Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge Graces the Cover of British Vogue, Latest News & BLACK Giveaway

We had expected we might see a royal surprise tonight, suspecting it might be birthday portraits of Princess Charlotte - instead Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Cambridge will grace the cover of the June issue of British Vogue.


Kate's patronage the National Portrait Gallery has collaborated with British Vogue on a series of portraits of the Duchess, shot by photographer Josh Olins on the Sandringham estate in the Norfolk countryside in January, and styled by Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers. The Duchess used professional make-up artist Sally Branka, who persuaded her to forego her usual black eyeliner in favour of a fresher look.


Photographer Josh Olins was thrilled to be asked to take the photos:

"It's a privilege to have been chosen to photograph the Duchess of Cambridge for the centenary issue of British Vogue and an honour that two of those portraits will hang in the National Portrait Gallery, This was the Duchess's first sitting for a magazine and she was a joy to work with, a natural. I am extremely grateful to Alexandra Shulman for placing her faith in me for such an important and historic assignment."

A spokesperson said: "British Vogue has given a platform to some of the most renowned photographers in the country's history. “She is incredibly grateful to the team at Vogue and at the National Portrait Gallery for asking her to take part. She would like to thank Josh Olins for being such a pleasure to work with."


More from the official press release:

'Forming part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations, Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. With over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time, the exhibition tells the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.'

Vogue's story shares quotes from editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman:

"It's a huge honour and incredibly exciting for us to have HRH the Duchess of Cambridge featuring on the cover of British Vogue and as part of our centenary issue," Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman said today. "For me personally it has been a wonderful experience to have had the opportunity to work with her on this, and I am immensely proud of what we have produced. This special issue of the magazine is very close to my heart as it had to reflect on 100 years of British Vogue, and so I am hugely grateful that we have been able to continue with our tradition of outstanding royal portraiture with these pictures."

London-born Josh Olins discovered his love of photography while studying art at Middlesex University and began working as a photographer's assistant in the early 2000s. Olins has been working with British Vogue for the past seven years and has shot a number many of the world's top models and actresses including Emma Watson and Lady GaGa since. Vogue notes his images are "defined by their imaginative yet natural style and their precise composition".

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The Duchess is following in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales who graces the cover of Vogue four times. The photos in August 1981 were taken by Lord Snowdon. The next two covers were shot by Patrick Demarchelier in July 1994 and December 1991  She also appeared on the cover posthumously in October 1997, when a photograph taken from 1994 was used for a special tribute issue.

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On Wednesday, the Duchess will visit the National Portrait Gallery to view the 'Vogue 100: A Century of Style' exhibition. It will be the first time Kate has seen the two portraits of herself displayed in the gallery. Wednesday will be a particularly busy day for the Duchess who has two other engagements that day - a visit to Hampton Court's Magic Garden, marking the official opening of its new children's play area. Kate will also attend a lunch reception at the Anna Freud Centre. Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery said Josh Olins perfectly captured Kate.

"Josh has captured the Duchess exactly as she is - full of life, with a great sense of humour, thoughtful and intelligent, and in fact, very beautiful. Not only do they reflect her love of the countryside, interest in photography and championing of the National Portrait Gallery as our very committed patron, but they also encapsulate what Vogue has always done so brilliantly - to pair the best photographers with the great personalities of the day, in order to reflect broader shifts in culture and society. We had fun in making and choosing these images, and I hope that comes across."

When Kensington Palace tweeted they had surprises in store we hadn't anticipated seeing Kate on the cover of Vogue. It's a wonderful collaboration and the photos are 'very Kate'. She looks relaxed against the backdrop of the Norfolk countryside and I love the way she's styled in a nautical striped top and a crisp shirt - very much her typical style. There's been rumours about US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour's attempts to get Kate on the cover for years. No doubt it's an editor's dream and a splendid coup for the magazine. As one of the world's most photographed women, it's fascinating to see Kate posing for a magazine shoot. What do you think of the photos?


What brands did the Duchess wear for her Vogue shoot? Kate was very much involved in selecting pieces for the images. The Duchess wore the $75 Women's Striped Tee by Petit Bateau. It is described: "This tee with an admiral neck is made in our original 1x1 rib highlighted with very graphic stripes in the same width. It has a straight cut and a pocket that features a surprising vertical stripe in the opposite direction to the tee stripes."

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The top is also available in two other colourways.

Petit Bateau

Kate wore the top with Burberry trousers.


Anna believes they are the £695 Burberry Stretch Boot-Cut Trousers.

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The Duchess also wore a striking charcoal brown coat by British brand Burberry. The $7,500  Double-Breasted Suede Coat features a wide revere collar. The tapered waist has an integrated martingale to cinch the silhouette and a softly pleated skirt for movement.

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A closer look at the collar.

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The amazing Anna identified Kate's hat as the £38 Wool Felt Fedora hat by Beyond Retro Vintage Clothing.

Beyond Retro

The brand prides itself for "sifting through a tidal wave of second-hand product to bring you the very best in trend-led vintage fashion. But only 1 in 1,000 items make it to the shop floor. The Beyond Retro LABEL is our answer to the other 999. Crafted from reclaimed materials, this growing line of apparel and accessories aligns our passion for original design with a mounting concern for declining global resources. We’re hoarders at heart, with a mission of recycling at our core. Our LABEL leverages the world’s collective closet to deliver directional full-circle fashion."

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What an amazing end to an unforgettable month - I do love it when the royals surprise us. :)


The June 2016 centenary issue of Vogue will be available nationwide and ready to download from Thursday, 5 May. 'Vogue 100: A Century of Style' is at the National Portrait Gallery until 22 May (If interested in viewing the exhibition, please click here). I don't know about you, but I shall be particularly eager to get my hands on a copy and see the remaining photos. There's at least four more portraits according to various media outlets.

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Moving on to the latest royal news. Kensington Palace announced an exciting new initiative for Prince William during the week. The Prince will convene a new industry-led taskforce to tackle cyberbullying. I think in many ways, it very much ties in with William, Kate and Harry's focus on mental health, as all types of bullying can have a detrimental effect on one's mental health.


Cyberbullying is incredibly topical at the moment, and I'm sure most of us who are active on social media have either witnessed or experienced online abuse; as an adult it can be quite shocking and upsetting but it's particularly difficult for teenagers who are increasingly spending so much of their time online, where schoolyard bullying follows them into their homes due to social media. Cyberbullying takes on many forms too, be it verbal abuse, threats, harassment, denigration and cyber-stalking to name a few. The statistics are startling; a survey carried out by Bullying UK found 56% of young people said they have seen others bullied online and 42% have felt unsafe online. As technology progresses, the problem is becoming rapidly prevalent.


More on the taskforce from the official press release:

"This is an issue that the Duke feels strongly about. While most social platforms and service providers do have systems in place for reporting or removing abusive content, there is no common industry standard or commitment to tackle the issue, nor is there an existing single repository of information for users on how to address it.
The taskforce will take existing models of good practice for reporting abusive content on individual networks and develop a set of commitments for the industry to sign up to, to collectively tackle the issue. It will consider the development of a single resource of up to date practical support and information for young people affected by cyberbullying, with advice on how to get help. It will also work to help parents and adults to better understand cyberbullying, and give them the confidence to find appropriate help and resources to support children affected by the issue."

I look forward to hearing more about the taskforce in the coming weeks.

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Whilst we're discussing the princes, we really must share this fantastic video of Harry and the Queen, filmed ahead of the Invictus Games. It's so much fun and for an excellent cause. Harry has a rare talent for bringing out the fun side in everyone. :)


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We also have a little giveaway from our friends at luxury accessories brand Black.co.uk - a pair of Kate's ever-popular Black Bow Gloves in satin lycra. Below we see Kate wearing hers in New York, for a visit to Child Bereavement UK, and on Remembrance Sunday in 2011.


The £42 gloves are described as: "Short black cocktail gloves with an elegant and pristine side bow at the wrist. Made from satin lycra the gloves are stretchy, ensuring a snug, flattering fit. They are perfect for weddings, smart daywear and of course the cocktail hour. Made in Italy." They are also available in ivory.

Black.co.uk

This weekend, the brand is offering 25% off all items in their collections. From cashmere shawls to gloves, hats, mens accessories and much more. The discount is automatically applied.

Black.co.uk

To add an elegant accessory to your wardrobe the brand's collections have an array of possibilities. Below, a look at the Perenna Italian Silk Scarf featuring tones of sapphire, turquoise, purple and teal. We also see the Salsa Red and White Striped Hat, and the Navy and White Striped Bag.

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The brand has a colourful selection of cashmere scarves in stock, The Mandarin Orange Modal and Cashmere Shawl is a very nice Repli-Kate for the piece Kate wore in Bhutan.

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From the homeware section: the Black and Grey Swirl Cushion, and the Luxury Black Cotton Sateen Duvet Cover.

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Back to the giveaway: to win a pair of the Bow gloves, simply leave a comment or send me a tweet to let me know if you would prefer them in black or ivory.

We hope you're all having a lovely weekend, I expect we'll see a photo or two for Charlotte's birthday soon. :)

329 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden30 April 2016 at 23:28

    So many great things going on around them now!! Heads together, William and cyberbullying, the Obamas and now this! It's really a great time to follow them and it's been many great things ever since the tour :) I hope this keeps up.

    I love the shoot so far. The cover is a bit too retouched for my taste, but still very stunning! I love the black and white one, especially her little smile wrinkles on her nose! Adorable! Can't wait to see the rest of them!! :D

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  2. Stunning photos, very natural. LOVE that style of hat on her.

    It would have been nice to see a photo of HRH staring straight into the camera lens but that is a picky, personal preference and no reflection on the beauty and quality of these portraits.

    Looking forward to May 4th!

    Cara, Australia.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 May 2016 at 01:24

      Well, these are only 3 of 8 photos so you might be in luck :)

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  3. I've always adored her bow gloves, and would love to own a pair of my own, in black! :-)

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  4. Rebecca - Sweden30 April 2016 at 23:29

    Also, on the givaway. I would LOVE them in black :)

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  5. I'd love those beautiful gloves in black!

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  6. Great Post and great pictures of Kate!! What a nice surprise! I think she is going to be doing more things that she won't normally do, since she is getting more and more comfortable in her role.
    Here's to keeping my fingers crossed they release pictures of Charlotte!!

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  7. Melanie from California30 April 2016 at 23:33

    I would prefer a pair of the Bow gloves in black.

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  8. I would love the gloves in black. They'd be perfect for fancy dinners :)

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  9. Rebecca - Sweden30 April 2016 at 23:37

    Also, do we think she borrowed most of the clothes for this shoot? Or are they her pieces? I know she normally doesn't accept gifts or clothes like that, but do we know how royals do on photoshoots? I know Crown Princess Mary of Denmark did one where she ended up buying one of the skirts she wore afterwards but that the clothes were not hers before the shoot. And I know that is how it's usually done, but I wonder with the BRF. They feel more "stiff" with such things :P

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    1. It gave a stylist name in the press release, so I would assume the clothes were not HRH's own.

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    2. Well one example (IF) of accepting freebies (which stunned me completely) was when she wore a shirt for the National Park tour from an Australian designer. Somebody got into contact with the company and they let them know that they sent it to Kate as a gift.

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  10. I love this pair of gloves. For me, I would need to select black as I am very hard on white clothes. I admire anyone who can wear white and keep it spotless!- Ohio gal

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  11. What a lovely surprise to wake up to in Australia! Such beautiful photos, which look like they capture the essence of the Duchess. It's true that country, casual chic is what she does well and therefore must feel most comfortable in. We should bear this in mind when we look at her more formal wear - that she truly has undertaken a style evolution and most of the time is out of her comfort zone fashion wise.

    A fitting cover for the most photographed woman in the world who does it with such grace and ease. Happy birthday vogue and bravo Catherine!

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    1. Ps. The shoot reminds me of something you would see taken I Australia.

      I'd love the black gloves - so elegant!

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  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Harry's video.
    One of my favorites ever so far.

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    1. The Queen did quite a bit of acting when she was a teenager during the War at Windsor Castle. She is obviously talented, and it is nice that she has let us see her ability in a couple of videos. "Good evening, Mr. Bond" has become a signature line, and "Oh really! Please!" probably will, too. Her deadpan "Do you suppose when we open the doors anyone will be there?" gave me the giggles. Her timing is so perfect, and of course her diction is impeccable. I hope she and Harry make more videos!

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  13. Beautiful photos but TOO MUCH BROW MAKEUP

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 May 2016 at 01:28

      Well, it's Vouge, and big brows are very in :P

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    2. That was my first reaction, too, Mary. The heavy brows, espcially in the black and white picture, look quite harsh. My favorite picture is the one in the striped tee shirt, with the fence. The colors are lovely and warm, and the eyebrows are a bit less apparent. In all of these pictures, Kate's smile is wonderful as always, and I love the coat and hat. But lightening the eyeliner while darkening her eyebrows was, to me, not our Kate and not flattering.

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    3. Don't like the brows either.

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    4. They gonna stick around for a while, it seems.:-(

      She looks so much better without that heavy eyeliner. Even the make-up artist backed that aging theory, though put it nicer:-)

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    5. Ditto! Those eyebrows are way too overpowering. I didn't realize it at first but the "cowgirl" photo felt really heavy even though she was smiling beautifully (I think the clothes didn't help either). Honestly a bit disappointed, for Vogue there really wasn't anything fashion about them. Striped tee picture was better, effortless beauty but still no oomph

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  14. I just wanted to say I have throughly enjoyed your posts on the duchess. It's wonderful to see a woman my age who uses her position in the world to spread goodness. I would love the gloves in black.

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  15. I'd love them in black just like the Duchess. I'm really looking forwarding to seeing her out and about on Wednesday!

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  16. I would love to add these gloves to my collection! I'd have to go with black since I'm terrible with white clothing LOL

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  17. So beautiful and natural. Love these photos. I can only imagine the changes that Catherine has been through over these past five years, but she seems so secure and handles her life with seeming grace and dignity, and these photos really show that side of her.

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    1. Yes, Primrose, she is lovely and I agree with your opinion about her experiences of the last years and her handling it. And I like the new eye-make-up-style, even the rather dark eyebrows seem fitting somehow.

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  18. Courtney from NC30 April 2016 at 23:59

    This blog not only has an amazing authoress in Charlotte, but an amazingly diverse and kind group of people who comment. I so very much appreciate the concern and inquiries over and about my health. I have just had time to sit down and catch up with everything and vote in the polls, as well as read the comments from the last week or so of the blog. I am okay. I had another procedure on Monday and it has been a crazy roller coaster.

    Plus. in true Courtney fashion we have decided to buy a home in the midst of two surgical procedures and an imminent deployment for my husband. We have spent many days in the last week, when I could, looking at home. New and used, one and two story, even a few three story and we are narrowing it down. I am just proud we narrowed it down to the area we want to live. That was hard enough. So I will probably end up moving a home full of goods, three children and a dog by myself this summer while my husband is gone. Never a dull moment.

    Random thoughts about the real reason we come to this lovely blog:
    Love, love, love the video with Harry and the Queen. Amazing and the queen trumps any president currently alive, and some not alive. She has had an amazing life and I hope it continues to be so. I am sure with cheeky Harry and George around she will be kept on her toes.

    The Vogue cover is a lovely photograph of Catherine and I love that she agreed to be on the cover. I just hope between the cover, the video about for the run with the three, and seemingly an uptick in visibility people remember this is what they (we) have wanted and asked for and be happy with the current changes. That we can just be content and not jump paces ahead.

    I would love if cyber bullying, and bullying in general, become Will's "thing". That would give the trio each a sub-group or focus on the mental health issue. Children and early intervention from Catherine, veterans from Harry and cyber bullying/bullying from William. I think they could bring a large amount of much needed attention to areas much in need of more press time and more awareness. I truly believe that the stigma attached to seeking help, admitting you need help and admitting you may have a mental health problem needs to be addressed. A very good friend of mine lost her husband to suicide earlier this month. It was due to his PTSD due to his military service. It isn't "masculine" for a soldier, or retired soldier, to admit they need help. We need to get rid of those thoughts. I really hope the Cambridges and Harry can shine some much needed light on these issues.

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    1. Whew, Courtney :-) I am relieved to see you here. Glad you are doing well!

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    2. You don't know me Courtney, but it's good to hear from you!
      Cara, Australia

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    3. Courtney, I hope you are on the mend and I wish you all the best in the house hunting department. :) And a sincere thank you to your husband, and family. Our men and women in uniform (and their families) do not receive anywhere near the recognition or appreciation they deserve. THANK YOU.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden1 May 2016 at 01:33

      Yaaaay! So glad to see you are ok! Sounds like you got your hands full!!! :O

      Also, I think while Williams focus on bullying is great, it's kind of woven into Kates child focus. And I think his current intended focus on male mental health is something that can give more impact. A strong male authority such as William, from such a traditional setting as the royal family speaking out for male issues with mental health can be a HUGE deal! It's a group that is HEAVILY stigmatized and discouraged from talking about their feelings. They are "supposed" to be strong and solid because of gender roles and having a rather "traditional" man like William speaking out for them can be very powerful! Just because men are way less likely to ask for help or tell someone (and when they do, they are way more likely to just get a "pat on the back" and get told to cheer up) suicide among men is way higher than it "need" to be. So I personally think that is a great focus for William and his position, while I ofc think that he is doing great with the cyberbullying as well!

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    5. Marci in Utah1 May 2016 at 03:23

      Courtney, I'm so glad things are looking up for you, especially your health. Best of luck in moving! Also, my sincere thanks to your husband and his colleagues serving in the military. I'm sad to hear about your friend's husband. That is very sad.

      If William can make a difference; if he and Kate and Harry can all make a difference in the way mental challenges are perceived, perhaps people contemplating suicide will think more and more of alternatives. Of course we can all help by treating one another with dignity and respect, including on this blog. Most of the time I believe we achieve that goal, but there is always room for improvement.

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    6. So glad you are on the mend Courtney

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    7. Tedi in California1 May 2016 at 12:36

      We all missed you Courtney, so happy you are feeling better. Good luck with your move. It's such a stressful time, but can be exciting too. Especially moving to a new home you all love. Bless you and your husband.

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  19. She looks absolutely stunning! At first I couldn't put my finger on what looked different about her, but Charlotte nailed it - a lighter hand with the eyeliner really makes a difference. She looks very natural and youthful. I can't wait to buy my own copy. I have a feeling it something I will keep in my possession for a long time.

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    1. Marci in Utah1 May 2016 at 03:24

      I agree, I really like her eye makeup without the black eyeliner. Her eyes look even more beautiful, I think, using this style of makeup.

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  20. Black gloves- I've always adored Kate's!

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  21. Charlotte, I would like mine in black, please!

    And that video!!!

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  22. Oh I forgot to say that I would like to take part to the giveaway :) I would love to have the Blow Gloves in black :)

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  23. 1. Love the video of Harry and the queen!
    2. Love how relaxed the Duchess looked in those photos. I can't wait to see the whole spread.
    3. Charlotte, you're amazing! I never post, but have been reading your blog for a very long time.
    4. I would love the black gloves.

    ...obviously lots of love going on in my first post!

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  24. Courtney from NC1 May 2016 at 00:32

    I love the photos of the youngest grands and great grands with the Queen. Those will be so very cherished by the children as they grow. Charlotte is such a cute little things and of course George has a very mischievous look on his face. Like he is either cooking up his next plot or he was just chastised for one. Love him!

    Also, love the photos of him with the Obamas. The adorable pajamas and the oh so serious expression on his face when he is shaking hands. Like he already appreciates the importance of the event. The photo of Catherine looking at him and giving him that encouraging, loving motherly look is beautiful. Truly a "picture that is worth a thousand words".

    I liked the dress she wore when the Obamas dined at Kensington. Very Catherine. Not Kate but Catherine. I think the re-released dress that is similar to the one she wore in the brighter shades is the better version.

    I also like the clothes worn for the Vogue shoot. Also very Catherine.

    As far as clothing, here is how I have voted so far:

    Evening wear - I voted for the wonderful blue Jenny Packham. It really was in a class all it's own as far as the other evening looks she modeled during this tour. Other than the Packham, I liked the Temperley two piece look the second best and the Beulah red gown third best. She is really growing into such an elegant woman. She has always been elegant but her movements are becoming more naturally elegant.

    Best Day Wear:
    I think the winner for most people was obviously the Khan dress that last day. It was a beautiful look and quintessential Catherine and that is exactly why it wasn't my pick for look #1.

    I voted for the cape and skirt she wore in Bhutan. It was out of her comfort zone, paid tribute to the local culture without being tacky and she looked amazing. Plus, she looked wonderful in the action shots as well.

    The Emilia Wickstead white dress and the Desdemona were also day wear but a little different, a little fancier than the other looks and I loved the repeats.

    Casual look was easy for me and I chose the look she wore for the Tigers Hike.

    Earrings: I broke up into two categories. Fancy and casual.

    Casual: The filligree ones she purchased in India were my favorite earrings worn in a casual setting.

    Fancy-ish: I chose, and voted for, the lavender amethyst Kiki's although it was a very close contest with the custom made green Kiki's.

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    1. Really nice to see you back, Courtney.

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    2. Julie from NC1 May 2016 at 15:06

      Great to see you back Courtney! I also voted for the cape & lavender skirt for very similar reasons.

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  25. Courtney from NC1 May 2016 at 00:33

    I forgot to add - I would love the bow gloves in black. They are lovely and I love having black accessories because they match everything.

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  26. Kensington Palace wasn't kidding when they promised surprises. I am so excited that Kate is on the cover of Vogue. It must have been fun doing the shoot. Where can I get British Vogue in the US? I suspect it will fly off the shelves.

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    1. I know! Surprise after surprise! The photographs look amazing and I can't wait to hold the issue in my hands. British Vogue usually shows up at my newstand one month late Rachel, so maybe in June?

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    2. Barnes and Noble, perhaps.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden1 May 2016 at 01:35

      Appearantly it will be out on 5th of May in the UK and 10th is the US. Don't know where but British Vouge is probably a rather common thing in magazine shops etc.

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  27. Omg. To think just recently I was daydreaming about a Kate vogue cover. I absolutely adore it. And I also like that its the Kate we know and love looking all stylish and simple. Now next stop American vogue. Might be more difficult persuading her tho. She doesn't come across as someone who loves the spotlight.

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      I think British Vouge makes way more sense than the american one :P

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  28. I would love the Bow gloves in black.

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  29. I love the lighter eye make up - it's funny that actually doing LESS makeup makes her look younger but it does. The pics are very natural and gorgeous.

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    1. I had to chuckle, because yes lighter eyeliner looks so good on her, but it all went to her eyebrows, which was over done (or photo-shopped or whatever). But she does look so good!

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  30. Thanks for another wonderful post! I'd love the gloves in black.

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  31. I would love the Bow gloves in black. It has been years since I wore gloves but with a trip to the UK coming up soon, I would love to be able to wear them soon.

    Courtney, so glad to see you back and posting! I don't know you as well as other bloggers so didn't post when you were MIA but you were in my thoughts! I live near Fort Huachuca--younger families in our church are always coming and going. I admire your stamina tremendously.

    Thrilled about Kate's Vogue cover! She is so naturally beautiful. Like a Lauren model.

    Bravo for William and his cyber bullying initiative. Perhaps now people will give him a break.

    And that video with Harry and the Queen--the mischievous look she gave him says tons about how much she adores the scamp.

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  32. fashionablyroyal1 May 2016 at 00:48

    I would love the bow gloves in black! April was such a fantastic month, and what a perfect ending to it! Can't wait to see what all is in store for us in May!

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  33. On the Vogue shoot: I'm thrilled! I will buy this edition if I can get it. While I love the photos, it's remarkable to see how different Kate looks in professional magazine pages. She looks amazing, but so unlike the usual celebrities we see in Vogue. You can tell she's never going to be anything but herself. :)

    On the gloves: I would love the black pair.

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  34. While I feel the Duchess is so beautiful in both portraits for the National Portrait Gallery, it would seem to me it may have been interesting to have different looks. They are similar in feel, angle, degree of casualness, etc. I'm not sure I expressed that clearly but since Kate is so photogenic, more variety would have been nice.

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    1. I love Harry. Simple as that. :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden1 May 2016 at 01:36

      These are just 3 of 8. There is probably more looks coming :)

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    3. lol, I love Harry also. What's not to love about Harry? :)

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  35. I would love a pair in black!!

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  36. I agree Pam.

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  37. I forgot to add I would like my gloves in black.

    Charlotte, I assume this means no pictures of PC will be forthcoming? I know. I'm more than just a little bit greedy.

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you so much for your comments - what a surprise to see Kate on the cover of Vogue!

      I still think we probably will see a photo or two for Charlotte's birthday :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden1 May 2016 at 01:54

      Oh I wouldn't rule out PC photos as well. I mean... one doesn't rule out the other, and the timing of these pictures is probably because the magazine is printed now and the pictures hung. Not because of the anniversiry and birthday.

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    3. That would be excellent, Charlotte. It would really make everyone's week, I'm sure.

      Oh, I know, Rebecca. I guess I had in my head that if pictures were released it would be for the Sunday papers. However, it will be much nicer if they are released on her birthday.

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  38. I forgot to add that I would like to win the bow gloves in black, please! Thanks for all your hard work, Charlotte!

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  39. I adore these gloves - and love them in black just like Kate

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  40. I love the bow gloves! I'd definitely have to do them in black, but the ivory is lovely too!

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  41. Carol from Connecticut1 May 2016 at 01:10

    Love, love Kate's Vogue photos! So pleased with PW's new initiative as well, and what a hoot to see the Queen's reaction in the Invictus Games promo! We royal fans have been spoiled this month; I hope the frequent posts continue throughout May and the summer months :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 May 2016 at 01:55

      Yeah, British royal fans have been. (Or rather, general royal fans as well. I'm exhausted between all the BRF things PLUS babies and birthdays in the Swedish royal family!!)

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    3. Annette New Zealand1 May 2016 at 02:40

      Prince Alexander is gorgeous too! How nice that there are now three baby boys in the Swedish Royal family close in age. They will get on so well together.

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    4. Courtney from NC1 May 2016 at 07:50

      Rebecca - I looked at some photos of the festivities happening in Sweden and I love how genuinely happy the SRF, including the spouses and children, always looks. Victoria and Sofia also look amazing for any time but amazingly stunning this close to having a baby.
      I love how CP always looks so proud of himself when he is out with Sofia. She looked amazing and loved her shoes. She is a good sport for even leaving the house for a large gathering, let alone looking amazing and wearing a kicky pair of shoes. It has been a busy few weeks in the royal world but since I wasn't on that match I am now completely exhausted from catching up on all my different royal family posts in one sitting.

      I still think cheeky, mischievous George and equally mischievous, yet adorable, show stealer Estelle should meet. She looked just as cute shaking hands today as George did in his little man PJs shaking hands with Obama.

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  42. The gloves would be lovely in black. So perfect for fall and winter. I am so happy Kate has been having such a wonderful month! It truly has been very exciting for all of us!

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  43. I'd love these in black.

    Such a nice surprise to see her in Vogue!

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  44. I admit to having a similar reaction to Kate on the cover of Vogue as I did with the casual photos of Diana. Unexpected, fresh, simple, and stunning.

    The video is hilarious and I cannot help but giggle at the Queen's "Oh, really! Please." There's no tiara in my closet, or black handbag on my sofa, but I had the same reaction!

    Bullying... AMEN William. It's a very important issue and deserves serious attention. The internet is a wonderful thing when it is NOT being used in a destructive manner. Unfortunately, it is far too easy to do exactly that and we see examples of it everyday.

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  45. Theresa. New York1 May 2016 at 01:28

    The gloves, please, in black.

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  46. Tedi in California1 May 2016 at 01:29

    I love the Vogue pictures, and Harry and the Queen's video. What a lovely surprise!

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    1. I love the video too. I think William and Harry can get the Queen to do "anything" within reason and of course, all for a good cause. =) Not a fan of the Obamas (I'm in the US) but loved it anyway. Between this "ad" and the Heads Together "ad", they've done some refreshing and out-of-the-royal-ordinary. "Boom". ;)

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  47. Becca in Canada1 May 2016 at 01:29

    What a wonderful surprise to see the duchess on the cover....who would have thought that would happen!! I would love the gloves in black

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      I thought it would. But not this soon! A great, happy surprise :)

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  48. Tedi in California1 May 2016 at 01:30

    I would love the gloves in black.

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  49. This is my favorite Kate's fashion blog. You show a more relatable Kate. I would love the gloves in black!

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  50. She looks beautiful. Love the new makeup.
    Would love the black gloves.

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  51. Natasha, Canada1 May 2016 at 01:39

    Charlotte, I would love the gloves in black. Also, thank you so much for such a wonderful blog. I'm very excited every time I see a new post. It's so nice to read not only about the fashion but also about all the charity work the Royal family does.

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  52. I love your blog and read it daily! would love some gloves in black...

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  53. Yay, Courtney. HalleluYah. I was really concerned about you. Thank God you are alive and thriving/surviving. Get as much rest as you can from all your superwoman stuff so all that won't come up and kick you in the derrière weeks from now, okay? :) xo

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  54. Did she also do an interview as part of this?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 May 2016 at 01:58

      I read that it's a 10 page spread with 7 pictures + cover. So unless some of the pictures are on two pages, I assume there will be some text in there :P

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  55. Those gloves are my favourite of her accessories! I'd love my own pair in black!

    Thank you for doing these exciting giveaways!

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  56. good question 01:47. Wouldn't that be nice.

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  57. I love the black gloves. They are so beautiful.

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  58. 1. I'd love the gloves in black

    2. I adore Prince Harry's video and have watched it more times than I care to confess

    3.. The Duchess looks simply stunning, and these photos are a fun surprise

    Johanna

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  59. Black! I adore those gloves but have never gone through with purchasing them.

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  60. Sam Tennessee1 May 2016 at 02:32

    The black gloves are amazing! Love the photos!

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  61. Jennifer from Canada1 May 2016 at 02:33

    Love the blog, I'm a long time reader but never posted before, but read the comments regularly. Always timely updates, and lovely pictures.

    Would like the gloves in black. Cheers to all

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  62. I love the black gloves they are so beatiful with that bow detail on them. Loved the photos of Kate she looked gorgeous and really hope we get some birthday pictures of charolette ☺️

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  63. Oh dear Charlotte, could you possibly score a pile of British Vogue magazines and offer them on a draw? We won't be able to get those outside the UK. Failing that, I hope you might link to or post the other shots. Wow! Wow! Wow!

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    1. A giveaway sounds like a great idea. I saw US Kate bloggers What Would Kate Do noted the magazine should be available in the US on 12 May (presumably the online issue?), and a reader said it should be available via Amazon.

      I will post the photos on the blog as soon as they are available :)

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      British vouge seems like a rather big magazine though so it will probably be rather easy to find in many countries in well sorted magazine stores :)

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  64. I am so excited to see Kate on the cover! I hope this is the start to many more covers over the years, showcasing her elegance and grace, much like Diana. It's amazing what a fuller brow can do to one's face. The bolder brow really pops on Kate, so different than her normal look. I look forward to seeing the remaining photos.

    I have coveted this gloves for quite some time! I would love to have them in black!

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  65. I would love a pair of gloves in black

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  66. WOW! Gorgeous pics from Vogue. Can't wait to see the rest!

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  67. I am so excited about the pictures in vogue and can't wait to get a copy! I would need to have a pair of the gloves in black because they would go with more things in my wardrobe. What a great giveaway!

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  68. Rebekka from Texas1 May 2016 at 03:17

    What a lovely surprise. I would love to own these gloves in black like Kate.

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  69. Jessica H in Texas1 May 2016 at 03:23

    I was just thinking about these gloves! I want a pair so bad! Black please!!!! Black is my entry for the giveaway!

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  70. Marci in Utah1 May 2016 at 03:28

    The video with Prince Harry, the Queen, and the Obamas was hilarious. I really enjoyed that.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for your continuing hard work on this blog! I love reading it.

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  71. Me too would love a pair in black! :)
    And how exciting are the photos!

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  72. Definitely black for the gloves, they're so fun! I love these photos of Kate. She's such a beautiful woman with a great spirit. Can't wait to see the others as they are released!!
    Lily

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  73. Black gloves would be lovely :) looking forward to Wednesday and thank you again for all your hard work Charlotte!

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  74. Hi Charlotte! I am truly surprised by the Vogue cover! Kate is just beautiful and seems so comfortable in her own element. I too, am a country girl, and feel at peace with the world when I'm able to be there! I'd love those beautiful chic gloves in black! I have often looked at them on Kate and wished for some of this quality. Thank you Charlotte for your blog always being a safe place, and not just about Kate's clothes, but her interests and work! Keep it up! I truly enjoy this blog! Blessings to you!

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  75. Anonymous in Colorado1 May 2016 at 03:42

    AHHHH!!! What a lovely surprise to see Kate in Vogue! It was such a natural look for her & the few photos in this peek embody what I suspect is truly her.....a chic yet humble country-loving gal.

    I immediately noticed the bold brows!! She looks beautiful but I do think more sculpted brows favor her more....I'm now realizing her thinner, sculpted brows in the "Heads Together" video is what made me go "hmmmm, she looks so elegantly mature & refined". This is NOT a criticism at all just an observation!

    Also, remember her thick, darkened brows for the SUnday Remembrance Day balcony appearance (with Queen Maxima)! Wonder if that was around the time the Vogue photo shoot happened?!

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  76. The pictures are beautiful!

    Black gloves would be lovely!

    Cannot wait to see if we have new photos for Charlotte's 1st Birthday!

    Charlotte, I just wanted to take the time to tell you what a wonderful job you do with this blogspot! I check this everyday! i hope that one day you go to London and just happen to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Thank You again!

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  77. Wowza! Talk about surprises that blow you away! Now THIS took us completely by surprise. The past two months have been like a piñata of Kensington Palace treats and surprises!! These pictures are splendid. And I think it's the perfect time for HRH to grace the cover of British Vogue. First off. British. Vogue. Centenary issue. Nothing else could/would be appropriate as the first cover for HRH. Also, I think it's the right age and the right time for HRH. She's not newly married, i.e. has fully established herself as a member of the Family, and has produced two children (and yes, as I've mentioned before on the blog, regardless of how we feel about it, producing heirs was part of the expectation/duty). She's also nearing her mid 30s which means it's peak time to be a blossoming, youthful beauty. (Yes, before anyone jumps at me, 40, 50, 60 yr. old women are gorgeous, but this is a fashion and image world and mid 30s is where "youth" peaks). She looks splendid, very HRH. Gorgeous eyes, smile, etc. Big brows ARE back and she ROCKS THEM. My two quibbles: the cover is gorgeous but the coat flaps make her look really big/oddly broad on top. Second, what's up with all the browns & beige? The cover has a Fall Issue look & feel and definitely NOT summer one. That disappoints me, I'll admit. Too much of a fall palette that washes out HRH. I would have loved pinks, fuchsias, reds, some color & summer backdrop, again, a celebration of HRH's mature youthfulness. Maybe there are other pics with that kind of palette? Anyhow, thanks Charlotte for posting this amazing and surprising post! I was procrastinating on a project and ambled over here to look at comments/have a bit of fun but oh my! if there was ever reason to procrastinate, it was this post. Silvia

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  78. I adore the Queen in that video. I have just loved watching all the Elizabeth at 90 ones, especially the one where she's watching the home movies with the Prince of Wales. I love her sense of humour and I agree with the person above who said it seems like William and Harry can get her to do things! Charlotte, thank you so much for your wonderful blog. You are amazing!

    Here's another who would prefer the gloves in black!

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  79. Jennifer from Wisconsin1 May 2016 at 03:56

    Black would be fabulous! Thanks Charlotte for all you do.

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  80. I would love the gloves in black!

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  81. Did she wear her engagement ring differently than usual? It seems like instead of wearing it in the middle of the wedding ring and the eternity diamond ring, she's wearing the sapphire ring on top.

    The duchess looks so naturally beautiful and at ease! can't wait to grab two copies next week.

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  82. Can't wait to see the Vogue issue! How exciting! I would need black gloves because they go with more items in my wardrobe. What a wonderful accessory and giveaway.

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  83. Bow gloves in black. I think she looks lovely, though I find it interested that the stylist chose clothing so similar to what she usually wears. I usually imagine Vogue as pushing people to wear very fashion forward things.

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    1. No one could make such a beautiful woman as Kate look bad, but this photographer and make-up team came very, very close. I am feeling so frustrated by what he did to our lovely Kate in those cover photos. The other photo is pretty but so pedestrian as to make you think the photo was not taken for a Vogue assignment.

      The President and First Lady and their colleagues were a hoot. Very nicely done. I am so happy that Harry had that special moment with his grandmother recorded for posterity and it was a fun one, no surprise.

      The black gloves are the ones I would choose.

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  84. Sarah Maryland USA1 May 2016 at 04:56

    I would love a pair of the black gloves! Especially since very cold weather has returned to Maryland lol
    I was at work today at an all day concert festival was wondering why i was checking my phone and I told her that kate was on british vogue and she freaked and said how much she loved her to so we ogled the pictures together haha
    Love that she at least chose a british publication!

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  85. Ivory, ivory, ivory! I love these gloves and wish I could have my very own pair!

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  86. Hope we get some full length shots of Kate with the beautiful scenery. And hoping for Charlotte birthday pics! Woudl love the gloves in black. They go with everything!

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  87. The Vogue portraits are fabulous! They capture her so well!

    Black for the gloves!!

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  88. CLM Southern Belle1 May 2016 at 05:06

    Another great post and fabulous royal round-up. Black gloves would be my pick :). Such a fun giveaway idea!

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  89. Toni from Colorado1 May 2016 at 05:09

    Kate on the cover of British Vogue was such a great surprise. She is truly lovely. I would love a pair of the gloves in black! :)

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  90. Prince Harry clearly has a relaxed and friendly relationship with our wonderful Obama family. Very funny video for a good cause. Tonight at The White House Correspondents Dinner the President joked about meeting Prince George.
    Love this photo session, Kate at her loveliest, although the brows are a bit too emphatic. She ought to take note how much younger she appears without the heavy eyeliner.

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    1. Great video, great cause. Good humor, yes, but a little less "emphasis" on MO's part would not have been a bad thing IMHO. :)

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  91. Tammy from California1 May 2016 at 05:20

    I have to say I am absolutely flabbergasted, You could knock me over with a feather. Vogue...I had no idea royals did Vogue ad things as such. Now I know.

    The video of Harry and HRH is absolutely hilarious! When she said "Oh please!" I laughed my head off! Great and for such a worthy cause close to my heart. LOVED IT!!

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  92. I would love the gloves in black! Thanks so much!!

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  93. I would love the gloves in black!

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  94. Sarah VR in Minnesota1 May 2016 at 05:38

    What a fun month of posts! Would love the gloves in black :)
    I really enjoyed the Queen in Harry's video, especially how she said "please", very entertaining.
    Love the vogue cover, hope to be able to get my hands on a copy---will have to investigate how to do this!

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  95. Black please 😍

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  96. I am looking forward to seeing all the photos. I thought you could discern her eye color a little better without the eyeliner in the color photo.

    I laughed when viewing the Obamas/PH/QEII twitter video exchanges. What a clever way to promote the Invictus Games.

    Giveaway. The gloves are lovely. I would like them in black.

    Claire in the US

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  97. I love these pictures of the Duchess. She looks sooo much better with less eye liner. I think one of the times she looked the prettiest was when she left the hospital early in her pregnancy with George. She had on less makeup and her beauty really shone through.
    The picture of George shaking hands with George was adorable. the President adores children and that was obvious in the picture. I live in the US and I am going to miss him. So authentic;so down to earth.
    As for the gloves I really would adore having he black ones,but wouldn't say no to the white.

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  98. I would love the black gloves. Great giveaway, thanks Charlotte!

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  99. Black glowes zre simp,y the best... Photos of Kate are great... thanks for the giveaway...

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  100. She looks great without the eyeliner but I don't like the hat and I hope it is not the cover photo--I'm probably the only who doesn't like the hat pic.

    What fun to have such a lovely giveaway! Black if I am lucky enough to win :-)

    Karen in California

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  101. I have been following your blog since halfway through the Canada tour and love to read everyone's thoughts but have never posted before this. It's somewhat nerve-wracking 😀.
    I just felt this was the time to finally do it. I'm extremely sentimental and having lost my fancy leather gloves my husband gave me for our 1st Christmas I've been unable to replace them with something that didn't have meaning behind it but I think I could get over it with these! I've adored them since I first saw them and imagine they would be able to keep my perpetually cold hands warm. I would love them in black please. Thank you so much for your time and effort you spend on this blog. It is such a fun escape for me.

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  102. What a lovely surprise! I would go for a pair of the gloves in black.

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  103. Vonnie A. From Pennsylvania1 May 2016 at 06:16

    I love the pictures for the Vogue Cover! It would be amazing to win a pair of the beautiful black bow gloves. Thank you so much for the chance!

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  104. Black gloves are so beautiful ... New reading ... So much fun here on your blog!

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  105. The British Vogue photographs are great. I am definitely going to purchase a pair of these gloves for winter but it would be great if I could win them in black :-)

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  106. Thanks for post!
    Gloves are lovely in black.

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  107. I would love the gloves in black! What a great surprise from UK Vogue. The pictures look gorgeous.

    As for William it's lovely to see this new endeavor to fight against bullying. I imagine he's also quite pleased to hear of the ivory burn in Kenya.

    Happy weekend all! :)

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  108. Wow what a great surprise - very unexpected but fantastic and Kate looks lovely. I am thrilled that she has a nautical top but in red as we had so often wanted her to wear because we got tired with the blue and white repeats! It is a great look. The second thing - I am a bit disappointed in their choice of the black and white photo for the display - I would have picked the black and white one where she is laughing or the cover photo with the hat. But still, stunning photos.

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  109. I am just imagining the "horror" if it had been American Vogue. I can already see the DM fuming with rage then going on to write a hundred articles dissecting each hair on her eye brows.
    On a side note I don't know if anyone else feels the same but has it occured to any of you that the reason the British media is on Kate like that is possibly because they still can't get over the fact that she actually got married to William and is still happily married. Considering all the teasing and name calling of her and her family before she got married.

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  110. Lovely article - amazing photos of Kate - she is shown as elegant and delightful, which is, after all, who she is:-) I have loved the Black Bow Cocktail gloves for years - would love to have a pair in black:-)

    Thank you kindly,
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  111. Lovely photography but I am not a fan of the cover photo. Do not like her in that hat.

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  112. Beautiful photos of a beautiful woman inside and out.What a treat,
    If I was lucky enough I would love those gloves in black please... we are about to start our NZ winter, the timing would be perfect.

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  113. What a great surprise to see the Duchess on the cover of Vogue! The photographer did a wonderful job. I will need a copy sent to me in the US :) hint hint to my British friends. I thought the video with Prince Harry and the Queen was so fun. Great post as usual, thanks for keeping us up to date with Royal happenings. Looking forward to the next one.

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  114. I didn't think it was Kate. Looked like a real tomboy to me. I prefer Kate's more feminine look. Maybe it was the man brows? It should have been so overwhelmingly awesome. It is the 100th Anniversary Cover of Vogue, not Gun and Rifle, hello. I am so disappointed in that cover photo.

    I like the black gloves. Let's hear it for feminine.

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  115. Love love how she looks in these pictures! I would love these gloves in black please!

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  116. For thee first time, I think I am not interested in these pictures. Of course, they look great, the team and Kate did their best! She looks beautiful!

    But am I the only one who is wondering about the interview too or maybe there won't be any just a couple of pictures?

    At this point, It would be nice to see/hear something more meaningful.

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  117. The video us Great stuff!

    On the contrary, I'm still wondering if those pics are a joke. Are they really Vogue' material?
    I guess the striped short Will go sky rocket!

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  118. I would love to have these beautiful and elegant gloves in black. Love your posts, I'm following it all the time, and I'm very impressed about what you have achieved despite of your age, since I'm same old as you. Congrats :))
    Anna/Hungary

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  119. The Duchess is such a beautiful woman, but I really dislike her makeup on these pictures. The eyebrows are too heavy imo. Regarding the gloves I love the black ones! :)

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  120. I would love to have the gloves in black, they are much more elegant. I'm following your blog for a long time no and I'm impressed about what you've achieved despite of your age, since I'm same old as you. Congrats:)
    Anna/Hungary

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  121. Hello! I think my comment (not the one about the giveaway) went lost :(
    I'm so happy to see The Duchess on the cover of British Vogue, she looks amazing!
    I noticed she looks younger (this is not a critic!), I read the make up artist who worked at the project persuaded her to us less black eyeliner and blush. She looks classy!
    She has bolder eyebrows, maybe when she debuted this look ad the Air Cadet event she had just worked with Vogue?
    I would like to ask anyone knows how to purchase online a copy of the magazine from an international country! I think here in my city I could buy the american Vogue, but sadly not the British one :(

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  122. So elegant! Black gloves please...

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  123. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog - it's by far the most reliable source about everything concerning the Cambridges and I just love it!!
    I would love to have the gloves in black, of course - that's the original Kate style after all! :) <3

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  124. The Duchess looks lovely in the Vogue photo shoot, cannot wait to see the June issue!
    Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to have the gloves in black.

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  125. Great to see the Duchess looking so fresh and natural. What a surprise all the way down here in New Zealand. She certainly shows a fun side to her personality here,
    A pair of gloves in black for our cold winters would be fabulous.

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  126. The Duchess looks so natural - she shows the fun side to her personality. A pair of black gloves for my hands that feel the cold would be fabulous!

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  127. I would love the gloves in black. Super post as usual.

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  128. Completely surprised by the Vogue pictures.

    I would love he gloves in either colour but would go for black first

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  129. Love these photos and love the gloves! Black would be my choice - great competition, thank you!

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  130. What beautiful photos. Kate could be an Aussie girl standing in the outback! She looks so fresh and happy. I love the change in eye makeup - it seems to make the colour of her eyes pop. I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.
    I love the gloves - my choice would probably be black.

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  131. I've always coveted those gloves but couldn't justify the expense! If I am the lucky one I would love a black pair...

    So glad that the Duchess has experimented with reducing the solid eyeliner look - I've always felt that it was too 'hard' - it does work for her but I feel that it needs softening a little so hopefully when she sees these pictures she might consider tweaking her make up style a little. But all in all when you think what she has taken on, and in such a horrendously public arena, I think she's doing marvelously well on the whole - kudos to her. Eyeliner is the least of her issues!

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  132. Whoppee, new birthday photos of Princess Charlotte! So pretty!
    RoyalWatcher

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  133. Kate looks youthful and fresh. The natural look and less make-up suits her.

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  134. The softer make up looks lovely, but the brow is a tad heavy in contrast to the rest of the tone. Also, I do not like the hat. It seems forced and makes her look like an indie pop artist. It just seems too far from her usual style. The Photoshopping has also made her hair look very red.

    Gloves in black!

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  135. I would love the black gloves. They are gorgeous

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  136. The black gloves- they're gorgeous!

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  137. The pictures with the hat and coat remind me of the look I suggested for Kate when we did our first styling for her. I love that casual look. I don't love the makeup. No apparent foundation or blusher, clumpy mascara, and heavy brows are not her style, and I am glad her makeup was much more beautiful than that during the tour. She should have looked like herself for her first Vogue cover.

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  138. Oh my god Amazing photos of the duchess. As i saw these images i couldn't hold on to my breath, lovely. She looks very beautiful. So natural. Love her smile. What a beautiful choice for clothes. Love love love her everything. Hope to see the other pictures from this shoot soon.
    I would love to get these gloves in black.
    Faiza, Pakistan

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  139. Maryland Moxie1 May 2016 at 12:17

    Lovely pictures of Kate doing what Kate does best! Relaxing in the country!
    But I'm here to win a pair of gloves for my dear friend, bluhare.
    Black, please and thank you.

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  140. Black gloves for me please.
    I was so surprised last night when the Vogue pictures came up on my twitter feed - totally unexpected! Beautiful pictures, my favourite is the one where Catherine is wearing the striped top. My least favourite of the four (no one else seems to have noticed the black & white image at the NPG is different from the other b/w picture) is the one on the cover.

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  141. I am addicted to your blog! You do a fantastic job!!! I honestly have no idea how you find the time to make this all happen.
    I would love a pair of the gloves in black!

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  142. This is my first post ever. I am an avid reader of this blog and all things Middleton. I am in US but born in Gibraltar and raised in Spain. I would love the Bow gloves in Black. I owned a pair which I used regularly as I have a serious neurological disease which requires the use of wheelchair . I lost one when I was in Rome in March and I was so upset that it ruined my stay. Yes even in Italy. The gloves are light and elegant and protect my hands. They also bring a little elegance in a very trying situation . Your commentary is excellent . Thank you Norma. ncccms@gmail.com

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  143. Oh gosh how I'd love those gloves in black! I'd wear them constantly during the 8 months of winter we seem to get in Canada!

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  144. I would love the gloves in black!

    Beautiful photos, I like her makeup appearing lighter but do agree her brows are a bit heavy for my preference.

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  145. I think Kate looks gorgeous in the Vogue pics! They are natural, casual, and yet elegant in their own right. I just think Kate always gets it right.
    I would LOVE to put those gloves around my hands...in black, please!?!

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  146. Robin in Ontario1 May 2016 at 13:53

    Great pictures of the Duchess amd a FANTASTIC new initiative for the Duke!

    Almost loved those gloves! I'd be lucky to have a black pair of my own ;)

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  147. Black Glove please!
    Charlotte, thank you for he beautiful coverage of the duchess. They are a light in this world for sure!

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  148. I would love the gloves in black!

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  149. Would love the ivory pair of gloves for my fall wedding this year! :) :) Kate looks stunning in those photos, what a natural in front of the camera!

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  150. Such beautiful gloves! I would love them in black!

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  151. I would LOVE the gloves in black!

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  152. Judith - Belgium1 May 2016 at 15:29

    Always a joy to see what's new on your blog! And off course exciting that you give away a pair of gloves! I would very much love them in black ... Anyway, may the new owner wear them elegantly! :-)

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