Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Kate Repeats Jenny Packham Gown & Stunning Jewels for St Andrews Dinner

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the glamorous St Andrews' 600th Anniversary dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The event wraps up William and Kate's successful mini tour of New York. The whirlwind trip saw the couple meet a variety of public figures and stars including President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and Beyoncé and Jay Z at their first NBA game last night. Causes close to their heart such as conservation and mental health featured on the agenda too.


Their Royal Highnesses received a warm welcome upon arrival.


The much publicised event received quite a large amount of coverage in recent weeks. With academy award-winning actor Tom Hanks expected to give the toast and Sting to perform, however, it was announced yesterday both had cancelled and were replaced by Seth Meyers and Renee Fleming.


Prince William is patron of the fundraising campaign. The event will support scholarships and bursaries for students from under-privileged communities, new student sports facilities in St Andrews, investment in the university's media and science faculties and a lectureship in American Literature at the university.


There is something very 'Cinderella' about this photo :)


A look inside the museum.


More on the campaign from St Andrews:

St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Campaign has a simple goal: to ensure our university’s future. We may be 600 years old, but our endowment currently stands at only £50m, a figure dwarfed by universities like Oxford and Cambridge, which rank just above us in the league tables. We’ve come a very long way on very little, but growing our endowment is no longer just an aspiration, it’s a necessity.
We may be small, but we think big. Our Campaign aims to secure a total of £100m. This would allow us to invest in our big ideas immediately, realise our grand plans without delay, and unlock our true potential. Giving to St Andrews is your opportunity to invest in an historic institution, with far-reaching returns.'

The university has already raised a total of £52 million in gifts and pledges from alumni, parents and good friends of the university.


William and Kate mingled with guests.


St Andrews is consistently ranked among the UK's top ten universities and has an international reputation for delivering high-quality teaching, research and student satisfaction. The campaign will run until 2016 and aims to secure £100 million to support a range of projects and aspirational new developments.

St Andrews

Of course, the university holds a very special place in William and Kate's hearts. The couple first met there and fell in love as first year students and both graduated in 2005; William with an honours degree in Geography and Kate with an honours degree in History of Art. Studying there afforded them the opportunity to enjoy the early years of their relationship and the completion of their studies in relative privacy.


The couple have been eager to lend their support to the University and kicked off the 600th anniversary campaign in March 2011 - one of their first joint engagements before the royal wedding.


In November 2012, Their Royal Highnesses attended a black-tie fundraiser in aid of the campaign. The Duchess repeated her much-loved Temperley London 'Amoret' gown for the event.


A look at an invitation for the dinner.

St Andrews

More from the Mail Online:

'Meanwhile, big business will be represented by the chief executives of Citigroup, Cartier and Bank of America. William’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, who is currently working at an auction house in New York, is also expected to attend the 600th anniversary dinner.
 Some attendees had paid a staggering $10,000 each to attend the event, which will close with a charity auction. The money will fund scholarships and bursaries for St Andrews students from under-privileged communities, as well as new sports and media facilities at the university.'

Kate with Princess Eugenie.


Guests dined on potato and leek soup, smoked haddock fishcake with crispy leeks and Scotch lamb pie for starters. Dinner consisted of a duo of mushroom-crusted tenderloin of Angus beef and cedar plank Scottish salmon with ale reduction. The meal was completed with a desert of sticky tofffee pudding or warm molten cake with vanilla-honey poached pears.


Kate listened to Prince William's speech, during which he said "I don't need to tell you how much St Andrews means to Catherine and me.".


Kate's choice of gown tonight needs no introduction.


The Duchess repeated her ink blue off the shoulder Jenny Packham. Below we see Kate wearing it in October 2013 for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala and in February 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery.


The gown is described this way.

'Simply stunning in ink-tinged silk, this floor-grazing gown from Jenny Packham is the ultimate in evening elegance. It features a wrapped front, V-neckline, gathered short sleeves, black velvet sash, hidden back zip, tailored bodice and full skirt.'

The silk tulle gown is from the designer's Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 Collection and is still available at StyleBop reduced from £3,125 to £1,597.

StyleBop

To say there was a surge of disappointment on social media when it was announced Kate had chosen the dress again would be an understatement. I have to say I was a little disappointed myself; the gown is beautiful, there's no doubt about that, however, this was the glitzy event of the trip and a wonderful opportunity to choose something by a US designer such as Marchesa or Oscar de la Renta. We hadn't anticipated a repeat for this dinner Kate looked beautiful though and the look echoed the colour of St Andrews. What do you think?


Kate did change the look up with a stunning pair of diamond and emerald earrings and a matching bracelet which added a WOW factor. Palace aides revealed they were a "private gift". The Duchess wore her hair in an elegant updo which further complimented the look.


A closer look at the earrings.


The Duchess wore her very stylish Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps.

Jimmy Choo

You can watch a video here.


Prince William gallantly held Kate's hand as they left the Met - a fitting end to a great trip.


William and Kate fly home tonight and will no doubt be immensely pleased with how the trip went and eager to get to Bucklebury to see Prince George.


I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to read and comment over the trip. I appreciate your support and enjoy your comments enormously!

290 comments:

  1. Perfect! Stunning all around. And those earrings...WOW.

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    1. Those earrings and bracelet are WOW for sure! A perfect look for the occasion and the dress might be a repeat but it's beautiful and the jewels are new. Love it!

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    2. The jewels are INCREDIBLE!! But not with the outfit - they don't match. Or not even match... they don't go.

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    3. I don't think jewels need to match (sapphires for a blue gown, emeralds for a green one, etc.,) to compliment a gown. in fact I think there is nothing worse than being matchy-matchy. it's old fashioned and while kate is classic old fashioned she is not.

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    4. I agree, those emerald and diamond earrings spectacular but they look slightly off when paired with the ink blue dress. Perhaps if there was more green tones in the blue dress, it would be a better match. Something about Kate's jewels remind me of the diamond and sapphire suite Diana received from the Crown Prince of Saudia Arabia.

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    5. This is not an ink blue dress. To me it comes off as a combination of green/blue/black depending on the light.

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  2. Tammy from California10 December 2014 at 00:56

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH that hair and those earrings! WOWZERS! To DIE FOR!!!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.10 December 2014 at 03:04

      Tammy, my feelings exactly :)

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  3. She looked lovely, pretty new earring and she wore her hair up too - bIg points there. This is probably a very comfortable dress to wear over a baby bump, while still looking very glamorous at the same time.

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  4. Although I must admit I'm a little disappointed it's a repeat, she looks every inch the princess here. The gown flows perectly, those earings look really royal (might they be a wedding gift?) and that updo makes it all even better. That Cinderella picture makes me swoon!

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  5. OMG, and now I saw the bracelet!! :O Matching emerald and diamond statement earrings and bracelet. She's going full on princess on us!!! So happy!! :D

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  6. I didn't like the dress when she first wore it because her hair was always out. Now that she has changed her hairstyle (plus those earrings!!!) it has changed the look of the dress completely for me. LOVE this look! She looked so regal and it has become my favourite evening look from her.

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    1. You're so right. When she wore it at the National Portrait Gallery, the Queen had loaned her that *amazing* diamond necklace, and she had her hair falling all over it. That piece needed an up-do, bigger earrings, and a bracelet. This look is better. Hopefully she's learning to wear jewelry like a princess.

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  7. One of my favorite dresses.I don't care about the repeat because those earrings are amazing. It looks like she is wearing a matching bracelet too.

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    1. I agree. I looooove this dress, even before. And this outing of it is amazing!!

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  8. I rarely comment here but I think she was very successful. As someone who has had a baby, this awkward heavier than notmal but not fully showing time is awful and fluctuates daily. I wouldn't want to spend thousands on a dress I could only wear for a brief moment.
    Her first day outfits were wonderful. I know people disliked the black coat for kids and the pink coat for the 9/11 museum but the style and weight of the coats were appropriate for the situation. The colors were secondary. As an American - and one who had family living in Manhattan during 9/11 - I was not insulted. As many have said it was a dark dreary day, and she brought a pop of color to a museum visit, not a funeral service. I do feel she hasn't looked her most optimum these past few months but she's also pregnant, gaining weight, and a bit sick still most likely. All told, great show by both the Duke and Duchess.

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  9. I see a matching bracelet in the photo Charlotte just added!

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  10. I love this dress and I think it looked fabulous with the diamond and emerald earrings, and very elegant with William's tux. In fact, it has a kind of Scottish look to it, and it blended perfectly with the tartan kilt on the man accompanying them. A great ending to their trip. I rather admire her for not breaking out something new to steal the show when she doesn't need to. She seems to know her own mind, and wears what she likes and feels comfortable in. I admire that, too.

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    1. Definitely a bit of a Scottish look. I thought so too. Perfect choice.

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    2. I thought the same when I saw the gentleman with the kilt. I matched beautifully.

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  11. Disappointed................NOT! She is elegantly practical and looked stunning in this gown even pregnant! Way to go Duchess Catherine! She took that gown to a whole new level incorporating it into her maternity wear! BELLA!!!

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  12. I really like this dress, although it would have been nice to have seen something new. I think it is an elegant look. It is nice to see this dress with her hair in an updo. I think the jewelry adds a special glitz to this look. I think this outfit is a winner! Emily in the U.S.A.

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  13. So pleased about the up-do and the earrings are stunning. I understand why a new gown would have been welcome but this is a lovely design. Love the Met, so glad this is the venue. Many happy hours there.

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  14. Fabulous! I don't mind the repeat at all. The hair-do and spectacular jewels made up for it!

    Heather E

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  15. the dress is now tied with her Alice Temperley floor length lace dress !!!!I like the hair up, it looks good with the dress

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  16. BEST EARRINGS EVER! or at least her best earrings ever. ;)

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  17. Recycling a beautiful gown is in perfect taste for a selfless Duchess. This event is about raising money for others. Kate displayed glamor and frugality. She looked stunning while keeping the focus on easing money for St Andrew. Bravo Princess!

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    1. Selfless or smart and practical. If I had that dress I would wear it every day!

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    2. Couldn't agree more. And it looks as if they had a lovely time, too, on their last evening in the states.

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  18. Brooke in South Carolina10 December 2014 at 01:13

    Beautiful! I was hoping for something new too, but she looks gorgeous. Love those earrings!

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  19. Even though its a repetition I must say this time she wore it BEST.
    I LOVE her hair & those earrings are fantastic!!! She looks absolutely stunning!!!

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    1. Agreed. Her up-do really changed the glamour of the gown. It really was a perfect choice for a burgeoning belly. Very, very beautiful! The jewellery was amazing as well! I love emeralds!

      Shannon

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  20. Oh WoW those earrings are to die for! Very elegant look.

    So sorry to hear about the death of the little Canadian girl Diamond Marshall. She had so much personality and charm.

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  21. Thank you for the excellent reporting! It's been so much fun to read your posts each day. I love tonight's gown with her hair up- so pretty. And yes, what incredible jewels!

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  22. Beautiful earrings and hair. I like the dress each time she's worn it. Judging by the other women in the picture, she looks to be blending in and not attracting attention to herself, which is I think what she wanted to do.

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  23. Amy, Deroit Michigan10 December 2014 at 01:16

    I really wish she would have worn a brand spanking new, and glamorous gown for this evening. That being said, I think she looks 100% better this time, than the first time she wore this dress. The hair and jewelry add a lot of pizzazz, and it seems to fit her better this time around as well.

    I hope they enjoyed their trip, and maybe next time they can visit Chicago...hint, hint...since they have done the West and East Coasts, time for some Midwest love! :-)

    Charlotte, girlfriend, you have done an amazing job covering this trip!

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    1. Haha yes wishful thinking that they come to the Midwest next :) I'm from michigan too and it's been killing me how close yet still too far away they are

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  24. Kate looked stunning. Lucky girl to have those earings as a gift.

    You always do such a wonderful and fast job. Its always a pleasure to read your posts.

    KiwiNic

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  25. Love the gown and the jewelry. It would've been fun to see her in a new gown but as a gal on a budget I do love a duchess who is not afraid to wear something more than once (or twice!). Great reporting. Thank you so much for your hard work. I am linking to you in my post tomorrow!

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  26. Erika from Massachusetts10 December 2014 at 01:17

    Love it!!! Not at all upset its a repeat. So happy she's wearing it off the shoulders this time and with those amazing earrings. Shows off that little baby bump nicely too.

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  27. I've always found this dress boring. A Carolina Herrera gown would have been a great choice too! Too bad... :(
    Those earrings are stunning!!!

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  28. I was extremely disappointed. ..from wearing pink to the 911 memorial to the repeat gown. You are correct. Here was her opportunity to showcase an American designer. Thumbs down.

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  29. You're so quick!! Luckily I'm not far from the Met and was able to catch a glimpse of TRHs. They were so gracious to oblige the fans gathered outside when they were making their way up the Met steps. It is the perfect venue for art lover Kate. One of my favorite places here. They've accomplished so much during this visit. I hope they return to NYC if given the chance.

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  30. A thought. Might this jewelry be a wedding gift? I know they get gifts on tour and on weddings. Sometimes by unspecified individuals.

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    1. It could be one of Diana's. On another page they were discussing the jewerly and were also showing a photo of the bracelet and earrings. Diana had a set just like the ones Kate was wearing last night with the exception of the stone. Dianas stone was the blue to make her ring where Kates is green. So it might be a gift from William, a piece from his beloved mother to his beloved wife.

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  31. The 7th photo down she wearing a bracelit. Sorry about the spelling, I hope you know what I am saying. Taunya

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  32. I love this dress, it is one of my favorites that she has worn. I am not surprised that she picked it - she doesn't show enough to have a maternity dress and this dress looks like it fit the bill I loved the pink coat she wore to the memorial - I have been to the memorial and it is a huge place. I am sure she picked a spot of color so that onlookers can see her.

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  33. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)10 December 2014 at 01:34

    I have always loved this dress and tonight's presentation of it was the best thus far! The bling, the up-do, the little baby bump...the Duchess accessorized perfectly tonight! ;)
    This was such a fun tour to follow. Although I'm in the Midwest, I was completely caught up in the excitement of the visit! Charlotte, thank you so much for your wonderful coverage. You never cease to impress.
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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    1. Hi Shantel, I too am from Minn. Nice to find a fellow minnesotan who's a fan of this blog! i'm in mpls, whereabouts are you?

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    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)10 December 2014 at 16:53

      Hi Lekheeka and SarahV!
      I'm in the Minneapolis area, too!
      Isn't this blog the best?!
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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  34. Well I am with the majority here. LOVE this look. The first time she wore this dress I couldn't quite understand why everyone loved it. But now I get it. I think having her hair up makes the world of difference and for me took it from ok to WOW! A new dress would have been nice but honestly we should have known. Did we really think we would get through a whole three days without seeing a repeat?? Silly us. And I can't argue when the repeat is better than the first showing. Looks absolutely gorgeous tonight!

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    1. I predicted this dress this afternoon. I feel so smart.

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  35. I absolutely love it! I think her updo showcases the dress in a new glamorous way, always been a fan of it though. The jewelry just takes it to a whole new level! Thanks again for all the great posts throughout this trip.

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    1. I agree with every word in your post!

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  36. I love the gown, she looks stunning. It shows she was being a little frugal or she may just like it as one of her favorites. With her pregnancy it maybe more comfortable since it's full. Her hair looked lovely, wearing it up shows off her beautiful shoulders, and lovely earrings. It also brings out her eyes. I think it was an excellent choice.

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  37. YES I love tonight's gown! It is even more glamorous with an updo I am SO glad she wore it that way. Perfect!

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  38. Again she looks staid. But, pregnant and probably exhausted, she deserves a pass. Maybe a bit more imagination and style spark would be nice? She was classy and subdued, but overall she definitely didn't make a splash that will be remembered for generations.

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  39. I love this gown and I almost thought it was new. It looks spectacular with her elegant up-do and as others have said, you get to see her lovely neckline, shoulders and earrings. Catherine was definitely a show stopper tonight!

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  40. I love that she recycled that gorgeous gown all the while debut-ing those emerald jewels (breathless is an understatement). Look, glitzy event and all, I do think HRH is sending a clear message: I'm not just about the clothes. I know, I know I'll probably get slack for this (and I argue with myself in the sense that I believe HRH has done a disservice by being so, literally, voiceless, i.e. not speaking publicly).

    And, finally, I suspect there was another gown for consideration but again, given the climate in the US this past week, HRH perhaps thought it more appropriate to keep things sober (all the while pleasing her crowd and the fashion thirsty with those blindingly beautiful gems).

    Hair up, thumbs up!! Silvia

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  41. Although I love this dress and I think she looks absolutely gorgeous, I was extremely disappointed to see her repeat for this event. I was so looking forward to something new and exciting.

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  42. I'll admit I was one of those people on twitter venting my disappointment that Kate didn't wear a new dress. But after seeing good pics of it she does look very pretty.
    I still think the dress is boring, but I do like the earrings and bracelet and that she wore her hair up for a change.

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  43. I love every single bit of tonight's look - except the gown. I have never been a big fan of this particular gown, it looks - unfinished - in some way. Just not a fan. I've never been a particular fan of off-the-shoulder sleeves. It always looks, to me at least, like the sleeves were on your shoulder and just slid down.
    That being said, it is a good choice for her pregnancy with the way the gown is cut and styled.
    The emeralds are fabulous and her hair is spot-on. As someone else noted - hopefully she's figured out how to wear "big girl" jewels now, and that is that one doesn't hide them in waves of mussy, unkempt hair.
    I love her hair swept up, whether in a ponytail or a half-up chignon or tonight's elegant updo. It's adult and classy and it focuses the attention more on what she's doing and her face and eyes.
    One side note - we talk a lot on here about how William and Kate aren't afraid to show affection in public. I wish William had been a little bit more gallant tonight and taken his wife's hand as she was walking up those stairs, in five-inch stilettos, five months' pregnant and trying to hold the skirt of a formal gown out of her way!!
    But it looks like they had a fun time.

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    1. William actually offered his hand to her 2 times. She just went on. Might be easier to just focus and do it yourself :P

      http://catherine-william-george.tumblr.com/post/104809642989/william-offering-his-hand-to-kate-twice-as-they

      He also reached out to her at the top of the stairs.

      http://catherine-william-george.tumblr.com/post/104802318419/the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-on-the-steps-of

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    2. If you look at the video and pictures it looks like she needed both hands to manage the skirt on the steps so as not to trip!

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    3. I think if she took his hand, her dress would drag more on the ground. And she needed to hold up the front so she could walk.

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    4. I agree with the three responses here. The DM also included a photo of William looking concerned as she reached the top of the stairs. "Doting husband" was the caption. :) There was too much dress for her to manage with one hand.

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      It seems she had to lift up her dress going up the steps and thus decline to take an offer of his hand.

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  44. I'd be slightly miffed at a repeat, but..... NEW BLING!!!! Majorly gorgeous, precious stone bling! I have been seriously impressed by Kate's earring selection on this trip.

    Sure, this dress's neckline is crying out for a necklace, but I'd assume that this set just contained the bracelet and the earrings, and I'm not going to complain when a royal debuts major new jewels. I definitely prefer this dress with her hair worn up, and I almost think it looks better on her with the bump that without! How many times can you say that about a pregnant woman's outfit?

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    1. oh, but i think with the impact of those earrings, a necklace would look like too much. i think its a lovely combination. the neckline is stunning and i'm glad she didn't complicate it any more.

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    2. Annie, I totally agree. Sometimes less (as in no necklace tonight) is more. The earrings and bracelet was hardly a shortage of bling. :))

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    3. I agree Annie. She has beautiful collarbones (I know, weird thing to say). It looks really elegant this way since the other jewels are relatively big :)

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  45. I'm dying over the earrings and bracelet! I don't give a flip about what she wears as long as there is spectacular jewellery. :-)

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  46. Yes I am disappointed and am trying to be awed by the jewelry. The pieces are very stunning, but if I paid $10,000 a plate for dinner I would have been expecting a new dress. I was hoping for red for Christmas like that dress Diana wore when she was pregnant with Harry. Oh well! If this was the first time she wore the dress it would have been breathtaking, but three times in one year? Really?!

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    1. You are missimg the reason for this event. It is not for Kate to wear a new dress, it is to raise money for the univeristy.

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    2. But that is exactly the point. If it were just about raising money, all of the attendees would have stayed home and written a $10,000 check to the university. They were able to charge that much per plate because people were willing to pay that in order to see the Duke and Duchess. Yes, I think that for that amount of money they had a right to expect something that hadn't been worn twice before. I have never personally liked the color of that dress, it's too drab. The hair and jewels, however, thrill me!

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    3. Did you look at what some of the other ladies were wearing? Kate knocked it out of the park. Eugenie in particular did not look like she put any effort at all into her attire for the evening. This wasn't the Oscars, it was a fundraiser. Kate dressed elegantly and appropriately I thought. And the jewels elevated the look to princess status. Eugenie is the actual princess and she dropped the ball, totally!

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    4. The people aren't paying for a fashion show. Kate is more than the dresses she wears.

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    5. Even if what you are saying is true, (which I personally don't think) I doubt the people there recognized it. Not everyone follow them as closely as us :P

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    6. I agree. The people weren't paying for a fashion show and I doubt anyone wanted a refund because she didn't wear a new gown. Just imagine the criticism if she HAD. We'd be hearing comments about the donations being $10,000 and her gown being almost as much. The gown was *the* perfect nod to St Andrews. Why attempt to top perfect...and while pregnant?

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  47. She wears the dress much better this time than the first two. The hair and her stunning earrings make a big difference to the over all look. I'm not disappointed not seeing a new gown this time. It must be more practical for her that people pay less attention to what she is wearing, instead to the cause of the event. Moreover, since she is not heavily pregnant, the choice of the gowns must be tricky too. Her body is changing and as some comments have previously mentioned, she might feel unconfident because she has gained weight. But Kate rocks! She looks at ease and amazing tonight.
    My first thought when I saw the photo released was just WOWWW.

    Dear Charlotte,
    I dont comment here frequently but I follow your blog more often than what I commented so far. Thank you for the coverage during this mini tour. Your hard work is highly appreciated.

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  48. Super disappointed at the repeat gown. Not just the second, but third time she's worn it. Wasn't really crazy about anything she wore today (hot pink coat, black dress). She seemed to wear a lot of black this trip. My favorite of the trip was the coat and shoes she arrived in and what she wore to the basketball game.

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    1. It's weird that famous people are only allowed to wear a beautiful dress once. I like that she repeated the dress but changed it up with the styling of her hair and jewelry.

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    2. I am sorry but I don't think Kate can make the three of you happy no matter what she wears.
      The color black I read is a color for New York. And Kate always makes sure she dress for the engagement. So wearing black was called for.

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    3. In another blog they mentioned that the colors of St Andrew's tartan are green and blue, colors she echoed in Her choice of colors for gown and jewelry. - Samm

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    4. Sarah from Calif.11 December 2014 at 02:13

      Hehehe, she could wear that gown at least 10 more times, I'd be thrilled :)

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  49. Rose from Montreal, Canada10 December 2014 at 02:02

    Way to go Kate. I absolutely love this dress with those blings. Bravo. Hope they have a safe trip home.

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  50. i love this one! i am glad she wore her hair back. it looks much better. and we can see a little baby belly, finally! of course, i would have loved oscar de la renta or another US designer, but given the even is for st. andrews, i think it's a fine choice. and holy cow, the jewels!! beautiful overall. she looks happy and i'm glad they have had a nice visit.

    lovely work with this tour, charlotte!

    Annie,
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  51. Oh, fantastic!!! My favorite of Kate's evening gowns, and I didn't dare hope she would wear it. But it works beautifully with her pregnancy; the waist is high enough and the flowing hem could lift just a bit at the front and still reach the floor. Kate's hairdresser knew just what to do, a beautiful chignon which shows off the Duchess's beautiful neck and shoulders and the gown itself. The new earrings and bracelet are splendid, and obviously extremely valuable. There will be speculation on the jewels boards about the origin of those. Kate referred to the colors of the St. Andrews tartans with her gown and jewels. I wish the US could keep William and Catherine a bit longer, they have done so well in New York; from Wisconsin I second Michigan's move to invite them to the Midwest!

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  52. Even though the dress is a repeat (I still love it) it's still different to see with her hair back and little tummy. I wish she'd bring out the teal JP Aspen (or was it Dentelle?). That is by far my favorite, but the style and color may be seen as more summery.

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    1. I love that dress too; the back lace is gorgeous!

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  53. Thank you for your fantastic coverage of the Royal Trip to NYC & D.C. Your attention to detail and generally being very informative, accurate and entertaining is very much appreciated, Well done. Happy Christmas and we look forward to reading your blog in the 2015.

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  54. I love the dress and the jewels! Her hair looked beautiful too, I just think this dress needed a necklace because it is off the shoulder with a sweetheart neckline.

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  55. Charlotte, I am a first time commenter here but read your blog often. Thank you for all of your work. I love emerald jewels on Kate and the inky blue gown and combination of the emeralds is more exciting than the predictable sapphire earrings and matching bracelet that most would expect.

    Second, the pinky raspberry coat at the 9-11 memorial was just what was needed by the photographers who were capturing the moment for the worlds press. Kate is pregnant, young and filled with love...she let that show. To those who are mourning loved ones from that day...it is a somber and tragic scene of attack...to others it is a place to show respect for a changed America.



    Last, God Bless little Diamond from Canada...and her bereaved parents

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  56. oh definitely love the gown i love the dapper of prince william in his suit the duchess is elegant with her jewels im dying for those earnings love the updo hair up she divine and all glam up fantastic royal tour in usa Charlotte two thumbs up for you

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  57. Rose from Montreal, Canada10 December 2014 at 02:23

    Dear Charlotte,

    A very big THANK YOU for all the hard work you did with this mini NYC tour. I am saying WE collectively really appreciate all that you have done. Your blog is the only one I follow. I might not always agree with some of the comments but I appreciate your professionalism and dedication to this blog.

    Thank you, Merci, gracias, well done. You are one of a kind and very much appreciated.

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  58. Thank you, Charlotte! It has been such a pleasure to be able to follow William and Catherine's tour to New York in detail. They have been so focused on their special projects, and you and they handled these few days so very elegantly!

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  59. Kim from Washington10 December 2014 at 02:27

    Lovely. Simply lovely. Perhaps meeting the children who wanted a Princess inspired Kate tonight. And if so, this is synergy at its most powerful. An awesome exchange of energy. Thank you again Charlotte for all that you have done to help us feel included on this trip. The posters comments have been enthusiastic and receptive to this very special Lady who is finding her way along the Royal path. Blessings all around

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  60. I love this whole look. It's stunning, timeless, so classy. She can repeat it as much as she likes. Also, I don't blame her for not wanting to go all out with an expensive new gown in the middle of her pregnancy. She's not her normal size and probably wasn't sure how to have something made to fit exactly right. Bravo Catherine!

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  61. Stunning! Simply stunning....she is gorgeous in the Packham.....another great choice for New York.

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  62. I find the DOC looks amazing! One observation on this trip is that she looks tired and not 100% happy. Could be jet lag, pregnancy or even missing PG.

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  63. i love this dress! yes, part of me hoped she would wear a new dress. mostly, i was astonished she could wear the dress when she is 5 months pregnant!
    i'm guessing she didn't want to buy a maternity evening gown, and went with whatever fit.

    best of all, were the jewelry. new, gorgeous, and a little mysterious.
    unfortunately, i think they do not do so well paired with this dress. the bright green of the stones fight with the dark blue of the dress.
    and i'm on the side of the posters who think a necklace was needed, esp with her hair up. but something simple. like a "simple" collet of diamonds.

    charlotte, thank you for all your work!

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  64. Charlotte your coverage has been amazing as usual!

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  65. The Duchess looked magnificent-- her smile, her jewelry, the dress and her handsome Duke all made for a fitting ending to a most enjoyable three days of a lovely, and memorable mini tour of the Big Apple.

    In my humble opinion, the Duchess upped her styling this tour a couple of notches. Perhaps, it was the fact that this was a tour of New York; or the fact that being pregnant she wanted to dress extra special, or because of the season or it could be none of the above. Whatever the reasons, I am happy that she chose to unveil it. We saw a more sophisticated Duchess, not that she was not sophisticated in the past, this time however, we saw her wear new pieces that we could not have predicted, but still remained true to her elegant and classic styling.

    She looked stunning tonight in a gown she wore before and which although she is 5 months into her pregnancy fitted her perfectly. As with the previous outing in this dress when she wore that truly beautiful necklace borrowed from the Queen, this time she chose to wear pieces from her private collection, diamonds and emeralds, which are no less fabulous and she wore her hair in an up-do to showcase those fabulous chandelier earrings!

    What a great way to wrap up this year of royal watching at least as it pertains to the Cambridge's. As for the rest of the year, although I don't know what's on the calendar for the rest of 2014, I am hoping that we will at the very least, have an official photo of little Prince George, keeping my fingers crossed. I am looking forward to 2015 with the coming of a new little Cambridge and all the excitement that comes with it.

    Lastly, I must once again give thanks to Charlotte, for informative blog posts and superb coverage of the tour. I hope you will continue to blog about the Duchess and it gives me great pleasure to be able to look forward to more posts in the coming months.

    All the best and Blessings On You.

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  66. I loved how she paired the jewelry with the dress. I also loved her chignon too. Charlotte, thank you for the wonderful coverage. I appreciated it very much.

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  67. I think it is ridiculous to expect her to always debut a new gown, especially when this one is so lovely. Perhaps they'll add the cost of a new dress to their donation...

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  68. So disappointed. I wanted a new dress! Love the undo. Didn't like the jewels with the dress though they are a wow. Princess Eugenie looked great!

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  69. Sarah from Calif.10 December 2014 at 02:55

    Ahhh absolutely lovely! Well done Kate. That is the sparkle we have all been waiting for.

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  70. I am wondering if the jewels were a gift she received on the trip---from someone in NY so that's why they don't coordinate with the dress so well??? She looks beautiful and this time around she looks so much better with her hair up. I still think the neckline of the dress begs for a necklace but I'll keep quiet about that since she busted out new jewels! WOW!

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    2. I wonder if the emerald set was a gift from Sir Martin Sorrells, as a Thank You for being a guest of honor at his fundraising event on Sunday?

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    4. The emerald gift giver obviously is somebody of significant means, unless those happen to be a very impressive set of CZ jewels. (DIana used to wear very nice fakes, so it's not of the question.) Assuming these are the real deal, it points to (perhaps) a gift from a very wealthy supporter of the RF but maybe not someone in the family or close friend. It doesnt make sense to me that they would be a wedding present. Wouldn't a wedding present be for the couple, and not just Kate? (Setting aside the diamond set given to Kate by Charles which I always tooks to be a "welcome to the family, here's some bling to go with your new status" present.)

      Along those lines, I always wondered who gave her the Cartier necklace and why she never wore it again in public, until yesterday, after the first wearing in 2012. At the time, I wondered whether she didn't realize how expensive it was when It was given to her. I thought perhaps when she heard its fabulous pricetag, she returned it to the giver. Now that we've seen it again, I am re-doubled in curiosity: who gives such expensive jewels to members of the RF, and are there are any rules governing Kate's ability to accept them as private gifts?

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    5. If you look at their gift list there is a lot of jewelry as wedding gifts. Especially from like Sheikhs and Middle eastern. And she got jewelry as gift in Malaysia etc. That's just an expected gift to royals.

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  71. I also don't mind her repeating this outfit however, a nice pair of opened toed sandles like the Jimmy Choo Vamp would have been really nice. I'm tired of her Suede pumps.

    They both look stunning!!

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  72. the duchess is meeting the trumps amd princess eugeine

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  73. Marci from Salt Lake10 December 2014 at 03:46

    I don't care if it IS a repeat, I like this dress. The emerald-and-diamond jewelry is magnificent, and the updo is lovely. Catherine looks great! I laughed at your caption on the one photo--the "Cinderella" theme--so ironic in this day and age.

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  74. I tried to do this on the 9/11 post. I was 10 when it happen. Ten days before on Sept. 1, I was on a on to Texas with a stop over in Chicago. I can say I was very lucy that day. As soon as I got home I call my mother. She told she had watched every single moment as it was going on. Taunya

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  75. Absolutely stunning!!! Love the jewellery goes well with the dress

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  76. Kim from Washington10 December 2014 at 04:05

    Charlotte, would you consider including a note saying they landed safely in the UK please ? Thank you.

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  77. I've been following this blog for almost two years but rarely comment, but I couldn't resist this time ;) I LOVE this dress I'm so glad she wore it again, and with her hair up and with those amazing jewels it is ten times more fabulous than before!
    It's so sweet in the video how William tries to help her going up the stairs :)
    This whole mini tour has been great. I love that they came to the US. My brother was in NY on Friday and it was killing me! I wanted him to stay a little longer and get pictures of them for me :)
    Wonderful coverage as always, thanks for staying up so late so we can all get our Kate fix ASAP!
    -Hannah, Michigan

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  78. I think she looks fabulous and I've always loved this dress. Although I do agree, tonight she definitely wore it best.

    Considering she's right in the middle of her pregnancy, I don't blame her for wanting to waste a new dress to accommodate the bump. This dress looks lovely on her, pregnant and not.

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  79. I thought she looked stunning. I adore the dress! I wonder if the emerald jewels might have been remade from stones from Princess Diana's private collection?

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  80. While I would have like to see something new, she looked fabulous. I love the gown and the new jewels and the hair made it look totally different! I think the gown was very appropriate for the occasion and venue.

    I think she did well as I think this was the only repeat. I am sure her wardrobe for this trip was not included in the cost covered by those organizations covering the cost of the trip.

    Well done Kate!! She did a great job over the past 3 days!!

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  81. Thank you Charlotte. I have enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the photos of the New York trip. I like it when you give information on things other than what Kate is wearing. Kate certainly seems to try hard to please and to exude warmth so that most people feel good after speaking with her.
    -Joy, Australia

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  82. Tedi in California10 December 2014 at 06:37

    While Catherine looked stunning tonight, I had hoped for a new gown. I think she should have honored the event with an American designer. Perhaps, Ralph Lauren would have been appropriate. That said, Kate looked lovely. Her hair was gorgeous, loved the earrings too. Thanks dear Charlotte for the wonderful coverage of the trip. Wish it had been longer.

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    1. Why in the world would she spend thousands of pounds when she is pregnant to buy a new dress. This event was not about what Kate was wearing, it was about raising money for the university.

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  83. well im round of applause to Charlotte who gave her hard work on these royal tour in us its been great to see the duchess maybe the last time we get to see or Christmas service on church before her maternity leave or maybe they will celebrate Christmas on the middleton

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  84. The colour of the gown has never been one of my favourites - rather on the contrary. The style, though, is stunning. The jewels are stunning, too, no doubt about that - but IMO the colour wasn´t a good match for the colour of the dress. Some pure sparkling diamonds would have done the trick much more......
    Her hair was beautiful, it looked absolutely regal and certainly enhanced the perfect style of the gown to further perfection.

    Thanks so much, Charlotte, for another great, great coverage !! I enjoyed every minute and detail of it!!!!!

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  85. Gorgeous. Repeats don't matter when they are as beautiful as this gown and differently accessorized. And how!
    The jewels are magnificent. Statement earrings and bracelet are spot on---far better than a heavy necklace on Catherine. Hair lovely too.
    Lovely to see William's care of her.
    Safe journey home and many thanks Charlotte.

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  86. She look great and while I completely disliked the first two day choices she looked amazing in all outfits on Tuesday. AND: It is a charity night so I don't get the disappointment about NO new dress. Raising money for a good course shouldn't mean spending thousands on a new dress and I feel it is the ONLY appropriate way and she played her cards well. The dress accomodated her growing bump and look just amazing.

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  87. WOW! It took my breath away! Prince and Princess Charming! The jewels are to die for. William and Catherine are the best ambassadors to Her Majesty the Queen and the best asset to the United Kingdom.

    Thank you Charlotte for your excellent coverage of the tour!

    Monica, France

    PS: By the way, there is another Monica who commented above, Charlotte. This is not me.

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  88. Wonderful hair and jewellery. I always loved this gown.
    I wonder people will come with a post like how many positive opinion emerged of her looks today. I have never seen such.
    I am wondering where Bluhare, Moxi, Leo are. I miss your opinion and your voice during this minifuntour.
    Thank u Charlotte for letting me say things even if they are not the "nicest".

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  89. The Duchess looked beautiful - loved the updo. I have to admit I'm in the camp of being disappointed with the repeat-dress. Maybe she planned on another one and it didn't fit due to her pregnancy? I don't think the jewelry matched well so maybe the jewelry matched another choice of dress? (I thought the earrings and bracelet were awful.)

    I love that the Duchess re-purposes clothes - generally. However - on a night like tonight I think she's kind of obligated to deliver something special. It's a dinner at the Met in NYC at the Temple of Dandur - a once in a lifetime experience. People paid a fortune to be there. I think in that case it's nice to wear something new that will always be associated with that moment in time - like Diana's blue velvet gown when she danced with John Travolta at the White House. Her dresses become iconic due to her station in life.

    That said - being pregnant I hope she was just comfortable!

    She looked beautiful. They really took our city by storm and what an exhausting 3 days it's been for her! Bravo!


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  90. I love this dress. Love love love it. The Duchess has the perfect figure for it. I think the simplicity of it makes her look very elegant, very feminine, maybe even a little mysterious. Beautiful.

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  91. I can understand Kate repeating the gown. It would have appeared extravagant to have a new gown made to fit her 5 months pregnant shape - which would then need altering if she were ever to be able to wear it again.
    I love the emeralds, but I'm not sure they go with the blue of the dress, and in one shot I saw where her hand is raised and both the engagement ring and an earring are visible, there's a definite clash of colours. But she did look lovely.

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  92. The blue dress and emerald jewels are to match the tartan colours. A very Scottish look. Beautiful.

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  93. Why would she buy a new expensive ballgown when not her normal weight and when this one is St Andrew's blue?

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  94. I love her gown .... Just so glamorous 😃

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  95. From Canada: I was wondering if Duchess Kate made a curtsey to Princess Eugenie according to the protocol rules revised by the Queen after her marriage... Any pictures showing that moment when the two met?

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  96. A little off topic---just been wondering which of these new coats may turn up on Christmas morning.
    Any guesses ladies?
    Also wonder if they let George have a quick peek at the TV to see Mummy and Daddy, when they are away.

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    2. Jean, I would love to see the pink coat, but perhaps she will stick with the plum to keep it more understated. (The black one looked more like a coat dress and not particularly warm.)

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      Jean, oh dear Christmas....!!!!!
      My favorite time of year.

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  97. Good morning everyone. I don't see any comments about Kate sipping what appears to be champagne. Am I correct about that or could it be a non-alcoholic drink? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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      Water :)

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  98. I am completely fine with her repeating this dress as it's one of my absolute favorites of hers and I just LOVE the updo with it! The color is simply perfection - truly, it's one of the pieces in her wardrobe I'd snag given the chance! :)

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  99. anon from Leominster10 December 2014 at 14:29

    No time to comment yesterday so catching up. I loved the pink coat with the black -- a wonderful colour on Kate but wouldn't have chosen it for 9-11 memorial. Ditto to the queen and her flowers, Camilla, and even Maxima, who wore the same shade of pink when she was visiting a memorial on a state visit (Estonia I think.) It just seems wrong.

    Kate wore very quiet colours in Australia -- grey and blue when she was visiting a memorial and had other engagements the same day. She also wore quiet outfits in France and Belgium. I know it was a dark day with the weather but still seems wrong. That coat looked festive for such an intensively sad place. Then she took it off later and wore a place dress for the young people! Would have preferred a switch from day before.

    Always like a new gown but the Packham is a lovely gown and it works very well for Kate at this stage of her pregnancy. A new gown might have seemed too much for a private engagement. I loved her hair up but would have loved a necklace with that gown -- not the one she wore before which was too fiddly with all those little bits, but a bold one like Diana's sapphire pendant. Surely, if Kate wears the ring, she could wear Diana's necklace too. The emeralds are wonderful bling but that gown doesn't do them justice. Don't think you have to match but neither gown nor jewels shine to advantage together. Someday, those earrings will look fabulous against a white gown.

    Such a great party though. The Temple is a beautiful setting. William seemed quite protective of Kate to me going up those steps but it probably easier for her if she doesn't hold on to him as that can throw you off balance.

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  100. A simple rivere would have really completed this outfit, but working in St Andrew colors was great. Interesting, when Princess WIlliam And Princess Eugenie met, it's clear who is really channeling princess, and it's not "one of the blood".

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  101. anon from Leominster10 December 2014 at 14:43

    Read comments above more carefully and also another blog and realise the blue and green pick up colour in St. Andrew's tartan. So this does seem to be clever Kate!! And she does have a lovely neck, so that dress looks well even without a necklace.

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  102. Discussion of Kate's emerald jewels, and more pictures, on the Royal Jewels of the World Message Board:

    http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/msg/1418174427.html

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  103. I wanted to comment on the many people disappointed that there was not a new gown. New is not always better. At the heart of that insatiable desire is consumerism. . .this mentality projects a desire for "more" that will never be satisfied. She certainly was every bit of a duchess this night. And I think her is what needs to be celebrated. Being royal is more than just wearing new clothes. . .stewardship is a vital component of true character and beauty.
    Also this colour was the first colour of the whole trip that suited her complexions as someone with warm tones.
    This night she looked like a milllion bucks!

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      Well said :)

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  104. I think it's quite likely she didn't want to purchase a new, expensive designer gown knowing she will likely not be able to fit into it again due to her baby bump - even tougher to have things made bespoke or even buy off the rack well in advance, knowing you can't predict the size of your baby bump at the time of wearing! I was initially disappointed in the repeat, but once I thought about it, it makes perfect sense. I would have done the same thing.

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  105. AMAZING jewels!!! I hope we see them paired with some of the Cambridge emeralds in the future.

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  106. Wow she looks gorgeous I wish she would wear her hair up like this more it makes her look so beautiful and like a true princess. I love everything age wore today from top to bottom!!

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  107. As Rebecca from Sweden and someone on WKW noted, the particular blue of the dress and the green of the emeralds are colors from the tartan plaid of St Andrews. This make the outfit not only very beautiful, but also a wonderful tribute to the occasion.

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  108. I understand why there were some expectations set... but they were wrong - IMO. Kate did not typically wear more than 1 outfit from the country (countries) she has visited thus far. The only exception was the first tour in Canada - 2 Erdem outfits - but there most clearly is a British connection there (unlike in the case of Marchesa or Oscar de la Renta; the Marchesa ladies operate from the States now, Erdem is based in London these days). So my expectation was one (and only one) nod to US designers (already done Monday evening...) - therefore very unlikely to see a gown from an American label last night.

    Having said that, she recycled a lot less lately... so I had expected something new. But it all makes sense: why get something new when you are 5 months pregnant - if you already have something that fits and you can wear again?

    And back to her choices: I think this dress looks just perfect on her - one of my favourites (in the top 3 category). I love the colour. The jewelry was regal indeed - albeit a little less than coordinated with the dress colour-wise. But if she was gifted this amazing set - why not wear it when you have the opportunity and why worry about being absolutely perfect? The hairdo was great (maybe she is getting the confidence to wear it up more often - very much appropriate for such events... ). Look how much of a difference this updo made when you compare with the 2 previous ocasions when she wore the same dress!

    Overall my verdict is 8.5 (maybe 9) out of a 10. Better than many other looks this year! I have to say there is a new "wind" in her style sails lately - and it blows in the right direction!

    Royal fan in Canada

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  109. There are strict rules of protocol for photography, including no photos while the royal is eating or drinking!

    I love this blog :)

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  110. I love the dress but am with you - it would have been nice to see her in something new. It must have been difficult planning for this occasion while pregnant. I am sure a lot is involved not to mention ensuring her health. Perhaps she didn't get a new dress in case she would have felt sick, as then it could have been considered wasting money. Do you see what I mean?

    The earrings are absolutely stunning.

    It has been great watching their trip and I look forward to whatever is next! :)

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  111. Personally I love the Jenny Packham dress and think she looks stunning in it. I'm so glad we got to see her wear it again. I think repeating the dress was appropriate as it helped keep the attention on the purpose of the evening as opposed to what Kate was wearing and the colors matched the St. Andrew's colors as well which I would imagine Kate took into account when picking a dress.

    Thank you for your wonderful coverage of their NYC trip. I enjoy reading your blog immensely, thank you for all the hard work!

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  112. I'm not disappointed in this choice of gown at all! It's my favourite of Catherine's gowns and I was excited to see it again, this time with a lovely updo! I agree with previous commenters who said the the Duchess probably didn't want to spend on a maternity evening gown that would get worn only once or twice. I think she was gorgeous but kept the focus where it should be, on the charity.

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  113. I think Kate wore the JP gown as a nod to St. Andrews as the colours of the gown seem to echo the blue green of the St Andrews tartan in the kilt that the gentleman who greeted her wore. What do you think ?

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  114. I think she looked lovely and elegant. The ink blue dress and the emerald jewellery are a perfect tribute to the St Andrews theme of the evening. I notice Kate often uses colour in her outfits to honour a particular cause. She looked very relaxed and enjoying herself too.

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  115. There has been a few critical comments about Kate's choices this trip, and some have commented on the negativity. I would like to give my thoughts?

    I think some people, including me, give criticisms because sometimes Kate's choices don't make sense.
    All black to every other engagement, and bright-ass pink to a memorial. Not a faux pas - the Queen has worn floral and Camilla has worn pink to Ground Zero. But it's like... why ALL black to every other engagement and bright-ass pink to a grave event?
    Or like spending quite a bit of money on lovely new coats, then re-wearing an old, yet lovely, gown for the third time for the highlight event of the trip?
    Or wearing thick dresscoats up to the neck in the summer and thin dresses in November.
    Or wearing her hair down to cover statement jewelry pieces.

    None of these are the end of the world! At all! But Kate's appeal is mainly about her appearance. She doesn't do ground-breaking speeches, she doesn't say much inspirational. She doesn't champion projects or volunteer a lot of time getting her hands dirty. There's not much else to talk about, except give our detailed opinions on what she is wearing.

    Finally, my thoughts overall this trip:

    She looked lovely!! My favourites were the plum coat, the black booties, and the black maternity dress from yesterday. Of course, I have always loved the inky blue Jenny Packham! I am SO happy she wore her hair up, so glamourous.
    She looked fresh and happy and showed her personality more this trip. She really does have the potential to be a great royal... I hope this persona and energy will continue from now on.

    Thank you once again Charlotte for all the hard work you put into this blog. You are amazing!

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    1. She will get to do all those things and more. This is not instant celebrity. Royalty is a long game st Andrews university is older than America.. Her of art degree came in handy yesterday I would say. She'll probably produce a documentary on the royal collection and it's history. Just be patient. Right now She is supporting her husband the prince and has a new young family. Celebrity is fleeting our Kate will be remembered forevermore. She doesn't to rush anything.

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  116. I had a feeling she was going to wear that dress last night. It is a gorgeous gown. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a new evening dress, but it does show a lot of class to be mindful of cost. Those earrings are AMAZING!!! I wish we could see the bracelet a bit better. It looks stunning as well. I really loved her hair! She looked just absolutely beautiful.

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  117. They will have a baby girl :)

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  118. Maggie - Minneapolis10 December 2014 at 21:37

    At first I was INCREDIBLY disappointed that she didn't take this opportunity to debut a fabulous new gown. But the more I think about it, the more I think that's a fine decision (even if I selfishly would still have liked something new). She looks beautiful. And given that her bump is growing every day, it makes sense that she wouldn't want to get a new gown that she may never be able to wear again. I do wish that the earrings matched the dress a little better, and that she had worn a necklace. But I love the hair and I think that overall, she looks lovely.
    And now I have a question - given that they usually announce engagements two weeks ahead of time for Kate, is it safe to assume that we won't be seeing her again until the Christmas church walk? I really hope that these rumors of her taking the entire last trimester of her pregnancy off aren't true. Even if most royals do take January off (although is that true outside of the Queen and Kate?), I hope she recognizes that since she will probably be taking the last month of her pregnancy off and then after the birth will go on maternity leave, she should buck tradition and get some appearances in before all of that.
    Lastly, I'd just like to say thank you, Charlotte, for being so fast and thorough in your posts for this New York trip, despite the time difference. You do a wonderful job.

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  119. Maggie - Minneapolis10 December 2014 at 21:37

    At first I was INCREDIBLY disappointed that she didn't take this opportunity to debut a fabulous new gown. But the more I think about it, the more I think that's a fine decision (even if I selfishly would still have liked something new). She looks beautiful. And given that her bump is growing every day, it makes sense that she wouldn't want to get a new gown that she may never be able to wear again. I do wish that the earrings matched the dress a little better, and that she had worn a necklace. But I love the hair and I think that overall, she looks lovely.
    And now I have a question - given that they usually announce engagements two weeks ahead of time for Kate, is it safe to assume that we won't be seeing her again until the Christmas church walk? I really hope that these rumors of her taking the entire last trimester of her pregnancy off aren't true. Even if most royals do take January off (although is that true outside of the Queen and Kate?), I hope she recognizes that since she will probably be taking the last month of her pregnancy off and then after the birth will go on maternity leave, she should buck tradition and get some appearances in before all of that.
    Lastly, I'd just like to say thank you, Charlotte, for being so fast and thorough in your posts for this New York trip, despite the time difference. You do a wonderful job.

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    1. I think we will not see her again until Christmas morning. But, I bet Kate flies to Mustique in January 2015. Her Mothers 60th BD party is late January. She will no doubt be on maternity leave come March. Thank you Charlotte for your posts. You are fabulous and on top of it all. I was invited to go to NYC, sadly unable to go. This blog was the next best thing. :) Kathy

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  120. In my opinion she was given the jewels on the trip. She usually matches her jewels to her dresses better (or vice versa) and the way she wore her hair seemed to purposely highlight her earrings. I think she wore them as a public "Thank You" to whomever gave them to her, but still had to wear the dress that she packed for the event.

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  121. Kate looked gorgeous, and even though this is the third time she has worn this gown, with William This is the first time she has worn the gown,so it does make it more special.:) Loved the jewels.,,,what an awesome trip this was!!Thank You Charlotte for your excellent coverage of their NYC trip!!!Your hard work is much appreciated! xoxo

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  122. As a bloke I would just like to say I am gobsmacked. .

    Wililiam is lucky. He has the perfect bride

    The Duchess is lovely.

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  123. It would have been nice to see a Kate in a new dress. However, I really, really love this dress and thought it looked especially great with her hair pulled up.

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  124. It is a shame she didn't wear anything new, but she does look fantastic in this dress so I really don't mind! It really suits her. AND she wore her hair up, brilliant! Lauren

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  125. I hope that George inherited Kate's hair.

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  126. I heard the earrings and dress color are the St. Andrews colors? Is that true? That would explain the combination.

    As for the dress, I was a bit disappointed as I've never really liked it from the earlier airings. BUT I thought it was lovely on this occasion because her hair was up, her shoulders were back, and she looked very, very happy. Isn't there some sort of quote about a woman's best accessory being her smile?

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    1. Yes, that's true! :)

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  127. rose from Brooklyn11 December 2014 at 01:47

    Dear Charlotte, r u still doing the royal digest??? I miss it!!!! I know that today they had the royal nobel banquet in sweden! All the ladies were in tiaras!!!! I don't mean to put pressure it's just that I looooove ur work!!!! U do a super job!!!!!

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  128. I loved this look, Kate was stunning. But I cannot hide my disappointment. Would have loved to see a new gown going up the steps of The Met. The coverage of the TRH's was fantastic. Enjoyed so much. Could wait to get to my computer these last 3 days.

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