Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Royal Tour Spring 2016: Indian Designer Possibilities & A March Engagement Announced!

Continuing on with our Royal Tour 2016 series we're taking a look at Indian designers we may see the Duchess elect to wear during the Cambridges upcoming tour of India and Bhutan. Whilst I think we'll very much see Kate sticking to her tried and trusted designers, such as Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham, we do know she likes to give a nod to her host country through her sartorial selections. You'll remember the two lace dresses by Canadian designer Erdem Kate wore on her first overseas tour in 2011. It heralded the beginning of a fashion relationship that continues today.


For the royal tour of Southeast Asia in 2012, Kate wore separates by Singaporean label Raoul for daytime engagements and paid another sartorial nod when she selected an elegant purple and white printed dress by Singapore-born designer Prabal Gurung for a state dinner given by the President of Singapore.


During the 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand Kate wore the very pretty Roamer Day Dress by Australian brand Zimmermann.


In New Zealand, Kate opted for designers she has already worn with ties to the country. The Duchess opted for a teal Emilia Wickstead coatdress - identical to one she has in pale pink - and repeated her Rebecca Taylor navy 'Sparkle and Tweed' suit as the family bade farewell in Wellington. Both designers were born in NZ.


The Duchess has proven herself more than adept when it comes to sartorial diplomacy. At this point, with roughly six weeks to go until the tour kicks off, preparation for suitable attire will be very much in the planning with a multitude of considerations being taken into account. The climate will be a major factor when assembling the wardrobe, with average April temperatures around 32 - 40 degrees Celsius (not incredible temperatures for many of our readers, but given our climate in Britain it's going to be quite hot for the Duchess). There will most likely be a variety of pieces encompassing high street, designer, and bespoke.

I've spent quite a while researching Indian designers and the fashion industry in recent weeks and one option jumped out at me as a possibility for several reasons. One of India's foremost designers, Ritu Kumar holds the status of a revivalist in the Indian fashion industry who has successfully bridged the gap between traditionalism and modernity. Born in Mumbai, Kumar's career began with four hand-block printers and two tables in a small village near Calcutta. From there she went on to be the first woman to introduce the ‘boutique’ culture to India under the brand name ‘Ritu’. Today she has outlets in all major cities in India as well as Paris, London and New York.

Ritu Kumar

When Princess Diana visited Pakistan in 1997, just months before her death, she visited the Shaumat Memoriam Hospital wearing a 'shalwar kameez' by the designer. A traditional outfit, the shalwar are loose trousers with legs wide at the top and narrow at the ankle. The kameez is a long shirt or tunic, often seen with a Western-style collar.


Ms Kumar was recently asked if she met Diana:

'No unfortunately she cycled to the store in London at South Audley Street, and ordered the outfit she wore on her visit to Pakistan. I did speak to her on the phone but did not meet her. She was going to a temple and I was designing a sari for the event but she had an accident before that - a real pity.'

Indeed, one could say Ritu has a connection to the tour. William and Kate will visit the King and Queen of Bhutan during the latter stages, and she was chosen to create several pieces for the queen following her engagement back in October 2011.


The Queen Mother of Bhutan (pictured with Ritu below) commissioned a line from the designer to celebrate the inauguration of  the Royal Textile Academy in Bhutan. Speaking about it she said: "It's not often that I am asked to make a collection that has no commercial aspects, yet will be remembered for posterity. So I was very excited when the Queen Mother of Bhutan asked me to create a line to celebrate the opening of the new museum. A little nervousness was expected, but I was more excited about the opportunity I had. To create a culturally sensitive collection which opens one's eyes to something other than commerce is what makes this collection special."


Ritu attributes her success to "understanding the classical nature of Indian textiles which have had their initial base in this country and making them suitable to the ever changing needs of modern women, in their usage. I try to ensure that the aesthetics are retained in the modernising of the garment for the international and Indian context".


Ritu's designs focus on natural fabics, traditional printing and weaving techniques. The detail and craftsmanship is exquisite. Do any of you think we'll see Kate in a traditional creation? Perhaps a look similar to Diana's above, or a sari?  Below, a look several of the designer's latest looks.

Ritu Kumar

In 2002, Label by Ritu Kumar was launched in partnership with her son Amrish. Label uses the established forte of traditional Indian aesthetic to create fashion-oriented global products. There are numerous pieces in this collection I could envisage Kate wearing. Below, the Black Sleeveless Printed Crepe Dress (how gorgeous is the matching handbag?). We also look at the Red Printed Crepe Dress.

Ritu Kumar

The gorgeous Beige Printed Chiffon Dress.

Ritu Kumar

The Printed Crepe Short Dress in viscose crepe is a fabulous summery look with a straight fit, round neck and sleeveless style. I could see Kate teaming this with her wedges.

Ritu Kumar

The Green Gold Embellished Evening Dress, the Off White Short Party Dress and the Green Printed Crepe Short Dress would all look fantastic on the Duchess.

Ritu Kumar

The Beige Crepe Embroidered Dress is a stunning garment with delicate beadwork on top and a flared skirt.

Ritu Kumar

Four casual daywear looks.

Ritu Kumar

Indeed, back in January the brand suggested their Blue Printed Wrap Dress as an alternative for Kate's grey wrap MaxMara dress.


There's a collection of colourful and embellished clutches which would add a lovely finishing touch to Kate's looks.

Ritu Kumar

The second designer we're looking at is one we've all recently become familiar with. Just days after the royal tour was officially announced Kate sported the chic Martine dress by Indian designer Saloni for The Fostering Awards. This was no coincidence and showed Kate was considering possibilities back in November. The dress was 'very Kate' and a great colour for her. Will we see it again during the tour?


Born in India, Saloni Lodha studied in Mumbai and later moved to Hong Kong and London before returning to Hong Kong where she now lives. Saloni grew up in a traditional Marwari family and her love affair with textiles began at a very young age. The women in her community only wore sarees and her grandfather owned a fabric shop. When she first moved to Hong Kong in 2001 - then dominated exclusively by luxury brands - she saw a gap in the market for something more personal.

SALONI

She decided to start pop-up boutiques and sell one-off pieces of clothing made in collaboration with artisans back home. When she moved to London in 2004 she did a short course at St Martins, got some work experience and started her own brand. Saloni founded her brand SALONI in 2011.

SALONI

The London-based contemporary womenswear brand has been worn by international celebrities including Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Helena Christensen, Samantha Cameron, Naomi Watts, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jessica Alba. Below we see Princess Beatrice, Lily James and Michelle Obama wearing SALONI.

SALONI

Speaking about her brand, Saloni said:

"I always keep in mind my Indian heritage while designing but don’t translate it literally into our clothes. I think the way we as a brand celebrate bold colours and patterns is our way of bringing the spirit of India into the collections."

Saloni shares her journey on social media. Below, a photo from a trim-sourcing expedition in Hong Kong and nature colour inspiration she discovered.

SALONI

The Iris Halterneck Dress is a cobalt blue polka-dot chiffon dress offering an elegant take on the label's bohemian aesthetic.  The Aspara Dress is reminiscent of the Jenny Packham dress Kate wore when leaving the hospital with Prince George. The stretch-jersey dress is a very wearable and versatile piece.

SALONI

The Floral Midi-Shirt Dress has been crafted with sumptuous pure silk and boasts a scarf-like colourful printed design with a button-up silhouette and is complemented with an adjustable self-tie waist belt. The Feather Print Dress, the Pleated Drape Midi Dress and the Polk-a-Dot Bardot Dress all feature eye-catching prints.

SALONI

The Grace Polka-Dot Silk Dress and the Ruth Off-The-Shoulder incorporate classic silhouettes.

SALONI

The Split Detail Maxi Dress, the V Neck Handkerchief Dress and the Lace Panel Maxi Dress are feminine, floaty dresses. I think maxi dresses could be a great option for Kate during the tour and a fresh look for her - perfect with jewellery and sandals.

SALONI

The Mariana Tie-Front Jersey Dress is 100% viscose with a gathered tie-detail front and the very aptly named Kate Draped Dress is fully lined with an asymmetric hem.


SALONI

We've seen the gorgeous array of prints included in Saloni's designs. Four more striking looks include the Tilly Silk Tea Dress, the Alexa Guipure Lace Dress, the Bibi Guipure Lace Skirt, and the Leah Geometric Print Skirt.

SALONI

It's been incredibly fun learning more about Ritu and Saloni. I very much think they are the two most likely designers for the tour. What do you think? Which designs would you like to see the Duchess wear? We'll be looking at several more designers from India in part two of this series. :)

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Also today, Kensington Palace has announced an addition to William and Kate's calendar. On Friday, 11 March the Duke and Duchess will visit the mentoring programme of the XLP project at London Wall, which supports young people who are facing emotional, behavioural and relational challenges. Readers will recall the couple visited an XLP project in 2015 at Gipsy Hall.


More from the press release:

'XLP, a charity working to create positive futures for young people from inner London boroughs, has been operating its XL-Mentoring programme since 2008. The programme is focussed on at-risk young people aged between 11 and 18, who are facing exclusion from school, or at risk from involvement in gangs or anti-social behaviour. The young people taking part are referred to the project by their schools, pupil referral units, youth services and the police. They are then matched with a mentor – who commits to providing two hours face-to-face time each week for a minimum of 12 months.'

During their visit, William and Kate will have the opportunity to meet mentors and some mentees from each of the three London boroughs. They will meet a number of mentoring coordinators from around the country, who have taken part in the training.

I expect Kate's annual St Patrick's Day engagement will also be confirmed shortly.

133 comments:

  1. What a fun post! Most of these large patterned dresses I have a hard time picturing Kate wearing. It would be so fun if she would wear a maxi day dress like the v neck Orange one! The green gold embellished evening dress is gorgeous and would look fantastic on Kate as well as the beige crepe embroidered dress by Ritu Kumar. Thank you for letting our imaginations fly!

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  2. Anett -Austria1 March 2016 at 06:12

    Dear Charlotte!

    So good to wake up to this post! Love it! I think Kate has the advantage of knowing what types of engagements she gonna attend. The advantage that you didnt have still it is some awesome work you put together!! Maybe she will wear pants finally:-)

    I think these are all beautiful garments you chose, very lively, full of colours some looks really comfortable specially in that hot weather.

    Really look forward to the details and her choices for this tour!

    Also I agree with Julia and Rebecca, I think they suggested,the young royals had a tough week, we commenters had too, but all the discussion was very civil!!! We did great!:-)

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  3. Great post and fantastic research! One small correction needed .. you mentioned that New Zealand was the second leg of the Downunder tour, it was in fact the first :)

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  4. Tedi in California1 March 2016 at 08:53

    There are some exquisite choices here. I love Ritu Kumar's sari on the far left model, red with gold edging. Also the Saloni lace panel maxi dress. Really any one of them would work. I also loved the picture of Princess Diana in Pakistan, she looked lovely. Very exciting possibilities Charlotte, and as usual a great post.

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  5. Kate would look gorgeous in a sari. I can't wait to see her outfits.

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  6. Thank you for a new post! I really like the black sleeveless prainted crepe dress, the design and color of it is pretty cool. I would love to see Kate in a traditional sari outfit, but we'll see.
    Hopefully she does pick a dress that you choose Charlotte, so you know that the time you put into this blog really pays off. Especially if Kate got the dress idea from you!

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    1. That would be sweet Emily and wouldn't surprise me all that much as I think Kate is most likely aware of this blog through her PR team, maybe Becca even.

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    2. This site is so positive and informative on the Duchess, you would think her team reads it and the comments. It would help to get the peoples moods of the duchess.

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  7. Lots of pretty pieces and choices. I hope people don't get too anxious to see new stuff on Kate. I remember a lot of people were disappointed in the AUZ/NZ tour due to the lack of Aussie/Kiwi designers and numerous repeats. I'm predicting a few repeats from the South Pacific tour since they are similar in climate.

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    1. Yes, I think it's possible we will see one or two repeats from the SE Asian tour. I wouldn't mind. There are several I'd love to see again.

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  8. I would love to see the DoC wear a traditionally inspired dress. The red and gold Ritu sari on the right is gorgeous. In general, I like the deigns of the Ritu brand over the Saloni. While the blue color of Kate's Saloni dress was magnificent, I did not care for the dress that much. I'm really looking forward to seeing what will be worn on the upcoming Indian tour.

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  9. Hello everyone,

    The post is updated with news of an engagement for 11 March :)

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  10. Tedi in California1 March 2016 at 17:53

    Thanks Charlotte, look forward to March 11th and the 17th. On all the sartorial choices, any one of the gorgeous outfits would work. I still hope to see her wear a sari. She would look so beautiful.

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    1. She would very beautiful in a sari.

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    2. I agree. Would be a lovely sight!

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  11. I'd like to see Duchess again in that great blue Saloni dress which she wore in November :) I hope also for other dresses by this designer and Ritu Kumar, some of them - I think - are suitable for her

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  12. Julia from Leominster1 March 2016 at 18:55

    Who knows what Kate will wear but I hope she picks colourful clothes using Indian silks and cottons. I noted in the last post someone commented that Kate has so often been wearing subdued shades of late - that's rather the fashion for the young and fine at home - but India has such vibrant beautiful materials that I hope Kate makes use of them in some way.

    I love the Ritu Kumar clothes - the evening gown is particularly gorgeous and there are some day dresses that seem meant for Kate. Somehow, the Saloni clothes shown didn't seem as Kate-like to me as some, but I did love the blue one she wore - and it could be livened up with different assessories.

    There's also Needle and Thread which one reader suggested for Kate in one of the fashion features -even before India was announced. I looked them up and they have beautiful made-in-India cocktail dresses and gowns that are quite reasonably priced. That would be a great choice for Kate- she would look fabulous.

    Since there was a suggestion that the Indian press might down-play the visit, I hope Kate really does make use of the wonderful fabrics India is known for and gives the world an eyeful - like she did in Canada and Malaysia and Singapore - but didn't quite do in New Zealand and Australia (although she wore some very nice things.) For such a short tour, she needs to make an immediate impact - and I hope she gets her groove back. It would be great for both countries.

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    1. The Needle and Thread designs are divine. Beautiful use of colour and embellishment across the board. I'll definitely include them in the next post :)

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    2. Ritu Kumar is known for her out-of-the world wedding saris and formal outfits like lehengas and salwars. Her accessories like clutches are also very special and intricate. I have a couple of things by her - they are elaborate and wedding wear - not for daytime occasions and things I probably won't have an occasion to wear more than 2/3 times in my life. It would be amazing if Kate would pick a Ritu sari to wear for the evening party, but knowing her understated choices I predict that she will stick to styles and outfits she knows best. If she wears a sari or salwar I will be very surprised indeed.

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    3. Please keep suggestions coming for the next post. I know many of you are very knowledgeable when it comes to designers and all things fashion :)

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    4. I just looked up the Needle and Thread line, Julia. They are truly beautiful. The DoC would look amazing in many of their designs.

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    5. I just searched Needle and Thread and think some of their dresses (albeit lengthened to suit the occasion) would be great for Kate. They're beautiful and have a more youthful vibe than we're used to seeing her wear.

      I would love to see Kate in vibrant, jewel colors on this trip. I adore the Ritu red sari on the left. The Iris Halterneck dress dress is lovely, too.

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    6. Agree on all of it Julia of Leo :)

      Needle and Thread would be fabulous choice!

      DB

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  13. Those robes they were talking about were gifts, most likely from another royal family member, perhaps even the Queen, since one of the two companies involved hold a royal warrant. I am sure the Queen, having been princess and then Queen all of her life, would find that quality of robe quite normal. We don't even KNOW if they actually have them or kept them. It is an OUTSIDE report, meant only to try to cause trouble, in my opinion, since it came on the coat tails of Camilla Tominey's ridiculousness. If they did accept them, as they may have had to, those robes will last for years. Cost per wearing considered, quality is usually always a good investment as a gift or otherwise. The Queen would not want them running to the hall bathrooms in their undies at Balmarol, after all. It can be a bit drafty there.

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    1. The dressing gowns were made by Daniel Hanson who's based in Nottingham and the story is at least a week old, originally reported in his local paper The Nottingham Post to promote his new website. They were doing a piece on Hanson and his company to promote the new website, and to reveal he's pulling stock from the upscale stores and selling directly to the customer.

      He was mentioning some of his celebrity clients (he says Elton John orders dozens at a time) and added that he made wedding gifts for William & Kate, commissioned by Turnbull & Asser, official shirt makers to Prince Charles. (they are considered members of the Royal Household, W&K did accept gifts from the Royal household)

      Rebecca English must have been looking for royal news or saw the article and basically leapfrogged on the piece. So the original piece, with the news of the gowns for W&K, was a planned article on Hanson's new website, published at least a week ago, not meant to cause trouble at all, was a report on a Nottingham business.

      Anyone interested should read the original article, many of you might like it, he talks at length about how he chooses fabrics, silks, etc, quite interesting.

      Now back to tour fashion!

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    2. Thank you, Claudia. :)

      Here's a link to the insightful February 23, 2016 Nottinghill Post article she is referring to - http://www.nottinghampost.com/Meet-Nottingham-man-makes-Prince-William-s/story-28770090-detail/story.html

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    3. Thanks, I did read both articles.

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    4. Anonymous 2 March 2016 at 00:21, then this November 1, 2014 article might be of interest to you, too. http://www.nottinghampost.com/Nottingham-designer-Daniel-Hanson-chats-working/story-23877659-detail/story.html

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  14. I am also so very thankful for the respectful and civil discussions we have had. We have definitely had some labor pains along the way over the years but I think we have just given birth now to new era in the comments section. The blog has always been excellent, now the comments section has certainly come of age also it seems. Yay, it CAN be done. :)
    Charlotte you must be so relieved and elated. Thanks for putting up with us all all of these years.

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    1. The commnts have not only been polite, they have also usually been factual. And when corrections were needed, they have been offered in a simple and straightforward way. Congratulations to all!

      I had no knowledge of Asian designers until Kate's tours illustrated some of them. Thank you, Charlotte, for continuing to educate us. It will be very interesting to see what Kate wears in India.

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    2. 19:52, thank you so much. :)

      Your words make me feel like doing the Philly again, rap version this time.
      Feel free everyone to join in and celebrate this first day of spring. :)

      Are you ready? ... OK. ... Then - here - we - gooooo : 'T is the Night before Christmas / on Duchess Kate Blog / When readers are scrolling / their eyes all agog, ...


      Philly 23 December 2015 at 19:48

      ‘T is the Night Before Christmas
      By Philly

      ‘T is the night before Christmas on Duchess Kate Blog
      When readers are scrolling, their eyes all agog.
      Our parcels are wrapped and stockings are hung,
      And the long chimes of midnight about to be rung.

      Our houses now silent with all fast asleep
      Except we readers taking one more “last peep.”
      Royalfan in her kerchief and Julia in her cap,
      Are in no mood tonight for a long winter’s nap.

      Out in the ether there still is much chatter
      And a flock of anons are still having at ’er.
      The hair is too messy, the skirt way too short,
      The sledges are boring, and the jeans get a snort.

      The Duchess looks tired. Oh give her a break.
      She’s gorgeous in anything, for pity’s sake.
      A coat button pulling on a garment bespoke
      Or Corkswoon wedges make some people choke.

      Then others are here ignoring the comments
      Just relishing bags and jewels and bonnets,
      Or loving the glances between husband and wife
      And two little toddlers who spice up their life.

      Perhaps Charlotte’s added a last minute shot,
      Historical feature, poll or bon mot.
      Sure, morning will bring a procession to church
      But now we have time for “just one more” search.

      Are there pregnancy rumours or a marital spat
      Or is Bluhare finally eating her hat?
      Maybe there’s something somebody dissed,
      Whatever it is, it’s not to be missed.

      Maybe a Repli-Kate item to buy
      Or a tiara to view with a wistful sigh.
      It’s a wondrous addiction for most of us here
      Our crack, our wine, our spirits, our cheer.

      I laugh when I think it, in spite of myself,
      This dependence has spread through the Commonwealth.
      Tomorrow Charlotte will be back to work
      Offering us all perk after perk.

      Shots of the monarch, the family, the princess—
      Glamour, tradition and splendor of Christmas.
      May the royals in Sandringham and this family online
      Delight in a Christmas both merry and fine.

      And to Charlotte especially a wish for Good Cheer
      And everything splendid in a Happy New Year!

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      That - was - great, woohoo! Rebecca, video n°2? :) :) :)

      A Very Happy Spring Tour, err, Springtime to you, Charlotte, to all fellow commenters & indeed everyone!

      Thank you again for creating this marvellous blog & for being this extraordinary international community. :)

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    3. What a labor of love, Francis! That was delightful.

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    4. That Rap Never Gets Old!:) Charlotte I too want to echo about the diplomatic & respectful tone recently, especially when such controversial subjects & fodder presented themselves! Reading this new blog post today found me not only reflecting on how I feel your blog is The Best & Most Respected, as testament via the high number of comments regularly to your blog posts! I've shopped around & while all the Kate related bloggers are putting their best foot forward, I just think you are in a league of your own!:) I also feel you were paid a compliment today when Kate's Clothes corrected you re: the order of the NZ/Aus Tour! You truly are being followed & not impossibly by Kate's Staff!? Kudos to you!:) You'll always be The Best in my book!:)
      Hugs,
      Becca:)

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  15. Tedi in California1 March 2016 at 22:11

    Regarding the Robes brouhaha, they were wedding gifts. W&K didn't go out and buy them. It is this kind of inflammatory journalism that is infuriating.

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  16. O-M-G! I am absolutely in love with the Iris Halterneck dress. The color is beautiful and the layering is ultra feminine. Simply stunning. I love it!

    I do wonder if Kate will invest in a sari, or if she will choose pieces that are more versatile.

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  17. Tedi in California1 March 2016 at 23:01

    Manish Malhotra, Bibhu Mohapatra and Payal Singhal are all worth considering. Some of their creations are very beautiful.

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  18. One more thought... When this topic comes up, I cannot help but think that honoring one's hosts (or guests) by giving a nod to their culture via fashion is a predominantly Western custom.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis2 March 2016 at 20:03

      Many non-Western countries were colonized by Western ones, so for an Indian, for example, to wear British clothes, it feels a little different and harkens back to the days when they were forced to appear more 'Western' in order to gain respect and power, whereas none of that is true if Kate wears a sari. Western countries spent a long time calling the culture of non-Western countries 'savage,' and 'dirty', and other negative terms. They then tried to Westernize those nations as much as possible, because that was equated with making them "civilized." And in the process, they set back nations like India hundreds of years by enacting huge amounts of violence and terrible laws that prevented progress. So I can understand why the representatives of non-Western countries may not want to "honor" their hosts or guests in that way, when their nations spent centuries being forced to do just that at the expense of their own culture. Great Indian men were scoffed at by the British when they showed up to meetings in traditional Indian clothing, instead of western suits and ties. They were shown less respect. They were laughed at. So now, maybe it's more important for Indian women (or others) to honor their own countries, and their autonomy, by wearing their own culture's clothing as they wish.

      The world is full of things that deter people from feeling like it is okay to express non-Western culture. I don't think we need to be worried about whether or not Western culture is honored enough.

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    2. Maggie, I understand where you're coming from and I agree to a certain extent, but I also see a bit of irony in the subject. While we discuss what Kate is expected to wear, the Queen has hosted her share of foreign dignitaries and I do not believe she expects people to arrive looking like they stepped out of Turnbull & Asser. :)

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  19. I really hope Kate wears some of the beautiful woven silks from Bhutan. The country is exquisite in its textiles and their creations are truly works of art and veneration. Kate would look beautiful in their colorful woven national silks. There are books written about their textiles.

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  20. I have a new designer label to lust after. Thank you for all the hard work you put into this post, Charlotte! :)

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  21. All I want to see is COLOUR COLOUR COLOUR!

    India and Bhutan? I say go BIG and BOLD!

    Kate could rock many of these looks. I want to see red and more RED. She could totally pull of a sari and the same type outfit Diana was wearing. Love the clothes. India is magical and I hope Kate goes for it!

    DB

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    1. Oh Bhutan, their country and that young couple. Isn't the country 8th on happiness scale in the world? I look forward to see W&K with this other royal couple. The values of each couple can be different and similar. I hope that tour will be enhanced by good observers, photographers and writers including one good piece by Admin Charlotte herself.

      Disclosure: I don't care less if and when monarchy and royalty is too pompous or loses reality with its people. Other wise, it can't be discarded altogether especially until after another century, except unless it continues to have success and/or restarts all over again.

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  22. Well researched post! I loved most of these dresses, and I'm sure Kate is having fun picking out her wardrobe for the trip. I wonder how she narrows it down!

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  23. Has anyone else noticed Kate stands solely with her hands holding her clutch in front of her? In every one of the pictures of Kate in this post, she is standing with her hands clasped in front of her. I've noticed she walks this way, too -- never with her arms at her side. I don't notice any other members of the British RF or Princess Mary doing this; it must be Kate's "safe" stance.

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    1. Men and women including William and Kate clasp their hands together as the "universal"? symbol of politeness? proper gesture? well the hands go to the back or the front in some gesture. The best reasonably neutral gesture is hands by the side IMO. Emotion, circumstance, environment and place, sort of dictate the reflex. Clasping hands at the crotch ( well the geometry of the hands seem to end up there for most people?) is very common, but Kate is glued with that position forever so far. Dailymail commenters react negatively to that too.

      In fact, I have hated so much ( may be one thing I don't like when it comes to Kate) how Kate consistently with out fail positions her hands, yes, you said it "correctly", "safe mode". A Psychoanalyst of Old school Freud would have interpreted it many ways most likely when it is this consistent, predictable, annoying and to a boring degree.

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    2. If you will notice from now on, many people pose that way.

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    3. I was going to keep my mouth shut & I am, but my fingers have something they really want to say & are taking charge & typing away....... Kate is still a relatively New Royal....& Not born into her role, so I'd say at 5yrs She is Still Riding The Learning Curve & Finding Her Stride.........I Trust She Will Continue to "Evolve" & that as She becomes Increasingly Comfortable in Her Royal Role as Duchess/ Eventually Princess of Wales & Ultimately Queen Consort.......we may see her Stance Evolve Too.....Can We Maybe Be Patient & Cut Her Some Slack Please? Opinions/Noted; Attacks/Really?
      Sorry my Fingers are a Bit Touchy Today:)
      Becca USA

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    4. Becca USA@22:05
      I have not noticed any attack on this thread except opinion and freedom of expression to honestly share one's observation. In the case of my comment, I am sorry if you find any attacking element in it. There is "political politeness", "diplomacy" and tact, which all become considerate of many factors. Other times, a person might simply comment bluntly after five years of observation if the subject is brought up.

      There is no reason why you should shut up. Your comment is a reasonable contribution in making some one aware and/or alert of your side of thinking. I come to this blog to give and take. Somehow you remind me of my mother. The principle that everything does not necessarily has to be said. May be it was me who should have had some refrain.

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    5. OMG! Is there any room in the UK for letting Kate be Kate? The Daily Mail wouldn't like Kate if she was a reincarnation of the Queen and it seems that the public thinks it should have a vote on who William and Harry fall in love with. This is the 21st century...try chilling out, why don't you.

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    6. Anonymous@02:03,
      I am clueless who you are addressing your comment to.

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    7. For those interested, it seems that for national anthems Catherine holds her arms at her sides as all other members of the BRF seem to do.

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      This subject is closed from my side, however,it is better to bring clarity since it came from you (meaning you are one dedicated fan of Kate).

      I don’t speak for Francis, but my understanding is, that she is implying Kate is capable of switching poses if and when it is called for. Francis might also meant to put in information, which by the way is nice to know. I believe Kate’s pose is a matter of habit. As she is a public figure, how she carries herself becomes visibly obvious for better or worse. The mention of Freud does not necessarily mean “normal” and “abnormal” is inferred. People from all walks of lives pose that way one time or another. Freud is mentioned to say there are “analytical” observers who interpret body language to mean different things.

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  24. Some exquisite clothes. I am hoping for a beautiful sari with bright strong colours for our Duchess. Thank you once again for such an informative article. Perhaps people would like to share what they have done in support of the mental health initiative. I have volunteered to be part of a university PHD project to further assessment of mums with pre and post partum depression. There will be upskilling as part of the project. I am a health professional so will use this in my work.

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    1. alimai, thanks for asking & sharing. :)

      I am currently making an effort to enlarge my knowledge on mental health and wellbeing by getting more information on the subject from organisations like http://www.mind.org.uk/ (superb website in my opinion, would like very much to know what you think about it). I do this in order to better understand people close to me who are having mental health issues or are living with mental illnesses.

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  25. I hope we see plenty of colour from the Duchess, including in her shoes! I am still waiting for the Duchess to mix up her shoes and not always be sooo matching, maybe it will happen on this tour due to the colorful fashion. Fingers crossed!!

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  26. A Saloni one would be nice to see! :)

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  27. How about how a How Kate and William meet post or Kate's childhood??

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  28. Both featured designers' dresses are exquisite, and many of them would look fabulous on Kates tour! Keeping my fingers crossed! Also, Wishful thinking, but I would love to see Kate in some of the shoes the models are wearing.

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  29. I will be surprised if Kate will not wear a SARI ( my own selfishness). It is so uniquely Indian, interesting and beautiful. Kate also has an adoptable kind of feature and personality to international profile. She can easily pull it off. Now, that will be memorable.

    Then again, the advisers will determine based on relation of Britain's with India. It is not always necessarily a good idea to wear the host country's costume with out thoroughly examining many factors. India being a former colony, there is ambivalence, acceptance or rejection of any thing Britain by its senior and/or current members of the country's society.

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  30. I would really like to see some recent photos of Charlotte and George. I am sure they have both changed so much, especially Charlotte.

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    1. I thought, perhaps, they would release one for Mother's Day but only a couple of days left for that.

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    2. I think, since Charlotte is 4th, they should at least release photos of her every 3 to 6 months (and also of George), just for historical records if nothing else. I am all for their privacy and for Kate taking the photos, but children change so much so quickly, more frequency in photos would be a thoughtful consideration.

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    3. Given the times we live in, I wouldn't release more than one picture a year of each child. Probably on their birthdays.

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    4. 2:05, once a year is not enough. Not in their position. People complain now...could you imagine? :)

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  31. Zora from Prague2 March 2016 at 18:10

    I love the Beige Printed Chiffon Dress most of all - so interesting and elegant! On the whole, I prefer Ritu Kumar creations to those by Saloni. Let's see what the Duchess opts for. Thank you, Charlotte! Zora

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  32. Sachin and Babi Noir have plenty of dresses that I could Kate in. I think they are would be a good choice for the tour.

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  33. Maggie - Minneapolis2 March 2016 at 20:12

    I do hope that Kate does a better job on this tour of incorporating designers/fashion from the host country than she did during the Australia/New Zealand one. It is especially important because India is not even part of the Commonwealth - at least that linkage between Britain and Australia/NZ made British designers somewhat appropriate on a tour there - for a tour to India, a former colony, it would be a huge insult if she didn't wear some Indian designers imo. She doesn't have to actually wear Indian clothing, and I agree with whoever above said that she needs to be careful about that because Western appropriation of non-Western clothing/culture is a huge problem, but she definitely should be wearing some Indian designers.
    This tour could really be a great opportunity for Kate to break out of her rather bland and boring dressing style of late - India offers the perfect opportunity to wear some bold colors/patterns without feeling like you're standing out too much. There is absolutely no reason for her to use her black suede heels and Mulberry clutch at all on this tour, and thankfully there is certainly no reason to require yet another light blue coat! Kate always spends a lot on tour clothing anyways, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of new clothing and accessories, and very few, if any, repeats.

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    1. "better Job", I think Kate does a fine Job.
      "huge insult", I don't think it would be, for reasons stated already up thread. Kate has worn clothing from "native" designers while on tour before.
      "spends a lot on tour clothing anyways", W/K are acting as representatives of the Queen. Kate is supposed to look nice. I don't think that she spends an inordinate amount. She could very, very easily spend a lot more. I think she will be beautifully appropriate in all aspects of the tour.

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    2. Maggie - India is very much a part of the Commonwealth. In fact it hosted the Commonwealth games a few years ago.

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    3. Balbina - Austria3 March 2016 at 05:00

      Actually, India is a Commonwealth member. But yes, it would be so cool to see some european/indian style crossover.

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    4. Annette New Zealand3 March 2016 at 06:52

      India, although a republic, is definitely part of the Commonwealth and recognises the Queen as its head. As a matter of interest a minority of the Commonwealth countries have the Queen as their monarch - eighteen in all. Almost all of the Commonwealth were former colonies of course. The six largest of the monarchies in order of population are the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Jamaica. The rest of the monarchies are small islands mostly in the West Indies. Bigger countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and those in Africa and South East Asia are republics with their own Presidents or Rulers. Matters like the Duke of Windsor's abdication and the recent changing of the order of succession have to be decided by getting the agreement of all the Parliaments of Commonwealth countries. The UK Parliament is only one amongst equals in this regard. Members of the Royal family have been visiting New Zealand for many years and the Duchess of Cambridge is the only one I know of, who has ever worn clothes by NZ designers. We certainly wouldn't be insulted as the Queen herself never does this. It seems to be a Kate initiative which was warmly welcomed here.

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    5. India does not recognize the British monarch as head of state. Please read more here. India is a commonwealth state but only in name.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_heads_of_state_of_India

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    6. India is very much part of the Commonwealth and has been so since some time in the 1940's. Incidentally many Indians have held high profile positions within the Commonwealth. I am sure that Kate and her advisers will come up with adequate ways of providing a sartorial nod to their hosts without being insulting.

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    7. "Western appropriation of non-Western clothing/culture is a huge problem. . ."

      Why? I don't understand this.

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis3 March 2016 at 20:41

      Ah yes I'm sorry I had a brain fart while writing my original comment - meant to say that New Zealand is a Commonwealth realm, unlike India, i.e. the Queen is still it's monarch. My bad for not reading my post for errors before posting :)

      As for anon - I never said it's bad that Kate spends a lot on tours. I absolutely think that it is a sign of respect to the countries involved. I was just making a prediction...

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    9. Totally agree Annette New Zealand on all your points. On fashion the Queen, Diana, Camilla & Princess Anne have never worn Australian designers when visiting here. Nor has anyone expected them to. So why impose this fashion version of political correctness on the Duchess of Cambridge? It's also very sexist. The Duke of Edinburgh & Princes Charles, William & Harry don't wear Australian menswear designers when visiting & no one gives a toss about it or considers it an insult.

      As Charlotte points out the Duchess is quite adept at sartorial diplomacy. She seems to have taken a leaf out of the Queen's book and does it through subtle touches - jewellery (especially wearing pieces that have been gifts from the host country like the maple leaf brooch in Canada), clothes in the national colours of the host country (red in Canada, black in NZ & green & gold in Australia), and embellishments (the flowers embroidered on the gown in Malaysia which echoed the floral emblem of that country, the silver fern on the black dress in NZ). The fact that she also occasionally wears a local designer is a nice touch and much appreciated.

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    10. blue wren, thank you. Your reference to the "fashion version of political correctness" is perfect. I was struggling with the best way to express my thoughts. Certain touches or gestures are thoughtful and respectful, definitely, but if overdone it can actually come off as being condescending. And *expecting* it is a tad unfair, IMO. If the Queen or a US president is fine with a foreign dignitary arriving in national dress, well, this acceptance should be a two way street.

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    11. "sartorial diplomacy" is a good one also.

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    12. Thx Anon 2:37! Great Points! Also, has anyone done any research to see how Kate compares to Other Members of the RF (Other than The Queen) re: Sartorial Choices related to Wearing Designers of The Countries that are Visited on Tours? I Just don't remember reading much about that, when it comes to The Other Royals? Also, I know it was a long time ago (I was an Young Mom/Diana's age raising my own kiddos).....I of course remember all the coverage of Her Fashion Icon Status & Having The Designers She Wore mentioned all the time. However, I Don't remember a Huge amount of Detail mentioned re: Diana Consistently Wearing/Honoring Designers from The Countries She Visited.... at least Not on Every Tour, To The Degree Kate does? Granted It was a crazy time in my life & I just might not remember. However, I Do Remember being Quite Impressed, Starting with Kate's First Engagements & of Course The Canada Tour, With The Detail She put into her Sartorial Choices for her Clothing &/or Accessories being those of Designers from or connected to the Countries being visited. It really jumped out to me & showed a level of Respect for Her Job & a General Graciousness & I was impressed:)

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    13. RE Annette o6:52
      Only the Realms have to agree constitutional changes, not all of the Commonwealth Countries.

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    14. blue wren @23:39,

      That is a nice refreshing information. Subtle statement can also be meaningfully artistic. You presented one good side of Kate.

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  34. Maggie - Minneapolis2 March 2016 at 20:19

    Also a new picture of Kate shopping:

    http://hrhtheduchessofclarence.tumblr.com/post/140285153310/new-pic-of-kate-shopping-in-australias-new-idea

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    1. I recall seeing this some time ago.

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    2. Thanks Maggie!

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    3. This is not a new picture. It is a few years old from when she first started decorating their homes.

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    4. Are you sure this is new?

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    5. I'm thinking that is an old pic

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis3 March 2016 at 20:41

      Oops my bad y'all if it's old!

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    7. Very old picture

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  35. To the readers of hrhduchesskate blog:
    I would like for us to find some way to thank Charlotte for the time and attention she has put into this blog. She (Charlotte) is so quick with updates and has information that you can trust.
    Now, maybe Charlotte can do a post, stating the long time readers of her blog, and at the bottom we will all agree to put a little thank you not and no other comments on that post.
    Anyone like that idea?

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    1. That's very kind of you to suggest, Anon. I do agree that Charlotte works very hard and I'm thankful to her for it.

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    2. Anon: As a new commenter but a long time reader, I think this is a lovely idea to thank Charlotte for all her hard work and time to make this an awesome blog. It's the absolute first thing I check when I come home at the end of the day and even though I'm new to posting, I feel so comfortable within this blog and feel a part of this blog family. We owe it all to Charlotte. Thank you.

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    3. welcome Cherie. And, thank you Charlotte.

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    4. Thank you Charlotte for all the time that you have put into this blog!!

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    5. Anonymous 2 March 2016 at 21:17, great idea :)

      Everyone feeling like it could go to Charlotte very first post on this blog - Tuesday, 3 May 2011 "Welcome to my Blog" - and add to the expressions of appreciation already posted.

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  36. Annette New Zealand2 March 2016 at 21:47

    Before the Indian/Bhutan visit it would be interesting to have some facts about how India came to be part of the (former) British empire. Not all parts of India were included as there were still some states ruled by Indian princes right up to 1948. The Britsh Crown replaced the former Mughal emperor when he was deposed after the so-called "Indian Mutiny." It would be great to get an Indian view of the current relationship with the Crown so maybe some Indian viewers could comment?

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    1. As an Indian I respectfully suggest we refrain from opening that Pandora's Box. It is sort of like asking a person to describe how their mother died. Most Indians do not have positive feelings about their colonial past. Colonial rule and freedom from the British empire was costly for us in all senses of the term. If you wish to find out about Indian history I suggest you check out a book from the library.
      Btw, it is not accurate that all parts of India were not annexed. All princely states on land that is in present-day India, Bangladesh and Pakistan (which btw were erstwhile India) paid massive taxes to the British Crown and were ruled by the British either directly or through puppet kings. It's best to read a book or two. Romila Thapar is a great Indian historian - you could start with her.

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    2. Annette New Zealand3 March 2016 at 18:41

      Thankyou for your comments. I was under a misapprehension about the status of the Princely states, but do realise that European countries, including Britain did many deplorable things when they established colonies. I do not support colonisation as my own ancestry is mostly Irish. I have travelled widely in India and neighbouring countries in Asia and the Middle East and have always been fascinated by their long histories and the different cultures. I know that William and Kate are only spending a few days there and this will not give a true picture of such a huge and diverse country, but maybe it will encourage people to take more of an interest in the area.

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    3. wow. Thank you very much 05:31.

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  37. I just learned that the Qatar Investment "Authority" owns Harrod's, a large portion of Barkely Bank, Sainbury's, the Shard and British Airways. They also own the largest % allowable by law of Heathrow Airport, plus other British holdings. Sheikh Tamim, the Emir of Qatar, was educated in England and is a graduate of Sandhurst Military academy. He now runs the country of Qatar. In March of 2014 Saudia Arabia, the Arab Emirates and Bhurein (sp) withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar due to their Islamic views and possible links to terrorism.
    And, other Arabic countries have also invested heavily in London. So much so that the city has gained the nickname of "Londonabab". The reason I bring this up is because I wonder if William and the rest of the RF see any "handwriting" on the wall about a possible financial coup of London/England and have been downsizing and developing the private sector of their lives accordingly. I know this may seem like out in left field and I don't mean to sound like an alarmist, but as I was reading this information I was astounded. Does anyone have any idea what is going on with this? Please lend some comforting information if you can.
    Thank you. P. S. One of Sheikh Tamim's 3 wives, who accompanied him during the purchase of Harrod's and some other British landmarks, is reported by CBS to have said of the purchase of Harrid's, "Oh, we took your Harrods too." Does the RF know any of this?

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    1. omg. Anon @ 03:43. I am so surprised at that information. so surprised. It doesn't make good sense to me. It makes me wonder if the royal family is financially solvent like they used to be and who is at the helm.

      Heathrow airport? It seems like they would have military guidelines for who owns the public transit systems, especially an International airport, one of the largest in the world, particularly if there is even the remotest hint of affiliations with terrorism. Hello.
      I refer to you reference of those countries withdrawing their ambassadors. That significant wouldn't you say.

      I have been thinking about this off and on since I read your comments and have done some research on my own. I do not like what I am finding out. I know this is a fashion blog but thank you for bringing this to our attention. I am going to do even more research. Ignorance is, often, not bliss. Thank you again. The best consolation I can give you is that I believe God is in control and is fully aware of all these things and will cause truth and righteousness to win out in the end. God bless you.

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    2. It can be believable considering how the world works these days. Many businesses, small and large of various countries have "the front cover owners". This can be true especially in a case of corrupted dictatorship who stash money out of their countries, or put their money in their own countries in the name of foreign investors. Britain seems to have good relation with the Arab world, but such scale of ownership by the Arabs for a legitimately running parliament and constitutional monarchy might be unlikely. There is most likely a third advanced story, and much more complex that is not revealed.

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  38. love to see her wearing sari do love these design http://wwd.com/fashion-news/shows-reviews/gallery/bibhu-mohapatra-rtw-spring-10228752/#!1/bibhu-mohapatra-rtw-spring-2016/

    also love your lookbook out there

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  39. I would love to see Kate in saree.

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  40. Hi All,
    India has undergone a lot of changes. The young in India are like any other young people in America or Britain.I would be surprised if Kate wore a saree at any of the events.Of late,saree's are only reserved for weddings here. I'm from Mumbai.

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    1. Nam from India4 March 2016 at 09:38

      Hi,
      I would be surprised if she wore a saree too. She might just stick to dresses by Indian designers, or wear bespoke pieces which in some way acknowledge India. She might also choose jewellery pieces which have an Indian history.
      But although if she does wear a saree, it would be a pleasant surprise. :)

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  41. The Beige Crepe Embroidered Dress looks a lot like one worn by Princess Sofia of Sweden http:royalista.com/17202/breaking-prince-carl-philip-engaged-to-his-sofia/slideshow/image/17247

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  42. Kate's going to have to walk a very fine line clothing-wise when they get to India. It's going to send a terrible message if she trots about in ensembles where the cost of a pair of earrings or a designer clutch could feed an entire Indian village, finance a school or equip a hospital.
    Bhutan also is plagued by extreme poverty but has taken steps to remedy that.
    One hopes that the royal couple will at least acknowledge the poverty issues while they're being wined and dined in these countries.

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    1. Elizabeth@17:05
      It is an interesting observation. To refresh what you might already know, India might be populous and have its own poor sections, a cast system including the infamous “untouchables”, but is one of technologically advancing and well to do societies. There are also remnants of monarchists who are very aristocratic and think in terms of class and old world wealth (at least there are some in USA, and in India as well). It is a matter of where The Cambridges will be visiting. According to their itinerary, the first two places are steeped in history as well as modernization. Both locations have their slums, and curious to see which parts they will visit. The zoo is in Kariranga as mentioned above. Their most interesting visit might be the Taj Mahal which is in Agra. I wonder how they will style themselves for the Taj Mahal which will be compared with Princess Diana’s image there
      Mumbai
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    2. Bhutan cannot be dismissed as poverty stricken. Theirs is a “choice”? of balance. They seem to be comfortable in their isolation and peace. Modernization has its own prize to pay.

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  43. uh, no offense, but I doubt they will do that Elizabeth, they are such cold and uncaring people who don't have a clue and have never shown any intelligence or caring ever before in their lives. NOT

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    1. Elizabeth, I doubt Kate will be doing any "trotting" around.

      She will probably take her cue from the nature of what the Queen and other royals have worn when they visited India. She will, no doubt, utilize sartorial diplomacy.

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  44. Remember the old saying, "The sun never sets on the British Empire"? Britain would colonize various countries, acquiring the assets and resources and labor forces and becoming quite wealthy and prosperous by doing that. Britain certainly, certainly isn't the only country that has done that. Perhaps Britain is now experiencing a sort of colonization itself.
    I am not saying that that is right. I am just saying it is a possibility. Also, if you think about it, the music industry has been colonizing the world for years, acquiring wealth and changing cultures, and the film industry is in the process of doing that also. I hope the British Monarchy can gather, regroup and remain strong and viable. It has been said the they are an interwoven part of the British tapestry. Quite irreplaceable really. I agree.

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  45. So much great information in this post, and since I had not heard of Needle and Thread either, looking forward to that as well. I also am thinking Kate will repeat some things from her Southeast Asian tour because of the expected heat. A sari or similar design would be a lovely nod. I like the Ritu Kumar day dress designs for Kate the best.

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  46. Charlotte thanks for your coverage of the upcoming tour. India has incredibly rich textile traditions and it's awesome to see them being reflected in such a sophisticated way in contemporary fashion. I have the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress & Fashion in my library & in volume 4 there's an article on 'Royal Dress in India & Pakistan' by Ritu Kumar.

    Last weekend I spent some time with my gran watching a wonderful documentary called 'Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley'. It was insightful but also great fun because of the way she presents the history. One of the themes is how British royal women through history have used fashion to make political & diplomatic statements. There are some interesting quotes from Diana about how she chose the colour & other design elements of a dress for a visit to Brazil. It also added to the itinerary for our next visit to London - Wardrobe Place - where the clothes of some of the Tudor monarchs were stored. Unfortunately the buildings & clothes were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 but the site still looks like it has history & charm. has anyone been there?

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  47. Julia from Leominster4 March 2016 at 04:47

    I think there was more expectation that Kate would wear something from an Australian or New Zealand designer because she did so in Canada and in Malaysia and that creates a precedent - she also wears clothes of a wide variety of designers. The queen does not but she often picks up emblems of a country in her clothes - which can be switched out and also uses brooches and other jewellery to honour a country she is visiting. Camilla did wear a shalwar kameez when in either Sri Lanka or India - can't remember which - and of course Diana did, including clothes by her friend, Jemima Khan as she was then, who briefly became involved in marketing clothes made in Pakistan.
    Every royal has their own style but even if it is not the tradition of other countries to use clothes as symbols, I can't think it would cause offense - should Kate wear the clothes of the designers mentioned, it would serve as a good advertisement for India - the beautiful materials and craftmanship of these clothes.

    As for Qatar - while the investement sounds disturbing, I doubt it would have much influence on the royal family who is on good terms with the Qatar monarchy-although royal visits to the Middle East can cause controversy and Kate ran into issues when she attended a private wedding at the Dorchester - right when there was a boycott of Brunai owned properties because of an extension of sharia law - so it is a tricky area. (Frederic and Mary of Denmark are currently on a tour of the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, I believe - royals have to do things they may not privately agree with.)
    Speaking of issues - a while back there was a suggestion that only Kate was targeted for her use of helicopters. I knew that wasn't so, and today Andrew was hit with criticism. He perhaps had more reason to use it as he had multiple engagements in various locations and would have spent a lot of driving time - but one engagement in relatively close Sevenoaks had to be cancelled because of weather - which does not look good. So I expect this to remain a controversial issue for all royals who use the royal flight, including Kate but not limited to her.

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  48. Nam from India4 March 2016 at 09:32

    Wonderful post Charlotte!
    I would like to add a few points though-
    If Kate decides to go traditional and wear either a ghagra choli or an anarkali or a salwar kameez or even a sari- the best options are Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani or Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.
    Otherwise, Masaba Gupta is another strong possibility too. She is known for her block prints.
    Also, India's history in textiles is very rich. The Chanderi print, the Kancheevaram silk or Mysore Silk, the ever so popular Khadi, the Benaras silk or cotton, the Andhra Pradesh silk cotton are few among many examples I can give you which are among India's finest weaves. Charlotte, I suggest you have a post solely dedicated to the weaves of India. It will take a lot of research--but will really be interesting! :)
    I also think that Kate might choose her go to designers-McQueen or Jenny Packham to create bespoke pieces, which in their way will be a nod to India. She might also wear a brooch or choose some jewellery which has some connection to India.
    With this, I leave you with a link-
    http://theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/the-10-best-indian-fashion-designers-you-should-know/
    And this all of you will find very very interesting- Textiles Of India
    http://textiles.indianetzone.com/
    Thank you for the wonderful post again! Looking forward to many more! :)

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  49. The Queen is the head of the military isn't she? Can't she just commission a military helicopter to be on call whenever the RF needs one?

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    1. VERY good question 17:41.

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  50. Have just a picture of the Countess of Wessex in a very vibrant blue and yellow dress on her visit to the Bahamas - British monarchy instagram account - more precedent for colour for our duchess

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  51. I just wanted to let you know the name of the hospital in Pakistan that Diana visited is not correct. The name is Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital.

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  52. Becca USA@22:05
    I have not noticed any attack on this thread except opinion and freedom of expression to honestly share one's observation. In the case of my comment, I am sorry if you find any attacking element in it. There is "political politeness", "diplomacy" and tact, which all become considerate of many factors. Other times, a person might simply comment bluntly after five years of observation if the subject is brought up.

    There is no reason why you should shut up. Your comment is a reasonable contribution in making some one aware and/or alert of your side of thinking. I come to this blog to give and take. Somehow you remind me of my mother. The principle that everything does not necessarily has to be said. May be it was me who should have had some refrain.

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      Then the leaders of India, Bhutan should definitely change their attire and wardrobes. Fire their servants. Move, change their furniture, sell their Jewels, vehicles.

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  53. Sorry, I posted @01:25 by mistake here. It belongs to a different thread dated March 5.

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  54. Becca, you mother was very wise. :)

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      Peace! this subject is closed from my side.

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  55. Hi Charlotte- Wonderful post and so many great looks! However, I doubt we will be seeing Kate in any of them as is. I had the chance to visit India two years ago, actually going to the cities and places on Kate's itinerary. Dress in northern India is still *very* conservative and very traditional. I don't think we will be seeing much leg or any chest or shoulders while she there. Because she is very conscious of what's appropriate, I don't think she will dress to offend, which is what most of those dresses would do if worn in public. My guess is she will have some other looks that provide more coverage or go with some bespoke items. I'm so looking forward to seeing what she does choose! They LOVE color there, so it's a real chance for her to play that up. Thanks as always for your great posts! Shawn

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  56. Wow, I am in love all this dresses and images. Really Kate Middleton is looking fabulous in Indian Ethnic Wear. I am feeling to much proud for my country, As Indian dresses can go on anyone.

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