Saturday, 5 July 2014

A Very Royal Start for Tour de France Teams at Harewood House

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry officially launched the Tour de France at Harewood House in Leeds today.


The royal trio were on hand to wave off the twenty-two teams competing in this year's tournament as they set off for the start of the 2,272 mile race, which will head through the UK, Belgium and Spain before finishing in Paris on 27th of July.


The royals met the riders as they lined up for the Ceremonial Start. It's always a special event, but no doubt participants were pleased to receive support and good wishes from members of the Royal Family.


Kate with cyclist Mark Cavendish (Mr Cavendish suffered a crash 300 metres from the finish line, we wish him a speedy recovery).


Harewood House was a splendid choice of location to begin the prestigious event. Built between 1759 and 1771 for wealthy trader Edwin Lascelles, the property remains in the family today. A member of Treasure House of England, a marketing consortium for ten of the foremost historic homes in the country, the house is a Grade I listed building. It has a fascinating history, and served as a convalescent home during both world wars. The grounds and gardens are open to visitors daily until November.

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The Earl of Harewood, David Lascelles, spoke about the royal visit before the event: "I'm delighted The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are coming to Yorkshire for the Grand Départ and we're very much looking forward to welcoming them to Harewood for the first time."

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William, Kate and Harry are major supporters of a vast array of sporting activities including cycling. In 2011, the Palace confirmed the couple had used rental bikes from a cycle hire scheme to "undertake private journeys around London". The young royals are incredibly athletic and we see their sporting interests reflected in their choices of engagements more and more often.


They cheered on Team Great Britain at the London Olympics in 2012, with the Cambridges embracing as Sir Chris Hoy and his teammates won gold. An unforgettable moment for British cycling and royal fans, we think you'll agree. :)


Indeed, cycling will have been very much at the forefront of Kate's mind recently as her sister Pippa and brother James undertook an admirable effort recently - successfully cycling 3,000 miles across America over for The Michael Matthews Foundation.


The Tour de France was first organized in 1903 to promote sales of the magazine L'Auto. The first winner of the tour was Maurice Garin (pictured below) His prize was 6,075 francs and he went on to become the first in a long line of champions. The race has been held annually every since, with the exception of wartime, and has gained prominence and popularity across the globe.

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And they're off.


There was immense enthusiasm and excitement in Yorkshire today amongst residents and spectators of all ages. 


The event has brought thousands to the region.


The Duchess awarded the yellow jersey to German Marcel Kittel, the winner of the first stage of the Tour in Harrogate.


William and Kate chatting.


The royals appeared very interested in the race.


The Duchess wore her Erdem 'Allie' coat today. No doubt many of you will know we first saw it during the royal tour when the Cambridges visited Cambridge.


The flawlessly cut bright grass-green, knee-length coat features a tab-detailed waist, and true to form, the designer uses his love of floral prints - this time on the silk lining. The wool crepe garment originally retailed for €1,824.

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The coat is from Erdem's Pre-Fall 2013 Collection. It has been completely sold out for some time now.

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If we look closely we can see Kate teamed the coat with her Suzannah Budding Heart Silk Dress.


The £475 frock is based on the brand's best selling 1930s inspired tea dress style. It's described as "a fabulous day dress" with a matt silk crepe skirt part lined in 100% habotai. Kate wore it earlier this week for a trip to the Natural History Museum with William and George.


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Kate carried her taupe L.K. Bennett Avona Clutch.

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The Duchess chose her favourite L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps.

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The Duchess completed the look with her emerald earrings. It also appears Kate has had a haircut since her last public appearance.


What do you think of Kate's look today? Has the green Erdem coat grown on you? Initially there was a mixed reaction on social media with varying opinions from those who would have loved to see Kate in a summery ensemble, such as a blouse and a pencil skirt to those who suggested it's possible she may be cold, which is why we see her wearing so many coats throughout the year. It appears Kate has something of a uniform for royal engagements: skinny jeans, a navy blazer and wedges for casual appearances and a coat/coatdress for events with more formality.


You can view a video at ITN Source Royal.


Share your thoughts on the engagement in the comments section :)

235 comments:

  1. I thought pictures seemed slow today. Nice write-up as usual, Charlotte!

    I still don't love the coat and wish she'd have worn the dress with a summery blazer perhaps. Seems to heavy for July.

    Is that a haircut I spy?

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  2. Does it look like she's had a haircut? Her hair looks considerably shorter today. Polly London

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  3. I'm a bit disappointed to see this again. I think it's a wintery number that swamps Kate and is both too old for her and boring. I don't know why she likes it. I would have liked to see the LK Bennett poppy dress again. There has been so much criticism of Kate though recently that I think we will see pieces like this and the (shapeless) coat from the Perthshire trip more and more. It's armour for her. What a shame :(

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    1. My biggest disappointment lately is that Kate has become so pared down that it's uninteresting. I completely agree with the armor comment though.

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    2. I'm with you all on the armor. She was so criticised for wearing anything that might misbehave, that she might just have figured, "Forget it, it's not worth the bother." Pencil skirts, coats and the like are it for a while. Hope the paparazzi are happy.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden5 July 2014 at 19:01

      I think it is true with the armor. But not fully because of the skirt incidents. I think of it as more of a privacy/psychological barrier. Many people who have low self esteem and/or feel uncomfortable either dresses "slutty" for the attention or boxy and long sleeves. It's a way of hiding yourself. That is my guess on her sartorial choices.

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    4. Armor suggests that she is defending herself. I see it as more of an offensive move. She is taking control and denying the media any new pictures (by recycling) or any other "opportunities" (as in a gust of wind scenario).

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden6 July 2014 at 01:03

      I don't mean it as a passive move. More of a move to carve out some personal space.

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      it seems, a helicopter involved in this engagement!!

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  4. I agree..I dislike this coat. It doesn't do anything for her. It hangs on her! Perhaps if it was unzipped it'd look better. Why wear such a heavy looking coat in summer. And I think her hairstyle is bigger waves not necessarily cut

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    1. Oh but it does do something for her -it successfully removes her from the fashion icon list for a short time. There's no way that piece of fabric could be improved, other than a set of matches on the barbie. As for a haricut, we can only hope she gets a new stylist that knows how to work with longer hair.

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    2. Maybe she's hiding a bump. Interesting..........

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  5. It looks like she had about three inches taken off. I love this color, but the coat does seem a bit heavy for July. If I wore that where I live this time of year, I would literally die of a heat stroke. I can't imagine it being that cold in the UK. Is it?

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    1. No, it's not. I live in London and I was out in a sleeveless top and sandals today, as were most people.

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  6. I'm glad to see that Kate looked so much happier today than she has in her last few engagements - I think she personally enjoys sport related engagements over charity ones. I feel like the coat is kinda baggy on Kate, especially around the arms? She looks her best in closer fitting and better tailored clothing, but a cheery disposition more than makes up for that.

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  7. I think she looks gorgeous, as usual.

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  8. Its great to see William, Kate and Harry show their support :)
    And I really love seeing Kate in bright, rich colours. I just wish the coat was a little more fitted.
    I would love to see William and Kate visit South Africa sometime in the future, I think they will really love showing Prince George our beautiful country :)
    Btw: I'm a huge fan of your articles Charlotte, great job!
    Pav from S.A

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  9. I love green and I didn’t really mind this coat when Kate first wore it in NZ. I may have been one of the few that did like it upon seeing it. Love the peter pan collar and the edgier contrast of the zip closure.

    But there’s a bit of a muddle with this today.
    Kate’s looking way too formal for a sport’s event especially when next to W&H who are donning very casual but smart attire in open collared white shirt and jeans.
    I also thought it looked a bit heavy for July especially over that beautiful flowing tea dress. But I have noticed a fair number of the crowd in heavier jackets and clothing. I think it has been a little mild in Leeds today, 19 degrees? But certainly not hot (good for the cyclists!)
    It would have been lovely to see the Duchess in the dress accompanied with a nifty little blazer to match in case the temperatures were a a little cooler earlier. I really want to see this dress on its own!

    I’m enjoying seeing the royal trio relish in this engagement. Kate does look lovely overall, and I'm so thankful for the hair cut. Looks so much healthier.
    However, I’d have to say that the gentlemen, William, Harry and of course the cyclists are what have stolen the show today. They're all looking very smart indeed. : )
    Good luck to the boys.
    I looove the Tour de France.
    It keeps us poor Aussies up till thee crack of dawn, but so well worth watching live coverage.

    Thank you Charlotte for posting the lovely town photos of Leeds. Gorgeous shot of the yellow bike!

    P.S (I believe Kate is off to visit West Tanfield which is on the cyclists route before finishing at Harrogate.)

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    1. I am a Tour de France widow every year. My husband's a cycling freak.

      I visiited Harewood House last year and had lunch at their cafe. It was a beautiful day then and I have a photo where it looks like I just stepped out of a Jane Austen movie. It's a lovely home. You'd think no one ever lived there except Princess Mary, though. :)

      I have family who live close by, and one of my not too distant ancestors was a lady's maid there.

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    2. HELEN: 9-17ºC /48-62F, the summer in England is awful....however they´re accustomed to it, and girls usually wear dresses and sandals, I couldn´t....ha... Scottish even worse..........

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    3. anon from Leominster5 July 2014 at 16:09

      Interesting history Bluehare to have had a relative as a ladies maid there. I haven't been to Harewood in thirty years. Would love to go again. The Harewoods are quite an interesting family, cousins of the queen but with their share of scandals. Marion Stern Thorpe, who was the countess of Harewood before her divorce died quite recently. I remember seeing photos of her as beautiful bride, the queen attended their wedding, I believe. Not so sure about the current generation.

      Having liked a couple of Kate's recent dresses, I'm going to confess, I really dislike this coat. Not so much the colour - it is not a bad shade of green on Kate - unlike tha bilious Walker one she wore in Australia. But the fit on this coat is poor and bulky. I'm not certain I would like it on anyone - I don't even like it on the model.

      The zip dangles below the hem line and calls attention to the fact that Kate's dress is peeking messily below the the coat. I'm quite old-fashioned on that score - no fashion plate and make no claim to be, but my mum would not let me out of the house if my coat was too short for my dress.

      Having carped on the coat, which does look to wintery for the occasion and also too formal, I will say Kate looks rested and wonderfully happy. I do agree that she is happiest on engagements relating to sport.

      I wish though she would find some more summery coats or jackets that would keep her warm but not look so bulky and something less formal without resorting to jeans.

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    4. BLUHARE - Lucky you!
      Harewood looks magnificent and those gardens seem divine.
      Your relative must have had some fascinating stories to share. Some story lines for Downton Abbey!
      I wish we had that kind of history here in Australia
      Now tell me, in your photo, were you decked in a lovely straw hat and lace wrap? Were you Emma, Elizabeth or Elinor? :-)

      ESTI - Our summer's here are completely temperamental. As a matter of fact some of my jackets don't get packed away for winter. So I can understand if it was a cooler day in Leeds, one may want to wear something warmer. I have heard of the Scottish pulling out swimsuits and swimming in the ocean on 18degreeC days!!
      Of course, the Mediterranean would never ever have that problem.:)

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    5. Eve from Germany5 July 2014 at 17:29

      @bluhare: LOVED your expression "Tour de France widow" !!!!! ;-))))) I´m a HUGE cycling fan as well and stay glued to the TV screen for three weeks every year..... with very bad withdrawal symptoms after the end of the coverage! I guess you could say my daughter would consider herself a "Tour de France orphan" during this time.... ;-))))

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    6. Interestingly, I didn't find out that the great aunt was a lady's maid there until after I visited. I might have paid more attention to the servant areas had I known that she had worked there. And the biggest thing that stands out in the photo is the Alexander McQueen skull scarf I was wearing that day . . . not very demure or Austen-like.

      Helen, the gardens are really lovely, as is the pastureland behind them (giving rise to feeling like I was sitting on the terrace of Pemberley), but there is a quite jarring modern sculpture of a man right in the middle. I don't know whose idea that was, and I know art is subjective, but we weren't fans of it.

      And apparently Mark Cavendish broke his collarbone at the finish today (Mr. bluhare just informed me, knowing I like to hear how the Brits are faring!), so no yellow for him. If we were closer, your daughter could come over, Eve, and I'd send Mr. bluhare over to your house!

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    7. Helen, I agree with you 100%! Green is my favorite color, but I'm not an overly huge fan of this coat. And I most definetly want to see that tea dress all by itself :).

      Bluhare, I can kind of relate, my mom is a HUGE cycle freak. On the weekends she rides around 60 miles a day, and now with the Tour de France, I won't be able to get a response over the phone till its over. She can't talk and watch TV at the same time lol. Lovely story about the Harewood House, it is very beautiful. I'm green with envy ;).

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    8. HELEN; I´m from Bay of Biscay just opposite, mind you the summer is better . Yes, they get into the water easily , they are strong people., 18ºC for them it is hot...

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    9. bluhare, thank you for sharing an interesting bit of family history. Harewood House is breathtaking and I don't mind admitting that I am jealous! :)

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    10. Helen, I agree. This coat would not have been my first choice if Charlotte had done a "what will Kate wear today?" poll. Looking at the three of them standing together, it seems that someone missed a memo. :)

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  10. I love her new hair cut! She looks beautiful in this coat but I do think she should have wore something more summery perhaps in a lighter colour. But nevertheless she looks gorgeous as usual!

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    1. I'm going to have to get a chart to convert celcius to fahrenheit so I know what the heck temperatures we're talking about!

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  11. Jean from Lancs5 July 2014 at 14:30

    I know I'm the wrong side of the Pennines, but it was pretty nippy here this morning and I doubt Yorkshire is much warmer, so she was probably glad of the coat. I liked it the first time round and seems even more suitable for today.
    Have been watching the TV as our first home was in this area--magnificent scenery.
    William; Kate and Harry have moved on to East Tanfield just North of Harrogate and then going there for the end of today's race.

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  12. Ooooo I'm getting so tired of Kate always wearing the same clothes. She's very beautiful and young. She should wear other kind of clothes

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  13. Happy to see the wonderful trio of the JO 2012 again!
    What a fantastic start for the Tour de France!

    Monica, France

    PS: By the way, green is the colour of hope if we except the theatres!

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  14. She had a hair cut.

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    1. I know some people won't agree with me, but I wish she cut a little more off. I'd love to see a shoulder length bob cut on her. Timeless and sophisticated.

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    2. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 15:24

      I would love to see it just below shoulder length,smoothed and shaped in a bob.I do think she looks best with some length because of her strong chin and the shape of her face.

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  15. EK, you may be right about the 'armour.' If we are going to attribute any motives hatched in our own imaginations to the Duchess, perhaps she counters the insatiable public need to see her (which means being photographed constantly and seeing both private and vulnerable moments shamelessly exploited) with boring same-old same-old sartorial choices.

    A structured, concealing coat also negates the relentless speculation which attends her every appearance. Exactly, how many times has she conceived twins, now? In addition, a garment like this one can help to pull a person together and hold her up under pressure and be a shield against criticism.

    However, it may also be a brilliant working uniform a busy woman doesn't have to think about too much. Something she can throw on, add a pin for symbolism when needed and dash to the waiting car after a last-minute cuddle with George. All she needs is a small stable of go-to shoes and bags, and brightly-coloured tubular coats that won't result in 'wardrobe malfunctions' or throw caution to the wind make sense. HM has been doing it for yonks. (It's also not outside the realm of possibility that Catherine has been reprimanded as well as instructed to do likewise.) In the end, perhaps doing the same is easier than smiling and carrying on after the gutter press gets a hold of a photo or two that has captured and focused on one second's revelation in a three-week triumph.

    All that said, I'm among the few who like this particular coat (and many of her others) very much. I wish smart coats/coat dresses were popular and available where I live.

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    1. Hi Philly.
      I love dresses and coat dresses.
      Seriously, they are the easiest thing to put together first thing to start your day. Winter through to summer.
      I love seeing Kate in these outfits. Practical and elegant and you're so right about getting the coat on and dashing out the door. I wouldn't be surprised if she spends a normal day at home in that tea-dress and this morning, threw the coat on as she ran out to the car with William telling her to "hurry it up Kate".... :-)

      Only thing I feel her outfits lack (I know I'm on this band wagon a lot) is some sprucing-up accessory.

      And it did look windy out there in Leeds today. Better to play it safe. :)

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    2. Being photographed is part of the job, and she knew that going in. I don't have sympathy for her there. I have sympathy for the balcony photos in France, where she was arguably on holiday, but not for photographs taken while on the job. I think she's been told the dress code and is following it to the letter. We'll see how long that lasts, as I think she could incorporate a bit more personality in there but isn't just yet. The following is my personal opinion with nothing to base it on other than my observational skills, but she has looked like she's acting lately, in that her expressions don't look as genuine. Except for Wimbledon watching Andy Murray lose. :) But again, it's my opinion and I could be totally wrong. She could be thrilled with her life and I can't observe my way out of a paper bag.

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    3. Kristin, San Francisco5 July 2014 at 22:29

      Bluhare - completely agree with you - actually always thought along these lines - enjoying the idealistic college relationship in leafy surroundings, more or less getting prepped (the theory part) for royal life is one thing, once year 1; year 2 and now year 3 has come, being on display (the practice part) may get tiring for those who did not grow up in royal families. The reality checklist may have set in and it must tiring to try to suck it in, psych oneself to perform, for the event as expected. As you say, time will tell. I wish her well.
      The coat dress is growing on me tho; she is thin and with not much fat on one's frame she might get more chilled in some venues than others would be. Plus the dress is also a thin sheath of silk.
      Thank you Charlotte for all that you do for us!!!

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    4. bluhare, maybe the acting you refer to is extra effort on her part to cover up for being tired...or to show that criticism isn't getting to her... Just a thought.

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    5. An astute observation, bluhare. I quite agree.
      As Kristin noted, I think the reality is setting in for Kate - and likely for William too - that they won't always be the media's and/or the public's darlings, that everything they do won't necessarily be approved and applauded. The tremendous good will and adoration they built up during the year leading up to the engagement, the engagement, the wedding and then the months after the wedding has been spent.
      Will Charles intervene? Should he? No and no.
      His son is a grown man, a husband and a father. William is insistent on getting his way, doing things his way, we've learned from many sources. So my guess is the father is letting his son do things his way and also letting him deal with the consequences of that.
      For as much as we all like to look at and comment on what (and who) she's wearing and the few engagements she undertakes, there is some very legitimate criticism of William and Kate out there and not just from the tabloid media, who we would expect to be critical.
      There has been a fair amount of questioning and raised eyebrows among some of the very loyal, very royalist royal and Palace beat reporters and columnists about William and Kate's extravagant spending, about William's seeming lack of direction or ambition and the fact that neither of them undertake even a part-time schedule of engagements or, barring a royal schedule, any kind of regular charity or volunteer work.
      In some way shape or form, I am sure that William and Kate keep up with what's being said and written about them. The royals today understand the court of public opinion and they grasp the need to stay in the public's good graces.
      As bluhare pointed out, I think this is the reality of the "fairy tale" that Kate held on for seven years to get. Now she's got it and I'd expect she's figured out that it's not all glitz and glamour and worshipful media fawning over her every smile and every gesture. There is pressure, of course, from the public and the media but I would expect there's a fair amount of pressure from within the family as well. The stories about strife among Charles and his brothers have made the rounds too often for there not to be a glimmer of truth in them. In addition, I'd expect there's a fair amount of cattiness and resentment directed toward Kate, a commoner, who stepped into the role of senior royal.
      And judging from the rather grim looks we've seen from Carole Middleton out in public recently, I expect that the reality of Kate's royal life is setting in for her as well.
      Keeping in mind that both Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas would have seen and heard all of this first-hand, is there any wonder why neither of them would marry Harry?

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    6. It is really ludicrous that anyone thinks they have any insight into the motivations and feelings of the members of the royal family and relatives of the royal family. All this supposing and presupposing is so totally off the wall. If you want to do it as your hobby, go for it, but it is based on conjecture and bogus information drummed up by the media to sell papers.

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    7. I feel like when she wears the same clothes, she is saying "it's just clothes, guys ... just clothes!"

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    8. I feel like Kate would be happy to live a quiet life as an RAF wife in the countryside and unfortunately the public calls her to do more. I have been disappointed in her lately because she, and even William and Harry, seem not to carry out as many public engagements as the Queen or Charles. I understand that they are not the senior royals, but they play a vital role in maintaining public support and approval for the monarchy.

      I do not know what goes on behind the scenes nor do I know how tedious the process of organizing engagements, but making PUBLIC appearances for charitable causes is their job and Kate doesn't seem to be doing a lot of it. I remember at the beginning of the summer there was an announcement made that we would see an uptick in engagements taken on by Kate, however, I feel that was grossly overstated. She's done maybe 10 engagements over a series of two months; she should be doing one to two engagements a week at minimum. I feel that the excuse of having a young Prince George is just that, an excuse. Mothers all over the world manage to raise children whilst working and they usually don't have the household staff that the royals do. So, I think one to two engagements a week is a fair expectation.

      Also, I can understand that Kate doesn't want to be known as a clothe's horse or bring unnecessary attention to her clothing, but she needs to own it. She is a public figure who has decent and more accessible taste. Instead of letting herself be bullied she needs to own her style and have fun with it. People don't love Kate because she is the epitome of prim and proper, they love her because she is someone we can relate to. I feel she is losing that. She's become stiff, wearing coats like armor; I wish that fun loving Kate would come back and teach the royals that in order to survive you need to be grounded, you need to have a common touch; and Kate had that spark!

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    9. It's so interesting that you say that bluhare because I've always felt the same way. Even when she was first married I felt many of her actions and facial expressions and mannerisms were just merely acting on her part. She's very aware of when there is a camera on her and when it is Kate puts on an array of different facial expressions. The open mouth "I'm having so much fun" laugh. The big "I'm so happy to be hear" smile. Just go back and look at some of the photos of her when she was a newlywed or the Olympics she had the ever changing facial expressions. The interesting photos are the one's when she is caught off guard. She always has these serious looking smug, arrogant type faces. There's some hilarious gifs and memes out there of them. Where she has this serious looking "I will destroy you" face. But let me make plainly clear I'm not saying that she is though they come off like that in photos.

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    10. Elizabeth, the more I think about your post....the more it makes me think. Very interesting analysis.

      Jane R, with all due respect, most people would consider a blog such as this a "hobby" (as in personal interest...a daily escape). You're entitled to your opinion, and free to share it, but was it necessary to blast others for sharing their own?

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    11. I suppose "acting" is part of the job, isn't it? Always having to look like this is the best engagement of your life for fear of offending someone. I've noticed the smug and arrogant, too, although I didn't want to point that out here. Someone will put a contract out on me.

      royalfan, I've thought the same that she's trying to put on a happy face after the kitchen slagging.

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  16. I still don't like this dress, it seems too heavy and shapeless which ages her a little and I don't think it really fits for the occasion, surely yellow would be more appropriate for Le Tour :)

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    1. I agree on the coat being heavy and a bit shapeless--it's not my favorite cut for the Duchess. Close up it looks better because you can see the pretty detailing, but from far off it just looks a bit blah. I love the color though!

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  17. If Pippa and James rode 3000 miles in 8 days they belong in the Tour. I think they were part of a relay

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  18. Still trying to reply!!
    Agree that she may be wearing armour--against any more criticism for her dress flying up!

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    1. If the dfresses didn't fly up, there would be no criticism.

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  19. Trying to repeat a rare success in replying! I've got SO much catching up to do---please bear with me-- technical assistance had been saying my phone is fine and blamong the website (though I keep telling them that the rest of you are commenting!!)
    Eve-- Summer-- Courtney--AnonLeo
    Blair---Jenn - very best wishes--
    Jennifer from Wisconsin---I tried and tried to wish you a very happy birthday on July 1 -- you said your 40th , yes? Hope it was wonderful!

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    1. Jo!! Glad you are back, hope you are here to stay and that your tech problems are finally fixed!

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    2. Jenn-- just tapped out a long reply--which did not post so I'm not reliably fixed yet!
      Bluhare -- how right you are--
      no bum-- no criticism!

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    3. Hello Jo! Best wishes to you as well love. Hope those pesky tech issues are fixed. I know how annoyed I get when I have problems I just want to throw anything electronic out the window!!

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    4. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 00:16

      Same thing happened to me yesterday. Such a pain. Kate does look lovely today in spite of that coat I don't care for. I like her hair a bit shorter and she looks relaxed and happy.

      Sophie did an engagement at a hospital and wore her hair down. She looked very nice, A good week for the British royals.

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    5. Thanks Blair! After so many attempts for so few replies today a good, satisfying phone toss sounds tempting!

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    6. Many thanks, Blair---I'

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    7. Jo, you're always so thoughtful. Thank you for the kind wishes. Hoping your technology remains obedient so that you can comment at will.

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    8. Blair! Thank you so much for your good wishes! Lobbing the phone through the window is a very tempting idea!!

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    9. Anon from LEO.
      Saw much coverage of Sophie's visit to Leed's Children's hospital.
      Haven't seen her hair down in some time. But you know what I really "wowed" about?
      Her dress!!! Great style, loved the wild pattern on the fabric and her earrings were divine.

      Interestingly, I'm finding Sophie's sartorial choices VERY sophisticated and vogue lately.
      She sure took a risk with the pants she wore to open the kitchen gardens at Hampton court a couple of weeks ago. How unusual for an English royal!! But she pulled it off without a care in the world.

      I guess we're now waiting for Kate to find her own style.

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    10. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 15:32

      I saw more pictures and agree with you. I like the sideswept hairstyle and Ilike the dress.Love the picture of her leaning on the safety rail looking at the baby.

      Camilla visited Senghenydd with Charles. I'm no fan of her but she looked very nice on this serious engagement in her plain grey suit and pearls. Like the plain country lady she once was rather than this overly gussied up queen-mum want-to-be who always looks a bit fake to me.

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  20. Hi Charlotte, thanks for the great post!!

    I wasn't a fan of this coat the first time she wore it, such a severe look zippered all the way to the top, too many zippers, too ill-fitting. Also, this coat seems to formal compared to W&H's outfits and out of season compared to what people in the crowd are wearing. However, she is wearing the tea dress that has us all fascinated and I am really hoping that she'll ditch the coat later in the day and we'll get to see the dress!

    I love her new hair cut!! It looks like it did in the engagement photos and I love it!!!! It's still long as William probably likes it that way, but short enough to give it bounce and volume.

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    1. Boo hoo, she didn't take the coat off :( I so wanted to see this dress on her. Maybe some other time.

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    2. I like the dress too (prefer it, actually), but it would not have been an ideal choice for a windy day.

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  21. I'm just watching the Tour on TV and this first stage really showcases Yorkshire and the lovely scenery. The royal trio all look good.
    A coat with a dress underneath is pretty much the uniform of the women in the British RF so we may see more of the Duchess in this style as she grows into her role.
    I wonder if the green is a nod to the Sprinter's Jersey and UK rider Mark Cavendish who's a sprinter. His mother lives in Harrowgate and the commentators are suggesting he really wants to win this first stage.

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    1. He broke his collarbone!!

      But I agree. I have family in Ossett and it is absolutely lovely round there. Just lovely. I could move there in a second.

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    2. Hi bluhare - I was watching the race live and it was awful seeing his dream of a fairytale ending to this stage turn to disaster!
      Agree about Harewood and its parklands being awesome. When we're in the UK we spend a bit of time in Yorkshire because some of my husband's extended family live there. The weather can be a bit challenging. We've had gales and sleet in the middle of summer!

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  22. There is also a family connection here. Mary (QE2 aunt) was the princess royal and countess of harewood upon her marriage. David the present earl was her grandson. The Lascelles are reported to be 'close' extended members of the royal family.

    I also would love to see a better picture of the Duchess wearing the dress instead of the coat. I wonder if the Duchess is just naturally always cold and that is why she prefers coats or a coatdress. I know i am unless it is 90 F outside I need a sweater.

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  23. I do like the color of the coat, but I wish it wasn't zipped all the way up. It's July, not April even if it was a cooler July day.

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  24. A couple thoughts here:

    1. I am not a fan of this coat either -- just no structure and seems blah to me (other than the color). May be a better coat once she's expecting again.

    2. Despite #1, I do think she may have worn it because I noticed in video that there was a breeze -- so to avoid any malfunctions from a floaty skirt going up and taking the focus off the day for the Tour. Not a bad move. She could have also worn a structured sheath dress with a blazer to keep warm, but perhaps the "armor" that others have mentioned may have come into play....

    3. Some have mentioned she looks overdressed compared to the Princes. I think this is because she was the "official" starting the race by being the actual ribbon cutter.

    4. I think too that she got her hair trimmed. It looks great. I do like her hair half up/half down, but prefer it in the style she wore during the Canada tour and the Southeast Asian tour. I think she tried to replicate it the other day from the Aussie tour and she failed to create enough lift on the crown -- and that's where it went wrong. Half up do's without the lift can go horribly wrong.

    Just my four cents!

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    1. Jean from Lancs5 July 2014 at 18:49

      I agree Lynn! Catherine was the one cutting the tape and also presenting the yellow jersey and was dressed a little more formally than the two Princes.
      The announcement that they would be at the Grand Depart was made several weeks ago, but the Harrogate bit was only announced yesterday and the visit to West Tanfield was not allowed to be announced until just before their arrival.

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    2. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 00:19

      You know, I believe you're correct. With those curls, I do think she may have styled it herself. The lift on the top is quite important for a successful pull-back. Not so easy to do. I did love that coral dress though.

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  25. I do think she's had a haircut. I love the color of the green coat, though I think the material is more bulky than other types of coats she wears so it looks big on her. Even though its July it's a very cool day here in London and with the wind she was probably grateful for it! Also she is a very thin person so her low body fat % probably means she gets chilled more easily.

    I do think she has settled on a certain style but I don't mind that. She is classy, elegant, and doesn't have a huge variety of clothing choices she is likely allowed to make. I agree with the commenter that said she wishes coats and dress suits like Kate wears were available where she lives--I agree! I would love to wear this look but it's just not affordable or even available in my town. I feel like it sets her apart from what "normal people" like us wear, which I think is appropriate. If you look at how she dressed before she and William got engaged she wore a lot more variety. Her role is definitely constricting though she would never give that away in her carriage or attitude.

    I also think that she had a more serious expression Tuesday when she was visiting Blessed Sacrament to discuss the addiction program as that is a much more serious kind of visit. It would make sense that she was more lighthearted and smiling at Wimbledon and the Tour de France sendoff, wouldn't you agree?

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  26. I don't mind the the coat - the color is complimentary. What I like the most about her look today is her hair. I've been thinking lately that her locks are way too long - they overwhelm her. I really love this new length, and wish that she would cut even an inch or more off. Overall she's gorgeous as usual.

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  27. So many people here are only interested in her fashion outfit. It's so sad. How superficial of them! Even when she attends charities or historical events such like WWI celebrations. "She looks like a matron", "She is far too girlish". People are never pleased with her look. They would blame her for everything.
    After the fantastic New-Zealand/Australian tour, Kate was nearly torn into pieces (figuratively speaking) when an unscrupulous gutter media woman chose to publish a very intimate photo of her. So now, it's no longer time to bemoan. I don't mind her "armours" as long as she feels well within herself and I really don't care for fashion. So, to the howling wolves who tried to tear her into pieces and put her down at every turn, I will simply say that they just reap what they sow.

    No longer mini-skirts or beautiful outfit unless maybe at ceremonies! The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. And I think that Kate, for the first time, has really become aware of the true feelings of the public towards her. And she accepts that as a fact. Her "armours" are the only things she has found to protect her from meanness and intrusion into her private life. And I won't blame her for that! Courage Kate!

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    1. Put your name on your remarks if you're going to call people out. It also helps if you get your facts straight. It was not an "unscrupulous gutter media woman who chose to publish a very intimate photo of her". It was a local woman who happened to be there, auctioned it off, and tried to give the money to the charity who was helping people put their lives back together after the fire. I should also mention, it wasn't a private moment either. They were getting off a helicopter to go to an appearance, and were being photographed at the time. Which means she was working and, therefore, subject to public scrutiny. Which she got in a lorry load.

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    2. Good point about acceptance, Anonymous 16:37. However, I hope that Catherine also remembers history. Even in very recent history HM has been in the trough of public opinion. The Royals (all of them) ride the sine wave of public judgement at the whim of the press who cleverly manage the story--even if they have to make it up. When one of them makes a mistake or the press hacks into a most intimate moment the so-called journalists never drop it. It comes up repeatedly with any new story like a Whack-a-Mole. Not much of that has anything to do with truth or fair judgement. Only what will sell copy, no matter how salacious.

      An old boss of mine used to warn us consultants that ''perception is reality". That was the most important thing in our work--to manage the perception of the clientele. The same goes for The Firm and its PR team.

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    3. Well said bluehare. Polly london

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    4. Gutter media? Nonsense. Kate's bottom was exposed to everyone at the airport. It was a public event and not intimate at all.

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    5. Dear Anon,

      This is a blog dedicated to Kate and her fashion choices hence the title "Following the life and Style of the Duchess of Cambridge" so of course we are going to talk about what she wears!

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    6. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 00:27

      At this point, Kate is doing very limited engagements. When she does them, we do tend to talk about them, but most of them are quite familiar to us now, although important and very worth-while. If and when Kate takes on more, there will be more topics for conversation.

      All royal ladies in all countries have their clothes discussed. (And sometimes royal gentlemen as well.) Even the queen. It's part of being royal, and quite frankly, always has been, for centuries past. Think of sumptuary laws and royal portraiture.

      Kate 's clothes will always be a topic of conversation, a fun and interesting one, I think, since we get such a wide variety of opinions. But for now, her fashion taste will continue to be the main topic of conversation until we see what sort of princess she is going to be. Too soon to tell it seems.

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    7. Where I live, people are arrested and put in jail for taking pictures up skirts. Why is this ok with Kate? Once the woman discovered what she had, to credit her version of the story, why not destroy it? Otherwise, she has committed a crime, according to some jurisdictions.
      The charity donation offer came only after the woman was severely reprimanded publically for her action. It was spinning. By the way, what actually happened to the money? Was it actually donated? Just curious.

      Maybe if commenters stopped skimming through comments that don't support their own opinions, and actually read other viewpoints fully, there could be some progression here. Otherwise, it is like some verbal hamster wheel. Run and run (verbally) and get nowhere.

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    8. Well, that's a whole lot of extrapolating, Anonymous. You have no idea which comments I skim and which I read. No, you didn't call me out by name, but I admitted I skim some posts in another thread and apparently you're picking up on it. For future reference, I actually read posts with which I disagree. If I don't then it's hard to dispute them, isn't it.


      If I'd have taken that photo I wouldn't have sold it; however, the woman was NOT lying on the ground or hiding cameras in toilets, and you saying she was taking upskirt photos verges on libel. If she had committed a crime, she would have at least been arrested and the photograph destroyed. I just googled this, and found no reference to the woman being "severely reprimanded publically (sic)". The charity didn't accept her donation; is that what you're talking about?

      Are you the anonymous whose comment was deleted? What you and your pals fail to realize is your comments don't demoralize me. Just the opposite actually. There are a lot of other people who post critical opinions of Kate. Why do you lot just take umbrage at mine? I'm actually curious about that.

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    9. I never write here, but I feel I perhaps should now. Pictures up someone's skirt are morally wrong. End of story. Shame on people who took them and shame on those who think it's OK just because a person is a public figure

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    10. I actually agree with you. As I said, I wouldn't have sold it. But you'd think Kate would be aware that photos of her in varying degrees of undress bring lots of money and take appropriate precautions. It's not like it hasn't happened before.

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  28. Love the color of this ensemble but not a fan of coats or anything zipped up clear under the chin, it looks too stiff and starchy for my taste.
    When I read in the Mirror that the royal youngsters were going to be at the Tour event, I expected to see Kate in skinnies, wedges and a blazer, which would have provided warmth and matched Wills and Harry's choice of more casual, sport-oriented attire. Her very formal look paired with their informal look is a bit curious, looks like she was dressing to go to a different event than they were.
    I would expect, with Kate being as board-thin as she is, she probably does feel the chill and the cold a bit more than usual, hence a long-sleeved wool crepe coat in July. And it does seem like Yorkshire is chillier than London.
    As far as her dress flying up, that's what hemline weights are for and it's also what sheath dresses are for. If she's got access to bespoke (custom-made) dresses and coats, she's surely got access to tailors and seamstresses who could put a few weights in the hems of the lighter dresses. If she doesn't favor weights, then switch to a sheath dress that is more form-fitting and won't blow up.
    The instance during the Oz tour wasn't the first time that's happened to her. She travels on planes and helicopters all the time, her husband is a helicopter pilot. There is a thing called jet wash or rotor wash. Anyone who's ever walked out on a runway to board a plane - and Kate has both boarded and disembarked on runways before - knows how windy it can be.
    Was the photo disrespectful? Well, it was embarrassing certainly. But it also serves as a good reminder that not everyone worships at the feet of the Windsors and scurries to please them.

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    1. ANON @ 9:53.
      I'm sorry, but it sounds like the "trolling" could just as easily be coming from you.
      I haven't read any "dictatorial" remarks come from anyone on this blog. Negative maybe? Critical maybe?
      It's quite offensive really to use that term at all towards anyone.

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    2. Speaking of boring, anonymous . . . . . . is that all you've got? I'm dictatorial, prudish and republican? You might have one of those right, but it isn't prudish and it isn't republican. If you read my posts, I criticize but I don't insult. Unfortunately, your insults are so far off the mark I'm laughing here. Can you find fault with anything I actually wrote? Didn't think so.

      I also think you'll find most people find the blog less boring now. And not just because there's criticism. Some people have actually got to know each other and some people are actually informed. I love it if someone can take me down with a well informed post. I think it's a breath of fresh air from the "beautiful duchess and her handsome husband who are so in love" comments we used to see all over the blog.

      Helen, anonymous intended to be offensive. Unfortunately, she was more humorous than anything else. And cowardly, as she won't put her name behind her words.

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    3. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 15:37

      Charlotte, with due respect, I think this comment is a personal attack and out of line. If this anonymous poster is bored with this blog, it is he or she who should go elsewhere. A variety of opinions are expressed here and we are entitled to have them treated respectfully.

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    4. Thank you so much for alerting me to this. Comments of that nature are not welcome here.

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    5. Also, when I moderate replies to other comments I only see a small portion and sometimes comments which would never be published go past me. My apologies to Bluhare. I'll keep a closer eye on them in the future.

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2014 at 17:18

      @Bluhare This person sure does not know you. If he/she did they would have kept their mouth's shut or do more research on the topic. Go get them girl...lol

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    7. Charlotte, thank you but there's no need. I also would have had no problem with that comment staying up either. It was pretty ridiculous.

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  29. Her hair and makeup look great but her outfit was uninteresting at best. I do think the coat is pretty but it looks ridiculous all zipped up in July and formal next to William and Harry, who look totally casual. I don't get it.

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  30. Eve from Germany5 July 2014 at 17:22

    YEAAAAH!! The Duchess of Cambridge will present the first yellow jersey and it´s our German sprint star Marcel Kittel who will get it! Great first day of this 101. Tour de France. Yorkshire is BEAUTIFUL. How I missed Britain while watching the live coverage! Spent one of the happiest years of my life there.... Thanks, Charlotte, for the pictures! For once I as a huge cycling fan did not care very much about the Duchess´s outfit.... was busy trying to spot my favourites among the cyclists.... ;-))))

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  31. Loved it all–the coat and the LK Bennett clutch/pumps. I have to say, I love the color green and I'm happy that the DoC promotes it as a fashion choice because it's not a common one. I think her use of color, classic but with surprises here and there, is part of the DoC sartorial "ethos"– a personalized and distinctive set of "classic" sartorial cuts and patterns that is given a real "bolt" sometimes through a surprising use of color and patterns (and I'm SO glad she does not shy away from color). Also: love, love, love the shorter hair. It's nice for a change. Long hair is terrific, but it can be very demanding and cumbersome. Opting for a shorter style for a while can be refreshing and invigorating...and give one a break with maintenance. And then, when you crave it...you can go right back to long hair regardless of age. One of the very nice things about being a contemporary woman is that there is so much more flexibility about age and length of hair–so the DoC can experiment throughout her life (granted, I also know she has a "brand look" that Royal life expects (?) and that, while she might not be free (or inclined) to do anything "radical" with her hair, she should feel free to play with hair length throughout her life–again, in this day and age, even women over 50 sport some lovely below-shoulders locks (yes, there's some challenge to the look the older one gets but nothing the DoC can't do with her glossy locks and great stylists...). Anyhow, I'm rambling here. On another note, I am so surprised that the tour starts in Britain. Is this new? Or have I been living under a rock (umm, I might not want the answer to that :) ). Do riders ferry or use the channel to get to the mainland?

    Thanks for the great post, Charlotte. Silvia

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    1. Silvia.
      The riders I believe are flying across the Channel in a very conventional manner.
      I'm afraid there's nothing glamorous about this mode of transport.
      Starting points happen in various countries of the EU.
      From memory, in the past, they have started in Switzerland, Spain, Belgium but always finish in Paris.
      I guess this time was the UK's turn.

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  32. Eve from Germany5 July 2014 at 17:36

    I´m so very sorry about Mark Cavendish´s crash. Hey was extremely motivated today, obviously. I hope it´s nothing too serious and he will be back tomorrow....

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  33. Kate looks well. I still don't care for this coat..not the first time nor this time but maybe she had some tailored work done to the coat or for some othe reason this time it looked better fit on her.
    Funny I was just speaking of these sledges possibly being a wrong choice for the green dress and here you go....It doesn't look bad but I personally would have worn a darker color suede pumps...like the black or navy she has worn before. But that's just my humble opinion.

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    1. Since she is on her feet so much maybe they are the most comfortable heels for her to wear.

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  34. I cannot understand Kate's thought process when choosing outflits for engagements. Yes I understand it can be difficult - however she willingly goes out in the winter months with barely anything on. See photo links below and then goes out with a full blown wool crepe coat on in summer?
    http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/kate-marks-valentines-day-at-northolt.html
    http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-viiew.html

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    1. to be fair, it is (apparently) 9-17 degrees celcius in Leeds today. That's pretty chilly especially if there is wind.

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    2. It's been 20C here in Yorkshire today.

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    3. Anonymous 17:47 - Kate's thought process changed rather abruptly as a result of the media circus surrounding the most recent photo of her bare bottom being exposed due to the helicopter winds. Since that Australia photo, she's exclusively chosen wind-resistant ensembles- either sheath style dresses or a coat over a floaty frock. Today, the trio's transport was helicopter and her choice of ensemble supports my theory that she now mindfully dresses so as to avoid another expose' photo. -- Sarah in Minneapolis

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    4. Anonymous 17:47, if I remember correctly, for both links that you provided the Duchess was stepping out of a car and into a warm building. I wouldn't wear a coat in those circumstances either. Today she is outdoors for an extended period of time in variable temperatures and wind.

      Like Anonymous 22:15, (god I wish you Anons would give yourselves some cutsie pen names or something so we could figure out which A you are) I also think she is being hyper-cautious. I don't think she's finding it nearly as much fun as the first week of the NZ or other tours. Probably a direct result of the previous embarrassments. I also wouldn't be surprised if she had been severely chastised in the aftermath. If not by HM, I'm sure a few of the more supercilious courtiers will have seized the opportunity.



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  35. Coat seems too heavy for this time of year. I am very tired of her LK Bennett nude shoes. It's time to retire these. Three years and wearing them at most occasions is too much.

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  36. Is it cold there? I do not understand this outfit in July.

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  37. I just feel that Kate can't win no matter what she does. People gripe about her hemlines being too high, so she lowers them. They complain about the floaty skirts, so she starts to wear mostly pencil skirts only to be criticized for being boring. They say that her hair is too long, so she cuts it, but that barely receives more than a passing comment because everyone is busy discussing her out-of-season coat choice. They say that she doesn't work enough, but then when she does, they speculate wildly about every expression in her face and what that says about her marriage. Perhaps she looks unhappy at times because she is hunted by the media so we can sit behind our computers and pick her appearance apart. Lately there have been several comments stating that she looks old and is starting to get wrinkles. How mean! I love this blog, but I think many of the commenters have forgotten that she is a real person.

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    1. Yep. I completely agree.

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    2. I feel sure the Duchess would appreciate your pity if she ever read this blog. She's beautiful, wealthy, much loved by her husband and family; and the future Queen Consort of a thousand year-old monarchy. I think she can handle a few honest opinions from we huddled masses without expecting any tugging of forelocks.

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    3. Jean from Lancs5 July 2014 at 22:22

      Since when did anyone require "togging of forelocks"? You are just a century or two out of date.
      Honest opinions --yes, but some comments come over as bullying, with orders of what she must do---no one has the right to do that.

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    4. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 00:34

      Greybird is right though. This isn't limited to Kate, all royal ladies have their looks closely examined. It's part of being royal, something that carries, privileges, responsibilities and disadvantages.

      Kate's had almost ten years in the public eye and used the press to her advantage when William broke with her. She is no novice at this. Far better to have a blog like this where most of us support the monarchy but quibble over details rather than one that doesn't want the monarchy to exist.

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    5. Anon from Leo-
      I definitely agree with you. Its so odd. Before W&K were married Kate played up to the press and paparazzi as much as she could. No she didn't speak to them, but she certainly always made her presence known. Smiling and laughing, flipping her hair. She knew what she was doing just go back and look at some of those pics of her and Pippa. Then after she got married she completely turned it around. Yes she always has a smile on her face and is the most gracious and cheery person at whatever engagement she's at but, she has this certain shyness to her. She comes across as very coy and gives off this "woe is me I don't want my photo taken" vibe reminiscent of Diana. So for people to say "well how would you feel if you had a million cameras always pointed at you, your every move being scrutinized" is complete bollocks. She had those same cameras pointed in her face for ten years before she ever married William.

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    6. BLAIR - the interesting thing re photographers etc, is that when Kate was the "girlfriend" she was in fact hounded by pure paparazzi. And she somehow managed to deal with it well.
      Now as royalty, this is not the case, since she is out in public less, has bodyguards and when at an engagement has a select few photographers/reporters at hand.
      All in all, she is now in a slightly more "controlled" environment where hassling paparazzi very rarely tread nearby.
      I wouldn't imagine the "frenzy" she experienced pre-wedding compares to what she experiences now.

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    7. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 15:39

      Well-put, Blair. I like Kate but I've noticed the same. Frankly, without those cameras, I don't think she would be Duchess of Cambridge today. And this is not a criticism.

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    8. No, they don't tread nearby. They use long-lenses.

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    9. Blair. Have you not changed and grown in the last ten years? Are your attitudes and interests and interactions the same as when you were a girl?
      There is an actor who has recently taken to turning a camera on the photographers. Amazing, the facial expressions on them. A little bit of the "Golden Rule" wouldn't hurt, either.

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    10. How often is Kate photographed on personal time? Not that often. The overwhelming majority of photographs are taken while she's working. She knew what she was signing up for, and she's getting it. It could well be a case of "be careful what you wish for as you might get it", but I've got no clue. I've always thought Kate likes the attention as long as it's on her parameters. But that's true of everyone. No one likes it when people do things we wish they wouldn't. In her case the repercussions are global. But there's no way she can say she didn't know what she was in for.

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    11. It is one thing to experience homeownership as a child, youngster growing up in a house and watching parents handle the problems and responsibilities involved. It looks great and do-able. Once officially involved, one soon learns and sometimes tires of the day-to- day efforts of maintaining a home. One "knew" what to expect; living the reality is something else.

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    12. Anonymous 17:20-
      Of course 10 years ago I was different. But I was also 12 years old so, I'm pretty sure my actions have changed. I no longer play with Barbie dolls.
      Kate is a different example though Kate was not a child she was a young adult. The actions of a child and a young adult are completely different. It's a well known fact that Kate pursued William she went to St. Andrews specifically because William was there. From all accounts Kate basically dreamed of marrying him, she supposedly even had a poster of him on her wall. She denied it but her roommates said she actually did.
      She has every right to change her mannerisms around cameras if she wants. Buy why now? She got the fairytale she dreamed of for many years so own up to it. There's no need for her to be this shy, coy woman who is camera shy when we know that she's not. It comes across as her being fake. I like Kate, but I say there's no need for her to completely change her demeanor when it's been well documented over the last 10+ years.

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  38. Lynn Georgia USA5 July 2014 at 18:16

    I hate to admit that I am becoming bored with Kate's sartorial choices of late. Even the white eyelet Zimmerman, which is a beautiful dress, looks like the dress my daughter wore to her confirmation in the Lutheran Church at 14 years old and then recycled for junior high school graduation later the same year. I'm so ready for something with a bit of pizzazz and sassiness. Queen Letizia and Princess Mary always look appropriate and classy but with a touch of dash and sass. Kate is just as beautiful as they--and a decade younger. She has the beauty and the figure and the personality to set the fashion world on its ear! I want to see the black velvet strapless McQueen gown again with the ruby jewels--and maybe some silk tailored dressy slacks with a luxurious silk blouse and some sexy sandals for summer. Right now she seems to be vacillating between very mature, sedate Camilla/Queen Elizabeth looks and sweet, pretty little adolescent choices and those skinny blue jeans. (I know I'm going to be pilloried for these comments, but I'm just being honest about my thoughts. I know it's none of my business really, but I am interested in fashion and I am interested in lovely Kate, too. I want to feel excited about her choices again!)

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      I too love the fashion choices of Letizia and Mary! Both of these lovely, royal ladies wear some wonderful outfits with trousers that I think would look wonderful on Kate. I agree that perhaps Kate is at a fashion crossroads, wanting to update her look now that she's a mom without looking too old for her age. I'm sure with the guidance of her mother and sister and her own great sense of fashion she'll choice the right fork in the road.

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    2. Lauri, you make a great point.
      There was a photo a couple of days ago of Pippa going out for lunch with a gentleman. She had on a short but not too short summery dress and matching accessories. She looked age-appropriate, fresh and fashionable.
      It seems like Kate is taking less advice from her sister, who always manages to look great, no matter what she's doing - seriously, even the photos she took during her US bicycle tour were splendid - and more advice from the senior ladies at the Palace.
      While I understand why Kate would need to listen to the Palace, from the looks of things, she needs to have Pippa over for lunch and take advantage of her little sister's stylist skills!!

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    3. Pilloried? No! I agree with you!

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  39. The coat has grown on me. I think she is taking a note from Queen Elizabeth in having coat, purse and good jewelry for these occasions. It's fancy enough for someone with her title, but also plain enough not to take attention away from the cause/people she is there to visit. I think it's a perfect note.

    I also love her hair - it's still long - but it looks thicker and more layered and IMO more flattering. It gives her a lift!

    Love her look. Do we know if those emerald earrings were from Princess Diana? They look familiar.

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  40. I am disappointed that Kate repeated this coat so soon after it's first appearance, especially with the same dress. I can understand that she doesn't want to wear a new outfit at every appearance, but surely she could wear something that hasn't been seen for awhile, perhaps in a new way, or with different accessories. This appears a bit dull. I do think the shorter hair is very becoming, more polished and age appropriate.

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  41. Having just got in from work it is 24 degrees outside ! This look is far too formal and zipped up for July. Why didn't she take it off and just show the dress off ? Smart trousers, top and blazer would have been perfect for this event a bit like Wills and Harry, come on Kate loosen up and go with flow....

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  42. Kate is "recycling" items that are new to UK appearances. Cannot understand the carping about "too soon", it's absurd. She was pregnant last year, she'd have to go back two or three years to match this bizarre timetable of re-wearing an outfit. She was even thinner in 2011, those things might not fit. Remember we all remarked on the summery look of some of her dresses on the Down Under tour, where it was winter? It was her UK summer wardrobe. This would have been a great occasion for the "banana" dress. I like the color of this coat, it has a Jackie Kennedy 60's look to it, speaking as one who was there. I do prefer it worn open as the designer showed, with the pretty floral lining on display, but of course not with that print dress. I've decided those sledge heels must be her most comfortable shoes and she must think they lengthen her legs. She'll wear them forever. Glad to see she's trimmed her hair. It looks wonderful.
    Charlotte, thanks for the information on Harewood. I learn so much from your posts.

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  43. There were many comments stating that people are never pleased with her clothes choice, we often read - too short, too long, too big and boxy, too casual or too formal for the occasion, the same with her hair, too curly, too long, too flat, too childish. But perhaps the problem is that there is not much more to talk about. She still works too little, definitely not enough engagements. Her lack of professional background shows in her approach to her current duties. She seems lost so many times that I feel sorry for her. She acts like an intern right after college in her first job. It is a shame that she did not pursue more demanding career before her marriage. Things would be so much easier for her now.

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    1. Anon, I agree. This is where having some sort of a career or a job would have probably come in handy.
      At least she would have had some specific interests, as opposed to the interests and charities selected for her by the Palace after her marriage.

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    2. Now that you mention interests, I do recall reading (a while back before her pregnancy), that Kate was considering doing an exhibit of her photos. Apparently she is a keen photographer and this exhibit was to include many shots of the SE Asia tour. I could be wrong, but the money raised was to go to charity.

      I think this would be a wonderful idea for her to pursue. It's a hobby. It fits in with her time.
      I'm not sure how good her photos are, but there would be many wanting to see such an exhibit and the financial gain would benefit a charity without a doubt.
      Of course, there will be criticism - and this is where I think there will be some hesitation.

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    3. One of the times I felt sympathy for her was when she posted a few of her photographs on their website, and they were panned. I thought people were overly critical of someone who is a hobby photographer showing their photos. They were from that SE Asia trip, so perhaps the reaction made her think twice. That is a pity.

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  44. The coat is great for an autumn/early spring engagement but for this particular occasion and for the summer it feels a bit too formal and stiff. A nice blazer with either jeans or perhaps a wide leg trouser would have looked a bit more appropriate.

    Having said that, I do like her hair a little shorter like that! That lentgh compliments her very well.

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  45. Kate's oufit was too formal today, while Will and Harry were dressed like their father (awfull trousers choice: wide legs like grandpa's! )

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  46. Adey, I totally agree with you. This would have been the perfect opportunity for Kate to wear a smart-looking trouser outfit. She does need to "lighten up" with her wardrobe. Obviously William and Harry knew casual attire would be appropriate.

    Anonymous 19:12, I'm sorry that you feel Kate acts like an "intern." I don't sense that at all and I'm amazed that you can be so sure about her lack of professionalism since I am almost certain that you do not know her personally. Your criticism seems harsh. I don't think there is any "job" that could have prepared Kate for her current role as the wife of a future heir to the throne. Years ago, privileged young women went to "finishing school" to prepare them for society lives. We are now in the 21st century and the monarchy will quite different when William becomes King. I believe Kate will "grow" into her position. She has loads of time to do that. I believe she is well on her way.

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    1. Perhaps I used not the most fortunate word, saying "intern." It was not my intention to offend anyone. Of course you are right that there is no job that could prepare her for her current life. What I mean to say is that if she had worked in a competitive work environment, where she would be responsible for projects, also for other people, it would be easier for her now when interacting with her charities and the people she meets which are usually very accomplished, much more than she is. She tries hard I think but it all turns out a bit superficial that is why people concentrate so much on her hair and clothes.

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    2. Anonymous, I don't think the problem you've identified with Kate's approach to work is unique to her. Think about it, royals do appearances all the time where they're meeting with individuals who are more accomplished or hard-working than they are. I'm not just talking about the scientists, politicians, academics, artists, etc, who meet with royalty, I'm talking about the individuals who devote themselves to charitable causes day in and day out, and deserve a lot more recognition than the royals who stop by for a photo op once in a while. At the end of the day, royals get attention because of one of two things: (1) they were born in the right family, or (2) they married into the right family. Neither of those two things, standing alone, makes someone an accomplished person. It is very fortunate that certain royals - the Queen, Charles (say what you will about his personal life, but he's hard-working), Anne, Harry - have turned out to be very hard-working or charismatic or passionate about helping others. It should not surprise anyone, however, when someone fails to live up to expectations because after all, it's a little silly that we expect so much from folks who inherit and/or marry into the job.

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    3. You have a good point with it, royalty meet many people who are more accomplished than they are, and Kate is not an exception here. But, let us say, new Queen of Spain, she was a journalist and actually made her own career before her marriage thus she has something more with the people she now meets during her engagements even though she perhaps was not the best reporter in the world. Royals may be less accomplished than many people whom they meet and greet on many occasions and engagement but they can earn respect and recognition in other way, meaning through hard work. Queen Elizabeth II is extremely hard worker, the same her husband, also Charles, Camilla, Harry, Anne and late Diana. My point stands, we focus so much on Kate's clothes and hair because there is not much more to discuss. I know she has a young baby, and is devoted mother, but even before her difficult pregnancy there were months and months without any work from her. She needs to start work more or the public will turn their backs on her completely.

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    4. I find it quite disturbing that Harry is seen as "hardworking" when he does the same amount/kind of engagements if not less than William and Kate, or is it because people have higher expectations of the two? A different standard? If yes, then comparisons are not quite correct. Same thing with the senior royals. All of them grew into their roles, they weren't as accomplished as they are now in the job years ago. Even Diana had to grow into her role as PoW. She didn't take up the huge causes like AIDS and landmines until her two kids were grown-ups, and she was already PoW at that point. She was not "the Diana", 3 years into her marriage. Camilla and Sophie also took years to find their roles in the Firm. It was easier for Camilla because her children were grown-ups by then. Sophie only started upping her engagements in recent years, as both James and Louis have already grown. Number of engagements aside, William and Kate work as hard if not more than the senior royals in their engagements. I hope people would not only judge based on quantity but also quality. They give a lot of effort especially in interacting more with regular folks in their trips especially. And obviously, W, K and H prefer a small number of charities at the moment so they can have a more hands-on approach, not just being figureheads. M-PACT PLUS with Place2Be and Action and Addiction (Catherine's patronages) is one example of what a hands-on approach can do for charities. The scheme is also funded by the Royal Foundation, so it's going to be a long-term commitment. If I remember correctly, she has also commissioned the Royal Foundation to research on developing a scheme to encourage more to volunteer in hospices, now that M-PACT is underway, I hope we'll hear more soon on this project. She also spoke in one of her speeches about her and William's belief in the importance of collaborative effort- were they empty words? No, they are not. Many of her charities have collaborated - Hospis Malaysia have been working closely with EACH brought about by the Duchess' visit in Hospis Malaysia in their South Seas Tour. EACH and Art Room (both her patronages) have also worked on a project a year ago and currently Place2Be and Action on Addiction (both her patronages as well) are involved on a long term-project (M-PACT PLUS). People she has worked with in her charities have spoken about how engaged and personally invested she was in the causes, shall we dismiss them just because we don't get to see photos of every bit she does for her charities? I bet if every correspondence/visit she has with her charities is publicized, people would have something negative to say as well.

      I hope that if people are going to claim that A,B, C etc. are hardworking compared to X and Y at least give manifestations of these claims, or at least the basis - is it based on number of engagements? interactions on engagements? impact of engagements to the charities/events? media coverage? etc. Otherwise, they are just empty claims.

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    5. As for Catherine's career before marriage, sure being a journalist is not the same as working in fashion and with the family business, but so far I haven't seen it affecting Catherine's way of dealing with people. To be quite honest, among the royal ladies I've observed over the years, Catherine appears to be one of the most natural when it comes to her dealings with people. She makes it appear effortless. Letizia used to be criticized for appearing cold and uninterested in her public engagements, I've never seen Catherine being criticized as such.

      I guess the criticism mainly should be on the number of engagements she has on her schedule. Why she doesn't have more than what royal watchers, media and critics want her to have is something we can speculate about. It's up to the Palace though to decide that. I wouldn't call her "lazy" as I understand the word. She works hard and presents herself well on the opportunities she's given. Do I wish she's given more opportunities? Of course I do. Do I blame her for not having the opportunity? I don't think it's proper because I don't even know what goes on behind those close doors. As long as she continues to work hard on any job she's given at the moment, then I'd be here watching her grow into her role.

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    6. Very odd comments about her work ethic. Everyone she meets during her engagements say that she is very well informed about what they do and what she is doing there, interested, engaging, and that her interest does wonders for the charity. I guess, based on these comments, they must be wrong.

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    7. Anon @ 21:35 your perspective's interesting and thought provoking but the recent history of the RF shows there's another side to this argument. Sophie, Countess of Essex had a career in PR and marketing which she continued after her marriage. The papers, especially the DM, criticised her constantly for this and it ended in disaster with the sheikh scandal which was a major embarrassment for the RF.

      I've just looked at all the press reports of the Duchess's visits to her patronages (it's very useful having access to data bases) and the words that are consistently used to describe her are 'down to earth', 'warm', 'very well briefed', 'genuinely interested' and 'asked a lot of questions'. There's no suggestion the people she meets find her superficial - quite the reverse.

      Both Queen Maxima and Queen Letizia had professional careers before their marriages but this hasn't stopped the focus on their clothes, jewellery etc. In Letizia's case there's also the constant speculation about her thinness/anorexia, plastic surgery, fillers, botox etc. Both Maxima and Letizia are older than Kate and have been in their royal roles for longer. They've made the transition from commoner to royal with grace but it hasn't always been smooth sailing.

      The Duchess of Cambridge is part of a team with her husband. Prince William is still in the process of finding a role for himself as the second in line to the throne. Despite this he's the most popular royal (the latest poll was in June 2014) and his standing was 68% compared to the Queen at 62%, Charles at 43%, and Anne at 14%. So the perception of 'hard work' is very subjective and the factors that influence public opinion are much more complex.

      The June poll was conducted by a company used by a number of UK media outlets including the Guardian which has republican leanings and its methodology is regarded as sound so its findings are taken seriously.

      On a lighter note I enjoy all the chit chat about the fashion, clothes etc because it's a bit of escapism from the pressures of day to day life and I'm so grateful that Charlotte takes the time to write this blog and people to comment.


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    8. Sarah in Minneapolis6 July 2014 at 11:10

      Daisy714 Video of Kate is sufficient evidence for forming judgments about her underdeveloped professional acumen. A personal relationship is not needed for that. And frankly, all the college interns and new grads I've interacted with have been far more professional and poised in their first few weeks on the job than 32 year old Kate was today while cutting the ribbon. Kate lags far behind others her age in sophistication and breadth of life experience. That is not harsh. It is blinders off reality. Given Kate's background, any other woman would be equally immature.
      I am amazed that you believe she is well on her way to growing into her future role and that you forecast improvement as there has been no growth during her first 3 years other than this past month of her consistently wearing wind-resistant outfits. I really hope she does grow into her current and future role with aplomb. She's been given the chance to significantly improve other people's lives. I hope she and William take that opportunity by the horns sooner rather than later.

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    9. Sarah- just a thought- take that same intern 3 years down the road. Put her in a blinding spotlight; criticize her every movement, facial expressiion, fashion, "work ethic," family, sincerity, talents, and abilities- and see what you have then.
      The media have made her into an object, so they can justify knocking her around. I suspect some commenters do this as well.
      Catherine is a human, with all that entails. A fellow human and for most here, another woman She also was a girl who was reportedly bullied so badly, she had to change schools. I wonder if that experience is part of her obvious ability to reach out to dying children and their families; to addicts and their loved ones; to those eager to make their way in sports, with no other backing. Don't we each have at least one basis of commonality that allows us to feel a little empathy for her?

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  47. Charlotte, on my phone the pictures are showing as out of sequence.

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      I'm so sorry. Are you still experiencing issues?

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  48. Unfortunately I didn't like this coat the first time Kate wore and I don't like it now. If that coat was even unzipped just an inch or two it would have made a great difference. And I am in agreement with the other posters that it looked off for the occasion. Looks odd. In my opinion Kate's clothing choices have become boring to me lately, I feel like she's stuck in a style rut. Trapped somewhere between giving up her short whimsical dresses or covering up head to toe. Kate is only 32 and she has the means financially to dress any way she wants. She's at that age where its time to give up the girly dresses but she doesn't have to dress like an old maid. I think now would be the perfect time to hire her a stylist and help to really improve her style.

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    1. What a pity that Kate dresses increasingly bad whereas Diana dressed better and better with time !

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    2. Yes, Geraldine, but look at where it got Diana with her in-laws. I strongly believe that Kate is doing her best to avoid such a scenario. She would be a cover-girl in a paper bag, but she doesn't want to be seen as *trying.*

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    3. I don't think it's bad per say, but her clothing choices in the past two years are starting to really puzzle me. Especially after she was pregnant with George. It was like she went back in some time warp and started wearing the most shortest, flimsy dresses she could find. And she pulled things out of her closet that she hadn't worn in years, moved some buttons around and put it on. Like that salmon pink coat. Then after George was born she started dressing very old for her age. It was like she got stuck. As if she wanted to wear all of her short dresses before she became a mother then afterwards she's not exactly sure where her style should be. I think her clothing choices when she was newly married was the best. It was fun, youthful, chic, and classy. I firmly believe she had a stylist and I think whoever it was she should hire them back. It just confuses me as to why a beautiful 32 year old woman dresses so much older for her age. I also think a lot of her clothing choices has to do with all the bad press she's getting from all those skirts flying up in the wind shots. I always said that sooner or later someone was going to get a photo of her bare bum and it happened. It makes people wonder, why time after time if your skirt keeps blowing up do you not learn from it. Now this is just my opinion so no one please jump down my throat for it but, I felt personally that the first time it happened she felt a sort of rush of thrill from it. It got people talking and she liked it so she kept letting it happen. It's a small form of exhibition. While everything else in your life is planned out for you, rules to follow. If you can get a small jolt from something that doesn't seem intentional then you'll continue to do it. Sort of like her own small form of rebellion against "the firm". But after a while people grew tired of it and finally said "this is a grown woman she should know better why does she keep letting this happen" so the bad press finally caught up with her and now she's covering up but other taking being covered up to the extreme.

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  49. It's nice to see the three of them doing engagements together. But I was surprised to see this coat in July; I had expected to see skinny jeans and a blazer, to be honest. And I agree with the comments that a sheath dress and blazer, or even nice capris would have been a better match for the event.

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  50. I don't view readers' comments in this blog or any other blog as criticism per say, merely everyone giving his/her opinion. Let's face it, we all think Kate is pretty great or we wouldn't be here. I may not like her hair long or the coat she wore on a certain day but I do admire Kate, and the choices she makes, because she has the right to wear what she chooses.

    I like the coat the Kate wore today and I agree with most that it did feel heavy for July. I do, however, respect the fact that summer in the UK is not the same as summer where I live. Also, Will and Harry looked informal and she did not.

    The first thing that I noticed was that Kate looks like she has had a haircut! Yay! I agree that her hairstyle after she first married was so much lovelier on her. The long hair drags her down and is horrible on windy days.

    I honestly think the thing that bugs me the most about Kate's style is that she doesn't experiment with her shoes. She can change the look of an outfit that has been worn before by adding a new pairs of shoes. I would love to see her experiment more in this area. Also with jewelry, too.

    Thanks again, Charlotte! I look forward to your blog.

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    1. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 00:41

      I have to agree. That geen coat would have been so much improved with interesting shoes. Red shoes would have been so dashing that white dress and the coral would have benefitted by different coloured shoes, possibly a complemtary shade of pink.

      I still do blame those grey snakeskins on the Canadian tour. They looked fabulous but I suspect they killed Kate's feet as she changed them out before the day was done. She's not worn a really interesting pair since. A pity because I loved some of the shoes she wore before she married, they made some of her outfits much more interesting. You can just call me Imelda from Leominster! I do love shoes.

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    2. Red shoes and I'd have had to start singing Christmas carols!

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    3. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 23:41

      No, no with the white dress, not the green coat. But to me that green coat calls out for some really fun shoes, Jimmy Choo has some great ones I wish Kate would consider or even Sledges in another colour. The truth is no one will take you less seriously if you wear interesting shoes or take you more seriously if you don't. It's what you do. Something Diana figured out .quite well.

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  51. I would very much like to see her dress in a more modern relaxed style for events such as this. Maybe show some variety say linen or even white jeans. Just the green and white dress with a blazer and not the nude pumps. Also, if it is a ribbon cutting, why the need for a clutch ? She is too young and pretty to already have uniforms, that works amazingly well for Her Majesty, but Kate is not there yet.

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  52. Here s something I am delighted to say: her hair looks fabulous!!! Looks like a cut and color, and some bounce...maybe she had lost her velcro curlers for a year and just found them again, lol.

    I think the coat is fine, but it seems to heavy and formal for the event. I wished she would have just worn the tea dress because it is lovley.

    William and Harry are looking pretty darn good too!

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  53. Hi! Do you remember my comment on the previous post? Recycling is ok, but Catherine should really change her technique! Queen Letizia and CP Mary are fabulous in the art of recycling!

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  54. One other thing I noticed -- it was nice to see her switch up the nude clutch. I was getting a little bored with the LK Bennett Natalie clutch, so now she's pulled out the Avona clutch for a little bit of a change.

    My personal favorite which I cannot remember when the last time we saw it except in Canada was the nude animal print clutch (another LK Bennett) that she wore with the blue lace Erdem dress for the first day in Canada 2011. Wonder if she'll ever pull that one out again...sigh

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    1. Don't know, Lynn, but I would LOVE to see her recycle that blue lace Erdem dress from the Canada tour. That's one of my all-time fave dresses!! But even as thin as she is today, she was skin and bones then, just months after the wedding, so fit might be an issue.

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  55. Let me ask you, Charlotte and some of the regular posters on here - has anyone noticed issues with Kate's complexion lately?
    These photos in Yorkshire were taken a bit further away but her skin looks terrible. Her complexion has lost that glow and that smoothness, the "English rose" complexion that her mother was famous for pointing out before the engagement - but Kate really did have a beautiful complexion.
    As far back as the Australian tour, her complexion started to look rough and ruddy and not as smooth. It's especially apparent if you look at her forehead and the roughness is only made worse by the excessive amount of heavy foundation and blush she's been wearing, more makeup than we've seen her in ever, in my humble opinion.
    It's a mistake we all have made - in an effort to conceal complexion problems, we layer makeup, concealer and blush over it, which only succeeds in emphasizing the complexion issue!!
    I've read that she's doing some sort of raw food diet in an effort to improve her complexion but I can't think what the problem would be causing the skin problems.
    She's said to receive regular, very expensive and all-encompassing facials and skin treatments so I'm frankly very shocked to see her skin looking so rough. I know she's tanned in the past and has spray tan treatments but this roughness and ruddiness doesn't appear to be from sun damage.
    Seriously, look at a photo of her from, say 18 months ago or thereabouts and even look further back, to right after the engagement was announced. There's been definite changes in her skin.
    Any thoughts, ladies?

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    1. Yes, Elizabeth, I have noticed a difference. I don't want to speculate about the cause, but there *has* been a difference lately. She doesn't have the same glow and does appear to be wearing more foundation.

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    2. It must be tough hsving cameras right in your face all the time-- even with a taste of it before her marriage-- now there's that --and more that we cannot know.

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    3. I agree. She looks tired and she doesn't have the glow she once did. It does take a while for our bodies to return to normal after childbirth. Just a thought.

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    4. Simone!! --- of course you must know that my very best wishes go to you as well.!!

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    5. I've also noticed this; and it may be because of those pregnancy rumors! Some women break out and have skin changes during pregnancy...just a thought! :)

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    6. Hi Elizabeth.
      I've noticed it too.
      There have been a number of "theories".
      I don't think it's sun damage or "ageing" as such. This has come about too suddenly for it to be that.
      And I don't think it's her make-up. Actually I really liked Kate's make-up at the Queen's garden party.
      More natural and light on the eye-liner.
      However, for me, I've pinned it down to the sun tan.

      Kate has ALWAYS been tanned, due to holidays, spray tans (whatever), being outside more when in Wales.
      The Aus/NZ tour brought some sun kissed tinge to her skin which made her "glow".
      Since being back, we haven't seen her sport a tan. Her skin is just what it probably really is.

      As for lacking the "glow factor" without the tan - I could pretty much vouch that lack of sleep, bad eating habits, stress, dehydration or even dealing with an illness are amongst the myriad of reasons why someone's skin can do a complete turn in a very short time. I've experienced all the above (probably most of us have) and my skin looks shocking in just a couple of days.

      So in a nutshell, I would say the fact that Kate hasn't sported a tan for a few months is making her look a little washed out. And why she does look washed out naturally, could be due to almost anything. I'm sure she'll work it out.:)

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  56. Hi Elizabeth. I met her in person at Cambridge - very up close and very personal - and I can say that her foundation make up is really not that heavy. Yes, she has heavy eyeliner but not really anything else. I am wondering if we are just seeing photos that are not so heavily photoshopped. She does have lines on her forehead and some little lumps and bumps, which I think is nice because it shows that she isn't that different to the rest of us. Overall though, her complexion was pretty good.

    In regards to other above comments, I too don't like this outfit. I didn't like it in person and I still don't. The fit is terrible, and the colour didn't suit her then and I still don't like it now. Its a shame we haven't seen the dress yet. I agree with her uniform of skinny jeans and blazer, coat dress etc. Would be nice if she shook things up a bit but she doesn't want to be known for fashion and it may just be what shes confortable in and likes. I love her hair at this length. So much better. Gives it more fullness and bounce and I like the layering.

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  57. When I first heard about this event I assumed that Kate would be wearing her go to sporty look - wedges, skinny jeans, and a blazer. I was happy that she decided to switch it up and try something different (even if it was a look we've seen before). The coat in July doesn't bother me. I agree with the theories about Kate choosing a coat in an effort to avoid another embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. I just wish the coat was better tailored. The ill fit really surprises me given that Kate's clothes are usually impeccably tailored. I love the dress she wore underneath. I am hoping we get a better look at it soon - in some family photos from the butterfly exhibit perhaps? Here's hoping... - Becky from Texas

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  58. Hi Charlotte,

    By the way Kate also met 5 athletes from SportsAid (one of her patronages) yesterday at Grand Depart : http://sportsaid.org.uk/news/fundraising-news/#/news/duchess-of-cambridge-meets-sportsaid-athletes-at-grand-depart-88752

    According to this twitter user, the Duchess received lots of cheers from the crowd when she was sighted at the finish line: https://twitter.com/DavidhBrown/status/485435953666744321

    Thanks for the write-up :)

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  59. Love that coat actually, but in July? Seems odd to me, the staunchest of Catherine-defenders. Would have seemed like a good day for her jeans, stripy top and wedges w navy jacket, if anything. Prince William and prince Harry are nice and casual. I'm confused!
    I hope they get to go to the beach with George this summer!

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  60. She looks silly with a coat that heavy in july, a blazer would look so much better.

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  61. I believe she may be pregnant again- it would explain why she is wearing so many coats lately (aside from the paparazzi issues), and also repeating many outfits: why purchase new outfits that won't fit in a few months. Also, she is looking a little fuller in the face. The new haircut may be designed to help detract from this- the last time she was pregnant she got a new haircut with a side-bang, which was said to disguise her fuller face. Just my suspicions!

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  62. Has the green ... grown on us? I love it when you work a clever pun into a post, Charlotte!

    There's probably an ideal engagement for this coat, but this wasn't it, I don't think. I'm reframing the picture of the three young royals in my mind, and in it Kate is wearing a fantastic pair of slacks as she stands between William and Harry.

    Sophie has worn slacks to official engagements before, we have photos to prove it. So it must be allowed, protocol wise.

    There are times when the setting just begs for a great tailored pant, and this was it.

    I just finished Katie Nicholl's book on Kate. It was an interesting read, sourced well and written from a logical, timeline perspective. If only there were a way to know how much is truth?

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  63. The "Kate Effect" is essentially no more. It seems obvious the Palace got hold of her about her wardrobe, as I cannot imagine any other reason why her sartorial choices have turned into what they have. It is sad, really. Charlotte, maybe you should start covering Queen Letizia, as well -- she always looks taillored, classic, and well turned out but with such amazing styling. Her accessories are fantastic and always spot on. She has the effect I want to see, personally! I'm sad for Kate -- she is so gorgeous and young, and it's dreadful to see her wearing the same uniform repeatedly while rarely changing things up when she obviously (used to have) a great sense of style.

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    1. I hate to say it, but I’m afraid I have to agree. Only a year ago, Kate was showing off her great sense of style. What has happened since then? It's obviously that the royal machine wants her to look more "mature." Unfortunately, she is starting to look dowdy—something I never, ever expected to happen.

      And what is up with all the coats? I realize that the weather might be on the cool side in England, but I simply cannot understand why anyone in the northern hemisphere would wear a coat in July—especially one that is zipped up all the way to the neck! I like this green shade on Kate. With her dark hair, I think she looks good in bright colors. But it would have been nice to see the dress underneath. Even if coat had been unzipped just a bit, we would have at least seen the top of the dress.

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  64. Has hating on the Duchess become a new sport in Britian? I really had
    high hopes that she and William would make it. However, I am beginning
    to believe that the public and press will make this impossible.

    At this point, I believe that the only way to save their marriage and sanity
    is for William to remove himself and his son from the line of secession.
    He and Catherine and their family could then live their lives however
    they choose. They would be free to tell the press, public and Royal
    family to take a flying leap. I hope they do.

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    1. All this will pass. They'll become media darlings again. It's a cycle through time. Just look at history and see how various members of the Firm have been lauded and/or vilified. Can't win if they do or they don't. Why do you think they put on a smile and carry on?

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    2. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 15:52

      If that happened, I'm not sure their marriage would survive! The Duke of Windsor did this and didn't find it any picnic. Once you have grown up royal and accepted what comes with that, it can be very hard to back away. William might like to do so selectively but suspect a life without the royal machine handling so many aspects of his life would be a shock.

      As mentioned above, Kate had almost ten years of being William's publically acknowledged girlfriend to know whether she could cope with this or not. There have been a number of young women in the past, - and men, who loved a royal prince or princess but didn't feel they could live with that kind of scrutiny.

      From the start of the monarchy, there has always been dissentors about any monarch and since the start of a free press, there has always been publicity. William and Kate remain very popular but are doing relatively few engagments which means the press will look for other subjects to write about.

      There are a lot of worse things. I suspect Felipe and Letizia who are fighting to save the Spanish monarchy at this moment would have something to say about that.

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    3. Why are you saying there is problems in their marriage. William is so in love with her. Just look at all the recent photos.

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    4. All you are doing is just starting rumors.

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  65. This is such a good debate about the DoC's outfit, I am enjoying reading it! My two cents is that while it is great fun to see her in different outfits and comment, she is not a stylish woman. She seems to be doing her best to be appropriate (mostly), but she doesn't have the 'it' quality. She's special because of her marriage, but there are other women who are much more stylish and much more elegant. All she has to do is be appropriate and I think the stiff outfits mostly help her do that (although I agree the sartorial choice was a little off for the engagement today), but she is no fashion icon.

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    1. Astute observation, Jenny. And perhaps that's part of the critical backlash. Because of her position the public wants her to have that 'it' quality as well, wants another Diana.

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  66. Message for Catherine! You will never please all of the people all of the time so carry on and be comfortable. Charlotte would it be possible to have some sort of ticker on the page that counts the Duchess's appearances? Seems to me like she's very visible the past few weeks but it may take actual numbers in front of everyone to highlight her appearance numbers.
    I like the coat and hair. Not the shoes so much this time. QE II has worn 1 shoe style only for over 50 years and wears coat , dress, hat for every event. No commentary that she was too heavily dressed in Scotland..... Catherine can't win so she is best to just be comfortable.
    Erininnyc.

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  67. ERIN- Thank-you for that I was also hoping for a Charlotte intervention. The Duchess went from frantic tour to nearly daily appearances with a few weeks break. She may have been making private visits or even ill or injured during that time.
    However, I am afraid the "Katepickers" -great term- are having too much fun to be distracted by the facts! lol Seriously, the personal level and unreasonable nature of the criticism leads me to believe that Catherine represents someone or something in their personal lives that is rooted in deep anger. The venting may relieve their stress, but it makes for a very unpleasant comment section.
    I had such hopes for this blog for being an international coffee-klatch, instead of a running of the bulls, with Catherine running ahead in her white eyelet dress.

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    1. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 17:26

      There's another blog out there that does keep count.

      Kate did no engagements in January, two (one attending an evening reception with the queen, one daytime visit) in February, one in March (Irish Guards), roughly twenty-five in April on tour, (some on the same day and some quite fun like boat rides), one engagement in May (Scotland) and roughly six in June, three of which were traditional engagments with other royals (June being their busiest month.) So far three in July, one of them private. At some point Kate made a private hospice visit, it is unclear when but I;m guessing late March or early April.

      So there are the facts. I'm not counting Wimbledon or butterly houses. That's fun.

      Most working women go to work twenty days out of a month or more. The argument of whether or not Kate should be a stay-at-home mum or has been on maternity leave (by which standard, she should be taking on a full schedule of work next month) is certainly valid but by no stretch of the imagination could she be said to be doing much public work right now. Of course, it's impossible to say how much private work she is doing.

      I think it is inappropriate to assume people are having fun with cricitism, many of us would much prefer Kate would get out there and take on more, so we would have more pleasant things to discuss. I also find it extremely inappropriate to assume any of us are suffering from "deep anger". I see a lot of caring people on this blog - nor do I see people venting to relieve stress. We all just have differing opinions. Surely, iit's not so difficult to respect that.

      Ironically, it is the Kate supporters who often seem to feel they are free to make personal attacks on those who don't completely agree with them. I think this is a pity.

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    2. Anon from Leominster you couldn't have said it any better, I agree 100% with you.
      The fact of the matter is Kate hasn't been out there at all. I can only assume that it has to do with how William wants things running. Kate and William for that matter were raised in a very sheltered world so the idea of work is much different than ours. Maybe Kate is doing a great job privately but publicly there is not much to say.
      For others to assume that those who criticize Kate are doing it due to hate, envy, stress, or deep anger is just disrespectful, one thing is to love how Kate dress and act and whatnot and another is the facts and Kate hasn't work all that much and they have any explanation for that too "getting use to to the royal life", "pregnancy", "maternity leave"

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    3. Proves the point, anon. Apparently ,it is ok to attack "kate," but somehow not ok to challenge the arguments of the attackers. If the attackers feel personally attacked, I am afraid that is their problem.
      By the way, you just lumped all "kate" supporters into one group.
      Caring people, yes, which, by the way, actually includes some "kate" supporters. Unfortunately, the "caring" does not extend to "kate." Hollow , forced words of sympathy do not equate to empathy.

      Something that is fun cannot be also work? Wow. Now that is sad. Putting on a good appearance and "having. fun" are not necessarily synonymous. I would rather be at home, with my feet propped up on the coffee table than getting dressed (in an outfit that will criticized no matter what), going out amongst flashing photographers and strangers and "having fun." Those "fun" activities also support a lot of activities and events important to GB. We are lucky to have such a young, enthusiastic supporter for GB and the Commonwealth.
      But this has all been said before and I doubt the katepickers have read past the first sentence.

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    4. Anonymous, I personally love a good civilized debate. Unfortunately, neither you nor your friends bring one.

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    5. Couldn't agree more Bluhare. Here we go beating the dead horse again. Anyone who makes any sort of comment that is not praising Kate for her every move is a "hater". Or apparently we have some deep seeded resentment issues with our own lives.

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    6. anon from Leominster7 July 2014 at 00:05

      Nonsense, anon 19:05, I read as many comments completely as possible. I do consider personal opinions made about commenters - on either side, inappropriate. This includes suggestions that anyone who makes a critical remark is angry or stressed.

      I certainly never meant that all unqualified Kate supporters make such remarks. That is very far from true. Many regular supporters are wonderful However, the worst of personal remarks have been made by people who seem to resent even mild criticism of the duchess. Absolutely, no one on this blog should make personal assumptions about another person and no person on this blog should feel they are going to be subject to a personal attack because of a remark they make.

      No putting jeans and taking a fun, fast-paced boat ride is not work. I have generally avoided remarks about the lightweight nature of many of those Australian engagments, zoos, wine tastings, and air museum visits, because there is a serious element and William and Kate do have to be briefed on those they meet. but that river ride was clearly a doodle. No harm in that but it doesn't count as work.

      I like Kate very much. She is part of the future of the monarchy and I hope she does well. Like many of the more cautious participants on this blog, I'm interesting in the monarchy and all its members as a whole, and interested in how other monarchies function. That's why I follow the Royal Digest as well. There have been times when I have felt bad for Kate but I wouldn't say I feel great empathy for her as a suffering person. She is a very privilaged young woman with many opportunities. The press is unquestionably very difficult and I tend to ignore much of what they write.

      Am I jealous of Kate. Absolutely not, I'm quite content with my own happy life and I suspect most participants to this blog are too. I look forward to watching Kate move forward in her role. But I'm not going to blame others if Kate chooses not to wear a slip. Public life is public life and if that is what you choose, there are going to be behaviour that people will notice and remark upon.

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  68. Thanks, Charlotte, for whatever you did to put the pictures back in sequence.

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  69. I LOVE this coat. Hate the shoes and dislike the dress (that really looks matronly, not the coat). This colour looks best on Kate IMO.

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