Thursday, 1 October 2015

Cambridges to Support World Mental Health Day; Giveaway Winner; Choose Your Dream 'State Banquet' Look & More

Hello hello, dear readers, we have a packed post today.

It's the 1st of October and autumn is my favourite time of the year. There are lovely walks to enjoy, trees blazing in fiery hues, cozy evenings indoors, and of course fashion - when jackets, coats, scarves, gloves, hats and boots come into their own. It's always a very interesting time of year for royal watchers too, and autumn months generally offer a good number of appearances by the Royal family.


We expect October will be quite a busy month for the Duchess with a selection of events in the planning. This morning we heard details of one such engagement, as Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will mark World Mental Health Day at an event hosted by mental health charity, Mind, at London's Harrow College on Saturday 10 October.


Mind Charity Twitter Feed

William and Kate will have the opportunity to meet young people who have battled their own mental health problems and now volunteer with Mind or the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, to raise awareness about mental health with other young people.

Mind

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said:

'We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joining Mind to celebrate this year’s World Mental Health Day. Their support will shine a spotlight on mental health and we hope it will spark conversations in households across the country, amplifying the vital message that it’s time to talk about mental health. We hope it will encourage people to think about the little things we can all do to make a difference to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.'

The Palace was eager to stress work to build awareness and understanding of mental health problems "is a major priority for both the Duke and Duchess".  Both William and Kate will be focusing on mental health and early intervention in the coming months. More from the press release:

'Work to build awareness and understanding of mental health problems is a major priority for both the Duke and Duchess. The Duke recently took part in an anti-bullying workshop run by the Diana Awards charity, and the Duchess visited the Anna Freud Centre in London to continue her work on the mental health of children.'

I think this an area William and Kate could make a tremendous difference in; it's also an area in much need of support. I look forward to the event on the 10th and sharing more information on the organisations involved with you.

Let's take a cursory glance at Kate's October calendar:

  • 10 October - World Mental Health Day event.
  • 20 October - State Banquet (not confirmed)
  • 26 October - SPECTRE Premiere.
  • BAFTA Event (not confirmed). 
  • Engagements in Scotland (not confirmed).
  • More than likely another couple of Rugby World Cup matches.

We'll let you know once additions to Kate's calendar are officially announced.


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Prince William launched the Coach Core Welsh Rugby Union programme today and watched the Wales v Fiji match in Cardiff. Ashley Marie spotted Instagram and Twitter photos reportedly of the couple in a car earlier today. There's a brief video here.

Rach Jordan Twitter Feed

UPDATE: I've been reliably informed it was not Kate (with thanks to Rebecca English).

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We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Claudia Bradby giveaway, and we're delighted to announce the winner of the Kate Rose Quartz and Silver Necklace and Biography Pearl Drop Earrings is Alexandra, Florida.


Claudia Bradby

Congratulations, Alexandra!  If you could please email me we'll coordinate your giveaway immediately. :)

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Moving on to all things fashion related next. The spring 2016 shows have been underway with a varied array of looks on display from Kate's favoured designers. It's always interesting to see the direction designers want to take their brands and possibilities for the Duchess. Today we're looking at Emilia Wickstead's offering.

Style.com

A bubble-gum pink carpet was rolled out for the models of the show. The collection drew inspiration from "50's optimism" which was filled with floral prints and soft hues. Fashion writers praised Ms Wickstead's experimentation with proportion  - particularly evident in the sleeves of a couple of the dresses.

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There are a few items I can see working for Kate with minor alterations and adjustments, however, I think it more likely we'll see her opting for bespoke pieces from the British designer. Readers have generally had a mixed reaction to MsWickstead's garments, with many (including myself on occasion) feeling the tailoring was off and the fit a tad awkward.

Style.com

Below, a look at current season pieces: the Helena A-Line Boucle Coat, the Esther Crepe Midi Dress and the Dana Gather-Sleeve Wool-Crepe Dress.

Emilia Wickstead

What do you think of the collection?

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British fashion label GOAT has become an increasingly popular brand in Kate's wardrobe with the Duchess opting for stylish coats and sophisticated dresses. Crediting its steady success to its "self-assured identity", GOAT represents elegant dressing for the discerning woman. Below we see Kate wearing the Vreeland Shirtdress for a SportsAid workshop last year.


Three images from the spring/summer 2015 lookbook.

GOAT

A look behind the scenes from the brand's website.

GOAT

The collection offers a multitude of wearable pieces ideal for daytime engagements or meetings. Below we look at the Valencia Roll-Neck Dress, the gorgeous Astoria Wool-Blend Tweed Coat and the Marcelle Wool-Crepe Dress.

GOAT

The Aida Dress, Ava Dress, Atermis Colour-Block Dress and the a-line Lola Dress are chic, sophisticated garments.

GOAT

Striking separates include the timeless Louisa Silk Bow Blouse, the Aspen Merino Wool Sweater Coat and the Alexandra Top. All three pieces would look fantastic with a pencil skirt, tailored pants or a pair of jeans for more casual occasions.


GOAT

Kate's ever popular Redgrave coat is now available in a gorgeous Sparkle Jacquard and vibrant fuchsia at Matches Fashion.

GOAT
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The lovely Carly from Kate Middleton Style shared an update on Kate's ever-popular L.K. Bennett 'Lasa' Dress today.


The updated version of the dress the 'Lasa' dress is back in stock in most sizes in a striking pink poppy background. It's currently on sale reduced from £250 to £195. At present, the brand is offering free delivery on all orders. You can avail of this by entering the code HEELS at the checkout.

L.K. Bennett

The black and pink version of the dress is also on sale.


L.K. Bennett
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Last but certainly not least: following the success of the very popular "Choose Your Dream Look for Kate" posts, readers have expressed interest in suggesting a look for the Duchess for the upcoming state banquet (with thanks to Rebecca from Sweden who created this fun graphic below).

Rebecca from Sweden

When researching attire for state banquets, I was interested to discover a Harper's Bazaar article by Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks' wife) who humorously wrote about dressing for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of President Obama:

'The palace dress requirements say that women's gowns must be "structured." Huh? The bodice must have some sort of foundation in it, and the skirt must be full. Belle in Beauty and the Beast immediately comes to mind. Women must wear closed-toed shoes — and get this: stockings! Sheer disbelief — I don't even own a pair of sheer hose.
 Who is inspecting what's on under all those layers anyway? I knew the head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, would be attending, so I wasn't taking any chances that my unstockinged legs would be called out. I could just imagine being introduced to the queen: "Ms. Rita Wilson. Not wearing hose."
Then there are the gloves. If your gown is strapless, then over-the-elbow 12- to 18-button gloves are typical. If your gown has a sleeve, then a glove to the elbow is acceptable. (Ladies, do you know how hard it is to find white kid gloves anywhere in 2011?'

We now know we have many talented stylists here, and we're very excited to see what you choose, here are the rules!

  • Each entrant may submit one look.
  • Each look should consist of a gown and tiara. The best resources for finding tiaras are (if you choose a different piece to Cartier Halo and Papyrus Kate has already worn) the Royal Collection and the fabulous Order of Splendor and Tiarapedia blogs.
  • The look can be as detailed as you want; feel free to add jewels, shoes, gloves and  even the Royal Family Order if you wish.
  • Please submit links to your chosen pieces.
  • Most importantly, have fun :)

We'll be accepting submissions until Monday, and if you all wish, you can vote for your favourite look and we'll have a prize for the winner courtesy of Mirabelle Jewellery. The winner will receive a pair of the Lolita Gold Plated Loop Earrings, as worn by the Duchess.

UPDATE: Submission time has now closed.

447 comments:

  1. 10 Oct also happens to be the date of the Aus v Wales Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham. Seeing as TRH will be in London for the MIND event, do you think it likely they will attend?

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  2. Wow Charlotte you are so fast. I was just notified about the new engagement from Cortana and you already have a full post! Amazing. I really liked the pieces from Goat better than Emilia Wickstead. I can see Kate in almost all of them.

    Rebecca your photo is great. I love that dress! You have to let us know where you found it. I have two formal Christmas parties coming up and that would be great for both!

    Can't wait to see everyone's post for the banquet. I'll be back with mine soon.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2015 at 21:03

      I didn't find the dress. I just made the picture out of what Charlotte choose as her look for Kate :)

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    2. Balbina - Austria3 October 2015 at 02:45

      Hi Julie, you might enjoy browsing the gowns at house of fraser. Especially Adrianna Papell. Some of them have a certain resemblance with Jenny Packham's design:
      http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Adrianna+Papell/BRAND_ADRIANNA%20PAPELL,default,sc.html?fromBrand=Adrianna%20Papell&dep=03

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    3. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 02:48

      You did a brilliant job!

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    4. Thank you Balbina - Austria. I will definitely check it out.

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  3. At least 80% of my comments in the last month have not gone through -- almost all submitted using my iPhone. Should I only submit comments on the computer? Do others successfully submit comments via their iphone/cell phones?

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    1. I submit almost exclusively from my cell. Most of the time it works. About once a month it gets lost and I need to repost.

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    2. Hello Anon from NY 16:55 --- I had a similar problem when I started reading and commenting, articles I found on the issue indicated that you need the latest operating system on your iphone, previous ones are somehow incompatible with various blog sites. (I only read two sites but it happened on both)

      When I commented on my phone the comment just disappeared with no confirmation, etc. When I submit a comment from my computer the comment disappears but a "confirmation" appears that says "your comment will be visible after approval"... so maybe look for that as a start.

      I am no expert but this is experience I had. I have not updated my phone yet :) so continue to read and comment on the computer when I can.

      Hope this helps!

      Claudia

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    3. It's funny that you mentioned up-to-date software. I'm running the latest operating system, but there WAS an update available. I'm downloading that now, so hopefully that will solve the problem! Thanks for the advice :)

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    4. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 02:53

      Some software seems to have settings that are incompatible with Blogger. I have to use a browser I never use otherwise to get it to work. (and it has no spell checking.) As Claudia mentioned above, you have to see the yellow banner - comment will be visible after approval or it may not have gone through, even though it looks like it did. On some computers that doesn't happen, though. Very odd.

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  4. Tedi in California1 October 2015 at 17:04

    Love Rita Wilson's comments on dressing for a State Banquet. I do like some of the GOAT pieces, but the Wickstead leaves me cold. Not for Kate. So glad that William and Kate are putting their considerable spotlight on mental health issues. There is still a stigma connected to it, and it deserves to come out of the shadows. Bravo to them.

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    1. I really dislike Wickstead's designs and styling. Yuck. And I agree with all of your other comments!

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    2. Kate already has some pieces similar to some of the goat clothes shown.

      Silly as it may seem, I don't find the goat clothes attractive because of the company's name. I am not that fond of goats. my bad?

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  5. Hello everyone,

    Here we finally go choosing a look for the Duchess for the upcoming state banquet!

    I'm so exited to see your choices soon. :) :) :)

    Francis

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  6. Julia from Leominster1 October 2015 at 17:51

    All right, I'll try. My first comments often get lost so I may have to re-post. I've chosen a gown which meets the requirements for state banquets (I had no idea - never having gotten my invite - do they have a footman peek up ladies full skirts to be sure they are wearing tights?!)
    My choice is in auspicious Chinese colours - red, gold and purple. It has magnificent embroidery and is British made. It meets all the state requirements. The drawback - it's been worn by some nameless celebrity previously. But I'm not going to let that trouble me. It can be customised for Kate. It is perfect for the queen's order which I would award for Kate.
    Closed toe gold shoes (for good fortune) to go with.
    For a tiara, I'm going to choose the Teck Crescent Tiara which has been said to have been loaned to Camilla by the queen but which she has never worn. The crescent moon imagery is perfect for a Chinese banquet - another positive symbol The tiara sits "high" so I would have Kate's magnificent hair piled high up behind it, so it looks like it's floating in her hair as if it was the moon against the night sky. Gloves - if one must and the queen's order would complete the outfit. The gown requires no necklace but I would include the Kent amethyst earrings for a bit of borrowed dazzle. In this gown, Kate would shine like a star!

    http://www.matthewwilliamson.com/mw-daily/9859/magnified-embroidered-lace-gown
    http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/567181/Jimmy_Choo/mei-metallic-textured-leather-pumps
    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2011/04/tiara-thursday-teck-tiaras.html
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2012/06/kent-amethyst-demi-parure.html
    http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-royal-family-order-for-duchess.html

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    1. I love it! Especially those earrings and the gown :)

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    2. I LOVE THAT DRESS!!!! Actually I love the whole look!!!

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    3. Julia, that is an amazing look from tiara to toe. :) You did a great job...from the colors to the height of the tiara. (The Halo is rather low, IMO.)

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    4. Alexandra - Florida3 October 2015 at 00:40

      Julia, that dress is exquisite and would be gorgeous on kate especially with her coloring. love the whole look and the tiara! You're "I'll try" is an impeccable look for Kate!

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    5. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 02:57

      Many thanks for the lovely comments, and many thanks to Charlotte for setting it up. I thought my dress would be a wonderful choice for Kate, dashing, yet elegant, and a good choice in cut, because she is quite long waisted and looks good with a higher waistline. I love her in lace too.

      We have some absolutely amazing choices below. Once again, I'm in awe!!! The selections are so perfect. There's one I think that there is a real possibilty that Kate might wear. How fun would that be!

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    6. Your suggestion is pretty spot on for honoring China. It is a lovely dress and would be a great look for the duchess.

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  7. ALEXANDRA,

    CONGRATULATIONS. ENJOY. :)

    California Girl

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    1. Alexandra - Florida2 October 2015 at 03:33

      . Thank you so much for thinking of me California girl! I am so excited about my new jewelry that my son can give me for Christmas. I have really been wanting a piece and can't wait to wear it with pride! Thanks again and maybe it will be you next time!

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  8. Charlotte,

    I do not think Kate would wear any of the Emilia pieces shown, as she likes form fitting to show off her figure (and maintain William's attention in a world of girls who would love his attention). She might do a bespoke piece, although the tailoring has been off in the past, so hopefully, they will do better next time.

    Rebecca, you are too cute. :)
    I chuckled when I saw your photoshopped Kate.
    Girl, you do have lots of energy for sure. :)

    Dressing her for the banquet is going to be so much fun. It will really set the bar high for Kate, no doubt. Kate, are you up for the challenge? :)

    Ann from San Diego

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 October 2015 at 21:05

      Haha, no energy. Just huge amounts of time :)

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    2. Ann,

      WHAT? The thin, tall young models don't even look good in the Emilia Wickstead clothes. WHAT was the "designer" thinking? And that pattern on that skirt is ridiculous.

      I agree that those dresses definitely would not be Kate's cup of tea. (or anyone else's?)

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    3. Balbina - Austria3 October 2015 at 07:22

      Oh dearie me …. I am one of them. I absolutely adore the work of Emilia Wickstead. She is one of my favorite, maybe THE favorite UK designer. I think her design is elegant, cool, sophisticated and whimsical. I guess we all have different esthetic senses. I for one have difficulties with the style of Elie Saab and Marchesa. Although they are considered the hight of romantic elegance and beloved by so many. They just don't inspire or excite me. Thank heaven for the variety of ideas and creativity. There is something for all of us.

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    4. I know. I agree. The EW dresses look like they were put on the models for an interim fitting in the middle of design and then left that way, uncompleted. a bad attempt at bohemian. The striped dress looks like drapery fabric as does the floral fabric. Huge curtains walking down the runway.

      The pattern (I won't even call it a design) on the skirt really might prompt someone to ask. What planet is that woman from anyway. Coupled with bad tailoring and sewing flaws in the past, perhaps she should try another career
      outlet. IMO

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    5. "Huge curtains walking down the runway." LOL

      (hubbies around the world concur.)

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  9. Sonja from Bavaria1 October 2015 at 18:51

    I'm so excited to see all the wonderful submissions! Here's mine, I hope that all the links work :)

    An amazing blue lace gown: http://www.milagrodenahrin.se/party.php?category=4&dress=5344

    The George VI Victorian Suite necklace and earrings: http://theenchantedmanor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/King-George-VI-Victorian-necklace-and-earrings.jpg

    The Fringe Tiara: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.de/2011/03/tiara-thursday-queen-marys-fringe-tiara.html?m=1

    A silver clutch: http://www.promgirl.com/shop/viewitem-PS1082187

    This hairstyle she has previously worn: http://i4.cdnds.net/12/31/300x500/kate-middleton-up-do-front.jpg

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    1. That blue gown is so Kate. It would be amazing. I love the jewelry and her tanzanite blue jewels she wore in March of this year would look so good together.

      http://www.katesclothes.com/necklace/tanzanite-diamond-pendant-necklace/

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    2. Love the tiara you chose!!

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    3. Sonja from Bavaria2 October 2015 at 12:40

      Yes, when I first saw that gown, I thought that I must have been made fir Kate, it's totally her style.

      Something I forgot to mention in my original post: Charlotte, could you please use the picture with the gown's full skirt swinging? Thank you so much - and I'd love to vote for favourite looks :)

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    4. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 03:00

      It would be ideal for tanzanite as well as sapphires or diamonds. I do think William or Charles should buy Kate some more substantial tanzanite pieces - that stone is such a perfect colour for her.

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    5. Kate did seem to favor sapphires even before her marriage. How proper that she received the most special sapphires in Diana's ring and Diana's earrings. Although, after closer looks, some have said those are not Diana's earrings.

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  10. Eve from Germany1 October 2015 at 19:14

    Great that William and Kate support MIND. It´s high time to raise awareness for the still very much existent stigmatising of people with mental health issues. No-one "raises an eyebrow" if you go and see a doctor because you broke your leg. Rather on the contrary I would say! So what´s the difference between a broken leg and a "broken" mind or soul (or heart for that matter)? Both need the best help and care they can get in order to "function" properly again, right? And both need as much sympathy, understanding and support from everybody as possible.
    So I hope William and Kate´s support will help raise awareness and maybe even change some people´s thinking about mental health issues.

    As I´m not only a trained therapist but also a woman who likes fashion I am very much looking forward to Kate´s next appearances and OF COURSE to all the wonderful and talented stylists here on this blog showing once again their immense talent to style the Duchess - this time for a state banquet! Can´t wait!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.2 October 2015 at 06:47

      Eve from Germany you said it all perfectly for me. I'm thrilled with William and Kate supporting MIND, we need this kind of help all over the world.
      Thank you Charlotte for the fashion up dates, I'm seriously considering the earrings Kate had on at the Rugby games for my bday, the less expensive version, which is fine for me.
      Looking forward to seeing all the dresses and tiaras everyone picks out :)

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    2. The Catherine Zoraida hoops? I just ordered them myself! They are just my style and I couldn't pass them up. Can't wait to get them.

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  11. Ana B. from Brazil1 October 2015 at 19:18

    Hello!
    Very good idea, Charlotte!

    This is my dream outfit for the Duchess in a State Banquet:

    Dress: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2012/andrew-gn/slideshow/collection#40

    Tiara: the grand duchess vladimir tiara with cambridge emeralds: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com.br/2011/12/readers-top-15-tiaras-6-grand-duchess.html

    Earrings: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com.br/2013/02/the-delhi-durbar-earrings.html

    Necklace: the Delhi Durbar necklace: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com.br/2012/04/cullinans-part-5-necklace-pendant.html

    Shoes: http://us.jimmychoo.com/en/women/shoes/abel/anthracite-lam%C3%A9-glitter-pointy-toe-pumps-ABELLAG210.html

    Thanks for this! Fingers crossed, would love to win those Mirabelle earrings!



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    1. That is a gorgeous green dress. It would really bring out her eyes.

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    2. Ana, Kate does appear to like the color so you may get a call. :)) Stunning look and it would work so well with Kate's hair and coloring.

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    3. Gorgeous from top to toe!!

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    4. Ana B. from Brazil3 October 2015 at 02:45

      Thank you all :)

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    5. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 03:02

      It would be wonderful with her eyes - and another very fortuitous colour for the Chinese as well, I believe.

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    6. Alexandra - Florida3 October 2015 at 03:53

      Ana, what a beautiful choice! Definitely would be stunning on Kate and with her hair pulled back away from her face we could see the lovely neckline. And that tiara is breathtaking!

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    7. Wow – those emeralds are stunning! Especially with the gorgeous dress … I think the Duchess would look absolutely fabulous in that outfit. Leigh A.

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  12. Charlotte you are more than a genius! a prize added to the fun of searching an ideal gown, it's overwhelming.
    Thank you so much :) (It's the cat of Cheshire's smile, it's staying here after I will be gone)

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  13. I think the Emilia Wickstead long floral gown would be beautiful with a 3/4 length skirt to show some ankle and to break up that huge floral field.

    California Girl

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  14. Congratulations Alexandra! Added to your Everyday Pearl earrings, you have a nice little collection.

    The Lasa dress never gets old for me. I'd be interested to see how the Wickstead Esther Crepe Midi dress looks on. Given the right accessories, it could be striking.

    Excited for another engagement.

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    1. I am looking forward to Catherine's entry, Erika. Catherine: One word -- strappy. :)

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    2. Got it! Strappy! So hard with a closed toe shoe....

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    3. Alexandra - Florida3 October 2015 at 00:58

      Thanks, Erika! Yes, I cant wait for my little "kate collection"! I had to have a piece of Claudia's jewelry and I rarely buy jewelry! And I was sure I wouldn't win! So, needless to say, I will wear these pretty pieces and when I do I will think of all of you and of course Charlotte with a smile on my face!

      PS, my son is excited for me and he thinks it's cool, especially since he's teased me about "obsessing" over this blog site! You think I should try and get him to pick out an outfit like Catherine did? (just kidding :) ) Actually, he is kind of getting into eighth grade fashion and hoping to catch the eye of a few girls!!

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    4. Erika/Catherine: ankle straps or possibly a t-strap. But ankle straps. Definitely ankle straps. The trick will be the color/design/materials. Catherine, you can do it!

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  15. Erika,

    I hope your daughter is up for submitting an entry for the banquet. Would be so lovely if she had the winning outfit. She definitely could be a contender. :)

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    1. She's up to it depending on the homework situation over the weekend. Hopefully, she can squeeze a little fashion in :-)

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    2. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 03:04

      I hope she finds the time. Her last choice was wonderful - it would actually do for this occasion, although I imagine she will want to pick out something new. I especially loved the idea of the Strathmore tiara worn over the forehead - so unexpected these days - and it would work well with the fringe.

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  16. Hi Charlotte,
    Great post and -wow- nice challenge :)

    I wonder whether the dress code mentioned by Rita Wilson leaves room for interpretation. In particular the gloves: are they obligatory? Perhaps it depends on the length of the sleeve whether gloves are required. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2600184/Emeralds-Irish-guest-The-Queen-wears-stunning-jewelled-Russian-tiara-Indian-necklace-inherited-mother-honour-visiting-President.html shows a pic of the April 08, 2014 state banquet. While HM’s dress has long sleeves AND she is wearing gloves (she always does, doesn’t she?), neither The Duchess of Cornwall nor the Princess Royale wears gloves. Hmmm … *scratches head*

    Perhaps the sleeves of the Tony Ward dress at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/140033869635848880/ could be custom fit to full length to avoid the need for gloves? Otherwise champagne colored gloves such as at http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LADIES-SATIN-PARTY-DRESS-PROM-EVENING-WEDDING-BRISAL-LONG-FINGER-GLOVES-/161148474606 may work.

    The AVA Nude Metallic Crinkled Lambskin clutch http://us.jimmychoo.com/en/women/bags/evening-bags-and-clutches/ava/nude-metallic-crinkled-lambskin-handbag-AVAMKQ120008.html?cgid=women-handbags-clutch#start=1 and Gianni Marra Silver Court shoes http://www.lyst.com/shoes/gianni-marra-pump-silver-1/ seem to go well with the dress’ color.

    As to the jewelry, I’d go with the Papyrus/Lotus Flower Tiara: http://tiara-mania.blogspot.com/2014/10/lotus-flower-tiara.html ( worn with the hairstyle at https://www.facebook.com/227025530746047/photos/pb.227025530746047.-2207520000.1441720925./281291698652763/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-frc3%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F601528_281291698652763_1222712769_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dbd24745cd539cd2402c7c1250eeabf21%26oe%3D5677F2F1&size=470%2C625&fbid=281291698652763 plus bangs of course), the chandelier earrings worn for bafta https://www.facebook.com/132426196846254/photos/a.286721141416758.71520.132426196846254/292574604164745/?type=3&theater and the Duchess’ art deco bracelet http://www.katesclothes.com/bracelet/art-deco-bracelet/.

    Susie Q

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  17. I am very happy to read about the future engagements and look forward to the coverage... :)

    Rebecca, you are quite talented. :)

    And congrats to Alexandra on the win! Enjoy. :)

    Regarding Emilia Wickstead, I just cannot get excited about any of the pieces. I hope I don't offend here, but they look unfinished and far from flattering. On the other hand, the Goat Sparkle Jacquard and fuchsia coats could be a great starting point for a fun and youthful look...

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    1. Alexandra - Florida3 October 2015 at 01:01

      Thanks royalfan! I don't deserve the win being a relative newcomer but I am super appreciative!

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    2. Of course you deserve it! I'm happy for you. :)

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    3. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 03:06

      It's always open to all, as it should be, but I'm always happy when someone who participates otherwise in the blog, wins, as you did. It's exciting to have new people get involved in our Kate discussions.

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      :)

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  18. Julia from Leominster1 October 2015 at 23:29

    Congratulations - Alexandra - I hope you get many wonderful opportunities to wear your prize.

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    1. Alexandra - Florida2 October 2015 at 03:30

      Thank you so much, Julia. Want you to know that you inspired me to get up the courage to post here. I was afraid to jump in because you guys have known each other a long time and have so much knowledge. I was intimidated but so glad I finally decided to post. And will be so nice getting to know you all. Thanks Julia, and thanks for inspiring me! I can't wait to wear my new jewelry :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2015 at 11:36

      Oh, I'm so glad you took the plunge!! :) I know we can get a little chummy over here since alot of us have been here for a while! But it's always nice and refreshing when new "faces" show up :) Welcome!

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    3. Victoria, Oregon2 October 2015 at 19:46

      Alexandra, I totally recognized your name when Charlotte wrote that you'd won, and I'm so happy for you! Glad you decided to take the plunge, too.

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    4. Alexandra - Florida3 October 2015 at 01:05

      Thanks so much Rebecca and Victoria! Good luck to you guys with this giveaway! I know it sounds silly but it is such a fun and excitingly different feeling to win something, especially in this manner!

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    5. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 03:13

      I know I'm not just speaking for myself when I say we love have new people chime in here - it's wonderful to have so many different views in a dicussion - and so many Kate followers!

      I was a bit timid when I started too - it have never occurred to me to submit a comment on a blog - it seemed quite daring. But Charlotte does such a wonderful job and is so welcoming, you'll soon feel like you've been here forever. Thanks for your thanks and have a wonderful time wearing your new jewellery. And never worry about our "knowledge". We could be wrong and sometimes are but I feel I learn a lot from all the participants.

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    6. I agree with Julia. And now that you've "stolen" jewelry from us, Alexandra, you have to participate!

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  19. Rebbecca, absolutely love you gown. I would definitely vote for that creation.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2015 at 00:42

      I didn't choose the gown :) I just made the montauge out of what Charlotte choose for the last "dress Kate" thing :)

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    2. So what are you going to pick, Rebacca? (Typo on your name stays. I'm going to call you that when you get mad and yell at me . . . like Chewbacca only different!)

      Or did you already pick something and I've lost it amongst the others? I'll go look. I found an amazing dress that's probably much too dramatic and nothing like something Kate would wear, and now I'm stuck on it so I'll probably sit this one out and just vote. By the way, my vote is for sale, if you're interested. I'm currently betting Catherine will come up with another winner, but sweet words in my ear (or in this case on my computer screen massaging my eyeballs) might sway me. :)

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden3 October 2015 at 18:07

      Hhahahah, Rebacca :P I can deal with that! :P (But I don't YELL, I gently scold :P)

      I don't know if I'm gonna do one this time since I'm not feeling up to it. It might change, but as of now I have no plans to submit :) Just enjoy all the entries. And also, I don't wanna go around looking at all that she could have done because I wanna be happy with what she wears and I know I would build up an unrealistic picture in my mind if I looked around too much :)

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  20. Hallo Charlotte!

    This virtual ‘dress-up’ game is such a fun idea. I couldn’t help myself to chime in again.

    This time around I’d love the Duchess to wear her emerald earrings and bracelet. https://www.facebook.com/132426196846254/photos/a.158912377530969.42450.132426196846254/757854277636773/?type=3&theater
    Hopefully, there’s also a fitting necklace and, in my imagination, it looks something like this emerald and diamond pendant necklace by Chatila.
    http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/jewelry/an-emerald-and-diamond-pendant-5844744-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5844744&sid=b0ca18d9-350e-4c55-ad31-be16f67ece69
    While hunting for a picture of the necklace I ran into an emerald and diamond tiara/necklace by Cartier which seems a lovely fit.
    http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/jewelry/an-emerald-and-diamond-tiaran-5678408-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5678408&sid=b9d59630-5807-43dd-81d7-6be9d2de8ba4

    Thus having assembled the hardware, on to the software:

    The dress: 5th from the top (first shown with opera gloves) http://allforfashiondesign.com/glamorous-evening-dresses-haute-couture-by-mario-sierra/

    The hairstyle: similar to the one shown at (now with bangs, of course) https://www.facebook.com/LuluInThePalace/photos/a.805087539514065.1073741975.292436297445861/805087759514043/?type=3&theater

    The shoes: Le Silla Pointed Toe Evening Pumps - Crystal High Heel
    http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/le-silla-pointed-toe-evening-pumps-crystal-high-heel?ID=1234213&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-n-_-n-_-n&LinkshareID=gcdL_ATRVoE-8YPircrWgiAgdoBxWL_2_Q

    The clutch: La Regale Metal Caged Oval Minaudiere
    http://www.bluefly.com/la-regale-metal-caged-oval-minaudiere/p/372585501/detail.fly?pcatid=cat20430

    Best wishes your way
    Bea Escee

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    1. Bea, I LOVE the shoes you chose especially. The whole look is dazzling with those emeralds.

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    2. Thank you, Marci :-) Bea E.

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    3. Wouldn't it be lovely to know if her emerald jewelry is a complete set. I have the feeling that Kate has some serious jewels but is just now getting comfortable wearing them to appearances.

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  21. Here goes! Would love to see the HRH glam it up a little.

    Elie Saab dress (with some alterations of course): http://www.eliesaab.com/#/en/haute-couture/fw-2015-2016/49/1

    Tiara: The Oriental Circlet http://tiara-mania.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/oriental-circlet.html

    Earrings: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/the-queens-emerald-or-diamond-pendant.html

    Shoes: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306626181&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446867931&R=602062690290&P_name=Manolo+Blahnik&N=306626181&bmUID=l0xZBxz

    - Figster

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    1. Anon - I was really torn over this dress and the one I picked and finally decided on another choice. But this dress is stunning and would be beautiful on Kate. Agree it would need some changes to make it appropriate. I also picked the Oriental Circlet tiara for my choice. Great look for Kate.

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  22. With Catherine’s penchant for honoring with colours I was all set with a fabulous red Elie Saab dress (http://i2.wp.com/www.fashiongonerogue.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/elie-saab-haute-couture-fall-3.jpg ), but then I went to check recent state visits and, as I was afraid, the senior royal ladies (Queen, Camilla and Princess Anne) dress in white or very light colours for the state banquet. I expect Kate will follow the same colour scheme. So here is a look I think Kate is likely to wear, as opposed to a look I’d like her to wear:
    Dress by Jenny Peckham: http://english-wedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Jenny-Packham-2015-bridal-collection-images-3.jpg
    Shoes by Jimmy Choo ‘’ Dempsey’’: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/ec/e4/a8/ece4a860a6815e23a2315d40fd8b90a9.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.pinterest.com/pin/37365871883151901/&h=809&w=736&tbnid=Vie1o4ERUp8xCM:&docid=REPTm1uSDnDDOM&ei=vL8NVoGFKIPlUrXngMgO&tbm=isch&ved=0CFsQMyg3MDdqFQoTCIHTsde0osgCFYOyFAodtTMA6Q
    Kate’s silver Jimmy Choo clutch: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.allhandbagfashion.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/08/Kate-Middleton-Jimmy-Choo-Envelope-Clutch-2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.allhandbagfashion.com/201112/kate-middleton-clutches.html&h=331&w=383&tbnid=Kwpxr97djIYJ_M:&docid=9pJJTUX1O4DAqM&ei=s8ANVpSkIsnXUbaDkMgF&tbm=isch&ved=0CCsQMygKMApqFQoTCNTJj821osgCFclrFAodtgEEWQ
    Tiara from the Queen: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.hr/2011/03/tiara-thursday-strathmore-rose.html
    New earrings from Garrard: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/5d/3f/f5/5d3ff59d641282a06281aa1d6f2a86b4.jpg and http://www.google.hr/imgres?imgurl=https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/5d/3f/f5/5d3ff59d641282a06281aa1d6f2a86b4.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.pinterest.com/Shielaya/garrard/&h=224&w=236&tbnid=FUYmhF1gT4ggKM:&docid=_lYxHB4LtM9kjM&ei=g7oNVuxPxJJThvy7uAk&tbm=isch&ved=0CEEQMygcMBxqFQoTCKydxtmvosgCFUTJFAodBv4Olw
    Bracelet from the Queen: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.hr/2012/11/the-county-of-cornwall-bracelet.html
    Here are two more dresses I think would be great, but Charlotte doesn’t have to share them for the competition since the rules say only one look:
    https://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/pics/items/large/Temperley-15884-large.jpg
    http://english-wedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Jenny-Packham-2015-bridal-collection-images-11.jpg

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    1. The fabulous red Elie Saab dress (http://i2.wp.com/www.fashiongonerogue.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/elie-saab-haute-couture-fall-3.jpg ), would be a stunning dress on the Duchess. Definitely a show stopper in my opinion and would be perfect with the jewels you picked.

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  23. Hello everyone,

    Gorgeous suggestions so far!

    It seems Kate joined William in Wales earlier today. I've updated the post with an instagram pic a rugby fan took.

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    1. Could it be their Communications Secretary Katrina McKeever in the car with William?

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    2. Is she the one responsible for the PR issues?

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    3. I'm not entirely sure it is Kate due to the low quality of the photo. Hopefully we'll hear more at some point today.

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    4. There are 3 Communications Secretaries for KP. So I don't think you can shoulder the PR problems on any one person. Plus it could just be how the Royals want things handle.

      and "the PR Issue" is subjective, I don't think people will ever be completely happy with how things are handled. Somebody is always going to have a problem with something.

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    5. Thanks GR,

      You are right, however they can reach higher percentages of clarity, timeliness, successful
      probabilities.

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  24. I love the new Goat fashions, but I think that the Wickstead pieces are underwhelming.

    My dream state banquet look for Kate is as follows:

    This dress:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/138204282289127178/

    With these earrings:
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-queens-pear-drop-diamond-earrings.html?m=1

    And the Strathmore Tiara: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2011/03/tiara-thursday-strathmore-rose.html?m=1

    With the Royal Order of QEII. What a fun challenge! Thank you!


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    1. Ana B. from Brazil2 October 2015 at 04:06

      I really like the entire outfit, Irishteatime!

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    2. Thank you, Ana! This is my first post, so I appreciate the feedback!

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    3. Alexandra - Florida3 October 2015 at 01:08

      Great job on your first post, Irishteatime! And welcome :)

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    4. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 03:17

      Fabulous choice. I think that gown could be a real Kate contender. And worn with my favourite tiara. Welcome - and hope you keep joining us.

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    5. Balbina - Austria3 October 2015 at 10:18

      Gosh Irishteatime, this is divine. I remember now the crimson Jenny Packman gown from last year. It was instant love. And the Strathmore ist just the absolutely perfect tiara to go with it. Stunning. I get a delicious 1930s vibe.

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    6. Beautiful choices for Kate. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas on your first post. Welcome!

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  25. Great post.

    http://www.dvf.com/dvf-julianna-lace-long-wrap-dress/D213301P15B.html#cgid=sale-dresses
    https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/royalweddingdress/MicroObject.asp?row=4&themeid=2444&item=4
    http://www.annoushka.com/en/selim-beirut-bracelet.html
    http://www.annoushka.com/en/selim-beirut-earrings-5.html
    http://www.annoushka.com/en/selim-beirut-ring-2.html

    Janice

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  26. I’d like to see the Duchess wearing something like Look 6 – cape sleeveless gown, dip effect blue white – shown at http://www.weddinginspirasi.com/2015/07/27/tony-ward-fall-winter-2015-2016-couture-collection/ with her hair up similar to https://www.facebook.com/LuluInThePalace/photos/a.805087539514065.1073741975.292436297445861/805087662847386/?type=3&theater . For shoes and clutch I’d go with L.A.M.B. Warner D'Orsay Pumps – Silver http://www.lyst.com/shoes/lamb-warner-dorsay-pumps-silver/?product_gallery=39901276 and Edie Parker’s Lara Acrylic Backlit Clutch Bag, in navy blue http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Edie-Parker-Lara-Acrylic-Backlit-Clutch-Bag/prod109600048/p.prod?ecid=BGALRgcdL/ATRVoE&ci_src=14110925&ci_sku=sku90320311 and, if really absolutely needed, white opera gloves.

    As to jewelry to round out the outfit I sought a royal sapphire tiara which had been sold at auction (and, thus, one can dream that it was scooped up by somebody for the Duchess) and found Queen Marie Amelie of France's Sapphire, Diamond, & Pearl Parure Tiara http://tiara-mania.blogspot.com/2014/03/sapphire-diamond-pearl-parure-tiara.html . While looking through auction results I also saw a group of sapphire and diamond jewelry http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/jewelry/a-group-of-sapphire-and-diamon-5561398-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5561398&sid=68f686d9-ce54-43e7-af81-751a6119bf97 which looks as if it works beautifully with the Duchess’ engagement ring and the tiara (again, one can dream …  ).

    Greetings and best wishes to all from
    Mia in DC

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    1. I love the dramatic impact of your look. Looking for jewels at auctions is a great idea, one that I would have never considered. You found some great pieces.

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    2. Thank you for your nice words, Julie. Going through jewelry auctions has been a long time hobby of mine - it's like shopping only without spending any money :P. ... Mia
      PS Hope you and yours didn't get hit by the deluge over the last days. All the best your way!

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  27. Hi Charlotte, this is going to be an exciting month for THR and us! Hey I didn't care for ANY of the Wickstead pieces- to me (imho) they all looked like sacks in different colors. I don't ever recall seeing HRH in anything that resembles any of those pieces, & I hope I never so.

    Happy Week-end all.

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  28. Here is my entry:
    Evening gown: http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/608471
    Earrings from the Ruby and Diamond Swag Demi-parure: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-ruby-and-diamond-swag-demi-parure.html
    Tiara: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2012/03/tiara-thursday-oriental-circlet.html
    Clutch: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/615043
    Shoes: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306624256&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446752236&R=452537114918&P_name=Christian+Louboutin&N=306624256&bmUID=l0xVUhO

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    1. Rachel - we are together with our choices of jewelry and tiara. Your look is terrific.

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  29. Alexandra - Florida2 October 2015 at 03:23

    Oh my gosh, I've never won anything in my life! What a special treat! I'm so excited because my son has been wanting to give me a piece of Claudia's jewelry for awhile and now he can for Christmas. Maybe I won't even look at them until then. Thank you so much Charlotte and Claudia!! I'm elated and will wear them proudly!

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  30. Can't wait!! Here's my pick: Alexander McQueen Resort 2016, Look #19 (http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2016/alexander-mcqueen/slideshow/collection#19), a bespoke version in blue with the Burmese Ruby Tiara and the Royal Family Order. I tried my (very terrible) hand at photoshop and tweeted it to you. Fun!!

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  31. Nancy From Miami2 October 2015 at 03:41

    First time poster here... But a very avid reader.
    This is going to be so much fun!
    I think Kate will try to incorporate a bit of an Oriental theme in her gown, so I based her whole look off of that:

    Dress:
    http://m.dhgate.com/product/mew-top-blue-slim-reformed-cheongsam-toast/167258858.html#pd-002

    Tiara
    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2011/04/tiara-thursday-teck-tiaras.html?m=1

    Earrings- major bling
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-queens-emerald-or-diamond-pendant.html?m=1
    The diamond ones unless her dress is green and she can switch to the emeralds inserts

    Shoes- to give it some edge
    http://www.stuartweitzman.com/mobile/products/heist/?DepartmentId=159&SelectionIds=24576&DepartmentGroupId=15

    Clutch
    http://m.jollychic.com/p/luxury-sparkling-rhinestones-patchwork-clutch-purse-g63012.html

    And of course gloves: (I hope it's not too much!)
    https://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/long-sapphire-blue-stretch-satin-evening-gloves.html

    Thank you for such a fun idea! I enjoyed it immensely!

    Nancy from Miami


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  32. Color me a firm believer that diamonds are a girl’s best friends but when it comes to the Duchess of Cambridge, obviously, so are sapphires. Who says a girl can’t have more than one best friend. :P On that thought I went hunting for those two best friends (comingling in form of a tiara, a necklace, a bracelet and some fitting earrings) and, of course, some other, minor accessories (a dress, shoes, and a clutch for completeness sake). Here’s what I came up with:

    A Belle Epoque Sapphire and Diamond Tiara http://www.jewelsdujour.com/2014/04/christies-magnificent-jewels-geneva-may-14th-2014/lot-27-a-belle-epoque-sapphire-and-diamond-tiara/ (to go with a chignon as worn at the UK's Founders Forum Creative Industries Reception on 30 July 2012, http://www.celebrityredcarpet.co.uk/media/kate-middleton-swept-her-hair-up-into-a_m3082#1 ). A sapphire and diamond pendant necklace, by CHATILA http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/jewelry/a-magnificent-sapphire-and-dia-5853015-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5853015&sid=a52dc2a6-805f-448d-85d8-41d438bac224, a sapphire and diamond choker to be redone as a bracelet http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/jewelry/a-sapphire-and-diamond-choker-5754646-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5754646&sid=ff09da28-8436-4472-bc07-0d9910381744 , and long blue sapphire earrings http://uniquejewelrys.com/blue-sapphire-earrings.html/blue-sapphire-earrings-long . And thus a new generation of Cambridge sapphires is born :)

    The dress is Carolina Herrera’s Beige Cloud Jacquard Asymmetric Ruffle Gown
    http://www.lyst.com/clothing/carolina-herrera-clouds-jacquard-wave-gown-blue-multi/?product_gallery=47692181 .
    The Benedetta Bruzziches Cloud shaped silver plated brass clutch http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx#ItemSrv.ashx|SeasonId=60I&CollectionId=0F9&ItemId=8&SeasonMemoCode=actual&GenderMemoCode=women&CategoryId=&SubLineId=bags&utm_source=CommissionJunction&utm_medium=affiliation&utm_campaign=Lyst-US&PID=3852549&AID=10900578 ,
    Christian Louboutin silver So Kate Metallic Red Sole Pumps
    http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Christian-Louboutin-So-Kate-Metallic-Red-Sole-Pump-Silver/prod109150072/p.prod?ecid=BGALRgcdL/ATRVoE&ci_src=14110925&ci_sku=sku90040642
    and white over the elbow gloves complete the outfit.

    Leigh Anne

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    1. What a neat suggestion for Cambridge Sapphires. The pieces that you chose are magnificent.

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  33. I think that tangerine Wickstead dress would be great for Queen Maxima.
    That gown Rebecca featured (Charlotte's choice?) is so lovely, but I would like to see it in blush pink with the
    Strathmore Rose Tiara. I'll have to think about shoes and bag. I do love opera-length gloves.

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  34. Dear Charlotte, I have a dilemma. Knowing the Dream Gown project might get underway while I am traveling, I sent my submission to myself as a PDF, but I cannot figure out how to post it here from my iPad. I am wondering whether next Wednesday, when I return home, is too late to post it. My other thought is that I could forward it to you with a request that you post it for me. But I have not been able to get a message asking you about it to go through. I have had my entry ready for several weeks. It needs one easy bit of editing that I overlooked. I have so looked forward to this, and I do want to participate. Thanks for any assistance you can give me!

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    1. Hello!

      Thank you so much for your interest. Would it be possible to email it to me at hrhcatherineblog@hotmail.com

      Let me know if this works for you :)

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    2. Charlotte, thank you so much! My entry is on its way to you. Please let me know if it reaches you in usable form.

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  35. This is my proposal for Kate’s State Dinner. I don’t know if this dress is suitable for the dressing code, but I like it so much… It could be in another color (for instance this red http://www.diquigiovanni.it/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/RAL-30031.jpg)
    and maybe with a stola in the same color:

    http://abitivestitidasera.altervista.org/abiti-sera/vendita-abiti-da-sera-on-line-armani-sposa-compra-online-abbigliamento?p=1

    http://thefashionbrides.com/2011/01/27/tosca-spose-2011-bridal-collection/#jp-carousel-48369

    The shoes: I would like those

    http://www.clearswift.it/donna-sandali-jimmy-choo-india-85mm-champagne-glitter-da-sera-italia-p-346.html

    but being open toed I propose those by Zara! They are incredible – of course in a different color, suited to the colour of the dress

    https://momoilgomitolo.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/1154001040_2_1_31.jpg
    https://momoilgomitolo.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/1154001040_2_4_31.jpg

    The tiara: I am in a complete minority here, because I am not a fan of tiaras. Therefore I chose a very simple one

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/49610033365680979/

    Clutch:

    https://www.renttherunway.com/shop/designers/handbags_jewelry/silverlatticeclutch/review-p2

    Now jewelry: Earrings

    http://moda.pourfemme.it/foto/orecchini-chanel_9473_16.html

    and a collier
    http://www.reverejewels.com/pear-diamond-earrings/

    Thank you Charlotte!

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    1. Hi Paola! What a gorgeous outfit!!! Could you recheck your collier link, though? It shows earrings and I'm eager to see the necklace you've chosen. Big Thanks - Susie Q :)

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    2. Thank you Susie, here is the link:
      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/338614465707178511/

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    3. one word - wow ... stunning ... delicious!!! Ok, that's three words, but this necklace is simply magnificent and absolutely befitting the outfit! Love it :-)
      Susie

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    4. Yes Susie, when I saw it I fell in love with it...

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    5. Wow - that is some serious bling with the necklace. I love all your pieces together!

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    6. The right earrings are those http://www.reverejewels.com/pear-diamond-earrings/

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  36. exciting news for the duchess Cambridge looking forward for the state dinner im trying to figure it out

    oh here

    https://www.temperleylondon.com/13a-rtw-look-37-long-crystal-stud-dress


    necklace

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/4166802?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Black&resultback=1800

    earings

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/4178717?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Silver%2F+Crystal&resultback=1840



    tiara

    the one she worn her wedding day


    and of course


    royal family state order

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    1. Can you check your link for the dress? It kept telling me that the website could not be found.

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  37. Could the woman in the car with the Duke be Rebecca Deacon?

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  38. First of all, congrats to Alexandra! Enjoy!

    Secondly, I checked the designers but my fave is still the L.K.Benett Lasa dress, they even have similar design but in a yellow, blue colour. I love it!

    Finally, it is a great "competition", I checked a few gowns they are awesome. I am pretty sure, she will wear Mcqueen or Packham. It was very difficult to choose.
    I can hardly wait to see your post on it!

    Here is mine:

    Gown-
    http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/573433

    Tiara-
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co.at/2012/11/queen-marys-fringe-tiara.html

    Jewellery earrings:
    https://www.google.at/search?q=cartier+platinum+natural+pearls&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMI65X0-NOjyAIVRbgaCh2A6gGh&biw=1367&bih=755#tbm=isch&tbs=rimg%3ACXxVPcGk6MMzIjj7H-t_1xWWryNf2d60UnGvQZwjejhWzAFGEXRvyzbC-8iJtRd0AIiMGfb0Cv05LA8KWpWTroFK_1OSoSCfsf63_1FZavIESFJdbUfQwMiKhIJ1_1Z3rRSca9AR4nTqALwQpkwqEglnCN6OFbMAURFUL2Ex8fvGJSoSCYRdG_1LNsL7yEVVB2z-nUk_1bKhIJIm1F3QAiIwYRxdvHrVsklY4qEgl9vQK_1TksDwhHXlfzl2ndBJCoSCZalZOugUr85Eb4atNroR2rK&q=cartier%20platinum%20natural%20pearls&imgrc=fFU9waTowzMnTM%3A

    Necklace
    https://www.google.at/search?q=cartier+platinum+natural+pearls&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMI65X0-NOjyAIVRbgaCh2A6gGh&biw=1367&bih=755#tbm=isch&q=cartier+platinum+diamonds+natural+pearl+diamonds+necklace&imgrc=c89z8Bgv09bKxM%3A

    Clutch
    http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/573779

    I hope the bling link works just fine:-)
    Thanks for the opportunity!!!

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    1. Alexandra - Florida3 October 2015 at 01:11

      Thanks, blue and good luck to you!

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    2. Really like the necklace you found. So interesting that one of the pictures also had turned it into a tiara.

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    3. Great outfit, blue27. I’d love to see the Duchess wearing this at the banquet or -if not then- sometime in the future. Bea E.

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  39. Hi everyone!

    I'd like to see the Duchess wearing this dress by Marchesa - I love the oriental feel of it: http://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/product/573434. It would look wonderful with a full undo. I'd also like to see her in the Teck Crescent Tiara: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-teck-crescent-tiara.html, the Jimmy Choo box panelled clutch http://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/product/567110 and the Gianvito Rossi pumps: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/569484/Gianvito_Rossi/velvet-pumps.

    She'd look wonderful!

    Jo

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    1. Predictive text agh! That should be full updo! Not undo...!!!

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  40. Hello!

    A quick update - I've been told the lady in the car definitely wasn't Kate.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA2 October 2015 at 15:55

      I wonder who it was. At a glimpse, it really looked like Kate dressed in red.

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    2. It Kate and William attend the State Dinner, do you think there will be picture from it, or will it be private?

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    3. A few photos will be released for sure, however I don't believe we'll see full-length arrival/departure shots.

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    4. I'm hoping for more than a photo. ;) How about a video of the Queen's speech before dinner and the toast....and anything else would be nice too!

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    5. Maybe the lady in the car with William was a county official who greeted him, or a rugby hostess?

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  41. I rather like the Wickstead dresses with sleeve streamers, except for the last one. The streamers look best with elbow sleeves. The skirt with the eyes print is awful, but its pink top is lovely. The red and green Goat dresses and the beautiful salmon coat would be nice for Kate, as well as the turquoise lace dress. She looks better in warm colors like the coat. The cool colors she has worn recently, though sophisticated, make her look tired. I still do not like that dress with all the roses, in any of its manifestations!

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  42. I was not sure whether it had to be a white dress... I think the Queen always wears white, doesn't she? However, I am absolutely stunned by this gown:

    Dress by Terani Couture:
    http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/cap-slv-low-bck-mrmd-gown/4164846?origin=category&BaseUrl=Dresses

    Clutch by Jenny Packham:
    http://m.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_087010470285_-1

    Lotus/Papyrus tiara:
    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/12/03/article-2517729-0B9C843E00000578-651_634x326.jpg

    Satin gloves:
    http://prom.unique-vintage.com/ivory-satin-23-opera-length-gloves-one-size-sku-38245.html

    This hairstyle again (the pearls would look great with the tiara!):
    http://wpmedia.o.canada.com/2014/02/151975339.jpg%3Fw%3D680

    I'm looking forwatd to seeing all the other dresses (and if they're white or not)!

    Maria from Germany

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  43. Hello,

    For your look choices the dress can be any colour and there's no need to include gloves unless you wish to do so :)

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  44. Contemporary, artsy, the Halston Heritage ombre evening gown:
    • Strapless neckline
    • Fitted bodice
    • Full skirt, punctuated by pleats
    at Neiman Marcus $745 http://bit.ly/1Go868I

    Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara, Necklace and Earrings: http://bit.ly/1PSy4Gy

    Very very pale lavender over-the-elbow gloves: http://bit.ly/1RkiQv8

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    1. Looking at this beautiful outfit makes me grieve the fact that the necklace was auctioned off all the more :( Somebody please plead with the RF to buy it back so that we get a chance to revel in watching the Duchess wearing this combo!!
      Susie Q

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  45. Voting for our favourite outfit would be phantastic!

    Jenny P really knows how to design a ball gown! http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-de/Jenny-Packham-Firework-Beaded-Cap-Sleeve-Gown-Jenny-Packham/prod177230038_cat49670739__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat49670739%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod177230038&cmCat=product

    The Halo tiara must bring back so many happy memories for Kate https://alaintruong2014.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/1719.jpg

    A clutch with little roses on it http://images.linnlive.com/da7f5bdce106a01118acbf405ccb5343/b9b2f8f8-be88-450a-b75f-187e8eab4cdd.jpg

    Kate's art deco bracelet http://www.dianasjewels.net/C_Bracelets/jul9-11bracelet.jpg

    By Couch_Potato

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    1. Courtney from NC3 October 2015 at 05:45

      This dress is amazing! I think it is very much something Catherine would wear. She favors that silouhette and soft shades generally. If not for the the dinner then maybe the movie premiere or maybe a BAFTA event. This reminds me of the blush Jenny Packham she wore to the ARK Gala soon after her marriage. This dress, http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Jenny-Packham-Beaded-Sequined-Gown-Silver-Nude/prod170321041/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like&RST=CategorySiloedViewCP, also reminds me of that gown and the one you chose. They are beautiful dresses.

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  46. Lynn Georgia USA2 October 2015 at 16:18

    Though the Goat spring offerings are lovely and classic, they seem to mimic clothes and styles that Kate herself has already made famous--i.e., the coral coat, the bow tie blouse, the lace dress, the wool sheath dresses in pretty colors.

    I didn't think the Wicksteads were wonderful, but they did deliver a little dash and daring. I quite liked the proportions of the horizontal striped skirt (not the eyelashes!) and soft blouse. I think Kate would look lovely in a straight dressy skirt and soft blouse. We haven't seen her in many skirts without matching jackets, I don't think (oh yeah, the deep blue satin with black sheer polka dot top). Please cite other examples if I have forgotten. I love to "remember" the outfits.

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  47. I found this amazing dress, but unfortunately, it's strapeless and so the neckline is too daring for a Princess of the United Kingdom :( But I fell in love with it, so I would suggest wearing it with an ivory velvet cover-up?

    http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/theia-metallic-jacquard-ballgown/4105350?origin=category&BaseUrl=Dresses

    http://m.johnlewis.com/mt/www.johnlewis.com/coast-faux-fur-cover-up-ivory/p2215559?un_jtt_v_pdp=yes&un_jtt_v_from_product=un_product_4#page_loaded

    Kate 's Magid vintage black beaded clutch (she often uses it when wearing floor-length dresses): http://33.media.tumblr.com/29bb742aa6ee9a4b47528d04aa876ac7/tumblr_inline_ngonmx4xhi1qzjhoq.png

    Papyrus tiara: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/12/03/article-2517729-0B9C843E00000578-651_634x326.jpg

    By GermanGirl

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  48. Lynn Georgia USA2 October 2015 at 16:23

    The "ball gowns" that you bloggers have "designed" are amazing! I know everybody is hoping for something new. However, I would not be disappointed if she wore that black velvet from the first year. It was my favorite of all time! It would look even more stunning topped with any one of the tiaras! I'm not picky about the tiara! haha

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  49. Rhonda - Wisconsin2 October 2015 at 17:23

    Here's my Dream State Dinner Outfit for Kate with her hair in an updo:

    Gown: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theia-Strapless-Printed-Ball-Gown/prod181960051_cat40350792__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat40350792%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod181960051&cmCat=product

    Tiara/Jewels: http://www.dianasjewels.net/tiaras.htm - Spencer Tiara with the Saudi Sapphires - Necklace and Earrings.

    Shoes: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/christian-louboutin-iriza-half-dorsay-pump/4091559?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=2847

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  50. Gown by Elie Saab: http://ris.fashion.telegraph.co.uk/RichImageService.svc/imagecontent/1/TMG10157881/m/elie-saab-main_2607625a.jpg
    Lotus Flower Tiara: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-ultimate-tiara-collection-lotus.html
    Clutch by Alexander McQueen: https://dailyramblingsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/alexander-mcqueen-cathedral-skull-box-clutch-purseblogdotcom.jpg
    Heels by Jimmy Choo: http://whatkatewore.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Kate-Jimmy-Choo-Vamp-Sandals-Closeup-Claridges-Thirty-Club-May-8-2012-James-Whatling-Splash-700-x-700-.jpg
    Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-bahrain-pearl-drop-earrings.html

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  51. The moment I saw this Alexander McQueen gown ( http://www.lyst.com/clothing/alexander-mcqueen-white-gown-with-angel-print/?product_gallery=659423 ) I thought it would be perfect for The Duchess of Cambridge at the state banquet. And since the dress shines without sequins and such there’s all the more room for the tiara and jewels to sparkle.
    The Papyrus Tiara ( http://tiara-mania.blogspot.com/2014/10/lotus-flower-tiara.html ) would be paired with a soft and fluid half up and half down hairstyle ( https://www.facebook.com/227025530746047/photos/pb.227025530746047.-2207520000.1441720925./281291698652763/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-frc3%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F601528_281291698652763_1222712769_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dbd24745cd539cd2402c7c1250eeabf21%26oe%3D5677F2F1&size=470%2C625&fbid=281291698652763 )

    As far as I know we’ve never seen whether the art deco bracelet and earrings of the Duchess have an en suite necklace. Thus, for the necklace I chose to lend the King Khalid Diamond Necklace ( http://artemisiasroyaljewels.blogspot.com/2013/02/british-royal-jewels-king-khalid.html ) form HM, along with the Chandelier earrings ( https://www.facebook.com/132426196846254/photos/a.286721141416758.71520.132426196846254/292574604164745/?type=3&theater ) previously seen worn by the Duchess for bafta. Her art deco bracelet ( https://www.facebook.com/132426196846254/photos/a.158912377530969.42450.132426196846254/539558362799700/?type=3&theater ) rounds out the jewelry- unless, of course, there’s a family order to be displayed. ;)

    To complete the outfit I chose Jimmy Choo’s AGNES Light Bronze Lamé Glitter Pointy Toe Pumps (http://us.jimmychoo.com/en/women/shoes/pumps/agnes/light-bronze-lam%C3%A9-glitter-pointy-toe-pumps-AGNESLAG494.html?cgid=women-shoes-pumps ) and Jimmy Choo’s RUBY clutch in light bronze ( http://us.jimmychoo.com/en/women/bags/ruby/light-bronze-lam%C3%A9-glitter-fabric-clutch-bag-with-chain-shoulder-strap-RUBYLAG494.html#from=perfectpairing ) because –on the screen at least – the light bronze color seems to resonate with the soft green hue of the gown.

    The obligatory opera gloves should be in the same color as the silk underlining of the dress that frames the neckline, e.g. the Long Ruched Ivory Satin Opera Length Bridal Gloves shown at http://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/Long-Ruched-Ivory-Satin-Opera-Length-Bridal-Gloves.html . Et voila!

    This was so much fun. Thank you Charlotte for the splendid idea!
    Míol Mór

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  52. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2015 at 18:33

    Am I the only one that doesn't think the "clothing code" sounds right? I mean... the full skirt? The queen has rather straight skirts and not a structured bodice. And on the gloves, I looked at pictures and I don't see any gloves on Camilla. Only on the Opening of Parliment. I mean, ofc there are some guidlines but I don't know if they are rules, more like "to you who probably doesn't go to many state dinners, here are some guidlines on what usually constitutes banquet clothing". Or what do you guys think?

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    1. Hi Rebecca - I was wondering about that full skirt as well. Having looked at state outfits I think that full skirt merely means: no leg. Surround seam to the floor, no slit, no raised part a la Renta. On the gloves I'm with you - we probably looked at the same or similar photos. Could of course be the Princess Royale and The Duchess of Cornwall had removed their gloves by the time the pictures were taken. That's just my 10 cents and I may be totally off, of course :/
      Bea E.

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    2. True, Rebecca, it doesn't sound right; I believe Bea's full skirt description is on the money. And the Queen always wears gloves, but I don't think it's a requirement for other royals. In the official photos I've seen, it tends to be the Queen wearing them and no one else. (And I assume if she is wearing them when the photos are taken, the other women would wear them as well.)

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    3. Ad gloves, you are right of course - not that I ever doubted, I'm just relieved that the gloves are not mandatory unless, probably, the dress has no sleeves at all.
      http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/msg/1413927231.html has pics from a state banquet. In the third from the top you can glimpse the Countess of Wessex (center background) wearing a dress with short sleeves and no gloves. 4th (next) pic in the back to the left is Princess Michael of Kent with half sleeves and no gloves. Mystery solved - at least the one about the gloves :-) Now on to the structured bodice. My guess: some bodice that can withstand the weight of any brooch, order or other hardware attached to it. What say you? Bea E.

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    4. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 04:09

      I tend to think you're all correct. What they don't want are the glamour girl type outfits worn to award shows or the Met gala - gowns which are slit thigh high or have plunging necklines. I do think the part about closed toe shoes is rather out-dated since dress sandals are now quite conventional. (I suppose that's why we call closed shoes court pumps! I hadn't really considered it as to modern times.)
      Actually, white is not a good Chinese colour. I think it relates to death. It won't surprise me if the queen wears white though, as she most often does these days. She might accent her gown with rubies like she did in Germany

      Although she was a royal rebel, I remember Diana wearing a close-fitting vivid green gown to a state banquet so I don't think there is any official royal "white" requirement. I hope Kate lets her taste be a bit bold.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden3 October 2015 at 11:48

      I agree with you all. That it's more a way to make sure the people don't dress for a red carpet :P Also, I don't think white is a thing more than the Queen has it as her "uniform". I think Camilla has worn blue for ex.

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    6. When the queen hosted President and Mrs Obama at a state dinner, Mrs Obama had on a sleeveless white dress and she wore opera length white gloves with it. I think it is probably a preference. Camilla had no gloves during that dinner but she had on long sleeves. To me, full skirt means to the floor and it shouldn't be a body con or bandage dress. Something that is super tight but not necessarily the fullness of a ball gown.

      photo can be seen here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-join-royalty-stars-at-queens-state-dinner/

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    7. Thanks to all in this thread. Your discussion is really illuminating. I went and checked for pictures of the Chinese state visit in 2005 and found some at Getty images. http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/november-08-2005?excludenudity=false&family=editorial&specificpeople=67226&page=1&phrase=november%2008,%202005&sort=best
      From those pictures, it seems HM was wearing white or a shade very close to white (not that that has a bearing on the choice of the Duchess of course). What concerns me, though, is the Chinese First Lady was wearing red. Therefore, personally I think it may be prudent to avoid any outfit in a strong red shade for fear that the colors might clash. Pastel shades are less likely to clash and perhaps that's why the royal ladies frequently turn to light hues in their choice of dress. But that's just me, of course. And there are so many fantastic submissions of red dresses/outfits which just wouldn't be the same in a different hue ...
      Leigh Anne

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    8. Thanks Leigh Anne,

      Definitely food for thought. I appreciate the research as I was thinking of a white gown but saw some other beautiful red silks also. I also remember some of the beautiful ensembles the ladies here have put together just recently. Kate definitely has a wealth of choices here.

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  53. For your ease, I added my guesses in my own blog post complete with info and pictures. Check it out! Dare I say, May The Lady Wear Blue! I greatly look forward to seeing the winning ensemble and later Catherine's gown.
    http://meandmymumkate.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-lady-and-her-tiara.html
    -Me And My Mum Kate

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  54. For the dress, a personal Elie Saab fan I would choose this: http://madame.lefigaro.fr/defiles/elie-saab/printemps-ete-2015/haute-couture-0/94074#diaporama-719795_13
    It appears a little sheer but I'm sure they could change that for Kate! I would pair this with her beige l k Bennett Harper suede heels and with the halo Cartier tiara and her wedding earrings! The dress link starts a slide show but it should be the first dress that pops up! I tried to post this last night I guess it just didn't go through, can't wait to see what she really wears!!

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  55. Balbina - Austria2 October 2015 at 20:22

    Oh what fun that was! Thanks Charlotte, what a great idea.

    I opened for a very clean and simple dress; yet with a fair amount of drama.
    Column style dresses can look marvelous on Kate. Her hight and slim figure are perfect to create a statuesque silhouette.

    Valentino silk dress with cape
    http://www.stylebop.com/nz/product_details.php?menu1=clothing&menu2=5&id=611893

    Valentino Leather Rockstud Pumps
    http://www.stylebop.com/product_details.php?wid=231624&recommended=detailview

    Women's Long Satin Gloves with Buttons in BLACK
    http://www.dents.co.uk/shop/gloves-occasion/6-2202-womens-long-satin-gloves/

    ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Leather box clutch, black
    http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/587101/Alexander_McQueen/leather-box-clutch

    The Teck Crescent Tiara
    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.nz/2011/04/tiara-thursday-teck-tiaras.html

    The George VI Festoon Necklace
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/the-george-vi-festoon-necklace.html

    Queen Mary's Diamond Collet Earrings
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co.nz/2014/02/large-diamond-solitaire-earrings.html

    Hair: a very simple high bun to support the statuesque silhouette. Something similar to this
    http://www.behairstyles.com/simple-easy-high-bun-updo/simple-easy-high-bun-updo-2/

    Because of the extraordinary simplicity of dress and neckline, I like the combination of tiara, earrings and necklace.
    I don't think it would be too much.

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  56. Balbina - Austria2 October 2015 at 20:23

    Oh what fun that was! Thanks so much, Charlotte.

    I opened for a very clean and simple dress; yet with a fair amount of drama.
    Column style dresses can look marvelous on Kate. Her hight and slim figure are perfect to create a statuesque silhouette.

    Valentino silk dress with cape
    http://www.stylebop.com/nz/product_details.php?menu1=clothing&menu2=5&id=611893

    Valentino Leather Rockstud Pumps
    http://www.stylebop.com/product_details.php?wid=231624&recommended=detailview

    Women's Long Satin Gloves with Buttons in BLACK
    http://www.dents.co.uk/shop/gloves-occasion/6-2202-womens-long-satin-gloves/

    ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Leather box clutch, black
    http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/587101/Alexander_McQueen/leather-box-clutch

    The Teck Crescent Tiara
    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.nz/2011/04/tiara-thursday-teck-tiaras.html

    The George VI Festoon Necklace
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/the-george-vi-festoon-necklace.html

    Queen Mary's Diamond Collet Earrings
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co.nz/2014/02/large-diamond-solitaire-earrings.html

    Hair: a very simple high bun to support the statuesque silhouette. Something similar to this
    http://www.behairstyles.com/simple-easy-high-bun-updo/simple-easy-high-bun-updo-2/

    Because of the extraordinary simplicity of dress and neckline, I like the combination of tiara, earrings and necklace.
    I don't think it would be too much.

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    1. Wow, it's simply stunning! Bravissima!

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  57. Hello! My first try didn't appear here, so will try again.

    Dress - http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-br/Marchesa-Embroidered-Lace-Tulle-Gown-Red-marchesa/prod182640138___/p.prod?icid=&searchType=MAIN&rte=%252Fsearch.jsp%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dmarchesa%2526_requestid%253D250720&eItemId=prod182640138&cmCat=search

    Tiara - http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com.br/2011/12/readers-top-15-tiaras-3-fife-tiara.html

    Necklace - http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com.br/2013/04/ruby-and-diamond-floral-bandeau-necklace.html

    Earrings - http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com.br/2012/10/queen-marys-ruby-cluster-earrings.html

    Shoes - http://www.redbottomshoe.us.com/christian-louboutin-so-kate-mini-120mm-glitter-pointed-toe-pumps-grey-p-167.html

    Thank you.

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    1. Courtney from NC3 October 2015 at 05:47

      This dress is one of the ones on my final list. I love it. So beautiful.

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    2. Courtney from NC3 October 2015 at 05:48

      Also I think maybe adding some gold in the embroidery would take it up a notch.

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    3. I really like the dress with the ruby and diamond floral bandaeu necklace and ruby cluster earrings. That would be a very glamorous combination.

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  58. Here is my look

    Dress: http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/572044

    I would have it made into a bespoke piece by changing it from black with gold to red with gold since red is the color for China.

    Since shoes have to be closed toes: http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/567181

    gloves: http://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/Ruched-Gold-Matte-Satin-Evening-Gloves.html

    Tiara: The Oriental Circular Tiara : http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-oriental-circlet.html

    Royal Jewels: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-ruby-and-diamond-swag-demi-parure.html

    I chose this ruby set since the dress has a higher neckline with the overlay and the ruby's would still be able to stand out against the dress.

    And this updo on Anne Hathaway: http://www.lhairstyle.com/women-hairstyles/classic-prom-updo-hairstyle/

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    1. I forgot to add the family order. That would definitely be worn too.

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    2. Magnificent dress/outfit, Julie. Simply magnificent! Miol M.

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  59. Knowing Kate's conservative style, my guess is that she will go for white. I have found this beautiful Elie Saab dress:

    http://weddbook.com/media/2296979/elie-saab-embroidered-lace-and-silk-blend-georgette-gown

    I will pair it with the papyrus tiara and her triple stone round pearl drop earrings to go with the pearls in the tiara and compliment the off-white of the dress:

    http://www.andrewprince.co.uk/triple-stone-round-pearl-drop-earrings-p58.html

    I would have her wear her Jimmy Choo Vamp silver sandals

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  60. I so enjoyed looking at all the beautiful choices people have made! I am not in your "designer" class at all, but I still found it fun to put together a "Lady in Red" evening choice. Because I really like pearls, I chose those for the jewel options. Here are my choices:

    dress: Alexander McQueen long red cross-wrap with cap sleeves:
    http://www.alexandermcqueen.com/us/alexandermcqueen/long-dress_cod34522089sa.html

    shoes: Jimmy Choo “Mei” red patent leather, almond-toe shape with set back heel:
    http://us.jimmychoo.com/en/women/shoes/mei/red-patent-leather-almond-toe-pumps-MEIPAT600.html?cgid=women-shoes#cgid=women-shoes&start=1

    tiara: Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara worn with an intricate updo as in wedding photo of Vicountess Linley, Serena Armstrong-Jones (who is wearing the lotus flower/papyrus). Here's the tiara:
    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2011/03/tiara-thursday-cambridge-lovers-knot.html

    earrings: Queen Victoria’s pearl drops would be a good match for the tiara.
    http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2012/10/queen-victorias-pearl-drop-earrings.html

    The tiara was most recently worn often by Diana, who famously claimed it was so heavy it induced headaches. Maybe Kate won't feel it as much? The royals who wore it before did not seem to mind it. Anyway, the name "Cambridge" and the pearls were irresistible to me.

    I would add opera length white gloves, and no clutch.

    Because the dress has the crossover interest in the bodice, I thought it might be fine without a necklace, which I suspect would be Kate's choice anyway. She doesn't like to be overloaded with jewels.

    Thanks, Charlotte, for the fun this was!

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  61. Jackie from Canada3 October 2015 at 02:48

    Hello,

    Love this blog and had fun putting together a look.
    Charlotte, I hope you will post pictures for the looks again!

    This look is more on the side of elegant than fun...but I feel like a state dinner is a time for her to look very formal and will need to be gaining respect for her future role...I think she will look regal and mature!

    Gown: Badgley Mishka White Pebble Crepe Gown
    https://www.shopbop.com/pebble-crepe-gown-cape-badgley/vp/v=1/1525978399.htm

    Tiara: Papyrus

    Bracelet & Earrings: Tiffany Diamond by the Yard
    http://www.tiffany.ca/jewelry/bracelets/elsa-peretti-diamonds-by-the-yard-bracelet-10769035?fromGrid=1&search_params=p+1-n+10000-c+287458-s+5-r+150323351-t+-ni+1-x+-lr+0-hr+-ri+-mi+-pp+5894+11&search=0&origin=browse&searchkeyword=&trackpdp=bg&fromcid=287458
    http://www.tiffany.ca/jewelry/earrings/elsa-peretti-diamonds-by-the-yard-drop-earrings-17623532?fromGrid=1&search_params=p+1-n+10000-c+287464-s+5-r+150323351+150323339-t+-ni+1-x+-lr+0-hr+-ri+-mi+-pp+1502+4&search=0&origin=browse&searchkeyword=&trackpdp=bg&fromcid=287464

    Shoes: Badgley Mischka Ponder (Gold)
    http://www.badgleymischka.com/PONDER/

    Hair: Kate's updo (which is a low-do)
    http://ca.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201408/rs_1024x759-140108145246-1024.kate-middleton-updo-2.cm.1813.jpg


    Hope Kate has fun!

    Thanks Charlotte!

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    1. Jackie from Canada3 October 2015 at 16:09

      I forgot to add the Queen's order to the outfit as well, which I really hope she wears! Thanks again.

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  62. First of all, thank you all so much for your kind reception of my previous outfit selection and a special thank you to you, Charlotte, for presenting it so beautifully and all the work that went into that. Btw. where did you find a pic of the papyrus tiara on a white background? I’ve been haunting the net but was unable to do so. Since I already submitted a tiara outfit suggestion (albeit not befitting the ‘rules’ laid out by Rita Wilson) I’m not sure I’m eligible to present a second one, but it was so much fun the last time around I couldn’t help but jump at a second shot. So armed with a rainy afternoon, a glass of wine, and some cheese and crackers for sustenance, I took off on my quest to present HRH with jet another outfit option befitting her and the upcoming state banquet.

    For the jewelry and hairdo, I basically stayed with my initial choice:
    The Papyrus/Lotus Flower Tiara http://theroyalpost.com/2013/10/28/the-queen-mums-lotus-flower-tiara/
    The hairstyle: https://www.facebook.com/227025530746047/photos/pb.227025530746047.-2207520000.1441720925./281291698652763/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-frc3%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F601528_281291698652763_1222712769_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dbd24745cd539cd2402c7c1250eeabf21%26oe%3D5677F2F1&size=470%2C625&fbid=281291698652763 plus a touch of bangs :P
    The Chandelier diamond earrings on loan from the Queen worn for bafta https://www.facebook.com/132426196846254/photos/a.286721141416758.71520.132426196846254/292574604164745/?type=3&theater
    The Duchess’ art deco diamond bracelet https://www.facebook.com/132426196846254/photos/a.158912377530969.42450.132426196846254/539558362799700/?type=3&theater

    The toughest part was finding a dress that I liked as much as, or even better than, the Jenny Packham dress of my first submission. But finally, there it is, in Ralph & Russo’s 2015-16 couture: The 3rd dress from the top (not counting the video) at http://vertigomag.co.uk/hautecouture/ralph-and-russo-couture-2015-16. It has all that I’ve been looking for: light in color, covered shoulders and the subtle umph the Duchess does so effortlessly. With this dress, I’d suggest Christian Louboutin’s Silver Top Vague Crystal Mesh Pumps http://www.lyst.com/shoes/christian-louboutin-top-vague-crystal-mesh-pumps-white/
    and Alexander McQueen’s Beaded Knuckle Box Clutch http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT<>prd_id=845524446831908&site_refer=&site_refer=AFF001&mid=13816&siteID=gcdL_ATRVoE-jcpbcVLqptvGrJLNJkM1Ag&LSoid=365991&LSlinkid=10&LScreativeid=1 . Add white gloves only if absolutely needed - and that’s it.

    I can’t wait to go through all the other experts’ suggestions :-) Thank God the weekend’s coming …

    Sara Bee

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  63. Courtney from NC3 October 2015 at 03:40

    So my look for Catherine will most likely never be worn because she seems to favor streamlined designs but I saw this and tried to find another gown but kept going back to this one. It is beautiful from the front but from the back it screams regal to me.

    It would have to be bespoke because it needs changes. Instead of blue it would be a deep red and the lace could stay ivory or a little darker but gold would be too much in that amount. The neckline of the red (blue) dress would need to be lowered and made into a modest sweetheart neckline. I would shorted the lace sleeves to a cap sleeve so she could wear opera length gloves. The front of the dress wouldn't have buttons like the original as I think it makes it less formal with buttons. I am not sure about that front tie belt either. But I think this is a stunning gown.

    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Carolina-Herrera-Embroidered-Lace-Pleated-Gown/prod178560572/p.prod?utm_campaign=Pinterest%20Buy%20Button&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest&utm_content=pinterest-buy-button-0abc4db28-9440-40c3-b015-bde3f012931c

    Shoes: Gold Louboutin's with red soles would work well since it is a Chinese dinner.

    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Christian-Louboutin-Iriza-Half-d-Orsay-Glitter-Red-Sole-Pump-Gold/prod178360439/p.prod?utm_campaign=Pinterest%20Buy%20Button&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest&utm_content=pinterest-buy-button-0d77e55bb-bac4-4478-8724-1584a6674c62

    Now for the really fun part! I think with the gown I chose diamonds would work best and not make the look too overwhelming.

    Tiara: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara with her hair in a style similar to this one https://www.pinterest.com/pin/234961305536600594/ .

    Necklace and bracelet: At first I wasn't going to do a necklace because of the lace but this necklace is simple enough, if this many diamonds can be simple, and short enough that it could work.

    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2012/04/queens-top-10-diamonds-9-south-african.html

    With these amazingly awesome earrings in the all diamond form: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/the-queens-emerald-or-diamond-pendant.html

    As I said there isn't really a possibility that this dress would be worn by her but as much as I tried to convince myself to post the other dress I loved for Catherine because it is more logical I just couldn't. If I had that much to spend on a dress and somewhere to wear it I would wear the heck out of the Carolina Herrera gown. Here was my second choice:
    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Monique-Lhuillier-Rosette-Detailed-Chevron-Beaded-Gown/prod178940144_cat35350732__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat35350732%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D510%2526Ns%253DPCS_SORT%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod178940144&cmCat=product&utm_campaign=Pinterest%20Buy%20Button&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest&utm_content=pinterest-buy-button-0ad91fe86-f115-49e5-b81d-228531890b9b

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    1. Courtney from NC3 October 2015 at 06:03

      I just have to put the links for some of my other top dresses. Not necessarily for the dinner but perhaps other formal events. These ones are beautiful but I felt lacking for the Chinese dinner.

      These two dresses are similar and the shoes would match either dress.
      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Christian-Siriano-Gold-Flecked-Brushstroke-Print-Overskirt-Trumpet-Gown/prod177780011/p.prod

      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Rubin-Singer-High-Neck-Floral-Cloque-Gown/prod177050553/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like&RST=CategorySiloedViewCP

      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Manolo-Blahnik-Point-Toe-Metallic-Patent-BB-Pump/prod148250013/p.prod

      This next dress is very ethereal and would look magnificent on Catherine but I am not sure I love the color.

      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Monique-Lhuillier-3-4-Sleeve-Floral-Embroidered-Gown-Teal/prod180330162/p.prod?utm_campaign=Pinterest%20Buy%20Button&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest&utm_content=pinterest-buy-button-00fd1adda-8a16-410f-bbc7-8ff2950704f0

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    2. That certainly is one stunning gown and the alterations you suggested are spot on IMHO. I think the belt could stay if it weren’t tied in a bow but closed by a very clean-lined clasp (perhaps covered with the fabric of the dress/cloak) or invisible hooks. I’m not sure I would shorten the sleeves, I lean to foregoing the gloves instead (although there is something about opera gloves, isn’t there :-)). I also lean to adding just a dash of a pale gold thread to the lace but only a bit and only in the scalloped lines rather than throughout the pattern. Sara B.

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  64. Julia from Leominster3 October 2015 at 04:11

    Wish I had a chance to complement everyone! We have a fantastic collection of gowns, jewels, bags and heels here. It will be a hugely difficult choice for me to choose a favourite - I've seen so many I love.

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    1. The world's best stylist has nothing on us. :)

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  65. I had been looking forward to this for weeks!

    http://m.saks.com/pd.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306422140&productCode=0451044781279&R=812025027678&P_name=RENE+RUIZ&N=306422140&bmUID=l0DZoiw (In taupey rose)

    Matching Jimmy Choo clutch:
    http://row.jimmychoo.com/de_DE/damen/taschen/abendtaschen-und-clutches/sweetie/clutch-aus-acryl-mit-rosanem-glitzer-SWEETIEPGB110323.html?cgid=women-handbags-clutch#start=1

    Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara:
    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.de/2012/04/queens-top-10-diamonds-7-alexandras.html?m=1

    This half updo with a small bun at the back (Love it!!):
    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=41058790

    Sunny

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    1. Your dress suggestion is really beautiful and has a lot of interesting detail. Really quite different and very pretty/lady like.

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  66. I am a silent reader of this blog. I like it as it gives a lot of info about Kate's work as well as about her fashion choices.

    Dress for state banquet: http://mt.maxmara.com/p-8226115606003-ketch-red-raspberry

    Tiara: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com.mt/2011/12/readers-top-15-tiaras-1-girls-of-great.html

    Jewellery: Bracelet/Cuff: http://www.monicavinader.com/riva-diamond-cluster-cuff/rose-gold-vermeil-riva-diamond-cluster-cuff?search=%2Fshop%2Fbracelets#slide-1

    Jewellery: Earrings: http://www.monicavinader.com/riva-diamond-cluster-drop-earrings/rose-gold-riva-diamond-cluster-drop-earrings?search=%2Fshop%2Fin-collection%2Friva

    Shoes: http://www.elggjam.com/image/cache/data/Jimmy%20Choo%20fr/Jimmy%20Choo%20Sandales/Jimmy%20Choo%20Vamp%20paillettes%20or%20Sandal-500x500.jpg

    Hairstyle: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/15/1d/d6/151dd6a8f3cc7fbd5b3bbf2443acb40e.jpg (it's loaned from Queen Letizia of Spain)

    Gabriella, Malta

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    1. Great suggestions and so glad you decided to participate.

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    2. Welcome Gabriella, :)

      Beautiful outfit. Hope to hear from you again. :)

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  67. An amazing silver/white dress (will look great with the shiny diamond jewels!) http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/theia-metallic-cap-sleeve-mermaid-gown/3946746?origin=keywordsearchhttp://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/alfred-sung-bow-back-sateen-twill-gown/3784262?origin=keywordsearch

    The Fringe Tiara http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.de/2011/03/tiara-thursday-queen-marys-fringe-tiara.html?m=1

    The George VI festoon necklace http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.de/2012/05/the-george-vi-festoon-necklace.html?m=1

    Hair styled in an updo http://www.staffordshireliving.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Regis-Salon-Kate-Middleton-Updo-Final-Look.jpg

    For a pop of colour: a rather special blue clutch as a highlight
    https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/93361500/petit-in-royal-silk-clutch-wedding?ref=market

    Created by SMP

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      I have a questions regarding the rules for a State Banquet. Who make the rules? Does the Queen make them? I am just interested in where they come from. Thanks. I love your blog.

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  68. SMP,

    WOW, YOWSA, YOWSA, YOWSA.

    That dress is SO regal, sexy, classic, luminous, and OH SO ultra appropriate. COUPLE THAT with the Iconic Festoon Necklace (ultimate presence) AND the Fringe Tiara (ultimate presence) AND The Family Order and our Princess will be stunning and appropriately prestiged

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  69. I thought KP tweeted that the Duchess would return to work with a schedule that would increase greatly thru the fall. October does not look too heavy to me. Again, what they say and what she does is never the same. Then comes the Christmas holidays, then vacation. What happened to the charities she took on when she first got married? I have never joined the she dosnt work enough brigade, but this is not looking good again. KP is the one that said she would be increasingly ramping up her work, they are wrong again. October looks very slim.

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  70. Charlotte,

    Are we to understand that you got a personal confirmation from Rebecca English?????????

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    1. Hello,

      Yes, I asked Rebecca and she told me it wasn't Kate.

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  71. I'm looking forward to W&K's joint engagement -it's always so much fun to see them out and about together. Onto my dream look for the State banquet: While browsing the royal jewelry collection, I freaked out a little bit (understatement of the century) ;)

    The sleeves are a bit uncommon, but I love how they make the dress unique! The bordeaux colour is so beautiful:
    https://m.shopbop.com/draped-halter-gown-monique-lhuillier/vp/v=1/1591984906.htm?extid=affprg_CJ_SB_US-2687457-Polyvore&currencyCode=USD&cvosrc=affiliate.cj.2687457

    The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara:
    http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/blog/0347.jpg

    The County of Cornwall bracelet:
    http://artemisiasroyaljewels.blogspot.de/2013/02/british-royal-jewels-queens-county-of.html?m=1

    Queen Victorias ruby earrings:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ckSEiT2I_qU/T-siGBSborI/AAAAAAAAIUI/TY0qLIHpxgw/s1600/_CrownRubyEarrings.jpg

    Pretty Pumps (closed toe):
    http://row.jimmychoo.com/de_DE/damen/schuhe/pumps/lipp/plateau-schuhe-mit-mandelf%C3%B6rmiger-zehenpartie-aus-wei%C3%9Fer-spitze-LIPPLAC100.html?cgid=women-shoes-pumps#start=1

    S. from E.

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    1. And who wouldn't freak out S. from E. ???? :)

      Just the three pieces you picked out qualify for
      3 straight weeks of squealing with joy, not to mention intermittently jumping up and down even in conspicuous places.

      Just for starters............ :)

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  72. It would be lovely to see the halo tiara and wedding earrings again in another outing as one of the posters suggested.

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  73. I LOVE these outfits.

    But even more, (and that's saying a lot because I love clothes), I LOVE hearing from all these people we have never heard from before and they are from all over the world. How awesome is that.

    Just mention a tiara and ball gown and, voila'. :)

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  74. I hope Kate takes this opportunity not to be shy but to be bold and make a beautiful, powerful statement without offending Chinese sensitivities. Kate has the ability to do both.

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  75. The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara is one of my very favorites. I think it would look like it had found it's home on Kate, and the same with Queen Victoria's ruby earrings. I hope she wears each many times in her lifetime. She can really, really do them Justice. They are in my top three category.

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