Sunday, 9 November 2014

Kate in Alexander McQueen for Remembrance Sunday

The Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the Royal family were sombre in black for today's Remembrance Sunday ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.


The Duchess watched the ceremony from the foreign office balcony with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex. Protocol dictates those married into the Royal family, with the exception of Prince Philip, watch from a distance.


At precisely 11 a.m. a two minute silence was observed. The silence represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, when the guns of Europe fell silent. The time is marked by the firing of a field gun on Horse Guards Parade.

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Kate's thoughts no doubt turned to her late grandfather Peter Middleton who trained Canadian pilots during the Second World War; he passed away in 2010, aged 90.


Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. This year's National Service of Remembrance is especially significant, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings and the end of Britain's conflict in Afghanistan.


Kate chatting with Camilla.


The Cenotaph is a war memorial which began as a temporary structure erected for a peace parade following the end of WWI, but following an outpouring of national sentiment it was replaced in 1920 by a permanent structure and designated the United Kingdom's primary war memorial. Below we see a photo from 11 November 1920 showing the unveiling by George V. Almost a century later, it remains an equally important monument symbolising remembrance.

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Prime Minister David Cameron said these anniversaries made this year particularly poignant:

"Today we stand united to remember the courageous men and women who have served our country, defended our freedoms and kept us safe. We remember all those who have fallen and those who have given their lives to protect us. We owe each and every member of our armed forces and the families who support them a tremendous debt - one that can never be repaid."

The march past.


The Queen led commemorations at the Cenotaph by placing a wreath against the stone. There were some concerns for Her Majesty after a series of overnight raids quashed a suspected terror plot that may have involved an attack on the monarch. Thanks to dedicated and thorough police work the plot was foiled. Of course, there was no doubt the Queen would be in attendance today, as this duty is incredibly important to her.


Wreaths were also laid by Prince William, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, The Earl of Wessex, and The Duke of Kent.


Government officials also laid wreaths.


Kate singing the national anthem.


It's been a year of remembrance, with one of the most noticeable and emotive aspects being the Tower Poppies exhibition we've discussed before here on the blog. It has been visited by high-profile figures such as the Prime Minister and members of the Royal family - and has also struck a chord with the public. Demand to see the display has been so high it will remain in place until the end of November.

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It is the fourth consecutive year Kate has attended the ceremony. In 2011 and 2012 she chose a DVF coat.


And last year she selected the elegant Temperley London Noa Coat with a jacquard diamond check design.


The Duchess appropriately selected a black Alexander McQueen black flared wool coat today. The double-breasted garment features an exaggerated collar, notched lapels, two side slit pockets and button embellished cuffs. It's available for £1,745 at Harvey Nichols. Neiman Marcus are currently selling the coat in white too.

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The coat also comes in a shorter version. It's available in black here, in grey at Saks and navy at Harrods.

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A closer look at the details.

Alexander McQueen

The design proved very popular with royals. As you can see Sophie chose a very similar McQueen piece. It is believed The Countess is wearing the shorter version.


Kate wore a black dress underneath and a poppy pin on her lapel. She received the piece in Australia during the tour.


The Duchess accessorised with her sapphire and diamond earrings.


And Mappin and Webb Empress pendant.

Mappin and Webb

As you've probably noticed from the above photos, Kate repeated the black Jane Corbett hat she wore for the 2011 Remembrance Sunday ceremonies.


You can watch a video here. We leave you with part of 'For The Fallen' by Laurence Binyon.


We'll see Kate on Wednesday when she attends an athletes' workshop in aid of her patronage SportsAid.

210 comments:

  1. Thanks for such a speedy, detailed post, Charlotte! And hopefully we all keep in mind what this holiday is about, despite being excited about Kate appearances.

    She looks lovely, fashion-wise, but she appears tired from the travelling yesterday and two days worth of events (my guess as to why). I love how this jacket accentuates her bump! Very much what I would expect of Kate at an event like this - many recycled items, but another new jacket!

    I believe Camilla is in the middle, because she is married to the first-in-line, to which I am sure Kate is grateful. I always feel that her and Sophie are only polite and chat when they need to. I also think it is strange that Sophie is in an Alexander McQueen jacket....

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    1. Why is it strange that Sophie is is an AMc jacket? :)

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    2. Faith from Boston9 November 2014 at 14:04

      Yes, in fact one has to look quite closely to see that they aren't the same jacket.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 15:17

      Seem to be the same jacket in everything but the fabric maybe? And i think Sophies is not tailored for her because is is way to puffy. Kate's is a little small I think but it sit's way better on her.

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    4. Her faced looks fuller in 2012 and this year due to her pregnancies. It still looks normal though compared to her leaner faces.

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    5. I think it's strange - or, better, noteworthy - because Sophie used to dress like Diana, hair included, and since Kate married into the RF she started modelling her look on the new cute thing.

      I can totally understand it, by the way. Having someone like Kate around - and Diana before - must put a lot of pressure on her.

      Camilla

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    6. Kate's coat has more detail/stitching and the sleeves are more snug.

      Side note: and of course Camilla smiles right at the cameras.

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    7. There is no significance to how or where they stand.

      Sophie & Catherine are very close. There is no reason for them to be chatty on a day like today. At other events they are always giggling & happy.

      The coats are not the same; same designer but that it it. Nothing odd about it.

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    8. Camilla, I agree with you. The influence of both ladies was/is difficult to miss.

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    9. I can see why you would say that about the Diana/Kate influence on Sophie, but that concept doesn't take into account the styles of the times. Sophie met Edward in 1993, when she was working in PR. Her style then was typical of the 1990s, just like Diana. When she became a full-time royal in 2002, her style transitioned (sometimes less than gracefully) out of the 1990s power suit look toward embracing the styles of the day. Now, she's embracing the styles of 2014, just like Kate, and likely as Diana would be doing too. Sophie's just a stylish woman whose clothing choices have changed with the times (thank goodness!), and likely not trying to specifically emulate the Duchess of Cambridge.

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    10. Not all women in the 80s looked like Diana, and not all women today wear Nude L.K. Bennett Sledge shoes.

      Sophie does. That's why we take notice.

      I see your point, though :)

      Camilla

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 13:02

    She looks beautiful. Love that hat. She looks like she's feeling a little icky though. I suspect that the earlier in the day, the more she might be feeling sick. But she looks great. Can't belive though that she and Sophie managed to have the same coat :P Because to me, I can't see any difference between the two. I guess this is one occation they don't garmet-check since you already know black is the colour. A little funny though.

    This is such a beautiful and somber event. Very dignified.

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  3. Great photos! Great post as always, many thanks. Kate looks pensive and beautiful, sensational coat with huge lapels and generous flare helps fuller figure. Love that she wore the sapphire earrings. Your close-ups make her make-up look very heavy, poor thing, been going through a tough time.

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  4. Mmm...such a sad day always. Going into the fashion, I liked the softness of Camilla's dress. It softens the whole feel of the thing. These formal coats can add to the solemn feel of the day. For Kate and Sophie's coats...they are very similar indeed but I like Sophie's much more than Kate's. The look of the material and the overall fit. Also, if you look on the closeups, it seems as if there is a thread at Kate's middle as if maybe the button was changed and a thread stayed behind...not sure. But the texture of Kate's coat looks almost worn. I am also not a huge fan of hats that are worn so much on the front of the face, whereas I loved the big hat Kate wore on a previous Remembrance day. It would be nice to see her in bigger hats like that. Overall, she didn't look happy or well today. One yay is that you can really start to see her small baby bump on these photo's :-).

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  5. Sofia and Kate have the same coats and they don't look comfortable about it. Kate's coat still has the horrible sign and pieces of thread from the button. The rest of the thread should have been removed (I tell you it's easy). It ruined the whole look.

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    1. I meant the mark left after the button. There some of the thread still left. It doesn't look good.

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    2. You can see it clearly on the first photo (she looks down). Next to the buttons, on the left there are some threads left. She should cut the thread with scissors more carefully. She isn't good at adjusting coats. She had similar problems during the previous pregnancy. Or maybe Will does it for her, so I forgive spoiling the outfit hahaha :)

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    3. I don't think they're uncomfortable about having (almost) identical coats. I suspect it had more to do with the occasion and the terrorist plot that was quashed. We may envy some of the perks, but I wouldn't want to deal with some of the harsher realities of royal life.

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    4. Their coats are actually not the same. Same designer but not the same. Different lengths, button & lapel positioning & fabric.

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    5. I suspect Kate leaves a thread or two when she moves a button, to mark its position so she can put it back there when she is not pregnant. Those tiny threads are almost invisible.

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    6. She should have done it on the inside part of the coat or simply measured the length from the edge of the coat. I can't understand that Kate put so much effort and time in the full make up was so careless about such simple thing to do, but which effected the whole look. It's like wearing expensive but dirty shoes. Why putting expensive McQueen when it's "unpolished"? When you choose classic thing you should wear them with class, otherwise it doesn't make any sense to me.

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    7. To me the front of Kate's coat fits better than Sophie's, which has the lapels overlapping too much. I wonder whether Sophie moved a button in the other direction. Compare the models for the way it should look.

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  6. Wait. So their not allowed to stand with their family and husbands because their not royal blood? What does that have to do with remembering the soldiers who died in the war? That is the weirdest thing. she represents the queen on some engagements. Goes on royal tours. Gets curtsied to by other royals. And yet, on remembrance sunday, she must stand seperately from them because she's not a real royal. I'm sure she would rather be standing at a safer distance. But it seems strange to me.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 14:44

      It's not that they're not allowed to stand together. The men (including Philip) and the queen leaves wreaths. The royals (+ Philip since he served) do this and do not stand on any balcony at all

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    2. Princess Marina of Greece the Duchess of Kent, and King Olaf of Norway used to stand on the balcony. They were definitely royal. The main line of the British royal family has not married other royals since Queen Mary, largely because of the world wars and religious differences. Standing on the balcony is a matter of being a spouse. The Duchess of Gloucester was probably on another balcony, perhaps along with Princess Alexandra, who is definitely royal. Princess Anne may not have been present, but she is usually in uniform among the royals at the Cenotaph. Prince Harry, by the way, was in Afghanistan to lay a wreath at Kandahar Air Base.

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    3. It's not about being royal at all. It's about having served.

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    4. There are pictures of both the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra of Kent standing on another balcony. Princess Anne is on a tour of the US and Canada.

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    5. Princess Anne will be at the Cenotaph in Ottawa tomorrow (Nov. 11) for Canadian remembrance ceremony.

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    6. Oh ok now I get it. From the way I read yhe post, it sounded like because the were marries Iinto the royal family and not blood royal, the three women were forced to stand together away from the event. Thanks for clarifying.

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    7. Actually, ladies, not so sure it's just about military service since Princess Anne's husband, Commander Tim Lawrence, who has served in the Royal Navy as a commanding officer, joined Kate and Sophie on the balcony on Nov. 10, 2013.
      Last year, three UK prime ministers, Blair, Milliband and Cameron laid wreaths while their wives watched from another balcony.

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  7. The Royal Ladies too have a sort of uniform---black with hat and poppy and as it's Nov, almost always a coat.
    Catherine was beautifully dressed for the event, but thought she looked unwell,
    Possibly morning is her most difficult time, improving in the afternoon and not so well in the evening---knew well the feeling.
    Thankful that all was well. It is sad that for almost a hundred years, all the senior Royals and members of the government have stood by the Cenotaph with very little concern for their safety, but this time, we all knew there were concerns, but it did not stop those whose duty was to be there, or those who went purely to play tribute to our armed forces.
    Well done to them all.

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    1. Well done indeed.

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    2. Agree Jean and Bluhare, great job to the British police for their hard work to keep everyone safe. Hats off and a great job to all those who participated in the ceremony and who came to pay their respects. Thankful that it was a wonderful day of remembrance and everyone was safe.

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    3. I'm with you guys. Great work. So horrific that work like that is needed....

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  8. Ok, it's a fact that these ladies usually coordinates their outfits, but this is ridiculous! Kate and Sophie Wessex are almost identical!!
    That said, it's a beautiful look, and I'd love one day to see the Duchess in the shorter version (with troosers of course)

    Gabriella, Italy

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    1. Its not the same coat, relax.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 15:19

      It's close enough to be awkward.

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    3. Stephanie , it's the same coat (or close enough, as Rebecca said) . I'm not gonna loose my sleep for this, but you must admit that it quite ... Unusual , considering these ladies aren't short of black coats. In my opinion, since they've already been hypercoordinated in the past, this fact could be intentional

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    4. I can't see what's different about Sophie's coat?

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    5. It IS the same coat! But Kate's coat fits differently across the bust and stomach as she's pregnant. She has had the buttons shifted. If she was not pregnant, the coat would fit as Sophie's does. Hilarious - meeting each other at the event to discover a bad case of matching gorgeous outfits. Love it :)

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    6. Lella, I don't think it was intentional. Most likely they *didn't* discuss it (not that they were required to).

      leafyNZ, it isn't exactly the same coat. The stitching and material is different on Kate's (more detail to it and the sleeves fit better).

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    7. Sarah in Minneapolis10 November 2014 at 02:39

      McQueen was having a buy one, get one free sale.

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    8. Sarah in Minneapolis for the win!

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    9. True royalfan - I initially looked at the post on my phone and couldn't see the finer details, but then spotted the differences in coats when i had a closer look on the computer later.
      So not *exactly* the same coat, but pretty well near enough! One short and one long. I like the texture of Sophie's coat much more than the rough fabric on Kate's.

      Anyway, I can't unsee my first thoughts that Kate's expressions mean she's all pissed at Sophie for the matchy-matchy, and Cam's smugly laughing away at the two of them. I bet Camilla was like "girls, I'll be in the middle to break things up a little".

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    10. Sarah, that was funny!

      leafyNZ, and the more *I* thought about it, I am going with your assessment of the "climate" on that balcony. :)

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    11. leafyNZ - I thought the same. Camilla in the middle looks like she has a good fun at them.

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  9. thanks for the fantastic update love the duchess i love the she recycle her coat and Camilla will always in iadies i think sophie and the duchess are very good friend i guess the duchess attend fourth time in remembrance day

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  10. Oh, my gosh! Kate and Sophie in the same coat! What are the odds?

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    1. I think Sophie has been wearing *a lot* of Alexander McQueen in recent years. (Just saying...lol.)

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  11. Eve from Germany9 November 2014 at 13:55

    Wonderful post, thank you very much, Charlotte!!
    The coat is definitely NOT one of my favourites. The wool looks almost "cheap" and the cut seems to be too tight for the Duchess. The fabric of Sophie´s coat, on the other hand, seems to be much more "shiny" and elegant. Very strange..... and also, of course, that those two are wearing nearly identical coats.... Camilla´s hat makes her look like someone out of the beginning of the 20th century (sort of early "Downton Abbey" era).... Well, Rememberance Sunday shouldn´t be about the women´s fashion choices, right?
    Is it just me or does the Duchess look especially "upset" this time? To me she looks as if she´s either going to cry any minute or as if she was feeling sick... I sincerely hope it wasn´t the latter, that would have been pure horror for her! I hope she is fine and the HG is not coming back in full force....

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  12. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2014 at 13:56

    As I scroll through and read the post, my thoughts turn towards my grandfather who left the southern coast of England in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, and landed on Omaha Beach. The picture of the march past above reminded me of him and how proud he was to be a veteran. Hard to believe it's been 70 years. I miss him terribly. They did pay a debt we could never repay. God bless all veterans.

    I love that the post is started with a picture of Kate bowing her head. It brings focus to the true meaning of the ceremony and day. Kate looks lovely....very pretty and peaceful. I really like the McQueen coat and have always liked this Jane Corbett hat. Charlotte, any ID on her dress underneath? I like the ruffle on the dress. Hmmm. I think fashion wise is a perfect 10 for me!

    Thank you for a wonderful and informative post that shares history and importance of the day. HM looked lovely as well and as you mentioned would put duty above all to com and pay her respects. The poppy display at the Tower looks incredible. Such a moving and beautiful tribute. Thank you again Charlotte for the lovely post! Great job!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.9 November 2014 at 23:45

      Kate, that was beautiful!

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    2. Sarah from Calif.9 November 2014 at 23:54

      Hmmmm, I'm still concerned that Kate is not feeling up to par. The crazy hormones of pregnancy.
      Well she's moving forward with more responsibilities on her plate and smiling in the process...Well done Kate!
      Oh and I love her hat :)))

      Terrible news about the men who wanted to harm the Queen. Well done British Security!!!!!
      Your Majesty, you continue on....no matter what. Brilliant!

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  13. I didnt see a warmness sight from Kate to Camila while they were chatting :D

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    1. True of the photographs. The Daily Mail's video, however, shows pleasant chatting on the balcony.

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  14. Why is it strange that Sophie is wearing McQueen? Its a label she has worn several times before. Commenters on other sites are already saying they should have coordinated better, but honestly today is not about fashion - its about the thousands who have given their lives in service of their country. A debate about similar outfits is trivial on a day like this.

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  15. "We shall never forget them!" Blessed them!
    A very poignant ceremony.
    Love and Respect,

    Monica, France

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  16. "Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die." Our fallen soldiers shall always remain in the minds of those who live on. Thank you for sacrificing yourselves for our freedom, lest we forget.

    As for Kate, she is looking lovely. Love the coat, love her hair, love the jewellery, she is looking appropriate for the occasion. I also heard that William and Kate are going to New York next month, not sure how true it is.....?

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  17. By way of introduction, my name is C'Anna and I've been reading this blog for years but have never commented. I read this blog multiple times a week and truly enjoy it. Thank you Charlotte for your quick and lovely posts. I always enjoy the historical background you provide. I have always wondered about the cenotaph and today I learned!

    I liked Kate's coat today, and have always loved the DVF coat. I do wish we could have seen a full-length photo. I do think Kate looks fatigued today. To be expected with a toddler, weekend travels and terrible bout of HG. I do think Kate's face looks more full, earlier this pregnancy than last. Hopefully a sign she's overcome the HG and didn't lose too much weight as is common with HG.

    I've read that Kate may accompany William on a trip to NYC next month. Any word on this? I would love to go to NYC and try and catch them! Would be especially beautiful near Christmas.

    Looking forward to seeing Kate more in the coming days and weeks. I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday. Thank you again Charlotte!

    C'Anna- West Virginia, USA

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  18. I lovr katr middleton she looks gorgeous. .thanks for the post

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    1. Across the pond, US9 November 2014 at 17:28

      It actually does surprise me Sophie started wearing McQueen too. This is Kate's go to designer for most of her official engagements and was her choice for her wedding dress. Why choose to wear the same brands as Kate with every designer in the world at your disposal?
      Sophie has tons of choices and money to spend but she has obviously chosen to copy Kate. It honestly irks me a bit that someone as old as Sophie pulls this type of behavior.
      If you look back at photos of Sophie before Kate was on the scene, she was very frumpy, overweight and fashion challenged. Her hair was cut short and she always looked shy.
      Nowadays since Kate is around she wears skin tight black boots just like Kate and her go to brands are LK Bennett, McQueen and E Wickstead. Am I the only one who can see how irritating this probably is to Kate?

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    2. Across the pond, NO, you are not the only one. I'm so glad other people are saying it.

      I have associated McQueen with Kate since her wedding day. And for Sophie to wear one of his new designs on a day when they would be photographed together...and the chances of Kate recycling a coat was 50/50...well, sorry but that speaks volumes.

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    3. Totally agree with you, Across the pond and Royalfan. Totally.

      Camilla

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    4. I think Sophie the only Royal in law who has not caused any embarassment can wear whatever she wants.

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    5. We sure don't see Kate wearing Samantha Shaw (the designer for Sophie's wedding dress) at all now do we.
      Seriously Sophie needs to chill. She broke out the LK Bennett wedges, tan pumps, knee high boots and fluffy skirts to compete with Kate. If this was typical style for Sophie, we would have seen it years ago. She is a jealous mess and its painfully obvious she wants some attention too!
      Some women may not understand how competitive it can be living in such close proximity to another woman who is younger and considered "new". Some women think they have to compete to get noticed.
      Personally I would expect much more class and maturity from Sophie. She has been around longer but must live in a bubble.

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    6. Wow, Anon 12:18. You really do need to do your homework. Sophie herself has had her share of embarrassment.
      Sophie was busted for running her mouth to a fake sheik about the RF years ago and a photo of a man pulling up Sophie's bathing suit top pre Edward was leaked somehow. Not to mention a failed PR career. The Queen literally paid Edward and Sophie to stop working and focus on royal duties. Their careers were not successful and that alone is an embarrassment. Nobody is perfect and Sophie has made her mistakes as well.

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    7. Anon 12:34,

      All you have implied is that you have little understanding and knowledge of other monarchy members.
      And newsflash - Kate is no trendsetter, the things you listed are worn by many many people.

      Sophie is a lovely, hardworking royal who is a great representative. I highly suggest you actually invest some time into her past and present.

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    8. Valid points, Anon 15:05.

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    9. I'm not sure why it's such a big deal if Sophie wears some of the same brands and styles as Kate. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It's common for certain designers to be favored by more than one person--just look at some of the other European royals. Norway's CP Mette-Marit, Denmark's CP Mary, Sweden's CP Victoria, etc. have all on occasion chosen some of the same dresses (see, for example, this dress: http://kungligamodebloggen.svenskdam.se/files/2014/06/mette-marit-victoria.jpg).

      Besides, Kate is still the one getting press and hailed as a fashion icon, not Sophie, so it's not as though she's stealing her limelight.

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  20. I really loved her coat today. Thank you Charlotte!

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  21. Sofia and Kate are wearing the same coats. Now we can see how tiny Sofia is.

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  22. Amy, Detroit Michigan9 November 2014 at 15:31

    Such an important day. It seems silly to talk about clothes. But hey, I'm cool with silly!
    I like the coat. It's a classic. I think Camilla and Sophie look lovely.

    I'll refrain from mentioning lip color by mentioning lip color. I think Kate would look less tired if she had some color. I was looking at older pics of Kate(pre engagement when she actually had fashion sense) and I noticed her lips were naturally pinker. Maybe she is refusing to see that as we get older the pigmentation leaves our lips, which seems to be the case for her. That is a hard truth to get used to for girls like me who loathe the cakey feeling of lipstick. But..then we suck it up and put on some color. Come on, Kate, you can do it!!!

    Anyways, I promise this is the last time I bring up lip color...at least for awhile :-)

    Have a blessed day, everyone.

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  23. Hello everyone

    Thanks again for such a quick post Charlotte. Such an important and somber day and I think that might be why Kate looks what we keep describing as "unwell". I think she her emotions might be reflecting the nature of the occasion.


    As for the coat I don't see a difference between Sophie and Kate's. It is a double breasted coat and Sopihie is wearing it closed a bit tighter than Kates. Kate as everyone has noticed...had the button moved so that Kate does not close as tight as Sophie's. Otherwise these two coats look identical to me.

    Is this a repeat for Kate? I can't say I have see this before but Charlotte you would be the expert.

    Both today and yesterday I am surprized she picked double breasted coats. They are very fitted and therefore don't go so well with her exciting new baby bump. I am usually wishing she would wear less of the fit and flair coat dressed and pieces that are more fitted but at this point in her pregnancy and fit and flair coats dress would work better.

    All the same I thought she looked lovely albeit somber. I actually love her eye shadow today. And LOVE that hat.

    This year more than ever this and other ceremonies that will happen across the Commonwealth in the next couple days have great meaning. God Bless those who serve.

    Thanks for such a speedy post Charlotte.

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  24. First of all, thank you for your coverage Charlotte, I do not know how YOU girls do these kind of posts, I refer to all those lovely young ladies who write these posts, identify items, share info on Twitter, even answer to us if we ask anything, agree or disagree with us, so heartfelt thank YOU!

    We must also bow and say thank you for all those people who sacrificied themselves for us during wartime,let them rest in peace, we never forget them.

    As you wrote, today is not about fashion, but lets be honest, these ladies gave us something to talk about. When I first saw the photo, I needed few sec to identify them. I think, I know by experience, it is unpleasant to run into someone who wears the same clothes like you, especially when half of the world watching. Maybe she was a bit irritated and couldnt hide it. Maybe she felt ill.
    Someone also mentioned earlier that the buttom was moved and she is right, also the material of the coat seems rough even used but I hope it is only the photo.
    I liked her look besides these, she looks great in black as always.

    Maybe a little holiday to the USA will rise her spirit:)

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      Thank you all for taking the time to comment!

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  25. Theresa. New York9 November 2014 at 15:50

    Comment about trip to UK was from me. forgot to give my name.

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  26. I wish someone would copy that coat for a cheaper price!

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    1. Marci from Salt Lake9 November 2014 at 19:11

      That is exactly what I was thinking! I love this coat. I don't care one whit that both Kate and Sophie wore it. It just shows great minds think alike----or choose like fashions. Ha ha.

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    2. Marci from Salt Lake9 November 2014 at 19:16

      Today I am thinking of my grandfather and granduncle, both serving in the infant air corps in France in 1918. A huge thanks to them and all those who serve their countries; and bigger thanks to those who make and keep peace even under very difficult circumstances.

      Thank you, Charlotte, for posting this. It is moving to see the aerial photos especially.

      (P.S. as I said above, I loved the coats Kate and Sophie wore. I also really liked Camilla's outfit, but not her hat. Too feathery for me. And speaking of hats, I did NOT like the curlicue on the Queen's hat. Like an out-of-control piece of wire or pig's tail.)

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    3. Don't worry...they will. :)

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  27. This will no doubt be the last occasion on which Kate and Sophie fail to compare notes on their attire! The coats look identical except that Kate moved a button. They are beautiful, but both ladies must have been embarrassed!

    I am astonished that no one has mentioned Kate's lovely brooch, the poppy (or anemone) that she was given and wore on Anzac Day, her last day in Australia. I had so hoped she would wear it again for Remembrance Sunday, and she did. Such an appropriate reminder of her year as well as of both remembrance occasions.

    Kate does look lovely but tired and maybe queasy in the photos. She got her attire exactly right this year, with an especially beautiful hat, coat, and perfect hair style. But one can see why her public events are now scheduled carefully.

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  28. Tammy from California9 November 2014 at 16:19

    WOW: that is quite a photo that speaks volumes of Camilla, Kate and Sophie on the balcony!
    I thought it interesting- and maybe you Brits can enlighten me :) - that Her Majesty wears three poppies and Camilla wore three, but the others wore one. Is this a sign of the Queen slowly making the shift to Charles?
    Kate's pictures keep showing an uncomfortable biting of her lip. Hmmnnn.

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  29. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 16:32

    A little thing you could add, that i liked, is that her poppy today is the same one she wore on ANZAC day. If I remember correctly it was a gift there?

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  30. In spite of choosing the same coat as Kate, Sophie Wessex looked very nice at the Remembrance event. At the Festival of Remembrance last night, she wore an especially lovely black dress. I would have liked her hair up for that evening, but she looked beautiful standing very near the Queen.

    By the way, does anyone know why the Queen wore blue for the Festival when all the other ladies wore black, as she normally does?

    Kate of course was not at the Festival since she was returning from Wales, and it is an occasion attended by the Queen's children and cousins, but not her grandchildren.

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  31. Does anyone know where the beautiful poppy brooch is from?

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  32. It is not the same coat. Sophie's coat has two seams on the sides from the middle up to the busts and it is a different material.

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  33. Worthwhile to note that her pin is the one she received and wore on the last day of their tour in Australia. Such a nice touch!

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  34. Kate's coat is lovely and appropriate for the day. Charlotte, didn't Kate receive that poppy brooch as a gift during one of her Royal Tours? Do you recall when?

    Thanks! Linda from California

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  35. Across the pond, US9 November 2014 at 17:04

    I am sorry but Sophie copies A TON of Kates styles. From Alexander McQueen to LK Bennett. She even wears the Sledge pump regularly. Out of all the shoes in England, why the one Kate wears religiously?
    It is obvious from comparing photos over the years that Kate has influenced Sophie's choices recently. Sophie used to be a frumpy mess and had no style at all.
    She has even started wearing boots very similar to Kate, black tight ones with a coat. She never wore this style before in past years.
    Not cute, sorry. Sophie is too old to be copying another grown woman. With all her money and access to different brands, why follow so close to Kates choices and favorite brands?

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    1. You said so much of what I have been thinking! :)

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    2. I do not agree, jeeez, not until Sophie starts wearing worn skinnies and wedges!!!! After that we can talk about it:)))

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    3. blue27, are you sitting down??

      http://cache2.asset-cache.net/gc/451166918-sophie-countess-of-wessex-watches-teams-from-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=GkZZ8bf5zL1ZiijUmxa7QRm4YYl5zap97jwV49vQAq3TuenrF01pp%2By4%2BVIM2mRJ

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    4. Here's the link directly from Getty. Is copycat one word or two, I ask sarcastically....? ;)))

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sophie-countess-of-wessex-watches-teams-from-raf-wittering-news-photo/451166930

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    5. Sophie has recently worn wedges. She has a pair from of all places LK Bennett. They look just like the ones kate wore pre wedding but Sophies are a snake skin color and Kates are black.
      Google it you will see.

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    6. Sorry to disappoint, I am not convinced, these are far from those skiinies that Kate wears. Even different wedges. I might say women find inspiration in one and other, even shop at the same place. For me copycating starts when someone buys the same, in these photos I see different wedges different trousers.

      What I found disturbing that you state that Kate is the queen of fashion and Sophie lags behind.
      I have no emotion towards any women. And I am not blind either.

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    7. Thanks for the link Royal fan. I did see this and forgot about it! LOL!

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    8. Blue27, I'm with you. Sophie's style has evolved quite a bit since she first started dating in 1993....but style in general has evolved quite a bit since 1993.

      As an American, I know that it is not uncommon to see the First Ladies wear Oscar de la Renta. Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama have all worn Oscar de la Renta evening gowns. Oscar is just a go-to designer for women in the White House, just as McQueen appears to be gaining some ground in the royal family.

      Sophie plays with her look. (Check out her electric blue suit from Easter 2013 if you don't believe me) She casts a wide net when it comes to things that she'll wear, but sometimes the looks are similar to Kate's. She's not out to look one of a kind.

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    9. blue27, I wasn't trying to "convince" you or anyone else. I'm just calling it as I see it. It is possible to copy someone's look without wearing the same label.

      Sophie was influenced by Diana just as she is influenced by Kate today. More often than not, Sophie's own fashion choices range from bland to frumpy. Certainly at this point in her life, she should have her own distinct style and one or two steady go-to designers. And if she had a true flair for fashion, she wouldn't dress poor Louise like she's being raised in her royal grandmother's era.

      Kate has worn Alexander McQueen on many official occasions and the odds of her wearing another AM coat on Remembrance Sunday were pretty good. I just find it a little ironic that Sophie chose this particular occasion/setting to wear a new AM coat. IMHO, this was not an "oops" on her part; it was more like an "I can ... and I don't care."

      Here's another example of her not being influenced.

      http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/81/76/80/817680c9d1599bca064808c980b991af.jpg

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    10. I do not mind any other influental photo. Sorry.

      I also do not agree about having 1-2 gotodesigners, tell you why. If you go to the same designers all the time the wardrobe of yours looks like Kate's:full of similar coats and coatdresses. I am not saying I wouldn't be dying for any of them but it is not versatile. How many did followers complain about we have seen this before.
      I do not question Kate has better taste but it does not mean Sophie should have anything at this part of her life. Just admit it, you prefer Kate over Sophie and we have done with it. ;)))))

      Oh by the way I wish Sophie's worth ethic would stick on Kate at some point. Good talking to u.

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      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2828671/The-sartorial-reinvention-Countess-Wessex-Sophie-stylish-little-help-Kate.html

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    12. Agree about the work ethic, blue.

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  36. Great post Charlotte! Catherine looks beautiful and I love that neckclace! William also looks so handsome in his cap and coat.

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  37. Maggie - Minneapolis9 November 2014 at 18:56

    I honestly think that she looks upset not because she is feeling unwell but rather because last year, she got a LOT of flak for appearing to cheery and happy at the ceremony. I think she's definitely feeling better because otherwise I cannot imagine they'd risk a flight to Scotland, especially on a public flight.

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      You are so correct. Im sure the queen had a thing or two to day about the giggles last year. Sophie and kate are separated this year like two little kids that cant behave themselves in class lol

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    2. I agree, Maggie. Kate doesn't look unwell to me. She's trying to look somber and reflective.

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  38. Nice post, thank you! The Duchess does look a bit pale but I love the coat and hat. Sophie has the exact same coat, it's not just similar. I wonder if they were both surprised or if they knew ahead of time. Shame Kate hasn't worn that DVF coat again. I really loved that one. Did you do a post and tell us where she'd gotten her poppy pins a while back? Anyone know where today's version is from? I quite like it! Looks very elegant.

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  39. Isn't Kate wearing the brooch given to her in Australia by the wife of a Victoria Cross recipient?

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  40. Loved this look. Refined and elegant which suited the situation perfectly. Little bit funny because Kate and Sophie look a little like bookends.

    KiwiNic

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  41. I like the hat but find the polka dot bow underneath to be a bit jarring, feel it shd have been removed for this appearance. Coat is great except for the usual McQueen tailoring problems -seems all of his Duchess outfits suffer from something just not right in the workmanship.

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  42. My favorite part of this post is the poem at the end. "We will never forget."

    Thank you for all the info on Remembrance Sunday. I never really knew the significance of the Cenotaph. I'd only seen it on television. I'm glad to see the Queen, As always she looks completely appropriate for the occasion.

    I like Kate's hat very much, but I'm not sold on the coat. She looks great in black, but the coat looks a little beat up or like it needs going over with a lint brush. Of course, black is difficult to keep free of lint, so perhaps I'm too picky!

    Anyway, thanks for the great post, Charlotte.

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  43. It's very good to celebrate such an important things. About clothes: Sophie looks better for me . ;)

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  44. Lest we forget indeed. We have much to be thankful for.

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  45. I am not sure why everyone is saying Kate looks like she is sick. To me she just looks pensive. Remember last year she was given a lot of flack for laughing a lot and twirling her hair? I think this year, she made sure that none of those comments would happen again. I think she is trying to look thoughtful and reserved and people are interpreting her as being sick.

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    1. To me it's not her expression. It's the microexpressions that you cant hide. Like tensions in cheek and the corner of the mouth. That might be holding in tears. But her throught is clinched also sometimes and she looks like she have a little trouble focusing her eyes sometimes. All that seems like feeling ill to me. Not saying I know, but that is what I base my feeling on. Not on smile vs no smile.

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    2. Marci from Salt Lake10 November 2014 at 05:01

      I agree with you, Rebecca. The minute details tell their own tale. Kudos to Kate for being brave enough and strong-willed enough to manage this occasion through to its end despite everything.

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    3. http://www.ondemandnews.com/UK/115146/duchess-watches-from-balcony-as-william-lays-wreath

      Watch the beginning of this video. I think we were right that she was feeling unwell, poor thing!

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    4. I agree. It does look like she is taking a deep breath at the beginning of the video.

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    5. I don't think she is sick. If she were, she would have cancelled as she has done a number of times so far. She got criticized for her hair-twirling and laughing the last few years so she is trying to make an improvement and appear solemn and serious. She looks the same as she does at other serious events, to me anyways!
      I really hope this doesn't add fuel to the ridiculous stories of big mean HM forcing the dying swan to work.

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  46. Looking at Sophie's and Kate's coats, I actually prefer Sophie's. I think Kate's is a little too tight, even moving the buttons only helped so much. The sleeves look a little tight. I actually like a little looser look like on Sophie. But I love the style of this coat. It is one I would buy if it was cheaper:)

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    1. Both of them is ill fitting :P Too snug on Kate and too loose on Sophie. Personally I prefer the to tight version as she still looks feminine. Sophie looks so tiny in that coat. Like a kid borrowing something from their mom :P

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  47. I have to say that I don't think she looks unwell or unhappy. I think her emotions are just reflecting the gravity of the event. Last year, the press made fun of her when she adjusted her hair; they tired to make it seem like she wasn't taking the event seriously and was just twirling her hair and laughing. She may have been aware of that this year.

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  48. Charlotte, is this the poppy that Kate received while she was in Australia. I like it and hope she continues to wear it every year.

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    1. It IS the pin she received on tour, but it is not a poppy. It is an anemone. And no, anemones and poppies are not the same flower.

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    2. I was curious so I Googled it and came up with ...... "anemone coronaria" (or poppy anemone).
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anemone_coronaria

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    3. Anemones are in the Ranunculous family. Poppies are in Papaveracae family. Not the same flower.

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    4. Thanks for the pictures. The brooch looks as much like a poppy as like the anemone, though it is said to be the latter. It is lovely.

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    5. Anemone coronaria (or poppy anemone) is an anemone may look like a poppy to some people, but it is not a poppy (a symbol of Remembrance Day).

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  49. Michelle, Dublin9 November 2014 at 21:32

    Hi Charlotte, long time reader, but first time to comment. I love how you usually structure your posts to include some of the background and important historical details, and so I wanted to let you know about the fact that the Irish government was invited to participate in the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph today for the first time this year since 1946. An estimated 200,000 men born on the island of Ireland served during World War I, but as Ireland declared independence two months after the end of the War, many of the men who were fortunate enough to survive (particularly those who served in the 16th (Irish) Division, and were predominantly Catholic) were ostracised on their return, and both the Irish and British governments had almost written them out of history until the last few years.

    It was a very somber, but hugely significant moment when the Irish Ambassador laid a wreath at the Cenotaph as part of the ceremony, and one of many symbolic gestures in the 'normalisation' of the relationship between Ireland and the UK since the beginning of the peace process. The Duchess was very fortunate to see such a historical moment in person!

    Thank you for all your hard work,
    Michelle

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    1. Marci from Salt Lake10 November 2014 at 05:03

      Thank you so much for sharing this insight, Michelle! I don't know where else I would have learned this, and I think it is wonderful.

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    2. Michelle, I had read about the significance of the day for Ireland and the Irish veterans. Definitely a great historical moment. Thank you for your interesting and informative post.

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    3. Hello Michelle,

      Thank you so much for sharing that. The BBC commentator noted how significant it was and I think it so important to recognise and honour the contribution of those 200,000 men. What a staggering number that is..

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  50. Thanks for another great post on such a significant event. It is so important to acknowledge and honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. And as Prince Harry did, honour those who have fallen in recent conflicts, not just the world wars.
    It was very much appreciated that you put the event in context before discussing the fashion – however, you always do a marvellous job with this.

    On a fashion note: the poppy pin that Kate wore reminded me of the one given to her by the wife of an Australian soldier while the royals were here in Oz earlier this year. Do you know if this is the same pin, Charlotte?
    That particular soldier has become “the face of the military” (so to speak) here in Australia due to being the most decorated soldier and being a Victoria Cross recipient. He is a remarkable man who reminds us that all soldiers from all conflicts, and their families need to be honoured and cared for. I remember hearing that Kate and William spent time talking with him and his family, and I know that he recently attended events in London. It wouldn’t surprise me if Kate wore the brooch as a sentimental piece.

    - Sharyn of Australia

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  51. Well done but I can't think of anything more irrelevant and superficial at an event like this than talking about what coat Kate wore.
    The absolutely wonderful shots of all the soldiers as well as the brilliant history and information about the Cenotaph captured my interest above all else today, Charlotte. Thank you so much for including it. I'd always been curious about the Cenotaph.

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    1. I agree Elizabeth, particularly as the crowds at the Cenotaph would not have had a clue about what the ladies were wearing. I went there one year when the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret were there---couldn't see what they were wearing or who exactly was up there.

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  52. Hi Charlotte,

    I read that the Queen was applauded by the public for attending the commemoration despite the threat. I have been trying to find a video that would include it, but have not had any luck so far. Do you have any suggestions on where I might find it? Thank you... :)))

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    1. I read that too. So amazing.

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    2. Royalfan, I've been searching also with no luck. Did you ever find one?

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    3. I'll let you know if I find anything royalfan :)

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    4. Saw and heard it on the BBC's broadcast of the event.

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    5. Thank you, Charlotte. I do NOT want to add to your to-do list, but it must have been an amazing moment and I wish I could see it.

      Kate, unfortunately, no luck so far....

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    6. Jean, unfortunately, the BBC footage I was able to access didn't include the applause. And likewise for this clip, but the coverage is the best I have seen... (8.5 minutes)

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/11219546/Remembrance-Day-Silence-proves-more-powerful-than-terror.html

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  53. Not overly keen on Kate's look today. The open-neck with all the flesh showing looks odd, the coat fits clumsily over her bump, the hat's not particularly flattering. Sorry to be so negative, I'm just judging it all with a 'sartorial eye'!

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  54. I love that 2nd picture in the post with Camilla in the middle of Kate and Sophie. She's got a look on her face that says "look at these two fools wearing the same coat." I prefer what Camilla has on and I am much younger then she. Well I've just earned a black mark in royalfan's book.

    btw, it is appropriate to look somber and sad at a national memorial service. It's when Kate's laughing at these things that its a problem.

    Charlotte, if you have any info on the brooches the 3 ladies are wearing, I'm all ears. Didn't know if there was story behind each piece.

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    1. Ask and you shall receive, Moxie: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2014/11/remembrance-sunday.html

      That's a great blog if you enjoy looking at jewelry and learning the history of the pieces.

      And if you only have one black mark in royalfan's book, you're doing well. My pages are so black I'd have to write in white ink.

      And I agree about Camilla. She really wears those fluffy hats well. All of them look very nice, but I agree about Kate and Sophie. )

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    2. Moxie, thank you for the laugh. :)

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    3. I myself can't stand all camillas big big fluffy hats. But even I can see that she wears them well :P

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    4. I'm not a fan of Camilla, but I definitely am of her hats. I have no idea, but it looks like a Phillip Treacy frock to me. I love it!

      Royalfan, I was waiting for you to comment on the picture of "Kate chatting with Camilla". I got a good chuckle at Kate's courtesy smile. :)

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    5. Just updated the post to reflect Kate's brooch was a gift in Australia. Thanks to everyone who noted it :)

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    6. Kate, am I that predictable? [I laugh, knowing the answer!] :)

      But I actually agree with you about Camilla's hats; I do like them. (I just wish she would wear them somewhere else. ;)

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    7. Royalfan, you got a burst of laughter from me on your last comment and a loud AMEN! :)

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    8. bluhare, LOVE that blog... I check it weekly or every two weeks - its also a nice way to keep up on what the Queen is doing. I love reading the history of the jewelry pieces. The irony of my fascination with her collection is that I don't wear any jewelry myself. Not a lick of it. My ears aren't even pierced. Just never got used to draping things on my person and having things on my fingers. I do have a mother of pearl owl pin that goes on the collar of a black coat, which fetches many compliments. Otherwise there is nothing to distract folks from my sparkling personality and inner beauty. :-)

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    9. Moxie, I share your desire to show our radiant inner selves to the world. :) I do wear some jewelry though, although small pieces. And once a pin goes on a coat it never comes off. I feel the same way about scarves. Hardly ever wear one.

      I like that blog too. Loved a Tiara A Day while she was still doing it!

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  55. so kate and sophie were wearing the same coat?

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    1. It may not be a coincidence. Both of them seem to wear the female version of all the coats royal male wore for the occasion. international from USA

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  56. The only difference I can see between the two coats is the top stitching on kate's lapels. I can't discern any top stitching on Sophie's.

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  57. Kate looks beautiful today. I will say the hat she wore in 2012, is one of my absolute favorites. I think it's very flattering on her.

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    1. Yes, that was a very flattering look and I wish she would wear more wide brim hats.

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  58. Just a thought when you are wearing black: LINT ROLLER

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  59. Camilla looks like a queen with her two lieutenants… nice to see :)
    I like Camilla, I'm sorry for the black mark I'm earning in a lot of books...
    About the thread in Kate's coat, I like it as well. It talks about a mum so hurried, so busy with her little baby that she had no time to pay attention to her own look.
    This message sent with my google account did non appear, Charlotte.

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  60. The New York trip for William and Kate next month is looking more and more likely. Nothing official, but it seems to be a real possibility.

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    1. Charlotte, I know you mentioned it just being a possibility and nothing is confirmed, but do you have possible dates the trip could occur? It might be too soon to even ask, but wondering.....

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    2. Oh, this is very interesting. (And good that she has done some engagements in the UK, since that was our concern before). Do you know what the reason for the trip might be?

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    3. From what I've heard the reason would be to attend events for United for Wildlife, as we all know William is passionate about conservation.

      Apparently it will take place at some point next month. I'll ask around today and include anything I find in our next post on Wednesday :)

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    4. I do enjoy this blog, and I love seeing Kate's fashions and all the lively commentary. Normally I would be excited for this trip to New York, to see "what Kate wore". However, I have NO interest in maternity clothes, so alas, I will just have to wait 5+ months to tune in again. sigh...
      I do still check Getty Images regularly to see what "my Michelle" is wearing, and while her outfits are still awesome, it's not as fun if you can't find out the designer and view comments.

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  61. These are 2 different coats according to the pictures on the McQueen website. Kate is wearing the Black Flared Wool Coat and Sophie is wearing the Wide Lapel Wool Swing Coat. I would liked to have seen a full shot of Sophie since the coat is quite short and I can't imagine what she wore underneath it. It is also very full with lots of material in the hip area.

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  62. Love the coat in both versions but the hat is awful. I think kate should tone down her eye makeup it makes her look older.

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  63. For those who asked if there was official clarification about Kate's attendance at the charities forum on Friday. The Palace has confirmed the Duchess did not attend.

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    1. I know some commented on the fact she didn't attend. It was held in the morning so maybe because she doesn't do well in the morning and does better in the afternoon when she was shopping

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    2. Some have commented on the fact that she didn't attend this and was seen shopping. Perhaps it is because she still doesn't do well in the mornings, but improves in the afternoon.

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    3. Eva, that's my thought to. Look at the state visit and this visit (both rather early-ish) and she looks waaaay worse than her evening engagements.

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    4. If they know she does better in the afternoons - and presumably her husband would know that - they could easily have scheduled this meeting for the afternoon.

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    5. Eva B, she was spotted shopping in the morning -- the same time as the charity meeting.

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    6. My understanding was that she was spotted in the afternoon Anon.15:45. Perhaps the afternoon was not OK for other's attending.

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    7. My information was that she was shopping in the afternoon, Anon15:45. Anon, 13:21. perhaps is was not convenient for others attending to schedule it in the afternoon or perhaps discussion of her charities were not on the agenda. There may have been numerous reasons for her not to attend, so why bash her instead of accept that there was probably a good reason for her not attending. I think she has pushed on even though not feeling well. I think in most photos of her she has not looked especially well over this past weekend.

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    8. She shopped in the morning, the person that saw her tweeted around 10:30am. So obviously she was feeling fine. It just comes down to her once again choosing fun over work.

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  64. Poor thing - looks to me like she is trying really hard not to throw up. I had hyperemesis gravidarum and it's no fun. The pursed lips, deep breathing. Seems as if she just wants to get through the event and lay down.

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  65. As others have said online, she's not wearing a poppy pin. It is an anemone, and poppies and anemonies are not the same flower. http://www.dianasjewels.net/broochescatherine.htm

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    1. I was just going to post this. This is indeed an anemone. They are very different flowers. Here is a photo of a beautiful anemone. http://flowerinfo.org/wp-content/gallery/anemone-flower/anemone-flower-6.jpg

      I wonder if Duchess knows she isn't wearing a poppy.

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  66. In the first photo in this article, you can clearly see they are not the same coat. Different fabric, different stitching along the edges, vertical seaming on Sophie's coat. To me, Sophie's coat looks a little classier.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2828671/The-sartorial-reinvention-Countess-Wessex-Sophie-stylish-little-help-Kate.html

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    1. You are right. I've just noticed it in the photo. Sophie's coat look more "new", smooth, less fatigued. Kate's looks like she wore it before, a bit "frayed". The fabric is very different. I prefer Sophie's one.

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  67. With second pregnancies you usually "pop" quicker than the first. The coat probably needed unexpected last minute alterations. My favorite look Catherine was last year, both hat & coat. I see more of a problem with Camilla's hat than the little ornamentation on Catherine's hat. Also, I really hope people can just appreciate Catherine & Sophia's styles without having to compare or criticize.

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  68. Catherine looks great. I'm so please she rewore the hat from 2011; I just love it.

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  69. Well like a lot of the ladies on here have commented, Sophie and Kate's style is becoming increasingly similar and obviously the DM has taken notice.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2828671/The-sartorial-reinvention-Countess-Wessex-Sophie-stylish-little-help-Kate.html

    This is quite interesting that they've also noticed it and have basically said in a nicer way that Sophie is basically copying off Kate. How interesting!!!

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    1. I hope that one day Kate will copy off Sophie's work schedule :)

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    2. Yes, Sophie is a hard worker for HM. That's one of the reasons she's HM's favorite!

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    3. Me thinks Sophie regrets her latest AM purchase. If I were in her shoes, I would do my best to avoid these comparisons.

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    4. I just read the Daily Mail Article. Talk about stretching to make your point. The Daily Mail sure did a good job of stretching here. Sophie continues to evolve with the time. What was in fashion in the 1980's both she and Diana wore and she now wears what is in fashion today as many women do.

      I do not see the need to put down either the Duchess or the Countess to enhance the other one. They are both good wives to their husbands and represent the Queen well when asked. They are just at different stages in life. Sophie has had her children and they are getting older, Kate is just beginning and will continue to do the job as she reaches the same stage. Only difference is she is married to 2nd in line to the throne.

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    5. I have read what the OED says about "Oh Snap!" and I gather it means you agree, Duchess of Poppyshire, with Anonymous 11:52. Anonymous 15:13 apparently agrees with both of you. I do know what 'Amen' means, but I had never heard or read 'Oh Snap!' before.

      On the other hand, 'snap' as a fastener on clothing is apparently North American. I had thought it was universal in English. Divided by our common language. . .

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    6. Hahaha anon 11:52, one can only dream!!

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  70. In Ottawa today Princess Anne wore a very long, heavy looking black coat for Canada's somber Remembrance ceremony. But her coat had a very similar style to those of Kate and Sophie, with large military style lapels and two buttons at the waist. This is the clearest photo I have found:

    http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/11/1415738409825/c727b78a-587f-4335-a539-e2757cd44cbf-620x372.jpeg

    Perhaps this was the look of the year?

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  71. Frankly, I was taken aback by the strain on Kate's face and her distant demeanor. The Daily Mail video doesn't show her looking at Sophie at all, and they usually have seemed to be warm friends. The whole atmosphere on the balcony was unusual. Kate seemed to make some polite chat with Camilla. While some might say she was tired or feeling unwell, she seemed angry.

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  72. oh i love sophie work schedule definitely that the duchess will follow her working style and also admire her style before and now she i love her more im trying my best to not compare the style of sophie to kate particularly nowadays seems i lot comparing style files now im kinda worried about the duchess i then read the article in people the duchess is unwell in the rugby match last Saturday according to people article people/package/article/0,,20395222_20870933,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+people/headlines+(PEOPLE.com:+Top+Headlines)
    and other thing james middleton was doing interview in gma tommorow

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