Monday, 14 April 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Christchurch

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Christchurch this morning for a day of engagements in the garden city.


As you know, the city was devastated by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in February 2011. The intensity and violence of the ground shaking was measured to be among the strongest ever recorded globally in an urban area. In total 185 people lost their lives with nationalities of more than twenty countries among the victims. Christchurch cathedral lost its spire and widespread damage was caused to building and infrastructure already weakened by a previous earthquake in 2010. The total cost to insurers of rebuilding has been estimated at NZ$20-30 billion.

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Prince William visited Christchurch just a few days after the earthquake when the city was still reeling, the streets were covered in liquefaction, the central city was cordoned off with red tape and the people were still shaken.



William and Kate signed the book of condolences for those who lost their lives just two months before their wedding.


It was very important for William to return during this tour to see progress, and of course, to bring the world's media back to Christchurch to bear a spotlight on the restoration efforts.



The people of Christchurch and the Canterbury area have rallied together to rebuild the historic city. As you can see there's still plenty to be done.


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The day began with a formal welcome from Ngai Tahu in the city centre, before seeing some of the work going on in the Central Business District - the CBD. The area was was the worst hit during the earthquake, which included the CTV building collapsing so awfully on a language school.


A tribal elder told William and Kate in a speech to "do what princes and princesses do, increase your family".


The Cambridges posed with members of the Christchurch Cathedral choir during a visit to the transitional cathedral.


Crowds waiting in Latimer Square to see the couple.

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There was a wizard in the crowd.


Kate speaking with families who lost loved ones in the earthquake.


Photographed Mark Stewart shared a photo of some of the gifts Kate received.

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William told a member of the crowd he's "always missing George". Yesterday Kate revealed in Dunedin she'd had breakfast with George and put him back down for a sleep. She's also been back to bathe him and put him to sleep each night - apart from last night - their first night away from the little prince during the tour. The Duke and Duchess spent last night at the five star Matakauri Lodge near Queenstown.



William and Kate opened the new Christchurch visitor centre at the botanical gardens. Whilst there, Kate revealed she grows her own vegetables at home.


The Duke and Duchess stopped to remember those who were lost three years ago at a brief ceremony.


The couple had a chance to attend a more celebratory event, one to mark the coming of the Cricket World Cup to Christchurch in 2015, an event which will in some ways go towards healing the disappointment the city experienced when the Rugby World Cup matches earmarked for it in 2011 were moved elsewhere.


The Duchess was eager to participate in a game of cricket - no mean feat in those shoes :)


One could say Prince William really got into the spirit of the game!


A great photo of Kate bowling.


Kate reaches out to touch a replica cricket ball.



Next, the Duke and Duchess spent time at Wigram Air Force Museum, where the couple viewed plans for current and future rebuilding of the city. The city's chamber of commerce hosted a business lunch. The menu included poached local chicken with hazelnuts and white chocolate truffles.

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William delivered a short speech in which he praised Christchurch "a city that has not only chosen to survive but thrive". Finally, their Royal Highnesses viewed the Memorial Wall, dedicated to those in the Royal New Zealand Air Force who have died in service of their country.

The Duchess was appropriately dressed in red and black today - the colours of Canterbury - the region of New Zealand in which Christchurch is situated. Kate has been doing a splendid job of paying tribute to New Zealand with her sartorial selections.


Kate rewore the Luisa Spagnoli red suit she debuted at a pre-wedding engagement at St. Andrews University back in 2011. Kate purchased the suit by the Italian designer from Hollie de Keyser (a boutique frequented by the late Princess Diana when it was known as Emma Somerset) for £495 over three years ago.


As we mentioned earlier, Kate joined William to sign the book of condolences for those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 - this was the same day as the St. Andrew's engagement and Kate wore the Luisa Spagnoli dress with a black coat. Perhaps there's a significance in selecting it today for that reason.


What Kate Wore commenter Olympe shared a photo of the suit back in 2012. As you can see the jacket features peplum detail and black buttons and the fitted dress underneath is sleeveless.

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I thought it very appropriate to recycle today ensuring the focus was on Christchurch rather than Kate's ensemble. It is a beautiful, sophisticated suit. I much preferred the way Kate styled it this time without the turtleneck.


However, from photos I've seen it appears the dress has been altered to a skirt - given the additional length it makes sense.


Luisa Spagnoli produces timeless garments, many of which would look lovely on the Duchess. Below we look at the Vintage Collarless JacketDouble Breasted Jacket and the Ruched Waist Dress. The designer's official website is here and Farfetch shoppers may be interested to know several of the brand's pieces are available there.

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The Duchess wore her trusty black suede Episode 'Angel' pumps.


Kate carried her Mulberry Bayswater Clutch; she's chosen it several times during the tour thus far.


The Duchess wore her Cartier Watch. The $6000 piece is from the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Collection.

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Kate completed the look with her Annoushka pearl earrings, a pendant with a silver chain (most likely her Mappin & Webb piece).


And wore her hair partially up. It's a wonderful look - perfect for the nature of the day.


Videos
  • A nice video from the walkabout on Youtube. There's a very cute moment during the YouTube video in which a little girl calls out, "Excuse me Princess Catherine", and gives Kate her balloon bouquet.
  • A video of William and Kate touring the cathedral is available at TVNZ.
  • See William and Kate play cricket in this 3 News video.

William and Kate will jet back to Wellington and have dinner with Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh. After six days on the go, William and Kate will spend tomorrow in private with Prince George ahead of their departure to Australia the following day.


Whilst the royals enjoy a family day, we'll have an exciting giveaway, so do check in :)

192 comments:

  1. Great post! Thanks. It has been so nice to come here and read such positive and factual reports. It is disheartening going to some other places on the internet.

    I read that they will be having a dinner with the PM and his family tonight. Makes for a long day! I read it here http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/royal-tour-prime-william-revisits-christchurch-154707
    (is it ok to post links?)

    Thanks again, Mel in Ontario

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  2. Jane from New England14 April 2014 at 00:49

    Absolutely lovely look.

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  3. I prefer the accessories from her red suit look three years ago. Interesting hair. Is this a new style for the Duchess?

    Charlotte, what are you studying?

    Lizzie in la.

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    1. I'm doing my Masters in Business Administration and studied finance and law for my undergrad :)

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    2. Now why did I think your education was in journalism? I'm quite surprised!

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    3. That's really fantastic, Charlotte. Thanks for writing the blog. I hope it becomes a good business too.

      - lizzie in la

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  4. While everyone else will probably hate it, I love it. This suit has always been a favourite of mine, and it's nice to see her out and about in it once more.

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  5. I like that suit MUCH better without the turtleneck and black tights! And, it's nice to see HRH in something a little more formfitting and modern-looking. So far on this tour it's seemed as though she's borrowed her wardrobe from the Queen. (Also like that William coordinated with his red tie.)

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  6. Looks beautiful as usual, I am glad she has made the skirt longer. It is far more appropriate. Great site, well done!

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    1. I also like the skirt a touch longer, looks good.

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    2. How much longer was this skirt extended? It appears to have an additional 4 to 5 inches on it and it can't be there was enough material in the fold over for that drastic of a length addition. Can anyone speak from experience on the tailoring here? I am interested in how so much fabric can be added.

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    3. It's a different skirt.
      I do have a sewing background and spent a good amount of time analysing both skirts.
      This skirt has more of a tapered cut and has a detail at the hips which look like a pocket welt.
      The St Andrew's skirt doesn't have that welt detail and is more of a straight cut than a pencil cut.
      Also, you are correct that there isn't enough hem on the St Andrew's skirt to allow for so much lengthening, and also keep the amount of hem turn in today's skirt.
      Definitely no material added to this skirt either.
      FANTASTIC match on the fabric though.

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    4. Yes from one pic of her playing cricket u can see under the jacket and u see a skirt rather than a dress. She has a black top on underneath. Ann London

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    5. I believe that it wasn't a skirt she was wearing at St. Andrew's, it was a dress. You can see the dress under the black coat in a picture above. It would appear that she had the dress reworked into a skirt. Hence the extra length from the dress. The hem itself didn't change.

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    6. If you look at the photos closely when kate thows the ball, you can see she's wearing a black undergarment / shirt underneath the top of suit so I think the original dress was turned into a skirt.

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  7. Catherine looks beautiful - I really like how she pays tribute to the people she's visiting through her sartorial choices. I think it's wonderful that William returned to see the progress made since the devastation, and that the Cambridges' presence calls attentions to the fact that there's still much to be done.

    Thank you, thank you for the fabulous job you're doing, Charlotte! It's great to read all the background info and see the photos. Well done! :o)

    Julie

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  8. I love this look of Kate's. Very sophisticated and stylish. I did think of the visit to St.Andrews when I saw the pictures.Love the hairdo also.. All in all a 10/10 IMO!!xoxo

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  9. A thank you to Melanie for sharing a news link a little earlier, I hope you see this :)

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    1. I did! I found it interesting as there was an article last week that they had turned down an invitation. I guess we shall know who is correct when the time comes. :)

      Mel in Ontario

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  10. This is absolutely perfect! And I LOVE her hair here! The whole look is sophisticated and not dowdy, even with the lowered hem. This is in my top two looks so far. Thanks for the great work, Charlotte. Can't wait to see the rest of the day!

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    1. love love her look today, hair is the best ever for her!

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  11. i love the outfit, i'm glad were get to see her wear it again. red is one of my best most fave colors on her . (does appear the hem was lowered)

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  12. Beautiful, and a lovely hairstyle!

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  13. I commented on the previous post that there wasn't enough focus on work such as this.
    I am pleased to see that today's focus is simply that - emphasis on charitable works.
    Many residents and stores are actually set up in large shipping containers whilst the city is being rebuilt. It really is suffering.
    Hope we continue to see more and more of this as the tour develops.
    I like the way this suit fits Kate. Not a peplum fan, but this works nicely - probably because it is quite a subtle peplum and the cute black velvet bow takes some of the attention. I did recognise the suit immediately as the one she wore in St Andrew's; but isn't interesting how it looks like a new outfit minus the black turtleneck, black tights and boots.
    She looks very elegant and like the new twist in her hairstyle! Sweet.

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  14. Charlotte, does the length of today's skirt seem longer? In the older picture it looks like its a couple of inches above her knees while today it clearly touched the top of her knee. Any thoughts?

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  15. I think this is a smart, classic look. Anyone else notice the 2014 hemline is a few inches longer than the 2011 hemline?

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  16. Eve from Germany14 April 2014 at 01:09

    Wonderful. I love the ensemble this time even more than the first time she wore it in St. Andrews. I didn´t even recognize it, just thought "Great". That´s the kind of dress style I think suits her perfectly well. No "wind problems", no feeling she´s somehow grown out of the gown, just thinking how great and simply elegant she looks. I´ve always been a fan of this "half up" hairstyle, it just looks so good on her. Not too formal, not too "casual", just perfect. She looks absolutely GREAT. 10 out of 10 from me this time!! I notice that they use BMW´s as car during this tour. Being a BMW fan myself, I must say the "Kiwis" have a very good taste... ;-)))))

    I think it´s a lovely gesture that they visit the town, especially Prince William will remember how it looked like three years ago. I´ve experienced three minor earthquakes in my life and thank goodness, we were lucky and nothing was damaged. But I will never forget that absolutely dreadful feeling you get when it happens. You don´t know at first what´s going on, but you KNOW instantly, that something is VERY wrong.... So my heart goes out to those who were not so lucky and had to experience something like the people in Christchurch.... We always think we are the kings and queens of this world, but nature is so much bigger.... I hope this visit cheers up the people of Christchurch...... Thanks Charlotte, you are doing an AMAZING job here!!!

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  17. Thanks for your wonderful post, Charlotte. Kate looks fabulous in red and I love the way her hair is styled today. She looks lovely and feminine. I admire Catherine for staying true to her personal style. She appears to have a strong sense of who she is...

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  18. Hello Amy,

    It hits just above the knee now - definitely longer than 2011. I much prefer the look this time. What do you all think?

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  19. Charlotte, is the translate option new? Did I miss it? I was kind of joking in my post, but it is great.
    You chose a very flexible field.
    I dreamt about writing papers for. years and would wake up thinking I had something due, or was going to be late to class.
    Appreciate the information about the Christchurch earthquake. I had no idea how devestating it was.
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    1. It is quite flexible and interesting :)

      I had no idea how devastating the earthquake was either, I'll add a photo showing the ongoing restoration work soon.

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    2. Me too. I rode out an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude on the 37th floor of an office building in Seattle and was surprised that the Christchurch one at 6.1 caused greater movement. I think ours was shallow; maybe this one was deeper. We didn't have much damage at all; I don't even think our house lost power.

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    3. My daughter, who has experienced earthquakes on both US coasts, has said that in Seattle the shaking was vertical, while in DC it was horizontal. Therefore, DC had damage to the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral, while the Seattle earthquakes caused no visible damage. Apparently the direction of movement is important. A son of mine experienced the Toronto earthquake many miles away in the US midwest. He was in a tall building, and he said it made him feel disoriented.

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    4. Those dreams about University never completely go away! Many decades later, I dreamed of searching endlessly for an exam room, only to finally go away and wander the streets with friends. I've also dreamed about train trips to the city where the University is. But then, I also dream about houses and towns I have lived in.

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  20. She looks so beautiful!

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  21. This is definitely my favorite look so far. I was not a fan of the cornflower blue dress or the green coat dress. They both looked too matronly for Kate. This is refreshing even if it is recycled it's the best look so far. And I wouldn't mind a bit if the skinny jeans got shredded. I want to see Kate in a nice straight leg trouser or jean.

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    1. The green dress reminded me of a cheap dress I got at Penney's for an 8th grade dance. I cannot be objective about that coat as a result!

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  22. I quite like the lengthened skirt. This is my favorite ensemble of the trip so far. The hair, light makeup and everything looks perfect! I can't wait to buy the Mulberry clutch if they revive this style! It looks like this clutch is a combination of suede on the outside with leather on the inside.

    I can now conclude that the BLACK episode ANGEL pumps is the duchess' most FAVORITE, and NUMBER ONE choice from her Shoedrobe thus beating the L K Bennett sledge and the Jimmy Choos! What do y'all think? She looks very refreshed!

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  23. Delightful! Didn't even recognise the suit--looks great.

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  24. Too bad the company that makes the Episode Angel pumps is not cashing in on the popularity of this famous shoe style.

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    1. What a pleasant change that a company isn't trying to make a bundle off the connection...

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  25. Hooray for red! I can't believe I predicted it corrrctly! I know it isn't much, but I'll take any victories on the style stakes game I play with myself. For the record, I'm now 1-5 on this tour. Maybe things are looking up for me. ;)

    The duchess looks stunning today, and the hairstyle is the best of both worlds - worn down to please her, sides pulled back and with an elegant twist to please those who want to see and photograph more of her face and silhouette.

    Looking forward to the rest of today. Thank you, as always, Charlotte. The rest days in the tour will be as critical for you as TRH!

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  26. She looks lovely and smartly professional too! Well done! I agree with one of the readers above, I like the half up half down hair too. Lets you see her lovely face more.

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  27. Even better than the McQueen coat. Love her hairstyle, and you can't beat the Italians for fine tailoring. She looks regal and beautiful. A perfect 10.

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  28. Home run, Kate. There you go, girl, back to the solid, dependable, classic style you had before the wedding and assimilation into The Firm. I knew you could do it!! Keep up the good work!!
    I loved this suit then, love it now with the Episode pumps. It's stylish, appropriate, youthful and classic. And double thumbs up for the hairstyle, no doubt in anticipation of the traditional welcome so the Maori gents wouldn't get a faceful of hair.

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  29. I believe the skirt might actually be a different skirt altogether from the one worn back in 2011. The skirt from today upon closer examination shows some stitching at the top of the hip just underneath/below the peplum that I can't make out from the older skirt.

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    1. I am wondering if the skirt was pulled up to the higher length in 2011. If it was we would not have been able to see that stitching.

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  30. Thumbs up for this look!!!
    She looks very pretty today, and I'm loving the hair. So pretty and very modern with the way it's styled.

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  31. Kate looks amazing.A winning look.

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  32. I love her hair! She is doing a great job of balancing motherhood and all of these engagements without a person coordinating her clothing. Charlotte my husband had an MBA, the fact you are doing that and this blog so well is amazing!

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  33. Christchurch suffered terribly in the earthquakes and continues, with many residents living still in earthquake damaged houses while toing and froing with their insurance companies. They have had over 1100 aftershocks since the big ones - just a couple of days ago there was another 4. something to keep them on edge. I really feel for them.

    Apparently it is very cold in Christchurch today.

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    1. 13-14 degrees Celsius in Christchurch today. While is Auckland we are still having 19-20 degrees Celsius.
      But even in our part of the country I think autumn is just around the corner now.
      I think Kate looked great today. I like her in pencil skirts of any length. It gives her more of an elegant business look. Perfect for the occasion.

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  34. Sarah from Calif.14 April 2014 at 02:15

    Lovely look!

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  35. I just love reading your blog. You do such a lovely job. I remember hearing that the Queen was going to "require" the Dutchess to wear longer hemlines and I must say that I think it has been a terrific change. It is more age and life (being a mother) appropriate. I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the tour choices are. Thank you for all of your hard work in bringing together these posts.

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  36. Someone's done their homework here- as well as looking great on her, the Duchess' red and black ensemble is the perfect choice, being a nod to the colours traditionally associated with the province of Canterbury, of which Christchurch is the main city. Red and black are also the colours under which Canterbury's well-known rugby team, the Crusaders, play.

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  37. That is definitely a new skirt. I am also a seamstress and there is no way the "new" skirt was pulled up back in 2011. It is cut way too narrowly at the hem to be able to pull up. What an impressive match on reds though. I am wondering if she had the designer make another skirt from the same lot of material. Whatever the story, the Duchess looks lovely.

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  38. Super coverage again you are so sensitive to the city of Christchurch Charlotte, well done. I think the Duchess looks more and more relaxed and radiant each day in NZ, absolute natural with crowds and she always has lots to say what a hard task with so many people cry your name, the you tube video gives a great sense of the challenging walkabouts, she is just beautiful. Well done Chch City the rebuild and all keep going. Love love love the tour of NZ and the welcoming songs and traditions show cased for the world to see!! So happy. Thanks C.
    Theresa Kiwi in Auz

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  39. Marvelous outfit! Great Color! This is a home run look!! Classic!

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  40. RM from California14 April 2014 at 02:24

    LOVE the dress, LOVE the hair, LOVE the longer hem length.

    I always think as I look at their photos and watched the video (the "Princess Catherine" You Tube video was great)-- you get to hear her quite a bit in that one too and it's good quality) how tiring it must be to simply be accessible to so many people. Tiring because you can't possibly sit with them all and have a long chat as we would all love, but you have to move on, and yet each person she touches or speaks to is hugely impacted for a very long time-- years even.

    Her life is a public one, and yet she's human. She eats and uses the bathroom and sleeps and passes gas as everyone does -- but it's such a different life.

    Fascinating. And absolutely stunning. She does it so well! And I think that's what I've always appreciated in her-- the respect she shows for the people she's chosen to make her life with.


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    1. Beautifully put, with so much truth.

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    2. RM you are right. Very well said. I loved her look today. The best one so far for me. Red is a wonderful colour on her and the suit looks beautiful with the longer hem and the pumps and without the turtleneck. Simply perfect and regal.
      Thank you Charlotte for this detailed post including the "history" of the suit and about how it was altered. Have a good full night of sleep as they are having their day of with their cute son. :-)

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  41. Great post Charlotte - and a home run for Kate today! Absolutely beautiful! I much prefer the longer skirt with pumps and no turtleneck. Like I commented on her outfit yesterday, I think a brooch would have been nice, but would have been hidden with her hair down. In my opinion, brooches are a nice way to dress up an outfit - especially for a Duchess!

    Now I am going to figure out how to style my hair like Kate's today (twisted ponytail). :-)

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  42. Great post Charlotte! I had forgotten about this suit. I wonder how many other items the Duchess has only worn once and we've forgotten about??? Personally I'm waiting to see the grey Tabitha Simmons shoes again and the Cartier long necklace as well as the Stella McCartney dress. Maybe you should do a post on items we've only seen once lol!?

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  43. Kate looks regal and gorgeous. I love her complete look from head to toe!!! Thank you Charlotte.

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  44. I still dont understand why she hasnt worn my NZ designers?

    Sarah USA

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  45. I recognized the red and black suit immediately, and I'm so glad to see it again! It has always been a favorite of mine. Kate has made it look much more chic this time (though she needed to be warm in St. Andrews and therefore wore it with gloves, boots, and turtleneck). I wonder whether the added length could have been obtained by putting in a new, deeper waistband. Otherwise she would have had to ask the designer for a new skirt, and would they have had the same fabric available? Or perhaps it was shortened originally, with a deep hem. I can't see a hemline in the first version. Now I can, in the longer version she wore in Christchurch. I also like the hairstyle, though I continue to like Kate's hair down if it's not too windy, and up if it's well done. She has plenty of beautiful hair to work with!

    This must have been a poignant return to Christchurch for William, who went out there right after the earthquake and not long before his wedding. I'm sure he was much interested in the progress the city has made in rebuilding. And I would guess, knowing nothing about cricket, that he and Kate enjoyed a brief go at it, though in dress clothes!

    I have been away over the weekend and haven't had a chance to comment about the green coat on Saturday and the blue dress on Palm Sunday. I quite like the green, both the color and the modern styling - seams, zipper and all. It could have been tailored closer to the body, but that might have damaged the sleek line. As for the Emilia Wickstead, I like the color and especially the design of the skirt, as I did when Kate wore it in pink, but I think the execution of the bodice could have been finer. Question about the shoes that day - aren't they the dark grey suede heels she wore on St. Patrick's Day?

    I have read through a lot of comments from the last few days. It seems to me that the majority have been positive. I also note that whenever Charlotte posts, she asks what we think about Kate's choices on each occasion. It is certainly possible to offer constructive criticism without getting nasty, and most posters do. I'm sure any truly awful comments are omitted. Some posters have left because they think this Blog is too harsh. At times, there are less that favorable opinions, but in general people have been kind during the tour. Thankfully, the repetitive arguments about Kate's public activity level have been missing. Someone asked if Carole Middleton was reading and briefly commented. You never know!

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  46. Jennifer from Wisconsin14 April 2014 at 02:45

    What is not to love about this outfit? Again, she is thoughtful of her choices and it shows. I hope she does the pretty twist in her hair again, it looks terrific!

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  47. Wonderful post thank you Charlotte! And it seems everybody agrees this is a wonderful look for Catherine!! That in itself is amazing lol

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  48. I love this outfit, but to be honest, I've liked every one of her outfits so far. This is my favorite, and next would be the Emilia Wickstead teal---so far! I am so enjoying the work you are putting into doing this, Charlotte. Kudos to you and many, many thanks.

    Marci from Salt Lake

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  49. A quick clarification. It is in fact a jacket and dress. Not a skirt!

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    1. Thank you for the confirmation! I thought the skirt of this outfit seem more fitted than the original suit ensemble.

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  50. Ana B. from Brazil14 April 2014 at 03:11

    My favourite outfit she has worn in this tour, so far! A class act, absolutely stunning!

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  51. can someone give info on that outfit with the black coat and red dress underneath? it's featured in the middle of this post and i don't believe i've ever seen it before.

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    1. The coat hasn't been ID'd but the dress looks to be the same as the one she's wearing today.

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  53. Thanks again for an outstanding blog post! You've been working so hard and it shows! I have a few thoughts-
    1) do you think the dress today was the same dress as the Catherine Walker from day 1?
    2) Watching the videos of the walkabout show just how maddening they can be. Kate should be applauded that she's able to remain so attentive and focused on those she's talking to with everyone shouting her name- I would be so distracted!
    3) Does anyone think that Will and Kate have a debrief about the engagement once they get into their car? Like "wow, we got so many flowers," or "could you believe it when this happened?" It would be so human of them. I was just thinking how funny that would be :-)

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  54. OMG -- I love her hair this way!!! I so miss how much she would wear it half up from the Canada tour. I think half up always looks so good on her. She looked fabulous today -- no complaints, home run!

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  55. My comments don't seem to be posting. :(
    Probably the reason why I never post. The rare occasions I've attempted to, it eats it!!! :(

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  56. I absolutely love it, she looks gorgeous in red. Her hair is playful it was worth bringing a hairdresser for sure!:-) Have a peaceful night as tomorrow is a free day for you Charlotte!! :-)))))Blue27

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  57. Absolutely bang on. Hair right. Clothes right. At last because pretty much everything else formal unfortunately has not been a great success. It's been okay but this is really spot on as a look.

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  58. I am speechless. Classic Kate. Love the hair. She looked so elegant and beautiful. Makeup is perfect. Kate has such beautiful eyes too. I hope to god she is not taking advice from the Queen or that Angela Kelly. They will have her looking dowdy and matronly. Two thumbs up to outfit.

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    1. I very much think she is taking a page from the Queen's play book with respect to how she incorporates symbols of the host country in her garments and accessories. I very much appreciate it and applaud the sentiment.

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    2. I also think that the Queen dresses elegantly and with flair. When you consider her age and how advancing years affect one's body shape, she looks particularly remarkable. I would hope to be half as fashionable an octogenarian! The royal blue and white dress she wore for last week's visit of the Predident and First Lady of Ireland was, in particular, just lovely. I am fairly certain that if HM chooses to impart some advice, the Duchess will most certainly listen and implement it in keeping with her aesthetic.

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  59. I cannot tell you how much I APPRECIATE your updates. I came across your blog during their last tour and was impressed at how quickly and thoroughly you covered the events. This has been the first blog I go to for anything Kate-related and you never disappoint! I am loving the coverage so far. Keep up the good work and try to get some sleep!

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  60. I loved everything about today. I thought they did great in paying tribute to Christchurch. I loved the outfit and I especially loved seeing her hair part up and something interesting done with it.

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  61. Has anyone seen if Kate has been taking photos with people during walkabouts?

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  62. Beautiful! Love the longer length. It looks more sophisticated.

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  63. Charlotte-the wizard is something of a local figure in Christchurch. I can't remember exactly why or how, but perhaps some of the kiwis reading can enlighten us. But he has been around a long time-when I used to live in NZ about 15 years ago he was already "famous". Wonderful wonderful blog!

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    1. That is very interesting thank you!

      Another update on the skirt/dress. It now seems Kate has had the dress altered to a skirt which would explain the longer length.

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  64. Dorothy in Boston14 April 2014 at 04:30

    That is a pretty outfit, however it is alarming how thin Kate appears in it. In the photo where she is pointing her finger you can see the material is not filled out. I appreciate health and fashion; not simply just being skinny. Also, something about her eyebrows is reminding me of Jennifer Connelly - I never noticed it before this tour - but they are very similar looking.

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  65. I typically am one of the small minority who likes Kate with her hair down and tend to NOT like many of her updo's (with a few exceptions) but I must say that I LOVE this particular half up-half down style. I think that the part and the level at which the hair is pulled back is PERFECT and showcases both her beautiful facial features and her lovely long hair! Bravo Amanda Cook-Tucker! ;) The suit is also very nice, the color is an A+ and yes the length is perfect, still shows her knees, youth and lovely/admirable legs but not "too short" so the rest of you complain! ;) I LOVE Kate and in general feel like she should be given WAY more slack than she is given, even on this board by people who are also "Kate Lovers" so in general, I do not criticize her because I have not walked in her shoes and I am not privy to the behind the scenes pressures and stresses that must be a part of her daily life. Overall I think she has built a wonderful, loving and supportive relationship w/ William and a wonderful, loving and supportive home for George. I think at this point in her life, those two things are the priority for Kate (not living up to everyone else's expectations or even honestly, her royal duties) and I respect her for staying true to that. Having said, that I must confess that this tour has not been my favorite style-wise of the 3 major tours the Cambridges have undertaken. For me, the South Asia tour takes the cake as I thought pretty much EVERY outfit she wore on that tour was unique, well-thought out and appropriate for each event with the added incentive that I pretty much coveted for my own closet almost every outfit on the entire tour! :) I think her sartorial choices on this tour seem more like things she would wear on engagements in the UK, BUT I'm ok with being slightly disappointed! I think Kate's focus on this tour has been making sure George is happy and settled, and also in ensuring that she makes as many authentic connections with everyday New Zealanders as humanly possible and in both of these aspects I think that she has succeeded marvelously!!! So bravo Kate! You, William and George have been a pleasure to watch and I look forward to many more years of watching your happy family grow and flourish! -Sara from FL Ps. I almost NEVER comment Charlotte but I have enjoyed reading your blog TREMENDOUSLY (and almost daily! ;)) since I stumbled across it around the Royal Wedding and I would like to honestly and seriously commend you for the Amazing work you do! You spend so much of your own time and energy to make this blog what it is and it is so appreciated by me and many other "silent readers" like me! Keep up the strong work! :)

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  66. I am not feeling this suit for today. I guess she is tired of being known for her clothes but she isn't looking very "royal" to me lately. There is a certain look that most royals have and Kate just hasn't been nailing it this tour (in my opinion).
    She still looks lovely, just not mind blowing in any way.

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    1. I agree! Her choices are definitely leaning toward matronly. Wearing the same style of shift dress and/or suit event after event has become tiring. She's so young and pretty, and obviously has plenty of resources, that I agree she could step up her game a bit. She would look fantastic in a jump suit -- that would blow everyone's mind! Dare I say she is becoming borderline boring for a princess?

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    2. Catherine is a British royal. She is actually looking more regal than ever before. She is not a Disney princess.

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    3. Carmen, your comment about boring immediately brought to mind Princess Charlene. There's no blog of which I'm aware (other than Royal Coutier) covering her because the only story is "blegh!". Kate is a riotous garden of variety in comparison.

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      This could have to do with the Queen saying she needed to start having longer hemlines. Her dresses kept flying up and showing too much leg and sometimes more than that, so I thought this was why her dresses were getting longer. As for the "matron-li-ness" of the other dresses, I agree. I still think she looks great though.

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    5. Anon 14:29, your reply made me giggle! A "rioutous garden of variety" is fantastic! And, in that case, I agree that Kate's wardrobe is definitely more exciting than "blegh"!

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  67. There is no doubt the Duchess is beautiful! I love seeing her fashion choices each day! However, I know I am in the minority by saying this, but it seems that putting on a suit with the same shoes and clutch day after day is not really "fashion", is it? I think most of us would think to wear a red suit with black suede pumps and a black clutch, for example. I wish she would wear clothes more age-appropriate and with more statement -- Kate is so tall, thin and gorgeous, that she could easily pull off an edgier, fashionable look, in my opinion. Also, I'm so happy to see her hair styled differently than normal! The ponytail she wore with the blue McQueen last week was such a nice change! I would love to see her hair totally straight and not curled, as well -- I think that would be gorgeous!

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    1. Carmen, I get where you're coming from but we also need to see maybe why Kate isn't taking on a different style.

      Royalty is not about being fashionable. They have a job to do in a professional manner without the focus on which label they are wearing. It just so happens when they do wear a particular designer, it leads to a few extra dollars into the design house's pocket. One of Diana's pet hates was being labelled as a clothes horse.
      I don't think Kate wants to be thought of as being a clothes horse either.

      We need to bear in mind that royal families, to keep their position and popularity, need to show their status without being over the top. I think Kate balances out her slightly higher end outfits quite well. This displays "yes we are wealthy" but also "affordable" and not "completely unattainable".
      A lot of the spectacular expensive and glamorous gowns are generally kept for major evening events.

      When they are at an event which brings them into direct contact with the general public, it is wise and honourable to dress in an affordable yet special way. This will mean wearing the same outfit more than once.
      Kate, and to be quite honest most of the British royal family seem to do this quite well.
      If they didn't, there'd be an uproar of how the tax payers money is being wilted away.

      Too many comments on this blog are comparing Kate's style to the European royal families and their style. Continentals have a very different way of dressing.
      I'm a second generation Australian with a European background.
      Most Australians have a casual style of dressing even when attending big events. I personally like to dress up a bit - but that doesn't seem to bother anyone around me.
      My point is when I travel to continental Europe (regularly), my style is poles apart from the Europeans. They are about "all the way", "glam" and "lots of jewellery". This is a bit of a generalisation I admit, but it does hold true for the bulk of the population. This is what Europeans want to see their royals looking like too. Particularly the southerners.
      Kate is British royalty with her own British style. Love it when she throws on the tartan!

      I think she's doing a brilliant job in developing her own British style. Kate has always been a conservative dresser. Why are we trying to put her into some designer outfit that she doesn't feel herself in?

      I too love her hair on this tour. I hope she continues this trend.
      Love her in a pony tail. Her smile really shines when her hair is back.

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    2. Well said, anon 6:57.
      I don't understand it either, why so many people want to see her in glamorous, more extravagant outfits, as this is clearly not her style and it never was, not even during their dating period.
      What many people seem to forget is that Kate has ALWAYS had a conservative style. It's who she is. I cannot ever imagine her in a jumpsuit and I must admit that suggestion gave me quite a laugh.. :) She is a classical beauty with classical taste. Not fashion forward at all and I don't understand why that has to be a bad thing.
      Kate is not there to make fashion statements, but to be an ambassador of the British people and to shine a light on special causes and people in need. Yes, how she presents herself is very important in all this, but in the sense that she should dress appropriately, not glamorously. There is no way that she can wear clothes that fit with her her personality, protocol rules, the occasion, the country she is in, the logistics, AND satisfy all of you at the same time. There is just no way.
      Plus if she would start wearing only expensive designer outfits and having new pairs of shoes every time she goes out, people would go bonkers over how much tax payer money is being spent on her. Have you ever seen the comments on Daily Mail?? Those people are positively vicious and they will pick on the royals for any little thing. They would have a field day with Kate going all glamour puss on us :))
      I enjoy looking at photos of Kate because she is beautiful and she wears everything so elegantly, but I already know not to expect anything too new or daring. I think it is unfair that she is being so criticized for her sartorial choices, when she is clearly hitting all the right notes protocol-wise and that's what really matters. I can imagine William telling her to stop worrying so much, but then again nobody notices that he has like 3 suits - or maybe 30 made in only 3 styles :) - so what would he know about his kind of pressure?
      All in all, Kate does not have to be a fashion enthusiast or satisfy all of our tastes to do a good job. She is classy, genuine, kind, strong and thoughtful. By all accounts, she is a beautiful person inside and out.
      That's enough for me and clearly enough for William and the Queen.
      So I would say she's doing great and I very much look forward for her to really come into her own as she matures and gets a surer footing and more of a voice as part of the Royal Family.
      Hashtag KateisGreat! :))



      Loreley

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    3. Amen Anon 0657. Well said! Pick yourself a name and keep posting!

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    4. There is a big difference with how royals tend to dress from different countries indeed and it's very interesting to see how and what subtle changes they do to their wardrobe I think! As well as how the general population tend to dress (overall of course, it doesn't apply every single person in Europe). It really depends where in Europe you are. Southern European countries like Spain and Italy tend to be more 'glam" than Northern European countries where people tend to dress more minimalistic (especially in Scandinavian countries). I am from Holland and feel that people here tend to dress more practical (jeans, trainers) than they do in England for example. Though if I look at my country's Royal House I couldn't say that Maxima's style is typically Dutch (though people generally like that she takes fashion risks).

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    5. As much as I can read Carmen made a point about wearing more age appropriate and a bit spiced up outfits, certainly I agree. Her style became a bit flat, she chose the same Emilia Wickstead but in a different colour for example. I can totally relate to these points. And I do wish a bit different style sometimes, but what I wish most that she goes shopping for a new pair of trousers, not skinnies, leggings and so on....
      If she can spends 4000 on a coat certainly it wont be a big deal to buy a conservative pair of trousers.
      For those ardent fans life is colourful such as our opinions. Blue27

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  68. I have always loved Kate in color Red...none of her red ensembles has disappointed me, yet. :)

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  69. I think Kate knocked it out of the park today. Looked amazing. A bit of a shame about the recycling aspect but I can look past that. Love the new hair too. I think she suits it off of her face. Just lovely overall.

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  70. someone may have already said this....maybe the dress has been re-made into just a skirt- and that's how they were able to lower the length. just a thought.... she hit another home rum IMO today- great look, great color and I knew the suit immediately as most everyone else did. I bet they miss their little guy a bunch. Thank you Charlotte for your amazing hard work.

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  71. This is my favourite day so far. I absolutely agree her hair looks gorgeous when it's partial pulled back. It's out of her eyes when she's meeting people but still down as she seems to prefer.

    Thanks for linking the video from Max at CNN. This brought tears to my eyes as it shows how well she has embraced her role. The still photos and media videos don't allow you to hear what is said and this an adorable peak into Kate's warmth and ease.

    Finally, what a great sport to jump in and give cricket go!

    Thanks again Charlotte; you're wonderful. Hope you get some rest!

    Jax in Canada

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  72. Christchurch is in the province of Canterbury and Canterbury's colours are red and black - I think that is why she chose the outfit she was wearing today.

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  73. What a lovely tribute to Christchurch and Canterbury for Catherine to be in red. I am an hour away from Christchurch and we also felt the earthquakes. They have changed the lives of those who lived through them in many ways, big and small. Our small town has had many buildings demolished due to the earthquake, and having recently spent a week in Christchurch it is amazing how much there is to be done still, how many decisions there are to be made about how to make the city centre a vibrate, living city, especially with many businesses now relocated out of the centre and even the city for over 3 years.
    I remember that Catherine and William had the Canterbury Earthquake fund as one of their wedding gift charities. That meant a lot to Cantabrians.
    I loved watching them play cricket, it just looked fun.
    Thank you Charlotte for your work.

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  74. Hey Charlotte I found some great repli-kates for some of the shoes she's worn for anyone interested in a similar shoe style who can't afford the other shoes.

    These are similar to her mint velvet plimsolls: http://m.newlook.com/application/product/view?cat=279771003

    These are similar to her Stuart Weitzman wedges: http://m.newlook.com/application/product/view?cat=308073141

    These are similar to her black Episode Angel pumps: http://m.newlook.com/application/product/view?cat=307228301

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  75. My two cents….I believe it was a dress and jacket when she originally wore it at St. Andrews. This time around it is a jacket and skirt. That is how I believe it was lengthened - by cutting a new "tapered" skirt from the dress. That's why the angled seams at her hip are now visible. In Charlotte's post above you can see the seams in the photo of the dress. At least that's what makes sense to me. In the photo with her throwing the cricket ball you can see she has a black top (or camisole?) on under the jacket.

    - Linda, California

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  76. It definitely seems the dress was altered to a skirt :)

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  77. Kate looks great in red! Made me happy that she wore red and black. The earthquake must have been quite strong. RIP to all those who died. It reminds me of the calamities that have also been happening in the Philippines (my hometown). This is one of my favorite engagements though my number one is with PG. What a cutie. Keep on doing what you are doing, Charlotte! Props to your man as well.

    P.S. Aside from the state reception in NZ, is there any other formal engagement?

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  78. Hello!

    Thank you :) There will be a reception at Sydney Opera House on Wednesday, it will be quite formal.

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      Really looking forward to seeing what Kate dons in Australia! I think she has done a wonderful job with her wardrobe selections. Seems as if the NZ leg of the tour was perfect!

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  79. She looks good! She's always worn that colour well and the whole ensemble works really well on her. Love her hair half up like that. At first I thought she might have a small pleat but they seem to be curls on closer look?

    Lovely overall!

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  80. There is a video on ONE news about them opening the Botanical Gardens and they look so happy and relaxed now; I think William turns to the Mayoress of Christchurch and says they spelt it wrong when looking at the plaque of the opening - so funny she got a real shock!
    Charlotte thanks again. A memorable week for all Kiwis.
    Theresa , Kiwi in Auz

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  81. It's pretty apparent that the majority of posters on this site can only entertain mainly positive statements. If less than positive statements are made, the poster is attacked by the fussy ones. It's regrettable, but the fussy is the real negative. Thoughtful criticism is not allowed. Charlotte could end a lot of the negativity here by just stating that only positive statements are welcomed, because that is the truth. There is too much fighting, and little conversation and tolerance. Perhaps this is the real reason why other posters no longer spend time here. This should be marked as a "fan-site only". Ladies huffing in their pearls...

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    1. I respectfully do not agree with you. I comment both positive and negative just because I respect certain parts of the duchess life but I am not blind- nowadays I'm interested only in her fashion choices as not much to look up to. Although I think she is a great mom, at least lets hope because we do not know.So I can only encourage you to keep on posting becasue every opinion matters, for those who can not take critism I think it tells more about them than any words.Blue 27

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  82. This was my favorite out fit as soon as I saw it I thought I've seen this one before! An awesome day out! And I mean day out with us arriving at Latimer Square at 7am, and seeing them arrive and depart the Air force museum. Seeing Kate in pictures is completely different to seeing her and shaking her hand in real life! She is such a genuine person. More on the wizard from wikipedia.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard_of_New_Zealand.
    He has been an icon of Christchurch since as long as I can remember, speaking in Cathedral square. He looked like he had two other wizards with him today (possibly his Apprentices) He also drives this funky car..(if anyone is interested)...http://str17.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/573/

    Also in one of my pics I noticed that Kate is wearing another of those rubber band friendship bracelets.

    As always another great post. Hope your getting enough sleep with the time difference.

    Jess

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  83. I appreciate the keen observations so many of you locate which I sure do miss when viewing photos and your forthcoming opinions. I so agree that Kate looks wonderful in red. Thank you for the many interesting posts. Thank you Charlotte for your blog that I found about a year ago and only a few months ago noticed the comment section. Anything else on the internet in the form of "news" is so lacking for excellent descriptions and a truthful format.

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  84. I think that the Palace fingerprints are all over the Duchess's "new" look.
    They don't want another Princess Diana situation. The Duchess is going
    along because she loves her husband and wants to support him and keep
    peace in the family. I say Bravo!

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  85. Theresa, from Paris14 April 2014 at 07:56

    Just stunning ! I loved everything about this outfil. 10 out of 10 for me... Also the hair.
    But I also love her personnality and the way she interacts with everyone. She's a treasure. Some of the videos taken by the crowds really show her up close and her charm just shines through. Brilliant !

    Wonderful work, dear Charlotte ! Thank u so much for all your efforts and best of luck for your exams.

    Such fun all this !!!!!

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  86. Hi Charlotte, I just noticed that the Duchess has 2 bands on both sides of her engagement ring. I know one is the Welsh gold wedding band that she received when she married. Do you know anything about the other one?

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  87. Love this look. It fits her perfectly and suits her fab figure.a lot of the coats look too big for her but this is just right.

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  88. now this is what a duchess looks like. No jeans and wegdes on an official engagement but a stylish look. The look is beautiful, a bit boring though, there is no 'fun' element in her look and would be appriopiate for someone twice her age as well. But she is who she is and has good taste and UK can be proud of her as a representative!

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  89. Johanna from Germany14 April 2014 at 10:55

    Kate looks so beautiful in red! I love the fact that the dress was altered to a skirt. This makes me think of changing some of my dresses that I don't like anymore as well. That would be more sustainable and cheaper than buying new clothes ;-)
    Charlotte, I really appreciate all the information about the earthquake in Christchurch. Thank you for that! I was not aware of how devastating that terrible earthquake was and my heart goes out to all the people who still suffer from its consequences. I'm glad that William and Kate were there to draw attention to the people's situation!

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  90. Silvia from Portugal :))))14 April 2014 at 11:10

    Really this was a winner again!!!! Catherine was simply graceful and they are always in a good mood and really in love!!! Charlotte I check your blog every single day and I must say that after the tour we will have some kind of depression because we are not going to have daily news on this couple that we all love :)))) Have a nice rest today and tomorrow, after al they are having a well desserve rest themselves tomorrow :)))

    PS which University you are going??? I was at Royal Holloway :))) Economics and Mangement :)))

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  91. Charlotte, do you think any pictures will emerge from the dinner this evening?

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  92. The firm is scrutinizing her every move, and their interest will not lie in her fashion choices. Criticisms are far more important. They'll just skip over the mish-mash of niceness.

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    1. I doubt that very much wolfpup. I believe it has been said many time how proud they are of Catherine. The royal family are very protective of her in every way. I don't know where you get that idea from?

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    2. wolfpup gazing Where in the world did you get that information. Far from it. Like Florrence said they are very protective of her and William is more so.

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  93. Kate receives a "perfect 10" from me! I love the style and the color. Also, her hair is spectacular! It's perfect for all kinds of weather conditions. I'm not one who remembers everything Kate has ever worn, or designer names, but if this outfit is partially recycled, I applaud Kate for wearing something more than one time. She is watched so closely, and her harshest critics would be extremely vocal if she wore her clothes only once. She and William must walk a "fine line." I frequently read the Daily Mail and I find some of the comments about William and Kate very disturbing. It's one of the reasons I enjoy coming here. We're not always in total agreement. That would be very boring, but I think most people here are huge fans of William and Kate.

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  94. Eve from Germany14 April 2014 at 13:27

    I sort of "slept over" my first comment to the post - made at nearly two o´clock this morning (well, having sleeping problems at the moment sometimes does have advantages - you see the posts sort of really "live" haha!!) and I have to say, I would say everything again! The Duchess looks SO good in this kind of outfit and that hairstyle is just - well she truly nailed it this time! And to play cricket in that dress - with those high heels? I was literally gawking when I saw these pictures! It´s really unbelievable how well she manages moving in high heels.... I loved every single photo of this post. It´s so lovely how well the two work together, and the Duchess is so at ease with everything - I know I´m repeating myself, but I can´t help it!! ;-))) - I´m sure the crowds had all their efforts to come seeing William and Catherine more than redeemed! This is the kind of style that will ensure future generations of royals!! It´s what Charles and Diana could have been.... I´m so pleased for William that he can live now what he certainly had so sourly missed with his own parents...love, understanding, care - and fun!
    I look forward to every new engagement and although I have "dared" to comment the Duchess´s outfits as being not so much what I personally think would suit her best, I honestly keep the two things totally apart. Her outfits are one thing. But, no matter what she wears, I just want her to be happy and at ease and loving what she is doing!

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  95. Kate, Texas, USA14 April 2014 at 13:42

    FINALLY back on....our internet has been giving us fits, so I haven't be able to post the past couple days. AHHHH! Charlotte, do you know why I am still unable to post from my iPhone?

    Kate looks stunning! I loved the ensemble she chose and agree with you Charlotte that I like it much better without the black turtleneck and with the altered skirt. She always shines in red and this engagement was no exception! She looks classy, sophisticated, and beautiful. I LOVE when she pulls her hair back and wished she would do it more often. Her sweet smile adds to her beauty. LOVED everything....perfect in my opinion! Both she and William look very relaxed and as mentioned before, have great chemistry. It's always fun to see them playful and enjoying themselves. I hope the people of Christchurch felt encouraged by William and Kate's visit. Many prayers as they continue to rebuild. I guess we're off to Australia!

    Charlotte, you are doing a BRILLIANT job! Hopefully you can rest some too on this "off" day!

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    1. I can't post from my iPhone either. No idea why. It seems to work but never appears here.

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    2. Does your comment freeze up if you try to go back and edit? I've found that to happen in Safari on my iPhone. One remedy I've had success with is writing my comment in the body of a new email, then cutting and pasting here. Hope this helps!

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA14 April 2014 at 23:22

      Thanks so much for the phone help and comments! I will try your suggestions! :)

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  96. Rhonda from the US14 April 2014 at 13:52

    Charlotte - first let me just say - well done!!! I love coming to your site, love your comments and love that you have so many pictures of William, Kate and George! You are doing an excellent job in covering this tour.

    So far, I have to say that this is my favorite day for Kate. Love the outfit, LOVE her hair and William isn't too shabby either!!!!! They are just wonderful and I thoroughly enjoy everything about them. I think that it is very thoughtful and touching that Kate is taking a page out of the Queen's book and incorporating a bit of her host country into her look - whether it's wearing the fern pin, wearing specific colors, etc. - it's got to be very special to the people that are coming out to see them. My family think that I am crazy for following the tour, but I thik that a huge part of history will be made with this young couple and how the Monarchy moves forward. Anyway - great job - keep up the good work!!!

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  97. CJ from Minnesota14 April 2014 at 15:00

    I really love this outfit - the color, length, style. Just beautiful. I would love to see her in more suits with the straight skirts because this style really suits her. I love the hair as well - very pretty and out of her face.

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  98. Tammy from California14 April 2014 at 15:07

    I have so many things to say:
    1) This has been one of my favorite outfits Kate has ever worn and I recognized it immediately. I liked it much better when she wore it to the University visit with dark leggings and dark turtleneck underneath. But, love the dress.
    2) The picture of her with the white-haired gentleman for a traditional welcome is BEAUTIFUL. THAT is another framer for her office. What a peaceful beautiful picture.

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  99. Charlotte-could you please answer a question for me, which unfortunately has nothing to do with fashion-what do they do with all that stuff they recieve? What happens to all the flowers? Do they just wither and die? Do they send them to a hospital or something for the patients to enjoy? And all the cuddly toys and blankets and what not? I mean, my two kids had more than enough blankets and toys than they ever needed and they were not on the receiving end of donations from total strangers like Prince George! I know the Palace publishes a gift list every year, but what happens to all the things? I suppose it would be "rude" to donate them on to a charity as some of the items are hand made. Any ideas?

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    2. I wander too. What happens with the gifts.

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    3. The flowers are shared with nursing homes and hospitals to enliven the life of those who are bedridden or who are ill. But all the cards are removed and each and every one is read by a member of the Royal Family.

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    4. Yes, as Anonymous said above they are shared with nursing homes and hospitals.

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    5. I just read on another site (Please don't take that the wrong way, Charlotte! You are the best, and I always read your post first!) that the flowers are taken to Government House for distribution to charities, and all of the gifts will go home with Prince George.

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    6. My word no, there are several excellent sites covering Kate and the tour, thank you for the update :)

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  100. I love the video on youtube with the lil girl and the balloon flowers. Her face after Kate accepts them is just so priceless. It really goes to show no matter what the views on the royals may be you cannot argue their effect on the people. So fantastic.

    I think Kate is really nailing the wardrobe so far. She looks wonderful and happy. Perhaps more importantly, she looks comfortable in her role. It appears she truly enjoys herself on these events.

    Thank you so much for all the posts. I look forward to reading the updates before bed in the states and then after I wake up! Not a bad way to start and end the day :)

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  101. anon from Leominster14 April 2014 at 16:04

    Do like the suit very much, always did but still wish she would wear something from a New Zealand designer, an honour she has paid to other countries she has visited. Still Hoping.

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  102. What a great look today for Cathrine! When I saw the first image I thought, now there's a Duchess!
    One thing I have noticed about this tour though is that I feel she is making a conscious effort to make the tour NOT about herself and what she is wearing. On other tours she has often worn many outfits for the first time, but this time around almost everything is a repeat. I'm sure there will be a couple new outfits but I think she is demonstrating that a tour isn't a reason to blow a bunch of money on clothing. I think it's really respectful.
    I loved her look today (and of course the nod to the area with her colour and outfit selection).

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  103. I know others have asked as well, but why hasn't Kate wore NZ designers? and I've read reports she bought NZ jewelry for this trip -- I wonder if she's not wearing it because the designers talked to the media? She looks fabulous -- but I thought she'd support their local industry more? I'd love to hear your opinion.

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    1. Emelia Wickstead (the dress at church yesterday) is a Kiwi.

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    2. Buhare, I guess what many (including myself) have been looking forward to, is for Kate to wear a local fashion label. A designer we haven't seen on her before and something of a kiwi discovery, showcased to the world. In that sense, Emilia Wickstead doesn't really qualify as a NZ designer. She left NZ at the age of 14 and her fashion house was always based in London.
      It's possible we wanted her so much to wear a local designer because the fashion scene in New Zealand is incredibly vibrant and proud of it's achievements. It would have been a nice touch.

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  104. I think the reason this dress works so well for her is proportion.

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  105. Laurie - North Carolina14 April 2014 at 18:34

    What can I say...she gets a "10" all around on this one. The outfit and hair are absolute perfection. She really is strikingly beautiful, and when she's smiling and happy and enjoying herself, she is even more beautiful! I've been a fan of this blog since it started, and although I always enjoy the pictures and wonderful background information that Charlotte provides,, I have to admit that I've only recently started to watch the videos, and I must say that her true personality simply shines through when you actually see her interact with people.

    It's so difficult to get a real "feeling" with a still picture. But when I watch the videos of them doing their walk-abouts and shaking hands and talking to people and accepting gifts, I really get a much better sense of what kind of person she is. Sure...it may seem like doing that would be easy, but I'm sure it's not. I can't imagine walking amongst a crowd of hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of people...all shouting your name...all looking for you to acknowledge them in some way. And yet she manages to do it with such grace and seems to make everyone feel as though she has a genuine interest in them. I especially love her way with the little girls who are obviously soooo excited to meet a real princess. It might only be one moment out of many in Kate's life, but to a young girl, having a beautiful princess accept your gift and perhaps ask you a question and maybe even give you a hug...well that's magic right there, and something they'll treasure always. I'm an American, but in my opinion...THAT is what being a royal (of any country) should be about. Yes...I love to drool over what she wears, and yes...it's important that she dress for her role, but when it comes down to it...I so much more enjoy seeing the joy she brings to the people who come to meet her, than I do looking at what she wears. You can't fake nice, and I think at the end of the day...Kate is indeed a very nice, kind and compassionate person. :-) Can't wait til the next post....Charlotte....you are amazing and I can't thank you enough for your spectacular coverage of this tour!!

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      In the video, Rebecca Deacon looks a little concerned - seems like she is thinking Kate is taking a little too much time...I think that Kate would like to stay longer but the schedule seems fairly tight. Kate was even the last person when they came out of the church from Christmas. I think she is really trying to do a good job when she is meeting and greeting people.

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  106. Adding my voice to the chorus of cheers for this beautiful red suit, so regal and perfect on the day. I wonder if none of the local designs presented to the Duchess worked for her, so she's decided to go with colors of her host cities and fern motifs to honor them. Hope they are enjoying their rest day with George.

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  107. I thought today's outfit was perfect from head to toe. Her hair looked great, the suit was appropriate and professional but still fun with the small peplum (a style that I think looks great on the Duchess since she has such small hips!). I really can't find a single thing to criticize other than William wearing his umpteenth navy suit, of course ;)

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  108. her skirt in 2011 seems to be more shorter longer than this one in New Zealand ?

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  109. Hi Stephanie,

    Kate wore a dress in 2011, it has since been altered to a skirt.

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    1. Ok thank you ! And thank you so much for your good work for your blog !
      Regards from France

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  110. Hello everyone,

    The commentary in this post has been great. Very respectful and interesting! I hope those who felt the comments section was on a downward spiral can see the improvement.

    I am very much enjoying the evening off and looking forward to a nap! We have a giveaway later which I think you'll enjoy and the royals are heading to Australia tomorrow :)

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    1. It was easy on this one as she looked lovely. :)

      I hope you don't mean that differing opinions aren't welcome. I agree that things were going downhill; I thought so and took a couple of days off, but I also think it's easy to disagree with people without it being ugly.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA14 April 2014 at 23:23

      Kate is simply beautiful and Charlotte you are simply AMAZING! Looking forward to your giveaway post later this evening! :)

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    3. There are still folks here that no matterCatherine does it is not good enough for them. One would think that Catherine has to please everyone here. Folks you are just fans who like Catherine and "might be" a fan of her clothing. But there is nothing else. Catherine does not dress nor wear her hair the way everyone expects her too.

      Her main goal is to take care of her son, please & take care of William, then represent the Queen. In my opinion she does all three very well. So folks I do not know why so many of you write remarks like Catherine need's to please you in everything she does. It is just mind blowing.

      Charlotte I now understand why so many of your old timers have left. Going back and reading alot of the older post and the unpleasant comments that were made would chase anyone away. It is too bad because I enjoyed reading their comments and now they are not posting anymore.

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    4. Laurie - North Carolina15 April 2014 at 03:03

      bluhare @ 20:29 - I don't think that's what Charlotte meant at all. I guess it's difficult to put into words, but I'll give it a whirl from my perspective. Yes...I think everyone is absolutely, positively entitled to their opinion, however it seems as though sometimes, some people seem to get more pleasure out of criticizing what she wears than they do anything else.

      I really like Kate (as much as you can like a person you don't even know), and generally, enjoy most of her fashion choices. Of course there have been times where she's worn things I haven't been crazy about. And for those times, I remember what my mom always told me. "If you don't have anything nice to say...just don't say anything." And so that's what I do. Do I have the RIGHT to express my opinion? Of course I do. But just because you have the right...doesn't mean you always should. Personally...when I pay someone a compliment, in addition to making that person feel good...it also makes me feel good. Everyone likes to be told they look wonderful...I know when someone tells me they like something I'm wearing, it puts a smile on my face and gives me a boost of confidence. Now if someone were to tell me that what I was wearing, made me look too fat, or too thin, or too "whatever"...I would probably be a little hurt, and possibly wonder why they felt they needed to say anything at all. And that's just one person. Imagine hundreds of people telling you that.

      I don't know....for me at least, I would much rather say something to lift a person up. And if I can't manage that...then I'll just be quiet. For all the privilege that Kate enjoys, it does come at a price. In the grand scheme of things, what Kate wears...or what ANYONE wears, for that matter...doesn't really mean that much. It's the person we are, the people we touch...that really makes the difference. And I do think that Kate wants to do a good job. I can tell that when she chooses an outfit, she tries to be mindful of the people she's going to see...like the fern brooch or wearing the colors of Canterbury. It might not seem like much, but I'm quite sure it doesn't go unnoticed by the people that come to see her, which in my opinion...is much more important than the outfit itself.

      There will always be times she'll wear something that's just not my cup of tea because you can never please everyone...no matter what. And when she does wear something that I'm not crazy about...it won't bother me a bit to simply not say a word...even though I can :-)

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    5. Laurie This has been the best comment posted here in a very long time. To bad many on here do not feel the same way as you do.

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    6. I usually cringe when I read replies to (the very rare times) my comments, but it has been so refreshing to read all of the comments in general and, more specifically, differing opinions on my post in particular. It's lovely that we can all have our own opinions and express them without being attacked or put down. I say Bravo to everyone who reads, posts and replies on HRH Duchess Kate.com! And to you Charlotte for being such an awesome blogger, admin and moderator. Cheers to a fabulous rest of the Royal Tour! Carmen from Houston, Texas

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  111. Yes Charlotte, and I think it's largely due to your well balanced post :)
    Looking at the thin silhouette of the Duchess + thinking about Duke's words about George's screams early in the morning + looking at the strong chemistry between them = Kate has been working very hard with the newborn, her great stress and effort explain her loss of weight; maybe something was beginning to be wrong, or al least difficult, with her husband; but the refreshing holiday before the tour was a very good restoration and now we can enjoy the result. There is a good reason in their choices (in my opinion).

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  112. I'll keep this short and sweet your posts are wonderful you always have the info and pics up before any other blog and that is awesome for fans, like me, thank you so much for what you do everyday for the people who love Catherine and love your blog.

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  113. I love that she's wearing longer hemlines now. Much more classy and fitting for a royal. I'll bet word came down from the queen. Thank you for all you do! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!! <3

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  114. Bluhare.
    Please let's not insinuate that Charlotte does not accept differing opinions.
    She has a specific footnote at the bottom of her page encouraging just that.

    As I am in the camp that flits between opinions of both Kate and William, I often comment with either high praises or blunt criticism.
    Never have my comments not been printed. As a matter of fact I made a number of many harsh comments when they jetted off on their last holiday. Charlotte could have very easily tossed them in the bin; but within a couple of hours there they were - published in comments.
    Admittedly, I believe the couple are doing a wonderful job on this tour, and my comments reflect that now.
    But they are human and they will err again and we will criticise them (as mothers do their daughters - constructively), and Charlotte will publish.

    I'm certain that the comment Charlotte made was referring to the non stop pick pick pick on what Kate is wearing and how shocking it is etc etc etc... It became incredibly monotonous. And even worse for us that sifted through the comments to read something intelligent/constructive. I get the impression that you too Bluhare, had the same experience and left the comments for a couple of days. I have to also stipulate
    that reading through non stop praises of Kate without explanation can become rather tiresome as well.

    I read Charlotte as an eloquent gracious young lady who is rather marvellously putting up and sorting through a lot of work just on this blog. She shows no bias and let's not ever for a moment consider that she may be doing so.
    And because I have often been told to put a name to my "anonymous", I will proudly do so today as I stand by my opinions on Charlotte and "duchess Kate".
    - Helen (Australia)

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    1. I did not insinuate anything. I made a statement. No more, no less.

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    2. Apologies Bluhare @20:29
      My legal training made your comment sound like a rhetorical question (despite the absence of a question mark). My definition stands as: "A rhetorical question may serve as a subtle way of insinuating an idea that might be challenged by an audience". Obviously this was not your intent, despite the replies that followed your comment to Charlotte.
      However in the interim, I still stand by reinforcing how we express our opinions in comments. As was also discussed by Laurie @3:03
      As I don't wish this to become another one of those "attacking to and fro" insipid conversations which has been overdone in the last week, I will now courteously bow out.

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  115. I don't think that disagreeing should be ugly either as bluhare stated. I think that it's funny that Helen wants to state her opinion, and then bow out (run). But I must say after watching people disagree on this blog, that I have come to the conclusion that it is not possible to disagree on this blog, without it becoming ugly. And everyone even disagrees about how everyone else should be keeping it from ugly. Basically, everyone disagrees about everything, and most people on this blog want to only hear nice things about Catherine.

    Perhaps I wasn't clear in my comment above, but what I was saying is that the firm will be looking to the constructive criticisms about her, because they are useful. All others are not as useful, except to remark on her popularity. But truthfully, if my best friend does not tell me what she thinks is wrong with my look, who will?

    One other note, I don't think many commenters are writing thinking that the Duchess will read them. No one means to be cruel. These are not letters to the Duchess, IMO.

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  116. As a fan of Kate I must admit this royal tour does not seem to me any hectic or gruelling so far. This tour is full of exciting events, sports events, luxury trips...It seems to me more as a family trip.

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  117. I have viewed your blog for a short time now.
    I must say, that Kate really looks good in every single picture. She is photogenic as well. Perfect in her red outfit!

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  118. I have a puka shell necklace from the 70's that would go with the Marina bracelet.

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  119. Charlotte, I think your tour clock is two. hours slow. They leave for Australia in an hour.

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    1. Hello!

      The clock has been changed to reflect Sydney time :)

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  120. I just love your blog! Thank you so much for updating it so quickly! Great job! Your my "go to" as soon as I want to see what Kate is wearing each day on the tour. The clock on the side-bar is a nice touch too.
    Linda, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  121. This proved to be a very interesting day for the Cambridges! I love Kate's look as usual. I love the new hairstyle she is sporting, very becoming. I am always amused by how she always manages to play sports - such as Cricketts - in heels with such composure. I would be afraid that I would slip or fall in front of all those cameras. Thanks for the updates, Charlotte!!

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  122. London Mirror is saying the jewelry from the New Zealand designers is being returned and Kate didn't
    wear it because of the press the designer's engaged in before the tour.

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