Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Duchess repeats McQueen Favourite at The Queen's Garden Party

For her second official appearance today, The Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie at Buckingham Palace for The Queen's Garden Party.

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The Duchess was scheduled to attend Thursday's garden party for the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross but it was announced this morning there was a change of plan. One imagines it's a case of which royal is needed most on the day.

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It's a pity Kate won't be there Thursday because privately she has been a big supporter of the organisation. In fact, the entire Middleton family are. It would be an excellent charity for the Duchess to work with, but I thought it interesting to share Richard Palmer's tweets because often times work is carried out under the radar and in an unofficial capacity.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

Today is Prince Philip's 93rd birthday and this could very well be another reason the day was switched. The incredibly hard-working prince was in his element celebrating at the 8,000-strong party this afternoon.


No doubt the family will mark the special occasion together later, perhaps with tea and cake? Princess Diana's former chef Darren McGrady shared this photo.


After the playing of the national anthem at 4 p.m. the royals separated and mingled with the crowd to ensure as many guests as possible had the opportunity to meet a member of the Royal Family.


Kate chatting with The Princess Royal.


Her Majesty hosts at least three garden parties every year at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.


The parties are considered one of the royal highlights of the year since the 1860s when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as 'breakfasts' (although they took place in the afternoon).


Quantities of tea and refreshments served are enormous, according to the official website:

'Tea and other refreshments are served from long buffet tables. At a typical garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed. Some 400 waiting staff are involved in the serving.'

A guest shared a look at his invitation via Twitter.

Jas Jassal Twitter Feed

Mingling with the crowd.


It is the third consecutive year Kate has attended a garden party, in 2012 and 2013 she selected designs by Emilia Wickstead.

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Kate elected to repeat the beautiful lace Alexander McQueen dress she first wore for The Queen's Jubilee Service in 2012. The knee length sheath showcased lace atop a white base and it features long sleeves, a boat neck and satin ribbon at the waist (today Kate wore it without the ribbon). It's a bespoke piece, not bearing any major similarities to anything the brand has produced in recent years. One expects it was a garment created in collaboration between Kate and Sarah Burton.


A closer look at the exquisite lace.


Kate wore a pretty new hat by Corbett. It was specifically designed to be worn with the McQueen dress.

Jane Corbett

The milliner was delighted to see The Duchess in her creation.

Jane Corbett Twitter Feed

A look at the hat from another angle. Kate wore her hair partially up, a style she is becoming increasingly fond of.


Kate carried her Russell and Bromley Park Avenue clutch.

Russell and Bromley

Kate selected her favourite Annoushka pearls for the event.

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Kate's pointed toe shoes are by Russell and Bromley (with thanks to Ashley Marie) The 5th Avenue style are from last year and no longer available in the exact colour she wore. Below we see them in metallic.

Russell and Bromley

It was a lovely look for Kate, the lace dress is one of her best.



If you're just joining us today, this morning's post covering Kate's visit to the National Maritime Museum is here. We'll next see the Duchess on Saturday morning for the annual Trooping The Colour parade; there's some talk of little George appearing on the balcony. It's a possibility, but we'll have to wait and see :)

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  1. I love, love, love the shoes. I think the pointed toe is very elegant and I'm so happy she hasn't trotted out the Sledges again! The new hat is wonderful and I think an improvement on the old one - just an absolutely stunning outfit!

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    1. I loved this lace dress fantastic hat too. I am so happy about not seeing her nude shoes they are so boring, whichever it is a new one at last. Please Kate change a bit of jewellery too, is it only me but she keeps wearing the same all the time!Blue27

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  2. The dress is beautiful but there is something about this look that I don't like. Could be the colors - dress plus hat - just don't suit her IMO - too pale. And the dress looked a lot better when worn with a belt... I think the colors she wore in the morning were so much more flattering.

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  3. Jean from Lancs10 June 2014 at 19:26

    I suppose they wanted as many of the family as possible to attend today for the Duke of Edinburgh's birthday.
    Pity about Thursday---I suspect someone in the family is a patron of the Red Cross and didn't want competition!
    On the other hand Prince William is taking the salute at the Beating the Retreat on Horse Guards on Thursday, so perhaps she wanted to go to watch.
    Liked the lace dress in 2012 at St Pauls and liked it again--she didn't wear the belt this time. The hat is nice, but I preferred the one she wore with the dress before. This one would have been lovely with the Zimmerman dress from the Australian tour.

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    1. Jean, I was going to comment, but you have expressed everything I wanted to say. So, no need.
      Would like to repeat: I think Alexandra will be featured Thursday and I have been wondering how that would play with Catherine being there. I think Princess Alexandra deserves some time in the sun. (means undivided attention)

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    2. Jean I read that Charles is the Patron of the Red Cross so I think maybe he had something to say about Kate attending. And if Camilla attends with him he might not want all the attention on Kate. And hoping Kate can watch William along with George on Thursday and not be noticed. We can only hope.

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    3. Very interesting observations ladies.
      However, I do hope there is no truth in NOT wanting Kate purely because there are other Red Cross ambassadors in the Royal family.
      Surely, palace officials cannot think that Kate, amongst so many other royals, will change our perception of the Red Cross. Could the palace be so churlish? Wouldn't this consideration have been made during the planning stages?
      I'm hoping the change was made simply to have Kate join William at Beating the Retreat.

      But I am looking forward to seeing the most gorgeous Princess Alexandra. Hope she does get plenty of limelight!

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  4. I miss the belt on this dress, although I know a change is supposed to freshen it up. Oh well, lovely all the same.

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  5. I loved this dress the first time she wore it and it looks great again today, however I liked it a bit better with the velvet belt. I wonder why she choose not to wear it today? The new hat is lovely and really goes well with this dress. I like the shoes but I know she has a blush pair that I think might have looked a bit better.

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    1. Loved the dress the first time. The belt might have been left off because there were coments then that the hook-and-eye closing wasn;t very professionally done, but I think it would have helped break up all the lace.

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  6. Sarah from Calif.10 June 2014 at 19:30

    Lace!!!!!! Love it! Always have always will. Two weddings for me coming up! Should I be brave and wear the hats Ive always wanted too?!?!
    Thank you Kate for bringing lace back :)
    Charlotte sent you a little note via FB.
    Happy summer all!
    Oh Kate from Texas, have a Jolly good time in England this weekend!

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    1. Tammy from California10 June 2014 at 19:46

      Sarah, OF COURSE you should wear those hats! Bring a little London to California, we could use some taste!!!! After seeing the trash our celebrities wear, I think it's a great idea to bring some tastefulness back to our state! GO FOR IT!

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    2. Is Kate back for Trooping The Colour again? We're going too - maybe we should have a HRHDK rendezvous!

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    3. Caroline in Montana10 June 2014 at 22:09

      sarah, i vote wear the hats!!

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    4. Absolutely you should wear a hat!!

      Amy, Detroit Michigan

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA11 June 2014 at 03:42

      Sarah, you'l come along with me one day! Penelope, I leave for London tomorrow! I will be at Trooping on Saturday and I got tickets for Order of the Garter on Monday! I'm BEYOND excited! We should rendezvous!

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    6. Sarah,, you should wear the hats!! On another note, I agree with the others,, Kate looked lovely today!!Loved the hat,, especially the lace detailing on the rim. The lace belt shouldve been there but still her look is youthful and fresh, Thankx chica!xoxo

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    7. Kate, Texas, USA11 June 2014 at 03:58

      Sarah, I forgot to add to DEFINITELY brave a hot for the wedding! I told my hubby tonight that I want to go hat shopping in London and come home with a big, fancy frock. Maybe a Philip Treacy..... :) I can pop out to sunny CA and we can go hat shopping!

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    8. Go for the hat, Sarah! You'd rock it! :o)

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    9. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 22:38

      Sadly, hats seem to be going out of fashion everywere. I recall at my wedding how pleased I was with the guests who wore hats and how sorry I was that, even over twenty-five years ago, so many didn't.

      So I say, yes to the hat, let's have a revival.

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  7. I'm not a supporter of removing the belt from the dress... it makes it look extremely odd and does not complement her figure at all. Also, maybe its just me, but I can see the belt's outline, so that removes even more of the allure for me.
    The new hat though, looks great on her!!
    A great update as usual :)

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  8. I prefer with ribbon...this dress without a belt, makes the Duchess look extremely long torso'd...but that's just my humble opinion.

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    1. I agree, I couldn't quite pinpoint why it felt off to me but you nailed it. The belt broke up the long line.

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    2. I agree! It might be less noticeable in a darker color, but this one needs "something". IMO. :) I do love the hat and shoes though.

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    3. It needs to be worn with something other than a flying saucer, royalfan. What about some little confection with netting? I'm obsessed with hats and netting, and I think something small and dainty would have looked lovely.

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    4. Completely agree!! Without the ribbon there's no "break", I guess, if that makes sense, it's just all one long color.

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    5. True, bluhare. Maybe she was trying for a more approachable look since she was meeting people. ?? I don't know...just a guess on my part.

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  9. M, the Netherlands10 June 2014 at 19:32

    I like this dress very much but I prefer the look of the 2012 Jubilee Service! I prefer that hat over the new one, and the ribbon at the waist really adds something I think.

    I have to say that I think it is a pity that she does not attend the Red Cross tea party too. I think it would be better if she attends both, because there are a lot of people looking forward to meet her, and now there is the news that she won't be there... Well of course I don't know what's going on behind the scenes but if it is possible in some way, I think she should attend the other garden party as well.

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    1. I like this hat much better, though I think fascinators all look like flying saucers! The Duchess looks lovely in this elegant dress. I hope Prince William gives her an 18" to 20" strand of large pearls one day.

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    2. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 01:25

      Wouldn't that be so lovely with that dress. Absolute perfection!

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    3. I swear I did not read Anonymouses comment about flying saucers when I wrote mine. We have differing opinions as which outfit meant Kate was phoning home, though.

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    4. Nor had I read yours, bluhare. We appear to have posted within a minute of each other. Well, you know what they say about great minds! Anon 4:02

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    5. Oooooops, apparently I can't read numbers. That should've been Anon 20:20 (not a good pair of numbers to describe my eyes).

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  10. I forgot to say "Happy Birthday" to Prince Phillip!! I so admire his work ethic, his steadfastness and his dedication to the Queen. He took a difficult situation, didn't complain about it and made it something extraordinary. I think some of the younger members of the royal family could learn a thing or two from him.

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  11. She looks beautiful. It appears as though she has lightened her eye make-up for this occasion, especially the heavy eye liner.

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  12. Tammy from California10 June 2014 at 19:43

    I absolutely LOVE this dress! I have to say that I really loved the ribbon/sash that went with it too when she first wore it. I am so jealous of her being able to fit in her pre-pregnancy clothes. Mine have never fit quite the same since I had my baby! The happiest of birthdays to the Prince, he is one of my favorites: a loyal, steady companion, and 93 is no small feat! Great post, I enjoyed it very, very much!

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  13. I think this is a beautiful dress, and I don't mind the subtraction of the belt. I find the length to be just perfect as well. As someone who never wears a hat of any sort, I can't help but wonder, however, how does one attach these gravity-defying numbers? I can't think of a single time that I've seen a hairpin visible, but they must be involved somehow? Combs inside? Superglue? Guess you could say I'm fascinated by the fascinator!

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  14. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress! I do prefer it with the belt, but it's still gorgeous and she looks so beautiful.

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  15. Kate looks beautiful. However, I echo the opinions of the others here that I'd rather prefer this dress with the belt. The new hat is just lovely and the shoes are also very nice - - Now I really want another LK Bennett pair for myself. xD

    Actually even though she has been required to be there because of Prince Phillip's birthday - Happy Birthday to him!
    I really wish she could join the Red Cross's one tomorrow as well. :)

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  16. Great post! She looks great, like always! I like seeing the interaction between her and Anne, I worry that there could be tension between them. For example, after George was born didn't Anne say it had nothing to do w her?!
    Also, wouldn't it be great if Kate went to Thursdays Garden Party?!

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  17. Maryland Moxie10 June 2014 at 20:31

    This event is interesting because she is attending a family event without William, which means Kate is required to curtsy to the blood princesses - Anne and Eugenie. I was trying to think of an event where that would actually come into play - and the garden parties are one of the few where that would happen.

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    1. that probably went on inside before that came in the actual party. I doubt Anne gives a care about any of it, remember she refused to curtsy to Diana.....

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    2. Oh, I have a feeling Anne cares a whole lot. Keep in mind it was her and the Yorks who were reported as instrumental in the Queen rewriting that order of precedence thingy that says who curtseys to whom.

      Anne also did not want to curtsey to Diana, which is why it was redone when Diana got married.

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    3. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 22:50

      That reply after George's birth makes me think Anne does care. She does a great deal of work, some admittedly something of a slog (the work no one else, I once read) and she gets almost no attention, while Kate does little and gets massive attention. I don't think she cared much for Diana either.

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    4. I admire Anne's work ethic tremendously, but rude is rude.....royal or not. Sometimes I think she shoots herself in the foot by coming across as not giving a fig. She may get her work done and be proud of it, but her charities would get more attention in the press if she was a bit more pleasant.. IMO.

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  18. Thought there was something odd about the dress, then figured it was the belt being removed. Her face looks a little painted in one of the pictures, that natural, tanned look from the morning was missing.

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  19. Guess we can say good-bye to the twins. I hate to say, but I did say she would appear in a form-fitting dress, after all those coats, and blow the rumors out of the water ( discredit) A coatdress actually would have been appropriate today.
    Wonder if W&C are capable of playing games with. the press? ( out-dated word for the media)

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    1. LOL, Marg!

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    2. Ha, ha, ha ...twins no Marg......TRIPLET...

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  20. Love the lace, very spring, very feminine. The simple blush belt brought it all together, however, when she initially wore it. I would have kept that element with the bespoke piece.

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  21. Kate is just tiny. I don't mean to get a debate going ' she's too thin/she's lost weight ' I mean her frame is tiny. She looks healthy too and you can tell she works out alot by the muscle time in her arms and calves. Fab!! She looked luvly although if I'm being really picky I prefer the original hat plus the belt on the dress. Polly London

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  22. I prefer the ribbon as well, but she looks beautiful. I think without the belt, I would have liked the dress to be a tad shorter, maybe a half inch. I love both looks today. I don't know how they wear heels in grass.

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  23. Theresa, from Paris10 June 2014 at 20:49

    This dress is one of my absolute favorites for the Duchess. Her previous look at the Jubilee was 10/10 in my opinion. I must admit I prefer it with the belt : it gives it definition. Maybe the color of the shoes was slightly off this time. I quite like this hat but prefered the previous one too. All in all, I do think she looked fantastic this morning and this afternoon.
    Glad we didn't have to worry about the wind and her hems :-)) I do somehow hope she has understood to be a bit more careful.
    But really fantastic elegance today. Brilliant !
    And Happy Birthday to Prince Phillip ! Her Majesty is just fantastic... I am in awe, as usual ;)

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  24. I love lace too. Kate's dress is lovely.
    As for the Red Cross 150 th anniversary, it may be that the Queen herself will attend. Or the Prince of Wales. Well, wait and see.

    Monica, France

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    1. The Prince of Wales, as President of the Red Cross, is attending and so is Princess Alexandra, who is Vice PResident

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    2. The royal site needs to up-date Alexandra's info. Last I checked, they were still listing one of her activities as President of the British Red Cross Society.

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    3. The "vice" president part didn't ring a bell. She is "Deputy President" and I had not heard that term before. Reading too fast and not thinking.

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  25. Someone commented earlier on Angelina Jolie's white look in London today. If anyone has seen her speech, it's fantastic. I would love to see Kate speak with the same conviction and deep knowledge of the causes she is championing! As always, she was gorgeous today. - Mrs. Thompson in Chicago.

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    1. I think that it is interesting how, despite her star status and beauty, no one ever talks about what Angelina is wearing. And bear in mind - we are talking about one of the most beautiful women who ever lived. Kate can take a page or two, or several out of her book on how to work.

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    2. Let's not forget that Ms Jolie is 'an actor' and HRH is not. Whether Ms Jolie is sincere or not- she can certainly act as if she is.

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    3. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 01:31

      I have to agree, I''m no fan of Hollywood and was quite wary of Angelina for many reasons and wondered if she was truly sincere. But having heard her speak and address her causes, I have to say she is filling a void that once someone like Diana would have filled. And she did look wonderful in her elegant white suit, but people do associate her very much with her causes, not her clothes, and the subject of the prevention of rape is as important as it is difficult to talk about.

      Kate has such wonderful gifts, a true sparkle and engagement with people, I hope she works on her public speaking, always so difficult, and plunges into some more serious issues. There are so many worthy ones that she could bring attention to and I feel like she has just been dipping her toes in up until now. But there is still time.

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    4. Anon from Leominster - you hit the nail on the head. I completely agree with you. Not out of spite or not loving our duchess, and not saying it's easy, but we'd love to see her stand strong through words for whichever important topics she'd like to focus on. I know she can do it!

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    5. Anon 03:39- Anyone wanting an example of "constructive, kind criticism-" there it is.. It can be done, straightforwardly, without hidden barbs.

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    6. There is alot of difference between Catherine. Angelina is a actor Catherine is not. So don,t compare the two.

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    7. Of course we can compare the two. We can compare them in terms of how they present themselves, and we can compare their speeches in terms of content. Kate has constraints on hers that Angelina does not; however, that does not mean she can't have a good speech prepared within those constraints. I agree Angelina, being an actress has the upper hand on delivery, but no one is expecting Kate to perform like Meryl Streep.

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    8. Would love to see Kate take on a charity that is truly out there and that could benefit from a boost with a royal patron. One that perhaps hasn't been associated with a royal member as yet.
      However, I'm sure that many political aspects would interfere with her choices, and speeches would have to be very carefully executed.

      Have we noticed how almost every speech by a member of the royal family sound alike? Probably one PR employee running them off the same template trying to avoid any faux pas by the royal family and trying to keep them out of hot water.

      I somehow don't think that Kate is ready yet - and I'm not sure if she is keen to go to the next level.
      I get the impression she is happy enough in her comfort zone at the moment. Catherine does not strike me as someone who deliberately gets involved in any controversial issues. Her goal is to stay in calm waters.
      Naturally, if she desires to take on firm stances on issues, she may stir the waters and brew up a storm. Not convinced she would ever knowingly do that.


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    9. And as a side to all the "charity" works and talks.
      It struck me as incredibly amusing that Richard Palmer made such a ridiculous statement that Kate supports the Red Cross because she is a visitor to their charity shop!

      Now I may be mistaken - but I read this to mean she goes in to shop, not donate.

      Was this for real!!!
      An unemployed single mother looking for some affordable wears for her children willingly visits the charity shop!!! I guess this makes her a bigger patron of the Red Cross (or whichever charity shop it happens to be).

      I was expecting to read something more along the lines of Catherine is a supporter of Red Cross because:
      huge donations/volunteers her services.etc etc

      So which is it? Donating or browsing? :)

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    10. Jean from Lancs11 June 2014 at 10:12

      Catherine could not have appeared with William Hague on what is a political platform, especially in the last year before an election----the Opposition would have gone berserk.Whatever the subject, it would have been seen as supporting one party.
      I am sure all yesterday's speakers were sincere and the subject needs action----but an American speaking in the UK seems a bit pointless. Our armies are well aware that sexual violence is wrong, whether in battle or not and I am sure the same thing applies in many countries, It is in those countries where it is not condemned where the speeches ought to be made.

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    11. I've never been one to be overly into politics (although I do read about it in the news occassionally, US & UK), regardless, I agree with all 3 of you (bluhare, helen and Jean). Some pretty deep issues, I thought you all expressed your ideas very well.

      Helen, as to your 2nd comment, the Richard Palmer/Red Cross comment, that is the first I have heard of it, so I'm not sure. It certainly doesn't sound right. I will try to research it though, or perhaps someone else can shed more light on it.

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  26. Vastly better without the under eyeliner. Eagle eye Julie. HRH literally looks five years younger. Many Happy Returns of the Day to His Royal Highness, with gratitude for a lifetime of service in and out of uniform.

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    1. Oh thank you for saying that! I thought the make up was different today- and yes she looks much younger without the heavy liner. Happy Birthday YRH, Prince Philip--many many happy returns of the day.

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    2. I rather prefer her usual make up. She looks washed out and her nose seems more prominent. Bring back the normal eye make-up Duchess, I for one love it!!

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  27. The Duchess looking stunning as usual and the hat is "to die for." Her eye makeup looks a little different which shows her eyes up more, at least that is my opinion.

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  28. I agree, she does look beautiful, but I miss the ribbon as well. It's very plain without it. Someone must be offering suggestions to Kate about "tweaking" her wardrobe to make them look just a little different.

    You're right, Julie. Her eyeliner doesn't look as heavy, especially under the eye. She looks lovely today. Isn't she lucky that she can wear the same dresses "before" and "after" having a baby. She is just as slim as ever.

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  29. Caroline in Montana10 June 2014 at 21:46

    My first thought was NEW SHOES! love the pointed toe, nice to see something different. really like this dress on her, i can not tell where the velvet belt was in the pictures and i actually like it better without it. really liked the new hat better than the last one she wore with this dress as well. glad she is doing the half up half down with her hair, it really looks so great on her and really showcases her face! love the park avenue clutch as well! obviously this was a 10 for me:) how cool would it be to have one of those garden party invitations, let alone be able to attend, maybe as a fly on the wall though, as i am not so fashion forward! have a great day everyone!

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    1. The new hat just takes the lace over the top and tumbles, would have really liked something without all the frou-frou to offset all the lace in the dress. On the plus side, thank heavens the skyscrapers have given way to a more sensible heel. And the hair tied back really shows off face instead of hiding it.

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  30. CJ from Minnesota10 June 2014 at 21:51

    Happy Birthday to Prince Philip! Its amazing how much energy and stamina he has for a man in his 90's - although, while I write this my 88 year old father is mowing the grass of our very large lawn... I love how the prince still melts the HM's heart when she looks at him.

    I loved this dress and the way it was fashioned the first time Kate wore it. Today...it was just ok. Like others, I think this dress looks better with the belt - it adds interest to the all lace and it gives Kate a defined waist to break up the long lines. I just don't care for the hat - I actually like Eugenie's hat. Something similar in a champagne color or beige with the brim. The hair pulled back is great - I really like her in the sleek ponytails and demi chignons. I also like the lighter make up - it brings out her lovely features. The very best I thought she looked was when she came out of the hospital when she was first pregnant wearing the DVF coat. I realize she didn't feel well but the minimal make up really showed her lovely skin and nice features.

    I thought Eugenie looked very nice today - she has some interesting shoes on and I really do like her hat.

    It is really too bad that Kate isn't going to the garden party tomorrow. She was going anyway so why not just go... She seems to really enjoy meeting people and people seem to respond warmly to her. So it would be a win win and an extra win for the charity was it would bring it more publicity. Being a private supporter is amiable - adding a public face brings in other volunteers, publicity and money - which is what charity organizations need to survive and to continue to do good works.

    After all the cuteness in Sweden last weekend, I decided to add to my favorite royal list Princess Estelle - she knows how to work a crowd and I love her sartorial choices!

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    1. Why no comment on Princess Eugenie's or the Royal Highness dresses. Eugenie looks totally crisp and cool and Royal Anne looks very bright and cheery.

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  31. This is one of my all-time favorite dresses that the Duchess has worn. LOVE it. I don't even mind it without the belt. I love the new hat! I also love the new shoes. I didn't realize how tired I am of those platforms until I was scrolling down to see her shoes and groaning thinking about the Sledges. I am not personally a fan of pointed shoes, but these look classy and elegant! Her makeup is different and I think it takes some age off her face, it looks so......different. Another gorgeous look for her. Two perfect looks today!

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  32. I think this dress looks like a different dress from the 2012 version. It may have been lengthened/tailored from the waistline and that is why the ribbon was left off. It looks tan compared to a pinkish hue in 2012.

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  33. She lost her weight again :((

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  34. She really is so incredibly graceful and exquisite. (This coming from a 5'2" woman who envies the lanky, leaness!)

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  35. Lovely to see princess Anne and Catherine chatting, that is not something that I have seen regularly in photos. And prince Phillip is just amazing. What a lovely event!

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  36. Forgot to remark how much I enjoyed the photo of Chef .McGrady's sumptuous birthday tea.
    Charlotte, having already devoured all your sumptous posts and a biscuit as well, there will no disagreeable tasks done today, as I have used up all my rewards.

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  37. Why doesn't she wear little white gloves on occasions.

    Royal ladies are supposed to wear little white gloves .

    Sigh........I miss the days of royal splendor. ....

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    1. People expect the Queen to wear them, but I think it would send a rather detached signal if the younger generation did so in a setting where they are meeting people. Just my opinion...

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    2. The gloves were for not touch people, maybe any illness may be passed on from common people. Nowadays only th Queen (for custom) wears them. And if you fancy wearing them only in the left hand if not you could be considered rude you wouldn´t want mix up with the common people.

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    3. Royalfan: "detached" that´s the word, I´ve been looking for the right word and I was to say disdainful however may can sound a bit strong.

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    4. Smart to wear gloves. Hands are probably the number one way of spreading disease, and gloves would slow or prevent that. They can't really wear the blue nitrile gloves at public events, but a simple cotton glove would provide some protection -we live in a different world from 50 yrs ago, unfortunately. Long live the Queen!

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    5. Caroline in Montana11 June 2014 at 16:35

      I agree with you Sam, she would look fabulous in a pair of gloves, think it adds class!

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    6. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 22:57

      I think gloves in summer would look too formal on a young woman. I recall that Sarah when she was Duchess of York had to wear them because she had trouble with her hands and they looked rather odd. However, I would love to see Kate start a revival for long evening gloves, so elegant. I'm sure she'll wear them when she attends the opening of Parliament, whenever that may be.

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  38. Not my fave dress or hat but she still shines! Her figure is lovely thank you Charlotte

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    1. Also must add Her Majesty looks lovely and Prince Philip looks very well! Happy Bday Prince Philip! Here's to many more!

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  39. I don't live it but don't dislike it either. I agree with the above comments regarding the beltless dress. Kate suits the belt because it defines her waist more. Apart from that I love the concept but think the colour of the hat may be a bit off for her. But very classically elegant.

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  40. Charlotte, thanks so much for 2 speedy posts. I feel spoiled!

    I think Kate looked beautiful and statuesque. Sooo .... Buckingham garden party like! :)
    And I thought the dress was stunning in the 2012 version and it's stunning now as part of a slightly different outfit. Wouldn't be able to chose, both looked fantastic to me. In general, Kate's current style is a little too modest for my liking. I think her accessories could do with a bit more edge, sophistication, boldness and that would take her style to a new level. But there may be a reason why she is keeping it modest.

    Attending this event with your granddad in law who is celebrating his 93rd birthday is truly special and historic.
    I really feel now like having a cup of tea (and I am a double espresso person) and a club sandwich. Many happy returns, Prince Philip!

    And yes Sam, I am with you on the gloves subject. It would be so elegant. Sometimes I long for a little more 1930s drama.
    Sarah from C., go for those hats. If you have fun and feel like a princess, it's definitely the right choice! And don't let anyone tell you otherwise :))

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    1. Anna, white gloves and a hat were standard church-going attire in the 1950's We also tried to wear a suit or a dress with them. ha!
      I love hats and gloves.
      We wore them for sorority functions in 1960's, but the trend was toward more casualness. We still wore dresses to church. No pantsuits until 1970's, I think.
      I will never forget the first time I saw a nurse in a pantsuit uniform- total shock.

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    2. Personally, I'd like to see over the elbow gloves make a comeback with evening gowns and perhaps strapless or sleeveless cocktail dresses.

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    3. Oh goody - living history! I was born in 1971 but that was at the very end of the reinvention process that went through society during the 1960s. Only 10 years earlier everything was different. My mum who used to work with business clients at a bank in Germany, wasn't allowed to wear trousers at work until 1972. UNBELIEVABLE! My generation at the other hand grew up believing there is no life outside of denim, haha!

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    4. Marg, I just had a "Kathleen Turner - Peggy Sue got married" moment! I picture you, it's the early 60s and you are wearing a cute petticoat, kitten heals, handbag and gloves. Oh when can we get that time travel business sorted??? I can't wait!

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    5. Haven't even gotten to the bottom of the comments yet or made my "official" comment yet :), but I see history, and you know me, gotta halt and put my 2 cents in.....

      The look of gloves over the elbow, actually, gloves at all is way past my time; but I have always thought the look very classy and elegant. Didn't Jackie O wear them on occassion, if I recall correctly? Now that was one woman who never seemed to make a wrong choice, in fashion, IMO.

      Ok, done butting in ;), back to reading comments for me

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    6. That was me, Anna. You forgot the French twist hairdo. There was a flip for awhile.And a page boy.
      The older you get, the more time-travel you do, Anna.

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    7. No butts, Jenn. No exclusive conversation clubs here. Can you believe I still have some long, white gloves from college? We would wear the long gloves to compensate for the strapless gowns, I guess. . My brother used to call them "gownless evening straps."

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    8. Thank you Marg, I forgot, you are right (no exclusive convo clubs here) :)

      I love that term, "gownless evening straps"! And IMO, a strapless gown, with long gloves, is a very elegant look-no matter what year or era we are in at the time.

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    9. I'm thinking Jackie Kennedy, Paris? long white gown with cape, with her hair half up and white opera-length gloves, of course. Or was that the Inaugural ball? Maybe that was Elvis. One of these days I will start googling and not think of it as cheating.

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  41. she's so thin now, the third pic with her in it, her face is almost gaunt like. the dress does look like it's missing something w.o the ribbon belt!!

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  42. She looks beautiful as always! Maybe a little overheated? But I love the close up view of her face and her soft makeup! It's different than usual and really light and natural - perfect for what she's wearing! I've always liked her makeup, but it's particularly pretty like this!

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  43. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 01:24

    One of my most favouite dresses of Kate's. I liked it better with the lovely satin sash but it is still beautiful and so princess-like. I love the new hat and particularly the new more graceful shoes. The sledges didn't look right with that dress and the satin bag. I wonder if Kate didn't realise that when she looked at the photos.

    So happy she could be there on the party honouring Philip by why does that exclude the other? I don't understand. I don't want to blame Kate. Is it Alexandra? I wouldn't mind that, she is such a lovely lady. But Charles is the Red Cross patron. I hope it isn't him! That charity was one that Diana was extremely involved in, not to mention the Middletons. That would be so petty of him to exclude Kate and I sometimes can't help feeling he IS petty.

    But perhaps we will be proven wrong, and Kate will surprise us and come. One can hope!

    It never seems to occur to anyone that if Kate did more, less attention would be paid to every appearance. Because she has been appearing so rarely at home this year, every outing becomes this huge event. It needn't be that way.

    The European royals very often appear together, and it is so nice. Beatrix, former queen of the Netherlands, even went to Maxima's brother's wedding. Now that is family!

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    1. anon from Leo, I saw the pictures of Beatrix at Maxima's brother's wedding and I thought the very same thing! How nice to see them act like a real family. I've always admired the closeness between Maxima and her mother-in-law. It's so evident in their body language.

      And I happen to agree with your "petty" observation. I'm sure that shocks you. ;)

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    2. How nice of former Queen Beatrix... Maxima is one of my favorite royals. I love her boldness + she is always so happy and friendly.

      I also like Queen Beatrix bc we share the name and she too ALWAYS appears so happy - all smiles :P Last yr I visited Europe with my husband and we saw that the trains from The Netherlands had QUEEN BEATRIX written on the side. I wanted to take a picture nxt to that but then the train we ended taking did not have it :/ bummer :P

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    3. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 23:04

      She's a favourite of mine too. Beatrix was so brave when her son was fatally injured, yet not afraid to show how distressed she was. She allows herself to appear a bit more vulnerable than QEII who only shed a tear for the royal yacht! But people are brought up to show or conceal emotion in very different ways and I'm sure the queen does care for her family enormously.

      I love the name! Perhaps there will be a princess of Monaco with that name too, one of these days, pronounced the Italian way.

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    4. I love Maxima also. Her enthusiasm is amazing and I have a feeling she would be a lot of fun to be around. I really admired the way the Dutch royal family pulled together (and publicly) after Prince Friso's skiing accident and when he died. It must make it easier for the public to relate to the Dutch royal family.

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    5. anon. leo- don't forget the tears the Queen shed with the Windsor fire. At least she was very distressed. It upset me, too.

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  44. Another nice look. I loved the ensemble with this dress at the Jubilee service and was hoping we'd see it again. She's definitely lightened up on the makeup, especially that Goth-y heavy eye makeup and it makes her look SO much younger and natural.
    I liked this dress better with the belt for some definition, since it's such a light color but it's just a beautiful piece and it's so flattering.
    Love this hairstyle although I'm not a huge fan of the hat, just seems very big. I loved the hat she wore with this at the Jubilee service.
    Happy birthday to Prince Philip! Amazing to see him still going strong at 93!

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  45. Perfect dress for a Garden Party. I like the dress both ways, with and without the ribbon. Love the new shoes too.
    I m really digging the new hat, I so wish we wore them here in the States.

    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  46. I don't know how they all manage without sunglasses. I wouldn't be able to keep my eyes open. And the brim of most hats isn't wide enough to create any shade. How do they do it? I know this is of no relevance to humankind .... but I still wonder.

    I couple of posts back someone was wondering why we never see tour outfits reappearing on british soil. Interesting observation. Although I remember one: a Roksanda Ilincic dress, first seen in 2011 during the Canada / North America tour and then in 2012 at an event at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. But yes, there are so many others. All the wonderful dresses she wore in South Asia: Prabal Gurung, Jenny Packham orchid dress, broderie anglaise Alexander McQueen, all the pale blue dresses ... I could go on. Would be great so see them again. Not a repeat of the original look but differently styled and accessorised.

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    1. That was me wondering about that. Are you sure thst dress was new on the 2011 tour?
      She wore the blue McQueen in another country, so maybe the deal is home and not home, rather than home and tour. Does the funding come from different sources? It must.
      It just seems like such a waste, but there must be standards and protocols, as with everything else the royals do.
      Glad you were wondering, too. I think it is an interesting point. Have you noticed this with the Queen, Camilla, or Sophie? I rarely notice the Queen in the same outfit twice, except for the yellow outfit from W&C's wedding thst she wore again recently.

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    2. Marg, the Queen does recycle, but it's not as obvious because of the size of her wardrobe. And I think that both Sophie and Camilla have followed her lead.

      Anna, I would love to see the nude (or pink) Jenny Packham gown she wore shortly after they got married. Perhaps with an up-do this time.

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    3. Hi girls!! I was wondering the same but I saw some of this dresses at friend´s wedding......I tthought that the Prabal Gurung dress was suitable for a Garden Party (tea party...tea=indian).

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    4. Hi Marg, I wish I could see a pattern but I don't. And I have no clue if outfits are micromanaged by protocol. But I agree with the feeling of waste and I guess Kate somehow tries to find a balance or wearing outfits more then once but also keeping it exciting and new. The whole thrifty yet glamourous thing. An almost impossible task in my opinion. However, I wish she would hire me as her advisor. I would have so many utterly amazing ideas :)
      And no, I am not entirely sure about the Roksanda Ilincic but it looked identical. I will do some 2012 blog research.

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    5. Anna they don´t wear sunglasses because may be considered rude, I even don´t wear sunglasess to a wedding you can´t see the eyes of the persons while you´re speaking with them..

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    6. I am with you on that Estibaliz. It's truly not nice to hide your eyes from your counterpart. I am probably too casual nowadays. Here in down under the sun is merciless glaring and I would't leave the house on an average bright day without sunnies.

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    7. Anna, here the sun is getting worse and worse, I usually apply sunscreen everyday......but I saw on tv that in down under is really dangerous........Take care!! xxxx

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    8. royalfan10:03- thanks for the info. I also wondered about the home/not home aspect with the other royal ladies. Maybe it just involves the Duchy of Cornwall and the Queen's budget, or whatever she has as far as Catherine is concerned.

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    9. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 23:10

      Kate has worn the two lace dresses from the Canadian tour on private occasions, as well as the green DVF one from California at Zara's party. She has worn the Rokanda lilac one at a Portrait Gallery visit too - I think it is different from the one worn in Australia but not quite certain.

      I'm thinking there's no restrictons on dresses worn on tours. The ones for the Asian tour were mostly summer dresses and Kate was pregnant last summer. So we may be able to tell more what this summer brings. It would seem to get very complicated for there to be any restrictions since she wore some clothes on this tour that she had already worn at home.

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    10. Esti- the Prabal Gurung would do nicely at a royal garden party u (that's my lazy version of a smile) I would worry for me about spillage. Probably Kate has no spillage.
      I feel sorry for all the cooks and bottle washers that have to deal with two garden parties in one week.Was yesterday's even on the schedule? Maybe a surprise birthday party for the DofE.

      Esti- your Enhlish skill is growing by leaps and bounds. means rapidly. You will soon explode into Shakespearean verse.

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    11. Shakespeare!!!!!!!!........I´m gonna kill you (I don´t know if that has sense in English)........He´s easier for me...James Joyce.........better..........."Ulises" in English............wow!!

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    12. Don't worry, Esti, James Joyce is basically impossible to read for those whose native language is English! Shakespeare is just old. Some of the words have changed meanings. But he is wonderful anyway, and he invented many, many of the phrases and words we use today. Much easier than Joyce!

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    13. Esti, Hemingway? F. Scott Fitzgerald? Many set in Spain and very simple language style. I think circa the Spanish Civil War.

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  47. When I see Kate looking so supremely elegant, I am so happy that she is also so supremely nice and kind. I love the little genuine details that she shares as she goes sbout her engagements, such as when she and William were presented with a kilt for George in Strathearn she said "We will have to keep his sticky fingrers off it." I hope that she always stays so real.

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  48. i absolute love the duchess dress and im loving those nude shoes and its nice too see princess anne and eugeine they look very beautiful in their dress specially her majesty looks youthful and her dashing prince phillp looks great too kate from texas have fun in london this weekend good luck bring some nice pictures i know i not part of the chat but im grateful that i have this wonderful blog

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    1. Bluefire, of course you are part of the chat...anyone and everyone is, hope you feel included :-)

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      Eaxctly so, Bluefire, I don't think any of us would want a blog that excluded people. I hope you will post here a lot, along with everyone else.

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    3. I second that, bluefire

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    4. indeed Bluefire.
      You offer valid viewpoints that allow me to put my thinking cap on.

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  49. The Queen and Prince Phillip look just great! And of course Kate is lovely lovely lovely. Thanks for this wonderful blog!

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  50. Jane in Virginia11 June 2014 at 03:19

    Kate's dress was perfect . I like it even better without the ribbon belt . Princess Anne looked lovely as well , in spite of the shoes , but I would have worn shoes just like that too ! :D

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  51. Thanks for another great post!! I always love to see how Kate interacts with people at the garden parties =) I think she looked beautiful, and of course I do love her hair! Pity she wont be at the Red Cross, I was looking forward to seeing pictures of her attending, but oh well.

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  52. Kate, Texas, USA11 June 2014 at 03:51

    Happy Birthday, Prince Phillip! It looks like everyone enjoyed their day! Kate looks stunning! This is one of my most favorite dresses! I was there to see her when she wore it for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and she still looks just as stunning. I was a bit disappointed to hear she would not be attending the garden party on Thursday. I leave tomorrow for London and was going to linger around BP in hopes of catching a glimpse of her coming or going. Sigh. She looked lovely today! I think a favorite picture would be of Kate and the Princess Royal from the back. I don't know why, but it struck me as beautiful.

    SO, heading across the pond tomorrow and I should be packing right now. I'm looking forward to attending Trooping the Colour on Saturday and Order of the Garter on Monday. Charlotte, hoping to get some good photos. Thanks for two great posts today!

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    1. Hi Kate, have a safe trip and a wonderful time in the UK. Enjoy all the events and say hello to the other Kate from the thousands of hrhduchesskate blog readers : )
      I wish I could come with you. It's turning winter in my part of the world and I could do with some english summer.
      ... looking forward to your photos.

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    2. Kate, don´t forger a fascinator........without it you´re a nobody in London ;-)))

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    3. Anna, summer in London???, only 18- 21ºC..., summer here: right now 30ºc but in July and August by 38-40ºC.

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    4. Enjoy your trip Kate!
      (do you have family there? I do recall seeing your pictures in the past... )

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    5. Ohhh sorry, I take everything back!!!! Estibaliz is right - what summer?! Just because London may be currently rain free doesn't proof the presence of real summer, ha!
      Giving it a second thought: english summer comes probably close to Auckland winter. Our daytime temperature is currently at 17-18ºC. Still I wouldn't mind a trip to London.
      How about a tea party with all of you lovely ladies? It would be so cool if some day we could all meet in London. Charlotte, does that thought scare you??? ; )

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    6. I´ll up for a tea party in London!! I promise I´d wear a fascinator, a hat, a flowered dress , gloves and a Pearl collar............Also I´d have a cup of English breakfast tea.........and right I can´t remember anything else but hold on!!

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    7. For some of us old-timers, sooner, rather than later might be best. ha! u (smile)

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    8. Kate, I hope you have an absolutely fabulous time while in the UK! I also pray you will have a safe trip over, and back again. Would love to be able to see your photos, I'm sure they will be beautiful! You take care and HAVE FUN!!

      Jennifer

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  53. Something is bugging me. Are we absolutely certain about the ID of the shoes? The LK Bennet ones pictured don't look the same as the ones on Kate's feet which are higher heeled and seem to be a different colour. I know that photos on computers vary in the rendering of the colour; however, more than that, the heel height seems off to me. I believe Kate's heels are higher than the ones pictured.

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    1. Hello Philly,

      We're pretty certain they are the Florete shoes (L.K. Bennett have been contacted to verify this) but I do believe they are a different colour. The shoes comes in a vast array of colours, I'll update with the exact colour info once I hear back :)

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  54. Many Happy Returns to the Duke of Edinburgh!

    The Royal Family all turned up looking rather splendid this afternoon.
    I found myself being most impressed with Eugenie and Princess Anne without the exception of the Queen and Prince Philip!! I especially found Princess Anne's look quite refreshing compared to her usual garb.

    It was lovely to see Kate surprise us with a change in eyeliner colour! So much more youthful in appearance and so nice to see Kate allow her natural skin colour to come through minus the tanning and darker make-up. She looks so pretty this way.
    I tend to agree with the majority of the others with the dress. Really needed the belt to break up the acreage of lace!
    I am left wondering whether there was a bit of a last minute emergency which deemed the delicate velvet ribbon unseemly to be worn in public.?? It really just doesn't look "right" without the belt.

    I would love to see Kate on Thursday to support the Red Cross.
    Such a "mystery" with the Palace keeping any reason of the date changes under a veil.
    Could be "palace Politics" - but very ignorant of them if it is so.

    I truly don't believe that taking attention away from other Royals is a valid reason for Kate's absence.
    The palace would have notified all members of the RF involved on Thursday way in advance. Prince Charles, was well aware that Kate would be present on the same day.
    Why should there be a "furore" now at literally the 11th hour?
    Personally, I don't think "another" Royal has had a hand in this. It lacks discernment.

    This event has a controlled number of public via invitation only. Kate being or not being there won't have any influence on the number of public turnout. There will be ample crowd to cover for all royal participants, so I doubt that should be of any concern.

    The Palace officials may have just come to realise that MAYBE the MEDIA will focus more on Kate rather than the importance of the Red Cross.
    This makes more sense to me. It will be more about what outfit Kate has on and so on......
    It's up to the media to promote which Royal is affiliated with the Red Cross and give them the additional coverage.
    It's up to the media to acknowledge the important work the Red Cross does.
    Rarely does the media act with discretion.

    Of course all this speculation may end up completely irrelevant, and there maybe some very straight forward reason to this, such as Kate wanting to be with William at his engagement.

    Or maybe, Kate will surprise us again and turn up!

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  55. Many Happy Returns to the Duke of Edinburgh!

    The Royal Family all turned up looking rather splendid this afternoon.
    I found myself being most impressed with Eugenie and Princess Anne without the exception of the Queen and Prince Philip!! I especially found Princess Anne's look quite refreshing compared to her usual garb.

    It was lovely to see Kate surprise us with a change in eyeliner colour! So much more youthful in appearance and so nice to see Kate allow her natural skin colour to come through minus the tanning and darker make-up. She looks so pretty this way.
    I tend to agree with the majority of the others with the dress. Really needed the belt to break up the acreage of lace!
    I am left wondering whether there was a bit of a last minute emergency which deemed the delicate velvet ribbon unseemly to be worn in public.?? It really just doesn't look "right" without the belt.

    I would love to see Kate on Thursday to support the Red Cross.
    Such a "mystery" with the Palace keeping any reason of the date changes under a veil.
    Could be "palace Politics" - but very ignorant of them if it is so.

    I truly don't believe that taking attention away from other Royals is a valid reason for Kate's absence.
    The palace would have notified all members of the RF involved on Thursday way in advance. Prince Charles, was well aware that Kate would be present on the same day.
    Why should there be a "furore" now at literally the 11th hour?
    Personally, I don't think "another" Royal has had a hand in this. It lacks discernment.

    This event has a controlled number of public via invitation only. Kate being or not being there won't have any influence on the number of public turnout. There will be ample crowd to cover for all royal participants, so I doubt that should be of any concern.

    The Palace officials may have just come to realise that MAYBE the MEDIA will focus more on Kate rather than the importance of the Red Cross.
    This makes more sense to me. It will be more about what outfit Kate has on and so on......
    It's up to the media to promote which Royal is affiliated with the Red Cross and give them the additional coverage.
    It's up to the media to acknowledge the important work the Red Cross does.
    Rarely does the media act with discretion.

    Of course all this speculation may end up completely irrelevant, and there maybe some very straight forward reason to this, such as Kate wanting to be with William at his engagement.

    Or maybe, Kate will surprise us again and turn up!

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    1. Helen I hope Kate is with William but out of site so she can enjoy it with him.

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    2. Maryland Moxie11 June 2014 at 19:11

      I think it is the other way around - it was Philip's Birthday and she had a morning engagement that would have taken all the press ink with a new outfit. By Kate showing up at the Garden Party, Philip got recognition in the media too. I am sure the scheduler will be more mindful in the future so that Kate does not accidentally pull press away from "Senior Royals" during birthdays and whatnot.

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    3. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 23:16

      It's all too complicated for me. With so many people attending these parties, I would think they would want every royal family member available to greet as many as possible. That would be nice.

      There in an interesting book on the queen's royal year available on sale quite cheaply at Waterstone's. It dates back to 2007, well before Kate but it has a very interesting section on garden parties, including a revamped menu. Yummm

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  56. EVE in Colorado- I'm sending many happy, hopeful thoughts your way!
    A non mouse

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    1. Thank you, Marg. I need them. Chemo is very rough. But it helps distract me to read this blog and enjoy our favorite duchesse and all the comments about her.

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    2. May you be restored to your full health very quickly, Eve, and with a minimum of side effects.

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    3. anon from Leominster11 June 2014 at 23:18

      We are all thinking of you, Eve. Chemo is beyond horrible but blogs like this do help distract.

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    4. Eve- Thank-you so much for the update!!! I kept checking for a post from you. So good to hear you are hanging in there.
      This blog can be very distracting, indeed. My house may literally fall down around me, but I get my blogging done.

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    5. Praying and wishing the very best for you Eve!!! God Bless Eve!

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    6. Marci from Salt Lake12 June 2014 at 05:41

      Get well after this chemo, Eve! Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

      Marg (a non mouse), this blog has benefited enorMOUSly from your comments. I look for them especially, so may your house fall down and your blog comments continue!

      Marci (currently in Oregon)

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    7. I'm smiling, Marci. A fellow punner!
      A non MOUS

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  57. These garden parties intrigue me so. The order seems to consist of lanes that the Royal Family members pass down to greet attendees, but the structure never looks forced or roped off as do other events. And I suppose it's not known which family member might walk a particular lane in advance, lest some queues appear much longer than others? I would love to see an aerial view of one of the garden parties!

    Very happy returns to Prince Philip on this happy day! What a place he has carved for himself in history.

    This McQueen is a favorite of mine! As I study it up close again, I wonder what I would have thought about it on its first outing, without the belt? I daresay I like it better with, and with the hat worn at the Diamond Jubilee Service. It did look more polished and appropriate for the church setting with those touches and on such a happy, iconic sort of day. Re wears must be all the more difficult after the first occasion is so high-profile.

    The Duchess' facial features still look less angular and softer in these afternoon photos, at least to me. Maybe it's the lighter makeup, as has been noted, or a treatment? Or perhaps it's time to reluctantly put on some readers and push them way down on the tip of my nose?

    I'll echo the sentiment of not knowing how they cope without sunglasses, nevermind that they may not photograph well.

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  58. Kate looked lovely today, however, I have to agree that her dress looks better with the belt. I, too, would love to see more jewelry choices as stated above, although Kate is comfortable in her skin, and it shows as she appears to wear jewelry that is sentimental to her.
    Oh, I do wish that hats would become the rage again in America. As much as I love the US of A, I wish we held traditions closer to our hearts. Makes me wonder if that isn't the reason I love the royals.. and the fact that 90 percent of my family lines come from the UK. It's in the genes! Here's to a wonderful week, Charlotte

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  59. I had a pleasure of attending the first garden party this year. For me, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Queen, the Duke and some of the Royal Family in their home and in such stunning surroundings. I have been to the Buckingham Palace before, but nothing compares to this experience. The whole garden is open to explore, you can go through the first floor of the palace and up on the terrace. The tea is absolutely yummy and they hand in ice cream at the very end :). It is both super formal and informal and it is just the most wonderful experience.

    Summer - I see your comments above - you indeed do not know which royals are joining on the day. For about half an hour before the Queen comes out, there are various royal officials that gently line up the crowd. The Royals then split and greet guests along one of the lines (so basically the Queen will go along one side and the Duke along the other line). There is some logic to the split, as the line which the Duke covered included mostly military personnel. This whole meeting and greeting process takes about one hour until the Royals reach the Royal Tent and this is where they take tee. (there are separate tents for the guests). There is lovely music during teatime. The Royals also walk the line at the end of the party, as one group, and at much faster speed and they do not stop as much to chat to the crowd.

    I hope that gives you some idea about how these parties run!

    Charlotte - just a little comment to say thank you for this wonderful blog. it is one of my favorite pastimes and I always check it first when there are scheduled appearances of the Dutchess

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    1. Thank you, Anon, for satisfying my curiosity. Were you surprised to receive an invitation, if I may ask? Was it in recognition of charity work? In any case, what a memorable occasion!

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    2. Thanks for the insides Anon 10:24. Finally someone who was actually there. I didn't know you could actually explore the entire garden and even parts of the palace. How absolutely marvellous! How long is one able to stay at the grounds?

      And did they have to drag you out at the end? Did you ask if you could come back the next day? ..... joking!
      Glad you made this extraordinary experience :)

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  60. I think I´m the only one who likes more the dress without the ribbon, when I was a child I used to wear that kind of velvet ribbons around my waist, I reckon that she looks like more mature not including it..........but I´m the only one, sniffff...

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  61. Did you see on the first photo the woman on the left?? That´s the typical English lady...all the garden (party) on her dress!!! :-))

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    2. Yes Esti. She was the first one to catch my eye in fact.
      Could be because I'm a lover of Liberty lawn patterns, and this dress seems to bear resemblance to such a fabric.
      Definitely suitable attire for a garden party. She has the right idea.
      The lady in the caramel suit in the second photo (to the left), also diverted my attention.
      That is style. Loved her little hat!

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    3. LOL Esti!!! I noticed the lady with the "party on her dress" in several pictures, but you summed it up perfectly! Anna is right, you are one funny chica! ;)

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  62. I know I am definitely in the minority but even though this is a very lovely lace dress, the color is just not Kate, or is it not as sharp looking without a tan or a darker toned person. It does look much better with the belt for the Jubilee celebration. Kate indeed still looked so beautiful and especially with the lesser make up.

    Happy Birthday celebrations to Prince Phillip.

    Thank you Charlotte and to all the commentators for your insights.

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  63. She looked gorgeous - as she always does! I think she's wonderful. I do enjoy your blog - you did a wonderful job with the Royal Tour recently!
    Mary

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  64. More and more I am finding myself wishing that there was more to talk about than Kate's clothing choices (good, bad, bum baring). There doesn't really seem to be much of any substance.

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    1. I agree annon 15:23 It seems like when they were first married and her charities were announced , there was a feeling she was taking her first steps to finding her niche in the charity world. There has been no growth, and if anything it's tapered off to sporadic public engagements. I know she was pregnant, had a baby, and been on maternity leave. But I think the goodwill has been squandered. The New Zealand trip was a sucess and i dont understand why that wasn't built upon when they got home. A few substantial consistant charities she could really focus on would do so much for her and the public.

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  65. Critics of Prince William should be sure to read the Court Circular. For instance, on June 9:

    The Duke of Cambridge, President, United for Wildlife, this afternoon attended the launch of United for Wildlife's campaign, Whose Side Are You On?, at Google, Central St. Giles High Street, London WC2.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Reception to recognise the Technology sector in the United Kingdom at Buckingham Palace this evening. The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of York, The Duke of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent were present.

    We know William will preside (what's the correct term?) at Beating Retreat tomorrow. But some of his royal duties go unnoticed by the media, and then the naysayers can decide he's avoiding them.

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  66. Let me begin by thanking you Charlotte for 2 wonderful and refreshing posts in 1 day! The hard work you put in for us is simply daunting to behold.

    I find myself in the majority for once: I also prefer Kates' dress with the belt included, just brings it up another level IMO; and I also prefer the first hat she chose with it, as opposed to the second "flying saucer" hat. The first hat, in combination with the belt, makes the whole ensemble more feminine and work seamlessly, IMO. In addition, not sure exactly what color they are, but I am fond of the new heels as well; the pointed toe, rather than the rounded toe, is a refreshing change.

    I have to admit something, lol, still makes me laugh: the picture of Kate (the close-up face shot) showing her makeup, or lack thereof...I actually had to do a double take, eh make that triple take, to make sure it was Kate! Honestly, it didn't look like her at first! It is amazing what too much or too little eye liner, etc can do to ones appearance. I do agree with others on this point as well: I think she looks much younger and less tired, and more refreshed with less makeup.

    Thank you again Charlotte, beautiful job! By the way, maybe I missed someone else asking you this, you did finish your exams didn't you? I'm sure you did great! Back to previous post now, take care all.

    Jennifer

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  67. Oh, I really don't like the hat and shoes.
    The 2012 hat was so much better. Why add different lace and pattern to a lacey look?
    The shoes look cheap to me - and for an older woman.

    The dress is always marvellous, even if I agree that the belt made it way better.

    Both this and the America's Cup look didn't wow me. She used to be a vision every time she made an appearance and now..
    Maybe it's just me, but I'm worried the focus has left our beloved frocks.

    Camilla

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  68. "bonnieux11 June 2014 00:59

    she's so thin now, the third pic with her in it, her face is almost gaunt like. the dress does look like it's missing something w.o the ribbon belt!!"

    I think I am the only one who doesn't like her make-up. Like bonnieux11 stated, Kate looks gaunt like in that 3rd picture. I also think she has a lot of make up on (perhaps it is contouring?) Her face seems so lighter (powdery- reminds me of that recent picture of Angelina Jolie with all the white powder on her face) compared to her neck, I think it ages her terribly. Perhaps I have come to like all the eye makeup, bc to me, she looked better at the maritime museum.

    I like the dress- I LOVE lace - but missed the belt.

    I also loved the NEW shoes. Even if they too are nude, finally something different. I have also noticed I dislike platform shoes, so I kinda hate the old LK nude shoes. While I don't like extremely pointy shoes, I think these new ones look a million times better, feminine and not bulky.

    Not to crazy about the hat. Without the belt, just too much lace (and I truly love lace).



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  69. Just lost another long post to etherland. I am nearly convinced that. it is the work of my subconscious, trying to prevent my posting another boring, irrelevant , inaccurate, pompous, self-righteous, or unkind comment.
    Luckily, I wear myself out so much writing it, thar I have no energy left to write another.

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    1. So why not treat us to a provocative, insightful, generous and not the least bit self-deprecating comment, instead? You'd energize yourself writing it, and we'd love to read it. Bring it on, Marg! I'm serious. It would be a beautiful thing.

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    2. Marg, may not be your intention, but you crack me up lol!

      PS: I've never seen you say anything UNKIND, ever :) For that matter, nothing pompous or selfrighteous.....now, boring (that's another matter) ;-) I'm just kidding of course!

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    3. Jenn, I did say that silliness makes live bearable, so I try to be silly whenever possible.
      Actually, my 19:01 remark was heavy sarcasm written with the hope that a few posters here might take the hint.
      Have made a number of comments on this post, and the only one with a self-deprecating remark was the 19:01 and as I said, it was made in hopes that some would recognize a shoe when it fits.
      Apparently, not. Besides, in some cultures, self-deprecation is an art-form, where it isn't actually illegal.
      As for provocative and insightful, I would like to bicker about the color and size of Kate's purse, as well as the possible manufacturer.
      And- thanks for the KIND, generous words, Jenn. I'll accept boring; some of my favorite royals are boring.

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  70. I guess I'm in the minority - I think the dress without the belt is beautiful. Kate is so incredibly slim, with such an elegant figure, I think the dress shows it off to perfection. And the blush color is lovely with her hair. Pinks and blushes look wonderful on her.
    However - the shoes.... how can you call that a sensible heel? They seem sky high to me. I don't expect her to wear as low a heel as Anne, but how can she stand being on her toes like that for hours? And that narrow heel in grass - what keeps her from sinking in?
    Both her outfits today were fabulous and spot-on. When I saw the morning's white dress I thought "yes, there's a duchess!" But I thought the belt line looked a little short-waisted. She has such a long torso and waist, she needs to set the beltline a tad lower. MHO!

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  71. I have a question, Charlotte (and other readers): is it a hat or a fascinator?
    Very nice in my opinion in both cases!

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    1. Paola, I'm no expert, but this is how I tell the difference: A hat is something I call what the Queen usually wears, covers your whole head; A fascinator is a type of hat that is usually smaller, doesn't cover the whole head, is usually tilted to side or front (pinned in place) and usually has lace, feathers, netting, etc.

      That's just how I personally tell the difference. There are definetly some experts on here who could explain it a lot better than I just did :), but I tried.

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    2. Thank you Jenn. So, in this case I think it's a fascinator… or maybe, as I found in Wikipedia, a "hatinator", a mix of both. The red heat Kate wore in Canada tour is showed on Wikipedia as an example of fascinator… It's really difficult to see the difference. At least for me.

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  72. Speaking of the belt breaking up the acres of lace---I just realized how effectively the belt gave that lovely dress some lovely proportions. It looks marvelous without the belt ---
    but it also looks sooo loooong!!
    It comes close to looking like a beautiful lace tube or body stocking on Kate....OK , I wish I looked that way instead of being pear-shaped!!
    Someone mentioned Princess Alexandra possibly attending the Thursday garden party. and wondering why Kate was switched off the list.
    This may have NOTHING to do with it YET IT COULD: Princess Alexandra was being asked to vacate her home in St. James's palace becajse it was considered ideal for William and Kate.
    The idea was to move Alexandra to an apartment in Kensington Palace. She loves her home at St. James's and got her brother Edward, the Duke of Kent, to fight for her cause. So, the idea was dropped and William & Kate went to KP. This may or may not be a factor but is worth mentioning. And since I will undoubtedly be challenged or even
    better, gently asked where the heck I got this ----Brian Hoey's book,
    Not in Front of the Corgis, p.80.

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    1. This book seems to be a wealth of information Jo. I recall you have referenced to it in the past.
      Does it cover trivia on almost every member of the Royal Family?
      Is it worth investing in one?

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    2. I always see Princess Alexandra's home referred to as Thatched House Lodge. I did not know she has an apartment at St. James's Palace. In any case, she and Prince Charles will host the Red Cross garden party since he is president and she is deputy president of the British Red Cross Society. It is not clear to me whether the Queen will attend. I hope Kate goes to Beating Retreat.

      My opinion about the much discussed and missed belt is that Kate removed it in order to show with no doubt that she is not pregnant. It had an odd upward curve that, even on such a slim dress, could have suggested otherwise.

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    3. Oh, I'm interested to know if it is worth investing in one also. I'm a HUGE reader (just started my 4th book for this month this morning), and anything to do with the RF (present or especially history) piques my interest immediately. Looking forward to your answer Jo :)

      As far as what you were talking about, whether that COULD possibly have something to do with the change up, sure, if that really did happen between W & C and Alexandra, seems like it could have helped attribute to it in some way. Just MHO.

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  73. Hello everyone,

    It's been confirmed The Queen requested Kate attend yesterday's garden party.

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    1. So will she be in attendance tomorrow too? Or does she get to go watch William like some of the people are saying she is going to do.

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    2. IMO, I think she will not be in attendance tomorrow as well. I thought I heard somewhere that she would like to watch her husband tomorrow (not sure if I read it on here or elsewhere), and I hope she gets to if that's the case. Probably won't be able to see their adorable PG, but crossing my fingers :)

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  74. Jean from Lancs11 June 2014 at 22:12

    I would call it a hat.. To me, a fascinator has no shape---merely decoration such as a flower; a feather and a bit of net.

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  75. Love her! And if anyone is looking for a cheaper/similar version of this dress, there is a club monaco skirt in nearly the same colour and lace detail: http://www.clubmonaco.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=28638336&prodFindSrc=search

    I can't wait to see what she wears next!

    -Katherine
    http://thegreenbows.blogspot.ca

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  76. Hi Helen-- The book does have a huge amount of information about many aspects of royal life, and life around the royals...working at Buckingham Palace in various capacities, and who earns how much, Facts about the Duchy of Cornwall, anecdotes about various members of the royal family-- and how some staff feel about the corgis....amd much more. Mine is an inexpensive paperback that I ordered from a catalogue (can't remember which one--sorry!) for $11.95 US.
    About the glove conversation --
    I used to have a large drawer-full of white gloves....elbow-length and
    ?? Opera ?? length (over the elbow) included....years later I saw a pair in an antique shop and HAD to buy them, the nostalgia was so overwhelming! I get pretty nostalgic about them when I put on my thorn-proof gardening gloves!! One of my books referred to the fact that The Queen still aderes to the etiquette of wearing long gloves when wearing a tiara (Royal Entertaining & Style by Majesty's Ingrid Seward --p.127).
    One quick note--I was SO gratified to see William being quoted as saying that he hadn't worn a kilt since he was a child and that he probably "should
    do." I really thought that, when in Scotland as the Earl of Srtathearn,
    he should do, too!

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  77. BLEAHH!! Twice above I've wanted to comment but silly phone makes me go to the end of the line--which you've all put up with me hollering about before!!!
    I desperately want to say that so many of you consistently jump right in to reassure soneone---Bluefire, for instance---that they are absolutely part of this group---or immediately extend hope, caring, and warm wishes to someone going through a difficult
    time--as with Eve from Colorado. I love how quickly you extend loving care and generosity to others just when it's needed most! I hope others follow your example and learn that such is the stuff of respect and self-respect. EVE- somehow I missed the original message of how you're doing--have tried in vain to find it--but please allow me to send caring, healing thoughts your way with those of others here....OH..a young woman whom I met recently went through stage 4 lung-brain-& more MAJOR chemo zapping told me that the way that she dealt with the nausea that she felt was to have small snacks, such as crackers... which really helped. Fresh ginger sliced into whatever liquid you like....hot or cold....tea,. broth, even water ...whatever...is an excellent remedy for nausea and/dizziness that goes back a couple thousand years when it was used by seasick Greek sailors! All best thoughts and wishes!

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  78. EVE---got so involved with the ginger and the crackers that I should have mentioned that the young woman is doing extremely well--she's on permanent maintenance chemo..she's working part time...partly, she jokes,
    to get a little break from her three kids!
    She has the cheeriest, most positive and philosophical attitude, which probably helped enormously. Cheers, kiddo!

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