Monday, 26 October 2015

UPDATED: It's Shaun the Sheep & Welly Wanging for Fun Charities Forum Event

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry began a busy day with an event for their Charities Forum at BAFTA, London.


The Duchess was all smiles upon arrival following last week's engagements, which saw her join Prince William in their first formal role in a state visit, and a day trip to Dundee, Scotland where they carried out five engagements. On Thursday, Kate was also spotted out and about with Prince George at the Natural History Museum, the location where his first birthday portraits were taken.


William, Kate and Harry were joined by children from their patronages and the charities they support at the creative industries-themed Charities Forum.


The royals received a warm welcome upon arrival.


Their Royal Highnesses visited BAFTA's in-house theatre where they enjoyed the premiere of their next animated special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas.


One expects, as the parents of a toddler, William and Kate are already quite familiar with popular children's character Shaun the Sheep. The animated show has proven a family hit, hence the natural expansion into movies. The Farmer's Llamas is a thirty-minute special chronicling another of Shaun's adventures, and is set to air on BBC One over the Christmas period.

Shaun the Sheep

The royals then joined children involved in a Shaun the Sheep-themed model-making workshop and craft activities session.


A closer look at Kate's Shaun the Sheep.


William and Harry participated in the activity.

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

Art therapists from a number of the organisations involved in the Forum have also been invited to join the Aardman workshops to network and share best practice. The day’s activities also offered an insight into BAFTA’s ongoing ‘BAFTA Kids’ programme that shares expertise and creative excellence with children.


Kate participated in a very special animation. Heckler William shouted "make Catherine do a funny walk". Kate is always such a good sport. You can watch a brief video here.


As always, Kate was a natural with the children.


It was wonderful to see the royals interacting and having fun.


It was clear they all had a terrific time.


Kensington Palace shared this photo of the children having a splendid time via their Twitter Feed:


Groups of children from William, Kate and Harry's charities including Place2Be, Tusk Trust and The Royal Marsden enjoy a creative model making session.


Treats came in the form of Sheep cakes.


The royals tried a spot of  'welly wanging'. Basically they had to try and hit this with a welly.


Prince Harry was rather disappointed when he missed..


Prince William was delighted when he hit it.


And Kate described her efforts as "useless".


Afterwards, William, Kate and Harry attended the biannual meeting of the Charities Forum, the collection of charities which Their Royal Highnesses are patrons of. Today, there are over thirty organisations involved in the Forum, which aims to bring the charities together and to explore how they can best lend their support.

BAFTA Twitter Feed

William and Harry founded the Forum back in 2006 in the hopes of bringing their charitable interests together and it has grown considerably since. Opportunities to support one another are explored at meetings, relationships are developed and bilateral work is initiated, often between charities and organisations that would not ordinarily have been linked through the course of their own work.


One aspect of the Forum meetings I particularly like is the fun locations chosen in order to involve children. In 2013, Warner Brothers hosted the Charities Forum event at the Harry Potter Studios, which saw William, Kate and Harry showing off wand techniques to rival Harry, Ron and Hermione.


More from the Cambridges' official website:

'In July 2012 Mountain Rescue England and Wales, of which The Duke of Cambridge is Patron, hosted families and young people from the Child Bereavement Charity and Centrepoint (two of The Duke’s other charities) and Prince Harry’s charity WellChild for a day of outdoor activities. The children learnt how to abseil and how Mountain Rescue teams conduct rescues and evacuations. It was an enjoyable day for all the children and families involved, and was made possible thanks to the links the organisations were able to make through the Charities Forum.
 Members of the Charities Forum are also allocated spaces to take part in the London Marathon each year. In 2015, Prince Harry joined a training session for runners at Twickenham, hosted by The Rugby Injured Players Foundation.'

Moving onto what Kate wore today.


Kate selected the Tabitha Webb Meg - Space dress for the event. The £375 garment features 3/4 length sleeves, a fitted top and an A line skirt that falls below the knee with large pockets. The side panels on the silk dress are described as "ideal for slimming the waist and adding a touch of edge to a classic design".

Tabitha Webb

A closer look at the print.

Tabitha Webb

Tabitha Webb is very much a favoured designer of Kate's sister Pippa Middleton. Their excellent working relationship saw Pippa collaborate with the label to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation's London to Brighton Bike Race recently. Profits from the £295 BHF Dress as seen on Pippa below go to the foundation.

Tabitha Webb

You may recall this isn't the first time Kate has chosen to wear a printed dress by the designer. Back in 2012, Kate wore the Project D (a fashion label co-designed by Tabitha Webb and Dannii Minogue). Penelope dress in Brisbane. 

Photo used with kind permission of Media-Mode

Kate sported her Jimmy Choo Aimee Pumps.


The Duchess carried her black suede Mulberry Bayswater Clutch.


Selfridges

And accessorised with her sapphire and diamond earrings.


Kate completed the look with her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Saks Fifth Avenue

It was a delightful event for all involved. The expressions in the photo below show just how much fun was had. Check out the final edit starring Kate here :)


We'll see you tonight for the premiere of the latest James Bond movie, SpectreHello! are offering a live feed from the red carpet here beginning at 5 p.m. I expect the royals will arrive sometime around 6 p.m. I'm looking forward to seeing Kate's choice of gown, and of course, 007 himself on the red carpet. :)

102 comments:

  1. Lovely dress :) I wish she does something to her hair.

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 13:10

    Must have been a great day for all the kids there. I love how they invited kids from their different charities!

    Also, what a clever thing to combine the visit with the meeting. Must be great for the charities people seeing the kids there! I wonder what goodness they will come up with at todays meeting!

    I also loved Kate's little acting bit! She really got into it! I love how in the midst of all their "properness" none of them have a hard time being silly!

    Haha! Welly Wanging! What an amazing word! I've done it as an activity with Scouts and stuff when I was a kid. It was super fun, and surprisingly HARD! It's called Stövelkast (Rainboot-throw) over here, but Welly Wanging sounds way more fun! They seemed to do a kid-version of it though! We did it with a full grown persons welly and backwards.. Kind of throwing it through our legs! (Yes, it sounds like I'm cracking down on them. I'm not!!)

    Kate looks absolutley stunning today! I love blue on her. And clearly she does as well! I love that she wore Tabitha Webb since Pippa designed that charity-dress for them! I looked around a bit on their site and I hope Kate wear much more from them because they have REALLY nice looking clothes!!

    I hope Kate goes full on glamour tonight!

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    1. I totally echo your sentiment! An all around wonderful engagement (Shaun the Sheep is just plain awesome!). Also lovely how her choice of dress is more youtful and colourful to reflect the engagement.

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  3. Thank you so much for posting this event so quickly! I always love to see the Duchess in shades of blue - she wears them beautifully. I love the length of this dress, but I'm not sure that I love the print (a bit to solar system "ish"), nor do I love where the waistline sits. Catherine is absolutely blessed with great beauty, so she shine even when there is a little something "off" with an outfit. Her hair did look lovely in these photos, but did she look rather irritable to any one else? She normally radiates through her smile, but in these photos she appeared a bit upset about something?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 13:36

      Oh! I love that it was a bit space-y! But I love space so that might be it :P

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    2. She didn't really look upset to me. There's a few pictures of her first getting out of the car and she does have an unpleasant look on her face, but I think it was just for a spilt second.

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    3. I don't like where the waist sits either Bri. I think she's so concerned with appearing long waisted that she often limits herself to high waisted dresses.

      I'm with Rebecca on the fabric though. I like space pattern and think it saves the dress from being frumpy. If the sleeves were longer and the hem hit the floor it would be a circa 19th century American pioneer woman dress.

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    4. She is not upset in the first picture. She is talking to Harry as they arrive. Can see it on a video from Simon Perry. IMO she looks good and appropriate for the event. Lovely to see the happiness of the children with her, William and Harry. That is the most important aspect of today's engagement.

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    5. Since my initial post I've had a chance to watch several videos and see more pictures. It appears that my initial impression of her being a bit sad may have been off. The videos clearly showed her having a wonderful and engaging time with everyone at the event. I think my initial impression was based on the photos of their arrival. That video shows them being very rushed to get inside the building. I wonder if they were late or possible security concerns? Either way, the actual event photos create a much different impression of the atmosphere.

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  4. What a fun event, and such a good idea to bring together the charities! I don't love the dress, but I think it's more a difference in personal preference. I don't have any criticisms, it's just not something I would choose for myself.

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  5. I very strongly dislike the pattern of the dress. Too spacy for me. I do like the shape and swing of it! And I do like it is not coat dress number 267 in green/red/white/blue/aubergine/brown/pink etc.

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    1. Do agree its nice to see a dress and not a coat dress.

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    2. Fabulousdaan and Erika you are right! Its nice to see a dress instead of another coat dress but nothing special though! Her face looks tired!

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  6. These "flowery" dressess is something what old ladies like. Not my taste.

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    1. How glorious is our world that gives all of us a different taste :-) Mine falls on the opposite end of yours, Anon 13:23, at least where Catherine's dress is concerned. I'm totally with you, though, when it comes to most of the "flowery" prints.
      However, when I first glimpsed the pattern of the dress I didn't think "flowery." Rather, I was reminded of times lying on my back in the grass, looking for bunnies and bears in the clouds that lazily wandered in the blue sky. Thus, I couldn't help but think: What a beautiful and fitting choice for an event revolving around children ...
      Thank you, Charlotte, for the great and speedy coverage - As always, your blog is a treasure and a pleasure to follow :)

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  7. Hmm....the dress seems to match the sheep theme! The Bobbi Brown makeup and hair need to be updated.
    Why not try Charlotte Tilbury? Prince Harry looks charming.

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  8. Oh dear tgecdress is a complete fashion miss for me today, it is way too frumpy for Kate.

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  9. Oh dear the dress is a definite fashion miss for me way too frumpy for Kate.

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  10. I'm kinda neutral about the dress. I don't love it but I don't hate it either. I always like it when Kate wears dresses with prints on them because it has a more fun youthful look to it.

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  11. What an alluring dress. Kate looks real good these days. Her dresses are also becoming below the knees too and agrees her as well as short dresses.

    That blue short “kilt” she wore in Scotland was very appealingly beautiful on her though. It made her look like a doll, the whole ensemble showed her well-toned and slim figure. I can imagine William refreshed with her as a new date from yester-years.

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  12. I like the cut of the dress very much and I think that she should be wearing this length rather than mid-thigh grazing ones. I really don't like the print. Very strange looking and spoils the fine line of the dress.
    She has been shopping lately, hasn't she? Not that I am complaining lol... but does anyone know exactly how often she recycles her clothes? I wonder what happens to the scores of dresses she has just worn once? I once heard that Princess Anne consigns her clothes. I wonder if she does the same.

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    1. I wonder the same thing -- where does she store her dresses (I'd pay to tour that closet!) and what happens to the one she wears only once? She has a certain amount of space, even if a large space, in which to store her clothes, so she can't keep everything forever.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA27 October 2015 at 14:50

      I am so curious about the same thing, Anon. I wish someone would write a book--or an article, at least--about the clothes storage, cataloging, maintenance of the royals' clothes. (Surely it could be done in a tasteful way that would not intrude on their privacy. Chefs have done articles, documentaries about the kitchens and the preparations for state banquets.) Maybe they would have some tips for me! (lol) I can't find my favorite tunic sweater from last winter--and I have *one* closet and *one* chest of drawers--and *two* tunic sweaters.

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  13. Love this look on Kate. Very appropriate cut, pattern, and fabric for a day with children. She really is in her element when with her husband, brother-in-law and a bunch of kids. Love it. Such a great initiative, to bring such diverse charitable organizations together for the benefit of everyone. So happy to hear that it's growing and is a success.

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  14. julie @13:34
    Sheep? well kind of on second thought. For me, it looks like space, or the image of earth from space.
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    Anonymos is &13:23
    This does not look like a flowery dress, and the other flower dress she wore at the airport is not in that category of oldy type. There are some flowery dresses with a modern flare and expression that are wonderful for the young look image. I know exactly what you mean though. I have had some flowery tops I bought and later concluded, aren't they more fit for older ladies? and put them aside for church ( where one has to dress conservatively).

    Wide design lace dresses also are favored by the older age group/and made mostly for plus size women. May be that is why commenters found Kate's lace dress ( the burgundy/or egg plant color one she mate the Chinese couple) more fit for an older lady.

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    1. It seems more image of space from earth-------- more than image of earth from space. The latter ‘s resemblance more in color than motif.

      Image of space from earth

      https://www.google.com/search?q=image+of+earth+from+space&biw=1280&bih=913&tbm=isch&imgil=KoQeiqDRejTv6M%253A%253BrlipRX1bbgcVQM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.everystockphoto.com%25252Fphoto.php%25253FimageId%2525253D1998144&source=iu&pf=m&fir=KoQeiqDRejTv6M%253A%252CrlipRX1bbgcVQM%252C_&usg=__AoGK_rEupKcLZYUaGIDiFDQjrvA%3D&ved=0CDIQyjdqFQoTCK2MscjO4MgCFYzwJgodwXQLhQ&ei=YFwuVq3cEYzhmwHB6a2oCA#tbm=isch&q=image+of+space&imgrc=S-T4QW1u6fQ2PM%3A


      Image of earth from space

      https://www.google.com/search?q=image+of+earth+from+space&biw=1280&bih=913&tbm=isch&imgil=KoQeiqDRejTv6M%253A%253BrlipRX1bbgcVQM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.everystockphoto.com%25252Fphoto.php%25253FimageId%2525253D1998144&source=iu&pf=m&fir=KoQeiqDRejTv6M%253A%252CrlipRX1bbgcVQM%252C_&usg=__AoGK_rEupKcLZYUaGIDiFDQjrvA%3D&ved=0CDIQyjdqFQoTCNfAl93P4MgCFcHuJgodWUIGzg&ei=mF0uVteUFcHdmwHZhJnwDA#imgrc=KoQeiqDRejTv6M%3A&usg=__AoGK_rEupKcLZYUaGIDiFDQjrvA%3D

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  15. I enjoy them all three together. It is very special and sweet. I hope Harry's future wife will seamlessly fit into that. how cool will that be?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 16:03

      I agree. I have thought about that. How horrible it would be if Harry's (maybe) future wife would not get along with Kate or William. It would be very sad!

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    2. I actually think that would be a deal breaker for Harry. He knows the situation and it is imperative they all get along and support William, the future king always. Harry has stated that he will do that.

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  16. picture of george and kate at the museum

    http://www.cas.sk/clanok/334470/tamara-si-z-londynskeho-muzea-odniesla-necakany-zazitok-ocitla-sa-len-par-metrov-od-kate-a-princa-georgea.html

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  17. This looks like such a great event! I wish I could have attended, royals there or not. I love the shape and cut of this dress, but not the print. I like the space theme and it might have worked if it wasn't so high-contrast and busy. In a smaller dose, the print as-is might be striking. Perhaps as a skirt with a solid black top or as a structured top with a black pencil skirt. I'm hoping that we do not see a repeat of a recently worn dress tonight.

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  18. There is a picture of Kate with George at the history museum. She is wearing her polka dot pants. Can't see George's face though. Hoping for more pics. It does look like a cell phone picture.

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  19. Thank you, Charlotte, for your fast and detailed posts... They're wonderful!

    The program looked fun and in that respect I don't mind the pattern of the dress so much, but I wish Kate would have done more than just pair it with black pumps and sapphires. This dress demands fun and funky accessories and, even though that's not Kate's style, I'd love to see her step it up. It's just flat and boring, yet again.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 16:06

      I kind of like that her "everyday" style is a bit flat. She has a kind of uniform with the pretty coat/dress + matching accessories + small earrings. It fits her very well and I think she never have wanted or been anyone experienting too much with fashion. She always look pretty and appropriate and that's good enough for me :)

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    2. I agree Rebecca. She can change it out and dazzle for the gown events, providing the event dictates otherwise.

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    3. I think you should realize that there is a royal dress code. Kate cannot get too far from it, though the print of that dress livened things up! I rather like the length on her, and it is practical for working with children.

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    4. * providing the event doesn't dictate otherwise

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    5. Awful dress in my opinion. Mostly something her majesty would wear

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    6. Oh my,

      Anon. @ 23:31. I like the style of the dress and I am glad Kate tried to tie in with the artwork on the promo poster but you are right, that does look like a print the Queen would wear. (I think the Queen needs a new stylist also.) no offense, your Majesty.

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  20. Loved the event and most of her look. I personally don't care for large side pockets on anything. It wouldn't be my personal choice, but she always looks lovely - I love her new hair! Sincerely, Heather - Michigan USA

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  21. There is an extremely adorable photo of her on the daily mail hugging children !

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  22. I'm sorry but this dress is one of my least favourite things to have ever seen Kate wear. It's too long, the colours are weird and the pattern is awful. I also think it sits too high at the waste. At first sight I thought it was the maternity dress which she wore under the pale blue coat while pregnant with Charlotte. The dress Pippa is wearing is FAR nicer!

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  23. Also who is the lady who attends all the BAFTA events with them, I remember her walking the carpet with them in LA, today she was wearing a green dress with a tree print?

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    1. It is Amanda Berry, a chief executive of the BAFTA ;)

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    2. It is Amanda Berry, a chief executive of the BAFTA ;)

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 16:08

      She was with them on the Chinese state visit and in LA as well, and probably tonight. I think... she's some kind of very big person within BAFTA... Maybe even the president. I can't remember. But she's high up and is usually the one showing them around/accompanying them on BAFTA events.

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    4. She is Wiliam's date at these events when Kate does not attend.

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  24. I am not sure I am a big fan of this dress. The profile pictures make it look really frumpy and her lower body looks lost in all the fabric. One thing Kate doesn't need to do is slim down her waist and hips area. The pictures of the dress from the front are much better and the dress looks flattering. I don't mind the print on the dress but think it is probably one that you either like or you don't. I am a little underwhelmed today with her choice since last week was so spot on in my opinion. Do you know if Kate has the pieces that Pippa designed? Wouldn't it be great if she did and wore them to an engagement next spring.

    Looks like all involved had a great day of it. Looking forward to the premier tonight and how Mr Craig acts since he has been trashing Bond in every interview over at least the last 2 weeks.

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    1. It just hit me that she is wearing Aimee shoes from Jimmy Choo in black just like she did at the prison but those were grey suede. I wonder how many colors she has in this style? She clearly likes them and thinks they are comfortable. I do the same thing when I find shoes I love, I try to get them in every color. So glad to see I am not the only one.

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  25. Kate was beautiful as always and looked relaxed and having fun with the children and her "boys" but she looked a little fearful walking in and out of the building. It reminded me of Princess Diana's facial expressions sometimes when the paps would yell horrible things to her as she was out and about. Bless Kate and her family.

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  26. Very nice pictures, thank you! Kate looked ok...I think the dress is too "boring" for this occasion and her hair colour is strange?

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  27. Sherry, perhaps there have been some threats that we are not aware of. Hopefully not though.

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  28. I loved the dress for today's engagement. I thought it was a wonderful choice for hands-on activities with children. It looked very comfortable to move about in and with the length and fuller skirt, she didn't have to worry about bending over and flashing anything. I also thought the pattern was something that children would like.

    I'm excited to see what she'll wear tonight!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 16:52

      I think this is one of those dresses that will not be a hit with everyone but that some people will LOVE. I'm one of them! And she probably is as well :)

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  29. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 16:16

    Also, I jsut realized how perfect that dress is for crafting stuff. Noone would EVER notice if she got some clay or paint on it :P

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  30. She has strong leg muscles! I've never thought twice about her lowering herself to speak to children, but while watching the video here of her acting with the little girl and squatting down next to the trunk, I realized she does low squats in heels with ease! It takes some strength to slowly lower oneself to a low squat, and the same to move back to a stand position.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 16:53

      I know. I have thought about that before, especially when she was pregnant. You can clearly see that she is not just "thin" but very strong as well :)

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    2. Ummm... none of you ever do squats as part of your workouts ? If you do 20 basic squats a day for about 2 weeks you will find that they don't really take a whole lot of strength. It's quite basic really.

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    3. I know, and I do squats, but I doubt most people do!

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    4. I know, and I do squats, but I doubt most people do!

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  31. Those cupcakes are so baaaaad. I could eat a dozen.
    I am definitely putting those in my cupcakes for kids idea folder. yum.

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    1. only if you get there first, 16:21. :)

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  32. The pattern on Kate's dress

    echoes the sky and clouds on most of the promos for Shaun the sheep.

    In the photo above, where the children from their various trusts are seated at round tables, one wall is painted thusly and you can tell where Kate got the idea for the print. It wouldn't be the first time Kate has tied patterns into the event. That is such a cute wall mural.

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  33. Amanda Berry, OBE, is the CEO of Bafta. She is 54.
    Certainly looks younger.

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  34. Nice that she has had some theatre training and experience in her school days. No doubt that has helped her in many ways, confidence wise, etc.

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  35. LOVE the photo of William in his sheep hat. He was into it. :)

    Classic.

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  36. Shaun had a front row seat for the movie. lol
    How cute is that?

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  37. How nice to see Kate in a fuller skirt! She's certainly got the figure for more fitted pieces, but this is a dress cut that my pear-shaped body can relate to. I don't know that I love the print, but at least we can't complain that she wore something boring for the children! :) Love these engagements where Harry, Wills, and Kate are all together--they seem to have a great time hanging out, and they're awesome with the kids.

    Can't wait to see her tonight on the red carpet.

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  38. I have been following along on this blog for maybe four years and I absolutely LOVE it! I have had a question swimming around in my head for the entire time and now I must ask. What brand of pantyhose or nylons does she wear? ( I have no idea what you call them there across the pond. :) Anyone know? They match her skin perfectly and look so natural.
    Tracy
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    1. They are from John Lewis, the John Lewis "Barely There" variety. That was verified after a photo caught the stripes across the bottom of the feet, a trademark of that particular brand and variety, peeking out of Kate's shoe during the 2011 North American tour. She's also been known to wear the Philippe Matignon brand of pantyhose.

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  39. The pattern not my favorite but it also looked a bit like sky and clouds, very appropriate for the event. Mainly it looked like everyone was having a great time. ali

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  40. Tedi in California26 October 2015 at 17:27

    Loved seeing the 3 of them together. What a great event. Kate is a natural with the children. Loved her silly walk in front of the green screen. They all were terrific with the kids. Not a fan of the dress, but that's a small point. Terrific picture of her hugging the children, with a big grin on her face. Looking forward to tonight.

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  41. I completely loved this dress and thought it was great for the occasion!

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  42. OMG. That dress is hideous. From pattern to fit to length, it's truly awful. I thought the green "peace sign" dress was bad. This one makes the peace sign frock look wonderful. This dress looks frumpy and voluminous and just - jarring.
    Kate herself looks great at this event, really engaged and with a genuine smile, not that pasted-on, mannequin smile she has at a lot of engagements. Her hair looks good, the bangs have a bit of a curl to them which is great. But that dress! Ugh!
    Also, I wish she'd go back to the Sledge pumps or at least a black suede platform pump. I like the pumps but I like them better with an evening gown or something more formal, in a more formal setting.
    On the good side, as Rebecca pointed out, nobody would notice if you spilled something on that dress. In fact, spilling something might make it better!

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  43. Tammy from California26 October 2015 at 17:56

    I just love when the three of them are together. They have such fun. Great post, it made my day!

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    1. Cute. How many non-family members can say they ran up a gave a great big hug, with your friend btw, to the future Queen of England? :)

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    2. It's BAFTA, theater, drama, lights, action. PLEASE
      Kate, have fun, fun, fun with it and dazzle us tonight.

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  44. I love Kate as we have seen her today. She is so sincere, engaged, animated, down-to-earth and yes beautiful! And I love seeing the trio together. Awesome to bring together their different charities. I'm a happy Kate fan.

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  45. Well I just don't like this look at all. I don't like fit, pattern, or any of it..... I want to...I really want to but I don't. I am glad that it is not a coat dress so score one point. I think she looks pretty as usual as well. I just think the length is too long and with the waist it is the pullllllls her down. It makes her look 'off'. However, if I could look that beautiful on my 'off' days I would be thrilled.

    It is a joy to see the THREE of them together. They are a great trio and I suspect one day when Harry finds his mate they will be a Fierce Four!

    Cannot wait from tonight as I expect some glam and bling!

    DB

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  46. So it seems we have a lot of hypocrites in the royal faneom today...after not posting the photo of George and Charlotte who were in a public space (a public park) they are fine with posting the pic of George at the museum.
    We have no idea who took either photo and it shouldn't matter. A photo is a photo. So I just find it funny how everyone is suddenly fine with posting pics of George
    I mean I was fine with the George and Charlotte pic to begin with but was berated for it

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    1. I'm fine with photos published when the children are in public places and no harm is done. I think it comes with the job so to speak. I was fine with the photo of George and Charlotte, I am fine with this one.I think they need to be evaluated case by case. Not all photographs are equal in this arena. This is a very heated topic for some people and one in which we will have to agree to disagree. I'm also going to add that it was the most
      interesting photo I've seen of Kate in a while. People want to see the real person not the royal persona and that is what this photograph portrays. I wish the Cambridge's could understand that and give us an official glimpse into their daily lives occasionally.

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  47. Where are the Duke and Duchess at the premiere?! I've been watching the live stream since it started at 5pm (2hrs) and have yet to see them!!!!! Its fun watching this, but I also have things to do :P

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  48. I must say, the dress is growing on me! Wasn't too sure about it at first but the more I see it, the more I appreciate it. I'm seeing clouds & its tie-in to the movie.

    That pic of the Duchess hugging the kids!! Oh she's just radiant :-)

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  49. I think it's a fun print and appropriate length for this engagement, but perhaps the overall look would be less "busy" with her hair up in a ponytail.

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  50. I love this dress - makes a nice change from the usual coats. Very modern, fun and youthful.

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  51. I wish she would go back to her hair color of her wedding day and first two years..such a beautiful brunette. Her colorist dosnt have the tone right and its too dark at the ends..the light bouncing off her crown is too orange red. Does not suit her skin tone at all. The new pics from tonight are on the DM.

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    1. I wondered what it was that was making her look so sallow and washed-out lately! You nailed it, Milo. Her hair color has DEFINITELY changed and there's a lot more red going on that's not helping her complexion any. She needs to get to a happy haircolor place.
      We've all done it so she needs to crawl back to James Pryce, wherever he is now, and beg if need be, grovel if necessary, and get him back doing her hair - color, cut AND style. It was perfectly-shaded and colored, and always looked amazing when he was doing it.
      I think Amanda Cook Tucker is her hairstylist now and could use some more lessons in cut and color.

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  52. I love seeing Kate's choices. However, as of late I'm just not as in awe. She doesn't have that same glow. The Canada tour was by far my favorite look for hair and makeup.

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  53. Charlotte: At the event, I notice a lady wearing a poppy. Is the poppy a symbol used for many different events?

    And the Duchess looked perfect in her on trend print A-line knew length dress.

    Regards.

    Anon LA

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  54. I hate this new length of dress - yuck yuckity yuck yuck. I love Kate but I do not like this dress on her - the print is too distracting and it makes her look thick in the middle.

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  55. I hate the dress but the print is to disturbing and she looks good but its kinda ok at one point looking forward tommorow

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  56. I am not a fan of this dress either. Maybe the pattern is too busy. On the other hand she is in her element around kids. Nice engagement.
    Clearly she has a whale of a time around kids, because never ever see her laughing like a hyena just at fun events sorry I couldnt find a better word but I meant no offence. But she lets herself go a bit and I can count her teeth kind of laughing is a bit weird to me.

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  57. Lovely to see everyone having so much fun. Bringing children from their different charities together is a great idea & good to see that the event was such a success. I like this dress. It's a fresh, modern look & very appropriate for all the activities with children. The photo of Kate with the two little girls is a classic!

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  58. Oh dear. What was she thinking? That dress looks like something she might have pulled from my grandmother's closet. Catherine herself is so lovely but ooooh nooooo on the dress. The dress in the photo of Pipa is much more appealing to me.

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  59. The links posted in the comments have turned purple and can be opened by clicking on them, without cutting and pasting! What a blessing when using my iPad. It also saves time on the desk computer. There I always opened a second page and then cut and pasted the links to it, in order not to lose the comments here and need to reopen them. Thank you, thank you, Charlotte! You have made life much easier.

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  60. The more I look at this dress the more I just love it. The style is simple, the print is unique, and Kate looks so good in blue. This one is a big winner for me and I hope she will repeat it in the future.

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  61. Kate, Texas, USA27 October 2015 at 23:47

    Such a fun engagement! Loved seeing Wills, Kate, and Harry together! William with the Shaun the Sheep hat on was the BEST and I loved Kate reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the little girl. Kate hugging the little girls was absolutely precious! They really are in their element working with children. Loved the pictures posted above!

    I likes the style and cut of Kate's dress, but wasn't too hip on the print of the dress. Other than that, Kate looked great! Happy, relaxed, and joyful!

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  62. I'm not sure of the print and the lenght,, I prefer the Pippa one..
    But marvellous engagement!

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  63. I really like this dress. For some reason it reminds me of the Van Gogh painting.

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