Saturday, 22 August 2015

Your Dream Looks for Kate (Part 3) & Latest News Updates

We're back with the final set of submissions from our "Choose Your Dream Look for Kate" post. During what is arguably the quietest month on the royal calendar, it has simply been a breath of fresh air at the blog. It was wonderful to see so many talented readers showcase their creative and incredibly fashionable sides in their choices (we have quite a few budding stylists). It was also so interesting to see how well you all know Kate's style and to see the community really coming together for the very fun idea, which was brilliantly suggested by Julia.


In fact it's proven so popular with you all, we plan to do it again sooner than expected. As you all know, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to attend a State Banquet in October - a special occasion in many respects, sartorially speaking too. Once the event is confirmed for William and Kate by the Palace, we'll be asking you to submit your look. It offers a different twist given the fact the occasion calls for tiaras and we may very see jewels from the royal collection too. I predict it will be enormous fun again :)

For now, back to your dream look choices...

Anonymous - chose several Elie Saab gowns noting certain garments could be altered to increase their suitability for the Duchess. One would think it's safe to say the talented Mr Saab is many readers' dream designer for Kate.

Nam from India - noted "Indian embroidery is very intricate and beautiful, the meaning behind the designs are beautiful". She would love to see Kate in a bespoke version of the gown below with her Kiki morganite earrings, Prada pumps and clutch.

Anonymous/Nam from India

Emme - Recent newlywed Emme selected two looks for HRH to wear to a wedding. Firstly, we have the Altuzarra 'Cooper' Wool Blend Houndstooth Coat styled with a Pheasant Feather Trim Hat by Gina Foster and Kate's brown suede Emmy Shoes pumps and clutch.

For the second look we have the Akris Prince of Wales Hemp Silk Blend Coat (the brand is a favourite of Princess Charlene of Monaco). It would be worn with the Lock & Co. Nikie Hat, Kate's Mappin & Webb Empress Jewellery, a grey clutch and L.K. Bennett Harper pumps.

Emme

Anonymous - "Since so many beautiful outfits have been designed here for Kate’s normal evening and daytime events, I would like to do something different. Imagine that Kate is on a tour with William and is to visit a mountain ranch in North or South America. She will be attending a meet and greet afternoon reception." We have the Peruvian Connection Bedford SkirtSaddlery Belt and Plaid Skirt worn with the NYDJ Key Item Long-Sleeve Pleated-Back Blouse, a Fedora Hat and a stylish pair of black Jackie Button Boots from The Frye Company.

For a scenic trail ride it's the Essex Blazer and turtle-neck by Peruvian Connection, styled with Lafayette 148 New York 'Barrow' Pants. a David Yurman Bracelet and John Hardy Dot Earrings.

Anonymous

Bluefire - For a meeting  Bluefire chose the Armani Long Sleeve Jersey Dress, The Tory Burch 'Reva' Ballerinas and the Rebecca Minkoff 'Love' Crossbody Bag.

An evening look would consist of an Alexander McQueen Draped Bustier Dress, the Tory Burch All-t Clutch and a pair of  Elinor pumps. For a wedding it's an AW15 collection look by Jenny Packham and the Jimmy Choo Lilyth Pumps.

Bluefire

Di Moda - Chose a signature floral print dress by Dolce & Gabana for Kate to wear to a wedding.

Imke - chose a selection of stylish look for Kate, including these choices from Akris which I thought offered a sophisticated edgy take on the brief.

Di Moda/Imke

LeeAnn - Put together a daytime look including a variety of labels, take a look at the Chloe Wool-Blend Peacoat, the SEA Embroidered TopJ Brand Distressed JeansGucci Suede Loafers and Brooke Gregson Sapphire and Diamond Earrings.

Anonymous - chose the aptly named DVF Catherine Chiffon Shirt Dress which features an easy button up silhouette and a tuxedo collar.

LeeAnn/Anonymouse

Sofy - For a daytime engagement Sofy chose the Stella McCartney Floral Embroidered Coat with Kate's Jimmy Choo Gilbert Pumps, L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch and Kiki Flower Stud and Green Amethyst Earrings. For a sports engagement it's Kate's Paige Denim black jeans, a red shirt by ZARA, red wedges, Kate's Kiki Grace Earrings and her Cartier Watch.

Sofy

Anonymous - The Jonathan Saunders Angelina Floral-Print Gown. "Cut from swathes of fluid crepe. It comprises a pleated sky-blue bodice printed with Japanese cherry blossoms in green and off-white hues".

Duchessbee - put this fabulous graphic together on her Polyvore page. For a wedding guest look she chose a Valentino suit with a Jane Bailey hat and Louboutins. It's great to see Kate 'wearing' one of your looks.

Anonymous/Duchessbee

Julie from NC - The first look for a day of engagements includes Kate's cerise Mulberry coat worn with  the GOAT Sophia Rose-Print Crepe Blouse and Ally Skirt. Emmy Shoes pumps and a clutch in misty rose and Kate's Kiki morganite earrings. The second look is by Dolce & Gabana.

For a gala look Julie chose the Beulah London Juliet Gown styled with Kate's Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps and Kiki Fire Opal and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings. And finally we have the Hobbs Aphra Coat worn with the Emmy Shoes Poppy Cinder Pumps and Natasha Cinder Clutch.

Julie from NC

Rebecca from Across the Pond -  opted for an everyday look choosing the following pieces from Tory Burch; the brand's signature style Tory Tunic - one of their first ever designs; also we have the Pleat-Front Linen Shell, the Galena Sweater and the Cotton Crepe Skinny Pants. Fans of the brand will be pleased to hear all of the pieces are currently available with up to half price off. Rebecca also chose the chic Hobbs London Blue Carter Jacket.

Couch Potato - put together a gala ensemble featuring a Sleeveless Ruched Chiffon Dress by Monique Lhuilier. The eggplant-colour dress would be worn with a silver clutch and Queen Mary's Amethyst tiara and matching jewels.

Rebecca from Across the Pond/Couch Potato

Catherine age 11 - Our youngest contributor Catherine selected a delightful evening look for the Duchess - a vibrant red Christian Dior Couture gown from the Fall 2013 Collection with a beaded neckline. The gown is styled with the Jimmy Choo Tamsyn 110 Sandals, the Strathmore Rose tiara worn across the forehead (as seen on the Queen Mother in her youth) and Kate's Art Deco bracelet. Catherine declined to choose a purse because they are "a pain". A sentiment echoed by many including yours truly :)

By the way, Catherine is regular commenter Erika's daughter. I love the fact they worked on this together :)

Katherine - For a formal look suited to a daytime engagement Katherine chose pieces from three of Kate's go-to brands. A stylish wool coat by ZARA teamed with the Beulah London Sabitri Red Roses Dress. To complement the chiffon frock the red patent Jimmy Choo Anouk Pumps complete the look.

Catherine aged 11/Katherine

S - chose a selection of separate pieces including the Tadashi Shoji Sequin Lace Gown, the Closet Bow Detail Cotton Skater Dress, the Hobbs colour-block Sierra Dress. the Tahari Mélange Knit Jersey Dress and the Jenna Jacquard dress by Madderson London.

S

Blue 27 - A chic stripe panel dress by Victoria Beckham, which the designer wore to Wimbledon. We also have a look at a piece from the Novis Resort 2015 Collection, but Blue would substitute the shorts with blue or white trousers.

Anonymous - The Beulah London Anais Dress Coat with Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps, the L.K. Bennett Bella Suede Buckle Clutch and Kate's Kiki Citrine Drop Pear Earrings.

Blue 27/Anonymous

Sara Bee - "I tried so hard to confine myself to enjoying all the beautiful suggestions without chiming in. But there's no beating temptation when the possibility of a white tie event is thrown in the mix. So what would have been an unproductive lazy Sunday afternoon has turned into a fun game of putting together the outfit."

Sarah selected an Embellsihed Silk-Chiffon Jenny Packham Gown worn with the Papyrus/Lotus Flower Tiara, chandelier earrings the Queen previously loaned Kate, her Art Deco bracelet, Jimmy Choo Dart Sandals and Kate's beaded clutch. The look would be completed with a hairstyle similar to the one seen below.

Anonymous - styled a look for HRH to wear to a wedding featuring a pretty dual fabric dress by Paule Ka, To complement the pretty dress we have the Jane Taylor Hari Hat, Kate's popular Art Deco bracelet, the New Look Molly Clutch and black pumps.

Sara Bee/Anonymous

Moira from NY - "I would love to see the Duchess experiment with her sartorial choices (as would, I think, many of us here!) More specifically, I'd love to see Kate play with volume, texture, and silhouette. The looks that really stood out to me in the past 18 months or so usually involved print as well, so I'd love to see her incorporate more into her outfits!"

For a gala we have this stunning Naeem Khan creation, an Oscar de la Renta dress and a gown from Zuhair Murad's Spring 2015 Collection. For daytime engagement wear we see a 50's style look with a polka dot blouse and a Burberry Prorsum trench coat. Simple black pumps complete the daytime looks.

Moira from 

Sunny - chose several dress for the Duchess including a pretty print Tom Tailor Dress, the ASOS Short Sleeve Peplum Dress a longer version of the Catherine Walker Stewart Suit and the Catherine Walker Iris Coatdress.

Sunny

Jennifer W from Texas - put together a look for a gala appearance. The Theia Strapless Printed Ball Gown is the star of the look and it complemented with a Judith Lebith Couture Heart Clutch Bag. a glittery pair of Kate Spade New York Pumps. Queen Victoria's breathtaking sapphire tiara, a sapphire and diamond necklace and Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings add some serious sparkle to the look.

Bea Escee - Like Jennifer, Bea opted for a dazzling white-tie look featuring the Claire Pettibone Raven DressJimmy Choo Fable SandalsJimmy Choo Chandra S Clutch, From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault we have the Oriental Circlet Tiara, the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace and the Graff Diamonds Lotus Earrings and Rhythm Bracelet.

Jennifer W from Texas/Bea Escee

Ashley Marie - put these graphics together; the first features a Jenny Packham gown with glittering accessories; secondly a look with an Erdem dress; and finally a Burberry Coat with Aquatalia Boots.

Ashley Marie

Sarah from California - shared this shimmering evening gown on our Facebook Page. Sarah also chose a very pretty red dress teamed with a crisp white jacket for day wear.

Sarah from California

Frances -  An elegant Lace Yoke Drape Gown for a gala event, Frances continued: "I think HRH would dazzle with a Hair in a chignon, Diamond bracelet and diamond drop earrings to complete the look. Permission to wear comfortable heels, and a satin clutch."

Helen - would love to see Kate in either Boden's Helena Cape or their Charlotte Cape (another reader also chose this gorgeous piece). Helen would style the capes with a pair of J rand Maria Jeans and Aquatalia's Edlyn Weatherproof Boots. To accessorise it's Kate's Mirabelle Lolita Earrings.

Frances/Helen

If I forgot to add your submission please don't hesitate to let me know! Again, an enormous thank you to everyone who participated. I cannot wait to see your State Banquet choices!

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We also have a few news stories to share today.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you will no doubt have stumbled upon the bountiful coverage of Kate's non-attendance at Bear Maclaine's wedding last Saturday. There's a variety of conflicting reports including this article from the Mail Online's Richard Kay: Why is Kate becoming the invisible Princess?:

'They were meant to be sitting on the top table,’ a source told the Mail. ‘The placement had been imaginatively written on an antique-looking mirror inside the marquee and the names included William and Catherine Wales.’ Her absence triggered a flood of speculation across social media, especially when it emerged that William was in no particular hurry to leave after the wedding, staying on in the village for another night and day.'

People's Simon Perry reports, however, the bride and groom were in fact notified some time in advance. There's an interesting quote from royal photographer Mark Stewart on Kate's absence from the wedding scene.

"They do become the center of attention," says Stewart, who covered many of the weddings Kate and William attended before their own. "Suddenly you can have 200 members of the public in a churchyard and that changes the dynamics." 
 "They didn't like the idea of upstaging the bride and groom – they wanted it to be about the couple getting married and not themselves," Stewart adds. "And she will be aware that William is the royal and therefore they do get a member of the royal family there."

I particularly enjoyed Tom Sykes' article in the Daily Beast which covered quite a bit of ground:

'Is Kate Middleton OK? That is the question being asked after Kate didn’t show up at a friend’s wedding last weekend.
 But sources say there is no need to worry on her behalf. Kate is not suffering post-natal depression as some less restrained outlets have claimed, and is doing just fine after having her second child, Princess Charlotte, in May. However, what is true is that she’s not ready to return to the hectic whirl of her pre-pregnancy life just yet.'

Mr Sykes reports he understands the sense of disquiet may be partly due to the Palace's reluctance to confirm a return to royal duties:

'Adding to the sense that all may not be going perfectly is the fact that the palace are still reluctant to confirm when the Duchess will return to full time royal duties.
Additionally, the Royalist understands that Kate and William are not planning any foreign holidays before she returns to full time active duty, which is not likely to be until towards the end of the year. '

The article continues to report Kate is planning a very gradual return to duties:

'There is nothing in her official diary now, but sources tell the Royalist that Kate’s strategy is to very slowly build up the number of engagements to which she is committed throughout the autumn. For example, there will be more events in Kate’s diary in October and November than there will be in September.'

In all of the articles, one fact is abundantly clear: Kate's focus and concentration is firmly on motherhood. "Kate firmly believes that her most important job is raising, nurturing and caring for two future kings and one little princess". Judging by Tom Sykes article it would seem the rest of the year certainly wont see plentiful appearances, but rather a slow paced return to the amount we saw Kate undertaking before she was pregnant. As engagements are usually (not always) scheduled two weeks in advance, one imagines an engagement will be confirmed over the next week or two.

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The Duke and Duchess have been granted planning permission to build a new tennis court in the grounds of their Norfolk home Anmer Hall. Hello! reports:

'As part of the work, the couple's existing tennis court will be removed and turned into part of their back garden, with the new court set to be built 20 metres away. The creation of the new court will involve the removal of ten trees, but the plans involve the planting of three new oak trees to make up for their loss.
 The planning application states that moving the tennis court "improves the views" from the ten-bedroom Hall and will have "no significant impact" on the publicly seen landscape.'

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Prince William has written the preface to Elizabeth II: The Steadfast, a biography of the Queen by Lord Hurd.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed


The Prince's words on his grandmother include the following:

'I think I speak for my generation when I say the example and continuity provided by the Queen is not only very rare among leaders but a great source of pride and reassurance. All of us who inherit the legacy of my grandmother's reign need to do all we can to celebrate and learn from her story. Speaking for myself, I am privileged to have the Queen as model of a life of service to the public.'

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Next, a few restocking and sales opportunities on items the Duchess has worn. Kate's GOAT Vreeland Shirt Dress is now available at Saks for $740 in 'fern' (customers can avail of Free Shipping by using the code FREESHIP). 

Splash News / Saks

The ASOS Maternity Wrap Dress in spot print Kate wore is back in stock in most sizes retailing for $63. Also the blue and white version of the Hobbs Wessex Dress is currently discounted from £129 to £50.

ASOS /Hobbs London
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Finally, we leave you with these images from Kensington Palace's Clock Tower and gardens shared on the Palace's Twitter Feed.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! :)

150 comments:

  1. Any idea if it is true they is discord between Prince William and Catherine. Much has been written about it.

    CJ

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  2. Lovely post as always, Charlotte!:) I enjoyed seeing all the gorgeous picks for Kate! Can't wait to see what she will wear to the banquet. I have a question for you on the twitter/Instagram feeds of Kensington palace. Do you think Kate herself ever posts pics on these accounts? The two shown above for example? They are intimate posts from within the garden and what appears to be a shot taken from William and Kate's apartment's view. I'm sure some of the shots are taken by an aid but the style of some of them remind me of Kate's pictures that she released after one of their tours. I suppose there is no way of really knowing but I wondered what your opinion was:)

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    1. I actually wondered if Kate might have taken them myself. They appear to have been taken by someone with a very good eye.

      The Palace Twitter Feed is gradually changing and implementing a more informal feel with photos such as those shown in the post and instead of a photo of KP as thier profile picture they now use a photo of William, Kate and Harry.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden23 August 2015 at 00:25

      Well, the personel works there as well. But it wouldn't be surprising if they sneaked in a picture of Kate, or maybe Harry, in there :P I laughed a bit though because they tweeted stuff like that, seems a little instagrammy! But maybe it's Kate and she and William are taking baby-steps in being comfortable in sharing more informal pics?

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  3. Thank you, Charlotte! That is a great picture of Kate to start us thinking about gala attire.

    This has been a wonderful exercise. I especially like the lovely Packham gown chosen by Sarah Bee and the light blue Catherine Walker suit chosen by Sunny. One note - Queen Victoria's sapphire tiara is owned by the Queen's cousins, the Harewood family and therefore would not be available. It would have been very nice otherwise!

    Prince William's words immediately reminded me of the Queen's 21st birthday speech in which she promised a life of service. In commenting on her example, William made a similar promise. He expressed a lovely, quiet dedication.

    Can anyone identify the bird in that last picture?

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    1. A parakeet, according to KP Twitter.

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    2. Hi anon 16:23, from what I read the beautiful bird is a parakeet! I love his cocked head and expression! We don't have those wild here in northern florida. Would love to see him in my backyard!!

      Have a nice day all ☺

      alexandra, florida

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    3. A parakeet showed up in our yard once (I live in NC). He has been living with us for about 5 years now :)

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    4. Thanks, all! Has your parakeet become an indoor pet, Phyl?

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  4. Again, thank you for all your efforts, you're really fantastic!

    I had chosen several dresses because I'm not good at putting together an outfit, but they weren't published. Maybe they were too many?
    Here are a few of my original picks:

    http://m.johnlewis.com/mt/www.johnlewis.com/ariella-melody-box-top-printed-dress-lavender/p1917809?un_jtt_v_pdp=yes&un_jtt_v_from_product=un_product_88#page_loaded

    https://www.maddersonlondon.com/shop/jenna-jacquard#.Vc9LN_XemSw

    http://www.catherinewalker.com/tiffany/

    Again, a HUGE thank you!
    Best wishes
    S

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  5. Oh, I deeply apologize, I just saw my submissions :)
    I hope you'll forgive me
    S

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    1. No need to apologise at all! I thought they were gorgeous picks particularly the Madderson London dress :)

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    2. Thank you! The madderson dress was also my favourite, it would look stunning on Kate :)
      Your work on this blog is truly amazing and I'm so looking forward to choosing a dream look for Kate for the State Banquet ~ S

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  6. I am amazed at the beautiful choices everyone has made. Thank you all very much for the reading and viewing pleasure!

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  7. THANK YOU CHARLOTTE,

    You have provided resources to answer many of our questions AND you have gotten us into the fun of it again through fashion. So many beautiful outfits once more. The photos of Kensington palace were sweet and refreshing.

    Ann from San Diego

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  8. I was hoping you would have another one for the state dinner look!! I already have a couple dresses picked out :) Maybe you'll be having one for Princess Charlotte in the near future too!? ;) I love the look put together by Duchessbee as well as the Jonathon Saunders Angelina Floral-print gown. And the Jenny Packham gown Sara Bee picked out is very Kate. I can see Kate wearing several of these.

    I love the cover of the biography on Queen Elizabeth! Definitely want to read it!

    I enjoyed you including the photos of the Queen's garden. I just watched a PBS documentary on it yesterday!!

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  9. Catherine age 11,

    Your choices are beautiful. :)

    Ann from San Diego

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  10. Sara Bee,

    So glad you "constructively" used your Sunday afternoon. :) The fruits of your labor are gorgeous.

    That gown would be PERFECT for the State Banquet. It would accommodate a sash nicely also, if she wears one.

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    1. Anonymous at 19:57

      Well thought and expressed. I second you.

      Sara's statement itself confirmed the planning and thinking that could go in selecting outfits purposefully. She selected a safe, neutral, elegant gown and yet blends with white and/or "black tie dinners" (?) if and when there is a purpose for that. State banquets seem to favor the concept of her total ensemble.

      Black tie dinners seem mostly complemented by the famous and popular black dress of variation.

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  11. ALL of these outfits are so beautiful. Like I have said before, "Do we know Kate or what." :)
    It is pretty amazing really. I think she would be very pleased and honored. I know I certainly would be if I were her.

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  12. Charlotte, thanks

    I was looking for a good non-fiction read. I am so glad you ended up adding that book to today's blog. I had never heard of that before.
    That William did the foreword is quite the endorsement as he is cautious about such things I am sure. I am excited to get the book.

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    1. Doug Hurd, the author, is an Eton and Cambridge University graduate and has served in parliament as did his generations before him. He has most likely gained some insights into the life of Elizabeth II along the way. That does help explain why William ventured forth in print to endorse Doug Hurd's book, with Doug having been supportively in their circles for generations. Should be a good read.

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  13. Jennifer and Bea,

    Kate could ROCK both of those gowns. Love all the quiet, little accessories you both chose to go with each of them. lol They are PERFECT.
    little accessories y

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  14. Thank you so much for attaching my piece too, I loved this post and all the suggestions too.

    My only comment to the main topic as Kate returns to royal duties: well I absolutely understand her to be at home with the kids but please Tom Skyes and not the rest do not try to sell her as a hard working royal who had a hectic whirl(?) because it is truly insulting for all hard working women ouut there.

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    1. Caroline in Montana24 August 2015 at 17:05

      I am not insulted and I work 2 jobs, 50-60 sometimes even more hours a week.

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    2. Good for you, Caroline.

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    3. with you Caroline!
      blue 27 - we all have different lives and different ways of interpreting our work, as does Kate.

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  15. I love the idea of making these posts regularly.

    Some fabulous stylings here. My favorites are: Anonymous - Elie Saab gowns, Bluefire - Alexander McQueen Draped Bustier Dress, Di Moda, Anonymous - DVF Catherine Chiffon Shirt Dress, Julie from NC - Mulberry coat combo, Couch Potato and Jennifer W from Texas.

    All this speculation about the wedding attendance is silly, imo. Either Kate never intended to go (perfectly understandable for a 3-month postpartum breastfeeding mother), in which case the bride and groom were notified in advance, or there was a last minute health issue with one of the kids, Kate herself or nanny Maria, and again I’m sure Kate called the bride and groom to let them know she wasn’t coming.

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  16. Charlotte, thank you for allowing my daughter particpate in this post. It made her fracture a little bit easier to bear. She is telling all her friends to check out her entry. Bluhare and Julia from Leo , thank you for interacting with her. She felt very grown up.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden23 August 2015 at 00:31

      How amazing! Good PR for Charlottes blog as well ;)

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    2. She's very welcome, and I think she picked a very grown up outfit. The shoes!!!!! :)

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    3. She surprised me, actually, bluhare. I thought, for sure, she would have chosen a puffy ballgown confection but she said the red Dior is what a princess should wear. As far as the shoes, obviously I'm going to have to keep an eye on her. I think she's going to give me a run for my money, as they say :-)

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    4. She's dead right, too, Erika. That's a very sophisticated gown she chose. I think she's got talent and we cannot deny she knows a pair of sexy shoes when she sees them!

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  17. Moira from NY, I love all your suggestion for Kate. I doubt she would ever be as bold but we can always hope. The kimono inspired gown is my favorite of the group

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  18. Thank you, Charlotte, for all your hard, hard work in helping us showcase our "fashion opinions" to one another–this is one heck of a set of blog posts you put together. And fellow readers, thank you for such an amazing contribution!! I found each and every one of the contributors' picks so interesting! As Charlotte mentioned, so many readers really "get" HRH's style and I LOVED that so many suggestions honored her taste...yet put in suggestions that were just a tad edgier, just a tad more exciting. On this specific post, I truly thought Sarah's evening gown, Anonymous's New Look, Julie's orange gown/earrings, Duchessbee's Wedding guest and Sofy's Flower coat outings were spot-on. I'd like to think the Duchess, Pipa or at least their PR/fashion consultants have been eyeballing our suggestions!!! Silvia

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  19. Thank you charlotte for clearing up kates no show for the wedding it makes sence that she is aware she might upstage the bride and i agree that is just to soon for her to go back to work as im sure she is still very tired with a two year old and a new baby i would be tired to, the dresses are beautiful

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  20. Lots of wonderful wonderful ensembles again! Couch Potato, what a great dress to show off Queen Mary's amethysts.

    Bea Escee! From your mouth to Kate's ears! Wow! Fabulous dress! Fabulous jewels!

    Katherine, I like how you styled the Beulah Red Roses dress. I can really see Kate wearing that.

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  21. Charlotte, I am so happy with the way my choices for a mountain ranch visit look in your picture format! I had really looked forward to seeing these things together, and they look even better than I hoped. Probably a lot of the designers are having the same pleasant and rewarding feeling. What a lovely gift to all of us!

    Please note that the plaid garment is a wool scarf for Kate to toss around her shoulders, rather than a skirt. The boots, hat, and jewelry will work with both outfits.

    Now to shift gears altogether and look for a gown and jewels Kate could wear to a state dinner! I do hope it is true that she will attend the dinner for the president of China this fall. I'm almost tempted to hope she dresses as she did for the diplomatic reception so we can really see that outfit. But no, I want her to have a special look for this occasion, and I'm going to have fun searching!

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  22. Courtney from NC23 August 2015 at 00:17

    Side note:

    I have loved this dress since I first saw it on Queen Rania and I think it would look stunning on Catherine. I think it would be a wonderful silhouette on her.

    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2014/11/royal-outfits-of-day-november-18.html

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lT5ZeB23G8Q/VGqkDEn8lkI/AAAAAAAAeVU/8uY4UrRGP-k/s1600/2014-11-18-2.jpg

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  23. Courtney from NC23 August 2015 at 00:19

    Bluefire -- I have seen the draped McQueen in many colors and patterns and have always thought it would look stunning on Catherine. Love it.

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  24. Courtney from NC23 August 2015 at 00:40

    Catherine - Erika's daughter -- That dress is beautiful and I think Catherine would look stunning in that gown, the shoes and the diamonds. Wonderful choices!

    S-- The Tadasha Shoji gown is beautiful.

    Sara Bee -- That gown is stunning and I could see Catherine wearing it. It is beautiful but low key enough that she wouldn't be accused of trying to steal focus. The tiara and earrings you chose would go beautifully with the gown. She would look amazing. I could also see being loaned a tiara with a colored stone if she went for a light color. The Oriental Circlet would be a good fit for the upcoming event. It would look amazing with the Portland Sapphire Tiara which was auctioned a handful of years ago. The Portland tiara that is all diamonds would look spectacular as well. If she wore a colored stone tiara it would be so cool if she did a pop of color in her shoes as well. Your look is fabulous.

    Bea Escee -- Love the Oriental Circlet and your other jewelry choices. I so wish Catherine would go all out with the jewelry. I especially love the bracelet and earrings. Well done!

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    1. Hi Courtney,
      Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Portland tiara had been acquired by the RF and was brought into daylight –uhum candle light that is- by the Duchess of Cambridge? (For those who want to take a gander here’s the link to the Christies lot: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/jewelry/the-portland-antique-sapphire-5388513-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5388513&sid=0eb8d4c1-7a0f-4076-8f89-3cbf715c6ab1 ). Love the tiara, love Sara Bee’s choice of dress, but somehow have a hard time figuring a way to pair them without clashing between the straight line somewhat minimalistic style of the dress and the curves and circles opulent style of the tiara. If the Portland were the designated tiara, my choice of a dress style would be more like that of
      - the Naeem Khan suggested by Moira from NY (in cream or blue; for the shown color: diamonds or rubies and diamonds)
      - the Jenny Packham suggested by Ashley Marie
      - the shimmering evening gown suggested by Sarah from California (in cream or blue; for the shown color: rubies and/or diamonds tiara and jewels), or
      - the Lace Yoke Drape Gown suggested by Frances (in cream or blue; for the shown color: the amethysts of course).
      Sandy

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    2. Thanxs:-) If she wore it I would faint!

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  25. Sorry all the comments came at once retro after skipping some blogs in August.

    All the styles posted on the three different blogs are very interesting. Now it is clearer why the commenters of this blog go from complaint to suggestions of “upgrade”/ modern flare etc. of Kate’s style from time to time. They have good sense and an eye for style.

    Charlotte,
    Congratulations! Every blessing to you and your husband on your marriage, and the achievement to show honeymooning can be a productive time too. You really kept up with posting style after style.
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    Bluehare,
    I don’t remember seeing 100 year’s old clothes (May be I did, but that is a long story). That was memorable in different ways.
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    Rebecca,
    I can imagine the ring you designed becoming an interesting gift for the Irish, and complement St. Patrick’s Day as well. That green with the blue and red makes some statement of the area' history.
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    Catherine 11 years old,
    If there are winners in this, you belong in the top five.
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    Julia,
    That was one gem of a suggestion to turn complaint and “drought” into a positive outcome in bringing out the better side of commenters creativity. In some cases there are some outfits Kate typically might wear given her style so far. If her stylists take your suggestion, they will be combining history, treasure and style all at the same time on the go; your choice of black dress background is a good fit too. That can be as much some PR.
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    In the future, it will be fun to keep after her style which commenters suggestion came closest to what she will choose to wear.
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    If you, Charlotte or any other commenters can identify whose design are the emerald-diamond earrings she wore (NY/SAU fund raising evening/pictured on this blog), the next search can be for the matching necklace and tiara.

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    1. Thank you :-) :-)

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    2. Thank you:-) :-)

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    3. Catherine,

      You are very welcome. Courtesy of your mother’s approval, I hope stating the following is OK with you and Erika.

      1947 Christian Dior Couturier…
      Not only you selected a blooming color which is a reminder of one of his world famous rose scented cologne, one of the longest surviving products, but a designer older than Duchess Catherine’s grandmother in law, Queen Elizabeth II. It means he could have easily been five generations older than you. He would have been around 115 years old. You can correct me on the math (113?). His name continues being immortal like other outstanding people, may be because he knew how to transfer his business wisely, and may be he liked math and art too. His style started in 1947 when he was 42 years old. You were probably 9 years old when that collection came out in 2013.

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  26. Thank you, dear Charlotte! You never fail to keep us involved & excited about upcoming Duchess Catherine events, as well as clearing up silly rumors about our lovely Duchess! Loved all the possible royal outfits!

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  27. Simply wonderful! I am not only stunned by the numerous suggestions that would be perfect for Catherine, but I've also been inspired to consider additions to my own wardrobe from the many incredible options presented by all of you. There are so few that get a 'meh' much less an outright 'no.' Anon 15 said it well. We do have a sense and eye for style.

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    1. Philly,
      That is exactly what I had continued to do from time to time, go through not only my closet, but bring out a few souvenirs of the long gone small size clothes I had saved from forever. Hope is good and at times motivating to diet and exercise. This blog conformed to me some things, including the freedom to have the CHOICE of fabric, style and budget for a person’s fluctuating weight is to know how to SEW. At least in US, to wear some of these beautiful clothes average size 6, reasonable 8-10 fits the bill. I regret taking lightly my high school sewing class which was included in the academic curriculum. For all I know, they could have offered typing as an alternative, but that was if one went for the commercial and business curriculum.

      It also introduced commenters’ concept of styles especially those who go by some or pen names. I wish all the ANONYMOUS started taking some consistent pen names. Top winners or not, and they all are, the 3 segmented blogs are good reference points to the people who presented them.

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  28. Did anyone ever consider that Kate could be pregnant again and suffering from the same severe morning sickness? That would explain a last minute decision not to attend the wedding.

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    1. Again, this has already been brought up and discussed on the previous page.

      How many times have you asked now? :)

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    2. But I think it's very unlikely considering that she's probably still breestfeeding (and I don't think that they'll want another baby that soon again), but I have to admit that this idea also came across my mind for a moment. :)

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    3. You know.... That Thought Just Popped Into My Head The Other Day Whilst I Was Doing A Routine Task! lol I just shook my head as though to shake such a crazy thought away.... It'd just be Too Much! But it would explain a lot!

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    4. Why is announced maternity leave not an adequate explanation???

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    5. According to the latest information it was not "a last minute decision not to attend the wedding."

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    6. Anon @ 23:55

      I think those reports have more to do with damage control than accuracy.

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    7. Latest does not mean correct. Latest means latest and perhaps a way to try to influence opinion following an earlier statement.

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    8. Well, bluhare and Anon 04:26, why do you chose to believe the first report from a less then reputable source that has on more than one occasion has been known to fabricate material. Perhaps the later has been able to sort out the truth. I prefer to believe something that has not rushed to judgement and has taken more time to investigate, rather than the immediate negative reaction.

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    9. The only reason "damage control" would even be necessary because a rag decided to write a very negative attack on Kate. Why is a DM article accurate?

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    10. Anon 17:15- the most rational conclusion;documented with identified ,appropriate source. However, for some, it is more fun to speculate and put the
      worst possible slant on infomation that is not only sketchy and conflicting, but also attributed to an
      unknown, undocumented original source.99

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    11. Anon @ 21:00

      The DM was hardly the only one to publish about the wedding and Kate's absent. A consensus of available facts generally constitutes accuracy in the media.

      Why they were trying to do damage control is anyone's guess. Perhaps they were asked by the pr team or maybe the Queen. Maybe they had a moment of compassion.

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    12. I haven't said I believed anything. I pointed out a reason for the latest explanation of events. Why are all the "negative" DM stories lies yet the positive ones are not spin? Just curious.

      I don't care if she went or not.

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    13. Very well said, bluhare.
      And also applauding your comment, Anon 4:19. If we read/hear something in one media outlet one time, pretty fair to say it doesn't pass the sniff test.
      But much of the news about Will and Kate, many of the "rumors" have been running throughout various media AND being reported by some UK reporters who, we can be fairly certain, have some pretty well-placed contacts within the royal walls. These aren't junior reporters, these are veteran royal reporters who know the wheat from the chaff.
      I doubt something if I see it once or in one publication. If I see the same item or sets of items repeated again and again throughout the media, I tend to think they have some truth to them.
      And as bluhare so accurately points out, just because a story is negative about the BRF and/or Will and Kate doesn't mean it's untrue.
      I know we don't like to think of the blemishless Windsors as capable of deception but I think we are all adult and intelligent enough to understand the intense level of PR and spin that has been done by the Palace, the Queen and Prince Charles and Will and Kate since the loss of Diana, and that continues to this day. It's awkward, bumbling and tone-deaf spin that rarely achieves a good result - but it's still spin.
      I can't think of any PR person worth his or her salary who would counsel that this odd extended silence from the Palace, from KP, from Will and Kate, is a good idea.
      And I am thinking that her sudden absence at the wedding wasn't well-received by everyone there as someone had to leak some of those details, such as she was seated at the head table, her name was still on the guest list, etc. That's a leak and that's a leak by someone who was more than a little miffed that their friend hadn't shown up to a wedding. The bride and groom certainly invited Will and Kate with the understanding that cameras and media might make an appearance. So that's not really a legit reason to stay away.
      At the rate they're going, Kate's first official appearance after Charlotte is going to be when we see her getting on the plane to go on vacation before they go on their Caribbean "tour." Not really the best PR message to send.

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    14. Well, Elizabeth, there is a very cogent rebuttal to your 07:26 remark and your remark below, which I did
      comment on. As it, as well as my responses to bluhare and MMoxie were not published, I guess your
      allegations will stand. This comment section has become a very clever form of editorialising, without the
      need to own the opinions. Elizabeth has culled rumor and speculation, accepted it as truth,built upon it, and
      presented it as fact.Please name the royal writers and well-placed insiders you quote.
      Your final sentence illustrates this: neither the vacation nor Caribbean tour have been
      varified, let alone published by KP as PR. First official appearance since Charlotte? Really?99
      As noted just below, it looks as though anon New York and Philly have also "lost" comments.
      I am disappointed in the selective editing this comment section represents.Rather biased, I should say, and not at all representative of the monarchy/Kate friendly atmosphere of the blog content. Of course, there are
      those controversy-inspiring photos and questions.

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    15. Hello Anonymous,

      I want to assure you there is no "selective editing" on my part. If you google "Blogger comments lost" you will see this issue is experienced by the vast majority of bloggers.

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    16. I find your comment about owning opinions quite entertaining, ANONYMOUS.

      Google Kate and wedding; you'll find many articles by many royal writers. There are articles in Vanity Fair, Hello, People, Daily Mail, Express, Mirror, most of which have royal reporters on staff.

      And for what it's worth, I have comments go missing all the time. It's not just you.

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  29. Charlotte,
    My last couple of comments have not been posted. I don't think they were particularly upsetting, so I'm not sure why... Do you have any idea?
    Thank you!

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    1. Hello!

      I haven't received them and they are not in the spam folder either. I'm terribly sorry, unfortunately comments not coming through for moderation has been an issue for a long time now, I've submitted several complaints.

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    2. Yes, I remember periodically reading comments to that effect. Thank you for looking into it!

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    3. Could it be that pesky "more" button? It is up to four pushes on the last post. 99

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    4. I had one go astray as well, if that helps.

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  30. I think the outfit put together by Sarah Bee is beautiful and very close to what we can expect Kate to wear to the State Banquet. History shows white or pastels as well as covered shoulders arethe preferred choices for these events. We might even see a repeat of the dress Kate wore with the papyrus tiara since it was not really seen at that occation.
    I can saddly only imagine that these stories created by the mediia and read and discussed by people hungr for news about Kate, must create negative pressure on Kate and William. It will always be difficult to strike a balance between living life according to your own principles and / or allowing media and the man on the street to dictate your actions. I think that even the queen has not always been successful in doing this.
    The unfortunate affect is that whoever is linked with the roals get hurt by the ugly side of it. The Middletons, the doctor on William's shift to name but two examples, both had the nasty bitter taste of this. Very real, very sad and very hard to deal with!

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    1. Well said Lize! Which is why I'm All The More Grateful for Julia's Amazing Idea; The Incredibly Creative Submissions & Charlotte's Expert Execution! Bravo To You All!
      Cheers,
      Becca USA

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    2. Yes. Sad and unnecessary.

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  31. oh charlotte I really love all the design and all combine I read an article on daily mail these consist these article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3206562/Why-Kate-invisible-Princess-increasingly-shrinks-limelight-question-worried-courtiers-whispering-Duchess-refuse-new-Diana.html

    and other an article about the royal tour which says prince George and princess charlotte will accompany

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3207349/GIRL-TOWN-Kate-accompany-Prince-William-Carribean-Royal-Tour.html


    courney from nc I do love your choices too and thank you im maybe a stylish person but I think its nice too see these outfit to the duchess


    Ericka your daughter Catherine could be one day be a stylish she has a real talent

    charlotte next time im will choice the other for state visit

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    1. Hi Bluefire! My original comment ended up in another thread but I said that my daughter definitely has a better eye for fashion than I do.

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  32. Nice choices that people have made. Can understand why she wouldn't want to take the focus away from the couple getting married. That is very considerate of her.
    According to the KP twitter account it says the pic was taken from the clock tower.
    Love the blog as always Charlotte. Keep up the good work!!
    Louise

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  33. It's a hard job to put together something working not bad! It took not less than one day... Let see my suggestion for a tiara time.
    the dress: xxx http://abitivestitidasera.altervista.org/abiti-sera/vendita-abiti-da-sera-on-line-armani-sposa-compra-online-abbigliamento?p=1
    The tiara: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/49610033365680979/
    Te earrings:
    http://moda.pourfemme.it/foto/orecchini-chanel_9473_16.html
    The Jimmy Choo sandals:
    http://www.clearswift.it/donna-sandali-jimmy-choo-india-85mm-champagne-glitter-da-sera-italia-p-346.html
    The clutch:
    https://www.renttherunway.com/shop/designers/handbags_jewelry/silverlatticeclutch/review-p2

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  34. In the original "choose your dream look for kate" post, someone suggested doing a poll with all the submissions in any of these four categories. In my opinion, this eould be a fantastic idea! (Considering that August isn't over yet and it's all quiet on thr Cambridge front...)

    What do you say, Charlotte?

    Best wishes
    Maria from Germany

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  35. Hi! I was wondering.. who's Kate's hairdresser? Her look has changed since 2011! Who was Kate hairdresser then? I love Kate's look from Canada Tour and I don't remember if she was accompanied by an hairdresser.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden23 August 2015 at 19:32

      I remember she changed hairdresser sometime... I can't remember when or the circumstances. I think it was something like her stylist was part of a team but left the team and she stuck with the OTHER stylist?

      I like how her hair is starting to look again. She had a while where she had it very flat on the top and with a middle part. But when presenting Charlotte and on her last engagement before the birth she had a bit of a "poof" on the back/top of her head. And I like it alot! :)

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    2. Sonja from Bavaria23 August 2015 at 19:41

      Her hairdresser is Amanda Cook Tucker.

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    3. Charlotte Please Correct Me if I'm Wrong? I believe Kate's former Hairdresser, from The Wedding & Canada Tour, was the same that she had used prior to her Engagement & for some time! Somewhere along the way there was a falling out, I believe it had to do with his attempt at increasing his fame @ her expense, so he was cut loose. The current Hairdresser I believe has been in The Service of The Queen for some time & she is quite Trusted! Hope This Helps? I'm sorry that I've blanked on both of their names.:(
      Cheers,
      Becca USA

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    4. Sonja from Bavaria24 August 2015 at 07:51

      Excuse me, I think I made a mistake. Amanda Cook Tucker is her hairstylist for official engagements etc, but I think at some time (2011, 2012???) she went to hairdresser Richard Ward's salon..

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  36. Whenever Kate chooses designs in flowers for herself or her daughter, I hope she will incorporate some of the following images of flowers in the material, or products imagery and accessories purposefully. Garment quality material in their distinct and lively vibrancy that is pleasantly outstanding is made by Ralph Lauren, may be among others.

    Most of the following images are found under this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_flowers_of_the_United_Kingdom
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    National flower of NORFOLK-SCOTLAND: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CornPoppies.JP
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    National flower of WALES: Daffodils, the national flower of Wales
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    http://wiki.ciit.zp.ua/wikiimg/9/92/%D0%91%D0%B5%D0%B7_%D1%96%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%966.JPG
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    National flower of ENGLAND : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Red_rose_00090.JPG
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    National flower of LONDON: The Orchid (William and Kate in Singapore). The link follows.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=national+flower+of+london&rlz=1T4RVEB_enUS638US638&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CF0QsARqFQoTCOSu-srOv8cCFYMdPgodQsMFeg&biw=1280&bih=799
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    National flower of CAMBRIDGE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pulsatilla_vulgaris-700px.jpg
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    National flower of BERKSHIRE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leucojum_aestivum02.jpg
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    The bird of KP/tweeter feed/this blog, looks like Euroasian bird/Euroasian Wren/national bird of England.
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    Happy all flowers day to all! (Sundays, by my own decree and God's special day among all special days / individual choice and good will to all).

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    1. Ireland is included in this beautiful images of flowers.
      National flower of WALES: Daffodils, the national flower of Wales
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      http://wiki.ciit.zp.ua/wikiimg/9/92/%D0%91%D0%B5%D0%B7_%D1%96%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%966.JPG

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    2. In color and from others post, the bird is parakeet.

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  37. Whenever Kate chooses designs in flowers for herself or her daughter, I hope she will incorporate some of the following images of flowers in the material, or products imagery and accessories purposefully. Garment quality material in their distinct and lively vibrancy that is pleasantly outstanding is made by Ralph Lauren, may be among others.

    Most of the following images are found under this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_flowers_of_the_United_Kingdom
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    National flower of NORFOLK-SCOTLAND: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CornPoppies.JP
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    National flower of WALES: Daffodils, the national flower of Wales
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    http://wiki.ciit.zp.ua/wikiimg/9/92/%D0%91%D0%B5%D0%B7_%D1%96%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%966.JPG
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    National flower of ENGLAND : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Red_rose_00090.JPG
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    National flower of LONDON: The Orchid (William and Kate in Singapore). The link follows.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=national+flower+of+london&rlz=1T4RVEB_enUS638US638&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CF0QsARqFQoTCOSu-srOv8cCFYMdPgodQsMFeg&biw=1280&bih=799
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    National flower of CAMBRIDGE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pulsatilla_vulgaris-700px.jpg
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    National flower of BERKSHIRE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leucojum_aestivum02.jpg
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    The bird of KP/tweeter feed/this blog, looks like Euroasian bird/Euroasian Wren/national bird of England.
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    Happy all flowers day to all! (Sundays, by my own decree and God's special day among all special days / individual choice and good will to all).

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  38. Charlotte, how likely do you think Charlotte and George will accompany Kate and Will on their rumored Caribbean Tour next year? And if they do accompany them, how often do you think we will see them, as in more or less than we saw George in the tour down under?

    I know that it's very early but with this dry spell, I'm looking forward to seek be Kate again and discussing potential tours!

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful work you do on the blog!!

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    1. Hello Amelia,

      My understanding is there will be definitely be a tour in Spring 2016 and it's looking very likely it will be in the Caribbean.

      One imagines George and Charlotte will join their parents and if so, we'll see arrival/departure photos and most likely a couple of engagements will be planned with the children in mind.

      It should be a great tour!

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  39. Thank you Charlotte for another great post and updates regarding Kate. I suspected that there was a perfectly reasonable explanation around why Kate missed the wedding. But I do have to admit that I do find it a bit strange that William and Pippa stayed extra nights. I don't think I would have done that with my brother in law.

    What wonderful selections from everyone. It was such a thrill to see my choices together to form the outfits that I picked. Thank you to Sofy and Anonymous 22 Aug 2015 at 23:08 for your kind words about my choices.

    My favorites from this grouping include:
    Sarah from CA - love the shimmering evening gown choice. That color would be gorgeous on Kate
    Catherine - Christian Dior Couture gown from the Fall 2013 Collection with a beaded neckline. You are definitely showing great talent for someone so young.
    Couch Potato - put together a gala ensemble featuring a Sleeveless Ruched Chiffon Dress by Monique Lhuilier - that egg plant color is so striking. Purples have always been my favorite and would be great for a gala.
    Anonymous - chose the aptly named DVF Catherine Chiffon Shirt Dress - that is a great dress for Kate and would be stunning on an upcoming engagement

    Bea Escee -I ran across the Oriental Circlet Tiara, the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace when I was searching for jewels to propose for the upcoming state banquet. They would be perfect for this event and the Chinese delegation. Picking a dress that really showcases those jewels has been challenging.

    Charlotte - if I didn't say it before, congratulations on your marriage. I wish you and your husband many happy years together. Thanks for all you do with this blog. Very much looking forward to the state banquet posts from all commenters and their suggestions. I hope you are planning to include the etiquette information too.

    Julia from Leo - terrific idea you had and thank you for the fun this has been

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    1. Julie from NC,
      " But I do have to admit that I do find it a bit strange that William and Pippa stayed extra nights. I don't think I would have done that with my brother in law."

      You are not the only one who find some discomfort in that. Many commenters on another web site had similar comments.
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      I state the following not assuming that the knowledge might be lost on you, but as a reminder, background, and/or similar scenario.

      Family is power especially if its members get along, respect and trust each other. Each member can also contribute its strength towards the end result of smooth operation and success of the family clan. In the case of the Middleton family, as things are, Pippa’s history had been establishing a wide network of the similar class of people William is in. Her teacher, or Principal at Marlboro College said, “She arrived knowing no one and left knowing every one”. That is long before William came into the scene. She can easily be her sister’s ambassador as a socialite in her own right. James Middleton is in a tight relationship with a member of the media, Ms. Donna who can be a channel to the network of the media.

      The invitation itinerary included overnight stay and a dip in the water the following day. I don’t believe she went there in place of Kate, but was a good presence in the absence of her sister (the media put it as if William took Pippa).

      The kind of sharing among sisters that had puzzled me was Prince Charles having dated Diana’s sister, Sara, and moving on to the younger sister, Diana. At least in this case, an empire was involved and both sides of the family would have lost a historical union. Diana herself said in the Panorama interview, “her sister was all over Charles like a bad rush”, and yet their kinship continued at least in public. I think it is George V’s older brother entitled to the reign who died and his wife was passed to the brother after his death. Diana being from the aristocracy and knowing the culture mistresses are common and the moral compass can be what fits convenience in power, had she looked the other way, her marriage might have lasted. Well part of what defined Diana was in resisting and exposing this culture atleast when it came to her own marriage.
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      Dear Charlotte,
      I don’t know if you received my post to please delete the duplicate post from yesterday. To my knowledge, I saw it pass once. As it was, my post was somewhat disorganized. Well at least, Norfolk-Scotland is misleading. Norfolk belonged to England according to the list also.

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    2. I find it strange to have William & Pippa to attended the wedding together. And then to spend the whole weekend together. I can imgines what is going through alot ot heads knowing that they were together the whole weekend. William should have attended the wedding and went home after. He did not have to saty and hold Pippas hand all weekend. She is a big girl and can take care of herself.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2015 at 16:14

      Uhm anon. All we know is that they arrived to the wedding, stayed at the same hotel as all the other guests and had breakfast together the last day. The arrival was probably planned since before Kate dropped out, it's not so fun to arrive alone to things. And it's not like he brought pippa aas a date. She obviouslly was also invited. It was a whole weekend of stuff and a hotel with all the guests. What's so wrong with 2 people that have known eacher closely and consider eachother family to meet up for breakfast before going back to their own lives? How sinister does it have to be?!

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    4. Thanxs. I think everyone had amazing ideas.

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  40. Hello All:)
    I have some thoughts & am curious to get any/all feedback!
    William grew up Yearning for a "Normal Life"! Think all the way back to the days of "Waity Katie"! William has had people waiting on him & tending to his needs since he was born! Find me Any Wife with a Husband, who was an Only Child & Pampered... & I'll Show You a Woman who has her Hands Full trying to Re Train Him! It's hard in general to have many Husbands understand that they are no longer always #1 once the first Baby comes along & even more so once the second Baby arrives! There is No Way Wills could have been Prepared for Not being the Center of Kate's Attention, after the kids arrived, & in Quick Succession! It's an Adjustment for Any Husband, but for One who's had No Frame of Reference & has Only Known Kate to Focus on Him First, for the last 10+ years? I'm thinking there'd be a bit of an adaptive learning curve! In this case we are talking about a guy who's been used to people adapting to Him, Doing Things His Way.... However, as a "Normal Dad/Husband" He would need to be there for His Wife, when She gets emotionally worn out from Nursing a Baby & Dealing With Disciplining & Raising a Toddler! Even tho They have "Help"...... In This "Normal Life" Scenario, That They Aspired To... It's likely It Included Them being Very Involved with Those Parenting Skills that Only a Parent Can Do... ie: Nursing; Showing Love & Affection by Playing with & Tucking Kids into Bath & Bed, Along with Discipline! They can instruct Others in How They want The Child Rearing to Go, but They are Still Mom & Dad.... In a "Normal Life" Scenario......Likely it could be at times He's feeling overwhelmed as in biting off more than He can easily. Chew.... & He needs to adapt because, in all fairness, He has no reference point! He didn't grow up in a "Normal Home" or lead a "Normal Life"! The Middletons were quite possibly The Only Truly "Normal" Family He Knew or Household He was a part of.... But even then, the kids were all grown up! Thus This Crazy Business of Being a "Normal Family" raising their kids (a Toddler & New Baby) may seem Crazy to him? He may as well have been dropped into a foreign land & not know the customs & the language at times?
    For Kate..... She may be dealing with Shell Shock! Here She married Wills & All He's Wanted in The World was to "Live a Normal Life" & He quite possibly,by now, has made it evident that He Truly had No Idea What "Normal" Meant? Thank Goodness She has Her Folks....However that can be a fine line. She shouldn't turn to her Family for the Love & Support She needs from her Husband.... In his case, he may not understand what the Mother of a Toddler & New Baby Needs? It's Easy, it's actually "Him"! No amount of "Help" Can take the place of Your Husband, & Daddy of Your Children....
    So in Conclusion..... I'm wondering if it's possible they are dealing with the natural & understandable Growing Pains that Any Young Couple goes through having a 2yr old & a Baby! Add to that, the possible unique challenges I mentioned above? It would explain a lot, & They are trying to figure all this out on an international stage :( I'm thinking of all the young couples I know with little ones & 2 of The Biggest Adjustments That are Put Forth That We Go Through In Life are Moving & Having a Child! They've done Both Twice in 2years! Again, I know they have lots of Help & Perks, but sometimes I think there is just not enough money in the world to offset having things being ok with your Children & Your Beloved Spouse! It can be The Priceless Things in Life that Mean The Most!
    Ok! Thoughts?
    Cheers,
    Becca USA

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    1. Your thoughts make a lot of sense, Becca. I recall friends of mine going through this stage being quite overwhelmed. Though they didn't have a nanny, they had reliable day care and dad had a part time flexible job which allowed him to do more on the domestic front as mom had the higher paying job. They frequently talked about the daunting nature of the job. Not complaining, simply sharing the facts of their present life with a loving friend. Wisely, they kept in mind that this stage would pass (perhaps all too quickly). There would come a time when they would be able to live differently, even "normally."

      People forget that a "normal life" is the one that you have. The "real world" is the one that you're in. But growing pains in a relationship at this stage of their life would be natural.

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    2. Here's my take on the Cambridges - William and Kate spend A LOT of time together, more then most couples because no one needs to work to pay the bills. They have help with every aspect of their life - further allowing them time together because no one is doing the chores and errands. William "dabbles" in working professionally with his part time job as a co-pilot - which it has come out will probably only last 2 years. The only time they are apart is when he goes to his part time job, or when he attends social functions without her. As a Prince of the UK he is expected to socialize with the aristocracy and upperclass - as they are his main supporters for the unique position he holds. So William attending all these social functions, enjoying himself, is part of his princely identity - socializing with his wealthy network of folks with power (or children of folks with power as the case may be). His wife, is, of course, welcome, but not required.

      I don't see William's socializing without Kate as a sign of neglect nor problem in their household. It was fascinating to read all the speculation as if the only time they have together is when they are out for social functions. This is a middle class projection - one that assumes they've been apart all week because of work. It's actually the opposite in their leisurely lifestyle. This was an opportunity to get some healthy space from each other. These events aren't about "couple time" for them - quite the opposite - it's about socializing and William giving his attention to others. He left his wife and kids with a household of staff, on a large protected estate, if they needed anything. Perhaps she entertained friends of her own while he was gone, if she wanted some company. I don't think these two are stressed out at all.

      I'll ask you this - if you spent all week with your husband, would you really be so bummed/broken-hearted if he went and spent some time with some other people occasionally? Or might you appreciate the break? Especially if he's as needy and spoiled as you suggest he is.

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    3. I think you have most probably hit the proverbial nail on the head. I married one of those "pampered" men and his learning curve was rather steep in those early days with young children. As a matter of fact, I thought I should have been sainted for just making it through to the other side :-) Having children is such a game changer no matter how privileged the couple and how much help they have at their disposal.

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    4. She has a better eye for fashion than I do, that's for sure.

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    5. William of course is not an only child - I know you are aware of Prince Harry! :-) And although no doubt well cared for from infancy, he does not seem to adhere to his father's lifestyle. Princess Diana and the Queen have made sure that he is in touch with reality. I think the main stress on him and their marriage is boredom. William is not one to sit around, he needs to be active. For now, he has probably found a good solution. There does seem to be a traditional division of labor in the marriage, but William is obviously devoted to his wife and children.

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    6. That's funny! My eye for fashion comment was for Bluefire.

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    7. Becca,
      You brought up a universal dilemma that had from ancient times, Freudian Oedipal Complex, to modern Psychology-marriage counseling that had deluded the complexity of changes in relationships once a family is started.

      Children can bring the most joyful experience, and yet stress and worry as well. In the case of the scenario you presented, add that an absence of the man’s mother. The presence of some can be a nuisance to the wife if an obnoxious mother in law. The absence of his mother to the man can compete with the attention transferred to the children by the wife who gave all the attention to the man pre-fatherhood time. William had known Kate since around 2001, nearly as long as he had “known” his own mother.

      One of the comforting wisdom in patience is well put by Philly. “Wisely, they kept in mind that this stage would pass (perhaps all too quickly). There would come a time when they would be able to live differently, even "normally."

      In the spur of the moment along with other challenges of life, it can feel like forever. Money is good, but is not the answer to everything. A network of family support, ongoing counseling with a clergy of choice before and after the marriage, being informed about it all might alleviate to adapt to the changes. Regardless of W&K, men are known to cheat on their wives during pregnancy and in some cases, if the woman misses the balance and becomes over absorbed with the new stars, the children.

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    8. Moxie,
      “The only time they are apart is when he goes to his part time job, or when he attends social functions without her.”

      The idea of my comment sometimes based on quotes is not necessarily to conclude that is what truly the person thinks, but because I find it provocative, or worth the time to respond to reach an understanding.

      With all due respect to your possible aversion of monarchy (personally, I am more center when it comes to government systems, and case by case basis), the above is a generalization considering he had been reasonably active in his royal duties (a visit to Malta, China, Japan) during her pregnancy, commuting to take the Cambridge 10 weeks classes, National observance and other appearances, may be more beyond and behind the public’s eyes.

      If you blend your outlook and analysis based on the human dilemma, fairness, justness, and facts, at some point, it could also lead you to the kind of truth you might be searching.

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    9. Cute, Erika. :)

      Glad you made it to the other side also. :)
      I am sure it wasn't easy.

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    10. Wow Lots of Great Insights!:) As interested as I am in Current & Past Royal History, alas my friends & family aren't:( So It's great to be able to pop in here to discuss subjects of interest:) Oh, & I used "the husband that was pampered as an only child" thing as a point of reference... It was the only thing close to growing up as a Prince & Heir that I could think of:)
      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!
      Cheers,
      Becca USA

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    11. Oh & Moxie I actually laughed out loud at your points about spending too much time with one's husband!:) I immediately had visions of Kate nudging Wills out the door saying "Go Go, We'll Be Fine! I Promise!" & then leaning her back against the door once he left & letting out a Big "Phew"! lol My Hubby's a Dr & we have lots of spurts when he's around a lot & then gone On Call for long stretches. Friends often ask how I handle everything when he's gone? I just respond "Oh We Manage" (with a little twinkle in my eye)! lol :)
      When our kids were little we used to call it a "Daddy Vacation" & we did all the things & ate all the food etc that he doesn't enjoy! It helped off set missing him too:)
      Cheers,
      Becca USA

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    12. Anon 15 - those are his Princely duties which I pointed out in my comment. Who do you think he was going to China for? The UK homeless? Or for UK rich business associates? Kate would have gone with him to keep him company had she not gotten pregnant. Kate was suppose to go to Malta on behalf of the Queen - but again her pregnancy changed the plans and he stepped in. I believe you are pointing out a total of 7 days? They made up for it with TWO weeks, so far, in Mustique this year. William and Kate have 16 hours a day to fill up - assuming they sleep the other 8. If he heads to the palace for a 4 hour investiture - they've still got 12 hours together!

      So, no, I'm not impressed with the list of things you cobbled together - especially since the Cambridge course was an independent study program pulled together by his father in 2014 and was not for a degree or certificate based on exams. It was a gentleman's course and we saw that William had PLENTY of time for leisure through pap photos. I'm pretty confident William and Kate live a leisurely pampered life - like all royals - and that there will be no danger of over extending themselves. Remind me again - where is the Queen? On one of her 2 month holidays? That's what William has in his future.

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    13. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2015 at 16:20

      If you despise their life so much, why do you follow them? I know this is a word used way to often... but your posts reek of jelaousy. I'm sorry, I don't wanna jump on you and make the comments go sour. But I'm so tired of you throwing out the same arguments again and again with words like pampered. Every little ache and problem they have you explain away with them having a pampered life. Having money and luxuary only goes so far, they still have problems and stuff. Or am I not allowed to have anxiety because I don't do anything and people in africa don't have the time and luxuary to sit at home an have anxiety? I'm sorry, I'm probably gonna get some flack for this... but enough is enough!

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    14. Ok as the subject of this blog is “your dream look for Kate”, and that included the nagging question of duty, I have posted it here.
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      The occasions to wear evening gowns can be so sporadic and dependent on formal events, state visits, fund raisers etc. If true that she will attend the October banquet for the Chinese leader and spouse, the vote for evening, welcoming and cocktail ensembles could lead the list as a runner up to voting on sports outfit.

      My dream look for Kate kept taking me in remembering the post by one of her ardent supporters, royal fan of hrhduchesskate blog. I never saw Kate wear two piece skirt suites which is the typical outfit especially for the actively working 30 somethings. Royalfan’s upbeat variations of those suits and some regularity in Kate’s appearances make sense.

      At least one week day a month, in some of those suits or choice of business attire, make a round of visits to her “charities”; receive those beautiful flowers that get sent to hospitals and hospices; make church appearances/worship (at least one Sunday a month) and visit those good will establishments in the same afternoon or alternate Sundays. In winter, include some wool and support industries of cattle farmers of her country/county farmers.

      I think it is Woody Allen who said, “90% of success is making appearances”. If there is no balance in appearances and she shows up in the best of gems and costumes, at the rate her recent reputation is building up for leisure/luxury, she might risk being dabbed Maria Antoinette as well as face the shakeup in her marriage (stress is an enemy for most circumstances/and they are in the business of people and country).

      To my knowledge the professional team of the Cambridges is mostly in their 30s. They can benefit by including someone like their former private secretary whose son was their page in their wedding.

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    15. The Queen is working at Balmoral. The prime minister will visit for several days, too. She of course has time for recreation, but she doesn't stop being queen.

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    16. Becca, that is so cute, :)

      As much as we love our husbands, I am SURE we can all relate.

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    17. Moxie,

      As much as I do sometimes disagree with you Moxie, you do come up with some great logic based on facts explained with personality. You have softened some around the edges I think which to me, is a good thing. :)

      Just give us a clue as to what your favorite gown so far is or perhaps you could share one of your design/choosing. Some fun girl stuff. :) You game?

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    18. Becca,

      I know. lol, WHEN do tiaras, ball gowns, opera gloves, updos, palaces, banquets, princes, princesses EVER come up ordinarily in our day to day family conversations? AND, if I bring them up in my family, I can clear a room in a second. :)

      So much fun to come to this blog where all the "savvy" people are. :)

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    19. Moxie,
      Couples can be in the same house of average size, let alone a mansion and have a division of roles.
      Marriage is a partnership, in a way similar like mom and dad small businesses where they get busy within their own assigned duties. In this technology era of Skype, teleconferencing, e-mails etc., hypothetically, the likelihood Kate runs her side of the role from Norfolk to her headquarter KP and other offices exist. There is also time taken up in guiding, tutoring and nurturing two small kids. William might brush up in his study on history, industry etc. of the next state visit wherever that might be. I believe all their appearances and their children will become the byproduct of such division of role. 12 hours together doesn’t t necessarily mean exactly that.

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    20. Moxie-the queen continues daily responsibilities and engagements while in Scotland "on vacation." . As this fact has been
      reported in the media as well as mentioned several times here in the past-in respose to similar remarks,
      one wonders what purpose in repeating.99
      Only someone with no personal experience parenting would say W&C, with a newborn and a toddler, get
      an undisturbed 8 hours of sleep a night. The nanny is not on duty 24/7. And nanny is never the optimal
      substitute to soothe a toddlers sometimes scary nights.99

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    21. I do enjoy how you manage to point out the obvious, Moxie. I truly do. The other thing is that bespoke class was so he can manage the Duchy that will provide him income when he's Prince of Wales. It benefits him and secondarily the workers of the Duchy whose jobs will thrive if its managed well. But mostly him. :) You might have already pointed that out!

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    22. Well when it came to style, I remember Moxie pointed out, why Kate’s exact same “uniform” was used for the grocery, at the Polo, sport and other similar and yet important appearances. By the way, the “famous” uniform” in stripe top and skinny “genes”/ the shoes has had three variations of boat shoes, athletics or wedges) on this blog by Sofy. While on Sofy’s selection, the oriental inspired look by Stella M. is a good reminder of the upcoming visit by the Chinese Minister. It is also delightfully Eastern inspired, with the usual Kate accessories and quietly neutral/nude shoes.

      Moxie,
      I am also curious to see what you like. Remember you are one of the variations of “voices” on this blog. Many people around the world might have a little bit of you in their aversion to royalty, but there is also a lot of hypocrisy out there. The pretenders/ some advocates might be modern royalty by any other name/ people realize the underlying motive of some politicians after it is too late /some don’t even realize that/ or systems by any other name can be the” old world imperialism”, “dictatorship” in its modern version by any other name.

      We debate issues here sometimes, and at times some courageous and honest members tell you off like it is, which your own way of messaging might have provoked, either not expressing exactly what the solution is, or at times, being redundant, giving a hint of elements of dictatorial stubbornness. Still, it does not mean your total absence may not be missed by some of us.

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    23. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
      Woody Allen
      http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/woodyallen145883.html#FC58WtpRC7JQsBps.99

      I like his quote, but never imagined will google him because of some ambivalence towards him. At least it also helped me discover a nice link on quotes posted above. Might as well be showing up more too as the busy work season is approaching.
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      It had been a long time I recalled that quote, kept thinking, what he said was “showing up”, not appearance. Similar meaning, but recalling quotes can be tricky. The worst is if a person misleads by misquoting.

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    24. Wait a second. Is this the same Sofy of the emerald gown, the white state dinner gown /Sofy, AND Kate's uniform image poster? I had no clue as I went through on most likelihood, starting from getting a match for emerald and the dress's beauty,only to discover all three posts are by a Sofy.

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    25. OK! it is Sara Bea who did the state dinner. Still, Sofy's achievement is in equal competition and/or category of variation. Sofy and Sara Bea are names to start remembering.

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  41. I wanted to Thank Julia again for Such an Inspired Idea; All of Our Amazing Stylists (including our Youngest:) & Charlotte for her Superb Execution & Presentation! I have Truly Enjoyed All of The Inspired Ensembles! Such Beauty Should be Appreciated Daily!:)
    Cheers,
    Becca USA

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  42. Sarah from Calif.24 August 2015 at 01:42

    This really has been a lot of fun and perfect for down time!
    I love William's comment about the Queen, such an amazing woman,!

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    1. Sarah, your outfit choices were two of my favorites. Very elegant and absolutely something Kate would
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    2. Sarah from California,
      1. That maroon color (?)gown has something de ja vous about it. A cross between Hollywood and some elegance. Kate might wear that her next visit to California for a BAFTA-Hollywood benefit of nonprofit organizations.

      2. The dress’s bright red color shouts Valentine’s Day with a calming California suitable climate in a white jacket. Go! California! She might even wear it for her Caribbean visit. A lot of favored colors around there seem to be some bold colors including red. There goes another runner up in that category.

      In my desperation on a busy Sunday afternoon, I went searching for nature and flowers ( now I have a better idea of the UK counties) and the source of all art and color. California is a reminder fruits are included as inspiration for art.

      Enjoy the good weather and movies ( at least in down time) minus the occasional earth quakes.

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    3. The gown also belongs in the competition of that category. It is actually beautiful looking like burgundy/as in California wine. People alternate maroon and burgundy for depending on products. For cars, it had been maroon; for other things it seems to mostly burgundy.

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  43. Oh my gosh. I so love those diamond and emerald earings in the first photo above. They look horribly heavy to wear, your ears would be in agony after about 90 minutes no matter what your age, but they are gorgeous. I love emeralds. Plus they are huge but beautifully styled earrings. Ali

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    1. Earrings like those usually have smooth gold wires that fit up over the top of the ear. Think of the shape of the hook on a coat hanger. Judging by their size and Kate's hairstyle, I would say those do. That takes the weight off of the earlobe.

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    2. I love the earrings too. Such showstoppers! Remember the online flutter when she first stepped out of the car?

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    3. Ali,

      Emerald is my favorite too, and plus the birth stone of some one in my life I love. That is one stone I never or will ever want imitation in any grade because I genuinely like it. I want either the real thing or none.

      It was ironic she wore those earrings while pregnant with her daughter whose birth stone also happens to be emerald/May.

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      Thank you for the information about how one would wear such large earrings. I never knew. Ali

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    5. Oh, that's right, Ali! Someday Princess Charlotte will no doubt wear those emeralds!

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    6. Those earrings are probably platinum, too, which is a lightweight metal.

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    7. Sofy - selected a regal evening look for the Duchess: a strapless green Elie Saab Haute Couture gown with mint Gianvito Rossi sandals, the Prada satin gather clutch. For jewels to complement the look Sofy turned to the royal vault and accessorised with the Godman Necklace, the Delhi Durbar bracelet and matching earrings. An updo to show off the jewels completes the look.

      Narrated by Admin/hrhduchesskate Blog
      Source: http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2015/08/choose-your-dream-look-for-kate.html
      Date: Friday August 7, 2015
      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-khaT1YN4e14/VclgLN05hbI/AAAAAAAAz5Y/ZAohG-HJxmo/s1600/look25.jpg
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      There is a big likelihood that Kate will wear something similar in style/color/design of Sofy’s choice of garment color. There is also a high likelihood the “similar”/color dress as well as the one Kate is wearing in the image with emerald earrings/pregnant/NY/SAU fundraiser/dress repeated from other society business gathering event; both could become one of the most important collections that might span decades as old as blue hare’s 100 years old dress display.

      It seems garment selection and getting it made by designer of choice will make a critical difference in preserving clothes that could become curators/designers/ industrialists /artists/researchers /historians and tourists dream.

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    8. Most likely those diamond-emerald earrings and bracelet were cut from the Cullinan diamond /Cullinan IX. / Great Star of Africa/ origin South Africa. It was probably commissioned by the Queen. The emerald cut looks like from one of the collections of Queen Elizabeth II from the first picture (color variation not clear enough). It might have been planned so William presented it to Kate as a gift, or it is a direct gift from Charles or the Queen.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cullinan_Diamond
      http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_madwyq9Lfr1ro7fwy.png
      The Imperial State Crown is from Cullinan II: Another similar emerald piece is mounted on the ISC
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ImperialStateCrown.jpg
      Sceptre with the Cross is from Cullinan I: The Queen’s father holding The Scepter.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:King_George_VI.jpg

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  44. Julia from Leominster24 August 2015 at 16:21

    Charlotte, it's one thing to have an idea, another thing to make it happen, and you have done a magnificent job of taking all those links and putting them together for a wonderful fashion display. Thank you so much for what has to have been a huge undertaking.

    Once again, we have had such brilliant responses! I'm amazed not just by the creavtivity but by how appropriate and original everyone's choices are for Kate - if only she would collect the lot and wear them!

    I wish I could comment on everyone's but I'll just pick up a few ideas. I love the outfits put together with hats - Emme's selections are fabulous - I would love to see Kate in that houndstooth coat which is at once so classic and yet original - sophisticated and youthful and the hat - tops it off! Anonymous - Paule Ka is a designer I would really like to see Kate wear more of (as long as the skirts aren't too short) and that dress and hat would be perfect for a garden party. More informally, I love the idea of Kate in a fedora - and that South American look Anonymous put forward is fabulous - I want that skirt!

    Since I'm speaking of things on heads, I'm amazed at the creativity of tiara use. Sara Bee's choice of Jenny Packham looks like that gown was meant to go with the papryrus. The Harewood sapphire tiara is in a mystery state right now, after the death of the queen's cousin and if the family doesn't keep it, it would be so right for it to return to the royal family - and to be worn with Jennifer's wonderful choice of ballgown. I fret about the amethyst tiara - bad enough it was sold but I'm hoping that's all and those amethysts in Camilla's ears aren't part of it - that tiara was one of my favourties - it would look perfect on Kate with Couch Potato's choice of gown - and the queen - and possibly Camilla - committed a jewel crime with its loss.
    Catherine's choice of ballgrown for Kate seems inspired (it would be perfect for the Chinese banquet - I don't know too many eleven year old's with that sophisticated taste - and the creativity to think of wearing the Strathmore as it was originally intended - that would be high drama - and Kate could use some lashings of drama - and I agree - handbags are a royal pain.
    I must comment on a couple of necklaces - the queen's sapphire loop necklace that she rarely wears and shouldn't because it really doesn't become her would be ideal on a tall girl like Kate and Bluefire's choice of gown would set it off perfectly. Another dream choice I had for Kate from the royal collection - along with those sent-off-to roam amethysts - would be the floral bandeau necklace - one with great sentiment but which I think the queen isn't likely to wear again as it requires a low gown - that Pettibone gown Bea came up with has the perfect neckline for it and is an amazing dress -(but the circlet I fear is reserved for queens only - Kate must wait.)
    Along with that painterly skirt Audrey chose last time - I love Anonymous' Jonathan Saunders skirt and top gown - (would love both of those for myself.) It would have been perfect for Japan but also would be a great choice for that Hedge fund dinner Kate might go to.
    I love Nam's choice of stunning pink - like Francis last time - I would like to see Kate wear more from around the world -especially the Commonwealth. I'm out of room but all the dresses are great - Anon's DVF is more original than Kate's prior choices - all these looks just make me so happy!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words about the ranch outfits, Julia! Question: wasn't it the Queen Mother who sold the amethyst tiara? I can't imagine why. I do like your idea about the sapphire loop necklace for Kate, it would be lovely.

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  45. Tedi in California24 August 2015 at 23:59

    Lovely post, Charlotte. Fun to see all the great looks for Kate. I'm so tired of reading all of the salacious gossip, about why she didn't attend a wedding. With two small children at home, anything is possible. Looking forward to the State Banquet, and your always insightful posts.

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  46. People’s occasional critique and suggestion of Kate’s style choices over a period of time culminated with her last appearance to support and give awards for sailing. Many people argued convincingly they were tired of her “uniform” for sports related appearances. One line I remember from one of the commenters on that blog was, “appearance/image is PR 101”. If votes or a collection of categories are to be made, might have to start from casual and sport outfits.

    Charlotte's presentation of the links was better than some fashion shows. For that matter, I foresee her starting/editing some glossy magazine as its manager.

    In the future if people are offering several links per commentator's pots, and the blog’s total exceeds 200, it makes sense to start a consecutive segment (Part 1, 2 etc.). Clicking every link to see what commenters posted kept going back to reloading once past 200, so ended up not seeing each and every link.

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  47. Kristen from Japan25 August 2015 at 11:57

    I'm in love with Sara Bee's white tie look for Kate!! Great job! This was really fun and a welcome departure from the usual for the blog. Great idea!

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  48. Love ALL of these looks too!! Many of them bring to mind the Christmas at Sandringham and the multiple wardrobe changes, I think you ladies (and gents, too, if there are any!) have made it incredibly easy for Kate - if she takes your advice!! These looks are classy and elegant yet young and fun and stylish - the kind of look Kate desperately needs to return to! Let's home she or her personal assistant read this blog and take some hints!!
    I follow a number of the UK royalist royal reporters on Twitter and there is a mounting block of criticism at the way KP and Will and Kate's PR team handled that letter business. The criticism is coming from devoted supporters of the monarchy who, formerly, were big fans of Will and Kate, and who have some extremely good connections at Buck House and within the royal walls.
    They agree that the duo's popularity seems to be on the wane with their recent spate of odd behavior.
    There's also mounting concern and speculation that all is not perfect in the House of Windsor and that this sustained reclusiveness is hiding something serious, that the dysfunction of the BRF has reared its ugly head again (still?).
    There's also been a considerable amount of disbelief that a sustained vacation of the Caribbean is being billed as a "royal tour."

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  49. Thank you everyone who took the time to put together all the lovely outfits! I would just love to see Kate in every single one of them! Truly enjoyed this whole series, although my pathetic attempt to post something fizzled quickly.

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  50. Barbara,

    At least you tried. :)
    I have my outfits chosen but am trying to find out how to get them to the blog.

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  51. Anonymous at 18:55

    Right-click on the image ------ choose, “open in new window”.
    ???? Some images are tricky. You want to have choices starting from “open link in new tab” with about 14 choices and more.
    That transfers it to the------- address bar.
    Right click ------on the address bar, choose-----copy
    Right click---------Paste-----You will either paste it on your Microsoft Word blank page or directly paste it on the blog.

    Notes: The choice you will take could vary from clicking on "save image" (step one) to whatever you plan to do/add description/organize more images to post all at once.

    Right click-----paste-------Enter (the hyperlink should be visible as a blue inked link/http… if done right).
    Right click------ on the hyper link--- copy.
    Save it in file, so you can include any description you want to add to it.

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  52. I have posted a response to Anon @ 18:55. may be it didn't go through or Admin might post it at some point.

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  53. Thanks Anon 15, :)

    I forgot to mention that I would be doing that on my Iphone. My brother is going to help me on his big Apple screen. yay

    Thank you SO MUCH though. You put a lot of effort in that.

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  54. So, I have not read all the comments, and I apologize if someone else mentioned this already. But there was an article suggesting Kate didn't go to the wedding because she didn't want to be criticized for it. Had she gone to a long wedding weekend without her children, then the media would have wondered why she couldn't work then since she was find leaving her children. Lets be honest, this would have happened. The media did the same thing when Kate attended Wimbledon, and that was only for a few hours. Had she gone away for a few days, she would have gotten very negative press. I think it is the most logical reason given for her last minute cancelation. And honestly the criticism would have been justified. If she could have gone away for the weekend for a wedding, while leaving her children, which are her reason for not working right now, then why couldn't she spend 1 hour at a charity? It would have been very bad press and I think it was smart of her not to attend. Anyway, I thought it was the most logical explaination given for her not going as opposed to some of the other ones thought of. We are all guessing, but that one seemed to make the most sense in regard to the Royals

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  55. Anonymous @02:19
    You are welcome. The only effort was writing the notes, much less time than all the scribbling I have been doing on this blog. I never used Apple. If I happen to use it in the future and have issues, and I will be as honest as you are, I will ask.

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