Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Vote for Kate's Best Royal Tour Dress!

We're back with our second tour poll, this time asking readers to vote for their favourite dress of the royal tour. This is our largest poll, so by all means, pour yourself a nice cup of tea with your favourite cake before looking through and selecting your favourite. We will announce the winners at the end of our polls with the 'Royal Tour Fashion Awards'.

For a playdate with parents and babies at Government House, Kate needed a dress which would allow her to look stylish and kneel down comfortably whilst holding Prince George. The Duchess chose the Paulina Open-Knit Dress by American designer Tory Burch. The black and white dress was the perfect length for the event and it looked lovely on Kate.


Kate paid tribute to New Zealand at a State Reception hosted by the Governor-General in a black bespoke Jenny Packham crepe knee-length dress with long sleeves and embroidered crystal ferns on the left shoulder. The hand-stitched fern with silver beading was a nod to New Zealand's national emblem. A really lovely touch and a nice addition to an otherwise very simple dress.


The Duchess was stylish in green for the royal visit to Cambridge in an Erdem coat and the Suzannah Budding Heart Silk Tea Dress. Unfortunately, Kate didn't remove her coat but it is a splendid dress inspired by the 1930s.


For a visit to Dunedin Kate selected a very familiar Emilia Wickstead dress. The teal dress is identical to the 'Alice' coatdress the Duchess already owns by the designer in pale pink. Personally, as with many of Ms. Wickstead's designs, I didn't love this look, although teal is a great colour for Kate.


The Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Sydney in a vibrant yellow and white colour block dress by Serbian-born London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic. This was a stellar look for Kate and the summery dress was a fresh yet sophisticated choice. Following the appearance, sales for yellow dresses were up by 95% on eBay and Google saw searches surge for "yellow dress" and "Kate yellow dress". The Kate Effect.


Kate revealed "it's amazing to be here" during the couple's Blue Mountains visit, and Her Royal Highness looked amazing in the DVF Patrice Cotton Wrap Dress. Featuring 3/4 length sleeves and a subtle flared skirt, it's a feminine yet understated piece.


For day three of the royal tour, Good Friday, we saw the Duchess select an Australian designer. Kate looked elegant in a white eyelet dress by Zimmermann. The Roamer Day Dress is from the Spring 2014 Collection and will be available in stores and online for $495 next month.


Kate was pretty in a blue poppy print L.K. Bennett dress for a visit to the Sunshine State. It was the first time on the tour we'd seen her select a high street dress and it was a resounding hit with fashion critics and fans. The £245 Lasa Poppy Print Dress is one of the brand's most popular spring pieces and was almost entirely sold out before Kate's appearance.


On Easter Sunday, William, Kate and George visited Taronga Zoo. It was a fabulous event and Kate wore her primrose eyelet dress by an independent designer. At one point little George was drooling and the Duchess wiped it on the garment.


For the flight to Canberra, Kate changed into her striking blue Stella McCartney Ridley Stretch Dress from the Fall 2012 Collection.


Kate arrived in Uluru in a mauve dress with asymmetrical sleeves by Roksanda Ilincic.


Before taking a walk around the base, Kate changed into her Hobbs Wessex Dress. The linen piece features a subtle grey checked pattern, fitted waist, short sleeves and a full skirt.


The Duchess selected a new designer for a Government House receptionLela Rose. Kate looked elegant in the American designer's Circle Lace Trim Dress from the 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection. The circular lace detailing adds a graphic effect and peplum waist to the sheath dress.

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This one was quite difficult for me, I have to say. What an abundance of beautiful frocks Kate chose for this tour! I love the Zimmermann, DVF, Tory Burch and Lela Rose dresses in particular, but in the end I voted for the L.K. Bennett Lasa Poppy Print Dress. It's a beautifully made garment which fitted the Duchess perfectly. I'm very excited to see your choices. Share your favourites in the comments section! :)


In our next polls, we'll be looking at Kate's separates. From skinny jeans and a blazer to stylish skirt suits, there were some memorable looks.

236 comments:

  1. Incredibly tough choice on the dresses, you can make a case for almost all of them. I voted for the LK Bennett poppy dress but it might have been the Zimmerman or the "banana" dress. All so great on Kate. Since our thrifty Duchess loves to recycle, I look forward seeing all of them again - and our dear Charlotte will report those events. Thanks for an outstanding job and on reaching 20,000 Twitter followers (including me). - Karen

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    1. Aww thank you Karen. I was so pleased to reach that goal, I do enjoy Twitter and it's a great way to share blog content and interact with readers :)

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    2. I hope I didn't vote twice...my phone kept "hiccupping!" Since I'm a sparkle-addict (with a love of beautifully designed tiaras) I had to go for the Jenny Packham wiith the sparkly ferns. Lovely!

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    3. I'm a big fan of Jenny Packham. I wonder if we'll see any of Kate's favourite designers worn at the Met Gala

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    4. I would love to see William & Catherine at the Met Gala one year. Can you just imgine the people being there to see them. It would be crazy, more so then Memphis.

      Pam/Portland

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    5. If we are going to see Kate at a Met event I hope for more glamour than we ' ve seen so far. Kate is going institutional but I still hope we'll see some more sparkle from her

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  2. I am seriously underwhelmed with the dresses. Seriously underwhelmed. I don't really like any of them and this is a first for me. I usually like her style.

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    1. Was there one that stood out at all for you bluhare?

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    2. I am also curious to know what Bluhare was expecting as in what sort of designs, or designers she had in mind.

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    3. Taking another look, I will vote for the green dress we didn't see or the Stella McCartney dress, I think. I had a hard time choosing with the coats, as I liked three a lot, but the dresses are leaving me cold.

      I don't think I thought of designers, Lekheeka. I know my favourite look on her since the beginning was that grey Roxanda Ilincic (sorry if I misspelt) she wore a couple of years ago. She really looked lovely that day. I think she does separates better than dresses, so I'll have my viewing glasses tuned up for the separates poll!

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    4. You know, I kind of agree with Blu. I LOVED everything she wore on the Southeast Asia tour. I think those dresses may have been more feminine or ladylike? These dresses were very nice, and certainly beautifully tailored, but there was nothing that took my breath away.

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  3. I also voted for the Poppy dress. Such a pretty dress, and it looked fabulous on Kate. I also loved the white eyelet Zimmerman dress. I think the green silk tea dress might have been a favorite, but as we didn't get to actually see it, I didn't feel I could vote for it. I hope she recycles it soon so we can get a better look!

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    1. At the moment the Poppy dress is winning, it's very early to tell though.

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    2. That's how I feel about the green dress too. I think I like it the best, but we never saw it on.

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    3. I agree, the tea dress looks like great potential for her and I hope we see it at a future engagement!

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  4. Sarah from Calif.6 May 2014 at 01:45

    Oh for me it was the Zimmerman white eyelet dress. I live 20 minutes from the ocean and am really part mermaid, to see Kate running on the beach in that refreshing, crisp and stylish dress was delightful. She exemplified " not a care in the world, but the joy of the moment" IMHO

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    1. It's a great dress Sarah and so versatile. It worked for three very different engagements.

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    2. When I first saw the white eyelet I did not like it but loooking more closely and the design of the dress is very pretty.

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  5. It is so hard to decide as she wore so many beautiful dresses this tour and I really love the LK Bennett poppy dress that mindy kaling also wore. It looks great on every figure. However, I have to go with the Roksanda Ilincic Yellow and White Colour Block Dress. I love the colour yellow in general and it really made Kate shine.

    Thank you Charlotte for another fun poll and great post.

    Cheers.

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    1. You're very welcome! What a great choice.

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    2. Totally agree Mellie. The dress was so well fitted and crisp. Plus how William has now nicknamed it the "banana" dress :)

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  6. I haven't voted yet bc I can't chose!

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    1. Emily if you have more than one favourite the poll allows for multiple votes :)

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    2. Hooray! I'm scrolling through comments before I vote because I couldn't decide on just one and thought I would see if anyone's argument for their favorite swayed me.

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    3. I just had a hard time to really determine at first which one was my favorite, but I did end up voting
      For the yellow block dress and the LK Poppy dress.( Also I was making dinner at the time and I didn't have the proper time to really look at all the pictures)
      I know I said this before but she really does look good in whatever she wears. A smile and confidence goes a long way!

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    4. I can't decide too, it's really difficoult. So far I loved the tory burch, the black evening dress,the banana, the stella mc and the ilincic ... Arrrgh

      Gabriella, italy

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  7. Charlotte, I rarely make any comments but felt I just had to comment on the photo where Duchess Kate is standing with Her husband The Duke of Cambridge William. It is the one where she is wearing that lovely white rose lace dress which I like very much! The look on Williams face as he is looking at her is truly PRICELESS! It embodies the look of love! Absolutely adorable! Thanks for all your creative and respectful blogging/reporting! Jolly good I must say! From across the pond in Denver, Colorado!! Happy Spring to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you Debs,

      I love it when people share where they come from. It's crazy to think I wrote this blog post in my bedroom in the U.K. and now someone in Denver is reading and commenting. It's such a lovely way to share with other royal fans!

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    2. Im in Tokyo reading your blog on my phone whilst sitting in a cafe eating my lunch :)

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    3. Well Charlotte, what I find amusing/amazing is that although we are miles apart (all of us commenting on your blog as well as me and you) we have a common bond or interest..........The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! And even though a good number of us do not reside in Great Britain we still enjoy reading about their lives, their work and just keeping up on what they are up to! My interest and care for the Royals began when Princess Diana came on the scene and then William and Harry's birth was exciting as well! My heart went out to them when their dear mum was killed in that tragic car accident! I began to pray for them and just keep up on how their lives were going.to see how and what they would do as they grew up! I must say that Prince William has been blessed with a special love in his life and of which I can imagine his mum would have very been happy for him. I enjoy your work as you present it for all of us to read and comment! I bet it is quite a thrill to see just how many of us read, comment and keep up with your blog and Face Book page and to know that almost all over the world you have fans of your work and endeavors!
      Keep up the great work and be well Charlotte!
      Once again......Deborah in Denver, Colorado! Cheerio! : )

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    4. Lynn Georgia USA8 May 2014 at 16:10

      Debs, I so much agree with you about the amazing bond that we share with our fellow bloggers/readers all over the world. Such widespread, diverse interest makes the blog really fun for me. Your comment about how Diana might feel about Kate interests me. I think the relationship between the two would have been complex. I agree that Diana should have been "pleased as punch" with Kate and her relationship with William; however, many mothers tend to be quite proprietorial about their sons no matter how worthy the daughter-in-law might be. Does anyone else share my conjecture that Diana would have veered toward the "proprietorial" side--especially about William?

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    5. Lynn, I agree that Diana would be very pleased with Kate and also that it could have been a somewhat complex relationship. Perhaps the degree of complexity would have had something to do with how satisfied and at peace Diana would be in her own personal life at this point. Sometimes the mothers who can't let go do not have a true connection with their own husbands and, therefore, they may invest more in their relationship with their sons. At least that has been *my* observation over the years. Don't shoot the messenger. :)

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    6. Lynn, judging from her reported reaction to a nanny or two who won her boys' affection, I would say Diana might indeed be a bit possessive. But they were at times all she had for comfort and closeness. She was on her way to forging a meaningful, independent life for herself and I suspect would have been comfortable enough to let her boys live their own lives. I don't think the Harry-Vegas thing would have happened. She was capable of sharp reprimands.
      Of course, all this is conjecture. We will never know for sure.
      Marg

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    7. Marg, I do agree about the Harry-Vegas thing not happening. I believe that W&H's roles/path would have been more clearly defined.

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    8. royalfan- I think we took the same Psych 101 class.
      Marg

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    9. I agree with everyone about Diana. I think Kate would have had her work cut out for her on a couple of fronts. Not only regular mother in law stuff, but public perceptions as well. I think it would have been very interesting.

      But what would have really been interesting for me would have been the duelling grandmothers. Diana vs. Carole. An epic battle indeed!

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    10. Diana vs Carole ...that one could go either way. I would pay big bucks for a ticket to that bout.
      No disrespect intended I think they're both awesome (not a word I use often)
      Or...they could fool everyone and pull together for W&C.
      bluhare, that was just a great thought! It could entertain me for hours.
      Marg

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    11. My money would be on Carole!

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    12. I agree Bluhare :) but I suspect that maybe William and Kate wouldn't have been together, if Diana was still alive… William would have been a different man, in my opinion. But the idea of Diana vs Carole is GREAT!

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    13. Yes, Marg, I believe we did. But I'd rather not fess up to when I graduated. Lol. :)

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  8. I correct myself on the comment I made......white circular lace dress not rose! Oops!

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  9. Laurie - N. Carolina6 May 2014 at 02:05

    So hard to choose...I loved almost all of them! But I'll agree with you, Charlotte...it's the LK Bennett Poppy dress. It was vibrant and youthful and is also a dress that's attainable for us regular folk. I can see why it sold out! The "banana" dress was a close second though. I didn't like the original version at all, but Kate's bespoke piece was gorgeous and fit her just perfectly. Not many people can wear that color, but Kate looked simply lovely in it. Like a ray of sunshine!

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    1. I saw a lady on Twitter who works for a retailer commenting on the increase in sales for yellow dresses. We might see more of them around this summer!

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    2. I couldn't decide between the LK Bennett and the Lela Rose, so I split my vote. I would love to watch the Poppy dress created, the textile is so interesting! And the effect of the circles against white is really charming.

      I was looking at a close up of the Jenny Packham fern dress to get a feel for whether the crystal beading might be removed and noticed small yellow circles on the black skirt. I wonder what those might be? The fabric didn't look to have sheen that might reflect ... maybe camera flashes?

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    3. Summer, I noticed the same circles and initially thought it was my monitor. But I think you're correct about it being camera flashes. :)

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    4. It's fun to me to click on the pictures and study them close-up. I'm glad you spotted those too!

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  10. The poppy dress, really?? I'm amazed how many people liked that dress. I voted for the yellow Ilincic arrival dress (the banana). The first time I saw it, I thought it a bit strange, but I have come to think it is the most beautiful of the dresses Kate wore. A close second would be the eyelet Zimmerman. My third choice is the Tory Burch. All of these dresses were beautifully designed and splendidly constructed, and they fit Kate and the occasions for which they were worn to a T. I also liked both of the more formal dresses, the black with sparkling ferns, and the white with oversized lace. The latter dress, however, along with some of the other outfits, did not fit very well.

    It's interesting that none of the three dresses I liked best is by a British designer. I seem to remember that Diana was required, or chose, to wear only British lines. Kate seems free to explore the world of fashion.

    Congratulations, Charlotte, you are very successful at blog and tweet, and for good reason!

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  11. I voted for the yellow Roksandra. The blue poppies and the Tory Burch are close behind, though. I certainly hope we see the green tea dress out and about at a later date.
    Thanks for the wonderful job you did during the tour, Charlotte. It was fun following along. Greetings from North Carolina.

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  12. I adored the poppy dress and initially I chose that as my favourite while the tour was on. But it's the yellow Roksanda dress that made her stand out from the crowd. It wore well, didn't look wrinkly or anything from travelling. It was stunning and she wore it well. Highly envious of the fact that HRH can wear any colour and look amazing!

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  13. Like you, Charlotte, I was torn between the 'banana' and the poppy dress and didn't realize I could vote for more than one. I would have voted for the Packham fern dress if it had been shorter. As you can probably tell, I fall hardest for the simpler styles which have a singular stunning motif. (Like the blue lace one from the previous tour.)

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  14. The poppy dress was a winner, but I simply loved the look of the yellow Ilincic color block dress. I think Kate looked awesome in it. So my vote was definitely for the Ilincic.

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  15. It was tough between the black dress and the lk Bennett but I had to go with the poppy dress kates dresses on tour were all pretty much amazing she hit the mark morethan she did with her coats! Hope we see her back to work soon......
    Sarah usa

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  16. HI Charlotte,
    For me it was the Roksanda Ilicinic (it's hard to pronounce and spell the designer's name!) Yellow and White dress! Here's why:

    After seeing the duchess in many shades of "her most favorite color" BLUE, one could easily be a bit bored however, when she came out of the airplane in Sydney, with lil' Georgie porgie in her arms, she looked so gorgeous in such a refreshing color that too with such a great design aesthetic from Ms. Illicinic. That dress could have looked meh if it was in one solid color but with the color blocking scheme and the small slit on the front side, along with her beautiful hairstyle, the Duchess could not have looked better.

    My second choice was the LK Bennett Lasa dress and third was the DVF wrap dress.

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  17. I am in Minneapolis Minnesota! :)

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  18. Sarah from Calif.6 May 2014 at 03:20

    Charlotte , sent you a picture via FB

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  19. This was such a hard poll!! Too many good dresses to choose from!! I voted for the Patrice DVF wrap dress. I love the vibrancy of the print and that is what really stood out to me, the other two contenders were the L.K. Bennett Poppy dress and the Zimmerman dress she wore at the beach..Thanks chica!xoxo

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  20. I absolutely loved the Jenny Packman dress with the crystal ferns and that is the one I voted for. My 2nd favorite was the LK Bennett poppy one.

    This was a hard to chose from because they all really looked great on her!

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  21. Jennifer from Wisconsin6 May 2014 at 03:40

    The Poppy dress is so pretty so that is the one I chose but there were so many....

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  22. Jennifer from Wisconsin6 May 2014 at 03:41

    Does anyone have a guess as to how many dresses she must consider for a tour of that size? Even if the designers send her items, does she request pieces first to try or do they send them and just hope she does not send them back?

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    1. Hi Jennifer, I'm not sure if I'm correct, but I read an article (sorry, can't remember from where) that said she would need to take around 40 different outfits, I guess not all dresses. It also said for this tour I know for sure, that some designers sent her dresses, but she ultimately returned them. That's just what I read, so again, I could be wrong. Just trying to help :-). Take care!
      Jennifer

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    2. Lauri from Ca6 May 2014 at 15:21

      Hi Jennifer,

      My guess is she tried on about a dozen dresses before the tour, since some were from her own closet or remakes of ones she already has. I read somewhere that she requests pieces to try on and see if they will work with events planned. Apparently she tried on some from Austrailian designers but sent them back. Too bad as I was disappointed by the lack of local designers on this tour.

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  23. I liked the white circles dress, mainly because it was a very elegant look for her, and it was quite a different look for a change. I agree the poppy dress is lovely, but its a very 'Kate' dress and quite predictable. Its nice to see her try new things :)

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  24. I LOVE the white Lela Rose dress! Her overall look wearing this dress is exciting because we are watching her style evolve!

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  25. Interested Canadian6 May 2014 at 06:19

    I voted for the Lela Rose white circle dress, both elegant and funky/fun; plus, despite being off-the-rack, the waist of the dress actually sat at Kate's waist. This could be a designer Kate might want to revisit. I also liked the DVF wrap dress, both dresses by Rocsanda, and the LK Bennett--altho the waist of the poppy dress was too high, the colour of the blue and white together was wonderful, youthful and summery.

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  26. Louise Elizabeth6 May 2014 at 06:24

    Hi to all, from Australia. What interesting and diverse comments. My favourite dress although we could not see a lot of it would HAVE to be the Tory Burch dress she wore to Georges Playdate. It was DIVINE!!! Oh so relaxed and casual looking but SO stylish! Also in that category is the Zimmerman white dress she wore to Bondi and the Childrens Hospice. Very appropriate and casual and stylish again. I also thought that the black Jenny Packham worn in New Zealand with a very appropriate, and beautiful nod to their country was gorgeous too, especially the whole look with her hair down and lovely evening make-up. My least favourite was the Lela Rose cocktail dress, I absolutely thought it so bad, (sorry Kate) it just looked quite old or odd looking. The Emilia Wickstead I thought looked gorgeous and warm and a stunning colour on The Duchess. All in all, wonderful viewing- THANKS for the Blog. Cheers

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA8 May 2014 at 16:22

      I do think that the Emilia Wickstead teal IS the old pink Wickstead dyed. Kate obviously loves the dress (She wore the light pink twice in fairly close proximity, if I remember correctly.) Once she chose the light pink two-piece with V-neck (I just don't know all the designers' names!), she was forced to change the color of the Wickstead if she were to wear it at all. She could, of course, have had an identical dress made in teal, but I don't think she did. The strong teal color would have easily covered the pink hue. I'd love to know what others of you think.

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  27. Wow, looking back over the whole thing (great post by the way) I am so underwhelmed by Kate's choices. I ended up with the play party date Paulina dress.

    I am unsure if we should be voting on something that we didn't see Kate wear, even if she did have it on.

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  28. I voted for the banana dress because when I saw it on her it was as if the sun had finally chosen to shine after all that NZ rain! :-) I loved the color on Kate and the unique twist on color blocking. The poppy dress was second. I also hope we see the green tea dress without the coat soon.

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  29. I may be predictable but I love the poppy dress, lk bennett. So very Kate! Having said that, the Leila Rose Circle dress was amazing too. It was the night when William could not take his eyes off his beautiful wife. You could just tell how proud he was of her, the love between them was just.,, wow!

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  30. anon from Leominster6 May 2014 at 09:15

    This poll was both hard and easy for me. For me the elegant simplicity of the Packham dress was a clear winner, and I liked the length. Yet I liked several others extremely well too. Roksanda (not even going to try to spell her surname but bravo to her for keeping it) does very well for Kate. Kate looked fabulous in the colour block "banana" dress but hope those that buy yellow look in the mirror! That bold yellow is great on Kate who is probably a "winter" under the old "Colour me beautiful" regime (which I still use.) but it won't work on a lot of people. I also liked the grey Roksanda dress but it was the wrong location for it. Too formal and it looked washed out in that setting.

    Kate with her wonderful figure and looks can make a cheap dress look like a designer one and that was very true of the poppy dress which looked fabulous on her. The Hobbs alas looked as cheap as it was but it was a pleasant dress for the occasion.

    Very strange she chose two eyelet dresses so closely alike, just like two so similar green coats.

    Some dresses I didn't care for. The broderie or eyelet are too jeune fille. Everyone talks about Kate dressing too old but some of her styles seem a bit girlish. At the opposite end, with apologies to those who like it, I thought the DVF the worst of the lot with its - to me - dowdy and old print. Definitely a Carole, not Kate, look. And I didn't like the Lea Rose although had to really look at Kate in it to figure out why because the dress itself didn't seem bad. But Kate has a very long torso and that dress didn't seem a good cut on her to me. Not sure I liked those big circles either.

    I do wish Kate would have worn more by Australian or NZ designers because Charlotte showed us such pretty and appropriate choices. The one dress she did wear was so similar to her dressmaker dress that it didn't really stand out. And it would have been nice if the queen had loaned her a brooch, or perhaps that opal necklace which I think might be perfect on a tall slim girl like Kate. But we can't have everything and the tour was a great success, fashion and otherwise, and it's fun to read all our different opinions.

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    1. I am stilln wondering if she more a "summer" or " winter" type ... I'd say summer but she looks so damn good in white to cast a vote for "winter"

      Gabriella, italia

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    2. I'm a winter and I look great in white. Kate's definitely not a summer. She's either winter or autumn, and I might lean toward autumn just simply based on the fact she can wear that shade of yellow. I would look like a jaundice victim if I wore that shade of yellow.

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    3. I just read a blog post pegging the Duchess as a cool summer. I didn't know there were variations like that, but she made a case for it nonetheless.

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    4. That's cute coming from you, Summer!!

      I thought summers and winters were cool tones, with spring and autumn being warm tones. My understanding is that summer is a bit lighter than winter, and same with spring/autumn.

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    5. It's quite ironic that I am a "deep winter" by this author's updated take on it. The formula seems more complex and allows for overlap or progression into seasons. I don't know if it all holds up, more scrutiny is needed: http://www.prettyyourworld.com/colortheory.html

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    6. anon from Leominster8 May 2014 at 10:04

      To me, as a summer, Kate looks too good in black and white to be a summer, but I'm not familiar with "cool summer" so that could be possible,

      Really don't think autumn because Kate looks so good in blues and pastels like pink and lavender, and I can't see her in orange. Diana, who definitely seemed to be a summer with her naturally high colour once wore orange and I wondered what she was thinking. Of the two green coats Kate wore on the tour, I thought the Erdam with the blue undertone was a better colour on her.

      Some dark haired women turn out to be springs though so that's a possibility too.

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    7. bluhare, winter and summer ladies can wear yellow , if it's in the "lemon - skin" range (I mean a cool , frozen tone) while the autumn can use bronze golden brown tones. and brown does not particularly suits the duchess

      gabry, italy

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    8. That's the understanding I had, too. It looks like a devotee has expounded on the premise and it now has 16 (!) possibilities? http://www.prettyyourworld.com/colortheory.html

      And to add to the cuteness, I am a "deep winter."

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    9. Sorry for my duplicated reply and link - I couldn't remember if I hit publish on the comment I intended to write last night.

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    10. I'm a light winter. Dark hair, deep blue eyes and pale skin. My sister, who has almost exactly the same coloring but paler eyes is a summer. Probably a deep summer. Fun!!

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    11. PS Gabriella, you're right. I can wear icy yellow, and some shades of coral. But they have to veer to the blue spectrum.

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  31. After having another quick glimpse of the montage of Kate's dresses, I would have to say, that she seems to be developing more of a Jackie Kennedy/Grace Kelly style. I see Jackie Kennedy in Kate's simple, straight, pencil skirts - even the gathered, circle skirt is very 50's/60's - and the occasional pill box hat. And I find similarities with Grace Kelly in some of Kate's more formal gowns.
    The only style that is truly "Kate" to me, are her jeans/blazer/ and the pretty floral dresses (usually wraps).

    I'm fascinated to see how she'll tie all these together in the future. Or she may go for a much different style altogether as she grows into her position.

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    1. Def agree with you, she is looking at old classical style-icon to forge her look, that's why I hope she will be able to give a personal touch to her style

      Gabriella, Italy

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  32. Dear Charlotte, what a great post. It's lovely to see all Kate's dresses. I voted for the Poppy dress because when I first saw it I really wowed.
    In second place there is the Jenny P, then I also like the teal dress..
    I would have seen the Suzannah on her.. I'm pretty sure she would have been amazing!
    Elisabetta from Italy

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  33. Particularly I liked two dresses, the poppy and the mauve dress from the Serbian designer but I voted for the poppy dress, that is her best look for me this tour. Thank you for these polls they are so much fun. Blue27

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  34. Jean from Lancs6 May 2014 at 10:17

    How does one choose just one of those dresses? They were all pretty and eminently suitable for the engagements of the day, so will you forgive that I have voted for two?
    The "banana" dress was lovely---well fitting and doubtless chosen because she could be seen by the crowds a long way back.
    The second was the Zimmermann -whit "broderie Anglaise" which looked pristine at several engagements from the emotional visit to the Hospice to fun on the beach.
    In my opinion these two epitomized the care taken in choosing the outfits for such a tour.
    "British Royals" this morning gives a reference to a NZ newspaper, which reports that whilst William and Catherine(and the press pack) were in Christchurch, Nanny Maria took George to the park in Wellington---with security of course.Owner of an ice cream van reports that she bought an ice cream and gave George a taste. Seems to have been the only afternoon without rain.

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    1. Jean, we so often agree about things! You picked my first two choices among the dresses. I loved the sophisticated banana dress, and the sweet eyelet. Did you also like my third, the Tory Burch? It was nearly tied in my mind with the Jenny Peckham.

      That's a neat story about Maria and George going to the park and having an ice cream. I hope it's true, and I suppose there's no reason it wouldn't be. :-)

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  35. Simone Melbourne6 May 2014 at 11:10

    I loved the LK Bennett dress too :-) I miss shopping in LK Bennett living in Melbourne.
    I thought the dress was young and fun and fitted fabulously and I love that she mixes high street with designer so well.
    Wish we had seen the green tea dress.
    So pleased you are back Charlotte - was starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms :-)
    Love to all
    Simone Melbourne

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  36. Loved the poppy dress, but sadly didn't love most of the other dresses! Though I did like the yellow eyelet dress (which is actually designed by Kate herself, let's give the lady some credit!) too. I think I would have loved the mauve Roksanda Illicinic dress if it had been a bit shorter in length. Same with the black Jenny P. The hemlines are not really doing it for me these days! But as always, she is so lovely. She could wear anything to resounding applause. I love her!

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  37. I'm loving the white Lela Rose dress. It's absolutely beautiful. It's something that catches my eye and I would wear... If I could afford it! The look is definitely different from what she usually wears but still elegant. I believe the designer is from Texas; so, I was pleasantly pleased to see the Duchess wearing a line from my home state! Thank you for your time and dedication that you take to research and write this blog.I found it around the time of the royal wedding and have been "stalking it" as my husband claims ever since. Take care Charlotte!

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  38. It's funny that I love half of her dresses and dislike the other half. Among the good half, it's impossible for me to pick one...I guess I had to go with Jenny Packham...it's different and custom made for her...I love the simplicity yet with outstanding embellishment work on the shoulder

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    1. The Jenny Peckham does get a honorable mention in my book. The dress is so plain but the detailing on the shoulder is outstanding.

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    2. I voted for the "poppy," but I really like the Jenny Packham the more I look at it. I'd never noticed the pretty belt before looking at the picture here today. I like that touch. And of course I love the detailing on the shoulder, too.

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  39. Hello dear Charlotte and all,
    I may be a little quirky about the way I do the polls, idk, but it works for me: First, I read the whole post. I do not read the comments yet though. Then I go back and study the items, dresses in this case. And I look to see which one, in my opinion, is the one that is the best fit and overall (hair and all included) look for her. Even if it is not the one that I love the best, I vote for the one that LOOKS the best on her in MHO. In this case, I loved the dress we didn't get to see the at all (I love the color green, perhaps I'm partial), but I ultimately voted for the poppy dress. Thank you Charlotte for including pictures of that one from both sides, that is what confirmed it for me. I think it was her best fit of the ones to choose from.
    Oh, Charlotte, since you like to know you where your fans are, you have a HUGE FAN in me, from Hendersonville, North Carolina. Take care everyone!
    Jennifer

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  40. Lauri from Ca6 May 2014 at 15:17

    Where is the pink McQueen dress?? Or will it show up in a later poll? I voted for the LK Bennett Poppy dress, as I liked the fit and style on the Duchess and how the print really showed off her tiny waist. It was very "Kate".

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      The pink McQueen was a top and skirt, it will feature in our next poll :)

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    2. Speaking of the pink McQueen, I believe Princess Mary wore this color twice in the last week or so and it seems to be very popular now. I know some people described it as matronly when Kate wore it, but I thought it was quite flattering on her.

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  41. I liked the Tony Birch dress, and possibly the silk green heart (we didn't really get to see her in it), but I thought the print dresses all had a somewhat jarring and distracting element. I liked the sophistication of the Stella McCartney, and the Roksanda. A clean palette on the dress helps me to notice other things than say, blue poppies coming at me, or tribal prints where (at least in a photograph), there many elements are competing. I liked the black Jenny P. but I think that it black washes her out, and that a dark navy would be more flattering. My very favorite was the white eyelet dress, perhaps because it is so feminine and fresh, young even, but I'd love it in my closet to feel fresh and innocent in- to go dance in a meadow or something lovely! I wish that the look hadn't been repeated at Topanga zoo (different dress, same eyelets). In fact, I wish she wasn't such a repeater because I become so familiar with the dresses from photographs, that it lets me down when she shows up wearing the same thing. Perhaps if they were just styled *completely* different, they would have a fresher feel. I honestly don't understand the "modesty" of repeat, in her position. Her protection officers cost more than that a day, so who is counting cost of a frock the few days, every few months, that she does "work"? Her majesty isn't big on repeating, is she? (Idea; and not meaning to sound tacky, but she could always sell her dresses eventually, and then they wouldn't have cost the taxpayers anything!) Anyway...mere selfishness from me, I know...

    One small detail that I noticed was the young girl holding her clutch in the grey Roxanda. The girl looks like she is holding something holy. Was she told to hold it that way? This is a bit too austerely "special" for me...sweet little girl though.

    Charlotte, your patience and good manners never cease to astound me! Thanks so much!

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    1. Hey wolfpup, like your reasoning here. I agree about the styling aspect. Also love your take on the girl holding Kate's clutch. Had to go back and look!!

      I know you're sort of fashiony, but do you think that Kate had the pink Wickstead dress dyed teal for this trip? And the Rocksanda Illincic (sorry for the misspelling)? Is that the same dress as the grey one she wore a couple of years ago? Thanks.

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    2. I don't know if she had it dyed, bluhare, but I can't get past what looks like unfinished stitching.

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    3. Do you mean where it looks like snaps are attached to an invisible placket? I think that looks odd too. I think she had it dyed. Just made up my mind. :)

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    4. Yes, that's what I meant, bluhare. It seems to be Wickstead's trademark, but I just don't get it.

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    5. Also I think the arms don't fit so well, they make her upper arms look chunky IMO, which is of course not the case!

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    6. bluhare, I think so on the grey. What I like most about it is the neckline. The duchess looks wonderful in regal necklines. It draws one to her face and she doesn't need to worry so much about her waist. And, if she did indeed dye her pink Wickstead dress, I believe that it was a big mistake! Charlotte, I noticed that the poppy dress is beautiful sewn, unlike, in my opinion, the Wickstead dress under discussion.

      I miss the glamour of Diana. The queen can't really "mentor" her, but I wish a grande dame would descend and teach Kate how to wear those jewels. They are so much more than fashion...brilliant stones to handle and delight in, the history of their acquisition and the women who have worn them; the power they represent. And then Kate just needs to own that bearing and put some on.

      This is not like Barbies...

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    8. wolfpup - that ain't no girl.
      She's more likely 20 something (mid 20's I reckon.) Probably an official of the indigenous community.
      Naturally, this was also all rehearsed months before the royal party arrived and she definitely was told. "this is how you have to hold it".
      Love the "Holy Grail" image you portray!

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    9. Thanks, wolfpup. I wondered if that dress was the same as the grey one, and I think she did dye it. I'm also now pretty convinced that she dyed that Wickstead one, as the dress and hat match perfectly. Absolutely perfectly. It's too bad her shoes photograph green!

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    10. Hi Wolfpup.
      I found your comment on Diana rather interesting.
      I was a teenager when Diana appeared on the royal scene and I absolutely idolised her!
      But - I was a naive teenager. I guess we were all fooled at the fairytale image for a while.

      Looking back now, I have difficulty in seeing anything glamorous about her style.
      Actually, she suffered from awkward fashion moments far more regularly than Kate. With the exception of the magnificent black strapless dress she wore when she was engaged. And of course she improved her style after her separation.

      And the jewels? Yes she wore them far more frequently (maybe because she held a higher ranking in the royal web), but I always felt they looked odd.
      Is it their bulk or style. Not sure?
      Many of these jewels have been around for hundreds of years - styled in a different fashion to be worn differently. I think it would be hard for any modern woman to wear them comfortably and in the way intended.
      Kate strikes me as preferring more modern and quite delicate/simple pieces. There may not be much of that on offer in the royal collection.

      I agree with a little bit of sparkle now and again wouldn't hurt! For instance the black strapless gown she wore not long after their wedding with the diamond necklace really set that outfit apart!

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    11. I wanted to change my comment about Barbies, bluhare. Sometimes I get the distinct impression that this is just what I am having fun doing.

      Helen, I remember pouring over pictures of Diana with my girlfriend. We thought she was the height of good taste. But fashions change and cycle, and perhaps wearing gems will be fashionable again. Jackie O. was pretty brilliant at that. Q. Elizabeth always, always rocks jewels. But are you talking about the black gown Kate wore with the deco-ish diamond and ruby flower necklace? That might work really well, That was a nice neckline for her I thought, and really showed off that necklace. (I remember the duchess looked like she was having a wonderful time with Will and Harry). I like curves rather than angles around her necklines. They softens her.

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    12. anon from Leominster8 May 2014 at 10:20

      Don't think I agree on Diana. She wore some amazing clothes. She really captured the image of the young fairy princess at first, I still remember that lovely hand painted gown. She did go through that awkward "spots" period in the eighties but she then moved on to wear wonderful suits, cocktail dress and gowns that could easily be worn today.

      I felt a bit disconcerted by Kate's choices om this tour and wondered why since she wore mostly dresses I liked. I think the reason was there was no one "stand out" drop dead outfit. On the two previous tours there was a least one dress, among all the pretty ones that had us saying "wow" uniformly. This time there wasn't.

      I think Kate might like to be known for more than her clothes but won't be until she develops a royal persona with a full-time work schedule. Her work with children's hospice is an important start but she hasn't really branched out yet.

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    13. Lynn Georgia USA8 May 2014 at 16:30

      Yes! I still consider that black velvet the most stunning ball gown she has ever worn! The jewelry set it off to perfection--and I long to get another look at that whole ensemble someday!

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    14. What barbie comment, wolfpup?

      By the way, everyone on the blog, I just want to say how nice it is to see us having actual conversations and some of them not about Kate. It used to be that the comments were just "Kate looks great" times 20 and now there's conversations about color wheels, flying coach, internet access in Australia . . . it's great!

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    15. Are you saying we're off-topic, bluhare? Ha!
      I enjoy it, too.

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    16. After thinking about one of your comments, and having fun on this blog with all the interesting comments on clothes and hair, I just had a flashback about playing Barbies (see my last two posts) . I think that perhaps this is pure fun, and not so serious...but sort of like dress up and all that, except that Charlotte's blog is tailored for grown-up women; And we can tell everyone that this is a learning experience, because we do, at least I do. Thanks Charlotte!

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  42. Tammy from California6 May 2014 at 16:19

    This was a tough decision for me and I too, in the end, voted for the poppy dress. Can we vote on favorite hair and especially: favorite baby George FACES? He made so many cute faces! I think he may give his parents a run for their money, he's got a little of Uncle Harry in him- I love it!

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  43. I had to select 4 dresses: the circle lace white dress, the banana, the poppy, and the von Furstenburg. I love DVF wrap dresses - they look good on most any woman, and Kate looked lovely - relaxed and comfortable. The circle dress was so unusual, and she looked stunning.
    I didn't care at all for either of the eyelet or lace dresses. The cut is so little-girlish. Much too young for her. If the fabric were styled in a sheath dress, I might like it. And I couldn't understand why she would choose a white fluffy lace dress for a visit to a livestock show and a beach. That didn't see appropriate to me at all.
    A 5th dress I almost voted for was the black with silver fern embellishment. Yes it was simple, but that's what gave it elegance. The simplicity of the dress emphasized the beauty of the fern detail. A gorgeous choice for the evening.
    (I'm actually hoping the pink outfit shows up n a later poll - that was a knockout on Kate, although the hem was uneven.) Such fun to do this poll!

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  44. Tough, tough, tough! I can't narrow it down, there are too many great dresses!

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  45. Silvia from Portugal :))))6 May 2014 at 19:21

    Hi All :)

    For me it was the Poppy dress, but I have to admit that I was pending for several looks. I very much identify myself with several choices from our Princess, so I could have selected some other designs... But if it is the one and only one then one must only choose one (typical economist behaviour lololol)

    More and more I think that it is quite hard to be in W&K shoes and you must really have a strong mind and balance because there is always something to point to them. For exemple in the Portuguese media just yesterday I saw a news stating that W&K were facing many criticisms for the high expenses this tour represented. Apparently in NZ they "cost" 1 million USD.. Well of course they spend such an amount in such a tour is a quite expensive one. On the other hand K is criticised for recycling outfits, I mean where is the balance???? Travelling is expensive and they representing the monarchy and UK..I personally believe that she is doing a great job recycling clothes and they have been quite balanced so far overall :))

    Finally abouy Harry and Cressida, I really honestly do not believe that Kate is thrilled with the end of the relationship as some media state... I really believe that Harry is actually traying to find his other half, because you know money cannot buy you love and a real and true relationship....It is very hard for anynone to find true love, imagine for him :)))Do not believe that Pipa is a good choice for him either... she needs someone really special you will make him fel settle down and feel peaceful :)))

    Non Mouse, where are you???

    Charlotte how are exams going???

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    1. Here I am. How was London? Hope it wasn't all business. How exciting!
      I was the mental version of tongue-tied, with all the choices in dresses. I finally figured out, with the help of a clever poster's comment, that the trouble I was having with making a decision was that there were some dresses I especially liked, but maybe didn't fit or suit Kate as well; there were others that looked great and fit Kate and the o ccasion, but which I didn't like as much.
      The Suzannah tea dress fits in the first group, because we really didn't see it on her. Also the Lela Rose and pink McQueen. Whoops! That's in the separates category.
      The second group would be the Tori Burch, the poppy dress- I don't know what it is that bothers me about that dress- and the yellow "banana"dress, which fit her perfectly and was just what was needed, after the New Zealand rain Also, the Stella McCartney. The white eyelet, which I loved, seems to fit in both groups.
      Well, now I am going around in circles again and the dog and the cat are playing King of the Mountain, with me the mountain. Ha!
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    2. Silvia from Portugal :))))8 May 2014 at 09:43

      Hi Marg,

      London was lovely and no work at all it was leisure time with my boyfriend :))) I was all around London, Richmond (where I lived for about 4 years), Egham(visiting Royal Holloway University - my Uni) and just quality time me and him :))) But i Have to admit, I have almost forgotten how busy London it is not matter the time of the year :)))

      Now being back to really is quite arsh but what can we do????

      At least we have our dear Charlotte to bright up our day :))))

      Have a great weekend all :))))

      Silvia

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    3. Sounds like a great respite, Silvia. . Reality can be a real party-pooper.
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  46. Reading your comments i great fun, and helpull , considering I'm still debating what to vote

    Gabriella, italia

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  47. I thought, oh yay, dresses when I saw the post! And then I saw them all. Eh. Definitely underwhelming. I surprised myself by picking the Zimmermann. I thought it was pretty at the time, but nothing special. Now, compared to the others, it's my favorite, though I'm convinced that I would have liked the green one we didn't get to see best. I still strongly dislike the mauve Ilincic and that teal Wickstead, so that hasn't changed. I think my runners up are the Tory Burch and DVF followed by the yellow Ilincic. I go back and forth about whether I like the sleeves on the yellow one. I wish it had cap sleeves. Then it might have been my top choice. I thought the Jenny Packham was beautiful from the waist up, but the oh so blah skirt diminished the overall effect. Though it's not a new one so I didn't consider it, I think the Hobbs Wessex still looks fresh on Kate as well. Though I complained about them at the time, I actually liked several of the Duchess's coats more than any of the dresses. I'm completely surprised by that!

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  48. PTCCL in Boulder Colorado6 May 2014 at 23:06

    The Duchess is stunning no matter what. Lovely to look at, and such a regal presence about her. What a wonderful addition to the Royal Family.

    I loved the Tory Burch -- unique fabric, unusual and clever use of the pattern, beautifully tailored, classy casual, and so flattering.
    The crystal detail on the Jenny Packham was exquisite.
    I loved the Roksanda Ilincic -- incredibly eye-catching with its sunny yellow color and clean white contrast, amazing how a seemingly simple blocking design can be so stunning, particularly the skirt and slit design, an overall look that was simultaneously so sophisticated and yet also subtly sexy.
    I loved the Zimmerman -- a gorgeous classic fabric, seam lines that were interesting and unusual on bodice both front and back, perfectly finished horizontal hem lines, overall so pleasing to look at, so pretty, and particularly with the sand, the shoes, and her gorgeous hair.
    I loved the L.K. Bennett -- whimsical and fun, beautiful shades of blue in the poppies, an overall look of one very beautiful, relaxed young woman, truly mesmerizing.

    How to pick just one???

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  49. Jenny Packham gets my vote. Elegant and sophisticated look, I thought. I also like Stella McCartney (repeat or not) and the blue and white wrap dress.

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    1. I'm very surprised I didn't like that dress more. I finally figured it out. I know I'm someone who's shouted about how her skirts can be too short when she goes out on engagements, and I still stand by that. But with the line of the skirt, it looks sort of dowdy here. I think it would have notched up 1000% if it was a pencil skirt line rather than A-line. Add a pair of fab ankle strap shoes and ZING!!!! Come to mama! Probably not very regal, but that's how I'd wear it.

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    2. I think this look was formal without delving into cocktail dress territory. But your version, bluhare, would be my personal preference too. Hope that doesn't scare you........ LOL.

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    3. That does sound nice, that dress probably would get more than a honorable mention in my books!

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    4. i love the stella mccartney dress.
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    5. Would a pencil line skirt make the JP look top-heavy? The fullness and length of the skirt balances the heavy embellishment .( To me, the declared un-fashionista, that is)
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    6. That could be, Marg. Maybe if the line of the dress were a bit different the fern might have been embroidered a bit differently. More elongated.

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    7. Marg in tornado alley8 May 2014 at 01:33

      Maybe around the neck area? Or diagonally across the bodice? That would be ok with a pencil skirt. And with a pair of your strappy shoes....
      Ah well, Springtime in tornado alley and here they come.
      Marg

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    8. anon from Leominster8 May 2014 at 10:28

      The Packham is my favourite but evening court pumps with diamante trim would have offset the plainness of the skirt. I don't understand the boring shoes because Kate wore some very interesting and attractive ones before her marriage. Maybe she has issues with comfort and only likes certain styles but she could pick a favourite design and have it custom trimmed. It would add so much elegance.

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  50. I agree with so many others -- this was too hard!! I wish we had a top 3 because they were all so lovely of course! ;)

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  51. You do such a wonderful job!! What a hard choice. I voted for the poppy because it really is a very pretty dress with such vivid colors..but it was a toss up between that and the jenny p dress with ferns is simple but yet looked beautiful on her. I really think she makes even simple dresses look elegant. I look forward to your updates...Thank you

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  52. Hi Charlotte! Thank you for your hard work covering this tour. Love when you do voting posts as well. I went for the poppy dress myself. It's something I think I would wear.

    Any news on when she goes back to work this month?

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  53. It was no problem for me. I chose the yellow and white color block Roksandra Illincic. Unbelievably gorgeous look for the Duchess. Perfect for her in every way. If I had voted for a second dress it would have probably been the Tory Burch. I thought it was adorable.

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  54. oh charlottre i do love them all dress

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  55. I can't possibly narrow this one down anymore! I've picked the Tory Burch, the Roksanda, the DVF, the LK Bennett and the Lela Rose. There, I voted!

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  56. Looks like the blue poppy dress is in the lead! It was soo hard for me to decide!! My top two favorites were the blue poppy dress and the black dress with the silver fern. She did a great job!! :D

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  57. Did anyone else feel that the blue Emilia Wickstead dress didn't fit Catherine quite as well as the otherwise-identical pink one? I do think they're the same dress and she dyed the pink one, but especially around the waist I just thought the teal one didn't quite...I don't know, it just didn't fit quite right. I know that since she's worn the pink one she's had a baby and of course her figure isn't exactly the same as it was before pregnancy, but...any similar thoughts or am I going crazy?

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    1. Thank you, Emma Lois. I thought *I* was going crazy. :) After reading your comment, I compared this photo with some of her in the pink dress and I think the difference is that her hair was back, and not draped forward when she wore the pink one. It's amazing what a difference it makes to the overall appearance of the dress. In the photo above, her hair really "shortens" the upper half of the dress.

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    2. I'm thinking they are two different dresses. It would be unbelievably hard to dye the pink one and get such an even tone on the fabric. There would inevitably be darker dye areas - along the seams for example. And yes I agree that the blue one doesn't fit as well. It's not nearly as attractive as the pink one. Something around the bustline doesn't look right. Kate carries it off though - she looks amazing in everything - even skinnies and wedges! :)

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    3. I agree with all of you. The fit is different. I too liked the pink one 2012 so much, I thought it was perfect for Kate. After much back and forth I came to believe that Kate isn't quite as skinny as she used to be 2 years ago. Her bust size has changed too. It's visible in the profile pictures. And that may "lift" the waist of the dress. Wool Crepe and especially this cut is made to look best on very, very slim people. It's very unforgiving and automatically adds 5kg. Another 5kg for the photo. I think it still looks good but not as amazing as the pink one 2 years ago.
      Impossible for me to say if the original may have been dyed. Maybe she had them made in 2 colours back in 2012. HRH, could you please answer our question? Please .... we really would like to know : )

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    4. I beg your pardon: Your Royal Highness .....

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    5. Thanks for responding, ladies! Royalfan, I never in a million years could have pinpointed that her hair would have made such a difference, but I think you're right, it does. And now that you mentioned it Anna I do think her bust size is different which would have of course altered the waist height. It seems like a very "Kate" thing to do to dye the same dress as she loves to recycle but if it was dyed it was an incredibly well done dye job!

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    6. anon from Leominster8 May 2014 at 10:34

      I don't think the pink version actually fit that well if you look at the garden party photos. It looked best in that almost posed photo.

      While I liked the colour this time, the style is not flattering and makes Kate actually look chunky, hard to do with someone as slim as she is. And the tailoring is so poor, especially how those snaps show through on the placket with little pull marks. Compared to the Burton and Walker clothes, Emilia's are vastly inferior but yet the prices are similar.

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  58. a little late, perhaps, to mention this.. but the teal Emilia Wickstead dress doesn't look teal to me -it looks closer to cornflower! Maybe if I squint.....

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  59. The balance problem I see with Kate's 'off the peg' dresses/coats is-the waistline comes too high on her body. Due to that sometimes there's a pouching or looseness underneath the waist. Kate has a long body in relation to her legs.

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    1. I agree, IMO the one fault in the poppy dress was I felt the waist was too high for her.

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    2. The other fault is that it either was too large or it stretched across the back below the hips. The dress was well fitted in the front, not so sleek in the back. And it wrinkles, being all cotton.

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  60. Patricia Florida USA7 May 2014 at 12:24

    Hi everyone- Charlotte, once again we have our work cut out for us with choices. I loved the poppy dress best, until I looked at the other pictures and again, I am at a crossroads for choice. Also I very much like the DVF wrap dress- just for the casual look of it for that particular day. Still, the black JP dress is very 'Duchess" but I would have liked to have seen a different style shoe....OH I don't know! Thank you Charlotte for all of your hard work. Bye for now.

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  61. Kathy from NJ USA, I love the poppy dress, and the dvf wrap dress.

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  62. Canadian Friend7 May 2014 at 17:06

    Hi, Charlotte,

    I had to take some time before voting-and I did opt for more than one.

    I chose the Tory Burch which I just loved for that event-fun pattern, great fit and fabric, very stylish. I also chose the "banana dress". I think the colour was brilliant. Kate wore a similar colour in her lemon yellow maternity ensemble at one of the BP garden parties. It's a true lemon yellow not seen too often because it's not an easy shade to wear. I chose the Hobbs "Wessex" because I'm a linen freak. It just looked so cool and modern because of the pattern. I also chose the Poppy dress because I love the pattern too. It was so appropriate and the colour put a modern spin on it. It also was perfectly tailored to fit Kate.

    Lots of other close ones for me-The fern JP was pretty but it just needed something more. The DVF was great but the pattern was a bit overwhelming. I won't go on-really not an off pick in the whole bunch-an embarrassment of riches for all of us!

    I just love Gorgeous George! Can we vote him as "Best Accessory"!! I hope we get regular updates on him because this tour has made him a star too.

    Thanks, dear Charlotte. Best wishes to all fellow readers!

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      Victoria, Oregon

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  63. To HELEN and SIMONE and our other Aussie readers, a question, probably off-topic: my daughter in NSW has a very restrictive internet plan, which involves gigabits and things I don't understand and can be very expensive, depending on how much is down-loaded. Not sure if it includes e-mail and blogging.
    Is there a general problem with internet access in Aus?
    Maybe it is their rather remote location, although there is a university.
    Marg

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    1. Marg.
      Sounds like your daughter maybe in Newcastle?
      Either way, we have just had to update our plan as all our usage was gobbled up within a week!
      Used to last us a month!! We use Broadband and pay about $80/month. I think it's all the live-streaming the hubby does for football matches etc.
      I was told that you can consume a fair chunk of your usage with a couple of simple "streams." Once your usage is up it runs frustratingly s-l-o-w. I'm fairly certain the amount of "blogging" and emails has a very minimal affect on your usage.
      Our provider is Telstra and they were happy to up our usage for no added cost. The beauty of "competitive rates"!

      I think it depends on what kind of system she has - Broadband/ wireless/ etc.
      We're in the city where Broadband is readily available, but I know not all semi-rural areas have this service yet. It can get pretty frustrating with cutting off etc if it's not run off a Broadband system.

      Generally, we are with the times with internet access. It does boil down to what kind of connection your running off. But there are limits according to the "plan" you're on. It's probably worth putting the pressure on her provider and see if they can give her more usage for the same amount of money. They seem happy to do this so they don't lose a customer.
      In regards to cost - I can't compare to what the rest of the world pays. But we're fairly standard between $50 - $100 per month.

      Not sure if I've helped or just muddled you up completely.
      Perhaps Simone is wiser with the www.
      Good Luck.

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    2. Marg in tornado alley8 May 2014 at 03:41

      Thanks, Helen. Now I have some questions and answers for her.
      Funny, she complains her hubby uses up time streaming music. And she has mentioned the slowing down.
      At least I don't have to worry about your blogging time.
      Marg

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    3. Simone Melbourne8 May 2014 at 04:58

      Oh but we are waiting (and waiting) for the NBN - national broadband network :-) eventually when it does get rolled out it will make a massive difference.
      I think we are a relatively small country 22 million people and margins are high for a lot of suppliers and competition quote low ..... So therefore prices are high for consumers. But it's a wonderful country so there are always upsides and downsides :-) Simone Melbourne

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    4. I just HAD to chime in on this because I just about wore out my smart phone's "unlimited" data keeping up with the tour and this blog and all of YOU!! WHAT FUN!!

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    5. Simone, what are the chances of NBN, now that the "debt tax" is being debated? It would be great. I told my daughter I felt she was safer in Aus. than here. She and her husband like to go to Melbourne for long weekends. I think they prefer that to Sydney or Canberra. And the Blue Mountains, many times.
      Jo, thank goodness for unlimited data!

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  64. I admire the yellow dress a lot, but in the end I voted for the black Jenny Packham. I'm a kiwi, so I couldn't resist the personal touch that was the silver fern embellishment. I wish I could buy a version of it (in my budget too). Thanks for your blog Charlotte.

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  65. Jennifer from Wisconsin7 May 2014 at 20:44

    There's a picture of William flying coach. Definitely a new generation of royals

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    1. I've read on a couple of places (newspaper articles and a blog) that the police dept. the protection people work for won't pay for business or first class when it's private engagements. I think it was in one of the Harry break up articles, where Harry was flying coach as his protection officers have to fly coach.

      But don't I remember reading that everyone flew first class when William and Kate went to the Maldives a few months ago?

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    2. That plane did not have a first class cabin. Some smaller jets like the 737's do not have first class cabins. But I bet he flew first class to London.

      Pam/Portland

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    3. These flights do not have a first class cabin. How strategic of the media to omit that.

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    4. You know more than I do regarding domestic US flight configurations. All I can see are seats and a bulkhead. But I do remember reading (in the Telegraph I think) that Harry flew coach. I would think the same rules apply to both but I will defer to your superior airline knowledge!

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    5. Agree, Anonymous. All the carrying on about him being in coach implies there was an alternative.

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    6. I haven't seen this. Where was he flying, to Memphis? From where?

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    7. Jennifer from Wisconsin8 May 2014 at 04:41

      To Dallas was what was stated with the picture.

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  66. It was a rather difficult choice, but I voted for the DvF dress in the end. Such a lovely look for the duchess! Second choice would be Lela Rose and then the LK Bennett.

    As my last post somehow disappeared before it was published, I'll give it another try now:

    I am an avid reader but have only rarely commented in the past. On this occasion I would like to say a huge thank you for this wonderful blog, dear Charlotte!

    I was extremely excited to read about the announcement that the Cambridges will come to Liège in August, as it is only about 130 kilometers from where I live. I think they have never been so close before and I hope I will be able to go and see them.

    Have a nice week everyone!

    Natalia from Germany

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  67. Back to the three ring circus for a minute- it looks like Princess Diana is wearing two rings with her engagement ring in the picture in DM, showing her holding a little girl. Could the famous "eternity " ring actually be a ring guard? Could the outer band be the same as Kate is wearing? Kate may have lost weight in her hands and needed a ring guard.
    But then , I thought the Wickham teal dress was actually the pink dress dyed, with new, blue snaps.

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    1. Wickstead. Jane Austen fans will understand my error.

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    2. I think it's funnier as Wickham. That guy would do anything for money, apparently even including becoming a dress designer! But he wasn't a kiwi. BTW, I live in rural Colorado.

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    3. Marg in tornado alley8 May 2014 at 02:15

      Ha!!, Eve.

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    4. Ha Ha, Eve! I can actually see Wickham as a dress-designer.

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  68. The Color Me Beautiful theory of seasonal colors has been mentioned a few times in the comments - by those who remember it. ;-) I have gone back through all the pictures, and I am surprised to conclude that Kate, though she has dark hair, is a spring. The color designation of course is based on skin color and tone, not hair or eyes, though spring eyes tend to be light or medium in color.

    Without reference to the design of the outfits, the colors Kate looks best in are the Catherine Walker red and green, the Emilia Wickstead blue, and the Lela Rose off white. Two of these designers are very familiar with Kate in person, having designed clothing for her for several years. They have put her in the clear, bright spring colors. And note how the inspired red brooch and the poppies on the memorial bring out her skin tones and make the navy outfit pop. So does George's red cardigan, which is also perfect for his skin tone. He is probably a spring with strawberry hair that may turn auburn.

    In contrast, the black and grey outfits, beautiful as they are in themselves, make Kate look tired (the black in New Zealand) or wan (the Easter grey and the mauve). Those are efforts to dress Kate as a winter or summer, but she isn't. And probably the reason the grey reminds us of Carole Middleton, in addition to the design, is that she is a summer. There's always a temptation to dress like our mothers when we want to be safely elegant. I had a close friend who wore her mother's lipstick shade throughout her adult life, and it was not her color! (I never said so to her, because I knew she loved it and felt perfectly comfortable wearing it.) Although I shared my mother's hair color, my skin is different, and I have to be careful of colors.

    This brings me to the bright yellow banana dress. I love it, think it is a brilliant design beautifully constructed, perfect for being seen at a distance, and I voted for it as my favorite tour dress. Its color, when I look closely, however, is a very near miss. A slightly more golden yellow would go better with Kate's skin tone.

    I'm sure some of you will disagree with my analysis. It is hard to be sure of colors in photographs, though the pictures Charlotte uses are very clear. It's also easy to be influenced by our own favorite colors. But I think if you look carefully at Kate's skin along with the colors of the outfits, you'll see that bright spring colors make her light up. When she wears them, her skin is enhanced and she looks fresh and vibrant.

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    1. Marg in tornado alley8 May 2014 at 02:10

      Does anyone remember princess winterfallsummerspring from Howdy Doody? (I think) Only those of us who number among the truly ancient.
      Marg

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    2. Marg...I do!!!! And Buster Brown (with Midnight the cag..and Pinky Lee...and Spike Jones..I had a big old 6-year old's crush on Paladin!! Speaking of Tornado alley..wr lived in Kansas for 3 years..spent some nights under the house in a cra space due to tornadoes other fun stuff was the blizzards in the winter!

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    3. Just brilliant! Really! I thought that your analysis was spot on. What about jewel hues - which would look best for her (and me)? How fun!

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    4. anon from Leominster8 May 2014 at 10:45

      I have to admit I still use my colour chart but I've forgotten the details of some of the other seasons. I do think you might be right about spring. I have to shut my mind to some of the grey outfits I've loved and really look at Kate in colours. I'm trying to think if we've ever seen her in gold. I do know the gold versus silver used to help the warm/cool decision. I'm thinking that evening gown she wore after George's birth was gold and it didn't seem quite right on her. So I'm still not sure.

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    5. There is a new style system in the US that is even better because it is not just based on colors. It is called "Dressing Your Truth."

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    6. Patricia Florida USA8 May 2014 at 21:07

      Marg- I absolutely do- and I had that doll when I was a kid- I still have my howdy doody Christmas ornament- what about Mickey Mouse Club...and Spin & Marty (the series!) OMG what wonderful memories

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    7. Jo from USA. I find it amazing to think u can live in tornado alley!! As I so people living in California with earthquake threat. How do you live with knowledge something could happen? I'd be on tenterhooks daily!! Annie. Uk

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    8. Like you live with rain daily! Bluehare washington

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    9. Jo and Patricia- Princess Winterfallsummerspring lept into my head with all the talk of Kate and her colors and seasons. I think it would solve the whole debate.
      Actually, "Hopalong Cassidy" was my favorite tv show. Found out recently we are possibly related to William Boyd. Funny world!
      If anyone can remember "Let's Pretend," a radio show on Saturday mornings, you win a free tube of Ben-gay
      Marg.

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    10. Annie, In the past 8 hours, Oklahoma has had four earthquakes strong enough to be felt. In that time, California has had one small one. We literally were having both earthquakes and tornadoes last night.
      Today is sunshiny in the 70's, with a light breeze.

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    11. RNNOKC...I hope you and your family are safe.

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    12. And we're getting rain in buckets today, anonymous. Buckets.

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    13. Patricia Florida USA9 May 2014 at 02:11

      A NON MOUSE I loved Sky King- that was a Saturday morning staple and then when I was in grammer school ,.....American Bandstand! OMG never ever missed that. I don't remember the radio program. Sorry...I could use that Bengay! I thought for all of our friends in the path of these storms- please know you are all in my prayers. xo

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    14. I always called her Princess Winterspringsummerfall but then I often get things backwards!!! Do you remember The Cisco Kid...Rin Tin Tin...Sky King.. Michael Ansara as Cochise in Broken Arrow..we had a jillion westerns....The Lorreta Young Show had lovely fashions...As to living in places with dangerous situations...When you're there, it's home..even if your Dad is stationed there for just a few years. My Mother taught us to prepare for all sorts of events: tornadoes/blizzards in Kansas;
      Hurricanes in Mississippi; typhoons in Japan;

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    15. I forgot to mention earthquakes in Japan also the one in Virginia was felt strongly in Maryland...last year? Two years ago?? But then earthquakes are not very predictable.. but you can Always be prepared for any resulting power outages..or have stuff ready to evacuate you and your pets! One of my brothers-in-law jokes that my family has a circle-the-wagons-and-gather-the-nuts mentality!! But we ARE fairly well prepared! OH...in England in the 1950s, we experienced unforgettable FOGS. I was too little to learn how or if one could prepare for those!!

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    16. royalfan. Appreciate the kind thoughts. Tornadoes should settle down within a month. Unfortunately, USGS is warning high probabbility of a mg. 5.0 or greater somewhere between OKC and Kansas.
      Everyone just hopes it will be"there" instead of "here." It just seems very bizarre to me.
      bluehare. Can you swim?

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  69. Lovely dresses and perfect-for-the-occasion outfits. Two dresses stood out for me: the black and crystal fern Jenny Packham and the yellow Roksanda Ilincic. The latter for it's cool and chic elegance and because Kate looked just absolutely beautiful wearing it. In my opinion is was the most fashionable dress and I also like what we think is the original version of it. Jenny Packham because it made me almost cry :). Black is our national colour and the silver fern doesn't need any explanation. It was a wonderful gesture and a beautiful and elegant dress.
    I also liked both broidery anglaise dresses. I know that many think them too girlish and young for Kate and maybe even more so - her position. Well, I sympathise with Kate since I believe it's more a matter of style, type and taste rather then age.
    Lela Rose, DvF and L.K. Bennett just did't do much for me. Yes, they all looked nice enough but nothing more. For me that is. I am smiling right now because oh boy, how different we are! It appears, Kate has tried to please us all as good she could and had a favourite outfit for everyone.

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  70. I. too, like the Poppy dress, looked very smart, (my sister -in-law also thought this when we saw her on the tv news wearing it) and the 'Banana' dress. As people have said, shame we didn't see her wearing the green tea dress. The mauve dress is a nice style on her as well, but this one is such a dull shade! What a pity! It might have looked really pretty if it was in a more eye-catching colour. A magazine I saw suggested that Kate is now a bit old to wear designs like the yellow broderie anglaise one, very full skirt etc. In the end, I voted for the Zimmerman one, thought it looked very pretty on her.

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  71. I know this is off the subject of Catherine. But I have to ask, am I wrong to think that this new show I wanna marry Harry is just weird/stupid? He is cute and well a prince, but???? Feel free to delete Charlotte. I just needed to voice this and I am the only one in my family here in Ohio that follows the BRF.

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  72. I so enjoy reading all the comments that are including many topics. I have often wished there was a like button so I could press that button many times. One has a feeling of getting to know many of you from where ever you live. This has been the best comment section I have enjoyed thus far. I was surprised that so many liked the simple but oh so regal black dress with fern since earlier comments were not so positive. And yes, the dress needed either to be shorter or floor length. That dress when I first saw Kate wearing became a favorite along with the carefree white dress for the beach. Some dresses just are not Kate, but still she pulls off triumphantly in wearing them.

    I do believe that the nanny took PG for a park and ice cream trip. There are probably many trips like this where no one is noticing. Can anyone imagine being "the Nanny" and all cooped up just because their charge is famous. This might be a reason for the nanny dressing down as she does.

    Thank you Charlotte as always for an awesome blog and for allowing a variety of comments. You are appreciated!

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  73. I've been reading this blog religiously for a long time and decided to bite the bullet and say hi! First off, after much deliberation, I voted for the Jenny Packham for the simple fact that the fern was incorporated. I thought it was stunning. Secondly, I just want to say that I appreciate your efforts, it is not easy to put together such a well done blog. What could simply be a fashion blog, you have made into so much more by your extensive research on the charities that Kate supports and royal life in general.
    I'm so happy to have found your blog. In a sea of Kim Kardashians, we need to celebrate real ladies.

    Amy from Detroit Michigan

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