Monday, 11 April 2016

Radiant Kate in Temperley London for Queen's Birthday Party

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rounded up a busy day two of their royal tour of India by attending a birthday party for Her Majesty the Queen at the residence of the British High Commissioner.


The Duchess made a very stylish arrival.


The Cambridges joined hundreds of VIP's from the world of government and politics, and the garden party offered a chance to celebrate the links between Britain and India, and for all in attendance to toast the Queen ahead of her 90th birthday next week.


Rebecca English shared a photo of the British High Commissioner's residence.


Guests arriving for the evening.


Interesting quotes from the evening: Whilst chatting with guests, Kate was asked how she stays so trim. "I am running after my kids", she replied. Speaking to another guests about Diana the Duchess said "Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting her".


More from the Mail Online:

'Much of the small talk between the couple and some of the 2,000 guests – drawn from the worlds of politics, business and the armed forces and academia – was about how she and her husband were enjoying their whirlwind trip to India. Kate was also asked by party guest Prof Bulbul Dhar-James the secret to looking so trim. 'We said "how do you lose all the weight after having two kids?" And she said "I am running after my kids",' revealed Prof Dhar-James. The academic, who teaches political science at Jamia Mellia Islamia university, asked her how she kept cheery through all the engagements. 'I asked her "aren't you tired of smiling?" And she said "I'm just reciprocating. Everyone is so warm". 'They were both really gracious. She was so welcoming and warm. We told her "You look much better in person than in your photographs".'
Deepa Thomas Sutcliffe, 40, VP and Head of Communications Nissan and married to Paul Sutcliffe from British High Commission, who has just relocated from Mumbai, was one of the first the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to tonight. 'I told the Duchess I have been a huge Royal fan my whole life and I adored Princess Diana. I was five years old when she married,' she said. 'She said "unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting her". 'We also talked about Mumbai and she said "Mumbai is fantastic. We had a lovely time and got to sample lots of things, even a bit of cricket." 
'It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am star struck actually. I never thought I'd get to speak to her. I think the royal couple are gorgeous, down to earth and very modern. 'The older royals are very stiff upper lip but the Duke and Duchess are willing to talk to anybody. I think they are a big hit so far. India is very heavily influenced by the British and there is a huge respect for the British Royal family.'

No doubt it is always an honour for William and Kate to represent Her Majesty abroad. This year is particularly special with her landmark 90th birthday approaching. Kensington Palace elaborated: "This tour to India and Bhutan occurs in the week before the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Duke and Duchess are honoured to be carrying out this visit on Her Majesty’s behalf as so many around the world prepare to celebrate this happy milestone. The Duke and Duchess will seek to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s service and on-going work as one of the world’s longest-serving heads of state who has made an enormous contribution to the diplomatic success of the United Kingdom."


The Duke and Duchess cut the birthday cake. The couple used a sword to cut the first slice.


Prince William paid tribute to his grandmother in a lovely speech:

"I am incredibly lucky to have my grandmother in my life.  As she turns 90, she is a remarkably energetic and dedicated guiding force for her family. And I am so glad that my children are having the chance to get to know The Queen. George and Charlotte. too, will discover how lucky they are to have such a wonderful great-grandmother – a role model for the rest of their lives.
 Now, it is important that everyone here tonight understands that I am here as The Queen’s representative. She may be my grandmother but she is also very much the boss! And with that in mind she has given me a message that I am privileged to read out to you all tonight. From HM the Queen: "Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all you attending this special Garden Party.
 I am delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been able to join you this afternoon during their visit to your country.  I have fond memories of our previous visits to India.  This event today is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the enduring friendship between our two countries, our shared culture and the business opportunities we can create together. It is with great pleasure that I entrust another generation of my family to strengthen and renew our bonds. Elizabeth R."
William ended his speech saying "Now I can report back to Granny that I have done my duty! Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining with us to wish The Queen a very happy. birthday.  Bahot dhanyavaad."

The Duke and Duchess raised a glass.


Again, Kate very much surprised us with her sartorial selections for the event.


The Duchess looked stunning in the Temperley London Delphia Embroidered Crop Top and Embroidered Silk-Organza Maxi Skirt from the Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. I absolutely love this look on Kate; it's the perfect mix of effortless and sophisticated, and still quite a youthful look. It was a fantastic choice - my favourite tour look thus far.

Temperley London

Indeed, there's another very specific reason the ensemble would have caught Kate's attention. The Delphia pieces carry the season's theme of global curiosities with opulent embroidered motifs of Indian Chintz and lattice.

Temperley London

With a contemporary cut including sheer shoulders and a short sleeve, the £995 top cuts elegantly at the natural waist.

Temperley London

The £1,995 Long Delphia Skirt is cut to a flattering ankle-length, the skirt drapes effortlessly in a contemporary a-line silhouette. Both pieces are currently available in most sizes at Temperley London and Net-A-Porter.

Temperley London

It appears Kate is wearing a new pair of black sandals.


The eagle-eyed Susan from What Kate Wore believes they may be the Gianvito Rossi Crisscross Ankle-Wrap Suede Sandals. From what we can see, I think she may be spot on.

Gianvito Rossi

Anna noted Kate's striking pair of earrings an old pair.


Both Kate and Pippa have been photographed wearing them over the past number of years. Most recently the Duchess wore them to the Buckingham Palace Christmas luncheon,


Kate completed the look with a black Prada clutch.


Today's events

  • Our post covering William and Kate's events in Mumbai and New Delhi is here.
Tomorrow's events
  • Begins with an engagement supporting vulnerable young people, and then a private meeting with NGO's. 
  • Lunch with Prime Minister Modi. 
  • The Cambridges will travel to Kaziranga National Park. 
  • The couple will meet locals and view dance performances.

And that's a wrap for day two! 

229 comments:

  1. Are we sure those are the same sandals? The toe band on these don't look wavy.

    Better pic of them
    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-attends-a-garden-party-news-photo/520434900

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    1. I agree.. They don't look like the Prada ones worn yesterday..

      I wonder, could they be these: http://www.rupertsanderson.com/mitra-black-suede.html ??

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  2. Love this look! I think Kate has hit it out of the park with all of her clothing choices so far. All wins as far as I'm concerned. - Ohio gal

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    1. YES! Love all of her designer choices so far,,it's been a hugely successful beginning of the Royal Tour!!XOXO

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  3. The black shoes seem a different pair! Check out the pictures on the site of the Daily Mail. They seem more straight lined. As for the rest, I'm completely ignorant on the subject so hope others are better informed! Karin

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  4. Sarah Maryland USA11 April 2016 at 15:50

    Love it!!!!! Kate has nailed it on four out of the five outfits she has worn on tour so far! Im starting to get reminded of the stylish Kate I knew from 2011-2012!
    I always wondering why she stopped wearing alice temperely, it has been awhile since we have seen her in that brand! Love love love!
    Look at me being all positive lol

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    1. I am writing down the date and time Sarah. :)

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  5. The dress is beautiful and a perfect choice for this event. I would have liked to have seen a different hairstyle, as I think this looks too casual for the dress and the occasion.

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    1. Agreed, the hairstyle looks too casual and young.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 16:06

      Hmm.. I don't agree :) Or rather, it seems more cocktail style dresscode than gown dresscode. So this way it was bohemian and casual instead of full on dressed up.

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    3. Agreed.....a simpler updo than the previous evening would've looked perfect with this incredible dress.

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    4. I agree, I think that I might have liked the dress better if only she had had a proper updo instead of this half up-half down.

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    5. Zora from Prague11 April 2016 at 17:46

      Perhaps she opted for this hairstyle because she hasn't worn half-up half-down on this tour yet, but she wore an updo yesterday?
      This dress is beautiful, both simple and sophisticated if that makes sense.

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    6. I'm with Rebecca on this one:)

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    7. I agree with Rebecca. Generally, I am a fan of an updo, but if you look at the crowd, people are not dressed in eveningwear. Kate's outfit was perfect, but an updo would have taken it up a notch and I think it's one she wanted to avoid.

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  6. This is a wonderful dress, and they both look great. I thought the simple white dress she wore earlier an appropriate choice for the Ghandi museum, and it was very pretty, too. All her choices for the trip to India have been great.

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  7. Oh what a fabulous tour this is shaping up to be! I really enjoyed the events yesterday and today, I honestly think (and dare I say it) that this tour has been so much more exciting than the Australia / New Zealand one.

    I didnt really like the white dress from earlier today because of those patches on the breast area but the length of it looked gorgeous on Catherine. And she has definitely redeemed herself with this look, such a fabulous outfit.

    This beautiful couple sure knows how to win people over :)

    Love from Avee in SA

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  8. She rocks this look. Elegant, cool & with a floaty feel from the delicate fabric. The hair style works really well with it too. They both look relaxed which is good to see. Nice touch from William about George & Charlotte getting to know their great grandmother

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    1. I know! I looved his words:) I was Especially touched (actually choked up) reading The Queen's words about sharing India with the next generation of 'Her' Family:) I feel She exudes Faith in William (I think back to how he used to go have 'Tea with Granny' once a week while at Eaton. I also feel that she sees herself & Prince Phillip in William & Kate. I think their is a very special fondness & respect that goes both way between those 4 & that your Country will be in good hands for years to come:)

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  9. Wow! The Duchess looks picture perfect this evening. She could not have chosen better. I have really liked all of her looks on this tour and this is my new favourite, but I have a feeling I will be wowed yet again in the days to come. In reading the comments for yesterday's outfits, I have to say that this is a really tough crowd, but in my opinion, she has been spot on.

    So sorry that the DM continues to dwell on the wind story. I think the true mettle of a person is how they handle difficult situations and Kate didn't miss a beat when the weather interrupted her duty. It looked to me like efforts were made to keep this dress from flying up, but sometimes a gust of wind hits at just the wrong angle and it wouldn't matter what you did. It happens. And Kate handled it all with grace and dignity. Nothing untoward showed, much to the chagrin of the photographers I'm sure.

    Tonight's look it a dream. What a beautiful dress...

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    1. I agree 100% with everything you said, Marny!

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    2. You shouldn't worry about the DM. They have a whole article right now dedicated to her lack of nail polish. Talk about nitpicking

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    3. Yes, I thought the emphasis on the lack of nail polish was so bad that I wasn't going to comment - but since you did Michael, I'll just say this: I didn't get my toes done again until my kids were teenagers. Don't sweat the small stuff I always say.

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    4. Rhonda - Wisconsin11 April 2016 at 19:43

      Actually they now have an article about how she has ruined her feet by wearing all the pointy toe high heels! Leave it to the DM.

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    5. Marny I agree with all that you said:)

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    6. Today's (black and white) outfit is very elegant bravo! I think a diamond earring would be better...I don't like the same color in everything as she does...blue and blue with blue..etc it's a boring dull and ...safe, .. Another thing is her way she walks and stands, not straight always with your hands holding on her belly, perhaps she feels awkward..I don't know.. but it's not elegant..
      Finally, I hope she doesn't have any other ...Marilyn incidents and more reveling onces during this tour too because it will be too much... How difficult is to wear the right dress to the right occasion and the right weather? From all the royals why happen only to her during all her tours? For Gods shake...

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    7. Really!!! Like nail polish is that important! Maybe she forgot it at home or just didn`t think it was necessary. For all we know. she may not even LIKE nail polish!

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    8. Yes, Marny it does reveal the true mettle of a person. And many of the DM readers' comments reveal what is lacking in today's society.

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    9. I saw the article and I thought wow, these people are just looking for anything. Her feet are well taken care of, she just isn't wearing nail polish. That's not a crime. I wonder if they don't realize you can get a pedicure without polish. Ridiculous.

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    10. I did see the nasty write up by the DM. They must really be grasping at straws to feel the need to concoct such a silly "story". Catherine is doing a fantastic job. Impossible to fault her really IMO.
      Royal Watcher

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    11. Tedi in California12 April 2016 at 03:59

      The DM is trash.

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    12. Anon 00:40, good point! If the worst thing they can say about her is that she isn't wearing toenail polish then they have nothing but seem desperate to find fault. They must be convinced it will sell papers though. I hope it shows clearly how little the DM can be trusted.

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    13. Plus it used to be considered rather low class to wear polish so DM is being crazy.

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    14. Julia from Leominster12 April 2016 at 06:55

      I can't agree here as far as her skirt flying up. I don't think the press should be blamed for her not wearing something under a full skirt after at least seven, that I can think of, incidents of her exposing her body at inappropriate moments - this being the most inappropriate of all. (there are probably more - this is just what I can think of without looking.) Of course, it is news. This aspect of her is becoming a dinner party joke -that she is an exhibitionist or does it for William's amusement. I don't believe this, but she has to be clueless on this score.

      Yes, the wind is hard to predict. But many of us who worked took this into account. Wearing a close-fitting skirt in questionable weather is the best solution. But if you want to wear full skirts, at least have them lined with a close-fitting lining. I did this for years - not being clever at sewing, I had a seamstress do it - it is not complicated. I used silk because it felt so nice against the skin. Using a plain slip is another solution - it looks like lining. With a slight slit in the back, it is perfectly comfortable and nothing is shown. I would have died of mortification if such an event had happened in front of clients, but Kate seems not to care or learn.
      So here is Kate yet again, clutching at the back of her skirt, letting the front fly up to show her legs (as seen in the Telegraph photo) making the event a Marilyn Monroe imitation rather than a solemn event. Unable to perform the wreath-laying properly because she struggling with her skirt.
      I don't blame the press at all for publishing this. It is news. It speaks of Kate's character, in a situation where every item of clothes she wears will be examined and where judging from the selections she's made, most excellent, she expects them to represent certain things. Blaming someone else for it, just excuses her for a problem she desperately needs to correct.

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  10. Gorgeous outfit but I don't like how you can see the lining above her chest. Bit of a faux pas to have it so visible, I think. Otherwise I'm thrilled she chose another unique, modern pattern and design.

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    1. Yeah, I agree. Is it just part of the dress or is it her bra? I`m curious because whatever it is doesn`t seem to be as visible on the model.

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    2. To me it looks like the design of the dress and I like it. I have found that to be a common design element in sheer tops.

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    3. No, I think the lining just wasn't as visible in the photo. It's definitely not a bra.

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    4. Definitely not part of her bra and is the lining of the top. You probably can't see it in the pictures of the top itself because there is nothing to contrast it with like the color of skin.

      I think it is there to specifically hide a strapless bra so it doesn't show and to help with the embroidery.

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    5. If you look at the various versions of the top, a line of the embroidery is missing on Kate's. That leaves the lining visible. I wonder why the embroidery was changed in that one area.

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    6. I wonder if what we see under her top could perhaps be a long slip or sort of like a slipdress?? So that when she raises her arm as in a toast or bends over she doesn't expose skin.

      Whatever it is, she looks beautiful as always!

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    7. Well, not sure about it being a slip...I don't see any straps. Maybe a strapless slipdress?? Silly me, whatever, sure doesn't matter whatever it is because it's so pretty on her and she appears relaxed and happy.

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  11. Greetings from America! I think Kate is amazing and the word that always comes to mind when looking at her in pictures is "perfect".

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  12. Delightful perfection all around, from head to toe. No further comment is needed. Silvia

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  13. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 16:05

    Yaaas! I really like this look. I have looked at that skirt many times. Even suggested it on Letizia on another blog once :P I recognized it right when I saw it! So happy! A really nice modern take on indian components. Beading, and the "crop top" reminds me of the shirts worn under sarees. And now that we find out it has indian motifs as well. Perfect!
    And while I'm a bit "disappointed" (bad word choice) on the earrings (wanted some blingy gemstones!) I must say, they fit really well with the look :)

    I gotta say, while yesterday was full on wow power, today was also really solid. Maybe the expectations from yesterday made today more mellow while it's still really great. :P

    I noticed a lack of real precious stones in the jewelry so far (no bracelet, solid gold repeat earrings, costume pieces, semi precious blue earrings with small diamonds). I wonder if there is a reason behind it or if just happened to end up that way so far. And if it is a concious choice, I wonder why. Can it be to cut down on cost for security for the gems?

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    1. Rebecca
      I wondered about this also or if the styles she wanted to wear are not in her "real" jewelry and she did not want to spend much on jewelry she might rarely wear again. The one gold pair of earrings she has worn are only 9 kt gold, again costume jewelry. I do not know if the earrings she wore in todays post are costume or not. Ali

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    2. Didn't Kate boqqow her mothers earings once that were chandelier in style and blue??? those would have looked nice with this dress.

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    3. I wondered that about the jewelry as well! I suspect that with so much moving about on a fairly short tour, there was some hesitation to bring "real" jewels as there is a greater possibility that they could be misplaced or stolen.

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  14. Anonymous in Colorado11 April 2016 at 16:06

    YESSSS!! So much yes on this one! Temperley will always remind me of the "golden years" of Kate's fashion.

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  15. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! :)

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  16. Gosh, I question you on the type of black shoes Kate is wearing but I completely forget to thank you for all your effort in writing this beautiful blog! Shame on me. So: thank you for all the hard work! I really appreciate it. Karin

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  17. Kate should have worn a Salwaar Kameez a.k.a Salwaar Kurta a la Orincess Diana. This would have Ben a perfect venue and occasion.

    http://royals-and-quotes.tumblr.com/post/58256623949/royals-and-national-costumes-8-princess-diana

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  18. Love this look!!! Totally Kate! Only thing missing? Some bright, beautiful gemstone jewelry. I think it would have been perfect with the dress. I think Kate has really hit the mark on this tour with her choices. I'll give her a 9 out of 10 so far. I hate to take off a point, but I just didn't love her first arrival look. Sorry. Thanks Charlotte!!

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  19. I'd say "second best"! I wasn't impressed Yesterday, but today it's high level game. Great choices, chic and Young.

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  20. On her this looks rather like a dress than two pieces since the top is not cropped at all on her. What do others think on this?

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    1. I'm guessing it would be against royal protocol to show her belly, so the top isn't very cropped!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 18:48

      I think it's all cropped the same but the skirt might be pulled up a bit higher.

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    3. Love it. I thought it was a single piece, then I read down on Charlotte's most excellent post and saw it was two pieces. I was HOPING that Kate hadn't done another unfortunate alteration and had it sewn into a single gown. Then I saw the back view and realized she kept it as is.
      It's perfect and appropriate, a great way to honor their host country and the guests at the birthday party.

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  21. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 16:18

    Also, I posted this comment on the last post, but right before this one came out, so I'll repost it here if that's alright :)

    Random thought. I see everywhere 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. Their flag has that orange color in it. Maybe that's why? Don't know. :)

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    2. good question Rebecca. Nam, and our other Indian ladies, do you know?

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    3. I googled "What does the color orange mean in India?" I found the below article quite interesting as it describes the meaning in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.

      http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/culture/why-orange-color-is-used/

      I have no idea if this is accurate or not but it was an interesting read. It would be good to know if it's accurate from our Indian lades as Anon 17:13 mentions above

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 18:50

      Very interesting read Julie (I googled about about indian colours yesterday but didn't find any good sites). Even if it's not fully true (but it sounds legit) it seems that it might be some kind of colour suggesting blessings on the people around it?

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    5. I believe the orange flowers are marigolds. Their symbolic significance is explained here. http://blog.teacollection.com/marigolds

      Thank you, Charlotte. I'm enjoying your exposition of the various elements of the tour and Catherine's sartorial choices. I expected a bit of nitpicking of various elements, but not the nail polish business (mostly) in the DM. Her toes are immaculately groomed. I suspect that she chooses a clear polish on her hands and feet as something akin to OPI Nail Envy can go on, dry in less than two minutes and not look amiss if it should chip a little. As a hands-on mom of two toddlers, I suspect that she would choose this option over having to sit idle for the polish to be applied and wait around for more than half an hour for the polish to dry without marking it. Same goes for a whirlwind tour. It's perfectly practical.

      As I look at the choices made for this tour (and I liked the faux pockets on the white dress better when I understood that they might be a subtle nod to India's military), I continue to be impressed with how well the clothes achieve the numerous purposes demanded of her clothing and jewels on a royal tour.

      1. Make the Duchess the centre of visibility.
      2. Suit the tenor of the various occasions.
      3. Give nod to the country being visited.
      4. Not give offense in any element by being immodest or cliche.
      5. Be comfortable & protective in the climate conditions indoors & out (AC/heat).
      6. Be appropriately representative of HM.
      7. Promote designers & fashion industry in both countries.
      8. Photograph well.

      Notice that "please everyone all the time" is not on that list. Neither is "look like a runway model" or "be a fashion icon." Though it's nice when those elements are part of the picture, they aren't really part of the job.

      Bonus: For those who didn't know about wool as a "cool" fabric, now you do.

      Again, thank you Charlotte.

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    6. Rebecca the flowers you mention are Marigold, which are considered very auspicious in India. They are used in a majority of religious ceremonies and festivals, and offered to a vast variety of Indian gods & godesses. Indians have an old saying 'Atithi Devo Bhav', which means that for us guests are like God, and hence we must treat them appropriately. Therefore, I believe marigolds are vastly used in various occasions involving guests and first time visitors to the country. Hope this helps :)

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden12 April 2016 at 06:05

      Thank you so much! I had a hunch it might be something of that sort :) The things you can learn in this place :D

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  23. This is beautiful. I would totally wear the top with black trousers. Gorgeous!

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  24. I am just so glad that she is wearing new and different things during this tour instead of the usual go to colors and silhouettes. Beautiful dress!! Like the anon above, I wish the lining was not visible above the embroidery on the chest. Also wish that the earrings were not costume jewelry and that she had done something more with her hair. She really used her hair as an accessory during the Aus/NZ tour which I think added polish to many of her looks.

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  25. I would have liked to see her return to a more classic look for a Garden Party honoring the Queen's birthday, but that's just me :)

    I'm really not sure what to make of this dress, but admit it may be a generation thing, I can see my daughters loving it - and rolling their eyes at me!

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    1. Well, I agree with your daughters, I am loving it too:) It looks like she wanted to honour India as much as she could. The only thing I would change is the earrings. I would like to see some real bling!!!Please!!:-)


      PW reporting back to the queen, saying he has done his duty, somehow I found it less funny, well that being said he should practise his skills a tiny bit more!*sigh*

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    2. Anett I thought I might be in the minority, or even standing alone :) You girls would get along well... Tell me I'm "so old fashioned" and I'll feel right at home!

      I would love to see some real royal gems too :)

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    3. Oh dear, Claudia, I hate to ruin your generational solidarity, but I love this dress and am a contemporary of Carole Middleton . . . sorry! I was very much into the hippie-everything-Indian-loving Ravi Shankar music period after George Harrison and the other Beatles studied in India, and this dress and the tunic one yesterday to me pick up that vibe very strongly. Makes me all nostalgic in a good way!

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    4. No,you are not. But I totally understand what you mean, one expects an evening gown and get a cocktail dress or vice versa. Maybe tomorrow will be your day:)

      I am really keen on some jewels but I am in doubt whether we gonna see any. These two days got my hopes up but no blings:(

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    5. I am with you on the dress Claudia. You are not alone.

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    6. Marci that actually makes me feel better! Then I know it's just my taste and I'm not out of the loop on anything :)

      Anon 22:35 welcome to our club of 2! I was reluctant to say anything because everyone loves this, but I don't get it at all, it's like she's wearing a giant henna tattoo, just too much from top to bottom. In my opinion it's a bit drab, she looks so much better in color.

      And I also think it makes her look like a plank, too straight and boxy, like she's a 12 year old boy! Nothing to show off her femininity or slight curves, I don't think it's figure flattering at all.

      Phew. Got all that out of my system! I thought it might grow on me but I just don't like it :(

      Anett thanks as always for the chat!

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      Now that you described in details what you don't like about this dress, I understand you even more. Somehow overall I still like it, probably because of the brand, I love Temperley's designs.

      See you today.

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  26. Kate has definitely acknowledged India through her sartorial choices. My favourite was last night's gown. That was Indian beadwork and embroidery on that Sapphire Packham gown. Total fave! :)
    Loved today's Delhi tour as well. I wish they had more engagements in Delhi, I know that city like the back of my hand and I would have so enjoyed watching them travel around and explore more. In Agra also, I would like to mention, besides the beautiful Taj Mahal, there are other monuments of great historic dominance including the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. India is so so rich in history and monumental importance that it is impossible to tour so much in such little time. It probably looks like I'm bragging a lot.. But I think a fellow Indian or someone who's been to India can support my statement. From the beautiful Himalayas in the North to the Thar desert in Rajasthan to the holy Ganga river, to the delicious delicacies from North and South India (including the dosa, yum! :) ), the IT hub if my hometown, Bangalore and the innumerable monuments, traditions and culture, India is a country everybody will fall in love with! :)
    Anyways, really enjoyed Day 2 of the Royal Tour. Looking forward to their luncheon with India's favourite PM, Narendra Modi tomorrow! :) :)

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    1. Nam, I was told that in India, red dresses represent the present, blue dresses represent the future and yellow dresses represent the past. Is that true?

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    2. So great to hear perspective from India. I too loved the Jenny Packham gown - the glorious sapphire, the beadwork. She looked stunning with the intricate up do and the gorgeous earrings, and those Prada sandals. The Temperly - so, so chic. Great choice.

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    3. Nam, you have every right to be proud. India is such an amazing and varied place! Definitely on my travel bucket list.
      I think the brevity of this trip is in deference to them leaving their children at home.
      I'm sure, as their children get older and as William and Kate are called on to do more royal duties, they'll likely return to India.
      India is such a vital global partner for the UK (and the US as well!) in trade, business and global security that they will definitely be back!

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    4. Yes, it is those conversations which put a stamp on the visit especially with the tour moving fast, and with no speaking engagement for Kate. The answer about losing weight after child birth is funny, reality and on the spot good response. It kind of translates she has been involved and busy with her kids. It is actually pleasantly duplictable by other parents. No diet detail, etc. Perfect, just hope one has been busy or running after the kids.

      The question about Diana could have been difficult to respond as the questioner went with time line and the very fact it is a question that can trigger varying memories and responses while at a happy gathering. That was a reasonable answer, more geared towards listening than explaining. Responses at happy gatherings can be tricky since the mood and times of the surrounding puts a person at some comfort level. That was a 34 years old Kate’s wisdom, at a 90th birthday party.

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    5. Anonymous 17.12 I've never heard of that. As far as I know, that's not true.
      It is certainly interesting to note that though. But I'm pretty certain that isn't true. :)
      It is wonderful to connect and share views with all Kate fans across the world! :) this is by far the best Kate blog on the net! :)

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    6. It's so good to see quite a few Indian readers on this blog too. I was under the impression that I'm a part of a minority of Indian fans of the British Royalty. Thank God, I was wrong!
      I've been following Kate since I was 11 years old and ever since, all my school friends have only mocked me for fan following her. Only, all that mocking has made me defend my choices.
      Today, I can call myself the biggest Indian fan of Kate, because I think I know everything about her there is to know about :)
      I always tell my parents that if there was a subject about British Royalty, I'd score cent per cent! :)

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    7. Nam, Im from India as well, from Mumbai, and I totally agree with everything you have said about India :-)

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    8. Nam, thanks for the feedback. I have no idea where my friends got their information. They may have been just playing around with me to tease me about following the blog. :)

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  27. LOVE this look. Kate's tour looks never disappoint.

    Thanks so much for the great coverage Charlotte. You're amazing!

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  28. I'm blown away at this look. It is perfection from head to toe. I love her hair, shirt/skirt and earrings. Maybe we will finally get an ID on them this time around. I can't get over how good she looks tonight. Really a stand out look for her and probably my favorite so far!

    I thought William looked great beside her and his speech was very engaging.

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  29. I totally agree, Charlotte! Not only is the outfit occasion appropriate, but it is youthful and Kate is just glowing!

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  30. I'm sorry to say, but the 2nd day was kinda of boring for me, yesterday seemed a lot more fun than today. I really do like this dress on her though, She looks very beautiful in it! hopefully tomorrow bring more excitement.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 17:51

      Well.. Yesterday was playing cricket and kids and bollywood gala. Today is memorials, technology event and garden party with politicians. Not all events can be sports and galas :)

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    2. Apparently those are my favorite kids of invites...Sports, kids and galas!! :)

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      You really brought out the fun in communication and setting the order of events. Well, yesterday was Christmas, but today, it is back to work. I hope Emily will be back at the excitement when tomorrow comes.

      I can't get over the image of Kate kicking ball in that Bohemian looking dress, and lifting off from the ground like a good athlete. An image of some flying nun playing ball with children kept coming to my mind.

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    4. oh I am always excited for Kate, just the 1st day was so awesome it was hard too top! also Children and Sporting events are 2 of my favorite kind of events for her, so maybe thats why i loved it so much!

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  31. I think Prince William should have chosen a black suit instead of the blue that does not pay well with Kates look

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  32. Tedi in California11 April 2016 at 17:07

    Love this look, just fabulous. She looks regal and cutting edge. Just perfect. They are a truly gorgeous couple, and such an asset to the Queen, and their country.

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  33. Tedi in California11 April 2016 at 17:10

    Just a thought, but perhaps the lack of precious stones is out of deference to the country. With so many poor people, it might be insensitive to parade around in expensive jewelry. I could be way off base on this, but it did occur to me.

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      That is a very good theory, Tedi in CA! My other thought was perhaps security reasons.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden11 April 2016 at 18:51

      That thought entered my mind Tedi but I ruled it out considering how much money the clothes, shoes, food, transport and lodgings for the tour cost.

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    3. Quite some stones of the royal jewllery come from India when Beitain occupied it. That might well be another good reason not to wear them.

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    4. I certainly don't expect her to be dripping in precious stones at every event, but I am surprised by the very inexpensive costume jewelry she's been wearing. There is much better quality costume jewelry available at many high street stores that would look much nicer, IMO, without seeming like she's showing off. (For example - remember her stunning Zara rhinestone collar necklace?) A beautiful outfit like this one, with the casual hairstyle and cheap earrings, looks unbalanced.

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    5. As lots of Precious Stones of Empire went from India, I Think it is a good move to Not show them in this tour.

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    6. I was thinking the same thing Tedi :)

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    7. I thought that as well Tedi

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    8. Tedi in California11 April 2016 at 21:50

      Yes that is certainly a possibility Anon in Colorado.

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    9. Tedi, I think that's an excellent point.

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis12 April 2016 at 03:00

      There's a lot of poor people in every country. Seriously, a lot of people have been very borderline racist when talking about India on this blog (and other Kate blogs) ever since this tour was announced.
      Also Kate has often wore very expensive clothing around needy people anyways. Heck her clothes in India have been very expensive. Her accessories have all been new and somewhat expensive too, minus those 10 pound earrings. Kate just doesn't seem to be into diamonds much imo.
      And just to be clear, I'm not complaining about the cost of her clothing. Showing respect to the host nation is important and exactly what India deserves - it has come REALLY far for a country who has only had the freedom to prosper since getting its independence less than a century ago.

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    11. The same thought occurred to me, Tedi.

      alexandra
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    12. Borderline racist???on this blog discussing clothing??? some people find racism where it dosnt exist. I cant believe you would imply that to the people who comment here. Please that is so offensive.

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    13. Possible but frankly Catherine wears inexpensive jewelry on a regular basis, one of things that I always find odd is that she wears inexpensive pieces with expensive clothes or at more formal occasions. She has a ton of wonderful lovely pieces but she seems to like buying what I call throw away jewelry just so she is wearing something different. Or at least this is my analysis:):) Who really knows why.ali

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    14. I second that, Ali.

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    15. I agree Milo. I don't think there is even one racist among us. We have an amazing community here.

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    16. I agree with Maggie. Just because someone means well doesn't mean something isn't right on the edge. There have been comments with sweeping generalizations made on this blog. Not to mention elsewhere. And don't get me started about the food request. If I were a chef in that hotel I'd have been so insulted it's not even funny. I get it; they don't want to get a stomach bug and understand why; it's tough to cancel appointments when that's why you're there. But requesting no meat -- when William is certainly no vegetarian -- implied that the food handling is dodgy -- in a five star hotel.

      And not all of us care about the fashion.

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    17. Rebecca - Sweden12 April 2016 at 06:13

      I kind of like it, Ali. She wears stuff that she thinks look good together and isn't too fussed about it all being from the same "money level". If she thinks her 8 pound earrings look better than her 3000 pound ones even though the dress is expensive, she will wear those. And I like it :)

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  34. Love this look! And when I saw it, I thought, she must have the Prada sandals on and they are perfect for this look. But I agree, it doesn't appear that the strap across the toes looks wavy.

    This two-piece assemble is just perfection. The style, the embroidery, the lightness of it for a garden party. Her hair looks great in waves - slightly bohemian - just works.

    She has knocked it out of the park with her four favorite UK designers. I do hope we see a traditional Indian assemble tomorrow or before she leaves India. Maybe at the celebration in the evening. I was hoping we might see her in flat sandals as well.

    So much to look forward to!

    Elle in San Jose

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      Rumour is that she's not gonna wear any traditional clothing this tour. Which makes sense.

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    2. I will rebel if she does not wear any dress by the native of the country she is visiting especially GB having had long history with India. If she will not, it will make an interestingly curious statement.

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    3. Oh it does not necessarily have to be traditional, but one designed by a native Indian, or of heritage.

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  35. I love this look! I think Kate is entirely appropriate in all of her styling choices. It is not a super formal affair so I think it was a good call to do a half updo. I think a full updo would have looked too formal. Looking at the attire of thee other guests, I think her choices are very appropriate. Same goes for real versus costume jewelry. I think it would have looked out of place at a garden party to be dripping in diamonds - as much as I love to see her in them!!

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  36. love love this dress reminds me of the old kate which i have missed so much. i would have choisen much better jeweler,which we have not seen on this trip so far,have to wonder why. they are so cute cutting the cake,and what a wonderfull spech william gave. thanks charlotte for another wonderfull post.

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  37. kate definitely looks beautiful.. what a beautiful choice for a beautiful evening. love they cut the cake with sword a very royal act... love it all
    faiza, pakistan

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  38. I loved Kate's response about the smiling. She just reciprocates she said. Lovely. And I loved her response about running after the children. I doubt that George let's any grass grow under his feet. Don't know about Charlotte yet.

    I wonder what kind of cake that was. Chocolate? Vanilla? What is the typical Indian cake flavor? I remember Kate's wedding cake was a fruitcake. Now I am getting hungry for cake. Naturally I had to notice the cake the most out of all the other photos.

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    1. Indian cake flavor? Sweeter than sweet, nothing particular like banilla or so.

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    2. I too was so impressed by the authenticity of her responses, while still being professional & diplomatic:) She "is" a Gem:)

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  39. I hope Courtney NC is doing well today and when she's out of surgery these posts will be a welcome, fun read for her :)

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    1. I second that. Hi Courtney! Get well soon!

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    2. That's very thoughtful of you, Claudia. Feel better soon, Courtney!

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    3. Yes, Hello Courtney if you are reading:) We are thinking about you & Hope all is going well!:)

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    4. Tedi in California11 April 2016 at 21:54

      Yes I hope so too. It was thoughtful of you to mention it Claudia.

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    5. Yes. Thinking of you Courtney. God speed.

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    6. That's sweet of you, Claudia. :) I hope so too...

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    7. Best wishes to Courtney for a good and speedy recovery! I hope she will soon be with us again.

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    8. Courtney, as promised we are here, dear. Rest well, take lots of painkillers if allowed. Tomorrow will be a bit better hopefully. Wishing you lots of hours of healing while sleeping. Here comes the Princess dream. Bling! See? :)

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    9. Me too, Claudia. I was thinking of her this morning knowing that she was anxious. I hope all went well for her today. She will have lots of fun reading when she is up to it.

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    10. Oh yes, that is right! My thoughts are with you Courtney. ox

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    11. Cute, Francis. :)

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    12. Rebecca - Sweden12 April 2016 at 06:14

      THinking of you Courtney and looking forward to seeing your painkiller affected comments :P

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  40. Rhonda - Wisconsin11 April 2016 at 18:06

    I just love this dress! She has not put a foot wrong in my opinion. My all time favorite gown was the one she wore in Malaysia, but the gown from last night just took over that spot. She just sparkled and truly looked like a princess. I am so thankful that Charlotte is working overtime so that we can enjoy all of the pictures from their trip. I love all of the tidbits and background on the places they are going too. Nice job Charlotte and thank you!

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  41. I am wondering whether the lack of diamonds so far is to reflect that England is no longer "imperial" over them (Koh-I-noor) but looking to be a partner with them.

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  42. Laura in Canada11 April 2016 at 18:16

    I only have a minute.....but had to take a minute to say ...WOW. This evening's outfit is perfection. A crop top? Really?? I would have never thought the Duchess would wear a crop top....so on point ...so youthful...so trendy. Love it. And another new pair of shoes? I am just being spoiled on this tour.

    This outfit hit all the right notes. While this is an evening event...it is a Garden Party...Birthday Party. So the half up do is entirely appropriate. And I love the fact that her hair has been nice loose beachy waves today...I imagine the humidity is to blame for that. But I really love it. Very youthful. Even her make up seems quite perfect. The nude lip and a little bit less eyeliner....it even looks like she might be wearing eyeshadow on the low half of her lids. Perfect with the outfit.

    I agree she could have gone with a pop of color on the earrings but these work perfectly fine. This outfit was a 10 for me.

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    1. Do you think the skirt has had a chemise added to go under the crop top for modesty? This may explain the lining look other readers have commented on.

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    2. Hi Michelle I think the lining is there for technical reasons to do with the embroidery & nature of the fabric. The top embroidered layer is fine silk & it can't sustain that much stitching without support. Without the lining the silk would start to tear very quickly. She'd only get a few wears out of the dress before restoration work would be required. I collect embroidered textiles & fine silk is very tricky & fragile. You're right about the modesty aspect and that's a bonus.

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    3. I think it is worn as designed, that is just my sense without any real alterations. ali

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  43. Catherine looks wonderful.....I wish William would wear a grey or dark grey suit...with this black would have been wonderful.....just my opinion.

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  44. Wow!!! This is getting better every day. I can´t stop looking at these beautiful pictures! She has done everything richt so far.
    Tonight, Kate looks drop-dead gogeous.
    You can count yourselves lucky having such a stunning duchess!!

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    1. The more I see of William and Catherine, the more I find them fit to their future role of King and Queen.

      Thank you so much Charlotte for your wonderful work!

      Monica, France

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    2. So far except the Bohemian looking dress, Kate had been wearing clothes by Western designers with Far East motif and style. Where and when is she going to wear products either made in India or designed by Indians?

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    3. The blue gown had it's beading sewn in India and the dress she played cricket in is a design by a famous Mumbia designer (I think I read all that and remembered it correctly). :)

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden12 April 2016 at 06:16

      Anon15, she has worn earrings from Indian designer and beading on the gown from India and a dress designed by an indian designer. And that is just during 2 days with 5 outfits. So I think she's doing freat balancing it!

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    5. Craft specialty can be done in one country, imported/exported and so on. The final name brand inherits the clothes designer name, and of course country.

      It is good you pointed out it was a Mumbai designer. It fit the bill to use an Indian designer among the community of people while they were in Mumbai. Her name is Anita Dongre.

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  46. I know a lot of news sites are talking about her "lack of pedicure" (they are nice and clean and polished clear not sure if they were expecting bright cha cha red) does anyone know if like in Malaysia, where she could not wear nail polish out of respect, is there anything that she might have to do this tour that would require this? Maybe in Bhutan? Just curious.

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  47. Kate looks AMAZING. My favorite look of hers, perhaps ever. Trendy yet respectful to her surroundings, not too avant-garde, not frumpy. 100%.

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  48. This is my favorite tour look so far also:) I think she looks absolutely perfect- I love her hairstyle, and I imagine the separates are a bit cooler and perhaps allow a bit of breeze. One of my favorites! Thanks for your AMAZING tour coverage- I am so off on the time difference, but I know I can always count on your blog to catch every single detail. Very well done and very much appreciated!! xx

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  49. This might be my favorite look of the tour so far! Love the outfit--it's something I'd pick out myself--and I'm always a fan of her hair half up. It's a great way to get it out of her eyes while still keeping her signature long-locked look. I might have preferred her hair up with this particular outfit, but that's a tiny quibble considering that we got an updo last night.

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  50. Why are all notes/statements still written on William's stationary? They have had a joint monogram since their wedding - why can't that be used?! If they both sign it why can't it be their joint monogram?

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  51. Julia from Leominster11 April 2016 at 19:25

    Love the outfit, so vibrant and Kate looks fabulous in black and white. At the best (and there were a couple of LBD missteps) Temperley and Kate make a great combination. The crop top is really wonderful and a great proportion on her. And the light look perfect for a garden party.

    I like her hair this way too. In so many videos she is touching her hair or tossing it or fiddling with it. This would be a great style for her to wear more often. It keeps it off her face and yet it is quite youthful and not severe like her ponytails and the updo that Victoria of Sweden features. Like Victoria, Kate has a strong chin (better than a weak one) so a soft look is good but one that also keeps her hair contained.

    Can't agree on DM unless they hired a wind machine. The dress flying up is Kate's sole responsibility and I was sorry to see it happen, especially at a memorial wreath laying. No one should be making apologies for her. Even if the papers made no comment, all the pictures about that event become about her skirt, and not the activity. Even if no one took photos, those around her are still exposed to it, and at a memorial, she ended up showing her legs in an unbecoming way.

    The wind can be hard to predict but there have been too many incidents of out of control skirts with Kate that look unprofessional and not royal. (I wish I had a bet on there being a wind incident - it has become a defining characteristic of Kate.)

    She looks good in full skirts and this dress has graceful lines (although I don't like the pockets), but it should have been saved perhaps for a completely indoor event and a slimmer skirt worn for an exposed outdoor event. At the very least, she could have such an expensive dress lined with a straight lining. Getting this right is an important part of being royal.

    But the garden party has improved my mood, so having said my say, I'll see what comes next.

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  52. I agree.. They don't look like the Prada one's worn yesterday..

    I wonder, could they be these:
    http://www.rupertsanderson.com/mitra-black-suede.html ??

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  53. Stunning and perfect. In every way. Appropriate in every way. She looked wonderful, William looked good and was happy. Good job.

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  54. Could she be wearing the gianvito rossi sisley sandals?http://www.matchesfashion.com/products/1033483?country=GBR&visitor_id=v3_4d9e02dc-0016-11e6-ac40-001636bdd5d5&gclid=CIipua6gh8wCFZAW0woduLQLyQ&qxjkl=tsid%3A75588%7Ccid%3A281046404%7Cagid%3A20827848524%7Ctid%3Apla-85326753417%7Ccrid%3A73807075364%7Cnw%3Ag%7Crnd%3A16229311146237427967%7Cdvc%3Am%7Cadp%3A1o1

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  55. I agree with Charlotte, this dress is exquisite and my favorite look so far! A wonderful choice!
    But I will join with past commenters that Kates lip color could be a little brighter--a coral shade would be pretty. My mother once told me that a woman over 30 should never leave the house without lipstick on, and I still follow that advice. That being said, Kate is still absolutely stunning tonight.

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  56. I agree with all the positives. Temperley is always great on Catherine. Just love this one. Youthful and interesting and tasteful.

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  57. Thank you for this post. You are awesome! I love this dress. My favorite so far as well. This tour has been fun so far, and I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

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  58. I absolutely love this outfit! One of my all time favorites. The colors, the cut, the pattern....everything about it is beautiful! It looks amazing on Kate and I'm loving this tour so far! Thank you, Charlotte for all you are doing to keep up updated!!

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  59. The Daily Mail coverage, as well as the commenters, are truly disgusting.

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  60. Beautiful! So elegent. It would be nice to William in a dark grey suit every now and then. How good would they have looked side by side had he been in a dark, dusky grey! (I think an up do would have been too formal for a garden party?).

    Thank you Charlotte for your speedy, detailed, interesting posts. Following the twitter feeds but make your head twitter! So much info streaming out of India. How do you pick the best photos and key points?! Make sure you are getting some rest and drinking lots of herbal teas to keep yourself healthy!!.

    Cara, Australia.

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  61. Here we are in this beautiful vibrant country, thanks to our Charlotte, with so so many story options of worth interest and beauty. Exposure to an old and colourful nation and what does the British press run but stories of toe nails and wind blown skirts. How embarrassing that this is what the press thinks is important and what the public wants to read. Perhaps that is why they are heading out of business.One would hope that the public are not just interested in toe nails.

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  62. Perfection so far during this tour!!! Love all outfits but... she needs to take care of the wind problem! It seems like she has not learnt her lessons!

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  63. Yesterday Kate's clothing choices were full of color, today they are monochrome. The white was lovely and appropriate for memorials, though of course I wish she had chosen a pencil skirt for the outdoor events during the day. I am not crazy about the black and white for the garden party. The motifs are nice but a bit stark, and I wish she had worn a muted color. I do like the earrings, both pairs she wore today. Interesting that she is wearing her own costume jewelry rather than royal jewels.

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  64. Wow she is hitting it out of the park with every outfit in my opinion. I am loving this tour. Too bad its only a week. Thanks for all your hard work Charlotte it is very much appreciated.

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  65. Sharyn from AUS11 April 2016 at 22:25

    This is my favourite so far. I know the blue gown yesterday stunned everyone but there is something about the detailing and seemingly lightweight movement of the maxi skirt that appeals to me. Very ethereal.

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  66. So far Kate has looked stunning in every outfit! I absolutely adore her look from the Queen's birthday. She look radiant, relaxed and youthful. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

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  67. Gorgeous! Really a perfect choice, and she looks amazing. So happy to see something lovely after the awful white dress from earlier.

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  68. The dress up close looks like yarn embroidery may be by hand, and not machine? It is an elegantly dignified set, and yet simple sophistication. Some how it recalls something Middle East and some Far East. William must delight in the diverse representation of his wife. She is versatile in the way she carries international clothes very well.

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  69. If those aren't the same sandals they look awfully close. Close enough that she could have worn last night's sandals. Doesn't seem worth carrying two pairs of sandals that appear to be so similar, but what do I know.

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  70. The skirt and top are really pretty - but the hair! Oh my! That hair-do is so wrong - it's far too casual and far too childish looking - she needs to have her hair up for this occasion.

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  71. Poor William - he so needs to branch out from his blue suites!

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      Perhaps I'm a bit colour blind but I did think his earlier suit that day was grey?

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  72. One word: Amazing!
    Royal Watcher

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  73. It is soooo funny!! Everyone is raving about this dress but, to be honest, I can't decide if I like it or not!!! I might think I'd like it more with her hair up and maybe designed so you can't see the lining?! No matter how many times I look at it, I just can't decide.😃 But I'm glad that almost everyone else likes it!

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  74. Susan of WKW believes Kate might be wearing these: http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Gianvito-Rossi-Crisscross-Ankle-Wrap-Suede-Sandal/prod109430056/p.prod

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  75. Beautiful! And finally something that makes her look her age! I wish she would wear a brighter lipstick colour and polish her toes (is this not a "thing" in the UK?), but those are nitpicks. She picked the perfect look for to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday!

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  76. Tick offs after day 1 & 2 :)

    1 Catherine Walker / x McQueen / 1 Beulah / 1 Saloni or Erdem
    xxxx nod to India / 1 to Bhutan / (x) to Diana / 1 to the Queen
    xx fashionable / x classic / x simple / x casual
    1 about knee-length / x long / xx midi/maxi / xx floor-length
    xxxxx new / 1 repeat / (xx) bespoke / (xxx) off the peg
    xxxx love/like it / x interesting / 1 growing on me / 1 divisive
    ?xxx dress / ? suit / x gown / 1 pair of trousers
    xx high heels / 1 flats / xx sandals / 1 boots / +
    x up do / x half-up / xxx down / 1 ponytail
    xxx 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 / Temperley - 5
    x excellent craftsmanship - 3
    x multiple symbolic allusions - 4

    xx no watch - 1,2,4,5
    (quality of the up do - 3)
    x very honorable mention - The Duke of C - 2,3,5

    :)

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  77. The only Temperely dress I've ever liked on Kate. So appropriate for the event - a party dress that pays homage to her hosts without being costumey. I think if she'd have worn it anywhere else, I would have found it as unnecessarily busy as I do her other Temperleys. I do sort of laugh at her selection of new shoes: two new black strappy sandals? Two new pairs of pointy toe nude pumps? Girlfriend can certainly afford them, and nobody's worrying about TRHs' going overweight on luggage, but if it were me, I'd have a little more fun with my shoe allowance!

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  78. Hello all, I'm a long time reader, first time commenter.

    First, Charlotte, thank you very, very much for all your hard work and incredible attention to detail! We all benefit and are entertained so much by your efforts.

    I'm an Indian American, and although I certainly cannot in the least speak for all of India or the Indian diaspora, when I first saw the Duchess's outfit this evening, it immediately reminded me of a sartorial take on a pavadai, which is a traditional South Indian outfit typically worn by young girls, or as a half-saree for older girls (with a shawl that mimics a sari look, but is easier to wear)...

    Re: PW's suit. I fully agree with the commenter who said that a dark gray or black suit would have better matched the Duchess's outfit! Maybe even with a blush tie, if I go that daring :) But, his suit/tie/shirt colors did wave a figurative nod to the colors of the UK's union flag...maybe intentional, maybe not?

    I feel like a kid in a candy shop this week with all of the beautiful outfits that the Duchess is wearing! Thank you Charlotte for making our week that much more exciting and fun!

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      Welcome to commenting :) It's always so great to hear from new people :D

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  79. I love this look on Kate. Definitely my favorite so far!

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  80. At the first glance, this design looks like henna to me,., Its a really beautiful embroidery print, and looks lovely on Kate, Thank You Charlotte for this awesome coverage of this Royal Tour!!XOXO

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  81. hmm getting in love with these tour maybe will see of more her dress coming I love thee dress its appropriate for the event wishful thinking she will go updo in next few days love hmm charlotte how your sleep I hope you get to sleep as 4 to 5 hours sleep drinking a lot water and herbal teas make you relax thanks for speedy coverage

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  82. Alejandra Ramírez12 April 2016 at 04:34

    Great post! :)
    Was this one of the dresses you predicted or am I imagining things? :)

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    1. Don't want to be a negative Nellie, but am I the only one who does not like this dress? Happy they got to do a birthday tribute to the Queen. Are we going to do a card to the Queen?

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  83. I could not but GASP at the atrocious amount of price tag for a dress that seems to have been machine embroidered! wowie kazaowieee!! even if I were a millionaire, I would never ever pay this much money on a dress! yes Kate is a royal but even for royalty, this is an absurd amount of price. this is Insane!!! If it was a saree that is nine to 11 yard long with intricate embroidery work all done by hand just like Sabyasachi Sarees are, then it would be worth the price tag but for a top and skirt? As they say in America, No way jose!!!!

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