Sunday, 8 November 2015

Kate in Alexander McQueen for Remembrance Sunday

The Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the Royal family gathered in Whitehall, London this morning for this years Remembrance Sunday ceremony.


Kate watched the ceremony from the balcony of the foreign office with the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Lawrence. There was a very notable addition to the line-up this year, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who joined the royals to watch her husband King Willem-Alexander lay a wreath.


There was some doubt as to whether or not Máxima would be able to make it, as she was recently hospitalised after falling ill with a kidney infection during a state visit to China. It was wonderful to see her there and most importantly looking well.


Kate and Máxima chatting.


As the clock struck eleven, a two minute silence was observed. The silence represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, when the guns of Europe fell silent. The time is marked by the firing of a field gun on Horse Guards Parade.

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From GOV.UK:

'Every year, the two minute silence for the remembrance service on Whitehall is conducted with military precision. On Horse Guards Parade the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire their First World War guns to mark the start of the silence, and a Corps of Army Music bugler from the Household Division marks its end at precisely the same time that the guns fire again, 120 seconds later.'

Remembrance Sunday is marked on the second Sunday in November. It is the day traditionally put aside to remember those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.


This year marks a number of other significant anniversaries in the UK's military history, including the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Royal British Legion

Troops and veterans lining up for the service.


Her Majesty led the sombre service around the Cenotaph by laying a wreath.


Other members of the Royal family, including Prince Philip, Prince William, Prince Harry, The Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal also laid wreaths. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were absent from the event due to their tour of Australia and New Zealand.


King Willem-Alexander laid a wreath following an invitation from the Queen to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands after the second world war.


A look at the wreath.

Joe Little / Majesty Magazine

Prince William took the salute on Horse Guards Parade this year.

Joe Little / Majesty Magazine

The royals watching from the balcony.


Kate singing the national anthem.


The ceremony concluded with veterans and active military members marching past.


This year's service was shortened to limit standing time for the Queen and ageing veterans. More from the Telegraph:

'A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The format for this year's Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on November 8 has been reviewed." Consideration was given to whether the service format might allow the march-past of veterans to start earlier.
 A number of veterans wait some time for the parade to move off, and then have a lengthy march to Horse Guards Parade.
This year, in order to allow the parade to get under way earlier, some members of the Royal family and political figures will lay their wreaths simultaneously.
These changes will be put in place by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport following discussion with the Royal Household.'

It marks the fifth consecutive year Kate has attended the event as a member of the Royal family. Below we see her in 2011 and 2012 in a DVF coat, in 2012 in the Temperley 'Noa' coat, and last year in Alexander McQueen.


Kate wore a new double breasted coat with velvet trim for the event.


It is very much believed the coat is a bespoke Alexander McQueen piece. Carly from Kate Middleton Style found the similar Velvet Trim Double Breasted Wool Coat at Lane Crawford retailing for £2,165. The heavyweight piece is described as "an utterly irresistible concoction of virgin wool and velvet, creating a dramatic standout look".

Lane Crawford

Susan from What Kate Wore noted the similarities between Kate's piece and the McQueen Patchwork Jacket.

Splash News / McQueen

The amazing Anna identified Kate's hat as a bespoke piece by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. The Duchess accessorised with her Annoushka pearls and black suede Mulberry clutch.


The look was completed by poppies.


We conclude this portion of the post with 'In Flanders Fields'.


Lest we forget.

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Also today, several readers have been in touch enquiring about the veracity of a story run by the Mail on Sunday reporting Kate is planning her own organic range. More from the article:

'The Duchess of Cambridge is working on a plan to get the nation hooked on her wholesome organic food recipes – and raise millions for charity at the same time.
 Sources say Kate so loves growing organic vegetables at her Norfolk estate, Anmer Hall, she is preparing the ground for a food brand with an appropriate title such as Anmer Organics. A source says of Kate's plans: 'It's a concept for now but it will happen – just give it 18 months or so. And it's natural that it should do so. One day Prince William will want to have a profitable business attached to his estate to generate funds – both charitable and otherwise – just like his father does.
'It's also important for William to promote his home, Norfolk, in the same way that Charles promotes Cornwall with the Duchy range. You can just imagine the labelling – 'home-grown organic produce from Norfolk, home of Prince William'.

Indeed, it wouldn't be unheard of. Prince Charles's Duchy Originals company has over 200 products on the shelves of Waitrose, including bacon and jam, and has generated a sizeable income for his charities over the years. Is there any truth to the story? I'm on the fence with this one, as at present there are no royal reporters chiming in on the subject, and the reporter who wrote the story hasn't always been accurate in the past. Time will tell, but until we hear something official it may very well be simply fodder for the Sunday papers...

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Finally, there's still time to enter our Azuni London giveaway with the winner receivng a pair of Kate's Athena Drop Earrings.

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284 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 13:11

    As always, a moving event. I really enjoyed seeing Maxima and WA there as well! Very nice that she's recovered so well. She seems like a hoot. And the politicians... they looked very childish walking there one and one when you know the story behind. They should just have sucked it up. Can't be that horrible walking beside an opponent for a few seconds.

    Very nice seeing William taking the salute. He has really upped his game the recent years! Investitures, taking salute, state visits, diplomaticly heavy tours etc. Kudos for him having an increase in his duties even when he can't increase the numbers!

    Onto the fashion. Kate looked appropriate. I had a hunch it was McQueen, and so it was. Not my favourite but a nice little twist on a black coat. I love that hat though. It has the modern shape associated with her in a nice angle and size but a bit of a retro feel with the netting. I like it! I even like the little butterfly bow. It feels hopeful somehow!

    Thank you Charlotte as always for your thourough reporting! You are truly a star, my friend! :) (Also, if you may notice I've recently adopted your formula in my comments. I make a concious decision to start with commenting on the event and THEN the fashion. I like that formula in your posts so decided to adopt it!)

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    1. Anonymous in Colorado8 November 2015 at 22:14

      Rebecca, I must say I always love reading your comments. Always candid yet respectful & funny. :-)

      The Duchess looked polished & appropriately lovely today. While I'm not a huge fan of this McQueen coat (can't help but think it would look more elegant without the velvet shoulder pieces), she wears it incredibly well!

      I'm so grateful to the people who have given of themselves so that we may continue to enjoy our freedom.

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    2. Rebecca, I am now used to your comments always being first and I always appreciate them. I did not know you also authored a blog. If it is OK, can you share a link. Maybe many others are already aware, but I am behind the times. Thank you in advance! :-) ( I hope it is in English!)

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 22:41

      Thank you so much Colorado. It's really nice to be appriciated :)

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 23:53

      Darla! Oh no, you misunderstood me :) I have just adopted the formula in my comments! And I've noticed myself that I'm usually very early to comment nowdays because I usually follow the events live as it happens and write down my thoughts "live" and can't wait to share my experience with you guys :)

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    5. I love netting on hats. Absolutely love it. Which is why Kate only comes a close 2nd to Maxima in my Hat Game Analysis. Maxima wins with the hats. Love them or hate them she wears them all with aplomb. And given she was just in the hospital, she looks amazing.

      I sent the link to the events today to my dad's old friend, who served in England during WWII. He was a bombadier in the US Air Force flying bombing raids. He is always so taken with the fact that the British remember their war dead so often and so movingly.

      So here's to you, Frank. A lovely man involved in a terrible war.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2015 at 01:46

      Haha, I usually don't like netted hats. Mostly because I think of my aunts hatboxes and how she must have been a follower of Dianas early style! But this one is fresh and light and doesn't scream 80s.

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    7. I did misunderstand your comments, Rebecca. Sorry. In rereading them you were perfectly understandable. My problem is that I was watching a football (American football. Broncos vs Colts. So sad they lost, the Broncos, that is. Bummer interception in the fourth quarter for you fans.) game. That is the hazard of trying to do two things at once. How nice that you can watch things live. I have not figured out how to do that with my limited Cable package. I don't know if I can on the internet. But, at least I have this blog and all the links given here.

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  2. I would like to start of by saying the Queen look beautiful and performs this duty (as all her duties) with such grace. Remembrance day photo's of the royal ladies are always difficult with solemn faces but thankfully there are the occasional smile at each other and this year did not disappoint. I love the photo of Kate and Queen Maxima with her big eyes! She is certainly a stylish lady but very much her own with a Big personality! I think she stole the show with her big hat and simple coat. On her own, Sophie looked nice but next to Kate and Maxima her outfit looked a little bit off. Now to Kate: She looked very nice but I think there was a bit much going on with the color patches and the buttons and the poppies. Of the five outfits she has worn to Remembrance Sunday I liked the DVF coat with the big hat and the Noa coat the best. Nevertheless, all the ladies looked elegant.

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  3. Emi - Lexi Smart8 November 2015 at 13:22

    I love the fact that you people of Britain (and from the Commonwealth) pay so much respect for people who lost their lives for the freedom of your country. Kate looked stunning as always :)
    "The silence represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, when the guns of Europe fell silent. The time is marked by the firing of a field gun on Horse Guards Parade." I'm thinking of Downton Abbey, the episode when the war finally comes to an end! I love the scene where they celebrate the end of the war! I will miss Downton Abbey!

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  4. I like what Kate is wearing because its different enough from past outfits and there are some new, exquisite details incorporated into the look. From what I can see of the coat, its beautifully
    tailored while the velvet collar adds a richness of
    texture. Where I am not necessarily a fan of lace, I am a huge fan of velvet. At first I was not
    impressed by the hat but upon zeroing in saw
    the eye veil and the butterfly like ornamentation,
    and was sold. Unlike last night's lace, this
    ensemble has some interesting features. I will
    say that I like Kate to be the standout wherever
    she is but on the balcony today she was not. Queen Maxima commanded the attention with an even more impeccably tailored coat and that drop dead gorgeous hat. I loved the touch of those sumptuous black gloves as well, and her hair was up in what looked to be a very pretty chignon. Simply put, she just looks chic. I would love to know what Sophie is wearing because it is striking. The textured material and detailing at the waist along with the simple yet stunning neckline makes this coat or coatdress out of the ordinary which is something I always wish for
    Kate. I could do without the fussy netting on the
    hat but love seeing the subtle pop of color in her earrings.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 19:56

      I am usually a fan of Sophies style but not today actually. It felt overdone. The fabric was both textured and a bit shimmery, low cut making it look cold and a frilly hat. She is gorgeous as usual of course. But a bit much for my taste. I think Kate found a much better balance than Sophie today in having interesting features in the designs without dragging attention to herself.

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    2. I agree with you on more points: velvet vs. lace, the interesting choice of Kate's ensemble, and the attention that Queen Maxima got. She looked absolutely superb. Her hat and coat looked stunning and gorgeous. Clearly she has style. I also loved Sophie's coat too. I think all the girls did their very best today!:-))

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    3. Erika!!! There is no such thing as "fussy netting" on hats! I think I have the vapors. :)

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    4. I'm not a fan of the frilly hat either Rebecca but bluhare seems to be :-)

      I don't know bluhare. I think I see a lot of fussy netting on Sophie's hat :-) I agree with what you say about Maxima above, however. She is number one in the hat department.

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    5. Bluhare, your comment snuck up on me:) First I was in the solemnity of the moment & moved on to agree with the wonderful way They Honor The Dead... & moved on to remembering how much I connected with WWII during Downton & am also adjusting to say good bye to The Crawleys.... When Your Post Creeped Up On Me & Before I Knew It I Was Actually Laughing Out Loud!:)
      Thanks! I Needed That:)
      Becca USA xo

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    6. Kate's hat wins the netting competition. Sophie's hat (and I usually like Sophie's outfits) looks like it's got bits of twigs sticking out so I guess I do see Erika's point about that. Netting should gracefully float over your face, and not look like a bird could come come get some nesting material off it, which is why Kate's wins. However, I wish they both would wear actual hats instead of funny bits on the tops of their heads!

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    7. I like hats with netting over the face also. I think the netting on this hat could have been even lower ending over the nose for example for more drama. I know its not a day for drama but its really the perfect occasion for an eye veil, so why not go all the way.

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  5. Sarah from Calif.8 November 2015 at 13:34

    So thankful for the men and women who have fought and fight for our freedom!

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  6. At first I thought that Kate doesn't look good in black. But then I compared this outfit to her previous choices and I think it's not the color, it's the coat. I don't like it at all. And I think her hat is too fancy and her make-up to heavy. I don't see either any idea for her hair. She looked much more better in the previous years.

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  7. Maxima is one of my favorite royals (besides the British Royal Family of course!), and it's wonderful to see her there with Kate and Sophie.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 19:53

      I agree! I didn't know that this was a pairing I wanted but now that we have them I just want to see more of Kate+Maxima!!

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    2. Yes Rebecca! I'm Right Beside You! (Oh Surprise, Surprise:) More Kate+Maxima!:)
      Becca xo

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    3. Hi Becca, :)

      Glad you popped in. Hope all is improving at your house. xo

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    4. Yippie! My little minion is back! :P Hope everything is going as well as it can! Very nice to "see" you!

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    5. Hi Gang, You just Warm My Heart:) We ended up with a Trifecta of Health Misadventures:( After my Daughter it was me & then my Mom, Hospital & all.:( We are all rounding the bend & doing well:) As always, Charlotte's Blog has been My Home Away from Home!:) Elegant, Educational & Entertaining!:) With all these Events of late & with The State Visit Among it all...... It's been Such a Delight & a Wonderful Much Needed Distraction!:)
      Thank you again Charlotte, for The Gift of Your Blog! Superb! I feel Honored to be a part of such a Vibrant Group, contributing all of our Insights, Opinions & Shared Knowledge.:)
      Hugs,
      Becca:)

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    6. Oh my, Becca! That's horrible for you! Glad you're starting to see the light of the tunnel! And I can certainly attest as well that this place is a very welcome distraction! A big hug to you and your family!

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  8. I half expected the duchess to recycle her Temperly "Noa" coat today. I really like the McQueen coat and it fits her beautifully. Love me some velvet! I knew Maxima would wear a fabulously large hat- kinda wish the duchess did too. Next to Maxima it looks a little too small to match the scale of her coat. Kate looks great as always.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 19:53

      I actually guessed that Maxima would wear one of her black pillboxes. That is a look I hope Kate goes for another year :) She looked so good in the red one she wore, I would love her in a smaller and sleek pillbox for this event!

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  9. Deliah, United States of America8 November 2015 at 14:11

    HRH looks very beautiful as always (IMHO) but it pains me to say Queen Maxima does not- the hat is WAY WAY WAY to big for this occasion, and reminds me that Halloween has just recently passed. HM is amazing.

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    1. This is exactly what I was thinking about Maxima's hat. It's too much. What's more she has beautiful, big eyes but her make-up makes them small and sad. I like Maxima very much and I know she had some problems with her health and maybe that's way she doesn't look healthy lately. I don't like Kate's hat either. This butterfly-like bow looks cheap and kills its design.

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    2. Queen Maxima is very well known for wearing big hats. So it is fitting she does today. And to say it reminded you of Halloween was a little disrepectful to the queen.

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    3. I agree, I liked Maxima's coat, but the hat was way too big. If they had all worn large hats there would be no room on the balcony. Anon 20:51, why is it disrecptfull to say that about Maximia, but it is OK to say even worse things about Kate.

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    4. Anon-00:21 - I so very much agree with you, especially about the comments made about Kate. She's not a Barbie doll!

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    5. Can you imagine Camilla and one of her head masterpieces standing next to Maxima? I would fear for a
      sudden gust of wind.It could levitate the entire balcony.

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    6. hahaha laughing forever at "head masterpieces"

      Camilla does seem to love a giant hat, bless her.

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    7. I find Camilla's hats too Edwardian, but I love Maxima's modern take on the picture hat!

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    8. I love her (Camilla) hats.

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    9. Haha, I agree Anon 03.02. But I have to admit, they suit her, with her pearl chokers etc :P

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  10. Kate looks nice, would have preferred the hat without the netting. I love Sophie’s dress. But Maxima is superb, that’s what elegance should look like, imo.

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  11. She is beautiful and well dressed for the occasion. The new coat and hat are very nice also. Maxima looks very regal and spectacular with this big hat, her choices are quite bold sometimes, but this is Maxima, bold, full of colors, trying new things, daring, having fun with it, full of life!! Kate should take a few pointers!!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 19:51

      I don't think Kate needs to take pointers. They both looked beautiful and appropriate within their personal styles.

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    2. God I hope not. I do not want Kate to start showing up to events in shiny satin culottes and jumpsuits. Maxima's clothes suits her personality as Kate's suits hers.

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    3. Deliah, United States of America8 November 2015 at 23:33

      I don't think HRH needs pointers from anybody! She wears what suits her and the occasion, I too would not like to see in jumpsuits or culottes-

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    4. Pointers not from the clothes Maxima wears but to try to be bolder on her choices, to have some fun doing it, to dare try other styles maybe as she should as a young beautiful royal and not to wear the same thing and style over and over. That is what i meant with the pointers.

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  12. Really like this year's outfit! Velvet looks just so good on Kate. But what has happened to her eyebrows? They suddenly appear so dark and full?!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 19:51

      I think she might be changing her eyebrow painting technique. Last night they were very natural. Today they are rather "painted" which is a very popular look at the moment.

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    2. Little too dark and seemed without an arch...still beautiful though

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    3. I totally noticed that too. Way over done in my opinion.

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    4. I was wondering if she has started having her make up professionally done rather than doing it herself as she has always done? Her eyes at the State Dinner for the Chinese dignitaries changed her eye shape quite strongly - looked lovely - just a thought.
      Jenny, Australia

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    5. I think it may be an illusion as her hat is right at her eyebrow level. It may make them look darker and larger. Just a thought.

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    6. I wondered about that also. Could be angle and hat shadow. After looking at photos over many years on many sites i have realized how different the person might look depending on how the photo was processed, or the angle or the quality of the lens. There really is so much difference I hate to even guess at why the real colors might be or in the case of digital/professional photos what the real shape of the person might be...photoshop...

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  13. Absolutely love the coat, nice choice!!

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  14. Being a bit unfamiliar with Rememberance Day, can someone tell me why some people wear more poppies than others? Or at different times? I have observed the Duchess wearing the single poppy and several at a time, as she is doing today.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 19:50

      As far as I know (as an outisder) is that it's personal taste. Some have a certain amount for people they think about, generations served etc. Some just like the look. So as far as I know it's just depending on what you want. Like yesterday she went with one more formal poppy, while today she went with the "everyday" one.

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    2. There are lots of different poppies. Here in Scotland the official one has four petals; the English one has two. The royal family seem to be mostly wearing five petalled ones. When I was a child, one could buy a rather more swanky poppy, with a leaf, for rather more than the ordinary one. That was felt to be rather boastful, unless you were well known to be well-off. Rather vulgar jewellery poppies are also sold

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    3. I don't know the answer to your question and I've wondered the same thing. What I did know is: poem In Flanders Fields was written by a Canadian during WWI. The poppy campaign began a few years later in the US.....and England seems to have the most poppy use these days (although poppies are widely used in Canada this time or year, and they are 'for sale' everywhere.

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    4. Jenna,

      That is an interesting question. For the past three years Kate has worn a single poppy brooch. Looking back to 2011 she wore two on her lapel and today she wore three. I'm guessing one is for her late grandfather Peter Middleton who trained pilots in Calgary during the war. Perhaps another for her grandmother who was a codebreaker.

      There's an interesting article on poppy etiquette here http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8333733.stm

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    5. Thanks Charlotte for the poppy information.

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    6. To Anonymous 23:19 -Just a small point re. poppies in Canada. They are not "sold". They are free to anyone who wants one but most people give a donation when they obtain them from the veterans/volunteers who distribute them for the Royal Canadian Legion or from Legion donation boxes left at various stores and in public buildings. All the money raised goes to support the Legion and services for veterans in Canada.

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    7. Is it possible the third is for Harry? While William has served, Harry is a war veteran. Just a thought...

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    8. Anon 3:44 my mistake, correct they are donation only. Most people give above & beyond the suggested donation as we know it is for a good cause :-)

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    9. Thank you, Charlotte, for the link to 'poppy etiquette' ... I like the fact that purple poppies are for the animal casualties of war. So many horses and dogs have died during war time and I am glad that there is a way to honor them. Does anyone know which charity benefits from the purchase of purple poppies? I would definitely like to get one year. -- Ohio Gal

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    10. Thank you for the link and information, Charlotte!

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  15. Also, thank you for you wonderful post, Charlotte!

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  16. Tedi in California8 November 2015 at 15:39

    Thank you Charlotte for posting the moving In Flanders Fields. As you, so appropriately, pointed out, lest we forget. It was wonderful to see the Royal Family participate, together. Especially with Prince William, and Prince Harry front and center.
    Kate looked beautiful, as ever. I loved the coat, and hat. She looked every inch the queen, standing next to Queen Maxima, who is an attractive lady. Wonderful post.

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  17. Kate looks beautiful. She and Sophie obviously enjoyed hosting Maxima, whose large hat and central position show her as the queen on the balcony. Typically, she lightens the protocol with a bit of clowning. :-)

    I wonder whether the butterfly on Kate's hat symbolizes the work of Prince William. I think he is wearing an Air Force uniform? Her veil is reminiscent of the Queen Mother and Diana at these occasions.

    How about a picture that includes Sir Tim? He is a quiet and faithful escort.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 19:48

      I chime in on this honrable mention of Tim! And Kate always seem comfortable in his company!

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    2. I agree! Tim, like Phillip, is loyal and happy to support his wife. I have mad respect for him, although I know little about him :-)

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  18. I absolutely adore this coat. Very appropriate for the occasion and a little something different and interesting despite being all black.

    I also love the hat and hair style seen on Maxima!

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  19. Thank you again Charlotte! It is so important to remember the sacrifices that have been made and, sadly, continue to be made as we fight terrorism and cruelty.

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  20. Thank you for this blog, you are always so quick to post and are so thorough!

    Kate looks absolutely perfect today I think. So appropriate for the occasion and I lover her new coat and hat, so elegant. She always looks lovely at this event every year. I've also been really loving her eyebrows lately haha.

    Thanks again for the post XO

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  21. Her eyebrows look amazing!! Her make up is always perfect. Love the smokey eye.

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  22. Is the net on the front of the hat full or is it just a little strip?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 19:47

      I think it is full. The upper part is a fiiine thin net and then the edge is the more visible one!!

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    2. It appears to be very sheer fabric in front of her eyes, edged with netting around it and below her field of vision. Good design.

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  23. What a lovely and poignant event. Nice to see the King and Queen of the Netherlands there this year. Love seeing the princes in their uniforms.

    As for Kate's outfit, very appropriate, I don't love it but don't hate it. My favourite of her Remembrance Sunday appearances was the DVF coat with the large black hat.

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  24. Three former commoners on the balcony, isn't it? I like so much Kate's coat, not so much the hat. But it's just my Italian taste, we are not so used to hats as British do.

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    1. Four if you count Tim Lawrence!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2015 at 01:48

      He's still a commoner though? Right? :)

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    3. Exactly, bluhare. I was thinking of how far European monarchies have come. Denmark: Mary is Australian. Belgium: Máxima is Argentinian. England: Kate is a "middle class" English lady. I think that's a very good thing; fresh blood and marrying for love.

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    4. Belgium: Mathilde, an aristocratic Belgian whose mother is Polish. Nederland: Maxima.

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    5. Spain: Letizia was a news anchor.

      We just won't discuss Charlene of Monaco ;-) ... I still think there is something weird there.

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    6. Well, I think that the international origin is not so strange in a Royal Family. The Queens and Kings in Europe have always had mixed origins, as the nationality.To be a commoner was, instead, a very uncommon thing.

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  25. Important events. A salute to all the many men and women who gave so much for us all. I grow Flanders poppies , in bloom now in their memory. I have always like how the BRF has always made this a focus and that the young royals are so involved in helping returned forces personnel. So important for us all to say thank you.
    Both of Kate's outfits were so appropriate, stylish but understated. I like Kate in lace. It accentuates her fine bone structure. And I particularly like her hat. I was Sophie's dress for the evening function that I wasn't taken with. The Queen is as always immaculate. What a life time of service.

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  26. Princess Micheal of Kent, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra also attended and were on a adjacent balcony.

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  27. I love, love, love Maxima. She is incredibly beautiful and always so classy (bold, but classy). I agree---she steals the show! I love Kate's coat but as a seamstress I am always amazed when her clothes don't fit well. For the cost of that coat, it should fit like a glove and the buttons pulling in the front make me a little crazy. I am also not crazy about the reddish hair color. I loved her dark chocolate brown color better. With all that said, she looks beautiful as usual.

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    1. I certainly don't see any pulling of buttons today.

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    2. I'm puzzled by the way the fabric is pulled in the chest area. How does this happen with a bespoke item? She doesn't have big breats and she isn't gaining any weight, how can they always get it wrong? Ugh! Drives me insane.

      The bad fit aside, I do like the coat.

      Queen Maxima was my favorite, although Sophie looks great and I liked Kate's coat.

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    3. I noticed the pulling to. It is not as bad as the blue coat she wore in Scotland, but it is still pulling a bit. Which for a bespoke piece it should be perfect.

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    4. Anon 21:44 glad I wasn't the only one thinking that! It is pulling subtlety like there is a weight gain. I would have (optimistically) guessed she's pregnant, but we've seen her in some form fitting dresses lately. I too thought it was not tailored properly. Based on the style it is new so should be on current measurements.

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    5. Maxima's coat looks like it lost the buttons. Don't you see the marks? Or the only buttons you pay attention to are those of the Duchess of Cambridge? I agree that hers are the most interesting buttons all over the world... :)

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    6. Does this pulling/ill fitting effect happen if you are fitted in one type of undergarment, yet wear another type with the finished outfit, say with more padding? Would that solve the mystery?

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    7. A bespoke piece should definitely be perfect.
      She should wear the same foundation for the fittings that she wears for the events.

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    8. Agree on the ill fit. I wonder if it is just a bad design from the beginning with the button placement. Would have to see the other coats to tell if that was the case or unique to Catherines tailoring.

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    9. I just posted but I looked at the other coats and they all appear to have this problem at least in the photos.

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    10. Question, not sure why no one has commented on the fact on Maxima's coat you can see the bulging of the double breasted buttons under the flatness of the coat. I find that distracting. Why are you only critizing a very minor "pulling" that is normal on any coat at any given moment.

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    11. Paola, that may be the best, and funniest, understatement ever posted here! :))))

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      I think you have answered the question of "the gap". Seems like tailoring 101. Funny, they don't seem to have passed that class.

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    13. Hmm, why are we focusing on Kate's buttons and not Max's. Well this site is about Kate, so that is probably why. All the focus in the photos above are of Kate and the close-ups, so it is really easy to see Kate's buttons and the pulling. Max's photos on this site are not as close, but from the two I can see, there is no pulling on her coat or missing buttons. So I am not sure what you are seeing.

      And I agree with the above poster, that the pulling is probably due to wearing different undergarments, probably more padded, that caused the coat to fit a bit differently than designed. A more padded bra can cause a well fitted coat to gap a bit if it was designed for your normal bust size.

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    14. Eva B ... we know that Kate's coat is bespoke from one of the major fashion houses. They have made so many things for her, and they're local to where she lives, that this shouldn't be happening.

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    15. Royalfan: LOL!!!

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    16. Royalfan, I think you will agree with me that it would be rather inconvenient to buttonhole a Queen! (To bottonhole in Italian is "attaccare bottone" literally "sew a button")

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    17. Yes her coat may have been bespoke, but as everyone knows all you have to do is stand in a different way than what it was fitted for it to change slightly. Maxima's coat also has bulges underneath, which should have been adjusted for as well. My point is when you get to the point of being critical about a very slight pulling of her top button on a coat that looked very appropriate and otherwise impeccable is making an excuse to be yet again critical of Kate, while going on about how great Maxima's coat was tailored when there were obvious flaws with her coat as well.

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    18. eva the button pulling actually isn't being critical of Kate. It is being critical of the designer for not tailoring it properly. The coat pulling is actually not Kate, so none of us are blaming her. We are saying that for a bespoke piece from McQueen, Sarah Burton should have tailored it better. And I disagree. I have well fitted coats and standing in different ways does not cause them to pull unless I stretch my arms very far back, which I would never do in a coat. For how expensive this coat probably was, it should be perfect!

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    19. Well, Eva 23:57-my comment got lost, but I think yours is better anyway. I thought maybe her size had shifted and
      there was no time for re-fittings and alterations for a bit of a rumple. I also didn't think it necessary to
      speculate about her undergarments. Maybe it's just me and that type of comment is allowed, but not a
      comment objecting to it.

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    20. Apparently we are still not ready to recognize that Kate is or has recently been a nursing mother, and that fact necessarily affects the fit of her clothing. She may not want things made or altered in such a way that they will not fit later.

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    21. Those hidden buttons always show, even on the best of garments. It is just that in normal lighting and with normal people you do not see or focus on this. In a photo it is much more evident, but in 50 years of photos I have always seen those hidden buttons in photos of any clarity. Please prove me wrong and bring up photos of that coat style and that close up where the hidden button does not show thru.

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    22. I thought about that too, ladies. That it has more to do with nursing than fittings. A non-issue really, but I recognize that we are talking about Kate. ;)

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  28. OMG......love Queen Maxima's hat! Absolutely gorgeous....Catherine and Sophie look good, but QM is one classy royal.

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  29. I love her coat but agree the fit through the chest area is not good, the inverted seam running across her chest and the buttons off somehow drive me nuts also. ali

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  30. Thank you for a wonderful post Charlotte! All the royal ladies looked wonderful. The last photo of Kate and Maxima does put into a picture how I feel about Kate at some of these events. I feel Kate is acting here to be sad and solemn. In contrast Maxima's reaction makes me want to cry. She is clearly emotional and her face shows compassion and sincerity at what she is witnessing below.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 23:59

      I have noticed that Maxima almost always is on verge of tears at events like these. I've been wondering if she always have such emotional storms and reactions. Sounds exhausting. Or if she is very good at acting sad. I don't personaly think I would be able to become sad at all these events. Sometimes your mind just floats away and I personally am known for not feeling like crying at the same time as other people. I think we are all different people and we have to accept that Kate is not one to show much sadness in her face. I think she has kind of trained that away a bit during her paparazzi years. In a similar way as the Queen has. Just some random thoughts on the subject.

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    2. I think she's sincere, Rebecca. She cried when the victims of the plane crash came home to the Netherlands and if I would have been there I think I'd have got a bit misty thinking of all those people who died. I think it's just who she is.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2015 at 01:50

      I think so too bluhare. I hope I wasn't sugggesting otherwise. It must be exhausting for her to get that touched since royals do alot of these events. I sadly think I would be more in the Kate/Q.Elizabeth style of stoneface. Not because I don't care, but I don't always get so clear emotions at events like that where I should.

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    4. I do not believe anyone was acting. Two different women...different cultures...different royal families. If you look at the series of photos on Getty's site, it was a reasonable mix of solemn and lighter moments.

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    5. I believe there is or was a recent MH17 memorial. That may be on her mind, too. I think Maxima is great and
      a foil for Wilem's sometimes bland expressions. I also wonder if she is truly recovered from her illness.
      I love her hats. She has panache.

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    6. I assume she is sincere and assume Catherine is much more reserved and younger...life changes all of us.

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    7. I don't know her but think we should believe the best. She looks genuinely moved, and is probably a very empathetic person. Empathy is feeling as if you are another, and she probably has that gift.

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    8. Also, Kate is English - aren't they notoriously known for their stiff upper lip? She didn't cry at her wedding. We've seen her be very level with her emotions during all sorts of times. My guess is she regulates herself well, at least in public.

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    9. I have thought the same thing. That photo shows such a difference between the two ladies. Maxima seems really genuinely involved, where as Kate seems to be posing. It is like the year when she was caught twirling her hair. She may care, but she doesn't seem sincere in her expressions. I have noticed that before as well, that she seems to be 'acting'. It is like she is exaggerating her expressions to appear a certain way.

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    10. Eve from Germany9 November 2015 at 07:07

      Remember, Maxima comes from Argentina. Their culture is just different. Just watch a proper tango performed in Argentina and you know that their emotions just run "higher", so to speak. Hear that song "Adios nonino" (also a tango) performed at Maxima&Willem Alexander´s wedding and you can´t help crying. So I very much believe her emotions are genuine. It´s one thing why the Dutch people love her so much...
      I loved her style, too, today. The hat may be a little bit "over the top", but that´s just her and she´s WEARING it , if you know what I mean. It´s just her and it suits her (well, most of the times, ahem... ;-))) ).

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    11. During their tour of Canada, when she wore the Ivory dress and the red hat with red maple leaves, William was giving a speech and mentioned that her grandfather had trained military flyers in Canada during the war. She teared up just a little bit on that one but gained her full composure very quickly. She also teared up once before but I don't recall the event. It is on you tube though as I recall. Both of those instances are.

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    12. QM also cried at her wedding.

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    13. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2015 at 20:36

      Wow, I was not at all suggesting Maxima was faking it! Just that she might have had a better solemn face!

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    14. QM's clothing choices are so lively and she does "OWN" her outfits. I enjoy her choices.

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    15. Not all of QM's clothing choices have been well loved but I don't think they have ever been described as repetitive or uninteresting. I'd rather go down in history as appropriate yet colorful, instead of appropriate and safe.

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    16. Well, I've seen here been described as repetative. Someting along the lines of "another shiny, illfitting, Natan with a huge necklace and hat" etc. I don't agree. But I think Kate should be allowed to dress safe.

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    17. Safe? short kilt, Spector spectacular see through gown with statement earrings, fire engine red at a State banquet,
      whatever that was at WHF-nothing safe about it. I think when W&C make changes along the lines that
      the public (at least here) clamors for, it would be reasonable to note that and not keep giving out the
      old criticisms.
      Rebecca-I've seen those comments about Maxima's outfits, too. I would love to go shopping with her.
      What a treat!
      Agree. Let Max be flamboyant and Kate be safe when appropriate-charities, etc.Otherwise, let's just
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  31. I like Kate's coat very much, but am not a fan of the hat. My preference is the larger hat she wore in 2012. Maxima's coat was simpler in design, but her hat made all the difference.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2015 at 00:48

      I actually don't like Maximas hat. I mean, yes she's pretty. But everyone have those sore spots in fashion that they cannot stand even without a logical reason behind. And mine are big brimmed hats put on straight down... Reminds me of mushrooms somehow :P I like her "slized" big brimmed hats alot, and am OK with Kate's big brimmed hat. But it's a sore spot of mine. She would probably be pretty in it though :)

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    2. Rebecca...mushrooms? Lol. I guess so. :))

      I like larger hats because they balance the overall look. Especially with a "power coat". A smaller hat, on the other hand, can look like a salad plate glued on at an angle. ;) IMO of course.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2015 at 20:37

      Yeah, I can see that all logically. That is why I call big hat's my illogical pet peeve. I just cannot warm up to them!

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  32. Probably very obvious to everyone but me, but why the butterfly?
    (Remember the black hat with the heart when Kate attended William's graduation at Sandhurst?)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2015 at 01:52

      I took the butterfly as a signal of hope. Of rebirth. Of growing beutiful from tradgedy. Of new beginnings and looking to the future. I might be reading in to much into it. But I quickly got that feeling when I saw the butterfly bow today. Sounds like a thing Kate would think of.

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    2. Yes it does Rebecca. People have been complaining that Kate doesn't speak but she does, like through the butterfly on her hat and the heart on the one at Sandhurst graduation, the peonies in the lace, the poppies in the lace, etc. etc.

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    3. I had the same thought Rebecca, and I think its lovely.

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    4. That was my impression also Rebecca. Again, Kate "speaking" through her design choices.

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    5. Rebecca, I agree with you totally, just as the pattern in Saturday night's dress was the poppy and the peony pattern in the burgundy lace dress with the Chinese Predident's reception. Kate does choose things with more meaning than just the color and type of dress/coat.

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    6. Rebecca, I do not believe you are reading too much into it. I admitted to not being a fan of this hat, but I am sure there is significance to the butterfly and it was a lovely gesture.

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    7. Rebecca, thanks for the explanation, I was wondering about the butterfly,, I thought it rather odd and kiddish.
      I like her coat,, Its very stylish yet appropriate for the sombre event. Thank You Charlotte!XOXO

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    8. I've found out now that butterflies was acually a common funeral symbol in Victorian times. So... there you go :P

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    9. I'm loving this hat more and more Rebecca :-)

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    10. Right Rebecca, butterfly is a Christian symbol of resurrection.

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  33. Thank you again, for another wonderful post, Charlotte. We are so fortunate to have you. I was wondering whether we might have a poll of our favourite Remembrance Day coats and hats. I'd like to see which the majority favours and how my opinion stacks up with the others.

    I thought all three women looked wonderful in their own ways. It's always nice to see the choices people make.

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  34. i would love the to say i grateful to these blog from Charlotte hard work and passion to make your blogging community bigger and stronger i admire your views Rebecca of Sweden
    i love the duchess coat the thing with the duchess is she a natural and she is has a lot of trained what she in her paparazzi years and same with the queen i think i cannot feel the emotion on that time they are one time i love too see queen maxima

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  35. I do not see it as a butterfly? Is it? I thought it was just a bow. Does the hat designer describe it as a butterfly? Love the hat no matter what the shape is.

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  36. I think all 3 women looked very nice and appropriate today. Though Maxima was clearly the standout fashion wise. She looked amazing and so regal! It is obvious she is a Queen. Kate looks nice, but as other's have pointed out her coat was pulling a bit at the bust. It was too tight. I also am not a fan of the patchwork coat, but I did like the style of it. The only thing I think didn't work today was Kate's makeup. She put soooo much of it on for a day event. It looks like stage makeup, like she put on an extra amount so that the photographers and people down below could see her better. Which to me seems like she wanted to stand out. I'm sure I will get attacked for saying that, but her makeup was even more heavy than usual, which to me shows she wants to be seen.

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    1. I think she wore more makeup so that her features would not disappear under the netting of the hat. Howevee, is there anything wrong with being seen? The whole idea of the event for her is to show up and be seen. Why do people want her to be invisible?

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden9 November 2015 at 20:39

      I think the netting threw her off. Just like when people wear glasses they "have to" have stronger eye-makeup. So I just think she overdid it a bit when compensating for the netting.

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    3. Rebecca you may be right. Thanks for your insight and making me think about it :). Honestly, it is just her eyebrows that are overly done IMO. Although, honestly Max has a ton of makeup on. I just don't regularly follow her so I don't know if that is common for her or not. I think Kate's eyebrows just really threw me.

      Anon @ 12:50, It is not that she should be invisible, but the event is not about her. Therefore she should not be trying to draw attention to herself (if that is what she was trying to do). Her job is to show up and honor those who today was about-veterans. So she is not suppose to be invisible, but she isn't suppose to be the focus either. I liked Sophie's makeup. She was very natural and not drawing attention to herself.

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    4. I didn't see anything about Kate that suggested that she wanted to stand out. The overall look was exactly what could have been expected of her, even though, I am sure she fully expected Maxima to be dressed like the personality that she is. (And I loved Maxima's outfit, hat included) Also, from below, she would have to be wearing makeup equivalent to a clown at a children's party for it to make a difference. On days when she has softened the makeup, people complain that she looks tired or needs more color. I'm amazed that she doesn't walk around with a white flag at this point.

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    5. I'm not sure heavily made up brows constitutes calling attention to oneself.

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    6. Does one royal have to be down-graded to compliment another? They each had their high spots and low spots. No wonder Harry can't find a wife. You'd have to be incredibly well-balanced or have an excellent
      psychiatrist or just dipped in a wax coating to put up with that kind of scrutiny. We're seriously discussing
      eyebrows now?
      No, this isn't an invitation to speculate which royal is which. Too much of that already, in my opjnion.

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    7. I have gone back and looked at her eyebrows and I think it may be the way way her hat is almost connecting with her eyebrows making them look darker and larger and not really that she wore extra makeup. As far a Sophie, she almost looked pale and sick.

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  37. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2015 at 05:09

    Thankful for all those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I think the British do a wonderful job honoring and recognizing their veterans. The Queen is such a pillar of strength and endurance. She is lovely. :)

    Kate looked beautiful today! I LOVE the coat and her hat. I especially love the netting on the hat. Very classy. I don't know much about Queen Maxima, but she's a very beautiful woman. I'm sure she and her husband felt honored to be invited. All the Royal ladies on the balcony looked beautiful!

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  38. I'm a fan of this coat. I like the patchwork effect.

    Sidenote: I own the Athena Small Drop earrings in Lapis and they are gorgeous. Good luck to everyone who enters the contest!

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  39. Kate looks gorgeous I love the whole outfit hat and that gorgeous coat. Maxima also looks lovely

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  40. William looks so mature and all grown up as he takes the salute. Quite handsome. Of course, so is Harry. And, I have always thought that Tim Lawrence is handsome also and so gentlemanly. He and Kate do seem to enjoy each other's friendship. She seems to genuinely get along nicely with everyone.

    So nice that the Netherlands are honoring the Allied forces that saved their country. I hope all the other countries they helped honor them as significantly.

    My father served in the Pacific theatre during World War II. I have his uniform, his sailor's hat and his Sea B's pin. So, the British commemoration of military services causes thankful reflection and gratitude for the victories of that war and the others and the ultimate sacrifices made. Can you imagine if they had not succeeded?

    My family has retired military still. Needless to say, we still have a lot of current military discussions. They are teaching me to recognize and identify all the military ships here in the San Diego harbor and the makes of the aircraft from the Navy and Marine bases here. Who would have thunk? Moi, having military smarts. :)

    I think all four on the balcony dressed appropriately.
    I did wonder whether Sophie was dressed warmly enough though.

    Thanks Charlotte for another perfect post.

    Rebecca, you are always such a breath of fresh air. So glad you comment on this blog. :)

    And, mercy, where is our dear Julia?

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  41. Although I am a big fan of the royal family and Kate in particular and enjoy your posts it appears to me that Kate more often looks like a fashion victim than a woman who is chic. Less is more. Maxima and the Queen have mastered understatement. Kate's outfit is the focus and gets all the attention - not her. At 30 it is time to get rid of that school girl hair on public occasions. She can look dazzling but this is not one of those occasions.

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  42. Always a very poignant day, like Memorial Day in the U.S., remembering the men and women who died in service to their countries. <3 It made me a little more teary, seeing the age of some of the Veterans.

    I think Catherine looked lovely and appropriate at both events this weekend.

    Thank you SO much, Charlotte, for all the research, time, and effort you put into your marvelous blog!
    Julie

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  43. Another lovely post, Charlotte! Thank you!

    I really like this coat, she looks great in it and the velvet gives it a little extra depth! I especially love the first picture, Kate has the prettiest eyes. I hope her daughter Charlotte gets her eye color :)

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  44. I think Kate's coat was too much, way too fussy. At a solemn occasion like this she should try be as inconspicuous as possible. The coat was a fail for me. Too much going on. Fashion statements shouldn't be made at solemn events like this. I know all of us read the blogs anxiously (I check back numerous times each day) waiting for the next new outfit, the next new hat, the next new jewelry that she wears. That is fine for events that are not solemn as this one is supposed to be. It shouldn't be a competition of who has the best coat or hat or jewelry. In this case between Kate, Sophie or Maxima. The butterfly on the hat seemed inappropriate also. Maybe that hat without veil at the Queen's Garden Party in a happy color. I think it would be acceptable for Kate to wear a simple black coat like the Queen does (I don't know if it's the same one every year). After all Kate will be queen some day and has an excellent example to follow. It would disappoint us royal watchers if there isn't something new at these events but there is always the next event to look forward to. I would like to see Kate wearing simple clothing to Remembrance events. I also think the lace dress she wore the night before was too fussy also. I do enjoy all the information and pictures of the different events and places they take place in that you do provide and links to charities she supports. Having the context is fun. I look forward to the next posting of Kate at work.

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    1. Is being inconspicuous and not calling attention to oneself a British attitude? I've heard it repeatedly on this blog as a criticism of Kate and I'm honestly curious
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    2. I'm from the US so not calling attention to oneself isn't just a British attitude. After reading your comment I guess inconspicuous is too strong a word. Her attendance at these occasions is part of the job of being a royal and it is important that she be seen at them. But I don't like the coat and the butterfly on the hat and I think the coat is too fashion forward for the occasion. I would prefer that she wear something simpler and maybe the better expression is - to blend in a little more. I agree that Sophie's look didn't hit the mark either. Again this is from blog reports but evidently Sophie has stepped up her fashion because she like Kate thinks it will brighten the spotlight on her charities as well.

      Kate's dressing for her charity events and things like sporting events and even her visits to places like the "Downton Abbey" set and movie premieres is another thing. She turns everything to gold not just for the clothing, jewelry and hat designers and companies but most importantly for the charities and causes she supports, the countries she visits and the towns and villages, the galleries and museums she visits in the Commonwealth. This is where I think she can be more fashion forward. The blogs and the British papers do big spreads on her appearances which puts a bright spotlight on her charities and other appearances. On the royal tours she is an excellent ambassador and does a thorough job of researching the countries and cultures and many times ties her fashion to her hosts country and culture out of respect. I like that she supports British designers.

      I do enjoy the background and history that this blog includes on all of her travels and appearances to put things into context. I am happy that you put so much time and energy into making this blog not just about clothes.

      I'm from the US and the British children's mental health, hospice, and substance abuse programs which Kate supports are so creative. I don't know enough about what we do here in the US.

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    3. I really thought she blended in just fine. I would not call the coat or hat fashion forward. The outfit that stood out to me was Sophie's. She just looked like she would be freezing and not very formal. Ali

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    4. Dear me, Kate either is quite backward about fashion or much too forward! She is either bland in flaming red and wonderful royal jewels, or too fussy in a black coat and hat. I did not notice the velvet sleeve tops until Charlotte showed us the grey jacket. The attire of those on the balconies is not seen at close range. It just needs to be black. I believe there is a reception afterward, and the Royal ladies will want to be appropriately dressed for that as well. I did think Sophie was a bit too summery. Her hat was cute; whether it was seen as appropriate from a distance, I am not sure. I do love Maxima's hat. She can go a bit overboard at times, but she got it right for this ceremony.

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  45. I'm catching up here, reading about the events of the weekend, two lovely posts again! I am certainly not a blog expert (having read only one other Kate blog and Anna's Countess of Wessex blog) but Charlotte really does a superb job and runs this blog exceptionally well. Just a nice place to visit!

    The Remembrance events are quite touching and special, it's great to see them get the prominence and attention they deserve. I hope that continues long past my lifetime, and future generations never forget the sacrifices of those who came before them.

    As far as fashion, I tend to fall into the camp that as long as Kate looks nice and appropriate, then she's done her job. Though I know that's not a great contribution on a style blog! (Only a handful of times have I thought she actually looked inappropriate)

    I do think that in many instances, her hair is what's behind some of the less favorable reviews, even if people don't realize it. If it were up/back/shorter I think people would love an outfit more, it's amazing how that one detail can completely change the look of something. I'm thinking of some of the comments about the black lace dress.

    I'm not crazy about the patchwork look and I do like a more significant hat, but again, Kate was dressed appropriately. I admire Sophie and her style, but it looked like something was missing around the neck/chest, as if something should have been worn underneath?

    Maxima is amazing! She has great presence and stature, but most of all seems comfortable in her own skin, very much at ease with who/what she is. I know some people think she can look a bit "costumey" at times (is that a word?!) but when you look back, so could Diana, and I think that's what makes them stand out. They had some fun, wore what they liked and that confidence came through. Whether you like Maxima's wardrobe or not, in my opinion it's always (like Diana) quite striking.

    Rebecca, I love your comments, your exuberance always comes right through! But in my opinion, Maxima is a very sincere woman, I don't think for a moment she'd be crying crocodile tears.

    As Anon 3:31 said "life changes us all"... very wise :)

    Claudia

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    2. Claudia, I do agree that a hairstyle can make a huge difference in the overall look of an outfit. IMO, more often than not, long hair can detract from it.

      And I never looked at it that way, but you are so right about the similarity between Maxima's and Diana's approach to fashion.

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    3. Yes, I agree Royalfan, it's why most news anchors have that TV helmet hairstyle! Longer styles don't always translate well in photos/video. When Richard Kay did that piece on "invisible" Kate over the summer I thought the paragraph about her hair was ridiculous, but now I'm starting to wonder...

      As for Maxima, I've only been watching her for a few years, I'm no expert on other royal families. I first saw her (probably like many others) around the abdication and Vogue cover and I personally love the flair of her wardrobe, her personality jumps out in photographs - do a quick image search if you haven't already :) She seems very content and happy in her role, very relaxed with her family, I would guess she takes everything in stride and doesn't sweat the small stuff as they say. Photographers seem quite smitten with her as well! Understandable, what a great subject.

      Rebecca thanks for the clarification, and I hope you're not doing too much crying inside your house either :)

      Claudia

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    4. Claudia, news anchors are a perfect example. They don't necessarily have short hair, but they do tend to have lengths that work with the outfit and overall look.

      And I too love Maxima. She was very fortunate in the way she was welcomed into the royal family and encouraged to shine. In the photos I have seen of her with Beatrix, the affection is clear to see and I think that's wonderful.

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    5. Not a fan of the news anchor look:)

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  46. I think Sophie looked a little bedraggled and not dressed adequately for the weather. I thought the fabric of her dress from the night before looked cheap and the length of the dress overwhelmed her. I didn't like the v-neck either as it was not flattering at all, but a distraction. Don't mean to rag on Sophie but that is my critique of her outfits. Her hat on the balcony was a mess and that fabric not flattering and the v-neck wasn't flattering either. how can people with so much money not dress better? hire some help. It could have been appropriate but quality and attractive. easily. no offense.

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  47. Sarah Maryland USA10 November 2015 at 02:22

    I'm sorry but I don't get the point of another black coat especially an expensive one. We know Kate owns at least four black coats and really she will only ever wear them to funerals or for the event she went to this weekend.
    And anyway I'm not a fan of it and the only black coat of hers I like was the one she wore in 2011 and 2012

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    1. Everyone except one of the royal ladies had new hats (I think it was Duchess of Glouchester, or maybe Princess Alexandra that had a repeat). Sophie had a new coat, I think Maximas was new, the Queens was speculated to be new... I don't see what's so wrong.

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    2. I'm with you, Rebecca. And if she recycled, it could be interpreted as her not caring enough or showing respect.

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    3. I don't see why wealthy people have to conform to other peoples ideas of when to buy something new . If we all had the money we would be shopping like crazy, every single time we had to go to a new function. Catherine is no different from everyone, no matter some wants to shove her that box.

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    4. True delores except in the Royals case they live off of tax payers money. So sometimes it can come across as rubbing people's nose in their wealth that is really money from the people who are struggling in the UK to make ends meet. Normal citizens that are rich are normally that way from working hard and earning it, not from tax payers. There is a big difference. That is why people care how much money is spent on a new coat each year

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    5. I think Kate has well established herself as being frugal, to the point of annoying some, with her penchant for Repeats & for Not Taking Enough Risk with Fashion. I'm tickled to see that She's been appearing to switch things up & try new looks & Design Houses etc! While 2012 is my Favorite look with that larger hat, I just Love This Year's Coat! I'm a Fan of Sleek Black fitted Dresses or Coats & I've Never met a Black Velvet I Didn't Like!:) What I love most, from a Design perspective is the Placement of The Velvet Pieces! It just accentuates Her Beautuful Figure & I feel it gives the Coat a Really Unique, Sophisticated Look! At least that's how it hit me right away:)
      Becca USA

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    6. Delores, hee hee and agree.

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    7. I am sorry to disagree but I think Kate has shown herself to not be frugal. Which, first let me say there is nothing wrong with that. She has never claimed to be, rather the media and fans are the ones who put that label on her. But honestly, just the number of new coats she wore during her pregnancy with Charlotte shows she isn't frugal (so many coats she will never wear again). Frugal isn't buying a ton of coats while pregnant. And then just count the number of coats she owns and the price tag on each. That is not frugal at all. Last month she repeated two outfits, while the rest were brand new and very very expensive. She repeats as often as any other royal and yet no one talks about them being frugal. Kate repeats some outfits, but for the most part she buys very expensive clothes, shoes, jewelry and purses. That is obvious just by how much her wardrobe cost after a 1 to 2 week royal tour. The total is always more than most people make in a year doubled! I am glad she wears new outfits or else we would get bored, but I just get tired of hearing she is frugal, but she clearly isn't. I don't know why people try and make her out to be.

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    8. When she spends a very nice amount on bespoke pieces, or tends to buy similar dresses or coats, I can't help but laugh at the word frugal here. Moreover since she came back, in 90% of the cases she wore sth new.

      But I am fine with that just a bit information.

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  48. Interesting read by Tom Sykes over at the Daily Beast if anyone's interested... What William and Kate can learn from the Beckhams.

    Now before you start huffing and puffing (as I may have when I saw the headline) it's actually an insightful piece on how to handle press relations in the age of iPhones and social media.

    Not saying I agree with the piece in its entirety, but in my opinion some valid points are made.

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  49. Tammy from California10 November 2015 at 16:44

    I think it is hard to stand next to the Duchess and be beautiful. BUT, I have to say: Queen Maxima ROCKED IT. What a beautiful lady! Looks like she's funny too! So nice to see a thankful country for what another country has done for them.

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  50. Maggie - Minneapolis10 November 2015 at 17:37

    British Monarchy Heir has new pictures of Kate and George up from their last museum trip. No way the Cambridges can say these were a security threat or a result of stalking - they were shot by a member of the public who also happened to be there.

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    1. Thanks Maggie! And your right about the photo. William can't complain since it was a regular person who happened to be there at the time. Apparently a group of school children where there and took photos of Kate, but the museum security told them to delete the photos. I don't see how they can ask that. It is a public place, so you can request they delete the photos, but they don't legally have to.

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    2. Looks like Kate was aware of the photographer as she was directly staring at the camera.

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    3. Other pictures of PG have surfaced this week which features PG and Maria on a walk with PC in a stroller (but you can't see PC's face.) I think that the difference between these two sets of photos are very important.

      One set of pictures features Kate and the other Maria, yet Maria is a private citizen who works for public figures but she still has a difinitive right to privacy. That's not to say that PG and PC don't have a right to privacy (because they do) but Maria's privacy rights should not be different than any other employee of the couple simply because she works with PG and PC. For example, if paps took pictures of Becca Deacon running errands for Kate (I don't actually know if she does this), how is this any different from paps taking photos of Nanny Maria on a walk with PG and PC? Both Becca and Maria are doing their jobs, yet people would mainly be upset about the violations of Becca's privacy.

      I'm not trying to diminish PG and PC right to privacy but merely point out that when paps take those shots they are violating private citizens rights. And so I don't support pap pictures of PG and PC with their nanny.

      But in regards to the museum pics, I think these are less harmful. In that, Kate is with PG and these pics were obviously not taken by paparazzi, where as the walk pics were most likely taken by a paparazzi. I draw this conclusion from the idea that PG does not go to the museum often so it is very unlikely that a pap would know PG would be there. In contrast, a walk with Maria is often more likely. And so a pap is much more able to take pictures in a public space that PG frequents than in a private museum where PG has only been once before.

      I think that pictures of PG/PC with Kate or William should be reviewed in a case by case basis because all members of the photos are public figures and the children are with their parents instead of a private citizen. But everyone is entitled to their own opinion :)

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    4. Anon 1:51, I'm not a lawyer, but if photography is not allowed in the museum, I think they could be asked to delete it.

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    5. But the photos taken of prince George and Charlotte were taken in a public place and could've been taken by someone randomly walking by
      Also I think a pap did take the photos at the museum because they ended up in a magazine
      So lets not be hypocritical people

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    6. Amelia,
      Why is it okay for one person to profit from taking photos of people in public space and not another person?
      Your argument comes down to - if you happen to be there, it is okay. But if you make an effort to be there, it is not okay. Meanwhile, privacy is not being violated if someone is in public. The two have opposite meanings. You can't privately visit a public place.

      George is the 4th Highest Ranked person in the UK -he's not any child. He is expected to be King one day -- and he hasn't even got a last name - that's how unique he is. The royal family have plenty of land for privacy - if his parents do not want his picture taken they can certainly avoid it.

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  51. This coat looks very tight. I feel uncomfortable from only looking at it. I also dont like the patchwork, looks kind of cheap. I preffer the coat from last year!

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    1. I do not like patchwork either. To me it isn't a design. It is a distraction. piecemeal. no offense.
      I think it originated when people had to use scraps to make something, not caring about design, just utilitarian function and thrift. Nothing wrong with either of those when style and design are not the goals.

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  52. Took a closer look at Queen Elizabeth and she did look wonderful. Really liked her hat and coat together. Looks like she had a great matching skirt or dress underneath. Ali

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  53. I will say I much prefer her Alexander McQueen coat that she wore last year. But, I like that she's switching up her style a bit. She has an insane wardrobe budget and has been known to wear things most of us non-royals can afford. I think it's extravagant for one of us to buy 4 black coats like this but she's in a much different position. And, from what I've read, her spending budget doesn't come from tax payer money but instead from Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall, which is a collection of lands and holdings owned by his family. The revenues from that alone are around $28 million/year. Prince Charles supports his sons, daughter in law and wife with said revenue and I don't see what's wrong with that. If it was tax payer money, it would be a different story.

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