Sunday, 13 April 2014

Wine Sampling & A Trip Aboard the Shotover Jet: William and Kate's Afternoon in Queenstown

Following a busy morning of engagements in Dunedin, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a flight to Queenstown for two afternoon events.



For their first engagement, William and Kate had the opportunity to experience one of New Zealand's greatest exports: wine. Queenstown is in the heart of the Central Otago region, very much an-up-and-coming area in terms of wine production.


The couple visited the Amisfield Vineyard, where they sampled some local wines and food.



Amisfield was established in 1988 and is a specialist producer of Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines created from fruit grown on their estate beneath the Pisa mountain range in the Cromwell Basin. Amisfield wines strongly reflect the company's grape growing and wine making philosophy.

Amisfield

The royals enjoyed a tour.



A royal baby story has circulated in the press over the past number of hours (and no we're not talking about Prince George). During a walkabout in the town of Cambridge yesterday, Prince William greeted well-wishers including Briton Cynthia Read who was commissioned by the New Zealand government to make a merino wool shawl for Prince George. William thanked her and said, "you might have to make another one soon". Since then it has transpired William most likely said, "you might have to make another one sometime".



The pregnancy rumour mill went into overdrive, however, photos of Kate sampling wine should quash any credence to that.



Hannah Armstrong from Mudhouse wines was at the event and shared the following quote:

'Kate said she hadn't drunk whilst pregnant with George and although she doesn't drink much she was really enjoying the odd glass. Kate took a small sip before handing the glass to William's private secretary Miguel Head telling him to "enjoy it".
 Kate said her husband was the wine expert and she always followed his advice - and that he was normally right. They were also saying how much fun George had at his playdate. I asked if he had been out much but they said he hadn't because of the bad weather.'

Afterwards, William and Kate headed over to the Shotover river to experience the Shotover Jet, a 50 mph white-water ride through its canyons.


New Zealand is renowned for adrenaline sports, and is known for introducing bungee jumping to the world. The couple were joined by young people working in the tourism sector.

Shotover Jet Facebook Page

William and Kate had a great time.


Reporters at the event said Kate looked incredibly excited.



The Duke and Duchess posed for a photo.

Shotover Jet Facebook Page

Royal reporter Richard Palmer shared this photo from sunny Queenstown.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

For Kate's third outfit of the day, she sported her navy blue Zara Double Breasted Jacket.

Zara 

The Duchess selected her  Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges. They're available for $385 with Free Shipping at Zappos. I have to say I'm in the minority but I love these wedges.

Stuart Weitzman

The Duchess wore the GAP Fitted Boyfriend Gingham Shirt. It's a very versatile and wearable piece. We know Kate was spotted at GAP just before the royal tour; it's quite likely this is one of the pieces she purchased during her trip.

GAP

It's a very easy look to Repli-Kate with blue gingham shirts widely available across the high street and high end alike. Below we look at three alternatives from brands favoured by Kate - the $275 Burberry Cotton Shirt, the $60 Topshop Mix Gingham Shirt and the $90 Lauren Ralph Lauren Shirt.

Burberry/Topshop/Ralph Lauren

Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough green amethyst drop earrings.


Kate completed the look with skinny jeans, her Ray Ban wayfarers and changed into her Mint Velvet plimsolls for the jet boat ride.


There's a nice video from the event on Youtube.


William and Kate will spend the night in a local Queenstown hotel.

Tomorrow's events:

  • William and Kate will travel to Christchurch and enjoy a formal welcome by Ngai Tahu in the community's city centre. 
  • They will see some of the progress and rebuilding that has taken place since the devastating earthquake in 2011. The royals will take part in a ceremony remembering those who lost their lives in the earthquake.
  • Participate in an event to mark the Cricket World Cup coming to Christchurch in 2015.
  • Travel to Wigram Air Force Museum and enjoy a business lunch hosted at museum, hosted by Christchurch Chamber of Commerce.
  • They will see the Memorial Wall, dedicated to Royal Air Force members who died whilst serving their countries.

To read today's earlier post, please click here. What a day it's been! Share your thoughts in the comments section :)

163 comments:

  1. Can I found a no-more-wedges camp here? I dislike them, sorry. The duchess needs to work on 2 things:accepting height and weight. Blue 27

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    1. How tall is Kate? Apparently she's 5'10 but I don't think so. I believe she's a bit shorter like 5'8.

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    2. Yes, I am in your camp. Can I find a camp of not wearing those skinny jeans all the time. They are fine for boating but very unprofessional and un-Duchess-like for the wine tasting.

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    3. I agree lose the tight skinny jeans with too high wedges. Reminds me of a Barbie doll outfit I had

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    4. I'll join. I do not like them at all with the skinny jeans. It doesn't matter who is wearing them, they are not attractive. I also do not like the over use of the skinny jeans. I feel they are much too casual.
      The shirt is great, I would like to see the jacket worn open, like the model does. (I have a personal dislike for most double breasted things, though, worn on men or women.)

      The blue dress today was nice. So much better than the baby pink one.

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    5. Again, I think this is about the busy schedule for the day and not having to make endless clothing changes except for a quick top switch. If the couple did less in the day, then I think she would probably wear different clothes.

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    6. I like the wedges for walking on grass. Can you imagine getting yourself stuck in the loam when the heel sinks in? Not for me.

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    7. Kate seems to be closer to 5'6" than the 5'10" or so that's always touted.
      People always comment about how tall she is but they're meeting her when she's wearing 4" heels. If you look at the photos taken the day she was released from hospital in December 2012, wearing the flat-soled boots, she is VERY much shorter than William.
      Even with a 4" heel, she's still well shorter than William, who's 6'3".

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    8. Blair, I think you're right, even with the 4" wedges she still looks a good 3 inches shorter than William who is 6'3", that would make her about 5'8".

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    9. I'll sort of join. Those horrendous skyscraper heels are actually extremely comfortable IF the fit is absolutely perfect. But while they may look great under a swooshy summer skirt, they just look odd with the sprayed-on leggings. Leggings might be right for some occasions -under another outfit to maintain modesty, depending on the activity -but casual on her level at public appearances IMHO shouldn't include them.

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  2. The water ride looks beyond fun. I bet they had an amazing time. I would live to do that.
    The pregnancy rumors were bound to happen sooner or later.
    It's just like the great "daughter" incident where a woman thought she overhead Kate say she would take the bear for her daughter.
    I suspect they'll have another baby in 2 more years.

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    1. It is! You come off it wanting to go straight back and do it again!

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    2. Blair, I also remember William's reportedly saying on a walkabout pre pregnancy announcement that he would keep the little onesie he was given. He has a history of letting the cat out of the bag.I don't think that lady said something spontaneously and then decided she had not heard right.It was her interpretation of what she heard. Ear witnesses are almost as unreliable as eyewitnesses. It would have been better to leave her statement as it was. I think.

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  3. I just wonder if Duchess Catherine realizes there are other pants in the world besides skinny jeans? The saying is flaunt it while you've got it, but for goodness sakes. Am I the only one who believes Catherine would have looked much more the part of a Duchess and future queen if, at the wine tasting, she wore dress slacks?

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    1. Sign on the times changing, future queen likes to wear skinny jeans lol.

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    2. "Peoples princess".

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    3. Perhaps she didn't want to hold up the tour while she changed outfits between these closely-timed events. I'd certainly hate to be subject to so many different opinions about everything I wore. Impossible to please everyone. At least she's nice and trying hard to be all things to all people! Jo

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    4. If she could change her shirt she could change her pants. She must think she looks her best is faded short tight jeans. I think she would be please if she even tried a straight leg jean. If she must wear jeggings she should buy new ones for her trip.

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  4. Great afternoon activities! I doubt there would have been time to change, hence the outfit being more casual. Just my thought!

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  5. Guys, its cold out there! maybe you can consider that factor, as a reason for nor her not wearing trousers or other kinds of pants.
    As a regular jeans-wearer I can say that they do help to keep your lower half much warmer than trousers.

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    1. Try lined wool pants far warmer than jeans.

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    2. Lol she's British. Anything over 10 degrees C for a Brit is considered warm.

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    3. I was a Ski Patroller for several years, and I can tell you jeans are one of the worst things we saw on the hill for warmth. Great for frosbite derrieres however. We used to tell the kids if they had to wear them, they should Scotchguard spray them to stay water-resistant and increase the odds they wouldn't get as cold when they invariably got wet. Old Aplpine as in Alps skiers and Nordic wore wool pants, and those were warm.

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  6. So she likes the skinny jeans... Sheesh get over it! I'm a professional woman just 2 years younger than Kate and I wear skinny jeans on Fridays in the office. I don't blame her for not wearing your typical dress slacks... I've started purchasing more cropped, slim leg dress pants myself. What I am tired of is the same "uniform" look she wears all the time. It's classic, yes, but it's getting old. I'm also a fan of the shoes, personally. I'm 5'10 and love wearing 4" heels!! Nothing wrong with a woman being tall!! I think she always looks put together, just not in a very "special" way... and she is in a special position, so she needs to up her game!

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    1. I have no problem with Catherine wearing skinny jeans, I just siad I wondered if she knew there were other pants in the world. There are functions that the casual look of pants is appropriate, but not necessarily skinny jeans. And I'm not just referring to this Royal Tour. It seems to me that if the Duchess is not wearing a dress/skirt/coatdress, etc., the only pants I have seen here in are these blue skinny jeans. With the same wedges. With the same or same type blazer. Frugality is one thing but I think Catherine is risking becoming boring if she doesn't start to change it up. Again, I have no problem with the skinny jeans or how she looks in them.

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    2. Jane from New England13 April 2014 at 14:30

      I agree with everything but your skinny jeans comment. I just think it is the most ridiculous fashion ever invented. I'm not a prude either!! I would have jumped on that ski jet in a flash!! I've worked at the top of the corporate ladder. I'm a go! Get with it! type of person. But it's just distracting to deal seriously and intelligently with someone whose bum is outlined like it has nothing on!! It's actually funny!! lol :-)

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  7. RM from California13 April 2014 at 06:50

    I'm not a fan of the skinny jeans either. I think she doesn't fit them as well as she used to and they look slightly faded. However, I do love the wedges. I am a huge fan of Stuart Weitzman shoes and have had my eye on these wedges for a while, but they're too tall for me--I'd twist an ankle in those. Kate has the body for them and wears them well.

    Great activities, loved how high her hair was put up for the rafting. That was unusual and fun to see.

    Regarding another baby, if George isn't easy then they'll wait until he's at least two, which is when we all forget how awful they were and start longing for a sweet baby while our toddler is having "terrible two" tantrums!

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  8. Whatever she is wearing i love her still :) thank you for this kate middy's blog...i love it too.....

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  9. Definitely agree with the jeans/wedges comments. Having a wider leg jean is more flattering for a slim figure and
    low heeled shoes are better too. Apart from this look, I have generally been a fan of her formal attire.

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  10. I do not like Kate´s style any more. For years - it is just the same. These dresses, coats and jeans. The only difference: various colours. Have you ever compared Kate´s style with other princesses and queens? Just think of Victoria of Sweden (she changes her style completely), Mary of Denmark (just great her looks) or Queen Rania of Jordan (incredible looks!)... Kate is a young woman - she should have more passion in fashion.

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    1. What would we all prefer Kate wear on official engagements?
      Does she need extreme dress sense for us to be happy?
      Kate has always been a conservative dresser from way back. She can be stylish and conservative. That still shows passion for what she wears. Just because her style may differ to another doesn't mean she lacks passion.
      From what we see, Kate exudes a passionate nature. She throws herself into every moment.

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    2. If you want to compare Catherine with Victoria and Mary you'd better go on Google. This is what I have found in regards to these women and casual wear: Mary of Denmark often wear almost boho type of clothes when going casual, such as loose fitting pants that are quite flowing. Completely different approach to pants. She has been seen in skinny jeans as well though. Victoria of Sweden is a curvier woman (compared to Mary and Kate) and she often wears roomier pants, but she can also be seen in skinny jeans. I think it's just what they like and what works for certain type of occasions.

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    3. Yes Queen Rania! She always looks so stylish and appropriate and absolutely gorgeous.

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    4. Yeah but ....Y'all start-a screaming "taxpayers" !!! and "republik" !!!, if she wore different fashions.

      The girl can't win.

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    5. This so hilarious to me. The Duchess of Cambridge literally CANNOT win!!! No matter what she does she will be criticized....hair too long, hair too drab, hems too long, hems too short, clothes too expensive, clothes too cheap, she's too much of a fashion horse, she should be more into fashion!!!

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    6. AMEN to your comment

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    7. AMEN, AMEN to your comment. It's goofy that people are believing that she has been ordered to stop wearing sledge wedges and short skirts, can control any type of outfit in any type of wind, can control her hair in every single weather condition, that they know what is PROPER for a duchess, that she spends too much and we can't afford to buy what she wears, that she spends too little and we are insulted that it's not princessy enough, that repeats clothes and we get bored, that she doesn't repeat clothes and she is wasteful.... I sure hope she NEVER reads comments about her EVER.

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    8. Anon above.. I highly doubt she does. She probably couldn't care less what we think of her choices. They are hers alone, not ours to choose.

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  11. I'm not a fan of the wedges either. Even with the lift, this shoe has a 4.5 inch heel. With her above-average height, she doesn't need it AND should not wear those shoes. Please retire them, Kate! Sadly, this outfit is a "miss" for me.

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  12. William and Kate aren't next in line, are they? I believe that would be
    Charles and Camilla. So why not critique their clothing choses? Diana
    was next in line to be Queen and I do remember stories about the
    outrageous amount of money she spent on clothes. You can't complain
    about austere spending and have Kate spending on clothes when so
    many are struggling.

    I focus on her warmth and ease with people. She does not seem above
    them. Isn't that far more important than how she looks in an outfit?

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  13. Reading the comments to the tour, it seems to me that a lot of people would feel "naif" if not pointing out some flaw in Catherine's wardrobe. Her wardrobe's supposed disfunction is the only theme of discussion, that's so boring!
    I didn't know the wine production in NZ - Italian and French people tend to believe that the only good wine in the world comes from their vineyards - so it's very interesting for me to see the Dukes tasting wine with a delighted air.
    The picture of Kate and William laughing in the boat reminds me the well known picture of Diana and her two sons on the roller coaster. Very joyful, very touching. Catherine is a blessing for William's life.

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    1. We are well known for some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world.
      I guess some countries overseas choose not to import it (or mark up the prices incredibly) to promote their own wines?

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  14. I saw the Zara blazer in store today. If I owned that divine blazer from Smythe that Kate does I wouldn't have bought Zara's button frenzy version as well. It's pretty cheap and nasty in real life. Still looks good on DoC...she has that way of wearing clothes fairly well.
    Anyway, just my two cents!!

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  15. I'm not too fussed!
    Would like maybe another colour pair of jeans for a change and I do prefer to see her in the boat shoes or plimsolls when she opts for casual.
    Surely she can't do jeans again tomorrow!
    Gosh Charlotte, are you getting any sleep especially since this event was late to be sent out by the media?

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    1. A little, thank you. I had a nice chance to catch-up this morning (Sunday!!!!!!) and there's a day off coming up :)

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  16. As someone down here on the receiving end of this tour, I admit I can't fault the couple greatly on their wardrobe.

    However, I am hoping we will see more involvement with some major charity work and bringing attention to some works of significance down here. eg. homeless/poverty/medical research/funding arts/ education. Many countries around the world have an image of us living a very laid back, fortunate lifestyle. Although we aren't 3rd world, it would be a perfect opportunity to bring public attention to the struggles and funding problems of these nations through their visits. It would be a difficult task in choosing which group to draw attention to, but something is better than nothing. There are many groups which would still offer political correctness for them as well.

    Admittedly we are approaching ANZAC day during their stay which puts great emphasis on our servicemen and their loyalty to their country. This is reflected in much of the wreath laying etc. and that's great.
    Can we perhaps hear more speeches to encourage the public to also hear a voice about issues that need our attention? Something a bit more like what Kate has done with some hospices.

    I genuinely feel a real lack in this department with this tour.
    I admire them both but if this itinerary was done by palace officials (most likely) I would have expected William to have more of a say and incorporate some of the above.
    I hate to say this, but a large percentage of this tour (SO FAR) seems like a tourist's itinerary.
    I really hope to see this change and for them to prove me wrong.

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    1. Theresa, from Paris13 April 2014 at 21:46

      Your remarks are really interesting, Anonymous 08:02. I hadn't thought of the choice of the events in NZ until I read your opinion. But now you say so, it is true the visit seems very "touristy". Maybe too much so...
      I would love to come to New Zealand one day. It seems such a gorgeous country :-)
      All best from Paris :-)

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    2. Anonymous 08:02...I live in NZ too. I have thought the same thing as you re charitable causes. There really has not been a great deal go on, aside from the childrens hospice in Hamilton and ANZAC related causes. I don't think that the tour was solely designed by palace officials - however I do think that it was designed in large part by Tourism NZ. Just think - this tour is reportedly costing the NZ taxpayer approximately NZD$1 million, whereas many overseas tourism campaigns cost in excess of ten times that amount. I think the relevant Govt ministers think that this tour will bring attention to the country in ways that money generally can't buy.

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    3. Anon 8:02- First, I admire your beautiful country -" Down here"- New Zealand? I think one of the main points of the tour is to promote tourism, so one could expect to see touristy sites. I agree, it would seem this tour would be a perfect platform for those issues. Perhaps another visit. Their schedule is pretty full.

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  17. Kate's hair and makeup looks great and she looks happy. I bet the boat ride was a blast ! However I am tired of those jeans and hopes she uses another pair of pants for relaxed occasions. I also detest the wedges have detested them from day one.

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  18. I wish Prince William and Catherine a very restful evening tonight. I hope they have a really nice dinner, followed by Pavlova and a nice bottle of NZ wine! Well deserved indeed, after days and days of visiting places, always with a friendly smile and kind words for the crowds that have come to see them.

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  19. Leave the woman alone! Kate obviously wears what SHE likes & good on her.

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  20. Looks like they had a lot of fun!
    I personally thought her outfit was perfect for the engagement. Love the combination of the earrings and the blouse and blazer. Very countryside chic :)

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  21. Love the open collar gingham shirt! Going to repli-kate that directly!

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  22. I asked Charlotte awhile back how talk Catherine is. She told me but now I can't remember. From pictures I don't think she is as tall as reported. She wears heels and in relation to William still doesn't seem like she would be 5ft10in on her own. Maybe 5'8 like someone else said. Charlotte knows but now I can't remember what she said. Can't wait to see more! Thank you Charlotte!

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    1. Jennifer...I saw Catherine while she was on the semi-walkabout in Auckland a few days ago when she was wearing her corkswoon wedges. I have a sneaky feeling that she is 5'8" to 5'9" ish. She is definitely not more than that.

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  23. I asked Charlotte awhile back how talk Catherine is. She told me but now I can't remember. From pictures I don't think she is as tall as reported. She wears heels and in relation to William still doesn't seem like she would be 5ft10in on her own. Maybe 5'8 like someone else said. Charlotte knows but now I can't remember what she said. Can't wait to see more! Thank you Charlotte!

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    1. Hello Jennifer,

      The media has always reported Kate is 5"10" but according to reports/sightings it seems she's closer to 5"8". There's no officially word on it though!

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    2. William is 6ft 3in

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  24. I may be in the minority, but I really like the navy jeans, blazer and yes, even the shoes. I think it's a modern-classic look.

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    1. I also really like the look!

      On another note, I want to thank everyone for their comments. There's been a lot of negativity though, let's try and be positive and perhaps give Kate a break? It's becoming unpleasant for regular commenters and some of our new readers. Thank you!

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    2. I like the blazer/ skinny jeans combination too, royalfan. She looks comfortable and relaxed in it and it suited the engagements she wore it too really well.

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    3. I too like the look, but not on back to back days. I would love to see her in a trouser jean in dark wash or even white. I think those would look great with her wedges (as long as they are tailored right) and blazer ;)

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    4. Having seen the outfit in person (while in Auckland) it looks fantastic in person. I have to admit it doesn't look so great in photos though, so I can understand some of the negativity towards it. It's a bit of a shame that she hasn't worn more kiwi designers though, and she shouldn't really repeat outfits so close together while on tour.

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    5. Thanks Charlotte. Sometimes it gets real hard to enjoy a fan page when nit picking gets going. I appreciate your efforts to curtail it.

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  25. They both looked like they were really enjoying this part of their day- big smiles, very relaxed (William- wow!) but I am in the skinny jeans/Wedges camp- not a fan- that said the jeans and the flat shoes look better together than jeans and wedges I think

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  26. Oh well, I think I'm in minority... I think this outfit is exactly what one should wear for a visit to a winery. But I also think she could have worn a different and new jacket. And I did know that she would repeat her skinny jeans. :-) and I'm so sorry, but I also love these wedges. I don't like them in general. Catherine has wedges that I find awful. But just this pair is nice.
    This ride on the Shotover Jet looked like great fun.
    Have a wonderful sunday, Charlotte and thank you so much for your posts which are put together in a perfect way I think. :-)

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    1. Vicky, I think maybe some people might confuse a wine tasting at, say, a gallery- which might include cocktaily type dress- with a winery wine tasting- which is usually in rustic outdoor setting or down with the wine barrels- which would lend itself to very casual dress. As to how to properly hold a wine glass- there is a so-called proper way, but who cares? You saw the photo of the Duke and Duchess, each holding the glass differently, as have people in other pictures. (I think she is sniffing, not tasting, but what's a little wine?)
      This tour is very tightly scheduled with less than ideal circumstances - traveling in a military plane with a load of journalists, out of the way sites, for example, which means change to the ideal costume for a particular event is sometimes not feasible And maybe she would have worn the same thing with all the time in the world to change. Just offering some alternate perspectives
      She is taking all this flack so they can go home to George as much as possible. I think this couple have their priorities where they should be.
      Other royals? I don't know if they brought their children along or whether or not others had a local base, perhaps a hotel, at each stop where wardrobe adjustments could be perfected In CP Mary's case, Australia is her original home.. I imagine she had plenty of alternatives.
      . Not to mention the time saved in not commuting back to a home base.
      The Cambridges made the best decision for their son, not necessarily for themselves.
      Sorry, Vicky. Climbing down off my soap-box now.
      Marg

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    2. Marg, are you talking especially with me or also with others readers and posters? I'm a little confused because I didn't mention other royals within my post and their children nor did I blame Catherine. I thought I wrote a nice comment of her outfit which I liked... sorry if this wwasn't made clear in any way...

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    3. Vicky, well I started off talking with you and then got on my soapbox. I have since chopped it into little pieces and hopefully I won't confuse anyone else.
      Your comment was fine.
      I ended up doing the very thing I dislike in others-
      You were crystal clear. I was muddled. So sorry.
      Think it is time for me to quit posting on this blog (or any other)

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  27. Kate looked great today. I don't understand all the negative comments. No one wears the perfect outfit to to satisfy all critics everyday.

    I like the wedges and skinny jeans.....and am envious of how skinny she is. If I had her figure I would wear the same items!

    Fashion aside, Will and Kate looked like they had a marvelous time today! Looking forward to tomorrow's events.

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  28. I believe the reason Kate is never seen in slacks is because the Queen dislikes them; which is why you never see any of Britain's female royals in pantsuits. Kate has to wear dresses or skirts or the occasion has to be informal enough to permit casual wear.

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    1. If you go back in time during their dating days you will see that she has never worn pants. Almost every photo of her is in either a skirt or a dress. Maybe pants while in college.

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    2. Maybe Catherine just doesn't like them? I know I don't wear things that I don't like even if people say I should wear them.

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    3. I'm not much older than Kate and I can't stand wearing pants either. Not even jeans.
      Too restricting and suffocating and I don't think they do my shape any favours either.
      I sure haven't been advised by the Queen to do so.
      Some of us simply prefer not to wear them.

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  29. Sarah from Calif.13 April 2014 at 13:58

    I'm liking William's look. They look like a typical young , in love couple out here in the California vineyards sampling wine. Wish they were here :)
    The boat ride looked like a blast !
    I'm missing pictures of George. Oh well guess we'll have to just wait.
    Have a lovely Sunday everyone :)


    Boat ride- fun but kind of scarey !

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    1. The Shotover Jet ride is fantastic fun - you end it wanting to get right back on and do it again. Exciting and very scenic.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.13 April 2014 at 22:56

      Linda , I would deffinitly go for it:)

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  30. Liz from the US13 April 2014 at 13:59

    I usually don't mind her skinny jeans and wedges look. I think the problem is that she's worn them to quite a few events during the first week of a formal tour. I think we were all hoping for new looks, especially since we haven't seen much of Catherine in 2014.

    I think Catherine is also struggling to find a balance between being the sophiscated princess the palace wants and her own personal style. So far her tour looks have been all over - some days she's donning longer hem lines and bespoke pieces, and other days its skinny jeans and high street tops.

    As much as I like Catherine's personal style, I think it might be time for her to hire a stylist to help her evolve from girl next door to modern day princess. Or perhaps she can take a cue from Princess Mary - her 2013 Australian tour looks were phenomenal!

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    1. Totally agree! I couldn't have said it better. I spent some time looking at Crown Princess Mary's style blog this morning and must say I was wowed by her unpredictable style. Saying that, I just think DK needs to get more comfortable in her public role and that will help her become more daring and experimental in her style choices. I think those of us of Diana's generation watched this happen with her.

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    2. Catherine is not Princess Mary nor is she Diana

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    3. It is so weird that clothing for informal events, during what you called a formal tour, would somehow be different than for any other informal event. I think it's really considerate that she is not making hoards of hosts and journalists stand around for extended periods of time while she gets all dressed up in the next fashion statement. Also, her clothing has not been all over the place on this tour. Many hemline lengths are in style at the moment. She's fashion forward enough to wear more than one length, just like Princess Mary who wears different lengths and dresses from H&M and custom pieces. She likes jeggings and a blazer or a sweater for casual things. She likes dresses or full length coat dresses for less informal things. She has always dressed this way, is revered for her beauty and style all over the world. Why should she change any of it, take a cue from any other princess or advice from any of us?

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  31. Jennifer from Wisconsin13 April 2014 at 14:24

    I am so excited! I actually own the Gap shirt like Kate's! I struggle with my weight and part of why I love this blog is that it inspires me to get back the body I used to have pre-horrible medicine related weight gain (and a few brownies). I love ladylike, lovely clothes and Kate's closet helps me to keep focused. So while it may not be the fabulous size 2 dress from last week, I am feeling a little happier right now and a little less frumptified by my weight struggles. Thank you Charlotte and Kate!

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    1. Jennifer, I do not regularly comment, but I just couldn't help replying to you. I don't know where you have been on life's journey or what the struggle has been, but remember that you are worth a lot whatever size you are! Keep encouraged! I have struggled with an eating disorder for a long time and am finally getting help. And so when I read your comment it brought tears to my eyes, because it can be so difficult to deal with image! I wish you the best.

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    2. Anon, beautifully expressed. You brought tears to my eyes.
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    3. Jennifer,
      I can both sympathize & empathize--I've been a reader of this blog for a long time but this is my first comment--I've been there with medicine related weight gain. I gained 70 lbs. from an antidepressant that I needed greatly, but the weight gain made me feel bad for a different reason (if it's not one thing it's another!). I've lost 50 but am struggling with the last 20 despite working out twice a day and eating well. In other words, I've been there too! Hang in there, it gets better and you'll get yo your goal soon I'm sure!

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    4. Jennifer from Wisconsin14 April 2014 at 04:34

      Ladies,
      I just want to say thank you. I truly am touched and like Marg, have tears in my eyes as I write this. As I think the Queen Mother said- I try to keep calm and carry on. I used to be like Kate- tiny and people accused me of eating disorders but I just didn't gain weight. Then due to medicine, I went from a size 0/2 to a 12 in one year and but was never very self confident to begin with. I had mentioned in a previous post on a day I could barely walk that my back was injured having my second baby and then I went to another new size realm which every time I try to break out of- some other issue occurs and I just can't get my 5'2" self to a healthy weight. I even managed a knee injury followed by a pulmonary embolism last fall with a dose of Predisone right after that. Following Kate's fashion lets me be myself having fun looking at her clothes without feeling like someone is going to say - "what difference does it make to her if she likes that dress- she'll never wear that size again- something a member of my family did when some of us went shopping. This blog has helped me so much to be inspired, to keep trying and now, feel more supported. My whole life fell apart in every way possible in 2008 and without getting into it, I have been trying to rebuild everything for the future (also why I am in school)- but I turn 40 this year and for almost twenty years now, I don't want my picture taken, I don't like to look in a mirror and I am so worried I will eventually embarrass my children. Somehow I am going to get myself fixed. I hope Anonymous you and I find that peace we are so desperately looking for- I will keep you and Kate in my prayers. This post might be TMI for some of you- sorry if I offend but count yourself lucky if you haven't been there.

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  32. Someone please take those faded pants away from her!

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  33. I find it difficult to be critical of her, however we saw this same look just a couple days ago. I'm not a big fan of gingham but it looked ok under the jacket. I do like the shoes but I wish she would change it up a bit. I agree with the other comment about other Royalty. I thought the Jeans were too casual for the wine tasting, but It didn't appear that she had time to change so I can understand them. I did like Will's outfit better than some other days.

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  34. I love getting up every morning and reading your latest articles about the tour, Charlotte! Thank you for all your effort! :)
    I think William and Kate are doing a great job in NZ and I love Kate's style. But I have to agree with those who say that her style became a bit predictable. Nevertheless, we should not forget that it is Kate's job to support and raise awareness for great projects and charities and to represent her country and NOT to show the latest fashion trends like she was a model. She does a great job and we should talk more about her charities and her role as a royal. This doesn't mean that people shouldn't discuss about Kate's style anymore! I'm just saying that we have to remember that she has the opportunity to do better things which are worth talking about and that she's more than a nice dress or a fancy hat. I really didn't want to offend anyone by writing this post but sometimes I'm getting mad when the media is only reporting on Kate's looks without even mentioning the charities she supports. That's why I mainly follow this blog when it comes to royal news because here you also get lots of information about Kate's actual work :-)

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    1. I agree with you. I think Kate is not only about fashion and would not want to be perceived as a clothes horse. It's a fine line to walk to be stylish, but not eclipsed by fashion. She is doing very well.

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  35. The skinny ankle jeans are and have been in fashion for awhile now, so I don't think she looks inappropriate at all. At least she's not wearing "mom jeans" haha. I would have loved this outfit with another top underneath to break up the navy. Coral would have been beautiful.

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  36. Can I form a no more whinging about wedgies and skinny jeans camp? I think we've got the idea that the "fans" are divided on the issue of how the Duchess has chosen to dress on this tour compared to other tours. Going on and on about it is getting as boring as some say those sartorial choices and go-to blazer "uniform" of the Duchess are.

    I think any intelligent person who has followed this blog has to sense that the new direction of clothing choices are highly influenced by Angela Kellie and HM. Bright solid colours, longer hem lengths, straighter lines and generally leaning to an octogenarian look. If this keeps up she'll be sporting HM's hair next.

    And "fans" are as fickle as can be. That's how people are. Their adulation turns to acrimony when their "Dolly Duchess" isn't performing to their standards. Now readers are ready to dump the Duchess because she isn't dressing as they see fit. They're not getting the fashion show they want. (Why aren't they reading blogs that will give them the runways, then?)

    Or they're miffed that she hasn't "worked" lately. Not enough appearances. How much do they expect? She is not a senior royal and cannot be out as often as they--or she'll get the same flack for "upstaging" the others that Diana did. She can't win. She's been working her tail off preparing for this tour (it's obvious) at the same time that she is working in the role of new mother. (I thought the myth that women with infants "did not work" had died long ago, but I guess not.) William has said that George was a challenge for the first five months but is starting to be more settled (sleeping through some nights) and more fun.

    I'm going to give reading the comments one more day. If the tone does not improve, I'll read Charlotte and no one else.


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    1. Well said! I was thinking exactly the same: it's better reading no comments but just Charlotte (with the same great pleasure as always!).

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    2. You are so correct. And I can not understand why Charlotte continues to let these types of comments to be posted. I understand many readers have left becuase of so much negative posts.

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    3. Why oh why does anyone even believe that ridiculous stuff about the queen and angela kelly stepping in and dressing Kate? It was as dumb as the stuff was about her friend who's an interior designer helping to dress her. Nothing is different fashion wise on this tour than on any other tour. She has always worn bright colors and a variety of hem lengths. She has always like jeggings and a blazer. She has always had a minimal, unfussy style. And she does not look like an octogenarian. How ludicrous. Please.

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    4. I'm sure Charlotte recognizes that this is a public forum and as such she probably would like to censor as little as possible unless it is threatening or very malicious in nature. Unfortunately, folks in the public eye such as William and Catherine (especially in this day and age of social media) are going to find their detractors as well as their fans. Goes with the territory. I don't think that Charlotte has advertised this site as a "fan site" but more of an information site.

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    5. I'm one who's been a bit put off by the tone lately. Not just here; everywhere. Now that they're on tour, they're getting more attention and I assume people who normally don't read about them are now doing so. They'll probably stop when it's all over. I post on another blog and there's been an influx there of people coming in and slagging the regular crew. Then I was over here, and people were doing it here. And names I've not seen before, and probably won't again.

      For the life of me I don't know why people can't accept opinions for what they are. Opinions!

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    6. Jennifer from Wisconsin14 April 2014 at 04:49

      Bluhare, Nice to see you are back! I hope you don't mind the reference further down the pipeline in response to A non mouse. Charlotte- you are just about on real time- it's 10:49 p.m. here- what is it in England?

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    7. bluhare, I haven't been able to post lately because of personal circumstances, but I do try to follow if/when I have minute. I don't see anything new here (regarding opinions) to be honest. Some people will never criticize, some will never say anything positive, and then there's the more reasonable middle ground.

      But I think it's sad if people take this out on Charlotte or her blog in any way. If she posts the comments, people get upset, and if she wouldn't people will accuse her of publishing only positive opinions. It seems that Charlotte has something in common with Kate........she can't win! :)

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  37. I think Kate is doing so well in the style department on this tour. She is wearing pieces we can all afford, for instance a Gap shirt and a Zara blazer, looks super modern and on trend (not to mention so svelte) in her skinny jeans and her wedges (which I LOVE), and does the high-low accessories mix perfectly, i.e. a Longchamp bag (again, very affordable), Ray-Bans (ditto), and a Cartier watch. I don't know who is advising her, or if she is going it alone, but she is knocking it out of the park!

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    1. I agree...aside from the green coat in Cambridge (which was a little average) she has looked fantastic :)

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  38. Charlotte, you are a wonder. Always speedy and informative. I'm learning about the Commonwealth through this blog.

    I like the cork wedges, just not how they look with those too tight jeans. I'm only 5'3" so I love a well tailored trouser with a high heel, makes my legs look long. Kate has her choice of designers ready to help her look fabulous, I do not understand why she sticks to those jeans. Fine for taking Lupo on a walk but not suitable for Duchessing at a public event. Some fine wool slim straight leg trousers would look great with that blazer. Then switch to wet wear leggings for the boat ride. I still believe she is hung up on balancing her long torso and ends looking a bit thrown together teetering on 4 inch heels. Victoria is the best dressed royal, Kate needs a lesson from her. Thank goodness Kate's natural, friendly way with people overshadows whatever she wears.
    Love Otago pinot noir, so glad the Cambridges are highlighting the NZ wine industry. That boat ride looks like a blast and should put paid to the pregnancy talk, since it is not recommended for pregnant women.

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    1. Love your phrase "duchessing", well crafted.

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    2. RM from California14 April 2014 at 00:07

      Not recommended for very pregnant women; generally those types of roller coaster activities aren't for women in their second or third trimesters. However when you're newly preggers, perhaps not advisable but still totally doable. So, I think the rumor is still worth speculating. Love the "duchessing" use too.

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  39. All I ask of Kate at this point, is that she be ladylike. Skinny jeans are not. Gosh, I'm even embarrassed to wear them sometimes. Women have been encouraged to give up more, in the last twenty years, but it's not right.

    I would like to see her design some hair accessories, with in-house jewels, so she would love to put it up.

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  40. I love her winery look! I wasn't as much a fan of that blazer earlier, but the winery outfit is so classy and gorgeous. Between her winery look and the one when she was yachting, she looks so gorgeously posh. Damn her :)

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  41. Is there anything you people like about the Catherine? You have torn her apart since the tour started.

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    1. On the contrary, I am a huge fan of Kate's!!! Do not misconstrue comments about Kate's clothing as a personal attack on her. She is a enormous asset to the royal family and a breath of fresh air. Anyone in the "public eye" is fair game, even Kate. I'm not aware of any malicious attacks toward Kate on this site. Hey, we're just girls who like to dish about fashion.

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    2. There's a way to talk about fashion that doesn't involve hating on a public figure that you supposedly like. This page has gotten full of judgmental women.

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  42. Nice outfits and appropriate for the events. I maybe wouldn't have paired the blazer with the skinny jeans for the vineyard and those wedges. It's a confusing mix of casual and semi-formal or business casual.
    I don't have a problem with the skinny jeans but they really don't flatter her.
    Before her pregnancy, they were embarrassingly tight, almost like a pair of leggings rather than jeans and post-baby, they seem to fit oddly too, not as tight but baggy in odd places. They are very worn and Lycra, which all skinny jeans have, loses its stretch after many wearings and washings.
    The length is the other thing I take issue with especially when paired with the wedges. The jeans are an ankle length and they look too short when paired with wedges, especially since they hit more above Kate's ankle than they're meant to, I think.
    I'm not particularly a fan of extremely high shoes with trousers anyway. Unless the pants are longer to accommodate the height of the shoe, it just looks like your trousers shrunk in the laundry.
    My guess is that the gingham shirt is the Ralph Lauren one. The GAP shirt is much, much shorter, even in the tall version, than the one Kate is wearing and the print is much darker than Kate's shirt appears in all of the photos.

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  43. Seeing kate without heels i don't think she is 5´10, more like 5´7 --- still tall for me.

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  44. I like the gingham shirt a lot but the outfit is so tired. I agree with the the ladies above that suggested that dress slacks would be a nice option for Kate. I'm 24 and I wear skinny jeans casually but at work I have skinny leg dress pants in black, navy, stone khaki, and dark gray. Navy dress pants with the check shirt and her wedges would have looked great. Of course she needed jeans for that boat ride, which looked like a lot of fun until I saw video of it! That things whips around like nobody's business.

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  45. I like this look but surely she could mix it up with a different jacket, different jeans/trousers, I mentioned before, she has an amazing figure , money is not an issue, she has every fashion label hoping she will wear their clothes and yet she wears the same look all the time.

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  46. Thank you for your extensive and thorough coverage of the tour, Charlotte. Are you still also going to classes and studying?

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    1. Hello Eve,

      I am indeed, my exams are next month so it's a revision period. The timing has been very, very lucky :)

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    2. Lucky you!
      My exams are on easter pause which means I'm also a lucky girl and can follow the tour. Welcome to the club. :-) :-)

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  47. Hello,
    I have never commented here before, but since everyone is entitled to their own views, I thought I would share mine briefly. First, Charlotte, you are simply doing an amazing job bringing all this information to your loyal followers!! I am very thankful to you for all your hard work, I don't have to look anywhere else for news on the tour or TRH's for that matter. I just worry about you running yourself down physically; I hope you are getting some catnaps in there somewhere :). The only thing that bothers me is when I see a nasty (dare I say Hateful?) comment about the Duchess. Don't get me wrong, there are some outfits that she wears that I do not like, but the last time I checked, she is an adult in a mostly free world and isn't she entitled to HER likes/dislikes? I just don't see the point of making hateful and hurtful comments on here; sharing opinions is one thing, ruining (IMO) Charlottes hard work with nastiness is another.
    Well, as I said, first time I am posting, probably the last (especially if someone hates on me lol). Just one last thing: there was a question about how tall Kate is exactly; well I googled it (my bf calls me google because I use it so much lol), Kate, w/o heels, is 5'9" tall (to Wills 6'3").
    Well, thankyou all for letting me speak. Amazing work Charlotte. I hope everyone has a great rest of the day and wonderful week coming up.
    Jennifer

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    1. I have google her height and it said a 5"10. I don't think she is 5"10 or even 5"9. I do believe William is 6"3 but I am thinking HRH looks to be about 5"7 or 5"8 without the 4 inch heels she wears. I hope none of my comments are considered nasty. I just think she dress like a older woman and I also think she could benefit from the services of a stylist. I love the royal family and love reading about them. I think Kate and William are doing a wonderful job with this tour.

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    2. Jennifer Amend to your comment. This was a great place to come and share with other fans but it has become a place that there is hardly any nice comments anymore. This has become a place like the TV show Fashion Police where Joan Rivers never has a nice thing to say about what women are wearing.
      It is really to bad because Charlotte puts in alot of hours to bring everything Kate and to have so much negative comments is just so wrong.

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    3. Jenn, Hope you continue to comment. Likes and dislikes. I think there is a generation or two out there that grew up in a world where face-to-face communication is getting less common.Conversing online is extremely limiting, beyond the anonymous factor. We don't see a face to judge the effect of our words ,or show a face to demonstrate how our message is meant. We can use little symbols, but -not the same as the nuances of real facial expressions. I made a TIC comment whose meaning would have been clear face to face.
      Online, we don't see how we are dressed-certainly we know the implications of dress here. Would I understand someone's critical remark about expensive outfits one way if the speaker were dripping in diamonds and another if clothed in rags?
      Environment counts. Am I am making a remark to colleagues at work, or to a partner or friend at home.
      Of course, Skype can solve alot if these problems, but so far "Duchess Kate" isn't offered on Skype.
      Context is everything- except, possibly for the dire need to be sure of our facts, before we type.. Just look how William's recent remark stimulaed a tide of conjecture. And criticism of Kate's casual clothing,before finding out there was no time to change
      Internet communication is so fast. We need to slow down our response time, before we type a judgement.
      I am convinced there are those on this site being criticised for rude, "nasty" statements who would not make those statements to Kate's face, or even another blogger's face. Some simply need more practice phrasing their opinions so they aren't so in your face, - which is sort of an ironic expression here.
      I often worry about posters to whom English is a second language. Their viewpoint is so interesting and also , important.,I think.
      Maybe Charlotte could invest in a translation service.
      I am now climbing off my soapbox for the second time today. I don't apologize, because I consider myself the senior citizen here- until someone is brave enough to admit to being older than me
      I am now taking an axe and chopping my soapbox into tiny.pieces.
      Marg

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    4. how old? bet I can beat you as I am 64!

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    5. Not sure how old you are but I am sure there are other seniors here

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    6. I'm 66 soon to be 67 but not mentally. I still have "young" ideas and thoughts. I think it's fine to post constructive criticism. Every one is entitled to an opinion and this is a public forum after all.

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    7. Susan- In my first sentence- "likes and dislikes." It's how it is said.
      I'm 72, but not physically- there I am closer to 80'
      Marg

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    8. I am so discouraged. After everything I said, , the only thing comment- worthy is my age.Ha!!
      Obviously,no one has heard me. I was trying to do my part to encourage more kindness and empathy. I have seen so many good things lost from lack of nurturing and respect. (Diana?) This blog is like a flower. There is only so much acid rain it can take.
      I get excited imagining all the people, all over the world who come here to share ideas and their enjoyment of Kate. I am so grateful to Charlotte for providing this meeting place and I will truly miss each of you
      But I'm. feeling a bit invisible.
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    9. Marg, I hope you stay. I hear what you are saying and think it is important. I also think that we should respect Charlotte's wishes,a s she recently asked everyone to focus more on the positives. I also like the way you use metaphor... Let's put a bit more sunshine and perhaps a bit of light rain on this blog flower. :)

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    10. Jennifer from Wisconsin14 April 2014 at 04:03

      A non mouse- I heard you loud and clear but I was at work and time restricted on what I could write so I waited. I hope you also continue to post. I think what you have to say is valid and correct. Amazingly, I think writing on this blog sometimes is akin to driving in your car. People treat others differently than what they would face to face. Somehow they have no problem saying something on a blog that if phrased differently might be understood better in the context it was meant or maybe should be written, re-read five minutes later and then submitted to avoid hurting someone who wrote something you disagreed with. About a month ago, I noticed the tone in the blog really start to change but especially during the Maldives trip coverage. A few comments seemed to get folks really riled up and then it just took off from there. Sometimes I wondered if folks ever really thought about what they were writing and if some of it was on purpose just to create issues because they like to argue. I felt bad for Charlotte when she posted the comment from the long time poster who said due to the commenting changing she would not be participating anymore and Charlotte posting that this was not the first time. What about the person who saw the blog for the first time this week and posted how upsetting she found the comments to be and that she never was coming back? Jean from Lancs has not been posting much in just the last two weeks, nor has bluhare, royalfan, portia, Pauline, acrossthepond, Stephanie, anon from Leominster, RNNOKC, even the newer Yankee in California who made some great points, - why? We have a tour- this IS Christmas for blog followers. Maybe they are on vacation, working or I speak out of turn but I have not seen much from many of them and most posted regularly previous to then. I believe it was Silvia who had someone say something pretty nasty to her lately and I felt so bad for her I responded back to defend her- something I would have been comfortable saying face to face and I tried to be respectful about it. She signed her post, the person who responded to her critically did not. Charlotte truly has worked so hard to make this a classy blog and we owe it to her to not muck it up. People are really using Anonymous but if you just sign your name (pick one, it’s easy under name,url), I think we can restore back some of the balance in the blog. If you take accountability for your comments, good or critical, it makes the commenter more of a human being which might cause people to remember that in responses. One more thing, Charlotte is an administrator of this blog. She is not supposed to have to tell people to be respectful or decide if you are being nice enough to post your comments- that is our responsibility to her. She is kind enough to take an awful lot of time out of her days (and now nights) to put this together and might I add- for nothing- it’s a not for profit blog. I am so tired of people blaming her. It just goes to show how fair she tries to be that she posts those comments too.

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    11. Jennifer, Have just reread your earlier posts and their moving responses and the tears are clouding my eyes again as I write. Which is not a bad thing. I rarely cry and , in fact have not been able to cry since my children's Dad died over a year ago. I guess we are TMIing all over the place; but for me, the sincerity and human-ness of your comments and others set this fan blog apart from others. (To be absolutely honest, DM is the only other blog I have read and thinking about it makes me fear for the future of our species)
      No, I didn't go out and buy a new soapbox.
      Just want you and Kate from CA to know how much your support is appreciated
      Although you have not received. a lot of responses to your remarks, it may be because they are busy wiping the tears from their eyes.
      The comments from today's post are very encouraging! .It is good to see bluhare back from her brief respite, too. This blog needs balance and the only way to get that is from posters such as bluhare who know the difference between disagreement and destruction.
      OK, maybe a small soapbox. I'll be reading.
      Marg

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    12. Yankee from California15 April 2014 at 05:58

      Jennifer from Wisconsin -- you made so many great points. I have not posted any opinions during the tour because it has been so negative here. I, too, noticed all of the Anonymous posts increased in line with the negativity and all of those posters you listed above vanished. Such a shame because, even though I don't always agree with their opinions, I so enjoy hearing other opinions. I figured, Charlotte is still posting incredibly high-quality information and coupled with the Reuters live feeds which are so cool (I really feel your Christmas reference) -- I can still stay, I just don't need to get involved. Some brave souls stayed (like A non mouse!) and my hat is off of to them for continuing to try! Yesterday's Christchurch visit changed most of the negativity and I'm hoping that continues through the Australia leg of the tour. I'm NOT saying everyone has to post glowing endorsements of all the DOC does, but I hope that it's done with some care, as you expressed so well here. Thanks for doing such a great job, Jennifer!

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  48. Charlotte, your posts have been the highlight of my week! I love following what the Cambridges are doing! And oh my goodness, their chemistry is so fabulous on this tour. I felt worried for them just because of how William seemed gone so much while George was young. I expect either duties or simply a need for a break from a demanding baby were the reasons. But I am simply thrilled to see them hugging, and being so affectionate, and simply having a fabulous time! What a wonderful tour so far, thank you for your coverage, and I hope it continues so well!

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  49. Hi Charlotte! If any of your American readers are interested in buying Kate's gingham shirt form Gap, for today only (and only online) you can get 40% off your purchase with the promo "SWEET" and free 2-day shipping with the promo "FREE".

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      I did last night :)

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  50. Can someone tell me why it is so wrong to disagree with one another? A healthy dose of disagreement in my opinion helps facilitate some internal perspective. That is if you are willing to hear what the other has to say... Open dialogue and discussion is why I come here. There are disagreements, yet they are not disagreeable.

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    1. In fact, they frequently ARE disagreeable. Many of the comments are simply unmannerly. "Kate needs to do this!" "Kate needs to do that!" "The Duchess needs to work on…" "So unprofessional!" On and on about her hair, her hats, her shoes -- it can go far beyond a difference of opinion and I am tired of the rudeness.

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    2. As am I... rudeness and sometimes borderline cruel-

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    3. But it get's to a point where most are complaining about the same thing like Anon. 22:42 said.

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    4. All the SHOULDS that people apply to her are abusive. Period.

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    5. I agree with that anonymous. It also really irritates me when I hear people refer to her as too thin or too skinny. Her weight should be off limits! We women are way too hard on each other. She's too informal, she doesn't match, she's too thin, she dresses too matronly, she dresses too sexy, her hair is out of control, her hair needs a keratin treatment (wtf?), too much makeup, not enough lipstick, etc. She's a human being.

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    6. Hopefully people are just concerned for her health. Diana hid her weight/diet problems for ages and I think folks are just worried about Catherine having some of the same issues because she is quite thin (wish I was) LOL

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    7. I am curious and strictly out of curiosity,
      Why can she do no wrong?
      Why is she not human like everyone else and make a misstep (and if it is in fashion only, then she is doing great in life)
      Is everyone you know in real life as high an a pedestal that you put her on?
      Do you treat others like you wish Kate to be treated?

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    8. Anon 00:16 I am concerned you think people on this site are abusive. That makes me question as a Survivor if you really understand what abuse is?. It is not a verb you just throw around.

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  51. When was william away so much when George was small?

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    1. he was still in the royal airforce and then that course at Cambridge University-

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    2. He was still in the RAF in Anglesey.

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    3. He had a bit more than 2 weeks paternity leave when George was born and then had to go back to work in Anglesly. She stayed with her parents because she would have been alone at home when he was on his overnight shifts. When he was done working, she joined him for a bit before they moved to London. So for the first 8 weeks or so he really wasn't around full time.

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  52. The very fact that Kate has fashion hits and misses is the thing that makes her human and "one of us" as the Palace is fond of trying to convince us. We all have pieces in our wardrobes that we fall back on that probably don't look exactly spot on to the rest of the world.
    If she did everything perfect all the time and never made a mistake, never did or wore anything that anyone disagreed with, she'd be a perfect, plastic, mute, mindless, grinning little robot and I don't think any of us think she's that, do we?
    If there was no give and take on here, if everybody liked the same thing, over and over, if this was nothing but songs of praise for Kate and everything she wore and everything she did, why bother reading? You know what it's going to be all the time.

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    1. Beautifully stated, Edwina! Thank you!

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    2. I don't think the palace is trying to convince us she is one of us. As William has said, they were raised differently than previous generations. It is easier to relate to them because of this.. but this whole thing that they are one of us, is something that the public does. They know that they live a very different life style than any of us do.

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  53. I wonder if the Duchess might wear red today for the cricket event, in tribute to the local team's colors? (Always trying to get inside her head!)

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  54. Here's the crux of why I am, more often than not, dismayed at Kate's choices nowadays. Take a look at her style before her engagement, during her dating years with William - including after she was officially acknowledged as his girlfriend - and look at her choices both formal and informal.
    The girl never put a Sledge-shod foot wrong. She dressed upper middle class conservative, the modern Sloane Ranger, but she always looked put together, not too matronly, not too frou-frou, not too young and not too trendy. And she was in the camera's eye a LOT more back then, if you consider how often she was out and about and being photographed, without the level of personal security she enjoys today, than she is now. And every outfit was spot on.
    She wore high-end pieces, most of them at the upper end of the price scale but outfits that everyone could relate to and admire, elegant but approachable. She dressed appropriately for the event she was attending, from polo matches to weddings of members of the royal family and her own friends and for the brief space of time when she held different jobs.
    Charlotte has a good selection in her "Kate Loves" menu. You can get a really good feel in the Kate Loves Polo and Kate Loves Shoes sections.
    That's what had all of us so hopeful that the same youthful, fun yet classic style would transition along with Kate into her new life as William's wife and then as a young mother. With some small tweaking to a few, that wardrobe or that type of wardrobe, would have transitioned easily into her new life. During the North American tour, it seemed like it had, with Kate continuing the same incredible choices of both formal and casual clothing for the different events on that tour.
    Of course, life changes and circumstances change and Kate's life and circumstances certainly have changed. But it seems like she either forgot that early style sense she had or thought it too plain or middle-class or something - BUT IT WASN'T AND IT ISN'T!!
    That's the basis of why some of us are so dismayed with Kate's style. We've seen her do so well with style and with dressing herself and choosing clothes that fit well and fit her body and fit the occasion, and now we're sitting here, mouths agape at some of these outfits nowadays, saying "What - um - what happened there?"
    We just pine for the days of the old Kate style.

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    1. Did you ever think that either the Queen or Charles who pays for most of her engagement close that would include the closthes she wears on tours have asked her to tone it down. There is a reason why she is not wearing the out fits most of you like. What the reason I do not know and either do any of you. So I do not think you all are being very fair to her.

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    2. She's not in her teens and twenties any longer, so she isn't dressing like she is.

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    3. Elizabeth, you've got to admit- her repetitions save Charlotte a lot of time.

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  55. yes and she was a few years younger, a girlfriend not a duchess, and not living in a fishbowl as she is now. I think she has outgrown a lot of that style, and moved past it. I like this Catherine- I guess that's the difference- we are now looking at Catherine, future (far far ahead but future) Queen. Not Kate- run way model. But as you say, we all have our opinions. I think the transition of dress began with maternity clothes-and continues thru today. (save for the skinny jeans-which she wears with great taste IMO)

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  56. I love these skinny jeans,, I think she looks great in them. Its a lot of blue going on but even then the look works for me..Id prefer this simple look of hers rather than the green sack she wore 2 days ago...xoxo

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    1. Jennifer from Wisconsin14 April 2014 at 05:08

      :) That's when I did my homework this morning! Have a great day Charlotte and hopefully, you have some strong tea or coffee around.

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  58. I am not into fashion names and would not know a JP from an AM, not even sure I have the initials correct, but I do know if something looks good on a person or not. I have been thoroughly "educated" into fashion names and do find this blog quite interesting along with many other educational topics. I would like to think that whatever we put on this blog we are willing to say to the person involved in other words in person. If I were in Kate's social circle and the topic came up, I would give my humble opinion. I have never volunteered to anyone on a new outfit or new hairdo if I did not like it as so many others have done in my work place. I willingly admit that the outfits worn on the Canadian tour are many of my favorites. I am partial to long hair and like Kate's hair longer but then I would be in the extreme minority. I really like the photo of Kate and William after the boat trip where her hair is all frizzy and mussed up looking. I like the skinny jeans but agree with the above post and have always thought there is something off with the 4 inch wedges, yes it is what I had been thinking as well the jean leggings need to be longer with that type of high heeled shoe. Kate is a "winter" which as I know that term from some type of fashion sense, darker colors are going to look so much better on her. I am so glad that she is willing to wear the same outfit more than once. It would be such a waste of money not to be able to wear what might be one of her favorite outfits or to buy that particular style of outfit in a different color. Some outfits in my humble opinion just do not look good on any person except very skinny fashion models, and as we know the very skinny are not healthy. Kate is so beautiful and William so handsome and they are so in love. I am just enjoying the viewing from afar of their tour, wish them well and lots of fun. There is also one point I wish to make. The reason there might be so many posting as "Anonymous" is that is the only method they are able to get their posts published. I know I have no other way. Thank you Charlotte for your fascinating posts. Kat, USA

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  59. Kate, Texas, USA14 April 2014 at 14:03

    Kate always looks so classy in casual wear. She looked amazing! The wine looks oh so yummy! The rafting looked like incredible fun! Such a fun day!

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