Monday, 8 December 2014

Kate in GOAT for Development Center Visit & Prince William in Washington DC

It was a bitterly cold morning in Harlem as The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Northside Center for Child Development.


Kate was greeted by large crowds of well wishers and members of the media.


Following an immensely warm welcome upon arrival yesterday, William and Kate separated for the first portion of the day with Prince William travelling to Washington, DC (more on that further down) and his wife remaining in New York.


Kate was in high spirits as she arrived at the center where she was joined by New York's First Lady Chirlane McCray.


The two ladies enjoyed a brief chat before going inside.


A precautionary ambulance travelled in Kate's convoy.

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There was great excitement in anticipation of the royal visit. More from this NY1 story:

'Technically the visitor is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. But to American four-year-olds , royalty is all relative. They all think that the Princess is just Princess Elsa from the movie 'Frozen' who is coming to see them, to play with them because they are so special,  says St Jean teacher Kenia Paulema.
The adults at the Northside Center say they're thrilled about the royal visit for a different reason - the attention it will bring to what this center has been focused on for sixty-five years; mental health and education.'

The Northside Development Center fosters the healthy development of children and families and seeks to empower them to respond constructively to negative social factors including racism and its related consequences. Through comprehensive, high-quality mental health and educational services, coupled with research, children and families are aided in developing to their full potential.

Northside Center for Child Development

The healing efforts of Northside Center are geared to accommodate the needs of the variety of families who avail of their services. While addressing the emotional, developmental and educational needs of the children and families they serve, Northside strives to develop and enhance the self-esteem and self-respect of all children and families.


One of Kate's patronages is mental health charity Place2Be and today's visit is a further sign of her intent to learn more and support improvement of the mental health and emotional well-being of children.

Those of you with children or who enjoy a little bit of art may wish to take a look at the Color Book Page.

Northside Development Center

We often discuss charities in Britain on the blog, and given our large US readership I thought it important to pay special attention to charitable organisations visited during this trip. If you wish to make an annual or once-off donation to the centre please click here for more details. A donation will help a Northside child receive comprehensive therapeutic and educational services.

Northside Development Center

Director of development Nina Fenton said, "Mental health still has very much a stigma attached to it and so to be able to do this with her is a wonderful opportunity". The centre serves 1700 each year through its clinic and 3600 overall with educational programmes, including pre-K and after school.


The Duchess and First Lady took part in gift-wrapping with volunteers.


The Duchess had great fun gift wrapping.


And looked thoroughly pleased with the results.


The children very much enjoyed meeting Kate.


 And met students undertaking a craft-making exercise.

British Consulate NY

Indeed, Kate is not the first Princess to visit the centre. In 2011, Princess Madeleine of Sweden visited the daycare centre in support of various projects.

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As she left, Kate spent time meeting children.


It was a fun visit for all involved.


After the visit, the Duchess and the First Lady attended lunch at the British Consul General's Residence where Her Royal Highness met members of the British community in New York from culture, arts, hospitality and business sectors.


As expected, the Duchess selected another stylish coat for today's engagements. The appropriately named Washington Crepe Coat by GOAT is made from heavy-weight black crepe and edged with beige trims at the neckline, cuffs and back. It's available for €850 at Matches.

GOAT

More from the product description:

'The Washington coat in black is a real stand-out wardrobe hero. It has a classic swing coat shape and contrast nude tabs on the cuff and back and decorative contrast enamel buttons.'

As you can see Kate's coat is longer than shown in the product photo above, it seems extra fabric has been added. The Duchess wore a fitted short black dress underneath.


The Duchess wore her trusty Episode 'Angel' black suede pumps.


Kate carried her Mulberry Bayswater Clutch and wore a stylish pair of Cornelia James gloves.


And completed the look with her Annoushka pearls.

Annoushka

Kate wore her hair in a very pretty half up-half down style today. Do you like today's look?


You can watch a video at ITN Source.


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Meanwhile, Prince William travelled to Washington DC where he met President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. The two enjoyed a chat and the topic of fatherhood came up when the Prince told the President, "When George was born, I actually forgot to work out if it was a boy or a girl." You can watch a video at ITV News.


Prince William then made an impassioned keynote speech at the World Bank on illegal wildlife trade in his role as president of United for Wildlife. He was joined by World Bank Group president, Jim Yong Kim, at the opening session to address more than 300 corruption experts, heads and senior members of anti-corruption and prosecuting agencies.



'In my view, one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today is the illegal wildlife trade. Here, criminal gangs turn vast profits from the illegal killing or capture of wildlife; armed groups and terrorists swap poached ivory for guns; and middle-men oil the wheels of the trade in return for reward.
 Together they loot our planet, to feed mankind’s ignorant craving for exotic pets, trinkets, cures and ornaments derived from the world’s vanishing and irreplaceable species. I was inspired by my grandfather and my father, who have championed international conservation for over fifty years.  They helped to bring about a revolution in attitudes towards our natural environment.
From them, I learned that our relation to nature and wildlife goes to the heart of our identity as human beings: from our sheer survival, to our appreciation of beauty and our connection to all other living things. Seen in this light, the extinction of any of the world’s species of animals is a loss to all humanity.
 But furthermore, wildlife crime goes to the heart of our security.
It recognizes neither national borders nor national interests. It distorts economic development, undermines the rule of law and fuels sources of conflict. Unchecked, it can be a factor in the spread of infectious diseases, with a devastating toll. The illegal trade threatens to wipe out the natural endowment of affected nations by depriving future generations of their heritage, and of their right to develop those resources in legitimate ways.
 Indeed, it suits traffickers that areas rich in natural resources remain under-developed or conflict-ridden, so that they can go on plundering without restriction. Ladies and gentlemen, it is wrong that children growing up in countries vulnerable to wildlife crime are losing their birthright in order to fuel the greed of international criminals, and that those children will face greater hardship and insecurity as this crime traps them in poverty.'

It is quite staggering to note the calibre of politicians William is meeting in the US. For a second-in-line to the throne it is highly unusual and demonstrates the popularity and influence the Cambridges hold.

We'll see you in just a few hours for the NBA game!

168 comments:

  1. rose from Brooklyn8 December 2014 at 17:51

    Oh gosh! !!! Love the look! ! From hair to coat!! Amazing work Charlotte! !!

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  2. She looks gorgeous as usual but I wish she'd worn some color! I have three dresses from Goat that I got during their sale last year but I still feel that they are way too overpriced!

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  3. I've been waiting all morning! Love a royal tour, even if it's short! :-)

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  4. Kate has obviously taken seriously the advice no doubt given her that everyone wears black in New York! She would need to come out here into the US hinterlands to find some of us still dressing in pretty colors. Her coat is lovely, however, and her visit to the children's center was very well chosen.

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    1. That's what I was thinking yesterday, Anonymous 17:56. If this comment shows up twice, sorry. But it looked as If I lost the first attempt.

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  5. Sorry, not a huge fan of this look. Nothing wrong with each item taken individually, but I personally don't like at all the idea of wearing black to an engagement with children. She didn't even take off the coat once inside, as the First Lady did. She'd have looked way better in a coloured coat, in my opinion, and it's not as though she hasn't any...

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    1. I agree with you. Black does not seem to be an appropriate colour for an engagement with children.
      I thought the First Lady was perfectly dressed - she chose a very professional look, the jacked adding a nice splash of colour. I loved how she used those chunky accessoires - very modern but also perfectly elegant.

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  6. Why does Kate never take her coats off, even when inside? It always looks so weird, as if she was about to leave any second. Plus most coats are made of very heavy materials, which must make "indoor" interactions - like gift wrapping- quite hard! (But maybe I am just hoping for a glimpse of the dresses she is wearing underneath :))

    Thanks so much for your coverage!

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    1. Oh my gosh. I have always wondered the same thing!! She is obviously wearing a dress underneath so she could take it off and the first lady did (and looks great btw!!). It would be harder to move in a bulky coat. I have only seen her take her coat off once and it was during her first year of marriage, lol. I would also think she would be really warm inside with it on. But I guess we will never know:)

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    2. If I recall correctly, Kate wore coats with her first pregnancy for as long as she could before weather changed and even then light weight coats. Kate then goes into hiding about the last two months. Is this royal protocol that one should not show pregnancy? Kate looks radiant and lovely. The coat did not thankfully have that heavy winter look for inside. New York First Lady McCray was absolutely gorgeous. I loved the color of her coat but I do not see any photos above without her coat. Mrs. McCray is about 59 yrs old according to Wikipedia and do note that she wore a shorter hemline outfit and still looked very professional. Nothing wrong with shorter hem lines in my opinion.

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  7. Kate's coat was evidently a jacket originally. It could have been worn with a straight knee length skirt or dress trousers, but someone did a nice job of adding a fabric panel at the hemline.

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  8. You are as quick as always, lovely detailed post on the charity. Thanks.
    On fashion front I am less pleased, maybe my expectations were sky high, but I am bored with the black already.
    I hope the kids had a lovely day and they can benefit from Kate's visit. You must know Charlotte your work is immensely appreciated.:)

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  9. Love the coat.
    Pity there has been little publicity of her time with the children indoors---but she did get the chance to interact with them outside.
    It is good for her to learn how charities in the US compare to similar ones here---and the welfare of children is obviously close to her heart.
    Reminding UK readers that the Royal variet Show attended by William and Catherine a couple of weeks ago is on ITV from 7:30pm

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  10. Basically, it's the balck version of the white number she wore when she was pregnant with George.

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    1. I can't recall the white coat, but I really like this coat - just not for this event. I would have like to see something bright for this event.

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  11. At 9:30 am in New York, the temperature was 26 degrees Fahrenheit, probably at the airport. That's not exactly bitterly cold by northern US standards, though the wind chill is making it feel colder. It was probably a bit warmer downtown. Kate's coats are fine for the weather, but she will probably encounter some rain tomorrow and need her umbrella. The temperature in Washington was around 34 degrees when William arrived, and now it's up to 36 at noon.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.9 December 2014 at 01:32

      Oh they should be here on the Central Coast of California. It was at least 65 degrees here today if not warmer!

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  12. At least her hair is tied back neatly so you can see her. Knowing she'd be bending over and down where children are concerned, there wasn't enough fabric added to bottom of the coat (and Goat designs to me are notably childish, not for an adult supposedly professional woman). The dress underneath appears to be the same one under the Seraphina coat last night, and is even shorter than the coat -I'm glad she kept the coat on while visiting so there wasn't another MM moment. Anyone who spends even a minimum amount of time with children know they love bright primary colors, enough with the funeral motif.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.9 December 2014 at 01:39

      Oh not true Anon. 18:13, my best memories of adults as a child never consist of their clothes but their kindness.....Oh and I am in the educational field and children remember teachers by their True devotion.. kindness, genuine concern.....

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    2. I would have to agree with Sarah from Calif. Children are more inclined to be interested in the personality of the adult they are meeting for the first time than what they are wearing. They are more appreciative for the interaction between an adult and themselves. Apparently Kate chose this outfit so that she also could use for her next event, the lunch at the British's Consul Residence. Perhaps this is where she removed her coat.

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  13. My comment from yesterday was never printed but I'll say it again........I'm respectfully but adamantly sick of her showing off her legs and the bit with the raised hemlines. Yes, they're nice legs and yes, she's young, but enough already. She's a "princess" and not a working girl in the big city. The coat looks odd with a big piece added to the bottom. She should've kept the coat as original and worn pants with it like the pictures shows. The shoes are looking worn too. But I do like her hair pulled back like that.

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    1. Unfortunately it is her pregnancy style. Personally I prefer her longer dresses. It would worth a discussion what is appropriate (age, rank) and how we differ on this because of ethic, cultural background etc. Even a poll would be interesting on this subject;)

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    2. Kate has never woren pants to an offical engagement unles it had to do with some psort activity.

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    3. It just seems to me to be an uncomfortable question of, is this not ok with the Queen? Are there not rules about dress lenght for working Royals? and is Kate just blowing them off? that is what is so uncomfortable to me when seeing Kate in photographs when working.

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    4. And then they are typically jeans, right? Wonder why she doesn't give dress pants/trousers a try?? I'm sure they would look great. We'll have to see if she makes any style changes after she has two little ones.

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  14. Thanks so much for the quick post! Kate choice of hose is always an interesting one. For her evening engagement, she wore nude hose and for today's engagement, black ones. Most people would've done the reverse or opted for black all the way. I would love to see Kate in a longer coat with more color. This coat looks so similar to the one she wore with the H&M Peter Pan-collared dress while pregnant with George.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis8 December 2014 at 20:54

      I think that if she wore nude hose today, the coat would look even shorter because of a bare-leg effect, so that probably played into her decision.

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    2. I agree, with the length of dress, the black tights were more appropriate.

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  15. The coat is way too short to be worn at a public engagement with children. Kate looks awkward sitting in those children's chairs in that super short coat and dress. The coat needed 4 or 5 extra inches. Her hair does look great though.

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    1. I agree - it needs to be longer, esp during pregnancy - she starts to look out of proportion with the added bulk from pregnancy - heals, those long legs that are far too exposed and the outfit today is a tad off skew from her growing bump in front that pulls the coat a tad uneven - if it was a bit longer it might not look off. She MIGHT get away with a coat/dress this short if she had worn more opaque tights and boots. I really thought she was not doing these short of skirts now, but we saw her arrive with a shorter one last night and now this today. I do like her hair but gads I wish she would cut off about 8-10 inches and not let it fall into any ringlets.

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  16. Is there some type of rule your shouldn't wear black around children? I'm baffled by this criticism. I don't see the employees there wearing bright primary colors.

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    1. Right on, Courtnee. And being children in NYC black as the new rainbow is probably wired into their DNA by now. In bright colours they might be savvy enough to ask, "Why are you wearing bright colours like kids?"

      But, if you are the sort of person who has a princess template with a complementary "Go Directly To Jail" card for any deviation, that's the sort of criticism which surfaces. The modern professional woman of any age has the option of many hem lengths and colours available to her. I quite liked this look. The length is fine--sitting or standing. The colour had NYC all over it, and black has long ceased to be a funeral colour. Sophisticated brides wear it.

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    2. There is no rule, its just sort of common sense that children are attracted to bright colours.

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    3. Thank you. I have worked with children for over 20 years. There is no rule about wearing color. Yes, color is nice and it seems like something children would like more, but to be honest most of the times the kids could not care what you are wearing. People are just looking for things to criticize.

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    4. Not saying it's a rule, but Michelle Obama does tend to wear bright colors when she's around children. And, she often wears bright colors when not around children.

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    5. Michelle Obama wears bright colors everywhere. That's her thing. I was not aware that one had to look like a an Easter egg when children are present.

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    6. Thank you Courtnee, I felt the same way. It seems like people will just pick on anything that she does. Black can be worn at anytime for any engagement and as another poster said, kids don't generally care what you wear just that you are there. Remember, she had to dress for two separate engagements today and probably picked something that would be safe for both and could not draw unnecessary attention to her. I often wear black in NYC when I visit because they do tend to wear darker colors.

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    7. Black is against BRF dress protocol, as are her spike heels. I know some of you insist that isn't true, but HM is very traditional and black is reserved for funerals.

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    8. I do not recall the way my teachers dressed. I *do* remember their personalities, actions...etc.

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    9. I am baffled as well. I did not think that black anymore had that funeral connotation here in the United States or anywhere for that matter as much as it did in earlier times. I think too that Kate was trying to not stand out. She was there to give attention to the children and her hosts which she always flawlessly accomplishes. This is where Kate chose to go and learn what another facility across the pond experiences in the education and mental health awareness fields.

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  17. Zoe - San Juan Islands - Washington state8 December 2014 at 18:40

    Thanks for doing such a thorough job on the posts. Spreading the word about the charities is a real service. And the fashion is always fun to look at and put one's two cents in. I think wearing black in NYC is totally appropriate. Bright colors would have been a bit out of place. Her warm smile and friendly manner with the children more than offset any need for bright colors. Love the photo of the little boy looking up at her with a big grin on his face.

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  18. I like Chirlane McCray's entire outfit, head-to-toe, much better than Kate's. Chirlane's coat is colorful, with a modern fit, and her shoes are very cool. I don't understand why anyone would add extra fabric to the bottom of a coat, to make it longer. There are hundreds of other coats out there to choose from, that are the correct length. Also, the neckline is bizarre for a winter coat. It begs for a scarf. Yesterday's coat was a winner though, loved it.

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  19. Erika from Massachusetts8 December 2014 at 18:49

    Yes, Charlotte! I like today's look very much.I love her in this silhouette right now. Very smart looking! Very flattering!

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  20. Rebecca - Sweden8 December 2014 at 18:50

    Usually I'm ALL Kate. Today she's cute, doing good, good charity bla bla bla. But I can't focus on that. I am so proud of Williams speach. Really powerful. And when he came a bit into it he became a really good speaker. Makes me so hopeful for his future as a speaker. And you could really tell that he's passionate about this cause!!

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    1. I do agree Rebecca---William is becoming an excellent speaker---obviously a subject about which he feels very strongly.
      Note there are now some photos of Catherine with the little ones. Seems to me she was trying not to take the interest of an important speech by William.

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    2. Thank you Rebecca for bringing us to the attention of William's speech. I have not listened to him yet but you have motivated me to do so. I was very impressed with the written words of his speech.

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  21. Erika from Massachusetts8 December 2014 at 18:53

    Btw I think the first lady's coat is strikingly beautiful. I love the color. Kate seems to like it as well.

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  22. I think the look is lovely but I do have one criticism of the coat - it's too short. NYC first lady is wearing a more appropriate length. I noticed during Catherine's last pregnancy that she wore shorter dresses/coats and I think it's not a good choice. I understand that her position dictates her choices as far as color and conservative style - but oh my word, she's only 30, why not select something more youthful and stylish and colorful? I love her hair and think the style is perfect for the occasion. By our standards here in the U.S. the temps are nowhere near "bitterly cold"!!! I'm looking forward to seeing her other sartorial selections for this trip. She always looks beautiful. Thanks for the excellent coverage Charlotte.

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  23. So glad and proud to have Kate and William in my home state of New York! I have to wonder if in addition to the coat being a nod to our nation's capital, if it isn't also a nod to George Washington, the first President of the United States whom both the Duchess and Prince William are related to? http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kate-middleton-has-famous-family-ties-in-america/ She looks beautiful! Thanks, Charlotte! Speedy as ever. XO

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  24. I am sure the children could care less that she (like so many people who live in their city) had a black coat on. Also she was dressed for the luncheon at the British Consulate.

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  25. One thing I do not understand why she never take off the coat inside the building.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 December 2014 at 20:53

      Probably so there is no delay in time, maybe?

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    2. Same readon she never arrived at cocktsils with a coat but directly in the dress.

      Royals must project an air of completeness. No changing, needing things. As if they were carved in what they wear.

      My opinion, never heard it anywhere :)

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  26. Thank you Courtnee. I know of no rule about wearing color around children. I often go thru periods of wearing dark colors. No one has ever said that I look gloomy. Many just want something to criticize. Lighten up....pun intended.

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  27. I love so much this outfit, very simple and elegant. The large white borders on the black fabric look very bright and they underline the structure of the coat with an original yet basic pattern.

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  28. I think she looked great. In winter we New Yorkers do tend to stick to dark colors, as eventually coats and boots get dirty. So, if she wore black so she would fit in with New Yorkers, I find it very endearing! I have often wondered about why she doesn't remove her coat at engagements. I do like the photo where she is looking down, I wonder if she's asking about Ms. McCray's shoes! And, yes 26 degrees is considered very cold for NY. I a, sorry they won't have nicer weather!

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  29. The outfit was average, would've liked some more color. But the hair was great as was will's speech

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 December 2014 at 20:55

      Could that have been on purpose? I have noticed that when she visits charities like these she often use more plain clothes. Maybe to try counter the constant talk about her clothes :P

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  30. Love the whole ensemble in every way. One of my favourites.

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  31. I love the style and fit of the coat but think its too tailored and dressed up for a morning event and one with children. Actually the purple coat the First Lady was wearing would have been more appropriate for Kate!. Also too much leg. She has great legs but doesnt always have to show them off, certainly not on a freezing cold winter morning. Boots would have been fine - but not always in suede, she needs some stylish leather boots.
    God luck with the trip anyway.

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  32. If there ever was a time she should have worn slacks this was it. Nice tailored trousers would have worked well for both engagements. Short skirts and sky high heels just seem wrong for a morning visit with pre-schoolers. Doesn't she have anyone to advise her on this?

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  33. I didn't get a chance to comment yesterday.

    I really liked the plum coat and the booties!
    Love her hair today, I wish I had the manual dexterity to style my own hair that way :)

    She's ben wearing a lot of black lately, I believe she is uncomfortable with her weight gain and is trying very hard to mask it. If my feeling is correct, it really is too bad.
    I would not have worn black from head to toe with children...

    Looking forward to the game tonight. Thanks Charlotte for the coverage thus far :)

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    1. Agree for sure. She is not comfortable with the weight gain.

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    2. Is any woman really all that comfortable with weight gain even if it is for a baby?

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    3. I suspect that the black choice might have more to do with when in NYC do as the locals do. She fit right in. The Daily Mail had a video clip of a meeting where every single woman present with Catherine wore black except one with a blue jacket over a black dress. But there was so much black in the slub of the jacket that the blue was toned right down. Princess Madeleine's jacket which someone mentioned she preferred, was similar. She too wore black as a base for the jacket.

      I think we are perhaps seeing the evolution of a style that will be different from HM's go-to A-line dresses that blow colour out of the water. There are a couple of logical reasons for that.

      First, if Catherine started to emulate HM consistently, it wouldn't be long before people would start grousing that she is trying to upstage or be too much like the Queen or dressing too old (we already see that). Instead of reading comments about how she is "showing off" her legs, we would likely read things like "Who does she think she is?" followed by comments about her lack of aristocratic pedigree. I suspect that she is sensitive to the fact that now is not her time to 'pop' the colour (if she ever will do that consistently).

      Second, perhaps a monarchy that is seen to be "one of us" that "fits right in" is more appropriate to the century during which William will reign. Diana believed this. I suspect that W&C may as well.

      Third, rather than assuming that she is uncomfortable with her weight and wearing black for that reason, I would guess that it might be a practical choice for a short trip during a very busy time of year. Especially for a woman who hasn't been feeling all that well until recently. It eliminates a lot of factors to think about.

      Or it may simply be that black is a lovely colour and that she likes it. Full stop. And, if they notice, children have a very weird way of looking at clothes. Dressing to appeal to them on a 90 minute stop is ridiculous. I had a lovely burnt orange scallop Italian knit ensemble that children I worked with hated. They called it my 'goldfish' dress. What did they know from chic?


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    4. Philly, outstanding post!! It is so hard in this type of forum when there is no button for like, or no button for thanks for the post. So hope it is okay to just chime right in. I have found myself chiming in now several times during this comment section. Since I have not seen the video, it is much appreciated that you brought to our attention what the other women were wearing. Kate chose wisely as she usually does.

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  34. I thought Kate looked great (glad to see that the legs were back out), and I love the picture of her and Chirlaine together. I'm with Courtnee, above, what's wrong with wearing black around children? We do it all the time here in NYC! Can't wait to see what she wears tonight in Brooklyn! I hope it's skinny jeans tucked into flat riding boots and a gigantic colorful scarf around her neck. She will fit right in with the other Brooklyn gals if she does! Go Nets! XO, Jill

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  35. Lovely Kate ! She looks gorgeous. And I like the picture of William with President Obama as well.
    Great post as usual Charlotte! I love every and each of them!

    Monica, France

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  36. Theresa, from Paris8 December 2014 at 20:06

    Sorry, but I don't like this look at all. The Duchess has gone too short once again, showing off her beautiful legs - but yes we all know she has beautiful legs. It is just not elegant. She is not a 20 year old anymore and those short skirts are off the mark, especially as she bends down with children and sits. The color black in the daytime is just so sad, and the odd belt at the back is awful.
    I liked the first coat she had on yesterday but wasn't fan of the dress with the sheer hose in the evening. IMO, she is off center so far in New York.
    She is much fuller than with George. Can't help thinking it is a girl :-)

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  37. Overall I liked her look. Colour would have added some pop - after all she is the centre of attention so it would have made her a little easier to see. Loved her hair, don't mind the coat. She needs some work done on her shoes - they are starting to look a bit tatty and will eventually drop the whole look if she doesn't sort them out.

    Is it me or does Kate look fuller in the face?

    KiwiNic

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    1. Pregnancy will do that to you.

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  38. Kim from Washington8 December 2014 at 20:13

    Thank you Charlotte for posting the news and pictures as quickly as you have. I'm surprised that I am this caught up in the visit. In terms of the GOAT dress, it makes more sense when you see Kate at her next engagement, at lunch with adults. I enjoy seeing Kate interact;she seems so gracious and poised.Mostly, it warms my heart to see her and William. Blessings

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  39. I want to love this outfit, but I don't like it at all!!! I love her hair though:). There are so many things wrong with this, aside from being boring. I hate how Goat's coats have no form to them. I know Kate is hiding her bump, but it actually makes her look bigger than she is. I wish she would have a little shape in the coat-she would look so much nicer. And the coat looks like something a teenager should wear, not a grown woman. I agree with the other posters that this is really similar to the white coat she wore when pregnant with George. Sadly a very blah day so far! Hopefully tonight is better

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  40. In the past there have been comments about Catherine dressing so her clothes don't become the focus of the event. Perhaps she chose a mostly black look to not draw attention to her pregnancy and keep her style simple but elegant. Her preference for shorter coats with black stockings while pregnant could also be to create a streamlined sleek look rather than drawing the eye to her pregnancy.

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    1. Anon 20:27. You just nailed it. Perfect insight! Make it a great day.

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  41. Oh I forgot to add, I think that Princess Madeleine looked great when visiting the center. I actually prefer her outfit to Kate's so much more!

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  42. Lynn Georgia USA8 December 2014 at 20:27

    Kate's hair was lovely--she looked beautiful. I do wonder how she feels about an ambulance following her around just because she's pregnant. It's fine, of course, but I just find it a bit bizarre and wonder how she viewed its omnipresence--sort of like an ambulance parked in the end zone before the football game even begins--or the big clock ticking away in front of my local funeral home. It just struck me as strange. I surely do hope she's not having any serious problems!

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    1. I honestly thought the ambulance was a joke! If she were really at a point where she could get sick at any moment then she would not have flown 8 hours over an ocean where they could not land. It is a joke and I honestly think it is just a PR move. Kate is not sick anymore.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden8 December 2014 at 21:03

      Actually, my thought is more on the other people in NY. What if someone doesn't get an ambulance because it's cruising around with Kate...

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    3. Some motorcades always have an ambulance. For example, there is always an ambulance in president's and vice president's motorcades, no mater where they are going. It's just standard operating procedure. I figure the ambulance is just SOP in this case.

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    4. It is standard practice for an ambulance to be present for senior members of the royal family. In case there is assassination attempt. The queen, Philip, Charles and Camilla all do this. Was done for Diana as well before the separation.

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    5. The president and all honored guests have ambulances at the ready. Just in case something happens. That's been in place since Kennedy got shot.

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    6. The ambulance has much less to do with Kate's pregnancy than with standard security procedure - and New York is full of demonstrators, peaceful so far, but better to be prepared. Most of the basketball players tonight are wearing shirts that say "I can't breathe."

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    7. Lynn Georgia USA9 December 2014 at 13:37

      thanks for the info about standard operating procedure--I never knew that--I wonder why the press made a big deal about it if it is SOP here and in Britain. Did an ambulance follow William around as well? If so, there was no press coverage about it.

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  43. Thank you Charlotte for your hard work on this blog. Catherine looks stunning I adore this coat so much and love her hair she is glowing with this pregnancy. It's so nice to President Obama with Wills.

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  44. anon from Leominster8 December 2014 at 20:32

    Very important speech on William's part --did well to distinguish that conservation is important to the world -- not just so rich people can take photos of animals. It will be interesting to see how he handles this issue in China without causing offense- but dealing with important politicians in the States should be great experience for him.

    As for Kate lovely to see her interacting with the children, and the New York first lady looked very elegant. But I can't help but saying -- to paraphase the old song -- "Katie, where's your trousers..." That coat is not meant to be worn without something underneath. It would have looked quite sophisticated if it had been longer but as it is Kate looks rather childish and is starting to look like she is very insecure and has to show off her legs when she's pregnant. Feeds into all the talk that she is an exhibitionist -- would hate to think that's the case, just bad judgment.

    I suppose there's no problem wearing black with children but I agree something brighter might have been nice. But I believe she is going to lunch afterwards. Don't think NYC will go down as a huge fashion success for her. A pity since the designs are nice, just look out of porportion when so short.

    A shame mention of Pearl Harbour Day was missed by all. I did wonder too if the Empire lights were to honour it but it seems not. I recall the moving lights they had every year on the anniversary of 9-11 -- showing where the towers had been. Can;t recall if William and Kate are visiting the museum today -- that could explain the black.

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    1. No they are visiting the Memorial tomorrow morning. I think Kate wears black to appear slimmer when pregnant. I am starting to really believe she is insecure with her figure. I don't think she likes getting bigger and therefore tries to hide the weight and shift people's gaze by showing off her legs which still look the same as when not pregnant. I don't think Kate is comfortable in her own skin, that's just what I have seen.

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    2. Anon from leo-
      I've heard those comments about Kate being an exhibitionist and I think its true.
      Here's my reason why before someone gets mad at me for criticizing Kate.
      Before Kate was married she rarely made the faux pas of exposing her undergarments or something like that. There's a few pics online of her coming out of clubs and getting into a car and you can see lots. But after she was married she had "princess lessons".
      For a while she did great, then the first incident I can remember was the yellow Jenny Packham dress that blew up in the wind, and you can see underneath. You could tell she was embarrassed. Then it was another dress that blew up, she actually changed into jeans after that.
      Then all of a sudden it was "wind gate" lol. Wherever she would go a gust of wind would blow her dress up, and I think she felt a thrill from it. With all the structure and tradition she married into, it was one little thing that felt exhilarating so every time it happened it was a rush.
      But then people started saying "oh come on she knows better after the first few times she should have started weighing her hemlines down". I do believe the Queen had a little chat with her and told her to lower her hemlines. Because the NZ/Aus tour there was the only faux pas of her dress blowing up when arriving, except that pic where a pap got a pic of her bare bum(she didn't even look like she was trying to keep her dress down, around a windy helicopter).
      I believe Kate is uncomfortable with her changing body, which does make sense because she's getting bigger, but she doesn't have to be. She's pregnant who's going to criticize her for gaining weight.
      Maybe she doesn't feel attractive, maybe she thinks William won't find her attractive. Who knows, so she has to wear the shortest dresses and coats possible to feel like her non-pregnant self.
      I do feel like Kate has some self esteem and body issues pregnant or not. But that's another issue I won't get into, because I feel some people on here would get super ticked off if I explain why I think so.
      She's like any other woman who feels insecure about her body, but hers is only heightened because of the cameras constantly being on her wherever she goes. I myself have been battling an eating disorder(anorexia) for a few years.
      I do hope one day she can be completely comfortable in her skin, pregnant, not pregnant.
      I think she could do a lot for girls self esteem issues and show them that you don't have to be super skinny, and that a pregnant body is a beautiful body and you shouldn't feel insecure.
      I wish she would take on a patronage for the well being of you girls self esteem.

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    3. Tammy from California9 December 2014 at 01:38

      I have to tell you, I have read your post twice and I think it is one of the most bizarre posts about Kate I have ever read. An exhibitionist getting a thrill by her dress flying up because one time it felt good? Everything else in your post I agreed with, but I have to say that that part was weird, uncomfortable and odd.

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    4. Tammy-
      Exhibitionism is the act of exposing in a public or semi-public context those parts of one's body that are not normally exposed – for example, the breasts, genitals or buttocks. The practice may arise from a desire or compulsion to expose themselves in such a manner to groups of friends or acquaintances, or to strangers for their amusement or sexual satisfaction or to shock the bystander

      This is one of the definitions of exhibitionism.
      So I think you might have the definition a little confused hun. I'll give you the link if you like so you can research it more. But it's a known fact that one of many forms of exhibitionism is flashing.
      And lots of exhibitionists will tell you that it started off almost innocently and by accident but that they liked it so much they intentionally let it keep happening afterwards. So I'm not sure how my comments were "bizarre" and made you feel "uncomfortable". I think you're just probably unfamiliar with showing off one's body as a form of exhibition. Not that it is what Kate is doing but one could perceive that from repeatedly flashing and seeming like you don't care that its happening.

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    5. Kate is not going to be perfect in everything and she is definitely not going to please everyone. I would not want her to be a robotic porcelain doll. For the most part, aren't we all trying to put our best foot forward so that the public does not find out something about us that might not measure up to expectations. But that something just might get found out as someone out there can truly see through us. We all are going to make mistakes no matter our status in the community or in the world and some of those mistakes are probably going to be public ones.

      Yes, I do think too that Kate does not like to gain weight, but then how many of us do enjoy that aspect of ourselves. Kate probably does have self esteem issues, but that is not a terrible thing. And she probably has other 'issues' (faults). But we all have our imperfections that we are either ignoring or are working on constantly or we just are not acutely aware as we should be. I just do not happen to think that Kate thus far has done anything that has horrifically embarrassed the royal family.

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  45. Amy, Detroit Michigan8 December 2014 at 20:44

    While I have nothing against this coat, it is rather boring. Her hair looks nice, even if it is too light for my taste.
    Overall, a fine look *cough*sheneedslipgloss*cough*

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  46. I disagree that with posters who think that Kate's dress/coat are too short. Shorter length skirts are fashionable--walk into just about any professional office and you'll see women wearing skirts several inches above the knee, especially when worn with tights/leggings. Or turn on the news, even a more conservative channel like Fox News--several inches above the knee.

    Is it my favorite look? No, I personally prefer hemlines that hit the knee. But it is the fashion, and it onsidered work-appropriate in most fields.

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  47. Maggie - Minneapolis8 December 2014 at 20:50

    I'm not a huge fan of this look. For one thing, is it just me or does the nude tab on the back look a little strange from certain angles? It looks like the ends aren't completely sewn on, so it sticks up a little, which is evident from side views. Also, it just seems too short, not to mention entirely wrong for a visit centered around children. To address Courtnee's question above - obviously there is no rule that you shouldn't wear black around children, but the black (and the style of the coat) both seem a little odd for a visit to a children's center. The coat is almost military style in some ways, yet also a little childish for a woman of Kate's age and stature, but not in a way that makes it fit the type of engagement. I wish Kate would have just worn pants. I think a US visit is a perfect time to do that, since things tend to be a little more laidback here than in the UK, clothing-wise. I feel like her outfit today was picked to fit the glamour of New York, with no thought to the actual engagement.
    Additionally, the more I think about it, the more I do not understand why Kate is in New York, especially if the trip isn't being privately paid for. William is here for conservation efforts. It doesn't seem like she is attending any of the conservation-related events. Today she spent a little under 90 minutes at a children's center, then attended a private lunch, then has the entire afternoon off, before attending a basketball game. Tomorrow, she is visiting the 9/11 memorial, an organization focusing on youth development, and a reception, before having some time off and then attending a star-studded gala at night. It seems like all of her appearances have little to do with each other. It's not like New York needs a tourism boost from her, and is obviously not part of the Commonwealth. And given how much money is being spent on her visit (security, a bunch of advisors and assistants, etc.), is it really worth it to send her here, when she could easily spend some time with her own charities in the UK? I mean, for heavens sake, there's an ambulance following her around. That can't be cheap. She barely spent 90 minutes at the children's center today. She's going to spend much longer with the rich and famous in New York. On the other hand, I think William is doing important work in New York/DC. I understand that Kate is pregnant, but I think this trip only highlights how far behind she is in many ways. William and Kate are the same age/William is even a little younger, yet he is giving speeches and is actually being heard. Obviously he's had more time to learn/adjust, but she is in her thirties, and had almost ten years to do nothing but learn how to be a member of the royal family. I'd love to have a conversation about William's conservation efforts and if they will be effective. For Kate, there is no corollary. All we can continue to do is discuss her outfit choices. Forget how many appearances she should or not should be doing every year. I've obviously been vocal in saying that I think she doesn't do enough. But I think my real frustration lies in the fact that there is so little substance. It is the 21st century. She is a woman in a potentially very powerful position. I understand that she may be content being a wife and mother, and while that is a totally fine choice for any woman to make (although maybe only if she gives up the perks of royalty), it is just such a waste. And I wish that she could see that. And if she isn't willing to become a public figure, then I wish she would at least not waste money by coming to New York for a trip that she serves little purpose in. Especially when she has barely attended to her own UK causes this year.

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    1. Maggie you hit the nail on the head!!!

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    2. Maggie - I just said this in another post. While just her showing up to things brings a lot of attention for whatever cause du jour it is, nobody has any idea what she thinks. I find it astonishing that she never gives any speeches or sound bites at these events that she goes to. I mean, it was nice that she went to that EACH event last week where the kids got awards, but wouldn't it have looked so much better if she actually said something of substance while she was there. It's kind of the same thing, event after event. She shows up for an hour or so, shakes hands, takes a pretty picture and leaves. I don't doubt that she sincerely cares, but say what your passionate about. She's a 33 year old women in 2014 - speak up!

      I can't even believe there is an ambulance following her! She looks pretty healthy to me!

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    3. I agree Maggie.

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    4. I am not sure where I read this. I was of the understanding that Kate was accompanying her husband on this trip and that she decided to specifically visit the Children's Center. It is interesting that Kate has not done much public speaking since her marriage in April, 2011. I can only think of twice though there might be a third in this time period but they were very short speeches, too. And she was very nervous. I just wonder if public speaking is not on her favorite list of things to do. I know that I personally enjoy seeing Kate and William attend functions together as a couple. And their popularity does bring about good things.

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  48. Trying again as perhaps my comment got lost? I loved William's comment about forgetting to ask the sex of the baby in all the excitement around George's birth. I had much the same experience when my own first child was born, being so relieved and excited to see and feel that new little person emerge that I didn't even think to ask whether we had a daughter or a son. It's an experience that many don't have these days either, since everyone seems to know the sex of their child before it is born nowadays. Blessings to William and Catherine and their growing family. Thank you Charlotte for your wonderful posts.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 December 2014 at 22:30

      Yeah, that was adorable, and understandable. You could see in Obamas face that he totally understood what William was saying :P

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  49. Kate's love of black is frankly boring. She needs to do as HM Queen does wear a colour you can be seen in. Hems are far too short for a royal duchess. Agree the suede shoes are worn out looking too. Agree she should have worn trousers..Queen Letizia and Queen Maxima etc wear them all the time and NYC is a pretty relaxed place in my experience so it would be fine imo. All 3 outfits so fat are a no from me. Longer hems and colour please.

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  50. Has anyone figured out what kind of tights she is wearing? Very unique - not sheer, but not opaque either - love them! Not to be critical, but today's coat was just a tiny bit too short in my humble opinion - I think she should ignore the fashion trend, but I agree that she tends to highlight her legs a bit more while pregnant. Maybe it's just a result of long legs.

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  51. Love seeing her interact with the children at the end of the video; at the beginning a classic shot of First Lady of NY and the Duchess - it looks like the Duchess is saying, "I like your coat" - gosh always strikes me how busy it must be being under the camera gaze in such a scene, she did well focussing on one or two people to chat to while wrapping presents! Love the little American kids jumpsuits - sure looks cold! From Theresa in Queensland Australia

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  52. Rose from Montreal, Canada8 December 2014 at 21:32

    Thanks Charlotte for all your hard work with this blog. Oh my goodness I cant believe the comments about the length and color of Kate's clothes. She was at the center to learn more about mental health and to interact with the students and teachers and most importantly to bring the spotlight on the center all of which she accomplished beautifully. I am hearing more comments about her clothing than about this important charity. Think of all the help that these children will receive if more donations come in because of this visit. Who cares about hemlines. I personally wish more comments were about the work she is doing and not so much about what she is wearing. The staff, children and helpers were all happy to see her and welcomed her with open arms. Why can't we grant her the same courtesy of acknowledging the work she is doing regardless of her hemline.

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    1. Hi Rose,

      I haven't commented on this blog for some time but felt moved by to your post to say something. First of all this whole blog is about Kate's fashion and style, not the charities she visits. Secondly, she only visited this charity for one hour, didn't make any type of speech or endorsement for this charity, what exactly are we supposed to take away from this visit other than what she wore? When she starts doing more than simply showing up, shaking hands and making small talk I for one would be ecstatic to take more of an interest in her charities but until then we are left with what she has given us, hair and clothes.

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    2. Rose from Montreal, Canada9 December 2014 at 01:26

      Hi Lauri
      A spotlight is still shed on the charity. Charlotte was even kind enough to put a link if anyone wants to donate to this center.

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    3. Lauri - I totally agree with you! I really love W&K, but until she opens her mouth and speaks up for something nobody is really going to focus on anything but her clothes. Just by showing up she does bring a lot of attention to her causes, but but it's really the same thing over and over again. Say something! Show how passionate you are about this issue!

      I did really like this coat, but also don't understand why she never takes them off...I would hate to be inside with a coat on. On another note, I live in NYC and really wish their visit had been over the weekend, as I work and am unable to get away to see them. I was going to go to the Met tomorrow night, but the weather in NYC is supposed to be really bad tomorrow.

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    4. Hi Rose,
      You are so right, Charlotte brought more attention to Kate's charity today than Kate did. I do enjoy reading about her charities and again I hope that someday she will take a real interest in them as well.

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    5. Rose from Montreal:
      How nice you noticed as well as making others aware that Charlotte has provided a link. Charlotte does an amazing job with an all rounded coverage although her blog's title is the duchess and it revolves around that. I think it is also human nature to be drawn to what stands out visually ( in this case the fashion and outfit).
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      I agree with where you stand, although I reason on behalf of Kate. However she had carried during the decade prior to her marriage somehow had worked out with the family she married into. After such a long wait I can only imagine how fittingly selfish she can be to start her family and continue to play it safely. I believe she is intelligent and has some wisdom and discipline, most likely may not evolve into what you and others expect her to be soon enough.
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    6. I agree with Lauri totally.

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  53. Coat smart but a bit too short. Shoes a bit worn. Kate needs to step up her engagements in Britain instead of trying to set New York alight.

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  54. I really did not care for this look. I loved the coat yesterday for her arrival as it was so classy and fitted and had a longer hemline. This look harkens back to many of the looks from her first pregnancy that I disliked-shapeless, loose coats that are far too short. It just appears childish to me. Yes, she has great legs, but you can show off your great legs even with longer hemlines. I am younger than Kate and have a professional job. I wouldn't consider wearing something this short while working-pregnant or not. It just looks to me like she forgot her pants...

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  55. “The princess who lives in a castle” almost looks like the woman at the funeral. Children make association, have sharp memories and it also happens to be the season to be merry. Yes, New York is in all its glitters even with the politically correct black for winter. The First Lady of New York was dressed safely colorful without looking too Christmas like.

    So far, only the plum maternity coat Kate wore at arrival (it brought out her personality as well as tasteful for different generations) was the winner along with confident looking William. The intricate design of the black lace dress last night is intriguing, but under a black lining not visible enough.

    I am most curious what she will wear for the visit at 911 memorials. She has done enough black and no more of it please.
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  56. Mazbe the dress underneath the coat is Topshop Contrast Collar Dress,she wore it, when she was pregnant with George in april 2013.

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  57. I thought Kate looked classy and fashionable, but I am on the side of the above commenters who think color is better to be worn when visiting children. I haven't a clue why she doesn't take off her coat when inside. It seems like she'd be roasting. I think the look was more appropriate for the British Consul event. The shorter version of the jacket would have looked great with dress pants or trousers, but that wouldn't have been as appropriate for the British Consul. I'm starting to see all the things Kate has to take into consideration when she decides what to wear. It isn't as easy as William's choice of blue suit or jeans!

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  58. Watching the video between the President and William you can see that the former really does not want to be there and is engaging in polite small talk. I wonder what he really thought of this visit.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 December 2014 at 22:43

      I did not see anything of the kind... Ok, William was more into it (obviously). But I did not see any sign of disinterest..

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    2. I think William was comfortable chatting while the W H media pool was right there. I got the impression that Obama knowing the spin and/or tomorrow's news by the media, protected William by wrapping up the session soon enough. Obama himself was also in restrain mode in his chatting with William may be for practical reasons.

      William' s speech at World Bank was delivered professionally; its content however brief, was convincing. His body language was well blended and his passion for the cause came through. At present, somehow the connection to Princess Diana might be felt. He is doing real good.
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    3. Tammy from California9 December 2014 at 01:28

      Hopefully what Obama thought of the visit is that he was HONORED like he should be when ANY guest visits our country.

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  59. Stunning. That's how I feel about the Duchess today. I love the coat dress and all the accessories.

    Thanks Charlotte for another well documented piece. You know, years from now when I look back at this tour, I will be more than thankful for your coverage because it has all the information needed to recall it frame-by-frame in my mind.

    Thanks again.

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  60. Am I the only one to have been taught as a child that shaking hands while wearing gloves is bad manners?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 December 2014 at 22:44

      I have not been taught it. (I'm in my 20s though so maybe younger?). But doesn't the Queen always wear gloves?

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    2. The Queen does it ALL the time, so why shouldn't Kate?

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    3. No you are not the only one. It is old world tradition of certain custom (to put it politely enough) to wear gloves and shake hands. The average decent person has the common sense not to do that unless his/her class gives them an exceptional "pass" to such bad manners.

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    4. She should follow the customs of the nation she is visiting. Not removing her glove to shake hands is rude.

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    5. Meh, the Queen keeps her gloves on. Princess Diana I believe did different and would remove gloves when she shook hands, bringing her closer to the people by literally touching them and ridding the air of pretention. But it's not a crime that Kate kept her gloves on, its cold.

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    6. This doesn't really apply here as she only shook hands with the First Lady, I believe, but if I would be shaking hands with masses of people as the Royals often do, I would honestly prefer to wear gloves too. Not to be offensive but it just seems more hygienic to me. So, I can completely understand why the Queen likes her gloves. ;)
      Kate only wears them when it's cold. I really cannot see how that would be offensive to anyone.

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    7. Anonymous 22:32, I agree with you. I thought that it was very rude of Catherine to shake the First Lady's hand wearing gloves. She could have removed the gloves.

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  61. I'm in agreement with the other posters who think Kate's coat is too short. It was never meant to be a coat with a dress worn underneath and even with the extra piece of fabric added on its still too short. I saw a picture of her on twitter where she's waving and has her hand in the air, and the coat is lifted up so high it looks ridiculous.
    I've always thought Kate has always been insecure about her body, I mean what woman isn't. But still just because she's gaining weight naturally because she's got a beautiful baby growing inside her doesn't men she has to show off her legs, even if they look fantastic.

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  62. I'm sorry, but I think everyone who says she should wear pants, needs to get over it. She obviously does not like to,wear pants, and surely that is her right. I think we can say we do or don't like some particular piece; this is a fashion blog,after all. But I don't understand all this " should" or "shouldn't" stuff. Who wrote the rule book? She is a class-A celebrity, an HRH, and a beautiful,woman. Maybe she's the one who gets to set the rules about how she looks.

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    1. I completely agree, Miranda. If Catherine wears her hair up, then people don't like it. If she wears her hair down, another group doesn't like it. And heaven forbid she shows her knees! If she does wear a more knee length dress, then she gets black marks for that. For the most part, she can't win, no matter what she wears or how she has her hair!!! I think for the most part, she looks and is lovely in everything she wears. I LOVED the black lace dress from last night and who cares if it's another black lace dress. It was different from others she has worn in the past, both in the design of the dress and the pattern on the lace. I thought it was a wonderful choice and she looked both comfortable and beautiful in it. - Tracy from Ohio

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      I completely agree with you Tracy from Ohio

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  63. Oh honest to Pete! Charlotte, thank you so much for your wonderful blog and the fact that you enhance every one with such intereting information. But the commenters on here are a bunch of old biddies (said by someone who is 62 years old.) I will continue to read your blog because YOU are fantastic.

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    1. I totally agree with you, Valerie. I'm shocked at some of the comments here. I can't believe all of the nit-picking. I may be in the minority, but I think Kate looks lovely. I do not think the coat or dress are too short. In fact, I really disliked all the below-the-knee dresses and coats she was wearing earlier in the year--in my opinion, the longer lengths made her look dowdy. Also, everyone in New York wears black, all the time, so the lack of color doesn't bother me.

      Kate looks radiant and youthful here. I like everything about this look, although I agree that it would have been nice if she had taken off her coat when she got inside.
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    2. I agree with you Valerie. The comments are so sour and excessive I think I'll just stick to only looking at the photos from now on. I'm 47 and in a little embarrassed by the biddies.

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    3. Lets agree to disagree and with all due respect nobody calls the adorers names. Why cant we respect each others opinion, just a thought?

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    4. Wow, Valerie, Betsy and Anon 01:09, I totally agree. What a beautiful season for all the negativity and the Bah-Humbugs. IMHO some comments have even been somewhat bizarre!

      I think all of her outfits have been classy and fit her well. Her hair has been beautiful and she looks radiant. The body language between Will and Kate has been so refreshing.

      Blue27, I find it difficult to sit by while some commenters continually tear Kate and William apart - a couple who can not defend themselves - and not say something. Respect goes both ways. I would like to see them show some respect to a future King and Queen of England.

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    5. Tear them apart why because they don't agree with you on hemlines, for Christ'sake, no comment.

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  64. Kate looked lovely today, though the coat was a little short for my taste, not to mention probably cold. But I still liked the look. However, I really liked Chirlane McCray's magenta coat. Perfect length. Great color. Stunning on her.

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  65. I don't know if anyone else already asked this but does anyone know where the mayors booties are from they are wonderful!!! Kate looked lovely, liked yesterdays look better but its cold in NYC.....

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  66. I wish the dress peeking out underneath could have been a contrasting color, especially if she was not going to take the coat off. If not that, then some colored gloves. I just think its too much black.

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  67. I think she's looked really lovely so far, but I'm worried about her. In the picture where she is helping the woman cut the gift wrap and she's looking down, you get sort of a close up of her face and her eyes still have dark circles underneath. I know you've said before on your blog that dehydration will result in the eyes looking sunken in and I just hope that she hasn't jumped back into things too quickly. I hope she really is feeling better and isn't just pushing through! How horrible would that be for her? It could always be lighting or something else, but I get the feeling she feels worse this around. I hope she's okay, poor thing!

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  68. Charlotte, any pictures of Rebecca Deacon? I'm curious to see what she has on.

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    1. Jessica in Texas9 December 2014 at 02:16

      In the video it looks like she's wearing the black and white print skirt with black turtle neck she wore a few weeks back (I cannot remember which engagement)

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  69. Have you noticed how bright and beautiful she is whenever she visits with children? Kids obviously bring her a lot of joy--wonderful to see!

    This coat reminds me of something Jackie Kennedy would have worn when pregnant. (Sure, Jackie would have had a longer hemline, but it was the 60's. Hemlines are shorter now, and it's really not the end of the world.) I really like the details on the collar and sleeve, but would definitely like it better with more shape. Her hair was stunning with this outfit--absolute perfect, IMO.

    The amount of black feels very NYC to me. It's a huge NYC stereotype to wear black all the time. We all know that Kate tends to pay attention to her host country when choosing what she wears (Nautical in Prince Edward Island, western wear in Calgary, black and silver in New Zealand, golden yelllow on her arrival in Australia, etc.) so black is so logical in NYC.

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  70. The picture of Kate and the first lady is so adorable. It looks like Kate is saying, "Wow, I just love your outfit." And the first lady is like, "Really!?!?" I think most agree the first lady is better dressed, and seems like Kate noticed too! I personally like Kate's look, but then again I'm about ten years younger than her! Idk know what she was thinking, I mean maybe she got up late lol! But they probably plan outfits out each day?? I mean it's so cold out! Who wears that short of a dress/coat in the middle of winter?

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  71. Tammy from California9 December 2014 at 01:26

    A: I LOVED the detailing on her coat!
    B: I must say that the first lady of New York looked like a page out of Kate's wardrobe, she "brought it"! She looked just lovely and I was proud she represented my country!
    C: I can't believe Hilary Clinton was one of the people they chose to meet her. THAT I am not proud of.

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    1. D. C. has no place on this blog. We can hardly talk about the length of her skirts without arguing. Why would you drag in politics?

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  72. Imo the purple coat of the First Lady looks really hideous as opposed to Kate who looks very stylish and chic . I don't know what's wrong with these people's tastes.

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  73. Thank you, Charlotte, for all your hard work covering this visit.

    A few comments-I wish Kate wouldn't go back to the too short skirts for this pregnancy. Strange to think she could actually think she looks fat when expecting. She hardly looks pregnant (witness how "normal" she looked in last night's cocktail dress).

    How fantastic it would have been if she had worn the Goat jacket as a jacket, not as a coat. I've seen pictures of it with pants and it would have looked so stylish. This visit has brought out some photos of Diana at the same hotel, wearing various "business" outfits. She looked so great. I wish Kate would take a page from her book.

    Kate looked great when she arrived. I loved the colour of her coat. I also loved the shooties!

    I don't think there's anything wrong with Kate going along on this trip. I think it's great that William is putting himself out there for a great cause, saving animals. Why shouldn't she accompany her husband on a trip that is less gruelling than a tour. Frankly, I was astonished that neither of them had ever been to New York. I guess money can't buy everything-such as the anonymity that William might have needed to make the trip previously.

    Anyway-the chance to see them on "tour" is a nice early Xmas present!

    Best to all-especially those trying to see the Cambridges in person.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis9 December 2014 at 04:02

      Oh there's absolutely nothing wrong with Kate coming along if the costs were being met privately. But I see no reason taxpayers or any foundation should have to pay for her to be in New York. She is doing nothing of much value that she could not also be doing in the UK, where she could be supporting her own charities and avoiding costing taxpayers/foundations a lot of money in airline tickets, security (including the ambulance), personal assistants/private secretaries (and their own travel/food/lodging costs), and more. I'm sorry but I just don't think that one less-than-90 minute visit to a children's center, a basketball game, and a bunch of mingling with the rich and famous justify her visiting. This trip is supposed to be about conservation. That is William's thing. She is not even participating in most of the conservation events. So why is she here on someone else's dime? But yes, if she and William privately covered the cost of her coming with him, then obviously she is more than welcome to come.

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  74. Imo the purple coat of the First Lady looked hideous as opposed to Kate who looked chic and stylish . No one needs to wear bright colors for children as I think even children have varied tastes and likings n even they can like black . And as for the length ... Grow Up ! And stop bashing Kate . She's looking absolutely beautiful and stylish .

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  75. Sarah from Calif.9 December 2014 at 01:54

    Charlotte, your doing a wonderful job as usual!
    Interesting discussions going on. Coat too short or not ....hehe
    I found the Princess Elsa from 'Frozen' subject adorable, oh another opportunity to educate our American children of the many different countries we all come from.

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  76. If many of us thought the black coat was controversial....I can't wait to see the reaction to tonight's outfit ; ) http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/3257826/hilary-clinton-kate-middleton-reception-07/

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  77. Kate's hitting a home run so far. Three amazing, appropriate looks in every way. A couple of observations - she does great when she's on her own for engagements, she seems more relaxed and interactive with common people than when she does events with William. Second observation - she is awesome with children. Now, if she'd only do MORE of that!!
    Going to be interesting to see what happens at the basketball game. At last report, protesters were blocking the entrance to the arena that the Cambridges will take to get in.
    Despite some pretty mean comments from those who hate the same when directed against Kate, I thought the first lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray, looked wonderful. I love the style of her coat and the color. Very classy and appropriate.

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  78. Both outfits Catherine has worn so far are stylish, chic and appropriate for the occasions. Kate is so en vogue; her clothes have a slight edge but they never wear her! With Kate, the first thing you observe is the woman: luminous skin, sparkling eyes, glorious hair (I love her hair), killer legs, great posture, gracious mannerisms. This is her job. Then you look at the clothes, chic, classic. I agree Pronomi Tasnuva - the First Lady's hot pink coat is hideous (sorry) and it wears her - you look at it before the woman. I come onto this blog once in a while and am always dismayed by the bashing by some old fashioned, whiny biddies. I'm a little younger than Kate and love at times to emulate her style. Can't wait to see what she wears next! Thanks so much Charlotte.

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  79. We know she's not opposed to wearing slacks since she drags out those jeggings whenever she can justify them. How much more contemporary, weather appropriate and activity appropriate if she'd worn that Goat pantsuit that the coat was 'stolen' from. The jacket at its intended length, beautifully tailored trousers. Still young looking but not childish or too precious, which is where she veers with the short coats and dresses. And now, spotting a picture of her at the basketball game and yes looks like skin tight leggings with ... suede pumps. Oh Kate. I've said before she just needs a part time stylist to assemble outfits head to toe on event days. Wouldn't need to be on staff full time. She doesn't go to that much stuff so I'm not saying every day handing her what to wear.

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  80. On television, there was a short clip from the visit to the children's center. Kate was sitting at a table with the children, and a voice in the background asked, "Do you remember who we said would visit you soon?" The little girl beside Kate immediately answered, "Santa!" That got a nice laugh from Kate.

    I would again ask my countrywomen to avoid political comments, especially of the snide variety. They are just not appropriate here, and sarcasm about our elected officials certainly does not express the opinions of a great many of us! If I were to comment politically, I would stress their achievements, but I will avoid adding to the chatter.

    It is perplexing to read the comments about Kate's style. Some expect her to be a professional woman, but she is neither doctor nor lawyer nor stockbroker. Some expect her to keep dressing the way she did in her twenties. Some want her to be more like the Queen, some less. In truth, she is a lovely, at the moment pregnant, Duchess in her early thirties. I think she does her best most of the time; when I criticize her choices it is because someone has sold her a dress or gown that was too faddish. Kate's own taste is evolving naturally, with an eye to her position and her events. Her coat choices on this visit seem to me a reference to the 1960s, which yes, I do remember!

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  81. overall when i first saw in ipad in was purple i love duchess outfit these time she looks fantastic so far in her all outfit i love their ambulance in case something happen to her bright idea i never though she Princess Elsa from frozen subject love the speech of prince william in wildlife the duchess stands fab behind the lady new york love her coat too and love the duke commute when he meet president obama joked about his second baby update Philippines is do grateful for all your prayers

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  82. OK, I just have to say this. It is NOT "bitterly cold" or "freezing" in NYC! lol It is actually has been pretty decent winter weather (at least, until the rain this morning). All the journalists from Britain saying it so cold are off their rocker!

    Now, on to the important stuff :) Love the NBA look, it is probably my favorite so far but they have all been nice. I would like a better look at the earring she wore to the game. They looked nice.

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    1. LOL, my thoughts exactly regarding the "bitterly cold" weather :p
      (bitter cold is Chicago, I was just there 2 weeks ago and it made me grateful for our NY winters)

      Also, Chirlane McCray is the first lady of New York City, not NY ;)
      (no biggie, just bugging me a bit)

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  83. Great post Charlotte! Long time reader and first time commenter. : ) Fun fact - my Aunt is one of the psychologists at Northside and is the woman shaking hands with the Duchess in this article:

    (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2865676/Pregnant-Kate-arrives-Harlem-children-s-center-wrap-presents-disadvantaged-children-solo-engagement-New-York-City-William-heads-White-House.html)

    It's a great organization that does a lot of great work, and I'm so glad to see that she decided to make it part of her trip to NY... if only NEXT time I can get the family visitors pass! : )

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  84. William was awesome and outstanding in his presentation for his cause. He such a good looking young gentleman and seemed quite at ease at all the events. He dresses for success.

    Thank you Charlotte for your most interesting and looked forward to posts/blog on this New York City/Washington, DC trip. You put in a lot of effort, research and time. I had no idea that black was the in color in New York City. Thank you to those of you who shared those sweet children stories.


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  85. It's sobering to read about poaching. I've dreamed of going on safari and I hope that there will still be animals when I can. Here's an illuminating article on the issue from the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/world/africa/africas-elephants-are-being-slaughtered-in-poaching-frenzy.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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