Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Kate in Saloni for Fostering Excellence Awards & The Cambridges Sign Book of Condolences for Paris

The Duchess of Cambridge continued her focus on organisations that support young people at the Fostering Excellence Awards in London this evening.


Kate was first introduced to the Fostering Network back in January when she attended an event hosted by the charity to celebrate the work of foster carers. Their work clearly impressed her and it's great to see continued support for such a worthy organisation.


The Duchess was presented with handmade quilts for George and Charlotte from the Helping Hands Quilting Group upon arrival.


The Fostering Network has given similar quilts to thousands of children.


The second annual awards hosted by popular presenter Holly Willoughby saw hundreds of foster carers, young people and people from throughout the fostering community across the UK gather to celebrate and recognise achievements and outstanding dedication.


Kevin Williams, chief executive of the Fostering Network shared these remarks ahead of the event:

“We’re delighted that we will have an extra special guest attending this year’s Fostering Excellence Awards. The spotlight that will be placed on these young people, who have worked so hard with the support of their foster carers to change their future, is thoroughly deserved. Sadly not every young person has a positive start in life, but the Fostering Network, foster carers and all those involved in working with fostered young people throughout the UK will continue to strive to make life better for them.”

The Duchess met award winners at a special tea party at the British Medical Association House where she had the opportunity to learn more about the organisation and hear inspirational stories from young people who have benefited from their support.


The Duchess made remarks at the awards praising those involved: " I would just like to say how delighted I am to be with you all. It is wonderful to meet so many remarkable and impressive people involved in the incredibly important world of fostering".


More from the Express:

'In a foreword to tonight's awards programe, Kate wrote: "It is fantastic that we are all gathered this evening to celebrate fostering and the truly transformational care that is a lifeline to so many. The people we will hear about tonight are truly extraordinary and show how good foster care changes children and young people's lives.'

Presenter Holly Willoughby described Kate as "just wonderful" after the awards.


Kate presented the Fostering Achievement Award, which celebrates extraordinary achievements in the last 12 months by young people aged 16 to 24 who have been fostered, to three young people.


More on the winners Adam, Emily and Sian from The Fostering Network:

'Adam has been a tremendous support to his foster carers as they look after other children with disabilities. Adam’s foster carer Carol has to spend a lot of time in children’s hospitals with children who have life threatening conditions, and Adam, who himself has learning difficulties, has been a huge help. He is a friend to them and the children enjoy his company because he makes them laugh at what is a difficult time.
Emily Bowyer has come a long way since coming to live with her foster carers. After a traumatic childhood, Emily became elective mute, unable to eat or be in a room with unfamiliar people. Emily is now much more comfortable in public, has achieved the highest possible grades in her college course and is relied upon as a babysitter. Having developed so much in recent years, Emily’s dream of becoming a paramedic is a now viable goal which she is working towards.
​Sian Connolly has overcome several setbacks but has gone on to do superbly well in her school exams and has recently completed three years of a hair and beauty course. Sian first came into care aged three and moved in and out of care until the age of nine when she entered long-term fostering. Her emotional trauma manifested itself as disruptive and anti-social behaviour, which in turn led to other issues such as hospitalisation and run-ins with the police. Now, Sian has been living independently for a year; she acts as a part-time carer for her birth mother and has also worked as a carer for the elderly during her break from college in the summer.'

Other awards presented on the night included outstanding contribution by a foster carer, social worker and sons and daughters. Community supporters and foster friendly employers were also recognised.


Together with members and supporters, the Fostering Network is described as "a powerful catalyst for change", leading the fostering agenda for more than 40 years. They work with over 400 fostering services and nearly 60,000 foster carers, influencing and shaping policy and practice at every level. At present, there is currently very much a need for over 8,000 more foster families in the UK. If you're interested in finding out more or donating please click here.

The Fostering Network

The Duchess selected a dress for the evening by Indian designer Saloni.


The Martine Crinkle-Effect Dress is crafted from lightweight fabric in cobalt blue, and cut with cropped sleeves, a nipped-in-waist, an elegant v back and full skirt. It's available in limited sizing at Matches for $789. The online retailer is offering shipping and returns at the moment. There's also a few sizes available at Selfridges.

Matches

More from the product description:

'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a 1960s cinematic musical, provided the inspiration for Saloni's Pre-AW15 collection. The saturated tones and retro silhouettes seen within the movie certainly translate in this Martine dress.'

Below we see the Martine Matelasse Dress at Net-A-Porter.


Net-A-Porter

The 60's style dress was worn by actress Carey Mulligan.

Solani

The back of the dress on Kate.


A closer look at Kate's McQueen belt and Mulberry clutch.


Kate & Pippa Style via Twitter quickly identified Kate's stylish new pumps as the $670 Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps. The elegant pointed toe shoes are available at My Theresa.

My Theresa

Kate accessorised with her £150 Catherine Zoraida Fern Hoop Earrings.

Catherine Zoraida

Kate wore her hair partially up for the event, and with cobalt blue dress, I must say it was a classic look for the Duchess. I very much liked the earrings and new pumps, too. On another note, it's obviously no coincidence the Duchess chose an Indian designer, given the tour announcement earlier this week, and she's certainly a designer we'll be taking a closer look at for tour possibilities. Do you like the look?


There's a video available at ITN Source.

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This afternoon the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge signed a book of condolences for victims of the Paris attacks at the French embassy.


The royal couple were greeted by French ambassador, Sylvie Bermann. Kate asked Ms Bermann: "Do you know anyone who was affected?" The ambassador replied "No," before speaking to the couple about memorials taking place in France. Prince William described the attacks as 'truly dreadful'.


The Duchess signing the book.


Prince William wrote: "To all those who have died and were injured in the heartless attacks in Paris, and to all the people in France. Nos plus sincères condoléances."

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

The French embassy shared these photos.


The Duchess wore a black swiss dot pattern suit she has had for almost a decade. Kate last wore it publicly to sign a book of condolence for Nelson Mandela in 2013. It was a very appropriate choice.


You can watch a video here.

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Prince William attended the England v France match tonight in an act of solidarity with the French. He wasn't initially scheduled to go, but decided to attend after Friday's tragic attacks. Kensington Palace released a brief statement: "Tonight's game is a chance to pay tribute to the bravery and resolve of the French people."


William, president of the Football Association laid a wreath alongside England manager Roy Hodgson and France manager Didier Deschamps.


England and France players stood together before the match in front of over 71,000 supporters. A moment of silence was observed before kick-off.


Fans sang the French national anthem 'La Marseillaise' and held placards to form the French colours.


On that note, it was touching to see so many of you commenting to check in on our posters from France and it served to remind me how many wonderful people we have in our community.



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Kate's attending the Place2Be Headteacher Conference in London tomorrow; we'll see you then.

151 comments:

  1. Kate looks bloody gorgeous love the whole look from head to toe! Thanks Charlotte for the prompt post!

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  2. Love it!!! Thanks for getting it up so quickly!

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  3. Gorgeous dress but I do not like that belt with it. Ali

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    1. I was thinking the same thing, @Ali. I love the rest of the look but the belt seems like a misfit with this dress...Very appropriate look for condolence book signing however.

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    2. I think the dress needed a belt. I just don't know if this was the best option. She looked pretty as usual though and brings such a lovely vibe wherever she goes.

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    3. I think the dress is beautiful too but would have preferred it without the belt as well. I think if she had amped up the accessories we would not have missed the belt. Maybe a bracelet and polished nails? I would not have said no to very sheer black stockings either. I think the way her eyes were done tonight was lovely but not liking the ringlet. Love the earrings (which I now own too :-) ).

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    4. I agree that the belt looked out-of-place on the dress. The belt is more casual, also a bit old and worn. A satin or velvet belt would have suited the dress better.
      Thank you for posting the photos of the French/English match. I love the photo of the men standing beside each other, arm in arm. What a terrible tragedy but it is heartwarming to see sports rivals share peace and goodwill between their countries. May God bless the good people of France and everywhere.

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    5. The dress is nice but the whole outfit is dull! I would have like it better with the strappy shoes matched in the Matches photo above and instead of the belt i would prefer a statement necklace. The new shoes are exactly the same with all the others, suede and same style.. Why buy something new but identical to the old? Sheer satin black tights would be nicer than nude ones, more chic and flattering!
      Last but not least, to all french people, our hearts and thoughts are with you that difficult moments. We are all Paris, united all we will stand and we will not be afraid and intimidated.

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  4. Theresa, from Paris17 November 2015 at 18:37

    As a Parisian born and bred, living in and loving my beautiful city, I must first say how dramatic and chilling these last days have been. We are all still shattered.This time, it is my city that was the target, but as we all know, none of us, in free and democratic countries, are safe from this new war of terrorism we are all living through. We must be brave and lucid, and defend the values that we hold dear and that so many already fought and died for in the wars we commemorated this very month of november.
    Thank you to all friends from around the world for your thoughts and prayers.

    And now, because life must go on, because we are free to laugh and chatter and talk about all sorts of things, I must say I loved the Duchess' dress tonight, except for the belt which is quite unnecessary, in my opinion, of course :-) !!!

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    1. Theresa, I know I speak for many posters and readers when I say we are all so pleased see you commenting. We're all keeping you and everyone in Paris in our thoughts and prayers.

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    2. Very great to hear from you and that you're safe! Can't imagine how jarring it must be when it hits so close to home!

      Also, I quite liked the belt, it gave some definition :)

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    3. Tedi in California17 November 2015 at 18:51

      Happy you back and safe, Theresa. Viva la France.

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    4. Theresa, from Paris17 November 2015 at 18:56

      Thank you, dear Charlotte, to you and all the friends from the blog. I just got round to reading the comments just now, and answered them also in the previous post.

      We are a lovely community, and you bring us together in such a wonderful way.
      Thank you to all again, from a sad but not broken Paris, with love.

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    5. Theresa; keeping you, your city, and your county in my thoughts and prayers. I visited the summer after I graduated high school and I have such fond memories of a city so full of life, beauty, and culture. Stay strong! We are all united with you!

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    6. YAY, Theresa so glad you are okay. Thank you for posting. Whew, sigh of grateful relief. :)

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    7. Theresa,

      Love your point about us being brave, lucid and holding on resolutely to the values so very, very many have died in the years and decades past to uphold.

      So glad to hear from you. xo

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    8. France was the very first ally of our brand new country and we have been close friends ever since. Paris is the greatest city in the world and to see the suffering and loss breaks my heart. We will all join together to fight this despicable evil. Vive la France.

      I like belts on Kate because it raises the eye above her natural waist, which is a bit too long. Maybe not that belt, but I always like a shirtwaist look on her. Lovely choice.

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    9. Theresa,
      It is comforting to know how you think. In a way, you are speaking on behalf of many other French too; that seems to be the attitude. Many of them interviewed said, " we should not be afraid, or it will be letting the terrorists win". The long line of people in the area who stood there to give blood for those in the hospital was admirable too.

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    10. Theresa, so glad to see you posting and know that you are ok. Praying for all of our friends in Paris. Praying for peace and healing. Praying that love and good would abound.

      I read from one of the reports last Friday a quote from Winston Churchill. "Never give in, never give in. Never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in, except to the convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

      We stand with our friends in France and will not give in. We will live our lives and be the people they least want us to be, confident, happy, and free. prier pour la France :)

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    11. Oh Theresa, I am So Very Happy that You are Safe! I am Praying for you & the rest of our French Friends here!:( France & Paris in particular has a special place in the hearts of my husband & myself as well as our children. For a variety of reasons it has become part of the patchwork of our lives. To watch with horror, coverage of a City We Hold So Dear,.... filled us with Shock & Disbelief! Such a Country! Such Strength! Such Bravery! Such Love of Your Beautiful Homeland! Vive la France!

      On another note..... I can't belive how busy things are with W&K! Everytime I'm able to pop in, it's all I can do to get caught up with Charlotte's Wonderfully Filled Posts, that I hardly am able to read any posts:( I remember, back, during our anticipation of The State Dinner...... when the talk was speculating that there would be a flurry of short activity, followed by more off the radar time & possibly Vacation? But They Just Keep Going! They look Great! They are Doing Great & Truly Representing Their Country in The Best Light Possible! Especially during what must be a Very Scary Times!

      On a Lighter Note.... I've wanted to mention something funny, but keep forgetting! With all the different perspectives shared here, I have found the ones that differed from mine as interesting & even educational... But I Never Thought for a Minute that I'd be Swayed or Change My Own Perspectives! :) But I Seem to have been Converted? lol I Never understood the Passion of " The Updo Gurus"! However..... After The State Dinner, I find that I'm Not looking at Kate in The Same Way? It Seems, ...... that Once I Visualized Her as The Queen She Will Someday Be? That was it! I Got "The Updo Itch"! :) .... Though I Still love & admire her luxurious Locks, Its no longer a Given for me!:0 Plus I Find I now Mostly Prefer Her locks when They are Partially Up (with The Exception for How She Rocked Her Look in Dundee!) But Ever Since That Trip....... I'm "Craving" an "Updo"! :) I Cringed at The Lack of one at The Royal Ablert Hall ..... & Craved One, as She Stood next to Maxima The Next Day! I almost screamed at my Sceen "Get Her a Chignon STAT!" That's when I Realized! Omg! I've Been Converted! :) lol
      I Didn't realize how Seeing Her at The State Dinner, with Tiara & Significantly Important Royal Jewels had Forever Changed The Way I Will Henceforth See Her! Whether Casual in her Wellies, Daytime Working Appearances or More Formal Events...... . For Me,....That Night,.... She Truly Shifted from "Our Kate" to "Catherine, Future Queen Consort of England":)
      Praying Love & Respect To All & Be Safe!
      Vive la France!
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    12. Theresa, I am happy that you are back. I admire your courage, and that of the French people in dealing with this latest attack. We must remain focused, strong, and united.

      Becca, I did enjoy your "lighter note". :)

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    13. Sarah from Calif.17 November 2015 at 23:46

      Theresa, Our prayers are with you, your family and country. God bless you!

      Lovely post Charlotte, William and Kate have been doing Brilliantly ! IMHO

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    14. Glad you are well Theresa :-)

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  5. Great to see William and Kate sign the conolence book. Good choice of her go-to basic suit as well! Good that William will be at the game. At first I thougt it was just a game, but I now see that they're making it into something more. So it's good for him to show his support there.

    What a great event and worthy cause. I really hope this gains some recognizion and maybe inspires someone to open up their home! Very nice to see these peolpe being recognized for their contribution! I hope this is a cause she will continue on. Maybe they will be her next patronage? Fits very well with her early intervention focus. Either way it's great that she's pointing some of her spotlight on these people!

    That dress is glorious! Very pretty. A classic Kate look, but it's a classic for a reason. It really fits her! Gives of a little retro flair which fits her very nicely. I love floppy skirts as well! The belt is a bit clunky but I enjoy the distinction it makes. I like her hair as well. It was appropiatley ringlety this time with still some hight up top. Indian brand? Guess she's already looking at stuff to wear on the tour!

    Thank you as always Charlotte for the speedy and informative post :) Can't wait for the updated pictures later! Take care and know that you brighten the days of many around the world!

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    1. Hhaha, I just noticed. I managed to fit the word "Good" 3 times into a 2½ paragraph space. That must be some kind of a record. I guess I thought it was good :P

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    2. That's our Swedish ray of sunshine for ya. :)
      good, good, good, and more good. Thanks Rebecca.

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    3. Haha, well Sweden got to have SOME sun this time of the year so I've taken up that job ;)

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    4. Rebecca, we are thankful for all the good and for the ray of sunshine! Keep shining! :)

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    5. Rebecca we're in for lots of sun & a heatwave here over the next few days but still think your brand of sunshine is awesome & very special. As Kate, Texas says 'keep shining'.

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  6. I love this dress and this a great color on Kate, but I would have liked this look better if she had swapped the belt for a great necklace.

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  7. Tedi in California17 November 2015 at 18:46

    What a great color for Kate. So nice she picked a designer from India. I thought she looked very glamorous tonight. And, such a wonderful cause, the Fostering Network, it's brilliant that William and Kate are concentrating their efforts on children's issues. The two of them are an inspiration, and truly the future of a 21st century monarchy.

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  8. Kate is really looking good and healthy and happy these days! I hope all those who said she is not doing enough is now quieted! She is doing wonderful work. I love the way the ladies at Kate's table all had blue/black colored dresses! I also really love Kate's look at the French Embassy. Do we know that outfit? It seems familiar but I cant remember? Well done Kate!

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    1. Haha, I noticed how blue seemed to be the colour of choice :P

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    2. Also, yes we know the outfit. She wore it when William was invested as a Knight of the Garter in 2008 and she was seen in it as far back as 2007 (in Dublin) plus she wore it when signing Mandelas condolence book. So it's her go to, proper condolence look :P

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    3. Tedi in California17 November 2015 at 19:02

      Was that the suit she wore to sign the book of condolences when Nelson Mandela died?

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      I do not want to take Maryland Moxie's place here, but how many days she did go out and about.and visited charities? Never mind. None of us should feel content 100%.

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    5. I like that suit on her.

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    6. Rebecca, I would love to see Kate repeat the hat she wore to the Order of the Garter in 2008. I loved it!

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    7. Well done to W&K today.

      I love the dress, but the belt.. not so much. It needs a more delicate style IMO. A thin black patent with shoes to match? Or just a thinner suede belt; this one is more denim worthy, IMO.

      And I too am happy to see this suit again. Kate looks great in it and it does show how timeless classic pieces can be.

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    8. Yes, the suit is beautifully tailored. It fits her perfectly.

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    9. Wasn't the hem much shorter-below knee now-and she seemed much more narrow through the hips.
      I love that suit but it seems to have been altered....
      Wonderful color of blue for the dress... 3:33

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    10. Anon @ 1:31, the skirt has always hit just below the knee. The last photo of her stepping out of the car in black tights is from the Nelson condolence signing. And the skirt just rode up a little, but it is still a bit below the knee :). You can still see the length from the photos today

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  9. Tedi in California17 November 2015 at 18:47

    I am so glad that they paid their condolences at the French Embassy.

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  10. This blue dress is fantastic. I love this color. A belt in Kate's waist is a really good idea but this belt is not the best choice. I would chose a tied belt made of fabric. Words of encouragement to all French and ecpecially to Parisians from Poland.

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    1. I agree. It is pretty dress, nice colour but the belt is off.
      She did give a speech:-) Finally.:-)


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    2. I agree that another belt might have been better, but I like that it was substantial and not just a "strand" :)

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    3. I too really like the belt with this dress. I think it looks a little strange without a belt on the model and on Ms. Mulligan. I don't think it looks clunky, I think the proportions of the belt fit the dress very nicely. Well done Kate. The whole look was classic and appropriate.

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    4. Agree. She looks very nice indeed today.

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  11. It looks like Kate's given a short speech at the event, as I thought might happen given the timing of the Camilla Tominey article.

    I also wish someone would remind her to turn and acknowledge the photographers when she arrives - particularly given they're accredited photographers!! The entire point of the royals attending these events is to bring attention to them, it's just unheard of to ignore the photogs invited there, I can't make sense of it at all.

    And it's got nothing to do with "posing"... she paused for the cameras at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds night (after a request by the host) and look what a difference it made to the photos, you all loved them :) In this age of digital photography it takes less than 5 seconds to look their way to allow them to get a good shot.

    This is not a pro-Kate or anti-Kate position... just basic reality and PR 101.

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    1. I also had a hunch that she would give a speech today. I wonder if the artice was leaked to make people know that she is doing this despite being scared of it?

      I understand what you mean and I kind of agree.. But do the royals do that? I can't remember ever seeing any of the trio doing that. Not the Queen either. I think it's how they "roll". Just like they don't sign autographs.

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    2. I agree, Claudia,

      It might be a hard call sometimes with security having such synchronized procedures for her entrance and exit. I do believe she can give a quick wave out once she is "in" possibly though. Sets the tone for the media. Kate's team, if you are reading this take note.

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    3. Rebecca -- Charles & Camilla may be the masters of this, they greet their entire press corps at events, just a simple, "Good morning" "Hello" ... and they know that it's important for the photographers to get good pictures so regularly face them, even play to them. Look at the photos of Camilla from Australia, because she had a little fun with the press the pics made almost every front page. Almost every member of the press pack has said the Cambridges still don't even say hello/acknowledge their regular royal correspondents when they see them. Dumbfounding.

      Sophie is also excellent at acknowledging the press, and just members of the public, the Queen regularly glances or turns in their direction, and even Anne has come around for goodness sake ;)

      Also, I realize saying "speech" in my prior comment may have been too generous, it was really just a brief remark.

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    4. I agree that they should implement how they did in New York! That was a good level of "camera flirting" I think.

      Yeah, it was a brief remark. But it's a huge step actually if she has fear of it. So I see it as a big sign. Also, Richard Palmer (who is not afraid to speak his mind) said he was struck by how confident she sounded, especially compared to prior times. Another good sign! :)

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    5. The Cambridges haven't had really good press lately. I mean all those nasty comments about them being lazy. I understand them. They do their job the best they could and they show that they care more about the people from their charities than the press.

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    6. Justyna..the duchess of Cornwall and countess of wessex I hear are very accomdating to the press. They always say hello and makes an effort to help them get a good shot. You can't really be impling that because they help the press they care less about the charties?
      The royal family needs the press in order to stay relevant. When the press stop caring about what the royal family does is the day we stop having one.

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    7. I agree Rebecca, "camera flirting" is a good description - and yes I also agree on Richard Palmer ;)

      And always good to remember that the majority of Brits never see the royals in person, they see them, hear from them, identify with them (or not!) through the press.

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    8. Anonymous, agreed. They do need the press to focus on what they're doing. Without it they operate in a vacuum.

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    9. Hello Anon 22:59. I didn't mean anything wrong about Duchess of Cornwell or Countess of Wessex. I even didn't think about them. I meant that Kate and William are focused on their work and they choose to ignore the press a little bit to show how involved they are and to prove all their nasty comments false.

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    10. I agree that looking at the photographers might be a good thing to adapt for the entire British royal family. Not defending Kate but she does as most others do by focusing on the job, not the cameras. I think only Camilla and Sophie routinely acknowledge the press. Certainly not from the Queen, Anne, William or Harry.

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    11. Camilla and Sophie don't attract the attention Kate does. Of course they have to work at it. If you notice,
      Camilla is often seen grinning at or even approaching the photographers, while Charles wanders on
      about his business.

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    12. About acknowledging the press, I too, think it is a good habit for K and W to cultivate. There have been a couple times, but it would be nice if it was every time. I was watching a video of arrivals of many royals to Queen Margareth' s 70th B-Day Ball and every single one of the royals stopped for a few seconds for the press to get a good picture and then moved on until it came to Charles and Camilla. Charles just kept on walking, but Camilla stopped him and made him come back. :-) Yeah Camilla! Several arrival videos I noticed the British Royal' s not as accommodating as the others. I hope W and K change that and soon!(Not that I am hating on them. I love them and think they are great. I just hope they try to take a few seconds.)

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    13. I think they should acknowledge photographers, however, I can imagine some of the feedback on the issue if they did so regularly...

      -William (and Kate) complain about the press, yet they smile and use them when they want/need to do so.
      -Kate is looking for attention and acts like it's about her
      -they can't act like celebrities some of the time and expect privacy when they want it

      Did I miss anything? :)

      There *is* a healthy balance to it and I'm sure they are capable of achieving it. Whether their efforts would be acknowledged and understood, is another story.

      Regarding Camilla, I think she gets it, but over does it. The press should be acknowledged; as Claudia stated, it is PR 101. But there have been somber moments when she grins inappropriately or situations where she should be more focused on people next to her rather than looking in the direction of photographers some distance away.

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  12. Sarah Maryland USA17 November 2015 at 19:13

    I'm glad they went and signed the book of condolence! I love the dress but again the hair is no bueno
    She needs to hire James price back

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    1. Yes! Where is dear James?

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  13. Great to see Kate and William signing the book of condolence. I have to say that the suit she wore to the Embassy and earlier to signing Nelson Mandela's condolence book is one of my favourite Kate outfits ever, even though of course what she wears is completely irrelevant during those occasions. It fits her beautifully and she looks really stylish and chic. Well chosen for the occasion too.

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    1. Tedi in California17 November 2015 at 19:47

      I agree MD, love that suit. Amazing she fits into it through the years, and no alterations that I can see. Beautiful lady.

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    2. It was a well thought out day in human relations for William and Kate. The foster child engagement news was delayed in other medias, almost until Charlotte posted it too. Media released first the couple’s visit to French Embassy to pay respect/sign condolence book. That was some somber moment with chosen words from William. It was very much the right thing to do with Kate in black before arriving at her engagement in a bright cobalt dress all dolled up (she looks pretty by the way/curls and all).

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  14. I think it is very brave for W/K to even leave their home, quite frankly. Especially to public events and to each go solo, shows, to me, even more courage. They have "exposed" themselves to possible danger for years just by being who they are and going forth. I give them kudos for facing all those crowds like they do and all those thousands of cameras.
    I think if I were in their shoes, I'd probably be a hermit.

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    1. They're safer than most other people, they have armed bodyguards who will shoot back :) and sacrifice their own lives to protect their subject, not to mention cleared emergency exits so they can always be ushered out quickly and an armed police escort to take them to one of the safest, best protected buildings in the country. The man on the street is a greater target for terrorists these days because it's what strikes the most fear in the general public, the "it could have been me" mentality.

      I am so glad William decided to go to the match tonight, he did a wonderful job and it was a very touching tribute. Very important to see him there representing Queen and country :) Well done!

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    2. Anonymous in Colorado17 November 2015 at 21:20

      I completely agree! It's a strange world out there these days.

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    3. Yes, the bodyguards will shoot back-after shots have been fired. A little too "late then.

      I don't understand the almost angry tone of some comments. Almost like an attempt to counteract all
      the efforts William and Catherine have made.

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    4. I didn't have an angry tone at all, just pointing out the obvious that any high profile dignitary is much safer than the average person in the stands. As I said in a previous post, the goal of one of the terrorists in Paris was to get into the stadium and provoke a deadly stampede. The regular citizens in the stands are the ones who suffer in that case. Dignitaries will always have an extensive security detail and most importantly a cleared emergency route for their use only to whisk them out safely.

      I don't begrudge any high profile person their security, it's absolutely necessary, and that includes William and Kate. And as I said in my prior comment, I think it was a terrific move for William to change his schedule to attend tonight, a great show of solidarity with France and a show of courage to his own countrymen that terrorists will not make us live indoors and in fear. But in this new age of war we live in, the everyday person is the prize target for terrorists.

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    5. I think at this point they're probably neither safer nor more endangered than we are. Yes, they are possible targets but so is the general public these days. Yes, they've got security but you're never 100% safe. Probably none of us feel truly safe anymore but you just can't spend your everyday life thinking about it.

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    6. Anon 22:58, I am so in agreement with your statement. Even in this time some can not leave the criticism and just see the positive of what Kate and William are doing. There have been directed threats against the Royal family so I agree it must be difficult for them to go out at all, but they do. At least no one is specifically targeting any of us directly.

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    7. For the average person, it comes down to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. For a dignitary, the best security and security measures will only go so far if he/she has a target on his/her back.

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    8. Just the way they fortified the apartment at KP.
      Bomb proof windows, glass-shattering proof curtains, and who knows what else, makes them very brave just for being them and still living daily life.
      At St. Andrews, William's room also had bomb proof windows and a bomb proof toilet and who knows what else.

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    9. Claudia what you said is spot on! Thank you

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    10. What good is all that fortifying in Palaces if the Queen in BP can awaken to find a stranger at her
      bedside? If HM can be threatened like that, how much more so the Cambridges.? All the fancy security
      measures indicate just how high the threat is. All it takes is the momentary distraction of a PPO and
      someone who is willing to die to achieve his goal. As royalfan said the last post-imagine living with
      that on a daily basis, with two little ones at home. No one "signs up" for that. Besides, someone said
      the threat to the general public is greater than to William and Catherine-so no "she knew what she was
      getting into" argument, please.

      When is the last time one of us awakened to find a stranger at the bedside? (uninvited, of course).....03:33

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  15. The belt looks clumsy. Bit of a minimal look without a necklace, a bit stark. I, for one, am finding her dress sense a tad tedious now. Sorry!

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  16. I think that the handmade quilt is a superlative Idea.
    Each child can know that someone cared enough to make that for them with love. They could conceivably have those their wholes lives. Very sweet. Very nice.
    A very special "blanky

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  17. I just purchased these earrings in 18 Karat gold and two other items in gold plated silver. The most awesome part was FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AND 10% OFF for first time customers!! Kudos to the jewelry designer for such a great promotion.

    Loved these earrings and the Leaf earrings!

    I am a bit tired of seeing the Duchess in BLUE. she should give blue a rest and pick other colors.

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  18. Charlotte how do you know if the earrings are the SOLID gold version or the PLATED gold version? :)

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    1. Helo Lekheeka,

      The jewellery experts believe they are the plated version. I don't think we can be completely certain though :)

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  19. Tedi in California17 November 2015 at 20:16

    It was lovely to read about Adam, Emily and Sian. Each one of them has overcome emotional traumas, and are helping foster children in immeasurable ways. What a wonderful way to pay back. Thanks for the great post Charlotte.

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  20. Good to see Kate smiling...I'm à french girl, i have lost two friends who were at the concert and i need to read fun stuff and to forget pictures from horror...
    I like her dress, magnifique !

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    1. Stephanie, I'm so truly sorry for your loss.

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    2. Oh Stephanie! I'm so immensly sorry to hear about your loss! I can't imgaine how you feel! I agree that we now more than ever need the fun and frivolous things in life! Take care!

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    3. Stephanie, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers to you and all of the families and friends of those souls. Please take care of yourself. Susan

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    4. Sending love to you and sorry about ypur so sad loss catherine looked beautiful and the press thing it will get better xx

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    5. It's a stark reminder that we never know what's going to happen and I understand why immersing yourself in frivolity helps.

      I have got to believe good will win out.

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    6. I'm sorry Stephanie. My thoughts are with you.

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    7. hugs to you Stephanie. Glad you are here. xo

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    8. Stephanie. Our prayers are with you. xo

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    9. Stephanie, I am sorry to hear about your loss, too. It's good to have places (like this) to escape the harsh realities and grief life can bring.

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    10. So terribly sorry, Stephanie. My prayers will be with you and the families of your friends. Words cannot express how horrible this loss is. The terrorists must be stopped!

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    11. My deepest condolences, Stephanie!

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    12. Stephanie, you have my sympathy for the loss of your friends in that terrible attack. May you feel comfort and peace in time. With my condolences, Marci from Utah.

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    13. Stephanie, We are all thinking of you, your friends, your country.

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    14. Tedi in California18 November 2015 at 08:59

      Dear Stephanie,
      I am so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. What a nightmare. Sending love.
      Tedi

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    15. Thank you so much for your messages and help 🙏

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  21. Love the photo of the Eiffel Tower. Beautiful.

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  22. I think that Kate will really let her children use the quits that were gifted to them, just like she used the crocheted set that their nanny, Maria, gifted to Charlotte.

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  23. My future mother-in-law works with the Hertfordshire fostering, and while she's not as big of a royal-family fan as I am, but I thought she'd be pleased to see the Charlotte's coverage of the event so I sent her the link. I think she'll be pleased!

    It's so nice to be able to share this kind of supportive coverage of Kate's events, as it's so well done and well balanced with things like HRH's clothes and other aspects of her life. I don't comment often, but I always read the posts. Thank you, Charlotte!

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  24. She is an inspirational woman to me, but feel free to disagree :)
    I think she is really doing something that may become her "mark": helping children, in many ways. Fostering, mental health, sports... She will become what people expect her to be: a hard working consort. She just need to take her time, in my opinion. It's nice to see her blossoming in her role.

    Having said that, I can't agree with people saying she looks good. To me, she looks worn out and pale. I worry about her. And even though I really like the dress, I don't like the belt with the dress. Maybe another belt.

    I don't know if you feel the same way I do, but I miss her style from 2011, early 2012. She used to be always dressed impeccably and her style was absolutely awesome back then. But now I'm almost wondering if she is the same person or a clone was put in her place. Because I would never ever have had any interest in her if she dressed herself like that since the beggining. I still have hope she will come back and dazzle us like she use to. Style wise, she has become utterly boring.

    Teresa from Paris and all the French ladies and gentlemen who read this blog, I just wanted to express my deepest condolences. Having French blood myself (my great grandfather was from Saint Jouin de Marnes, Deux-Sèvres), I pray that you can overcome this situation the best way possible. My prayers and best thoughts are on your way.

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    1. Massive sympathy to those in France. We just hope and pray it doesn't happen again, in France or anywhere else. I don't feel safe in the UK.

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    2. I totally agree. I find she looks wan of in these recent outings and not as polished. Her belt is tired and I am wondering if noticing these details is just not a priority for the Duchess as she was not totally interested in fashion prior to her marriage. I completely appreciate her lack of interest in clothing, it isn't for everyone but then please hire someone to catch these details! I also thought the earrings did not compliment the dress, rather competed with it.

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    3. Like many of you, I am fascinated by the Duchess's clothes choices. I am not sure if her style has changed THAT significantly, though, thinking back to clothes choices she made pre-George. I think that she does have different priorities now; and would perhaps rather spends the time playing with her children rather than spend hours trawling the net for clothes and accessories, meetings with designers, exchanging emails etc. It was interesting to read some time ago about the huge number of emails the Australian milliner Jonathan Howard, maker of the hat Kate wore to Anzac day, exchanged with Kensington Palace about the hat design. 'More than 30 emails were exchanged, finished samples sent to the Palace for consideration and approval, along with colour swatches too'. I think Kate does have a definite idea of how she wants to look. I read some years ago that she isn't particularly fond of her legs as considers them too short; she doesn't seem to wear formal trousers for engagements. She does seem to be very conscious of her body image, and lost the weight very quickly after the births of both her children. I think that's a pity, she would still look very attractive if she was larger. I would like her to be more adventurous in her clothes choices. I thought that her clothes on the Canadian tour lacked a bit of imagination, she wore a lot of dresses of a similar design; the Catherine Walker grey dress looked like an office outfit.

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  25. I really liked Kate's look today. I must say, if I were the royal dresser, getting out today's frock, I would see a lot of cobalt blue and black dresses in her closet. The dress fits beautifully and suits her, I just wish she would wear some other color! Looks like Solani could be a good choice for the upcoming tour- this dress fits Kate's taste and body.

    Vive La France!

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  26. I love both looks on Kate. Her suit is gorgeous and was very appropriate for the condolence book signing. It seems to definitely be her go to look as someone else pointed out in the comments.

    I quite agree with Marny that without the belt on the dress it looks a little strange without a belt on the model and on Ms. Mulligan. I think it needs the belt to bring the look together and would agree it might not have been the best choice but it looks good. She looks great in the look and that snorkle blue color really seems to be her go to color as of late. Lots of ways she wears it.

    Thanks Charlotte for the post and can't wait to see updated pictures. I too hope that Fostering Network becomes one of her patronages next year. It has been quite some time since she has added a new one.

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  27. The style of the dress suited the Duchess well and it was nice to see her wear an Indian designer. I wish she would wear more Commonwealth designers at times that aren't linked to a tour.

    I must say my first reaction was "not more of this blue". While it looks fabulous on her, I think it's time to mix it up a bit.

    I can't understand the belt. The Duchess is usually very 'matchy' with her shoes and bags. The blue belt with black shoes is off ( I made a similar comment about the Erdem dress). Also you can see that the belt has been worn on another notch. I am absolutely not criticising anything about her size by saying that, my comment is that it looks unpolished and should be retired.

    I really wish the Duchess would mix up her colour palette, particularly her accessories. A nice silver shoe would have worked with this dress. The day she wears some fabulous coloured shoes that aren't black or the exact colour of her outfit, I will be stoked!

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    1. I agree completely with you I don love the belt, and the suit its ok but the hair was messy, I think she should reconsider her style choices lately

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  28. The colors of winner's outfits are blue red white, the French flag's colors.

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  29. I think that the dress is beautiful, but I prefer it without a belt (or with something a bit more fun, like one of the Kate Spade bow belts). And the look for the signing was very appropriate. Very much looking forward to her next outfit.

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    1. The Kate Spade bow belt would have been perfect, I agree.

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    2. My take on the belt issue: at the last minute, the belt did not fit. A substitution was made. Maybe this one
      had more notches. Simple, really. No stylist required. If her focus had been on fashion instead of
      family and causes, she would have had a dresser (valet for some royals) and a stylist on hand with
      remedies. Of course, the added expense might be criticised......33

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  30. Anonymous in Colorado17 November 2015 at 21:27

    Our close friends are foster parents & we can't speak highly enough of the importance of fostering. Brava to the Duchess for highlighting this organization.

    I honestly haven't been wowed by her sartorial choices since the State Banquet but there's no denying that she looks polished & lovely at every appearance, no matter what she wears.

    Finally, my deepest condolences to those in Paris & to the French people. I can only imagine how sad you are (the rest of us are mourning with you), but you are showing the world France is not broken. Peace for Paris.

    xo

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  31. I love the look - the vivid blue color of the dress, the belt, her hair, everything. It's superbly put together. I like the suit for the condolence signing also.

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  32. although i live in the usa i was so sadden by the paris attackes i cried i know how the must feel after living through the attack on the twin towers in the us it is brutel and crule i am praying for everyone in paris it is really sad that you can no longer to go out and enjoy your self without being frightend as for kates dress i love it don't really care for her belt or her hair thanks for the great post charlotte

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  33. Kate looks beautiful! I love the dress and love the color! I have always loved her hair pulled back, but still not a fan of the bangs. Thankfully hair grows. :) Her smile speaks volumes after the sad past few days.

    Thank you Charlotte for including the award winner's stories. They are beautiful kiddos. I got a bit teary-eyed reading about the challenges they have overcome. I have several family members that have fostered children which led to adoption and it is such a beautiful way to open your heart and love others. I'm glad Kate has chosen give her attention to Fostering Network.

    I think it was a very kind gesture for William and Kate to sign the book of condolences at the French embassy. I love the suit she wore and love that it still looks great on her. A very classy look.

    Thanks for the post Charlotte. Looking forward to see Kate at the conference tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening!

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  34. Hello everyone,

    The post has been updated with more photos and news from the England V France match.

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  35. Tedi in California17 November 2015 at 22:25

    Very moving tribute at game tonight. So glad William was there to participate.

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  36. So sad to hear of losses from people on this feed. I hope you know our thoughts and prayers are with you at all times.

    On a lighter note, I love Kate's look. Very youthful, feminine and classic.

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  37. Paola you're so right about the colours! Thanks for pointing out that detail. I was focusing on the dress which I think is lovely & hadn't picked up that the blue is the colour of the French flag. Nice touch. The suit she wore to the French embassy is very chic & a favourite.

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  38. I saw that Kate did another event after the Fostering one. An event on behalf of William.

    Cepe Smith ‏@CepeSmith
    CC 17/11 DssofCamb, on behalf of DofCamb, this evening attended a Dinner for the Defence and Rehabilitation Centre at KP State Apartments.

    This was probably a last minute rescheduel so William could do the FA event. Good to see that she stepped in!

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    2. I doubt it. William does "alot" of these events that never have pictures. Both meetings but also "smooze and greets" which I assume this one was. But I might be wrong.

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    3. No, you are probably right :-( Maybe we can assume she didn't change and wore this dress.

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  39. As always, beautiful coverage Charlotte. I am so happy that the Duchess is finding a place to make her mark and lay the groundwork for her future involvement with charities and organizations. She seems to have found her niche and its wonderful to see.

    I do like the dress, the color looks nice on her but I'm not a fan of the belt. I'm not a huge fan of belts to start with but I definitely think she could have chosen a different belt if she was set on wearing one, it felt clunky to me.

    It's beautiful to see the Duke & Duchess offer their condolences to the people of France. It's such a tragedy and very heartbreaking but I truly believe that the people of France are bruised but not broken, it is not a quick recovery but they will rise from this - much love & prayers to France and all of her people.

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  40. Love the "v" in the back of the dress. The perfect detail.

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  41. Huge fan of the black suit, hose and suede heels, looks age-appropriate, occasion-appropriate and very stylish on Kate.
    Not so much the blue dress. I love that color on Kate but this dress looks huge and bulky and frumpy on her. Not a fan of the belt either, doesn't look like it's supposed to go with this dress.
    We continue to pray for safety for our friends in France and England and send prayers of healing and comfort to the victims of the terrorist attacks.

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  42. As always, the blue is a beautiful color on Kate.

    My main thought from this post: 10 years and 2 children, and she still fits into that slim suit - amazing!

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  43. hmm I love the dress im happy and moved by French people who are brave ad always thinking positive thoughts I truly believe that the people of france are bruised but I know they will recover and rise again in the situation much love and much prayers to all france all of her people

    Theresa glad your ok my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Stephanie sorry for you loss
    charlotte I love the post they looks so lovely
    one question I love her dress and coat they are so nice and classy looking forward tomorrow engagement

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  44. I'm in the minority here but I don't think that suit fits her properly. The jacket is too short for her.
    Erininnyc

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  45. Question how does one know for sure who made her pumps? The shape and stlyle is not unique? Or is it? A label on the sole or a truly unique shape is one thing but most shoes are so similar that I am not sure on how these ar IDed?

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  46. Gosh, just after half past seven in ther morning here in Germany and I´m already crying my eyes out watching a video of Wembley stadium singing the Marseillaise! I was lucky to be able to spend several months working and living both in France and Britain - years ago, I have to say, but still, I remember vividly to this day how members of both nations liked to "bash" each other. To see this kind of solidarity was truly amazing and touched me deeply.
    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Paris, in France, and whereever people are affected by these horrible terrorist attacks.
    All I know is that you can´t fight the whole world. Even Hitler couldn´t (thank God for that). And that´s exactly what´s starting to happen right now with the terrorists. If we all stand together they won´t win.

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  47. Charlotte, this is a great post. Thank you for all the detail. Love your blog always. I like the Indian designer dress very much. The black suit is always a good choice for the Duchess.

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  48. Charlotte, because of the time difference I often get a notification of a new post while on my way to work, and it takes a lot of effort not to read it until I get home. I always love your posts but there is something about this one that has struck a chord. It must be the subject matter. The images from the football game and the stories of the young people connected to their foster care experiences has made me teary. I must move on to the frivolity of fashion before I cry again.

    I love the dress and the nod to the upcoming trip to India. And I don't mind the belt; I would have worn a belt to break up such a vivid colour. But I would have chosen a different belt. I wonder if Kate chose this particular belt because the gold buckle coordinated with the gold earrings? Definitely something I wpuld do. Kate and I are fashion twins as well as birthday twins!

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  49. Teresa, it has been so hard to watch the news about the Paris attacks. We are so sad for your country, but we know the French are fighters and will come back from this stronger than ever. Why can't the world give peace a chance?

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  50. PS Love Kate's blue dress, different belt however.

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  51. I thought the new blue dress was lovely, it is a perfect color Kate and I like the texture on the fabric. She was so at ease with greeting each table, it's clear that children and youth definitely seem to be her calling and I'm so happy that she also includes and focuses on some of the aspects that tend to be swept under the rug with hospice, mental health and foster care.

    I'm looking forward to the upcoming holiday picture ... any idea of when it will be released?

    Ohio gal

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  52. I am a bit tired of seeing her in these knee-length dresses, she seems to have worn so many of them lately. She wears a particular design of outfit , and then seems to replicate it before moving onto something else.

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  53. I am saddened by the fact that as soon as I see a picture of this lovely and kind-hearted young woman, I can immediately predict the criticisms (that hair! those hemlines! that color/pattern/style dress!) that will be leveled against her. Maria V

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    1. Maria, I don't know how that could ever be changed while we are on this earth. It seems to be a part of human nature for some reason. Perhaps we all have an innate gestalt. Happily, Kate is flourishing in spite of our critiques.

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  54. The way you did the shopping guides is SO cool. How did you do that??????? :)

    I am SO impressed. AND, your selections are all winners in my book. Love the pearl earrings at Kohl's.
    how accessible is that? They are everywhere here in the U.S. it seems. Do they actually have Kohl's in England and Europe? Who knew?

    As if shopping wasn't fun already. You have made it way cool also and even easier. THANKS again Charlotte.

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  55. That was supposed to be on today's page. 11/25/15.
    DO NOT ask me HOW it got on this one. lol
    I don't have a clue. :)

    15:37

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  56. Thanks for the post! Kate looks beautiful, as always! I'm so glad that she's into stuff such as fostering. :)

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