Monday, 11 April 2016

Kate in Emilia Wickstead for Tech Awards Launch & Engagements in New Delhi

It's Day Two of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's royal tour of India! Their Royal Highnesses carried out an engagement in Mumbai this morning. First on the agenda was an investiture carried out by Prince William at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. The hotel was a central location throughout yesterday with the couple making their official arrival there and attending a star-studded gala in the hotel's ballroom last night.


The couple officially launched the 2016-2017 GREAT Tech Rocketship Awards.

GREAT

The awards will find and celebrate some of India’s best and brightest talent in technology start-ups. Ten young entrepreneurs will win a trip to the UK, which will include access to the best of British expertise and advice, and a chance to pitch to potential investors for finance. William and Kate have attended various events associated with the GREAT campaign in recent years; its focus is to promote the UK internationally as a GREAT place to visit, study and do business.


The Duke and Duchess' next stop was The Social. The bar, restaurant and callobartive workspace is a popular urban hangout and a hub for artists and designers. The Social offered the perfect venue for William and Kate to meet young entrepeneurs and innovaters who demonstrated their start-ups. Kensington Palace noted: "Mumbai has a thriving young business scene and the Duke and Duchess will be given the opportunity to meet young people with great ideas to power the future of India's massive economy, where more than one million people join the workforce every month."


The couple learned to type in Braille.


And spelled 'George' :)


Prince William was offered the chance to make a dosa - similar to a crepe - using an automatic machine from Bangalore. Prince William tucked in but Kate decided not to try it. The Cambridges learned about Prime Minister Modi's Startup India Campaign, which is aimed at promoting bank financing for start-up ventures to boost entrepreneurship and encourage start ups with jobs creation. Key points of the plan include freedom from Capital Gain Tax for 3 years, freedom from tax on profits for 3 years, and a focus on eliminating red tape. William and Kate will have lunch with the Prime Minister tomorrow. During a brief speech, William said: "Being here today, it is clear that India is leading the way in so many areas of innovation and technology." The couple said their goodbyes at the Taj Mahal Palace before leaving Mumbai.


The couple then took a two-hour flight to India's capital city, New Delhi. Interestingly, Kate didn't opt for a change of dress for the beginning of the second leg of the tour.


The couple made their way to India Gate, situated in the heart of New Delhi. The 42m high red standstone structure is the country’s main war memorial, covering the two world wars, the Third Anglo-Afghan War, and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.


William and Kate posed for a photo.


Kensington Palace said: "As the world marks 100 years since the First World War, the Duke and Duchess will in particular honour the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives while fighting for the British Army during the conflict.


The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath.


The message read 'Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for India.


From India Gate, the Cambridges visited Gandhi Smriti - a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi - where he spent the last years of his life and was assassinated in 1948.


Emily Andrews shared photos before William and Kate's arrival.


William and Kate were given a tour of the museum and paid their respects at the memorial.  Ahead of the visit the Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess are grateful to have the chance to learn about this great man's life in the place where he spent his final years." The visit offered a unique opportunity for the couple to discover more about India's founding father.


The couple removed their shoes before following Gandhi's final footsteps.


They scattered rose petals at the spot where Gandhi lost his life.


The Duchess opted for one of her go-to designers today - Emilia Wickstead. Kate wore the designer's Wool-Crepe Midi Dress (with thanks to Katie). The £1,700 ivory dress features two faux breast pockets, two front slit pockets, a full skirt and a concealed button and fastening back.


Emilia Wickstead

Looking at the garment there is much to like. The silhouette and full skirt is lovely, however, I'm not a fan of the faux breast pockets, as I think they detract from the clean simplicity the dress would offer otherwise. Do you like it?

Emilia Wickstead

Kate's Closet spotted Kate carried a new Mulberry Bayswater Clutch in oatmeal. Kate has them in several colours.


Kate shoes have not been definitively identified, but Middleton Maven suggests the Rupert Sanderson Calice Pumps as a contender. The $675 pumps come in a gorgeous soft pink.

Rupert Sanderson

The Duchess has been on a roll debuting four new pairs of shoes on this tour. Yesterday we saw Kate sporting the L.K. Bennett Fern Pumps, the Monsoon Fleur Wedges and the Prada Suede Wavy Strap Sandals. All fabulous additions to Kate's show collection and very versatile.


Kate completed with look with her Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings.

Cassandra Goad

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We have one other update to share with you before concluding the post. Many of you may have seen articles in the media in recent days covering Boman Kohinoor, a 93-year-old restaurant owner, who describes himself as William and Kate's biggest Indian fan. When he heard the royal couple were visiting, he knew he had to try to meet them. A YouTube video featuring Mr Kohinoor went viral, in which he offered the couple a feast fit for royalty.


And guess what happened before last night's gala? :)


Boman spoke to CNN about the meeting:

'"I met Their Royal Highnesses this evening at the Taj. They were very kind and asked me about my restaurant and my favourite dishes there,” Kohinoor told Condé Nast Traveller in an exclusive conversation. “I told them about the berry pulao and how it’s made using my late wife’s recipe. They asked me if I could cook. I said no, but I serve my customers well. I told them: give my love to the Queen, and to [your] children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, too. I wish I had more time to speak, but I’m thankful for this opportunity. And I’m grateful to [Condé Nast Traveller] for putting that video on the internet because of which this happened."'

During royal tours with a precisely planned itinerary in place, we rarely see off-schedule events like this. I imagine KP heard about the video and William and Kate decided to meet him. It was a lovely gesture and made one royal fan very happy. :)

Next, The Duke and Duchess will attend a birthday party for Her Majesty The Queen at the residence of the British High Commissioner.

211 comments:

  1. Hmm getting early for the day 2 love the white dress pure as she is

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  2. This dress reminds me of what Pippa wore for princess charlotte christening. Nevertheless, it looks nice on her. Duchess tends hunch at times.

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  3. I do know what you mean about the faux pockets, Charlotte. But perhaps without that detail, the dress would be quite bland? It's a classic cut and a very pretty dress and needs some kind of detail, but not sure the faux pockets were it! But I don't dislike them with any strong feeling. Just seem a little 'odd'.

    I would LOVE to see HRH in snakeskin heels like the dress has been styled. Or thin ankle straps. Something different to the silhouette of shoe that Catherine often chooses. But, minor quibble. Like the over look and more importantly, love how engaged the couple are on this tour. And especially love the meeting with Mr Kohinoor!!!

    Cara, Australia.

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    1. I have to disagree with you there, Cara. Snakeskin heels on the duchess??? I pray to God no!!! But to each his own. :) And I agree, meeting Mr. Kohioor was wonderful. It shows that they really care about the people.
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    2. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 13:38

      Haha, you're acting like snakeskin shoes is something sinful or vulgar :P (Maybe I'm reading your tone wrong :) )
      haha, and for your information, Lily. Here is the Duchess of Cambridge in snakeskin shoes on tour in Canada:

      http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-visits-saintejustine-university-on-2-picture-id117977771

      http://cache2.asset-cache.net/gc/117977670-catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-visits-sainte-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=oToYvXs3XPbg5%2BsLNpXWIbJ0K80LsA%2FmL6FkDQvpjA%2B2cv655W9Qh09Mc4NTZP8lcbvzSOPwcmF5TEyyz6gD2w%3D%3D

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    3. No, they aren't bad, I just have a slight aversion to snakeskin/leopard prints, those sort of patterns and shoes.😃

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    4. But, I have to admit. Those shoes don't look so bad. From a distance they almost look like flowers!!!😃

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  4. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 07:56

    The dress is rather pretty... except...my first thought was bossom flaps :P haha. Sorry. And she was doing so well yesterday! To be fair, if this is the worse she can do, then she's doing freaking well! And except for the pockets, the dress is fabolous! And she really look great in white. I really like this kind of retro mid-length, full skirt silouette. Also.. 100% wool? Isn't that rather hot!?

    Seems like they are having a great time so far :D Nice to see them supporting young people :)

    I am also really happy that Boman got to meet them :) Such a sweet gesture, and they seem happy to meet him as well :)

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    1. Anonymous in Colorado11 April 2016 at 08:46

      Not my favorite look but she still looks ever so classy! The pockets are quite bosom-y lol @Rebecca-Sweden. Given how plain the dress is, I do wish the Duchess would've amped it up with some funky shoes (like the model).

      How lovely of them to meet the elderly fan!!

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  5. I adore the selections the Duchess has chosen so far. She also manages to look radiant and elegant, despite the long hours of travel and many engagements. Thank you for giving us all the latest updates on the tour!!

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  6. Love how the elderly restaurant owner got to finally meet Will and Kate! So sweet. I like the dress but agree with you Charlotte, I'm not a fan of the double pockets. But as always Kate looks splendid.

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    1. Maybe he was asking for his diamond back. :)

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  7. Tedi in California11 April 2016 at 07:59

    Wool Crepe in 95° weather? Did I read that correctly? I like the lines of the dress, but the pockets don't fit. I love those pale pink shoes. They are lovely. And, as always Kate looks beautiful. I just thought something more summer like considering the high temps. Perhaps it's kept very cool where they are going. Loved the event.

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    1. I know! I couldn`t wear that. But maybe wool crepe is different than wool, a little lighter perhaps?

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    2. Tedi in California11 April 2016 at 16:24

      I certainly hope so Lily.

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    3. Maybe this explains why the Duchess is always wearing a coatdress or a buttoned up coat when it's warm outside! She must really be a cold-natured person to wear wool crepe in 95F....and a buttoned up coatdress when it's 90F. :)

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  8. Charlotte. Can you tell us more about the investiture? Some of us non-UK readers aren't sure what it is... And it sounds as though William carried that out privately?

    Love the dress, don't love the pockets as they look like breasts, or maybe that's just my gutter mind.

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    1. Hello,

      I will update immediately if any info at all surfaces. It would be interesting to hear more about it.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 08:22

      I was thinking about that as well. I excpected some uniform pictures. (Yes, I know. How superficial of me!) :P And I also wonder who was reciving it.

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    3. I think that it was probably a private engagement but I would be interested to hear what it was and to see pictures too.

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    4. Probably just wore his suit that he is wearing today for investiture. William doesn't bust out the uniform on tour. Unlike Harry who wear one almost every tour.

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  9. Tedi in California11 April 2016 at 08:02

    Wonderful that they met with that sweet elderly gentleman.

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  10. Honestly this might be one of my favorite looks ever from the Duchess. It reminds me of what she wore when she visited the war museum in Canada. It's more high fashion than what we normally see her in and I think it really suits her, especially the new shoes!

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    1. To me it looks like something Natasha put together not Kate. I am not a fan of the flaps.

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    2. I agree - this is a beautiful fit-and-flare dress with the edgy styling from the pockets. Very fashionable and an impeccable fit. I have loved all her tour outfits so far, but this is probably my favourite!

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    3. I am 100% behind your Stephanie. I absolutely love this look on the Duchess. The silhouette is perfection and the pocket detail adds a little edge. I also appreciate the pop of Pink in the shoes.

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    4. I agree with all of you. This dress has crisp clean lines and fits to perfection. Actually, I like the pockets. They do add a somewhat edgy element to what would otherwise be a very plain dress. Love the pale pink accessories. I wish she worn a ponytail or had her hair half up to give her hair the same polish as her dress. The humidity is making her hair flop a bit.

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  11. It's wool crepe. I think that's actually quite a light breathable fabric?

    I quite like the pockets. Makes the dress more businesslike whilst the overall line is very pretty.

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    1. Yes, wool crepe is quite cool. Lovely classic dress. Anyway, they are inside and air conditioning would be at full blast. I remember being in Singapore and getting what we referred to as "the aircon flu". It was freezing inside, but outside very hot and humid.
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    2. Yes, wool crepe can be a very light tropical weight. However, I did notice that the dress is impeccably lined which would make it a less cool option. She does not seem to be minding the heat however.

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    3. The dress traveled beautifully from Mumbai to New Delhi. That is an attribute of wool crepe, lighter than wool, cooling, but still stands up to a lot of wear and tear.

      Great choice of fabric IMO

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  12. Courtney from NC11 April 2016 at 08:15

    I don't mind the flaps. Don't love them. I am hoping she changes before the next engagement. Perhaps during the flight or whilst refreshing themselves after the flight. She needs something that will be a little more airy and light. I think she looks lovely though. Very much like I imagined a princess to look like when I was a young girl.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 08:24

      Same here. Although the flaps were the first thing I noticed, I dont mind them enough to not like the dress. And this more "standard Kate" look works well since this is a more modern (and also UK connected) event than those yesterday :) I also hope she changes on the flight. And oddly enough I really want plane pics. I don't know what it's about them, but there's something so powerful and official looking when they exit a plane like that :P

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    2. I agree.

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    3. Sharyn from AUS11 April 2016 at 12:14

      I feel the same as you, Rebecca. I love plane photos. I love the formality or officalness (is that a word) of royals and POTUS disembarking a plane.

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  13. love the duchess pure and elegant its different nice selection of dress very neat its more business like what time they arrival in New Delhi charlotte you are so fast its looks so warm weather

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  14. Not a fan of the pockets either, but perfection otherwise. Kate is one of the most stylish women around!

    Also, I love the pale pink heels!

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  15. the pockets do look odd. I love the collar of that dress, and wish the Duchess would wear her hair up or in a ponytail, so the collar would be visible like on a model. Those pale pink shoes are gorgeous!

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  16. Not crazy about this dress. However, I'm excited to see what she will be wearing to the reception tonight. So glad they met Boman. He seems like a very sweet man :)

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  17. I watched a clip of William and Kate on Sky News and this dress looks absolutely fabulous on her - very chic, simple, classic and fresh. On real tv it looks even better than on the photos and in real tv the pockets actually looks great. Love our royal couple!!

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  18. Disappointed in this choice of dress. The flaps are distracting. I hope she changes when she gets to New Delhi.

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  19. Julia from Leominster11 April 2016 at 09:12

    Overall, Kate looks very nice, very professional for the event - it almost makes me think of those pocket protectors those Leo types used to wear. I'm surprised she's wearing wool but the AC is probably ferocious - I can't stand it!

    I'm not keen on those pockets - it's the placement that caught my eye and not in the best way. I'm thinking cuffing the sleeves or a detail at the waist would have been better. But the flow is lovely and the dress cool looking and the shape is perfect for Kate's slim figure. It's another very good occasion and wonderful to see William and Kate with the young again.

    If yesterday afternoon reminded me and some others of those long-lost hippie days, this dress reminds me of my work days, neat and businesslike and very wearable. It's one she can get much use of in the future.

    Didn't have time to comment again yesterday but I loved the blue gown without the shawl as well, and very much see the point of those earrings and love lapis - although I still long for sapphires...

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  20. I'm really excited now! I'm loving every bit of this trip so far! :) yesterday's gown was stunning. The beadwork on that gown is Indian work-I own a dress very similar with the same kind of beadwork.. It's a craftsmanship that all Indian women love! :)
    I'm so excited for the Delhi leg of the tour. To think they'll be walking on the exact same place I've been to a million times- Gandhi Smriti and the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate :)
    I'm uncontrollably excited to see them in Delhi and Agra! :) :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 11:17

      Must be amazingly exciting to see them at places you know and love! :D

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  21. Julia from Leominster11 April 2016 at 09:17

    Forgot to add how charming and delightful for Mr Kohinoor - I'm so glad he had a chance to meet William and Kate - one of those lovely special things. Look forward to rest of the day.

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  22. I love this dress! She looks chic, elegant and sophisticated.

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  23. i'm not sure i like this dress the style is very nice but the white in a colorfull country just doesn't seem a good color choice, maybe a light rose would be lovely, isn't wool to hot it is in the 90s. i do love the shoes pretty color. on a different note someone told me that the queen had to approve all of kates clothing before the tour does anyone know if this is true? thanks for the fast post charlotte!

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    1. That is a good question 09:10.

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  24. I love the dress but I am no fan of the pockets on the dress. Could this be the bag the Duchess is sporting today: http://www.mulberry.com/shop/women/bags/clutches/bayswater-clutch-wallet-buttercream-small-classic-grain

    Gabriella

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  25. kate looks beautiful. may be the pockets are extra but i love kate's look... another new dress new pumps and ne clutch... great
    faiza pakistan

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  26. it really looks like another day made for the princess
    faiza pakistan

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  27. the daily mail has pictures of william cooking pancakes in an auto michaine kate has this great look on her face when she is asked to try wills food

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  28. Looks like they're having a marvelous time! Amazing they were able to see the gentleman. Yhey must have made his year!

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  29. Surprisingly I actually love the dress very much. Never thought I will. It looks simple yet sophisticated

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  30. Fabulous dress. Love everything about it, pocket flaps are part of a classic shirt-waister design and look fine to me :-)

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  31. If only the dress does not have the faux breast pockets. It is probably in style for a professional business look. Personally I never liked chest pockets, real or faux. The length and cut is decently matured. No matter how much ancient societies become Westernized, deep down, conservative presentation is generally the safest. Her latest clothes are going midi or below the knees.

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  32. This is a good look, classy and chic , with a touch of youthfullness

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  33. Kate, Texas, USA11 April 2016 at 10:22

    What a lovely and kind gesture by meeting Mr. Kohinoor. He was precious! You know he will treasure those few minutes of conversation forever.

    Kate looked pretty and the dress is a very classic look. It's definitely not a "favorite" look, but it is pretty. I am thinking maybe a dress change for their arrival in New Delhi. I'm looking forward to continuing with coverage of day 2! Thank you Charlotte!

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  34. When do we expect the next engagement to begin?

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  35. I love the shoes! So glad they are that lovely pink that stands out in contrast to the white of the dress rather than nudes.

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  36. She seems to be going for a professional look here. Elegant dress, although the flaps are not great. I'm SO happy to see her in a contrasting color shoe that's not black! She should do more of that. Wool crepe can be quite thin...and wrinkle-proof which would make sense. Fingers crossed for a change on the plane!

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  37. Kate's wearing the same outfit in New Delhi, we'll add photos and info to this post as it becomes available :)

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  38. Much preferred yesterday's choices. The collar and flaps are distracting. But I love the fact that it looks like she's really enjoying this tour.

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  39. I was feeling lazy this morning until I remembered that there would probably be a new post to read. I went right for the laptop and was not disappointed. I don't know how you do it Charlotte but thank you! I agree with previous comments on the flaps. I think that in combination with the large, rounded collar that they seem odd. I did see some video, however, and it looked better than the still shots. Charlotte, you are apparently correct on the shoes. Rebecca English tweeted: Rupert Sanderson have told me the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing their 'pink lady textured kid leather pumps' today #RoyalVisitIndia.

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  40. I agree,Charlotte,I like the dress except for the faux pockets. I loved the Jenny Packham gown last night, and the tunic dress yesterday. I didn't care very much for the red dress Kate wore upon arrival in Mumbai, though. I loved the Monsoon shoes she wore with the tunic, so much that I ordered a pair for myself! I have been looking for a reasonably priced, light colored espadrille wedge for a few years now and this is the first one I've found. Now I just hope it fits!

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  41. Love this look on her. I was a bit dubious about the pockets too but when you look at it, think it balances the collar and pocket details together. For an Emilia Wickstead creation the finishing and cut seems very good - is that bad to say?!!! If only she would change her earings - these were a nice continuity thing yesterday from the reception in UK but again today is a bit much? Other than that, she's looking regal and elegant.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 13:41

      Haha, and here I am celebrating that she's wearing a pair of my favourite earrings of hers so much :P

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  42. By the way, for anyone interested, here is some video showing last night's Jenny Packham gown without the wrap:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ4_q0WUWBs

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  43. Hmmm... So soon back to monochromatic buttoned up 100% wool???

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  44. The dress is very pretty, but for this particular venue I wish it had been made of a more sheer, flowier fabric. It looks heavy and hot to me. I also don't care for the breast pockets as they seem to add to the weight of the dress. The neutral color is nice. Apparently she didn't suffer too much yesterday with her long hair because once again she is wearing it down. I will say she looks classy today!

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  45. While it's a beautiful dress, and I love the shoes, I'm afraid my first thought was "school girl dress" when I saw her in it. But the rest of her wardrobe choices so far have been outstanding. So fun to have this royal tour to follow.

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  46. I like the dress, very businesslike, yet youthful. I think that it would maybe look better without the pockets, then it would be more like the dress she wore to the war museum in Canada. I think she looked great. However, I do think it would look better with maybe turquoise/green/blue/brown pumps and clutch. Also a half up-half down look would show it off better. If I remember correctly, she wore that look a lot in Australia and she looked gorgeous.Just my opinion, she looked as gorgeous as always.
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  47. Oh dear.. Those pockets are so wrong. The arrow effect of the point draw the eye right to her nips location lol. So wrong Kate. I like her hair today. Lovely of them to spare a few minutes to meet Mr Kohinoor. Imagine the pride he'd of felt :-)

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  48. Talk about breast pockets...those are a little distracting!

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  49. First of all a very big thank you to Charlotte for such interesting posts, Very well researched and such a treat for us all. Have very long working hours this week, twelve hours some days so this is a quick comment on all the posts. I have really liked the focus of the tour, people and issues. How lovely for Mr Kohinoor to meet TRH. Life does begin at ninety! So far I have liked every one of Kate's looks. The McQueen I loved for its vibrant colour and the paisley, the iconic pattern Indian gave to the world and which now is so widely used, clothes, decor, china etc. The the Dronge that blended so well into the crowds, so much a part of India. What I liked best of this was the earrings, which I am sure are already being RepliKate in India, something that ordinary Indian women will be able to afford to have and wear. How thoughtful. Catherine looked so regal in the Jenny Packham. The embroidery was exquisite and the blue beautiful. I thought the cape enhanced the exquisite embroidery and made her stand out , no easy feat considering the company. Then today the Emilie Wickstead so very different, with a touch of business formality and a bit of an edge in the design. TRH have appeared happy, interested and engaged with the Indian people. What a great tour so far. I will enjoy in the coming weeks catching up on all the videos and all the comments here which I have just briefly skimmed. Once again thank you Charlotte.

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    1. Paisely originates in Persia not India.

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  50. Sharyn from AUS11 April 2016 at 12:37

    Please excuse this post being in dot points, but that's all my brain can handle after 1st day back at work.

    * I am a fan of the emilia wickstead dress, but it would have been nice for a different hairstyle to showcase the collar.

    * the dress length is on trend and I wonder if it was chosen due to the sombre nature of laying a wreath at India Gate (through the wind was distracting)

    * Kate should have tried the dosa - they're so yummy.

    * what do you think Kate carries in her cutches? I think a lipstick, mints, blotting paper and an energy bar. Haha

    * if reports of 15-20 outfits are true, does this mean we will see several outfits each day? Because YAY!

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  51. I do like the dress, pocket flaps and all. But, in a country where white is the color for funerals, and where one is trying to be culturally respectful, I find it strange to wear a white dress for an official event. With that in mind, I would have liked a tinted color on the dress. Maybe a very pale green or pink like the shoe color. And I agree with previous posters, the outfit needed the punch of edgier accessories.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 13:44

      To be fair, at the event yesterday evening I saw people wearing white. And she did pay respect to both Indian soldiers and Gandhi in this same dress today so I think it works :) Since the technology even was leaning more towards modern than traditional.

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    2. Having lived in India I can assure you white is worn lots of times outside of funerals since it reflects thesunlight and therefore keeps youcool. Very smart towear white in the heat.

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    3. Really? I didn`t know white was a funeral colour. Maybe Kate didn`t know that.
      I just looked it up on the Internet and it says that white is a colour for Hindu funerals but so is brown. Maybe it`s kind of like a tradition that isn`t very traditional anymore, if you know what I mean. :)

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    4. Hi anon 12:46, what would you think about going to the Remembrance Day in a light color? Maybe she was advised that in India going to pay tribute to Gandhi has a similar meaning, a similar mood, and it requires a color suitable for a funeral. Our Indian friends could help us to understand, maybe.

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    5. I think the white color works, especially for the two memorial events.
      It's entirely right and proper and I don't think it was a dealbreaker for the morning event.

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  52. The silhouette of the dress is very nice but those flaps are ridiculous in my opinion. The hemline is not very professionally done. The pink shoes are beautiful.

    So nice that they met with the 93 year old man. That was a sweet thing to do. Did anyone notice that Kate typed in "George"?

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  53. Ugh this is exactly the style of dress I was hoping we would NOT see on this trip. I was so pleased with yesterday's trio of outfits. But today we are back to the dowdy school-marm look. The fabric and style are just way too heavy in Hot humid weather. Why is Kate so afraid to show her shoulders? I am afraid we will not see one sleeveless dress or open toed shoe (besides the oute ones covered by the gown last night). This dress looks like a Mccalls pattern that you would sew in an intermediate sewing class.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 13:49

      To be fair. People always go on about how she needs to have fun with fashion and follow trends. THIS is super in right now. Buissness look, mid-length skirt, retro flair. All of it is really "hip". :)

      Not saying your opinion is not ok or valid. Ofc it is. My comment was not meant to you personally, but I've noticed that whenever she tries trends she's either commented on being old or too young. And when she doesn't do trends she's commented on being drab :P And sometimes I've seen comments on the same clothings where people complain she looks too young/old at the same time :P It's very interesting to me how we can see things so differently. I for example LOVE this kind of silouette. I don't know your age but I've noticed that people who lived through the 60s don't like the 60s silouettes, people who lived through the 70s don't like her more bohemian looks etc. (not everyone ofc, but generally). I guess humans can only take going through a trend once before you're fed up, but the trends keep coming back :P

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    2. Well said Rebecca. Fashion keeps coming around again and again. I though her look today was on point. TRH were involved in business-like and formal engagements and so a level of formality is required. I think she is doing very well on this tour.

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    3. To Barbara U.S.: Kate is covering her shoulders in deference to conservative Indian sensibilities. Also, it would be inappropriate to wear a sleeveless dress to a memorial.
      I agree with Rebecca Sweden 13:49 - Kate just can't win. And FYI this look demos one of the trends that are 'in' at the moment - midi length.

      It is my personal opinion, based on seeing what Kate wears at many of her events, that she may be a person who is often cold. I am ALSO a person who is often cold, and wears comfortably in warm weather what would suffocate others. Perhaps this is something to consider when judging her outfits.

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  54. Catherine's white dress is a winner. Totally appropriate for the colourful backdrops of all these amazing places that they are visiting today. And... tonight please pretty pleeeaze dress like a Princess of the United Kingdom. I'm dying for a tiara.... Royal Watcher

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 13:50

      It's a garden party. It's way more likely to be cocktail dress. Sorry to disappoint..

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    2. There's a protocol for when to don a tiara and when not to. State occasions and state dinners are the main events. Tonight's event is neither.

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    3. One can have wishes... Nothing wrong with that.

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  55. Unfortunately the Daily Mail has just released pics of another "Marilyn moment". It looks so unprofessional. Very disappointing - I simply don't understand why she doesn't sew weights in her hems?

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    1. It looks like she has some weights but maybe not enough. The skirt didn't totally get away from her. Though I thought she could have had her hair pulled back while laying the wreath- her hair gets crazy with the wind!

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    2. It really is disappointing. She looks so lovely today and then the skirt flies around and ruins the effect. It's not like this is the first time it has happened to her. She knows she will be photographed and she was going to be outside. She needs to weigh down those hems.

      I hate criticizing her, but honestly, in the pictures on the Daily Mail she simply looks ridiculous trying to hold down her skirt during a somber moment. It's too bad, because she really does look lovely today.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 13:51

      Did you see that wind? Wouldn't matter how many weights she put in. Williams shirt was tearing. She handled it fast, clutched the dress and never showed anything.

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    4. I went to the Daily Mail website and enlarged one of the pictures during the gust of wind that lifted her skirt. It appears to me that the hem was weighted. Looks like every few inches.

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    5. The wind DID look very strong but IF "everything" had been exposed (and it nearly was) it would've been the talk of the world and a terrible embarrassment for her and she doesn't deserve that.

      It is for that reason she (and her team) should have alternative outfits (at least one) for windy days. That should be top priority.

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    6. Then she should have worn an alternative outfit that she had ready for a windy day and worn her hair back. I saw the video first and she is struggling with both. The entire thing was so distracting especially at such a solemn moment.

      I do feel for women in public, men don't have to worry about these things. BUT this should only have to happen to someone ONCE for you (or your staff!) to learn the lesson.

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    7. Well said Rebecca & Lonette. Her skirt looks weighted but this would've been useless against that wind. The same thing has also happened to the Queen & Camilla. It's just one of those things that happen. Because modern cameras take so many images per second they show every movement however momentary whereas on a video of the same event you hardly notice anything because it's happening so quickly.

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    8. Rebecca-Sweden: I live in London. Britain is an island and therefore we are used to very windy conditions. When I first moved here from Canada, I had a couple of Marilyn moments myself. I learned my lesson quickly. I now check the weather reports every morning very carefully. Any chance of a windy day and I will dress accordingly (i.e trousers or a pencil skirt) This keeps happening to her every.single.time. If weights don't work, then don't wear flimsy dresses. There's no excuse and it's starting to become embarrassing.

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    9. So unfortunate and so unprofessional.
      She needs to get back to the sheath dresses, with their tighter skirts that are far less likely to blow up. With her tall, willowy figure, they're perfect.
      Not sure why she moved to the A-line skirts and especially in extremely windy conditions or even mildly breezy conditions. She's had this happen before, you'd think she'd learn.

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    10. If Kate would just wear a slip it would save more embarrassment. She did here: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/96/db/5e/96db5e50363218325ebee066a3bc307d.jpg I think she tries to not wear slips but she's got to realize they need to likely be standard foundation with floaty skirts. Can't help the wind, but CAN help what we see.

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    11. Seriously, enough of the negativity guys, please. It seems to me that the dress has been weighted but the wind some simply too strong. Nothing major happened. To say she is not learning is just a bit mean to me. She and her team did make an effort, but sometimes you do not perfect it the first time. Let us be more positive please.

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    12. I think it is in poor taste to reduce the wreath laying to a gust of wind lifting up Kate's skirt. I think it is on them to run with a story like that and not on Kate. William's jacket was flying up, a gust of wind is unpredictable at best. She handled it and got a hold of the dress. Let it go at that and focus on the way they are honoring war heroes of the country.

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    13. I agree with a lot of what has been said, especially with you, blue wren. We all know that modern cameras can record a split second's “reality” that the human eye does npt see in reality. In my very personal opinion, and I don't ask anyone to agree, photographers aren’t forced to sell this technically provided “reality” to the media. They can sell the split second before or after. Media outlets also aren’t obliged to publish this exact moment in time. And personally, I don’t feel any obligation to click and look. Many very decent, appropriate and even beautiful photos from the engagement at the war memorial have been published. From my experience, filmed material is also very often much closer to a realistic depiction of a given situation.

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    14. It is the DM who should be "embarrassed" to even hone in on this event in this way. NOTHING about how they are paying respect to the heroes of India, instead disecting Kate's toes and a blowing skirt that revealed NOTHING. The DM is TRASH.

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  56. IMHO, the 2 pockets give the dress an Indian look/ vibe. Sorry, not really good w/ words.

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  57. When is she going to learn to weight her hems? Or at least have an alternative outfit of a straight/pencil skirt for windy days?

    Apart from anything else she's putting herself in what must be stressful, panic stricken moments... imagine standing at such a solemn memorial today, on a high profile tour with dozens of press watching, and your skirt feels like it's going to blow up over your head???

    She could save herself a lot of awful anxiety here, not to mention potential embarrassment. And because this is a bit of a theme for her that "Marilyn" photo will get a lot of play, taking attention from the engagements.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 14:19

      It is weighed. You can see the hem is heavier here and there. The wind looked super strong in the video. I don't know if it usually is windy or calm in that place.

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    2. I'm sure it's not intended but, to me, it borders on disrespectful.
      If you want to keep attention and drive attention to the events and people, then dress appropriately.
      A similarly-colored and styled sheath dress, with its tighter skirt, would prevent these things or at least cut down on them.
      I can understand not knowing for the first year or so but she's been in the job for five years. Time to get it together.

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    3. Looking at the photos, they actually look like there were weights in them. But the wind was strong though and William's suit was even riding up. Luckily nothing major revealed.

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    4. Did anyone else notice that when they went to the Gandhi memorial there was no wind? Not one moment where her dress blew up or William's suit ruffled. Could it be that the weather is unpredictable and that there was no mention of wind in the forecast? It certainly appears that the windy conditions did not last long. Who knows?

      Bottom line for me is seeing the hem weighted shows that she is learning from past mistakes. She is also wearing her dresses longer. They are fashionable but also, she is respectful of the Queen, who I am sure prefers the longer styles, and is representing her in the best way possible. In her message to the people of India, Her Majesty said that she was trusting a new generation to continue the close relationship with India. I think Kate and William are doing a great job.

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    5. Lovely comment, Lonette 16:34 Thank-you for your insight and wisdom.

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    6. 13:27- the unfortunate incident- 1-3 seconds? will only take attention away from the engagement if we allow it to. We see what we want to see and what we are
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    7. From my point of view it is not embarrassing except to those who want to nit-pick every thing she does and not except she tried to remedie the problem with having weights sewn in, however the wind had other ideas. We saw nothing except some leg. Go Kate. You tried and you did learn.

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  58. What a beautiful dress and accessories. Yesterday was so colorful that this is a good cooling change, and a dignified choice for the day. I liked those pockets fine, thoigh I thought they looked a bit military, and then I read all the comments, and of course now I am seeing them differently, lol.

    Someone asked about the investiture. It is a ceremony in which Prince William knights worthy people in the Queen's name. Who they are will have been decided by the governments.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 14:22

      Investiture is not only knighting (I think). It's also giving out different levels of medals and honours.

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    2. I think you are right, Rebecca. I keep expecting a British poster to provide details.

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  59. Love the style of the dress. Hate the pocket flaps. The color is OK but would have loved to see it pink or green or blue. Thanks Charlotte!

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  60. I loved almost everything of yesterday's outfits, but I dislike very much this white dress and her hair today. I hate the pockets and the collar, and unfortunately the skirt proved to be inappropriate for the weather conditions. The scene at the memorial was quite annoying. Pity!!! It must have been a very embarrassing moment for her.
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    1. Sarah Maryland USA11 April 2016 at 14:16

      It is amazing to me that she STILL hasn't sewn weights in her dress!

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  61. Boy are we getting spoiled! Life will seem boring after this tour. :)

    The cut of the dress is beautiful but the those "pockets" are odd - doesn't ruin the dress but are a little strange.

    Love the color of the shoes.

    Bless her heart with the wind blowing her dress up at such a somber moment (the Queen may wonder when Kate will put weights in her hem as she's gotten dangerously close to showing too much body for someone representing a country).

    I bet they are appreciating all of the new experiences and are glad it's going well but I pictured them this morning waking up and saying, "well, day one is done, one day closer to seeing the kids!". :)

    Thanks as always, Charlotte! Oh, I did something I've never done - ordered a pair of shoes identical to hers (the monsoon wedges). :)

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  62. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 14:06

    Random thought. I see everywher they go (Entrance at the hotel, Ghandis assasination spot etc.) that things are decorated with yellow and orange flowers. Is there any specific meaning behind the colours and/or those specific flowers or is it "just" because it looks aestherically pleasing? :)

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    1. I would like to know too. I have a feeling that orange represents something in India since it's on the flag as well. Maybe yellow is a good complimentary color to the orange.

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  63. I quite like today's dress and I thought the engagement in Mumbai was fascinating. India is a world leader in many things, technology included.

    One note: can we please not go the negative route and pick on the dress blowing up again? It is hardly a Marilyn moment. It's a long dress with enough weight. Stay positive, guys! There are lots of good things to talk about on this tour.

    Looking forward to HM's birthday party event.

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  64. Sarah Maryland USA11 April 2016 at 14:16

    I hate flaps. It distracts from the dress!
    Also, I am not a huge fan of her in white because it makes her look a little washed out!
    If the dress was in a different color I would like it much more!

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  65. I can't say I love the pocket detail, but the high-res photos do give a better look at the garment. I wouldn't call it a total miss either as Kate always looks stunning in white! Also, the midi-length is so classic, but clean and modern at the same time.

    They really look like they are enjoying this trip and seem very comfortable at the events. Thank you for posting such wonderful recaps, Charlotte!

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  66. When I saw the dress my initial response was dislike of those flaps. Then I imagined the dress without them, and when I did that, I didn't like the rounded collar. The dress is just benign, it isn't all that flattering, but it isn't unflattering either. I love her shoes - they save the dress and make the look a bit classier. Not one of my faves but the cut is beautiful, I love the length, and Kate looks smashing. Those shoes are gorgeous.

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  67. Dress may be weighted. Seems like quite the wind. Camilla has had a few of these moments quite recently and the Queen and Sophie have also had these moments. Not a big deal.

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  68. Kate was not well-served by her advance team or Emma Wickstead at this event. I'm not letting Kate entirely off the hook either. The blowing dresses and fly-away hair have caused her problems in the past and should have been scrupulously avoided, especially at this somber event.

    I like the color and style of the dress (for another occasion), but the breast flaps are distracting. It's time to retire those earrings for the remainder of the trip.

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  69. Theresa, from Paris11 April 2016 at 14:35

    Love the style of the white dress, hate the faux pockets and the collar. Love the shoes but not with that dress.
    I can't understand it : why do her dresses and skirts always do that to her and not to the other royals (or hardly ever) ? The people who take care of her wardrobe should be careful. One day, it will really happen : the dress will totally flare up while she is laying a wreath or something. And the Duchess will really feel humiliated.

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      I agree about the shoes and the dress, and the faux pockets are from Mars. I also agree with you about the wardrobe personnel, only I think she has needed to re-assign them a long time ago and let them do their real jobs full time. She needs to hire a real stylist. She can afford to hire the best and she should. Beauty in fashion uplifts and blesses people in my opinion and she can do so much better with the right help.

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  70. Oh I just got so choked up about that Dear Man being able to spend time with Will & Kate:) It is such a reminder of the power of human kindness. There could be no earthly possession that he will treasure more than his short time with them & it speaks yet again of "who" Will & Kate are & their priorities. As Maya Angelou once said.. "When people show you who they are, believe them". Regarding Kate's dress, I admit I was initially taken aback by the lack of vibrant color, but when I saw her at Ghandi's Home, it made complete sense & was absolutely perfect. I too am not in love with the bilateral faux chest pockets, but She is a Vision in Cream! :)

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    1. I got pretty choked up at the end of Grantchester last night, Becca. I had to step outside for a little cool air. :)

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  71. The white dress was very appropriate for the visits to the two memorials in Delhi. Weights would be good.

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  72. I forgot to mention that while I was surprised by my not loving her red dress yesterday, while watching video of it last night I actually fell in love with it. It was beautiful on her as she moved & walked around, especially the view from the back. Rebecca you gave me another reason to appreciate her Ivory Dress for today. As I said earlier, when I saw her at Ghandi's, the Cream Dress made such sense, but I was missing the nod to The Indian Military & I think the chest pockets are adding an Indian Military vibe to the dress. Thx for mentioning it!:)

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    1. The Indian Military vibe would be the correct way to describe the design of her dress and I loved the cream color, it is very somber for a visit to the Gandhi Ashram and India Gate.

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  73. Not a fan of this look.
    My first thought was "boob flaps!"
    Looks okay but she's got better and more appropriate single-wear dresses she could have worn. This is an odd mix, for me, of somewhere between too "little girly" and "British matron."
    The pockets are ridiculous.
    Why any designer would think to put giant flaps, on a white dress, over a woman's boobs, is beyond me. Ruins the line of the dress even if you've got a small chest as Kate does.
    White is appropriate, though, for the visits to the memorials as it is the Indian color of mourning. Really, really, really wish she'd get with the program and either go back to the sheath dresses, which aren't susceptible to wind gusts and/or weight those hems.
    The whole skirt blowing up thing is old and it's tacky. Five years in, she knows better and knows how to fix it. No excuses by now for not knowing there might be a breeze.
    They both look tired, which is to be expected. Glad they met with Mr. Kohinoor, I loved his video!!

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    1. I wear a lot of skirts and it happens to me, only I don`t have cameras documenting every millisecond of my life in public.

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    2. That`s a great thought about why she wore white! Very appropriate. I would`ve hated to see her wear black. Oh and btw, just curious, what sheath dresses are you referring to Elizabeth?

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    3. I didn't like the dress. There are such beautiful options, for example, the Temperley dresses Charlotte showed. Something of that nature. More polished and a lot fresher. The black and white is so stark and the designs too unartistic and bold. Aesthetically alarming rather than attractive. The fabric made the black and white look muddled. It looked cheap like a beach shack purchase. (I live at the beach and have seen similar often before.) It is hard to believe that this is bespoke and designer made. The black and white next to William's blue suit didn't look good. There again, the dress would be more something a blonde would wear. I won't mention any names. The earrings were matchy matchy. Again, there were a lot of options for better earrings. Kate's left the wardrobe to someone else and it shows. She most likely opted to spend her time with the children. Sorry to disagree with others here but I want to be honest.

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      Actually, I was in the wrong thread when I made the above comments @ 16:33. I was referring to the dress Kate wore to the birthday party.

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  74. Thank you for all the hard work, Charlotte - I so enjoy your blog! It's a wonderful escape from the everyday and you always, always keep it classy!

    Lisa from Dallas

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  75. Does the duchess really have to wear dresses at every single event? Why can she wear formal pants a la Princess Mary? I'm sure she would not only rock the pant looks but also avoid wardrobe malfunctions in windy area sit outside events. At least sometimes Natasha Archer please style the Duchess in cool Pants.

    The silhouette is the same old boring style. Reminds me of the k k Bennett Cayla dress. The pockets are hideous!

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    1. Not pants, please. I hate seeing Letizia at official events in trousers, especially standing next to a man in a suit. A dress is much better. She just needs to choose more fitted skirts. I bought the L.K. Bennett Cayla dress a few months again and was looking forward to wearing it in warmer weather. It is a bit boring but not with a funkier shoe.

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  76. The faux pocket placement on that dress and the shape of the pockets make it appear that they are there to designate to everyone the location of the Duchess's nipples. Not a very flattering dress, a I mentioned before.

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  77. And one more comment. The shoes are nice but with so many high pointy heels that the duchess wears, I'm worried about Kate's feet and back that will have impact in the long run. Yes the duchess may do yoga and exercise and she does not do engagements every day so she may not suffer much.

    Aren't shoes supposed to be well broken into? Especially before wearing them while traveling? These look brand new and it could hurt her feet.

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    1. I think the pointy shoes are Natasha's doing.

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    2. I have thought about the possible medical issues that comes with wearing so many high heels, myself. I'm surprised she hasn't broken or sprained an ankle yet! And I certainly hope that she doesn't!

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  78. I quite like this dress - I can see it getting repeated many times, and I instantly thought it would be the perfect dress for a tennis match!

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  79. Can you please tell us who the couple is that is accompanying The Duke and Duchess throughout the trip so far including at the Garden Party? I am assuming it is the ambassador and his wife but I cannot confirm it.

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    1. My guess would be the British High Commissioner. In Mumbai, his office was handling some of the events and his home is the site for the garden party.

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  80. Kate has the worst luck with the wind and her skirts! This dress is certainly an appropriate length and even appears to have weights in the hem. She can't win :(

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    1. Annette New Zealand11 April 2016 at 16:25

      From the Daily Mail photos on their site the dress had an attached slip as well as weights in the hem. William's jacket blew right up too so it was obviously very windy. You can see from her hands how hot she was feeling and a fitted sheath dress would have been hotter to wear and wrinkle more in the humidity. Actually the Queen herself sometimes had similar problems in the past but the news media was more helpful in those days so we didn't get lots of photos and comments about it.

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    2. I know. You can weight hems all you like but wind is wind and if the gale is strong enough it's not going to matter. I'm not a fan of the faux pockets on the front of the dress though. It's a little too 'twee' and cute for her but the material is beautiful and it's fitted well.

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    3. A lining won't help her. She needs to just get used to the idea that this kind of slip--a real slip that doesn't swirl around, is the best protection she can have with such floaty skirts: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/96/db/5e/96db5e50363218325ebee066a3bc307d.jpg See, she owns one. Time to use it again. =)

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  81. Yesterday I felt every outfit was pure perfection. Not today. Those faux pockets are awkwardly placed. I don't think I've been a fan of anything by Emilia Wickstead.

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  82. Kate I love you but when you are at a solemn outdoor event please wear a sheath style!

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    1. I agree Valerie. Kate looks good in a pencil skirt. There are many nice ones available and she can even have bespoke outfits made with the sheath skirts/dresses. She is going to be doing many solemn outdoor events. Hopefully she'll plan accordingly from now on and where a sheath skirt or sheath dress so as to not distract from the solemnity of the event on windy days. She lucked out today. The headlines could easily have been a lot different.

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    2. But not practable for a 2 hour plane ride when schedule didn't permit a change of clothing.

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  83. Zora from Prague11 April 2016 at 16:02

    Thank you, Charlotte, for all your work! I would have liked the dress better without the faux pockets. I like it best in the picture where the pockets are covered with the special "scarf" (sorry, don't know the name) at the Gandhi Museum.
    It must have been a strong moment at the Memorial.
    I'm so glad THR met Mr Kohinoor. He must have been so happy! (I think we can all imagine :) )

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  84. A vision in cream! I quite like this dress on Kate and upon seeing it thought, Kate selected this dress. Pairing it with the soft pink shoes (every women should consider a pair - they look great with jeans as well) really works. And this "fun" style was perfect for the awards and event with entrepreneurs.

    While the dress was appropriate for the laying of the wreath it was a risk given the wind at the outdoor event. The fabric of this dress does not appear to be flimsy and given the length I'm going to assume she didn't expect it to "fly" like it did. Someone earlier in the comments suggested having a "back-up dress" upon arrival and this would have been smart to make a quick switch.

    She does look lovely and happy - that's what matters. I also agree, we'll see this dress at Wimbledon down the road.

    Elle in San Jose.

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    1. Except everything is packed. She had a 2 hr plane ride. She tried to plan for the possibility by having weights sewn into the hem. However the wind was strong enough to raise Williams suit jacket and whip his shirt. No one saw anything, so not sure what's the problem.

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  85. I'd just like to comment about the ungracious comments regarding the blowing around of Kate's skirt. Sometimes things are just beyond our control. As women, we should all know that. Her dress is an appropriate length, the material is not flimsy and the hem does appear to be weighted. However, the wind was formidable. No harm done. We did not see anything we should not have seen. I doubt she was embarrassed and I doubt that anyone there was embarrassed for her. Everyone knows that wind does blow women's skirts around. Nothing we haven't seen before. Nothing we haven't seen before from other royals including the Queen. Let's not tear other women down for something that could easily happen to all of us. Do you know what I saw when her skirt was blown about? How this gorgeously full skirt moved beautifully in the breeze.

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    1. Zora from Prague11 April 2016 at 17:53

      Thanks, Erika. I agree a 100% with everything you said.

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    2. You are very generous Erika! Really!!

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    3. Thank you so much for what you wrote, Erika. You are being so gracious.

      What you say is in tune with how I see one of the photos taken at the war memorial and that I appreciate in particular. It shows William in a mmovement from/to the colourful wreath. His jacket is all blown up at his back by the wind gust. Catherine can be seen standing just in front of him. The wind playing with her hair, her hands holding the skirt that is in the middle of an elegant move. In the background you can see a photographer. Camera around his neck. A second one in his hand. In front of his chest. Watching and waiting.

      To me this is very good photojournalism. If I had a prize to give, I would give it immediately to the photographer who took this photo. Wondering who it was? I think you know by now. One of those who also sold the other ones.

      This is the photo http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/04/11/12/330F380A00000578-3533405-image-m-82_1460375575320.jpg

      This article contains a huge version of it http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3534083/Kate-William-attend-lavish-garden-party-celebrate-Queen-s-90th-birthday-British-High-Commissioner-s-residence-tour-India.html

      Bonus material for those who like the whole story or the other side of it, I'd rather say https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfxBuLKWcAAhMvJ.jpg

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    4. Awesome comment Erika.

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    5. Thank you Erika, she has learned and had weights sewn in so she tried to plan for this eventuality.

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    6. Thank you for saying what we are all thinking. Its ridiculous to tear her down for things that happen to all women royal or not daily. I recently saw photos of the Duchess or Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex with massive fly away Dresses and Skirt action way worse then this and no one said one negative thing about it in the press or on blogs. Its unfair to pick on Princess Kate like that it looked beautiful in those pictures though. Thank You Again have a great day.

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  86. I was wondering how come there are no sightings of Rebecca.. Private Secretary?

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  87. Tammy from California11 April 2016 at 17:20

    I think Emilia Wickstead is my favorite designer Kate wears. I am a huge fan of the Peter Pan collar on Kate and Emilia's designs seem to incorporate that collar often. I loved, loved the dress today. I too, however, wasn't a fan of the pockets. Awkwardly placed is right. Kate looked lovely and other than the pockets, I loved the outfit.

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  88. I am one of them who liked this dress, pockets or not, the only thing I would have changed is the accessories, to spice it up a bit, even snakeskin or sth,Charlotte posted a pic of this dress on Twitter and the bag and the shoes made a difference.

    Her moments

    Browsing through the comments one thing is clear, we can't blame the wind, clearly they are not friends, there were weighs or at least let's hope there were, still,clearly she can't make the right decision. Maybe she needs to prepare a substitute pair of clothing, which I am sure they are prepared. Or when she knows she is gonna lean and will be in the front line go for a pencil skirt. In June,they have another memorial engagement in France, there she can prove it and be wiser.

    At this point I am truly feel for her,truly, deeply, honestly. It must be really heavy on her now, clearly she likes things in order.
    DM prints this on front page along with her unkept/unpolished nails?? Really! I found this too much for my stomach. Who cares about her unpolished nails, I care about her doing good, being and learning and developing into a better person!

    On the other hand I must stress when a bad/embarrassing thing happens to me I try to avoid it, learn from it. Why can't she? Let's not come up with the wind or throwing Harry under the bus and making this into a sexist argument. It is her who gets into these situations for x times! Come on Kate, you can do much better, it is in you, I know!!!!



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    1. The fact that she had weighted hems and the fabric wasn't as flimsy and one would think, I do think she and her team thought of it. It is unfortunate that it wasn't enough, but the effort was there and let us acknowledge that. Let us also be grateful that nothing truly was revealed. Kate was very good in concealing it and acting dignified in spite of what was probably a very terrifying situation. I am with you in being aghast with how some papers like the Daily Mail would find any opportunity to rip others apart. No consideration of others' feelings. No regard for what is important. Just always there to find fault. I do not with to see it in this blog. There are many good things to talk about that we can focus on.

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    2. Totally agree with talking about things that matter Anett.

      I think a professional stylist could have put this outfit together in a way that would have preserved Kate's modesty. Or switched to a different outfit if the wind was strong.

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    3. I do believe that, if a lady is going to wear a sandal or shoe that shoes your toes, you should have a proper pedicure and, preferably a polished toe. I don't believe, however, you should be ridiculed on the cover of the Daily Mail, but surely Kate by now knows people are going to pick up on her unpolished toenails! This isn't her first rodeo, as we say in Texas!

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  89. Count me in among the crowd that hates those faux pocket flaps or whatever they are. So awkward looking. I strongly dislike it.

    As for the dress blowing up...I will actually give her a pass this time. It looked quite windy. I live in a very windy area and sometimes you just can't do anything. It is what it is. The pics I saw on DM look like there was a slip (though I guess she could have worn a tighter fitting straight slip) and possibly even some weights. But sometimes the wind just wins.

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  90. Another win for me today with this look. I really like the dress and the length. I agree with most comments about the pocket flaps but after looking at more pictures, I started to appreciate them more. I love that this dress has pockets too that Kate did not show as using.

    It was beautiful in Mumbai and traveled well to New Delhi for the continuation of the day. I was very appropriate for all engagements that were planned. Yay, another new pair of shoes. I am not a fan of pointy toes and prefer the rounded or even almond toe but these are very pretty.

    Kate is doing so well on this tour just like I new she would. They days are going by so fast it is going to be gone before we know it.

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  91. Two more items I forgot to mention, love that W/K took time out of the tour to meet their biggest fan, Mr. Kohinoor. That was such a sweet gesture that will last him a life time. So good of them to do that.

    I quite like her hair today. I love soft waves that use the natural curl of her hair. She looked quite stunning in pictures with it styled this way.

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  92. I think I would like the dress better if it didn't have the breast pockets, but had an open neck instead. Question...Does Prince William ever wear a suit that isn't blue? (Tuxes not included.)

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  93. I rather like the dress, the pockets are unexpected but give it an interesting flair. I've been loving all the Duchess's outfits so far on this tour - she's off to a great start. I found it so sweet that they could carve out some time of their busy itinerary to meet the elderly royal fan.

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  94. I have given my input on the dress, so let me say I want to give a big shout out to whoever arranged the meeting with the sweet old gentleman fan from Mumbai. Now that truly is a story that touched my heart. He might look vibrant and strong, but an article said he wanted to go to the cricket match but couldn't because his legs were cramping. I am so happy he got to meet Will and Kate. Kudos to them and to the KP team for facilitating this unforgettable meeting.

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  95. The dress is a "meh" for me. I do think the pockets are a little strange. Also, I don't understand the fascination with all these full skirts. For me, a sheath would be so much easier to wear in an outdoor ceremony like this, and no wind problems!!!! And goodness knows she has got the perfect figure for one.

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  96. This dress is my absolute favorite dress she has ever worn. It is pure perfection! Even my hubby who doesn't give a flip about fashion thinks this is a beautiful dress!

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  97. So far not much to like on the trip except for the 2 piece evening outfit.

    The Daily Mail has done an article on Kate's feet. They are not in great condition for someone so young - years of wearing high heels have taken their toll and I think Kate best keep them covered!

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  98. Although the faux pockets are not my favorite touch, I think the dress would need "something" without them. The cut is lovely on her and the color was an unexpected touch after all the color she treated us to on the first day of the tour.

    Most importantly, W&K's enthusiasm and sincerity shines through and I think the Queen can raise her glass just a little bit higher as she celebrates her birthday. :)

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  99. Tick offs after day 1 plus day dress today :)

    1 Catherine Walker / x McQueen / 1 Beulah / 1 Saloni or Erdem
    xxx nod to India / 1 to Bhutan / (x) to Diana / 1 to the Queen
    x fashionable / x classic / x simple / x casual
    1 about knee-length / x long / xx midi/maxi / x floor-length
    xxxx new / 1 repeat / (xx) bespoke / (xx) off the peg
    xxx love/like it / x interesting / 1 growing on me / 1 divisive
    ?xx dress / ? suit / x gown / 1 pair of trousers
    xx high heels / 1 flats / x sandals / 1 boots / +
    x up do / 1 half-up / xxx down / 1 ponytail
    xx jewelry repeat / 1 borrowed / x whow / (x) simple

    bonus :)

    x very good blend with the colours of the floor - 1,4
    x literally local designer - 2
    x beautiful blend of feminine and ethnic chic casual - 2
    x beautiful wedges - 2
    x very affordable earrings - 2
    x parallels between pre-tour reception and dress - 2
    x Jenny Packham – 3 / Emilia Wickstead - 4
    x excellent craftsmanship – 3
    x multiple symbolic allusions - 4

    xx no watch - 1,2,4
    (quality of the up do - 3)
    x very honorable mention - The Duke of C - 2,3

    :)

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  100. I really don't care for this dress at all. The circle skirt on it is a nice cut but risky with any winds. The top is all wrong - it's 'baby' looking on her - nothing that should have been wore for the events today -- the neck needs to be cut down a tish - loose the faux pocket flaps and change the material - it's sort of heavy for where they are and the time of year - wool crepe? Come on. It's a warm time in their fall still there in India.

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  101. Shame on the designer for not putting weights in the hem of this very full dress. This should always be find for women who are public figures making out of door appearances.

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  102. Yes! This dress is gorgeous! I LOVE the collar! I could do with or without the pockets, but I love the cut, color and collar. I do wish she would wear a shoe other than a court shoe, like a Jimmy Choo slingback, but, overall, she looks amazing in this dress!

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  103. What a historical visit to see Gandhi's final place in life. Non violent and Peaceful Struggle is much more difficult and patient testing.

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  104. Alejandra Ramírez12 April 2016 at 04:30

    Great post! Thank you for your hard and fast work!
    :D And yes, I do have the same feeling with the dress. Really nice, except the breast pockets
    The pink shoes are so cute

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  105. Is there a good replicate for her gold earrings? They are such a wonderful statement piece.

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