Saturday, 7 November 2015

UPDATED: Kate in Black Lace Dolce & Gabbana for Festival of Remembrance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined members of the Royal family tonight for the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.


The Duke and Duchess arriving.


The Royal British Legion's annual televised festival commemorates those who have lost their lives in service of their country. It takes place on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, with two performances on the day - a matinée open to members of the public and an evening event for members of the Legion, their families, officials and royals.


Usually there is a strong turnout from the British Royal family, and tonight was no exception, with Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Tim Lawrence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra also in attendance.


It is William and Kate's first year to watch the performance, something some royal commentators have described as a "royal milestone" for the couple. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently undertaking a tour of New Zealand and Australia and one expects, as they couldn't make it this year, it was the perfect time for the Cambridges to make their debut. In the future it will be an almost annual event for them.


It's always splendid to see such a large royal party gathering for an event - especially one involving commemoration at this poignant time of year.


Kate chatting with the Duke of York.

British Monarchy

A lovely shot of HM and Prince William.

British Monarchy

The Queen has been patron of the Royal British Legion since 1952, and the Legion's National Executive Council rose to their feet when informed the new monarch had agreed to take on the role. Her Majesty has watched all but two Festivals of Remembrance since.

The British Monarchy Twitter Feed

The Royal Albert Hall shared this photo from days gone by, with the late Princess Diana and the Queen Mother pictured at the performance alongside other royals.

Royal Albert Hall

It's an organisation Her Majesty feels passionately about and has greatly supported over the years. To celebrate both the Queen's 85th birthday and the legion's 90th anniversary, the organisation commissioned a new portrait by Darren Baker.

The Royal British Legion

This year's programme featured special guests including Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Pixie Lott and Gregory Porter performing alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Queen's Colour Squadron, the Band of HM Royal Marines, and the Band and Pipes of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

The Royal British Legion

Since 1927, the event has been held at the Royal Albert Hall, and in modern times is watched by millions of people on the BBC each year.

The Royal British Legion

The Tri-Service Display performed by The Combined Bands of Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

Royal British Legion

The Countess of Wessex read during the event. Below, we see her arriving wearing the Roksanda Contrast-Cuff dress. Fans of Sophie will enjoy this blog dedicated to her.

British Monarchy

This year's Festival of Remembrance remembers the fallen and celebrates the spirit of comradeship.

The Royal British Legion

Each year the legion's appeal focuses on specific themes; this year it is "There's a story behind every poppy". People are urged to share their stories using the hastag #MyPoppy on social media.

Royal British Legion

Paul Prendergast revealed he wears his poppy in memory of his grandfather.


Paul Prendergast Twitter Feed

If you wish to donate please click here for more information.

The Royal British Legion

The Duchess wore a black lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana for the evening (with thanks to Me and my mum Kate). The $3,175 garment is a sheer lace design with a detachable silk-blend slip and nips in at the waist. The dress is available in limited sizing at Net-A-Porter.

Net-A-Porter
A closer look at the lace detail.

Net-A-Porter

We first saw Kate in a design by the Italian label last month when she wore the Guipure Lace Midi Dress for a creative industry event with the president of China and his wife. It makes sense to me to see her choosing another piece from the brand as so many of their garments are very much in keeping with Kate's style. They also offer sophisticated, elegant, professional designs suitable for an array of royal engagements.


Black lace dresses are very much a staple of the brand, with a number of very similar pieces and fresh takes on the traditional lace in their current collection. Below we see the Lace-Bodice Sheath, the Daisy Applique Lace Dress and the Lace Corset-Detail Midi Dress.

Dolce & Gabbana

Kate carried her Anya Hindmarch Maud Clutch.

Anya Hindmarch

Kate sported her black suede Jimmy Choo Aimee pumps.


Kate's art deco diamond earrings are believed to have been a wedding gift from Prince Charles in 2011.


The look was appropriately completed with a poppy. Kate's Buckley Poppy Brooch is still available for £15.


You can watch an emotional performance from Rod Stewart here (with thanks to WKW Facebook Page).


The performance will air on BBC One at 9 pm. For those who cannot watch it a DVD will be released in the new year and available to purchase from the Poppy Shop.

We'll see you in the morning for Remembrance Sunday. Queen Maxima is expected to join the Duchess and the Countess of Wessex on the balcony.

153 comments:

  1. This is an elegant and a very good choice for this event but for me too similar to the Dolce & Gabbana dress which Kate wore few days ago. But I like this one better. Kate looks radiant. It's good to see her in a such good mood. If I were her I would pin a poppy a little bit lower.

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    1. And please remember No. 303 "Kościuszko" Polish Fighter Squadron and other polish squadrons which fought for your freedom in Battle of Britain.

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden7 November 2015 at 21:38

    I am very impressed and moved at how solemly and often the british honor their military. There is almost no military spirit in Sweden since we've not been in war in... forever. But it's always very moving to see an event like this! It's a bit distanced from me for that reason, but I appriciate it very much! Very moving. Glad to see the Cambridges at this event!

    Onto the very non-important thing of the evening. Kate's clothes. It was not her finest moment. The dress was too matronly for my taste. Not that it was a time for anything exciting, but I think the cut made her look flat and saggy... Which she certainly isn't. Same with the hair. It was a bit slicked down. She's beautiful as always, don't get me wrong. But it looked like gravity was harsh on her satorial choices today.

    Now that I've commented I'll go back to watching the "show"

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    1. Dear Rebcca, I understand what you mean, but war is the worst and most horrible thing in the world and you in Sweden are very happy if you have no fallen soldiers to mourn. But I agree, Britons are very proud of their brave defenders. So as Polish.

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    2. Kate looked lovely. She is a sweet and loving young woman. I think some small improvements though could have been made in that,

      1. The dress was too close a repeat to the other
      burgundy D&G she wore recently. Doesn't
      make good sense to wear one right the other.
      2. The black lace dress would have seemed
      less dull and matronly had the sleeves been
      3/4 length (similar to the lace bodice sheath
      shown above) rather than full length.
      3. The pin needed to be a bit higher, though
      that might have put it solely on the lace rather
      than the lined bodice.
      4. Her hair looked pretty but, to my taste, needed
      a little poufing on the crown.

      Kate looked glowingly happy and healthy though and those are the most important things. :)

      Anne from San Diego

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  3. I couldnt care less about another lace dress to be honest. This is an occassion which cries for an updo.

    I loved how the Queen looked.

    Thank you for the post!!

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    1. The Queen looked radiant! And I loved her dress and jewelry. I can't believe how well she looks at her age.

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    2. The Queen does look beautiful. The pearls and diamonds look luminous against her black dress.

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  4. What a fast post! Kate looks beautiful and I Love her hair! They all nice. I'm very happy K&W went!

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  5. First off I am so happy they do this every year to honor the fallen. I have such a respect for those in service, that this makes me very happy!

    As for Kate's dress tonight. It looks like every other lace dress she owns. I don't understand buying pretty much the same dress over and over again. Why not just wear one you already own instead of wearing a new dress? It seems like such a waste of money. The lace-bodice sheath that Charlotte posted above would have looked so much better and it still keeps the lace that Kate loves, but at least it is a little varied from her other black lace dresses. There are so many nice black dresses out there, I want to take Kate shopping :).

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    1. Agree - and I really like the lace-bodice sheath as well. (Though the other two D&G examples were a bit odd!)

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    2. Agreed, I absolutely love the Lace-Bodice Sheath! It's a bit different than Kate's other dresses, yet it is still conservative, beautiful, feminine, and stylish! I understand any frustration in seeing such similar styles from a "spectator" position, but I think we all tend to repeat styles we like and feel comfortable in, so I cannot fault her for that. Even if I had all the money in the world, I would probably wear a fairly small variety of styles.

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    3. Anonymous 21.41 perfectly said!! One more dress similar to the others and identical with the plum lace! Also same suede shoes and bags! By the way i dont think suede accessories are for all times. Lace is too delicate material and needs something finer material than suede! Today the outfit would look different and better with another pair of shoes and bag! I can't understand why buy such an expensive dress and end up looking in it almost exactly like you looked with the previous one? I wonder what she is going to wear if she turns 50!

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  6. Andrea Bocelli and Dolce & Gabbana... I'm so proud that a piece of Italy was there.

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    1. wave that flag Paola. cute. :)

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    2. It also points out that the organisers of the event-including imput from a royal or two, I would imagine-
      if they went Italian, why shouldn't Kate? Extreme nationalism has not served us well in the past.
      Interesting as a criticism of Kate, however.

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  7. Theresa, from Paris7 November 2015 at 21:51

    Such an important occasion. All of us, in the free world, must feel grateful to those who gave their lives for us to live in freedom.

    The dress code, of course, is black and formal, but I must say I'm not a fan of this black lace dress. It seems so old-fashioned to me. As a Parisian, we are used to the "little black dress". It is our staple wear in winter. Many are formal too. But this one just seems sad to me. The heavy fringe and long hair doesn't help either. Sorry... I know the importance is not on fashion at such an event, but still, I just don't like this dress.

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    1. I agree Theresa. I'm an American and always admire the way french women dress. If you have the time, please post links to some of your favorite black dresses - I'd love to see them!

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    2. Oui Oui, Theresa, :)

      I would love to see some unique Parisan little black dresses also. I love them with classic black pumps and the accessory choices are limitless.

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  8. Sarah from Calif.7 November 2015 at 21:56

    Lovely dress!

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  9. I want to like this dress but I don't find it as flattering on her body as the D&G plum lace. The close around the neck neckline doesn't frame her face nicely and feels heavy while either the cut of the slip or the large pattern of the lace makes her chest look broad and her arms big. I just can't get excited about this dress. Also, I would have liked a very sheer black stocking for a long sleek line rather than the nude leg. Not liking her hair tonight either. The fringe seems heavy, I think. Its a daytime style for an evening event. Half up and half down would have been beautiful. I'm sorry to be so negative because I'm happy to see her but just can not get behind this look.

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  10. I think you have a mistake "The Countess of Wessex read during the event" but she's not reading in the picture.

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    1. She did a reading during the event. The blog that Charlotte mentioned above is a good blog that follows Sophie. There is much more about her involvement. As well as pictures of Kate that show how moving this event must be for those in attendance.

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    2. Thank you for including my blog. http://hrhcountessofwessex.blogspot.ie/2015/11/moving-and-somber-festival-of.html
      Yes, the Countess did reading lesson. Info provided in my post.

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    3. I was confused, I thought this was a typo or something. I didn't realize she gave a reading. It was a bit of a awkward sentence.

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  11. What a grand event. I feel it is very important that noone and nothing is forgotten.
    On the fashion note, I liked the look - very appropriate for the occasion, but also nothing special and almost the same as her burgundy D&G dress which I like better. Loved the Queen's look though.

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  12. Kate seems to be the kind of person who finds something she likes, and buys it in every colour (something I'm not a fan of). While I realize it is a somber event, I still think she could have found something better for the event. I much prefer the outfit HM was wearing in 1952. And her hair! Ugh, I don't understand why she always leaves it down with more formal outfits. It would have looked much better had it been pulled off her face.

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  13. While researching my family tree, l heard stories of ancestors in the military. With nothing confirmed (India doesn't have the greatest records) I wear #mypoppy for all those who have fallen, and those who no longer have families to remember them.


    On to the event: a low chignon could have differentiated this dress from the aubergine D&G. And I love the photo of the queen and Wills.

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    1. A low simple chignon would have been PERFECT.
      (and the lace-bodice sheath).

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  14. Am I the only one who is bored to tears by her fashion??? She just wore a dress almost identical to this.

    It may be Dolce & Gabbana but it looks matronly and heavy and frankly frumpy. Her mother wore a similar dress and she's 60 years old! Hate to say it but Carole looked better in her version, it was more fitted and flattering.

    I don't think that she's just not into fashion, she seemed to be in the early years, what happened? She's only 33!! If someone said she was 43 I wouldn't bat an eye! Someone please get her a stylist!

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    1. I agree- she used to have much more variety in her clothing choices in her first years as DOC. Why spend so much on a dress that is nearly identical to others in her wardrobe? How boring. The same with the shoes- how many pairs of black suede shoes does one really need? I think she could have a much younger, and fresher look while still being appropriate for her role.

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    2. I agree completely! It seems wasteful to buy another dress that looks almost identical to one she already has.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 02:33

      I'm trying to think what dress she could have worn today otherwise. None come to mind. Most of her black dresses are either everyday going shopping clothes or gowns. And then she has some cocktaily dresses like the Beulah she wore in london but they seem to "frilly" for this event. So I see why she bought this more solemn dress. My memorybank might be skipping some dresses though.

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    4. Maybe she did not have a dress that was appropriate for a repeat, maybe even she does not feel comfortable anymore in some of her older dresses. But this does not conclude in buying another lace dress she already has in similar styles, many times. sight... Many other styles would have been just as appropriate. But I guess if she feels comfortable and can afford it, its ok, what else can I say...

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  15. I also thought the whole was kind of Ho-hum. But looking at pictures of others, this seems to be the dress code. I am curious, though, while having never worn D&G before, she suddenly wears two nearly identical dresses in the space of a few days. It's like she just discovered them. But surely that can't be right?

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  16. I think Kate looks so beautiful and elegant! She also looks very happy and relaxed. However, it was a bit disappointing to see her in a dress so similar to many she owns and to the other D&G she wore recently. Kate used to wow at these events a few years ago but now I find her quite hit and miss and a little less risky than she used to be. I wonder if this is partially because she is keeping the focus more on the events themselves than her fashion choices?

    I still love her though and think she always looks quite glamorous! Simply wish her new pieces were a bit fresher!

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    1. It is not about Kate and what she wears. She made a good choice. It is about the soldiers.

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    2. Yes I agree with you, that was my point! However this blog is about Kate and what she wears :)

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    3. I beg to disagree! THIS POST is precisely about Kate and what she wears.

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  17. Washington State7 November 2015 at 22:33

    Exquisite look. Perfect outfit for the occasion. She looked fantastic

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  18. Tedi in California7 November 2015 at 22:39

    Kate looks so elegant tonight. Just a beautiful look for her. What a wonderful event. As an American, I never will forget the great ties that bind my country with Great Britain. During World War 11, without Churchill and Roosevelt, the outcome might have been horrifically different.
    I thought Her Majesty looked just lovely, and what great photos of her and William.

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  19. I know the focus of that Day is anything else but what Kate wore. But i just can not help myself... another new lace dress? How is it possible she is not tired of buying the same dress in different colors? Also the fit makes her look broad, if this is possible. I would have so much preferred a repeat for tonight, also in the context of the occation. Did anyone else notice that her hair has a different shade in almost every appearance?

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    1. It is not the same dress. Same person who make the dress, but that is the only thing the same

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    2. Sorry it might be my english, I know its not the same dress, it just feels like.
      At fist sight, without having the dresses one next to another, the only significant difference is the color. Thats my perception at least.

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    3. Anon 09.51, your English is great and I know exactly what you meant! And I agree. Just because it is not the same *exact* design doesn't mean they aren't incredibly similar, and the cut of this dress isn't even particularly flattering on Kate (when compared to her navy Erdem, or even the plum D&G she wore last week, which was more form-fitting). I agree with you that it makes her look broad (which seems like an impossible thing to do, but this dress did it!) and the neckline seems very heavy and not quite right.

      I adore lace on Kate but this dress just wasn't a good choice IMO and lots of others agree with us! Don't let one person make you feel badly about your English :)

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    4. I must say that having been around for awhile and having seen Diana wear gorgeous dresses but get criticised for doing so, especially at such a solemn event, Kate seems to be choosing to err on the side of understated and expected. She has a very fine line to walk with her sartorial choices and has encountered the Queens criticisms more than once for dress length, amount of skin showing etc. Queen Elizabeth was famous for " correcting " Diana if she upstaged the Queen with her hairdo or choice of gown, especially at events of state or ceremonial tradition. I have the greatest admiration for Kates choices walking a fine line between fresh and youthful, and upstaging the Queen. She very obviously chooses not to outshine the Queen for attention, most likely knowing that in the next 10 years she will always be the center of attention wether she has become Queen yet or not. Her hair however does look amazingly glossy and if I'm not mistaken a deeper Auburn than I am used to seeing in photos of her

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    5. I keep hearing that the Queen has had things to say about supposed fashion missteps of Diana and Kate but how does anyone know that? The Queen was quite fashionable in her day and I find it hard to believe that she would want the women who married into her family to dress matronly on purpose. Anyway, she is the Queen and knows that no one can upstage her no matter what they wear. She has always had an amazing presence.

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    6. Correct, Erika, and I do not ever recall reading anything about the Queen telling Diana how she should dress. And people may wish to speculate that Kate was advised, but it's also quite reasonable to think that she is finding out for herself what works and what may not. Every woman who has married into a royal family faces a similar learning curve.

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  20. The lace detailing in the front of the dress seems to resemble a poppy.
    Think she looks elegant as always.
    Sophie's plunging neckline is to me inappropriate for this event

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden7 November 2015 at 23:41

      I thought about both those things as well. First that the pattern resembled a poppy. And also, while I don't think Sophie was inappropriate I did have the thought "Imagine the outcry if Kate had worn that dress"

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    2. I didn't think Sophie s dress was inappropriate but I did think it was way too long. Matronly long.

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  21. I love Kate, so please don't take this the wrong way...but I'm getting bored. I completely understand that she doesn't want to be compared to Princess Diana, but it seems she's holding back just for that reason. At this point she has her "royal footing," she had style before she was married she looked young and hip, I think everyone would be thrilled to see her break out and show everyone what she's capable of, just seems that she's hiding herself, her children...I think it would be nice to see a picture of the kids! Again just my opinion! Charlotte you do a bang up job on the blog!!!

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    1. The other possibility--playing devil's advocate here--is that you are getting bored because the DoC's sartorial choices are (yawn) boring. Conservative and future queenly safe. (yawn again) Perhaps the only moments that aren't boring are those pap shots of the Doc topless or helicopters wreaking havoc with her DVF skirt. Just sayin'. You can't have it both ways.

      As for young and hip, well, she's not as young as she was. Was she ever "hip"? Just asking.

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  22. Meh. There's nothing awful about this dress, but there's nothing particularly inspiring either, especially so close on the heels of her recent D&G lace dress.
    An appropriate choice to be sure, but not one I'll remember. I think I would have been just as happy with a repeat of either of her black, knee-length, crochet-style lace Alice Temperley dresses.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden7 November 2015 at 23:43

      "not one to remember". Might that be the point? I am all for her dressing boring today! I think that's the only move. My only scrupple is with the fit and such. I applaud her for going boring here since she knows that the eyes will be on her no matter what I like that she's deflecting that a bit by going in a way that will not be remembered.

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    2. yes but if she was really trying to dress boring than she would not have worn a brand new expensive dress. She would have repeated a different black lace dress, so that no one cared about a new dress. So, I don't think she intended to look boring or not draw attention.

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    3. I understand why she would dress in a more demure style tonight but I don't understand why it need be boring. There are plenty LBGs on the market that
      would be attractive on her yet
      conservative at the same time without
      being dull. However, you are right about
      the fit, Rebecca. That would have gone a long way towards making this dress look better.

      As far as Sophie's dress, I didn't think it was inappropriate. There wasn't even a suggestion of anything showing. Without the low plunge, the dress would have been matronly as the rest of the dress is rather conservative.

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    4. I really disagree with the whole "she should dress in a boring way so as not to detract from the ceremony" point of view. We dress up to show respect. We dress well to show we care enough about the event to look our very best. Not talking about dressing for a party or red carpet event, but still.

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    5. I fully agree with Anon 18:25 ad "We dress up to show respect. We dress well to show we care enough about the event to look our very best."
      Apparently, based on the outfits of the other female members of the BRF the dress code was 'black, knee-length, long sleeves.' I'd suspect that a repeat may have been interpreted by some (none here on the blog, but others out there) as lack of care or insufficient respect.
      Thus, given Catherine's penchant for lace, and given the apparent dress code, obviously we've seen the style before. I spend some time strolling the web this afternoon and it seemed to me there are at best a handful of dresses meeting the requirements, and most of those had a slit, glitter applique, or bare sections and as such would not befit the event.
      I had hoped for black velvet and a fit and flare style with a round neckline - pretty straight forward (similar style of the fern-shoulder dress worn in NZ, but lacking the fern possibly even more boring than the lace). But that's me - not a lover of lace ...
      As to the 'boring' aspect - the comments indicate that not all of us a 'bored' by the dress (count me on the not bored side because of the intriguing possibilities with exchangeable slips in different colors) Thank heavens tastes come in all kind of shapes and colors.
      All that said, I think the Duchess looked lovely and I can understand that the event was not the right spot to start sartorial experimenting ...

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    6. Probably not the right time to start experimenting but she could have worn a bespoke dress from McQueen or Temperley that would have fit all requirements but did not have the been there, done that vibe.

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  23. Does Prince William not wear a wedding band?

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  24. Frankly, I'm bored to see yet another black lace dress ... But I feel Kate may be expecting and her other lace dresses no longer fit. Her hair is awful like she just work up and her make up looks half done. That plus her waist looking a bit thicker than usual I think we may be hearing for another addition to their family soon.

    Does anyone else think prince Edwards wife has been copying Kate's style, walk and smile?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden7 November 2015 at 23:44

      Sophie? She was accused of copying Diana first and now Kate. I myself just think that Sophie follows trends :) I think Sophie and Kate both "copy" eachother the same amount.

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    2. I honestly don't think she's pregnant. I think that her dresses recently have been ill fitting because of how thin she's become again. And she doesn't seem to have them tailored to fit her body perfectly like she used to do.

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    3. The Countess of Wessex doesn't need to copy Kate, she has been long before The Duchess and is doing just fine. BUT you don't read about her in the papers.

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  25. Wow she has acquired several black lace dresses in the last year. I like her bangs/fringe with an updo, but I do not like them down. She looks much older tonight all thanks to her hair. I like the dress though.

    Is tomorrow Rememberingg Sunday where she always stands on the balcony with Camilla and Sophie? Although I know Camilla is in NZ.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden7 November 2015 at 23:45

      Yes it is tomorrow. And Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will join on the balcony as the King joins in the laying of the wreaths.

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    2. Ohhh I just said the same thing about the fringe! Glad I'm not the only one :)

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    3. Robin in Ontario8 November 2015 at 19:17

      I agree this hair ages her... particularly the awful way she has it here. It looks like a poorly blow-dried, basic brush-through that got frizzy on her way to the ceremony. Probably the worst I've seen her hair look. Ever.

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  26. Hello Charlotte! I'm a fan of your blog all the way from Pakistan (but now based in Turkey). I'm so grateful to you for writing this blog and giving us a well-rounded post for each of Kate's outings.

    I've been reading this blog for years but never commented before, but today I just had to. I have always enjoyed looking at Kate's sartorial choices, but today, the woman made my mind boggle. How many black lace, or lace dresses does she have?! What must she be thinking when she made the decision to buy two D&G dresses that look identical? She also has another black lace dress that she wore in NYC I believe. She could've just worn that. I personally really admire all the charity work she does but I have begun to question her choices when she spends over $6,000 on two identical dresses.

    I'm so disappointed!

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  27. The post is updated with high resolution photos :)

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  28. Deliah, United States of America7 November 2015 at 23:48

    Thanks Charlotte, for all this information and the great pictures of the RF. I love the dress, I agree it really is 'another black lace dress' but HRH looks great and happy and so does the Duke. Tomorrow will be another black something no doubt but HRH carries the color (or non color as it were) well.

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  29. Thanks Charlotte! I read this blog not because I am into fashion but because I love all things Royal. I thought Kate looked beautiful as usual. Very thoughtful to wear another dress that had poppy design. I lived through the Diana years and watched her be drawn more and more into the clutches of the fashionistas. Which in the end left her dry and desperate. I pray that Kate continues to focus on a happy marriage, bringing up happy, well-adjusted children in a goldfish bowl and focuses on things that mean a lot to her like family, mental health and sport.

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    1. I don't really know that we can fairly say that the fashionistas were what left Diana dry and desperate. Perhaps fun fashion was an escape from an overwhelming position, mental health concerns and a troubled marriage? Just meaning that it's hard to say either way without being in the inner circle. Regardless, I love all things Royal too and I also hope Kate continues to do so well - she doesn't step a foot wrong in my opinion! Even if I don't always love her fashion choices, I do love the majority of them and I admire everything that she does!

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    2. I agree completely. Bev in Colorado

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    3. It is, (dare I even mention it), her "sports uniform"
      gone dress.

      This is silly. She could have saved the money on this one and just worn one of her many other look-alike lace dresses. It has been so obvious for so long, Kate needs a talented and trustworthy stylist. These weird choices the past couple of years are a complete waste of TIME, EFFORT and MONEY and sartorial history. I am so disappointed for her. This is so frustrating. It could be so better. Glad she looks happy but she needs to get the clothing stuff right.

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    4. I SO much prefer the lace-bodice sheath. The two beside it are from Mars though, right?

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  30. I don't get it..if she wanted to wear a shirt black lace dress why not rewear the one from NYC

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    1. The NYC dress was too short for this occasion and she was four months pregnant at the time

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden8 November 2015 at 02:37

      I think that one is way more frilly. And bouncy and more cocktail party. While this one is solemn.

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    3. It was only too short because she has a small pregnant belly. The dress was not meant for maternity wear, so I actually think it would look better now is she wore it and not nearly as short.

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    4. good point Rebecca,

      This dress is a lot dressier than a typical cocktail dress. Although it is not my favorite, I am coming around to think it was a good choice, except she is wearing it too soon after the burgundy one.

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  31. First, this was an important occasion and I am glad W&K joined the Queen and other members of the RF. It's interesting to look back and see Diana in one corner and Charles in the opposite one beside his grandmother. I understand that royal couples don't always sit together..I get it..but there is something very symbolic about this photo.

    Regarding the dress, I will add a vote for the Lace-Bodice Sheath. And I am not suggesting that Kate's dress was inappropriate or that she didn't look lovely in it, but it is too similar to other gowns/dresses in her wardrobe.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2015 at 05:44

      Royalfan, I thought the same thing about the photo. So very sad. While I adored the Queen Mother, I think Charles invested more in his relationship with her than Diana. :(

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    2. royalfan 00:38-my 11/8@19:00 reply to you got shifted down to the thread below. I don't know if you saw
      it. I know from past experience that comments sometimes go missing or get misplaced.
      I could have sworn it was right after your comment yesterday.

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    3. Kate, this is exactly the reason I am so happy to see the way William treats Kate, in comparison to what his mother experienced. Diana's influence is not lost on her boys. And if I may, I suspect it has something to do with William's closeness to the Middleton's. How blessed has he been to experience a happy, supportive and loving family?! Very...IMO.

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    4. Hi Anon 20:56...comments do shift sometimes...or so it seems. :))

      I realize a couple of posters have pointed out that it was protocol, and I understand that but, as I stated, it was the symbolic aspect of the photo that jumped out at me. Fortunately, we are seeing a very different relationship between W&K.

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  32. This is your usual top notch standard of posting, Charlotte. Well done! I love the emphasis on the occasion, with just a little about the style at the end. It is wonderful to be remembering our heroes of the past and what we have because of them.

    About Kate's dress, yes, it is like others she has worn. But it is very pretty, evokes poppies for the occasion, is black ditto, and does not draw undue attention to her. She scores perfect marks for a Royal family box appearance of such import where she is not the important person there. Likewise her hair.

    I do hope she continues to dress to please herself first, keeps her hair the way she likes it best, and remains a more down-to-earth person than strict followers of fashion can ever be. That is a lot of why I like her so well. She is for me an example of how an intelligent woman with growing power can make the choice to relegate her ability to appear more striking than nearly anyone in a room to a lower place on her scale of values than, for instance, blending appropriately with her in-laws. I think she's smart.

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    1. Ruth from Brooklyn8 November 2015 at 05:04

      Agreed! !!

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    2. I agree with you 100% Marci. I think she is very smart, and I think the Royal Family all know it, too. I also think she ticks all the boxes of what her dressing for this occasion means. Beautifully done as always, Kate. Bravo.

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    3. Royalfan-My thoughts exactly about the contrast in the photos. Such a difficult time, with Charles closer to his
      grandmother than Diana, his wife. I do wonder if it captured a brief moment, or if he sat there the whole
      evening.That seems so hard to comprehend.
      Marci-Thank-you for your both kind and astute remarks.

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    4. Diana as Princess of Wales was seated next to King Olav of Norway. Charles as Prince of Wales escorted the Queen Mother. I think the arrangement was dictated by protocol.

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2015 at 05:25

      YES Marci! Very well said!

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  33. Another lace black dress. Yawn! Kate's style is just beyond baffling at this point. It's so frumpy and blah.
    Recently I was watching a talk show and the subject came up about the Queen and the wardrobe capsule that's going to be released in honor of her birthday.
    Someone said that they weren't that interested because it was just a bunch of boring suits and hats, and someone else said that they would love to see Kate's wardrobe. Everyone agreed that Kate's style was boring, frumpy, and had no desire to see it.
    A few years ago no one would have said that, but I honestly agreed with them.
    Kate's style has become so bland and unappealing since she's become a mother. I really think she's under the impression that you can no longer be stylish and a mother, and that the clothes you wore before you had children are no longer appropriate.
    She needs a good stylist asap.
    Sure she's tried to be "daring" with the floral print dress and the JP gown she wore to the Bond premiere but they both have been huge misses for me.
    She seems lost style wise right now, and hasn't found her stride.
    I think she needs a major makeover. Do something different with the hair, she doesn't have to chop it off, but she's no longer a young girl so pull it up and off your face. The harsh makeup needs to be softened because it's honestly making her look very old.
    And stop wearing basically the same dress in different colors.
    A little change will not kill her.

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    1. amen Blair! I've said it a million times..ever since she has had George her fashion as been no bueno. And she needs to fire Amanda cook tucker as her hairdresser. I still have no idea why she ever stopped using her original one
      She dressing for someone twice her age. She's 33 not 63 and although 33 seems old for a 24 year old like me in reality she is still quite young
      Kate needs to bring back pieces from 2011 and 2012 because she had such style then!
      Just because you are a mom doesn't mean you can't have a sense of style
      Even my own mother has a better sense of style than Kate and she has nowhere near the resources Kate has
      Seriously, Kate should hire one of us as a stylist!

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    2. Agreed. Kate's style can best be described as BORING. I don't think I would care to browse her closet either.

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    3. cute dear Sarah. 33 seems old to a 24 year old like you. sweet, not doubt true and so funny.

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    4. Definitely agree Sarah!
      From what I recall she stopped using Richard Ward after he started using her name to promote his salon and posted pictures of her on his facebook page showing the hairstyles he had done for her.
      And yes she does dress way older than 33. I'm 24 as well and I think at 33 you're in no way too old to be stylish but still age appropriate. If I had no idea who Kate was and someone showed me a picture of her and asked me how old I thought she was, I'd say she looks like a very classy woman who's in her late 30's or early 40's. I wouldn't guess 33 at all.
      Carole's style is a good example of age appropriate and stylish. I sometimes prefer her style over Kate's.
      At times it looks like her and Kate switched outfits.
      She doesn't even have to bring back the clothes from when she was newly a Duchess, but start wearing more clothes that were similar to those styles. A little change can go a long way.
      I will gladly volunteer to be Kate's stylist!!

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    5. I agree with the sentiments. I think that Kate is spending a lot less time choosing clothes than before she had children, resulting in her more repetitive styles, fashion 'mistakes' etc.

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    6. Agree, Blair. The Spector and WHF and State banquet gowns were particulary bland.

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  34. Just love your blog - thank you. Kate looks lovely in this dress but dare I say it, I'm not a fan of the fringe. It seems to heavy and makes her look a lot older. Just my opinion though. Still love her! Cheers from New Zealand

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  35. I was expecting Kate to recycle the Black cocktail dress she wore in NY for the dinner event. She did look very pretty, though, lace looks good on her. Thank You Charlotte!xoxo

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  36. I think she has just had enough of all our opinions. She selects clothes that reflect the setting and her comfort level. Have any of us ever given her our appreciation for being herself! We want short, or, oh, now it is too short and we want longer.... this or that according to what WE feel is appropriate. Her dress was gorgeous tonight, she looked happy and animated. She loves her husband. She has remardly been able to seemly fit into the royal firm, and yet you criticize. Please leave her alone. She is beautiful, represents the royal family extremely well, is raising a well/adjusted family, and not sitting in her sweat pants with baby goo on them, like I am. (Although, I do hope she has had that experience!). She is doing her job and doing it well.
    She is a wonder of normalcy in the royal family. Please love her for that, at least (as I hope most of you do).

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    1. Hugs to you Anon @ 01:46 (baby goo, sweatpants or not.) :)

      Thank you for bringing some kindness and common sense.

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    2. I totally agree with you Anon 01:46. Kate is a wonder. A lovely young woman in a very challanging position who handles it extremely well while keeping her priorities correct. Charlotte thank you for all the lovely blogs you write.

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2015 at 05:26

      Baby goo on sweatpants made me giggle. :) I completely agree with you!

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  37. oh Charlotte i really love your blog i love the colour of the dress im inlove with the lace ever seen and the queen looked elegant and i love the solemn of that event the queen look good and look so radiant in that dress as i love seeing those pictures the queen and prince william

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  38. I feel like the dress in the picture on the model comes in at the waist, but it doesn't look like it comes in on the waist on Kate, I feel like that would have made it better for me. She probably ordered this one and the purple one together, I love lace personally, but I would have to agree something looked off tonight

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  39. Kate is looking radiant and her skin is glowing. I wonder if she is using different skin care or a new foundation. I'm happy that she's growing out her fringe. Her hair looks really pretty here.

    I think her dress is nice, but it's not the best look for her. The top of the dress is too close to her neck. It would look better as a v-neck.

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  40. The top of Kate's hair looks different than usual in some of the photos. What is it?

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    1. In my opinion, I think Kate's wearing a clip in hair extension. It has the same "bump" on top that you see on other women who wear them.
      I noticed the same look when Kate was leaving the hospital after having Charlotte.

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    2. I agree Blair! Lately when she wears her hair down and that bump is there, her hair also appears way more full than it usually does. There has always been speculation of her using extensions for awhile. Especially when you look at her hair from her 20's (like the club photos) and compare now. But I think lately she has been going a little overboard with the extensions.

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  41. I was just thinking maybe she didn't wear the other two black lace dresses because they were during her pregnancy with Charlotte and she may have had them altered , I miss the temperely dress though! But maybe that was too long for tonight

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  42. I think she looks lovely. I happen to like lace myself. My only issue is with the hair. I wish she had worn it up. With the black dress being somber the hair hanging brings her face down and she looks like one long black line. Beautiful but ... flat? Putting her hair up would break up the line and would be more flattering.

    DB

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    1. You are right. The black lace and her hair down does create a long black line that isn't flattering. The lace-bodice dress and an updo would have looked better.

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  43. Huh. I just skimmed through the comments and realized I am in the minority. I love this look. Totally appropriate, elegant and chic. The poppy pin placement is low because it needs something more than delicate lace to be pinned to. Her hair is shiny and healthy looking, great jewelry and even her make-up doesn't look too heavy tonight. Who cares that she wore another lace dress a few weeks ago? Great look for the event.

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  44. I think Kate looks better and better with every outing-and I never thought she looked bad to begin with! My first thought at the first photo in this post was that she hit it out of the park. The dress is stunning, her hair and makeup are flawless. Great job! And what about the venue-I've seen the Hall several times from the outside and it's just stunning inside as well. It sounds like a wonderful event-though I'm always sad there is a need for such events of remembrance. Thanks to all of our soldiers Ost and present who protect our freedom.

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  45. I am a bit shocked by all the negative comments. Of course Kate needed a new dress for her first Remembrance evening! One that was not maternity wear. One that looks perfect in the royal box. Kate looks very beautiful.

    Sophie did not look her best. But probably she read superbly.

    Anon 1:46 Hear, Hear!

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    1. Negative because we might not up for another lace dress. You have a strange sense of humour:)

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    2. I was and am perfectly serious in what I said. Anon 3:14

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  46. Wow, yet another black lace dress, surely Kate has something else in her closet she could wear. And why pick an Italian designer for an event honoring the sacrifices of English soliders? Kate used to make better fashion choices.

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  47. Wonderful performance, wish I was in the UK to go see it live.

    Kate looks nice and appropriate for the occasion. Personally, I would have preferred a repeat dress if she was going for the same style we has seen several times already. The Queen looks fabulous and I love Sophie’s poppy bag.
    Looking forward to tomorrow and seeing 2 out of 3 of my favorite royal ladies, Sophie and Maxima, on the balcony (the third one is CP Victoria).

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  49. I loved this event. When there are a lot of the royal family at events, I love to see their interaction with each other and tonight did not disappoint. Kate and the Duke of York and William with the Queen and of course as always beautiful interaction between Kate and William.

    I loved Kate's look and I really liked the dress. It's been said that she has too many black dresses and it's been pointed out that none of them would really have suited this event. Maybe Charlotte you could do a post on her little black dresses? That would be interesting to see them together.

    Looking forward to tomorrow.

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    1. I too would love to see a post on all of Kate's black dresses!

      I think that for this event it would have been nice to see Kate wear the style of her plum lace d&G dress from the Chinese state visit but in black lace, and with an updo. So many people commented that the plum dress looked too "evening" and I think it would have been perfect here, in black of course. I also like the look of the Lace-Bodice dress. But the one Kate wore was very nice and elegant. I don't think we should expect her to be a fashion model.

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    2. That is an excellent post idea! It will be interesting to see the various designers, silhouettes and events involved. We'll do it at some point over the next week or two :)

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  50. Love this dress and she looked entirely appropriate for the occasion.
    But does anyone else think these two Dolce dresses, the plum and now this black, look like they fit her oddly? The plum one looks really baggy in the torso and this one the same, it looks really, really big on Kate. I expect a more tailored fit from couture pieces like these.
    I like the round neck of this one vs. the high neck of the plum dress.
    Only thing is that this dress doesn't photograph particularly well for whatever reason. Can't be the color since Sophie's black dress looks great in the photos. This dress looks flat and big on Kate from just under the bustline and over her hips.
    She also looks like she's done something a bit lighter with the makeup. It doesn't look as heavy and dark and, consequently, she looks more like the vibrant, young 33-year-old she is, not 10 or 15 years older with thick, gunky, dated dark eye makeup.
    Great to see the queen laughing and looking animated and chatting with William. The last few times we've seen photos of her, she looks like she's not quite sure where she is.
    Sophie looked wonderful as always. Love her handbag.
    I love the UK's poppy campaign. It's an amazing way of bringing attention to the plight of the military and veterans.

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    1. 06:32- the Queen looking. "not quite sure where she is." Funny! But I imagine after 60 odd years, events
      start to blend together. Personally, I would be more lively sitting next to William than Charles. I think
      her grandson helps keep her young. Although, I think Charles would be a very interesting dinner partner,
      this wasn't that kind of event.
      I think camera angle and background-the picture almost looks like the area around the dress was shaded
      to make her appear larger-on one picture posted here give a bit of a dumpy-look. If you look at other photos of
      Kate from last night, the dress appears to fit perfectly.

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  51. Catherine looked beautiful. It is a somber event and black was appropriate for this occasion. It is nice to see the royal family together. Did anyone else notice that Queen Elizabeth was not wearing her gloves while seated in the Royal box? I noticed right away the gloves were missing and there on her hand was her beautiful engagement ring that we seldom see. The painting commissioned of her is elegant, but where's that black purse? Cheers everyone! Redondo Beach, California

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  52. I completely agree with the poster who wrote in this section that this 'black lace dress' look for Kate has become a 'uniformed ' look for her. I have thought about her clothes choices, and I think a possible explanation is that she is spending a reduced amount a time organizing her image/outfits as she was pre-children. I don't think she has the inclination/time she had before. I remember when she attended the Tusk gala after George's birth wearing the Packham gold dress and ladies here were shocked that she didn't have polished, painted toe nails. That small detail sums it up.

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  53. Marion from Germany8 November 2015 at 12:30

    I do not like lace dresses in general, but Kate is beautiful and has a wonderful figure, so everything she wears looks good. My recommendation would be to add a belt, because like Elizabeth 06:32 I also had the impression that the dress looks a bit "baggy".
    But what I really like is William wearing glasses. I think they suit him extremely well. I wear glasses myself and think that I look much better with them than without. The same is true for William, in my eyes. A beard for Harry and glasses for William!

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  54. I beg to differ; I love Kate's very appropriate and lovely dress which seems to articulate her desire not to stand out at such a somber occasion. While I prefer her without the bangs, there is no denying that her hair is gorgeous and has never looked healthier. She looked what she is; a healthy, very happy, very much in love, and supportive young Duchess. She is a much better addition to the Royal Family than we often give her credit for.

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    1. Thank you, Jen, and all the posters who pointed out that Kate looked beautiful and was appropriately dressed. She also carried off her first appearance at the Festival of Remembrance brilliantly, even drawing the Duke of York out of his usual gloom.

      I cannot tell how this black dress, photographed against dark backgrounds, fits - and I have looked at pictures from other sources. There is one photo of Kate standing in the royal box that seems to show that it follows the curve of her body as it should. Black is not Kate's best color since she has a warm complexion, but she typically lightens it with softer tones near her face. The lace does that. This was an excellent choice for the distance look and for pictures in the royal box.

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  55. I have come to the conclusion that William LOVES Kate in lace and that he finds it very sexy and attractive. We know he was very enamored of the lace wedding gown. AND, I think he also LOVES her hair down and finds it sexy and attractive also. I think that is why Kate wears lace so repeatedly and why she wears her hair down when it, at times, might look better up.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis9 November 2015 at 00:50

      Rebecca said this quite aptly before and I think her point deserves repeating - maybe Kate makes her clothing decisions based on what SHE likes. Why must the assumption be that she is dressing for her husband? It's such a frustratingly sexist assumption that is often made about most women.

      Also her "job description" as a working royal does not entail pleasing her husband, but it does involve dressing appropriately for specific occasions, and I think Kate and William do know that.

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    2. I think a woman can dress to please her husband and do her hair like her husband likes, its not unheard of and NOT the end of the world. (and how much more attractive and good you feel when your spouse has that special look in his eye that YOU put there!) but i do think its funny that it gets up the "feminists" backs to hear it!! - im joining the ranks of the ANON's

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    3. and furthermore, "as a working royal does not entail pleasing her husband" - your right, some wives just do this and some husbands do it too, see how they get along??

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    4. If a woman dresses the way SHE wants to, does the reason matter? I don't believe so. And there is something to be said for "that look", referred to by Anon 22:25. :)

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    5. I love to see "that look" also RF. phhft to the feminist. I think "that look" is one of the sparks that makes the world go round.

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    6. EXCELLENT POINT Royal Fan @ 02:27

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  56. Diana was across the balcony from Charles, as also happened on the palace balcony. But in this case she was seated next to King Olav of Norway, an arrangement dictated by protocol.

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  57. While lace in general isn't to my personal taste I think that Catherine TDoC looks lovely in this dress and very appropriate for the occasion. I'm intrigued that the slip is detachable. Is the same true for the D&G worn earlier? Wouldn't it be awesome to see the slip of one paired with the lace overlay of the other? I imagine the Bordeaux and black would be a stunning combination and would suit her most beautifully. I could also imagine adding some extra slips in different colors: e.g. a light rose, peach or tan, and specifically to go with the black an emerald green. So many outfits out of two dresses. I love that thought :-)

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  58. I actually didn't even know who Queen Maxima was until today. Yeh. sad, huh. What I did find out about her is I love the way she dresses. So vibrant, stylish and flirty. So fresh each time. Happy. Her choices are happy ones. Kate's are staid, safe, somewhat frumpy at times, although she is a beautiful girl.
    Queen Maxima probably has a little more freedom than Kate in that I don't think Maxima has anything to prove to anyone. I think Kate thinks that she, herself, does, for whatever reason. That is why she is so cautious and repetitive in her choices. Just guessing.
    Hope Kate gets to get back into fashion like she was in the old days. (I still think William at some point, tried to "take the Mickey out of her" fashion wise and just really stifled her artistic fashion flair. It isn't unheard of for husbands to try to have their wives tone down their dressing and reduce their wardrobe size.)
    So, I am glad I "discovered" Queen Maxima so when I get frustrated with beautiful Kate's attempts to be uber perfect, I will google what QM is doing and that will surely make me smile.

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  59. Kate, Texas, USA9 November 2015 at 05:38

    Kate looks elegant and beautiful! While the dress is very similar to the dress worn a couple weeks ago, it is still very classy and beautiful. I would have loved to see her hair up to show off the lace in the back. I think most importantly Kate looks happy and relaxed in the company of the RF. That speaks volumes.

    I love seeing the interactions between everyone. The picture of HM and William is fantastic! You can tell how happy she is. It looked to be a lovely evening for all.

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  60. Not my fave look but not the worst hair should have been up

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  61. Kate looked wonderful for both of these events honouring those who serve. I understand why some look at Kate's outfits very critically and see things that don't appear to be a big deal to me, but that's life. I guess I tend to look at the whole picture rather than at individual details. I'm not saying I'm right and others are wrong, it's just that I tend to only focus on the overall impression. My impression of Kate at both of these events is that she was dressed appropriately and looked lovely and very ably represented the BRF as she should. And that's enough for me.

    My issue for both events is with Sophie. I was rather shocked actually. As someone who does just tend to look at the overall impression, I thought she looked frumpy and a little unrecognizable To be honest, at the Sunday event, I didn't recognize her on the balcony at first. I don't think she suits such deep V necks, I thought her Sunday outfit was wrong for the event and for the Saturday evening, her dress was too long for her body type and her shoes looked too big. She just didn't look at all well put together. But her clutch was cute and appropriate. I'll give you that.

    Anyway, thank you for the great posts Charlotte. Nice to see Kate has a couple more engagements on the books already for this month.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis10 November 2015 at 20:34

      Marny, I know what you mean and sometimes I find myself questioning why I am commenting on a detail of Kate's outfit I didn't like when in any other situation, I probably wouldn't even notice. I think part of it is that this is a blog about Kate, and we probably just need something to talk about. If our comments all became "well she looked good overall" then it would become very boring very quickly. I think the other thing is that because we don't see Kate out often (especially this year), that makes us more likely to analyse every detail, whereas if she had 300 appearances a year we probably wouldn't look so closely at individual outfits. This isn't criticism of Kate or anyone else - oh just thought you brought up an interesting point that I've thought about a lot myself.

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  62. I was looking at the pictures of Catherine's lace dress and it appears to me that the lace pattern is a poppy flower (look at the unlined lace around the bodice). I don't want to presume to know what she thinks, but it seems to me that her dress is a tribute to Remembrance Day as much as wearing her red poppy (which I think is positioned just fine). I think Catherine's overall appearance is elegant, unlike Sophie who appears to like plunging necklaces which I think is quite inappropriate. -- Ohio Gal

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  63. I found a photo of Princess Mary of Denmark in a dress so similar to this Dolce Gabbana of Kate but I must say I prefer Kate's version. Here is the link:

    https://www.facebook.com/royalsEUROPE/photos/a.1562807787311688.1073741905.1462681193991015/1640205136238619/?type=3&theater

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