Friday, 16 January 2015

Kate Celebrates Foster Carers in Islington

The Duchess of Cambridge attended an event hosted by The Fostering Network in Islington today to celebrate the work of foster carers.


It is the second of several engagements the Duchess, who is around six months pregnant, is carrying out this month. Yesterday she officially named The Clore Art Room and on Monday, Kate will have a busy day of appearances in Kensington.


Kate received a very warm welcome. As always, Kate was a natural with very excited children who met her.


A look at the crowd.


Today's visit ties in with Fostering and Adoption Week, Barnardo's annual campaign to raise awareness for fostering and adopting children in the UK. Fostering organisations are sadly often overlooked and, as a supporter of young people and a mother, such a patronage would be a fantastic future choice for HRH. It's been quite some time since she's taken on a new charity and I do hope it's in the running for future possibilities.


Her Royal Highness was given an overview of the world of fostering when she met carers, care leavers and social workers who discussed their experiences. Kate said it was a "great opportunity" to find out more.


The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity, dedicated to creating a better future for everyone who is fostered. The organisation brings together everyone involved in fostering to help children and young people achieve the very best they can. The charity also celebrates fostering and the amazing role of foster carers, and highlights the need for more people to come forward and foster.

The Fostering Network

Every day more than 63,000 children live with over 52,500 foster families across the UK, while they are unable to live at home. These children have often experienced neglect and abuse, or have witnessed domestic violence or substance misuse. Whatever their experiences, all of them will be suffering the trauma of being separated from their own families, and need love, support and stability. Carers can provide these children with what they need, and often give them their first positive experience of family life.
The Fostering Network

Right now there’s a need for at least 8,600 new foster families across the UK. If you wish to donate please click here.


Lucy Peake, director of developing at the organisation said: "A visit from the Duchess helps to shine a spotlight on fostering and the need for more foster carers, particularly to look after teenagers, disabled children and groups of bothers and sisters. We are very grateful to her for her interest".


Kate joined a reception where she met staff and carers.


The Duchess wore her Hobbs London Animal Shirt Dress. The chocolate shirt dress has been updated with this animal-print embossed silk jacquard. It features a covered placket and coordinating belt. It originally retailed for £169 before being reduced to £50 and selling out.

Hobbs London

It's the first time we've seen the dress properly on Kate, however she first wore it last November underneath her Matthew Williamson coat during a visit to Wales.


The Duchess wore her Stuart Weitzman Power Pumps. The pointed-toe stilettos are currently reduced from $355 to $178 in a variety of colours on the Stuart Weitzman website. They are also available at Nordstrom with Free Shipping.

Stuart Weitzman

Kate carried her suede Mulberry clutch again.


And completed the look with a new pair of gold earrings by Mirabelle Jewellery (with thanks to Anna).  Like yesterday, Kate opted for darker colours today and the earrings added a splash of glamour to the look.


There's been some confusion about whether Kate wore the Gina or Lolita earrings (contradictory statements have been posted on the brands social media accounts). The eagle-eyed Anna believes they are the £25 Lolita Earrings pictured below. With thanks to our reader Laura for the tip!

Felt London
You can watch a video at ITN Source.


We'll see you on Monday. In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend :)

186 comments:

  1. Hello! How beautiful is Kate today? I have to say i don't like this dress, i don't like how she's dressing during this second pregnancy..All her sartorial choices are no flattering for her beautiful body. Maybe this dress is too large?
    During her first pregnancy Kate selected amazing pieces..
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    1. Agree with every word you said.

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    2. Sadly, another miss today, in my opinion. I do think the length is appropriate and all of the pieces are fine - just not together!! Ditch the trend of black tights and black shoes and boots with everything, Kate. The dress, quiet, elegant, and appropriate would have looked lovely with the scarf you wore for Christmas Day service, some nude tights, and since you love Stuart Weitzman, his Leopard print 3 inch heels or I am sure that LK Bennett, another favorite of yours, also has some heels with a bit of color or pizazz. That would have been a lovely, uplifting, yet appropriate to the sort of serious nature of the visit.

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    3. Absolutely! Since there were kids involved, she could have chosen a brighter colour. :\

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    4. I think that the duchess looked beautiful but I disliked the dress

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden17 January 2015 at 15:19

      To everyone saying "Why is she wearing so dark clothes among children?" etc. Here is my answer!

      Because children don't care what you wear, they care that you're there!

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    6. As a child, I met many adults who inspired me. I don't remember what they wore. I never cared.

      Only once I noticed what my beloved Italian teacher was wearing: it was bright green and yellow, and my thought was,
      why is she dressed like a child?

      Camilla

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    7. Camilla, that is so true. :) I remember my teachers' personalities and not what they wore, unless it was something really odd. LOL.

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  2. Deanne from Canada16 January 2015 at 12:20

    It looks like she slept!! Oh to look that good at six months pregnant. I hope everything is ok. Cheers.

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    1. It does look like she slept! Maybe Prince George doesn't sleep well and she left him in Norfolk nanny :-)

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  3. Rebecca - Sweden16 January 2015 at 12:20

    Haha, cue the brown/black comments and too dark clothes comments :P

    Kidding aside, and meaning no disrespect. Kates stomach looks so small, but I don't think it's as tiny as it looks. I think it is an illusion created by the weight gain "upstairs". :P Those must hurt by now!

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    1. Hi Rebecca, perfecty said "weight gain 'upstairs'" :-) those are huge this time...

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    2. I felt so indelicate pointing it out myself, but that's the first thing I noticed in the photos where she's more "in profile" -- my goodness, that's quite a difference this go 'round! Poor thing, I'm sure she's been at a bit of a loss to dress them, never having had to, and I'd wager she's self-conscious about it.

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    3. Jessica in Texas16 January 2015 at 15:54

      Thank you for coining the term "upstairs" I couldn't think of how to phrase my thought respectfully. In pictures on another website Kate looked more "normal" pregnant. I think it is the selection of photos. I realized it was the fact the the lady walking with her yesterday was wearing black so their two pieces of clothing blended together. After seeing the other photos I believe Kate is bigger than she was with George, naturally with your second pregnancy. It's also how she places her hands directly across the bump and not around it that makes it look smaller

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    4. Caroline in montana16 January 2015 at 16:54

      I didn't notice them yesterday but in this dress, oh my!!

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    5. Erika from Massachusetts17 January 2015 at 19:49

      Hi Caroline. How are you feeling? Hope your recovery is going well.

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  4. I'm glad she was out "working" today and getting acquainted with a potential new charity. I didn't like that dress the first time she wore it, and I don't like it today. Plus with all black, it is definitely "meh". But we all have our off days, fashion-wise, and I suspect part of it may have been to do with the charity she was visiting and to keep the focus on that. Yesterday's outfit at least had the pops of color, but it was also to open an *art* room so color was definitely fun for that.

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  5. anon from Leominster16 January 2015 at 12:46

    Another important cause and one I'm glad to see Kate become involved with -- it could be a major one for her. Fostering is very important, as is adoption if not overused too aggressively as it sometimes seems to me.

    This dress has never been a favourite of mine but is so much better than yesterday in fit --- a good length and makes her look slim, not bulky, and suits her age. It's a quiet dress for a serious visit which seems right, just not so crazy about the textured animal print. With so many pretty dresses out there I've wondered at her choices of late. It's possible to look professional but not dull. But pregnancy has never brought out Kate's best -- perhaps because of her illness, she never seems completely comfortable pregnant -- happy to wait until after the baby.

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  6. Thoroughly professional outfit! I think she is asserting that she was not there to show of her clothes or the fact that she is 6 months pregnant, but to publicize the need for foster parents and to learn from those who have experienced foster care.
    This is Fostering Awareness Week, but we have heard more about it since Catherine's arrival at the venue, than we have heard all week.
    I hope she becomes a patron, as it fits well with her other patronages, caring for disadvantaged children.
    Loved seeing her with the tiny tots waiting outside too.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden16 January 2015 at 15:08

      I agree with every word. This would be a really worthy cause. And think how good it would do with her others!!

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    2. Hi, Charlotte,

      Thank you for the speedy and interesting post.

      This is a total winner for me. This dress is a great professional working look- a lot like the subtle purple Goat dress she wore last autumn.

      This is exactly the kind of dress she needs-lots of understated details (the richness of the fabric), a practical length, etc. I think it's very flattering- after all, she's in her thirties, not a schoolgirl which is how she comes across in some of her other maternity wear choices because of length, juvenile details (Peter Pan collars, etc.).

      I love the new earrings as well.

      It will be interesting to see what Monday brings...

      Have a great weekend!

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    3. I hope she becomes a patron too. If she can bring the interest she brought to scouting to fostering programs , that will mae a huge difference to the cause. A positive fostering experience is critical to a successful adult life for these children.

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    4. Well said. I agree absolutely. The dress is a good working woman look.

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    5. Jean & Rebecca I totally agree with you. We need to focus on the event and the meaning not always on what she is wearing. Maybe after the baby is born and she get's back to doing engagements she will take on this as a patron. We can only hope

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    6. Totally agree Jean

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    7. I think it might be tricky to be an official patron for an activity like this in which you don't participate. Her involvement today reminds me a bit of highlighting the need for volunteers for the Scouts. She brought awareness to the issue - it's really all she can do. If reading about the issue in the paper inspires 8,000+ families to get involved it would really be a lovely response.

      Now if we see more Brits walking around in ugly brown dresses - well - you have to take the good with the bad.

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    8. Absolutely agree with you, Jean!

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    9. I agree Jean. I really liked today's look. And she does want it to be about the cause and not about her. She doesn't get enough credit for that.

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    10. Sarah from Calif.17 January 2015 at 02:41

      So agree Jean, I think she wants to get down to business and not have fashion be the highlight. The Foster Care system is a very worthy cause and I hope Kate supports it.oh

      I personally do like the dress but, lighter tights might be more of a softer look. Imho

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    11. Kates greatest tool in promoting her charities is to wear something uninteresting. Not saying anything substantial or advocating or anything specific like that, though.

      I find that once I lower the bar for her, lower than any other member of the RF, I find I appreciate what she does and find she really is doing a wonderful job in a quieter, more ornamental role.

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    12. I would much rather see Kate down at the children's level happily interacting with them, than at a podium making a speech. Round table discussions with the adults are great, too. I never see Kate eating, or even drinking her tea, but that is a beautiful array of sandwiches and cakes! I hope she was tempted.

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    13. Meow! Stephanie, Meow! :-)

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    14. I'm not trying to be rude - fans have been saying lately that Will and Kate are not senior royals, they work part time and should not be held to same standards and expectations as older, more experienced royals.
      And so, when I do lower the bar for these two, I find that they are doing alright.

      Fans are also pointing out how "smart" and "brilliant" Kate is for recycling clothes, wearing boring things, wearing dark colours, all to draw more attention to the agency in question. I might as well try to get on board with that idea. I'm tired of being disappointed with her performance, so instead, I'm pledging to make a change in my attitude towards her and try to see her from the perspective of those who think she is doing a beautiful job in her role.

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    15. Wow. Meow indeed. I'm sure William and Kate appreciate someone being willing to lower the bar for them. LOL.

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  7. Dull dress. She looks dowdy. Her choices lately are a little off. It's either safe, boring or downright a miss. But to be fair, on occasion she can really look stunning and wow us. I miss the Kate from 2011 and early 2012 when her fashion choices were spot on. She almost always hit it right back then.

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    1. Tgoldin84 Atlanta, GA, USA16 January 2015 at 15:06

      I agree fully!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden16 January 2015 at 15:11

      You mean before she had to endure two bouts of energy draining HG?

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    3. Spot on Rebecca! One could have all the "Help" in the world, but it can't change how laid out & drained you can get being sick.

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    4. And before she had to endure serious criticism for every fashion choice she makes. All that weight gain has to be hard on her since she is normally so skinny. I think she is picking what is comfortable and respectful not what is necessarily fashionable.

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    5. Ana B. from Brazil16 January 2015 at 18:55

      Rebecca, Kate's style, in my opinion, was way better back in 2011 and early 2012. Nothing to do with her suffering from HG, which happened, for the first time, in late 2012.

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    6. I didn't think HG affected a person's taste in clothing, though, Rebecca.

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    7. I don't think HG has anything to do with it. She has beautiful pieces from her wardrobe actually. I think it comes down to styling issues. She is so safe in putting the whole look together. I just want her to be more adventurous and maybe a little experimental even. She needs to be a little more fashion forward.

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    8. bluhare - your comment made me throw up rainbows. The rumors are that Kate is using a stylist - which makes her recent looks all the more confusing. It would seem most people really don't appreciate the styles that Kate is paying to have picked out for her. Perhaps this person's strength isn't pregnant women.

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden17 January 2015 at 15:24

      No, not HG in itself ofc. I was making a dramatic one-liner.

      But alot of factors

      1. Not new. Not feeling like she has to live up to something
      2. Becoming a mother/settling in as a wife
      3. HG.

      I say the HG, because I think that without that during her pregnancies these years would have been really different. She often look uncomfortable being pregnant (even though no doubt she is happy) and I think that can be (partly) contributed to her illness. Instead of the first the months reveling in thoughts of "I can't wait until I look pregnant", "Oh, I think I might see a little bumb, do you honey?", "Was that a kick? Uhm.... no just gas then", "I can't wait until the baby starts kicking" and so on and so forth. Instead those thoughts might have been very sparse together with a physically and mentally draining ordeal. Having such bad things connected to the pregnancy (even though you are happy about it) must have some pshycological effects on the rest of the pregnancy as well. One of the reasons she might not like the form fitting clothes. Instead of getting used to the body changing for 3 months, when she finally feels a little better to take a look at such things she would suddenly look like a blob to her eyes. Not that inspiring for fashion thoughts I would think.

      My summary is that her life through pregnancies would contain more elements of normal if not for the illness which would have kept up creativity and such.

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    10. LOL, Moxie. I don't have much to say about her clothes choices. As long as she shows up I'm good. I do think encouraging foster care would be a good cause for her to take up though. Wasn't the "stylist" originally hired as something else though and has just morphed into one? I don't really know much about her (haven't been interested as, you know, it's about clothes. :) )

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    11. bluhare - we never get the full story on the staff -- they've got quite the domestic and public support team for a couple who aren't very active. It would make sense that Kate has someone managing her wardrobe - a modern day "mistress of the robes" in a literal sense. The modern day "stylist" probably originated from the practice of having someone managing royalty clothes and jewelry and the wealthy copied the practice. Once you have children you have less time to focus on it. One commenter pointed out that Kate has over 70 coats alone - someone has to make sure they are cleaned and organized. It's been reported that clothes are sent over for consideration without any timeframe on when they need to be returned - so someone's got to track and manage who sent what. There is also the "two households" factor - making sure the right outfits are in the right location at the time they are wanted/needed. It was reported that Natasha Archer is the personal assistant who manages Kate's wardrobe. The Telegraph reported on it: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG11204770/Is-Natasha-Archer-Kate-Middletons-new-stylist.html

      I'm less interested in does she dress pretty/stylish (that's subjective but still fun to participate) and more interested in does she dress appropriately for the occasion, audience, and weather. She's failing pretty badly as a role model in that regard. I'm not sure if I am more alarmed that she is traipsing around in mini skirts and high heels with no coat in front of children in the winter - or if ugly brown dresses are going to become a trend. Still the cause is a good one. I would like to see this headline in six months:
      Kate Wears Ugly Brown Dress, Foster Caregiving Numbers Rise!

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    12. Rebecca,
      Your explanation of your comment - makes more sense. :-)

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    13. anon from Leominster18 January 2015 at 06:52

      I tend to agree. Kate never really looks comfortable pregnant for whatever reason. And there are ways of dressing professionally, without being mundane, especially for princesses.

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    14. I couldn't agree more, Moxie. I too would love to see that headline.

      I know there are some here who think Kate still makes do with a housekeeper and a nanny with two huge houses to run, but when she was pregnant with George, they hosted a staff Christmas party for 37. Even including office staff that's a lot of people for people with no help.

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    15. Wasn't that party held in a restaurant?

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    16. Propably, but the point was that there were 37 members of staff attending.

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    17. I may be off here, but I think the 37 was for *office* staff. I'm not sure they would have included the nanny or housekeeper at this same lunch.

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    18. Agreed Royalfan. It may also have included members of the Royal Foundation.

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  8. Oh, that's why she had a bandaid on her thumb yesterday. She has a ruined nail.
    She had the same bandaid last February at the RADA reception, by the way.

    But... haven't we already seen those earrings?

    Camilla

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    1. (What bandaid?! Anyone else notice one from the day before? Kate is truely in her element with children and families. She seems so at ease and confident. A joy to see her interacting with the public. She is radiant.
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    2. You know, I have no idea where I saw it! Looking at the pictures again, there isn't any. Sorry for the confusion :)

      Camilla

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    3. The bandaid was actually on her middle finger. The distorted nail was not covered.

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    4. Oh, that's where.

      Camilla

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  9. I love Kate and this blog, but I so wish Kate would have worn a proper maternity dress today. There are so many lovely ones to choose from! This dress is stretched to it's max, the belt is too short as a result, and it puckered at the buttons revealing her white bra underneath. Really, Kate?

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    1. Brooke in South Carolina16 January 2015 at 15:20

      I noticed the buttons puckering/bra reveal too. Ugh, major fashion faux pas.

      Aside from her dress choice today (which I consider to be a major miss) I am so happy she is bringing awareness to this very important cause.

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    2. Yesterday she wore a maternity dress and people said it was too large. Today she wore a regular dress and people say it's too tight.

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    3. Well she dressed in clothes either too big or too small for her, what are people supposed to say?

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    4. The dress is still gathered at the waist in the top photo.

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  10. This cause is dear to my heart, having worked in this area before, so it was great to see the Duchess supporting it today.

    I love the belted look - so slimming.

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  11. Sandy from NS, Canada16 January 2015 at 13:40

    Black tights and black shoes with a brown dress. I find this outfit really bland and it does not appear to fit well either. I appreciate she's being frugal, but this is frumpy.

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    1. Nothing she wears is liked by all. As I said in another comment I am a prefessional and alot of women wear brown and black together. It might not be your choice but you can not fault the Duches for her choices. She is not here to please us with her dress. We should be looking at what is is doing with that engagement of the day.

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    2. Exactly anonymous I think she is beautiful in everything she wears. Why is everyone so critical of everthing she wears and does, could it be envy?? How would you like it if everybody followed you around complaing about how you look up and down? She deserves more respect for her office and position in life. :-(

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  12. My parents were foster parents for the first 12 years of my life. They fostered 13 children in total, with 3 biological children of their own. It was a truly transformative period in all of our lives, and something as adults, we still talk about. I applaud HRH for bringing to light an issue that not many people know about, and require support. She looked beautiful today as well. Thanks for the speedy post, Charlotte!

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    1. Kudos to your parents and thank you for the reality check, Lindsay. :)

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  13. I believe the Duchess chose the perfect dress for the occasion - understated, dark, and not distracting from the seriousness of this important issue. She continues to impress me.

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    1. I was thinking along the same lines..she wants to identify with the group she is meeting and not distract. Atleast we have new earrings :).

      But isn't she cold considering the temperatures in London?

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    2. I totally agree. Love her in chocolate brown; great choice, as was the shift dress which I saw as fun and -- artsy. For those who go on & on about rules that you can't mix navy and black or black and brown - that may have been so in past eras - not so in fashion today. Matchy, matchy is what is dated & matronly today. Catherine continues to look healthy & vibrant.

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  14. Thank you--quick off the mark, Charlotte! Finally, we see this dress! A super cause for the duchess.

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  15. L from Canada
    I love that she recycles, but today's outfit was a bit dark and dreary. I think adding a scarf (like the one she wore on Christmas day, for example) would have added much needed colour.

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    1. Interestingly I also thought of that scarf from Christmas Day. It would have been perfect for today. :-)

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    2. Agreed. I think it is an accessorizing issue. The addition of the beautiful Christmas scarf, or a fun pair of shoes/boots,or perhaps stronger jewelry would have done the trick. I also like that she recycles, and, in general, the dress is very nice. She just needed to add a bit of styling to bring the whole look together.

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  16. Wow! Charlotte You are fast!:) I was struck by how non-pregnant she looked in many of the pics, other than the ones shot full on showing her shirt dress belt riding just above her bump. She looks great to me & I too hope she chooses this as a future Patronage. What a good fit for her & such a worthy cause! Thanks again Charlotte!
    Becca :)

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  17. Hello everyone,

    The post has been updated with additional photos, an ID for Kate's earrings and a link to a video!

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    1. Hello Charlotte,

      Anna from My Small Obsessions discovered that the earrings are actually the "Lolita" from Mirabelle, very similar to Gina ones but shorter (4 cm instead of 6 cm).
      Best,
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      You're welcome

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    3. Lolita are 6 cm in total, (4 cm hoops only) while Gina are 8 cm (6 cm hoops only).
      They were a gift from Felt London who only stocked Lolita. Mirabelle finally updated their site with correct info. Your pic still redirects to Gina.

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  18. Amy, Detroit Michigan16 January 2015 at 15:13

    THIS is how she should be dressing while pregnant. Please, Kate, burn the tent from yesterday.

    She doesn't look as drab either, maybe she added some bronzer to her face.

    Overall, 100% better then yesterday. I think brown looks amazing on her.

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  19. Not sure if my comment went through or not, but this dress is not good, it's brown , shiny and paper thin and she styled it with black. She has a huge wardrobe of beautiful coats , she wore them in the summer, why isn't she wearing one in January ? I'm fascinated by Kate and her position but her fashion choices are very off the wall lately. She has the fashion world at her feet and could look so polished.

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    1. Agreed. There is a glaring need for a stylist . How about Clinton Kelly; he should move on from "what not to wear" anyway. It's worn out its welcome.

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    2. She does have a stylist, Natasha Archer.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden18 January 2015 at 13:46

      I think that if she is the "stylist" she is more of "manager of the clothes" than "decider of the clothes" if you know what I mean.

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    4. That is possible; Kate's styling does not look like the work of a professional.

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    5. Also because Natasha Archer is not a professional.

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  20. I don't know, I quite like this dress and Kate's look today and I actually like her maternity choices thus far. Can't wait for the baby to come!

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  21. Rebecca - Sweden16 January 2015 at 15:27

    Royalfan wrote this on the last post, I'll answer here instead.

    "Am I the only one thinking that I'd prefer my security detail to avoid wearing higher heels? :) I can understand Rebecca dressing along the lines of Kate, but not a PPO."

    Emma almost always wear very low heels. Granny heels so to speak. She is also the one closest to Kate (The one who is supposed to push Kate away, jump in front of her) and not the one that would do any running after. Kate, I can almost promise, has more than one RPO and those are positioned with a more overview of the situation. Emma has almost no overview from her point. She is more of a last resort + pushing away if someone is getting to close.

    The clothes it depends on the area. If there are alot of people it is more beneficial that Kate stands out with a colour because then the RPOs can easier keep an eye on her. If there is more open spaces it is more preferable from a security standpoint to have "Kate-lookalikes" for the gruesome reason that snipers or other attackers has a bigger chance of hitting the decoy instead. That is a reason I've wondered why Rebecca is dressed so similarly to Kate and looks like her. It is not her job to be risking her life to save Kate, or does she have a well paid clause saying she agrees acting like Kates decoy?

    All this is very disturbing businesses you don't want to think about...

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    1. Yikes! That is disturbing...... But welcome to our current reality:( I guess it's not something we want to think about, while chatting about Kate, but Royal Props for All The Known & Unknown People Protecting Kate & Her Family..... It's amazing to think of all that we will never know about all the people who are working tirelessly to protect our countries & their leaders!

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    2. Rebecca, I totally agree with you that there are other PPO's other than whoever happens to be closest to her. And I realize this PPO's role would be to stick with Kate and not "run and chase", but there's still a element of practicality and being dressed in a skirt and heels (even low heels) is a disadvantage over pants and sturdy flat shoes if one has to respond to a threat.

      And yes, disturbing thoughts for sure Becca.... Her life isn't all peaches and cream is it? )

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    3. Just watched and interview with Victoria Murphy, royal correspondent, and she confirms that security has been increased around the Royals on engagements. Sad reality of our world!

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden17 January 2015 at 19:22

      I agree, royalfan and it's something I've wondered over before. A woman herself is not a worse bodyguard but women clothes are. I don't understand why Emma always seems to have skirts on? Stiff ones at that. A pantsuit would fit nicely. And she has long gowns when they go to galas and such. I wonder what the thought process behind that is (i confess the security aspect is highly interesting to me, I loved the Kate Loves post about it).

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    5. I don't see Emma in the pictures. I thought Rebecca Dawson was walking with Kate in the second Art Room photo, but I don't see either of them in the rest of the photos from both days.

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    6. Emma with Kate...

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-leaving-the-fostering-news-photo/461625178

      ...and Rebecca... (note to anyone who thought Kate's dress was short ;) )
      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-hands-rebecca-deacon-flowers-news-photo/461635640

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    7. Thanks for the links, royalfan. Emma looks quite appropriately dressed for a policewoman. Rebecca Dawson's skirt is a bit short, though at least she has black hosiery on with it. The woman in the Art Room picture is evidently someone connected with it. Her hair is shorter than Rebecca's.

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  22. From one of the pictures shown above you can see Kate's bump, and it looks to me that she is carrying a little bit different. She looks like she is carrying the baby more high than with George! Hopefully I am right because I definitely want her to have a princess!

    Kate looks very good today. Her hair and makeup are on point, and she doesn't look as tired! But for the dress, blah. I don't like brown and black together, and this dress is still baggy! It is better than yesterday, so I guess I shouldn't complain. Look forward to seeing the Duchess on Monday!

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  23. Tedi in California16 January 2015 at 16:08

    Such a worthy cause. Kate looked perfect, as she always does. Thank you Charlotte, for your wonderful posts.

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  24. Not at all a fan of embossed animl prints at all but do like this silhouette on her. Its very flattering to her figure. She is carrying lower this time. I think that's why she looks so tiny. I must say I am getting tired of the dark minimalist clothing, and that's something coming from me as I live in black. She seems to want to blend into the background lately as opposed to her more vibrant or interesting choices when she returned from sick leave. The alarmist in me wants to think that it has something to do with the recent European terrorist activity but Im sute Im completely off in that. I do love the earrings and think a bracelet would have been nice too.

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  25. Rebecca - Sweden16 January 2015 at 16:22

    Aww, Kate seems really taken with the cutie in the blue dress.

    Look what she reportedly said.

    "Speaking to six-month-old baby Naya, who has been in the care of 48-year-old single mum Tigest Tesfamichael of Tufnell Park for four months, she said: “You’re very smiley aren’t you. “You’re even chubbier than George is,” she added. Naya’s hair was tied up in little bunches with coloured bands and the Duchess moved closer and said: “Sweetie pie, I love your hair.”"

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  26. Another dark dress to meet the children! Why not wear something more vibrant, more colorful?

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  27. So interesting how Kate's fashion choice start discussions about clothing "rules". I've always thought some rules are just silly. No white after Labor Day? if you live in a warm climate, why wouldn't you wear summery clothes? I had a college friend who swore that pink and red clash, but I think they sometimes work together, and was delighted to find a wool skirt with a gray, red and pink checked pattern. Back to Kate, who seems to be very fond of black tights and black heels these days. I don't know if the "rule" about black and navy not mixing is the problem with yesterday's outfit. I do wear navy and black together sometimes (have a very cute navy sweater with black grosgrain trim) but not sure I would have gone with her choice yesterday. Would have been very hard to find the perfect shade of navy tights and navy shoes to match that dress, but maybe navy sheers would have worked if the dress wasn't so short on her. Today's brown with black worked better but I think it's because the dress was such a deep chocolate and had some darker tones in the pattern. All in all, I am glad I am not her, because I'd hate all the critiquing of my wardrobe!

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  28. I like this brown dress much better than the Navy one with the patches. It would have been stunning with nude hose and the red shoes!

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  29. I like today's dress as well as yesterday's. If I have one comment though, it is this--Surely it must be cold in London now as everyone seems to be bundled up. Kate has always favored a dress with coat or a coat dress, even in warmer climates and temperatures. Why now, in the middle of winter is she not wearing a coat?

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    1. Marci from Salt Lake17 January 2015 at 05:18

      Sometimes pregnancy can make you feel a lot warmer than you normally do. Perhaps this is happening to Kate. I too like the dress and the black tights and shoes. I grew up with "everything must match" (or blend) and I like today's trend of allowing colors together that didn't used to be allowed. I think Kate has looked wonderful in both yesterday's and today's choices. I will never understand why it is supposed to be "correct" to wear bright colors for children.

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  30. I like her outfit today, but more importantly, because it is relatively simple and non-exciting. This is one way she has made the event an actual focus. Additionally, she looks engaged in these photos, speaking animatedly. Do we have any quotes from her today?
    As well, she is attending an engagement that she is not yet an official patron, which shows some initiative.
    This is one of her best moves yet.

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  31. blah. simple brown dress, simple black accessories. dull and drab, in my opinion.

    this outfit is a good example of one of my complaints about kate's style: focus on a lot of good basics, but she so often does not add the finishing touches which would really add interest: a colorful scarf, statement necklace, kicky shoes, etc. (on the other hand, when she really pulls it all together , e.g. the queen's jubilee events, she looks spectacular. but she only really seems to do that for very important events.)

    i know she's pregnant, and dressing for comfort, but she has so many clothes from her first pregnancy (if she didn't want to buy new) which would have been better options than this dull, drab outfit (imo). or at least layer on an interesting coat!

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    1. Wearing clothes from a previous pregnancy doesn't always work---body changes are often totally different.
      Also something that fits perfectly well one day, does not fit so well the following day.

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  32. The Hobbs dress looks so much longer on the model. Is DoC having her dresses shortened? Or is she really so tall? I know a dress shorter than 40 inches/102 cm is indecent on me, and many dresses sold are considerably shorter than that.

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    1. It is a normal dress that Kate is wearing as a maternity dress. Her bump pulls the dress up. Normally it would be a little longer. Off the rack dresses are actually designed for women around her height. That's why it looks shorter though because Kate is making a non-maternity dress, a maternity dress. The length does not account for her belly;)

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  33. I join the naysayers. I do not like her look today. The dress has a weird fit and form and everything. Dark too dark for her:(

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  34. While this brown dress is OK on Kate (not one of my favorites) I would not have paired the dress with black stockings and black pumps. What about brown shoes and nude stockings?
    I will have to agree with a few others that her dresses and outfits through this pregnancy are not quite as nice as during her first pregnancy with Prince George.
    I do think she looks good these past few days and happy to see that she looks better rested and happy!!

    Thanks again Charlotte for your good work and keeping us informed about all-things Kate.

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  35. Maggie - Minneapolis16 January 2015 at 21:47

    Ughh I was really hoping that some of Kate's New York choices were indicative of her wearing more maternity clothes this time, but I guess I was wrong. This dress is way too tight in the bust area, and while black on brown doesn't always bother me, it does in this case not because of a color clash but just because it makes the outfit a little drab in my opinion.
    That all being said - it's great to see Kate bring attention to a very worthy cause, and I hope she makes it another patronage in the near future.

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  36. I am wondering why The Duchess is not wearing a coat while outside. I am from Canada and everyone in the photo's are wearing winter coats but not Kate. She does do walk about's and chat's to people . Is she not afraid of getting sick especially when she is pregnant or at any other time.

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  37. I think she looks great!

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  38. Like the navy dress yesterday, I don't care for this brown dress with the black tights & shoes. And again, I think some color is called for when meeting children.

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  39. Oh my, I said yesterday's outfit was the worst but I think this one might be or at least a very close second. I'm also not too taken with the earrings, they look a little cheap. Someone mentioned she might add a little color to her lips, I agree totally.

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  40. I don't care for the dress. I understand that she champions the high street and attempts to be relatable to the average woman. But she is not the average woman. She is a princess and she should dress like one. This brown dress is dowdy, the fabric looks cheap and does not fall well. She would do better by recycling her high end designer clothes that fit better and are more suited to her station than by wearing cheap disposable fashion. That being said, I do admire her and think that she is a wonderful role model.

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  41. I guess I'm in the minority because I really like this look on Kate--so simple and refined. I've never been crazy about the color brown, but surprisingly, I think the color suits Kate. The black tights and shoes go well with the dress in my opinion. I'm amazed that Kate can wear non-maternity clothes so far into her pregnancy. In fact, she hardly looks pregnant in these photos! I love this dress--one of my favorites in a long time.

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  42. I agree the dress looks sloppily hemmed to me, but maybe that's picky. She always seems to be so involved with those she's with, I think that's her best accessory.

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  43. Marci from Salt Lake17 January 2015 at 05:27

    I like this brown dress very much and don't agree that it looks cheap--that's in the eye of the beholder, and it might be the effect of certain photos too. It looks great to me and I like the black accents with it. I also liked the black with the blue dress yesterday. I grew up in the era when we were supposed to match or blend everything we wore, and it's very refreshing to me to have the choice today to put more colors together than ever and not to have to appear to be a column of one color.

    On another note, I remember being terribly warm during pregnancy, even on cold winter days. Perhaps that's why the Duchess chose not to wear a coat? Has anyone else experienced that phenomenon?

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  44. The close up of her thumb while holding her clutch makes it look like something's wrong with the nail. Did anyone else notice that?

    Besides that (poor thing..having so many women comment on every detail of what she wears or doesn't wear), I thought she was appropriately dressed. She doesn't need a stylist. Let's remember her focus is first on her family and then on the people she meets at these various functions.

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    1. Reports are that this is actually the work of a stylist.

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    2. Everything that I have read lately is that Kate still does not have a stylist. She irders all her own clothes.

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    3. There's no way this is the work of any "stylist." I know a lot of you say she dresses drab so as not to detract from her charities, but regardless of what she wears people are going to talk and it and no matter because just by her showing up she brings a very high level of attention to all these very worthy charities.

      I don't think any of Kate's Royal counterparts would ever be seen in this disaster of a dress, and also they manage to dress stylish and bring attention to their causes. Kate has the fashion world at her feet and can really do a lot better than this Hobbs dress for a public function.

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    4. Poor thing doesn't give us much else to talk about.

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    5. "Poor thing..." ?? With all due respect Stephanie, I think that is rather patronizing.

      General statement here: not having anything nice to say does not justify *some* of the persistent negativity. And thanking Charlotte for a new post or expressing excitement over Kate's pregnancy and then proceeding to rip into her does little to dilute it.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden18 January 2015 at 13:47

      True, I agree that there must be a person in charge of the clothes (Storage/cleaning/mending etc) and where they are and that they show up at the right location. But I don't think she has a stylist in the sense that some one person is helping/deciding what she is wearing. So a assistant in charge of clothing does not a stylist make in my eyes.

      These kinds of articles has shown up since the beginning.. Doesn't mean anything in this case.

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    7. Right on royalfan !!

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    8. The way Stephanie put it seems in despair, but there is truth to that. Even though Kate is at engagements, though by now used to her not making any speeches or express strong interest and passion for anything civic, social etc., observers don't learn first hand from even a short documentary videos of these visits which preferably include her out look and commitment with speeches and interviews included etc.

      The honest truth, yes, there isn't much else to talk about except the clothes because even the subjects and causes of her visits are eclipsed by what she is known for, style and fashion. For what her clothes cost there isn't much to be highly impressed either as far as original, creative and individual creation. Wikipedia also defines her just for "the Kate effect" for clothes.

      When her style fails expectation, the comments of disappointment. When it meets and/or surpasses expectation, the envious or adulation comments on dailymail. To be honest, Kate looked spontaneous, happy, naturally beautiful and competently a modern woman before she got married. It is as if the royal fish bowl put a certain rigid mask over her. What is left is the future to know her true strength.

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    9. The original poster said Poor thing, women always comment on what she wears.

      So I said, Poor thing doesnt give us much else to talk about.

      It indicates that under no circumstaces do I think she is a poor little thing.

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    10. Well, Stephanie, I thank you for clarifying but I'm not sure my initial reaction has changed. Denise's use of the word was sympathetic. I'm sorry but I did not quite get that vibe from your comment.

      Rebecca, I agree. I'm sure someone takes care of her wardrobe, as you described, but telling her what to wear or how to coordinate, no, I don't buy it.

      Anon 16:56, Kate's role is to bring attention to the charity so that donations/funding may follow. It is not her job to run it. She plants the seed and people are free to educate themselves and do more if they wish to do so. So I'm having a hard time with the idea that there's not much to discuss. Don't get me wrong, I don't follow this blog to solve the world's problems (this my escape from them), but I have a difficult time going along with Kate being used to justify that there isn't much to talk about. Just look at the potentially productive time being used to criticize her (and I don't mean intermittently...I'm talking about the persistent criticism. That is a choice, not a necessity.

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  45. i love the brown dress hobbs its not cheap idea i know she can carry these outfit example you have nice outfit and nice gown if you cannot carry those things nothing i agree with jean and rebecca i think she could became a patron of thecharity

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  46. I realise that this blog is primarily for comments on what Kate is wearing but for myself although keen to see what she wears on red carpet events and major receptions her reactions & how she interacts with people on her charity visits are of more interest to me. I must praise Charlotte on the in depth information she gives us on the various organisations Kate visits. One of the main reasons I visit this blog.
    I must admit I do feel sorry for Kate in the way some people tear her to bits on some of her outfits to have to live knowing how much criticism may well be levelled at her in many ways must be quite stressful.
    With regard to her visit to the Foster Carers charity I think it was a tremendous success. I feel she deliberately dressed down in order to get the press to focus on the charity and it worked. judging from this mornings papers but even on last nights news channels which included an interview with a girl now at University having been in foster care for many years would that have happened if Kate had not visited I doubt it. The way Kate reacted with everyone she met was excellent and covered well in the press we saw her at her best and without doubt the organisation will have been delighted the publicity her visit has brought to them. I hope that maybe in the future she might add this worthy cause to her charities it is an area that in the past has received very little notice

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    1. Thank you so much Mary E!

      Please feel free to discuss any topic regarding Kate in the comments section. It's lovely to see positive feedback on the engagement itself and readers noticing The Fostering Network. It's an organisation which badly needs more support, funding and awareness.

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    2. Well said, thank you Mary E. Sometimes I think of Kate that she looks like Cordelia, the third sister of King Lear: she didn't say great things while feeling nothing, like her siblings; she was just strict to her duties as a daughter, and her stupid father believed she was not a good one. And she was the best.

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    3. Well said, Mary and Paola.

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    4. Oh thank you so much Mary. Couldn't have said it better myself. So called "red carpet" events are one thing - and it is expected that she would pull out all the stops at such events----, but when dealing with her charities, Kate always dresses professionally, appropriately, unassumingly, and focuses the attention on the charities. Anything else would be grandstanding.

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    5. I agree with you Mary E. I have learned so much about the wonderful charities focusing on the young and vulnerable and the British should be proud of what attempts are made by organizations and patrons to support the disadvantaged.So many countries do not possess such facilities and the vulnerable have no where to turn.
      Paola your analogy to King Lear's Cordelia is quite spot on. Kate certainly has the beauty, and appears to have the kindness as this is constantly reported. Devotion was another key characteristic of Cordelia and Kate certainly seems utterly devoted to William and her family. In a sense Cordelia was sacrificial and so too is Kate, albeit to intense media and social networking. Feminists would not relate to Cordelia because of her silence and that also seem to be true for Kate. So all in all, I think a great equation Paola.

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    6. Nice literary reference Paola :-)

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    7. Mary E I totally agree with you. To many here put to much focus on what Kate is wearing then the good she is doing for the charities. Yes this is a blog about her dresses but it also focuses on her good doings. Charlotte goes to great length to give us background on her charities and also about what she is wearing.
      I just believe how some can be so cruel on what they say about Kate. I read somewhere here in another comment that Kate does not owes us fans anything. And I do agree to that because we are fans. We here in the US do not pay anything for their up keep. Even for those who live in the UK who pay taex really are not paying for the up keep. By what I understand Charles pays for all of their up keep and that the only thing that is paid for by the people are the security detail. So I would hope people will just let her do her job and not be so cruel on what she is wearing and focus more on what she is doing for the charities

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    8. anon from Leominster18 January 2015 at 06:58

      I can't see that feminists wouldn't relate to Cordelia who remained silent because she wouldn't falsely flatter, showing herself very much her own woman and who later raised an army in France and led it, albeit it getting captured and killed. Somehow, this isn't the Shakespearian character I would most choose as an analogy for Kate, not sure who I would chose with due respect to Paola.

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    9. Please try to find it out, Leo: it would be so nice to see what is our perception of Kate through the literary characters!

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    10. I see Kate as a typical Capricorn - takes her time, procedes steadily, no fire and flames, somehow low profile but aiming high. In control, with clear ideas.

      Mmm, now I just have to find an appropriate character :D

      Camilla

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    11. Anonymous, if you'd do you research on Charles' income it isn't his personal income that subsidizes William and Kate. It's from the Duchy of Cornwall which from what i understand provides the Prince of Wales with an income although he does not own it and cannot sell it. It is on a par with the Duchy of Lancaster, from which the Queen draws income. Not taxpayer money, definitely, but not his personal money either. Although one could make the argument that if Charles didn't receive the money it would go back to the country I suppose.

      William and Kate also pay no rent at Kensington Palace. Market rent for a place like theirs would be astronomical in central London right now. And now we're told they won't be living in it full time for years while they base out of Norfolk in another house they didn't personally pay for. So it sits idle after having 4mill pounds pf public money spent on redoing it for them.

      All this being said, I would love to know what she does for her charities other than these meet and greets.

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    12. Since Kate has been out in public for four days in London, she must be using her Kensington Palace apartment as her base. As the Palace said she and William would, when working in London. By the way, we haven't heard much about William recently. Has he started his job with the ambulance service?

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  47. Thank you Charlotte for another great post she looks stunning and glowing!

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  48. Rebecca - Sweden17 January 2015 at 16:14

    What is all this claims of stylists? This is a thing that has come up time and again. We have no proof of this. So why this new wave? :P

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    1. As reported in the Telegraph, a respectable UK newspaper:
      http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG11204770/Is-Natasha-Archer-Kate-Middletons-new-stylist.html

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    2. Just from the link you can see it's a question, not a statement.

      That's what journalists do when talking about something they want to talk about without having any evidence.

      For example, 'Are Will and Kate divorcing?' is perfectly acceptable as a title.

      Magazines do it all tge time.

      Camilla

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    3. Camilla, I think you're exactly right. And if you read the first paragraph, it's pretty obvious that it is pure speculation. Besides, the article doesn't make sense...for example encouraging Kate to take risks and try shorter hemlines. Really?

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    4. Rebecca asked why folks think a stylist is involved - and this is why folks might think so. If you read the article, Katie Nicholls, royal reporter of Vanity Fair, reported it. Why wouldn't Kate have staff to help her with her wardrobe? What do you think all these personal assistants do?

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    5. Rebecca asked why people take that as fact, when everybody knows it's speculation - and an already old one.

      Camilla

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden18 January 2015 at 19:02

      Ok, now I know where the new upsurge is coming from. But.... people here seem to be writing it as fact. That was my problem in the issue.

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    7. Natasha Archer was the woman who went to the hospital with Kate's hairdresser when she had George. The woman who was carrying the garment bag. I think there's something to it.

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    8. Natasha Archer was the woman who went to the hospital with Kate's hairdresser when she had George. The woman who was carrying the garment bag. I think there's something to it.

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden19 January 2015 at 10:52

      I agree there is something to her helping out in the area. But I think "stylist" is the wrong word for it. More carrier and organizer of clothes, than decider of them.

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  49. I like all brown on Kate. I think the rolled hem is deliberate. The other women are in black tights and heels. Why is it so wrong on Kate? The "upstairs" look is typical of pregnancy, and she probably has recovered from the soreness of early pregnancy. It's surprising that Kate is not in a coat, given the toddlers in parkas. I'm wondering if the distorted thumb is the result of malnutrition during HG, or whether she smashed it with a hammer. But it doesn't look bruised, and her other nails appear to be normal.

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  50. As the earrings: I don't think they are Lolita, in Kate's picture they don't look battered but regularly rounded.

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  51. Robin in Ontario17 January 2015 at 17:58

    For me these were two HUGE misses in a row. Very surprised at her choices for these engagements. I want to see more of her "New York" style. I feel like she's doing a bit of experimenting over the last few months... trying out new styles and seeing what works. I say that because I don't see much consistency.

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  52. Charlotte,
    As an aside and off topic did you notice that Hainsworth, who supplied the material for Kate's dress to the Art Room, bought their mill from Kate's paternal great grandparents - the Luptons? Thought this was interesting

    Janis

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  53. Yet another good charity getting a much needed boost from Kate! I admire her for not making her attire the focus of the visit.

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  54. Thank you, Charlotte, for another informative and fun post. I really enjoy reading about Kate's charity work. I believe she brings much to the table for her patronages. She is highly visible and these charity's benefit greatly from her presence and caring. She is such a natural when dealing with children. You can tell she really cares about them. Prince George is a lucky baby!

    I like her dress. I think brown is a beautiful color for HRH. .

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  55. Now that dress flattered her!

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  56. Oh dear the Duchess of Drab what is she thinking? All she has worn recently is black, navy and brown since New York - has someone at the Palace told her to keep it low key and keep in the background like "we don't want another Diana"? Is someone stifling her? The Queen always wears strong bright colours so she can be seen and I do not think it detracts from the event she is attending. I think this is a really poor show from Kate lately. Also we know the Duchess has brown suede court shoes in her wardrobe why not wear those with brown tights to make her look a bit more put together. The Hobbs dress is just horrible I can't see anything good about it. Time the Duchess started dressing like royalty I'm tired of this high street stuff it's not special, it's not cool, it's not royal, it is just plain ordinary - we don't want a Primark Princess - do we?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 January 2015 at 13:48

      One thought on her dark clothing might be the terrorist threats....

      Also, no one under 50 matches their stockings, shoes and dress, lol.

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    2. Totally agree - I can't believe there are actually people on here that like this outfit. It's not befitting someone of her station. All the other Royals, Sophie included, manager to look sharp and fashionable while bring attention to their charities. Not sure why Kate is so anti-fashion now that she has the world at her fingertips!

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    3. Rebecca - No one but Kate? Since she just did that at Sandringham.

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  57. Let the focus be on the charity, less on what she wears. The greater the impact the Duchess will have on these charities. I think she is lovely!

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  58. Was is Abraham Lincoln who said " You can't fool all the people all the time at the same time"? In Kate's case, You can't please all the people all the time at the same time.

    Yesterday's out fit might have worked for the perception of the children. Today's looks so neutral and subtle that the attention is transferred into the cause/purpose of her visit.

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  59. Ghadah - Saudi Arabia18 January 2015 at 01:03

    Hello
    I just want to say Kate looks beautiful, everything she wears looks AMAZING on her.
    I am a BIG fan of hers.

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  60. Kate, Texas, USA18 January 2015 at 06:31

    Kate looks lovely! I haven't read all the comments, but the few I have read not too many seemed pleased with the outfit. I think Kate tries to put her focus on the engagement rather than herself. She's worn the dress three times in the past couple months and that's fine. :) She looks healthy and happy!

    From watching the video, you can sense the excitement from others around when she walks into the room. She's engaged and interested and is bringing great awareness to such a worthy cause. Kudos and huge cheers to those who open their homes to foster children. What a blessing to these children to experience the love and stability of a family. I hope Kate will do more work with The Fostering Network in the future.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Kate on Monday!

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  61. Carmen from Texas18 January 2015 at 06:57

    Kate looks simply beautiful! And I love her earrings!

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  62. I think Kate's outfit for these past two engagements are a miss for me. I'd prefer her styles during NYC trip. But if I have to choose one, I would go for the navy one instead of the Hobb's one here. Maybe this one worked relatively better during her earlier months. But the ribbon is somewhat too short already. However, I personally don't have any problems of pairing black and brown together. I think these two colours here don't look that bad. (Well, even I don't like some of her outfits, Kate rarely looks bad!)

    As for the charity, I think it is a great cause and I am delighted that Kate has brought such attention to an organisation which works on important area yet is barely known neither receives public attention (funding, resources, etc.). I believe that Kate appearance would help The Fostering Network in terms of publicity, funding etc etc.

    Thank you for another great post Charlotte. Have a nice weekend.

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  63. try to focus about her engagement and not she wearing i know the duchess will do more work with focusing the fostering network looking forward on monday have blessed sunday the pope is here in manila philippines sorry for not keep it up

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  64. Jessica in Texas18 January 2015 at 13:45

    Charlotte, has there been any clarification on the earrings? The company tweeted they gifted Kate a pair in silver and in gold. I thought she did not accept gifts/ freebies and sent them back... I guess I do not understand what gifts they keep (pieces given on tours/trips) and they return pieces companies send just hoping she will wear them?

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      It seems Kate definitely wore the Lolita and apparently they were a gift from stockist Felt London. I wonder is it possible they were sent as a gift and the Palace later paid for them? I'll let you all know if there's any more news on this.

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  65. I like the earrings. Everything else should be thrown in the trash, please

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  66. got a big kick out of the fact that the earrings that the Duchess wore have the same look in general as a pair I have saved and have been re-wearing which are originally from 1974!

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  67. Her smile to the little girl is so genuine. I predicted in July 2014 during her appearances at the London games ( via daily mail blog) she might be pregnant and most likely with a girl. The way she is carrying and other tell tell signs from last week of July as well, it might be a girl. If she was to have four children, three could be boys and this one is the girl, I believe.

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