Saturday, 8 November 2014

Kate in Baby Blue Matthew Williamson Coat for Day in Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day in Wales carrying out engagements.


Following, a relaxing break with Prince George on the Queen's Scottish estate, Balmoral, the couple made a welcome return to joint engagements with an away day in Wales. William and Kate shared their first home there, on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, when William was working as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley and they both looked incredibly pleased to return today.


Kate, who is expecting her second baby and currently fifteen weeks pregnant is continuing to recover from Hyperemesis gravidarum and looked very well today. Meanwhile, Prince William has been busy studying for exams in order to obtain the correct licence before he can fly an air ambulance for East Anglian Air Ambulance, however, he has been taking time away from his studies for engagements this week.


The Cambridges first port of call was a visit to the Valero Pembroke Refinery, an important employer in West Wales, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.


Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by locals.


The oil refinery first came on stream in 1964 when it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

It became the first major industrial employer in South Pembrokeshire since the closure of the Pembroke Dock in 1926. The 50th anniversary offers an opportunity to highlight the prosperity the refinery has brought to the country, not only through employment but also community engagement.

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Honours and achievements include winning the Prince's Trust Cymru Celebrate 2007 "Celebrate Success" award for community projects, and winning the Best Employer Category of the 2009 Modern Apprenticeship Awards for its young apprentice programme. The company also supports many projects in the local area including the arts, sports clubs and Macmillan Cancer Support.


Upon arrival, Their Royal Highnesses viewed a display which chronicles the refinery's fifty-year history and met workers, apprentices, placement students and their mentors.


Reporter Mike Griffiths shared a closer look at the display which features the official opening with The Queen Mother.

Mike Griffiths Twitter Feed

The Duke and Duchess visited the control room to meet blending and shipping workers.


Afterwards they proceeded to the Fire Hall to meet representatives from community organisations who are supported by the refinery.


The couple were given a new toy for Prince George - a toy delivery lorry.


The visit concluded with a performance by the Young Actors Studio who work in partnership with the refinery through the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. William and Kate unveiled a plaque and a painting by a local artist before leaving.


Next, the Cambridges travelled to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff where they watched the Rugby Union international match between Wales and Australia, which began with a Remembrance tribute. Wales lost 28-33, however it was an eventful and exciting match for fans.


The royals chatted with Roger Lewis of the WRU.


Rugby fan William is Vice Patron of Welsh Rugby Union and patron of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust. During half-time he privately met injured servicemen in the President's Box and after the match he greeted injured former players and their families at a reception. Kate did not attend the reception.


The Duchess debuted a gorgeous new coat by British designer Matthew Williamson.

Matthew Williamson

The Opal Blue Wool Coat is one of the most elegant pieces from the designer's  Fall 2014 Collection. The crisply tailored garment has four pockets carefully placed to flatter and emphasize the waist. It retails for £1,195 at Net-A-Porter and it's also available at Flannels.

Matthew Williamson

More from the product description:

'The opening look of the catwalk collection captured the woman of the season - empowered and composed yet playful and exuberant. It is a fun, optimistic approach to the winter coat.'

The baby blue coat on a model.

Matthew Williamson

Within minutes, it was confirmed on Matthew Williamson's twitter account.

Matthew Williamson

Kate wore a poppy on her lapel and a dark brown dress underneath.


Super sleuths Kate J (from WKW FB Page) and Anna managed to identify the piece as the Hobbs Animal Shirt Dress. The classic shirt dress has been updated with this animal-print embossed silk jacquard. It's reduced from£169 to £118 at Hobbs, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Hobbs

The Duchess wore her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba Boots. The stylish black suede boots are available in a variety of colours at Nordstrom.

Aquatalia

 Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond cushion drop earrings.

Kiki McDonough

Kate's gloves are by Cornelia James.


And the Duchess carried her Stuart Weitzman Muse Clutch.


It was an excellent look for the Duchess. Fashionable, appropriate for the weather and the event and most importantly Kate looked very comfortable in it. Kate has a fantastic collection of coats and the baby blue Matthew Williamson is one of her finest yet. I'm not sure teaming it with a brown dress was the best choice though, another colour may have worked better. What do you think?


There's a short video from the visit on YouTube.

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We have others updates to share with you all today. Two more engagements have been added to Kate's calendar for November (it's really filling up, which is excellent to see). On Thursday, 13 November, William and Kate will attend the annual Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

ITV

It's very much an annual royal event - a tradition that began in 1912. In recent years either the Queen or Charles and Camilla have attended, but this year the Cambridges are stepping in. It's a further sign of Her Majesty's confidence in the couple, and will quite likely become a biennial event for them. Performers on the night include Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Bette Midler and Dame Shirley Bassey. It's a glamorous event (in previous times a tiara would be worn) and we can expect to see Kate in a dazzling evening gown.

On Wednesday, 19th November, Kate will attend the Place2Be Well-being in School Awards at Kensington Palace. Again, I think it very likely she'll select a full-length dress.

Place2Be

For those enquiring about the biannual meeting of the Royal Charities Forum which took place at Buckingham Palace, no photos have emerged, however, according to The Court Circular, William and Harry attended but Kate did not.

Courtier UK Twitter Feed

Kate was spotted out and about yesterday - enjoying a spot of retail therapy at Peter Jones / John Lewis in the kitchen department. Super sleuth Ashley discovered she was wearing her Temperley London Odele Coat, a red knee-length patterned dress, knee-high boots, most likely her Aqautalia Rhumba and wore her hair up. Speaking of John Lewis, the department store's Christmas Advert is sure to put you in the festive spirit.

Temperley/Aquatalia

We'll see Kate tomorrow for Remembrance Sunday. The observance begins with two minutes silence at 11 a.m.

168 comments:

  1. What a handsome and pair! They seem so happy to be back in Wales even for one day. Kate is so pretty and radiant in light blue. Soon, another bundle of joy to add to the nursery.

    Great great post Charlotte! Thank you so much for your work.

    Wishing you all a beautiful week end!

    Monica, France

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    1. They seem to lost that flare.

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    2. Anon 16:48, they look perfectly happy to me. I cannot believe that I am reading speculative comments about W&K's relationship. Sometimes I wonder if it isn't a bit of wishful thinking.... :(

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  2. oh god i love the coat charlotte i getting the bump the colour of the coat reflect she ok and fine see you next engagement you seems fast in twitter and blogs

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  3. Glad to see Catherine looking so much better; the Balmoral air has obviously been good for her.
    Love the coat---I know many did not like the blue on Catherine, but I love it.
    Has she worn Matthew Williamson before? I have one of his coats in my wardrobe.He's originally from Manchester..
    They have now arrived at the rugby match--just seen it on TV.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2014 at 16:10

      She wore him once, to a movie opening (about tigers or lions or something)

      http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2012/WRN/042512-Kate-Middleton-matthew-williamson-340.jpg

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  4. Hmm, BABY blue! A lovely coat. Looks like the saphire & diamond earrings. Enjoyed the post, as always.

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    1. Better photos now--I can see they are the Kiki earrings! Thanks.

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    2. I wish you had been correct, Martha. :) It would have been a nice combination.

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  5. Thank you very much Charlotte, looking forward to the updates as well! I love the new coat, I think that color suits Catherine well. I noticed, or thought I did, that it seems a little loose on her. Am I wrong? I just figured it was because she doesn't want to show off her baby bump yet. Anyway, thanks again! You do an amazing job!

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    1. Jenn, I lost count of the number of times I attempted to answer you question about being prompted for verification (in the old post). (I was never asked to verify anything.)

      I have had major issues with posting, but thanks to Charlotte I appear to be back in business. Yay!! (My apologies to Camilla fans everywhere.)

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    2. So glad to hear you aren't having trouble posting anymore (knock on wood, actually, for both of us), I haven't had any trouble with mine getting lost in "never never land" since I made this blog account. I just stay signed in 24/7. It still does have me verify I'm a human, lol, but its only numbers now, much easier :). Lol, @ your last comment.

      Going to ask you Royalfan, and anyone else who cares to comment....the third picture (a close up of the Duchess), do you see anything different about it? I don't know what it is, but something just looks odd, maybe it just wasn't a good shot. It just looks to me like Catherines' smile is plastered on her face. Like I said, idk, maybe its just me. Lol, wouldn't be the first time I was wrong.

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    3. Wow, I don't have to prove I'm human anymore! Thank you Charlotte for whatever you did to fix it!

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    4. Jenn, I don't see anything odd there. Perhaps she has brief moments when she isn't feeling well or maybe has something else on her mind (aka George :). And I'm sure every member of the royal family was thinking about the terror threat connected with Remembrance Sunday. Just my take.... :)

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  6. Beautiful coat..wish she'd get more inventive with her hair it looks a mess and usually distracting. Love she's showing early this time. She was so small with George. I wanted to see Kate looking preggers!

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  7. Anything on Rebecca Deacon and what she was wearing?

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    1. I saw a photo of her sitting behind Kate at the rugby match wearing a dark coat--that's all you could see.

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    2. Here's a guess: blue coat, black boots, black stockings, black clutch. Just a guess.

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    3. Hahaha Hazel, I really had a good laugh, thanks a million. Unfortuntely Rebecca became a copycat, which is funny to me.

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  8. Love the coat, boots and earrings :) she looks good.

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  9. Kate does great coat and boots, but I'm not big on this particular combination. Don't know quite why, other than I'm not a double breasted fan. Maybe that's it.

    She herself looks good, though.

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    1. Sorry to break this to you, bluhare, but I agree with you. :)) While I happen to love the coat, I don't care for the brown and black combination, as well as the coat's lapel being covered. A black turtleneck would have been perfect. IMO.

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    2. I'm with you ladies. Although I do like the coat, I think the brown dress was weird choice to go with it (and personally, I don't like brown anyway lol). Just didn't go well together imo.

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  10. Tammy from California8 November 2014 at 15:53

    I was wondering something very speculative, gossipy and dumb. I am embarrassed to even write it.... I have been seeing so many " blurbs" on my browser's newsfeed that Kate and Wills are not doing well as a couple. I am typically the type of person who doesn't believe anything the media says, but with so much public scrutiny over Kate cancelling engagements due to her feeling sick, the couple moving from Kensington to Amner Hall, the couple wanting to raise their children out of the city, reports that they went to Balmoral to "save their marriage"...I dunno. Again I say: I feel dumb for even writing it.
    I guess my hope is that it isn't true. I love the chemistry and energy they bring to the Royal Family and I think they are a darling couple.
    Does anyone else have anything to add, other than I am a DORK for being way too involved in a life that is not my own?

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    1. Theresa, from Paris8 November 2014 at 16:56

      Hi there, Tammy ! Don't feel dumb or a dork :-) We all like to follow the Duchess and her life so we all hear the same rumors. In my opinion, all that is quite quite stupid. She does suffer from terrible HG so must keep out of the limelight at the start of her pregnancies. She was brought up in the country so must be very happy to divide her time between London and the countryside. These rich families have a very different lifestyle to what we all live. They have houses in many places, travel a lot and enjoy spending time in the city as well as in their gorgeous country houses. Of course, they didn't go to Balmoral to "save" their marriage. William adores Balmoral where he used to escape as a child and young man after his mother's death. All the Royals love Scotland. Just watch the couple's body language and you will see they are still very much in love, and hopefully will be for a very long time to come !!!! All best, Theresa.

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    2. Eve from Germany8 November 2014 at 16:59

      Tammy, you don´t have to be embarrassed at all.... Even here in Germany, these rumours keep popping up again and again.... I am not someone who usually gives much about rumours - but strangely enough, though, only yesterday I had the same kind of uneasy feeling you obviously have... I´ve just read two biographies about Lady Diana and I remember only too well how often rumours about the state of her marriage kept popping up and I thought "Oh no, not another one!" - and in the end they were true... Maybe that´s why I reacted to all this "they are having problems" blabla...
      I hope in Kate´s case all these rumours are just mere gossip to fill the papers, but please don´t feel embarrassed or dumb - you´re just concerned and that´s hardly "gossipy and dumb", right? :-))))

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    3. I've read that when they were dating if William had something to make up for with Kate he'd take her to Balmoral. So some think that it must be the case now.

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    4. I am sure that as with all couples, Kate and William have their down days but looking back at all their recent photo's together...their date out just before it was announced that she is pregnant, coming out from the doctor's appointment and just recently in Australia where they were holding hands and taking into account that she just became pregnant...they are still very much in love. Charles and Diana's body language showed it all and Kate and William's body language is very different from theirs.

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    5. I am amazed at how Kate can put stuff together. I would never have thought to do the brown dress, baby blue coat and black accessories but its works. I have been wondering...maybe she was looking for a dark comfortable dress when she was at John Lewis and saw this dress which you say are also available at John Lewis.

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    6. Marion from Germany8 November 2014 at 18:29

      Dear Tammy, I just had to look up the word "dork" and really had a big laugh. If you feel like a "dork", then welcome to the club, because we all share the same interest in another person's life.
      Regarding the rumours you have heard I guess that it is all made up by the media. It must be so boring for them (no pity!) to write about a young beautiful couple who are in love. That might be interesting for some time, but sooner or later they need “something more”. And if William and Kate do not present them that “something more”, they have to invent a little story by themselves. A little sensation is needed, not a happy couple enjoying their family life.
      I for one have not believed for one single second that William and Kate have to “work” on their marriage. On the contrary, William has made enough bad experiences in his childhood and Kate also wants her marriage to be a success. And now that they are parents they are intelligent and responsible enough for their children and also themselves that they will definitely not put at risk what they have achieved.
      I am not a fortune teller but I am quite sure from what I see that their marriage will never end in a divorce. Anyway – knock on wood!

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    7. If every break at Balmoral produces rumors, there will be a lot of rumors for a long time to come! Balmoral is the favorite late summer and fall place for the royals to holiday. Kate could not go earlier, therefore they went when she was feeling healthier, and she looks as if it did her a lot of good.

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    8. Diana hated Balmoral.

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    9. Amen, Anon 18:57. I don't think it's anymore complicated than that. :)

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    10. Kate is not Diana. Diana, who was a city person and liked Mediterranean holidays, probably would never have lived in a Scottish or Welsh farmhouse. Kate is a village person. She likes the countryside. She and William have wisely lived in both Scotland and Wales. Kate has vacationed at Balmoral with William since before they were married. It is a place they can be free of intrusion, it is beautiful, and it provides lots of outdoor activities. Why comment on Diana's preferences?

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    11. I agree Anon 04:31. C&W have very similar likes/tastes about many things: loving the outdoors, sports, etc. I think all these rumors are bunk, end of story.

      P.S. Bluhare...you have gotten that word "bunk" stuck in my head for over a week now, from one of the previous posts, LOL, I can't stop saying it whenever I get a chance ;)...but I'm not complaining though!

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    12. Tammy from California9 November 2014 at 16:28

      Thank you all for the comments! Marion from Germany, you gave me a good laugh this morning looking up the word "dork". I will now have to look it up to see what the official meaning is. Thanks to all of you for being "dorky" with me! Loves from California! xoxo

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  11. Love the coat. The double breasted nature of it and the V cut reminds me of something from the 80's. My one irk, it looks like a very blustery day, so I think a ponytail might have kept her hair tame. Cheers

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  12. Maggie - Minneapolis8 November 2014 at 16:18

    She goes shopping instead of attending the biannual Royal Charities Forum? I'm sorry and I know this is going to get me lots of hate, but after the last two years, that choice seems to sum up her lifestyle perfectly.

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    1. I did wonder the very same thing. Possibly something came up between the two events, otherwise she should have been at the Royal Charities Forum.

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    2. i'm beginning to agree. reluctantly
      eloise aged 77

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    3. No hate from me Maggie. But scroll down. There's a very reasonable explanation down there. Kate doesn't go because it's boring. We absolutely should not expect her to participate in anything remotely boring! Helping people less fortunate than oneself is so last year, you know.

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    4. Goodness, if I didn't go to events because they were boring, you would never see me at church or meetings at work.. ;)

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    5. I kind of agree. She usually chooses these shopping dates a bit unfortunate, she should think twice. Like she did not attend a wedding but went shopping anyway.
      I kind of disagree with you bluhare, kitchenware shoppping can be boring too;)))))))))

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    6. I don't think it is fair to make our own assumptions as to why Kate was not at the meeting. We simply don't know. We can't say she found it boring, we can't say she is not interested, we can't say she cares more about shopping because it is all assumptions based on very little information. We don't know what was on the agenda, whether she was needed at the meeting etc. And because we don't know, let's give her the benefit of the doubt.

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    7. If you follow the proceedings closely, you would know that the shopping happened in the afternoon long after the meeting has ended. Unfair to speculate that she chose shopping over the forums. Charlotte maybe next time you can make it clearer in your post.

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    8. Marci from Salt Lake8 November 2014 at 18:21

      I'm sorry if you don't like to hear this, but I think that your comments are illogical. Catherine does not appear at an event, and you attribute it to something she should be blamed for? You have no idea of all the contingencies and possibilities and yet you form this conclusion. This seems a product of narrow minded cynicism. I am not attacking YOU, but I AM attacking this kind of reasoning. You may be right, but you cannot be sure and to state these things seems to me ungenerous as well as illogical.

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    9. Mmm, I'm sort of with you on this, Maggie...it did sound pretty bad, her being spotted in Peter Jones while the Royal Charities Forum was taking place. I mean, it's not as though she has no time for shopping.

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    10. Was Kate ever scheduled to go to this event? The princes also gave a reception for Recovery Pathway at Buckingham Palace, which the Queen attended but Kate did not. I have seen nothing to indicate that she was ever supposed to be present at either occasion.

      If you follow the Court Circular, you will see that there are multitudes of engagements attended by a royal person without his or her spouse. In fact, Princess Anne recently completed an arduous tour of Australia and some Pacific Islands, solo. Not long before that, she was in dangerous areas of Africa, again alone. Her husband did accompany her to Washington for the opening of a Magna Carta exhibit at the National Archives. He attends some of her engagements, but not others. The same pattern is obvious for the Wessexes and the Gloucesters.

      Kate has been to two events alone quite recently. The Duchess of Cornwall will host a reception by herself soon. The Duchess of Gloucester and the Countess of Wessex attend events for their charities without their husbands. The husbands do the same. Why should William be any different??

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    11. I have to agree, Maggie. Hopefully she will make up for it at some point, life is long and people have short memories, but it does come across like she really doesn't care that much. Just does the bare minimum.

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    12. Boring? How helping people can be boring? I would rather go to a charity than to a snobbish vip party.

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    13. LOL, Poppyshire! And so true....

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    14. Anonymous - Did you see the timing of the forum published somewhere? We weren't informed of it and in previous years the time has varied from mid morning to late afternoon.

      It is noteworthy because Kate has always attended before. However, she left the stadium before the reception yesterday so it could be down to feeling ill and not feeling fully better.

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    15. It seems to me that Kate is doing one event at a time, and is being given time to rest. Her energy was no doubt depleted after her illness, and she is after all pregnant. She does not look ill, as she did when the Indonesian president came to London, but she needs to husband her stamina, and her schedule needs to be handled accordingly. Why is that so hard to understand?

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    16. Charlotte - The Court Circular from the Times specifically said "this morning." Almost every forum happens before lunch. The shopping trip happened mid-afternoon. Fact. I wish people were looked into facts before jumping into conclusions.

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    17. Just food for thought. I was suprised she even stayed the match,partly because of the weather and her illness, partly because that can be boring you know. :))) I have said it before if she can attend sport events why on earth is is so difficult to support a charity, and please do not tell me this is what the firm wants, it looks to me it depended on her free will.
      But I still follow her fashion choices:) but not a fan of her work ethic. It is fine, she does little but please cant she just pay a bit more attention to this minimum? It would be so good to see this.

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    18. Thank you Anonymous. I know a royal editor has asked the Palace why Kate didn't attend. I'll let you all know when he hears back.

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    19. Anon 04.58 I think it makes no difference it is morning or afternoon, she felt well enough to shop but not to attend an event worth attending. After this the palace cant come up with that she felt unwell. Thanks Charlotte for jumping in:)

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    20. Not sure if this pertains to this, but I have some food for thought: I have noticed something since Catherine has been doing engagments again, she is shying away (not attending) anything where there is food of any kind, even receptions, where there might be finger foods, etc. Perhaps the smell of food, or certain foods, makes her feel ill? It is known to happen with HG (or even with bad "morning sickness", it did for me with all four of my kids). I could be mistaken, but just thought it could be a reason she didn't attend.

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    21. Exactly blue27!! Shopping appears to be the priority right now. The time of day is trivial-all that matters is it happened on the same day. After reading comments on many sites, it seems as though people are becoming disillusioned with Kate now-the honeymoon is over. She appears quite happy doing the bare-minimum. I just don't get a sense of anything that she is passionate about. She just does what she has to-not what she wants to. The only thing I feel like she has done that she wanted was volunteering with the Scouts. Her heart seemed more into that. That's just my observations:(.

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    22. Jenn, I think you are quite right. Kate has avoided a Palace luncheon, and a reception yesterday where food was visible on the table. She did stay for a dinner for one of her charities, but perhaps it is easier for her to eat in the evening.

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  13. Tammy - nobody ever knows what's going on in a marriage. What we do know is that William and Kate have a longstanding relationship that's weathered it's rocky moments and kept on trucking. They have a child, they're expecting another. Their lives are going in the same direction, clearly both relishing private family time. They are physically tactile in public and they both look happy. There are always rumours about royal couples. Plenty about the Queen and D of E and before that too - about Queen Victoria and Albert, about her daughter Vicky's marriage to the German heir, about the then Prince of Wales later Edward VII. Sometimes the rumours turn out to be accurate(ish) as with Charles and Diana. That doesn't mean all rumours are right! Look at what's in front of you - an apparently happy couple expecting their second child. No reason to think that isn't the truth.

    Now the coat - love it. Really pretty and cosy and she looks great. Much better than last month with the Singapore greeting engagement.

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  14. The blue coat looks really good on her, but I really don't like it with black shoes, black tights and this brown dress.It's just a very heavy look, not stylish at all. It should be worn more like at net a porter site - very frsh with bright colors.

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    1. Never been a fan of mixing dark brown with black.

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    2. I really, really love the coat, too, but a brown dress with black accessories?!? Seriously?? UGH!!
      I'd me more of a fan of this look if she'd opted for brown accessories, or the grey version of the dress with navy blue accessories...like this it's all a bit meh!

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    3. I'm not a fan of brown and black either though I know some fashion forward types are. But brown dress, black tights and boots and purse, green (admittedly pale green) earrings and a powder blue coat. I find that this is another time when I've thought -- just get some help pulling things together Kate ! Item by item you can't usually fault her much but I think she shows the lack of a stylist's eye on her ensembles. I don't want her to look 40 and I don't expect her to look like a film star but I think she could look more sophisticated and polished with a little tweaking.

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  15. Maggie, I was a disappointed too but I think it's time to let it go. Kate is not interested in the boring stuff. It doesn't make her a bad person.

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    1. Please tell me you're being sarcastic. PLEASE.

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    2. Maybe not, but she married that job after apprenticing for ten years and now doesn't seem up to the task.

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    3. I don't believe it's a question of being interested...or not. Considering her current circumstances, she had a demanding day in Wales and Sunday will be equally, if not more, important. William and Harry attended the Forum which was not as high profile. Perhaps she should have shopped on another day...I would go so far as to say that...but to suggest that she doesn't care is a little harsh IMO.

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    4. .. demanding?

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    5. Shopping for kitchen stuff sounds more boring than anything.
      Just saying.

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  16. Theresa, from Paris8 November 2014 at 17:03

    I love the color of the coat but in my opinion those sort of coats look better with turtlenecks. Even in the pictures of the coat worn by a model, the blouses look odd.
    Just love the earrings. Boots great too, of course.

    Happy to see her so well now. She does seem fuller than with George. I wonder if it is because it is her second child or because she is expecting a girl ! That would be so much fun.
    Great post, dear Charlotte ... Thanks. Looking forward to the coming days and the evening out at the Theater.

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  17. Amy, Detroit Michigan8 November 2014 at 17:06

    LOVE the coat, but feel the boots are a tad too casual for it. Heels would have looked better.
    The hair is a bust for me. Just sort of all over the place.

    And will the Duchess please start wearing color on her lips? Even a tinted gloss? Something to make her look...I don't know, not washed out.

    Good to see them out and about, as I can't imagine how hard it is for you, Charlotte, to come up with things to write about when they are not. You do a lovely job!

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    1. I had the same thought, Amy. She may not like bright color on her face, but I wondered if she'd found a shade of lipstick so close to her natural color that it looks like she isn't wearing any.

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    2. You just wrote what I think.:)))) Lovely coat but different shoes, hair is a mess.
      She looks pretty though. If I could wish for something that would be coloured nails, I have never seen her wearing any. :))
      Thanks for the post very very much!!!

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    3. Lip gloss with hair flying in one's face is not a good thing as anyone who has experienced that knows. I also wonder about her nails. I just saw a close up of her hands taken the day they announced the engagement and if there was ever a day for a perfect manicure that was it, the debut of that ring. So I guess it is just personal taste and she doesn't like color on her nails or her lips.

      I love the coat but would have preferred it with sheer hose and a nice pair of heels. I know that it was probably cold out but I think that Kate overdoes the boots look. Thanks again, Charlotte. You are so quick getting these posts up!

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    4. Amy, Detroit Michigan8 November 2014 at 22:50

      Bluehare, you bring up a good point. If she does have a nude color on, maybe some gloss over it would add some depth to it.

      Blue27, I think she has worn color on her feet before, usually when she wears her Jimmy Choo strappy sandals...but you are right, color on the fingers would look more polished ( no pun intended, okay maybe pun intended.lol) Are royal women alowed to wear polish on their hands, I wonder.

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    5. You wrote what I thought,' how about some color on the lips? As for the question posed in the blog, I like brown with baby blue. That's been one of my favorite fall color combinations since high school. I like brown & pink, too. What I'm not terribly fond of is brown & black, I know that's old-fashioned thinking, but there you go. As for the coat, doesn't she already have a baby blue coat, or two, or three? Maybe they don't fit at the moment. As for this coat, the buttons don't hang right. I thought it might be another instance of poor sewing, as during her first pregnancy she had the buttons on one coat altered & it didn't hang right. But then, after looking at the designer's photos & pics of the models--it doesn't hang right on them, either! If you're doing two rows of buttons down the front of something, they ought to be parallel. I'd certainly expect that in such an expensive item.

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    6. I guess if she used a darker lipstick and a lighter eyeliner she would be on the road to perfection. Wink, wink.

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    7. Most make up artists would recommend that with a strong make up on the eye as kate wears u balance it with nude lip colour. Diana wore nail polish (in later years) apparently it was a sign to james hewitt she was ok it has been reported. Kate looked luvly apart from I think her hair is not as styled nice as when she does big engagements or as polished as when on royal tours.

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    8. I just remembered seeing only one picture of Kate wearing actual color on her nails....it was when her and PW were still dating, and she had just arrived at a party with her sister Pippa. But alas, that is the only time ever. I think since she got engaged, she has kept to regular manicures only, with clear coat. I agree though, some color would be nice.

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    9. Hi Jenn! So good to hear that someone else is in need of coloured nails andsome lipstick. :)))

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    10. Hi blue27, lol, yes, I would definitely like to see some color on Kate. Even a pale pink would be something.

      On another note, I just scrolled through the comments about her shopping, I must admit, I am becoming a little disappointed. True, I don't know if she was even supposed to go to that engagement, but as I said somewhere else on here, not attending and shopping on the same day didn't look good at all. Sorry to be so blunt, but her PR people suck. Bottom line. If it keeps up like it is now, she may lose a lot of supporters, imo.

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  18. At first glance I didn't like the ensemble ....but it's growing on me she ..looks very pretty. I also don't think the boots and coat go well together

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  19. The other day I saw Queen Maxima in a hideous green dress with a collar/sleeve that came up very high next to her face on the one shoulder. It completely overshadowed her face. Charlene from Monaco always wear dull colors in her clothes and make-up. The fact is, people rave about them. If it is someone else, it is called daring, exciting, classic, chic etc. But if it is Kate...she is pulled apart and criticized. I truly take my hat off to her for being able or at least trying to live her life staying true to herself and not trying to live according to everybody's opinion! I like her. I like her style. I like it that she is not on duty everyday leaving her child to the nanny. I like it that they are able to have a normal life as far as possible because once they move to first in line to the throne and to the throne itself, all this will be much more complicated. Go Kate!

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  20. Renee in California8 November 2014 at 18:18

    I liked this outfit until I realized that the dress underneath was brown. Not that I don't like brown, but wouldn't it have been preferable to wear brown or flesh pantyhose (tights/whatever) with brown shoes/boots? Am I being too inflexible here or what? I love the all the pieces individually, I really do but… I don't know. Educate me in mixing and matching, because this just confuses me.

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  21. What a perfectly lovely coat, and Kate looks so healthy and happy! She won't be able to wear the coat for long this winter, but it was beautiful for a windy late autumn day with outside engagements in Wales. It's a great addition to her coat collection. The dress will work fine for awhile. I don't mind the brown at the top - it matches her hair and it's far away from the warm black boots at the bottom. Does she have a pair of good brown dress boots? My only quibble, I would like Kate to push her hair back or to the right side when she wears a poppy on the left.

    What tie was William wearing? Maybe it honors Wales or the rugby union. It certainly doesn't honor Kate's coat!

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  22. Catherine looks lovely in baby blue!!!! Love the color of the coat,,very classy with the boots and earrings...
    Thank You Charlotte for this excellent post!!xoxo

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  23. Love the coat, the color and the style. However, I'm not a fan of the dress with the collar peeking out. I think if HRH had opted for a brightly colored scarf tucked into the coat collar (see runway model) - kept the black boots/tights, we would all have been blown away by this ensemble. Otherwise, the most important thing is to see the Duchess back on her feet feeling healthy and strong after such a rough start to her pregnancy.

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  24. She looks very pretty, but I am not keen on the coat the way she is wearing it - on the model with the white blouse and heels, it looks much better, so I think it is the combo of it with brown and black. I also think that the top silver buttons are awkwardly placed - they have a "bauble" feel to them and seem to be at an unfortunate place on the chest. Or maybe it's just that way in some photo angles.

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  25. William lost part of one of his front teeth during a wedding on 22 June 2013, while Kate was pregnant for the first time. I think it's the right teeth. It looks different. Less yellow and bigger. He is not so good boy after all, ha ha :) I think it was hard for Kate to believe he enjoyed so much he lost his teeth, while poor-she stayed at home. I think they both go through hard times so why there are so many gossips. But it comes from not being faithful or lack of love, they simply have to face the hard life of a parent. The good time of life of parties and night life ended. There are more duties to carry, boring things to do, so they may find it just uneasy. Maybe they are missing the life before the marriage? (like most of us do ;)

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    1. William lost part of a tooth in 2013?? How come I don't remember this? Hmmm, will have to go research this one. Off to google land....

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  26. Fantastic post!
    William and Catherine look relaxed and happy and I love the powder blue coat......beautiful!

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  27. anon from Leominster8 November 2014 at 20:40

    Love the blue coat and am okay with the dark tights with it as keeps the pale colour from being too spring like. A wonderful engagement - nice the parallel with the Queen Mum.

    As for shopping instead of attending the Charitable Forum, tacky and tactless. If she wasn't going to attend, she should have chosen another day to shop, she has ample free time.

    Looking forward to the coming engagements.

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    1. LEO! Where have you been? Since I've been able to come here and comment more, I have been looking to see any comment from you! How are you? Hope you are doing well! I miss your intricate and detailed comments. Hope to see more of you. Take care.

      P.S. Although I don't know why she didn't attend, I do agree with you and Royalfan, her timing of shopping was ill advised.

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  28. So good to see Kate out and about. Can't say I like this and definitely not the colour of the dress. Just a bit ho hum, nothing outstanding but very classic Kate. The coat will stand the test of time but I hope we never get to see the dress by itself. Just looks so wrong.

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  29. Honestly, the coat might be gorgeous, but elegant baby blue coat + brown dress underneath + black thick tights + black boots ? One of her worst ensemble ever!
    She remains beautiful though, I would look like a witch that way and, I believe, a good 90% of women ....
    But as for the ensemble .... either she needs to get a stylist or, if she already has one, she needs to get a NEW stylist...
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  30. Sarah from Calif.8 November 2014 at 21:03

    Love, love the coat! Hope Kate truely is feeling better !

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  31. She looks absolutely lovely….especially considering that she has just gone through the physically challenging first three months of pregnancy. I'm amazed that people judge her for not doing enough when we've read how horribly difficult Hyperemesis gravidarum can be on a woman. Your posts are always a breath of fresh air in my busy days Charlotte. Thank you for keeping them positive, informative, and kind.

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  32. I love reading everything about Kate. It's such a nice escape. The blue coat is beautiful and very classic. She wears it well like everything else, but that dress is so frumpy. Sometimes I wonder about her choices. I guess being a royal you can't be too daring. Love the blog.

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  33. Tedi in California8 November 2014 at 22:50

    Thanks for your excellent commentary, Charlotte. I thought the Duchess looked beautiful. Loved the coat! The color and style were so suited to her. As you mentioned, perhaps another color dress. Black would have been better than brown. Overall, though, they were a joy to see.

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  34. I love the coat - this is one of my favorite looks on Kate - fits her very well. Outstanding! Love it a lot. I wonder if choosing either chocolate -brown or black (and only one of them) - would have not made for a better overall look. I feel that both make it a bit confusing. Personally, I would have chosen chocolate - brown. I also like those same boots much better in that color.

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  35. I have very rarely criticized Kate before but she is making it very hard for me to respect her work ethic right now. I would have not said a thing about the fact that she missed the meeting of the Royal Charities Forum, had she not been spotted out shopping. I would have assumed that she was at home relaxing or taking care of George, which would have been understandable. But to choose shopping over the meeting was disrespectful to her charities and it makes me think that she cannot be very passionate about them.
    I have never said this before, since I think it is usually unfair to compare two individuals to one another, but in this respect she would do well to take a page from the Queen's book.

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    1. Marci from Salt Lake9 November 2014 at 03:19

      Maybe this will help illuminate Kate's position--I spent part of the day looking at statistics in the Court Calendar and found that so far in 2014, the Queen has had 136 days on which there were events for her to attend (sometimes mulitple, but I just looked at how many days); Prince Charles had 118; Princess Anne 139; Prince Andrew 95; Prince Edward 127; Sophie of Wessex 107. The Queen's cousins had quite a few each. But Prince William and Prince Harry had 43 each; Kate had 34. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie had fewer. From this I assume that the Cambridges and all the grandchildren are very much seen in the Royal Family as NOT seniors and not expected to undertake a fuller load than they have at present. It looks like Kate's load is very much the norm in terms of being just under what her husband and brother-in-law have; all the spouses seem to carry a smaller load than the blood royal in this scenario.

      What do you think? It looks to me like Kate IS carrying the load they expect of her at this point in her "royal family life" career.

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    2. Marci from Salt Lake9 November 2014 at 03:24

      Only I forgot to say that in this particular case, you have a very good point, though we don't know all the facts--still, it looks like something that only a very good excuse would do to get out of. Maybe she had to see the doctor and went shopping after?

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    3. Fact - The shopping happened hours after the meeting ended. The rest is speculation without knowing the circumstance.

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    4. Anon 5:27, it is not just about what time the shopping happened. The facts are it happened on the same day. If she felt well enough to go shopping, then she would have been well enough to attend the forum. Regardless if the forum was in the morning and shopping in the afternoon-it happened the same day. That is why people are commenting on her work ethic or lack there of. Sadly she should have gone shopping another day. And it is normal for her to attend the forum, she has in the past. The only reason for her not to attend this year was her morning sickness, which obviously she felt well enough to shop so it was not an issue. It appears she chose shopping over a charity forum.

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    5. How does anyone know why she was not at the meeting---maybe she was sick or had a doctor's appointment.
      Some people are anxious to see trouble

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    6. Very interesting point Marci, makes me wonder.

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    7. Criticizing Kate's work ethic is questionable even when she is healthy, since we do not know how much is expected of her in the way of attending public events. To denigrate her efforts when she has been so ill seems cruel. Kate is obviously struggling with some of her morning appearances. She is doing well in the afternoon and evening, but she is not out of the woods yet. She has said that she wants to be out and about, so give her some time. And keep in mind that she is going to be raising very young children for several years and will be given time to do so. In addition, when Kate does appear, all of the attention goes to her, which blurs the efforts of the rest of the royal family. Lessons have been learned, and they are being applied.

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    8. I must say I can't follow all this. Is shopping in the kitchen department so fun? I mean, anybody would prefer attending an interesting forum in Buckingham palace. So would Kate if she could. I suppose that if she is spotted in a supermarket instead of being at a white tie state reception people will say she chooses pleasure over work?
      The argument "she was well enough to buy pans in the afternoon, why not to attend a forum in the morning?" I find somewhat childish...

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  36. I have a question for the mothers in the forum. I notice that it is more obvious that the Duchess is expecting more so than her first pregnancy. A silly question; however, does it always follow that you start showing earlier on the second pregnancy?

    I love the blue coat and I love that the Duchess is looking healthy and happy and that is what is important.

    As always, thanks Charlotte for a very informative post. Keep up the good work.

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    1. I have had five children. Built the same as Kate, and showed at the same time with all five. around 6 months. Looked the same with girls and boys. So the theory of being able to tell what gender someone is having by the shape of their tummy, how big their butt is, etc. is all a bunch of wives tales.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 03:27

      I'm not a mother but will answer anyways. Very much of the time it is true because the inner musculature o the stomach is "weakened" and the skin has already been stretched. So the stomach can't "hold it together" as long. But it's not always true since the baby can sometimes lay along the spine almost that takes very little space. Then the stomach doesn't get as big.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 03:37

      Also gonna add. There are alooooot more reasons it might not. But the odds are for showing earlier.

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    4. Thank you all so much for obliging: much appreciated.

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    5. It is very common to show earlier, especially if the pregnancy happens soon after the first one.

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    6. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2014 at 07:41

      Anonymous, first, every woman is different (obviously) and every pregnancy is different. I've had 4 children and I did start to show a bit earlier with each one after my first. I also think in my case was the spacing between pregnancies; I had 4 children in 6 1/2 years, so very close together. By the time I was pregnant with my 4th, I couldn't zip my jeans and knew I was pregnant. :)

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    7. I have had four children, and I never showed till around 5-6 months. I didn't show earlier with the 2nd, 3rd, etc. It just all depends, every woman is different, every pregnancy is different.

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  37. I hate today's look. The coat is lovely, but pairing it with brown and black?? I agree with bonnieux that the boots don't go well with the coat.

    Also, she really needs to stop playing with her hair, half the photos show her touching it.

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  38. I have been reading the posts and I agree with some of you that feel something might be happenin gto Will & Kate's marriage. They don't look happy together today. And then I just read that Kate did not make the reception after the ruby match because they say she was ill. She did not look ill to me today. Before we used to see William with a guiding hand on Kate but I have not seen one photo of that today. And some of the photos they look like Charles & Diana just beofre they divorced. I am not saying this is going to happen to this couple but the signs are there.
    I hope I am wrong.
    To many sights writing about it, so where are they getting all the information.
    Let's all say a prayer that they continue to grow their love and all this being written is just trash.

    Thank you all for listening to me.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 03:31

      I see your point. But maybe if what you see is true, it can be as simple as having had an argument that day (which in no way means marital problems) or maybe headache? Or something else on their mind? Or tired? Or George has fever? or or or. Don't have to be divorce because people have a bad day. And all relationships go up and down.

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  39. Nancy in California9 November 2014 at 00:45

    I thought she looked lovely and the boots look brown, not black. I've had two strokes that left me mostly immobile and reading these posts is a joy in an other wise boring day. I wish them all the best.

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    1. And I wish you all the best, Nancy!
      The internet really make the world feel closer, doesn't it?
      I hope you'll find many more joys in your days :)

      Camilla

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    2. I second that Camilla. I hope and pray you are doing better Nancy! Take care and be well!

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    3. So sorry to hear, Nancy. My thought are with you.

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  40. Five. The number of pictures in this post of Kate fooling with her hair. I liked the coat in the very first picture and then I lost enthusiasm for it. It is too similar to the blue McQueen she wore in New Zealand.

    I think Kate going shopping rather then a charity meeting foreshadows the future when she has two children to raise. Her lifestyle may focus more on family, relaxation and being William's support at functions, rather than carrying on much independent work of her own. Time will tell.

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    1. Moxie, I agree with your second paragraph. I also happen to believe this is the way the firm wants business to be conducted (for now).

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  41. I'm sorry, but I think this outfit is horrendous! This coat is gorgeous, why she choose to put a ugly brown dress under it is a mystery to me. I realize it was cold and windy, but the black boots do not go with this coat - if she wanted to wear them she should have worn another one of her thousand coats.

    Kate is so gorgeous, I don't understand why sometimes she just does not seem put together - a pin, some lipstick and maybe her hair pulled back would have made this look so much better. She really could use a stylist, but I know it won't happen.

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  42. Charlotte, I agree that the brown dress probably wasn't the best choice under the new coat. I don't think I would have minded the combo if she hadn't pulled the dress collar out over the coat collar -- yikes! The new coat is just gorgeous and looks lovely on her. I know I'm not alone in my envy of her growing coat collection.

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  43. This is the best I've seen Kate look in quite awhile! The whole outfit is so much more youthful and on-trend for her age. The coat,besides being a gorgeous color, has a nice fitted look and the double breasted style is on trend. Also, who hasn't seen every female from age 15 to 65 wearing tall boots for the last couple years. EVERYONE wears them and all the shoe departments are overflowing with them. Black goes with everything! As for the brown dress underneath, the collar looks okay, but hope to god she puts that dress in the goodwill bin so we never have to see the rest of it.

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  44. Thank you all so much for reading and for your comments!

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  45. I have one word for the Duchess.... PONYTAIL

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2014 at 07:49

      I agree! Windy day in Wales = hair up! Wondering how her hair will be styled tomorrow?

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  46. hi everyone i read some those stuff something like that there were fighting for something i think its private we don't know close door what happen but i think they can resolve these or maybe there are talking pippa her sister getting entering us love her coat and the rest of it maybe the duchess love her locks down

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  47. Marci from Salt Lake9 November 2014 at 03:31

    I disagree that anything can be seen in these or other photos of today that show trouble in the Cambridges' marriage. In fact, I think just the opposite can be seen. Here's my analysis of Charlotte's photos in today's posting. 1st photo they are side by side and both look happy. Second photo, they are holding both arms and hands almost exactly in the same position, unconsciously copying each other, too cute. Third photo, Kate is smiling and looks great. No shadow of sadness that I can detect. Fourth photo, she and William are sharing a laugh with the gentleman. She’s looking right at William, and that looks like affection to me. Skip down past the next several pictures, and the next one of them standing side-by-side they are again mimicking each other’s position. The two pictures in the control room: William is pointing at something and Kate’s following his line of sight closely. She’s totally tuned in to him; and then she’s looking at him, as she gestures and replies to something, again, totally attuned to him. Next photo he has his hand on her arm as he stands beside her to pose with the workers. Next close-up of Kate is awkward, but she’s not sad or mad, just talking and they caught her face at a bad moment. William is beside her; he’s close. Then comes the one I love, where they totally look like they’re synchronized and it’s just darling. I think the body language in the sum of these photos shows a couple in love. What do you think?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2014 at 04:20

      I agree with you. Hugging and holding hands can be easily faked. But a sudden move to touch the back or synchronized movements are almost impossible to fake. I've noticed that they do have similar body language and that when they are close they seem to sometimes to similar movement. That is indicative of 2 people who spend alot of time together.

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    2. I agree Marci. If you want an example of forced affection, look at Monaco. W&K are always very spontaneous and sincere, which is the real deal.

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    3. Oh yes Marci, and you were observant to notice synchronization of movements (wow). I just have to chuckle at all the proposed rumors that have no basis. This couple are best friends and that shows, too. There are going to be downs in all relationships but that does not mean a forecast of doom. As the years pass, their love has only deepened and grown resulting in the body language you have described. Thank you.

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    4. Marion from Germany9 November 2014 at 11:30

      Wow, Marci, this is one solid and precise analysis of their body language, great expertise. You have wonderfully and convincingly put into words what I have just realized subconsciously. Thank you very much for that sensitive insight, I am really impressed.

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    5. You are spot on, Marci! I totally agree.

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  48. Love the shade and cut of the coat, nice to see a "new to me" designer! However, the "pointy" coat buttons, the chest area ones specifically, are positioned in an, err, almost (slightly above) inconvenient location, know what I mean? That's always something that peeves me about women's coats and it's SO DIFFICULT to find one that avoids that strategic mistake. S

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      Haha oh god. Now I can't unsee that :P

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  49. did pippa take the job in today show

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    1. Amen, and thank you Charlotte. :))) I was beginning to fear that you hired Camilla as an assistant and my comments would never see the light of day. Lol.

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    2. LOL

      So very pleased your comments are coming through royalfan :)

      On another note, anyone who is experiencing commenting issues and using Explorer please send me an email.

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2014 at 08:07

      Royalfan, you are too funny! :)

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  51. Is it just me or is Kate showing a lot more than she was when she was at this stage in her pregnancy with George?
    Also I want her to cut her hair off. Or show some sense. On a windy day pull it up. It looked so sloppy today.
    And im surprised any of u are surprised that Kate went shopping instead of working when she has never showed a work ethic I know its harsh but true

    Sarah USA

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    1. Marion from Germany9 November 2014 at 11:40

      Dear Sarah,

      1: Yes, most women do show earlier when pregnant with their second child, I experienced that as well.
      2: Anyone who only thinks about cutting that wonderful hair must be an overeager coiffeur, bald-headed, suffer terribly from some kind of hairphobia or ...?
      3: Pulling that wonderful hair up would indeed be a fantastic and good-looking idea on a windy day.
      4: Your last idea is in fact harsh, but in my eyes NOT true.

      Have a nice weekend, dear Sarah, and let us see what Kate has in mind with her gorgeous hair today.

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    2. Sarah, not really harsh, because it is the truth:(

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  52. I love the coat (color and cut), but I would have liked it paired with a black turtleneck to balance the boots. The lapel of the dress takes away from the coat.

    On a more serious note, I am happy to see Kate looking well.

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  53. she looks lovely. in fact, i think she looks younger and happier than we've seen in a while. also, she looks like she's gained a few pounds, which is great considering her challenges this pregnancy.

    she looks beautiful in the picture of her playing with her hair, which is most of them. haha. half back, maybe, would have been great.

    can't wait to see tomorrow's post!

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  54. My favorite part of her outfit today are the Kiki green amethyst earrings--I always love when they come out to play! The color of the coat is beautiful. Nice to get something different with the double breasted coat. I don't like dome buttons in any context (I especially hated them at Trouping the Colour 2013, but that's another story), but at least these are simple.

    I can't comprehend a reason why she (or anyone!) would intentionally pair a brown dress (especially this particular one) with the black tights and boots. I'd like to think that she was dressed in the perfect dress to go with this coat. As she hugged George goodbye, he buried his sweet face into her shoulder, and transferred that mix of saliva and snot onto her dress the way that only toddlers can. In a rush to change, she mussed her perfect half up-do. With only minutes to fix things, she throws on the first dress in her closet that she knows will fit her growing tummy (even though it definitely doesn't match what she's wearing), changes her hair into a down do, and races out of the palace, counting down the hours until she can be back home in her jammies with a pint of ice cream. As for pulling out the dress' collar? Evidently my grandma was there because she "fixes" my clothes like that all the time. In summary: I chalk up this bizarre combination of clothes to the perils of motherhood, and look forward to seeing it again as a refreshed look.

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      That is a very funny comment! I especially like the idea of your grandmother taking care of Kate's collar, that really made me chuckle.

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  55. Not a bad combination with the baby blue coat and brown dress. That dress keeps the look from being too cutesy and keeps it more formal. That being said, there is something terribly aging about this outfit. Can't put my eye on it but just makes Kate look old.
    Only two things - she should have done something with her hair. Maybe it's just unfortunate timing but in almost every photo she's fiddling with it, which I think is a bit disrespectful of her hosts, she needs to focus all her attention on them.
    Second thing - brown dress with black tights and black boots? Uh, no, Kate. I love the Rhumba boots and these look to be a new pair, same style but definitely new or newer than her old ones. The old ones were starting to show some wear so can't blame her for that but she should have paired it with brown tights and brown suede boots.
    She does look like she's gained more weight and is showing more at this stage in this pregnancy than she did at the same stage in the first pregnancy. I really don't think it's twins. I would expect that some of the advice being given is to eat up and gain some weight, especially since she likely lost weight with the HG.
    I laughed out loud when someone pointed out the unfortunate placement of the buttons on the coat on the chest. And one of the photos shows that from a side angle so, well, never mind.
    I'm still not a fan of pastels on Kate. With her coloring, bold, jewel tones really play up her skin, eyes and hair.
    Here in the US, we heard that Pippa did take the job with NBC. She was photographed at an airport in Wyoming but I don't think it's been confirmed that she's with NBC.
    I really, really like Pippa. I think she's made the best of a tough situation and is trying to find her niche. She's got a style that is young, fun, fresh and fashionable.

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  56. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2014 at 08:06

    First, I loved seeing the pictures of the Queen Mum! She was such a vibrant and bright lady and it was nice seeing her great grandson follow her engagement of the opening 50 years ago. On to Kate.... Kate looked lovely today and I LOVED the pale blue coat! It was so pretty! I liked the dress underneath, but am not a fan of the black/brown combo. I have to say no to the black boots, tights, and clutch when you are wearing a brown dress. I think sticking with brown and baby blue would have been much prettier. I love the Kiki McDonough earrings....LOVE! As I commented above, windy day in Wales = hair up and pulled back. More importantly though is Kate looking very healthy and happy. She did have a hint of the pregnancy glow and her smile was beautiful. I always love to see Wills and Kate at joint engagements and see how they interact. It looked to be a wonderful day in Wales!

    I am looking forward to the Remembrance Day ceremony post! Thanks for this lovely post Charlotte!

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  57. hi kate texas usa here the rememberence day cermony filling up the updtes

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  58. HRH looks amazing and I very much love the toned down eye-makeup- makes her look much younger and her face much softer. She's such a beauty!

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  59. I love that colour on her and the coat. Poor Wills is losing so much hair now but boy do they look happy! Thank you dear Charlotte did another amazing post.

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  60. A slightly 'late' comment on this post. (too tired to comment yesterday after seeing the poppies at the Tower of London: stuck in crowds that weren't really moving while the rain poured down! Minor 'hardship' considering what we were all viewing actually represented) Anyway, have decided to comment without reading the other posts first! I quite like the ice-blue coat, an attractive colour although a little pale for Kate's complexion. Still, makes a nice change. However, I am 'nit-picking', but from a style point of view, it doesn't really accommodate her 'bump' too effectively. I am also a bit tired of seeing these boots, they are such a familiar look of hers. Not too keen on the shade of the 'nearly black' tights, either.

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  61. I appreciate that I am being very critical, but her hair looks too messy on this visit to be 'royal', consider, for example, how neat the Queen's, Sophie's, and Princess Anne's looks, not a hair out of place. (and how Diana's was)

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  62. I would have liked to have seen brown boots with the outfit, but I like the coat.

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  63. Really like the coat and the dress together, but not with black tights and black boots.

    Laura

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