Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge Supports the Arts in Margate

The Duchess of Cambridge visited seaside town Margate in Kent this morning for two engagements supporting the arts.


With just a few weeks to go until the arrival of her second child, Kate has a busy week ahead which will see her visit the set of much-loved Downton Abbey and a service to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. It is thought the Duchess will wrap up public events with the annual St. Patrick's Day parade at Aldershot before taking maternity leave.


History of Art Graduate Kate, who is patron of the National Portrait Gallery, looked excited as she arrived at the Turner Contemporary.

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Simon Perry shared a photo from the steps of the gallery.

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Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries and since opening in 2011 has become one of the most successful galleries in the UK, welcoming more than 1.4 million visits. It's been widely credited as a catalyst for the regeneration of Margate, generating an astounding £32 million for the local economy.

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The Duchess viewed the 'Self: Image and Identity' exhibition which includes the last self-portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck, recently acquired for the nation by the National Portrait Gallery through a public appeal with The Art Fund.

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It is the second time Kate has viewed the van Dyck portrait. She privately viewed it at the National Portrait Gallery last year.

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More about the exhibition from the official website:

'In a world where 'selfies' have become everyday expressions and ‘Britishness’ is being redefined, what is the role of self-portraiture and how has it shifted through the history of art to the present day?
 In this extraordinary new exhibition, Turner Contemporary becomes a frame through which self-portraiture is re-evaluated in the 21st century, sparking conversations on history, celebrity, collecting, gender, mortality and contemporary approaches.
Artists have been recreating their own image for centuries. From self-advertisement and preserving legacy, to figurative studies, political commentary and biographical exploration self-representation, has shaped Western art.'

Over a hundred works have been brought together for an expansive look at the artist's self. It's a fantastic exhibition for art lovers to appreciate.

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Her Royal Highness toured the gallery and met artists whose works are in the exhibition.

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According to royal reporter Rebecca English, the look on Kate's face was "priceless" when she saw a self-portrait of the artist as a 'drowning man'.


The Duchess had the opportunity to see first-hand how Turner Contemporary engages with the local community in the Clore Learning Studio, where she met local school children involved in an art project and met a group of young women who have been working with local artist Felicity Allen.

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Kate also attend a brief reception and met staff and supporters of the gallery.

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Finally the Duchess saw the exhibition 'Mr Lion 14' by Blank Canvas, Turner Contemporary's inter-generational community group.


The group brings together people of all ages to share, ask questions, support and inspire one other. It offers a unique opportunity for up-and-coming talent to produce work with the help of like-minded people.

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For those living in the vicinity or planning a trip it's a splendid place to visit and aside from the gallery, Margate is a scenic, charming town. For those wishing to support the gallery, there's an online shop full of interesting items.

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HRH did an impromptu walkabout.


The Duchess received flowers and cards.


Kate's next port of call was Resort Studios, a vibrant arts organisation. It offers a high-quality programme of events and workshops alongside art studios and exhibition space. It aims to encourage experimentation and collaboration in an inspiring, professional and supportive environment.


Set up in 2013 when seven artists rented two floors of a Victorian warehouse building, Resort now has 40 full-time members, a gallery and a project space. It is another prime example of the new creative economy driving regeneration in Margate.

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Kate met architect Tamsin Landells who designed the Resort Studios and her husband Tim Ratliff - and their own new arrival Evan, who is six weeks old. The Duchess chatted to the couple about Prince George, telling them he is now at the age where he runs around and she has to chase after him.

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Martin Slepcikova showed Kate his montage of photos from Croatia.

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As always, Kate was a natural with the children she met.


Kate shared a joke with artists at the studio.


More from People's story:

"I said, 'You're looking very trim,' " one resident, Jenny Cranstone, told reporters. "She said, 'I sometimes forget I'm pregnant.'
 "I had five children, and I know how good she looks!" marveled Cranstone. "We both had a good laugh. It was not a Queen Victoria, 'We are not amused.' She was amused." 

The Duchess viewed an exhibition featuring photo-montages of local personalities and met artists-in-residence to hear about their work with communities within Cliftonville.


Kate also toured the studios, including a print studio, project space and more general workspaces.


Earlier this week we saw Kate repeat the pink Alexander McQueen coat she wore during her first pregnancy. Today, the Duchess selected another piece from her first maternity wardrobe (although it is not a maternity garment) - the Hobbs Dalmatian Print Mac she wore to christen Royal Princess in June 2013.


The £169 coat caused quite a stir when Kate first wore it; many were surprised to see the Duchess in an animal print. I thought it quite refreshing at the time to see her changing it up and experimenting a little with her style. Kate obviously liked it too, choosing to give it another public outing today. The piece is just above knee-length and a mix of linen and rayon.

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While Kate's coat has been sold out for some time, the Dalmatian print is proving popular among some of her favourite retailers. Below we see the £45 Dizzy Dalmatian Wrap Dress by Great Plains, the Reiss Otto Jumpsuit and the Reiss Rosalia Skirt (currently half price).

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Kate wore a black dress underneath.


The Duchess teamed the coat with her stylish 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 in black and taupe at Nordstrom and Zappos with Free Shipping.


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Kate carried her black suede Mulberry Bayswater Clutch. The smart and compact piece is available in glossy leather for £495 at Selfridges.

Mulberry

The popular clutch borrows detailing from the iconic namesake tote. The textured-leather bag has become something of a staple piece for the brand. Below we see the £895 bag at Net-A-Porter decorated with the brand's signature Postman's lock - the same lock on the clutch.

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The Duchess completed the look with her Annoushka pearls and wore her hair in a ponytail.


Kate appeared to be in her element today and she looked radiant. Do you like the dalmatian print coat? Has your opinion changed since the first time it was worn? You can watch a video here.

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We leave you with this photo taken by Ted Alling, who was jogging this morning when he spotted the Duchess boarding her helicopter (with thanks to Karen).  As you can see a certain little Prince wanted to wave his mummy off :)


Don't forget, the Duchess will visit the set of Downton Abbey tomorrow, it should be a fun one :)

118 comments:

  1. oh i just love her now she a reigning recycle goodness right now some close snapshot

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  2. Jean from Lancs11 March 2015 at 12:03

    Thought she might wear this again this week---though I had guessed Friday.
    Beginning to think I prefer her hair in the ponytail, as it shows off her lovely bone structure.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA11 March 2015 at 13:26

      I agree, Jean. The ponytail highlights those pretty cheekbones and jawline--plus it looks shiny, sleek, and chic!

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA11 March 2015 at 13:31

      She has pretty ears, too!

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    3. Plus she looks more regal with her hair in a ponytail, I don't understand why she doesn't have it tied back more often.

      Rebecca

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  3. I'm not a fan of the Dalmatian print, I don't think it suits her. She definitely seems bigger though this time round, I'm thinking girl for sure!

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  4. I'm surprised to see her wear this again. Not because I don't like it, but because it has been on display of the very ship she christianed while wearing it before. Could that be a copy? Did she get it back? Does anyone know how that kind of thing works? I can't see it making sense for her to buy two of certain items to donate them. Takes away from the thriftiness of it.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA11 March 2015 at 13:24

      interesting about the cruise ship display!! I hope someone researches your questions. I wonder about the wedding dress display, too. Where is it now? I would love for her to retrieve those wedding earrings from her parents. They were beautiful, and I'd love to see her wearing them!!!

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    2. I remember seeing a picture of a display related to the cruise ship christening, but it looked like the coat in the glass case was slightly different from Kate's coat - a RepliKate if you will. It seemed so strange that the cruise ship company would put her coat - or even a RepliKate - on display to mark her visit, so I figured it was some one-off kind of project that wasn't sanctioned by the DoC or the cruise ship company. In any event, I love her coat. It's fun and fresh and flattering on her. I've had a similar animal print coat for years and random strangers come up to me all the time to tell me they love it. One of my doctors even asked me where I got it, and on my next visit, I saw it hanging in her office.

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    3. I had the same thought, Mandy! My parents were on that ship in May of 2014 and sent me a photo of this coat on display. I have been searching the internet trying to find an answer, but no luck so far.

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    4. Jessica in Texas11 March 2015 at 16:56

      I thought I read an article that found it was a replica on the ship. The seams and the print didn't line up the same as they did in photos of her wearing it.

      The wedding dress was on display in BP right? The duchess and queen did a joint engagement to view it. Her evening dress worn to the private reception though I don't know. I'm sure it's preserved in a closet just like the rest of her gowns

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  5. I love this coat! So happy to see it again as I thought I read it was going to be on display in the cruise ship!

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  6. Erika from Massachusetts11 March 2015 at 12:43

    Always a delight to read a new post with my mornig tea :-) Thrilled we are getting another look at some of the highlights of her last maternity wardrobe. This is an interesting coat for me because in some shots it is striking and in others it appears voluminous and the neckline severe.All in all I think I like this wearing better than the first. I love the ponytail!

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  7. I am really surprised that she has so many engagements right now given the very light public appearance schedule she usually keeps. I wondered if there was a (PR) push to get her out to be seen/photographed at a handfull of appearances all in a row, at the end of her pregnancy, to make her appear more "hard-working" or whatever because she is nearer delivery and much more pregnant looking at this point? I've got to say though, in these pictures she doesn't really look very happy or enthusiastic/interested as I would have expected, given that we know she is interested in art. I think she must tired and/or not feeling her best (or maybe there was just limited photo-ops and they didn't get great shots). As for the rest, I loved this coat the first time she wore it and I still do. Glad to see her hair up again, too... the profile shot of her in the gallery, speaking with an artist, really shows her beautiful profile. I imagine she is one of those people who is even more beautiful/striking in person, than can be seen in photographs. Anyway, one last thought, I think a different hair style would have better suited the rest of her outfit, instead of her loose ponytail. Something more polished would have really pulled the whole look together.

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    1. Jean from Lancs11 March 2015 at 16:28

      I saw her in Manchester when she was pregnant with George and thought then her photos don't always do her justice. I think it was her sparkling eyes, which don't really show on a photo.

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  8. She looks beautiful - but tired. Her face seems thinner this time - I am on my second pregnancy as well and it is definitely harder this time with a busy toddler to chase. I like the coat - it's different!

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  9. I like her hair like this:simple and perfect :)

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  10. Since maternity clothes are only worn for a short period of time (relatively), I think it makes sense for them to be recycled, especially since the garments/coats she has worn are still both beautiful and stylish. Looking forward to seeing the rest of her appearances this week since they appear to be the last before maternity leave.

    Tracy from Ohio

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  11. Absolutely love this coat, and she always looks lovely with her hair tied back. Glad to see she is going to the St Patricks day engagement. Thank you for the post :)

    Rebecca

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  12. Sara from Canada11 March 2015 at 14:12

    Love the recycling. . always a gentle relief to me when she recyles. It ups her charm in my mind.

    But not a fan of the print. . faux animal prints on ladies in general. . .not a great combination. It's an attempt at being daring with looking cheap. Now that's just my opinion. . let the animals wear their prints:)

    Side note: When you compare Kate to the others around her, she always looks refined. Take a look at those pics objectively. It's easy to pull apart what we like and we don't. . . but she (her hair, makeup, jewellery, composure, etc) continues to look ultra refined. No matter what, she seems stands out in a beautiful way.

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    1. I love your point of how Kate always looks refined compared to those around her. So true! I often feel sorry for women photographed near her; you can tell they did their best to look great but compared to her they end up looking frumpy.

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    2. Sara, I agree that she consistently looks refined. With the exception of a few of the off-the-rack pieces where you can see the inferior fabric weight (often in the hemming) her clothes are always a notch above the rest. However, I love animal prints when they look daring and not cheap. Women need to be careful with that balance. In this case, I loved the coat when I first saw it and like it even better now. It's young and edgy while being elegant and refined at the same time.

      Ponytails (on anyone) I'm less enthusiastic about. Especially the messy hipster rat's nests that have been in vogue for much too long. They scream "lazy" or "I couldn't bother" to me. When I see a ponytail I often remember the first time I sported one and my grandfather asked in his sardonic way, "Have you got under there what a horse has under there?"

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    3. @Bristowmom, I respectfully disagree. Just because someone does not have the same amount of money to spend on clothing as Kate does not mean the outfit they put together looks frumpy. A person can look very stylish regardless of money. I guess I don't see what you see in photos. No one looks frumpy and I don't really think that is fair to put Kate on a pedestal and say everyone around her looks frumpy due to her. I think Kate usually looks great, but I don't think she stands out from those around her. I think because she is the focus of attention it seems like she stands out. Sometimes I have even preferred the outfits of women around her to her outfit. Kate even can look frumpy by what she chooses to wear. She sometimes dresses much older than she is which then comes across as frumpy. Everyone has their off days, including Kate.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis11 March 2015 at 21:09

      It bothers me to think that women photographed near Kate should be felt sorry for. Everyone has their plus points and minus points. Some of the women near Kate may be brilliant for all we know. And no one should feel bad about themselves just because they don't have the same amount of time and money to dedicate towards a beauty regime as Kate does. Kate is pretty, but I don't think it's fair to judge the women around her as looking frumpy.

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    5. Nobody said they're not brilliant, and it's not about money. It's about attitude, and Kate oozes a poise that has nothing to do with status or beauty regimes.
      also, her less is more style and the use of few colours, work well in pictures.

      I'm happy of who I am and I happily admit I would look way worse than Kate next to her.
      I don't see any disrespect in acknowledging it.

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    6. I didn't interpret Sara's or Bristowmom's comments as being disrespectful in any way. Some people (women and men) just stand out for whatever reason(s) and Kate happens to be one of them. From the very beginning, I thought she had poise and carried herself in a very ladylike manner. She also happens to be a beautiful young woman with a warm smile and a sparkle in her eye.

      That doesn't imply that those around her look terrible, but let's give credit where it's warranted.

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    7. Regardless of whether Kate actually exudes a particular poise or is exceptionally attractive (and not just enjoying the effect of the rose-colored glasses through which royals/celebrities are so often viewed), I do think it's disrespectful to compliment her in a way that inevitably puts down the women around her. First of all, I echo the points made before about how such a compliment discounts the advantages Kate has over most other women when it comes to grooming - she has bucketloads more time and money to devote to beauty regimes, hair treatments, workouts, shopping, tailoring, etc., not to mention actual staff members devoted to helping her with these things. Second, such comments essentially reduce the women photographed next to Kate to their looks, and that's both disrespectful AND shallow. When Kate visits a place, she is photographed next to the people who actually DO the activity she pops by for an afternoon to promote. Imagine being were a person who devoted your life to caring for children at a hospice (to take one example) and some figurehead like Kate came by for a couple of hours and was photographed next to you. Now imagine that internet commenters were not only fawning over how charitable Kate is for stopping by for an afternoon (which is pretty understandable on a fan blog for Kate, I get that) but also gratuitously commenting on how great Kate looks next to frumpy you. Never mind that you're probably too busy WORKING to spend six hours getting your hair done, and probably have much more important things to concern yourself with than whether your clothes are as fashionable as a woman's with a six-figure annual clothing budget. I'm sorry, but I don't see how that's NOT incredibly disrespectful to the folks who work at the charities/museums/etc that Kate visits. You can give credit where it's warranted without insulting the non-Kate women out there.

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    8. I think Kate is very pretty and great, but I feel like you are looking at her through rose colored glasses. She is a Royal and the only celebrity in the room, of course she is going to standout!!! Anyone in her position would and does for that matter!

      I don't agree with the poise though. Actually Kate comes across a little insecure. The way that she carries herself both with bad posture, the hunched shoulders, not a standing up straight, and the way she carries her arms shows insecurity. She keeps them closed in front of her and always carries her clutch right against her pelvis. Body language experts will tell you this is due to being a bit nervous and insecure. Which, I actually find endearing that she still gets nervous. I don't see anything wrong with it. I am only pointing it out since you say her poise is the reason she stands out. Kate is very pretty and she stands out because of being Royal. I don't think she stands out as much around other Royals or would even stand out if you put her next to Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron. I think she stands out to you because you adore her, which is fine, but you are putting others down in doing so. It sounds like you are saying 'no one can hold a candle to Kate', Which is just not true.

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    9. anon from Leominster12 March 2015 at 01:15

      Kate is very pretty but I often see women near her who look as polished as she does. The very high heels Kate wears makes her stand out, and her ability to buy expensive well-made clothes and to choose a larger variety of styles than many working woman would, makes a difference. Kate does have a lovely smile but is much less attractive when she doesn't smile. Her hair at its best is wonderful - I love it long but we have no way of knowing what tricks she uses to achieve that effect - it is fuller than when she was younger and we know it tends to frizz.

      Tamsin Landells looks quite as good to me as Kate does with her cream dress and necklace, and if I had to choose between Kat'e dalmatian coat and the marbled black skirt and black jacket that woman in the first picture is wearing - I would certainly choose the later. It's also work remembering that the phtographers are aiming for Kate and publish their best photos of HER, not those around her.

      There have been several occasions I thought Kate look poor compared to the women near her - when she underdressed at an affair for military wives in Australia, she didn't show to advantage - and when visiting the Harry Potter studios, the countess of Verullam looked much superior to Kate's cheap spotted maternity frock. And the queen of Belgium looked very well next to Kate. It's all relative.

      I've never been at all keen on that Dalmatian print - although I might like it better not as a maternity coat. It makes Kate look more huge than she is. But I can see reusing an outfit intended for late pregnancy and it works well especially in the art gallery. It's nice to see her out - particularly with the children when she really shines - and look forward to the next engagment.

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    10. Okay, so pointing out Kate's positive attributes can be seen as being negative towards other women. Yet all the rebuttal remarks about Kate are fine. :)

      I can't speak for anyone else here, but I don't attribute the qualities I pointed out to her current status or wealth. It was evident when she was first identified as William's girlfriend.

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    11. Thank you Whitney!!! I agree with everything you said and you put it into perfect perspective. It worries me that someone can't see how this is disrespectful to those photographed with Kate and non-famous women in general.

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    12. Royalfan no one has a problem with you pointing out positive things about kate. People were upset with the comment regarding the poor women who get photographed with Kate because they just look frumpy, even though they try to look good. And you agreed with it and didn't think it was rude. That's were the problem lies. It's ok to point out good and bad things about Kate but don't put down the women who's job is not too look pretty at the same time. Which that comment was doing. It was being negative to other women. If you really only wanted to point out Kate's attributes just say she has poise. Don't make it seem like she is better than most women.

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    13. We are mixing thongs up here.

      Working hard in a hospice vs. Looking good in pictures. Nobody is diminishing your work by saying your guest looks like a model and you don't.

      I find it shallow to be enraged by it - it means you're giving WAY too much importance to looking good.

      Camilla

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    14. Well, Anon, considering some of the remarks that have been made about Kate on this very blog, the objections here do strike me as a tad ironic.

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    15. Maggie - Minneapolis12 March 2015 at 10:29

      Camilla - those of us who are trying to say we shouldn't feel bad for women being photographed next to Kate just because they may possibly LOOK worse are the shallow ones? Thank you for that laugh! All we are saying is that no one should feel bad for themselves or others because they are in a picture with Kate and MAYBE don't look as good as her, because looks are not the only important thing, and they shouldn't feel like they have to "measure up" to a woman who has so much more time and money to focus on looking good than most women do. And because people measure attractiveness differently (as evidenced by the comment section of this blog). But yeah, it's the people who are arguing that looks aren't everything and are in the eye of the beholder who are shallow.

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    16. Maggie - Minneapolis12 March 2015 at 10:33

      Royalfan - have you considered that maybe we hold Kate to a higher standard than random women in pictures because this is a blog about her? And also because her job, unlike most of these other women, is to be seen (as per the Queen). And because she has much more time and money than most women to spend on her appearance, and her appearance is a big part of her job especially because she doesn't always give us other things to talk about. So yeah, I may be a little more critical of Kate at times than I am of the random lady at the museum. Mostly because I don't read this blog for the random ladies that pop up in pictures. And, there is a HUGE difference between criticizing Kate for a clothing decision and saying that women should feel bad for being photographed with Kate because they always look bad around her.

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    17. Camilla - first off, no one here is "enraged," and your attempt to deflect the "shallow" label onto those trying to defend the poor women photographed next to Kate who are being judged *on their looks* is not convincing.

      Second, yes, it does diminish someone's work when you reduce them to their looks just to compare them unfavorably to a woman whose public image is based almost entirely on appearance. Let me be clear that I don't think it's entirely Kate's fault that she's known mostly for her looks, I think the media plays a huge role in emphasizing her looks and fashion over any substantive contributions she makes, but let's not compound the problem by applying the same paradigm to the women photographed with her.

      My final comment is merely this - if you and royalfan still can't see the distinction between a comment stating, "Kate looks wonderful! What poise!" and "Kate looks wonderful! What poise compared to the women around her - poor frumps, they tried their hardest to look polished but they simply cannot compare to the lovely Kate," then it's probably not productive to continue this discussion.

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    18. Lynn Georgia USA12 March 2015 at 15:44

      Kate is beautiful. However, in deference to the women photographed with her--Many are a lot older than she is--and age, it does make a difference!! (Spoken with the authority of firsthand experience!! (-:))

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    19. Sara from Canada12 March 2015 at 20:31

      Oh my, so many comments! :) It's been an interesting read to hear your insights. After reading all this, this is what comes to mind as I reflect:

      1) Kate has a glamour that radiates from within that makes her stand out; something that has come out more with each passing year; it has grown. And it's not about money. In fact, this is something that money & resource cannot buy. Take Princess Anne or Camilla for example. . ..both lovely women, but I'm not sure I would say they stand out in the crowd (even though they have access to the best resources in the world).

      2) I also wouldn't say that Kate is a natural knock-out-beauty. Look at her highschool and college photos. . .lovely girl, but she doesn't stand out from the crowd. (I can think of one girl in my highschool who did; I always imagine what she would look like with access to privileged resources. Wow!)
      Kate is rather similar to photos of Diana as a youth. Lovely youthful young ladies; but not stand-out-gorgeous. Both have (had) the physique & fashion sense that was elevated through resource. They took what they had, and made the most of it via their privileged lifestyle. This is why, as some of pointed out, it's not helpful to pit Kate against others who do not have access to these resources. But again, it's not just resource. See point #1.

      3) It's not just about external beauty. I know gorgeous women (without access to the aforementioned privilege) who do not radiate beauty. True beauty, anyway. You can probably think of a few celebrities like that, too.
      But there seems to be a warmth and kindness that comes from within Kate. . .this only accentuates her physical beauty she has been privileged to refine.


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    20. No, it isn't a productive discussion if you put words into people's mouths. A couple of complimentary comments were made about Kate's overall appearance and suddenly that translated into other women being insulted. So these other women are defended (against what real offence I'm not sure) and here we go with more Kate-knocking in the process.

      Don't we all make observations and comparisons in everyday life, whether we're walking down the street or in the mall? In your mind does everyone wear the same mask, or do some people stand out to you, for whatever reason? Taller, shorter, happier, pulled together...or not. I may love my car, but if my neighbor pulls in with a brand new BMW I have no problem recognizing the difference. If I have a bad hair day and meet a friend for lunch who looks like she just stepped out of a salon, I will giggle and think "not my best day". I'm sorry but I find that to be human and rather innocuous.

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    21. I have mixed feelings about this discussion. Kate did win the lottery of genes (hair, height, figure) and add to that the level of grooming she does, our focus on her, and also (good point someone made) the photographer focuses on her in the pictures, I agree she seems to stand out. But which factor is the most important?

      So let’s imagine this scenario:

      Kate Baker-Middleton, 33 years old, works as a conservator at a museum. She is 8 months pregnant with her second child and that morning she was so busy caring for her 1-year-old son she didn’t have time to properly style her hair, so it was really frizzy. Her make-up is just a bit of mascara and some color on the cheeks. Her skin looks tired, she didn’t get much sleep lately because of her son having his teeth and summer is long ago. Her set of maternity clothes isn’t yet updated to spring (no time to shop and also tight on the budget this month) so she selects a simple black dress with flat boots since she will have to stand and walk for 8 hours today. That day at the museum there is the royal patron that is visiting so lots of pictures are taken while she and her colleagues show the royal around.

      So the question is… Would Kate stand out on these pictures as well? Would everyone instantly admire the poise and warm character of that museum worker?

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    22. I'll try to make my point by comparing, once again, myself to Kate instead of the women in the pictures.

      I look worse than Kate in pictures. There is no problem in that.

      I love myself. Still
      I say I look worse than Kate.

      I probably work more hours than Kate.
      I look worse than her.
      Nothing in this offends me.

      I would be offended ONLY IF I CARED TOO MUCH ABOUT HOW I LOOK.
      in that case I would be sorry that Kate looks better than me.

      I don't care much about looks, so, I don't give then too much importance, so I don't find it a problem if mine are not comparable to Kate's.

      Did I make myself clearer?

      Camilla

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    23. And about your saying that no one is enraged, read again this thread of comments.

      Camilla

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    24. Another example.

      Let's compare Angelina Jolie to Marie Curie.

      Angelina looks better than Marie.

      Am I saying Angelina won two Nobels here?
      No. I am saying she looks better.
      this can coexist with this:
      Marie was a great scientist.

      Camilla

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    25. Great examples, Camilla. For what it's worth, I get it! :)

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    26. Thanks, royalfan :)

      Camilla

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  13. I love the entire look. I think the coat is adorable and she looks great with her hair pulled back.

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  14. I love the coat! I was awe struck by it on kate first time round and even more now without the hat! It's bold and fun and not boring at all. Like like like!

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    1. Totally agree! I think the look / the dress is way better without the hat. Pony tail is spot on, too.

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  15. I love seeing her in the animal print coat again - something that feels a bit more age appropriate and trendy than pink with pearl buttons. I also love her hair up in the pony tail and agree she should wear her hair up more than she does today.

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  16. This was my favorite Kate maternity look last pregnancy, so I'm excited to see this coat again!

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  17. Rhonda - Wisconsin11 March 2015 at 14:31

    I think that she looked stunning today. She was very upbeat and seemed really happy. She looks lovely and I love, love, love this coat! Loved it the first time and was just thrilled to see it on her today. I am so happy that she has lots of engagements this week. It's a lovely way to start my day here in Wisconsin!

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  18. I wasn't a fan of this coat the first time and I'm not a fan of it now, I don't think it's one of her best looks. Although, I do think she looks much better this time around with her hair up and without the hat. She looks lovely today! I can't wait for her to visit the Downton Abbey set!

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  19. I was really surprised to see this coat again. After Kate's previous engagement wearing this coat, I read a report saying that outfits worn to Christening of ships/boats by Royals are kept in the ship's museum or some museum. These outfits are not worn again because it is sent to whichever museum. Does anyone know anything about this or read anything similar?

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  20. I love outfit today. I just can't see how it's not maternity how it fits though. To accomadation bump you'd ned a really big size but it wouldn't fit on shoulders/ busy line. Do you think it would be altered by a tailor ?

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  21. Still can't see how she walks in high heels so late in pregnancy.

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    1. And looking at the photos she certainly answered the question of whether she can curtsy. ;)

      She wears pregnancy very well.

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  22. Although I'm not a fan of animal prints--at all--I think Kate looks very elegant. Unlike a lot of other people, I like it when Kate wears her hair long and loose. After all, she does have beautiful hair! But the ponytail is cute and is a nice change.

    I really don't understand why Kate almost always keeps her coat on indoors, but at least this coat seems like an appropriate weight for late winter/early spring... not too heavy but not too lightweight, either. (I find it so odd that she'll sometimes wear a heavy wool coat in the summer but go coat-less in the winter!). This time, though, Kate got it right.

    Betsey, NYC

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  23. Love the silhouette photo--someone was very clever!

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      Yes! It's lovely!

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    2. The coat looks more contemporary without the hat. I thought she looked great and definitely in her element. And her confidence appears to be growing.

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  24. Canadian Friend11 March 2015 at 16:02

    Hi, Charlotte,

    Thanks for the speedy and thorough post.

    HRH looks great but just a few things I noticed. Her makeup seems really harsh. It might be emphasized by the strong black and white print of her coat but it just seems off- too much and too bright, especially the rouge.

    I like this coat and like the recycling. I wish she had worn a coloured dress (maybe the red one-a Hobbes?-which she wore a few outings ago) underneath it and opened the coat up. I think that would tie in the makeup and soften the whole look.

    I like her in ponytails very much.

    She still looks great, especially while 7-8 months pregnant! How she wears heels, I'll never know...

    I think she's having another boy.

    Have a great day, everyone!

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  25. Not a fan of this coat

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  26. I am not a fan of this look, animal prints can be really tricky.Not everybody can get away with it. I loved her hair but looking back to the first event, she could change it up a little bit, she even wore the same earrings.;)

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  27. Kate!!! I LOVE your hair! Simple, yet elegant and appropriate. Not once did it look messy or unkempt. Perfect choice!!

    And I am also in love with the pumps.

    Sadly, this is my least favourite outfit of Kate's, but no matter. She looked lovely anyways.

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  28. Loved this coat the first time she wore it and love it now! Glad she chose to wear this again!

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  29. Amy, Detroit Michigan11 March 2015 at 17:58

    My favorite coat from her first pregnancy, so I am happy to see it again.

    It seems to me that she jumped from her fun and chic 20's to middle aged with her style choices, rarely dressing for her age after her first year and a half as a royal. This coat is refined and yet still fun...which is what I think her style should be at this point in her life. I'm 2 years older than Kate, so it does excite me when she dresses for her/our age.

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  30. Normally, I do not like animal prints, but this one works for me. It is a very "abstract" animal print so far removed from any identifiable animal. It's a happy print, certainly not "matronly" as many have criticized Kate for looking like an old lady. Her pony tail is adorable with a bit of sophistication. It just makes me smile. I don't know why. I don't know how Kate is feeling these days, but she certainly seems to put people at ease with her warm smile.

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  31. I really dont like this outfit the first or last time but nice to see her out.

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  32. She looks great. I like this coat much more this outing. I am wondering if it is the setting? I was surprised how much better it looks to me in these photos. Ali

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  33. Charlotte thank you for this wonderful post and all of the information. I love the look for today, the animal print and the ponytail. Others have mentioned that she looks 'refined' and I could not agree more- always put together and sometimes with the most simple of clothes and jewelry. Home run for HRH today!

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  34. Beautiful mum-to-be. I can't wait for the birth of the little one? Boy or girl? LOL!

    Monica, France

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  35. Thanks, as always, for your wonderful work, Charlotte!

    I thought Catherine looked lovely today, and am glad to see she feels good enough to do several engagements. While yours is the best - and most informative - blog re: our favorite Duchess, here's a link to People online that has some more direct quotes from Catherine: http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20907201,00.html Some people get extremely annoyed that People magazine always refers to Catherine as "princess", but I like that a *lot* better than those news outlets who constantly call her Kate Middleton.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!
    Julie

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  36. Marci near Salt Lake11 March 2015 at 19:23

    I didn't like this coat the first time she wore it, but after looking at the pictures here, I changed my mind, and when I saw the ITN video, I am firmly of the opinion that this was a great choice, especially for the two art-related events, because her whole look seems to me a bold artistic statement today. I'm very glad she did not wear a hat today. I like that the coat was allowed to make the "statement" and that her ponytail--simple and well groomed--and her sleek pumps, both helped the theme. Well done, Kate!

    Beautiful post as always, Charlotte, with plenty of interesting information. I wish I could get to that gallery!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.12 March 2015 at 01:38

      Marci, I still don't like that coat but, Kate looks great!!!! I think I have liked 80 % of her clothes but this is too Cruela D. for me.

      Charlotte, great post with a lot of interesting information. I still feel that the Arts are very Therapeutic for many of us, so I'm always happy when she supports it.

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  37. I didn't think that she'd repeat this garment, but it is OK, quite striking. A photo of the visit has already made the front page of London's 'Evening Standard'!

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  38. OH Gosh.... I really want to like this coat!! I like the idea of it and I love animal prints. I think in general they are very fun and not as expected for Kate to wear them. However, Dalmatian print just does not work. Only one person can pull it off and sadly I have had her song stuck in my head all morning due to this coat. I think it should be left to her to wear and only her...Cruella De Vil.

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  39. Beautiful Kate!! She looked lovely today in her Dalmatian print coat. Although I am not a fan of animal print at all (I prefer to see it one with four-legs vs. two-legs), I think she can pull it off. I loved her hair in a pony tail and the simplicity of her look today. The baby must really be growing as she looks much more pregnant than I remember her with George. It seems like the baby is lower too, as if her body is preparing for childbirth already. I do hope, like others have mentioned, that she gives birth to a baby girl. It would be nice to see William and Kate with a baby girl and boy. Thanks for another great post. I do hope that she paces herself through her last few engagements.

    Nancy

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  40. I commented yesterday that I was hoping to see this dress again, but didn't think it would happen. I like it much better without the hat. (Although in my head I thought today would be the day if ever.) Since I nearly predicted it, just for fun, here are my guesses for the next 3 engagements:

    Downton Abbey: The buttons on her mint mulberry coat remind me of Downton Abbey for some reason. If it fits, that's my guess (or maybe if it doesn't fit, she'll wear it open over ). Otherwise, I would love to see the peach Tara Jarmon outfit again--I loved that color on her!

    Afghanistan Service: Repeat the Jenny Packham maternity outfit she wore to the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation. Recycle what works. Different hat if she repeats the outfit.

    St. Patrick's Day: I've been thinking through the (many) green coats she's worn before, and I don't think any of them would work so late in her pregnancy. MAYBE the mint mulberry with the green hat she wore last year at Aldershot and Christmas day, but I doubt it. I'm guessing a new coat with repeat accessories.

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      Camilla

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis11 March 2015 at 23:10

      Agreed on your prediction for the Afghanistan service. For Downton - I hope you're wrong (no offense) only because I didn't like the mint mulberry coat or the peach outfit simply because of the lengths, and they'd be even shorter on her now because her bump is bigger. For St. Patrick's Day, MAYBE the plaid McQueen would work, with some tailoring? Although it'd be odd if she wore it on Christmas and St. Patrick's Day. So I agree too, I think a new coat. Especially because it may be her last appearance before maternity leave, and I can't imagine her ending with a repeat.

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    3. Marci near Salt Lake11 March 2015 at 23:15

      caren.carillo, how fun is this!?! I hope you are right about the mint mulberry on St Patrick's Day, if not on the Downton Abbey day. Can't wait to see how many of your predictions come true.

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    4. Tammy from California11 March 2015 at 23:44

      LOVING your predictions! What a fun game! I agree with everything you wrote. I too think she will get a new coat for St. Patrick's because the last two were so close in styles, I almost thought they were the same coat. She may need something really different for that one.

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    5. Maggie, I do agree about the length issue (especially on the Mulberry). Maybe she'll give us all heart attacks by wearing the Mulberry with with the mint blouse and slacks, as it was styled on the runway. (There's a picture of the look on Charlotte's original post from April 2013.) Just the thought of her wearing slacks (not jeans) for an engagement is kind of a thrilling thought isn't it? ;-)

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  41. This coat was one of my least favorite looks from Kate's first pregnancy. That being said, this is probably one of my favorite looks of this pregnancy. I loved Kate's look today - the coat, the accessories, the polished pony tail. I know it is not a maternity piece, but it has been excellently tailored. I went back to look at the pictures from this coat's first outing and realized it wasn't the coat I didn't like - it was the hat. Without the hat, the coat looks sleek, modern, youthful and fun. I know not everyone is a fan of the animal print, but I appreciate any time the Duchess takes fashion risks (even if I am not a fan of the end result).

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    1. Marci near Salt Lake11 March 2015 at 23:18

      Anne, I think you hit it "spot on" (pun intended!!). The ponytail makes all the difference to this kind of coat. It's young and that hat was not, or at least it was not in the same league. The ponytail is. Besides, it continues the "animal" theme of the outfit, right? ;-)

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  42. I'm glad she took control of her hair, but I have to say that I don't like how she's styled the ponytail. Having it tied up high in the center of her head looks very childish to me. I wish she would pull her hair back and clip it low at the nape of her neck. That would be more sophisticated than this really swingy clump of hair jutting straight out from her head.

    I adore the coat. Loved it the first time she wore it too. One of my favorites from her previous maternity wardrobe.

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    1. I like a ponytail at the nape of the neck, however, I like where she styled it today as well. I think it is very modern and fresh. I think she could even do a high ponytail one of these days. She is still a young woman with a nice neck, might as well show it off :)

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    2. Forgot to add... maybe what makes this ponytail look more childish is the curl at the very end. It may have looked more age appropriate if it had been straight and sleek? Could that be what makes it look childish to you and not where the ponytail rests?

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    3. You wrote exactly what I was thinking about Kate's hair, eelady! Both yesterday and today I have felt her hairdresser was not around or not doing her/his best. I wonder if she got dressed in the country without help. I do like the coat, and I like it better without the hat. It seems more appropriate for an artsy visit than for christening a ship. All those spots are no doubt needed to camouflage a linen and rayon fabric - think of the wrinkling! Kate looked healthy, happy, casually elegant, and eight months pregnant.

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  43. I like the coat & I don't usually care for animal print.

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  44. Stuart Weitzman pumps are the best. I have 2 pair and they are just as comfortable as they are beautiful.

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  45. Maggie - Minneapolis11 March 2015 at 23:17

    I like this look a lot better than the first time she wore it. For some reason, I think the coat looks better on her this time. I'm not sure if it's because the bump is positioned differently, or because she left the hat at home this time, or if she got it re-tailored. I also think the animal print is nice for a museum visit, because it seems like taking a fashion risk is always well-suited in a place that champions art. I do agree with a previous poster about her hair. I like the concept of a ponytail, but think that hers was too high, and would be more sophisticated if it was more the style she wore it in for the Mandela premiere. I'm not always against high ponytails; I just think that her hair is too long for one, and looks slightly silly swinging around like it did. Oh and one last thing - I wish she'd lay off the eyeliner. When she smiles, you can't really see her eyes at all! But all in all, a great look for the Duchess! Oh and these pictures seem to make it clear that she is physically very capable of curtsying. I don't really care if she curtsied or not yesterday (and have we ever seen her curtsy to any royal family members other than the Queen?), but she's clearly capable.

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  46. Tammy from California11 March 2015 at 23:43

    I like this hairstyle much better than the hat she wore with it previously. I think last time the hat made her look too bulky all the way around, this time she looks more sleek. Love her no matter what she does really :)

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  47. Oh no! As soon as I saw this coat again I groaned. I hate it so much! It's ugly and I can't see how the Duchess relates to it at all, the Dalmatian print just reminds me of Cruella de Vil! Sorry to those who like it :S That being said though, I loved everything else, especially when she wears her hair in a ponytail, it's so youthful and pretty. I think she's looking so well and happy at the moment. Really hoping it's a girl but I have a feeling it could be another boy!

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  48. Hi Charlotte: I hope all is well. Seems you will be having a jam packed schedule of reporting before the Duchess goes on maternity leave which as a diehard Duchess Watcher I am dreading!. I am not looking forward to the withdrawals and the drought of not seeing her in public that is to follow, before the birth of her new baby, and after. But I am getting ahead of myself. Today, she looked sprite--like she could do a hundred yards dash with ease. I am glad that she is obviously feeling great and it shows--she was beaming!

    Thanks again.

    Cheers.

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  49. Hello! Thank you all so much for your comments.

    I've added a rather adorable snap of George waving Kate off this morning, taken by a jogger.

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    1. Hi Charlotte!

      I love the picture of Prince george, how adorable!! This is probably a dumb question, but I can't find a Kate in the picture: is she standing next to George? If so does she leave for these events undressed and then get dressed close by?

      I absolutely love the blog!! You are amazing!

      Amelia

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    2. Hello Amelia,

      Thank you so much for your very sweet comment!

      From what I can, I think Maria and possibly a protection officer are with George and Kate is in the helicopter. It's a very cute snap.

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    3. You are welcome, Charlotte and having a snap of the little Prince is always icing on the cake--he will be missed too!

      Anon:0108

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  50. Adorable snap indeed! Thank you. :)

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  51. Charlotte do you know who the people in the helicopter photo are. All I can pick out is Prince Georg:)
    Ali

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      The only other person I can definitively ID is Nanny Maria, I expect there's protection officers there too.

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  52. Rose from Montreal Canada12 March 2015 at 02:14

    Thanks Charlotte. It was nice to see Prince George waving his mom off. I love her look today.

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  53. Hello all
    I'm a very long-time reader (dating back to the Royal Wedding days!!) but first-time poster. I decided to take the plunge today, so hello to all!

    I must admit my first thought was that I was disappointed that the Duchess didn't debut a new outfit, but at the same time I love her thriftiness, so I really am contradicting myself. I think she looks radiant, happy and very much at ease in the surrounds of artistic talent and artistic productions.

    I'm also not looking forward to the withdrawals after Baby Cambridge arrives, but hopefully they'll keep us happy with some photocalls.

    I'm looking forward to reading about her visit to the Dowwnton Abbey set tomorrow!

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      Thank you for reading and welcome to the comments section :)

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  54. charltte looking forward to see the downtown abbey cast i beleive the duchess love watching it i wish the duchess will have a up do or a ponytail tired seeing her hair down

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  55. Très, très chic. Love HRH's hair down but the ponytail gives the ensemble a more informal vibe.

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  56. Thank you for adding the George photo. Very cute. And thanks for sharing the joke with us. As for the coat, I did not like it last year, but today I do - it must be the hair style or lack of a hat. She looked great!

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  57. Good look for Kate today. I liked this coat the first time she wore it and still like it.
    Love the ponytail too, looks very professional and sleek and, although this was undoubtedly done by her hair stylist, is one of her more unfussy-looking styles.
    Love the helo shot, Charlotte. Well done!

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  58. Her best look yet! Away with the sugary colours!

    She looks classy,and on top of it... its not even that I'm a huge fan of the coat, but it has to do with the complete look; its sharp and clean.

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  59. I'm not a big fan of animal print, but I love this coat on the Duchess! It's great to see a pregnancy look that's unstuffy and fun. Love the hairdo as it doesn't compete with the coat. Her makeup looks soft and pretty.

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  60. "I sometimes forget that I'm pregnant".

    Just saw this... girl needs to work on her small talk skills. Weird thing to say.

    Is it normal to forget you are with child at 8 months along?

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  61. Ugh, the Dalmation coat. It is the one item in her wardrobe that I truly detest. I think animal prints are so very tacky.

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