Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Kate in Coral Pink GOAT Dress for Place2Be School Visit

The Duchess of Cambridge visited Blessed Sacrament School in Islington, North London today.


Kate chatted with school children upon arrival. A four-year-old boy made Kate smile when she asked him what his favourite part of school was: "lunchtime" he quipped back.


Kate was there in her role as patron of Place2Be, the leading UK provider of school-based mental health support, to view the progress of the charity's M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) Plus programme, a school-based project designed to provide early support for school children affected by a parent's drug or alcohol misuse.


The project is funded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Comic Relief who are working with Place2Be and another of Kate's patronages, Action on Addiction, to deliver the programme.


William and Kate attended Place2Be's annual conference in London yesterday to speak with staff and to learn more about the organisation and their work. No doubt Kate wanted to ensure she was prepared and informed for today's event and future engagements as patron. The younger royals prefer to take on less patronages than previous generations allowing them to have more of an impact.




Kate launched the M-PACT programme in Manchester last year.


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The Duchess met project co-ordinators and school head teachers to gain a real insight into the progress made since the launch before joining a private counselling session. Kate asked "Have you found it difficult to attract parents given the stigma that can be associated with these issues?".

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Kensington Palace said today's visit was a "deeply personal one" for the Duchess who is passionate about helping to break the cycle of addiction within families.


Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic support services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. They currently reach 80,000 children, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. 

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A drawing by a child who described the charity as "a place you feel safe".


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If you wish to find out more about the organisation or donate, you can find all relevant details on the official website.


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Kate was joined by comedian John Bishop, who asked the press "not to focus on the style icon in the room or the Duchess".


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The Duchess enjoyed chatting with Mr. Bishop.


Kate spoke about Prince George:
'George is racing around. He's so fast and I can't believe he's opening doors already.'
Before leaving Kate received artwork from a talented pupil.



The Picasso style portrait depicts Kate holding George.





It is always such a treat to hear when readers have the opportunity to see Kate out and about during engagements. Today Anna and her family saw Kate this morning, Anna kindly offered to share her photos and described Kate as "very regal and unrushed by all the excitement. She was so thoughtful to spend time with the children and they were all very excited to see her".


Photo used with kind permission of Anna

With many thanks to Anna for getting in touch. We wish her and her family a fabulous stay in London.

Kate looked effortlessly stylish in the GOAT Scarlett Pleat-Front Dress. The coral-pink garment is made in Britain from Italian wool crepe. It features a pleated bust and optional belt that keeps the waist in focus and a pencil skirt with a back hem split. It originally retailed for £450, however it's currently on sale for £270 at Matches.


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A closer look at the silver tone and coral pink enamel disc waistbelt.


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When William and Kate visited Scotland last month Kate wore a coral pink GOAT dress underneath her Jonathan Saunders coat. It seems very likely it's the same dress and it's great for fashion fans to see it properly today. It's a lovely understated piece.


The Scarlett dress is also available in black in limited sizes for £313 (reduced from £448) at Matches and charcoal teal.

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Kate wore her Jimmy Choo Gilbert Pumps.


The Duchess carried her L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch.


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Kate accessorised with her trusty Cartier watch.

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And completed the look with her Links of London Effervescence Bubble Stiletto Earrings. Kate has had them since at least 2010 and hasn't publicly worn them in some time. The sterling silver earrings are still available for £130. They're quite glamorous and work well day or night.

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Most notably Kate wore the earrings at the 2011 Ark Gala.


Kate's hair looked very pretty today.



Do you like Kate's look today? You can watch a video at ITN Source.

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We'll see William and Kate on Saturday when they give an official send-off to the country's Tour de France team in Yorkshire. We also expect to see Kate at Wimbledon at some point this week, most likely for an Andy Murray match!

146 comments:

  1. Now that is a lovely choice! I really like the dress and the colour looks great on her, she should definatley wore more bright colours!
    Its wonderful to see the Dutchess with children, its such a wonderful engagement and it looks like she does enjoy it herself much

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  2. Hi charlotte your so fast i love the duchess wearing dress is so nice this one of my fave i seen the website did work im not sure if this so real is the designer new

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  3. I thought the duchess looked lovely. Loved
    the coral color and the cut if dress was
    very flatteing.Would also love to have it
    in black. More importantly, she was supporting a great cause.

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  4. Jean from Lancs1 July 2014 at 12:02

    Thanks Charlotte for the prompt report. Lovely, very elegant dress and her hair looks good too.
    Saw photo of her arriving and did wonder if this was the dress hidden by the coat in Scotland. The little ones are so excited
    This is a great charity--if the cycle of dependency can be broken and children supported they will benefit far more from their education. I have been impressed from the beginning, by the Duke and Duchess's bringing charities together, to get them to work more effectively,
    There are some photos of yesterday's visit on "My Royals"--- they had obviously gone there to hear one particular lecture.It seems to me that they want to help and are prepared to learn the best ways to do so.
    I saw her in Manchester last year when this charity was being initiated; I strongly suspect that this and EACH are the charities she is most keenly involved with.

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  5. Great post, Charlotte. Dress is pretty. Didn't think the hairstyle was as flattering as the same look she wore in Australia. Did you notice on the Mail Online post it looks like her dress belt loop has torn

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    1. I totally agree, I think she has lost too much weight, even her shoulders are contracted, that happens to me too if I loose a lot of weight...

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    2. Good to see her out and about. Thank you for the quick post Charlotte you are the best:-)

      I agree it is a pretty dress, summery colour. The dress itself is not a big deal though we won't remember it soon.
      I love her hairdo I always complain about messing with it when it is down so it is hypocritical I know but somehow this style was different than in Australia, less flattering though her backside looked really cute but the frontal pictures just do not do her any good. I do not know why.
      Also she looked a bit under the weather or tired in yesterdays photos you can definitely see her tiredness, nervousness or sth else. I hope everthing is alright at home. Blue27

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    3. I agree. I like the color and style of the dress but the hairstyle is not flattering. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it ages her. We all change, and since she has had long hair from day one, it does make it more obvious.

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  6. The Duchess of Cambridge at her best.

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  7. I love her but she is looking too thin. Strained face

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    1. Yes I agree with you! She is lovely but a bit more weight would look healthier

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  8. It looks as if she was getting thinner and thinner, I hope she's well! I'm afraid she's not a good example in this media obsessed world for all those teenage girls out there.
    The hairstyle wasn't flattering this time, she's done better, but I like she's wearing some colour now!

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    1. Have to agree with you, The Duchess is very underweight, especially for her height. This could be a factor in why alot of her clothes just dont sit, or fit properly. If you compare photos from years ago, she looked much softer and prettier in the face. When you are that thin it is very gaunt looking and aging. That is why her hair is not helping it is pulling her facial features down more so. Some proper styling and cutting really needs to be addressed to her hair. Not a good role model for young girls to model.

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  9. Theresa, from Paris1 July 2014 at 12:53

    I just love the color of the dress, but I am not a fan of the girly-curly ringlets at all. Her hair seems pulled back in an odd way.
    She seems strained and tired to me in the last photos. I can't figure out why. She has a nanny for George if he gets too tiring. I don't know but something seems to be worrying the Duchess. Odd ...

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    1. The pics of her in the blue Tory Burch print dress also had what I thought were very depressed, not-liking-the press facial expressions.

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    2. anon-17:49- It was a private meeting. The press weren't notified and were not expected. Of course, she was not estatic about that.

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  10. I love the dress and the hair but the shoes are HIDEOUS! For me, the love for this type of shoe is Kate's boring side. It dresses down an otherwise great look.

    and btw, good cause she is supporting!

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    1. Interesting that HM was in the Daily Mail the other day with an article about her black shoes with the gold trim that she has been wearing since the 1950s. She has new ones just like the old ones made and a staffer breaks each pair in for her before wearing them. Perhaps a single-shoe fetish is simply part of being Royal--and on your feet for extended periods during engagements.

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  11. anon from Leominster1 July 2014 at 13:06

    Kate looked lovely today. I really like that dress and colour on her and she relates so well to children.

    A very fine charity - doing wonderful work and the room looks so cosy. I do feel bad though for the many other fine charities that are being marginalised so Kate and William "can make an impact" on a very few favourites.

    I liked Kate's dress yesterday very much although her expression was so sour and unattractive. Before she was married, she was very good at keeping a neutral expression. She looked wonderfully happy today though. She is one of those people whose beauty shines through best when she smiles broadly Truly radiant.

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  12. She looks great, but the dress looks cheap.

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  13. I do think she looks lovely in coral! I agree that she does look thin though. Maybe just the angles of the pics and how the dress is fitting her...

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    1. I agree (^^^) and in some other comments, people are saying she looks tired and she does definitely look more tired than she used to, but maybe that's because she's got her nearly one year old son, running around the house (so cute by the way!)

      I think she has lost weight and maybe that's why the dress looks a bit weird on her, but I can't say that she has lost a lot of weight because at the minute, I only see a little difference in her weight.

      But apart from that, great post Charlotte; informative as always :)

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  14. Great colour but she is looking far to thin now !

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  15. I love the color on her, fresh and summery. However, I am so bored with the dress and hair. She looked beautiful, as always, but her sartorial choices seem flat to me lately. Even yesterday's printed dress seemed forced and boring. I really want to see her step outside of her fashion comfort zone. I know she tries to keep the attention off her clothes and on the charities, but she's 32 years old and is starting to look much older.

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  16. Sorry, I don't like the look, especially the hairstyle - IMO not suitable for a grown woman.

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    1. So agree, but at least there's no pic of her playing with it, so although I think it's horrid, I'd vote in favor of her keeping it.

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    2. Agreed, the colour of the dress is great, cut is so-so, fit is far from great (she looks as tired and thin as most mums with a 1-year old do, but on the verge of un-healthy, which is worrisome - as it would be for anyone else).

      As far as the hair goes, these curls do nothing for me. On the contrary. I believe she looks pretentious and not her kind real self. And given the occasion, I am so surprised.

      Her shoes are getting ridiculous, honestly. The queen may have a fetish for her black shoes, but she lived through different times. Given how much the public image matter to her, I am quite shocked that Kate hasn't yet realized that it is now getting ridiculed by everyone.

      I guess none of us is perfect - but some of these little things can have a big impact (the other one is her stripped shirt).

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    3. Indeed -the nude pumps and the Bretton stripes! I honestly hope she takes a break from them! And,more importantly, I hope she stops loosing weight! And that'd better happen soon! Before she becomes ill. With boolemia many other side -effects arise (mental instability is the most publicized, but there are many more -some actually cannot be cured, just stopped from getting more accute).

      And sadly most people don't even realize it -nor do they hear when others tell them what is happening... Kate does not look healthy to me -despite the smiles and the fact that she keeps the appearances.

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  17. The half up, half down hairstyle is so much more elegant, and not a pic showing her playing with it. The dress -meh, all right, but no great look. Ringlets are cute-ish on a 3 y/o Shirley Temple, but not on an early 30's housewife...and way too long. Cut off just below the top of the shoulder (where the second hanging part starts) and a gentle wave or two would have been so much more attractive.

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  18. The sausage curls are not a good look but I love the dress.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 00:38

      The hair looked better when she left, IMO. Then it was great.

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  19. LOVE the artwork she was given. Amazing creativity by the child who did it. Kate and George in Picaso-style. So glad she visited this charity. This is an organization and issue that needs to be brought to the publics attention. So important to support these families. It is so important to try to break the cycle of addiction.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 00:40

      This is the type of gift I think the duchess really enjoys. Personal, and art to boot.

      Yes,this is a very important topic. So good that they can combine patronages to make something this good.

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  20. What a lovely color on her!! I love it when she wears bright colors, and bright pink/coral is not one she usually goes for! Love the half-up styles she is leaning toward these days as well. I was hoping we'd see her at Order of the Thistle this week, but sounds like just William is going. Regardless, thanks for the update!

    I wonder if she'll wear yellow on Saturday? That's my bet anyway!

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  21. The Lovely Children's Princess!

    I don't know if the comments work today! Sorry, I've tried several times. I hope my comments will not show 3 times.

    Monica (France)

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  22. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of this look - I think it looks dated. Also, I feel as if she's getting too thin and looks haggard.

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    1. I thought the dress was fine--the darts even reminiscent of the late Duchess of Windsor's wedding dress. But I noticed the lines of fatigue on her face and rounded shoulders, too. I wonder whether all the fallout from the dress incident down under, the renovations at their homes, the negative press of late and all the rest that she must juggle aren't all a little too much at the moment. If you think about it, since they got married they have not yet had a home of their own--not one that's hassle-free and easy to move into. They've been bounced around from residence to residence. When I was newly wed, gave up my apartment and independence and moved into a 'fixer-upper' with my husband, I felt homeless for quite some time. I'd think it would be quite a strain.

      And please, don't anyone say she has servants to 'do' for her. Each servant has to be told what to do--which means planning and organization and meetings with the housekeeper and so on. Servants and aides and courtiers means people hanging about all the time for this or that or the other thing. No privacy. No solitude. (There's always the bodyguard and the potential paps just to take George for a walk--or play on the lawn as she did in Australia.) Don't forget that Catherine did not grow up with that as the norm. Plus, as time goes on the size of that staff will increase.

      I understand completely why she and William wanted a second family kitchen where they can close the doors for the evening, cook a simple meal together and do what ordinary families get to do without thinking about who is catching a glimpse of something--however innocuous. (Or sees a normal bit of bickering with a spouse and leaks it to the gutter press.) The bigger kitchen remains a necessity for those times when they need a chef to prepare a meal for entertaining on a larger scale.

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    2. Hi Philly can we move on from these topics like how many people serve them, kitchen they have and coming up explanations to all the controversies they have recently had. Let's concentrate on a bit today and let Charlotte breathes a fresh air too. Thanks! Blue 27

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    3. philly, I agree with your comments. Especially regarding the reason for the extra kitchen and the privacy factor.

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    4. Victoria, Oregon1 July 2014 at 22:37

      Philly, I appreciated your remarks. I feel the same about the second kitchen. Maybe someone who grew up completely surrounded by staff at home wouldn't care to have a private kitchen, but Kate (who didn't grow up that way) likes to cook and it would be nice to have a private kitchen to cook/eat in.

      I didn't love the look today, although I can't figure out why, and that bugs me. Maybe her hair, because it looked pouffy on top in a weird way. Maybe the picture was from a bad angle. She's beautiful, and like someone else said, her beauty completely shines through when she's smiling. I'm glad she spent so much time with the children. Happy to see her out and about for her causes!

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    5. Philly, I appreciate your comments and believe they're spot on. (Love Duchess of Windsor's dress comparison). Incident down under, renovations, negative press. Yes. Small kitchen like the one she and William have had most of their time together. Yes. Yesterday's face was not happy with the press for sure almost in the way William can look with press around.

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    6. anon 19:10- Philly was being supportive of the Cambridges, unlike others who brought those subjects up.

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    7. I too have to comment on the second kitchen (sorry anon): Apparently apartment A1 of KP can be considered a palace within the palace and does also contain of rooms and areas William and Kate are going to use for non private entertaining. That could mean fleets of kitchen and service professionals at times. To have a second and private kitchen seems completely logical to me. I (as a princess, haha) would define an area which can be accessed only by family, personal friends and very, very limited staff. A family kitchen would be part of that area.
      Kate needs to make sure she doesn't go nuts. And trying to draw a line between private and public life seems like a healthy approach. I say trying, because I realise that it's not really possible and her private life will always be public to a degree. But what can she do other then trying to protect her sanity.

      Philly - I am also with you on the dress and Duchess of Windsor reminiscence. I like it very much.

      And I do agree with those who think Kate looks a little older, maybe tired, certainly more mature. Maybe because life happens? But I don't think she is less beautiful then the Kate from 3 years ago. I rather think she is getting more interesting and real. Gosh, I love her eyes.

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    8. I have a name but never mind. The original poster did not even mention the words kitchen and critism. I thought it is time to move on. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and we will not convince each other any time soon, let's give the Admin less work.Thanks!Blue 27

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    9. Sorry, Blue 27- I missed your name at the end. Here I loudly preach that people should choose a moniker, and I didn't use one when given. I do think you are right about the need to move on.

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  23. Charlotte--- this was a lovely surprise to find first thing in the morning! Thank you SO Much!!
    Kate's dress is elegant--- I have always admired that she very frequently wears 3/4 length sleeves. Their proportions sre so much more flattering than short sleeves, which, to my eyes, tend to truncate the lines and --again, the proportions---of a dress.
    The color is gorgeous---Ithought that she looked wonderful! Her face did seem to betray some strain---Gosh, I hope that all is well---they've been subject to quite a bit of criticism and even some nasty sniping lately---and that can't be easy to live with!!
    LOVED the comedian's joke!! Thsnk you for including that!! And the little boy's quick answer about lunch being his favorite was adorable.
    The drawing about the charity being a safe place really said it all.

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  24. Kate dress is elegant and she looks lovely. Nice to see a new pair of pumps. sick of seeing L.K Bennett Sledge Pumps.

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  25. Hi Charlotte, thanks for such a great post! I appreciate the information you provide regarding the charities that the Duchess supports. I wonder if her Uncle Gary is the reason behind her selecting charities that deal with substance abuse and addiction?

    I love the color of this dress on Kate, very summery and fresh looking. I got so tired of seeing her in coats lately, it's nice to finally see her in a dress. While I love the color of the dress, I'm not too sure about the pleating at the bodice, it's not doing her figure any favors. I agree with other posters who feel that Kate has lost some more weight recently, I don't know if it's the cut of the dress that makes it seem so or what. Her and William have been under some pressure lately due to the bad press regarding the renovations of their homes so it might be getting to her.

    I'm glad to see that Kate wore her hair in the half up/half down style I love. I like this look on her because it allows people standing to the side to still see her face and she doesn't fidget with it as much as she does when it's down. I don't know if I'm a fan of the sausage curls but over all I like it.

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  26. I think Kate is truly in her element around children, and this is such an important cause.

    I really like the dress, I love when she wears season-appropriate colors, and the coral screams summer!
    However, I would give anything for girlfriend to go back to her old hairstylist. Since she gave birth her hair has looked awful. It is too light, and I think she benefits from bounce instead if hair that just lays lifelessy. It makes her look old, which is sad. Since I am rather new around here I went back and read some old posts, and I found myself coveting her hair. That is no longer the case.

    Anyways, thanks Charlotte for another great post!

    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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    1. Amen!!!!!!! I couldn't agree more! I think my favorite hairstyle of hers was her engagement hair. The rich chocolate color, the cut, it was perfect on her. It gave her dimension and volume and made her look so youthful.

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    2. Agreed. Go back to the old hairstylist. The best IMHO.

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    3. I loved her hair for the ARK event soon after the wedding, the volume!, the bounce!, the shine!, it really made me wish I was a brunette!!

      Could be the changing hormones from being pregnant, giving birth, breast feeding, weaning, losing the pregnancy weight,etc.. Her body's been through alot so maybe in a few years her hair will bounce back. Also, her hair appears to be quite a bit longer than before and as we all know long hair doesn't have alot of bounce due to the weight.

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    4. Amen to both, especially this one ^^^
      I think her hair definitely looked better in her engagement picture. My favourite style is her normal hair style, like curly and hanging down

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    5. anon from Leominster2 July 2014 at 01:04

      Her hair looked quite good on the tour so not sure it's a question of hormones. I think it may be more a question of the stylist. I don't know if she is using the same stylist as on the tour or a different one or trying to style it herself which might explain a lot. The ringlets are not her best look. I like her hair pulled back but she does look a bit weary and pulling her hair away from her face draws attention to that.

      I am glad to see new shoes other than the rather clunky sledges. Wish she would choose coloured ones but she seems to have lost interest in shoes since her marriage. (She wore quite interesting ones before. Perhaps she imagines she is emulating the queen but the queen didn't stay with one style until she was quite old.

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    6. What shoes did she wear to Diana and Charles's wedding? How old was she then?

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    7. anon from Leominster2 July 2014 at 14:56

      Startled me, Marge. Thought you meant Kate and she wasn't born yet.

      I can tell you about the queen however. I didn't read the article on the queen's shoes so don't know what it said but I have many royal picture books from that period.

      In 1981, the queen was fifty-five. She wore cream tee-straps shoes to Charles and Diana's wedding. Nothing to do with the style she wears now although they could be by the same shoe maker.


      I also pulled out "The Royal Family Today" dating from 1984 when the queen was fifty-eight and whixh has pictures from several previous years. The queen wore a variety of shoes some of which could be related to the same maker as today. She wore her cream tee-straps again. They have rather clunkly heels. She wore several variations on pumps during visits with the Pope and with with Reagans. She wore cream or white strappy shoes again for William's Christening. They have cut-down sides.

      For the Garter ceremony around that time, the queen wore silver tee-staps.

      The queen did wear a couple of versions of the style shoe she wears now, a white and a black pair. She wore the black pair in Canada.

      So the queen up through her fifties was wearing a variety of shoe styles, not variations of the same colour although possibly all by the same shoemaker. I can't tell you when she fell into her royal shoe rut but I'm guessing she was at least in her sixties and possibly older.

      By the way, Kate's sledges are back today at Wimbledon.

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    8. Leo- I Ha! I thought people might think Kate, but would soon figure it out.
      So the secret is out! Your history knowledge we admire is fed by an impressive personal library! Like Jo. So much nicer and more comforting than the internet.
      Saw the sledges. They looked great. She must have multiple pairs.

      Really enjoyed your comment, Leo.

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  27. Oops, looks like my first comment was eaten up.

    Here's the Reader's Digest version:

    Love how at ease Kate is when she is with children, and this is an excellent and important cause.

    Her dress is wonderful and so summery. I love when she dresses in season-appropriate colors!

    I really cannot stand her hair since Prince George was born. It's too light, and lifeless...which is a shame because I used to COVET her hair. Not anymore, and I think the lack of "bounce and life" just makes her look old.

    Thanks Charlotte for all yourhard work, this is such a fun site!
    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  28. I liked the color of the dress today but concur that it was not her best hairstyle today. Her hair is looking thinner and I wonder if it is that post pregnancy fall out that usually starts about 6 months after giving birth. It's possible that she is still supplementing George's diet with her milk and I know that nursing can start taking it out of you at this time and make you thinner. Just a thought, those things happened to me after giving birth. Thanks Charlotte for another wonderful post. You always have the most informative posts on any given event.

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  29. Catherine looks elegant and radiant! I love this dress on her. Her hair also is gorgeous.Perfect for Canada Day as well Lol happy Canada day to all Canadian readers!

    Thanks Charlotte once again for another excellent post.

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  30. Would have been Diana's birthday today.
    Do you think this may explain some of the sad faces Kate has been wearing today and yesterday?

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    1. I'm sure she is on William and Kate's mind today, but I don't think there's more to it than that (regarding sad faces).

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    2. anon from Leominster2 July 2014 at 01:14

      I agree. Yesterday she looked more vexed than anything, presumably at the press although unfortunately it just made Kate look unattractive and a bit aged.

      The great artist on that subject was Jackie Kennedy who could give the press a brilliant and photogenic smile while telling her guard to smash a pap's camera! Kate handled the press quite well before she married - not sure why it's such an issue now. She certainly knew what she was getting into!

      Not sure about today but Kate has looked strained at times on other engagements. I sometimes think she is discovering she married into a role that's she's not as comfortable with as she imagined she would be. She seemed much more relaxed the first few months after her marriage.

      It's also possible decisions about William's future are weighing on her. She may not be as enthusiastic about him being a pilot as he is - I wouldn't be if I were her. Or it could be George or the recent press.

      But I doubt it's Diana. William has never acted as if he is sensitive about his late mother's birthday, at least in the past. I can't think it would affect Kate that much. If it was a sore point, easy enough to schedule an appearance on another date. She doesn't have a very full calendar and I'm sure the charity would be delighted to accomodate her.

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    3. Have I missed something? Has the Palace- one of them- actually announced that William is taking that VOLUNTEER position? William has said nothing. Until he or some palace makes an official announcement, we should stop acting as though it is a done deal. Whole scenarios have been built around that job, as well as other rumors and media -mill influenced speculation. Without a shred of validation.

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    4. Dear Anon from Leominster,

      I totally agree, Kate seemed much more at ease during engagements after her wedding. Now she seems tense and unsure of herself. To me, constantly holding her hands clasped in front of her even when she walks makes her look insecure and uneasy, plus it makes her shoulders look slumped, never a good look. I've noticed that she seems more uneasy when attending an engagement with Will, maybe his nervousness is rubbing off on her instead of her calming him.

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    5. Lauri- Not sure how you equate kiss-blowing (polo) big grin exchanges in solemn parades, (Order) romantic gazes (today, Wimbledon) etc. as uneasiness and nervousness around William. Oh, and giggling- gleeful, non-nervous type.(Trooping) and where does William carry his hands? (when not protectively clasped around Kate's back) Right! clasped in front of him. See how many pictures you can find of Kate clasping her hands in front, before her formal, public appearances with William began.

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    6. Hi Marg,

      I in no way am insinuating that Kate is uneasy or nervous around William rather that his nervousness and unease (probably with the press) is rubbing off on her. You might notice that when William is at an engagement he frequently rubs his hands together, adjusts his suit while he is walking, etc all subtle signs of nerves. I would suggest that you try walking with your hands clasped in front of you for a while, if you do you will notice that your shoulders start to pull forward which in turn restricts the lungs making your breathing more shallow which in turn can make one feel uneasy. It's all pretty subtle but something I learned from years of practicing yoga. My favorite picture of Kate is when she attended an engagement with the Queen and Prince Phillip in Leicaster, she was wearing that gorgous teal suit, anyhow, she walked with her arms down by her side, shoulders back, spine straight and looked so amazingly confident and secure. That is the look I wish for her all the time.

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  31. A colour that is hers! She is warm coloured, and this coral suits her! She wears a lot of summer colours (cool), and this one she got down. Yeah!

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  32. philly, I agree with every word you wrote. I don't think everyone appreciates the way Kate and George were bounced from pillar to post for the first three months after his birth. Thank god her parents came to the rescue, at least for awhile.

    I find myself wondering if nanny Maria is still around, or if she was just a short-term hire. I find myself wondering if Antonella, their housekeeper, is all the help Kate has in that huge new-to-her Kensington apartment. If so, no wonder Kate looks so exhausted.

    I love the coral pink colour on Kate, but can't say that her hair looked its best. It did look MUCH better by the time she left the engagement, after those two silly ringlets had had time to fall out. I suspect that Kate used hairdressers on site in New Zealand and Australia, and is now reduced to using whatever Prince Charles is willing to provide--that second-rate woman who cut William and Harrys hair in childhood, and who cut hers, pre the Down Under Tour.

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    1. She's skinny. Shes a lways been skinny. What on earth are you all talking about?

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    2. anon from Leominster2 July 2014 at 01:17

      I got the impression that Maria was meant to be full time, although that doesn't mean it is working out. But Kate looked quite relaxed at polo and at the traditional royal engagments of the Trooping and the Garter. She seems more tense on private engagments.

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    3. Bletchley certainly wasn't private and she was terribly drawn there.at times. It is moments of repose that are most revealing. -when it seems the focus is off her and she has a somewhat private moment.

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    4. anon from Leominster2 July 2014 at 17:00

      Poor wording on my part. I meant solo engagements or engagements with just her and William. She looks more relaxed at group events with other royals or at completely private times such as polo.

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  33. Hello, Charlotte and Duchess Kate community!
    I'm a long-time lurker here, and I thought I would throw a few thoughts in for consideration today. I thought Kate looked impeccable today, as always, and that her genuinely caring nature, which cannot be faked, came across in the candid photos of her interactions with the students and staff. In these photos, her original "spark" is still perfectly in evidence, and though most of us will never know her outside of her media presence, we can see perfectly how she is the one who captured, won, and kept Prince William's heart. I think that most of us here will agree that he is a very lucky man!

    I think what has shifted over her married years is that she doesn't display that "spark" quite as fully in the entering/exit photos, and sometimes perhaps in the staged photos as well. In previous years, I think she always kindly flashed the cameras a smile - in fact, there is a YouTube video of her first Christmas as a royal that depicts her walking with the family, wearing a pretty-but-pasted smile for the press. She was the only one to do so.

    I too am of the opinion that she didn't look happy yesterday, but I believe this is because she was being photographed at what was supposed to be a private visit. Again, there's no reason to fear that something is wrong - she simply didn't fake a smile - and I don't believe any of the other family members would have reacted any differently to what must have been a swarm of media at a non-public event. For those of us in the working world (probably most of us here), we all know what it is like to have about 10 items to accomplish in a 20 minute window before some sort of other deadline or obligation, only walk into our office and see someone waiting there for an impromptu meeting. I know it's not the same situation, but we all know the feeling of having to graciously cope with someone who isn't scheduled to be there at that moment in time! The difference is, we don't have to do it in front of the world's media, and then in turn have someone worried about the state of our health/wellbeing/marriage.

    I'm still ambivalent on their workload, or lack thereof. As an American, I'm still not quite sure what the expectation is. Like many, I would like to see her and Prince William leveraging their position to the full extent of its many possibilities. However, I have gained the (perhaps incorrect) impression that in their perfect world, they would simply be an RAF pilot and his wife/family. However, military officers and their wives (though more blessed than many in terms of financial security) do not wear designer clothing, own multiple homes (let alone palaces), drive Range Rovers and Audis, etc, etc, etc. No one, not even royalty, can have it both ways - they enjoy many, many privileges that most never will, and to whom much is given, much is expected. I am sure she has days that the "perks" of the position are simply not worth the scrutiny, and I admire her for coping as graciously as possible. Again to somehow tie it to our world, how many of us have been in a leadership position at work that entails pressures for which the salary, etc cannot compensate?

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    1. anon 18:08- Interesting post! Glad you came part-way out of the shadows. When you feel comfortable, perhaps you will choose a moniker?
      You may want to look up the origin of your quote:" From whom much is given, much is expected." Not sure that is exact quote, but am pretty sure whose philosophy it reflects.

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      Very interesting and well thought out post, Anonymous. Thank you.

      I believe the quote is from Luke.

      For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

      It seems quite applicable. How many of us have the gardens at Buckingham Palace and homes like Balmoral at our disposal, and yet we all have worries and burdens as is clear from this blog.

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    3. I always marvel at the similarity of the phrase attributed to, but not original to, Karl Marx and the verse from Luke. "From each according to his ability; to each according to his need." We all have talents and gifts I don't think the verse in Luke was about material wealth.If so, it just seems like a pitch for Socialism and the graduated income tax.. One can have material wealth -inherited, as with the Windsors, or earned-as with the Middletons ,and yet the greatest gift or talent that person can give is of himself in caring and compassion. Grand homes and gardens don't compensate for heartache. Just ask Sophie.

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    4. The two quotes are not similar AT ALL!! In fact they are reflect completely OPOSITE philosophies!! Better read them again (and perhaps think again before putting Marx in the same sentence as Luke - or any of the Apostles)!

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  34. I really like this dress - very pretty and classic. However - oh Kate please change your hairstyle. She needs to cut some length off - I am not a fan of the sausage curls today. It would be nice if she would choose some different style of shoes - always closed toed pumps - but at least they were not her sledge pumps which have grown tired. Enjoy this blog tho!

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  35. Kate is always beautiful, but this wasn't my favorite look on her. The dress is all right--nothing special. I do like the bright color, however. This hairstyle is way off the mark for her. Too flat on the top and sides. It needs to be fuller somewhere. It really doesn't do her any favors, which may be why so many people are commenting she looks tired or haggard. I think it's the hair pulled so tightly around her face. Great cause tho, and she is worthy of admiration no matter what she wears!

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  36. Great post! Duchess Kate looked wonderful.......very sixties Audrey Hepburn.

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  37. Personally, I haven't been crazy about any of the outfits Kate has worn this year, but it's nice to see her in something colorful. With her dark hair, I think she should wear more bright colors. This dress seems more youthful than some of the other styles she has worn recently, which is refreshing. She’s still a young woman, after all. On the other hand, I can't believe how thin Kate is--it's shocking! Is it normal for new mothers to lose so much weight? And I agree with some other posters--her hair used to look so much better. Not that long ago, I remember thinking she had the best hair in the world. I can't really put my finger on what's different now. But she should think about going back to her old hairdresser, if that's the issue.

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  38. Looked at the other styles offered on GOAT's site and many look very much like the styles Kate could wear to many of her daytime engagements. Classic styles that can be worn for many years and accessorized. She should consider buying more clothing from them.
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  39. I enjoyed reading a mini transcript of her time spent with the teachers. Her questions were thoughtful and well phrased, not at all condescending or superfluous.

    Interesting, too, to see her interact with Mr. Bishop! I imagine the Duchess was happy to let him handle the speaking duties.

    I'm a fan of the color and bodice of this dress! The tucks make it interesting and flattering. It's a solid choice for the business of the day.

    Has anyone ever read or heard how Diana's family members mark her birthday, if indeed they do?

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  40. I am a big fan of Kate's look today. I agree with all who have said she looks very thin. Some of the photos from today remind me of the one from December 2012 when she was leaving the hospital after her bout with severe morning sickness. I do think she looked great today.

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  41. I wish we had a option for posts because there are so many that I Like! LOL

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  42. I also want to add that I think her makeup is adding to the tired and haggard look that people are noticing. Compare how heavy her eye makeup is here to the pic of her at the 2011 ARK Gala pic. The ARK Gala was a formal event and her makeup still was not as heavy as she has been wearing it recently. I do notice heavy eyeliner seems to be popular with the Middleton women in general, which is unnecessary because they are all beautiful, and don't need the extra "weight" that too much liner adds.

    I probably seem like I am picking the Duchess apart, and I don't mean to...because I do adore her. I just miss the sparkle in her eye, and the bounce in her hair. Lol

    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  43. Wonderful look, quintessential Duchess of C (and wind-proof skirt, thumbs up for that!) Love the color–coral pink is so now and I'm coveting something in the same shade. Her signature, cassic beige shoes (I'm pretty sure a lot of this blog's readers, including myself, have at least one patent beige pair of shoes in their closet thanks to the Duchess!). Her hair was also signature Duchess, now loose yet affixed in a way to avoid girly and unprofessional "hair touching" all the time (one of the New Zealand tour breakthroughs in my view). Yes, she looks thin, but not thinner than before! Plus, lest we forget, a second pregnancy is bound to happen in the next year or so and the DoC just wants to be at her thinnest, healthiest before conception to be able to get back into shape post-partum (not unique to her, it's a common strategy among modern mothers to be). And, to people who scrutinize her face for "emotional" readings, please stop. Let's just remember that the DoC is a mother running after a toddler and that, while she is a young woman, she is nonetheless in her early 30s–which means expression lines do show up and skin is slightly less taut, it's a normal part of life, not a sign of "trouble" (especially for someone who has a history of outdoors sports, sun, and water; regardless of sunscreen, there are dermatological consequences). Silvia

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself. Thank-you, Silvia.

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    2. Thank you, Marg, for the sweet comment! Silvia.

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    3. Well said Silvia, ...quintessential Duchess of C
      I admire how Kate can pull off that coral. Coral and watermelon are extremely tricky "in between" colours in my opinion. I for one would look like after enjoying a week of stomach flu. But on her its absolutely gorgeous.

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    4. Anna-NZ- now we know where you were for awhile. In the loo! I would rather wash windows than have 5minutes of stomach flu. Glad you are out and about now.

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    5. Now I get it, Anna. You did not actually just have the flu. Just describing how you would look in that color. Next time, I'll ask Esti to explain it to me.
      I take back my flu remarks.

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    6. For a little while I was thinking that I had not got it.MARG: you can ask me whenever you want .....uuuuuu

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    7. Marg - don't worry. I write lots or rubbish lately. I am very busy at work but I manage to carve out a few minutes to escape to "Charlotte's treasure island". However, when I do and think too many things at the same time, my english takes a rapid downturn and grammar is all over the place.
      So no, physically I am all happy and fit BUT I know how I would look like if....... :)

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    8. So glad, Anna. Don't worry. ESTI is like a pig ferreting out truffles. She'll find the meaning.
      Maybe that was an unfortunate comparison. Ha! In German, it would be grounds for a duel.

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    9. PS-ANNA- just read my 7-2. 04:31 comment. We all have those moments. And ESTI- got it.What you said. Everyone kindly with held their comments on my ramble.

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    10. I like truffles...(the mushroom and of chocolate....) but I am very clean, neat and tidy as well responsable, good behaviored....

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    11. PS I understood the first time, I get it better when the person is not native English, bad English is more understandable, even tough Anna write English perfectly (I don´t know speaking I have never heard her....uuuuuuu)

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    12. Esti- pistoles at sunrise, then?

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    13. Sunrise?? It´s 23.30 pm right now, what time is it in Oklahoma, and in New Zealand?? Tomorrow is Saturday, at what time should I get up?? Could I wait till Monday?? Don´t you mind??

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    14. Esti- this time of year Oklahoma is 6 hours behind London( or 5 hours) . New Zealand is 10 hours ahead of London. 9 hours ahead of Madrid. Madrid (same as Paris?) is 7 hours ahead of Oklahoma.
      Yes, let's wait until Monday, or at least until I figure out what time it is and maybe who I am.

      PS It is.now as I write 7 pm Friday, July 4 here.It is probably 2am July 5 Saturday in Madrid. You should be asleep!

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    15. MARG: yes same as Paris, another anecdot:
      The cause of jetlag goes back to the years of the dictatorship, when Franco sixty minutes ahead patriotic clocks to be in sync with the time that Germany had imposed on the occupied territories (GMT +1:00). Until then, the Spaniards had lived in accordance with the Greenwich Mean Time.

      That is, until 1942, the Spaniards marked watches one hour earlier than the current (GMT +0:00), the same today with England, Portugal and the Canary Islands and Spain that corresponds to its geographical location, as the meridian of Greenwich passes Castellón and leave virtually the entire peninsula west.

      Moreover, Galicia, the westernmost part of the peninsula, and could adhere to the following time zone (GMT-1: 00). Their watches during winter are two developed daylight hours.












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  44. The sparkle in her eyes will come back as soon as media and public will cease their incessant rumours, gossips and bullying. And she will put on veight as well. No wonder that she looked strained and a little sad. To think she can't defend herself "never complain, never explain" and endure so much hatred. Therefore, it's so easy to tear her into pieces and then say that she looks strained. Of course she does. It is never pleasant to be lynched by almost everyone. The hypocrysy is astounding here!

    By the way, Pauline, if you read me please come back and comment. I really miss you. Come back for our beautiful Duchess!

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      Truthfully, I don't think anyone hates Kate! Certainly not on this blog. There have been questions about her committment to her role, but that is a very different matter.

      If she did a bit more, I think she actually would find there is much less negative publicity. The press looks for a vacumn and if they aren't getting stories, they'll start to try to create them out of what they can find. Those stories also draw a lot more attention if there is nothing else going on.

      I have to admit I miss Pauline too. We didn't always agree but I really liked her style and I completely agree about the wonderful potential Willam and Kate show as a loving couple.

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    2. To be honest I do not miss anyone who tells the others to shut up and leave just because we do not all fall for the beautiful duchess. It is peace and quiet I wonder why? Blue27

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  45. I'm not too fond of this dress Kate wore today. It's a very beautiful color, but my god I fear her style is getting a little redundant and boring. I'm all for finding a style you like and sticking with it. I myself prefer to wear A-line dresses, but I often try to step outside of that style and try something different. I wish Kate would experiment more.
    I agree with the other posters here also, Kate does look tired. And too thin. It really is worrisome. I think that sets a bad example to young girls who idolize her when they see she wants to be as thin as possible. I read a story recently that she was dieting again, that bothers me.
    Kate would look beautiful at any weight, but she does look better with a little bit more weight on her.
    I really hope she's taking care of herself and it's just stress and not something more serious like an eating disorder.

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  46. I think she looked very polished and appropriate, as befits her public role. She is very thin, but it's clear that she is naturally so. She doesn't have curves (never had, except the baby bump when she was pregnant), she has very very narrow hips, so this is really her natural figure. In a way, this makes it easier for her to wear certain kinds of dresses or cleavage that could look too sexy and inappropriate on other women. Charlotte from Italy

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    1. Actually Kate does have curves. I think we're all forgetting about her pre wedding weight. If you go back and look at photos of her when she was at St.Andrews she had a very nice figure. She was no where as thin as she is now.

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  47. Maureen M Phx, AZ1 July 2014 at 20:59

    That hairstyle does not flatter the shape of her face, (much too elongated), and the dark eye makeup is aging her and looks dated. I love the color of the dress, but hate the high neck line. And what is with those boring shoes. Is it not considered profession to wear a nude peep-toe heel instead? I don't know.... something! My comments are not meant to be belittling in nature; I would say the same things to my sisters whom I love dearly. Loved the coverage of the event today, as always, especially the inclusion of the artwork and the joke! Thank you!

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    1. Love love love the higher neckline. So many of her outings have been close to a T&A show. This outfit is a winner on length and height.

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  48. Completely unflattering look on her today. The dress was not fitted well, especially around the hips. It is a nice dress, just not for her body type.
    Also, her hair was aging her, and made her forehead too long.
    It seems like the queen has really had an impact on Kate's wardrobe (solid pastel colours, no shape), but Kate is young and should be dressing for her age, not as an 80 something year old.
    Hope to never see this look on her again.

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    1. ditto- especially the hair- A ponytail would have worked much better.

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    2. Anonymous 21:19, I agree with your thoughts about the Queen's influence. I predict that we are stuck with variations on this theme until HM is no longer Queen. I hope not, but if forced to bet, that's where I'd put my money. Perhaps there will be greater leeway with evening gowns, but her tour and day-to-day options have (shall we say) narrowed.

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    3. It could be that the DofC just got tired of all the bad press when she had "wardrobe malfunctions" and decided to change her style a bit for her own peace of mind. I'm sure the palace doesn't call every shot.

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    4. I agree it's a nice dress but not terribly flattering on her, ditto the hair. Her interaction with the children is the high point of the visit. She seems like a lovely down-to-earth person. Wish she would dial back the heavy foundation, I look at the lovely woman wearing those earrings three years ago and wonder what happened to her?

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    5. Don't get me started! ha! Greybird, I do realize that was a rhetorical question.

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  49. Great dress that fits the occasion and season well. Don't like her hair style today. Great post Charlotte. Thanks for keeping up the great work and making this my #1 go to site for DOC.

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  50. Very regal look. It reminds me a little (only slightly!) of Mary of Denmark. Maybe it's the hair? Her hair does look lovely styled like that.

    It's a nice dress, and a nice colour too, but I am not in love with it. Catherine is only in her early thirties, and she can pull off something more youthful!

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  51. I love this colour and don't mind the style of the dress as it gives her a bit more shape with the pleating detail under the bust. I don't like ringlet type curls on adult women. It just doesn't lool quite right for me. However I do like the fact that she has her hair up and out of the way. Overall, I think she looks lovely.

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  52. I also noticed the drawn, haggard expression as she began the visit. I also noticed how she came alive and sparkled during her interactions with the children. They also seemed to warm to her. They were a rather sad, bewildered little group to me.
    Which Anna? Anna from New Zealand? Thank-you for the photo. Perhaps you could add a comment about your experience, if you find the time? Would love to hear your story!

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    1. No Marg - not me.... unfortunately :)
      I would have CERTAINLY told the entire blog (multiple times) if I would be on my way to London.... By now everyone would shout: Just bugger off and take some decent photos!! LOL... But I am very glad for the other Anna! Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Bleep! Ha ha! Anna. The "and family" part did confuse me.

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    3. Hello Marg and Anna from NZ!

      I'm the Anna that was lucky enough to get to see the Duchess in person yesterday!!! It was certainly a thrill and definitely the highlight of my trip. My husband is here studying at King's College so my 15 month old and I have had a month to tour London. It has been absolutely wonderful! We are from Tennessee in the States. I am a big follower of this blog and had my eye on which events I could possibly attend this month where I could hopefully see Kate. None of them seemed like I was likely to be able to actually see her or get a picture until the Blessed Sacrament event was added at the last minute!! I told my husband I HAD to go and he kindly accompanied me and watched our baby so I could get pictures and enjoy the event! We didn't even know what time it was going to start but thankfully arrived about 45 minutes before Kate did. I got some amazing pictures that I will treasure forever--my husband was afraid to touch the camera the rest of the day because he didn't want anything to happen to them before I could put the photos on my computer! (He's a good man isn't he!) I was surprised that there were only about 100 spectators outside the school, most were parents of the school children. It was amazing to have her drive RIGHT by me and see her get out of the car! Absolutely thrilling and a very fond memory!!

      As soon as I got the pictures I knew I had to share my experience with Charlotte!

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    4. Anna from Tn.- can't have too many Annas! Love hearing your stories. More!More! Yes, your husband is a keeper, for sure. My younger daughter lives in Tn.

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    5. Yes, Thank you so much Anna from TN, enjoyed your above post about your awesome husband; and being able to attend an event where you obtained photos, etc etc. Thank you Charlotte for posting photos taken by our commentators.

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  53. Karis from Canada2 July 2014 at 00:08

    Thanks Charlotte for the lovely post!
    I love the bright coral colour that she chose to wear. I really like the lines around the bodice area giving the dress more shape and definition. However, I am just not that big a fan of that horrid belt. I think it actually makes the dress look a bit dated. I actually think the dress looks better in black.
    She is such a beautiful girl, however, not the greatest in choice of hairstyle today. I don't think it flatters the shape of her face very well.
    Looking forward as always to her next public appearance.

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  54. I like the dress but I think it's something I would wear and I'm a lot older than Kate. I don't like her hairstyle.AT.ALL. It's the poufy top thing that looks awful. I also like that she's changed her shoes but I really wish she would be more daring and I hate to make comparisons but maybe take some notes from Queen Maxima or yes,yes,yes Queen Letizia!

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  55. I've liked her hair half up on many occasions, but something about this particular style doesn't work for me.

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  56. I really enjoy seeing these posts when Kate is getting involved and really doing some fantastic work.

    I actually really like the dress. Its very pretty, especially the colour. But poor Kate is just getting much too thin. She is becoming all bones. It is quite upsetting to see. I agree with Blair, she had a lovely womanly figure back in her St Andrews days and pre-wedding. She was super sporty looking but had shapes. I would love to see her look like this again.

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  57. Loralee from Atlanta2 July 2014 at 03:20

    I too, think that Kate is looking too thin. It does concern me. Does anyone know if the rumor that she is on a raw diet true? Otherwise, it is lovely to see her doing such marvelous charity work, and it is exciting to hear that George is zipping about. Not even one yet!!!

    Loralee from Atlanta

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    1. I have read about that, the green shakes???, I´m not surprised , I was having them for a week and I was bored to tears and with a look of disgust..
      Here the media is saying the same, she´s thinnest and atique, nevertheless about thinness we had better shut up , Letizia is skinny..

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  58. I do not mean to start anything, but these photos suggest to me that the Duchess might be pregnant. She looks a bit queasy, and thinner (perhaps from morning sickness?). I guess we will see in a few months. Any others have similar thoughts?

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    1. One day you´ll hit the target......until she turns 40...she can give birh plenty of children...

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  59. I also wish there was options to these posts mainly the like option as so many say what I feel. The majority appear to like the dress color but do not like the hair style. If this is our opinion and there are not that many of us, I believe this would be the cross section vote of the population who are a royal following. Personally I do not believe that Kate is naturally thin/skinny, I do think she works at being just this extreme thin. This opinion is due to viewing her younger year photographs and even in the year 2007. But Kate still looks good even at this weight. This hairstyle though was simply awful on her and yes made her look much older than she should look at age 32.

    Children do indeed bring out the real Kate and that shows in how she interacts and how the children respond to her. No one can script what a child will say. I was glad to read that the royals are trying to take on less patronages so as to spend more quantity/quality time in the ones they do choose.

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  60. Pretty ensemble and appropriate for the event. Nice to see her out and about. Love her hair pulled away from her face and definitely love that she's had a few inches cut off, it's definitely looking better. Not a particular fan of this particular half-up, half-down style for some reason.
    I've read various reports, including from UK royal beat reporters, that Kate has taken up a "raw foods" diet in an effort to improve her skin tone and texture. I have noticed for some time now that her skin seems more ruddy and not as smooth and glowing as it did before the wedding and even in the months after the wedding and before the pregnancy. I have noticed that it seems like she's wear a lot more foundation than she used to, her makeup seems a lot thicker and heavier in the last few engagements, for whatever reason. It's not particularly flattering and it seems to highlight the rough patches in her complexion.
    By contrast, at the Father's Day polo match, not a formal event and she wasn't wearing hardly any makeup, her skin looked a lot smoother. But that photography wasn't as close-up as the formal event photos are either.
    Seems like the Palace is really working hard to spin things these days, the young royals don't take on as many engagements because they "want to have more of an impact." I've read this explanation before from some of the UK royal beat reporters. Sorry but it seems a little weak.

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  61. Can you imagine how great she would look if she'd cut off 10-20 cm of hair ? She has lovely hair - just let it curl naturally - gain a few ounces of weight and I'm sure she'd be back on form. That hairstyle does little for her now scrawny face.

    By the way - the Picture of Kate in the coral coat; that's her son's face .... wow

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  62. Thank you for yet another great post! I think the problem with her hair is that too little of it is up. Usually we can see her ears, which makes for a flattering look, but not this time. The colour of the dress is lovely, but to me it seems she is getting too thin.

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  63. People magazine has an interesting feature on its website: a constantly changing collage of the Duchess' face and hair over the past few years.

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  64. I've seen pictures of Catherine's dress from the event on Monday June 30. Has anyone (or can anyone) ID that beautiful frock?

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  65. I have noticed that the candid pictures from fans Charlotte uses have shown personal security close -by. - this one and the Harbor one from NZ. (Kiwi? Anna?). The pro and pap photos don't seem to do that as much. I'm glad to see it.

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  66. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2014 at 23:41

    Lovely dress. The color is splendid on Kate!

    Place2Be and Action on Addiction are so needed in this day and age when parents are struggling with drug, addiction, mental health and other problems.
    Well done Kate!

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