Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Kate Mixes High Street & Designer for Place2Be Awards

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Place2Be 'Wellbeing in School' Awards at the Kensington Palace state apartments this evening.


Tonight marks the inaugural awards, and holding the event at the Palace made it even more special for all involved. Of course, William and Kate's London residence is Apartment 1A, Kensington Palace; before they moved in it was envisaged they would use the state apartments to hold functions such as this in aid of their charities.


The Duchess met the finalist in each award category at a reception before the awards.


Kate has been patron of the organisation since April 2013, reflecting her interest in child mental health and the importance of early intervention to provide children with in-school mental health services at the earliest stage possible, to tackle problems before they can escalate.


Royal reporter Victoria Murphy shared a photo from the Queen's Gallery.

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

The Duchess met with nominee Georgia Alvery, 11, who described Kate as "beautiful" and praised her understanding of mental health issues.


Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic support services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. They currently reach 90,000 children, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

Place2Be

A beautiful piece of artwork by a child who availed of the services provided. Before receiving support she wrote, "Dear Place2Be, I am sad because my parents have split up and I am not feeling very good and every time I wake up my belly hurts and sometimes I cry in my sleep".

Place2Be

The awards celebrate those often unsung heroes who make a real difference to the life of their school community through their commitment to children's emotional wellbeing. Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who have seen the life-changing work of Place2Be for themselves were asked to nominate their school leaders, parent and children champions and volunteers.


Kate wrote a foreword for the awards in which she said, "It is wonderful that this important area of children's emotional health is being recognised with these inaugural awards".

Ryan Hooper Twitter Feed

The organisation shared their excitement via their Facebook page earlier today.

Place2Be Facebook Page

In a statement the charity's chief executive said:

'We are greatly honoured HRH Duchess of Cambridge will be attending the first-ever Place2Be Wellbeing in School Awards.
 The Duchess is committed to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK. Her support for Place2Be has helped to shine a spotlight on the need to tackle children's mental health at the earliest possible stage.'

Kate presented the Child/Young Person Award to eleven-year-old Bailey Dunne.


If you wish to support the incredibly important work carried out by the charity, there's a number of ways to get involved. From donating to fundraising, one can also attend an event or take on a challenge and get their company involved. All the relevant details are available on the website.

Place2Be

The Duchess mixed high street and designer for tonight's look - something fashion fans praised her for since the royal wedding. We haven't seen too much of it lately, and instead Kate has been opting for designer dresses and bespoke coatdresses.


Kate's black top is by Hobbs London.

Hobbs London

The Invitation Emilia Top is an elegant  textured crepe garment in a form-flattering shape with eye-catching embroidered polka dot design making it perfect for a special occasion. It originally retailed for $155 before going on sale for $120, unfortunately is completely sold out everywhere at present.

Hobbs London

For those who love the design of the top, Hobbs suggested their £149 Marigold Dress as an alternative. It's a classic little black dress and a fabulous addition to any wardrobe especially with the party season almost upon us.

Hobbs London

The Duchess teamed the top with her £450 Alexander McQueen Glossed-Leather belt.

Alexander McQueen

I personally felt the belt didn't work well with the peplum top and would have looked better without it.


Kate's gorgeous peacock blue skirt is a Jenny Packham design from the Fall 2013 collection. We would have loved to see Her Royal Highness wearing the look on the left, it's effortlessly chic.

Jenny Packham

Kate chose her black suede Jimmy Choo Vikki Pumps for the event.

Jimmy Choo

An injection of sparkle was added to the look with her Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings. The 9ct yellow good pieces retail for £1,365.

Cassandra Goad

Kate carried her black suede clutch.


Kate's hair was lovely tonight - pulled back with braid detail.


What do you think of Kate's look tonight?

240 comments:

  1. Yikes!! If this is showcasing Kate's style by putting together her own pieces, then I am afraid to say that Kate has very bad taste. These pieces separately are nice, but they do not work together at all. The belt just throws the outfit off even more so. I think this is a big fail for Kate. The skirt is beautiful and I hope she wears it again with a more appropriate top.

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    1. I agree with you, the duchess isn't very good in this sort of mix and match, there's always something that does not work in her outfits. But she looks happy ... And there will be time to see the two pieces more approriately mixed

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    2. Agreed, it would have looked beautiful separately but together they didn't go- almost as if she got dressed in a dark room and didn't notice till later that they weren't the same color! Her hair was lovely though and she looked happy and healthy

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    3. I completely agree. The skirt is lovely and would have looked much better with either of the Jenny Packham tops shown in the pictures. The belt looks really worn in the second picture. Sigh.

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    4. I agree! Not a very put together look. She needs a stylist.

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    5. I kind of agree. But I also kind of like it. It is a little risky and trying. I support that. I think they don't quite fit but i like the direction her style might be going. Just don't think she's there yet :)

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    6. Across the pond US19 November 2014 at 23:22

      I think the pieces look okay together personally. That skirt is amazing but I am not a huge fan of the sheer sleeves though. A more solid peplum top would have worked much better. The belt is attractive but I would not personally pay that much for it. Too many similar options for less.
      Overall, love the concept.

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    7. Each piece, from top to skirt to earrings to shoes is quite nice on it's own, but I'm just not digging it all together. I tend to be pretty fussy about mixing black and blue, though.

      Her hair looks really nice!

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    8. Completely agree... this is a mismatch. And the belt did not help. Nor the earrings. A complete miss minus her hair which looked lovely.

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    9. She is beautiful, as always! I think if the belt were a slim black suede belt, with no buckle, it would have pulled everything together in a more polished looking ensemble and we'd all be SO in love with it.

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    10. Hold your finger over the belt and look at it - it looks great. It's just that damned belt that's dragging an otherwise lovely look down!

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    11. the sleeves are too short and the gown is also too short

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  2. Hi Charlotte, excellent coverage as always!
    I did not like the Duchess look today, but that's just me.
    I also did notice that you delay a little bit more than usual, did you have trouble with the images as last time?
    Thanks a lot!

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    1. Hello,

      No delay at all. I published as soon as photos became available. There was only one photographer at the event, so it always takes longer than usual.

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    2. I LOVE this blog. Thanks for always being as quick as possible. YOU ROCK.

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  3. Such a wonderful event but, oh dear, I don't like any of these clothing pieces ogether. Perhaps if the skirt were straighter or longer longer, it would look much nicer. I love the Marigold dress on the model and the blue skirt on the model. For me none of the articles she is wearing go well together. Each piece taken separately and worn with other separates would look marvelous. Im sad to say, a real miss for me.

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  4. Don't really love this outfit on Kate bit what I do love is that she has been wearing so much new pieces lately! Yes I know, recycling is good, but for fashion lovers, this is certainly more fun!

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    1. I agree. So much more fun! I love this mix and match. A different belt would make everyone love it more, i bet.

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  5. Theresa, from Paris19 November 2014 at 22:21

    Oh, dear... I'm sorry to say I find this outfit just awful. One of the worst the Duchess has ever put together. The top with those sleeves is so 1980s. In my opinion, it doesn't fit at all with the skirt, and the belt makes it all worse. What on earth was lovely Kate thinking when she dressed ? The leather against the shiny skirt is terrible. The earrings seem heavy with this outfit, and then again so 80's. The whole outfit is just a no-no.
    Nice hair-do, though.
    But really, let's just forget about this outfit. In my opinion of course :-)
    (As Charlotte says, the Jenny Packam look on the left with the skirt and the top would have been perfect.)

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  6. I love the cause of Place2Be. It's a charity that will actually see measurable results in the children they work with. Hopefully those children will become healthy adults!

    As for what Kate wore tonight, I believe Cher from Clueless would describe it as a Monet. "From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess."

    I absolutely love that top! It's demure-looking but perfectly playful for an event with children. Love it. The color of the skirt is fantastically dreamy and beautiful. If it was just those two pieces with the black shoes, it would be a perfectly fine outfit. But the belt....why? The top has a peplum which would define the waist anyway, and leather with satin is an odd choice. Also, those earrings seem to compete with the dots of the top.

    Oh well, it's such a nice event that I'll just look at the pictures with squinty eyes and enjoy it.

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    1. Lmfao omg I love your Clueless analogy!!! I couldn't agree more. When I first saw the pictures on twitter my first thought was "it looks ok until you really get a good look at it". It's obvious those rumors about her hiring a new stylist are false. Although I still stand by what I have previously said on here on other posts, I firmly believe that Kate had a stylist in her newlywed/first year of marriage. She has never looked better. I think when we see looks like this, it's true Kate. And Kate isn't a very stylish person by nature which is ok, but for events such as this she should really have a stylist to help her.

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  7. This look is a bit Hodge Podge. I too like the pieces separately, but not together. I really like her hair like this, pulled back from the face, so we can admire the earrings.

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  8. I love all the clothing pieces but once it all together its meh. I would love to see her to wear that skirt with perfect tops with it. I do really like the shirt, she should have wore black skirt underneath or wear different top with that gorgeous skirt.

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  9. I liked the outfit except for the belt. Not dressy enough - perhaps the velvet belt she wore with another dress would have been better although that belt may not fit any more.

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    1. The velvet belt would have been so much prettier. The leather with the big shiny gold buckle did not appeal to me at all with these delicate, romantic pieces. Actually it may be time for her to dispense with belts altogether (until May! or thereabouts!). They are starting to ride up over her cute little bump, and she's now forced to employ the larger settings of the cinch, a look which never looks attractive to me.

      She did look beautiful and healthy and happy--and her hair was gorgeous! But unfortunately I do have one more negative (and very picky!) comment: She needs my mom to level her skirts. My mother, who was a fanatic about level hems, employed a big old footed contraption, and she made me stand and turn slowly (for interminable hours, it seemed to me as a child and teenager!) while she sat on the floor at my feet and pinned and pinned every inch of every hem. No matter how expensive the dress or skirt, it was never level enough for my mom. When I was pregnant, she re-leveled all my tops, dresses, and skirts every month or so. I wish she were there for Kate--and I wish she were still here for me, too!!!

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  10. Yikes what a mish mash of pieces here. None of this makes any sense together. The skirt and top are lovely separate - but teamed with the belt? Adding the gold earrings was a complete distraction. To be honest the belt looks like something she wore with one of her suits. Her top would have been better with a black version of the skirt - and skip the belt. Epic fail on this one.

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  11. I think the belt is the same one she wore with her LK Bennett suit at the Queen's jubilee festivities. It doesn't belong with this outfit - it's too tailored. Yikes.

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    1. She wore this belt also with the coat from xmas 2011 and black suede boots during a visit in fall 2012.... I remember that outfit like a miss as well as this one!

      In my opinion, the duchess can mix up when she dresses down but when she has to dress up .... Argh!!

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  12. Yikes, not a fan of this look. Really doesn't seem to flow well together. Would have loved it if she had chosen to wear the entire Jenny P runway number that you suggested in your post.

    -Brooke from South Carolina

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  13. This overall look just doesn't work for me. There is too much going on between the polka dots, the circles on the earrings, the belt, the peplum and the flowy bulk of the skirt. The top looks far better paired with a pencil skirt as pictured by the retailer. While that type of skirt may not work well with a baby bump, perhaps the top should have been saved for a post-pregnancy event. Overall, the outfit could have been better without the belt and earrings. I still think it would have been a miss though.

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  14. Place2be is a wonderful charity and I'm very glad the Duchess has chosen them to support!
    I love Kate but this outfit is just awful... Great pieces separately, not together.
    I'm wondering what's happening with her... In 2011, her style was amazing. But now.... It just keep getting worse and worse... It's been a while since I was last in awe...

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  15. The only thing I can say about this is "get a stylist!"

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  16. She looks mismatched. This may be the first thing she's worn that I dislike.

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  17. And why add the belt?

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  18. We all have off days. This just isn't a fashion home run. Though, as a fellow pregnant woman, I can't imagine trying to dress for the events she has to!

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    1. I had a similar thought, Kelly. No doubt she was trying to find something in her closet that worked with the current shape of her body that was also comfortable and event-appropriate. Loved her hair today!

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  19. I didn't like her look today. She looks like older

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  20. Great cause but outfit truly ghastly. Skirt very pretty but worn out suede belt hideous. Very nice to see her looking not so gaunt now. She looks much healthier.

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  21. Hello everyone,

    Thank you for commenting. It looks like tonight's look was a bit of a miss. The skirt is really beautiful, however the top didn't work well with it. The runway look shown on the left of the post would have been perfect.

    It was a great night for all involved with Place2Be, looking forward to seeing the awards next year!

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    1. Totally agree about the runway looks. although the more I look the more I like the one on the right. Don't get me wrong I like the blue patterned top, but I love the sparkly long sleeved one. Feels all festive and I'm almost ready to bust out some Christmas spirit. :)

      Plus, practically, this time of year I shiver when I see short or no sleeves at these types of events. Brrr.

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    2. bluhare, the black sparkly top would be my preference too. And it would look pretty combined with black patent pumps...and her sapphire and diamond earrings. Someone else here mentioned silver being a better fit than the gold and I tend to agree.

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    3. People we need to focus on the reason she had these people to her home, for awards not what she is wearing. B ut no everyone of you are focusing on her and not the charity.

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    4. For those of you who prefer the Packham model's looks -- do you think it is quite possible that Kate wore one of those ensembles at Sandringham in 2013 for Christmas - since it is from the Fall 2013 collection, and then re-purposed the skirt for this evening? I've always read they need at least five outfits on Christmas Day alone. They get pretty swanky - the ensembles would be perfect for tea before moving to evening gowns. Also, notice the skirt is at calf length with the models and on Kate it is knee length - is that from wearing it higher and letting the bump take the material? Might you need a belt to cinch it there?

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    5. It might be very possible :) Or that she buys stuff she likes and think she will wear even though she don't have a certain event in mind. Both because she doesn't wanna miss a garment she likes, and maybe, so they are not hanging in the forefront of the stores :P

      Also, I think she is wearing the skirt over her bump as you said so she might be wearing the belt to either hold up the skirt or hide wrinkles through the shirt.

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    6. Then please, Anonymous, lead the charge to discuss the charity. I will join in when you do.

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    7. Me 2 bluhare. But it's not easy to start a discussion when not read up on the subject. It's not like anyone will argue that it's not important to help kids and that mental health is unimportant. It's just not as easy to start a conversation on. Saying "I like that skirt" is a little easier :P

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    8. bluhare I would love to discuss her charity but not many here would know how to discuss it. You have to research it before you can talk about it. So many would not take the time.
      Many are here just for her fashion. They don't care what she does for the charities or what they can do for the children, and people they serve.
      So I am not going to waste my time.

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    9. anon from Leominster22 November 2014 at 17:19

      I do think people care a great deal what Kate does as far as her charities but few of us have time to reseach anything in depth - most of us have busy lives. It is quite easy to comment on clothes. I did go so far as to look into the criteria for the awards on one site but the information was general. (Although the recipients well deserving and remarkable.) It is apparently done by nomination from families.

      It is frankly insulting to the readership here to say we don't care. In 2013, when Charlotte and her fellow bloggers organised the Baby Cambridge fundraiser, a large number of us contributed, raising a substantial sum for the hospice. Many of us contributed to the recent poppy appeal. This type of response is more important than any discussion could be.

      It is worth remembering that Kate has very few patronages at the moment so most of us that follow this blog are very familiar with their work. If and when she adds new patronages, there will more to discuss. Her recent addition of the sailing appeal generated quite a bit of discussion.

      In the long run, royals are about being seen so there will always be much discussion, pro and con, about their clothes. Kate generates no more negative discussion than found about other royals on other blogs - it's just she is the sole subject of this one. Kate also has not really made a name for herself yet with her work - so her appearance is still the primary focus. Today mention Diana, and people think land mines or AIDS. Mention Rania and there is much to discuss with her bold remarks about the Middle East crisis. But Kate is still something of a cypher.

      At a practical leval. I would say the outfit is a miss because of jarring colour (not helped by the lighting) and especially mismatched textures. The outfit has not been popular on any of the blogs. But if I was going to be philosophical, I would say the unhappy marriage of high street and designer is a symbol for William and Kate at the moment - wanting a private life (on their terms with all the royal perks) and yet wanting to remain royal too. It's an uncomfortable and uncertain time - for them and for their followers.

      One of the most of uncomfortable I read this weekend is that the Middletons are planning to open a branch of their business in NYC to draw business based on their daughter's popularity and that Kate's decision to go to NYC with William, a trip where she was not originally expected to join him is related to that. All I can say is that I hope this is false. Networking may be part of the world at large but it is not appropriate with connections to the royal family. It could bring everything crashing down. While I don't see changes in poll numbers, I have met more people in the last year openly saying they are republicans than I have met in a decade. Nothing is certain when the queen is gone. In the meantime, Pippa's recent "advice" about getting a bum like hers is downright crass -- even vulgar. There is absolutely no reason why the Middleton siblings need to be in the spotlight -- other royal siblings aren't for the most part.

      So here is something to discuss other than Kate's wonky clothes combinations.

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  22. ug. the pieces are lovely. SEPARATELY. they don't work very well together, in my opinion. she needed a slim cut skirt with that top. and i agree about the belt. i hope we see the skirt again with a different top. i think the dress would have looked fantastic on her- they could have added the sleeves. also, i think the makeup is a little heavy. she had been going lighter with it lately, which i think suits her. she's very pretty. she doesn't need as much.

    but regardless of her clothes, the organization is great and i'm glad to see her out and about. she looks well.

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  23. First and foremost, Kate looked well and this is an important charity that will benefit from her association.

    Regarding the outfit, well, I am with the majority here... Nice pieces separately, but not a good look the way it was put together. The top looks lovely with the black skirt as it's pictured above. And I agree with Charlotte on the belt. I think it is too large (almost "masculine") for this outfit. Also, I'm sorry, but this hairstyle does nothing for Kate. I don't see her cutting it anytime soon, but I wish she would opt for a more mature and sophisticated look.

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    1. Ya sadly her hair is dragging her down. I wish she would cut some inches off, but Kate seems to like it long:(. I didn't like this hairstyle either. It looks thrown together like her outfit.

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    2. I have no idea what age you all are, but I have a feeling there's a generational gap about hair lenght.
      I'm about Kate's age, I love long hair and I find shorter hair too old for her. I.e. Camilla rocks her shorter hair, for example.
      My mother and grandmother are always telling me to cut my hair, and they think that would be more elegant and sophisticated.
      looking at pictures of YOUNG people in the 40s or 50s or even later years, you see how cool shorter hair was. So, I understand how people who were young at the time, still have that as their benchmark.
      Same with high heels: I find kitten heels 'too old', yet older people find them young, because that's what young people wore back then.

      For example, I keep thinking why why why doesn't Mary of Denmark add some lenght to her hair..... :)

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    3. I agree Camilla. I think the generational gap is showing :P

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    4. Amy, Detroit Michigan20 November 2014 at 20:16

      Well I am only a couple of years older than Kate, and I think she needs to cut it. There are many shoulder length hairstyles that would update her look tremendously. I wear mine at slightly shorter than shoulder length with a side bang, it's more of a sleek look, which I think she would benefit from.

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    5. I don't say every short hair is old and only old people want her to cut her hair :P only that long, hanging hair is much more "accepted" and appreciated in younger generations. :P

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    6. Thank you, Amy, for narrowing the gap for me. LOL. Much appreciated! :)

      Camilla, that's funny :)) because I have used Mary's hairstyle/length as an example of what would look *better* on Kate. Mary's hair still qualifies as being long (in my book, anyway), but it's a more sophisticated and versatile cut.

      IMO, when Kate was in her early 20's and watched William play polo, it suited her perfectly. But the same look doesn't quite work at this point. I think it ages her (and I am *not* saying she looks "old") and doesn't look professional when she wears it down. It hides her slim neck, which is one of her assets. And it prevents some of her outfits from shining by covering the necklines.

      Okay, now that I've shared my two cents...back to the rocking chair for me....I'm pooped. :)

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    7. I actually think Mary's look is the modern mama look. (In a bad way). She does not at all look ugly, don't get me wrong. But she looks like the typical mother of 4 to me. And I enjoy that Kate keep her "Hollywood locks" :P I agree though that she should put it up more often. But not cut it.

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    8. I'm with you, Rebecca :)

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    9. anon from Leominster22 November 2014 at 17:25

      As a long-hair person myself -- well past my expiration date but Mr Leo likes it that way -- I like Kate's hair long if---

      1. She controls it in the wind - there have been too many photos of her with her hair all over her face but she does seem to be trying to do better.

      2. She doesn't play with it. Watch videos and she does this a lot!! I'm sympathetic because I used to too, but it is a nervous habit and not a good one. Kate needs to keep her hands off her hair.

      3. She wears it up where appropriate. Yes, to the recent updo with the black lace, no to wearing it down with that black cocktail dress with a low back.

      Kate has gorgeous hair and I'm sure William loves it long. (Men tend to.) Smooth like her appearance here is her best look.

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    10. I'm with you Leo. I think she should keep her hair, BUT learn how to use it to her advantage at the same time to letting it take the backseat :P

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  24. I love the top and especially the polka dots, but the belt and skirt are a miss for me. Certainly not Kate's best look. I agree with others that a black pencil skirt or simple a-line would have been better. Fortunately her hair is lovely and not falling all around her face and she looks healthy which is a plus.

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  25. Not one of my favourite looks. It's a very poorly put together 2012-esque outfit. Peplums have run their course, so it's a pity to still see her wear them (although, the top without the belt and with another skirt may have worked). The skirt looks like a horrible prom dress that someone attempted to repurpose into a skirt, and the belt was all wrong. And the earrings? Too trashy. I hate to say it, as I usually love Kate's style, but this was clearly a miss.

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  26. My comment is about the posters, so perhaps it won't get published. One poster had the right approach - "we all have off days". Others just seemed to write off Catherine because of this one event. What? People just need to see the world more clearly and in a less judgemental way.

    IMO I liked the top and the skirt and they did work together; but the belt did not match. The belt was a working, day belt and what was needed was a silk, or satin evening belt.

    I must admit that I am not a great fan of dark blue and black (I'm old and was brought up not to put these colours together) - it would have been outstanding in green, with her emerald earrings. That would have been so good.

    And perhaps with the blue skirt, her sapphires might have been a good alternative.

    Im not that interested in fashion and I was just pleased with the support of such a great and often ignored cause.

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    1. I agree completely. With the right accessories this look would have been fine. In addition to a different belt and earring (maybe here sapphire ones) it would have been nice to see shoes that had a bit more impact.

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  27. I think the outfit is okay. Definitely not her best look, but not her worst either. I imagine she is having a hard time finding things that fit well right now - her regular clothes are too tight but maternity clothes are too big.

    Glad she is feeling better and able to go to her charities and other engagements!

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  28. A very 40s inspired look and might, for some, be a bit frumpy looking from a lot of the comments I see here. Interesting she put the tailored belt with this - I sort of wondered if it was to hide some sort of let out in the top that had to be done to adjust for her pregnancy - just a thought I had - sometimes on 2nd pregnancies, women bloom almost overnight and can't wear what one planned to put on when looking at the wardrobe the week before. I wish she had worn her hair up and not just back - the over all look might have worked a tad better. But that said, I think what I see here is once again, Kate trying not to over-dress and be more of a star than she already is. It was the children's night and the cause's night to shine.

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  29. While we can see this isn’t a look likely to be “repliKated”, it does seem appropriate for the occasion as well as comfortable. The length of the skirt and the fit of the top along with her hair pulled back ensure that she can talk easily with the children. There are many things to consider when meeting and interacting with children and I think her choice indicates that she cares more about that than making sure her outfit is a “hit.” As for the belt….maybe she tried the look without, but thought it came together better with the belt….maybe.

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  30. I have to agree with you concerning the belt, it was unnecessary , and distracting . While I am not a fan of black and dark blue together , Kate makes anything look pretty.

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  31. Well, I am going with the majority here. I am a huge Kate fan and find what she wears to be quit inspiring. In fact we have a number of the same pieces as I do a lot of shopping at LK Bennett

    But I follow this blog to chat about Kate's satorical choices and believe in calling a spade a spade. So ...here goes.

    This is a complete miss. Peplum tops do not go well with flared skirts. To much width and flare. Anyone not as slim as Kate would have looked like an oversized flower in this. A black pencil skit would have been perfect.

    Love the color of the skirt and don't mind the mixing of blue/black. But to do that successfully there has to be one piece that has both Colors....a handbag or shoes. I mix blue and black all the time but have a pair of shoes that has both colors which is exactly what is needed to pull the outfit together.

    The belt is wrong wrong wrong. Day belt. Need softer lighter evening belt.

    And finally not crazy on the braid in her hair....too cutesy little girlish.

    Sorry but that is how I see it. I look forward to her next outing because I know that this is a one off.

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    1. But she's pregnant... peplum + flare = belly accomodated :)

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  32. Not a good look. Each piece just doesn't suit the other even in the slightest. I like the skirt but top is not me at all. Love the shoes and her hair. So slightly disappointed.

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  33. I like the top and I like the skirt but together, it's a hideous combination. And the belt is a disaster. But what I am absolutely coming to dread are the same old boring court shoes. Same shoe, different color. Seriously. The "old lady" look is getting a little tiring. For all of that criticism, she does look better with a fuller face and her hair looks nice.

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    1. She's a duchess, not a supermodel.

      Camilla

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    2. Amy, Detroit Michigan20 November 2014 at 20:17

      No, she's not a supermodel. She is, however, royalty.

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    3. And royalty don't wear superhyperstylish shoes, don't try to get to the cover of Vogue or get noticed for how flamboyant their trend-of-the-moment dresses are.

      They must look good, but ABOVE the fashion debate. Timeless, not what's-on-this-week.

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    4. Royalty does not mean tasteless. Plenty of examples around. This is just the poorest look i've seen in a long time on anyone (and I include Sophie's early outfits in this category - those were just awful, but she had an excuse - no real good examples around). No excuse for Kate (IMO) for that belt (which indeed she previously wore over coats and other outerware).

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  34. I liked it! It was just the right thing to wear to an awards program for a children's charity (with children present) while pregnant. She was going to be bending down quite a bit to talk to people and the belt helped to keep the form while she did so. The top was pretty and modest and the satin skirt said this is a special occasion. She dressed very appropriately for the children -- and I am glad she didn't go for a more sexy adult evening look. This is the kind of look you might sport for an evening's children's Christmas pageant. Special, but not too special so as to overwhelm. She kept her hair out of her face too. Well, done.

    The date is November 19, 2014, and I, Maryland Moxie, certify that I paid the former Kate Middleton a compliment of my own free will.

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    2. I just had a heart attack.

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    3. I agree with you. It is a very appropriate look. No flashing possible on either end :P And the dots add a little whimsy. :) As someone said blue, black and gold seems to be the colours of Place2be. That might be why she wore the bulky belt. Because of the gold clasp. I like that she puts thought in honoring them with her sartorial choices.

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    4. Moxie!!! :D

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    5. Wow, Moxie - I am speechless. Thanks !!!

      Rebecca, great pick up on the colours of Place2be. I think the outfit is growing on me.

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  35. Rlm
    Wow, people like to slam her. A peplum top is great for pregnancy. The blue skirt is lovely. Yes, the belt could be different and maybe more dressy. But, as I remember from my time to dress during my pregnancies, my body changed almost daily. Who knows, she might have picked an entirely different outfit today, but it just not fit on her current body shape tonight. She is a great embassader for her causes. Let's just cut her some slack here during these difficult few months of her pregnancy and concentrate on the fact that she seems healthly and is back to work.
    I can remember the extremely rapid changes in my body when I was 4/5 months pregnant.. What worked one day was absolutely horrible the next.
    She is always lovely!

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    1. I don't like to slam Kate. I don't like the outfit and that's my opinion but that doesn't mean I don't think she is wonderful. I don't like to be told that b/c I don't like her fashion that I can't state that without being told that I am "slamming" her.

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    2. OK "slam" was probably a bad choice of words. I was only trying to say, that when you are pregnant, your body changes daily. So, maybe, her choices of outfits also have to change daily. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and I mean no offense. I was merely remarking on some of the unkind remarks about her choice of clothing for this event, when we have not the slightest idea of how she is feeling or how her body is changing. No offense intended at all. We all have our opinions and they are are all worth our attention.

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  36. The polka dots top is right since the event's theme has some circles, dots etc. The earrings with square, oval and circle shapes are also fitting where the award recipients are children. Kate and some of her followers might like fashion, but I find her more on the artistic expression of time and place as much as sort of keep up with fashion. As soon as I saw it, thought black and blue combo?-- It is also a matter of what is used or dictated by media, designers etc. In recent years noticed stores that sell a theme of dark blue and black which looks beautiful. Still, here some thing is a bit off as in ... International from USA

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  37. I am wondering if perhaps the peplum top was not sitting correctly due to her pregnancy. That is really one of the only reasons I can see pairing with a belt period. Perhaps it looked worse without the belt. While I don't love this look it was at least appropriate for the event. She is looking so much more healthy lately. Pregnancy is tricky to dress and even more tricky when you feel crappy.

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  38. Amy, Detroit Michigan20 November 2014 at 01:30

    Okay...for real, Kate? What happened to the fashion sense you possessed before that ring was put on your finger?
    This is just terrible.
    I like the skirt...alone.
    I like the shoes...alone.
    The top needs to be thrown in the Thames.
    The earrings are fine, but you need silver with the horrendous blue/black combo you have going on.

    Just...no.

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    1. Pre marriage Kate was trendy, I saw a photo just the other day of her online and was shocked because I had never seen her look like that. It was a black above the knee short sleeve Zara dress and the back was sheer and see through. I thought to myself "what happened to trendy, chic, fashionable Kate" it's almost like looking at the ghost of a former person when I see pictures of her from before she was married because she looks so different. I understand that now she is the wife and mother to future heirs to the throne and mini skirts and boots would be deemed inappropriate but I think Kate has taken her role to much to heart, in the since that she is now afraid to take a fashion risk, out of fear of being raked over the coals by everyone. But a little color on those lips and paint on her nails will do her some good.

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    2. You make an interesting observation. Every photo of Kate pre-engagement to William is of her in her private life. Meaning - she wasn't dressing for public engagements - she was dressing to snag the heir to the throne. She may still dress like that privately. We see her "public" uniform as a married woman. She probably has a completely different set of clothes for her social life - where she might wear some Beckham or McCarthy and have more fun with fashion.

      Just my two cents.

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    3. Amy, Detroit Michigan20 November 2014 at 14:49

      Yes!! I'm afraid to say that I am losing interest in the Duchess, as her style and envy-worthy hair were the only reasons I cared in the first place. Those things have been replaced with something quite boring.

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    4. Maryland Moxie, that's a good point as well. My thought about that is, true she was at that point still a private citizen but was a high profile girlfriend to the future king of England. So she one that every day she stepped out of her from door that she would be photographed and wanted to look her best. So she still knew what people were going to scrutinizing every single piece of clothing she wore. At that time she had a lot more free range to showcase her real true "Kate Middleton" style that she became popular for back then, now that she is married she very well may still dress like that but I doubt it. Now she's "Catherine Duchess of Cambridge" rather than "Kate Middleton" so she knows she will have to look her best at all times because you never know when someone might be lurking around the corner trying to take a picture. When she was a newlywed we still saw lots of glimpses of her pre-wedding style especially when she was photographed out shopping and running errands. I believe she tried as hard as she could to stay true to her style but over time figured out that she couldn't hang on to the former single girl style that she used to have because the new role in her life just didn't fit with it. Even on some occasions where she was doing an official engagement you could see glimpses of it, one that comes to mind is an engagement I believe she was doing at Buckingham Palace. She had on a white evening gown that that showed a lot more skin up top. I thought it was gorgeous, an very reminiscent of Kate while she wasn't married and would wear those cute thin spaghetti style strap dresses to events with William. I just find her changing style evolution puzzling. I think somewhere along the way she got a little lost and is stuck between the style she used to have and the style that is expected of her, because of who she's married to. So far I'm not giving up on her yet, I know we will still have some amazing Kate style moments to come in the future, but if her choices now are a looking window into the future she will rarely switch it up and over time will lose that amazing style that has made so many women love and want to copy her.

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    5. I loved Kate's pre-wedding style and thought she always looked classy whether she attended a polo match or accompanied William to a wedding. She was Prince William's girlfriend and she definitely looked the part. Without a natural flair for fashion, she would not have pulled it off as well as she did. Many ladies have money to spend, but that isn't necessarily synonymous with having what it takes to pull it off and make it look effortless. Of course, a figure to die for with a good dose of poise and class does help. :) Another important point...as Kate Middleton, private citizen, the cost of her wardrobe was her business, and none of ours.

      Since her marriage, she *has* worn some amazing designer pieces, but the "wow's" have been balanced with choices that are safe, bland and sometimes recycled. I believe she desperately wants to avoid being labeled a clotheshorse and/or reckless spender, while at the same time she does have a role to dress for. If she wasn't concerned with these potential accusations, I believe she would be far more daring in her approach to fashion. She has it in her; that I firmly believe.

      I honestly don't envy her position because no matter what she does, she will be criticized.

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    6. Hi Blair,
      I was curious and googled variations of "Kate Middleton" and "strapless" and since she's been married there are only 2 occasions that come up - Black strapless evening gown for the Millies with Will and Harry, and the Solomon's Island batik dress she was gifted by the people on that tour. "Spaghetti Straps" gets you one dress from when she filled in for Charles at InKind Direct in 2011. She wore spaghetti strap outfit to Wimbledon with William her first year married. "Sleeveless" will get you more options. This suggests to me that there has been a conscious effort to move away from more "revealing" public clothing choices since becoming a member of the royal family. While growing up - I remember "spaghetti straps" as banned on every school clothing list as being inappropriate. I find the evolution less puzzling when you consider she moved from a single woman, to actually representing the people of the UK in a public forum. You are right she went from "Kate" to "Duchess" - where one is a person, and the other is a position. I think the wedding itself reflected a bit of that transition - the dictation of covering the shoulders. Even her 2nd Wedding Dress had the white angora bolero.

      Someone, somewhere is going to do a Master's thesis on the topic! Meanwhile, It's been ages since I've seen a pap shot of Kate shopping - last I can remember is at the Gap before the NZ/AUS tour?

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    7. Amy, Detroit Michigan21 November 2014 at 14:00

      Thanks for the convo ladies!

      I was looking at pics last night from before the wedding....and there are plenty of them here on this site too. I am amazed at the difference, and it makes me believe the rumors about the Queen telling her tochange her style, which was still there until she got pregnant with George.

      Take her jeans for instance. Pre wedding she wore regular jeans. There is that pic of her 24 hours before whefe she is holding the garment bag chatting, she is wearing skinny jeans, but they are skinny jeans we have not seen since...(they actually went all the way down to her ankle!!) and all we see now are the same faded jeans that look like they are painted on.

      She had really cute dresses, I woud love to see the rose colored lace dress again that she wears on a night out with Pippa. That would be lovely to wear to a reception.

      She had cute peep toe shoes that, even if they are no longer wearable, the style could add a little oomph to her shoe collection.

      The lovley outfits she always wore to weddings...that's the style I would love to see her wearing to engagements. All dress coats all the time really ages her. And the ones she chooses sometimes questionable with how they fit, or how they are constructed.

      I guess I just want her to dress like a woman in her early 30's, not her mid to late 40's.

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    8. I liked her style back then as well. She was also able to accept free clothes and did, from what I understand.

      Personally I think this is the royal dictates in action and Kate hasn't totally found herself in them yet.

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    9. I kind of like her older looks. But her flowy skirts and stuff she had was a little "teenage"-ish. Not ugly, but rather young. That's why I think the contrast between her 2 clothes styles is more prominent. I also think this is an instance of the pendulum swinging further to the other side before settling in the middle. First was her single self, more daring and such. The past year or so it has been lowered hems and more matronly. These outfits during this pregnancy has been rather trying/risky mixed with too matronly. I think she really is trying to find a balance between her style and her job while also going from being a single gal to a mother and duchess. I think it will be a struggle for a while more but I actually think she will find a good middle ground :)

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    10. Royalfan - I wonder if the "wow" dresses are for when she is with William. Perhaps you have uncovered a pattern - she saves her best looks for when William will be looking at her. And she dresses more conservatively when he is not a part of the engagement?

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    11. Moxie, yes that's the one I was talking about when she filled in for Charles. I thought she looked great and it reminded me of Kate so much before she got married. Yes, the "spaghetti straps" were banned at my school as well, hell everything was banned because I went to private school lol.
      I believe you're right the last photo of her shopping was at the Gap, I've seen some tweets online over the last few weeks of people seeing her out shopping but no one got a picture of her.

      Amy, omg I was meaning to put that in my last post. Yes, the jeans!!! She used to wear longer jeans. Actually the last time she wore longer skinny jeans from what I can remember was when she and William were still living in Anglesey, it was right after their wedding and she was photographed out grocery shopping and she had on a pair of long skinny Hudson jeans with that cute green cardigan throw over. And I feel the same way about the shoes, oh how I wish she would wear more open toed shoes,she definitely had plenty of them before she was married. I remember last year I asked a question on here about whether Kate wore sandals or not and there was only one photo of her online in a pair of sandals! Even when the weather is warm and she's just out taking a stroll always closed toes shoes!!

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    12. Moxie, I believe you are correct and I plan to pay closer attention. :) I've always believed that she is determined to be seen as a clotheshorse so it certainly makes sense.

      Blair, I agree about the open toed shows; they looked great on her. I love the look. But, as far as her skinny jeans are concerned, well, I think that's a matter of keeping up with a trend (something we can't accuse her of doing with everything). :)

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    13. anon from Leominster22 November 2014 at 17:40

      Thank you may have missed a word there Royalfan -- determined "not" to be a clotheshorse.

      I think you are right but the trouble is striking the right balance. Kate wore wonderful clothes before she was married and up through the Far East tour, she continued to dazzle us with princess-like outfits. But since then, her choices have been more uncertain. Many have been nice but not exciting, and some have just not worked well. I can't honestly see the queen wanting Kate to wear those tatty jeans -I think Kate herself is struggling for balance.

      The trouble is trying to build an image through clothes doesn't work unless there is more to go with it. We aren't going to see Kate as a hard-working royal because she wears high-street, we are going to base it on the work she actually does. Otherwise, she just starts to look like she doesn't care.

      And we want the fairy tale princess-look. We want new outfits to dazzle us. Why Mary's name so often comes up is because she has captured that balance quite well -- making her name with charity work but still wearing stunning and very royal outfits. Kate isn't the only royal woman to not quite get it --Letizia has been accused of looking too much like the newsreader she once why while Maxima goes to the other extreme -- but what is frustrating with Kate is that she started with such fantastic style. I only wish she has stayed true to her original look soon after her marriage. When you know someone can do better, it is more frustrating than with someone (Princess Anne anyone? Sarah, Duchess of York?) where you have no expectations.

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    14. Amy, I guess we follow this blog for different reason. I follow to mainly follow what Kate is doing as part of the RF. I like to see what she is wearing, but more importantly how she is developing into the future Queen of England, wife of the future King and mother of another future King. Are the clothes and her hair more important than her role in the current and future history of the UK?

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    15. Royfan, last time I checked long skinny jeans are still very much in style lol, although so are the ones that Kate wears. I like the cropped ankle skinny jeans as well and have several pair but in the colder months they are very inconvenient because you're walking around with exposed ankles and its chilly, brrrr!! Lol. Kate seems to have a fondness for pants that are cropped at the ankle.

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    16. Oops! Yes, I did miss a word. Thank you, Leo. No one can accuse Kate of being a clotheshorse; in that she has succeeded.

      And your reference to Anne and Sarah made me chuckle, but it's true. If they get it right one time out of [fill in the blank], we are pleasantly surprised. But if a close up of Kate reveals a single thread left behind by a seamstress, the world is coming to an end. :)

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  39. Sarah from Calif.20 November 2014 at 01:50

    Place2Be, what an amazing night they must have had with Kate by their side. Precious. So glad to see she finally has some light in her eyes again ,oh and an adorable baby bump.
    I do hope Kate will wear Peacock blue more in the future, it is a stunning color for her.

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  40. I am obviously in the minority, but I like this. She doesn't look like the clothes are wearing her, which I think sometimes happens in more polished outfits. She doesn't look like she has been "styled"; she looks like someone with great clothes in her closet who pulled some disparate pieces into a look. I think the blue and black look great together. I like the edge between casual and elegant. And I think it's a great set of choices for an awards gala for kids. She looks like a real person, not a fashion model.

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  41. Aw man! Not a fan today, but its ok there is the 25th for EACH and then NY to look forward to :)

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  42. Being 5 months pregnant myself, it's awkward planning outfits. Like a previous commenter pointed out, Kate could have originally picked out something entirely different only to find it wasn't going to work. Definitely not my favorite outfit. Oh, but I love that skirt with either of the Jenny Packham tops--so lovely!

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  43. well her look like now is mixed match but im happy she well now she can go and support her charity as well not the biggest outfit the look good

    love the shoes loving hair love her shirt not fan her top as well

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  44. Regarding the navy and black, these seem to be the school colours. I noticed a picture of the children wearing navy tops and black pants, also quite a few of the women last night were also wearing a navy and black ensemble. Maybe this wasn't quite a sartorial mis match by Kate, but a show of respect to Place2Be's colours.

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    2. Kristen ~ Portland, OR20 November 2014 at 15:43

      I'm in the minority here and agree with Ozwitch! I think this was an excellent choice ~ for the event! We have to remember that she picks her pieces with the event at the forefront of her mind. It seems the blue and black were the theme colors along with the gold, as the Place2be's logo involves yellow/gold and blue. I thought the top was fun and more kid-friendly. Not a huge fan of the leather in the belt, but being pregnant, belts help shape your figure to be more flattering. This ensemble isn't tight or too adult, it's fun, youthful, and perfect for a children's awards ceremony. Wearing this probably made the children feel more comfortable around her and more relatable. It’s is not runway, because that's not Kate, and I think this was a great choice for the event and well-thought out. She’s a very smart woman and I have no doubt that every piece was worn for a reason tonight.

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    3. I didn't think they are a school. I thought they worked with schools; therefore there will be lots of school colors.

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    4. anon from Leominster22 November 2014 at 17:46

      They're not a school - they work in different schools. One of the other blogs has Kate posing with several of the award winners and they are wearing different school uniforms. The website for the charity is mostly done in crayon so I can't really tell. So it's a nice idea but I don't know that Place2Be has colours specific to them.

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  45. I don't think my post went through... can someone clarify for me... Is the State Room one of the 40 rooms in the private apartment of 1A? Or is it a room with a public entrance in a different wing of KP? The reason I ask is because Charlotte quoted "Of course, William and Kate's London residence is Apartment 1A, Kensington Palace; before they moved in it was envisaged they would use the state apartments to hold functions such as this in aid of their charities." And then last year they held a holiday party that they were both listed to attended then turned out Kate did not attend and was not planning to attend. I got the impression that party was in their home.

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    1. Jessica, although not as large as some other palaces, Kensington Palace is big. The Queen's State Apartments are a part of KP open to the public. The Queen's Gallery where the function was held is part of the Queen's State Apartments, it is not a part of 1A where William and Kate are residents. It sits at the top of the Queen's Staircase. I believe the dinner for Centrepoint last year was held in the King's Gallery and then a concert was held outside under a built tent. The King's Gallery is larger and more grand than the Queen's Gallery, but again both are open to the public as part of the State Apartments unless their is a private function like this evening. Hope this answers your question!

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    2. No, it's a different part of Kensington Palace, which is big, and partly provate, partly public.

      Camilla

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    3. The State Rooms are not within their private apartment, they're in a different wing of the palace.

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    4. The State Apartments have a public entrance and they are separated from their home despite very close to! Anyone can visit that State Rooms included the Queen's Gallery where the event took place yesterday! I have been there for tourism time ago and it's an interesting visit.
      (sorry for my English!)
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    5. I'm interested in this too. Thanks for asking!

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  46. I think I would have liked it better without the belt. The belt was too causal.

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  47. Mary in Nebraska, USA20 November 2014 at 05:20

    I think her clothes lately have been a bit tight and looked like they were pulled together at the last minute. Wouldn't she be better off to find some transitional maternity clothes and have them tailored to her just before each function? Surely she would look more polished and be more comfortable than she has recently.

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  48. Marci from Salt Lake20 November 2014 at 05:34

    I love that the Duchess wore occasion-appropriate pieces, but still. I don't like this top, and even less so with the belt. Love the skirt. Love her hair. I like blue and black together these days--in my youth these were a no-no, but I like that we can do things now that "weren't done" back then.

    Love the photos.The one of her presenting the award to 11-year-old Bailey Dunne shows how engaging she can be; in fact, you can see how engaged and caring and attentive she is in every picture. She is really growing into the role of patron of these kinds of causes and seems very concerned to make a difference to everyone in attendance with whom she comes into contact. It is lovely to see these. Thank you, Charlotte, for your work on this post.

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  49. Kate likes to carry clutches so that she has something to do with her hands and doesn't just stand there and place them awkwardly, but I've noticed this on more than one occasion. She carries a clutch that you can tell from pictures that has nothing in it, and you can tell so it looks weird. If you're going to carry a clutch at least put something in it, and I really think at this event seeing as she was already at home, she really didn't need one.

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    1. Blair, you are the first one who employs the X-ray to scrutinize our poor Kate…
      I do not like today's outfits (not together I mean), but I like very much her happy face and the important charity she patronizes (without being patronizing!). Mental health in childhood is very important to build an adult happy and well balanced life. And an adult well balanced life means less problems for the community, not just for the individual.

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    2. Maybe she's patterning herself after Queen Elizabeth. What does the Queen carry in her purses, which are considerably larger than Kate's clutches? I know that Kate does own a credit card. Does the Queen have a credit card, do you think? I would say no--but I don't know!

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    3. I think as you say she has it for comfort. And who knows what she has in there. Even when she's "at home" like here she might have some stuff. Wipes? Breathmints? etc. And so what if they are empty? If they make her feel more confident and/or stylish, I say go for it :P

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    4. I have actually seen the Queen put her glasses into her purse along with her racing program. She took out her lipstick and compact and I think a tissue, and refreshed her makeup before she went out onto the field to award the prize. I think the Queen carries her purse in her own home in order to have the basic necessities with her when she is away from her private quarters.

      I have no idea what Kate carries in an evening bag, but one would suspect a handkerchief or tissue and maybe a bit of makeup. On social occasions, I always have a couple of cough drops, because I am an allergic person, along with tissue, a comb, a lipstick, a small mirror, a dollar or two (one never knows), my name, and sometimes my phone. If I plan to shop, of course my wallet. My daytime handbag is considerably better provisioned, but I am not traveling by limo between palaces.

      The late Queen Louise of Sweden carried a card in her handbag when she shopped in London. It said, "I am the Queen of Sweden. In case of emergency, please call the Swedish Embassy."

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    5. That's kind of what I think they have in their purses. Along with feminine hygiene products when needed :P

      Oh, yes. Daytime purses. The place where you through everything but nothing ever leaves :P Hahah those can be heavy.

      I love the little note :P Amazing!

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    6. Paolo Magi, I'm not too sure about employing the X-ray to scrutinize "our poor Kate". Just really making an observation that I've noticed myself. Nothing can take away the importance of why everyone was there and mental health be it, an adult or child is and always will be a very important issue.
      I've just seen photos from different engagements in the past where Kate's clutch was very flat and shapeless and it doesn't take an X-ray to spot an empty purse, at least not for me. I very well could be wrong and she could have things in there buts its just a silly little observation I've made before and have actually posted on here numerous times before.

      Lynn- I think I've heard time and time again that The Queen, PoW, William and other high ranking royals do not carry cash of any kind on them, just because royals are not supposed to carry cash on them. Kate has even done it before. I remember a story a few years ago when she and Wills were still staying in Anglesey and she went into a shop to purchase a wet suit, she didn't have any cash on her and the shopkeeper did not recognize who she was, he told her that he would hold it for her and asked for her last name to which she replied "Mrs. Cambridge" and he said that it was an odd last name. When she left his employee had to tell him who she was. Lol :)

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    7. anon from Leominster22 November 2014 at 17:52

      The queen is known to use her handbag to send signals to her household. (It still looks funny to me when she carries them in Buckingham Palace but she isn't going to stop now.) Royals don't generally carry money but a dedicated shopper like Kate has been known to use a credit card. My guess is though for evening engagment, the content may be limited to tissues and lipstick.

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  50. As always, I am surprised by some of the language used here. I don't think Kate's outfit is that bad; she looks quite lovely, and vibrantly healthy, standing in front of the painting and applauding. And she is considerably more 'bumpy' than she was at the Royal Variety Show.

    I don't like the flowered top with the skirt, and what is that odd roll at the waist? The sparkly black top is better, but it is not long enough for the bump. The top Kate wore does fit her shape. I would perhaps have chosen a different belt, although its buckle goes with the earrings. The blue skirt is very pretty. My only real wish is that Kate would keep wisps and locks of her hair from falling forward and making her look less well groomed than she is.

    Beautiful high heeled pumps, by the way, are not old lady shoes. Believe me, my aging feet and back can no longer wear them!

    I can't remember if I've ever agreed with Maryland Moxie before! There's a first for everything. . .

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  51. I think she always looks lovely. I cannot imagine having every thing I wear, say, and do scrutinized daily. Kudos to her for being her own person. I hope she doesn't read the critiques and just continues being a wife, mother, and caring human being.

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  52. i love the skirt and her hair thanks for sharing charlotte her outfit is very christmasy

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  53. Black and blue combined used to be an absolute NO-GO. Used to.... Still, it´s a question of what shade of blue you mix with black and what kind of fabrics.... And there the Duchess sadly failed rather completely I have to say....... The shade of the skirt plus shiny fabric against that kind of grainy fabric of the top.... One of the "Anonymous" commenter suggested she looks as if she had to dress in the dark... yes, I have to say, that´s how it looks.... sadly so, because I really love the skirt. With the right top it could have been a real smasher, that one....

    On a more positive note - I am so glad she looked so radiant again, I think she really feels a lot better which is great news... And Place2be sounds like a really terrific organization. Being a therapist myself I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that children can grow up in emotionally stable and nourishing environments... It saves them a lifetime of struggle and hardship... I´m glad the Duchess supports this organization!

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  54. No, don't like it at all. The material and look of the top does not fit the luxurious look of the skirt. The blue and black is beautiful but with the richness of the skirt the top looks off and cheap and the polka dots even more so. Not the end of the world but definitely a misfit.

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  55. The loss of little Fabian Bate on November 11th must have been a terrible shock for Kate and William. No wonder why she looked so sad on that day. I'd rather have her supporting children in distress than trying to be the queen of fashion. Fashion is just futile bits of tissues put together which can be torn down to pieces at will . Not so Kate who is after all a human being and a mother-to-me. To me what is important is what she does and not what she wears.
    The Children's Princess looks happy among the little ones and that's all that matters.

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  56. I also join to the majority. I love both runway looks and I would run away with them any time:) Gorgeous pieces.

    Great congrats to you Charlotte too because you mentioned this look in your previous post. Well done!

    But I would give Kate a good score altogether for trying sth new, not another coatdress. I hope this pregnancy will be a bit more fashionista than the previous one. By the way nice bump!!:))

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  57. The problem with this look is that it doesn't photograph well; the various materials give off different shades and sheen in the blitz light: satin skirt, suede belt,... I believe she thought this looked good in her dressing room light.

    She simply made a charming mistake.

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  58. So very few have mentioned the charity and the praise Catherine received for being, "a hands on patron".
    Unlike most others on the site I liked this outfit---the skirt is a gorgeous colour and the top probably comfortable at her stage of pregnancy. The belt was possibly a mistake, but can only marvel that she could wear it at this stage in a pregnancy, However as always the outfit was very suitable for the occasion with children.
    Dressing for royalty is not about cutting edge fashion, but being suitable.
    Loved her hair half up---must admit that her hair taken back emphasizes her fantastic bone structure.
    The lighting in the room seemed very dim; in the first photos her skirt looked black---though the earrings sparkled beautifully.

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  59. anon from Leominster20 November 2014 at 11:21

    Thanks for the great post, Charlotte - wonderful to see the awards started although I don't fully understand what the criteria is for being awarded one. Must look at the website. The young winner Bailey looks so serious and proud!

    So many children are helped by the charity. It is an excellent cause for Kate.

    Kate looked very happy last night, and the illness gone - she is radiant now. Have to agree on the outfit though. I like both pieces - or should I say three with the belt, and the top and skirt look good on her but not together! I do like blue and black as a combination but these separates simply aren't speaking to each other!

    I can't put it all to her changing figure either - and she looks so slim still for four months. Surely an outift for an important event is tried on in the morning and an adjustment could have been made. Most of us even do that before an important event so we aren't caught out -- she looks a bit like how I've felt - rushing home from work to go the theatre on a weekday and throwing everything out of the wardrobe because I can't find the top that goes with that skirt....before grabbing whatever I can find. But Kate has ample time to make sure that doesn't happen for such an important engagement. She must have just thought it worked.

    Kate has made poor pairings a few times before, as well as many brilliant ones, so it does happen even to her. Maybe she can have the skirt adjusted after the baby comes and wear one of the tops meant for it, -- it is a lovely skirt on her and as Moxie pointed out, ideal for bending to meet children. It would be magical with that top on the left, and the top on the right would work well too.

    The belt should be sent back to daytime while the Hobbs top would look nice with the straight black skirt - although peplums aren't ideal for Kate - I would have preferred the full skirted dress if she liked that top.

    But she is well and and at work at a great cause and that is what counts most.

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  60. Jennifer from Wisconsin20 November 2014 at 12:21

    I think some comments are over the top. :) Some are being too hard on a pregnant lady who likes belts. Kate adds in belts a lot. I agree an evening belt would be better or none at all but if you look at the second picture, you can really see her bump. She probably felt she needed something.
    Moving on, I like that Kate tried a playful, fun look for her charity and that she looks healthy. I also like the black Packham top with the skirt if looking for an alternative. Lighten up folks. It's one outfit.

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    1. And the school colors. People forget this is all about her charity not what she is wearing.

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    2. Jennifer, I don't know why that sentence makes me laugh out loud, but it does. "Pregnant lady who likes belts" is my new favorite description. Shame on them who speak ill of it.

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  61. Goodness me, I am definitely going to stop reading the comment section of this, otherwise, wonderful blog. I thought she looked lovely and, quite frankly, what a horrid lot of sniping comments. Do get over yourselves ladies, quite frankly if I looked that good I would be skipping.

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    1. I would be doing back flips--and I'm 68 years old! Yet this is a blog dedicated in part to fashion--and it's fun to analyze and discuss what we Kate fans like and don't like about what she wears. My friends, relatives (including my very saintly mom), and I have been analyzing, scrutinizing, and discussing fashions all of our lives--those of each other, those of the rich, those of the famous, those of the infamous. I'll bet cave women analyzed and commented on their friends' animal skin tunics--and I know the Greek and Roman ladies talked about the drape of each other's togas.

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    2. Haha, Lynn. I got a picture of an old lady with a cane (sorry, probably aged 68 up in my mind) doing backflips. Hahah, oh the entertainment!!

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    3. When you are in a public position you must expect to be critiqued-it goes with the territory. I think everyone is just giving their honest opinions of which they have a right to do or there wouldn't be a comments section here.

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    4. Thank you, thank you! I'd wanted to say that but was afraid to. Thanks for your courage to say what many of us are thinking!

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  62. The sleeves are too short, the gown is too short.It' like they shrunk all together. Every piece is very simle and plain and banal and yet the match is terribile. In particular the black top with blue shirt. And yet they say black matches everything, of course the duchess prooved otherwise. The earrings and the belt are very bad.

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    1. Wow are you negative. Did you happen to read that blue & black are the colors of the school. Yet again everyone has jumped on the hate band wagon before they knew the facts. You all might not like what she wears but she always makes sure that her dress goes along with what she is doing for that day/engagement. Much has been written as to this.

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  63. She should dress a little bit like Diana.She's a woman now, not a girl in college anymore. And, furthermore, a royal.

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    1. But she is not Diana. People just need to not compare her to Williams mom. She is not replacing Diana, she is her own person. William has said as much in their engagement interview.

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    2. Well, she might be the princess of Wales soon.She will be that anyway.

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  64. I thought the Duchess looked great, and I'm sure the kids there were absolutely delighted.

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  65. Not my favourite outfit on her but I am going to go with the minority here and say that I don't care if it isn't a stunner....I'm just happy she feels well enough to be out and about and we get to see her. :)

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  66. I really like it actually, with the exception of the leather belt. I love black and blue/navy together. The only thing I would have changed is the belt to a thinner velvet belt that blends in with the top. I agree the peplum is tricky with her bump. She looks very happy though.

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  67. I agree, I wasn't a huge fan of the belt. However, I think there was some strategy behind the selection - with her growing baby bump, I think the belt helps to give her a bit of a waist, and the belt certainly helps to accentuate that. Overall, I think she looked great! The top and skirt combo wasn't totally on point, but it was nice to see a two-piece outfit (there have been so many dresses and coat dresses lately). I am SO excited for the Royals to come to NYC (Brooklyn girl, here! Whoop!). Hoping to snatch up tickets to the Nets game on the 8th!

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  68. I haven't read anyone's else's comments as yet, but the outfit is a strange mix of 2 halves, the top and skirt don't go together, really! Odd to wear the belt at this stage in a pregnancy. Her hair and earrings look very nice.

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  69. This look seems kind like she might be too tired being pregnant and all so she just doesn't care.

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  70. I have the feeling Kate had once some help from Pippa and her mother. They both seem to be very busy now. Pippa dealing her job in US and Carole is probably busy with Party Pieces because it's Christmas soon. So I presume there's no advices from them for Kate. Probably they have no time to discus Kate's outfits together or go shopping. However nice she found time and strength to go to the charity. I know it's blog mainly about her fashion choices, but in many comments there's no sign of supporting her going to the charity. Seems like her outfit is still more important than what she does.

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  71. I thought the Duchess looked exceptional! The peplum top was a great choice, particularly at this point in her pregnancy. I never would have thought to have paired each of these pieces together, but they all worked wonderfully together. Furthermore, I just love how her hair was done--so sophisticated from head to toe. Looking forward to her New York engagements in several weeks!!

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  72. Hi, Charlotte,

    Thanks for your recent posts which have been excellent-as always!

    This outfit is a real miss for me. Nice to see more new pieces in play but this is just "off", especially the belt. I like the pieces individually but the ensemble doesn't work.

    I've been noticing recently that Kate's posture is just terrible. She's getting the slope-shouldered look that many tall women get from overcompensating for the way in which they are taller than many of the people they are meeting. You can really see this in the photos where Kate is greeting children but I've also noticed it when she is meeting adults.

    Maybe if she would think about wearing lower heels, she wouldn't "tower" over others and wouldn't slouch to compensate. I know being tall probably helps her stand out in the crowd but posture is forever and will make a real difference to her as she gets older.

    Best wishes to all.

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    1. I've noticed that too. I wonder how tall she is? I don't get the impression she's really tall just her skyscraper heels that give that impression.

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    2. My mother could identify a woman in early pregnancy, before any bump appeared, by her posture. Pregnancy throws the pelvis forward and causes that slump you are describing. But I do agree that lower heels would be appropriate for some of Kate's engagements.

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    3. Kate's posture is like this even when she is not pregnant. So sadly I think she just has really bad posture. Also, Kate is not that tall without heels. She is really only about 5'8", but with heels then she towers over everyone since she wears 4" heels. She likes tall heels which is fine and she must be okay towering over people, but she needs to adjust her posture for it then. Especially when visiting children who are small. She could wear a smaller heel in those instances.

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  73. As per usual, HRH looks amazing-love the entire outfit including the jems and her hair. and the belted look is awesome

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  74. She looks healthy and happy and I'm sure everyone was delighted to meet her. I agree the pieces don't go well together, love the way the designer showed it on the model to the left. That blouse is stunning. This ensemble is one of the biggest goofs I can recall. I wondered if she did have a different top planned and it didn't fit on the day. Oh well. Will be interested to see what she wears in New York.

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  75. I'm in the minority here. I think Kate looks nice. This isn't my favorite outfit, but I don't hate it, either. I really like the top and the sheer sleeves but I'm not so crazy about the skirt. I would hardly have noticed the belt if so many other readers hadn't commented on it. I don't think that Kate made a mistake pairing a black top with a blue skirt. It must have been done on purpose, as black and blue seem to be the school's colors. I think the two colors look OK together. I'd like to see Kate wear this top again, paired with another skirt. I love her earrings. And I really like Kate's hair. She looks happy and healthy--the best I've seen in awhile.
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  76. Thank you for the post Charlotte. The details you include like the comments of the little girl Georgia Avery really give a sense of the purpose of the evening. The DM video shows how attentive she is with the children. Not my fave outfit but she looks lovely and it's event appropriate

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  77. I have to say, I LOVE this outfit, top to bottom, belt included. (the skirt especially–wow, what a dream. Peacock blue is my favorite color). HRH looked amazing, amazing. I love it when women make pieces I would never think to match work so well (I really do not have a sense of style, I must say–I'm a lot more safe matchy matchy and wish I wasn't).

    I also think she looked relaxed and natural, i.e. "less of a performance" demeanor. S

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  78. The combination didn't do it for me. I would like to have seen either color in both pieces rather than one blue and one black. Just didn't look like it belonged together.

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  79. Although I admit this is a blog focusing on the Duchess' fashion, one thing that we should remember that she dressed for the occasion, not for the fashion. Someone had mentioned in another blog (on the night the Royal Variety Performance show) that she dressed to attend the show, not to show the dress. Like it or not, the dress is appropriate for the occasion.

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  80. A couple of people on this blog identified the color of the skirt as Peacock blue. It is classified as ""midnight blue" in some other story else where ( same event and skirt). It is a mysteriously interesting blue specially in the material displayed here ( the one Kate wore). The models' version looks like midnight blue. The skirt Kate wore, may be under the light looks a version of darker aqua blue, so that is "Peacock blue"?
    International, USA

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  81. Maggie - Minneapolis21 November 2014 at 04:10

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/reporters-ordered-to-dress-up-for-will-and-kate.html

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/20/dress-up-journalists-covering-will-and-kate-middleton-s-vist-to-usa-told-by-buckingham-palace.html

    There have been some articles in the US complaining about/making fun of the clothing requirements Buckingham Palace has issued to American journalists covering Will and Kate's visit. It does seem like a bad PR move/just silly - implying that Will and Kate deserve special treatment in a country that has no monarchy and once fought Britain to end its reign over the US is a little much imo. Especially when the US is covering the costs of their visit despite not inviting them. Thoughts?

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    1. The US is not covering the cost of the visit. It was announced on the day the trip was listed that the cost is being divided three ways and none of them the US---the University of St Andrews; the Royal Foundation and the British government.
      Some US rags are as usual making trouble. The dress code is the usual royal thing here--if they wish to attend where there is a dress code for guests--they should dress the same way.

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    2. I don't know what to think of this. I thought it might be fake until I saw it here. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/duchess-kate-prince-william-reporters-covering-us-visit/story?id=27081958
      I don't think it is appropriate to tell others how to dress in their own country. This kind of stuff makes me cringe.

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    3. Jennifer from Wisconsin22 November 2014 at 06:17

      Jean from Lancs,
      Security costs, crowd and traffic control are an issue. Americans will be paying for some of those costs.
      My guess is the real issue is that they are guests in our country who were not formally invited to a State Visit. Of course they are very welcome to come, but it is a little odd to have guests tell the host country how they need to dress around them. Someone commented elsewhere if someone with strong Muslim beliefs came to town and demanded women journalists wear burkas or not be admitted, would people take offense just as they have here? I think American journalists going to an event are savvy enough to figure out loafers, not tennis shoes.
      Maybe this is SOP in the British Empire when the Royals travel, just not so much here.
      Hope I didn't offend you, I just thought I would point out that there is a little more to it.

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    4. It is not some US rags causing drama. This is a real code that is on the Palace's website that they expect journalist to dress a certain way around their Royals. Look they have every right to put that out there in the UK or one of their commonwealth countries. But not in the US. The USA is hosting them, they are here as guests. You wouldn't go to someone's party and tell the host what to wear would you? That is just rude and disrespectful of the country you are visiting. It comes across very pompous and definitely shows that the Royals think they are better. The White House doesn't even have a dress code for journalist.

      The other thing also that I have seen from reading is that some people and journalist are mad about a dress code because it seems hypocritical. It is hypocritical coming from someone like Kate who doesn't even follow the code. Don't get mad at me for saying this. I do not necessarily agree, I am just stating part of the reason journalist are mad. They see Kate who now has had several wardrobe malfunctions (flashing and what not) and not taken precautions to stop them in the future. She is not following a dress code, so why are journalist in a foreign country being told to do so? That is just one of the complaints.

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    5. Surely is some security bill picked up by the usa?

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    6. I am American and not offended or troubled by this in any way. If a photographer arrived in sneakers and jeans to photograph your daughter's wedding, would this be acceptable? Of course not. This is a matter of "time and place" and common sense, and it's unfortunate that a dress codes even has to be defined.

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    7. In reading about this, it is my understanding that the Palace has not "issued" and edict about what reporters should wear. There is only a statement on the Royal website outlining what is expected how reporters should dress in a "formal" setting. So imagine that the only place where formal will apply is the event for St Andrews. I also hope that any reporter covering a formal event would not show up in jeans and sneakers - but one never knows. The site also says these guidelines are "out of respect", which is a concept many people have lost the meaning. I do feel many in the UK understand this concept, but just the fact the US news rags have reported it the way the have underlines their lack of respect for anything. It also underlines how the media twists things to suit what they want to report - and HOW they want us to think.

      http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/Mediaguidelines/Overseasengagements.aspx

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    8. Ok. So to get things straight. That guideline is general and has been there before for how journalists are expected to dress at --formal-- events. Which means, for their visit at the Met.. And how can people get so mad when being asked to follow the dresscode at the place they will be? Even if they're not for the event, just following the guests I think it is very normal to expect them to not show up in dirty sneakers and a t-shirt at a gala at the mets. The blog "From Berkshire to Buckingham" wrote it good. This below is copied from this blogpost: http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.se/2014/11/a-week-of-royal-news-american-journos.html

      "There has been a bit of a hubbub over the supposed guidelines that Buckingham Palace issued to American journalists hoping to cover the royal tour. The Daily Beast implied, whether deliberately or through genuine error, that a specific "communiqué" had been issued by the Palace on this topic. As a result, certain members of the American media responded with a host of sarcastic and rebellious tweets and short op-eds.
      It then slowly became apparent that no communiqué of any kind had been released, and a host of "updated" articles ensued. The general guidelines on the BP site, for journalists covering overseas tours, reads: "Journalists wishing to cover Royal engagements, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family. Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians."
      This is primarily a tempest in a tea-pot. It was an easy piece to run with, and an even easier issue to add some snark in 140 characters or less. It is hardly representative of the American public, or even the American media as a whole. That being said, it would behoove those members of the media who prize clever comments and witty ripostes, to check facts before sounding off in the public forum...

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    9. I'm sorry, but why do Kate and William deserve any more respect than anyone else being covered by the media? The US does not have a monarchy. Kate and William have done nothing to earn our respect.

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    10. Tempest in a teapot indeed. :)

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    11. I might be wrong, but this is what I understand **so far**:

      The dress code is nothing new.
      WK are expecting and requiring more than what other royals have in the past ie. women press must wear formal skirts/dresswear and heels and male press must also wear fancy footwear (even when waiting for long periods in the cold for WK to arrive).
      People are finding the strict(er) dresscode not only condescending in the fact that it is presumed that the press does not know how to dress, but also it is being joked about that one of the people issuing the requirement has frequently had her own wardrobe malfunctions and often does not adhere to protocol. And is now quickly becoming a joke.

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  82. Me and a friend, we have a new game here now. First, we read Charlotte's post. Then, we have a close look at Kate's wardrobe. And then, we bet which points the comments will be nagging at! We never get it all. It is incredible. Even the braid in her hair isn't right! I'm happy for everybody appreciating her efforts. Even if she's a royal and should come up to some expectations, I don't expect her to be a fashion icon continually. I'm happy about some special things every now and then. It's just a week ago that she wore a great gown, but when we read some of the comments it seems that it has been for years that Kate's wardrobe has been a disappointment. Alas, there's still no accounting for taste. Please, Kate, go on and be yourself!

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  83. I think that blue and black together really do look good. But this outfit I would not care who was wearing it, just not an appealing combination. I am just glad that Kate looks healthy and her primary goal apparently was to give all her attention to those who were in attendance for this worthy cause. Thankfully, we are all able to give our own personal spin on fashions and events as they relate to royalty with all due respect.

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  84. Ok, from good old google, it seems Kate has a shade of the Peacock blue and the models wear a shade of dark blue which is midnight blue. The Peacock itself seems to have aqua color tail, a lighter shade of its name sake. The material and the color Kate wore under the effect of light seems to alternate colors.
    Int, USA

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  85. On British Royals, there's a rather nice photo of Prince Charles holding Prince George at his Christening.

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  86. Hello all -
    Sometimes I think Will and Kate's people do keep up with our comments here ; ) (if not Kate herself!) I'm referring to their decision to appoint a new communications director (announced today) who is expert at high-level crisis management. I'm not suggesting that their PR images are "in crisis", but it is an interesting decision, no?
    Best regards,
    Kathy

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    1. Yes, Kathy, I wanted to post this link. Good news, IMO. :)

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/11245163/An-American-at-the-Palace-Duke-and-Duchess-of-Cambridge-hire-RBS-spin-doctor-Jason-Knauf.html

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  87. I feel that Kate dressed appropriately for the occasion. Compared to many functions it was a comparatively low key event although very important for the Charity and the children involved who will I am sure always remember this occasion especially for the venue of Kensington Palace.. I thought Kate appeared happy and relaxed interacting with everyone both adults and children so easily and happily. This came through very well on the video.
    I am sorry that she will not be with William at the Tusk Awards it would seem that William no longer wants her to accompany him to any of his charitable events why not I don't know. She was at this event last year. I am even more surprised that she will not be going with him to the event for the Tusk Trust in New York he appears to be quite determined to exclude her despite the fact that she is supposed to be supporting him on his over the top crusade on Wildlife he appears to be completed besotted on the issue more so than supporting his wife and family. I might add that I also think the poaching and killing of wild animals is dreadful but I do feel that that a more balanced approach from Prince William not to the exclusion of everything else in his life would be preferable. He is supposed to be studying to become an Air Ambulance Pilot and we were told he was facing five months of intense studying recently that hardly appears the case rather like the Cambridge course which for the first few weeks was true but then seemed to fall by the wayside I presume he is still aiming to join the Air Ambulance? Just when is he taking all these exams which he is quoted as saying he had to take by December.
    I hope all goes well for the trip to New York

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