Saturday, 14 June 2014

Updated: Kate in Icy Blue for Trooping the Colour

It was a glorious morning of pomp and pageantry in London for this year's Trooping The Colour, The Queen's annual birthday parade.


The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Prince Harry and The Duchess of Cornwall in a horse drawn carriage.


Her Majesty's birthday is actually the 21st of April, however, it has long been tradition to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in June, when good weather is more likely. The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour, every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike cancelled the event.


Trooping the Colour actually originated from traditional preparations for battle. Colours, or flags, were trooped down the rank so it could be seen by the soldiers. In 1748, it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign's official birthday.


The royals waved to the crowds.


Prince William, Colonel of the Irish Guards, Prince Charles, Colonel of the Welsh Guards and The Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals were on horseback.


The event was meticulously planned with over 1,400 officers and men on parade, together with two hundred horses; over four hundred musicians from ten bands and corps of drums marched and played as one. Some 113 words of command are given by the Officer in Command of the Parade. The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along the Mall to the Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.

Trooping The Colour Twitter Feed

Guards march towards the palace.

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The Royal Family assembled on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force perform a flypast.


The Royal Air Force shared a detailed graphic of the flypast's line-up.

Royal Air Force Twitter Feed

The flypast was an impeccable display as always.


Kate chatting to Estella Taylor.


Kate and Prince Harry.


They appear to have such fun together.


A lovely shot of William and Kate.


Trooping The Colour is one of the highlights of the royal calendar and one of the very few events where so many members of the British Royal Family are in attendance.


It is the fourth consecutive year Kate has been present at the event. In 2011 and 2013 she chose Alexander McQueen coats and in 2012 she opted for an embroidered piece by Canadian designer Erdem. I can vividly recall last year's ceremony; it was Kate's last public appearance before the birth of Prince George and there was a tremendous air of excitement amongst royal fans.


Indeed, it had been speculated Prince George might join his parents today; hopefully we will see him at the event in the not too distant future. Below we see Prince William at his first Trooping the Colour, when he was almost two.

Prince Harry was one when he first attended.


When George does attend, William and Kate will be hoping he will not provide a repeat of his Uncle Harry's appearance in 1988 (this was too good not to share!).


The Duchess always gets it just right sartorially for this event and today was no exception. Kate looked regal in a bespoke icy blue suit, it very much looks like an Alexander McQueen ensemble, incorporating elements we know the brand favours.


A closer look at the jacket's short-stand up collar with v neckline.


Carly from Kate Middleton Style believes Kate's jacket is a modified version of the Alexander McQueen Silk-Cotton Jacquard Peplum Jacket. Below we see the jacket shares the same v neckline and collar as Kate's. It also features concealed hook and eye closure with peplum cut-out and pleated back.

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If one looks really closely at Kate's jacket you'll see what appears to be two skulls, a trademark of the McQueen brand. 


The matching hat is by talented milliner Jane Taylor.


The most noticeable aspect of the look for me was the addition of a beautiful pearl brooch we haven't seen before. Following research, I don't believe it is a piece from The Royal Collection, in fact, several bloggers who have extensive knowledge of jewellery believe it's a faux piece.


The Duchess wore her Annoushka pearls.

Annoushka

Kate completed the look with her McQueen clutch.



I do love these annual events, Trooping The Colour always provides some great photos!


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We have one other update today concerning Kate's calendar. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will watch athletes from across the globe compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 28 and 29 July, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The trio were official ambassadors at London 2012. The visit promises to be an exciting one. The Queen will formally open the games and members of the Royal Family will lend their support throughout.

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We expect to see Kate on Monday for the annual Order of the Garter ceremonies.

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  1. Well done. Thanks Donna

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  2. Beautiful kate whether she wears blue white yellow etc..thanks for this update

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  3. Uhm, so far kate's look is thumb down for me. Too much looking like a younger clone of camilla. I still hope to see george on the balcony
    Gabriella, italy

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  4. Another great post Charlotte!! I liked learning about the history of the parade and the picture of the planes in the flypast will be enjoyed by my husband who is in the US Navy. I loved Kate's outfit today and the ice blue color looks great on her. So very pretty with the pearls and I loved the hat. I was just wondering if it really is a hat or is it what they call a fascinator? Comparing it to what Camilla wore I think it is a fascinator. Do you know what distinguishes a hat from a fascinator? I am just curious. Although I always approve of Kate's re-wearing outfits, it was nice to see her in something new. I am thinking she will always wear something new for the Trooping of the Color since it is such an important Royal family event. I was hoping we would catch a glimpse of George and since we did not I am really hoping we will closer to his birthday even if it is just his 1st birthday portraits that will be released. Thanks again Charlotte and have a nice weekend! Jen - USA

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    1. Basically it's size that distinguishes a hat from a fascinator. Strictly speaking, a fascinator is supposed to be a rather frothier, more whimsical construction than a hat, a kind of ornament, but as you will have seen, many are constructed to look like hats, only smaller. They are also worn to the side of the head and at an angle, held on by a comb or headband.

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    2. this is what's called a great"Cocktail Hat"

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  5. Jean from Lancs14 June 2014 at 13:18

    Lovely suit and hat --think that is the best outfit Catherine has worn for "Trooping".
    Must be difficult to choose a colour to wear, when hubby is in red with lots of gold trimming and a huge fur hat. I think she got it just right.
    The brooch is beautiful and it shows on all thee photos.

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  6. Great post about the history and I love the fly-past information. Thanks so much for your hard work! I am sorry to say, but I don't like Catherine's outfit at all. I like the hat but not the crinkly fabric of what she's wearing. So far, my favorite Trooping outfit is the grey Erdem outfit.

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  7. Charlotte...unbelievably excellent!!
    I awoje at 7:45 EDT and checked for conments on the PREVIOUS thread---
    and found the Trooping the Colour IN PROGRESS! Who else could do that but YOU!?
    Oh yes...KATE... she looks lovely..the icy blue is gorgeous! Camilla's hat looks to be blocking the view of Katw for the crowd on the Camilla side of the carriage...maybe they can see Kate on the return trip!

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  8. I like this outfit ! I like that she wore something new !
    However, Camilla disappointed me a lot ! She wore this exact outfit at Trooping the Colour in 2010 and at the Order of the Garter ceremony in 2012. The dress, the coat, the hat, the necklace are the same! If she want to recycle , she could at least style the outfit differently !
    The Queen looks very good ! And I don't know where Philip find the strenght to wear the hat ! It looks so heavy and he is 93 !
    I was hoping to see George ! Unfortunately , that didn't happen so I hope we'll have some beautiful pictures for his 1st birthday !

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  9. The worst outfit she has ever worn IMO.

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    1. I don't care for it very much either, the color is nice, but that's about it for me. Something is just off about it, the length of the coat feels awkward..the entire look is rather boring.

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  10. anon from Leominster14 June 2014 at 14:15

    Thanks for the fabulous post, Charlotte, wonderful detail.

    Kate looks lovely, more to the point, she looks like a princess. Really love the suit. Bravo to whoever designed it.

    Eugenie looked very nice too. But while I liked the color, Camilla looked like a garden run amok. She looks better in simpler clothes, not those over the top hats. But everyone in the crowd would be looking at Kate anyway. Anne looks most comfortable in her uniform.

    The queen looks magnificent. Love her suit and she looks so relaxed and happy. A great event for her.

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  11. anon from Leominster14 June 2014 at 14:19

    Looking at the suit in detail, I wonder if it isn't going to turn out to be by Emila Wickstead. The hooks showing on the placket make me think that. As much as I love the suit, that's poor tailoring. And the textured material reminds me of that maternity dress Kate wore, also very pretty but not the best made. But I could be wrong.

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  12. Great post. Kate looks beautiful as always - and I like the suit, it's just that I'd like it more on woman of Kate's mom's age. Something about the pattern/texture of the fabric and the pearls is really aging.

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  13. I actually like the dress but my god how does one even put those hooks on i mean how does one work on the hooks while wearing the jacket? that must be quite difficult! Anyways, the duchess looks lovely in the ensemble. I think she's carrying the grey McQueen clutch as welll.

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  14. OK, this may sound like heresy, but, in deference to Prince Philip's age, why couldn't they construct a lighter badr for the busby, then cover it with faux bear "fur" to make it lighter for him? They're making amazing faux furs now and no one would ever know except the far more comfortable wearer!
    Thank you for showing The Queen she lookef lovely. I do wish that Sophie wouldn't wear that shirtwaist dress..it is not flattering and looks dumpy on her IMO.

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    1. Jo-15:12- Didn't recognize Prince William at first . It's a wonder they don't spook the horses with those hats.Agree with bluhare- that is one well-dressed horse.
      I wonder how they train the horses not to bolt at the sight of those hats?

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    2. Marg--THIS time it worked when I hit reply!! Oh, joy!!!
      I've always read that the horses are put through very noisy training--people yelling, cheering
      making lots of noise to simulate the conditions they would encounter on a major parade event such as today's. Have never seen any reference to busby-encounter training...or even to weird royal ladies' hats training, either---hahaha!
      I still love Kate's elegant outfit...perfect for a future Queen!

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    3. Jo, I bet Philip hates having accomodations made because of his age and/or health. I am as certain as I can possibly be never having met the man or anyone he knows!

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    4. Bluhare---I daresay that you are absolutely correct. They MIGHT be able to convince him on medical grounds aftet his heart and abdominal & bladder?
      Problems...but it's still a longshot, knowing him!

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    5. Thank you Jo for your comments on the horses' training, I was curious as well. Figured they had to be trained somehow, smart way to do it.

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  15. Lovely suit, and the brooch looks great. After I looked at the brooch more than once though it started to look more and more like those ornaments on a stick thingys florists stick into Christmas arrangements. Sort of ruined it . . . I shouldn't have looked that last time!

    While the suit rates right up there in my personal poll of her outfits, I am really starting to dislike the hats. She needs to change it up a bit; those plates with flowers on the top of her head are starting to look stale. I can't believe there aren't small, chic hats out there!

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    1. Looking at the photos my best dressed award goes to William's horse. No, I am not kidding. Beautiful animal, beautifully bedecked!

      The horse's rider looks most handsome too. I like William in a uniform.

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    2. Today, I completely agree with you, bluhare. I didn't like this style of hat when she wore it in Oz and I don't like it any better now. This one has that little front angle that she positions over her eyebrow so that it covers one part in the middle of the eyebrow. It works against the angles of her face, not with them, especially when seen from the right side. I really disliked the one from the garden party too. They do look like plates stuck on her head.

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    3. bluhare, while I liked today's outfit, I do agree on the hats and, to add to that, the angle at which they are placed.
      The hat in France looked ridiculous in the photos from any other angle but straight on. It looked like it had slid off her head almost. I would imagine it's a trick to secure them with Kate's long, straight hair.
      Just seems like she's getting in a rut with the same style, in different colors, perched at the same angle.
      I read somewhere that the queen nixed the "fascinators" that Kate and the other young royal ladies were fond of as not being proper hats. But the recent headgear seems a tad overdone for someone as young and chic as Kate.

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    4. I agree bluhare, I do not like this hat/fasinator/whatever it is called. I'm glad to see it isn't just me who doesn't like this hat (actually, I like very few of the hats she has worn). And as you said bluhare, it reminds me of a plate, first thought I had when I saw it.
      There was one much smaller hat w/netting that she wore once, now that I think about it, not that ONE I did like. Don't remember when it was though.

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    5. I agree on the hat. I like the look, but it's getting a bit old. I prefer last year's pink ensemble, mostly because Kate mixed it up a bit with her hat. Surely she could find some other styles that are age appropriate--look at what Eugenie's wearing, for example. I know Eugenie's choices are sometimes a bit out there, but at least she changes her headgear look up from appearance to appearance.

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    6. I like this outfit very much. The color is great with her complexion and hair color, but I do agree about the fascinator. I'm not fond of them and after a while they all look the same. My first thought when I saw the suit was that it was crying for a hat with a wide brim. Perhaps this is another example of Kate dressing modestly so that she isn't seen to be competing by making a bold statement. And speaking of statements, if Camilla's hat was any bigger, she would need her own carriage. LOL.

      And bluhare, thanks for putting the thought of Christmas ornaments into my head. LMAO. I agree, but I am just thrilled to see her jazzing it up a bit.

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    7. I knew you'd like Camilla's hat, royalfan. She's well on her way to looking like an overstuffed sofa a la Queen Mother.

      For the sake of discussion, I'm going to throw something out there. It's occurred to me that Kate's really vain about her hair and I wonder if that's the reason she wears these hats, because they don't really sit on her head and cover up her hair.

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    8. Since my phone is now allowing me to reply near to the comment-- I'm like a kid in a candy store! Hope you all don't get sick of me jumping in....I'll probably calm down after awhile!
      To me, the problem with Kate's hat is the odd shape of the
      plate/pancake/base/whatever. The trim on it is really lovely, though.
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      ban on fascinators doesn't make sense to me: some of the other monstrosities that some women attach to their heads are even WORSE than any fascinator! (IMO).

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    9. To be fair bluhare, and don't YOU keel over (lol), I don't dislike the hat and I think Camilla can pull it off. She's a full-figured gal and it balances her appearance. But I also happen to see a bit of symbolism going on here.

      As far as Kate being vain about her hair, I don't know........ I would expect her to be freaked out by a gust of wind if that was the case. She doesn't seem to be bothered by it looking windswept and less than perfect.

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    10. No . . . Kate certainly doesn't have issues with things flying free in the wind. I wonder if she thinks her hair is her best feature so doesn't like covering it up with a hat. She should hire me as her hat consultant. She would have some awesome hats with great hair. I've got skillz in that area!

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    11. royalfan 22:20- If Camilla's hat were any bigger, the hat would need its own carriage.
      Actually, her hat reminds me of the Edwardian fashion . First season Downtown Abbey. She would have fit right in.

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    12. I reckon all the Royal's should dress like Downton Abbey. :)

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    13. bluhare, I must be tired or something....I really handed you that one (about things flying away!). :) Remember her large black hat when she and William attended a wedding prior to the engagement being announced? It look great on her. It almost seems like she's being too safe...

      Marg, I think both C&C look like they stepped out of the Edwardian age. ;)

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    14. I think we should all dress like Downton Abbey. A designer did an Edwardian inspired collection a few years ago (Rochas? can't remember) and it was to die for.

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    15. Bluhare, I liked William's horse's outfit the best, too! I spent more time looking at his bridle than at all the hats/fascinators/hatinators together! William looked handsome, too, but without the horse, I don't know . . .

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    16. Thank you, Eve! I spent a lot of time checking out the horse too. Nice to see someone else did as well.

      I hope you're feeling OK and the chemo isn't totally wrecking your system.

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    17. Bluhare, I think we should indeed dress like Downton Abbey, then meet in London for high tea! Now that would be something!

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    18. Florence, bluhare...if we did I wonder if we could get PW to ride up in uniform on that beautiful horse? I agree with both you and Eve, bluhare; I would pick what the horse (wish we knew his name) is wearing over any hat there today. And yes, that bridle is lovely!

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  16. Hello!

    Thank you for reading and commenting. I just added some great balcony shots of William, Kate and Harry to the post.

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    1. Pardon my ignorance but who is Estella Taylor? Kate looks beautiful., and the pearl brooch was an appropriate addition,Love the pictures of Princess Diana that you posted,, especially in the peach outfit,,,Thanks chica!xoxo

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    2. anon from Leominster15 June 2014 at 06:04

      Estella is one of the four children of Lady Helen Taylor, nee Windsor, the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. In the eighties, she was something of a rival of Diana's for her beauty and style and wore a lot of Armani. She's had some tough times too, her husband survived cancer. I believe Estella is their youngest child.

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  17. Lynn Georgia USA14 June 2014 at 15:29

    Random Observations:
    1) Kate's suit was beautiful--and perfect for the occasion. I probably would have liked the jacket to feature the uneven peplum cutout, but I'm being too picky. She looked lovely. 2) I missed little George--and I lost one pound (I must look up exchange rate for today!) by betting against my royal enthusiast friend that he'd be there for his first balcony appearance. 3) Poor Camilla! Being photographed next to Kate makes for some unfortunate comparisons, doesn't it? I'm glad I don't have to pose beside her--although I'd love meeting her! 4) William is handsome, but Harry is HOT! Even a 68-year old woman still knows HOT when she sees it!

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    1. Shoot Lynn!! I got the giggles.....

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    2. I agree with number 4! You are quite correct, he is HOT! I know someone else who agrees with you....Bluhare...are you out there? I KNOW you enjoyed the many pics of "your man Harry" ;)

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    3. The day George appears on that balcony is the day Camilla won't be able to find a large enough hat to compete. :) Hmmmmm.............suddenly, I'm having visions of a satellite dish.................

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    4. Sorry royalfan; Kate's well on her way to satellite dish territory. Camilla at least wears hats, although this one is a bit over the top.

      Ah, Harry. Unfortunate he couldn't ride with his dad and brother. Harry on a horse in uniform . . . . .

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    5. bluhare, did you see Princess Michael's daughter and daughter-in-law on the balcony? I loved their hats. And ditto for Princess Alexandra. (I saw the photos on Getty's site).

      I did *not* like Eugenie's hat. It reminds me of a wok and I find myself craving shredded pork with garlic sauce.

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    6. LOL royalfan. Now you've got me wanting Chinese food too. Not only does Eugenie's hat look like a food platter, her dress neckline is awful. She's a pretty woman, but she needs some style tips. Although she was out with Cressida last night and looked nice. Cressida looks like a boho garden maiden.

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    7. Yes bluhare, Eugenie looked very nice last night. I agree. It was a cute, young look which suits her more than when she dresses old for her age. As far as needing style tips goes...I agree, but look at her and Bea's example... Need I say more?! ;)

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  18. Charlotte thank you so much for these post. I liked her outfit. I don't think I could ever pull it off but she did.

    I wish we would've seen George. Do you know when his next appearance might be?

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    1. Hello!

      We expect to see Kate on Monday for Order of the Garter.

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    2. Royalfan 22:24- Laughing out loud! Scared the cat who jumped up and scared the dog, who jumped up on me, which scared the cat.....

      Hopefully, she'll be able to pick up the World cup on that hat.. ha! royalfan-satellite dish!
      Usually, i like her hats, but this one s just a tetch on the over-done side

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    3. LOOOOOLL to the scred cat, scared dog, twice scared cat!!!!!
      Royalfan: satellite dish-priceless LOL

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    4. :) I can relate to moments like that. Definitely!!

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  19. My fave would be last year's pink McQueen, so elegant. This outfit just misses on so many levels. It looks like (yikes) fringes on the cuff in the carriage photo. The hat, meh. The balcony photo, well, we're just lucky her hair is falling all over as usual, to block the straight down her front pics. She just doesn't seem to learn cleavage is not for display, be it front or cheek. The hook-and-eye front closure doesn' fit properly over her bustline, pulling in unflattering directions -it may be due to the fabric, since there are many points where it just doesn't lay right. The pin, though is really interesting. It seems too large for natural pearls (considering what I've seen of QE2's collection), which left me wondering if this was something William had picked up for her on their South Seas tours (if you count Australia as in the South Seas) or on their island vacations (their honeymoon?), since it seems so much more like sea shells. If so, a very romantic touch.

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  20. Love the pearl brooch - perhaps inspired by Chanel with the large pearls this season. A nice modern accessory to the suit.

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  21. So this is my LEAST favorite trooping outfit on Kate. It ages her by 10-15 years. The brooch looks very dated on her and the fabric of the suit makes it look like something for an older woman. This same suit in a lovely solid color wool blend could look very chic. In fact, had it been in white without the dinner plate hat, it would have been an A+ for me. I really love Kate, I do, but I'm getting bored with the matronly looks. If I wanted to see the fashions of a more mature woman who has truly been quite stylish of late, I would look to the Queen. She has looked fabulous since Normandy! Lots of lovely little details in her clothing. Kate just keeps getting plainer. I don't think Camilla quite pulled off the look today, but she had been looking really nice lately as well.

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    1. Hmmm . . . Bored with the matronly looks are we? If we wanted to see stylish looks for the mature we would look to the Queen, would we?

      Frankly, I'd wager that we are in for many seasons of more of the same from Catherine because I believe we can look directly to the Queen for the direction of Catherine's (read: HM's & AK's) sartorial "choices" of late. Maybe the little skulls in the weave will be about as wild as she's allowed from here on in until Catherine becomes Queen Consort. Irony: Then she will be mature and will have caught up to herself. More irony: Several of us will no longer be around to make a point of it.

      I'm one who quite liked both the crinkly suit and the delightful hat. (But the satellite dish bit was very droll. Thanks for that.) The toned down make-up I'm not sure about. It comes off as blah. Someone who never misses with the maquillage (no matter what she wears) is Princess Charlene of Monaco. Quite amazing.

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    2. Charlene should never have worn that fuschia lipstick, IMO. Otherwise I agree with you.

      And, to defend the Queen for a minute, she's the boss. She gets to decide what the company look is. I think Kate's trying to work with it and will probably come out the other end in something that works for her and age appropriate. If she doesn't, she's got her private time to express herself.

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    3. Error on the lipstick. The magenta lipstick. The dark berry one.

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    4. Anon. I'll also add Princess Letizia of Spain.
      She wears "natural" make-up too but always looks sultry and quite beautiful - never faded.

      Actually, the Spanish Royal family are a handsome group. The children are divine.
      ESTI - what do you think?

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    5. No matter what color of lipstick
      Charlene wears, to me, she seems rarely to smile ---and
      usually has an almost tragic look on her face---even when she
      seems to be trying to smile!

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    6. Could be the botox Jo on Charlene's face that doesn't allow her to smile properly. :) :) :)
      Not a good Botox job I'm afraid! :)

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    7. Helen, I think it's the man at her side and not the botox.

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    8. Helen---Silly Me!! I never even THOUGHT of that stuff! Predictably, I admire The Queen's
      lack of vanity in aging very naturally..which I have no choice in doing --very, very chemical-sensitive. Alway have been!

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  22. Ten bands "playing as one" and a great balcony scene! The RF knows how to put on a great show.
    Wonder if Texas Kate got a good viewing spot? .........Charlotte, really, I think you pulled out all the stops on this one..... (tell you later, Esti, but I think it has to do with organ music)
    i, too, kept looking at the brooch and thought it looked familiar. It finally hit me- it looks very much like one of my grandmother's that I have from 1920's, I believe. Fake pearls, though. Maybe she got it off a Christmas ornament. ha!, bluhare! .....I wonder if it could be vintage? Spencer family? .....At any rate, it looks very elegant against her ice-blue suit. The jewel site Charlotte referred us to showed a pearl brooch the Queen wore yesterday that was one of the Queen Mother's most favorite . It seemed similiar to me. The brooch with the three pendant pearls.

    I agree with anon Leo.- I think it is Wickstead and reminds me, too, of her blue maternity dress in fabric .

    Just a month to go for George birthday pictures. I wish we could see his little arm-flapping, leg-churning dance again and hear his squeal.

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    1. Ha, ha, ha.......I can´t go on!! you´re fantastic Marg......I´m crying with laughter...

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    2. I was wondering the same thing Marg, if Texas Kate found a good spot to view all this from. This really does look like it would be completely amazing to see in person.

      Off topic question (maybe you or someone else knows): Throughout the many years that this parade has been happening, has there ever been an incident where one (or more) of the horses got spooked and/or bolted?
      The question crossed my mind when I was looking at PW on his beautiful horse. I thought it a fair question seeing as how many horses and carriages there are in this parade. Although I do know that all of HM's horses are very well trained, you never know when something like that might happen.

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    3. Marg, I hope we see birthday pictures of George! I cannot believe he will be one year old next month.

      Also, IMO, larger pearl earrings would have been a good match for the brooch.

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    4. I have some large , round pearl earrings of my Mom's that look like they could sub for Little Orphan Annie's eyes.
      I agree, rf- at least round ones.
      That said, she looks very nice just as is.

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    5. Me again!! Trooping the Colour
      1981...as The Queen rode her horse Burmese (sidesaddle, mind you!) shots were fired directly at her from within the crowd ....the mare startled and bucked a bit..but The Queen stayed on and got her very quickly under control---then leaned forward and gave her a reassuring pat on her neck....and proceeded onward.

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    6. That was one gorgeous horse. The Queen handled him beautifully too. She truly has nerves of steel, because she couldn't have known they were blanks.

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    7. And with much style too I'm sure!

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    8. Nerves of steel indeed, bluhare. I remember it like it was yesterday.

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    9. Marg, I remember that Christmas brooch! My grandmother's was plastic, so the lines down the middle of the "pearls" reminded me of the lines in the plastic ones that were glued together. It also reminded me of the cheap pins that used to be attached to cheap clothing by the manufacturer when I was a child.

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    10. I've read that peopke who are clise to HM say that the heart-stopping incident was actually very typical of her personal courage in extreme circumstances!! ANOTHER reason to admire her!!

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    11. anon from Leominster15 June 2014 at 06:16

      From that photo of the jacket Charlotte posted, I suppose maybe it is McQueen. It really does look like Wickstead though, that colour reminds me of that maternity dress, as well as the texture. Also, while I love the overall impression of the suit, I do feel the placket in the front is poorly done. Oh, for elegant buttons to come back into fashion! All these hidden closures do present problems. I'm tired of zips down the bodices too. But I do love Kate's hat, especially in comparison to Camillia's, Honestly, there was only one Queen Mum and I do wish Camilla would stop trying to look like a poor imitation.

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    12. Thank you very much Jo! I am sure we watched it on TV, as we were still living in Scotland then, but I don't remember it (was 7). But I do remember my mom talking about it, now that I think back.

      HM definetly is a very strong and courageous woman! She impresses me so much.

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  23. I changed myu mind about kate's dress after seeing the balcony pics: the line is just fine, it's the tissue that does't work (too old fashioned) and the hat (bluhare,
    I agree with you)

    Lovely post about the trooping

    Gabriella, italy

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    1. Me AGAIN!! Forgot to add that the 1981 shooting incident turnef out to be BLANKS..But HM would have been ......

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  24. I think this was a very appropriate outfit and looked lovely on HRH. I noticed Camilla's pearl choker in the picture with Kate and was wondering what the stone was in the middle. It reminded me of Princess Diana's stunning choker with the Queen Mum's sapphire in the center. Camilla has reworked some of Diana's jewelry and wears it from time to time and hope that is not the case here. I know it's absolutely none of my business but find it tacky and disheartening that the other woman who broke up Charles and Diana's marriage wears Diana's jewelry. I can't see how William and Harry would be OK with that.

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    1. Camilla's choker is her own. The center stone is a pink topaz. Prince Charles apparently bought it for her.

      http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/msg/1402764617.html

      http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/msg/1402770197.html

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    2. I agree with your thoughts on Camilla wearing Diana's jewelry. And yes, I understand that these were not personal pieces and they went with "the job", but being entitled to wear them doesn't make it right. There's something to be said for good taste.

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    3. Don't keel over with shock, but I think it a bit tacky for a wife to wear an ex wife's jewellery.

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    4. bluhare, no danger of keeling over. :) I had a feeling we would agree on this one.

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    5. You're being way too nice, royalfan. Should I be suspicious?

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    6. Guess who!!?? I don't think Camilla does wear anything that belonged to Diana..surely she & Charles wouldn't be so dumb and reckless! I know that she wears a number of the queen mother's jewels..tiaras, a necklace...
      Also...Kate did look awfully tired
      around her eyes...dark circles under the little bags...so maybe that WAS a yawn on the balcony!

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    7. Jo, before you say they wouldn't be so dumb and reckless (lol), check out this Huffington Post article: "Is Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Wearing Princess Diana's Pendant?"

      The answer is a very sad YES. And proudly so. Even sadder.

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    8. Royalfan--it absolutely defies all
      belief and common sense not to mention common decency!! I'm
      sitting here SPUTTERING!!!i Maybe they've made a mistake?

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  25. I think this is one of my least favourite outfits Kate has ever worn. The jacket looks like it would be too short on her and the whole style of the outfit (material and the brooch) looks like something I would see a 50-60+ something year old mother of the bride/groom wear to their child's wedding. In general, I like the colour, neckline and the fascinator.

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  26. Tammy from California14 June 2014 at 17:05

    SO many things to say:
    1) Love the pictures of Will and Harry as kids, sticking out tongues and giggling! They have a little of their beautiful mother's cheekiness! You can almost see a smirk on her face although she is has a look of telling Harry to stop.
    2) LOVE Camilla's hat! LOVE Kate's hat!
    3) SO nice to see pictures of family members passed on and others looking young: Diana, Queen mum, the Queen looking young, Prince Philip looking young. So nice to see that.
    4) Kate looks a little tired the last two outings (Queen's garden party and Trooping The Colour) and now a picture of a yawn. Hmmmmnnnnnn..... are her royal duties just tiring of late because there have been so many or could there be another royal on the way? (You heard it here first if so!) I could never keep the schedule they do, so I would certainly understand her being tired with all the travelling and appearances.

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    1. A yawn, or was there a certain odor from below, where the horses were? It's been reported that things can get pretty odoriferous on the balcony!

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    2. I thought at first, perhaps, she was about to sneeze. Then I thought, no, its a yawn. But I didn't even think about the odor! Makes me rethink it now. I have always loved the horses in this parade, but honestly, I have never taken into consideration actually being there in person to "smell" them. Good point anon 19:43

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    3. Horse smell is great. I love it. I doubt the royals have issues with it, but then Kate wasn't brought up with horses, was she.

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    4. I think Jenn meant horse PRODUCT odor, not the horses themselves. Didn't someone say Kate was allergic to horses? Would pretty much eliminate horse riding. I am allergic even to horse hair .Used to be a lot in couches, pillows.I think even tetanus vaccine was cultured in horse serum. I'd still climb on the old farm horse, Queenie, (I am not kidding- this is a true story) on the family homestead.

      It must be tricky, not being a horse-rider in that family. Luckily the royal spouses, except Prince Phillip, aren't required to ride in parades; although, I am sure Sir Timothy rides. Not sure about Sophie. Bet she'd give it a good try. Camilla on a horse?

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    5. To Bluhare: couldn't agree more about horse smell.

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    6. I do believe Camilla was an adept horsewoman in her younger years. Part of the Charles attraction to her.
      Not sure about now.
      In regards to Sophie - you're right Marg - she'd give it a good try. I would bet that she has learnt to ride given that she is close to the Queen. (more conversation matter for them).

      Surprised none of the Middletons are keen on horses.
      I thought all English village/country dwellers automatically just learnt to ride as part of growing up.
      Surprised Carole didn't insist on her children learning given how they mingled with the upper echelons of society. (from what I understand).

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    7. If Kate is allergic to horses then she probably took something that made her sleepy, as most allergy medications will.

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    8. Oh, Eve . . . we need to be hanging out in a barn!

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    9. marg, horse product odor goes along with it. It's not that bad, and they're pretty funny when they do. I swear my horse would time his for right when I was either walking past his rear end or bending over picking his back feet. He'd look at me all innocent, but I knew. :)

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    10. I'm on a ROLL! This is FUN!!
      I've read that Kate is allergic to horses...and that she is NOT!!
      Philip used to ride in the parade..complete with busby...
      Camilla can definitely ride, but she's not I think a Colonel of a regiment...and probably would not attempt to learn to ride side-saddle as The Queen did, in 1947 I believe,as a princess. And I can't see Camilla, even if she WERE a
      Colonel of a regiment, putting on a uniform a la Princess Anne to ride in parade!! I would like to mention a really touching photo of
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      wedding day...just having alighted
      from the carriage at Buckingham
      Palace, she rubbed the nose of one of the horses who pulled the carriage. It was like an affectionate thank you.

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    11. Two funny horse quotes --
      Prince Philip about Princess Anne :"If it doesn't fart or eat hay, she isn't interested."
      Princess Anne: "When I appear in public people expect me to neigh,
      grind my teeth, paw the ground, and swish my tail--none of which is easy."

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  27. Charlotte, you are wonderful. Thanks for the historical perspective. I'm digging deeper into British history thanks to you.
    I adore this hat. Reprise of the Easter hat but in straw, and the flowery lace detail perfect for the season. I see Catherine's face as a series of soft ovals and the more angular hats suit her wonderfully. Young and sharp looking.
    I also like the cut and color of the suit very much but the crinkly fabric is off-putting. Resembles low end retail fabric here in the US and overwhelms the nice floral pattern of the cloth. Her hair looks a bit stringy and messy. I take it this devoted mother did not have time for a stylist this morning. Really glad someone mentioned the Chanel pearls because I was mystified by the brooch which again looks like a cheaper knock-off (Target is designing one as I write).
    I do not agree this suit is aging. It is smart and sophisticated. If one wants aging, check out 21 year-old Diana in that horrible matronly coral number. Royal ladies have never dressed like Kardashians, thank the Lord.

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  28. Nice outfit for Kate I was at the ceremony itself and could not see Kate very well sadly so these shots show what I missed. I think the "pearl" brooch looks paste to me (like that awful tacky diamante necklace she wore from Zara). Looks borderline too big to be real so I willbe intetested to see if it is eventually ID'd. Great post as always thank you!

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  29. I loved this outfit! Would have preferred a slightly darker shade but still a great choice.

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  30. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)14 June 2014 at 17:55

    I'm not sure if this will double-post (dang iPad), but I think that Kate looks lovely--I wish that the coat was a bit more fitted---but she still looks beautiful.
    I just had to coment on the picture of Harry with his tongue out: look at Diana's face. She is neither impressed nor amused in that shot. That was too hilarious!
    Thanks you, Charlotte, for another great post and thanks to everyone for the wonderful conversations that take place in the comments section. SInce starting my new job I haven't been able to actively participate but I still carve out a couple of minutes each day to check the blog and read your opinions!
    Have a great weekend,
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  31. I wish the jacket was longer...Kate seems having hard time to find a correct fit of jacket...like the Rebecca Taylor's tweed skirt suit...
    Are these people stuck with pastel colors for this event? I don't wear pastels because they don't flatter me...

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  32. what a great coverage. i do appreciate how you always put up some historical tidbits, and that photo of harry is so darling. i do remember this event from the diana years - how time flies!

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  33. A nice choice. Kate looked lovely.
    The bloggers at "What Would Kate Do" think the brooch is actually a baroque pearl piece from a Sydney, Australia, jeweller. Perhaps purchased as a memento of her trip there?
    I'm not entirely a fan of brooches but this one does go well on the suit.
    Always so poignant to see the pictures of both Princess Diana with her boys and also the photos of Princess Margaret and the queen together.
    I always have to laugh at Prince Harry's antics, he seems to have a particular gift for lightening the mood, no matter what the event.
    Camilla looked very nice and very regal. Have to give her a lot of credit, by all accounts she has really been struggling with the unexpected death of her brother, yet she continues on with her royal schedule and, by all accounts, is very likeable in person, very down to earth and friendly.

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    1. I agree with everything, just my thoughts. Thank you Charlotte for the superb coverage of the day. I might add the Queen looked grumpy a bit but she looked stunning as well, I dont know how she does it at her age. I really look up to her and just from this point of view. Blue27

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    2. Elizabeth- Thank-you for reminding me of Camilla's recent sadness. Very, very difficult time for her and will be for quite some time.

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    3. I agree Elizabeth, Prince Harry really does have a wonderful persona about him. He is just like his mother IMO: he gets on beautifully with children, he can bring a smile to anyones face, and he can keep the conversation always flowing. And he makes it all look so easy, he is a natural.

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    4. Jenn, as my official historian, I think you may need to do some research on Harry. Especially with children, puppies, and looking hot. I need it for my . . . archives.

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  34. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HAT DAY!

    I wish you had posted a photo of the Queen's gorgeous hat! Kate looked beautiful.....as did everyone else.

    The BBC has some nice pics on their news page.

    Thanks Charlotte......wonderful post!
    Happy Birthday to me...Mel in Socal

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  35. Love it! Thank you Charlotte. Was she sneezing or yawning at the end, do you think? Either way, I appreciate the hand over her mouth. So many people think yawning doesn't require that. But who wants to see someone's mouth open that wide? Lol!

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    1. I believe it was reported a few years ago that Kate is allergic to horses. However, Harry looks as if he might be reacting to whatever smells are reaching the balcony from the horses below.

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    2. And I thought he was doing some radio pilot-y stuff as the planes were flying over!

      And I still get yelled at by my mother to this day if I yawn without covering my mouth, Mrs. G.

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    3. It looks like sneeze preparation to me............ ;)

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  36. How do they decide who wears what colors? Who gets first choice? That could cause some hard feelings I would imagine, especially when you have to plan your outfit so far in advance. Love your posts about Kate. I think the outfit was lovely and the color didn't photograph well. Maybe too sunny a day washed it out. The pearl brooch seemed too heavy for the fabric, so I hope it was a sentimental choice.

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  37. Charlotte, as always, great post and great information. I am not surprised by the picture of HRH and the yawn. I thought from picture one of her today that she looked very very tired. I hope she is not ill. Loved the suit and hat. She knocked it out of the park for me today. Camilla looked pretty savvy today as well. oh and HM, the Queen- loved her suit and hat also. thanks again Charlotte.

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    1. Kate is now trying to keep up with a vigorous toddler. Of course she's tired!

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  38. I agree with Bluhare. I think sometimes the Duchess should really go out there and wear bigger hats too just like Princess Diana did. Or try something different shaped hats.

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    1. I just went on Philip Treacy's website. Oh my. There's several hats that could be nicely customised. They're a bit too "too" on the models if you know what I mean, but you could tone them down.

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  39. There's something different about her, facially I mean, around the eyes can't out my finger on it. I thought so too at the garden party the other day. Polly London

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    1. To me, she seems a little puffy, maybe that is adding to the look of being tired (or she is puffy because she isn't sleeping well). When I have a migraine I get puffy like that. Also, I'm not sure if pollen is a factor in London at the moment, but allergies can do that too.

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    2. If she didn't look really thin, I'd say she could be working on George II.

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  40. Wonderful post as always!

    I noticed that pin right away too. It is not a usual shape - I'm wondering if it's from the Middletons - maybe 5 pearls representing the 5 Middletons? Or some kind of other symbol where the 5 pearls might have some meaning? I love her suit!! Perfection!

    Also - that hat looks like a summer version of the dove blue hat she wore in Australia on Easter, no?

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  41. Thank you, Charlotte, for another fast, excellent post. You do such terrific work through this blog. Much appreciated. Personally, I'll see something on the general web about the royals, read it, and then come to your blog for the full story. :) Thank you!

    But me, personally, I do NOT like this outfit. It is old and boring. Why doesn't she wear color? She has the coloring to do so. And the hat? Sorry. Just boring and old to me. And with the wealth (literally) of jewelry options open to her, why this pin? She probably doesn't want to do the pearls thing which, since they were such an emblem of William's mother, is understandable. But, she could borrow any number of AMAZING pieces from the Queen. Some pieces that won't see the light of day again unless she does wear them, which would be very sad indeed.

    Anyway, lovely post, Charlotte. Always so much fun. Thank you!

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  42. Yikes! I am a huge fan of Kate and always think her style is impeccable.. However, this one made me cringe a bit! The fabric is a bit matronly in my opinion and looks outdated. The materials of the hat also just didn't do it for me. I almost feel bad writing this, but it is the first time I have really disliked her clothing choice. I did however like the additional bit of curl to her hair! Last year she really hit it out of the park with the pink Alexander McQueen.. Also, the picture of Harry as a child is just precious!

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  43. Why so many icy blue or pearl gray outfits?, i don´t like those colors on Kate, they aged her so much.
    And the brooch looks fake and too big.

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    1. Once again, McQueen is putting Kate in a winter color instead of a spring color. However, I think the outfit itself is very beautiful, including the fabric and the hat. Kate looks very elegant even if the color is a bit wan for her.

      By the way, I think the royal ladies' dressers and assistants communicate about colors on important occasions.

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  44. I don´t really if Ilike the outfit or not........Kate is pretty and always is beautiful but today I prefer Camila´s hat........I think is fantastic and the "cameo" around her neck, "cameo: brooch with desing in relief". I know that Kate is very Young but if the cameo is a treasure I would like to wear it....

    Jo: Totally agree about Prince Philip Busby...........that poor man can´t hang in there!!

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  45. I got a little disoriented with the 1984 photo. For awhile, I thought Princess Margaret was the Queen.
    Wonder if Sir Timothy ever gets tired of appearing with "the wives." He looks like he enjoys it.
    This is so rude, I can't believe I'm saying it- What is going on with the top of H arry's head? It looks like a rug.......( Esti-slang expression for hairpiece or toupee, male)

    Kate is actually covering a polite cough.....( fake cough meant to draw attention to something, with out seeming to) in reference to Camilla's outfit. It is rather queen motherly, which is fair, if Kate is dressed like the Queen.

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    1. I think the edge of Camilla's big hat extends in front of Harry's head in that photo. :-)

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    2. Marg, I made the same mistake on the 1984 picture as well. Took me a minute to realize it.

      I also noticed the same thing in regards to Prince Harry. So I took a much closer examination, and it looked to me as if the brim of Camillas' hat is obsuring the crown of his head (actually, you can see through the brim). And her hat color clashed very badly with his natural red hair, IMO, causing that very off color on his head. I could be wrong, but that is what it looks like to me (I would bet $ on it, if that counts lol).

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    3. Jenn- look at either last year's balcony trooping pictures or the church Jubilee lace dress balcony pictures in DM today. Exact view, with no Camilla hat brim in sight.
      Let's face it ladies: our ginger prince is going bald- like every other male in that family.
      You lost your $ on this one, Jenn.

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  46. A huge thank you for your incredibly kind comments. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the post! Photographers captured some lovely images. Kate and Harry have such fun interacting!

    I've been thinking about comments regarding Kate dressing older than she is. It's a tricky situation for a royal to dress appropriately for events and be age appropriate. I'd like to see Kate experiment a little more whilst staying true to her elegant style.

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    1. You put it really nicely Charlotte I agree. To be honest at first I thought it is another coatdress, which I grew tired of personally. I hope she will spice up her wardrobe a bit as PG is growing up. Colours and materials are so up to personal taste but I think she gets it right most of the time. Love your blog, thanks for the hard work! Blue27

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    2. Thank you Charlotte and I agree completely, I would like to see her experiment as well.

      Someone mentioned earlier that it must be hard choosing an outfit for an engagement because they aren't allowed to pick whatever color they want. Is that true? Are certain colors assigned to different people depending on what the engagement is and who is going to be there? If so, I never knew that and it makes me feel sorry for Kate (being limited in color choice isn't fair IMO).

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    3. I think we're seeing the pendulum swinging. She was too flippy and short for awhile, and now she's gone a bit far the other way. She'll find her happy medium.

      Besides, we look at this as a fashion show, which it pretty much is, but it's a fashion show from one of the most conservative institutions in the western world.

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    4. Agree Bluhare. Kate is still running confused with her dress sense.
      I do hope she'll find he own unique style that makes her "Kate".
      I thought she was partly there when she stepped off the plane in NZ with the flashy red coat suit and that cute little hat.
      Since being back, there hasn't been much innovation. You don't need to spend a fortune to be innovative with your clothes. I can appreciate though that a new mother tends to put herself last, especially in the wardrobe department. But surely, Kate can't be in such a position - and I believe her mother would be more than happy to help her out IF that was the case.

      The BRF are the most conservative, but some of the best dressed women have been conservative dresses. One simply needs to look at some of the classical French designers of "Chanel's" era and take lessons from there. It's not about wearing tons of frou-frou. Style comes from HOW you wear an outfit, how you accessorize and how confidently you carry yourself.
      I think it was MARG that noted the lace dress would have been more successful with a really long strand of pearls (I'd add the knot at the end too). And she was right!
      That simple addition would crate a completely different outfit which would have glammed up the whole look. Such a simple addition to make a world of difference.
      I am surprised that as an "accessories buyer" , Kate doesn't seem to use her past experience to lift her outfits.

      MARG - maybe you should take on the role of Kate's wardrobe advisor!! :)

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    5. Helen, I have the soul of an artist with none of the talent required except when it comes to wearing clothes. I tend to the conservative as Kate does, as well and I'd wear a ton of her wardrobe if she'd let me come over next Saturday night and borrow some. That's pretty much why I watch what she wears, as I can see me wearing a lot of it. She goes in some directions I wouldn't, but work wise, I think she is starting to do quite well. I think she needs a bit of experience under her belt in choosing clothing within the constraints that now appear to be placed on her. Where I think she could really show her individuality is in accessories. Again, I like her conservative jewelry sense as well, but she could punch up some of her clothing with (a) scarves . . . especially if she got some honking brooch to fasten them with, (b) jewelry, including bracelets and necklaces, and some hair ornaments, and (c) shoes. Now, I'm a conservative shoe person as well, but Kate's got the legs to seriously rock some great shoes. And I can spot a great pair of sexy shoes a mile away. Not slutty shoes, sexy and sophisticated shoes. Hats go without saying. She needs a more varied millinery repertoire. Bags, I wouldn't worry about for work. They just get in the way. Evening, I think she does quite well, but we would work on the hair, and I would like her to bring back opera gloves with sleek gowns.

      So if Kate reads here, I'm available for internet consulting. And I charge a reasonable fee, if you consider a night locked in the queen's jewel vault reasonable.

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    6. I said that? I should be Kate's wardrobe advisor? I, the woman who lives in scrub bottoms and tank tops? There is my closet museum, if she likes retro.
      Full disclosure- I don't actually leave my house like that, however.

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    7. As I was reading your description Bluhare, I found myself imagining all those glamorous outfits in my mind's eye.
      Kate does have remarkable potential, but I think she is set in some habits which will be hard to change.
      I REALLY REALLY want to see lots of accessories too.

      I think Kate needs to seriously consider you and Marg as dress consultants.
      She would look like "a million bucks" if she did. :)

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    8. Marg.
      I've always imagined you doing your housework and baking in tweed suits and pearls!

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  47. I think she might be pregnant. Her face looks slightly more filled out than photos from a few days ago. Also in these photos anyway, her normal ebullience appears dialed down. --Sarah in Mpls

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  48. Great post, I love reading about all of the pomp and circumstance!

    As for the outfit, I'm not a fan. I really dislike the material. I much prefer her white McQueen from 2011. Also, I understand it would be hard picking a color to coordinate with all the red, but I really wish she would have chosen something other than icy blue...it ages her a bit.

    However, I love that brooch!

    Thanks!!
    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  49. Not a fan of this outfit...the material seems very matronly. I much prefer the white McQueen from her first Trooping.

    -Britt in South Carolina

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  50. A quick question for you all. Am I crazy or does Kate's jacket have two skulls on it? I added a close up of it in the outfit section of the post. Many thanks, I'm not sure if my eyes are deceiving me :)

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    1. So funny! I thought they looked like puppy faces...and right on the...ahem, boobage area. LOL
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    2. Yes, you are right about the skulls! I was really surprised to read that this is the symbol for Alexander McQueen on the blog What Kate Wore. I think that is really disappointing!! Why would you want a company that makes beautiful clothes have a skull as a symbol and why would you put it into part of the outfit? Thankfully we have never seen the skull on any other of her other Alexander McQueen outfits!!
      Jen USA

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    3. Umm, they certainly look like skulls to me. Weird. I have probably a half dozen things with skulls on them (tennis shoes, hoodie, t-shirt), so I kind of did a side by side compairison, and they look like skulls Charlotte.

      Why would she do that? Maybe she didn't realize they were there....they are hard to notice, at first.

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    4. The skulls are a very much a signature/trademark of McQueen's, it's interesting to see them incorporated in something Kate wears for sure!

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    5. Wow! I never knew that. I definetly don't remember seeing them on any of the McQueens' she has worn in the past. Given that information, Kate had to have known they were there then, right?

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    6. I thought it was just a strange turn of the fabric at first, but they do look like skulls don't they.

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    7. I see the skulls too...very odd for her to incorporate skulls in her outfit ever, let alone for this ceremony!

      -Britt in South Carolina

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    8. I was just looking through all the comments to see if anyone else noticed them!! I didn't until they were pointed out on another blog site. Makes me wonder is Kate noticed them when she was being fitted for this outfit. I am rather surprised that Sarah Burton would incorporate them into an outfit that they Duchess is wearing. I wonder is this will cause a cooling the McQueen/Duchess relationship?

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  51. Charlotte, by her chest?? I think so.....Macqueen sight??

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  52. I think they are lions!

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  53. Jean from Lancs14 June 2014 at 21:29

    How funny---doesn't look like a skull; more a young child putting a crown on his head.
    Probably a trick of the light.

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    1. And I thought they were bulldogs with upside down crowns.

      Apparently, they're really a Rorschach test!

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    2. If Kate knowingly OK'd skulls on an outfit to be worn at an official function, The Queen would probably invite her to Buckingham
      Palace for tea and a little chat.
      And if the house of McQueen
      sneaked skulls onto an outfit to be worn by a royal lady to an official engagement they just might never again be asked to supply anything to a royal wardrobe. So, maybe they're baby royal lions.

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    3. Ha Jo!
      Do you think the Queen would even notice that "strange" wardrobe inclusion?

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    4. Jo - my last remark was in jest!
      I'd love to be a fly on a wall listening and watching to a private conversation between Kate and the Queen.
      Do you suppose they have ever had one?

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    5. Helen --if she didn'tt read about it in the papers (Philip hollers that she reads "every bloody one of them!") Then someone on her staff would be sure to think it important enough to mention it to her! Andrew had said that she knows EVERYTHING--nothing gets past her!

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    6. She will now. You can bet someone in her world reads at least one of the multiple sites that will note the possibility.

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  54. It is my opinion that the BRF tends to coordinate colors especially on occasions like this. Looking closely at all the royal ladies below the status of the Duchess of Cornwall, one sees that most are wearing baby blue or some other pastel color. The Duchess of Cornwall is wearing pink but it coordinates with all the other ladies in pastels and no one, absolutely no one, upstages the Queen. Since the occasion is about the Queen everyone blends in not stand out. The Duchess always adheres to the protocol of the BRF as do all royal ladies, in my opinion; further; she tends to be conservative in her dress which I think suits her as she has so much more going for her in terms of height, beautiful features and a gloriously shiny head of hair that she had no need to trendy. I personally love her dress sense which is perfect for her role. The suit today, was lovely on her and shows her conservative bent in the way it was altered. Now, one can not speak to her manner of dress in her personal life away from the prying eyes of the camera, but my guess is that she is not much different.

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  55. Yes, it does. Probably McQueen. have taken a few more looks. And I still think brooch could be vintage 1920's era costume jewellery, like my Grandma's. Otherwise, I feel sorry for the poor oyster that had to pop those out.
    But the brooch really is reminiscent of the Victoria eight pearl with pendant pearls that the Queen wore yesterday.

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  56. Thank you Charlotte for a wonderful post, and thank you also for adding in the historical information. And thank you again for adding the pictures of the young PW and PH with their beautiful mother Princess Diana. She is and always will be one of my favorites!

    I have many opinions on Kates' wardrobe today, so here goes:
    -I loved the icy blue color
    -I loved the suit itself (the cut), but I did not like the material
    -As I said earlier, I just don't like the hat, can't get past it
    -Initially I liked the brooch, but close up shot they looked fake
    -She had eyeliner on, but still it didn't look like the usual heavy amount to me
    -To me, just MHO, she looks tired, more so than usual (no, I am not reading anything into that lol, just making an observation)
    -Regardless if I 100% love the Duchess's outfit or not, she still looked beautiful to me. I think its adorable that she and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry get along so well. And I can still see the love written all over her face when she looks at her husband, not to mention the pride!
    -I also thought Princess Eugenie looked lovely as well

    I do have a couple of questions I have always wondered, maybe someone knows and can help me. I was looking at the balcony picture in detail, and something I can't figure out: Why does every male family member who is in/or has been in the military wear their uniform EXCEPT Prince Andrew? I know that he distguished himself as a pilot, especially during the Falklands...I just can't figure out why he doesn't wear a uniform. Is it personal choice I wonder?

    Also, after looking at the balcony pictures from many years ago...Why does HM not wear the uniform now? Personal choice? Age?

    Last and final question (I promise): Someone mentioned something earlier about the possibility of Camilla taking some of Princess Dianas' old jewelry and having it altered, is that something she could actually be allowed to do? If that was the case, wouldn't it have to be a piece of jewelry that went back to Prince Charles (for some reason) upon her death? I'm a little confused about this one.

    Thank you for the patience, sorry for such a long comment this time. Had a lot churning around my brain on this post lol. Take care all and have a great weekend.

    Jennifer

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    1. I think the males (and Princess Anne) in uniform are all colonels of regiments. Andrew evidently isn't. His brother in law who is a retired admiral was also in morning dress rather than uniform. The Queen wore uniform when she rode her horse (side saddle) in the parade. She switched to daytime attire when she started to ride in a carriage. That was after her favorite parade horse retired. As far as I know, the only piece of jewelry both Diana and Camilla have worn is a pendant that looks like the Prince of Wales feathered logo. There has been considerable debate on the Royal Jewels board, but it appears to be the same piece.

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    2. That's a good question about Andrew. I've got no idea.

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  57. great post. today kate's look is a definite two thumbs down today. what is it with the mother of the bride attire and the silly fascinatiors? i ,along with some friends,to go view the pomp and circumstance in person and we were shocked at the size of the crowd-it was a small but we got to see the duchess and her attire and both appear better in pictures.

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  58. Camilla has the same necklace on that Diana had.
    Just a diffrent colour Jewell
    I think Diana's had a blue stone sapphire.
    Anyone else notice

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    1. Hello,

      They are different. Camilla's was a gift from Charles and if you look at close-ups the size and strands are very different.

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    2. Diana's sapphire and pearl choker had seven strands of smaller pearls. Camilla has about six chokers -- with different stones, number of strands, and pearl size.

      Google this and you will see some of her jewelry:

      "Flashback Friday: A Few of Camilla's Sparkliest Things"

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  59. I'm afraid I'm going to be a sour puss with Kate's choice today.
    After looking and looking at the suit, I'm putting it down to the fit.
    The fit is all wrong. The peplum too stiff and projecting out at a most unflattering angle on the wrong part of Kate's "hip".
    The skirt too tight which is not giving Kate any shape.
    Kate has a very "straight" figure - and slim.
    These shapes are difficult to dress. I know from experience as one of my girls suffers the same demise.
    Their slender figures may be a blessing but the "shape" (or lack of) is a curse.
    The fabric a bit too "weighty" giving the slender fit a contradictory heaviness.
    These hats are hard to get right. Kate's face is actually very angular, and such strong, pointed angles so close to her face aren't doing her any favours. If Kate wants to wear a smaller hat, I do wish she'd continue the pill box style she looked so lovely in when arriving in NZ.
    For me, nothing seems to have come together with this outfit.
    I kind of wish, Kate would take on a "fresher" more "floral" look she did so well in her pre-engagement days.
    I'm sure there are beautiful suits/dresses with a slightly more formal flair she can successfully wear on such occasions.
    But I did love the fact that Kate took the chance of a brooch. Regardless of how successful it was it did give the suit the much needed lift.

    I think Kate is yawning. There doesn't seem to be enough "squint" around the eyes to suggest a sneeze, or "scrunching" of the nose to suggest the "horsey smell" problem. Sorry, this is becoming over-analytical.

    The tired look some have mentioned I think is due to the bags under her eyes. They are more prominent lately as are the wrinkles in the corners of her eyes. My hubby (who does some cosmetic work on ladies) is convinced Kate has filler and Botox done on a regular basis from the time of her wedding. (Swear I don't dare do this myself.) :) - Truly!

    Enough of the "negative Nelly". Loved the Queen and her outfit (of course she never disappoints me). the touches of navy blue were a successful touch.
    Surprisingly loved Eugenie. Now she is an example of a young royal finding her own dress sense. Good on her!
    Of course the Kent's looked charming (but I am always biased towards them).
    The lady to the right of Kate next to little Estella in the fuchsia pink suit looked FANTASTIC. This is what I'd like to see Kate wear. That is one stylish outfit and I must say (whoever she is - someone please tell me) looks beautiful and extremely elegant.

    And FINALLY loved the walk down memory lane. Thank you dear Charlotte.
    Harry is a darling. Always has been and always will be.
    This just shows how many aspects of one's personality are wired from birth.
    Harry brings life to the Royal Party. - Bless Him!

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    1. Estella's mother, Lady Helen Taylor, daughter of the Duke of Kent. She has represented Armani and Bulgari, and so has professional fashion contacts and training,

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    2. Well, I agree with the "wired from birth" part.
      Ask hubby why Kate has wrinkles, if she is using filler and botox. Are they recommended for pregnant women?
      I think she looks more ill than just tired. Can royals get colds and flu?

      Helen, I think that woman is a Kent daughter-in law and the little Taylor girl a grandchild. Should be easy to check this.

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    3. MARG - the botox has to be re-done every 3 months. I suspect that's why Kate's face alters ever so slightly on a regular basis. The filler every 6 -12 months.
      I'm certain filler can be done when pregnant. Not sure about Botox. (haven't asked him - if I do he may get ideas that I'm wanting it done too!!!! ha ha :)) Although he swears the Botox is in such minute amounts and is injected directly into the muscle , so theoretically none should be in the blood stream.

      I must admit, I think Kate does do the Botox very subtly and definitely the filler on the wedding.
      It's no big deal here in Australia. Women very openly have it done. Some as young as 18 years to prevent wrinkles later.
      Also known as a very common preventative for migraines and stroke victims.

      Thanks to you and anon. for the information on Helen Taylor.
      I have noticed her in the past, but she looks slightly different on the balcony.
      I do repeat, she is serious elegance. But of course the Kent's are extremely good looking and stylish!
      You can't go wrong representing classical elegant fashion houses such as Armani and Bulgari.

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    4. marg, I don't think anything like that is recommended for pregnant women. Botox is made from a toxin.

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    5. MARG -
      just asked the husband re the Botox and pregnancy.
      Apart from the look of suspicion he gave me :) he said it is not recommended, although it hasn't been proven to be harmful due to the tiniest amounts used. Typical doctor response.
      But now you know. :)

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    6. Helen- Anything that goes into a muscle will end up in the bloodstream.IM injections are intra-muscular injections. Anyone on the receving end of a "Demerol depth-charge" (quote from "ER" I think-) will attest to that . The medicine starts out in the muscle, but has to reach the blood stream to produce Central Nervous System effects. Is it possible it is actually intradermal? Something is strange here, because I am sure your husband, as a physician, knows what he is doing. It would have to act locally, like a Novacaine injection before dental work.Anyway, thanks for the info.

      All the same, bluhare, I'm with you. My intellect says minute quantities, while the rest of me screams, "Poison!" "Hurt the baby!"

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    7. Helen 00:36- Kate was having a sneezing sttack. It also happened in her horse-drawn carriage. I know this ,because it was in the Daily Mail..........ha! So, no yawning. Also, no polite cough.
      PS- her nose WAS scrunched.

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    8. Yes Marg.
      Botox is definitely injected into the muscle. In extremely small units. Thus the repeat in 3-4 months.
      It's purpose is to relax or "paralyse" the muscle so it doesn't move. No movement of the skin, means no wrinkles.
      It is a natural by-product of the antibiotic manufacturing. And was initiated into medicine for medicinal purposes. Eliminates or drastically reduces migraines due to muscle tension, (hence his persistence to have me try it) and he has used it on many of his stroke patients. I haven't drilled him on how it works with stroke patients, but it has something to do with their muscle control.

      You are right though. It is still a toxin despite being used for many years and being "natural". That's why I dare not try it. Call me old-fashioned. The husband still raves on about it, but doesn't like the way almost "anyone" can administer it here in Australia. He's still working on me. I say he's after my life insurance!!
      Ha!! :)

      And I understand the point you make about intra-muscular injections still getting into the bloodstream.
      Most of our children's vaccines here are intra-muscular. I'm sure their purpose is to finally make it into the bloodstream too. But boy they are painful!

      This is turning into a Biochem lesson.

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  60. I just wanted to add that Kate's tired look reminds me of when she was released from the hospital in the beginning of her pregnancy with PG- MIND YOU I don't think she is pregnant- but she has that tired look. A sick child could easily be the reason (pray not....) and could also be the reason we didn't see his little RH today. just random thoughts and again, not saying she is pregnant- just tired!

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  61. Include me along with those who were underwhelmed by Kate's outfit today. Her hat did not do her any favors either. I also think a pillbox would have been much better. Unfortunately her hair looks a bit straggly in some photos, but maybe it was a windy day and she was riding in an open carriage. I can only imagine what my hair would look like so I shouldn't be overly critical. I think we do hold Kate to a higher standard and perhaps that is unfair.

    I think Harry made Kate laugh by pretending to speak into his wrist just like spies and members of the secret service. He appears to be the "fun" person in the family!

    Charlotte, thank you for sharing the photos from years back. They brought back many good memories.

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  62. Update- my post hasn't come up yet- regarding the woman on the balcony. I believe it is Lady Helen Taylor, Kent daughter, not daughter-in-law. I believe Estella Taylor is her daughter and the Kents grandaughter.

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    1. Thanks Marg.
      Read your comment further up.
      Shows how great genes carry through a family.
      The Kent's are all stunning.
      I think you've all heard me say that enough today. :)

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  63. To me, Kate looks great in almost everything that's pale blue, dove grey, silver-ish. These colors work so tremendously well on her. No matter what it is.

    While I love the hat and the fact that we are taking a break from the coats and coat-dresses (a suit, a suit!!!), I think the whole ensemble is awfully boring. Cut, material, texture - I too get the mother of the bride vibe. Or something late 90s early 00s. Still, Kate can get away with a lot due to her hight and figure.

    My style herion of the day was was Lady Helen Taylor. She is 50 years old and continues to take on the fashion world. Elegant yet edgy. I am not suggesting this as a concept for Kate but Lady Helen has been great fun to watch for the last 20+ years.

    Harry reminds me more and more of his granddad Prince Philip. His sense of humor, the body language, whimsical spark in his eyes.... somewhat of a rascal. Granddads boy in my opinion. Quite nice, I have always bin a huge fan of the DoE. : )

    Great Sunday everyone! Hey Kate from Texas, how is London? Any exciting news?

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    1. Anna.- You're right about Harry.
      The cheeky spark from his grandfather for sure.

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  64. I showed these pictures to my husband and he thought that it looked like Kate was wearing "Granny's draperies". LOL Since he knows next to nothing about fashion, I won't hold this against him. :)

    I thought Kate looked lovely today. The fabric in this outfit is so interesting, (except for the skulls), the color works well for Kate and I loved the hat, just like I loved the one she wore at Easter. I am especially happy to see Kate using a lighter hand in applying her eyeliner. It reminds me of her look pre-engagement, fresh and natural.

    I was especially happy to see how comfortable Kate seems to be in the company of the Queen, Prince Phillip and the rest of the royal family. It's seems as though they enjoy her company as well, which is great to see.

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  65. Kate looks absolutely stunning as per usual. The interesting point about this event is the grumpy look of thunder on Andy's face. Not Happy Jan!!! (Aussies will get that one!)
    And princess Alexandra looks like the Russian Tsaritsa. She always manages to achieve 10/10 for elegance. This is one of my favourite royal events! Yes bluhare the horses win the prize! Stunning!

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