Friday, 20 May 2016

Kate Supports the 1851 Trust, Sailing on the Solent & Three Outfits!

In her role as patron of the 1851 Trust, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Portsmouth this morning to see how the trust is using sailing and the marine industry to inspire young people.


Kate became patron of the 1851 Trust in October 2014, and her love of sailing and sports has made the fledgling organisation a good fit. At the time she said: "I'm delighted to be royal patron of the 1851 Trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence." HRH has carried out several engagements with the organisation since.


The trust was launched in tandem with Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie's bid to enter a team in the America's Cup in 2017, with the aim of bringing the trophy back to Britain for the first time since 1851. The Trust works to enable, engage and encourage young people from a wide demographic to experience sailing and give them options to continue in the sport.


Kate was greeted by Sir Ben Ainslie upon arrival.


Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Lindsay Fox curtseyed as she greeted the Duchess. The day saw the Duchess participating in a number of activities beginning with the launch of the 1851 Trust's two flagship sailing projects for 2016 aimed at getting young people from diverse backgrounds into the sport.


The Duchess officially opened the new 'Tech Deck' Education Centre at the heart of the base, by unveiling a mural she contributed to on a previous visit.


Readers will recall Kate put the finishing touches to the mural during her February 2015 visit.


The centre will showcase the sport's innovation, technology and sustainability for schools and community groups.


Kate met students who are participating in a digital workshop.


Sir Ben showed Kate a model vessel.


The centre is an interactive showcase for sport, sustainability and innovation.


It includes sections with real-life scenarios exploring topics such as generating power, steering and stability, materials and strength, control versus speed, measuring performance, and clothing and equipment, as well as the opportunity to view the nerve centre of this awe-inspiring challenge to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain.


Kate viewed several exhibits.


The Duchess joined students from a local school who are taking part in the ‪STEM crew‬ digital workshop activity on iPads.


A key aim of the 1851 Trust is to address the current STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) education crisis by engaging young people with these subjects. The education programme will focus on the science, technology, engineering and maths of the America’s Cup challenge.


There are plans underway to launch a suite of free resources and opportunities online later this year. More from the official website:

'Activities with clear links to the UK national curriculum will be provided for use within Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Design and Technology and Biology classes, together with cross-curricular opportunities to talk about STEM careers. For example, students will use speed, distance and time to analyse team performance;   learn the theory and practice of geometry through the context of bearings; understand the importance of diet and nutrition for crew performance and design kit that works as hard as the crew.'

The Duchess posed for an official photo.


More from the Daily Express:

When Kate, a keen yachtswoman in her youth, was introduced to some of the young sailors outside the team headquarters, she told one group: "I'd really like to get out on the water more. Sir Keith Mills, chairman of the 1851 Trust, said: "We can fix that." 

Afterwards, it was time for a quick change and a spot of sailing.


The Duchess steps aboard.


Sir Ben helps Kate with her helmet.


Kate met the Land Rover BAR team who are challenging for the 2017 America's Cup and joined them on board their training boat.


Kate joined them for a training circuit on the Solent.


The Duchess takes the helm from Sir Ben.


Kate took the wheel for about half of the hour-long session, steering the 45ft catamaran at speeds of up to 40mph.


Ben said Kate is "certainly keen" to get George and Charlotte sailing in the future. Describing Kate as a natural sailor he continued "We were all really impressed, she's clearly done a fair amount of sailing before. She supports the team heavily and is very involved with what we do. We'd love to get her racing with us as well if we can, we'll see." For the World Series the team is allowed to take a guest."


Kate was very much in her element and appeared to be having a fantastic time.


Following a fantastic day, Kate said goodbye to Sir Ben and Sir Keith Mills. Sylvia kindly informed me Keith Mills is a founder and director of the British America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR. He is also Chairman of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. There are several photos of Kate's departure available at the Mail Online.

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Kate cut a stylish figure in her nautical looking Alexander McQueen separates today. It is the third time the Duchess has worn the ensemble (known as a three-peat among fashion fans). The military style blouse and matching skirt were debuted by Kate in 2011 for a visit to Birmingham and worn again in 2014 for Kate's visit to Bletchley Park. I love this look on Kate, it's very chic, well tailored and fits in with the theme of today's engagement.


Kate's Military Silk Georgette Blouse originally retailed for $1,355. It features gold button-fastening, button-fastening cuffs and a flared hem. The $995 Embellished Wool Crepe Skirt in navy is a versatile piece with gold anchor-embossed button embellishment. Both pieces are from the Pre-Fall 2011 Collection.

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Kate carried her Jaeger ' Kate' quilted clutch.


Kate wore her sapphire and diamond earrings.


And completed the look with a pair of navy suede Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.


Moving onto Kate's sailing style.


Susan from What Kate Wore quickly identified Kate's jacket as the Land Rover BAR Team Elite Jacket. The £395 slate blue is waterproof, windproof and breathable. It's available to buy at Henri Lloyd.

Henri Lloyd

More from the product description:

'From the new Land Rover BAR collection the GORETEX Team Elite Jacket is a great technical jacket, designed in new Land Rover BAR colours and featuring the iconic sponsor logos. Based on the award winning Elite jacket this style is no different; built to withstand some of the worst conditions both on water and off. The Elite range from Henri Lloyd is the lightest and most breathable without compromise, being 30% lighter than its best in class predecessors, as well as 20% more breathable. Slide Glide Technology helps reduce inter-layer binding when used in conjunction with the ELITE Therm Mid Layer, therefore increasing comfort for the wearer.'

Kate's new running shoes are the Adidas Pure Boost X Shoes in Core Black/Shock Green (with thanks to Family Cambridge). The £90 shoes are "built for nonstop motion. Made for runners with a neutral gait, a snug, sock-like upper delivers nonrestrictive arch support so you can move with instinct, while a boost™ midsole invigorates every step with light, fast energy. An optimal fit plus dynamic cushioning means you're ready for any challenge."

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They are available in a selection of colours and prints at Nordstrom, AdidasFootlocker and Six02.


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And for Kate's casual but chic third outfit of the day...


The Mail Online suggests Kate wore the aptly named Cambridge Sweater by J Crew (currently sold out in black, we show it in navy below). Another possibility is the Ralph Lauren Slim Cable Cashmere Sweater (with thanks to Middleton Maven and Anna). The Duchess has long been a fan of cable knit sweaters by the brand. We'll update when it's determined exactly which one it is.


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You can view a video from the day here.


Emily Nash shared this video.


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In other news, the Duchess sent a message of support to attendees at ICPCN (International Children's Palliative Care Network) conference yesterday. As you can see, a new official photo of Kate was used at the event. Kate's wearing a beige or cream-coloured jacket; it's possible the photo was taken outside Kensington Palace, and I'm sure we'll see a high-res version of the picture in the not-too-distant future.


The second annual conference in Beunos Aires brings together people from around the world and from all professions who work with children experiencing life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, and encourages the exchange of knowledge, new and innovative ideas, research and experiences between them.


As patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, Kate has learned a great deal about palliative care and it's great to see her supporting other organisations working in the area.

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Finally, there's still time to enter our StyleRocks giveaway if you would like to be in with a chance of winning $500 AUD worth of jewellery. To enter, don't forget to subscribe to the StyleRocks newsletter (and when asked how you found the site, scroll down and click 'HRH Duchess Kate'; this is a COMPULSORY component for entry). Find all the details in our post here and good luck to all entering! :)

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We hope you all have a lovely weekend! We'll see Kate with William, Harry and a number of other members of the Royal family at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday. :)

150 comments:

  1. I just adore this outfit! It's one of my Kate's favourite. Every time she wears it, it suits her perfectly! She also has a straighter hairstyle than normal.

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    1. I love this one too! It looks very chic on her and she has the figure to carry the very narrow, straight lines.

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  2. It was always one of my favourite from AM. Good choice!

    It is still boggling my mind, after 5 years how she can't see when she should wear her hair up. Seaside is windy, why not acting like someone who means business and look professional, instead of touching and adjusting her hair every second.

    Nice post as always!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 13:57

      She was outside for a short, short while. Most of the engagement was inside. I see no issue.

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    2. Most of the engagement was inside and seeing that she later wore a helmet, I can understand why her hair was not done up. Difficult and uncomfortable with a pony tail under a helmet.

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    3. Then she went sailing!:-D

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    4. Tedi in California20 May 2016 at 17:23

      Nor do I, and she looked great.

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    5. I agree, helmet with ponytail is not the best option. But I still remember lots of events where she could avoid touching her hair all the time by it.

      Also it is becoming her "thing": adjusting her hair and also this crotch clutching.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 17:58

      Yeah Anett, and pulled her hair back for the sailing.

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    7. Oh my, I should put up a page like Moxie did, Kate and her flying hair or so. Then people might get a bigger picture.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 21:37

      I get the bigger picture, and I very rarely see an issue with it. It's just hair. I don't see a point of tallying things just to show someone in a bad light, but that's just me.

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    9. You are not alone, Rebecca. Is there joy in putting someone down? Does it make someone feel better about themselves? Mind boggling indeed.

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    10. I see no problem with her hair today. Very beautiful as always. I was expecting maybe a little different but I love the outfit on her non the less. I did notice as she changed for the sailing part of the day she had put hair pins in. I love her. Her outfits her sense or adventure. Very good role model

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    11. Different strokes for different folks.

      I wouldn't do it to show her in a bad light, it would work as a mirror. I would also put a bit more faith in people, by the way.

      I am done. Thanks.

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    12. I did not see a put down just an individual pointing out long loose hair is not always the best way to go. I think people would like to see her less rote and varying hairstyles is one way to go. I would like to see her try a French braid. It beautiful hair and most young women would love to experiment with hair like that.

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    13. Rebecca - Sweden21 May 2016 at 18:09

      Ofc Anon 15.30. Just pointing out that hair up would have worked well is nothing bad. It's when it comes to tallying it that it start to get bitter undertones. I've not seen anyone say they're gonna tally how often she makes a kid laugh or how often she hunches down to their level. Somehow, this counting always happen around things that the counter percive as negative. Flowing hair, skirts blowing and sport events are the only things I've seen counted. I think that while statistics can be rather objective, the use of it is often very subjective.

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    14. I cannot imagine that any of you wish to have someone telling you how to wear your hair, whether to cut it, what your opinion of her outfit is, etc. Thank goodness Kate hears the beat of her own drum and does a beautiful job of being a global ambassador.

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    15. I rarely write, but I notice that many of the people who comment on this website are very protective of Kate. I think it is really nice that this is such a positive place. On the ether hand, this is the comment section, not the compliment section. I think it is okay to make comments that are not complimentary as long as they are not abusive or cross a line. We are allowed to not love everything that Kate does and I think we should be allowed to say so.

      I agree that it would be nice to have her hair out of her face if it poses a distraction. I also love the idea of a french braid for her. She has great hair for it, and I think it would look chic.

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    16. To thy own self be true. Let peace be your governor. I think Kate has always done that and still is.

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  3. I love this outfit, I'm happy to see The Duchess wearing it again!
    I think she has a straighter hairstyle because the weather seemed windy... Wind is not a perfect blowout's best friend...

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    1. I agree. They knew spending time working on a perfect blowout would be a waste of time because it's never going to last with such winds blowing.

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    2. Emi, did you find a copy of the uk june issue of Vogue?

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    3. Hello! Sadly I wasn't able to find it :(

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  4. Have always loved this outfit and today it looks great again. Notice that Kate and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are listed as ambassadors for ICPCN.

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  5. This ensemble has never been one I've liked. Kate wears it well and I can tell it is a favorite of hers. I'm glad she feels comfortable in it. But, for me personally, I truly dislike the outfit. First, it reminds me of a shirt Michael Jackson wore a long time ago. Second, the gold buttons on the chest and lower abdomen area are a huge turn-off for me. I am short in height with a very short torso, so this outfit would never work for me. This is just a matter of personal preference. It is not a criticism of Kate at all.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 13:59

      Haha, I can see how it might not suit everyones taste. It's more "fashion" and designed than most of her clothes. I, personally, love it! But I can see why you might not :)

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    2. I agree. Lately I haven't liked much that she's worn, so I'm wondering if it's simply that I've soured on her style and taste. I think that she always looks fantastic, but I don't like what she's wearing so it's probably me. She's just so gorgeous and I love her work, the causes she has joined and promotes. I don't want to criticize her, she's a wonderful mother, wife, person. Thanks Charlotte for a lovely post as usual. You do an excellent job of bringing the work of Duchess Kate to the spotlight.

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    3. She is tall and can wear this beautifully. May not suit you but it sure does look good on Kate.

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  6. I was so excited and lucky enough to see Kate this morning, as the Ben Ainsley building is literally 2 minutes walk from my house. She looked so elegant in this outfit and very happy to be in Portsmouth again.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 13:59

      Wow, I'm jelaous!! :D

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    2. You got to be there? I have heard she is even more beautiful in person. What do you think?

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    3. Oh WOW!Im jealous too! Thank You Charlotte for this update! I love it when Kate is more involved in the activities of the charities she supports and Im sure she enjoyed sailing!!XOXO

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    4. How exciting! Nice...I'm happy for you! :))

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    5. How great, does she look as good in person as in pictures.

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  7. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 13:56

    It's always great to see Kate on these sporty kind o engagements! She just lights up! Not that she's not interested in her other engagements, it's just, you can tell she's a sporty gal at heart.

    I like this organization. It might not be the heavy hitter charity that we are used to. But I really like that through a hobby and something fun they are inspiring young people into STEM. We need these people in society in the future, and I think there is huge value to getting people (especially girls) into these kinds of areas! This seems like a great place equipped for learning. Who knows, one of these kids might be the one to innovate the futures next big thing!

    I like this look. And I see why she likes it as well :) But I would hope to see it mixed up. A ponytail would work great with this. Or maybe wear the blouse with jeans on a more casual engagement. The skirt would look great with her new Goat blouse. Or maybe even her red blazer. Oh well, she still looks stunning and most people dont follow her as closely as we do so they wouldnt immedeatly see "oh it's a repeat" :P Although, I like the clutch!! :D

    Also, a suprise? Yay!

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  8. I do love these outfit so well I may tell these her a time favorite as well and perfect for her hair never blow my the wind

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  9. This is one of my favorite outfits. I wish Kate would have worn her hair in a pony for practical purposes and so we could better see the details on the shoulders. It would have given this third wearing a slightly different look. She really looked great in the photo from 2011, didn't she?

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    1. One downside is ponytails do not work well with helmets. I thought she did just fine wearing her hair down for the inside engagement and letting it blow around for a few minutes till she got her helmet on.

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  10. Not my fave outfit, but she looks fabulous none the less. Probably just me, but every time I see pics of her and Sir Ben together I get the feeling they have a certain - INNOCENT! - chemistry, particularly on his side. Probably way off base, but!

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    1. Ha! I had the same thought when I saw the photos.

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    2. I know exactly what you mean! They're such a good looking pair. :P

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 15:08

      Haha, well. They're both good looking and charming so good for them :P Nothing wrong with some innocent oogling :P

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    4. Nope, not just you! I've also noticed it everytime. Chemistry like that is unmistakeable, and I'm sure innocent too. Kate looked great today.

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    5. My goodness Rebecca,I had the same 'innocent' thought myself :) I noticed it as well the last time they met up.

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    6. Yes, had the same thought myself!!! Have noticed it each time they are photographed. It's very sweet, and good to see HRH having a fun, innocently 'chemistry' time with someone she can feel good around. We all need s little bit of that time in our lives.

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    7. That's how I feel with Kate and Harry. Some weird part of me thinks if anything unfortunate should happen to William. Kate and Harry should get together.

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    8. I thought the same as well.... Sir Ainslie is so attractive, and appears from the photos to be engaging and charismatic, how could any woman not enjoy his company! I wondered if William might think Kate looks a little too (innocently, of course, I agree), well, happy today!

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    9. I thought the same thing! Innocent and cute!

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    10. Omg its like you are all reading my mind. The chemistry is certainly strong. But I choose to believe its all innocent and all in my head. Lol

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    11. We women can spot the chemistry a mile off. She really is a sports woman. I view myself as outdoorsy and athletic - but she puts me to shame. Very impressive!

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    12. Look at Sir Ben's feet! I read before that you can always tell a man's attraction by which way his feet are pointing (it's toward her, every single time) ! Although to be fair, if you take note, most any time HRH is out, men nearby have feet toward her.

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    13. I think he is a wee bit smitten... And INNOCENT indeed, ladies.

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    14. I noticed the chemistry between them also. 100% innocent but very obvious. She was also all smiles around the other "sailors". Glad she had fun.

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    15. I never comment on this site, although I adore it. But, when I saw Duchess Kate and Sir Ben together I instantly thought, "What an attractive pairing." He is a gorgeous man!

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    16. royalfan,
      I would rather think it your way than the other way around. The chemistry seems obvious mutually, but by now, I am feeling sensitive for William. The other day I was thinking, if her husband is my brother, what I would have suggested to him. Some how I got reminded of Aristotle Onassis and JFK and Jackie O. One never knows what starts as some rendezvous can end up down the line. This is not the first time this opinion is widely by many people about Sir Ben and Kate.

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    17. I noticed the unmistakable chemistry between Catherine and Sir Ben from the very first, too. My immediate thought was: Well, if she didn't have a prince she might choose this sailor....

      As for the hair fiddling thing, once upon a time in a (definitely not) fairy tale I had a step-daughter who did the hair fiddling thing. And more. Flipping and twisting and restyling. Everywhere--even at the dinner table. Same age as DoC. I think it may be an age/era thing like peeling manicures and tats. (As well as one the usual ripe-for-mating signals like stroking the stems of wine glasses that female creatures give off.)

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    18. Rebbes you are not off base. And not innocent.

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    19. Ha! I just had a chance to catch on my favourite blog and ran into all this! I agree, I immediately thought the same thing when I saw those two together... chemistry, to be sure! But I also agree that it's all in good fun ;) There are some people who you just click with because of your character and interests - it's totally normal and inevitable. Of course, what one does with that chemistry afterwards can turn into something not so innocent, but that's obviously not the case here.
      And I have a married older brother too, whose wife is a very intelligent and very stunning, and he sees men (coworkers, waiters, everybody!) smitten by her all the time! He says it's normal and he's gotten to use to it. It even makes him somewhat proud, because at the end of the day, that jewel of a women coming home to him. I imagine the Prince feels the same way about his Princess... :)

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  11. Perfect outfit for the occasion, and one I especially like. Nice that Kate's hair is not overwhelming it this time. The blouse must have been made for her without the peplum. It looks much nicer tucked in. I have never liked quilted bags, but Kate found a way to use this one so that it is not highly visible. Her other accessories are lovely. She always looks very happy at these sailing events.

    Congratulations, 13:35, that must have made your day!

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  12. Tammy from California20 May 2016 at 14:31

    This is always my favorite engagement every year. Somehow, I never notice Kate though ;)
    It must be awful surrounded by all these hunks and then taking a ride on their boats. I'd HATE that!

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    1. Ugh. I know. Pity poor Kate, but she really holds up like a professional.

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    2. no I don't think so she was good in water I love her favorite outfit as well she is good I love she remove the her all time fave to swap with those kicks such nice enjoyable engagement as well

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  13. Sarah Maryland usa20 May 2016 at 15:00

    Love the outfit! I loved all her outfits she debuted in 2011 so I'm glad to see she is bringing some of them back!

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  14. So true Tammy 14:31. So hard to take. I love this charity. I know there are some among us who think this is a fluff patronage and elitist, but the connection to STEM surely elevates it substantially from that. I didn't fully realize the focus on the sciences. It reminds me of my son's physics class in high school. One of the things the class did was take a field trip and do some zip lining to learn about the physics of it. Relating sciences to sport and activity is the best way to engage young people. Good for 1851 Trust. Good for Kate. http://www.theprovince.com/life/food/sheet+need+this+quick+chicken+dish/11901319/story.html

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    1. Tammy from California22 May 2016 at 16:46

      Marny, you must be a teacher! I am too and I agree: no better way to get students engaged in science and physics! I'd love to do this kind of activity to learn for myself!

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    2. Speaking of science and such, navigation, etc. Did you know that the tried and true sextant, used for sea navigation for centuries, is being sent along on the first manned-flight to Mars just in case they have any problems with the electronic GPS. The crew is being taught how to use that for interplanetary application. The manned-flight is scheduled for 2026, btw.

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  15. This is a very minor thing, but I think her hair looks lovely today.....the offset part is different and gives it some nice fullness on top. ;)

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  16. Does it seem like Kate removed her engagement ring for the sailing? It seems like she started the engagement with three bands and only has two on the boat. Where do you put such a valuable ring during an engagement??

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    1. She did take off the engagement ring for the sailing. Rebecca Deacon, her Private Secretary was there. She can hold the ring in the giant bag she always has.

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    2. With Rebecca Deacon and one of Kate's protection officers?

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 18:01

      Yeah, I saw that as well. She also removed the earrings. On such a "machinery" as that boat it seems very sensible. I assume Rebecca (her assistant) is holding on to the ring in the meantime :)

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    4. Possibly a pass only Rebecca Deacon for safe keeping???

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 20:49

      Haha, Skippyboo. Now I got an imagine in my mind of a Mary Poppins-like search for the ring in the bottomless bag after the event :P

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    6. Nothing like a little bit of pressure for Rebecca Deacon. Can you imagine being responsible for that ring?!

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    7. Really makes a lot of sense, that is one ring I would not want to loose!!!! And those earrings are not exact ally costume jewellery ☺️

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    8. My theory is that Kate brings those tiny clutches just to occupy her hands and that Rebbeca's giant bag is filled mostly with Kate's stuff. Kind of the opposite of the Queen who has all her stuff in her famous black handbag.

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    9. Rebecca-Sweden---the frantic Marry Poppins search---that makes me laugh!

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    10. Skippy, you are probably right

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  17. I loved the outfit the first time but I must admit because the look is so distinct, I am getting bored! Noticed she took off her engagement ring for the outdoor activities! This is the first time I've seen her with just the two plain bands. I wonder if the organizer advised her to remove it?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2016 at 18:02

      I've seen her in paparazzi pictures with just the two rings. I wonder if there might be some "code" that you cannot wear jewelry that can get caught while sailing on that kind of boat. Either way, seem very sensible.

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  18. Thank you for posting these Charlotte! She looked very nautical today and I am SO envious she and the gorgeous Ben went sailing together!

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    1. LOL...Valerie. :)

      Kate looked happy and in her element, didn't she?. She appears to be more and more comfortable in her role. Very nice to see! And I was really glad to see this outfit again. Classic and flattering.

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    2. Charlotte, you must have had so much fun updating this post as the day developed! I love it that Kate actually participated in sailing with the team. And her changing outfits were neat - McQueen to official sailing clothes to plain top and jeans with no jewelry. I hope all of those who criticized Kate's previous sailing shoes like these striking ones, though I wondered why she was not in boat shoes. Anyway, such a fun day for Kate and for us!

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  19. Thanks Charlotte for the fast and informative post. What a great engagement for a Friday ;-). A bit of sailing to boot as well must have been great fun.

    I love this charity, as a female chemist, still actively involved in a scientific field, I can't stress enough how important it is to keep children engaged in STEM. So many people have a negative feeling towards these subjects and they don't all have to be as boring as long division. LOL! It's a great way to show how fun these subjects can truly be. I hope it inspires many to pursue the sciences in their future.

    Kate looks great and as one poster above said, it looks like maybe the shirt was customized for Kate to be without the peplum. I agree that it looks much better tucked in and much more polished. I love her little clutch and it struck me seeing it today how long it has been since she has carried it. I have one just like it from Calvin Klein in black that I found back in 2011 as my repli-Kate and I just love it. Mine doesn't look as good as hers after 5 years and needs a little TLC.

    I hope we do get to see the updated official photo of Kate. It almost looks like she is wearing the same McQueen jacket she did for the WWI commemorations in France a few years ago before Charlotte was born. It's great to see her branching out in the way she supports her charities as well. There are many ways to lend support other than official visits.

    I hope we get to see the official tour portrait for India/Bhutan as well. I found on line one day the one for the AUS/NZ tour and it included George. Kate was wearing her blue jacket/skirt suit by Rebecca Taylor. Maybe the one for India/Bhutan includes him and Charlotte.

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  20. 13:35 - You SAW Kate today?! Wow!! :)

    Rebecca Portnoy - I thought the same thing about their innocent chemistry!

    Sarah from US - I've never liked this shirt - it DOES look too similar to something Michael Jackson wore. Lol! That must be my problem with it too.

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  21. Also,noticed she (wisely) didn't wear her engagement ring on the boat (unless it's turned around).

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  22. I am just so happy to see that she is growing out her fringe. It seems like she is growing her hair out back to the way it used to be. I think with the fringe style her hair often got in her way, especially at speaking engagements. Now we can see her face more fully.

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  23. Tedi in California20 May 2016 at 17:27

    Fun post. Kate looked fabulous. I especially loved her sailing outfit, and she looked gorgeous in the helmet too. She is in her element for sure. Thanks Charlotte.

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  24. I love the look, A LOT, but it does make it hard to distinguish this visit from the others. I first saw the pictures and thought "wait...is this today's visit or a previous occasion." Although the post mentioned that the organization exposes kids from broad demographics to sailing, I really do hope that's the case. In general, people today, regardless of affluence, do not get enough exposure to nature (which we also increasingly know is vital for mental health). How much so kids of modest or no means in cities––I hope they really get a chance to benefit from this organization's work. Now, I know HRH is a great sportswoman and always has been––but it's instances like climbing up to the Bhutan monastery w/out so much as a trickle of sweat or when she clambers on to this enormous sailing vehicle (I would have been TERRIFIED) that you know she is truly the real deal. I mean, yes, she has an athletic body but many women do because of sheer indoor gym time. You KNOW HRH thrives with the outdoors (and I LOVE that she answered that taking a walk makes her happy at the Heads Together event–it was a real personal reflection about HER and was not compelled to give the "being a mom" answer. LOVE IT). On another note, gosh, Sir Ben might have been stealing the show attention away from HRH today. Just saying ;) Silvia

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    1. I agree with you. It is very hard to tell the difference between the photos. I think it is a great outfit but she should change it up each time. Otherwise, it is all the same.

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      I had that thought as well Anett :) And I still think it would be nice if she changed it up. But then I thought, the casual viewer would not remember if she had worn that before or the same way, so it's only us who keep track and look at side by side views that actually notice it :P

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  25. I must admit Sir Ben Ainslie is very handsome and you can definitely see that chemestry was in the air, though in a very innocent and appropriate way!

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    1. So very attractive! And yes, definitely chemistry! The formality of the occasion must either be a nice barrier to flirting, or a pain, because even if you're happily committed, it can be fun to flirt every once in a while.

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    2. I totally agree with you, Anon!

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    3. He's very handsome and I'd definitely flirt....and either do no more sailing (too risky I'd fall for him) or I'd do a LOT more sailing.

      Nice event and I thought the DOC looked beautiful. I'm not over the outfit, I'm over the plain court shoes. Ugh!

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    4. Tammy from California22 May 2016 at 16:47

      Even the other gentleman standing by her in one of the pictures was quite handsome. Think she'll hand over the charity to me?

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    5. Not a chance, Tammy, not a chance.

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  26. This is one of my all time favorite DOC outfits!

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  27. Does anyone know what brand of pants she was wearing for the sailing portion?

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  28. Andrew has been up to no good at the expense of the British public, according to this article.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3601629/Air-Miles-Andrew-secret-deal-behalf-chums-disturbing-conflict-interests-jetsetting-Prince-afford-13million-ski-chalet.html

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  29. Time to retire this outfit or at least not to wear it to any nautical themed even -- she looks far to cartoon like in a nautical inspired set at this point now - it was OK in 2011 but as said, time to retire this one - or re-invent it somehow.

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    1. Sorry , disagree it is just a shirt and a blouse. Why change? Do you actually care?

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  30. Alejandra Ramírez20 May 2016 at 23:45

    Mega Excellent post!
    The more I read and see photos of it, the more I like it!
    The sailing outfit is soooooooooooo pretty!

    One question about the mural, the one she unveiled is a plaque with a "photo" like of the real-size mural, right? :)
    Thank you so much for your hard work!

    It would be fantastic to see her sailing as a guest in the next race!

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  31. I guess it was a given that this outfit would make a showing at a 1851 engagement as the nautical theme is apparent. In 2011, I wasn't crazy about this McQueen ensemble. I thought it was severe and too Sergeant Pepper-ish. However, it has grown on me. The fit is great and she looks amazing in it. It is interesting, has nice elements and has a youthful feel. Like others, I wish she had changed up each wear so that it is easier to differentiate between the engagements. Also, I would love to see the skirt and top with other separates.

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  32. Kate looks elegant & appropriate for the occasion. Great to see the sailing gear too as it's likely to be state of the art technology for aerodynamics, wind & water resistance, thermal properties etc. Her shoes look cool but also have non-mark soles otherwise she wouldn't be able to wear dark soled shoes on the boat.

    Don't know how many other commenters have sailed in a racing catamaran but it's just exhilarating! It's the closest thing to feeling like you're flying - these boats move at incredible speed over the surface of the water & you're hanging over the side with the spray & wind. Awesome to see the 1851 Trust involving kids from a wide range of backgrounds in this sport & teaching them skills & self confidence.

    Rebecca - Sweden you're spot on - there are protocols about not wearing jewellery when sailing especially racing boats. All just common sense. When you're hanging over the side on a racing boat moving at high speed you need to be able to control your grip & a whacking great engagement ring would just get in the way as your hands move all the time as you adjust your position to the conditions. You're also likely to damage the ring & the boat. The other saying in sailing is don't wear any jewellery you don't want to gift to the water.

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  33. Ok I have started to ship Kate and Sir Ben in my far off imagination now !! They look supremely cute together:)

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  34. I would hate to be told that I should not wear a beautiful dress three times! Actually, I wish Kate would recycle her best outfits more often. That would eliminate the need for so many outfits, and she would always be beautiful in them! I am a bit distressed by the wastefulness and mediocre designs that would result from expecting a new frock for every engagement!

    I also rather dislike pony tails, which seem to me to be teenage style. I do love Kate's low updo for formal occasions. For normal daytime events, her hair looks nice down, or partly back if she needs it out of her way. With the fringe growing out, she should be able to have her elegan half up look back. But I hope she keeps the rest of her hair at a reasonable length, proportional to her body and her daytime look.

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  35. hmm I think the duchess is very professional hmm I think she removed the engagement ring she should to the race with them the daily mail comments about the duchess and ben asile a very good chemistry indeed I find him very attractive

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  36. haha kate and ben... i love how everyone sees some chemistry there. kate is just so sporty and cool, i admire her sailing/boating skills.

    don't care for this uniform but she pulls it off nicely. everyone knew she was going to wear navy blue and white but this outfit is still a bit unexpected for me.

    there is one specific photo, where ben shows kate the model vessel. What do you think kate looks like in this picture? I wonder if you see the same as I do... this is not meant negative, just an observation...

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    1. I have no idea what you are talking about when you mention the "one photo". Not being anything but clueless what you are saying. Ali

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  37. I think Kate looked beautiful in that outfit. I think it was very appropriate for the venue. I do not think it looked "cartoonish" at all. I think she can repeat that outfit as many times as she wants as long as it continues to look new and not worn out. I think she looked beautiful in her sailing attire and in the outfit she wore for her ride home. (Maybe she had those on under her sailing outfit?) She certainly enjoyed all those handsome men (and who wouldn't) and she enjoyed the children. Quite a compliment that they think she is seaworthy enough to be a guest on their racing team.
    I think her paternal grandfather, Peter, taught her to sail, as he took that up when he retired from flying. Another successful day supporting a worthwhile charity. Nice to know that the founder and director of the British America's Cup is also the Chairman of William, Kate and Harry's Charity Foundation. That probably made her even more at ease there. Loved seeing her have so much fun.

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  38. I'm not sure I'm allowed to post links but is the Duchess wearing those jeans? https://www.jbrandjeans.com/811-mid-rise-skinny-leg-in-seriously-black

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  39. I would love to see her as a guest in the races. That would be AMAZING!!

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  40. This would have been the perfect opportunity for her to say a few words, a few remarks, a mini speech if you will.

    As everyone has noted, she is clearly in her element, very comfortable with the engagement and her hosts! And being that relaxed is half the battle with public speaking. If I had her ear I would encourage her to make even brief remarks at very friendly events like this, it's an easy way to improve. She could make big strides quickly.

    As far as the outfit, it reminds me of some Diana wore. And in my opinion, they are so distinctive it's hard to wear them more than once, twice at most - just think if you wore something very specific to a wedding, it would be hard to wear it to another. But accessorizing it differently, or different hairstyle etc might have helped.

    I'd love to discuss the Prince Andrew news but won't hijack Charlotte's Kate blog :) It's worth noting for younger royal watchers that the Queen has many strengths and talents, but as we've seen repeatedly, managing her family correctly is sadly not one of them.

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    1. I think that a discussion of Andrew is relevant, in that it shows what can happen when privilege goes unchecked -- or not checked well. And I couldn't agree more that the Queen has not dealt with Andrew well. I don't think he's learnt a thing, other than mummy will come rolling in to bail him out. I was actually surprised to see the second part come out in the DM today; I thought the palace lawyers might have quashed it.

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  41. I have just read the story about Prince William landing his helicopter in a school playing field to pick up a critically injured woman. And introducing himself to the school, being very polite and natural. You know, he just quietly goes about doing his "work"--the first time in history a heir apparent also has a job. AND he donates his salary to charity. I do think he deserves some credit for what he does.

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    1. He deserves some credit, Valerie, absolutely.

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    2. Amen and Amen Valerie.

      And Kate also. We could have ended up with a Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus. Kim Kardashian, or....... Kate may not match Anne's numbers but she does do some significant initiatives and she is always upbeat and pleasant and clearly in love with William. She may not always meet everyone's expectations in being busy enough or wearing the perfect outfit every time but dear heavens she has a lot of good things she brings to all her endeavors. William completed college, extensive military training, has been pretty much a good boy hopefully since marriage, dotes on his children, and seems to be ready to pick up the reins whenever duty calls. We could have gotten a royal like some of his more flamboyant and obnoxious predecessors. William and Kate certainly aren't perfect. I mean just think of it. Kate flicks her hair when giving speeches. She seems a little nervous about public speaking. She isn't always a perfect 10 in her outfit choices and she holds her hands in front of her at events (as do many others, btw). And she actually wore her hair with fringe once or twice. OH DEAR. I mean let's keep things in the proper perspective. These two are doing the very best they can and I think they are doing a great job it it. All criticisms about them, by the very virtue that they are sincerely trying their best, amounts to nothing more the idle nit picking.

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    3. Absolutely. You are so right on with this comment.

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  42. Part of me dislikes when women are criticised for repeating outfits or wearing outfits that are similar. Look at the way men dress! Why aren't women "allowed" to repeat the same or similar outfits? Although, admittedly, the criticism is few and far between,and most comments are positive, it's just a small irritation of mine regarding the way women are perceived versus men at times. Kate has a serious role. She is not a fashion model.

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      Very good points!

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  43. I love the Black ensemble. Kate masters the art of dressing down , while there' s still lot to improve as it comes to dressing up. The Black outfit emphasizes her slender physique

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  44. Annette New Zealand21 May 2016 at 20:13

    Ben Ainslie got married last year to a sports announcer Georgia Thompson and said she was "the most beautiful woman in the world" so he can't be too smitten with the DoC. Incidentally his wife is blonde and very short compared to him, quite unlike Kate.

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    1. I hope and wish William joins her to this engagement next time, so this picture of chemistry will not continue to exist in peoples mind. It is a bit too much because it is obvious, and commented by so many beyond this blog also. One of the reasons of following Kate is the mystery and chemistry between her and William.
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      There is a special some one out there in the world for every person. Some are lucky to meet, and some are not. Then again, there is also some one out there for every person, where timing, fate and circumstance did not allow it to happen. When there is such chemistry and a meeting occurs, if both are married, it should not continue to create an image of possibility in the public's mind especially in this case.

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    2. Oh by the way, my take on this is, they can both be associating everything with an activity they both love, in this case sailing. Between delight of hobby and delight of personality, a chemistry had been well sparked as well.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden23 May 2016 at 03:55

      Being married doesn't make you blind. Kate is also married. Nothing wrong with being attracted to someone. As long as it doesn't lead to anything or your mind stray, there is nothing wrong with enjoying some eyecandy, like a good painting :P

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  45. Agree with all the posts about how gorgeous Sir Ben is😊 Ali

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  46. I think it s Ralph Lauren, the collar/neckband is similar. JCrew collar is different

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  47. I've never liked this outfit - I think it's the navy strips across the chest- but I don't object to her repeating things as many times as she likes. It's also great to see her out on the water. Sports like this, particularly combined with STEM, can be thought of as something just for boys so it's great that a glamorous public figure is shown getting stuck in.

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      I agree that it's great that she as a woman is lifting this subject since it's more common still for boys than girls to be encouraged into STEM subjects! And if a princess (which is seen as very girly) focuses on this it can have greater impact, just like William the stoic and buttoned up male traditionalist talking about the value of talking about your emotions will have more impact than if he was a more "publically emotional" guy.

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  48. Probably not an organization or an activity that a lot of ordinary Britons can relate to - yachting is restricted to the SUPREMELY wealthy, but she looked okay. I don't mind this ensemble, I think it looks a little too "theme-y" for the event and as she keeps wearing it to this particular "charity's" events, it's becoming a tad stale.
    Love her style in casual clothing, the jeans and the jumper. I'd expect it's the Ralph Lauren cashmere cable knit.
    I do have a question about the hair though - I wonder if Kate is capable of putting her hair up like that or is Amanda Cook Tucker ALWAYS a part of Kate's entourage at public engagements? Not a criticism, just curious.
    There's definitely chemistry between them, on HER side as well as his. However, Sir Ben is married to the stunning, curvy Georgie Thompson so I'd expect he's engaged elsewhere.

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    1. Sailing is not "restricted to the supremely wealthy"! I once owned a sailboat, and I am certainly not in that category. What you mean by yachting I am not sure, but many, many ordinary Britons can afford to sail, some by purchasing a boat and more by going on a charter sail.

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    2. Here in San Diego at the harbor yacht club you can pay a small nominal fee and get lessons and then use one of their fleet of rental sailboats, again at a small fee because of that particular program they have made available. One of the guys at the AT&T store near here (who loves to see me walk thru their door with yet another question on how to use my phone, lol), he is a member of that program and goes sailing almost every weekend. He is definitely not one would call wealthy.

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    3. Totally agree with your comments about sailing Anon 23:19. Here in Australia kids usually get involved through the Sea Scouts or sailing clubs. There wouldn't be sailing at the Olympics without all the mums & dads turning up every weekend during the season for the racing & volunteering/fund raising year round for the clubs. If we want a sail on a racing catamaran then we also go on a charter sail or crew for a boat. There are plenty of affordable options.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden23 May 2016 at 04:02

      I'll repost what I wrote higher up: "I like this organization. It might not be the heavy hitter charity that we are used to. But I really like that through a hobby and something fun they are inspiring young people into STEM. We need these people in society in the future, and I think there is huge value to getting people (especially girls) into these kinds of areas! This seems like a great place equipped for learning. Who knows, one of these kids might be the one to innovate the futures next big thing!"

      And here is a comment I wrote at another place: "I know this trust is seen by many as something lightweight. And in a way it is, compared to childrens hospices and mental health. But this is not just about sailing. It's about inspiring young people to get into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engeneering, Math) subjects which will be to great use in our future. They will instead of the (sometimes rather boring) standard classes in these subjects see the actual use of it in something "cool". Instead of asking the teacher "when will I ever use this?!" as many of us have done, they are showing with a practical implication what these subjects really is about. Couple that with the focus on sustainability, and I think this is a great thing to inspire kids with."

      Also, they have just teamed up with other organizations to let kids try sailing out for free. Yes, the people who own the boats are rich, but I assume that most people that sail do it on another persons boat through an organization. Just like you dont need to own a basketball court to play basketball.

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    5. Owning a sailboat and racing at that level are two different things. Elizabeth was clearly talking about the latter.

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    6. 1) Sailing is Not! (I Repeat "Not" for The Super Wealthy!) Yes, Even Racing at That Level!! On Our little lake we lay claim to The Only Sailor in The World Who Won Both The Olympics & America's Cup! My kids learned & spent their Summers in Sailing School & w/me following them from Regatta to Regatta! Lots of Trophies etc! Sailing is a Sport for Life! I see 90 yr olds still out competing at our big fun annual Yacht Club Races on Memorial Day & Labor Day, when all the sizes & Classes of Boats compete at the same time!
      2) Sailing is Hard Work! Yes it costs $ but I think we spent just as much on Football & Lacrosse once you add up all the extras/ Fundraising Donations & Travel Tournaments etc Not to Mention Traveling for College Recruiting Camps & Tournaments! The one thing no one seems to know unless your kid sails. The kids work Darn Hard! They are up Each Summer Day at The Crack of Dawn Taking care of these big big boats! They prep them, rig them up & then have classes that are like Geometry Class meets Race Strategy & Weather Analyzing Wind Patterns, how to Read them & How to know what to do with your Sails, Rudder, & tacking to adjust to changing winds during racing! Then After Hours out on the water under the beating sun. They come in & have to Clean & Wash the Boat from Stem to Stern, which can inc launching the Boat onto land & tipping it til it's laying on its side to scrub it down underneath if it's been to or going to another lake, for ecological reasons, to not transfer parasitic barnacles etc between lakes! Then they take the rigging down, rolling up a sails & Jib & Mast. After Everything's down & packed up the boat gets covered & secured just as the sun is going down. The kids come home wiped but ready for some time off before the alarm goes off the next morning & it starts all over again!:) We invested in our own Boats but lots of kids used ones owned by the Yacht Club & when our Sons aged out of their XBoats, we Donated them to The Sailing School so others didn't have to buy! Plus many boats if any shape & size are sold over & over again!Once you know how to Sail, You can Sail Around The World or Race All Around The World even making your way to The Americas Cup! Many Wealthy People & Sponsor Companies Buy Expensive Boats for Competing! They Need Sailors to Sail Them! Every Boat Needs a Winning Crew & Very Rarely is The Boat Owner The Best Sailor! They may Sail but It's All About Hiring a Winning Team! We know Many Guys in their 20-40s who are Professional Sailors! Sailing/Competing all around the world in the Most Elite Races!
      Even our (almost) Penniless Son is working in The Boat Industry (as he figures his future) Specializing in Sailboats & He's Racing on some of the Nicest Boats & it doesn't cost him a Penny, because The Rich Guys who come in & Buy these Big Expensive Sailboats, well they need a Crew & Someone who knows how to Win a Race & Make These Guys & Their Boats..."Champions" as in "Get Them Some Trophies! (aka "Hardware") Last but not least is "Kate's Sailing Outfit! Sadly to whoever thought it was too "Matchy Matchy" That's what you wear when you are on a Sailing Crew:) We've got lots if Henri Lloyd at out House & esp re: the wind pants she was wearing? The Gear you Wear can save you from Harsh Biting Winds & can Save you from Hypothermia with its High Tech Fabrics if you go overboard or just really wet!
      So I Think I hit on all the points I felt passionate about & on things I wanted to Clarify! Sailing is Great; Fun; Builds Character; Enhances the Brain to absorb & enhance Mathamatical Comprehension & You can Do It Your Whole Life!:) You'll Also Make Friendships That Will Last A Lifetime!:) It's Just as Competitive & Difficult & Exciting as Any Other Sport Around!:)

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  49. Tammy from California22 May 2016 at 16:50

    Ya know, I actually really like her after sailing outfit. I am more casual and that's probably why I liked it more but she looked great!

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      She really looks her best in casual clothes, doesn't she? Not that she doesnt look GREAT otherwise, but I think you can tell that she's a jeans kind of girl at heart.

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  50. She looks elegant and so lovely and so relaxed in the boating outfit!

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  51. Thank you Charlotte for another interesting post. A good role model engagement. Catherine looked lovely in a recycled outfit flagging that it is fine to repeat clothes. We live in a time of rampant consumerism and this highlights that it is ok to reuse. Then for the girls who don't think it is possible, the engagement showed that a girl can develop a skill set and be part of a male team. It also made sport look such a fun thing. And yes I know yachting is a wealthy sport but messing about in boats in the myriad of Britain's waterways is a very British thing and affordable for many. I fear for the current generation, majority already overweight, who eat badly and don't move. They are facing a lifetime of the misery of ill health and possibly shortened life expectancy. Then the emphasis on science and maths. There has been so much opportunity to learn in the last few decades and so little has been learnt. We should not have young people who have done the time at school and can hardly read and write. Catherine is a young beautiful woman who has used her time well.

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  52. Charlotte,

    Just a quick question. How is the winner of the StyleRocks give-away chosen?

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      The entries are all assembled on a spreadsheet, with each individual entry numbered. A Random Number Generator is then used to choose the winning entry. Good luck to all who entered :)

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    2. Then it seems like a lottery system. I thought they select by entrants reason/s given. There are some posts which reasons are so convincing worth considering to gift it to them.

      Good luck to all entrants.

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  53. Thank you Charlotte. I didn't have a clue about this one. Bueno Suerte everyone.

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  54. Caroline in Montana23 May 2016 at 18:39

    I just have to say that my favorite part about any of this events clothing is the pants she actually wore sailing. I really wish she would wear more pants or slacks like these, even jeans like these. I am hopeful that the "skinny" jeans or yoga pants look goes out of style soon!! I think she looks way better in something a little looser, think its more flattering to her body type than the skin tight show every wrinkle pants! fingers crossed in montana!

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  55. The one where he's helping her with her helmet would be adorable if they were an item... And the one of the two of them looking at the boat!

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