Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Vote for Kate's Best Coat of 2014!

We're back with our first post of 2015! As promised we're holding our annual end of year polls asking you all to vote on Kate's sartorial, footwear and accessory choices of 2014. Because we voted for Kate's best royal tour looks back in May (you can view the winners on our Royal Tour Page) it seemed appropriate to omit the tour and focus on Kate's style throughout the rest of the year.

Tonight it's all about what one would undoubtedly describe as the Duchess' favourite garments - coats. Kate has a stellar selection of bespoke, designer and high street coats. She favours this look above all others and debuted a number of stunning new additions in 2014 as well some chic repeats!

We'll take a look back in chronological order which means first up is the gorgeous green Hobbs London 'Persephone' trench coat the Duchess wore for the St Patrick's Day parade at Aldershot. The £279 garment was a stunning choice and the shade of green worked very well with Kate's colouring. This is one I'm hoping to see repeated in the future.


Kate joined William and Harry for the wedding of friends Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett in late March - repeating her favoured M Missoni blue tweed coat for the occasion.


In May, Kate chose the 'Athena' wool jacquard coat by Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders for a day visit to Strathearn. The stripe wool piece is from the 2013/2014 Collection and originally retailed for $2,555. It features a notched collar, single-breast pocket, full-length sleeves and flap front pockets.


The Duchess of Cambridge marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France wearing her Alexander McQueen cornflower blue belted coat. The Duchess debuted the piece during the tour and hit the right note, choosing to wear it shortly afterwards for the commemorative event.


For the Order of the Garter ceremonies, the Duchess brought back her shiny Christopher Kane coat - a piece she first wore for the London 2012 opening ceremony. The icy-blue silk satin piece divided opinion, and I've never warmed to it. It shall be interesting to see how it fares in the vote.


Kate brought back another tour coat - the Erdem 'Allie' - for the official launch of the Tour de France at Harewood House. The flawlessly cut wool crepe "bright grass-green" piece features a tab detailed waist.


For First World War commemorations in Belgium, Her Royal Highness looked regal in a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress with a peter pan collar and drop waist.


The Duchess selected another bespoke McQueen piece to officially greet President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore and his wife - her first official state role as a member of the Royal family. The bespoke grey plaid garment was a stylish yet appropriate choice for the event and it's a piece I expect we'll see once or twice in the future.


Kate was beautiful in blue for a visit to Wales with William in November. The Matthew Williamson wool-blend coat is crisply tailored with four pockets carefully placed to flatter and emphasize the waist.


Kate was sombre in the Alexander McQueen wool flared coat for Remembrance Sunday. The double-breasted garment is a staple black coat with an exaggerated collar and button embellished lapels.


Kate packed several coats for her first trip to New York and arrived in style wearing Séraphine's 'Marina' maroon and black tweed coat. This piece is the only maternity garment in today's poll, it will be interesting to see if Kate opts for more maternity pieces for the duration of her pregnancy.


The Duchess looked chic in GOAT's 'Washington' coat for a visit to a child development centre in New York. The heavy-weight black crepe coat is edged with beige trims at the neckline,cuffs and back. It originally retailed for £680 at Matches.


One of the most important aspects of the trip was the Cambridges visit to the National September 11 Museum. Kate's choice of Mulberry coat garnered attention for all the wrong reasons with many feeling the cerise pink was simply the wrong hue for the occasion.


We expected to see Kate select a US-based designer at some point during her trip to the Big Apple. The Duchess honoured her host country in style by wearing the Tory Burch 'Bettina' coat. The metallic tweed piece offers a tailored fit and took Kate from a reception with the Clintons to her first NBA game.


We always see the Duchess in a gorgeous festive coat on Christmas Day and this year was no exception. Kate chose the 'Turpin' coat by British brand Moloh for the walk to St Mary Magdalene Church.


Looking back, Kate has added several keepers to her already fabulous coat collection. There are so many I love including the Hobbs 'Persephone' and the Matthew Williamson wool-blend coat, it's hard to choose! As always, I very much look forward to seeing your choices.

Vote for Kate's Best Coat of 2014
 
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We'll be back with our poll on Kate's dresses and evening gowns next! :)

99 comments:

  1. Yay a new post, plus a poll at it!! there are many coats that I love and in verying different colors!!

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    1. Kate appears to feel most comfortable wearing coats and opts for a coat very regularly. She's built up a gorgeous collection!

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  2. I had quite a few favorites this year! I am a huge coat lover so it is difficult to choose just 1 but ultimately I chose the Mulberry Cerise coat! I am an American and the 9\11 attack are tragic and were a terrible and heart wrenching time but it was 13 years ago and I certainly Was not offended at the color of the coat! It was a museum visit and a dreary day the color was lovely and certainly made he pop in the outside pictures. Kate always makes sure to dress appropriately and I feel that this was a fine choice! Thanks Charlotte for the fun polls and can't wait to see which coat wins!

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    1. It's interesting with the Mulberry coat. I expect if it had been worn the day before for the visit to the Northside Child Development Centre it would have received many more votes (it's very early yet, but thus far). I imagine those who felt it wasn't the best choice for the nature of the event may not have voted for it?

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    2. You are absolutely right Charlotte, furthermore there are much nicer coats to choose from.;)

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    3. Kate would have needed to remove the Mulberry coat indoors if she had worn it to the children's center. And I think the color would have clashed with the coat the mayor's wife wore.

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    4. Personally, I don't find it offensive, but I don't like it either :)
      My vote went to the black McQueen - so regal and flattering.

      Camilla

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  3. i love the coats specially the hoobs looking forward for those polls will added

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  4. I voted for the Matthew Williamson Wool Blend Blue Coat. The color and cut looked great on her. And the Moloh 'Turpin' would be my second favorite. I love the "period" look of it.

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    1. The Moloh Turpin coat has a lovely period feel to it. The brand drew inspiration from the eighteenth century when creating it. It's a gorgeous piece! We all thought it was bespoke Katherine Hooker initially.

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    2. I did love the "period" look of that coat as well!

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA10 January 2015 at 15:19

      royalfan, I voted for the Matthew Williamson, too, but had a hard time deciding. Moloh Turpin my second choice and St. Patrick's coat my third! Gosh, her coats are gorgeous!!!

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  5. The dove grey McQueen coat is my fav of the year!

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  6. Courtney from NC6 January 2015 at 05:19

    This was a really hard poll for me to answer. I have two that I think make the DoC look very well. Even though I could only vote for on in the poll I am choosing two to comment on. One before she started to show in her pregnancy and one after she started to show.

    I know the grey plaid coat dress by McQueen was met with mixed reviews. I like the plaid pattern a lot and I think the v-neck is very flattering on the DoC. I feel that this is a good length on her, both the length and sleeve length, and the skirt makes it seem a little more youthful than a more fitted skirt.

    The other jacket I loved on her is the Seraphine coat from NYC. The color looks amazing with the DoC's coloring. I like the texture of the material because it makes the coat more interesting and makes it "pop" a little more. I am hoping we see more maternity pieces on her during this pregnancy.

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    1. Great choices Courtney. I found it very hard to choose myself and was completely torn between the Matthew Williamson coat and the Hobbs.

      It looks like the cream McQueen coat dress is enjoying an early lead.

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    2. To be completely honest I was torn between the cream Alexander McQueen, the Goat Washington, the black McQueen for Remebrance day, the Seraphine Maternity, and the Mulberry Cerise which I ultimately chose and voted for! I guess I wanted to play devils advocate here and vote for the coat many didn't vote for because I loved the coat and did not agree with the reasons people had for why she shouldn't have worn it! Anyway Kate has sooooo many beautiful coats I can only dream of owning but maybe one day! A girl can dream right?!

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    3. At first I loved the cream McQueen but the more I look the more I just can't get over the odd pleating under her breasts. What was the aesthetic the designer was going for there? It just looks awkward, like trying to salvage or hide something. If that area was done differently the coat would be a winner for me.

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    4. I agree Courtney. With so many beautiful choices it was challenging to chose, but there was something special, to me, about the Seraphine Coat from NYC, She didn't just glow....she sparkled:)
      Charlotte, Thank you for all of your hard work & for setting up such an intelligent & fun Blog. I've followed this Blog for a long time now & have tried to post to no avail.......I finally figured things out, turns out it was back in my sign up procedure with Google. Duh me:( I look forward to joining in :) Thanks again, you are my One Stop Shop! I Always Check Here First, it's So Efficient. You have a True Gift! Happy New Year!
      Becca

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  7. The bespoke dove grey Alexander McQueen coat was my favorite; why was it not included? Thanks.

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    1. Hello,

      We held polls back in May voting for Kate's best looks from the tour which is why I omitted tour pieces from these polls http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Royal%20Tour%202014

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  8. I voted for the cerise coat Kate wore at Ground Zero. One of my criteria is that a garment must be perfectly tailored as well as beautifully designed. (Therefore why is the off white McQueen ahead right now??) The Mulberry coat is almost perfect. It is not a color I could wear, but it is striking on Kate. My second choice is the Williamson blue, so soft and nice and well made. I also love the Moloh brown tweed from Christmas. I am only sorry the Michael Kors coat from Australia, and the pale grey McQueen she wore out there on Easter are not in the mix. Those two coats are beautifully made and fit Kate perfectly. Once again I am struck by the divergence in quality among the McQueen coats. Some are so perfect, others are slapdash in execution.

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    1. Hello!

      I omitted the tour looks because we voted for them back in May with the dove grey McQueen coat winning our poll.

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Royal%20Tour%202014

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    2. Yes, I understand your reason, Charlotte. It's too bad Kate hasn't worn those two again, and then they would have been in this poll.

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    3. I agree, Anonymous 5:31, that the McQueen cream coat is not finished well or "slapdash in execution." The Remembrance Day McQueen had buttons moved that didn't look good, and I haven't seen a full shot of Kate in the Remembrance McQueen.

      I voted for the Mulberry Cerise here because it's a beautiful coat and looked marvelous on the Duchess.

      Katherine USA

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  9. Very hard to choose, but my vote goes to the green coat she wore for St. Patrick's Day. Beautiful cut and shade. I prefer jewel tones on her rather than pastel.
    Thanks Charlotte, can't wait for the next poll :)

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  10. So bummed I couldn't vote for more than one coat! Is that new this year? I was figuring out my favorites as I read the post and then I had to choose one, only one!! Actually, it wasn't too hard. Before I even started reading I knew I liked the bespoke Alexander McQueen with the Peter Pan collar. I could never wear that coat because of the full "skirt" on it , but it looks fabulous on Kate's slender figure. I did like the cerise pink coat for its vibrant color and I liked the maternity coat she wore from the airport to the Carlyle in NYC. I also liked the light blue coat Matthew Williamson coat but I did not like the black scarf or tights with it. Hopefully we will see it again without the black accessories. Oh-oh and I really loved the Tory Burch Bettina coat. The whole outfit was so chick for a ball game and meeting Beyonce.

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  11. Sarah from Calif.6 January 2015 at 06:20

    The Matthew Williams since I can only choose one but the Mulberry is a knock out. I love them both :)

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  12. I loved and voted for AM white/Peter Pan collar. That was where she looked picture perfect to me. This year I did not like her choices that much. Some of them had simply horrible material or the way she wore it didn't sell the coat too well. Finally she started wearing maternity garments which is new;)

    Thank you for the post very very much!

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  13. Maggie - Minneapolis6 January 2015 at 09:54

    Thanks for putting this together, Charlotte! Wonderful post, as always :)
    My favorite coat is definitely the purple Seraphine she was wearing when they arrived in New York, for several reasons. First, it was absolutely perfect for the setting. Very classy, very New York-y with the sparkles, etc. And second, it was the first indication that with this pregnancy, she wasn't going to stick to ill-fitting non-maternity clothes like last time. I just wish that we had gotten to see it for longer. Unfortunately, I can't think of many events that this coat would be appropriate for, repeat-wise. It's a little too sparkly for day-wear, and Kate doesn't usually do evening engagements at which a coat would be appropriate. Hope I'm wrong!
    Overall, Kate owns a LOT of GORGEOUS coats (and that's just for this year!). I almost wish she'd wear coats a little less. Sometimes they seem a little heavy for the engagement at hand, and it seems like she has this stock recipe for dressing that she always sticks to. She seems to be especially coat-happy at UK engagements, which I guess isn't shocking given the weather. I do wonder if the repeated flashing occurrences have led her to rely on coats even more. If so, that's unfortunate, because there are certainly other solutions. But I suppose coats are the easiest ones!

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    1. That was my pick as well. I'd have voted for the grey McQueen in Australia if it had been on the table. IMO, that was her loveliest outfit this year.

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  14. Maggie - Minneapolis6 January 2015 at 09:58

    Oh also, I'm a little surprised the McQueen coat dress is in the lead right now. It just fit so poorly, and the Peter Pan collar was a little too childish for my taste. But who knows.

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    1. Courtney from NC7 January 2015 at 00:22

      I don't love that one either. I am not quite sure why I dislike it so much. The more I see it the less I like it. It is interesting that so many people love it.

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    2. Erika from Massachusetts7 January 2015 at 17:27

      I disliked this coat as well. I found it frumpy.

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  15. The Mulberry coat is to die for - stunning colour!

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  16. Anon @ 05:31 must have been reading my mind; I also voted for the Mulberry cerise coat, and my second choice would have been the Wiliamson blue. I too have noticed the variation in quality-- style, material, and execution in the McQueen coats. For example, the grey check coat was too tight through the chest to the waist, and buckled when Kate sat, and the cream?/white? McQueen coat, although it had a looser and lovelier design, with a skirt less prone to catch the wind than the grey check, was rather sloppily sewn under the bust. Altho the rest of the coat looked perfectly finished, this seam looked anything but. Downright queer.

    JC

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  17. I had a tough time picking just one, I would rather put together a top 5 lol. But I settled on the Mulberry Cerise mostly because the color is fantastic and something I didn't expect from her. Seriously, 2014 was a great year for Kate's coats.

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  18. anon from Leominster6 January 2015 at 16:34

    A wonderful collection of coats. It made for a very difficult choice. I chose the McQueen grey check because I think it a very good look on Kate -- although I wish they would use buttons as those covered plackets never lie quite flat. Kate wore a very similar coat the last day in Australia, also an ideal shape on her.

    Love a lot of her coats though. The black McQueen is very smart indeed, the green Hobbs was a great look and the Molah Christmas coat was also a contender for me. If I were given a pick of Kate's coats, it would be one of those three. All very wearable.

    Some of her coats are quite princessy. I liked the shiny Christopher Kane for that reason. The winning coat at the moment is the McQueen she wore in Belgium and that was also an elegant look that looked truly royal.

    Not so keen on the green Erdem -- or that other green coat she wore in Australia, or any of her New York coats.

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    1. Courtney from NC7 January 2015 at 00:24

      I agree that the shape of the grey check from McQueen and the Kors blue jacket have a skirt that is very flattering on her body. I also think the fuller skirt makes it a little more "princessy". I also would have done something else with the plackets.There are coats in the poll that are better put together and are tailored better to her body but for some reason I love the grey check. It isn't too juvenile or too old.

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    2. I could not consider the grey checked McQueen because of the poor fit. The plackets with snaps don't work with fitted coats, including the black watch at Christmas 2013 and the off white that is ahead in the poll. The Kors with buttons fit perfectly.

      By the way, either there are a great many readers who do not comment, or the ballot box is being stuffed! Is it possible to vote more than once from the same computer or other device?

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    3. Hi Anon 17:01. I believe that you can only vote once. My hunch is that there are many more readers, than post. I know for myself, that I've followed Charlotte's Blog almost since the beginning & only just recently decided to post. Charlotte has created such a High Quality Blog, that I can't imagine that she wouldn't want her Polls to be accurate. At least that's my opinion. :)

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  19. I can't understand why the McQueen coat with peter pan collar would be leading the poll. This was my least favorite of the choices. In my opinion, that collar style and the flared, pleated skirt are far too "little-girly" for a woman in Catherine's position. Coupled with the odd seam across the chest - this coat completely failed for me.

    I voted for the green Hobbs coat. I love dark green, and it looks so striking on Catherine. The tailoring looked wonderful too. Second choice is her Moloh Turpin coat. Beautiful tweed and perfect styling.

    Fun poll! Thank you!

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  20. Great post. I was already having acute withdrawal symptoms!
    I voted for the seraphine, as it made me smile. I loved the New York trip coverage, and how happy and genuinely excited Kate looked. My style favourite is actually the Hobbs.
    Thank you for a dose of Kate!!

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  21. Caroline in Montana6 January 2015 at 19:32

    Happy Poll Day Everyone! so hard to choose just one coat to vote on, but after narrowing it down, for me it all comes back to #1 Red Striped "Athena". I loved it when i first saw it and still love it more than most. I am a big fan of the coat look and wish i had her collection. my runners up were #2 Seraphina "Marina" maternity coat she wore in NY, the colors and cut were fabulous on her. #3 the Matthew Williamson Blue with the pearl buttons. My #4 choice would be the M Missoni, believe we have seen this several times but it always looks great and i really like the looks of the dress under it! I was also a fan of the Christmas coat. Its becoming clear the longer i think about it i pretty much liked them all, If i had to narrow down the one i liked the least it would be the plaid McQueen and the cream peter pan color McQuenn. I think its something about the waists that dont sit right with me. Cant wait for the next poll! Thank you Charlotte for all your hard work!! - Caroline in Montana

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  22. Caroline in Montana6 January 2015 at 19:47

    crazy that you already have 2, 796 votes, really makes you think how many folks follow your blog but dont necessarily comment! Way to go Charlotte:) Not sure if my poll comments earlier made it through? - Caroline in Montana

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  23. Great post Charlotte! I loved all the entries, but I pick the Mulberry coat from the NYC visit. It is IMO the best fitted, color and style of the lot. I was surprised to see that the McQueen Peter Pan collar was most voted for.....so many people hated it in the comment thread IIRC....something about it seeming unfinished. I loved it and it always makes me happy when she wears House of McQueen. I also really love the Hobbs London coat.....gorgeous and a perfect style for our beloved Catherine.
    My Mom loved the Matthew Williamson coat....she said she loves Catherine in powder blue. I loved the boots!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I agree with Mom! The powder blue coat is stunning both in color and fit. Also,it is something I could see myself wearing.

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  24. Ana B. from Brazil6 January 2015 at 20:08

    My favourite coat and look of the year is the cream McQueen dress-coat. Amazing... My favourite ensamble in years!!

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  25. It was hard to make a choice but I went for the grey plaid coat with the blue coat a close second.
    On another topic I see that two engagements for Kate have just been announced a visit to an ~art Room opening on Jan. 15th I think this is the same one she was unable to attend at the beginning of Oct. and attendance at an event connected with Foster Carers on the 16th Jan, an unexpected surprise.

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    1. Courtney from NC7 January 2015 at 00:26

      It is a nice surprise. Can't wait to see what she wears. Wonder if we will see a repeat of the maternity coat she wore in NYC.

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  26. I love Kate in coats and her collection is broad and beautiful. I had a hard time selecting a favorite as I really like all of them. Thanks for this piece Charlotte...

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  27. Kate has two more engagements this month, on the 15th and 16th :)

    http://ca.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2015010622695/duchess-kate-first-engagements-confirmed/

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  28. It was a tough choice, but I went with the McQueen cornflower blue. I wanted to vote for the coat dress, but decided to go with a coat that was just a coat.

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  29. rose from Brooklyn7 January 2015 at 01:30

    Yaaay another post!!! I absolutely looved the satin blue Christopher kane coat, simply because I looved the overall look. From the hat to the shoes the whole look screamed princess! !! (Though a whole lot might disagree)!!!!!

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    1. Erika from Massachusetts7 January 2015 at 17:33

      Hi Rose. I loved the Christopher Kane coat as well. Not my favorite but one of my favorites for the reasons you stated.

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    2. I agree. The elegant Christopher Kane coat was part of a beautiful look.

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  30. One question...has she had significant hair trims this year? In some of the photos her hair appears much longer by a few inches from one engagement to the other. Explanations?// Does she use extensions?

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    1. I believe she uses extensions, at least some of the time. There are two photos I can think of that show weaves. Whoever does her hair does an amazing job, I wish I had even her hair lushness from when she was not married and didnt have a stylist!

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    2. Extensions? Where do you see them?
      Her hair is always about the same lenght, and same volume in any point.

      Camilla

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden8 January 2015 at 00:16

      Only mention of seeing extensions that I've heard of was when she held that engagement for Charles. And if I remember correctly they released it was a scar from a surgery she had done in childhood.

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    4. I can try to find a couple pictures with the weaves showing. Her hair wasn't as thick pre-marriage. Hair product and styling can only do so much.

      Hair extensions are not a bad thing. Whoever does hers does an amazing job.

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    5. I have the same question, Camilla. :) Her hair always looks the same to me.

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    6. Jessica in Texas8 January 2015 at 03:15

      I think her hair was thicker pre engagement. Or she had more "volume" from blow drying it herself and not having as much product in her her. My guess is her hair is loaded with products then dried and ironed.

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  31. anon from Leominster7 January 2015 at 02:10

    It seems possible Kate's two engagments are a bit of royal spin --- certainly wouldn't blame them. Regardless of the truth of the allegations, very doubtful, I think, this has been a bad week. I feel very sorry for the queen.

    It will be wonderful to see Kate and nice seeing her branch out a bit on the subject of fostering.

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    1. I really do feel so bad for HM.

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    2. Me too. I can see your point Leo, I think she does some engagements because of her forthcoming holiday.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden7 January 2015 at 12:54

      Now a day of engagements have shown up on the 19th. I think there are a few reasons for these engagements. Firstly, since she will be on maternity leave and such I think they want to get a lot of engagements in before. Also the Andrew stuff (but these engagements sounds like they have been planned for a while). I also think the holiday reason. But she would have done them either way I think. The engagements themself are not the royal spin, just the timing of them.

      Also, I think this foster engagement and the Family one on the 19th might be foreshadowing new patronages. I think her patronages will focus on children and these would fit right in!

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    4. blue27: Really? After all of that rant last week, now she is being ragged for doing engagements? Poor woman can't win. Rather than her doing engagements to look good in the event she takes her annual vacation with her family, isn't it more probable that since she is in the best part of her pregnancy - the HG has eased and she is feeling well again - that she is doing as many engagements as she can before having her baby? She is doing two engagements next week. Isn't that what you wanted? MJ

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    5. Jessica in Texas7 January 2015 at 19:19

      If she is adding engagements in anticipation of leaving for the annual mystique trip then I'd say that's a sign she's listening to her critics and taking notes.

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    6. Blue27. Who says she is going on holiday? There has not a word in the media. So why starting something you know nothing about. Yes she has gone on holiday with her parents in the past but it does not mean she will this year

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    7. Why spin? Why making up for anything? Why not simply engagements?

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    8. Dear MJM:

      I don't know how long you have been posting here or reading posts, or been interested in the Duchess, etc. Either way, as I have engaged in this topic many times, I pledge to speak of this once in reply to you, and I vow not to overengage in the topic.

      "After all of that rant last week, now she is being ragged for doing engagements? Poor woman can't win."
      No, she is being ragged on for planning her engagements just before hightailing it to a beach holiday, after having a month-long staycation, so that she won't look as bad. This is a regular pattern with her.

      "isn't it more probable that since she is in the best part of her pregnancy?"
      Well, no. After her maternity leave ended, and before she became ill again, she hardly worked - a very small small handful across the three months of May-June-July, and nothing at all in August. So even when she is healthy, well, not on maternity leave, or anything, she still doesn't work much.

      "that she is doing as many engagements as she can before having her baby?"
      Well, no. With George, she barely worked in April, absolutely nothing in May, that Trooping stuff in June and one boat ceremony, then nothing after that. She essentially started her mat leave 10 weeks before George was due.

      Anon 20:04:"Who says she is going on holiday? There has not a word in the media. So why starting something you know nothing about."
      That is fair enough, absolutely. As it is Carole's 60th and they go to Mustique every year for many many years, it's a likelihood. But of course, you are right, and perhaps she won't this year.

      Alright, I'm done with the topic of her work ethic here, as you were :)

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    9. Considering all the predictions that she would not be seen for a period of time after Christmas, the engagements should be seen as good news, no?

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    10. It certainly is a nice surprise! I am very much looking forward to the coverage :)

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    11. Here you all are saying she is doing all these engagements because of her holiday with her parents. Why do you all have to start something that has not even been talked about in the press. Who knows if she is going this year. You all figure she is, do you all have an inside track on her travel plans.

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    12. anon from Leominster8 January 2015 at 08:59

      Actually, I hadn't thought about the holiday. I was thinking spin for the negative stories of the week from Andrew to the BBC postponment, and thinking I would want to get the most eye-catching member out to provide some positive publicity. In the Daily Mail, there is also a clumsy defense of Camilla, claiming she is one of the most popular royal, but giving no real statistics -- clearly a puff piece inspired by the video.

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    13. I think some people just dont want to be disappointed again. So by saying that, then hopefully we are wrong in thinking she might be hightailing it soon. I would love love love to be wrong in thinking she is going to Mustique.

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    14. Anon 06:32, I would like to kindly point out that even Charlotte mentioned in the post that last year Kate received some criticism for holidaying after a long period of no work, and that her team has likely decided to take appropriate measures before the annual Mustique holiday. It's not that strange that the concept is in our minds and people have brought it up.

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    15. What on earth is wrong with a few days of sun and sand with her family?? After all, Kate is one of many millions who seek a bit of warmth this time of year!

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  32. The art room event may be an appearance to counteract the negativity as it is a rescheduled event from the time she was ill. The fostering event seems to be a planned event so it may have been in the works for some time. I wonder if she plans on taking this on as a patronage as it seems to tie in with the royal foundation and her work with the youth.

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  33. I love most of Catherine's coats but the Mulberry Cerise is my favorite. Just beautiful in her.

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  34. Aaagh, so hard to choose! I had to go with the McQueen Peter Pan Collar, because it's one of my all-time-favorite Kate looks. But I really, really loved the Seraphine, too! So many great coats this year.

    Heather E

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  35. Charlotte thanks for the poll. what a fantastic selection of coats. I could have voted for any number of them but chose the Mulberry cerise. My grandmother voted for the Moloh Turpin as she loves the cut & period feel of this coat.

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  36. My 3 favorites for the year are the Hobbs London Persephone, the McQueen Peter Pan collar coat dress, and the Tory Burch Bettina tweed coat but I had to go with the Persephone as my top choice. Kate really does have an amazing collection of coats!

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  37. Like other readers I am surprised at the coat that is so clearly the leader in the best coat stakes, I thought it was too young looking and although stylish in a way not really right for someone of Kate's age.
    I see that yet another engagement has been announced for Kate. Three local one's in the Kensington area a charity dealing with families in need, la visit to a new Acadamy and the opening of a new leisure centre none of these connected to any of her charities.. I wonder if like the past this is a burst of activity & then she will go to ground, I hope not

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  38. How many coats does she have total? Does anyone know?

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  39. Amy, Detroit Michigan7 January 2015 at 21:27

    There were only a few coats I liked this year, it was a bit of a boring year, style-wise, for the Duchess.
    That being said, the Turpin coat is simply gorgeous, so that got my vote.

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  40. Rose from Montreal, Canada7 January 2015 at 22:00

    I wish we had more than one vote. I voted for the Tony Burch but also love the Mulberry Cerise. Really looking forward to next week with two engagements. Yippee!!!!

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  41. The Duchess looks amazing in most anything. There are so many beautiful coats to choose from BUT the McQueen coat w/ the Peter Pan collar and drop waist is simply perfection to me.

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  42. Rebecca - Sweden8 January 2015 at 00:34

    I don't know if someone has mentioned this. But on the New Years list of people that will be honored this year (you know, knighthoods, CBEs etc) some people connected to William and Kate are on it. It was someone important (like adviser or something) that I can't remember who.... Also Lola Rose (Not Lela Rose the dress maker, but Lola Rose that makes jewellry. Kate has worn some of it pre engagement). Also Dickson Poon (if I remember correctly), the guy that donated money to the wing William opened the day the pregnancy got announced :P

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  43. Thank you for the poll Charlotte. I'm glad you didn't include the tour looks from this Spring- it would be too overwhelming for me to choose between all those options. It was a hard choice, but I had to go with the the black and purple (sorry Seraphine, I don't see maroon) coat worn for the New York City arrival. I loved the sparkle - it looked great with all the camera flashes going off - and the styling was just perfect for me (plus we got a great view of the baby bump). I loved the Hobb's green trench for St. Patrick's day, but I'm fairly confident I'll have another shot to vote for it in the future - maybe St Patrick's Day 2016? I know there can be some disappointment when Kate chooses to repeat a look, but I would love to see the Matthew Williamson powder blue coat again. I adored this coat from the moment I saw it on Net-a-porter. It went right on my pinterest board of dream coats and I was thrilled a few weeks later to see Kate wear it. However, I was very disappointed in the styling. I hated the color combo of powder blue and chocolate brown. I loved the red scarf worn for the runway show and wish Kate had paired the coat with a brighter color. Kate's black boots were definitely an improvement over the model's yellow ones though.

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  44. Maggie - Minneapolis8 January 2015 at 01:23

    If Kate's two upcoming engagements that have nothing to do with her charities do not end up becoming new patronages, then I'm inclined to think that they are indeed to counteract recent negative publicity due to Prince Andrew and Kate's engagement numbers, as well as a possible upcoming Mustique trip. They do then seem like recently planned engagements in response to new negative publicity. But, it is possible that these are foreshadowing new patronages for her. So I'll reserve judgment for now and say that I'm happy she's doing more in January than usual.

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    1. Generally royal engagements are prepared well in advance and only announced closer to the engagement. The increase in January engagements is most likely because of the upcoming birth of the new child. Anyway why does one always have to judge over such trivial matters of royal engagements when the world is facing such awful atrocities as what happened in France, Australia, Canada, etc, etc.

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    2. I don't think it matters why. Getting out and about is a good thing IMO.

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    3. Anon 1:47 and bluhare, I agree.

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    4. Royal fan & bluhare. Maggie has to complain about Kate no matter what the poor girl does.

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    5. Anon 20.33
      There r people like you who find no fault in her looks or action whatsoever. Such is life, I guess.

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  45. Kate, Texas, USA8 January 2015 at 05:14

    Charlotte, I love a fun poll! I always love seeing Kate's coat wardrobe. There are SO many lovely ones to choose from. I was interested in seeing how the Christopher Kane would do.... That one is my favorite! I think it is classy and beautiful! Seeing Kate in person at the Order of the Garter last year, it really is pretty in person. I know you said you hadn't warmed too it. :) I loved it when she wore it to the Olympic reception at BP, Olympic opening ceremony, AND at Windsor Castle! I would love to see it again!

    I also loved the Matthew Williamson and the cerise pink Mulberry, but we can only vote for one! I wonder what maternity wear Kate will don over the next few weeks? All her coats in New York were lovely! Looking forward to Kate's coats in 2015!

    It will be nice seeing Kate out and about at the upcoming engagements. 2015 will be another great year for the Cambridge family with the baby coming! I'm REALLY looking forward to that poll....boy or girl, date, time, weight! It will be here before we know it! :)

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