Wednesday, 16 April 2014

William, Kate and George Arrive in Australia!

They've arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George touched down at Sydney Airport this afternoon to begin their tour of Australia.


Following a successful tour of New Zealand, the royals will be looking forward to meeting locals, supporting organisations and seeing the sights. If the response they received in New Zealand is anything to go by, their tour of Australia is set to be a memorable one.


Kate held George as they disembarked from the plane.


The royals were greeted by officials. The Governor-General's wife Lynne shared a light moment with George shaking the eight-month-old's hand. 


Prince George looked wide awake and waved his arms around as William held him while Kate accepted flowers.


The Duke and Duchess headed straight to the Sydney Opera House for a reception.


Crowds waiting outside the Opera House for the royals.

Tim Ewart Twitter Feed

The reception was hosted by the Governor-General. The event was scheduled to be co-hosted by the Premier of  New South Wales, however, it's been quite a day. Premier Barry O' Farrell resigned from his position, claiming a "massive memory fail", after misleading an anti-corruption inquiry over a $3,000 bottle of wine. It was unclear until the last minute whether or not he would meet the royal couple.


Prince William gave a short speech to mark the start of Their Royal Highnesses' visit to Australia:

'Australia's contribution to the ongoing search for MH370 has earned respect in every corner of the globe. Australia's determined and leading role in the search is at the very edge of technological ability and human endurance.'

William also referenced his mother and Prince George:

'My mother's deep affection for Australia - which you were so kind to reciprocate - needs no reminder.
I don't think I could finish without mentioning one other family member, George, who is now busy forging his own link with Australia. Catherine and I were very grateful for the many kind messages and gifts we received from across the world when George was born.  I suspect George's first word might be bilby - only because koala is harder to say. We really look forward to our time together here as a family.'

William and Kate on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.


The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre. Situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the facility is adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, it was formally opened in October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon's 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The government's decision to use Utzon's design has often been overshadowed by cost and the architect's ultimate resignation. It is a stunning piece of architecture.

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The interior of the concert hall.

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The couple met with locals.


From the Opera House, the royal party travelled by boat across to Admirality House.


The royals will stay there for the first half of their visit, at the invitation of the Governor-General.

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Admirality House shared this photo of the trio with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove. George looked very pleased with his gift.


Kate was a ray of sunshine in a vivid yellow dress by London based Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic.


The colour was very much an appropriate choice - one of Australia's colours. The dress is thought to be a bespoke version of the brand's Ryedale Wool-Crepe Dress with the colours reversed. The €1,093 dress is currently available at Matches.

Matches

From the product description:

'Paintings from Brazilian artists such as Héllio Oiticia informed Roksanda Ilincic's SS14 runway show. The Ryedale Wool-Crepe Dress shows just how beautifully such influences were interpreted. It features a bell-sleeved silhouette.'

This screenshot offers a look at the back of the dress (and a tender moment between the couple).


Roksanda Ilincic is very much known for incorporating colour blocking into her versatile and effortlessly elegant pieces. We see this demonstrated in the Laser-Cut Neoprene DressColour-Block DressOriel Dress and the Bronte Paneled Dupion Dress.

Roksanda Ilincic

Kate wore the designer 'peridot' dress for her arrival in Los Angeles in 2011.


Kate's much-loved L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps made their tour debut today (despite Daily Mail claims to the contrary).



The £195 patent leather platform shoes have been a staple in Kate's wardrobe since the royal wedding and a great choice with the yellow dress. They're available on the L.K. Bennett website in a number of colours and Nordstrom with Free Shipping.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess carried her L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch and wore her Cartier watch.


Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls and her Mappin and Webb pendant.


Spalsh/Annoushka/Mappin and Webb

The Duchess wore her hair half up - half down, a style she is becoming very fond of during this tour.


It was a stellar look for the Duchess and how lovely to see some sunshine after the rain in New Zealand. I expect Kate's wardrobe will be quite different in Australia and I do hope we see more looks like this one.


What do you think? Kate told a lady in the crowd William thought she "looked like a banana". (Oh William :)).

Prince George's nanny Maria was photographed holding his Kangaroo Backpack. It's still available for $14.95.


You can watch videos from the arrival and reception at 7 News.


Tomorrow's schedule:

  • The Duke and Duchess will visit the Blue Mountains, to the west of Sydney. 
  • The royals will meet some of the families affected by the bushfires which swept through the area in October last year. Afterwards, they will attend an event with residents and community groups.
  • William and Kate plan to see the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains for themselves.

A quick reminder, we've updated our Royal Tour Clock to reflect Sydney local time. As we enter the second phase of the tour, we want to thank everyone for reading and commenting and welcome our new visitors to the site, we do hope you enjoy your visit :)

131 comments:

  1. I hope you aren't wearing yourself out Charlotte covering this tour. You're doing an amazing job!! Thanks for all the quick updates.
    I have to say I'm not a fan of this dress. The color looks great on Kate appropriate length also, but the color blocking is what I dislike about it. If it were solid yellow then I think it would have looked a lot better.

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    1. A sunny colour for our sunny weather!
      From what I can tell of the photos the yellow doesn't seem to be too fluorescent or vibrant. More a lemony colour. The white colour blocking is subtle and does a great job of breaking the yellow up as yellow can be quite an intense colour on its own. I prefer this to the original dress.
      Haven't seen Kate in yellow much, so this was a pleasant surprise.
      George is amazing. I have yet to see him look upset with all the media and strange faces around him.
      Training him well.
      Hope the politics don't bring on a sour note to the beginning of their trip - but just as well they are in the governor-general's care.
      The Blue Mountains are magical.
      Even without time to explore it on their own, the sheer beauty of the scenery (especially this time of year with the leaves changing hue) is breathtaking. The clean fresh air is invigorating and will offer the couple a brief respite.
      Wonderful way to start their Aussie tour.

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    2. If she's going to be wearing lots of warm, bright summery colors in Australia, then I'm predicting we'll see a repeat of the yellow silk Jenny Packham dress(with weighted hemlines this time).

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    3. Or the high street yellow Jaeger dress.

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    4. Blair, I had the same thought. I expect we may see some of the dresses from the Asian tour recycled.

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  2. Thank you Charlotte, another well researched post! William made a though through speech, and they all look happy and relaxed. Catherine's dress is absolutely gorgeous, the sunshine helps of course! I admire anyone who can pull off canary yellow, awesome! Little George is soo cute, he must be wondering what the fuss is all about. The pictures with William and George bring tears to my eyes. I so wish Diana could have seen them. But then Prince Charles is probably terribly proud as well!

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    1. I first looked at George and briefly thought it was baby William. Then I saw Kate. George badly wants to get down and explore.
      I imagine Prince Charles will have his own, perhaps bitter-sweet memories on viewing those photos.

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    2. Yes, I believe you are right RNNOKC.

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  3. Oh this is lovely! This style of dress suits Kate just perfectly!! We have seen this look on the Canadian tour and I love it. It is a beautiful dress! Some of the coat dresses - the Catherine Walker, the blue coat when her hair was pulled back and the green Erdem were not of my favourites...and the skinny jeans/jacket/wedges look was also not my favourite but all else, the black fern dress, the Emilia, the red suit, this morning's suit and now this is just stunning and more the Kate we know! Well done Kate!! (Lize)

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  4. What a fabulous dress! It's so bright and cheerful. Not to mention the color blocking, which I love. She's off to a great start here in Australia. :o)

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  5. She looks great minus the hair. It looked a bit messy. Other than that an A.

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    1. Jessica from texas16 April 2014 14:37

      I noticed her hair also, if you see in the previous post it is pouring rain. I'm sure the rain combined with humidity un-did her curls. I think what you're seeing is kate's natural hair- very curly and full of volume. I have similar hair and humidity can ruin what took an hour for me to straighten and curl the ends.

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  6. I think that RD video is from twitter and might be on pinterest (?) I think it was amateur vidio.
    I think George has rug burn on his.little.knees from crawling.
    Yellow dress.lovely. Was thinking she.might wear yellow or green, but by an Aussie designer.
    The poster who talked about.Kate not wanting to set a precedent she would have to always follow had a good point. Also that it eliminates competition (and jealousy?) among designers.

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  7. Thanks Charlotte for this amazing tour coverage, I woke up every morning your blog is the first to read. I love this dress, clour, hair style. She looks completely happy and satisfied, as she should be. George is an adorable boy.
    As you pointed out DM was mistaken about the LKB shoes (I hate them, sorry to say such a harsh word but I have seen soooooo many times. I cant remember who wrote about picking out jewellery for this tour, but they are also the same all the time,which is completely ridiculous. Blue27

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  8. By the way I have seen photos about the nanny, she is so age appropriate, I like her plain,ballerina shoes style, really sympathic to me.Blue27

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  9. Kate looks great. Top colour for the Australians - "wattle" yellow in honour of one of their national colours. Love this dress. Like the blocking detail on the sleeved, a little different to normal.

    Such a shame NZ weather was so dreary. They will just have to come back. Commentators on the live coverage were saying it was pouring wet yesterday there.

    Kiwi Nic

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  10. Charlotte are you going to do a poll at the end of the tour on which of Kate's outfits we liked best?

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    1. Marion from Germany16 April 2014 17:34

      I was thinking about the same question, Blair. And how wonderful that you, Charlotte, are going to do another poll. I really enjoyed the 2013-polls and I hoped you would make another one after the tour. It will be a hard choice this time as I have appreciated all the clothes so far. This yellow Roksanda Ilincic-dress might be my favourite, but let’s see, what the Duchess still has in store. :-)

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    2. RM from California16 April 2014 19:19

      This gets my vote. The blocking is insanely gorgeous.

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  11. Brigitte in US16 April 2014 07:33

    HI Charlotte,
    I have never been fitted for clothes before, so I wondered if you could tell me just how exactly does that work? Considering that Kate uses different designers does she have to travel to each one of them to do measurements and then fittings? Do the designers send clothes to her home and then she has one tailor alter them? Or would she have a day of fittings where they all were scheduled to come? I'm trying to understand the logistics of such a wardrobe and lifestyle. Like how did they flip the colors on the dress and bring in the sleeves and made sure it fit her properly?
    Thanks - Brigitte

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    1. Hello Brigitte,

      I know designers such as Jenny Packham have been spotted at Kensington Palace, so I presume they go to Kate. I imagine Kate has someone on hand altering her clothes though, her clothes are very fitted and there were a number of alterations to previously seen pieces during her pregnancy.

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    2. Excellent questions Brigitte, it's the behind the scenes stuff that interests me too!

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    3. "Behind the scenes" is my interest, too. A week in the life, behind the scenes, would be a really cool post, Charlotte... someday. ;)

      Victoria, Oregon

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    4. anon from Leominster16 April 2014 20:38

      Would imagine her main designers have a dress maker's dummy of her figure and then do the final fitting on her. That is if her figure is consistent and it looks to be. Love the yellow dress, stylish, yet simple, a good look on Kate.

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  12. Thank charlotte for your wonderful job, I think I'll miss waking up with your updates when the tour will end.
    I'm glad to see a bit of the old glamorous kate back with streamlined silhouettes and trusty nude lk bennet

    Gabriella from italy

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. It will be sad to wake up and not have new pics to look at.

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  13. I wonder if there is a photo of the dress from the back. I would love to see how the color blocking is played at the back!

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  14. Eve from Germany16 April 2014 08:04

    Great, simply GREAT. I love the style of the dress, the colour is great, the blocking with white makes it even more sophisticated, elegant and so FRESH..... It´s as if it was suddenly bright summer in the middle of your holidays somewhere in the sun whenever I look at this dress - GREAT. As well as this hairstyle. I have been thinking time and again: "Kate, you´ve got such lovely hair but do yourself a favour and put it half back, so that you don´t have to have your hands in your hair all the time. It always gives this "clumsy" impression - so unnecessary!" This goes for her dress style as well. The pleated skirts are comfortable, but having to fear all the time that the next gust of wind will embarass you in front of the whole world? And this with so many smart fitted skirts and dresses around in this world? I couldn´t understand it. This kind of style saves you so much hassle.... that´s why Diana, Princess of Wales loved it so much. It´s a "no-brainer" so that you can fully concentrate on your engagement - and have fun, too!. So, well done, this time!! I want to emphasize, of course, that she can dress how she wants and how she likes it - it´s just that I feel for her every time I see her having to "struggle" or experiencing awkward moments when really there is no need to.... Thanks again, Charlotte, for this amazing coverage!! I "fear", after this tour, we will all have a massive "hangover" and massive "withdrawal symptoms" at the same time! So many posts with so many news, and that every single day - when they return and "lay low" for a while it surely will hit us all hard! ;-)))))

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    1. Sarah from Calif.16 April 2014 16:30

      Eve , well said. It's like the sunshine has arrived..
      I love George excited wiggles seen on the video. I think all of my boys did that. I suspect he wants down and wants to romp around.
      Fantastic coverage Charlotte. Only wish there was someway we could all thank you!
      Have a lovely day Kate fans :)

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  15. Theresa, from Paris16 April 2014 08:17

    FABULOUS ! I just love the styling and color of this beautiful yellow dress. The Duchess seems perfect to me, shoes, hair, everything... And of course her winning charm and beautiful personnality !
    Just brilliant :)

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    1. I had the very same thought. Love the look. And George...I just want to hug him and kiss those cheeks! :)








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  16. Charlotte this dress is to die for! Kate looks beautiful in it and its perfect for sunny Australia! George is the cutest baby he is going to be one big boy!!

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  17. Wow, great outfit!! I really enjoyed this Roksanda Ilincic dress, very appropriate for colour and shape. I think the latest fashion choices have gone into growing .. From the teal frock to the beautiful Luisa Spagnoli and then the blue suit .. I wonder if the dominant theme of the tour is the block colour.
    In the third photo George looks like William in a awsome way... spitted..













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  18. Love this dress! Modern and chic. (No flapping skirt on the stairs of the plane is good, too.) Glad to hear the poll will be back--that was fun last year. This and the black and white dress are top of my list so far.

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    1. Agreed, splendid dress. Love the square neckline for its freshness and the way it echoes the other blocks in the design. However, say what you like about wide skirts being unsuitable, kick pleats flap too. Ironically, yesterday, while boarding the plane from NZ the royal thigh and shapely bottom (to rival sister Pip's though it hasn't gone viral), and today as she disembarked we got a view not unlike the red number of day one. The difference? The press hasn't focused relentlessly on that single second making a big deal where, essentially, there is no big deal. In my mind, the whole thing was a non-issue that got inflated.

      Personally, I love the way the Duchess relies on a few pairs of shoes and repeats them constantly. The first rule of travel is to pare back and make your wardrobe work hard. Since she does not employ a dresser, that's easier to manage, as well as less cost to Prince Charles. Plus, she likely chooses those go-to shoes because they are comfortable. She's a working woman who has to balance a great many variables as well as feel good in her clothes.

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    2. Maryland Moxie16 April 2014 23:09

      Oh, I question whether she packs herself - I'm sure there are aides minding the packing for all three of them and responsible for the luggage - haven't see them toting around their carry-ons have you? They are not a family of three just popping around the country having to worry about volume of clothing. As for the shoes, every woman should stick to what is comfortable and NEVER wear anything that is not good for the feet. That is why I think she wears the same style over and over - it is difficult to find modern shoes that won't also mess up your toes and knees over time.

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    3. Don't forget about comfort too. When you buy a new pair of shoes you have to break them in beforehand especially with heels and I'm sure that it would be very uncomfortable for Kate having to walk around the whole day in new shoes that are painful and make her feet hurt. She seems to pick comfortable, practical shoes that will be good for walking around.
      I also have a hard time picturing Kate in those massive sky high gaudy shoes you see some of the celebrities wearing.
      I wouldn't call her shoe choices boring more like safe. Which is ok. Although I would love to see her switch it up a bit. There's plenty of beautiful closed toes shoes our there.

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    4. She doesn't do her own packing.

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    5. Blair, send her to bluhare. She'll fix her up with some sexy , closed-toe shoes.

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    6. I didn't say that she did her own packing or that they were a family popping around the country. Just that she seems to be mindful of economy, sticks to a few basic shoes, and makes her wardrobe work hard. That's still easier to manage even if someone else is doing the packing and lugging. There have to be lists for every one of these appearances and, no doubt they're checked numerous times. I have coordinated two-week international tours with 30 people. I can imagine a little of what it is like.

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  19. I only very recently found this site and absolutely love it. Beautiful photographs and lots of great detail.

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    1. Welcome, this is the BEST Kate site out there! You really should read some of the older post, like Kate Loves. Hopefully you have time to spare bc you may not want to stop:)

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  20. William has the look of his great-grandfather, King George VI, in the photo where you see his profile, as he takes George from Kate. First time I have seen this resemblance.

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    1. Tammy from California16 April 2014 16:19

      Martha, I had to google a side profile, but you are exactly right! He DOES look much like his great grandfather!

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  21. Fantastic coverage of the NZ part of the tour. Doesn't Kate look like a ray of sunshine as you say.
    What a lovely dress. George ready to run when let go. They looked really relaxed. Looking forward to
    this part of the tour v much. Thank you and your fiancé for all the work you have put in already.
    Hello to all this blogs lovely readers. Donna

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  22. Dear Charlotte, thank you for another great post and covering all the details from this tour. I was wondering, do you have any information which tights Kate is wearing? It looks perfect everytime I see her in dresses.

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  23. Jean from Lancs16 April 2014 09:47

    Gorgeous dress---the yellow with the white blocking looks so much more sophisticated than the original.
    Lovely to see the sun after the very wet New Zealand earlier---thought the suit was perfect for the day.
    George is so fantastic---nothing seems to phase him.
    Hope you are getting some sleep between blogs, Charlotte.

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  24. Silvia from Portugal :))))16 April 2014 09:49

    Just amazing :))) Loved it all :)))))

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  25. Welcome to Australia, Kate. Beautiful dress. Hope they really enjoy it over here. Thanks, Charlotte. Can't wait for more posts.

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  26. I like the dress : very modern and colours design. I like too George's look :-)

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  27. Love it!!! The yellow is so fresh and bright. Shame the weather was so dreary in NZ. Not everyone can wear yellow successfully but Kate can.

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  28. Wow, what an interesting look!

    I personally don't care for longer hemlines on Kate in general, but I actually quite like this dress on her. The overall style of the dress and the colourblocking detail near the hem makes the dress look modern and chic. Maybe the sleeves are a bit on the long side but perhaps I'm being too nitpicky there :)

    Great accesories and shoes, too.

    I also don't think weve seen Kate in yellow very often?

    And thank you for posting all this Charlotte. I've been a follower of your blog for some time, but only recently started commenting!

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  29. Love George's outfit. Almost a copy of William's outfit as a baby in Australia.
    Those puffed sleeves, puffed trousers, Peter Pan Collar, smocked top! Don't think it is a coincidence.

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  30. I just read this Kate quote in the Daily Mail:

    'William said I look like a banana,' Kate told one member of the waiting crowd, Heather Easton, as the couple reached Sydney's iconic Opera House.

    This is the second time (green coat was "a bit bright.") that Kate has laughed about William teasing her about her sartorial choices. I love this. It clearly shows that she is confident in herself and in her relationship with William.

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  31. Liz from the US16 April 2014 12:07

    I absolutely love this look! Yellow is such a pretty color on her!

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  32. FABOULOUS! Even glamorous! Wel well done! And that little Georgie!

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  33. I really love this dress, beautiful color, wonderful fit and length, still sassy and modest.
    One thing and this is my personal taste, I am not a fan of the exposed zippers.
    In my own dream world, I would love to see that dress with a red heel, an unexpected pop of color!

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  34. Absolutely love the yellow!!im surprised though she dint have a pin on her dress resembling the flag, as she did when they disembarked in Nz, sunny color in sunny australia, gosh im excited, the tour has begun on a great note!xoxo

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  35. A HOME RUN! They all look amazing.

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  36. Just spent the last hour watching a fair bit of coverage of William's and Kate's first couple of hours on our home turf.

    One poignant observation I made, (and this is purely from what has been televised), is how much more natural the couple act when they are greeted by Australian officials and the Australian public. Although this too seemed to happen in NZ with the nose touching greetings.
    I watched the Governor-General's wife gently lean over and touch George once they stepped off the plane, and everyone in the quartet (Kate, William, Lady Cosgrove and George) seemed quite OK over it. As a matter of fact they seemed to have a giggle about something.

    I'm quite enjoying the friendly and not over-stodgy conduct shown by our Aus/NZ officials and the enjoyment of reciprocating the same behaviour by William and Kate. The same air continued to resonate throughout the crowds. No royal airs and graces necessary here; and Kate I believe seems to feel quite at home with this kind of treatment. After all she was raised as a "commoner". Strangely, I get the feeling that William is sensing a bit of relief of not having to act too royal also.

    It brings memories of when Diana was in Australia and our then prime minister casually led her in the right direction by touching her back. Horror! But, such natural, subconscious behaviour by the Australians.

    Hope they enjoy our "ordinary but cheerful" treatment of them.

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  37. Thank you Kate! A fresh look, no blowing up skirts, no hair everywhere. Just lovely; the best look on the tour so far. It was also great to see William holding George - he's so cute! And thanks for the quick post Charlotte!

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  38. The style and fashion aspects of W&K are always fun. Also impressive is how well they go about their public duties, with a genuine intetest in all people, and a sparkling sense of fun...as well as a strong sense of the occasion, joyous or solemn. Easy to see just why The Queen was so anxious that they marry...she knew they'd be good for each other and for the country....and they're natural world leaders, gracefully championing causes of great importance! Charlotte, you set the standard here with the quality and content......fun, complete, and so very interesting!

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  39. I like the yellow dress. I love the picture of her and William standing next to each other. His navy suit goes really well with the yellow dress.

    I also like that she's tying her hair back. I love it when its down but its something different.

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  40. Charlotte - when this is all over and you've had a week to sleep(!) do you think we might have another vote for favorite outfits, etc?? That was so much fun and if so, I'm voting for this one! They look wonderful - so looking forward to the Australia leg! Thanks for your great posts! - Heather C USA

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  41. Kate, Texas, USA16 April 2014 14:04

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Kate looks bright, chic, and simply lovely! I love the designs and vibrant colors from Roksanda llincic. The dress you have pictured above that she wore when landing in LA (she also wore it to the Creative Arts Reception) is one of my favorite! I really hope we see Kate in more from the designer. Kate looks fabulous! I'm sure someone will mention along the way that Kate didn't have the dress mishap that she did in NZ. Did anyone notice it happened to Michelle Obama as she disembarked a plane in Austin, Texas last week? President Obama politely helped hold her skirt down. My point....it could happen to anyone. :)

    It's wonderful to see the Cambridge family together. They really are a beautiful family and look so happy. GEORGE....how can he not steal the show wherever he goes?!?! Those cheeks! He is an absolute doll and I know William and Kate are really enjoying this special time. William and George look quite handsome and I got a good giggle thinking George and his daddy have the same hairstyle. :) I'm sure George will steal the hearts of Australians as William did 31 years ago.

    I am really looking forward to the Cambridges in Australia! I'm sure it will be as memorable and successful as the NZ leg! Fantastic post Charlotte! :)

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  42. Hi Charlotte, thank you for the fantastic work!
    What beautiful photos we have here. What a nice little family.
    Prince George is so cute, prince William so handsome and duchess Kate so pretty in her yellow and white outfit.
    You've made my day!

    Hugs,

    Monica (France)

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  43. What about what George is wearing ? Love the posts btw.

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  44. Kate is a much younger, fresher version of the Queen. HRM has always chosen vibrant shades and they are perfect when one is in a large crowd. Kate stands out and looks fabulous!!! I love the both the style and the bright yellow. William looks very nice too (in his blue suit) And, how could I forget Prince George in another adorable outfit. An "older" lady like me would be squealing with delight if I was in the crowd.

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  45. Rhonda (Wisconsin)16 April 2014 14:15

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this look. She looks amazing, Prince William looks like a proud Papa and Husband. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. I love that she's pulling her hair back - it really is a very flattering look for her. She's a beautiful woman and it just show cases her eyes and cheeks. Way to go Kate!!!!

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  46. This has been my favorite outfit so far. I love the color, the fit and the style is simply different and most definitely YOUTHFUL :)
    I read William said she looked like a banana LOL! I thought that was so funny. My husband is very opinionated with my outfits as well. Once he hated Kate's outfit and I posted all of his comments; I remember someone even said it was good Kate had married William instead, and how awful my husband must be. LMBO!! It isn't such a big deal when he (my hubby) dislike an outfit and it's just part of our relationship to share everything. PW also disliking the green coat made me think, he must have more to say than what we believe.

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  47. W&K not only have great style and are fun to fashion-watch - as ambassadors for their country, the monarchy, and the causes they champion, they are a great team. They have the perfect sense of occasion ...whether it's sad, serious, or joyous or fun! They've got their priorities straight and it's all lovely to see! And this blog really sets the standard...speaking of priorities!

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  48. I saw on Twitter that the Duchess told someone in Sydney that William said she looked like a banana! Love it! I was wondering which shade of bright yellow the dress was in person, and now I know!

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  49. I love the color, fit and style of this dress. My favorite of the tour so far. If she had worn her hair back like she did in Malaysia it would have been 10\10 for me. It just needed that one final touch.

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  50. KJ (Dallas, TX)16 April 2014 15:22

    Love her in smartly tailored colorful dresses; it really should become her trademark!

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  51. Tammy from California16 April 2014 15:29

    1) Kate's dress is great! I really love her in the yellow and love the white parts of the material!
    2) Prince George definitely has an Elvis lip! It's so cute, he always has the top lip half up like Elvis! And Elvis WAS the King ya know....
    3) Prince George has a consistent twinkle in his eye like Kate: he may be a cheeky little guy growing up! LOVE IT!
    4) LOVE the nod to Diana in Will's speech. LOVE that he keeps her close to him.

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  52. Loved seeing HRH in a bright new dress! Very nice square neckline and the knee length pencil skirt was great to avoid the arrival fly-ups! I was also just as happy to see the LK Bennett pumps and clutch...I was starting to worry that the LK Bennett taupe shoes had been put out of commission....and I love them! New dress+old favorite staple=love it! Silvia

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  53. I would like the Oriel dress for Kate. Glad she ordered her choice with a shorter narrower sleeve but prefer the jewel neckline over the square one she chose. Canary yellow is not my favorite but she looks wonderful in this style and the color is just right to honor her hosts. Great dress for the day. Whoever said Kate's best looks have been on warm weather tours was so right. She's a summer girl at heart.
    George is adorable and already behaving like a royal pro.
    Visiting Australia and New Zealand have long been on my bucket list, so I am loving all your posts, Charlotte.

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  54. Thanks for covering the tour! Great work! I'm happy to check for updates every morning.

    Kate looks very happy and George is just too cute. It's good we see more of him kow than in the past month (but I understand they don't want to show him around..).

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  55. Great post Charlotte - and another home run for Kate today! I also thought the navy suit from yesterday was excellent.

    I like the bespoke version of the yellow dress much better than the off the rack white version. Glad Kate had the colors switched!

    Adorable little George must be so confused by all the travel. I bet he is looking forward to getting back to his own crib. :-)

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  56. She looks very nice. I'm not a big fan of yellow in clothing, but this looks nice and so much better than the one it was modeled after. Nice nod to Australia, too.

    But the winner in today's sartorial sweepstakes in my view is George. Love the little romper he's wearing.

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  57. Wow, I absolutely love the dress. I think it's the perfect "Duchess" dress and she looks so pretty and elegant. And best of all, no skirt blowing up as she exits the plane. Wonderful choice! It would be nice to see PG smile lol but his schedule is probably totally off. Poor thing. He's still absolutely adorable!

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  58. She looks stunning in this dress! Sunny, bright, radiant...all of those words apply. George is precious and, as someone else wrote, you can tell he wants to get down and crawl around.

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  59. Thank you.......i love kate!

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  60. George is the spitting image of William as a baby. I see a little of Kate in him but he reminds me more of William, although Wills wasn't as fat as a baby as George is. He's really a little plumper, hope he didn't the the short, chubby gene from his great-great granny's family, the Bowes-Lyon side!!
    But this yellow piece is, again, a hit and, again, Kate falling back on the tried and true and classic style she had before her engagement and wedding, youthful, chic, yet classic and appropriate. I love the colorblocking reversed on the dress.
    And I really like her hair half-up so we can see her face and jewelry, instead of just a mass of hair!! Love the Sledge pumps, love that she wears tights (pantyhose) to polish her legs. This is the old Kate style that we grew to know and love. Couldn't be happier that she's returned to this and I hope she keeps it up!!
    I do have to say I feel a bit sorry for Wills and Kate but especially Kate, having to deal with two of the grimmest, grouchiest, dour-looking staff I've ever seen in Rebecca Deacon and the new nanny, Ms. Borrallo. It's not just these photos, there are pictures of her holding George in the Mail and other UK publications and she looks almost angry with him.
    I'm sure it's hard work and a hectic schedule on the tour but I'd point out that they knew that when they took these jobs.

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    1. Jean from Lancs16 April 2014 22:18

      Elizabeth,
      I too saw the photos of where George had been handed to the Nanny---she looked very stern and he looked upset---however then saw the later photo with his mummy and daddy and the monster wombat and he seemed happy again.

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    2. Hi Elizabeth.
      I have been thinking the same thing about the nanny; but I thought I'd wait it out and see if I was wrong.
      She'd scare me if I was her charge.
      I have considered that Kate and William would have been very careful with their nanny choice, so it may not be what it seems.
      Perhaps these nannies are trained to show no emotion in public as it may not be "professional?
      I guess if they attach themselves too much to their charge, then they risk "favouritism" between nanny and parents.
      It's a touchy subject. Either way, it must be hard to pass over their little one all the time, especially if he is getting a touch testy or upset.
      But definitely the severe faces aren't so necessary. He still is a baby.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.16 April 2014 23:44

      I think Rebecca is fine, I've seen lots of smiles from her. As for Nanny, a very serious job indeed. As much as I would want to be George's Nanny ,he will need a firm hand. Can you imagine having everything you want and everyone at your beak and call. A bit of seriousness will be a good balance. IMHO

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    4. I think maybe baby George would have been upset even if it was Ho Ho the clown taking him away from his mummy.
      Well, let me rethink that one.. Clowns can be pretty scary.
      For my peace of mind, I have to believe that the young couple we have seen on this tour would not choose a mean nanny. Not one I would have chosen necessarily. She must be shy or maybe just focused in public situations. She is probably meant for the long haul, and this tour won't last forever. He'll soon be tucked up in his nursery suite in KP.Wasn't she also trained in.martial arts?
      One can't have everything.

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    5. Thank you for the feedback and I'm relieved it's not just me.
      I'm of the generation who adored Diana and I remember all too well her revelations about how bullied and badly treated she was at the hands of the "grey mice," the Palace staffers. how rigidly they stuck to traditions and protocol, no matter how antiquated and ridiculous, and how hard it was for Diana to do what SHE wanted - ESPECIALLY in the raising of her sons.
      I also remember that she discussed how the people SHE trusted, her closest servants - much as Deacon is to Kate - actually reported on her activities to the Palace.
      Diana was more or less told what she could do and couldn't do.
      I think Kate isn't a very assertive person and she very much wants to please William, his father and the queen, she adheres to the royal rulebook and I hope she's - and/or William - aren't letting the likes of the sourfaced Miss Deacon and Nanny Borrallo order them around and/or tell them how to raise their son.
      George clearly is relaxed and happy around his mother and his father, which means he's very familiar and comfortable with them and very close to them, even in a way that William and Harry didn't seem to be. I hope they continue to have the primary say in his bringing up, not the nanny or anyone else.
      And Sarah, sure, he needs a firm hand but I'd advise you to read the accounts of earlier royal nannies. They were NOT a nice lot and they took the "firm hand" thing often WAY too far - to the realm of corporal punishment and what would be considered, today, as felony child abuse. Many accounts attribute George VI's stammer, at least in part, to the horrific treatment he received at the hands of his own nanny as a small boy.

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  61. Poor William - he doesn't get much chance to show personality other than with his choice of ties - can anyone tell the maker of his watch?

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    1. I wonder if it is the watch Kate had made for him for his birthday a few years ago (2011).

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  62. Jane from New England16 April 2014 17:39

    Wow! Great look all around. Love the bright color, and the color block excellent. Style is great. Love the sleeve fitted to elbow. Stunning! Hair, everything perfect. And her yellow looked wonderful next to William's blue suit. The family together is such a tribute to the Royal Family. They are classy and growing more so. They handle George so well and easily. It is just fun to watch their lives together unfold. Thank you, Charlotte, for the quick and detailed posts.

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  63. Awwwww Charlotte, there's a really adorable photo over at Gossip Cop, of little George in Australia getting acquainted with a big stuffed koala.. or something. It's really cute!

    Loreley

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    1. I just added it to the post. It is so adorable :)

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    2. It's a wombat.
      Have to admit this would be my favourite native animal.
      But don't be fooled. Although all our native mammals look cute and cuddly, they have reputations of being quite vicious.
      The wombat being very slow, less so. But they are seriously huge. Close to size as in the photo.

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    3. I wondered what that animal was and wombat crossed my mind. Do you remember Charles and Diana referring to William as a wombat?

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    4. And you should see the claws on those things.(wombats) Puts Edward Scissorhands to shame.

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  64. After being largely bored by Kate's wardrobe choices in NZ (with a couple of notable exceptions), I must say I love this dress! Being a yoga pants/t-shirt kind of girl myself, it completely amazes me when I see the original runway version of this dress (which, I hate to admit, but I find pretty hideous). How someone would even begin is beyond me! 3 really minor alterations and it turns into something I think is perfect for the occasion. This tour has certainly been a learning experience for me, as well as quite entertaining!

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  65. I love checking everyday to see what William, Kate and George have been up to! You are doing such a wonderful job! I love Kate's outfit! So bright and cheery! But she looks great in anything. She really does! I want to talk about that sweet baby! I love his classic smocked outfit! I live in Alabama and we do smocking in a big way with our babies. It keeps your little ones looking like they are little, but it's also just so traditional and sweet. It stands the test of time. Seems like a perfect choice for a member of the royal family!

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  66. I love the color blocking on this dress! I'm so envious of Kate's ability to wear such a bright shade of yellow--I'd look jaundiced if I did!

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  67. Is it just me or is there many security people around both the Duke and Duchess? Yesterday, I noticed it more and even the press could not get a picture without one of them in the picture! I have not seen it this way before when they are with the public.

    George is so cute and he doesn't want to be carried, he wants to get down and crawl, or maybe walk very soon!

    Charlotte...your work is outstanding as always! Thank You again!

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    1. I thought the security looked heavier, too. Maybe it was just the venue. I noticed it first at the NZ marina in the snap one of our bloggers took. They also appear more focused. And probably listening to the babble in their ear pieces.

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  68. Oh, what a lovely, fresh look! I imagine it's hard to keep things fresh AND conservative, but this certainly does the trick! Well done!
    And I LOVE her hair like this. I do wish she would try a different eyeliner, though. The black looks so harsh in the close-ups. I think brown would be softer and still give nice definition.

    Also, George is adorable. Podgy, indeed. He reminds me of my little guy at that age. Absolutely edible.

    Annie
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  69. Love this dress, thanks for all the updates.

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  70. RM from California16 April 2014 19:18

    That dress is STUNNING. SHE is stunning. She smashed it out of the park with this look. I don't even have any words.

    Funnily enough this dress in its original yellow-on-white is awful. The way the yellow under the arms appears it gives the impression of a wide figure--almost a muumuu. Kate was incredibly insightful to ask for it reversed.

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  71. I LOVE this dress! It is perfect for her and she looks amazing. Great style. You can tell from her smile and demeanor that she feels great. This is my favorite so far of the entire tour. My second favorite is the dress she wore to the play date with Prince George. I know she is a Royal and that suits and coats and hats are a necessary part of her work, and she always looks beautiful. This style, though, is just her.

    Thanks so much for the wonderful updates. Get some sleep when you can!! :o)

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  72. Well, I just lost my long, thought provoking post. :o) Just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful blog and all you do. And, this dress on Kate is fabulous. My favorite of the tour so far. I love it when she is so comfortable in what she wears and you can tell she just loves it!

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  73. Hi there Charlotte I am a new reader of your blog. I must say I am incredibly impressed with your detailed posts and quickness. I personally loved this dress the yellow is really striking and compliments her beautiful complexion. I was wondering if you know anything about the beauty products kate uses? Her hair and make up always looks so lovely and her skin is just perfect.
    Would be really interested if you have any details on Kate's beauty regime.
    Thank you. Great blog! Looking forward to checking in for the rest of the tour and beyond!

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  74. Love,love, love the yellow dress. I wasn't sure about the white colorblocking at the bottom, but it's growing on me. I loved little George's outfit, too. They seem to be trying to show George being held by both his father and his mother. That is a good choice. Can't wait to see more! Thanks for keeping us all up to date on the tour!

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  75. Don't know if you noticed this- HRH Duchess Kate was referenced in USA Today. Probably old hat to you.

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    1. Ha!! I mean your blog , Charlotte!

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    2. Thank you so much, I had no idea :)

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  76. I love the yellow dress - fashionable cut and very cheery. This is a perfect example of an outfit to deal with wind issues when coming off a plane. Look forward to seeing her outfits for the remainder of the trip. Thanks Charlotte for continuing to do such a great job on the blog!!

    Linda - Sask., Canada

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  77. William cracks me up. Women, it is said, dress for women. I believe it!! HRH dresses for her female fans, I have no doubt. Men. My husband, who is generally generous and sweet when it comes to commenting on my wardrobe, occasionally has his "things men say" when it comes to wardrobe. I was wearing a CK aquamarine top last summer that had a rectangular metal accessory on one of the straps. My husband goes: "what is that clamp on your shirt?" I looked at him, laughed and told him with comic indignation that "It's not a clamp dear...it's a coquettish accessory." He laughed. Anyhow, William cracked me up (and...I must say, William needs to wear snazzier, lighter colored suits..) Silvia.

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    1. Completely agree Sylvia.
      William often dresses with very little flair for his age and position. He may like blue, but there are so many gorgeous shades of blue that would suit his colouring so much better. Perhaps he prefers the attention be directed to Kate?
      However, I think neither Kate or William have a huge fascination with clothes. I think that shows through their everyday casual wear.
      Prince Charles should give William a few pointers on fitted, classic dressing. He always looks smart. But we wouldn't want William to change completely - because then it just won't be quite William.

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    2. YES! You are so right! We rarely mention it, but Prince Charles is a VERY sharp dresser! And I agree that William should stay William–but I literally feel as if the weight of the fabrics and dark colors takes away from his presence. Anyhow, again, I'm with you on Prince Charles. He needs his won fashion groupie blog! ;) Sylvia

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  78. Thank you all so much for your comments. I had to laugh at William's comment about Kate looking like a banana :)

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    1. Sarah from Calif.16 April 2014 23:47

      Charlotte, I do wonder if Kate tires at the fashion drama sometimes. :)

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  79. Charlotte, I think Blogger let some spam through at the end of your last post. It is not good. Maybe you have already dealt with it.

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  80. Thank you so much for letting me know. I'll check it out immediately.

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    1. Charlotte, no need to post my questions here. Did you see what I thought was spam? It is gone now. Also, did you get to see the USA Today article? The blog's name is highlighted. It credits you for ID of Kate's yellow dress I saved it to my e-mail. I'll get it to you somehow, if you missed it. I just checked and it is still there.
      To answer, you can just say " yes and" yes, if you.like. And let me know if you want/need that article.

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    2. Hello,

      I did indeed remove the spam and see the article. Thank you so much for pointing both out. The OH took a screenshot and I'll add it to the media page. So kind of them to mention the site and very kind of you to let me know :)

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  81. If she has to rock longer dress lengths, this is a perfect one. I think she looks superb. :)

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  82. Ok after looking at the photos of the dress and watching the video. I've changed my opinion, the dress has grown on me lol.

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  83. There has been some very harsh criticism of new nanny based solely on a few pictures of her. She is not a person who smiles a lot, at least not when she is in the public eye. I agree with RNNOKC. I think she is so focused on her responsibility for this baby. I'm sure when she is alone with George, she is much more animated. Obviously, she had the proper credentials, and I'm sure she had to endure multiple interviews and background checks. Being George's nanny is not all "fun and games."

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  84. Rose from Montreal, Canada17 April 2014 03:16

    Dear Charlotte,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful blog. I absolutely love this yellow dress. Banana dress. Prince George is simply adorable and rearing to go. He is so well behaved. William's suit was nice too. Sometimes I get so caught up in reading the comments, I forget to comment myself. I am enjoying this tour. Thank your fiance and tell him how much we appreciate all the hard work you are doing at very odd times. It is greatly appreciated by your loyal followers. Please get some rest and take care of yourself.

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  85. Laurie - N. Carolina17 April 2014 13:10

    Love, love, LOVE this look!! This silhouette is perfection on Kate...so classic and tasteful. And that gorgeous bright yellow and white color-blocking is so chic and youthful. Her bespoke version is sooooo much better than the original. I have to say...her last three outfits were all home runs in my opinion. Up until today, my favorite was the red suit she recycled the other day, but I think this one is now at the top of my list. And I also love her Sledges...so glad to see them again!!

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  86. This dress was perfect for the occasion. I saw her leave the plane with Prince George and Prince William and thought "This girl's incredible! Got it in one!" Kate looks modern and sophisticated for this modern city. Perfect colour to refer to symbols of the country - sun, and acacia blossoms. Definitely her best look yet. Thank goodness for that!
    This young woman is such a wonderful sartorial role model for the rest of the young royals.

    That said, though the weather in NZ was wet, the activities for the royals were interactive and fun. Reading the itinerary for the Oz trip puts them in a very passive place: visiting, looking and dinners. Boring! There are so many fun things to do in Australia and they were not given the opportunity to do them. For starters, why no sailing on the harbour?

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  87. I think the Cambridge's made a very sunny arrival into Australia! I just enjoy watching them exit the plane with their little bouncing bundle of joy - George is just soo cute!! It was nice to see William holding while Kate received her flowers. I loved the dress Kate wore - very chic and vibrant. I just love how the colour looks on her. But I couldn't help but laugh out loud at William's comment. I guess the Duchess got back at him with the Alpaca wool- bald patch joke =D

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