress and give it a little life. The accessories are fine..I think we're just seeing a lot of them at the moment so they're getting a bit monotonous.
    One outfit a bit off in the entire tour isn't bad though! Credit to her for the amazing job she is doing!

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  24. Love love love the hair so regal and she looks so elegant here. I agree though She and Will both have a very distant look, like they could use a couple of days by themselves, just kicking back and watching the TV. I could not really imagine what they have gone through these past days. I think about having dress to perfection, having a constant swarm of people around me like they folks who work for them, security etc. It looks like they've had too much of a good thing and just need to get home to relax. But I love pink on Kate, very few women in the spotlight wear this color and I think it projects innocence and sweetness. Her hair is my favorite, love the straight, regal look.

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    1. I agree completely with you, and now I don't have to type it all out!

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    2. I also agree Anon 0509. It's been great, but this last detour was a bit much. They have covered massive areas in the last two days. Much like people doing Europe in 3 days! Pink is LOVELY on Kate. They seem to be loving visiting the youngsters as always though,

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  25. Something is off about this look. I think it's the fit of the peplum top. Maybe it needs to be more fitted at the waist? The neckline needs to come up an inch or so and the skirt hem needs to come up a couple inches. Normally, I like Kate's outfits, but not this one.

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  26. Kate looks absolutely gorgeous!! A lovely dress, and love her hair!! Both William and Kate look a bit tired, but if I had the press on me daily for the last few weeks, I would look like a wreck!! They both look stunning!

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  27. I just love Kate in pink! This is my favorite outfit of the whole tour, but I'm prejudiced toward anything pink. If I could afford it I would buy this outfit. I would have loved to have seen even more pearl accessories--a necklace or bracelet perhaps. I'm sure Kate is tired, but I didn't think she looked like she was at all. I will miss the daily posts when the tour is over.

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  28. I like this baby pink outfit on Kate ( also the other options shown ).
    Very cute.

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  29. Just an impression I got from most of the pictures on this post, as to something seeming to be bothering Kate, I'm wondering if maybe she didn't have a really bad headache? I suffer from migraines relentlessly, and I know from experience that it is hard to put a brave face on whenever I have one. I could be wrong, but it just seemed like in a couple of pictures she was overly squinting and looked in pain almost. I know that when I fly it does affect my headaches more and they have flown a lot in the past 2 days, just mho. Either way, I hope she is ok. Thank you Charlotte for such a speedy post once again! Take care all.
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    1. We'll never know what was bothering Kate if anything actually was. I'm sure there's some days on this tour that she would much rather be at home comfortable with her baby. Possibly she had a headache. Maybe she's coming down with a cold, maybe she feels fatigued from all the traveling and is jet lagged. Maybe even could be be suffering from menstrual cramps. She's human at the end of the day and gets tired and worn down just like everyone else.

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    2. That was my point Blair, that it could be anything. Was just expressing sympathy for her and hoping she was alright.

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    3. Eve from Germany23 April 2014 at 10:04

      Kate is someone who gets "bags" under her eyes very easily. That gives anyone a tired look. One night with less sleep or maybe you´re about to having your menstruation - that´s it. Plus, she´s very, very slim at the moment which enhances any "tired" look in a face, too. But I agree, we will never know (and why should we, it´s HER life, we don´t have to know everything. I know, though, that you are all just concerned about her wellbeing..).

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  30. I am really disappointed in these post. I am fairly new to reading this blog and I can say that some of you are down right nasty regarding the Duchess. All people do is either like everything she does or everything she does not do.
    I can not believe people complain about the color, it was to short, to long, not weighed.
    Now a few here tonight are even thinking that there is something wrong with the Duchess & William. People this is a very busy tour and they have an 9 month old baby with them. I the few of you have not seen the looks they give each other or the hand holding on their private da off when the media took photos of them together. This is a couple that is very much in love with one another. So your comments will just start stuff.
    Now I know why I have never commented before.

    Pam/Portland

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    1. People want her to dress professionally, and represent the nation better. They have every right to feel this way.

      **I personally liked the outfit.

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    2. Jennifer from Wisconsin23 April 2014 at 06:29

      Pam-
      So sorry if you are getting a negative vibe from the comments. Please don't get the wrong impression. The regular readers and posters on this blog pretty much adore Kate but as the blog does cover her life and fashion, there tends to be some debate and different opinions. Kudos to you also for signing off on your opinion, I think some of the harshest comments regarding Kate usually come from Anonymous posters and a few who seem to like to stir things up. The majority of us want to see Kate thrive and love her new life. She seems to be thoughtful, intelligent and kind. We hope the best for her and although we may occasionally worry that she is upset, pale or sick, I do not believe that the majority of comments concerning that are intended to be malicious. Kate is like that sister or friend you have where we just applaud her for her success or pull her aside and beg her to ditch whatever the issue of the day is. If she was in front of me, I would spun her around and flattened her ponytail just a touch but always with the best of intentions. I think she and William seem fabulous for each other and you are right, I did not view the private time photos (I think that's crossing a line), but I think we get the picture. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog and I think you'll see, the hearts of most on here are in the right place even if at times, we do not seem like it.

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    3. Very well said Jennifer. Per Pam/Portlands comment: I have just recently started to comment myself and agree with you, to a degree, but as I have learned, this is a fashion blog more or less and people are entitled to their opinions, even if I don't agree with all of them. My earlier comment was just expressing sympathy for Kate if she was not feeling well. Nothing more, nothing less. I don't feel there is anything wrong with that, imho.
      Jennifer

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    4. Oh my. If you think this blog is negative, you best stay away from the rest. I find this one the most well covered & detailed by Charlotte and to me the most dynamic. People are not mean, just sharing their own opinions, which makes for a lively discourse. I believe we all admire the Duchess (and certainly that cutey patooty George) and respect her, but we come here to evaluate her fashion, and with that brings the readers taste and likes and dislikes.

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    5. Marion from Germany23 April 2014 at 15:46

      Dear Pam,

      it is interesting that you get such a negative feeling from reading the comments, because my impression is totally different. I love Charlotte's coverage, but what I also like is that so many people are commenting and taking so much of their time to do so. There have been some nasty statements in the past, but regarding the total amount of comments (which seem to increase from day to day) you only find them rarely and there are always Kate-defenders at hand who step in. I think in 95% of all discussions people show a lot of respect for people with different opinions and that is so wonderful in my eyes.

      Regarding my own life there is no one I can talk to regarding “all things Kate”, so this blog is a special place for me. I do not comment very often, because as a so-called working mum I do not have enough time, but I always read everything that Charlotte writes. And if I do find time to comment, so many people have written down what I think so my comment would be superfluous. I just had to answer you and agree with Jennifer and applaud to her. Is it not nice what she has written?

      And I think I have mentioned it before (not only once), that it would be so nice to meet every commenter in person, because almost everybody here seems to be so nice and friendly. It is a very refined community Charlotte has gathered and I like to be a part of it.

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    6. Well said, Maven! I truly believe most members of this blog are huge fans of the royals. I enjoy reading what other people are saying... both positive and negative. Just because I might not love everything Kate wears doesn't mean that I am attacking her personally. It would be very boring to read the same comments over and over. I think Pam should visit the Daily Mail or some other sites where the royals are under constant attack. There's a big difference between those sites and this one. A big thank you to Charlotte!

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    7. Hi Pam, gosh, for a moment I thought I was reading Pauline from Oak Hills' comment. Anyway, hopefully you will stick around and give us a chance. :)

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  31. The duchess has a definite glow about her....I am calling it....she is expecting!

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  32. I am not sure my comment went through so I'll give it another go...I think this tour is getting very tiring in terms of 1) the traveling in itself - my husband visits the States once a year for business and all the flying wears him out completely; 2) all the people engagement and smiling all the time - we are in the hospitality industry and though we love meeting all the people you do reach a point where you need your own space and quiet again 3) all the media scrutiny - there are hordes of media and cameras flushing and clicking ALL THE TIME; 4) I think even the stress of being accepted and having to probably face any criticism from Republicans - one reader said she was there and there weren't many people...I know when we host any event it is always a huge concern as to how it will be supported...must be the same for them. On top of all this there is the breach of privacy in Brisbane which is really tough to handle - they cant afford to make a huge thing of it and spoil the tour or embarrass their hosts...so they kind of have to leave it though obviously they are upset since media in the UK have been asked not to publish it. I feel for them...too much too long tour. Regarding Kate's look today...mmm I like it yet still I agree on the neckline and I agree something is amiss though not sure what...maybe the outfit as a whole seems a bit pale and may I say I hope Kate does not loose more weight. Great fan of this blog and of Kate :-) (Lize)

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  33. Susannah in California23 April 2014 at 05:49

    She is so very lovely, feminine and poised. I do think her jewellry has been disappointing this trip. Often wearing the same thing. Surely the gold charm necklace is not the best choice for the pale pink outfit. I was surprised not to see nicer things this trip, surely the Queen has vaults and vaults of jewellry she could have lent her! I agree that the "whole world is her oyster" and can't figure out why more thought was not put into the accesories.
    But it was nice, wasn't it, to finally see Prince William in something other than blue-at Uluru!

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  34. Are we going to see the Queen's wattle brooch? Running out of time!! I love seeing those older pieces of jewelry being reworn by a younger generation. Kate always looks great, but the color of this McQueen is very dull, and I agree on the neckline being a little low. That was the first thing I noticed. But she looks very classic, and I think the photographs of this tour will still look stylish in the future since she is wearing such simple lines for the most part. GO, Kate!!!

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  35. Well said Pam of Portland! I agree, can't we just leave hems and hair alone. She is a beautiful lady, inside and out. I love Kate

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  36. Maureen M - Phx, USA23 April 2014 at 06:05

    I have to say I did not ONCE look at her neckline - I was staring at her beautifully genuine face! I think she looks absolutely lovely. Probably tired. But still lovely. God knows what I look like when I'm tired. (And believe me, it's not like that!!) Am having so much fun living vicariously through these posts!

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  37. Thank you Charlotte.

    Catherine looks absolutely gorgeous. I love her hair like this and love her hair stylist! I also think pink is super flattering on her. McQueen is my favourite designer on her. His designs make her look so elegant.

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  38. When I first saw the pictures, I thought I would be alone in my reaction but I'm sad to say that so many of those who posted a comment seem to have expressed my thoughts.

    The blouse was far too low. Though with her lean figure, there is no cleavage, the side of her breasts are clearly visible.

    The color seems to wash her skin out rather than highlight her beautiful glow.

    However, I think there is something no one mentioned that had an impact on the feel of today's look. Her hair. Though it's pretty from the side and rear view, from the front, it is quite severe. It appears to be heavily sprayed and stiff. This combined with the color of the outfit, even with the plunging neckline, she looks matronly.

    Nothing worked.

    But, I would never hold it against her for holding her own and sticking to the brands and favorite pieces that have defined her style. Good for her to maintaining her individual identity in as many ways as possible. It's a joy as a shopper to know I can go out and buy a piece that she too has chosen and own it for myself. I find that a generous gift she gives those of us who love to see her out and about...

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    1. Tabitha, you've got a good eye! I really like her hair pulled back because I think it focuses her attention on her guests and her duties and keeps her from constantly fiddling with it or pushing it back and because it draws attention to her features. But you're right - today's look looked very stiff and sprayed. Maybe due to wind or humidity? I'm not sure of how humid or hot it is in Canberra, it's been tough to judge just by what people are wearing.
      But you are right, the hair, while a great style, did look a tad stiff today.
      She looks best in jewel tones, rich blue, red, purple, wine, etc.

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  39. I feel they were both over dressed for the day..like a day dress would've been nice on kate,...plus this color made her look 50
    she needs to hire me as her dressshe's thin and tall and could wear anything and she picks things that make her either look to young or too old

    sarah usa.

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  40. I have been thinking of what Pam said and I have myself once posted that we should look further than Kate's clothes to what she does and how she does that. Yet I feel to defend the people who participate in this blog to a certain extent. I think I can speak for us all saying that we love and admire Kate for her style, her personality, her integrity and serenity and her work...I can go on and on. None of the people here at Kate haters. My observation though is that we truly represent the general royal loving public's opinion. That is why you will see that when Kate gets it absolutely 'right' the majority of opinions here will reflect that and vice versa when something she wore or did is not quite a 100%. And it's ok to discuss it here...it is the purpose of a blog is it not? Even when the general opinion for example is that a certain outfit was not appropriate etc, most will still conclude that she is great, beautiful, stylish and kind and worthy our respect. I really like Kate, I have great respect for the difficulty of her life and for the way she is handling it...yet I do not like all her clothing choices and I cannot endorse it if she gets too thin...and so I will voice that in this appropriate space :-). We are not baddies :-). (Lize)

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  41. I normally love Kate's outfits but I do agree that this colour ages her a bit. I understand that Kate has to keep within the royal confines of fashion but if she was going for a more subtle look then maybe she should have gone with a baby blue or a rich lilac (a colour which the queen has worn on a few occassions)
    From the time she arrived in NZ, I was amazed by the scarlet coat to the aquamarine Emilia Wickstead dress, right to her pristine dove grey coat for Easter sunday. All fabulous garments!
    I'm sure she was going for a more classic look today although her stylist should have thought about how this shade of pink would photograph, its almost too close to the colour of the shoes, therefore that shade of pink is almost lost.
    But overall, Kate's style has been immaculate throughout the tour and she has executed every outfit with her usual elegance and sophistication :)
    South African fan :)

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    1. Hi there! I am also a South African fan! From where are you? I live in Hoedspruit. (Lize)

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  42. Great head-to-toe look....wrong occasion. It was far too formal for the engagement. Almost like she put it on because time is running out and she felt like it needed to be worn? I think it's gorgeous, but the top is cut too low for visiting teens in the day. Peplum also feels too fancy as does the fuller, longer skirt. Other than that, I love it. The color is gorgeous and very on-trend for the pastels we'll be seeing this season and the lower hemline is also in keeping with where fashion is headed over the next year. It doesn't feel like much thought went into where she would be going in this...it's an unusual overdressed miss for her.

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  43. I must confess this is not my favorite look of the tour. I would have loved to see Kate in a deeper, richer coloured version of this dress like a teal or a deep purple and at a different engagement. In fact this would have been a great engagement for the DVF printed dress!

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  44. Theresa,from Paris23 April 2014 at 07:00

    I was surprised at the neckline too when I first saw the pictures, but it suits her. I like the color. Maybe the hairdo isn't as lovely as some of the others she had on this tour, but it is good to show her face that way.
    Also, her hemlines do seem longer than before, which is good, in my opinion. I wonder if the Queen did say something about that, though I doubt it.

    I expect the Duchess is getting a bit tired of the trip and the constant scrutinizing. She must be enjoying it tremendously, but probably just wants a bit of peace and quiet in her own surroundings. Both are very attuned to the people they meet and that can be exhausting after some time.

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  45. Anna1985, Austria23 April 2014 at 07:33

    I love her hair but I don´t like the jewellery...it´s a wild mixture of gold (necklace), silver or white gold (ring, earrings) and steel (her watch, unless it´s the veeeeeeeeery expensive whitegold version).
    I do like her outfit but isn´t the skirt too long in the back?

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  46. J'aime beaucoup cette tenue, et je ne trouve pas que le décolleté soit trop grand. Au contraire, elle est très fine, donc son décolleté reste élégant. Il y a juste ces chaussures que je n'aime pas du tout, sinon, cette tenue est parfaite!

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    1. Claire, I don't think the neckline is too deep, either. She was probably tired of people calling her flat-chested and wearing necklines up to her ears. She could have been over-dressed for the recording studio, or underdressed for the reception. I doubt the teens complained. Sophie Wessex has worn necklines just as deep.
      I think you will find a number of posters read French. Sorry, I don't write it well.
      Please keep posting.

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  47. It is similar to the dress when wore when she went to view her displayed wedding dress with the queen. Love the look although something does appear to be MISSING?? I think it's George to be honest!!

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  48. As an Aussie the flights are not too long. Many of us do these flights first thing in the morning (after doing our own hair and makeup) at 6am for a full day of work. I do these flights many times a month and work all day. Kate has not worn anywhere near enough Australian designers, the couple has not drawn attention to the real issues ( that town in Adelaide has near an 80% unemployment rate). They turn up for five minutes, have a couple of stiff photos and leave.

    I normally love Kate's clothes but this trip has absolutely made me a republican. It has been a complete failure in many people's eyes - and this is reflected in the turnouts to events.

    They have come across as lazy and unresearched. Try saying a few words and actually doing a few things rather than these pathetic photo sessions.

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    1. She had 5 engagements the 3 months prior to this tour. Why she hasn't worn mostly Australian and New Zealand designers is beyond me. She had plenty of time to find something that reflects her style and even for some bespoke pieces from local designers. that's what royal ladies are known for when traveling.

      I love her hairstyle today. it's very sleek and professional. But I don't care for the matronly outfit and I hate those pumps.

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    2. Dear Taryn, I am not so sure that this trip was such a failure as you think. I do not live in Australia and your news about Adelaide's unemployment rate is not news to me thanks to Kate and William's visit there. As a non-Australian following the tour I got the message that indeed Adelaide has a low-economy problem as well as employment problem. They highlighted the problem by visiting the area and focusing on activities for the youth who are always affected sorely by socio-economic problems. It is good to note that bringing this kind of awareness as well as the boosting of morale of someone taking time to talk to you (which they did - photos to proof it) is almost the most they can do or be expected to do. They cannot solve the area's problems. But I will not be surprised if their charities will not share info as do the hospices of which Kate is patron across borders now do...to some positive affect. Indeed every place they have visited in Australia is a place of which I now know much more. I have actually told my husband I definitely want to visit Uluru at some time. Now that is a couple of more tourists to your country.

      It is also quite hard to find 'stiff' photo's. Many has said that they were too formally dressed today but the hosts that accompanied them were also dressed like that...only the skaters were dressed quite differently.

      I would also like to say that yes, as part of your natural routine, you get used to traveling and still, I bet you are quite happy when you have a break from it. We also travel a lot on a daily basis. But this is not the same as traveling overseas for 'business'. My husband does fewer flights when in the US but comes back drained!

      I would really like to know what you would have liked to see in more detail than 'doing a few things.' What would have worked in your opinion? What would you have wanted to see in Adelaide for example - skating with the kids, meeting with business people, giving a speech on unemployment? I am not being nasty...I truly want to know :-)

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    3. Why aren't your elected officials out there making the speeches and solving the problems? Royals have gotten in trouble poking their noses into government problems, Charles comes to mind. When has the Queen, who heads the Commonwealth, done such an overtly political thing outside the UK? I understand your frustration with high profile visitors not making more of real human suffering the towns they visit, but the Palace might have determined what William will say in his speeches, in consultation with the elected government, and the couple have their chosen causes. That's where they went.
      Kate would have faced a storm of criticism had she purchased an entirely new wardrobe for this trip. She did wear homegrown designers who have made their fortunes in the wider world. Today would have been a great time to wear one of the native designers Charlotte featured before the tour began, I agree. Maybe she just didn't like the clothes. I too would like to know what new charities you feel they ought to champion Down Under? There is unemployment and economic stagnation in Britain too, but it's not been a Royal cause of late. .

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    4. Hello unhappy republican........ kate wore an outfit by Aussie designer 'Zimmerman' down at the beach and at the Easter show.

      Blimey luv. Keep up.,,,,

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    5. Sounds like sour grapes to me!

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    6. Interesting comment from an 'insider on the ground' as it were....

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  49. Eve from Germany23 April 2014 at 09:52

    Hairstyle excellent - I´m so glad (for her!!) that she´s obviously become such a fan of this "half-up" stye - it´s suits her so much and she doesn´t need to worry about her hair being in her face all the time anymore!
    I like this dress style more than the "pleated dress"-style. The fitted top with the peplum detail helps to "undermine" this "school-girl grown out of her dress" feeling that I always get when she wears the "full" dresses (i.e. not a top or jacket plus skirt). She´s so narrow around her hips, it´s absolutely unbelievable. Very difficult for any dressmaker to "work around" that and let her really "fit body" not look thin and almost "gaunt". This is not meant as a critizism, simply as something I notice....
    The thing I still love MOST about all the pictures and videos of this tour, is how happy the Duchess looks and how relaxed and at ease. There´s great chemistry between her and William - having followed the late Princess of Wales´s life, this is so lovely to see.... I keep fingers crossed for them it stays that way and they can be a happy family!
    Thanks, Charlotte, for another wonderful and memorable post!!! I´ve decided I will reread all these posts AFTER the tour, in peace and quiet (meaning when there are no news about the Duchess because she´s enjoying a rest after this lengthy tour) - there´s so much information and so much to see and watch, every single day for so many days now, it´s almost "too much" (joke!!) !! ;-))))

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  50. I suspect they are hungover after a night of glamping. As a general rule, people who are pregnant don't go to wine tastings, especially public ones where they will be photographed by media with a grasp of mathematics. Bit surprised to see the cleavage, but if you want people to look at something other than your tired face, that is what you do. You know you've seen too many pictures of Kate when even her hand gestures start to look familiar. This post captures them all - from the "I am about to turn the knob" gesture at the airport to the "I'm about to play the harmonica" thing she is doing with the youth at the table. I may need a vacation from seeing all the vacation William and Kate have been enjoying.

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    1. I was thinking a bit too much champagne at the glamping Moxie! Alone in outback with hunky husband... Hungover, yes! I would be too, can't blame them if that's true lol :-)

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    2. I really, really hope that's not the case. They're not on holiday, they're working. We hear time and time again that being a Royal is a job, that is why being funded by the taxpayers is justified, etc . I would be fired if I showed up to my job with a hangover.

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    3. They are allowed to relax and have some fun Anon. It was a comment made in good humour! Laugh a little!!

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    4. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I will never get too much of looking at pictures of Kate. You want to know what I get too much of? demeaning and devaluing of the most delightful, caring, natural person to hit the royal gene pool since Diana. Sophie is a close second. Oh, it is rarely overt now. Just subtle little digs here and there. And I am sick of it! If your goal is simply to get a rise out of people: well, congratulations! you just did.
      I don't refer to tactful criticism that at least sounds as though the critic actually likes Kate. I have made a suggestion or two myself
      Haven't we all learned by now with Kate , that if something seems off, there is probably a good reason for it. One we may later learn- maybe not.

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  51. Wow.. pretty in pink! I think this outfit is great, a perfect compromise between the pleated dress and the formal suit. I adore the demi-chignon, very elegant.

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  52. Everyday I look forward to the photos of William and Kate during their tour. You've done an excellent job covering their trip, and Kate's fashions. I'm so happy I found this blog. Following the royals is such a nice feel good story. Kate hasn't missed a beat, and love seeing photos of Prince George. Great photography. Thank you so much.

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  53. Lovely post! I find it fascinating that we all come here for the reason of our love of all things Duchess Kate related. Just the sheer amount of time we spend reading these posts shows that.
    - As human beings we are born with an innate sense to inquire and we want to understand the things we love. Perhaps that is why some of us question simple things like the fact that the Duchess might not have been smiling in every photo (that paparazzi was snapping) that she might not have been prepared for. As a majority we might classify ourselves as "happy" and "content" - however, I know that even on my most joyous day I was unable to smile the entire time. :)
    Yet, we are wired to be compassionate and concerned when something seems wrong. Thus, it is kindness that we are showing when we comment that when the Duchess seems pensive and we hope all is well.
    In regards to comments on her style - she is beautiful. She has risen to the challenges of becoming a public figure with a combination of Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace. Her poise and eagerness to
    be a channel of understanding and sincerely to her country is tremendous. When someone would criticize Jackie Kennedy - JFK would tell them that when the criticizer wanted to fill the roll of First Lady for just a day- to let him know.
    I too looked at this beautiful Alexander McQueen ensemble and my honest first thought was, "won't the queen think the top is too low?" (It reminded me of one of the white shirts Kate wore too the Olympics that was low cut.) -Human nature had gotten the best of me.
    However, I quickly realized that one, Kate had a hand in picking out her wardrobe and if her hemlines had to be longer and this lower cut top (which looks great) made her happy - who am I to say otherwise. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, yes? I only take the time to write all of this because I too have fallen victim to the game of being overly critical and when I truly stop to think about it, in the grand scheme of life (unless she is breaking some protocol) one's happiness should trump all else because life is just too fleeting. The banter and discussions are fabulous here and please note this is only my opinion for myself, but I get so much enjoyment from following the activities of the Duchess I just wanted to share.

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    1. Marion from Germany23 April 2014 at 16:02

      Spot on! It is a pleasure to read your comment.

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    2. What a wonderful, and imho, accurate post L :)

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    3. I love your take on this situation, and on the fashion as well! Thanks, L., for your considered commentary.

      --Marci from Salt Lake

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    4. L- I am so glad that you did share. I 'share' so many of the same thoughts- and I feel that after all this couple has done and been through on this tour, with all of the traveling and little downtime- why wouldn't they be tired. What person wouldn't be? I admire them both so much, and I admire Charlotte for all the hard work she has put into this blog for the rest of us. Thanks L- you hit the nail on the head.

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  54. I think that blush pink is a great color for her. I really like her hair half up as it shows off her beautiful face.

    The fit is off plus there are several problems with sloppy seam alterations which taken together could account for the 'something's wrong' sentiment that many posters have commented on.

    She desperately needs a new alterations person. (I seriously doubt McQueen's in house staff did them.) If the peplum skimmed her hips more closely instead of flaring out, it would be much more flattering on her long torso. The skirt is too full in proportion to her tiny hips and waist. They should have maintained the skirt's style lines but reduced the fullness. Also the vertical bust darts are wrong. They should terminate about 3/4" below the apex of her breasts not at the apex. The horizontal waistline seam in the front is uneven. On the right side of her peplum, they let out a vertical seam but didn't press out the crease from the old seam. The skirt is longer in the back which means the hem is uneven plus the hem technique is wrong. They should have used a blind turn-back hem.

    Sarah in Minneapolis
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    1. I learn so much reading this blog, and always enjoy your technical comments on fit, which can make the most modestly priced dress look glorious, or a designer look all wrong. Thank you. You are right, those changes would have rescued this dress.

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    2. Thank you, Sarah. I could see a lot of this, but it is good to have these issues described technically. It's too bad, since this is a beautiful design. Perhaps this dress was chosen for the reception, rather than for the youth group. I do think Kate is starting to look very tired, and the pink helps to offset her fatigue.

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    3. Hi Sarah, I'm also from Minneapolis, love seeing your comments and learning about dress design, quality. Thank you!
      Kelly (now living in DC)

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    4. Bravo! Can't comment on your suggestions on how to specifically make it better (elas) but you are very correct in terms of the (many, sadly) issues with this outfit. And she does look extremely skinny. I hope she is looking after herself.

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  55. We should all be so lucky to look like Kate, she is a beautiful young woman and I think we are reading too much in to her expressions, it can't be easy constantly.having a camera on you. I think we should give her a break and appreciate her for who she is.

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  56. This is a very strange McQueen outfit. There is something "off" about the bodice and the skirt appears to be an odd length longer in the back?? For designer clothing that cost more than my car, my eyebrows shot up at the construction and quality. Are you sure this is McQueen???

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  57. I wonder how the Duchess can possibly avoid all the criticism and "advice" from the people who love her AND the nasty people who don't understand or care for the ancient tradition of the monarchy AND the people constantly thing to gaze into her personal life AND the people criticizing her marriage AND those who think she makes crap parenting choices AND the people interested in her "work ethic" AND everything else.

    One of the biggest problems we have as women is our constant and loud criticism of other women. Knock it off! Support other women. Shower each with praise for the good things. Stop the incessant denigration of a sister - for clothing choices or career choices or any of it.

    However, if it is the case that this lovely couple sometimes forgets to seatbelt themselves, someone needs to remind them to buckle up!

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    1. AMEN Sister. Well stated.

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    2. This isn't about women attacking/not supporting women. This about people wanting Kate (and William) to represent the nation better through their work.
      Kate puts more focus into her clothing than her work. As this is the case, people expect perfection and professionalism.
      Trust me, though it isn't apparent on this site because the site is about Kate, there is the exact same criticism for William, Harry, Charles etc. Many people are disappointed in the work ethic and behaviours of the younger generation of royals coming up.

      I sincerely do not think this is about catty women. It is about the above.

      I also sincerely like this colour on her and the style. I do.

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  58. They're starting to look tired. Bet they can't wait to get home.

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  59. I really like this outfit, the style, color etc. As many have mentioned, the fit seems a bit off. McQueen is known for its excellent tailoring. I'm wondering if Kate has lost weight since she had the dress fitted. It looks like it is hanging on her. This may also account for the lowish neckline that some people are noting. (Personally I think the neckline looks fine.) I also agree it was not appropriate for the occasion. This would be an excellent choice for an engagement with the Queen and Prince Phillip- not playing turntables with youths. In the spirit of positivity, I do want to emphasize that I like the outfit a great deal. Just needs to be re-tailored and worn at another time!

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    1. Thank you. That's it. It's too big for her now.

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    2. That's a good thought - that maybe she had lost weight since the dress was fitted on her. When I saw how long it hung in the back, I was thinking that it was designed for someone with a larger bum.
      Overall though, I think it's a beautiful outfit, lovely color. Kate looks good in nearly every color!
      No problem with the neckline - although if I were her, I'd be worried about some photographer trying to take a picture down the neckline, especially when she was bending over to DJ. That's probably why she almost always wears high necklines.

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  60. I love Kate's outfit today. She and I are the same age, and I wear this shade of pink quite often. I think the color is perfectly appropriate for a 32 year old woman.

    I do agree with others that something is a bit "off". I think it's the jewelry. A different necklace, perhaps the addition of a brooch, and maybe a smaller watch. The watch by itself is fine, and coordinates well when she wears long sleeves, but here it seems the watch is competing with her engagement ring.

    As for the low cut blouse, I think it would have been perfectly fine except for the times she is bending over to greet someone.

    I think both Kate and Will look great - and they are probably ready to get home and sleep in their own bed, like the rest of us would be!

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    1. Good point about the watch. I like it with long sleeves, but the somewhat trendy style (larger face) isn't an ideal match for a very traditional ring.

      Btw, I would kill for the tank version of her watch! :)

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  61. For the people saying it is too formal, remember the line from the Queen Mum from the Blitz when asked why she dressed up to visit the bombed out East End - You would dress up to see me so she do the same to visit them.

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  62. I read on Twitter there is a change in tomorrows programm.

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  63. I LOVE that Monica, the 100 year old in the wheelchair shaking hands with William, is wearing the EXACT shade of pink as Kate!! Can you even imagine how Monica felt when she saw that?! God bless her! Kathryn

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  64. Scrolling through the photos, I see two women in pale pink: Kate and the 100 year-old lady. I do not say that unkindly, just part of why this outfit goes at the bottom of my clothes list for the tour. Pointy breasts, dowdy skirt. neckline very low for day, odd choice for events with young people since it looks like something for us over 50's to wear. Northern Hemisphere ladies, think "How often do I wear pale pink in late October?" That's the seasonal comparison. I would have liked to see her in the belted pencil dress from this collection instead, if she must wear pink. William certainly got his way on boring colors this time.
    That said, those who felt something was amiss, find a link for video footage. They are laughing, touching each other, very lively and relaxed. I am sure exhaustion was setting in and Kate was missing her son, but what I see is a happy couple in love, doing their road tour with great success, getting ready to return to the UK and be handy old pros at the art of delighting strangers and being good ambassadors for Britain and the monarchy. They haven't put a foot wrong on that task.

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  65. The dress is ok. I like the color. I am a little surprise at the low turnout in Australia. I did not know they herded people together to make the crowds appear larger than they appear to be. Maybe that is why they both appear tense or unhappy because they have travel a long way and hardly anyone shows up at the events. We do have to realize how much things have changed since Diana visit Australia. We didn't have social media and smartphones back then. Why go in person when you can just tap in your phone and see the pictures

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  66. OK, put Wills in that amazing tan linen shirt and a pair of navy flat-front pants. Put the duchess in white jeans, her Minx wedges and, if we must, the pink McQueen top and you'd have the perfect ensemble for this event.
    What they're wearing is nice but WAYYYY too old and stuffy and formal for this event, for meeting with youth. They're dressed more like the kids' grandparents than a young couple close to their own age.
    I actually like the neckline of this top but the tailoring seems to be off a little. The only problem with darts or seams that run from the mid-bust down is that they can - ahem - make certain objects appear more visible as they seem to be doing in some of these shots. And it's always more apparent with light colored fabrics. I don't know why but this longer skirt seems to make Kate look shorter. Maybe it's the way it's photographing but it's not as flattering on her as some of the more fitted dresses and skirts she's worn.
    If the excuse is that they were dressed to attend the reception later, keep in mind that they've got assistants who could take a garment bag or two along for a quick change aboard an aircraft or somewhere.

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  67. Some commenters are so funny! If she's wearing a bright color- it's too bright! If she's wearing a dark color- how drab and old! If she's wearing long dresses- it's too long and old-looking! If she's wearing too short- too short and inappropriate! If she has a low neckline- it's too revealing! If she covers up- she looks like an old lady! Haha! Can't anyone just enjoy her individuality? The Duchess has her style and she sticks to it.

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  68. I may be in the minority here, but I absolutely loved this outfit on Kate. She looks classy and regal, and I believe the fit to be perfect. Kate is fortunate enough to have colouring that works with virtually every colour, and this is no exception. She looks tanned and radiant in this pink. Great choice!

    -Katherine
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  69. Given that all royal ladies must spend huge amounts of time planning and being fitted for their wardrobes (especially The Queen having EVERYTHING made for her) AND the fact that no matter what they wear, or do, someone won't be pleased - I think that they just do their best and try to please as many people as possible - including themselves. It does help to put oneself in their shoes! Even with rest days and time off in the evenings, the tour has been grueling..not sleeping in one's own bed..the unaccustomed heat- the exhilarating stimulation day after day of crowds clamoring to show their live! I've noticed dark shadows under William's eyes for awhile -and Kate can at least apply concealer - but she has clearly lost weight! Bless their hearts -they and their support staff have done a terrific job! And they will only get better and better!

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  70. I think the cut is reminiscent if her wedding gown.

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  71. Writing about putting ourselves in their shoes and what a terrific job they and their staff have done, I inadvertently hit the wrong thingy and signed myself "anonymous!" Not all that crucial perhaps -and I can't even blame the boo boo on my cat's helpful head bumps on my phone -but it was annoying. Thank you for your understanding!

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  72. Will and Kate said this tour was about meeting the people and not just dignitaries, of which I commend them for. However, I am embarrassed to read and see about this visit to Uluru and Adelaide. I was shocked to see Kate arrive wearing Roksanda (similar to what she wore to arrive in / for cocktaiks in Los Angeles) with her patent shoes, only to switch into the dreaded cream wedges to wear in the red earth desert! She certainly looked out of place and over dressed to the point of insulting the residents. I saw on local television that the royal couple shortened their visit with elders as they were too hot. Really? Then throw your hair into a ponytail, lose the fussy fabrics and wear something that breathes. Kudos to William for being appropriately casual. Then onto Adelaide to a young people's centre and into the hardest hit economically hit area of Australia wearing McQueen is in my opinion, bad taste. Kate can't champion her thriftiness and high street fashions if she has no common sense to dress for the right occasion and audience. Her job is to represent the BRF, not to thumb her privilege at the peasants. These very brief visits over two days was a total waste of jet fuel!

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  73. Not my favorite outfit of the tour, I don't care for the neckline, not because it's too low, but because something V cut like that should have a lapel in my mind... Also I did think it was a little formal of a choice for a more relaxed day, but still of course a lovely piece and HRM looked beautiful as always!

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  74. Sad news from America: Camilla's brother Mark Shand died in New York from head injuries suffered in a fall. He was here for his conservation charity to save elephants. RIP.

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  75. When I saw this, my initial reaction was wow but the more pictures I see, I have to agree its a bit off, I think the peplum does not sit well with the full skirt and as several people have commented, it's too wedding/formal for the event. They must be very tired, it has to exhausting having to be switched on all the time, you would wonder why they have so many events each day.When they are at home, the might have 3 events in a month, on this tour they seem to fitting 2/3 events in one day.I t seems odd and unnecessary.

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    1. I wondered the same thing but a look at Countess Sophie's schedule shows she does an average of two days per week with four engagements each day. She's very busy in contrast but also more experienced.

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  76. Sorry, I meant to add that I don't think anyone would begrudge them a holiday after this tour, you would wonder why they went beforehand in terms of PR.they have def earned a holiday after this, not so sure beforehand.

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  77. Longtime reader but rarely post. Charlotte you are doing a fantastic job with the tour blog. I can't wait day by day to see your next post. I have loved most of the outfits but I am in agreement the footwear needs to change up. As for the pensive look I suspect they might have received the news about Camilla's brother? I have really enjoyed watching how the interact with each other...neither one out shines the other. They do appear to be a good team.

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  78. Given today's tragic news can we expect to see a sombre wardrobe tomorrow - or even engagements cancelled? I suspect the trip to the Pelly wedding may not happen either.

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  79. Kristin, San Francisco23 April 2014 at 22:09

    Now we know why W&K looked glum - Mark Shand has passed; RIP

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  80. Love this dress. It echoes the shape of her wedding gown with the v-neckline, fitted sleeves and softly pleated skirt. A winner for me!

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  81. TARYN: I am curious about where you found your statistics concerning Adelaide unemployment and the turnout for the royals. The information I have tells a different story. The highest unemployment is in the 18-24 age group and was under 20 percent- not 80 percent as you stated.It is true a car manufacturer is leaving town- in two years. This is just part of the effort to bring support and jobs to Adelaide.
    The Duke and Duchess spent 2 hours , not 5 minutes, as you stated, in Elizabeth alone.
    People started camping out by 7pm the night before to catch a glimpse. The couple were there partly to draw attention to the huge new facility being built in the area. There were those from other suburbs of Adelaide who were a bit jealous of the attention Elizabeth was getting, "from all over the world."
    My sources? A local Adelaide newspaper and ABC- Au..

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  82. The Duke and Duchess will be going home to a family funeral. Camilla's brother passed away after a fall. I very much doubt the chances of any of them attending the Memphis wedding now.

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  83. Looks too big for Kate! It just doesn't fit well. Unusual... but the colour is great indeed. Maybe because the skirt looks longer at the back? Or, like suggested, maybe the cleavage is a bit too deep? She kept her "ladylike" overall feel, but something isn't looking great...

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  84. Charlotte, may I ask what you thought about their day? I usually can pick up your thoughts somewhat from your phrasing, but this time I can't. What did you think?

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    1. Hello!

      Thank you all so much for your interesting and insightful comments.

      I think William and Kate looked a little tired but their enthusiasm for the day and events was the same as always. Camilla's brother passed away and it's a big shock for the family. I wonder if they new?
      As for the McQueen, it wasn't my favourite look but I thought Kate pulled it off very well.

      There's a slight change to today's schedule, the aboretum visit and the NPG have been switched around.

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    2. It's unfair that everyone expects her to be smiling like a loon constantly!

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  85. Love outfit. Love her shoes.

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  86. could it be the news of Camilla's brother death that has upset them? Or am I mistaken on the timing of this, I read they were notified.

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  87. To all those trying to judge the mood of Catherine in a split second picture - give the girl a break! She's not some automation that smiles 24/7. If I were her, I would be exhausted by the 3rd week of this trip...as would most people.

    I initially liked this McQueen outfit, but after a while just thought it was overdressed for the occasion and I guess I am a little bored with Kate's outfits. While I know she wears what she feels comfortable in, it's just boring after a while. Maybe that's what she wants, although I can't understand why a 32 year old gorgeous girl does not want to dress just a little more hip.

    I also am VERY surprised at the lack of NZ and Aussie designers worn on this trip. I really thought that was one of the things she was supposed to do - bring attention to lesser know designers and give their business a boost. I'm sure there was a lot of thought put into her wardrobe, but I would love to know her reasoning for this. The fact that she actually wore 2 well known American designers instead of someone local was pretty surprising to me.

    I really thought her best look was the tour was the Yellow dress - it was young, hip but appropriate for the occasion. I'm sure they can't wait to get home!

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      I agree with you assessment on the designers that Kate wore. That was a missed opportunity to bring NZ and OZ designers to worldwide attention and bring an economic boost to their fashion industries. In that respect, it was a bit of a shame. I hope it is not perceived badly down under.

      As for dressing more "hip" for a 32 year old -- she really cannot win because it is a fine line. She is expected to appear professional and royal and that constitutes a certain level of decorum. By dressing more "hip", she risks being viewed as the middleclass Middleton again.

      In addition, and more importantly, she risks inadvertently being accused of voluntarily acting as the fashion plate that she has become. We must remember, this is not Kate's focus, although it may be ours. At the end of the day, if Kate were short, dumpy and dowdy, no one would care what she wore. She is tall, slim and gorgeous and thereby wears clothes well, so we are interested in what she wears. However, that is not what she or the Royal Family want us to focus on. That is not her purpose -- her purpose is to dress professionally and bring attention to the highlighted causes. So perhaps by boring us with her fashion (and numerous repeats), she is attempting to shift the focus to the cause and not to her clothes?

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  88. Kate, Texas, USA24 April 2014 at 01:10

    My first thought when seeing Kate stepping of the plane was WOW! There are times she looks so much like "us" and times she looks every bit the regal princess. I thought today was definitely the regal princess look and she looks beautiful! The dress is so feminine and classy. I think Kate looks amazing! My other thought after reading through the post was, were they a bit over dressed? It just seemed a bit much for a deejay session and skate park. BUT...again, Kate looks gorgeous!

    I really loved the skateboard for George! That was cool! I'm sure he'll be skating down the corridors of KP one day!

    Charlotte, have you heard of Camilla's brother Mark passing today? I wonder if Will and Kate will be expected to get back from the lengthy tour and attend the funeral? So very tragic and sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to Camilla and the entire family.

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  89. I think this blog is wonderful. It gives us a chance to see all the events the young couple have participated in and Prince George too. Love those clothes, accessories and the ease with which both Prince and Princess handle themselves.
    Eloise in Georgia

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  90. All of Kates jewelry is always appropriate to the occasion. Since becoming a Mom she has added a watch to her daily choices of jewelry. Although a beautiful choice, it is not always appropriate to night time events. I think it more a day watch. I would like to see her in something less casual and clunky at formals affairs. It currently takes away from the over all look of her attire.

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