Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Kate Brings Back McQueen from George's Christening for Garden Party, Kate's ICPCN Letter & Outings with the Children!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Queen's last garden party of the season at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.


Today's party marked a milestone for Prince William - the first one at Buckingham Palace he has attended.


 Also present were Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Gloucesters, and the Duke of Kent. The royals stepped out at 4 pm to the national anthem playing before dispersing into the crowd, each taking a separate route, known as 'lanes', to ensure as many guests as possible have the opportunity to chat with a member of the Royal family. The parties are a staple on the royal calendar with Her Majesty hosting at least three annually at Buckingham Palace, and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The garden parties were instituted by Queen Victoria in the 1860s when they were known as 'breakfasts', despite taking place in the afternoon.

Kate chats with a guest. The Duchess is pictured with her hair stylist Amanda Cook-Tucker and her PA Natasha Archer. The man talking to Kate is Getty Images royal photographer Chris Jackson, who is also Natasha's boyfriend.


William mingling with the crowd.


Her Majesty looked regal in a striking blue Stewart Parvin ensemble and a hat by milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan. The Duchess of Gloucester also wore blue.


Kate shares a laugh with guests.


An overview of the party.


With an 8,000-strong crowd, enormous quantities of refreshments are served. More from the official website:

'Over the course of each year, the Queen welcomes over 30,000 guests to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse. At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed! Garden Parties are an important way for the Queen to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.'

A selection of the cakes served.


The Palace has been sharing a behind-the-scenes look at garden parties. In and around the rose garden regular work includes dead-heading, weeding and clipping to ensure everything is as beautiful as possible. And in the final days and hours before guests arrive, final touches to the lawns and grounds are made. Guests can also explore the history of the Queen's life in the Palace Gardens, which includes this magnolia gifted to Her Majesty on her 55th Birthday.


It's always interesting to see what the royals wear at the garden parties. As for the dress code, the Palace notes the following: "For a Garden Party, gentlemen wear morning dress or lounge suits, while women wear day dress, usually with hats or fascinators. National dress and uniform are also often worn."


Today marks Kate's fourth appearance at one of HM's garden parties. In 2012 and 2013 she selected designs by Emilia Wickstead. In 2014 she wore her very popular nude lace Alexander McQueen sheath dress. The yellow Wickstead coat was a new piece, while the other two looks were 'repeats'. It came as no surprise to see the Duchess 'repeating' today. I expect it's done in an effort to minimize the attention drawn by her sartorial choices, ensuring the focus of the day remains on the event itself. It's something we often see Kate doing when she's attending an event with Her Majesty, such as last night's garden party.


A look at the back.


It was a treat to see Kate wearing the ivory Alexander McQueen dress she wore to Prince George's christening. It's a fantastic look on her; it proved a stellar choice for the christening and worked very well again in today's setting. The bespoke piece was described as: "From Spring Summer 2012 Collection, the leaf crepe garment with wave ruffle panel, rounded padded shoulders and silk lining."


Kate once again teamed it with the Georgie hat by Jane Taylor. The sophisticated sinamay beret with delicate silk/organza rose and classic veiling trim retailed for £755.

Jane Taylor

Kate accessorised with her pearls earrings and carried her new L.K. Bennett Nina Clutch.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess also wore a new pair of suede pumps. We'll update when they are identified.


You can watch a video here.



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In other news, the Duchess was spotted on an outing with George and Charlotte earlier today. Tweeter Political Pictures shared this snap of Kate smiling and looking on as George plays on a police motorcycle.

More from the Mail Online:

'As a young royal, he is used to having an armed escort, however today Prince George got his taste of what life is like for an officer - with a ride on an official Met Police motorbike.
The two-year-old was watched carefully by his mother the Duchess of Cambridge, who smiled as she held Princess Charlotte in a pushchair, while four officers helped the prince on to the vehicle and place his hands on the handle bars - which his little arms could just about reach. The scene, which took place today around Kensington Palace as the royal family waved off Princess Anne in a helicopter.'

The onlooker who took the photos said:

'I was walking to Notting Hill from Kensington to go to the gym when I saw a helicopter taking off at the back of Kensington Palace. I noticed George and his mother watching Princess Anne take off. The Princess was wearing a Navy uniform. After the helicopter took off, the prince had a go on a policeman's motorbike for quite a while. Kate was really smiley. There were about three or four hundred people watching. It was so lovely.'  

Kate looked very chic in the Great Plains Cezanne dress in its latest colourway; we wrote about the new print in a recent post.


The £75 ebony/navy combo is described: "Precision pleating features from the waist to the hemline of our best-selling Cezanne Pleated Dress for a feminine style that is as alluring in design as it is in print. Cinch in the waistband a little further when transitioning this chic dress into the evening." It's a very versatile and wearable piece - a great wardrobe staple.

Great Plains

Kate is known for purchasing pieces in a number of colourways, and she's previously worn the dress in two other prints.

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The Duchess was also seen enjoying a stroll at Kensington Gardens with the children yesterday by Ashley Guitrau. As Kate pushed Charlotte with one hand, she held onto George with the other. Kate wore a long blue skirt with a matching blouse and a sweater around her shoulders. It looks like a lovely summery look for an outing with the children.


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Our lovely reader Linda kindly emailed me a photo of Kate's latest portrait along with her letter in support of ICPCN. The Duchess wore a white jacket for the photo which was taken outside - perhaps at Kensington Palace? It's a lovely portrait.

Courtesy of Linda

In the letter of support for the International Children's Palliative Care Network's conference, Kate wrote:

'When families are confronted with the shattering news that their child has a life-limiting condition, their world can fall apart. For those facing this awful reality, access to hospice and palliative care services can transform their quality of life and help families to make the most of the time they have together.
I have had the privilege to see this transformational work for myself, both in the UK and through visiting inspirational hospices in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. With each of these visits, what has consistently been clear to me is that while circumstances and environments can differ around the world - those involved in providing palliative support to families are united in their aim to provide the best and most loving care possible.
I have also been struck by their willingness to work together, and have seen the impact this can have. When healthcare workers share resources and expertise across borders, it can transform care services for organisations, and the families in their care.
I would like to thank the International Children's Palliative Care Network membership for being the global advocate for children receiving palliative care, and working to ensure that children and families across the world have a chance of accessing the vital lifeline. I wish all the delegates a successful conference and a special time together - to learn, share and plan together for the benefit of children everywhere.'

I was very impressed with this letter. I thought it informative and encouraging, drawing attention to the important work being done in palliative care, with Kate noting her own experiences and observations at hospices she has visited. A very nice message of support for those attending the conference.

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Also today, news the Duchess held a meeting with representatives working in support of services for women in prisons yesterday (with thanks to Cepe). I imagine the meeting is a follow-up to Kate's visit to HMP Send last September.

Cepe Smith

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And we end today's bumper post with a shot of William and Kate boarding a helicopter this evening.

Catie Giebner Instagram

The Duchess appears to be wearing black.

176 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden24 May 2016 at 17:57

    Yay! Surprised to see her repeat the christening outfit. Happily surprised since it's very pretty!! And it fits great for the occation. I (who love coloured accessories) would have had another hat in some colour with matching shoes and clutch, but she looks perfectly nice the way she is :) And very nice to see more of the design of the dress without obstructions (although a very cute obstruction I might add!!). And it looks very nice with her updo!

    Great to see William at one of the BP garden parties :) He's looking mighty dapper, I must say! :)

    Funny that Kate seems to have picked up another Cezanne dress. She must really like them. And I can see why. They are very nice day-dresses :)

    On the meeting yesterday, so great to see her yet again focus on that area. I hope that women in prisons is an area she will continue to be involved in, especially since it has close connections both with mental health and also addiction issues. Maybe she's even looking at taking up a patronage in the area. I assume Place2b, Action on Addiction (and some of William and Harrys organizations, maybe Centerpoint) could team up nicely with a charity working with women in prison and take a "whole family" approach. Either way, it's great seeing that she's involved with this again!

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    1. That is what I thought as well Rebecca. A possible new patronage research done during the meeting.

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    2. "Dapper" was Exactly the word that came to mind when I saw William!:)

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  2. Brandy from North Carolina24 May 2016 at 18:04

    Kate looks fabulous as always. I like how Eugenie and Beatrice are doing more royal appearances. Does Harry not go to the garden parties? That would have been a great photo of all three together. Maybe one day Harry will fine the one, i'm so ready for another royal wedding, but I wonder if Harry's wedding will be as grand as William and Kate's. I would think it would, since he is Diana's son people would love to see him get married. Although i believe that Harry and his bride might choose St. Georges Chapel in Windsor.

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    1. Yes, I am so ready for Harry to find his true love and get married. I think Harry's wedding will be grand. He is so popular that I imagine there will be tons and tons of people turning out for it.

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    2. I hope Harry has a girlfriend the press has not discovered yet and suddenly he brings her out and it is not long until they get engaged! :-) By the way, what about Beatrice and Eugenie? They both have long term boyfriends, so I think they should be next in line for the altar.

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    3. I just keep thinking Harry needs a woman who's athletic and has ties to the military to share his devotion to the soldiers (his work on Invictus was outstanding this year)--not some socialite fluffy person. Someone down to earth, real, who can have an inkling of what he experience during his tours of Afghanistan. I'm pulling for him! And I think he'd have a low key wedding with tons of friends---like at St. George's Chapel as Brandy suggested b/c it's smaller than some other churches and it's where his father got remarried, as well as his uncle Edward and other family members. It makes for a fun walk down the street into the chapel.

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    4. I hope Harry finds the perfect girl also. A smaller wedding at St. George's seems like something Harry would like.

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    5. Spot on Denise! I agree with every word!:)

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  3. THIS is a great outfit! Totally appropriate for a semi-formal occasion, she looks great alongside William and his top hat. Love her hair too. And that cute photo of her with George. Apparently there is another Twitter photo floating around--haven't seen it--with her strolling with George and Charlotte in KP. Apparently she was wearing a blue blouse and skirt outfit. I am glad too that they are posting when Kate has meetings with her charities. Soothes--perhaps--the feathers of those who feel she isn't doing enough with her patronages.

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  4. I love that she recycled this outfit in particular as we didnt really get to see it fully at George's christening. I always enjoy it when she "recycles" an outfit especially the way she switches up the accessories or shoes or hairstyle. I would really love to see Kate recycle some of the outfits which she previously wore to Trooping the Colour. She once wore a lovely grey dress in 2012 and there was also that 2-piece outfit she wore in 2014. I would love to see those outfits in full, fingers crossed!

    Also nice to see her not wearing too much of blue. Vibrant colours and neutral colours suit her well :)

    Love from Avee in SA

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  5. I'm really surprised Kate chose to wear again this piece she wore at Prince George's christening but I have to say that I love it. I loved how she styled her hair for the christening and personally I liked her hairstyle (with this outfit) more back in 2013 than now but she looks amazing with the updo too.
    The Duchess is wearing new shoes! I wonder how many pairs of nude pumps she owns! :) How lucky!
    I'm really happy that Kate chose to focus on the support for women in prison, a very good cause.

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    1. I wondered whether the heels of the Fern pumps were damaged yesterday when Kate was standing in gravel to peer into the sarcophagus garden. I ruined a pair of heels once when I had to stand in gravel for a ceremony.

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  6. This happens to be one of my favorite dresses ever and she is rocking it beautifully. The shoes are to die for. On another note I am very happy to see her find her footing and do all this work. I am very sure as I have said before that a lot happens behind the scenes that we don't know about. The pics with George are also cute. Good job overall

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  7. Sooo elegant. The pleats are what dreams are made of and her undo is perfection. So glad to see William too, looking mighty dapper.

    Love the Cezanne dress as well and George having fun! The cut of all the dresses she's worn from that label seem to be very flattering. A great look!

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  8. William looks handsome today!!!

    I was never a fan of this outfit. It worked well at the baptism with PG's gown but, overall, I find it fussy and matronly. The neckline is too high and I think the bodice would look better with a straight rather than full skirt. Actually, I like the runway version much better than this altered one which comes off as too tame and sweet to me. However, it does fit her perfectly and looks nice from the back.

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    1. I agree with many things:-)

      I think it worked well at the christening, I would have never thought she gonna recycle here.

      She prefers these high neck things, yesterday the coat now this. Or a coincidence.:-) The back is nice.

      My favourite was Eugenie's dress, I think it looked nice and playful.
      Most of all, I loved the Queen's new brooch.(sigh)

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    2. Anette: I thought Eugenie's dress MIGHT have looked good on someone with slimmer hips. Not trying to "fat shame" because Eugenie isn't fat but IMO that kind of dress would be really difficult to wear. Looks good on the hanger but made for people with up-and-down figures with no hips.
      I agree about the brooch. Women just don't wear brooches the way my mother and her generation did. I have a couple of my mother's and grandmothers' brooches but can never find anything to wear them on. Most of today's fabrics seem too flimsy and I don't wear heavy jackets in Arizona. I am excited though--my grandma had an (inexpensive) necklace that she wore constantly. I inherited it after my mother died but it broke several years ago. I had an idea this week to take it to a jeweler in town and see if he could make it into two necklaces, one for me and one from my only maternal necklace. And he said no problem!! Can't wait to see my cousin next month in Montreal and surprise her with it whilst wearing its twin.

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    3. Anett - I agree with everything YOU have written! I loved this dress for the christening. Actually I loved everything about her look at the christening (Charlotte's too, two of Kate's best looks IMO). Here, sadly, not so much and exactly for the reasons you mention. Even though it's cream it feels very heavy, the suede shoes do not strike me as a sunny spring day shoe. However, I'm a sucker for hairstyling that is anything but down and I adore the hat.

      Also agree with you on Princess Eugenie...between yesterday and today she is becoming my favorite royal fashion icon. Love love her look, today and yesterday! Even though her dress also has a high collar and long sleeves, the proportions of the top and length of the colorful skirt with the interesting shoes and hat make it more of the season for me.

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    4. Well not sure how anyone can like Eugenie's skirt and blouse that looked very out of place at a Queens garden Party and anything but flattering on her figure and dislikes Kate's beautifully put together outfit. I guess as has been said many times here different strokes for different folks.

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    5. Theresa - Austin, Texas25 May 2016 at 03:26

      Coincidentally, I just got back from shoe shopping and there were a lot a suede shoes in the store. I had a similar reaction of "shouldn't we only be wearing suede in the autumn and winter"? But, the sales lady told me it's in high fashion right now. "No more rules" were her words. I'm all over that and I now own a pair for summer!

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    6. In my view, nowadays Kate is either put together and repeating outfits without any change (kind of meh) or throwing together pieces without a second thought (red and white for the horse show).

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    7. J.L.G.

      Though the York girls wardrobe is usually a miss for me, this week they did really well.:-) So well said!

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    8. I've had the same impression, Theresa. Suede shoes are all over and I think it's the Kate effect. :) At this time of year, suede has never been the norm on this side of the pond.

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    9. Suede in the summer...well ok then, I guess I am not trendy enough to comment on fashion nowadays lol. As someone once told me before I entered high school, some people won't like you for no reason at all. Same applies to clothing - we can all have our opinions and they may be very different, and in the end no one can please everyone. Cèst la vie.

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    10. Erika, I'm with you. This ensemble is "okay" with me and was appropriate for the christening but it's not one of my favorites. I get why it had to be buttoned up and neck-high, long skirt, for the church but it looks VERY matronly and old on Kate. Because she has no shape or curves to speak of, the peplum just looks a little flat and sad, more like a misplaced ruffle than a peplum.
      She had a stunning navy lace Erdem dress that she wore in Canada that was absolutely stunning and flattering on her. I don't like A-line skirts, they just look too - much and too frumpy, even on stick-thin ladies like Kate. Pencil skirts are so much more flattering. I wish she'd recycle that navy lace Erdem dress.

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    11. Exactly Elizabeth. She has much nicer dresses than this McQueen. Actually, I think it did suit her post baby body at the baptism but no longer does her any
      favors. Between the full skirt and the too high floppy peplum, it looks shapeless and unflattering especially from rhe side. Just disappointing.

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  9. Btw, thank you for publishing the photos of the DoC with PG. I would have been unaware of them otherwise.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 May 2016 at 19:05

      I think alot of followers have landed on a nice level now with photos. My personal guidlines is Kate or William has to be present for it to be OK. They have to be published on social media (instagram, facebook, twitter etc) and not bought by a magazine and be taken by a bystander and not someone following. The last one is hard to know, but following the first one makes it being paparazzi highly unlikely because a paparazzi wouldn't publish for free on social media. That is a way where I feel comfortable.

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    2. Excellent and reasonable guidelines, Rebecca.

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    3. They are very much my guidelines too Rebecca. In this instance, they were taken by onlookers who just happened to see Kate out and about with kids.

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    4. Great way to objectively evaluate pictures. It was nice the posted commented that Kate was waving while she was in the garden acknowledging the people around her. I also imagine that it helps to keep the kids calm and less fearful when in a public place with lots of people.

      Love that she is going for a walk as she indicated during the Heads together campaign.

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    5. First, obviously you all know by now I have no problem with you publishing photos taken of them on public property :)

      But I am curious why there seems to have been a change of heart? I thought the issue most of you had was these were "unauthorised" photos, and you wanted to go with W&K's wishes that they didn't want anything other than official photos, sanctioned by them, released? Photos taken by onlookers before were off limits... For instance, no one wanted the photos of Kate and George taken by a teacher outside the museum shown, or other photos of them taken by onlookers, whether shopping or also watching the helicopter.

      I'm honestly just curious, not judging anyone for their opinion! Just wondering if you've all mellowed a little :) or you've come to see it differently? But I do welcome the change of heart!

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    6. I agree with the photos from the fellow person in the garden who Kate waved to. That was wonderful. But the other one sold to websites by a professional photographer is very very dubious. I think everyone needs to be cautious about things that seem innocent on the outside.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden24 May 2016 at 23:25

      I have basically had the same view for ages. But before the letter I was more naive and assumed that alot of paparazzi pictures were just citizen pictures. So when the letter came I had to re-evaluate, which lead to me for a while not watching any of them but has leveled out now that I can put into words my "guidelines". The ones of George on the bike still feels mildly iffy too me because of the political and journalistic connection of the photographer... But I have noticed that when they land and fly off with the helicopter there is usually alot of onlookers and photographers since it's rather cool with a helicopter and it's close to the palace so clearly people will go look. So my guideline has always been more or less "Stumbling upon them and taking pictures is fine, looking for it is not" but I now have a more practical look on it. Do you understand, Claudia? :)

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    8. Claudia - for me isn't all about just official photos. It had to do with the methods that were used to obtain the photo and photos of the kids without parents.

      Charlotte has a nice way to evaluate pics in the most objective way possible. Is it perfect no but think it's the best way proposed so far

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    9. Sandra
      There is nothing dubious about it! There isn't a single law preventing him to take photos of George when George is in a PUBLIC place

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    10. Courtney from NC25 May 2016 at 01:06

      I agree with Rebecca. My main measuring stick here is intent. I know that I cannot accurately guess the intent of strangers. But couple intent with the method used to take the pictures and you can have a pretty accurate idea of how the photos were obtained.

      There seem to be gatherings every time a helicopter lands or takes off. I would almost bet there are people snapping pictures of the helicopter and have no idea who else ends up in the shot. I realize these pictures aren't that scenario but for me it is the same premise or feeling. William and Catherine are very aware how many paparazzi are just waiting to snap pictures of them or of their children. That coupled with the fact there are crowds of excited onlookers when the helicopter is there makes me believe they know it is a possibility.

      It is usually pretty easy to know the difference in paparazzi versus excited fan or citizen. Long distance shots taken with long zoom lenses are intrusive. The photos taken in France = intrusive in a huge way. Paps in the bushes = intrusive. Someone taking a quick cell phone shot from a respectable difference = not nearly as intrusive and nowhere near as creepy as chilling in the shrubs.

      Lastly, it doesn't seem that the Cambridges are concerned with citizens taking a few photos when they are out in a public place taking a walk or watching a helicopter take off or land. We have seen quite a few photos obtained in those areas by people also at their leisure in the park and I don't believe there has been any disquiet about those photos.

      It swings me back to intent and the method in which they were obtained.

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    11. Anon 23:37

      Yes it is dubious in the eyes of many when a professional photographer says he's walking by but carries a long lens and then turns around to sell it to newspapers the next minute. The intent is dubious. It is not a matter of law but a matter of taste.

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    12. I agree with Courtney. Those pictures with Carole Middleton on the beach were intrusive and wrong on all sorts of levels even though they probably were not illegal.

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    13. I sometimes feel "icky" looking at certain photos - ones that have the "pap" look whether they are pap or not.

      I wish I could know the setting each time. If there were lots of people around and they knew they could be being photographed then I don't mind enjoying the photos when, like most of you have said, they are from the public and weren't sold (and only happen occasionaly).

      But, if I could magically look around the scene and see there are very few people around and the next day there are several shots from several angles splashed all over the papers then I feel gross looking at them - peeping and voyeuristic and I don't care to feel that way personally.

      Excellent point about Kate waving to the crowd! Her attitude sets up the attitude of the children. Kids pick up on the feelings of adults around them and if Kate were angry or fearful the kids would feel it and begin to associate crowds with bad things.

      Overall I mostly agree with the guideline's Charlotte and Rebecca-Sweden mention.

      Also, I do wonder if Kate has decided to never look angry or intruded upon (no matter what she feels). I imagine William (and Harry) seeing pap-type shots of the children with a scared/overwhelmed looking Kate would bring up some bad memories for sure for them!

      But, on this day, she surely knew and accepted that she was very much in public.

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    14. Annette New Zealand26 May 2016 at 13:47

      I agree Florida Girl. Quite a few years ago when my husband was director of one of Princess Anne's visits to New Zealand, she went to waterski on a popular lake on her day off. An overseas tourist was taking a photograph from a long distance away and Anne's personal protection officer (British) tried to stop them. My husband was nearby and had to say to the Police officer, that it was a public place and there was no way to stop people photographing there. If the photographer was a professional and had been accredited to the visit, he could have requested them to allow her some privacy as there had been an agreement to allow some free time without intrusive photographs. On the other hand there are now quite strict laws here about taking unauthorised photos of children, especially at the beach, swimming pool etc. I think European courts are much tougher now about this sort of thing. I read recently that Princess Madelaine of Sweden was very annoyed at paparazzi taking secret snaps of her family on an overseas beach. Deliberately tracking someone to catch them unawares seems like harassment to me, especially if they are on private property and the photographer is using a telephoto lens. In the notorious case at the Linley's house in France, the Royal couple were on a secluded private property and the photographer knew that the Duke and Duchess would be very embarrassed, but still went ahead and sold the photo to a magazine. If you are in full public view in Kensington Gardens it is quite different. You can't stop people taking snaps there but there is still a thin line especially when children are involved. If I felt my children were getting upset I would definitely do something about it. I recall Diana trying to block the camera once when her children were on a ski slope in Switzerland. Having a family photo call on these occasions does seem to work and that seems to be how European Royals cope with it.

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  10. I find it beautiful how the Queen (and other members of the Royal Family) does always look so firm and poised. Gives a feeling of stability that is very important to a Kingdom.

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  11. I am thrilled to see the christening outfit make a return! It has been one of my favourite McQueens to date. And I think William looks dapper in a top hat. A happy day for HM. But I hope George can go about his little life without having to deal with paparazzi at every second. He should be given some space.

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    1. When was the last time he was photographed? And they weren't papa they were walking past KP and noticed him
      He is in a PUBLIC place

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    2. Anon 19:25 Yes he is, he is a professional photographer who "just happened to be walking past." I am talking about the motorcycle one. Not very innocent is it?

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    3. He gave is reason for walking near there. And even if he was there to get photos he has every single right to do so. I still don't get why the British press doesn't print photos taken in public places
      The motorcycle one was taken by a member of the press as he was walking past
      The one with Kate and both kids was taken by some random person

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    4. Anon 23:36 A photograph that is taken for profit as in the case of the motorcycle is not the same as a photograph from a simple, random person. I have no problems with the latter. But it is naive to think the motorcycle pics were purely accidental. Press who print such photos of children are solely operating on clicks and profit. No thanks.

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  12. Eugenie and Beatrice need a stylist, asap.

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    1. I am trying to do less criticism. So, regarding Beatrice and Eugenie and their style choices, I will not even go there.

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    2. Tedi in California24 May 2016 at 20:26

      They certainly do. Those poor York sisters.

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    3. So true
      they both looked matronly especially in the pic where they are near Kate.

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    4. Although to be fair, Kate made Nicole Kidman look matronly when they were photographed in LA during the NA tour in 2011.

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    5. As much as I *liked* the outfits B&E wore yesterday, I dislike today's choices. Fussy and unflattering. The photo of them walking behind Kate is a testament to less being more.

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    6. Courtney from NC25 May 2016 at 01:22

      I think one of the biggest problem B & E encounter is dressing for the wrong body type or shape. They aren't ugly women and they are young, sassy and have nice figures. They just have to dress for the body type and shape they have. Not the one they wish they have. A woman who is over weight but dresses stylishly and clothing that fits properly and a style flattering to her body shape is, in my opinion, more beautiful and stylish than a super model in horribly fitting clothing.

      Catherine has worn certain silhouettes that don't accentuate her figure in the way she needed them to. She is thin and if you aren't careful certain cuts can make you look androgynous or straight up and down with no curves.

      A good stylist doesn't try to get their client to dress in clothing that is unflattering to their figure, even if it is the current fashion. A good stylist chooses pieces that accentuate the positive and downplay the negative.

      I wasn't impressed with the York girl's outfits from yesterday or today. I just think the fit of most of the garments were just not flattering. The white dress with the floral panels has to be the best of the four looks. I don't love everything Catherine wears but in the shot that shows the Yorks and Catherine there is a huge difference in elegance level. Catherine looks every inch a princess in well fitting, event appropriate clothes. Her hair and makeup were done neatly and she is standing up straight and confident. The confidence in Catherine is growing. You can tell just by her posture. B & E look a mess in my opinion. To me they were the exact opposite of what Catherine portrayed.

      We have seen B & E looks glamorous and elegant so it isn't that they lack those characteristics. It is more that they are just dressing for the wrong body type.

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    7. These two girls, in MO, were perfectly inelegant and graceless..
      How they manage repeatedly, being young and wearing expensive outfits, I wonder.
      Such a contrast with Kate, as usual!

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    8. I couldn't agree more with Courtney! I think the girls fall in love with an outfit on the hanger without considering whether it will look good on them.

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    9. Perfectly put, Courtney! I've seen them look great before but not often. Wear clothes that flatter you!! Sometimes I can't help but wonder if they do it on purpose - remember what they wore to W&K's wedding?! Almost passive agressive when they are with W&K.

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    10. Florida girl, passive aggressive is an interesting way of putting it. I never thought of it that way, but it appears to fit.

      Side note... I do not understand the "heavy" references/descriptions of Kate's outfit at the garden party when I compare it to many, many ladies around her. The fabric doesn't look particularly heavy and the color certainly isn't.

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    11. I agree. I think someone should be kind and tell them to invest in a good stylist, one who knows about body shape, skin tone and colors, fabric, scale and proportion, and how things looks when photographed.

      Florida girl, your thoughts about that might have credence.

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    12. Yes they do. Heaven help the York princesses. They choose fun styles that do not flatter their figures, and the accessories often seem as though they were selected in the dark at random. I don't expect them to be dull but a proper tailor and stylist could do wonders. Kate and the Queen look Royal.

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    13. Oh the double standard! Howling like bloody murder if someone so much as utters a less-than-worshipful word against Kate but gleefully launching into Beatrice and Eugenie with gleeful abandon. Hypocrisy much, ladies?

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    14. Speaking of hypocrisy, what happening to the advocacy of differing opinions, critical thinking, or freedom of speech? :)

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    15. Courtney from NC28 May 2016 at 02:27

      Elizabeth - I replied to this topic and I was not rude or even mean. I don't think Catherine is perfect by any means and sometimes I don't understand what she is thinking when she wears things but 99% of the time the garments she wears fit her well and strike the right tone. I do think it takes times to develop a sense of style and to accept that some things just won't work for you. I think Catherine has started figuring this out and I really believe that B&E are beautiful girls. They have cute figures and lovely complexions. My point, and a majority of the other women who commented, is that they need a crash course in silouhettes, fabrics and under garments. I don't want them to fail or be ostracized. I was bullied in school because of my weight and know how hard it is to be compared by many and found wanting. If they had the right hand guiding them they could look spectacular in ways Catherine never will. She is tall and willowy but B&E have curves. I suppose the grass is always greener.

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    16. Courtney from NC28 May 2016 at 02:50

      Okay so just for example. This is what they need to be wearing:

      The dress is young, hip and fun but still elegant. The purple shoes are lovely as well.

      http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2014/07/02/princess-beatrice-nicholas-oakwell-couture-serpentine-gallery-summer-party/

      In fact they both look fabulous at the event:

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/princess-beatrice-of-york-and-princess-eugenie-of-york-news-photo/451567444

      More examples! Even Fergie looks good here:
      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/110267890849229786/

      More:
      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/272538214923419519/

      Even this isn't bad:
      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/480266747736233382/

      http://nickverrreos.blogspot.com/2011_06_01_archive.html

      B needs to stick with Saab and 50's silhouettes. She has a teeny tiny waist and the slightly fuller skirt highlights her waist.

      E needs to stick with Vivienne Westwood and the like. They are lovely and dressing to fit their body instead of the fashion industries haute couture.

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    17. Does the phrase"stick thin" ring a bell, Elizabeth? Did anyone howl about that?
      (not even accurate-take a good look at her theighs)
      One of many not only unkind, but often inaccurate descriptions about Kate
      found on this blog with no calls of bloody murder.I do understand the need for some to root for the underdog.

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    18. Elizabeth, don't make too much of it. Critics of Kate are envious and jealous, so I guess the same applies here.

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    19. I think Kate gets her fair share of critiquing here.
      B & E are notorious for their lack of style. That was even parodied in the Royal wedding video that AT&T did. The one where everyone dances down the aisle. People have said mean things about Kate many times.

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    20. When they are less pretentious, they can have a very nice appearance. They are curvaceous, not obese: they have pleasant faces and healthy bodies; why are they so desperate when dressing up?
      Generally, their choice of hats and fascinators is rather risky. I like both of them when they are bareheaded, but, unfortunately, heats are a must in GB dressing-up-code. I suggest a very simple line, no feathers no flowers just a clean-cut design, like B here, she looked absolutely perfect! http://www.oggi.it/people/gallery/beatrice-e-eugenie-di-york-ad-ascot-2015-mai-viste-cosi-eleganti-guarda-le-foto/

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    21. They don't how to dress stylishly, obviously. Years of dubious choices. They need a good stylist who knows how to dress them attractively.

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  13. Prince Phillip looks very handsome in the above photo with the Queen.

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  14. I think Kate's look today is absolute PERFECTION!! I doubted we would ever see this again since she wore it at George's christening, but it was a nice surprise. Charlotte, thanks for the candid shots of Kate, George, and Charlotte. I wonder if the photographers who snapped photos of them will get it trouble. I hope not because it is so nice to see them out and about doing regular things.

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  15. I think that shows how much Kate is in control with her children. If not she would not have attempted to take them both out in public at the same time. George could have tried running off while she was taking care of Charlotte.

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    1. Really. That is important for every parent and even more so with Kate. I am surprised she didn't bring Maria along as an extra precaution.

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    2. I am sure she had a security detail with her.

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    3. Yes, but a security detail

      can't do their job properly and be chasing a 3 year old around. In this instance, they are responsible for the safety of a future Queen, and the third and fourth in line to the throne.

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    4. I agree with you. You could see the security in each picture, but they were a discrete distance. It is not really there job to do child care. I am sure if George bolted, they would run after him, but I think Kate can handle them as any mother of two.

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  16. Sarah Maryland USA24 May 2016 at 19:26

    I love Kate's outfit today!
    Also I find it funny the photographer blurred out the photo because that practice is only used for children we wouldn't normally regonize
    We all know what ounce George looks like so it is so pointless lol

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      I think the person happens to be a journalist of some sort and therefore could get in some hot water if they didn't blur out the kids face since the british journalists code of conduct (or something of the sort) frown upon publizing pictures of kids. Hence the whiny caption :P

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    2. It was not blurred out in the photos on the Daily Express. So not sure why here.

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  17. Oh, William! Looking good! Love the back of Kate's dress (my first good look at the back).

    I got tickled looking at the way Eugenie and Beatrice seem to be cutting Kate angry looks (I'm sure they're not in actuality). Brings back memories of the rumors of Andrew, shortly after Kate and William's marriage, being the force behind the change of protocol (wrong term?) so that blood Princesses only have to curtsey to non-blood Princesses(Kate) when they are in the presence of their husbands (William). I'm not totally serious because they wouldn't be looking at her in a mean way knowing they are being photographed but I do often wonder how they feel about her now being Senior over them.

    Cute photos of a mom out with her children! :) Glad she feels enough freedom to do so. In the one where she is leaning over the stroller it looks like she's balancing a phone to her ear. Typical mom out with the kids.

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    1. Did she have Charlotte in a pram or in a stroller?

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    2. Eugenie and Beatrice, I'm sorry, look dreadful in every photo I think I have ever seen them. The crazy fascinators, ill-fitting shoes and dumpy dresses (although I understand most women are not tall and with the willowy figure of Kate), they seem not to have a concept of how they look-- ever-- to the public. Desperately in need of stylists! Maybe some of that vacation money would be better spent on one! Otherwise, I enjoyed seeing this look on Kate and she seemed to be enjoying herself. William looked very dapper and handsome. I love how they call each other "darling."

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    3. Annette New Zealand24 May 2016 at 22:06

      Actually they are probably feeling quite embarrassed about the latest spate of bad news concerning Prince Andrew's business affairs. I wonder if the Queen specially invited them to attend to show her support for them?

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    4. 21:37, I totally agree with you about Beatrice and Eugenie and their sartorial choices.

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    5. Annette NZ, if B&E weren't already scheduled to be there, I could the Queen doing exactly that to show her support.

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  18. I like Kate's outfit. William looks fantastic. Love the top hat. The York's need a stylist. I didn't like their outfits yesterday or today.

    The Queen looks great. It's wonderful that she takes the time to host these garden parties. I'm sure the people invited to attend are walking on air.

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  19. Rebecca - Sweden24 May 2016 at 20:04

    I have to say, I really like these shoes! If she needs to have a pair of nude/beige go to shoes for summer (which I can understand why she does) I hope she chooses these more often. They feel like they harmonize more with her skintone.

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    1. Courtney from NC25 May 2016 at 01:38

      I was going to post the same kind of response about the shoes. I have been trying to figure out what shoes they are. I think that Catherine has been stepping up her footwear game recently. A sharper pointed toe seems to be what she is enjoying right now. I think the fawn (or something like that) suede is a nice color and worked well with the coat dress.

      Now that she is playing with a more grown up silhouette shoe wise, I would love to see her in some printed shoes. Especially when she wears solid colored clothing. Just a little pop of something.

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  20. Tedi in California24 May 2016 at 20:15

    Lovely to see that gorgeous outfit again. Kate looked stunning. Fun to see the children with her at KP.

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    1. Tedi, I had a feeling she would wear it again at *some* point, but I was thrilled to see it today, and from all angles. The detail is lovely.

      And the photos of Kate with G&C are an added treat. I was also reminded of these... :)

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/10/56/78/1056781807f6fe21f71438b500395c1b.jpg

      http://media3.popsugar-assets.com/files/2013/07/22/626/n/1922398/ba6e9da45db16e8e_113141525_10ZkWeNH.xxxlarge_2x/i/Prince-William-Prince-Harry-played-cousin-Peter.jpg

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      Oh those are great Royalfan, I love them, and our lovely duchess :)

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  21. Zora from Prague24 May 2016 at 20:34

    I like Kate's look very much today - how elegant! And I like her updo.
    Prince William looks so classic. What a surprise this was his first time at a BP garden party! I wouldn't have thought it possible.
    I think Kate is really very busy: wife, mum, patron, public figure meeting so many people... She's certainly doing a lot. It must be difficult knowing that whatever she does and says will be scrutinized. I wish her courage and wisdom to discern between important and unimportant things.

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  22. Rhonda - Wisconsin24 May 2016 at 20:35

    I have a question - I know that we've seen Kate in jeans before (at William's Polo matches) and walking George when he was little at KP. In both of these outings with the kids, she's in dresses. Is this a personal preference do you think or is this some sort of mandate that dictates dresses are preferred when in London? I would love to see her wear a super nice pant suit to some of the more professional meetings she attends, but I highly doubt that will happen while the Queen is still living. Again, not sure of the protocol. Thoughts?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 May 2016 at 23:28

      I think it's personal preference. I, myself, haven't worn jeans since I was about... 14 maybe. I just cannot stand pants, so I'm dresses and skirts (or the occational sweatpants at home). And Kate before marriage (while also wearing a fair amount of pants) wore alot of skirts and dresses. So I think it's her preference, especially in the summer and spring.

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    2. I agree with Rebecca. Personal preference. When Kate was single, she wore dresses and jeans to polo, and this continued after her marriage. Likewise, I assume, for outings with the children.

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    3. There is no protocol re trousers. There are pix of the queen wearing trousers, but not on public engagements. SOphie has worn trousers to public events

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    4. Considering Kate has a longer torso and shorter legs proportionally, she might prefer dresses and skirts since they make these proportions less noticeable than pants do.

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  23. The "Golden Rule" for photographs, legally and ethically, has always been the difference between public & private *property*. It's the golden rule because it's the easiest for courts to prove and disprove if necessary.

    On public property - fair game. Exception usually being evidence of stalking/harassment.

    On Private property - off limits. With exception of private property that can be *seen* from public property. Recent example: eating at an outside courtyard owned by a private restaurant but is *visible* to people on the street would be fair game, but eating inside a private establishment where you're not visible from people outside would be off limits. It's not whether members of the general public can see you, it's whether they're also on public or private property. That's how the courts see it anyway. And ethically, if you're inside private property most believe you have an expectation of privacy.

    It's why I thought the KP letter was over the top, if there are instances of certain photographers behaving badly deal with those photographers, don't punish the whole class :) And don't try to put a bubble on public places or make everyday Brits feel bad for snapping members of the RF if they see them out and about.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2016 at 11:31

      To me, the legal definition is not always the same as the moral definition. Ofc the legal definition is this way, because that is how it can be categorized, and then the press accossiation has their own ethcial guidline and every person has to decide on their own moral line. It's not a question of legality in this case, in my opinion.

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    2. I definitely agree Claudia, the letter was way over-the-top and I frankly think it was the start of much of the criticism that mounted slowly slowly after. It certainly was a step backwards with the press. I think that they, just like any other public figure, can be photographed in public. How can someone be "taking away they're right to privacy" when they're out in a public space?? In fact, ethically you could say they are oppressing the right of people to take photographs in public spaces.

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    3. In the UK, taking pictures of children without the parents permission can lead to police intervention.

      I would also add that there is no reason why a royal two year old should have less rights than another 2yr old.

      If Catherine was happy with the pictures being taken, then that's ok. Its just that we never know that, do we?

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    4. I appreciate the points made here, but I want to comment on the idea that they have no expectation of privacy in a public place. I get it, but if we are photographed while shopping or walking in the park, most likely, it was by default. In other words, we were not the photographer's target; we were simply included in a photo taken of someone or something else. In W/K/G/C's position, they ARE the target, so yes, I can understand the distinction between my version of "privacy" in a public place vs. W/K/G/C's definition of it. I hope this makes sense...

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  24. Kate looked beautiful today and I love her new shoes.

    Was William's top hat covered in brocade?

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  25. I am glad she decided to recycle this outfit for the garden party. Since it was worn for PG Christening, I thought it might have been locked away in the archives since he is a future king. Maybe it still will one day.

    I love that we were able to get a closer look at it and have not long a picture from the back but also full length shots as well. It is quite lovely and looks great in this setting as well. I like it much better with her hair up I think as opposed to how she wore it at the christening. Her shoes are very similar to the ones she wore during the plane change on her way to NZ. Maybe a little higher heel but same look and feel.

    I also appreciate all the tidbits coming out to about Kate doing activities in the background as well. She does seem to be busy which is what I always thought even though it isn't always public. I am jealous that she already has the navy/ivory combination in the great plains dress. I love this pattern and hope to be able to purchase it but now I fear it will be sold out. Oh well, here's hoping.

    Great pictures from KP with the children as well. Really makes her seem like a real person going about life like everyone else.

    Good on William to finally attend a garden party. Seems a bit strange to me that this is his first one but maybe this is the first time his schedule has allowed. I guess it seems weird because Kate did a royal duty before him and he is royal blood born. He looks very dapper. Great couple of days worth of engagements. Hope more are announced soon!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 May 2016 at 23:31

      He has actually been to one of the queens garden parties before, just that it was the one in Holyrood. It was in 2002.

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    2. Julie from NC, you made me laugh with your "Really makes her seem like a real person going about life like everyone else." She IS a real person going about her life like everyone else. her life is different but that makes her no less "real".

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  26. Sharp looking dress for Kate, and she carries it very well. Her upper back is her nature, and might as well accept and be comfortable with it. It almost looks like the base for human wings.

    It seems Beatrice had tried very hard to look older than the Queen. Eugene seems somehow in some form of her art gallery calling. If the images are skeletons, I don't know what her fashion translates for a garden party.

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  27. Link to Photo & Letter :)
    http://www.ehospice.com/internationalchildrens/ArticleView/tabid/10670/ArticleId/19392/language/en-GB/View.aspx

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  28. Maryland Moxie24 May 2016 at 22:01

    I noticed a different pattern when it comes to Kate dressing when in the presence of the Queen. If the event is about the Queen - such as the Windsor Horse Show Birthday event or Trooping the Color - Kate always has on something very expensive and never before seen. If the event is about the community - Garden Party, Chelsea Flower Show then she repeats a look, if she's not pregnant. So it depends on the occasion. I think that would make an interesting post when we hit the summer lull - A photo montage of Kate at events with the Queen. Kate's looks/fashion when in the presence of the Queen.

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    2. What a great idea! Would love to kind of "track" Kate's sartorial choices depending on the occasion and if the Queen is present. :)

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  29. Oh my goodness the Queen is so cute! I don't think Eugenie owns of mirror! What on earth is she wearing?? Kate's outfit looks tired, like the shoes though. Lovely to see some "normal" pics out walking the kids.. I wish I had a protection officer with me, there's been violent ice addicts near our local park :/ I love the contribution Kate is making towards children's hospice, a very worthy cause.

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  30. I also liked this dress and felt it fit the occasion. I feel like all of her clothes choices recently have been repeats. I wondered if it was to offset he expense of the India tour. It is completely appropriate to have new outfits when you are a rep of your country. I know there were a few news stories about the total cost(which quite frankly, I thought was very reasonable overall) so maybe she has been keeping that in mind with her choices this month?

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    1. Thought it was only me, because a I really don't mind her dress costs and don't know why some people make such a big deal about it. After all its her position. She isn't like any of us.

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  31. I am sort of happy, not in a mean way, that someone else thought Eugenie's dress and hat were kind of not so fashionable. I can't believe she wore that. Someone help her, please.

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    1. So true. Everytime I see those girls, I think, "Boy, if I had their money...". Different choices for sure!

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  32. I like how recent posts are becoming more stacked up. Really enjoy catching up on everything goin on here. Now its my hope that all you critics will give credit where credit is due. Or are we going to find something else to complain about. Keep up the good work our dear Charlotte

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  33. I like Kate in this outfit -- but it probably will be the last time seen as today, it seems just a tad dated. By another 2 or 3 years, it will really be out of fashion.

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  34. Didn't she attend another garden party when pregnant with George wearing a Mulberry ensemble?

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    1. Kate wore a green Mulberry coat at a Scouts event at Windsor Castle http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312481/Kate-Middleton-pregnant-Duchess-Cambridge-proudly-shows-baby-bump-Windsor-Castle-Scouts-ceremony.html

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    2. Yes she did - but all I can tell you is that it was a white hat and a yellow and white (mostly yellow)coat.

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      The yellow coat was Emilia Wickstead.

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  35. Well, I did like Charlotte's reminder regarding Kate's letter posted here. My second tour of this blog for the day, I noticed it. ( the day visit is always rushed, prefer the after 6:00pm reading /take more focused time). I agree it carries an important message. I especially liked, to quote from Kate, "When healthcare workers share resources and expertise across borders, it can transform care services for organisations, and the families in their care."

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  36. Is that a new brooch the Queen wore?

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      Seems like it :)

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  37. The christening outfit is very beautiful. But I wonder whether it is a bit formal for a garden party, even though Prince William was in top hat and tails. The McQueen dress and the fascinator seem so much more ornate than what other royal women wore. Consider the Queen and the Duchess of Gloucester.

    Princess Beatrice looked lovely at Chelsea. At Buckingham Palace she looked strangely lumpy. Princess Eugenie wore white to both events and looked cute but not elegant. I am glad to see the York princesses at both events.

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    1. I too am pleased to see the York sisters at events, but their outfits were just so strange at the garden party. I normally like Eugenie's look as I think she seems a bit more tasteful than Beatrice, I am no fashionista but I just don't get that skirt?? I must agree with the comment made earlier that they need to figure out their body types and dress accordingly, they both looked "lumpy" as someone pointed out, and they can both look so beautiful.

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  38. Courtney from NC25 May 2016 at 01:55

    Outfit - I love both of the dresses she wore to the christenings. I prefer the one she wore to Charlotte's but they are both beautiful garments. I am really happy that we have another chance to see this one because the first time George and his christening gown blocked a lot of the detail. I love it from the back as well. Love the shoes. A way to do a "nude" shoe but a little snazzier than the sledges. I would love to see the dress from Charlotte's christening again in the not to distant future.

    She changed the outfit up enough for the second viewing that it is sort of a "new outfit". The different shoe, the purse and the updo. At least we will be able to tell which picture belongs to which engagement she wore it to.

    Letter - I thought this letter was her best yet. Everything that people thought the recent letters lacked was in this letter. At least for me. I love that it seems genuine and her passion for the cause shows through a little. I like that she is making little steps towards more commitment. That is at least the way I see what is happening recently. The photo is also very beautiful. It isn't often someone can pull of the brightest jewel tones, prints and pale colors as well. It seems she favors shades of cream for official photos. Both christening gowns, some of the engagement photos, the head shot up there, and I feel like I am missing something else.

    Excited to see who wins the Style Rocks contest. Every person who shared what they would buy makes it clear that we are a stylish bunch.

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  39. Kate looks great here! I love her hair up with this outfit- her hair down just competes with the ruffle. I love the new shoes but I hate them with this outfit. They don't match and the texture of the suede is way off given the softness of the dress. I'd have loved to see a lighter shoe here- I miss the sledge!

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  40. Sabine / California25 May 2016 at 02:22

    I love today's outfit and am glad that she chose to wear it today. There were very few good detail shots at the Christening. It is so nice to see back views of the dress. The detail and pleats are just wonderful. One question - when comparing it to the Christening pictures - did Kate shorten the skirt, by oh, say 6 cm / 2 inches? It now looks to sit firmly above the knee - I like that line very much. The skirt swings beautifully.

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  41. i wonder why George and Charlotte are not riding back with them?

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    2. I believe it requires special permission from the Queen for William and George to fly together. Probably the children were transported by road.

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    3. That seems like such an outdated "rule" because driving is much more dangerous than flying and I'm sure they drive together often.

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  42. I love the McQueen outfit and hat. I'm not sure I love the hat with this hairstyle. She probably wanted to set the look apart from its first wearing by changing the hair. I also don't really favor the shoes with this outfit. Perhaps the Jimmy Choo Gilberts would have worked better.

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  43. Loving the outfit. Appropriate to the event. Totally appreciate the length of the dress as it lends both beauty and spirit to the occasion.

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  44. Sarah Maryland USA25 May 2016 at 04:49

    On a Random note I have to say I just hope I'm invited to a garden party one day (which probably won't happen since I live in the US) just so I could eat all those cakes!!!
    I wonder if they set a limit on how many cakes each guest can eat?
    I'm not a fan of tea though oh well!
    Does anyone know when they have to start making all the treats for the garden party?

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    1. There is a PBS documentary out there that I've seen a couple of times - I think it's called The Queen's Garden and its about the gardens at Buckingham Palace. In that documentary, they talked a bit about the garden parties. Here is a link to the program:
      http://www.pbs.org/program/queens-garden/
      It's very good.

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    2. Haha, Sarah, you're my kind of girl. My first thought was also, "I wonder if there's a limit on how many cakes each guest can eat?" But I'm doubtful that too many people are gorging themselves around the RF!
      I really love Kate's outfit here. One thing I will say about her, is that she seems so engaged with people she encounters. She seems to really be interested in the people that she meets, and not in a phony way. At least to me she comes across as very genuine.

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      Thank you Marny!

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  45. Alejandra Ramírez25 May 2016 at 05:11

    Great post! Great photos and info!
    So many engagements, I bet she's taking some days off
    Amazing job Charlotte!

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  46. Kate reminds me of Diana - the 1980ies Diana - and I'm not quite sure if that is a good thing, because there is too much going on here; flowers, veil, ruffles ...

    Eugienie's shoes, on the other hand, made my day! Cool Britannia!

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  47. Yes the duchess look very nice to see the duchess recycle her outfit during george christening its a great treat for us the picture of princess charlotte and george playing with her mother the duke was great too and prince phillp was good and charming beside the queen they look good together plus the fact prince harry dress like a a neat damper charming the york girls made it fool outfit than chelesea flower garden love outfit there

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  48. Anyone else thinking the cream hat with pink flower she wore in Belgium may have tied in well with the new shoes?

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  49. Thank you Charlotte for an informative post as always. I was thrilled to see the Christening dress again and to have good views. It is an elegant dress and I like the way the dress moves as she walks. Liked the dress last time and to me it looked good today and very appropriate to the event. I think it might have been colder than one thinks and the Royals only came out at 4pm. Interesting how many people liked the York sisters outfits. I liked bits of their outfits but I don't think the look all together was as good as it could have been. However I also think the outfits did not photograph well. I had a look on the Royal hats blog which has really good close-up pictures of their hats, which I think are interesting edgy creations and could look outstanding with something else. I would love to see Eugenie's with a black outfit.
    That is a nasty sore on the Queen's leg and that leg is a tad swollen. ?tetchy horse.
    I was too late to comment on the Flower Show, one of my favourite annual events. Who could not enjoy such beauty? I first skimmed through the post at work at lunch on my phone and my thought when I saw the green Catherine Walker, was oh no way too bright. However when I looked tonight on my pc it was quite a different story. My pc monitor is calibrated for photography and the colours are far closer to reality than most normal screens, which tend to oversaturate colour and back light the images so the images are brighter and lighter. On the calibrated screen the dress looked very pretty and not anything like the cream soda green that it appeared on the phone.. . . It does have good lines.

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    1. Thank you, I often wonder how different the clothes look in person than on our screens. The texture, color, movement and light reflective quality of the fabrics and lines of the outfits is often not close to the "real live" version. Ali

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    2. I agree alimai about Eugenie's outfit. In the photos it makes her look boxy but in real life it may have looked very different. Also loved her hat & your suggestion for an alternative look.

      The light also affects the colour of clothes in photos. I saw the catherine walker green coat in Canberra in strong Australian light & the colour really popped. I've wondered if it looks deeper & 'cooler' in the softer English light. In real life the style of the dress really suited her tall athletic silhouette especially the wide belt.

      The nasty sore on the Queen's leg may just be caused by old age. My gran gets similar lesions frequently & she's the same age as the Queen. Hers are caused by circulation being less efficient now that she's about to turn 90.

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  50. I haven't had time to read through the comments so I don't know if I'm in the minority here, but I do not care for Kate's look. I'm not a fan of outfits that have fabric popping out around the waist. That combined with the ruffle down the front - just not attractive to me. At least she looks quite elegant, especially compared to what are Beatrice and Eugenie wearing! The photo of the three of them together make them look like Cinderella and her two step-sisters at the ball!

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    1. Pamela, when I saw what Eugene and Beatrice had worn for Will and Kate's wedding, thats exactly what I thought!! They do look like Cinderella's step sisters!! The ruffles and frills on dresses is something I cannot carry off, so kudos to Kate for that! I was wondering though, if it was too hot in that outfit for a garden party. Thank You Charlotte!!XOXO

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    2. I don't think so. The Queen was wearing a coat.

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  51. Excited to see this look again! It's quite nice, and I really like Kate's hair up with it.

    Call me crazy, but I LOVE Eugenie's outfit! It's a little kooky, but fun, and her shoes and hat are super kicky. AND she's wearing what look like some rings, which is always nice to see since the Yorks don't wear much jewelry.

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    1. Labelo - I made a similar comment above re: Eugenie. Love the hat and shoes, it just made me smile. We are in the minority, however. Oh well.

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    2. I actually agree! I love her dress with the collar outside and the fun hem, but it does not work on her body type. I know both York girls have a great eye for fashion, but it doesn't often translate onto their bodies. Someone else wrote earlier in regards to them that "you should dress for the body type you have, not the one you wished you had." So although I love her dress, IMO it did not flatter her figure and it wasn't especially appropriate for the occasion, too casual. As for Bea - ugh. No redeeming qualities to that look, however the day before at the flower show she looked great. It's hit or miss with them, mostly miss.

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  52. She is radiantly beautiful! Glowing, like in her early months as princess. Loved to see this entire recycle including the hat, and get a look at the waist which is just a tad short IMO. But who cares, the look is incredible! (Wills too! What a pair.) And those shoes are some of the sexiest shoes on the planet!!! Kind of a nude/blush with a sky high heel. Beautiful Kate certainly has the pins to pull them off. Can't say the same about Eugenie and Beatrice, they both looked absolutely lovely at the flower show, but the garden party ensembles were pretty garish and ill-fitting.

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  53. I so admire Kate and the other Royals - just the thought of being the centre of attention for so many people would have me running for the nearest hidey-hole! I wonder if the Middletons entertained a lot when Kate was at home. Her company manners certainly seem to be above reproach! I love this outfit on her, and like the length of the skirt, just a little above the knee. Thank you Charlotte, once again, for your wonderful blog - checking it in the morning after breakfast is a great way to start the day.

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  54. Here's a random royal question...I was doing a bit of googling about the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester and I wonder why their children are not styled as Prince and Princess, since the Duke is a royal prince?

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    1. I think that his dukedom stops being royal after Richard's death. His son Alexander, as a great-grandson of a sovereign but not in direct line, will inherit an ordinary (:p) dukedom. Same as the Duke of Kent's son.

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  55. Am I the only one whose disappointed that Kate isn't scheduled to visit a hospice during hospice week?

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  56. https://www.lyst.com/shoes/gianvito-rossi-ellipsis-pumps-2/?reason=related-product Maybe the shoes?

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  57. I was wondering--since the children were with Kate just before the Flower Show, I wonder if Maria drove them back to Anmer Hall the day of the Garden Party? It was seeing the photo of William and Kate walking toward the helicopter that made me think of it.

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  58. She looks incredibly elegant and stunning love this outfit so much ! William looks handsome as well

    Thanks Charlotte

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  59. For some reason, I find this outfit underwhelming. Perhaps because I was looking forward to something new and exciting for a garden party. Oh well, maybe the next engagement. Additionally, I've said it before, but I'm saying it again, get a stylist for Andrew's girls. They look terrible especially when they are in the same picture as Kate.

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    1. The York girls don't buy cheap clothes. They need help. They need a stylist asap.

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  60. The thing that really jumped out at me was the Duchess having bare legs at the Garden Party. It wasn't very obvious except in the photo where she was talking to the police officer, but it made me wonder. Most of the other women appeared to be wearing stockings, and I thought I had read that the Queen insists on stockings and closed toe shoes being worn for Royal events. This year we have already seen sandals on the tour of India and now bare legs! Are times changing? Will we see some open toe or peep toe shoes in the UK summer?

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    1. I think she wears very sheer pantyhose.

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  61. Those shoes look solid in make, feminine power with delicate color. Beautiful pair of shoes and she wears them well.

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  62. Kate has that certain glow on her face again... I wonder if she is again pregnant :-)

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  63. I don't think Kate's legs were bare - note the wrinkles on her right foot in the closeup picture of the shoes. Her hosiery is just very, very sheer.

    I love the suede pumps with the christening dress. They are such a beautiful color. How women walk on grass in heels like those baffles me, though. I can understand Princess Eugenie's block heels for the Chelsea Garden Show and the garden party at the palace. Not especially pretty, but easier to navigate in!

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  64. 14:45,
    That will be a big sacrifice considering what she went through twice in her first trimester during both pregnancies. It is said women forget their times of hard labor. The same might be true about forgetting the difficulties of pregnancy in some cases. I have known both kinds. A friend who did not like the changes she had to go through and stopped after one child. A close family member who went on to have five children against her Obstetricians advice (three of them with C-section). The children are grown and doing excellent. She also happened to be a doctor, and resisted her colleagues advise.

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