Sunday, 27 December 2015

UPDATED: Kate in Michael Kors for Sunday Service at Sandringham

Hello hello, we hope you're all enjoying the festivities and have had a wonderful Christmas! We had an unexpected Kate appearance today.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined members of the Royal family for Sunday service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate.


William, Kate and Prince Charles chatting outside the church.


William and Kate celebrated Christmas day with the Royal family at Sandringham house before welcoming the Middleton family to Anmer Hall and later reportedly joined the royals for the annual Boxing Day shoot. The Middletons were not at church this morning, perhaps enjoying quality time with George and Charlotte.


After the service, the royals stopped to chat with well-wishers and smiled as they chatted with locals. There's always a fantastic turnout from people in the Norfolk area when the royals are staying on the estate over the holidays.


Kate looked delighted to receive a bouquet of yellow flowers.


More from the Telegraph on heightened police security checks for well-wishers:

'Officers carrying bodyscanners even checked a little girl and a baby in a pram as all arrivals were subjected to extensive searches. Experts who watched the scenes outside said the extent of police checks at the Queen's Norfolk home was "unprecedented". Unlike on Christmas Day, the Sunday service is not considered a public appearance by the Royals.
 A spokesman for the Queen said: "This was a private attendance. The Queen continues to worship over the festive period." There were smaller crowds than there had been at the Christmas Day service, when around 1,000 well-wishers, some wearing festive jumpers and Union flag fancy dress, lined the roads for hours.'

Her Majesty the Queen leaving after the service.


Prince Philip walked with the Princess Royal who was festive in a red coat.


Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall also sported a chic coat for the service.


The Duchess debuted a new suit today. This is a very elegant look for Kate; the tailored fit of the jacket and the length of the skirt suit her perfectly. Unfortunately, photos of the front of the suit are not available (should that change the post will be updated).


Following quite the search the talented Janet Evelyn discovered the suit is from the Michael Kors Collection and originally shared the information on the What Kate Wore Facebook Page. The Virgin Wool Plaid Blazer is described as a "vintage-inspired equestrian silhouette" with notched lapels, long sleeves, four-button closure and plaid knit print. The piece is reduced from £1090 to £763 at StyleBop. Kate wore a black turtleneck underneath.

Michael Kors

The Guncheck Wool Trumpet Skirt is crafted from heritage guncheck wool with the trumpet silhouette offering a flattering feminine fit. The slate/claret piece originally retailed for $995 before being reduced to $228, and is almost entirely sold out.

Michael Kors

The print is also featured in the brand's Check Wool Pencil Skirt.

Michael Kors

The look is from the Fall 2015 Collection; below we see it on the runway.

Michael Kors

When running through the list of potential designers for the look, I considered British heritage brands and the possibility it was bespoke, however, I didn't consider Michael Kors. Looking back at the stylish Indigo Twill Jacquard Swing coatdress by the New York-based designer which the Duchess wore for ANZAC Day during the spring 2014 tour, it's rather easy to see the connection between the pieces. Another outstanding design by the brand.


Kate wore her Lock & Co. 'Fairy Tale' hat.


Kate has had the hat for a few years now and has worn it on several occasions. It's one of her best and frames her face beautifully. The piece originally retailed for £245. Below we see Kate wearing it during St. Patrick's Day in 2013.


Kate wore her Aquatalia 'Rhumba' boots again today; they're a fantastic option for the current season and add a stylish finish to coats and suits. As we mentioned before the brand have discontinued the Rhumba but suggest the 'Raine' boots as a substitute. They are currently discounted from $650 to $273 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Aquatalia

Kate accessorised with her Catherine Zoraida Fern Hoop earrings.

Catherine Zoraida

It was a lovely surprise to see Kate today and her ensemble looked stellar. I expect the Cambridges are looking forward to ringing in the New Year next, and it is thought they will celebrate at either Anmer or the Middleton family home in Bucklebury. We'll be back with our annual Year in Review post :)

177 comments:

  1. Love the hat, but I don't like the colour of that outfit. Greyish and boring.

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  2. Wow Zara looks amazing!

    I don't care for what the Duchess is wearing - too old-fashioned.

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    1. Not old fashion.....its country classic. Love it.



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    2. Aside from wanting to pull the front of her coat down to cover the dress, I agree! I love black and white with a splash of red. She reminds me of a sloppy Maxima -- a bit over the top but when she gets it right she really looks nice.

      And someone needs to put a BOLO out for Kate's bum. It's gone missing! I wish mine would go missing, but it persists on staying no matter how much I beg it to leave.

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    3. Love her outfit. Very classic and the color is great. Ali

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    4. I'm with you, Virginia. Classic all the way. I love it!

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    5. I love everyone's comments. I thouroughly enjoy this blog. I am ill and I can't begin to tell you how delightful it is to read your comments, look at the beautiful Duchess and fashions, and of course HM. I love how she dresses as well! May 2016 bring happiness to us all.

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    6. Julia from Leominster28 December 2015 at 15:27

      Monica, best wshes to you and hope improved health finds you quickly in the new year. When the world has gotten a bit too much for me at times, I find looking at photos of Kate here, or the queen's jewels over at the Jewel Vault or even royal hats a comforting escape for a few minutes.

      Bluhare, I can remember when I could wear a suit like Kate's without so much as a bulge front or back - those days are well gone now - oh well...

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    7. Prayers for your recovery and wholeness Monica.
      God Bless you.

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    8. Monica, hope you get well soon, with the help of this blog keeping your spirits up! Out of today's photos, my favourite is the one of the Princess Royal with Prince Philip. I really enjoy seeing how she has something from both her parents in her appearance.

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    9. Tedi in California30 December 2015 at 14:41

      Monica, hope 2016 brings you health and happiness. Feel well again soon.

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    10. Rose from Montreal Canada31 December 2015 at 03:15

      I am joining others in wishing you a speedy return to good health Monica. I am so please that you can enjoy this sighting of our favourite Duchess with us.

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  3. What a joy to see new photos of The Duchess of Cambridge today! I really loved her look on Christmas Day but I have to say I like more this look: it fits her figure perfectly. I think Kate looks less fatigued than the last time we saw her, I hope she's enjoying the festivities and her time with family :)

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  4. Hi. I love these suprise posts/ sightings. She looks lovely. I think she may have given her hairdresser the day off. Her hair looks like it used to before they married, not bad just not as 'styled'.

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    1. Agreed, Anon 17:25! It's not a criticism, but today she didn't see the need to fuss over a hair style. I suspect that getting it straightened is enough work on its own ;-)

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  5. Usually I love what Kate wears but this suit looks to old for her. I could see Camillia or Sophie wearing the outfit.

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  6. Not a blue tie. Zara looks great. I like the fit of Kate's suit and the colour. I dont mind dark in winter - it is the season. And today Anne has a brooch and a different jacket. Like the jacket but not the skirt. Glad they all walked the church today. Takes the focus off the private time and speculation about Boxing Day. Good PR.

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    1. Zara is too much for me, but I prefer the lenght of her skirt and coat. Zara is a granddaughter of the Queen and a mother but she's not afraid of showing her legs. Good for her. Shame Kate's skirts and dresses are getting more and more longer.

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    2. Justyna, two different women with two very different roles in life.

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    3. Amen RF. Zara has a history of being less than conservative. She is also freelance and not titled or on the Royal duty roster.

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    4. Julia from Leominster28 December 2015 at 15:33

      I like Zara's coat but not the hem sticking messily out and I would prefer it a bit longer frankly. Still I'm happy to see Zara having missed her at Christmas.

      To me, Kate's suit is country perfection and I love the length. It's one thing to show a bit of leg in a glamourous evening gown - but going to church! A very smart suit on Kate. I too thought Really Wild but Michael Kors does do wonderful tailored clothes.

      Anne looks the proper country lady to me - love seeing her walk with her dad - and delighted to see the Singapore brooch on the queen.

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    5. I don't know a brooch by the name Singapore. Can you provide a link to a picture of it, please?

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    6. It was only just identified Anon 02.47

      http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.se/2012/10/the-gold-filigree-brooch.html

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    7. Thank you, Rebecca! I do know that beautiful brooch. There were a lot of efforts on the Royal Jewels Board to identify it, and I recall that its source was recently made known. Just didn't recognize the name. All the pictures I have seen of the Queen on Sunday were from the back or side. I'm glad to know she wore the brooch.

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  7. I love this new suit. Finally something different, nice pattern. I hope it turns out it is a Really Wild creation. I think they make some really nice piece of clothing.

    I think Zara's coat is also great. Nice treat to see them again.:-)

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  8. i really like kates out fit today it was perfect for this time of year it fit her beautyfully hope we get to see the front of the jacket thanks for great suprise

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  9. Lovely to see a unexpected outing of the family. Its a little bit more casual for Kate but I do not like the outfit that she chose. Its far too old and matronly looking for her. Love the hat but not the clothes. Maybe the jacket with a different skirt perhaps.

    KiwiNic

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  10. At first glance I thought this was the outfit that Kate wore at an event with William shortly before their breakup. But I see their just similar.

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    1. That was my thought as well!

      I think this is very classic Kate though. Her go to hat, her go to boots, and a basic coat or suit. I have to say that I love how amazingly british country it looks :)

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    2. The minute I saw this outfit I thought Really Wild Clothing!:) I have been shopping/browsing for Christmas on their site, (dreaming mostly:) & add that outfit to her hair & it brought back so many memories of her Single/Dating Days:) I love this outfit because it feels like it's so very authentically Kate! I love British Country Clothing Personally, & She is a Stylish British Country Girl at Heart:) Love It!:)
      Rebecca - Sweden..... Can it be that we are thinking alike again? Merry Christmas :)
      Cheers,
      Becca USA

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    3. Tedi in California30 December 2015 at 06:50

      I absolutely agree, the suit is perfect. The country English girl look. To quote William S Gilbert,
      "Go search the world and search the sea,
      Then come you home and sing with me
      There's no such gold and no such pearl
      As a bright and beautiful English girl!

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    4. And William would concur. :)

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    5. Sarah from Calif.31 December 2015 at 19:05

      Tedi in California, love the quote, perfect for Kate !

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  11. Kate's suit looks very like the one she was wearing to the races years ago just before her and William split up?

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    1. Yes. It certainly does. Very much. I don't know that it is the same one but very likely could be. I am going to google that and find out.

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  12. Deliah, Florida USA27 December 2015 at 20:11

    I also very much like the look of HRH outfit today!.Very classic! I have a question....do the Royals attend church on a regular basis or just on specific holidays? This is not a slam or anything, I am just wondering. Here in the US many of us attend services weekly.
    Happy New Year all, and may God Bless each of us.

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    1. I can't say with certainty, but I doubt that any of the "younger" royals attend church on a regular basis. I think we would see more photos, but there are private chapels in several of the Queen's residences, so we'll probably never know for sure.

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    2. The Queen attends on a weekly basis. Don't know about anyone else.

      This week, they have attended for the Christmas Day Services and the weekly Sunday service

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    3. The Queen attends every sunday. The rest, we don't know.

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    4. Deliah, Florida USA28 December 2015 at 10:45

      Thanks ladies! Another thing I love about this site.....always so much helpful information. XO

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  13. What a lovely surprise! I know HM enjoys having the family together for the holidays and I think it's wonderful they all attended church with her this morning. Kate looks beautiful and I love the fit of her suit. I REALLY love Zara's look! Very classic and festive!

    Thanks for the surprise post! :)

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  14. I love this sunrise post! I didn't think that we would get one for a day or two more, but glad to see that they went this morning! As always, I like Kate's outfit, but this one was not my favorite one that I have seen, but it still looks wonderful on her! Thanks for getting the post out so quickly after this morning. Hope that we can see Will and Kate soon, with George and Charlotte. :)

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  15. So glad that we got to see them again with a surprise, thanks for getting the post out so quickley. :) As always I like Kate's outfit, although it was not my favorite one that she has worn, it still looks beautiful on her. I hope that we get to see Will and Kate again really soon, with George and Charlotte! Again, thanks for the post!

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  16. As others have pointed out, dark colours in winter and muted classics for the country seem entirely appropriate. Very British. Also, I think that Catherine is well aware that it is HM who must take centre stage on these family occasions. I think she is quite content to blend into the woodsy background.

    I liked all of her choices over the weekend. On a beautiful woman with her complexion and colouring, the toned-down palettes are very attractive. I often find HM's choices too startling. Yes, I realize that's because she knows people want to see her; however, the dust and dusk wintery shades are quite lovely, too.

    One more thing, I prefer the Fairy Tale hat worn the way the model has it. It's perky and would have taken Catherine's look to a jazzier level.

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    1. Good point about the hat, Philly. You made me take a second look and I see what you mean.

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    2. I agree. On trooping Kate is pastel and Christmas Kate is mute and all between events with the queen she stick to those as well while the queen wears solid colours. I highly doubt that is by coincidence :)

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    3. Agree about the hat Philly. It would pop more like that.

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    4. I think Kate is honoring the Queen by not trying to take center stage with her attire.

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    5. Maggie - Minneapolis28 December 2015 at 02:05

      Sometimes I feel like people are ascribing too much in regards to Kate's thinking when picking clothing. She wears solid, bold colors with the queen as well - see the red McQueen that she's worn twice with the Queen, along with the teal blue dress and coat she wore with the Queen (and then just repeated for the ICAP charity event), and that blue coat dress she wore to the train station with the Queen and Prince Philip (that Princess Mary had worn before too). Sorry, can't remember the designers for all of these. I think Kate just happens to wear a lot of pastels in general (which is unfortunate because imo her skin tone makes her get washed out by pastels, whereas jewel tones are perfect on her). And this isn't meant as criticism - I don't think her clothing choices really ever risk detracting from the Queen, but that's because I think what she specifically wears usually has very little to do with how much attention she gets vs the Queen at an event. She is a young, pretty woman who is married to Diana's son. She's going to get a lot of attention. The Queen is the Queen, she is going to get a lot of attention. But Kate's first state banquet - she wore a dress that blended in with her surroundings, but that didn't stop her from making front pages over the Queen, even though the Queen obviously played a bigger, and more important role in the state banquet. The public wants to read about Kate, so the media will find something to write about her, even if she tries to dress to deflect attention so the Queen gets more. Which again, due to a small sample size and Kate's love for pastels in general/several occasions she hasn't worn pastels around the Queen, I'm not sure we can say she does.

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis28 December 2015 at 02:29

      Also Kate didn't even do the walk with the Queen - I highly doubt "outshining" the Queen is a concern for a private family outing. And I even more highly doubt that what Kate is wearing will determine how much attention she gets vs the Queen....from their own family! :P

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden Kate was much bolder when she was in her youth and around the Queen. Think back to events when she was a newlywed (i.e. Bakers station) her skirts/coats were shorter and more bold and fun. I think Kate has been easing into things and what her sense of "style" is.

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    8. I agree Rebecca.

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    9. I understand and agree with you Maggie that we probably think alot more about her clothing than she does. But I have to say, all the instances with the Queen that you brought up was when they were doing engagements together while I was talking about the bigger family occasions. She was a bit more daring the first year but after that (maybe after seeing how much focus was placed on her) she has gotten into a kind of formula for those events. Yes, she wears alot of pastels all the time.. but I've noticed a pattern within the general royal family to have more subdued colours around the queen. Tropping is usually alot of pastels while the queen in in Yellow or Turqouise or something else. Christmas is a bit more mixed. Also thinking on the Christenings, most of the family wears neutral-ish colours while the Queen wears a more pronounced one. I think their clothing decision IS made to encourage visability. Especially with the queen. And for an occation like trooping they want the queen to be visible among alot of people on a far off balcony. So I don't think it's by chance that the queen usually have a popping colour while her family is more subdued.

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    10. Maggie @ 2:29, I can almost hear Diana laughing over that one. :)

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    11. Julia from Leominster28 December 2015 at 15:42

      Motives, or no motives, aside,I like Kate in gentle earth colours. Her brown hair and hazel-green eyes suit those shades very well. I don't mind her in pastels at all either. It depends on the shade of the individual outfit. I still follow Colour me Beautiful guidelines - they may be a bit rigid and don't need to be adhered to precisely but they do show why some colours work better on people than others.

      The queen has always made a point of wearing bright hues to be seen, although I quite like her in softer colours too - she is very petite and the brights make her stand out. But Kate is quite tall and I don't think she has to follow the queen in that respect.

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    12. Kate seems to take thought to her outfits and so I agree that she tries to not outshine the Queen.
      I also believe that the outfits of the Queen and the other principal family members to be attending, do coordinate their outfits. Not unheard of in PR.

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    13. Anon 16:03, I agree. I think they do plan colors ahead of time, whether it's to avoid a certain color(s), or to keep it neutral and allow someone else to stand out.

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  17. Thanks for the surprise post today! I like Kate's outfit today a lot better than the green coat on Christmas.(the more I see that green coat, the more I dislike it). Anytime kate wears something a little "different" I am a fan. In this case, the skirt is very interesting. And the jacket would be very versatile to wear with other pieces such as jeans. Agree that these boots need to be added to the bin that includes the nude sledge pumps and the navy cork wedges.
    Princess Anne looked good until I finished scrolling down and saw what was on her lower half. Zara's coat is very cool. Would Kate ever choose to debut a coat like that?. I think not, and it's a bit sad really, that she has gotten so conservative, But she still always looks nice and has good taste.

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    1. I liked this outfit for the same reason, Barbara. Its different and interesting. The fit is wonderful and she looks great in it. The construction of the skirt looks fantastic with multiple gires and panels. I love a great midi skirt with boots too.

      I thought Princess Beatrice looked wonderful as well. She was wearing a fabulous pair of boots.

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  18. As one of the "old biddies" here, I think I've seen this suit or its close relation in almost every decade before this. Anyone concur? My 1930's Nancy Drew mysteries had illustrations of the girl sleuth clad in this same style which I wore in the early 1980s in red and grey wool plaid . . .
    I like it. It's nice to see the family out to church and cheerfully greeting the folks lining the road.

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    1. Marci, I concur. It, to me, is timeless and classic, not "old fashioned". I would wear that outfit now, gladly.

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    2. To me it looks like what you see in a british hunting/country magazine. So it fits right in with going to church in the country in my mind :P

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    3. Hey, Marci. Thanks for the reminder of Nancy Drew. Timeless and classic says it perfectly. Though I didn't see the 1930s I had a suit that was similar in a splendid tweed during the 80s.

      I think it's nice to mix it up. Longer skirts with boots are wonderfully warm in what's probably a chilly church. Bonus, you can wear thick tights or winter warm-wear which you can't with shorter skirts. Plenty of time for those in summer.

      And please, dahling, you are not an "old biddie." You are timeless and ageless. A significant difference.

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    4. I admire the Japanese culture for the way they respect the mature people in their families and society. The words "old biddy" and the mindset behind those words would be shunned no doubt. There are other cultures that also highly esteem people of acquired wisdom and experience. Many, sadly, do not.

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    5. Thank you, Philly dahling! "Ageless"--I'll take it!

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  19. Hi! I was there today and it was such a nice suprise to see Kate will and Harry at church on this Sunday as they haven't ever been all together!!! xx

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    1. you were WHAT??????

      HOW did you manage that????????

      :)

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    2. Please elaborate 20:52z

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    3. Can you tell us how she looked in person and what your general impressions were?

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    4. I am thinking the same thing! How exciting! Did you all notice that not one person was trying to take photos of the Royals. I wonder if cameras and/or phones are forbidden?

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    5. They said there was very tight security so perhaps photos were not allowed.

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    6. Hmmm. Me thinketh someone might have been pulling our leg.

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    7. @ Anon 15:52...me thinketh you are correct. :))

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  20. Kate looks amazing! Love the pattern of the tweed suit, looks great with her boots :)
    Maria

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  21. Sarah from Calif.27 December 2015 at 21:51

    God Bless us and them everyone !
    Kate looks lovely, hope everyone can rest after the hustle and bustle.

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  22. I love Kate's suit. The longer length skirt really looks great on her. On a side note, there was a pic of Princess Beatrice on the Daily Mail's article on this same subject and can anyone identify her boots? They are gorgeous.

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    1. I was wondering the same thing! Her coat and boots were really gorgeous.

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    2. DITTO-- I actually came here looking for an ID on Beatrice's boots.....anyone know?

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  23. I enjoy how much she seems to fit in with the Royal family. One can easily imagine that they are a close knit family and she clearly is part of it.

    Love her outfit and hat.

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  24. What a treat to see the entire family going to church...again! Kate's tweed suit is very appropriate for the occasion and location. She definitely isn't trying to "wow" anyone and I admire her for that. Tweed is so very British, especially in the country. :-) I'm not a fan of Zara's bold plaid coat. IMHO, it's more suitable for the city.

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    1. I agree Daisy. love the puppy.

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  25. Kate first wore the acorn brooch in 2012 at the Diamond Jubilee luncheon, according to WKW, on the same pink dress she soon wore to the Queen's garden party.

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  26. Such an elegant suit and it looks wonderful on her. The skirt is a fascinating bit of tailoring. Zara looks awful. It's a country church not a bar crawl. Loved the Princess Royal's look until I saw the bottom half but she's never been a fashion plate.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis28 December 2015 at 01:54

      Greybird, your experiences with bar crawls must be quite different from mine :P

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    2. I noticed the cuts of the skirt as well Greybird. It's more intricate than I thought!

      Zara is very Zara, I don't mind :) Same with Anne. It's very them :)

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    3. I think Zara is very Zara because Anne is Anne. IF that makes sense. LOL.

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    4. funny, Maggie. Maybe Greybird was thinking of circus instead.

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    5. Exactly RF. If your mom has style usually you will also if she has gently taught you so you don't get exasperated and rebel. I am surprised that Zara has ever had a successful outfit considering
      Anne's influence even through just osmosis.
      (sorry Anne)

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    6. I like Anne's clothes and I like Zara's I think their clothes fit each of their personalities wonderfully. Ali

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  27. I think I wore that suit in the 80s! Congratulations, Marci, for remembering Nancy Drew wearing it. :-) I like the suit, but I thought Kate's slim green coat on Christmas was especially elegant with the green hat, hair up, pretty boots. The Queen is also dressed down a bit today. But Zara must have worn what she would have liked to wear if she had been at Sandringham on Christmas. She looks very nice.

    A beautiful closeup picture of Kate's acorn brooch has been posted by Anna N. on the Royal Jewels of the World Message Board:

    http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/msg/1451135677.html

    I love the gold veining and the acorn pearls, and the silvery leaves seem to wear sparkling diamond dew drops. I wish the palace would tell us the provenance of the brooch.

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  28. lovely hat! Happy New Year Charlotte!

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  29. Maggie - Minneapolis28 December 2015 at 02:24

    This was a private outing, and with those my policy is usually that unless Kate (or any public figure) looks like she is about to keel over or have a mental breakdown, I don't think too much about what she is wearing or how she looks. But in this case, I can't help but comment because the look really surprised me, because it was so different, yet so familiar, i.e. for post-marriage Kate, this seems so new, but for pre-marriage Kate, this is quite classic. And this particular suit fits her very well, and the design is quite nice. I wonder if the suit is new or not - it's clearly been tailored recently, but it's quite possible she's worn this often before, given how much time she's spent in the country both pre-marriage and post-marriage.

    I have to say, I don't understand people's issue with the length - length alone does not determine if an outfit is old and dowdy-looking. And this is an outfit for church! Also, I think the longer skirts befit her position - that Jonathan Saunders blue skirt she wore in Dundee was too short for my taste and I like that in general she seems to be going away from that length. If she wants to be taken seriously for her work and not her clothes, then she shouldn't be dressing "cute" and "young." She needs to be dressing like a professional working woman in her thirties, and I don't know many professional working women who dress in skirts of the length/style of that Saunders skirt for work. Yes, she has great legs, but that doesn't mean the focus should be on them instead of the causes she is trying to bring attention to. In a perfect world, wearing a short skirt wouldn't mean the focus is on her looks and her legs instead of what she is actually doing, but we don't live in a perfect world. And Kate spends very few of her days in public (I need Moxie and her stats here! :P), so she has plenty of days off to wear whatever length of clothing she wants. Basically, I think the longer lengths, if done properly, make her appear sophisticated and professional, rather than schoolgirl-ish.

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    1. Julia from Leominster28 December 2015 at 15:46

      I sgree very much Maggie. There is ample room for glamour at night but by day, I prefer a professional look.

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  30. Kate wore a similar outfit to the Cheltenham races in 3/2007. It was a brownish color. Then she wore the same silhouette to those races, perhaps reusing the skirt but pairing it with a light blue Jacket and paisley scarf and brown beret. This is a different outfit today I think but similar silhouette.

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    1. That outfit with the light blue Jacket, big scarf and brown beret was beautiful and there are some amazing photos of her in it if you google Kate at horse races 2007. There are a couple that are museum worthy IMO.

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    2. I thought of that outfit too as it is in the same style and flatters her so well. Looks like the perfect English country ensemble. They both fit her really well and look amazing.

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  31. Did anyone else notice the lovely striped scarf one of the spectators is wearing? It's in nearly every photo. Wow; she sure wears it well. She's wearing the Canadian Hudson's Bay iconic colours.
    See this link for the scarf: http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/hbc-/bq-2015-hbc-coats-accessories/brushed-striped-scarf-0082-f15hbau334--24

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  32. I do not care for Zara's look, the coat is too short and her dress shows underneath. It's just a bit too "loud" and large a check. With that red hat it is over the top, Just my 2 cents- "are you wearing the outfit or is it wearing you?" applies in this case.

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  33. no missing Zara. didn't like her "outfit" at all.
    (sorry Zara)

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  34. Midi skirts are all the rage and have been for about a year. Kate's skirt fits perfectly in line with the midi trend and her suit seems perfect for a wintry English day at church, as well. Lovely!

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  35. I thought Catherine looked lovely and really like her suit as I said earlier but one thing that struck me on the shots posted on this blog is that she appears to be either very tired or not feeling well. Did the photos strike others that way?
    Everyone looked a bit subdued and it may just be the results of too much Christmas and time for a down day at home:) ali

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    1. I mean, isn't church rather early? Add to that having had the holidays and maybe done something on boxingday, and a bit tired makes sense. Also.. wouldn't surprise me if she had a cold. Don't everyone this time of year? :P

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  36. hmm I love the little surprises the royals are doing there expected things I know its not public outing her majesty really great with cream dress the duchess looking chic in rocking the country vibes

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  37. Wow, I would NOT have thought Michael Kors. I thought as many that it was Really Wild Clothing or some other local, brittish, traditional brand. Colour me surprised! :)

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  38. I'm giggling at the Michael Kors update considering some of the complaints about the length of the skirt. Not only is the suit perfectly appropriate, but it's current as well.

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  39. I love the pattern and the colour of Kate's suit, and I also like the blazer. The shape of the skirt, however, makes this outfit old-fashioned if you ask me. Now that I have seen that there is a pencil skirt too, I would have preferred that one.
    What I also would have liked is seeing a bit of leg (in tights most likely at this time of the year) in between the skirt and the boots. It's just a matter of personal preference but I don't like it when all you see is booth and then skirt.

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    1. I like the skirt to cover the top of the boots! Maybe Kate also acquired the pencil skirt. If so, she also has a workday suit to wear with pumps.

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    2. Oh, I don't like to see stockings in between the skirt and boots. It breaks up the line to me.

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    3. That would be really nice. Hope she also got the pencil skirt.

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    4. The discussion about which skirt is "modern" cracks me up. They are both classic skirt styles, and the pencil skirt has been around since Dior first used it in 1940 (see http://sew-simple.com/sewing/pencil-skirt-history/). I think our views of whether a style is "old fashioned" or "modern" are shaped in part by when we first saw them and who was wearing them. When I was growing up, mothers and grandmothers wore pencil skirts. My friends and I avoided them like the plague. Now the fashions I grew up with are "old," and my mom's wardrobe is "fashion forward." Go figure.

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    5. Oh Becky I agree with you. It's just that I am just 20 years old, so let's say I have been looking consciously at what people wear for about 5-8 years. So I don't have these associations with what generations before me wore.
      It's funny though now I think of it - when I am shopping with my mother, I sometimes find something nice and then she finds it too old-fashioned for me. That might indeed be because her own mother wore it too so she does have that association :)

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  40. The style of Kate's suit certainly matches the Michael Kors, but it appears to be a different check and color. His designs are great for her. The coatdress she wore in Australia fitted her better than anything else she wore on that tour. This suit is fun, and she can pair the jacket with jeans if she wants a more casual country look.

    When we designed for Kate the first time, I suggested rather similar choices for her, including a midi skirt with boots, and a riding jacket with pants! Nice to see her combine those styles.

    The photo of Kate with hair up illustrates how much better the shorter length is for a chignon. Her Christmas look was perfect. I am not crazy about the underdone look with the hat this time. Butt I expect it was easiest to manage in the country. It would be interesting to know whether a hairdresser came to her for Christmas.

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  41. I noticed that right away Ali. Harry seems to be looking back at Kate with a look of surprise and concern also. Kate's sparkle was missing today and she seemed pre-occupied. Everyone else did seem subdued also, except Zara. All she needed was floppy shoes and some balloons to hand out to the children and her outfit would have been complete. :)
    (sorry Zara).

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  42. Nicole from France28 December 2015 at 17:23

    nice surprise to see the family walking to church again ! I did not really like Kate's outfit, well the jacket is smart but that skirt .... oh my ! very cleverly cut, yes, but she looks like miss Marple's sister !!! It seems she just does not have any more fun in choosing her clothes , and that's sad, indeed ! and please stop talking about the "serious working women" who should all dress the same in dark colours to be taken seriously ! a working woman is taken seriously if she works properly, whatever the clothes ! have you all noted that she hardly wears belts now ? anyway, she did do the job very well for this Christmas, nobody could deny it ! I had the thought that she might be thinking she could not be present next Christmas because of pregnancy .... why not ? I read she wanted at least three children, despite the difficult beginnings she has, so ....

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    1. I agree , her clothes seem so uninspiring these days.. Perhaps this is on purpose as we focus on it too much? I think there will be another baby within the next two years! I wouldn't be surprised if they have a fourth child :-)

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    2. Nicole from France31 December 2015 at 13:27

      I have been thinking the same, TiredAussie , but even if she wants less focus on her clothes, still she could wear more elegant and youg things .....

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  43. Princess Beatrice's boots very seriously droolable (can be seen on Daily Mail). Anyone know the make?

    Marie-Hélène

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  44. And so,

    We're the Middletons at Amner Hall or not?
    Pheasant shoot or not?
    Anyone know?

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  45. Kate's outfit is so quiessentially British country gentry attire. Classic, Iconic, lovely. Church modest yet very attractive.

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  46. I so want to know the provenance of Kate's brooch and if she received any bling for Christmas from William or her parents.

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  47. Deliah, Florida USA28 December 2015 at 18:25

    Sara from Canada: re the BIG scarf- I think she is a protection person-

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  48. I have to agree with MD above. This skirt is much more ageing than the pencil skirt which would be much more age appropriate. I really don't know any 33 year olds who would opt for this style of skirt

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    1. Well, not many 33 year olds with be the Queen of England. :)

      I thought this was a classic and timeless choice for the occasion. And the suit was worn in place of a coat, which makes the length quite appropriate.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis28 December 2015 at 23:05

      I think it's important to remember that nothing about the British royal family is modern or current - it's based on a very old-fashioned institution. I mean, until very very recently, women couldn't become monarch unless they had no brothers! Their lives are based on many atypical traditions that most people their age don't partake in. So I don't know any 33 year olds who would opt for this style of skirt either but it's just because I don't know anyone who is British nobility or royalty. Diana never really seemed to adapt to the nobility/royalty country living, including their style, but Kate has never been one to do anything too radical as either a royal girlfriend or wife (except for taking George to Bucklebury after his birth). She's always seemed to err towards trying to adapt and become like nobility/royalty in her lifestyle.
      Anyways, mostly I just think it's important to remember that Kate isn't the typical 33 year old, especially when going to church with the Queen of England.

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    3. Kate wore this exact same length of skirt in 2007. She was also with someone that day, it may have been Chelsy Davey who was also wearing this length. This outfit is timeless and is not aging. Also look around and you will notice that the longer lengths are trending

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    4. Well call me Grandma cause I am 27 and I would wear that skirt. Although I do prefer the styling of the Michael Kors model than Kate's interpretation.

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    5. Hee hee have to laugh cause I feel Catherine slaps a belt on everything and the one oufit that I really felt could use a belt based on the models wearing she did not:) ali

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    6. Very funny - reading the comment and wearing the same length and very similar style (intricate seems, etc.)/texture/colors skirt :) I'm 36, had the skirt in my closet for a few years, and prefer it during 2-6 coldest weeks every winter, when it drops below -5-10. Very good option if you are slim, tall enough, with the right boots and accessories. It has certain vintage vibe and very elegant

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  49. I love Kate's suit. She wears it well!

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  50. Another miss for me. She is not a 50 year old matron. She is so beautiful it's a shame to dress like an old grandma. That up do looks like WWII. I prefer Kate in bright colors.

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    1. hahahaha!!

      What is old and stale today is fresh and youthful tomorrow.

      -wise old sage, date unknown

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    2. I can't help laughing over the reactions to Kate's skirt! With all those seams and gores, the styling is definitely avant-garde. I can't imagine that such an experimental midi skirt would look good on a plump middle aged matron, or any older lady unless she is very slim. It does remind me of the 1980s, which were a time of change that was reflected in a rather bohemian approach to clothing. Perhaps Kate was remembering the era in which she was born. She certainly does not look old.

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    3. oh Bluhare stop.... you are too much, lol, lol, lol.

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  51. I do not like this suit...not at all. Even on an older lady, which it looks like it was made for, it would not be attractive.

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  52. Very classic look & the midi length of the skirt is right on trend - they're all over the runways so I expect plenty of women in their 20s & 30s will be wearing this length. Also love the tailoring in this outfit.

    The royals have a tradition of wearing tweed in Scotland including Diana. There's the suite of honeymoon photos at Balmoral with her wearing a tweed suit with a blouson top.

    Best of all it's good to see how relaxed & happy Kate is with the rest of the RF. She's become very much part of the family & that's important for the future.

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  53. Hello HRH Duchess Kate community, I have a tangential question about the York sisters. When I was reading about the Royal Christmas tradition, I somehow clicked on an article about Princess Beatrice. The article was quite negative, tallying up her many vacations since she resigned from her job at Sony. The article cited sources that detailed how jealous and resentful the York family is over Kate's position. It also talked about how rarely the York sisters interact with W&K. The focus of the article was mainly about Beatrice, so it sort of implied that she, not her sister, is the real trouble maker in this tale of Royal Resentment of the Commoner Who Will Be Queen. Is that the general perception? Is Eugenie the industrious one, keeping her head down, working at her art gallery in NYC, while Bea flits around the world with her boyfriend, sunning and skiing, fuming that Kate is getting all the glory, clothing allowance and good press?

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    1. I do not follow the York ladies to know what they do and when, but in general, I do believe Kate's presence (before and after her marriage) has been an "issue" for them. They are blood princesses whose parents have had complicated lives and have not always been the most popular members of the family. And Charles has been doing his best to downsize the firm.

      And along comes Kate who has been a covergirl type from day one as William's girlfriend. She is admired for all the things that they struggle with, and will be Queen one day. They wouldn't be human if there wasn't "something" that bothered them about it. But I tend to think it is more of an issue for Beatrice. I don't know why, but I do.

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    2. Everything else aside, I can tell you that it's very common for people not to interact with their cousins outside of required events. Not because you don't like them, but its just the family dynamic. I have always been very close to my cousins, almost like brothers and sisters, but my husband's side is just the opposite. The York sisters appear to have little in common with W&K, so they can't be expected to be fast friends.
      Other than that, I have one comment on Beatrice..."Like mother, like daughter"

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    3. I agree RF but think if anyone can make the most of the situation and contribute peace it is Kate.
      (I still think that Beatrice wore that obnoxious hat to W/K's wedding because Sarah was not invited.). Kate definitely has her work cut out for her with the Yorks.

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    4. right on about that "hat". And the make up also.

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    5. Don't get me started on Beatrice...................

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    6. Deliah, Florida USA31 December 2015 at 00:00

      Totally agree, it's in Kates nature (the way she was raised) to make the best of this situation with the Yorks. They were not given the foundation HRH has. pitty.....that said, HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Looking forward to 2016 and all the awesome posts here. Huge thanks to you Charlotte. What an amazing place this is to come and read, learn & laugh.

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    7. The outfit Beatrice wore to W&K's wedding was lovely, but the hat, well, it was the fashion version of a DNA test.

      But all kidding aside, if it was intended to make a statement as Anon 4:10 suggests, then it was in poor taste (literally!) to do so. Do what you want at your own wedding, but don't make it about you at someone else's.

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    8. Nicole from France31 December 2015 at 13:36

      Zipzipzippy, I quite agree with you, and according to the infos we can get (that "curtsey problem" from Kate when not with William to the York sisters .....) , and I feel they always tried to bully her a bit .... just remember their hats at the wedding, exact copies of the hats of the naughty sisters in Cinderella ... a "pied de nez" as we say in French, to Kate seen as the Cinderella of the RF by them, who are princesses by blood .....

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    9. so happy that nothing, not even a "vindictive" hat, put a damper on that wedding. It stays successful in our hearts and in the pages of history.

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    10. One ace Kate has up her sleeve is that she will be Queen and have even more jurisprudence over the Yorks in the future. They had better watch their p's and q's.

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  54. Hmm can beleive. Its micheal kors question charlotte when will be william and harry interview itv the queen looks lovely in cream

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  55. I am in love with this outfit.
    The fit and tailoring are perfect and the accessories make it oh so elegant.
    There are not many people who can pull this look off so well.
    For me, even if I had the money to own this entire outfit and the figure to wear it, I simply don't have (and never will) the right occasion to put it to good use! :-)

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  56. I absolutely love this look! It's timeless and that skirt length is very much in style again right now. I'm 31 and would wear this if I was long and lean like her. Very timeless and chic. I think the pencil skirt would look dated with this. Isn't it interesting we all have such different opinions?! :)

    I have to say, I would have LOVED if she wore this with the fur thing and belt like in the photo from Michael Kors. With the right hat, that would have looked amazing! I'm sure that would have drawn more attention than she seems comfortable with, but it really popped the way MK styled it.

    Charlotte, I've loved reading your blog all year. Thank you for your time and effort!

    -Jessica from Los Angeles-

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  57. I wanted to share one other thought. I don't know where the rest of the commenters are in life, but I also have 2 young children. My oldest is 4 months older than Prince George and my youngest is 4 months younger than Princess Charlotte. My oldest is a little delayed, so cognitively she's 8 months behind, which makes the gap in my kids effectively like what Kate and William have.
    I. Am. Exhausted.

    I often see people comment on Kate looking tired, and I think these people either don't know what it's like, or don't remember. Kids are wonderful and bring so much joy, but they take everything you have to give and then demand more.

    Yes, she has a nanny. But a nanny won't be there 24/7 the way Kate has to be. Perhaps Maria helps during the day, that means Kate is getting up with Charlotte at night. Will needs to be well rested for his job, so I wouldn't be surprised if Kate does the night feedings for that reason. Let's say Maria takes night feedings, then she'd have time off during the day to accommodate for that. And toddlers and babies are VERY demanding. Juggling one's time between a toddler and a baby is hard and exhausting. I know, I do it all day long. Even now, we're visiting my parents and have 4 adults for the 2 kids. I still spend my day caring for them or at least constantly monitoring that their needs are being met. A mom's job never ends.

    When I look at photos of me holding my oldest as a newborn and my youngest as a newborn, I definitely see more lines and darker under-eye circles in the second set. And they're only 2.5 years apart!!

    I think it would be nice if people understood the wear in their faces. They have a rambunctious toddler and a baby. im sure it won't happen, but I think it'd be nice if everyone stopped talking about how old and tired she looks and instead celebrated the fact she's caring for her kids!!

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    1. I so agree, Anon 17:54. A few days ago, a pair of young parents in my family breathed a sigh of relief when a knowing aunt picked up their one year old and took him to watch a Christmas special for a little while. They are especially careful, active, loving parents. But they both have jobs, and the little one is waking often in the night with his teething problems. They admit to feeling exhausted. I can't imagine what it would be like if they added another baby very soon.

      You are so wise to recommend that the Cambridges be given credit for what they are doing! They looked so happy, though a bit tired around the eyes, on Christmas. By Sunday, I thought the holiday stress had gotten to them to some extent, and they both were showing it. We don't know what else might have been going on in the extended family, but their own family Christmas was no doubt hectic!

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    2. Yes, Anon, it would be nice. :) I do recognize that they have help and Kate isn't the average mother, but I also believe she does put her children first and does as much as she can on her own. Having access to help does not mean she takes advantage of it as much as some people suggest.

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    3. Amen dear sweet young Mom of two @ 17:54. My heartfelt empathy goes out to you, sincerely.
      I thought I was going to lose it I was so sleep deprived and generally exhausted. I only made it through those days through the grace of God as I was also caring for my husband who was recovering from an injury. No one can tell me miracles aren't for today. Here is a prayer that God send you strength, wisdom, encouragement, patience and a HUGE sense of humor and miracles everyday. xo. Thank you so much for sharing. And you are right, we do need to give Kate more support.

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    4. Why do the Cambridges deserve credit for what they're doing? They have staff and aren't doing any more than the rest of us do! My good friend's neighbor just had twins -- and took them home to their 28 month old twins. And she doesn't have a full time nanny and housekeeper either. I don't know how she does it. My coworker just had a baby, after working 40+ hour weeks until three days before the baby was born, and she has a two year old at home with no live in staff although she does have a cleaner. She's got the luxury of being able to take the time off to be with her newborn as her husband has a good job; we don't expect her back for 2-3 months, but she'll be working part time from home during that time. Yes, I bet Kate is tired if she's as hands on as they say, and I have no reason to doubt that. But let's not put her on a pedestal for it!

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    5. Anon 17:54, a word of encouragement.... This is only a short phase and it will pass! I am a mom of 4 kiddos and had them in a span of only 6 1/2 years, so I completely understand the exhausted state. My older two are 19 months apart and I can remember literally collapsing at the end of some days. George and Charlotte are a little over 21 months apart, so I know it's tough. Although Kate has help, its got to be difficult at times juggling being a mom and the future Queen of England. I think she has done well finding a balance between the two. Another aspect to consider is Kate's age. While being almost 34 is definitely NOT old (oh to be 34 again), she's not shy of 21 like Diana was when William was born. I am an older mom and I definitely feel it some days. :) William and Kate (especially Kate) are doing beautifully IMO!

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    6. Well said Anon 17:54, very well said. Have a happy new year and a little rest!
      I wish a Happy New Year to every poster and reader of the blog, and, of course, a great Happy New Year to our Lady Charlotte!

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    7. I understand what you mean Bluhare. Although, I think both Kate and all other parents deserv credit for what they're doing. Just because someone has is worse than you (there always are!) doesn't mean that stuff isn't hard. And on just the "physical look" for example. Kate has still born kids and had HG, it is gonna a take it's toll no matter how many nannies you have.

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    8. I think Kate is doing a superlative Job also Kate.

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    9. I don't think the mom of two sets of twins thinks herself worse off than Kate, Rebecca. I don't think my coworker does either. I just don't understand all the lauding of Kate when she has more at her disposal than the rest of us put together, and four hours a week is considered working.

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    10. Thank you, Paola, and Happy New Year to YOU. :)))

      bluhare, I do not believe that anyone here is putting her on a pedestal, but if that is your interpretation of it, I think it's fair to ask why you feel the need to knock her off of it?

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    11. To all the moms who are equating their own tiredness with Kate's, let me tell you that your situations are quite different. You simply cannot equate your exhaustion with hers. And I say this as a mother of 5 year old twins. When I had my children I had numerous people come and help me stay: parents, in-laws, aunts. They cooked and cleaned and held the babies for me. And I had a nanny from 5 months on when I went back to work. I know what exhaustion is. My friends who had twins, had no help - zero. I had friends who had no parental help but did have a nanny 6 weeks onwards. A third set of friends, on the other hand, had twins + 2 year old, and had TWO nannies, TWO nightnurses and the 2 year old went to preschool several hours a day.
      Everyone was tired, yes. But not to the same extent. It is simply NOT true that if you have help you will be as tired as someone who does not have help. Someone who has a mother/in-law/housekeeper/chef to cook meals and clean the kitchen/bath and fold laundry WILL NOT be as flustered and as stressed as someone who does not. Someone who has nightnurses to get twin kids in sync will not be as tired as a couple that do not.
      I understand that of course Kate is tired and is trying to be as hands on as she can but really. She does not have to cook, grocery shop, make beds, clean up after people, do/fold/put away laundry, etc. etc. hundreds of minute things that take away each ounce of our energy.
      She can, if she wants, stay in the nursery and play with her kids all day long. The level of exhaustion is simply not the same as another mother who also works part-time but also has to juggle a household.

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    12. Just wait until those cute little ones grow up to be teenagers. I have four teens right now and I sometimes look in the mirror and say "who is that hag, staring back at me?" ;)

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    13. royalfan, I don't think any human belongs on a pedestal for going about their lives. Pedestals are for statues.

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    14. I am the Anon 17:54 (sorry, i thought I signed my name).

      It's interesting to see different points of view. I definitely don't put Kate on a pedestal, but I don't put anyone on a pedestal. Motherhood is hard, period. I can't imagine one set of twins, let alone two! But it doesn't need to be a competition. I think any mom is just doing her best to raise great kids into great adults.

      I do appreciate the encouragement from those of you that have been in my shoes. It's definitely hard, but I love my kids more than words can ever describe. Right now, I'm listening to my toddler giggling while my husband tickles her, and I'm holding my sleeping baby. Life is pretty great. I hope Kate is having the same moment wherever she is today! :)

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    15. sweet, Jessica. brought tears to my eyes. And, I also would wish the same for W/K.

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    16. Awhh, poppy shire. 1st. of all my prayers are with as you raise FOUR teenagers. :) 2. we are usually our own worst critics. I seriously doubt that you look anything like a hag.

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    17. fair question, RF. no fear of a pedestal for Kate here, at least not for very long. Most often borders on a tribunal instead.

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    18. Courtney from NC1 January 2016 at 05:26

      Obviously she has more staff than most of us. They afford her a comfort not many of us know. However she also has hardships many of us do not know. I have had hyperemisis and the year after you give birth is just as tiring as pregnancy. Your body is trying to get back its vitality and health. The number of household staff you employee doesn't change what your body needs. Putting Catherine on a pedestal is just as foolish and throwing her under the proverbial bus. At the very core she is the same as every one of us. Human.

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  58. I love the Michael Kors suit on Kate and think it's quite appropriate and classic for a winter day walking to church. I like the detailing on the skirt with how the fabric is used to create interest and consider it to be a lot more interesting than just another pencil skirt. Probably a lot more comfortable for Kate too, both during the walk and as she greets the folks waiting outside (and bending over to talk with children and people in the wheelchairs). Looking forward to seeing her new outings as we enter the new year. I think it will be interesting to see the clothing choices for the trip to India too. -- Ohio Gal

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  59. Tedi in California31 December 2015 at 19:01

    Happy New Year Charlotte, and to our family of posters. Hope 2016 brings health and peace to all, plus lots more fun following Kate, William and their family.

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  60. A happy, healthy, and safe new year to everyone. :)

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