Thursday, 29 May 2014

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn spend the Day in Scotland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out engagements in Scotland today, where they are styled as The Earl and Countess of Strathearn.


William and Kate spent last night in Scotland and arrived looking relaxed.


Today's appearance marked Kate's first engagement since the royal tour ended last month. It is believed she has been spending time at the couple's country home Anmer Hall, on the Sandringham estate, decorating and making preparations for moving in shortly. According to the Palace, Kate's calendar will be considerably busier during the summer months.


William and Kate began the day with a visit to Strathearn Community Campus in Crieff. The fantastic sports and leisure facilities at the campus provide many new sporting opportunities for both school children attending the campus and the wider community of the Strathearn area.


The Earl and Countess met local groups including young carers, scouts, cadets and Brownies as well as representatives of Scottish Air Ambulance. Undoubtedly an interesting event for the couple - Kate has volunteered with the scouts for some time now and it is believed William is considering a career with the Air Ambulance in East Anglia.


A nice quote from Prince William from The Mirror's live blog:

'Heidi Whitelock from Crieff, waited with her 10-year-old son Mackenzie outside the community campus. She said, "I shook William's hand and apologised for having cold hands. He said, 'Don't worry you won't be the only one today.' I asked him about George. I said, 'George is beautiful and how is he doing?' He said, 'Thanks, he's very well, he's growing and he's a very good boy.' I said how beautiful Kate is and he said 'yes she is.'

The couple are expected to visit Scotland again in July for the Order of the Thistle service.


Kate was delighted to receive a large teddy bear sporting a Strathearn kilt.


I have a feeling Prince George will be introduced to the adorable teddy. Kate also received a toy corgi for her son. George has become quite the topic of conversation during walkabouts; today Kate revealed he wears Spider-man pyjamas.


Even Prince William was eager to have a look at the teddy bear.


And another one (yes, we're loving the teddy bear photos here at the Duchess Kate Blog :))


The couple spent time chatting with locals who were very excited about the royal visit.


Their Royal Highnesses' next stop was the newly restored MacRosty Park in Crieff.


The park has a long history of catering for family visits and has been popular for recreation, play and socialising within a landscape setting of exceptional quality. It has been an integral part of the community for over a 100 years.

MacRosty Park
It's a beautiful place with scenic walkways.

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The couple unveiled a plaque to mark the dedication of the park as a Field in Trust. Prince William is president of the organisation which works to secure outdoor spaces for sport and play for future generations to enjoy.


Next, William and Kate visited The Famous Grouse Distillery where they toured the facility.

The Famous Grouse Facebook Page

They had the chance to bottle their own Glenturret malt at the country's oldest distillery and to sample Scotland's national drink during their visit.


Kate enjoyed a shot of £55 Strathearn heather rose gin and tonic and said, "I'd better not drink too much because of all the whisky I've had at Glenturret".

The Famous Grouse Facebook Page

Royal reporters were surprised to see Kate sampling several sips of whisky.

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This photo should put a stop to those persistent pregnancy rumours for a while.

The Famous Grouse Facebook Page

The distillery is located on the banks of the Turret River and was legally established in 1775 to make single malt whisky. It is the most visited distillery in Scotland and its Famous Grouse is enjoyed all over the world.

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The royals completed their visit by viewing the local Forteviot fete where they saw local produce and met locals.


The Duchess looked regal in the Athena Wool Jacquard Coat by Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders. The stripe wool piece is from the Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 Collection and originally retailed for $2,555. It features a notched collar, single-breast pocket, full-length sleeves and flap front pockets.

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Kate's dress is by Goat, another designer Kate has worn previously. Below we see the dress underneath the Jonathan Saunders coat.


There are a number of possibilities for Kate's dress including Goat's Thea Dress. The £420 pencil dress is beautifully cut to fit and flatter, giving you a demure yet modern silhouette. It's fully lined with front pockets and flared angle sleeve. We also look at the designer's stylish Scarlett Pleat-Front Dress.

Goat

Kate debuted a striking brooch we haven't seen her wear before. The Celtic design piece was a private wedding gift according to the Palace.


The Duchess carried her L.K. Bennett Avona Clutch and wore her trusty Sledge Pumps.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess wore her Ballon Bleu Cartier watch.

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Kate completed the look with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings.

Kiki McDonough

This look worked well for Kate on a number of levels. Choosing a Scottish designer was an excellent move and the striped red pattern of the coat appeared to be a nod to Strathearn's tartan. The length of the coat and dress was perfect for Kate and I thought her hair looked lovely; straighter than usual. What did you think of today's look?


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It was a lovely day of engagements for William and Kate. We'll next see them on 6 June when they travel to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

323 comments:

  1. I love the brooch, I wish she had worn her hair back (or in a demi-chignon, as she did a lot on the tour) so we could see it more, and the dress underneath is a lovely colour - but that coat! So bulky! The fabric is so thick and it isn't tailored to flatter her at all, cosy though it looks. Put it back in the wardrobe, Kate, and don't get it back out until the Christmas season - I don't care if it's unseasonally chilly, it's almost June!

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    1. I agree. It's a nice looking coat, but the wool seems heavy for Spring, but maybe it's good to ward off an unexpected chill? I thought the dress underneath looks a lot like the one she wore under her red coat with the red pillbox hat upon landing in NZ recently.

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    2. It is cold today in Scotland so a coat is needed.

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    3. Well, at least there is no chance of it flying up with the wind...

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  2. Oh dear I don't like this coat AT ALL. I think it looks poorly ftted and swamps her, fighting with her hair. Might have been better with her hair up and/or a belt, as the model wears it.

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    1. Totally agree. This dress is a mess for me. Reminds me of the green misses she wore down under. I suppose the weather was cold, but the fabric looks so wintery. Also, her hair isn't great with that collar. Pop of colour maybe? The earrings were a nice touch but it needed more. Time for her to change things up and not play it so safe.

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  3. On reflection actually I'm wondering if she's picked the coat as a reaction to the bottom shots being published. It's so thick and swamping you can't see her shape at all and she probably feels a lot safer in it. She must have bought it some time ago and on looking at her wardrobe to pick something for a cool day when she's probably feeling pretty raw out it came. Poor Kate :(

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    1. Agree. I just can't blame the victim when it comes to accidental flashing being photographed. The media is the problem.

      Anyway, it looks so bulky for this time of year, but now that you've said she probably wants to cover up, I bet that's why she chose it.

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    2. It is cold in Scotland today. So a coat is needed. Do you think she would wear a coat and dress if it was hot.

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    3. As far as I know (although Jean from Lancs sure knows better than me..) the matter in Scotland it is not the temperature but the humidity, it feels like lower....

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    4. Paige, I agree it must be awful for her, but she smiles like she doesn't have a care in the world. (Like Diana said she did - that is,to smile, even though a few moments before, she had been in tears). I wonder if the royals have a master plan for dealing with these sorts of situations - or perhaps they are developing them, because the press will always be obnoxious, always, especially in this day of internet and photographers from other countries, who do not care to follow English sensibilities; hence the need for petticoats..

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  4. I think the coat looks lovely, if I had two and half grand to splash on a warm winter coat I would give this one some serious thought. It's freezing in Scotland at the moment so I think it's pretty appropriate on that level. Thumbs up from me.

    Louise, Bath, UK.

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  5. Quite agree, pull back the messy mass of hair and tailor the coat to fit better.

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    1. Agree with you, her hair couldve been tied to a demi chignon and the coat couldve had a better fit, even the earrings shouldve been diamond ones, these look too casual to be worn for a formal event.Thank You Charlotte for all of your hard work!xoxo

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    2. Siddhi.
      I can't believe you think the citrine earrings are "too casual".
      In my neck of the woods they would have "formal" written all over them.
      They're worth almost $1,000 AUS!

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    3. I would call meeting a group of world leaders a formal event. Meeting a group of kids in a park is decidedly informal in my book. Those earrings echo the yellow in the Strathearn tartan and I think her whole look was absolutely stunningly perfect for the occasion.

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  6. Always been a big fan of jonathan saunders' design, but she really couldn't have pick a worse dress from him. This coat really doesn't suit her.

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  7. I love the bright color but it has the look of a housecoat. After all the kerfluff about the skirt flying up, it would be Hillary Clinton Pantsuit time all summer if I was Kate just to shut people up.

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  8. Jean from Lancs29 May 2014 at 12:13

    When living in Scotland, I found I often needed my warmest coat at any time of the year. For the last week, the order by some bloggers has been that she must not wear any of the pretty, flippy skirts---so don't complain about this.outfit.
    Actually I think she looked very elegant and the coat was unusual and being from the Highlands, the designer understands what is needed in Scotland.
    However I have no doubt the moaners will moan again.
    By the way for those who said they were doing nothing for charity---get your facts right. Scouts; guides; carers are all charities as are all the individual Air Ambulances throughout the country.
    They have done a number of visits to "Fields in Trust" including one with the Queen and one before their marriage--that too is a charity.
    This afternoon they open the Visitor Centre at the Whisky Distillery---whisky is one of the major Scottish exports.

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    1. Totally agree Jean, it is a coat not a dresscoat, and I think to wear the clothes very tight at work is tasteless.

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    2. I really like your comments Jean. They are always moderate, calm and weighted. One can feel you are a warm-hearted person. I wish you and all a fantastic Thursday!

      Monica, France

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    3. I thought the coat cozy and lovely looking as well as appropriate to the chill (thanks for pointing out the reasons for that out, Jean from Lancs). I'm glad she didn't belt it--a look that wasn't successful on the model either. Sigh. . . I envy women tall enough to wear horizontal stripes.

      I'm getting very tired of the sniping in the comments thread. Not the respectful dialogue about the various sartorial choices, but the barbed remarks and put downs of a person we do not know, do not know all the facts about and have no right to make (likely often false) assumptions about. It's tiresome reading. We women are each other's worst enemies. But that's the fickle nature of the public: We build up a "celebrity" and then tear her or him down. In many ways it might be considered the modern-day version of bear-baiting. We have a public figure tided to a post on the Internet and have at her. From here on in I'll be reading Charlotte for a while instead.

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    4. Jean I totally agree with your comment. Catherine can do nothing right if you listen to some of the people here. They tear her apart if her dresses are to short, they do the same if she wears them longer. I think they have nothing better to do them sit in front of their computers and think, how can I tear apart Catherine today. I just hope she does not read this stuff about her. She looked beautiful today as she always does.

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    5. Just as I thought- their reaction to the most recent media insult- business as usual, keep calm and carry on-just as they did on the Asia tour. Their hosts have been waiting and planning for a long time for this day and the Cambridges were not about to disappoint. I honestly. can not comprehend how they do it.

      Charlotte- about the color red choice: notice the little girls surrounding her, all dressed completely in red? The color obviously had some significance to them

      Jean, don't give up. You have many friends and sincere Kate supporters. Some still see her potential, yet realize she still has a way to go . Don't we all. It is easy to pick out those who pick at her: it is a bad habit learned on other sites, in contrast to those who are bewildered when a barrage of negative press hits.
      I realize I don't get around much on the internet, but from what I have read- Telegraph, Express, even the DM, the response seems somewhat subdued, compared to their treatment of other events. USA Today as well as other US papers barely mentioned it, if at all. In fact, the biggest discussion I have seen is on this blog.
      Marg

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    6. Yes absolutely and the red striped pattern was a nod to Strathearn's tartan.

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  9. Excellent choice for many reasons.. The weather, the cover-up factor, but mostly because she looks lovely surrounded by the children wearing red. I thought I would never say this, and I will probably have to eat my words, but Catherine looks pregnant to me. Something in the face, rounder perhaps? And tired? Probably just me being silly...

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    1. Hi Florence,

      I thought the same thing when I first saw the pictures at the Daily Mail, is she tired? not feeling well? It was noted that they spent last night in Scotland so maybe she just didn't get a good nights sleep. However, it would be exciting if she were pregnant, although George seems to be a bit of a handful so maybe they are going to wait a while before having their second. Either way we'll know a few months. :)

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    2. I am thinking the same too. Time will tell!

      Monica, France

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    3. Her face looks very similar to when she was pregnant, agreed!

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    4. She drank whisky so given how she is criticized I doubt she would indulge if pregnant

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    5. Maybe she pretended to sip!! She looked tired to me and her hair a bit flat and lack lustre. Also a shapeless coat to hide a bump!!?!

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    6. Florence- 12:19- This will teach me to read all the comments before I post. I used almost the same words about the little red-birds.
      The other thing. Same thought. I think they could be protesting too much Showing Kate consuming apparent alcoholic beverages is the fastest way to dispel pregnancy rumors, usually. Buys them a little time to keep it private for awhie. Same for the fall overseas tour rumor.. As Rebecca English indicates, we're not used to seeing her drink alcohol. Non-drinking or drinking water is what lead to all those pregnancy rumors before. Was RE actually in the room while Kate drank and was she able to smell, taste what Kate drank? I understand the latest is that some alcohol is allowed after a certain time? Please, please correct me, if I am wrong.about alcohol and pregnancy.
      Now, Charlotte is probably tearing her hair out and tersely ssying, "What is it going to take to convince them?"
      Marg

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    7. The whiskey.. Of course! Probably just a bit tired or maybe a cold.. The whiskey should help!!

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    8. Appreciate the ITN link. Did anyone else notice it showed a view from the other side of the drinking picture? Apparently taken at same time and shows that Kate was actually SNIFFING the drink. Look at her nose in both views. Sniffing would actually be more likely to cause tears than drinking. Who sniffs Scotch? Wine, brandy, but Scotch? I've probably just shown I am not a spirits expert, for sure.
      Marg

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    9. Yes. You do sniff scotch. Goes into the bloodstream faster through the lungs than drinking it. And, like wine, you pick up the notes.

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    10. You might be onto something there Marg!

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    11. PHILLY- Are you SERIOUS? Why bother to drink it if you are already drunk from sniffing. Does it effect blood-alcohol level? Can you smell it on your breath? This has opened up a whole new world for me. Does it pass the blood-brain barrier? How about the placental barrier? Wow! This will take some time to think it over.
      Marg

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    12. A non mouse, I am serious. Here's step 5 from http://www.wikihow.com/Taste-Single-Malt-Scotch:

      NOSE the whisky. Place your nose a few inches away from the glass. What do you smell? Now get a little closer. How is that? Now get as close as you can without letting the alcohol burn interfere. What other aromas are there? Keeping your mouth slightly open as you nose the whiskey will help you to better discern and 'taste' the different aromas.

      However, you don't nose/sniff scotch in order to get drunk from it, but to FULLY appreciate the complexity of the whisky with all your senses. However, when you do nose the drink, those molecules of alcohol slip directly from your lungs to your bloodstream. Through the stomach there are the digestive steps first.

      Happy practising, a non mouse.

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    13. anon from Leominster30 May 2014 at 19:27

      Very good description Philly. I asked my husband, a single malt fancier who sniffs his whisky if it went in the bloodstream and he said yes of course it did, what about choreiform or ether for instance. Or sniffing glue I suppose. But there would be far too little Scotch for any effect on the body.

      I loved Kate's coat and thought it quite youthful looking so am surprised so many didn't care for the look. On WKW they show it in the black and olive colour range and it's lovely. Believe it is sold out which is as well since I could never afford it. Kate is so slim that I suspect she may feel chilled quite easily and she prefers coats to suits. I thought the tie-in with the tartan so nice.

      It would be exciting if she was pregnant since they have announced that Charlene is at last. I'm so happy for her and it would be fun to have two royal babies arrive close together. But time will tell. I read that Lord Nicholas Windsor, one of the Kents, is a father again and there is a Luxembourg baby coming too. So George will have many royal playmates around his age.

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    14. And this is step FIVE? Ha! What ever happened to "knocking 'em back?" On second thought, Single malt is probably too dear to knock back.
      Thanks, Philly.

      Marg

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    15. Thanks Philly, very interesting! I think I got it wrong, it's whisky for Scotland and whiskey for Ireland. Sorry!!

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    16. Florence, maybe she has had some sleeplessness over the weight of the scandal. Can you imagine knowing that your in-laws and servants had seen your ...

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  10. Could the dress by this one by Goat?
    THEA DRESS
    £420.00
    This ultra feminine pencil dress is beautifully cut to fit and flatter giving you a demure yet modern silhouette. Thea is a fitted dress with front pockets and flared angle sleeve. It is fully lined with concealed centre back zip. Thea is also available in Dark Navy wool crepe. 100% wool. Dry clean only

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  11. Yes a bit of an odd choice with the coat I think! The sleeves look baggy on her and I find the material to look dated. Speaking of pants on Kate, it would be fun to see her in a fabulous pantsuit! Like a very tailored fitted one. But perhaps that's not a very Kate thing to do as she usually sticks to the dresses or jeans.

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    1. EMILY- I can actually visualize Kate in black pantsuit with a traditional suit jacket, fitted at the waist with a slight flare at the hip and pants slim-fit and slightly flared at the ankle. With one of her fabulous scarfs at the neckline. I think maybe it lost something in translation from brain to blog. Ha!
      Marg

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  12. I like the coat a lot, and it is 14ºC degrees in Sotland now, for me that is winter.............Here the temperatura is 22 ºC and I am in a long-sleeved sweater..........I couldn´t live there!!

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  13. Although I think Kate looks great in anything, the color of today's coat is one of my least favourites on the Duchess. This whole look leaves a wintry impression in my opinion. I love seeing her wearing the citrine drop earrings though.

    On another note, the parting today looks kind of weird, don't you think?

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    1. NATALIA- About the part- had the same idea, but I thought it was just me. I started thinking the dreaded E word. Ha! I daren't write it out, as the word has caused pages of argument before.
      Marg

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    2. The dreaded E word? Oh Marg, do tell! Should I know what it means?

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    3. Yes.
      I'm curious too.
      Bit I dare not stir the pot! :)

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    4. Shush! (extensions) If they ask who said it, don't tell. I will deny it.

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  14. This is an ageing choice of coat for Catherine. Would look 10 times better on HM the Queen IMHO.

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    1. Totally agree!!!

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    2. I think she borrowed this from the Queen and regarding g the weather , I live in Ireland and it's not cold enough today for a winter coat, I wore a blazer and felt warm.our temp are the same as Scotland.Its now summertime and no one is wearing wooly coats, even if temp is a bit low today.

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    3. Sorry meant to add, when u see how Jonathan Saunders styled this coat, it's very stylish but without the belt and the right accessories it has ended up looking so frumpy, how can kate go from the amayzing McQueen coat at Easter to this?

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    4. Both Irish and Scottish are strong people, as well as warm-hearted, my teacher of English is Scottish and all the time he feels hot, ha, ha, When I was in Ireland gils worn short-sleeve and we worn a coat, wich does not cease to amaze us here...ha, ha...I love Ireland very much ,my husband is half-Irish, I´m from the Basque Country and it is similar, less cold, same rain, ha, ha...

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  15. I have a fashion question. I've often noticed that the waistline on Kate's beautiful dresses (like the model in the Goat's dress) seem to be high. Is this a fashion trend? This coat is not an example of this of course but I have often wondered about the way dresses fit Kate - as well as the fashion models we see wearing her clothes. If I wore a waist this high, I would be tempted to keep trying to pull it down. Am I out of fashion?

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    1. I notice that too on some of the sheath dresses seen out there...And given that Kate has a relatively longer torso, it might look more obvious on her than on other tall people. But the waistline on the model looks just fine to me, IMHO. :)

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    2. Eve from Germany29 May 2014 at 15:17

      Pam, if the waistline is high, your legs look longer. Kate is very tall, but this is due partly because she has a very long "upper part" of her body. This makes legs look shorter then they really are. Look at her wedding dress and almost all of her other dresses she is usually wearing. Almost always the high waist line.... As many women wish to have "longer legs" (or at least make them look as if) you see designers respond to this, of course... ;-))) So I wouldn´t really call it a fashion trend - rather a good response to some women´s needs...
      Personally, I am not a fan of this style, as very often it makes you look as if you had grown out of your dress.... Hence I can relate to your feeling of "wanting to pull it down"... ;-)))))

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  16. Sarah from Calif.29 May 2014 at 13:16

    I love the coat and think Kate loves great in it. I would never wear that color but it looks great on her. I guess I'm in the minority so far, I really like the material too.

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    1. I agree Sarah, I love the coat and dress and color!

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  17. I love the colors of this coat and I think it looks great on her! It is something I would love to have if I could afford it - lol! It is great to see Will and Kate out and about in Scotland! As always, thanks for your coverage of the visit Charlotte!
    Jen in USA

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    1. I get that it's cold in scotland but the coat just added to a dreary grey day. Not a my favourite look. She seems to put so much more effort in clothes when on overseas tours. Doesn't appear to be the same in the uk.

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  18. I thought Kate looked nice today, no wow factor but nice. I am particularly taken with the brooch she wore today, I wish we could get more information on it. I was hoping that Kate might adopt the demi-chignon hairstyle as her hairstyle for event days but I guess not. It's so flattering on her and keeps her from constantly fidgeting with her hair. As one of the other commentators wrote, I would love to see Kate in a nice pant suit or trousers with a lovely coat, ala CP Mary or CP Victoria. It would certainly help stop the peep shows.

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  19. LOVE this coat. Love the striped pattern. Love the collar. Love the texture. Love the colour. Love the length!
    I have a similar textured coat made of alpaca wool and am wondering if this too is alpaca.
    It is a gorgeously warm and soft wool. Perfect for Scottish weather.
    But I agree with anon earlier in the thread, it looks far more stylish with a belt.

    Florence, I agree she does look paler/tired. Kate usually is tanned, so I think the lack of colour makes her look more washed out.
    Maybe even a cold is running her down. Not sure about pregnant?

    Isn't Scotland breathtaking!? I'm extremely delighted that they are covering so many worthwhile engagements for the Scottish people.
    JEAN: - Yes they are doing something for charities and worthy causes today. But really we should be seeing this on a more regular basis.
    How is the media covering this in the UK? Is there emphasis on the organisations W&K are promoting today?
    (I'm assuming you're in the UK?). Or are headlines along the lines of: - " Look at what William and Kate receive from the Scottish crowds!" ?

    By the way. Love that gorgeous teddy with the kilt. And he even co-ordinates perfectly with Kate's red colour scheme. How adorable is that!?

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  20. I have to be honest, I think this coat & the fit is worse than the green bag with the long zipper she wore on the tour. It makes her look frumpy. Of course, she still looks beautiful though!

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  21. I love Kate's style but this coat looks like it's made of carpet with that kind of texture, pattern and weight.

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    1. That's what it reminded me of! 70's Burnt Orange Shag Carpet!

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  22. I love this coat's interesting visual effect and would like to own it myself. Having said that, I think this is not one of the Duchess' best outfit...the fit is bit off on her but not too bad over all. I wonder if a pair of black pumps woud have looked more balanced for this look...
    Strathearn tartan is my second favorite color pattern, after Black Watch.

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  23. On a second look at the back of the coat, I think the fit is off on her so are the sleeves...I wish the coat were more fitted and it would have looked more polished, more "Kate"...

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  24. Wow, really not into the coat at all. Looks a bit frumpy to me. Im not sure if the colour of it suits her either, it doesn't draw your attention to her eyes. It pulls you down towards her cheeks and mouth. Sadly, it makes her look tired. Would like to see the dress on its own. Love the colour of that and I think she would look lovely weearing it when its warmer.

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  25. I love the coat and the color looks great on her, but I think all of that black eyeliner is starting to age Kate a bit.

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  26. I love it! She looks beautiful and the color really stands out against the lush green landscape. Looks like a chilly day. I see lots of sweaters and light jackets.

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  27. Hi Charlotte, great work on this blog! I check it every morning. Love the Duchess and everything about her and the royal family. You seem to have such a wide variety of readers from all over the globe. Might be fun to do an article on those who follow your blog? Feature a reader? Put up a map of all your followers? Best commenters etc. We all have one thing in common, the Duchess!

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  28. anon from Leominster29 May 2014 at 16:16

    A great day with the royal couple doing what they do best, radiating happiness and interest in all around them. At a time when there is so much misery and doubt in the news, even more than usual, William and Kate bring such joy on their all too rare appearances.

    I love Kate's coat. It's wonderful she chose a Scottish designer and it is unusual and still cosy looking in a lovely rich colour that is perfect on her. A little more bulky than sometimes perhaps, but it was quite chilly so why not. The brooch is such a lovely extra touch.

    I believe she styled her hair herself, it is quite natural looking. I do like the demi-chignon but natural looks nice too, young and fresh. The fullness in her face may just come from the style, flat with her part showing. I can't really imagine Kate being photographed tasting a dram (although it would certainly do no harm) if she was pregnant. If something went wrong, the press would make a ridiculous fuss over it. She does have a radient glow though that reminds me of the Cambridge visit.

    Kate does tend to chose outfits with high waists, because she has quite a long torso with relatively shorter legs and the style helps balance her. (Just like those of us who have long legs and short torsos need to avoid boleros and short jackets. I recall seeing Diana in a bolero in a day suit and it was one of her worst looks. Uusually she wore quite long jackets. Even the striking Elvis gown wasn't ideal.)

    Kate's build is quite an athletic one (the swimmer Michael Phelps has a similar build) and most of her clothes with the slightly raised waistline suit it well. The Lela Rose peplum was an exception in my opinion. To me, this coat looks just right and it's fantastic to see the royal couple at work. The teddy is beyond adorable -- so sweet and special that they received a corgi too!

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  29. Silvia from Portugal :))))29 May 2014 at 16:20

    Hi Charlotte :)))

    I love this outfit!!! Fashion is also about being dressed accordingly to weather conditions and it is cold in Scotland!!! So for me this is a winner :)))

    Love all little details, maybe missing only the Scottish scarf and PW wearing the traditional outfit with the skirt :)))

    Finally, I am quite curious about what will be their next moove as a family. Last weekend in Milan there was a cover in a magazine saying that Kate was afraid for George and that she wanted to move out from London.... They are mooving so many times...what a pain.. and they hardly enjoy Kesinghton Palace and they are mooving again.... I guess they will always have many houses at same time :)))

    Have a great week :)))

    Silvia

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    1. Silvia, I just love your posts! Such a bright note.
      Marg

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    2. Silvia from Portugal :))))30 May 2014 at 15:39

      Thank you Marg :))) Have you made a post??? Would like to know your thoughts as well :))) Have a great weekend :))))

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  30. Another wonderful post! I love the Teddy Bear photos and that last one of the park is beautiful. I'm not sure how I feel about the outfit. It looks warm and matched well with the Rainbows, but I've never been a fan of that color. But Kate could wear a potato sack and look elegant, she is pretty wonderful IMHO.
    Thank you, Charlotte!
    Mel Burns from SoCal

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  31. HRH looks terrific today- love the coat/dress combo in style and color and the natural hair style is a fave of mine. With all the photo hoopla I have to admit it doesn't stop them- stiff upper lip and all, they both look great. Someone mentioned the dark eyeliner- it seems (to me) that when HRH wears less eye make-up she looks younger- and that is just mho. Thank you Charlotte, this is both an exciting and educational post for this old yankee.

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    1. Patricia, I quite agree.
      Leaving off the inch-thick ledge of black eyeliner makes Kate look MUCH younger and less plastic-looking!!
      Even with public events, she wears extremely heavy makeup for as young as she is.

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  32. Theresa, from Paris29 May 2014 at 16:56

    I'm afraid I will join those who didn't like this coat at all. I don't find it flatters her marvellous figure in any way. It looks frumpy and badly cut, but that of course is only my opinion :-) I didn't like her hairdo either. The whole look just seemed off, though the dress seemed nice. In some of the pictures, she also seemed rather older looking to me. Pregnant ???? But whisky in that case ?
    But she's happy... and that is the only thing that matters :-)

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  33. I think this coat is pretty - but this not my favourite wardrobe choice for Kate. I'm on the fence on this one. However - I really think it's time to retire the nude pumps. Her hair is getting a bit long - and seems to be in the way most of the time. I like it when she pulls it back - or even get her hair trimmed shorter.

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  34. An OK look. Suitable for the weather and the event. The coat looks a little lumpy, it's not the most flattering for her figure but it's warm and it looks like the weather wasn't the warmest.
    Worth noting that on social media, this royal visit and Will and Kate themselves seem to be getting a rather lukewarm reception and reviews, even from the usually-fawning UK media, not the excitement that accompanied their visit to Oz and NZ.
    If this visit was to stir up fervor for the monarchy ahead of the independence vote in September, they couldn't have chosen a worse couple to illustrate the value of the monarchy to the Scottish public, with the expensive taxpayer-funded renos of Will and Kate's multiple homes vs. the value of work they've given to the UK.
    Charlotte, I do have to thank you for the lovely shots of the park here. I LOVE the English/Scottish classic style of landscaping and park design and planting!! It's the best thing about this visit, in my opinion!

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  35. It would've been nice to see the Scottish plaid, but I will give her a pass. I think the coat is beautiful, but rather heavy for spring. I love the color and the pattern. It's a break from her always solid colored pieces and I think she looks stunning in red. I don't like the color of the dress underneath though. But this look gets a "yes!" from me!

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  36. Eve from Germany29 May 2014 at 18:21

    Well, I took my time today looking at these pictures again and again.... Sometimes the colours of this coat look like different shades of pink (at least the lighter parts) and then they look like different shades of orange (which wouldn´t fit with the pinkish colour of her dress underneath), so I got a bit confused... ;-)) For me it wasn´t a very good choice as far as the colouring was concerned - but somehow I´ve got the feeling this coat is very nice and comfortable/warm to wear and it´s from a Scottish designer so I can understand her choice... Scotland can be a chilly place, although it´s lovely there and the Scottish people are extremely friendly and welcoming to visitors - I speak from personal experience!
    What I love most about all the pictures is that she´s smiling so radiantly all the time. It´s really lovely to see....
    I wonder how many huge teddy bears George has got by now? Lucky that he´s living in a palace, maybe with an extra room for his teddy bears... :-))))) He might need one if this goes on... The way Kate looks at the big one you can see she likes the bear, too.... So cute!

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  37. I don´t understand the fuss about Kate´s outfits. But then, maybe fussing about them is, what this blog is all about.
    In my opinion, the coat looks fine on Kate. She is able to wear so many colors and look good in them.
    " If she has short ( ? ) legs, as someone mentioned, then I understand her liking to wear nude tights and pumps/ black tights and black pumps, etc..

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  38. I think a polished ponytail and some lipstick would have made a huge difference for this look.

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  39. I enjoyed this post so much. It is so nice to see the Cambridges again. I love Kate's outfit. Charlotte, on a side note, as far as designers are concerned, do you have any idea why Kate has never worn any Victoria Beckham designs or if she ever will? I have often wondered since Victoria Beckham is a British designer and William is good friends with David Beckham.

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    1. Hello Rachel,

      I think because William is friendly with David Beckham Kate is wary of "promoting" certain designers. Having said that, I definitely wouldn't rule it out. There's plenty of suitable options for Kate, great cuts and lengths.

      In terms of British designers, I would like to see Kate branch out a little. I'm always surprised we don't see her in more Burberry pieces.

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    2. I often wonder if Kate hasn't got two types of wardrobes - one for appearances and one for her personal life. I don't buy that they are sitting at home every evening watching TV and playing board games. They've got a circle of wealthy friends to join up for evening entertainment - dinner parties and birthdays and the usual social gatherings. I think it is these occasions where she might have a more fun funky sophisticated wardrobe that we don't get to see - like Beckham pieces. Just my theory. Also, I hear the Beckhams are doing quite well and don't really need Kate to help out their brand. :-)

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    3. Moxie, I believe that she has two wardrobes too. Her red coat is something that is perfect for a royal occasion, but is also something that I doubt I would see her wearing, out and about. I bet she has a fun wardrobe much like other women she associates with, and who are her age. I thought other than her hair, she was a presentable royal. Actually, my first thought when seeing her, was that she had borrowed an outfit from the queen! And that's just fine - no more bottoms!

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  40. I like the longer length on this look today - it's much more attractive vs the short skirts

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  41. I must say I absolutely adore Catherine's look today - I am just about ready to divorce my husband and marry that coat I love it so much! What is especially nice for me is to see her do something that almost leans in a little bohemian/retro direction. There is something alternative and artistic about the fabric and strips and especially paired wtih the celtic design brooch - makes me think of "Kate the Art student" rather than "Kate the Political Ambasador"

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  42. Something did not quite fit and I could not work out what it was, until I realised I missed a belt with the coat! the picture of the model looks fantastic, and I could not understand why it did not look so flatering on Kate.

    Don't you think a belt would have changed the whole look?

    A million greetings to everyone from Madrid!

    Marina

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    1. Hi Marina!!! I live in Madrid too.There are two of us by now.

      Best regards

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    2. Estibaliz! So nice to know you live in Madrid too, thanks for writing! I had read your comments on previous posts and guessed you were from Spain, but imagined you might live abroad. It's just nice to know you are around too! Charlotte is fantastic and I check the blog so regularly! We will stay in touch, I will follow your comments :)! Besos!

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    3. Hi Estíbaliz! Really nice to know you are from Madrid too, thanks for writing! I had read your comments on previous posts and figured you could come from Spain, but imagined you might live abroad. It is great to know you are around! We shall stay in touch through the blog, I love Charlotte and check the site so regularly! I will make sure I follow your comments from now. I am sure I will enjoy it! Besos! Marina

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    4. Lynn Georgia USA30 May 2014 at 18:53

      I don't live in Madrid (I have visited though and liked it a lot!), but I agree that the belt would have looked fantastic. It would have added a little "sass" to a very pretty coat.

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    5. ¡Hola Marina! we´ll be in touch sure thing. I´m learning English and I like the theme of this blog, I love Charlotte also people write very good English sometimes I find it hard but worth it.
      Lynn I´ve never been to USA, perhaps next year, well Niagara Falls are USA, I was there........the belt, maybe, "our Duchess" likes belts it is unusual that she doesn´t wear it.......

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    6. Esti- You are doing great with your English! I have been enjoying your posts. There were a number of Basque families where I grew up- Nevada- and I have some idea of their wonderful culture. They seem to have the resilience of the Scots, but also very outgoing.From living on the side of a mountain, I guess.
      This was a long time ago, Esti and please forgive if it seems I am stereotyping. It was just my experience with the Basque families I met.

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    7. Hi Marg! Many thanks. Your stereotypes are right, Basque families are very similar to Scots or Irish also the landscape is alike but with high mountains as well as the weather is rainy nevertheless it is sunnier in summer and people can go to the beach and swim. Kisses Marg I have been enjoying your posts too.

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  43. Nice to see Catherine smiling after the disgusting intrusive photo. I am glad she has not let that affect her.
    She looks happy not my favourite coat but glad to see her out.

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  44. Kate's hair, which had a dark red sheen when she left Australia, now has a golden overtone. Lots of time in the swimming pool? Or has she returned to her London hairdresser, who in my opinion is not as good as her traveling hairdresser?

    The coat is very beautiful, though a bit too muted a tone for Kate, who looks best in bright tomato red and other bright colors. She could have increased her blusher and lipstick, which would have helped. Even though Scotland is cold, I wonder how she can wear scratchy wool right next to her neck. Would the coat have looked nice with the top button undone and a silk scarf tucked inside the collar?

    But in spite of all this, I rather like the coat and wish we could see the dress. I hope William and Catherine enjoyed their day in Scotland; it looked like lots of fun for them. And George's nursery must be a stuffed animal zoo with all his neat presents around!

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  45. I thought Kate looked great today! The color of the coat was perfect - bright and cheery to liven up a cold day. And I liked how the color matched the red outfits worn by the little girls. Kate looks really good in red, and she knows that bright colors make her easy to spot. I also thought the cut of the coat was fine. It was much better fitting than the light blue coat with the oversize pockets that she wore on the tour, for example.

    I think it's amazing that she can continue to go out and do engagements where there are invasive pictures of her being splashed all over the web. It takes tremendous resolve to maintain your dignity, when I'm sure these pictures infuriated her. I would just want to go into hiding! But probably the best way to move past it, is to just carry on like nothing happened.

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  46. I rather like the coat and I think it's perfect for the chilly weather in Scotland. Also love the color which adds a bit of cheer on a gloomy day and I applaud anyone who can wear vertical stripes! That's not easy. I'm sure much thought was given to Kate's apparel today. I love the Celtic brooch, but I wish we could see more of it. Sadly, her hair covers it most of the time. I noticed there is a large crowd and lots of children to welcome them. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves immensely.

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  47. Hi Charlotte, I was going to post a heads up about the BBC video earlier today but of course you spotted it on your own in no time :)
    Kate and William's interaction in this video is really funny and I also enjoyed realizing that our dear Duchess has a voice and a personality that are starting to show :) Watching this was a very precious glimpse into what she is bringing to the Monarchy and I bet they are aware of it and appreciating it.

    Loreley

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  48. carrie from the rockies29 May 2014 at 20:53

    I'm not wowed by the coat, but kate looks wonderful. Happy and refreshed.Its nice seeing her again after a month. The year is flying by. Summer is just beginning here so were all in our tank tops and shorts.

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  49. My first thought when I saw the coat was how similar the color is (at least on my monitor) to that of the children with the "Rainbow" sweat jackets. The color looks good on her and I like the texture. In reality, the coat may not be as heavy as some people think and with a short sleeved dress, most likely it was an ideal choice. (Also, some people in the crowd were bundled up as well.)

    I was struck by how happy and energized W&K looked and I give them credit for that. It was a good "comeback" after the photos. Being happy and getting on with it will keep them sane and grounded as the years go by. :)

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  50. I think she looks lovely. Bright colors make her easy to spot in a crowd. As for her wearing pant suits, I don't think that will happen any time soon. When have you seen the Queen, Camilla, Sophie, Ann or any of the Royals wearing pants to official engagements? Even the York princesses wear dresses when out officially. Today's events show me that Kate is a woman who is secure in herself and in the love of her husband. She certainly isn't showing any sign of embarrassment over that photo. I agree that it is the person who sold the photo who should be ashamed of herself. And I don't believe for one moment that the money went to charity.

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  51. Hi again Charlotte and all. I just read some of the comments and it seems that some of us think HRH is dressing older than needed- like the Queen.....please no body take offense.....HRH is a beautiful woman IMHO with excellent taste but she is no longer a co-ed or the girlfriend of a Prince. She is a Duchess (Countess etc), wife of and mother of a future Kings and she herself, the future Queen consort (imagine that pressure!) so maybe she is growing into that role. Just a thought everyone.....

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  52. I thought the coat looked lovely,mostly because of its colour. However, I think it's time for Kate to get a haircut; not too short, but maybe shoulder length. Probably it was windy today, and long hair doesn't always do well in a wind. But I think she would look even better than she already does if she had about six inches cut off her hair. She would look more stylish and better groomed, less like a university student, which she no longer is.

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  53. I think Kate looked beautiful. The color of the coat is perfect for her hair and complexion.

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  54. I think Kate and William do the best they can in the unrelenting fishbowl that is their life. I dont know how they do it. I find it interesting how everything they do is picked apart. I am fascinated with them, not because they are famous or even royal, but because they seem like a nice young couple trying to do their best. Charlotte love your blog.

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  55. Kate's look was off today; her coat did not flatter and would have looked much better with the belt. I expected Kate to look refreshed today yet, to me, she looked tired and didn't have her usual glow. I can imagine little George continues to keep her on her toes. Also, glad to see the pregnancy rumors put to rest. My uneducated guess is that she will be pregnant by the end of year or the first of the new year. As always, Kate looked down to earth, and appeared to be having a good time. Thanks again, Charlotte!

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  56. Canadian Friend29 May 2014 at 23:58

    Hi, Charlotte,

    Thanks for the quick post. Great to finally see the Cambridges out and about again.

    I think the coat is a good choice for Kate as it clearly supports Scottish fashion design and fabric/materials. The colour is pretty. I wish Kate had worn a belt with it as the model in the runway photo did.

    I always associate coats like this with much older women. In Canada, grandmothers would wear them when I was a child, usually in plaid or striped fabric. They were coveted and quite expensive because of the quality of the fabric.

    Canada's iconic national Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) coats, blankets, etc. are based on a striped pattern and made of 100% wool (very heavy!). I used an HBC blanket this winter when our electricity went out for days because of an ice storm. It kept me warm in -20C temperatures. But when folded, it's so heavy I can barely carry it.

    Clearly it makes sense that so many of Canada's successful settlers were Scottish. They had a head start on dealing with tough weather. Was it really 14C in Scotland today? That's not really that cold...I guess it's all relative.

    I wish we could get a better look at Kate's beautiful Celtic brooch. It looks exquisite.

    Hope you're well, Charlotte!

    Best to all!

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    1. Canadian Friend, I think I know what you mean regarding the coats grandmothers would wear back in the days.
      My grandmother who was born on 1909, kept her coats from the 1950s and 60s until she died in the the late 90s (except those I could scrounge in the 1980s to add some drama during me teenage years :)) They were all couture, which was quite common in those days and would last forever. In recent times we see a lot of 50s fashion revival and reinterpretation. Maybe that's why a certain style reminds us of granny although it's the latest in fashion.

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    2. YES!! We have a few of their blankets inherited via my mother and grandmother, and you are spot on with the stripe and textile comparison!

      I enjoyed the mix of events today - really something for every age and interest to appreciate. The park photos are lush!

      The Duchess looked a little tired to start but seemed to brighten as the day went on, at least in this selection of photos. Good call not to wear her own Strathearn plaid scarf as it was so prevalent around them on the dais and such.

      The coat is lovely, it just doesn't speak "Kate" to me. Not even a whisper. I'm flipping through my mental look-book trying to conjure up different hairstyles, footwear and/or accessories to style it differently. It reminds me a little of a coat Camilla has worn before, but in blues.

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    3. Hi Anna!
      I had a Grammy coat, too. She wore it in the 60's and it ended up with me. It was cherry red and fuzzy and Kate's coat does make me think of it. I wore it into the 90's and finally donated it, because I was getting tired of seeing people's expressions looking at it. The coat was still in excellent condition.
      From time-to-time, my older daughter would make a foray into my closet- I had clothes from the 60's on-my closet was and is a little museum of me. Every piece has a memory
      Marg

      Summer- Love "mental look-book."

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    4. Marg, I would love to have a walk through your closet! Do you still keep such a varied selection from past decades?

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  57. Jonathan Saunders and Goat are two of my favourite designers. I own a couple of Goat wool crepe dresses and they are absolutely amazing. I would have loved to actually see the dress beneath the coat. I like the coat and while it looks great on Kate in some pictures, it also looks very bulky on others. I have the feeling it doesn't cope well when in motion.

    One thing I am now really certain about: high-necked, button up coats and open hair does't work for Kate. Almost never.
    the proportions are just wrong. Those two green coats during the down under tour would have possibly looked better with a different hairdo. And the cornflower blue McQueen coat would not have been the same success with open hair. The combination of neckline and hairstyle does matter.

    As for today, I liked the single elements but not necessarily how they were combined and styled.
    And I think our girl did look rather tired. Maybe the excitement around the unfortunate photo took it's toll.

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    1. Anna, very interesting and spot on observations! I agree and you solved a mystery for me - I like the separate pieces in Kate's ensemble today but they just look clunky put together.
      You are right about the buttoned-up coats and the loose hair, one or the other but not together!
      And I think she did look tired but she was wearing a HUGE amount of makeup - as she did through most of the Oz and NZ tour. That certainly can contribute to looking more tired or older. I wish she'd lighten up on the makeup - all of it! Seems like it's gotten heavier over the past year or so.

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  58. RM from California30 May 2014 at 01:00

    I like the coat. I actually thought that the color blocking and stripes were summery while still being a wool coat for cold weather, so rather a nice combination.

    I adore the quote about William saying she's beautiful. She is. I hope he adores her.

    One last thing....I read recently, perhaps in one of the tour round up posts here, that the Duke and Duchess are not expected to take on full time duties as royals and that (and Charlotte you did make this point) Kate in particular is not
    yet a princess. She's a young royal wife and as such is doing great with what she has and what she's been given. Later, when she and her husband are approaching the monarchy, we will see her in bigger roles, bigger jewels, everything -- but now, she's not in that role. When I read these reports with that in view, she does a terrific job of being a royal wife and little else (but one who is the most popular).

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  59. I imagine that the color of the coat is meant to echo one of the colors in the Strathearn tartan...a compliment to the region they're visiting - and that Kate wanted to keep warm. There were some photos of her lovely smile - but if she looks tired, perhaps she's going through a lot this past week, getting Anmer Hall ready to move into, especially with the new possibility of William's new helicopter rescue job, and taking care of George - AND being beaten up in the press (even with justification) spoiling their ability to savor a job well done on that very long tour. I daresay she IS tired, Bless her heart!

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  60. I thought this piece was appropriate to the occasion but it made her seem older. One of the things I love about her style is it is timeless and classic and youthful (she is young!). And she does look a bit tired (understandably!). I would like to see her give a rest to the many 'coats' we have seen (they were beautiful) and try the High Street style that is so wonderful on her. She looked very nice today but this is not one of my favorite looks for HRH. Thanks for the excellent coverage (as always!).

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  61. I'm probably the only one that wonders what Action on Addiction thinks of all these photos of Kate touring and tasting at vineyards and distilleries, effectively promoting these brands and associating herself with alcohol. And then I wonder what stocks and companies the royal family are invested in. And then I look at that frumpy coat Kate is wearing and think: I like it! I wouldn't pay $2,500 for it, but I'd buy a knock off of it to frump around in the winter time.

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    1. Hi MM.
      I think Action on Addiction is about just that - "addiction".
      The more we set a good example to our children/teenagers about "responsible" drinking,
      the less likely they will abuse alcohol and become addicted.
      Of course, there are so many other issues (psychological) that lead anyone to any kind of addiction.
      I see nothing wrong with Kate and William showing that alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation.

      I would be more inclined to think that the distillery tour is about promoting one of Scotland's main industries and main income earners for her people. Whisky.

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    2. Maryland Moxie30 May 2014 at 10:53

      I'm inclined to think the doctors, nurses, staff and donors of Action on Addiction take a different view about their patron publicly taking tours with photos and media to support the alcohol industry. I don't think they attribute the alcoholism epidemic in Great Britain to "poor parenting" and forgetting to teach "responsible drinking". One adult out of every thirteen are dependent on alcohol in the UK. It might have more to do with the constant advertising of alcohol products in the culture among other things. It's only awkward if you think about it.

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    3. OMG she was not promoting anything. She was just visitng. And having a taste does not even come close to addiction.

      Pam/Portland

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    4. MM's delivery might be a bit rough at times, but there is usually a germ of (usually unpalatable) truth in her message. She makes us look at the underside of life that we prefer to keep hidden.
      And sometimes, I think she's just cranky.
      And I realize I cannot now complain if someone analyzes me.
      I just think we sometimes have this knee-jerk response to her comments (at least I have) but they are as worthy of consideration as any other remarks made here.
      Marg
      Note to CHARLOTTE: I meant this in the kindest way possible, but will certainly understand if you withhold it. I just thought it was something that needed to be said. I could be wrong.
      Marg

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    5. Maryland Moxie30 May 2014 at 19:36

      If she was just visiting why was the media invited to record it? Because they are promoting UK industry - and this one happens to involve an addictive substance with a tourism component.

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    6. oh moxie you are one snarky person

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  62. Seems like a great choice for a chilly day outdoors. I like the color and the retro look. Most of all I like the face of a lovely woman engaged with those around her, and I'd be willing to bet those who spoke to her would not carp about the coat not fitting ideally or looking a bit stiff - windy day, recent peep show kerfuffle, smart choice of style and fabric for the occasion. Sorry to see her looking a bit tired, hope the lovely "water of life" perked her up a bit.

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  63. RM, Kate is a Princess according to George's birth certificate, which was dictated by William. She is also a Duchess and in Scotland a Countess, all as a result of her marriage to William.

    There has been quite a bit of comment about accessories. I don't like the picture of the coat with the belt. It looks much more elegant unbelted. Kate has worn those shoes a lot; they must be comfortable! And the citrine earrings seem to be her long time favorites. I'm not sure about them with the coat and especially with the brooch, which appears to be silver. My impression of the whole outfit is that Kate went for comfort and for her familiar favorite accessories. She has lived in Scotland and knows what is appropriate there, for the weather and the people she meets.

    I liked hearing the bagpipes and the Scottish accents, and seeing gentlemen in kilts. My Scottish genes respond to Scottish traditions! There were lots of both Union and St. Andrew's flags; Kate had one of each in her hand along with the bear in the kilt. I wonder if someone would tell us, given the coming referendum, whether the flags the crowds carried had any political significance.

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  64. Hello lady Charlotte.

    Good moaning girls.

    Sam here calling from London.

    Hey I'm gonna call it. The Duchess of Strathearn is pregnant. I can tell these things because I'm a guy. The reason why she drank water the first time on tour in Malaysia was because it' was her first pregnancy. She obviously couldn't take chances The second time around is ok. And havin' a 'wee dram of whiskey' is good for circulation on a chilly day. Whiskey is medicinal too. Scotland is always windswept even in summer. It has a temperate climate all year round, hence the heavier coat buttoned up, . Orange/peach is nice colour. Visible u can see her.

    One thing I will stress to her, is she must always, always look elegant and class no matter what or how she's feeling. The public like elegance on a princess. They'll always remember. This is what royalty is about. If we wanted them to be ordinary then what is the point of being a royal. Might as well have a footballer doing the same engagements.

    All the best. Sam

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    1. I agree with you Sam. I was watching closely to all the pictures and K. is the only one wearing coat. There is a women by her side who wears a dress with short sleeves, another women wearin dress with a light jacket etc., therefore it is not that cold, especially many times when it was really bad outsise she was wearing dressess. Many of us were then wondering how come she is not cold, and today it is the opposite. Pleas look at her face- it says all.

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    2. I agree Sam. I had sips of wine every now and then when I was pregnant, and my children are healthy, happy and intelligent teenagers.
      The duchess may or may not be pregnant, there was just something about those first photos..

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    3. Although, perhaps W&C are having fun with us and she will next appear in a form-fitting sheath , so that people will tire of speculation. Ha! Doubt that
      The coat? Maybe an in-your-face answer to the photos, as others have suggested.
      Bluefire probably said it best: we should just wait until the Palace announces it. If she is pregnant, she is possibly having a rough time of it. And as someone else said, look at her beautiful smile- mostly natural and not forced. She is happy. I don't think for a minute that her appearance is caused by the photo fall-out.
      As usual, I started out to say three words...
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    4. SAM- You are so funny, but sometimes it is hard to tell when you are teasing.
      ..." a footballer doing the same engagements." Let's think about that for a moment. I can see David Beckham, or even Zara's husband standing there, surrounded by all those admiring little girls. I think you've hit on something, Sam.
      Marg

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    5. Elegant, or what's the point? I like that.

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  65. Thank you all so much for your comments and for reading!

    Many of you have questioned whether or not William and Kate are considered full-time/part-time royals (I've often wondered myself) and thought you'd be interested to know I was chatting with a royal editor who asked Kensington Palace straight out if William and Kate are full-time royals and if they'll be taking on more duties from now on. They avoided both questions and said "Engagements are usually announced two weeks in advance".

    There's been a real breakdown in communication between the Palace and respected members of the press.

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    1. Hello Charlotte.

      I believe the "breakdown" could have something to do with the fact that the Palace have no answers!

      W&K are the ones being indecisive or what they want is in conflict with the royal family members.
      1. W&K don't want to take any "work" on, and the palace is trying to persuade them or.
      2. W&K would like to take on more royal engagements, but the family doesn't want them to or
      3. W&K just can't make up their minds.

      I think there is heavy debate within palace walls at the moment!

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    2. Very good observations. I wonder if a fourth possibility might involve Prince Charles and the changes HM approved that saw him taking on more responsibility and merging press offices only to see that all collapse after his comments about Russian Pres. Putin? The ebb and flow of Charles' "job share" likely has ripple effects on other Royals' work.

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    3. Maybe William wants to do something more than be a king in waiting. He has seen his father spend over 60 years "on the bench" and often struggling to find his place in life. It may well be decades before William is King and the way our lovely Queen is holding up, a good few years before he's even Prince of Wales. Perhaps he wants to go on and do something of a 'real' job, perhaps with the Sir Ambulance Service, rather than just a long line of official duties. If that's the case, then good for him, I say.

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    4. I totally agree with Helen, 30 May 2014 05:00. These two have a lot of growing up to do, and imo they better "shape up" or there won't be any monarchy when they get to that point. I am VERY glad Prince Charles will become King first. If any of you watched the recent Garden Party at Buckingham, you will notice that Harry is towing the line better than William. And Kate seems to be going wild, acting silly and anything but regal. Well, I'm sure the Palace will sort them out and it may take a while. As I said, VERY glad Prince Charles and Camilla are next in line!!

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    5. Re: Summer 30 May 2014 06:14 comment: I wouldn't worry about Prince Charles. He knows what is best for Britain, and that is what counts.

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    6. Not worried, Anon. Just commenting on the aftershocks. Longtime royal reporters at many UK outlets have written about the merging of press offices and sorting of jobs and staff and new hires for two years. That has been wiped out now. It can't help but have an impact on The Firm and those who make their living writing about them.

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    7. Jean from Lancs30 May 2014 at 19:54

      Anon12:43- a bit unkind. Harry was at a garden Party for the Household Cavalry in which he is a serving officer. Catherine is doing the Red Cross garden Party on the same day that William is taking the salute at the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony on Horse Guards---one that the Duke of Edinburgh usually does.
      There is only one Nanny for Prince George---so bear in mind she will only work 40 hours or so and as they were in Scotland on Wednesday night and could not have been back in London until Thursday evening---that's 24 hours of her time.
      My guess is they are not filling all their time very much in advance in case they have to fill in for others.

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    8. Helen, my money would be on door number two. :)

      Anon 12.45, Charles has done some wonderful things, but it's a bit of a stretch to give him credit for knowing what's best for Britain. Unlike HM, he hasn't always put duty ahead of personal interests.

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    9. Charlotte, I don't know if you follow any of the regular UK royal/Palace reporters but they've said much the same thing on social media. The communication between the media - and I'm not talking paps here, I'm talking the loyal, royalist UK palace reporters - and KP has really, really broken down in the past months.
      Interesting and especially rotten timing when more than a couple countries are considering voting themselves out of the Commonwealth.

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    10. With all due respect, Jean, there's doting granny Carole who has been reported to spend (or want to spend) lots of time with George, as well as the cook/housekeeper person who has childcare as needed in her job description.

      Plus Kate hasn't been working so if she's as hands on as everyone says, Maria wouldn't be needed as much now they're home.

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    11. Hit send too soon . . .

      As to Charlotte's comment, I read that as Diplomatic Tact 101 from the palace. They aren't answering the question because either (a) they don't know what their status is, or (b) have been told to avoid that topic like the plague. Unfortunately, I think the reporting on these two is starting to slant against them, and it could be because the press isn't being treated properly. You know how it is when someone's attitude toward you changes; you wonder what you did wrong, you try to be nice, and then when there's no response, coolness ensues.

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  66. Both looked beautiful today. AND seemed to be REALLY enjoying themselves.

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  67. I was looking at older videos and pictures of Kate. She had a more blended color on her eyelids and not so much blush and it was just beautiful Softer and a much prettier look. All of the pictures of their tour of Mayasia? when she wore her hair up, she was just stunning. I t seems she wears it down more this past several years, but her face is so pretty, when she wears her hair down so much its a shame. They do look happy and what beautiful pictures of Scotland. I t may have been hard to leave the baby again after settleing in at home this past month.

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  68. I think that on her worst day, Kate would always look better than me and many others on their best day. It look to me that, this was a cloudy sky and it may explain why her smile does not look as radiant as usual for some people.Sunny day=better pictures. She has a million dollars smile and charm everybody she smile at. I believe that William and Kate are in love,(they both are soo cute when they look at their other half), I believe that William is very proud of his wife,and that he love her with long loose hair,he love that she is feminine and she is a mother hen. He look like he is a ''father hen'' him self with all those little kisses when he hold George to see the bilby. Kate love her man and being a full time mother.She is very clever and she will do what is needed to please him (even getting nice lingerie,we know men love them,loll). I don't see what is wrong with that.I know that some women would kill to be with their child and not have to return to work.She can afford that and if Charles first marital experience was bad,he may want to protect his son and daughter-in-law.They may enjoy more time far from full time work for The Firm and have more of a marital and familial life.These are some of my thoughts,of course we never know the truth . Charlotte you are great. N from Montreal

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  69. Kate is pregnent. Definitely she is. I do not think she was drinking wisky at all. I think she just pretended, and she even offered her drink to William. He had the whole think she left hers. She could not refuse to have some wisky because it would be obvious about her pregnency. Please watch the video carefully. Her hair looks different and that coat is to cover her belly. I think that she even gain a liitle weight. To me her whole look says one thing. She is definitely pregnent.

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    1. I think you are wrong-just because she didn't slug back the whiskey doesn't mean she is pregnant. It could mean she doesn't care for Whiskey. just mho

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  70. And why should she pretende? I don't understand.

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  71. I have a question: Does the palace release information about the clothes the royals wear to events? I was wondering because of the mention of brooch being a personal wedding gift by the palace. Are they answering queries or are they giving out information?

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      The Palace does release some info such as designers etc for official engagements.

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  72. love the coat if the duchess is pregnant that was good and that was gift from god i think if she was pregnant the palace will definitely the palace or office announce but for now let just wait for the announcement

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  73. Enough with the coats already! A pretty long sleeved dress with a blazer or something would be so much more youthful. The Dutchess is gorgeous - I have no idea why she wants to dress so boring....this coat looked the the Queen could have worn it. Maybe she's preggers, maybe she's not - If she is I don't think the tiny sip of whisky she took is going to harm her baby. Nor do I think she is promoting alchoholism by visting wineries or distilleries and having a taste - that is seriously crazy!

    William really needs to make up his mind about his next steps - it's starting to look ridiculous for someone who is 32 to have no path in life. Harry really pulls the bulk of the weight out of the three of them - he's totally engaging and always looks like he is having fun.

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  74. Jean from Lancs30 May 2014 at 19:41

    William; Catherine and Harry were at a meeting of their Royal Forum at Natural History Museum this morning and William is doing his FA President thing againthis evening . he's attending the match at Wembley and waving off the English team to Brazil
    Odd thing I have noticed--since the reorganization of the offices it sometime takes days to produce the Royal Circular
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    1. Thanks, Jean. I would not have known, otherwise.
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    2. Jean, interesting that you mentioned that because a couple of the UK's royal reporters, who are absolutely devoted to the royal family, have stated that the timeliness of the information, the amount and the accuracy of information emanating from KP has declined since the reorganization of the offices.
      I presume the information they're talking about is the same information contained in the circular or similar, designed to inform the media.
      It's not just one or two reporters who have mentioned it, it's a few and the really pro-Windsor ones at that.

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  75. Simone from Germany30 May 2014 at 20:16

    Well I don't like the outfit she was wearing in Schottland. And I think she can't complain about the naked picture, (I saw it in our german newspapers)It was an official appointment and not a private one like in France were Kate was photographed topless!
    By the way I was glad to hear that Charlene of Monaco is expecting a baby finally!!!! Congratulations!

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  76. Jane in Virginia30 May 2014 at 21:08

    I think the coat Kate was wearing yesterday is fabulous ! I am glad she didn't wear the belt , the way the designer showed it . Both of the Cambridge's looked happy and relaxed . I guess the pregnancy rumors will abate for a month or two , since Kate drank whiskey !

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  77. Charlotte, Duchess Kate blog was referenced again in "USA Today." Should I keep telling you, or perhaps others tell you.
    Marg

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  78. That is amazing, thank you so much Marg :)

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    1. Congratulations Charlotte!!, your blog is great!

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  79. To me she looks so evidently pregnant... her face. It was the same when expecting George.

    Well, let's wait and see.

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  80. She drank whisky and including 57.8 percent proof whisky, then she drank a liquor made by gin and flowers at the fair if she is really pregnant her next offspring is going to became bag-piper at least.......

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    1. You made me giggle! :)))

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    2. Yeah if she were pregnant all the other times when everyone was SO CERTAIN that she was pregnant, her and Will should have an army of kids by now. I guess I don't get the point of speculation when the palace will announce if she's pregnant.

      And I seriously don't think she would take the risk of drinking alcohol in public while being knowingly pregnant. She has enough public criticism on her at the moment, why risk more?

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  81. Did anyone see the new portrait presented to TRH - it's on the people website http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20821654,00.html

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    1. Thanks for the link, as I hadn't seen it. I really like the portrait! It shows the sparkle in her eye, as the article said he wanted to capture her youthful spirit and happiness. Looks like Kate and William like it, too!

      Victoria, Oregon

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    2. It seems Kate like " an egg to a chestnut", sorry it is a Spanish idiom............

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  82. I don't understand the statement that William & Kate need to shape up when they are doing such a great job. They represented their country and the monarchy beautifully on all their tours and in so many other engagements. Some think they don't do enough but if they neglected their baby and their relationship they"d lose so much of what makes them so appealing - and they'd take an even worse drubbing in the press IMO.
    Maryland Moxie...it's good to hear from you again. I do understand your concern about alcohol....that very addictive substance ruined my childhood and killed my beloved mother at an early age.....there's only about a 10 percent cure rate, I've been
    told....I do think we have all learned to temper our comments - and our replies....we stand far above the ugly behavior found in other blogs. An opposing opinion can always be expressed with humanity and respect, otherwise it just seems to be an excuse to be nasty. I didn't mean to sound like a prissy lecturer...it's just that disagreements that become hateful not only do not solve the
    problem, they exacerbate the alienation!

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    1. Well said Jo!!!! (applause)
      I'm all open to reading differing opinions.
      Subsequently, I may even be persuaded to change my thoughts on a topic too!
      There's nothing wrong with that.

      However, as soon as there is a level of bitter sarcasm, malevolence or hostility in a comment, I'm no longer interested in what the comment has to offer.
      This can be a pity, as some of those comments, if written respectfully, could offer great discussion.

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    2. I understand Joe that you´re very sensitive about this theme, but alcoholism is a mixture among alcohol and psicological problems........Drink a glass of wine is good, drink three is dangerous we must educated our children about drugs well.........sorry my english is not good, but I know this because I´m a psicologist. Kisses.

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    3. I understand Jo that you are very sensitve with this theme, but the alcoholism is a misture between drugs and psicological trouble, drink a glass of wine is good (nor for you I get it), drink three is dangerous for the helth, we must educated our children about drugs better, I have said that because I´m a psicologist. Kisses Jo.

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    4. I have not read one hateful comment on this blog. Opinions are subjective. I love this blog and appreciate the effort to maintain it , but i won't read or contribute if i feel i can't express my thoughts negative/positive without worry if it needs to be "tempered"

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    5. I am a recovering alcoholic of many years. I disagree that alcoholism is a mixture of drugs and psychological trouble. I definitely think that those things can go hand in hand, but IMO (and I'm not a psychologist) that is not the definition. I didn't do drugs when I was drinking, and I still am alcoholic. Personally, I think we should be called addicts because that's what we are. Addicted to alcohol. And if I were to try some drugs I could become addicted to them. I don't know because I haven't tried and I don't want to find out if I would become addicted. Not a place I want to go to again.

      As far as opinions, I tend to share Helen's, and don't think this blog suffers at all when good discussion ensues. I can't stand people on either end -- the delirious fans and the jellus haters. Neither do Kate any favors. Kate's human, and as one, she's going to make mistakes. Conversely, she's human and she's going to do some things right. I don't know why people on those ends can't make that connection. It truly baffles me.

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  83. Looks like they had a happy and carefree day in Scotland! Love Kate's coat and had a look
    At the Goat website and they have some gorgeous outfits!
    The pictures with the teddy in tartan kilt made me chuckle :-)
    Looking forward to the next appearance on the 6th June in France. Albeit a far more solemn occasion for the family. Great work Charlotte - I just keep your web page open on my phone now and update it a couple of times a day - I know addicted to an iPhone! :-) have a lovely weekend everyone! Simone in Melbourne xxx

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    1. I was just thinking you could have your own Duchess Kate App Charlotte!!

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    2. It's something I've been thinking about Florence :)

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  84. I thought I posted earlier so apologies if this is a repeat, but did anyone notice the weights in the hem of the coat? 3-4 inches in each side ....erininnyc

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    1. Hi erininnyc!!

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    2. I see what you mean, but it doesn't look like weights. I see the same thing on the model's coat. Maybe the fabric/hem/stitching..........??

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  85. I feel like such a "Debbie Downer" with my thoughts on Kate's clothing choices for this event (and most of her other recent ones)! I think she looks so completely dull in these photos. She seems to manage looking exactly the same at every event; if you switch out the coats, you have Kate's "uniform". Her earrings are the same, her clothing choices are the same (coat over dress without ever seeing the dress), her shoes are the same, her clutches are in heavy rotation and her hair is the same. She should have on some lip colour here and I feel her eye makeup is too heavy for her face (I always have, though). I personally look to Kate for her "Kate effect" and to wow us with her amazing style and figure, but I can't imagine any 31 year-old woman, regardless of title or wealth, wearing what she wears. She just looks, well, old. I don't say that to be mean but, rather, because I am disappointed in her sartorial choices. Also, for those of you saying she looks tired, let's keep this in perspective. She doesn't work like the everyday woman. She has a full-time nanny, housekeeper, hairdresser, endless bank account, etc. While yes, she is raising a son, so are millions of women around the world who also work and don't have near the help Kate does, but who still manage to look cheerier than Kate every day!

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  86. MARG..
    I'm actually referencing this to the previous thread on the topic of Princess Alexandra. (As I figure you may not be visiting that thread again.) I only went through the comments late today and noted your responses. Busy day!

    I believe we may have had our wires crossed.!!
    My comment was to suggest that Princess Alexandra truly is a delightful woman who despite her ill health and low status in line of succession, continues to work with zeal and fervour.
    And I quite agree that Kate should use Princess Alexander as an example of how to structure a well-respected royal position.

    Princess Alexandra is a royal who is getting older with many issues that come with age. She continues to enjoy her work and doesn't throw the towel in to claim retirement. She actually takes on more than she is expected to.
    This shows commitment and a love of serving charitable causes. (I'll take the opportunity to add Princess Michael of Kent too - have you checked her royal website?)

    Why are many of us therefore commenting, that Kate should stay home and look after a toddler and not need to take on any engagements?
    Is not Princess Alexandra entitled to stay at home and retire and stop her engagements?

    This was just my comparison. It may be a poor one - (and I expect a bit of backlash with this one.) :)
    It's not an opinion on Kate's work ethic. It simply seems to perhaps prove a different set of rules for different royals.

    Oh and Marg! I'm curious - how much royal memorabilia do you have?! Sounds like a treasure trove!

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    1. No backlash from me, Helen. I agree with you. Although I've read that Princess Michael would do royal engagements but isn't offered any as she's so far down the line. Apparently they now have to pay rent because of it.

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  87. I've just watched the coverage for William and Kate's visit (yes. I'm a bit slow to the party).

    The visit to Scotland had me wondering how much fun it would have been to see both William and Kate in a
    KILT.!!!!
    To match the teddy's of course. LOL!!!!!! :)

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  88. I think she would look fabulous in a gunny sack.

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  89. To all those who want her to be pregnant now:

    Why would she risk having more criticism on her by drinking whiskey in public? And yes she drank it as a BBC video showed. She has enough bad press at the moment that I really think her and William wouldn't risk her drinking alcohol in public if they knew she's pregnant.

    And I really don't see the point of pregnancy speculation when it comes to royals. If she's pregnant, they'll announce it. There's no need to dig up anything. And really often times people just end up with eggs on their faces like the infamous peanut paste incident when Kate didn't eat peanut paste on an engagement which was TOTAL PROOF that she was pregnant! Or that other time when she touched her stomach and that was proof too. Or god knows the 9 Billion times that people thought she was pregnant because of her hair, face, posture etc. If she really was pregnant all the times people said she was, they would have an army of kids by now!

    I'm not saying people can't speculate. I don't view myself as some type of dictator who tell people what they can or can't do. I'm just saying my opinion of why I don't get the royal baby speculation when they will announce it when it happens and let the public be there after she gives birth. Babies and weddings are the two things they do not hide.

    As for the outfit, I like it just fine. I would like for her to try wearing a pantsuit occasionally cause I do think she can pull it off.

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