Wednesday, 4 May 2016

UPDATED: Kate's Pretty in Pink for 'Vogue 100' Exhibition

The Duchess of Cambridge concluded a busy day of engagements with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery to view the 'Vogue 100: A Century of Style' exhibition.


The visit coincides with Kate's Vogue shoot, which saw the Duchess pose in the Norfolk countryside for a serious of photographic portraits by photographer Josh Olins. Kate was persuaded to participate in her first magazine shoot thanks to the connection with her patronage.


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


Two portraits of Kate from the Vogue shoot feature in the exhibition and this evening marked the first time the Duchess had seen them.


An aide said it was a "surreal" experience for Kate seeing the pictures but that she had enjoyed the process enormously. The Duchess discussed the exhibition decision-making process and photography as she viewed her portraits with Josh Olins.


Kate joked "It doesn't look like January, you did a very good job. We were very exposed up there as well".


More from The Telegraph:

Earlier she had greeted Mr Olins, who gave her a bound collection of prints from their shoot, warmly and said: "Josh, how lovely to see you again. How have you been? Still jetting about?"

A closer look at Kate's portraits.


The exhibition is truly a feast for the eyes and allows one to walk through a fashion history, exploring the most iconic photos from the fashion bible, Vogue.


Images from the best photographers in the business are featured including Lee Miller, Cecil Beaton, Snowdon, Irving Penn, David Bailey, Mario Testino and Herb Ritts. Portraits of icons include the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Lucian Freud, fashion models such as Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, and many more.


There's an excellent video from the exhibition available on YouTube. If you would like to book tickets click here for more information.


After viewing the two portraits in the exhibition, Kate explored the rest of ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’.


Keen photographer Kate appeared to thoroughly enjoy the exhibition.


She met people from the National Portrait Gallery and British Vogue who worked on the collaborative project.


The Vogue shoot can be viewed in its entirety along with full details of what Kate wore in this post.


It's been a day of royal tour repeats for the Duchess.


Kate wore her very pretty Alexander McQueen Wool and Cashmere-Blend Dress which she first wore in Adelaide in 2014. The £1,985 garment features a deep V-neck, peplum detail, and a flared skirt with high-low hem.


The dress was described: "Alexander McQueen lends a vintage theme to this pretty dress. Light pink fabric, reworked for a figure-sculpting silhouette, is given a feminine boost with a peplum waistband and draped detailing. 90% wool, 10% cashmere."

Alexander McQueen

Kate accessorised with her striking Monica Vinader jewellery.


The Riva Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings are described as "beautifully, elegant cocktail earrings". The earrings are complemented with the gorgeous Riva Diamond Cluster Bib Necklace. Both pieces are 18ct Rose Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver. They retail for £745 and £2,000 respectively.

Monica Vinader

It's quite coincidental to see Kate wearing pieces by the jeweller. Monica Vinader gave a wonderfully insightful article on the success of her growing business over the weekend. Among the many interesting details, she spoke about Kate wearing her designs and said her team 'borrowed the pieces'. I expect the Duchess must have opted to purchase them and add the sparkling pieces to her collection. Below a quote from the article:

'In 2014, Monica hit the jackpot. The Duchess of Cambridge – who, let’s face it, isn’t short of jewellery options – wore the designer’s Riva collection earrings (£745) and necklace (£2,000) to an evening gala at the Natural History Museum. 
 ‘I knew nothing about it as my press team had lent them to her people and they’d told them to tell no one else in the company,’ says Monica.I was on holiday in Florence, sitting outside a café. The friend I was with suddenly looked over at a man reading a newspaper and said, “Isn’t that the Duchess of Cambridge wearing your earrings on the front page?” It was the most surreal moment – I was thrilled.’
The earrings and necklace sold out in the U.S. straight away – it was still daytime there when the photos were published – and Monica’s mobile didn’t stop buzzing with texts, while the UK offices received a flurry of calls and emails through the night, and the rest of the collection sold out in the U.S. that evening. ‘It doesn’t get any bigger than her,’ Monica smiles.'

Kate also wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier

Kate completed the look with her L.K. Bennett Fern pumps.

L.K. Bennett

And her new L.K. Bennett Nina Clutch from this morning.

L.K. Bennett

You can view a video from the engagement here.


If you're just joining us, you can view today's earlier post covering Kate's visit to Hampton Court Palace to open the Magic Garden and the luncheon for the Anna Freud Centre here.

293 comments:

  1. Alejandra Ramírez4 May 2016 at 19:22

    Excellent post and super fast!
    Thanks a lot! She looks sooooooooooooooooo beautiful today!
    The shade of pink is really pretty and the jewelry looks superb today!
    Great outfit!

    P.S. I miss the Sledge :(
    I'm not a fan of pointy heels, the Sledge's almond toe was really nice

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    1. I agree! It's nice to mix it up, but I think the sledge looked better. I also preferred the shade of the Sledge pumps over these.

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    2. I agree and have been thinking the same since the India tour! The Sledge looks better in my opinion, and I especially prefer the shade of the Sledge pumps - more of a pink undertone whereas these appear more of a yellow undertone.

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    3. I agree and was thinking the same through the whole India tour! I also prefer the shade of the Sledge pumps - more of a pink undertone I think whereas these are more of a yellow undertone.

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    4. I agree and was thinking the same through the whole India tour! I also prefer the shade of the Sledge pumps - more of a pink undertone I think whereas these are more of a yellow undertone.

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    5. I agree! I also really love this shade of pink on her.

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    6. Fan of the Sledges, present!
      Such a Great Classic.

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    7. I like these heels far better than the sledge pumps, especially for evening! But if I had worn them for all of the things Kate has worn them for since she introduced them in India, they would no longer be wearable. I am always amazed at how long, and where, Kate can wear her beautiful pumps without getting them soiled or wearing them out.

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    8. Well when she wore the sledge pumps she was always criticised.

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    9. Pointy heels are supposed to elongate the leg (though are hard on the toes). But I always liked her sledges and never understood why everyone hated them.

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    10. I'm also very much looking forward to seeing Catherine wear almond shaped footwear again.

      It's no secret that for the sake of (her) health, because of the beneficial long-term effects, and her being an international role model, I would like Catherine to wear rather square shaped shoes for public engagements.

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    11. Pointed pumps can be very comfortable if they are designed to fit the shape of the foot behind the point. The real problem, I think, is the current height of fashionable heels. Kate obviously does not wear them everywhere, but she manages sports and cobbles and steps and ladders in them, sometimes carrying an infant when she is still affected by anesthetics. I don't know how she does it. A lower heel, in any case, can be quite elegant, and much healthier.

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    12. I guess the feedback does get back to Kate & Her Team!? No more Sledges/ No more "Uniform" Poof They Vanished!

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    13. ps... I too am a fan of The Sledge Pumps! Due to almond toe & the coloring. Hope we see them again.:) also I liked her "Uniform" too:) Ok maybe not for Everything... But once in awhile it'd be nice to see, as its so classic, especially with The Navy Blazer & Navy Corkswoon Wedges.:) Wait.... are those Tomatoes being thrown at me? lol:)

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    14. Becca, Sounds encouraging. No more make-shift stylist, no more bad hair stylist, "Poof They've Vanished" (to a different job on a different planet, far, far away. Oh, and they love it there.)

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  2. She looks lovely. This is one of my absolute favourite outfits and I think the jewellery and shoes suit it very well. The earlier outfit in the day seemed a bit of a mish mash together although the dress is also one of my favourites - the necklines didn't match and the dress definitely looks better with her hair up to show off the unique neckline. She looks radiant and confident today. She really looks lovely in pink.

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  3. I didn't like this outfit the first time round and I can't say I've changed my mind. I think it's the high-low hem which annoys me. I love the jewellery although I'm not sure it works particularly well with this outfit.

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  4. I've been hoping to see this one again! I think she looks terrific in pink and this is figure flattering, feminine and just a hint of sexy with a deep v neckline. She should embrace that a little more, you're only young once, trust me :)

    It didn't have the same WOW effect today as when I first saw it, maybe I like the hair styled half back more to show off the neck, and the necklace she wore before was simple enough not to detract but to help emphasize the v.

    As far as the Vogue issue, I think more than anything it was not the best timing PR wise, of all the events they miss it will rub some the wrong way that this was a priority.

    And while I think the photos are good, (I haven't known her to take a bad one yet!) you don't do Vogue for "nice", you go striking, iconic, timeless. I think she would have been better served by letting the Vogue people do what they do best. It's a strange ensemble for a June issue, more Sept/Oct/Nov, and a bit too "down on the farm". The editor-in-chief has basically admitted she was so desperate to get Kate on the cover she let her have free rein! But Kate is not a model, magazine editor, or fashion guru, and she should have let the experts do their thing in my opinion. I think Anna Wintour is privately cringing at the entire spread! I think Kate herself would have been much better served as well, and achieved something that would have been a little more iconic.

    And given it's the fashion bible, Kate could have given a few words on how she feels about fashion, choosing clothes for events etc, how she feels about the public focusing on her fashion! It was a missed opportunity for her to share a little of herself I think. I remember Diana doing something similar, talking about how she wore long skirts or higher necklines at many engagements so when she was bending over with children nothing showed from the back or front! So fairly innocuous stuff but gives a nice glimpse of personality :)

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    1. I totally agree about the Vogue cover!

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    2. Very well put. However, I've heard many many times that Kate doesn't want herself to be seen as a fashion icon. I think she takes deliberate steps sometimes to make sure fashion is not the main thing (or even one of the main things) she's known for.

      I agree about the plunging neckline. A little sexiness is flattering. :)

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    3. I don't agree with this idea that she has to speak more. I am very fascinated by her choice of being very frugal with words. It is, somehow, a choice which puts her close to Queen Elizabeth (it doesn't seem to me that Queen Elizabeth has ever had such constant chat with media), instead Kate is great in talking by images, showing a true talent in it. It was great to have forced Vogue to put a country girl on the cover, for instance, so "controcorrente"! (aganist the tide).

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    4. @claudia. Oh please! Can Kate do nothing right? Anna Winter would be giving this Vogue spread a standing O. It is so iconic and reflect Catherine's current lifestyle. LOL at the strange "down on the farm" comment. Unlikely that Vogue gave the Duchess free rein; more likely she gave some input.

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    5. She is a multi tasker Claudia: a model, editor, photographer, fashion guru, mother, duchess,etc. I wonder how she can handle all.

      I agree with your sentiment of showing a glimpse of personality. That was a nice Diana memory to share. She used common sense!

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    6. Completely agree with all your thoughts on the Vogue photos, Claudia. I'm sure I'll be attacked by the Kate-worshippers but, frankly, they're pretty dull. Other than the most-welcome lightening of that dark, Goth eye makeup, the Vogue pics are nothing different than we're used to seeing from before the marriage and in the random pap shots and casual day out shots that get published from time to time.
      When I think of Vogue, I think of off-the-wall, I think of out of the box, striking, "WOW!"
      The Kate photos were none of that. Just a few, oddly-airbrushed run-of-the-mill photos of Kate in her comfort zone. And comfort zones are not what Vogue does best.
      The photos are nice, don't get me wrong. But they're nothing that will be remembered.

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    7. I like the styling of the pink dress much better this time. The previous combination of hair, neckline and necklace seemed too vertical. As we all commented at the time, the hemline and some dressmaking problems also made for an unfinished look. This, to me, is so much prettier. The dress looks graceful and well finished, and Kate's evening hairstyle is beautiful.

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    8. I totally love the Vogue approach. If Kate placed emphasis on glamour and fashion, she would be criticised the world over. This approach showed the real Kate, a country girl at heart, and I love it. There will be time for iconic shots in the future.

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    9. Totally agree on the Vogue cover too.
      Probablt, Kate only wants to follow the Queen 's and Camilla's footstep giving the image of a traditional country girl with just a Little of glamour. But if so, just skip Vogue ... Whar's the Point of a Vogue cover uf it has to be a plain one?
      The Fall feeling doesn't disturb, these kind of high profile fashion magazine usuallt present Fall Collection during Spring time and viceversa.

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    10. So it was said that the money raised from Vogue would go to charity. It seems that is not the case after all.
      A spokesman for Vogue declined to comment on sales figures of this month's issue. They said: 'Monies from the sales of the June centenary issue of Vogue will not be going to charity.'

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3575413/Vogue-enjoys-Kate-effect-profits-aren-t-going-charity.html#ixzz47oDin1MM

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    11. Gabrielle, a friend in London subscribes to British Vogue and got her copy today. She told me that the Vogue staff were quite clear that Kate insisted on all the details herself and they said OK. She took direction very well, was resilient in the cold and cooperative with everything as long as it went with her ideas. Not rudely; just did not accept suggestions or try some of the other ideas they had.

      So I think it's clear that this is what Kate wanted. I wish she'd have stepped out of her comfort zone a bit. I can picture this done in a gallery with portraits of prior monarchs, Kate confidently striding down the hall in a gown and jewels and holding a child -- either one -- without showing a face. The past, present and future of the monarchy. Just my thought; if this is supposed to be an iconic cover, then present an icon. This is just a nice portrait of a very attractive woman.

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    12. If one wishes at times to portray Kate as wishy-washy and unable to make decisions, how does one then declare she had complete control of a Vogue fashion shoot? Can't have it both ways. Pick one.
      Sometimes the effort to make Kate look inadequate seems a bit contrived.

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    13. I totally agree Gabrielle, the way I read the article she did not exact ally have "free reign". Vogue chose an array of clothing for her to wear, they chose the make-up artist, and chose the site. Kate does not want to be known as a clothes horse. She was criticised in Jan and Faeb for not doing things for her patronages, however we now find out that she was doing things behind the scenes so now she is being criticised for doing it. I guess certain people have to find anything to be critical or they just are after anything to put Kate in a negative light.

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    14. Funny how we can all read the same article and interpret it differently. My take is that the only thing Kate requested is that she did not want jewels, tiaras and gowns and that it should be a British photographer. All else was left to the stylist, makeup artist etc. She had a chance to see the clothing but said the stylist could put her in whatever they chose.

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    15. I don't think wearing a gown in Vogue makes you a clothes horse. It is Vogue! It is known for fashion, just being in Vogue makes it only about clothes, especially when you don't give an interview. All we have is photos of clothes, even if they are just country clothes. I wish she had done some casual photos since that is what she wanted, but then some glamorous ones as well. Can you imagine a beautiful gown flowing in the wind in the field? The contrast would have been stunning!

      As for this being for charity, it is a bit confusing. None of the proceeds from the magazine go to her charities. And the photos of Kate are only at the NPG for a few more weeks. Kate didn't visit the NPG to view the exhibit back when it opened, she only attended at the very end to view her photos. So, the NPG will only get a possible up-swing in attendance for a few weeks. Therefore, I really don't see how this benefits her charity. That is why I feel like the Vogue cover was just for Kate. I know that is an unpopular view on here, but it doesn't make sense. I will say there is nothing wrong with her doing a Vogue cover, Diana did it several times. I just don't like that its being called 'work' and under the guise of charity. Just admit Kate wanted to do the cover and leave it at that. There is nothing wrong with that since it was a special anniversary issue. Call a spade a spade.

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    16. Any bets on CP Mary (in a similar photo shoot) being praised as being "her own woman" and "bravely deviating from the princess mode everyone expected"? :))

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    17. Paola, I agree that Kate does not need to make speeches. I think that is what you meant. There is a video of the luncheon reception in which she can be heard asking a participant how the charity has assisted him, and then she listens carefully to his answer. So much better to listen than to lecture.

      As for Kate's control of the Vogue shoot, I am pleased because she evidently chose a look for the cover that is very close to what I once suggested for her, and I had in mind a western setting. Kate spent part of her gap year on a ranch in South America, and of course she has now visited the wilds of Australia. I think her choices, if they are truly hers, reflect her experience and her personality. Iconic pictures in gowns will come, but for now I am glad if Kate has expressed who she is and what her interests are.

      I also love the warm colors of the picture in which Kate is wearing the striped tee shirt. My guess is that is the shot where the photographer was able to express his artistry.

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    18. Ladies,
      Doing a Vogue cover IS stepping out of her comfort zone! D.

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    19. Kate in a beautiful gown in a field with the wind blowing was the photo I was hoping for also Claudia.

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    20. Yes Anon 03:41, that's what I meant, and also that Kate is following and creating a model lying exactly between Diana and the Queen. It seems to me that there is too often a comparison with Diana, and too seldom, if not never, with the Queen. Kate is looking very carefully to the Monarch, and she is trying to create for herself a new icon, a new model of future Queen, with the warmth of Diana and the poise of Elizabeth.

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    21. Anon 23:45 that was how I read it also:) ali

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    22. Paola, "...the warmth of Diana and the poise of Elizabeth." I believe that is a very appropriate description. :)

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    23. Paola, I think that is a very apt analysis. Kate will not ruffle feathers, but she will not seem withdrawn, either. Walking an area between Elizabeth and Diana is exactly where she needs to go. I so much like your phrase "with the warmth of Diana and the poise of Elizabeth." And speaking of walking, I noticed when she was wheeling Charlotte in the baby carriage that Kate walks with beautiful elegance and balance. That I think is indicative of who she really is.

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    24. 2345: Thank you for the input. I haven't read it, but I will ask my friend if she agrees with that.

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    25. Agree, Paola!

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    26. The cover may never have happened if it was not done in collaboration with the NPG. As Tim Ewart of ITV said, it has once again put the spotlight on the NPG. That is all that is really required of her as its Patron, irrespective of what one thinks her motives were behind agreeing to do the cover.

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    27. Curiouskat

      Thanks for that angle on doing this for the charity. We all talk about her pics.

      I don't think she stepped out of her comfort zone. Maybe she has never done such things before but what you can see on the cover is nothing more than Kate as a country girl. It would have been stepping out if she did sth incredible scene to take part in, as many suggestions were made here.

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    28. So I sent your comment to my friend, 2345, and she said that she agrees with you to a point. *Her* interpretation is that you're right that they could put her in whatever they chose; however, the clothes they brought were per the agreement they had with Kate that was worked out in order to get Kate to do it. "She wanted tshirts, jeans, jumpers that reflected countryside". They brought gowns anyway and she wouldn't wear any of them, but as long as it reflected what she wanted she absolutely took direction, which I said initially. Also, she did not use Vogue provided hair stylist; she brough Amanda Cook Tucker, and only used their makeup person. And I actually said all that at the beginning; you are interpeting it only as it pertains to the shoot itself. There were negotiations prior to it. And Vogue did not have free rein or else we'd have seen something different to this final product.

      And here's what else is funny. This isn't negative. I actually think someone in control of her own image is a good thing, even if I'd have done it differently.

      cKat: Really good point about the charitable angle!

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    29. Paola Magi I Very Much Agree With You & Others Who Feel that Kate Speaks Volumes with Her Images! To have her do an interview would be the antithesis of who she has shown us she is! She does not want to be a "Diana"! Anything she said would have been picked apart & über analyzed! Describing how & why she makes the sartorial choices she does would be like opening Pandora's Box! From then on It would not have stopped! As many have already said, She is very much of the school of The Queen Mother & HM Herself. She is not about to open up & reveal her thoughts & feelings about Fashion or Being a Duchess! She is subtle & thoughtful & shows us who she is by the way She lives her life & by her sartorial selections when it comes to her outfits. I also think for British Vogue to feature The Duchess in her Beloved Country Life is as authentic & as good as it gets! They could not have had a more Iconic Cover! For those who wanted the dresses & the jewels.... We must remember She's Not our Barbie Doll, & she has sent the message loud & clear That is one part of Who She Is & What She Does & it's Not how she exclusively wants to be defined. This Shoot was billed as The Duchess as her Authentic Self & That's what they shot! Remember, Vogue Did supply The Clothing & Conducted The Shoot. If there was something Vogue didn't want or like? They wouldn't have shot it or run it! Kate was complimented for being Very Cooperative. She wasn't telling anybody how to do their job! Vogue knew what they were getting (especially by providing the clothes) & by all accounts, They got The Duchess at her most authentic self. I think it was a huge success all around!:)

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    30. Rebecca - Sweden7 May 2016 at 19:45

      Very good points Bluhare :) And I agree, as a member of the royal family, she should absolutley take control of her image :)

      Also, don't quote me on it since I don't have the issue myself yet, I think Kate was involved in having 4 gowns "just in case" but ended up not going for any of them.

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    31. I don't understand how subscribing to Vogue makes your friend an expert and
      confident of the inside details of Vogue ' Unless I missed the part where you
      explained that she was at the shoot. Otherwise, her opinion is no more credible
      than anyone else's who bought the issue and read Ms. Shulman's article.

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    32. Julia from Leominster8 May 2016 at 01:28

      All royals closely control their image. It reminds of a funny/very sad bit about Sarah Duchess of York and a black comedy relating to a photo shoot with Tatler twenty years ago. She and her personal assistant Jane (who later when to prison for murdering her lover - she's just recently released) drove Tatler so mad, they published a whole story about it - the photos were never published.

      Kate's image is up to her but I hope the day comes when she does look more princess-like -but I can see at this moment why she might choose not to.

      As to other royal ladies - like Mary - they get a host of criticism from the mild in OSS to the vicious on some sites - so the idea there is something unique about Kate's situation is simply not true. There is a new royal magazine out there published in the Netherlands but available in English with wonderful photos. One of its first articles was on how little contact Kate has with other royal European ladies. Possibly, it would do her, and all the readers here, good if she did - making her position seem less exceptional. (Although, I suspect it is not her choice - the British royals stand curiously aloof - whether due to the government or by the queen's wishes, I don't know.

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    33. My thoughts on that exactly 01:18.

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    34. 0118, I didn't say anything about my friend being an expert. She did, however, read the article and emailed me about it as she knows I pay attention to Kate. I gave her interpretation and clearly stated that, so no need to get your knickers in a twist.

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    35. Anon 01.18.

      Bluhare never said her friend is an expert.

      Please go back and read her first comment. After that if you have a question, submit it to Team Bluhare;-)

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  5. I love this dress and she looks great. The jewelry is a great design but I really do not like anything but the least expensive of jewelry made with plated metals. The amount of metal needed in those pieces is minimal and the cost savings very little. Frankly I would never plate, if you have to save some money just stick with sterling. Sorry just a pet peeve of mine.

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  6. Feminine and elegant!

    Full day today!

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  7. Pretty in Pink

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  8. Jean from Lancs4 May 2016 at 20:30

    I think this dress is probably my favourite outfit of Catherine's and have been hoping to see it again.
    The necklace and earrings are pretty and her hair is lovely. Obviously the hairdresser was there this evening.

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  9. I recently bought this pair of Monica Vinader earrings for $1000. While it IS definitely beautiful, I feel like it is overpriced for such teeny tiny diamonds and earrings that are gold PLATED and not even solid gold. If it was solid gold then it definitely justifies the price but unfortunately it is not.

    This look is meh for me. A little to plain and matchy matchy.

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  10. She looks great and I love this dress so I know I'm biased. :-) The necklace was a nice touch as well. I wish she would have changed up the shoes because I'm a girl who needs some shoe variety but I think this is a great look.

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  11. I've never been a fan of this dress, for some reason the proportions are off to my eye...it makes her torso look incredibly long and her legs stunted. I'm glad she's wearing her hair down though! It looks great.

    How surreal it must be to look at giant pictures of yourself in a gallery!

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  12. I love this colour on HRH. The dress was a hit in Aus and she looks great again today. Really well put together outfit and accessories.

    Despite the dress looking a little awkward under the coat dress this morning, it has been a day of varied and important appointments.

    Thank you Charlotte!

    Cara, Australia

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  13. I much preferred the jewellery worn with the outfit in Adelaide (see pic above). This new necklace is sitting too high and is too much for the outfit. Having said that I think she looks great and the colour and cut of these clothes really suit her.

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  14. Julie from St. Louis, USA4 May 2016 at 21:05

    Thanks so much, as always, for these fantastic posts today, Charlotte! It's been such a pleasure to see the duchess in these Vogue photographs and to learn more about the process from you!

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  15. I have just realized that I am not satisfied with leaving just one short comment, haha, so:
    -I LOVE all the pieces she repeated today! Like, if you asked what would I like her to wear again, these outfits would go in the top ten choices.
    -Michael Kors did look better the way it was styled in Australia, though, and yes because of the neckline of the dress.
    -buut, that's were we come to Roksanda Ilincic divine dress! It is sooo endlessly lovely, every time!It gives her such nice shape, and it is a bit on a a "foxy" side which is a thing that doesn't happen so often with Kate. And, of course, Roksanda is my fellow Serbian, so it makes me especially prone to the item, as you can imagine.
    -and as I said, the pink peplum is wonderful, even though I am not thrilled with that jewelry.
    Greetings to all.

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    1. Completely agree with you. The Ilincic us an all timefave, the Pink MQ a lovely addition. Two Great dressed.

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  16. I love her pink outfit! The jewelry and shoes dress it up really nicely. I agree with Rote, that the neckline of the gray dress didn't quite work with the coat, although I love both of these pieces on her separately. Another great outfit day for HRH!

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  17. I quiet remember the first time she wore it many here did not like it including me. But this second outing is just gorgeous. Everything looks beautiful. Wondering if there was any alterations.

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    1. It looks like the Hi-Low hem was reworked to make it even. I liked it the way it was, but it's nice this way too.

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    2. I agree Marny, the hemline looks different. A nice way to change it up. Either way she looked great!

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    3. Virginia Burton5 May 2016 at 22:33

      I'm glad they evened the hemline. There wasn't enough difference between the high and the low--it looked like the back had been stretched out from sitting!
      Also, I may be in the minority, but I like the dark eyeliner. I hated the way she was made up for the Vogue shoot; she has her own style and obviously she and William like it.

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    4. I completely agree with you, Virginia Burton.

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  18. Kate must not have had time for the hairdresser in the morning. :-) Her hair looked lovely in the evening. Interesting that she wore three former tour outfits today. I like all three, especially the Kors coat, though it looked better with navy and red accessories. But I understand the nude accessories for the luncheon. If the weather was as cold as it is here today, Kate may not have been warm enough. It was clever to wear the coat over the lovely dress so that she was also dressed for the luncheon.

    I liked the pink dress much better this time. I think the hem has been reworked; it does not look jagged now. And the dress fits better. The jewelry is lovely with it. All in all, Kate did well in choosing her outfits, and she honored three important projects that reflect her concern for children, her arts background, and her involvement in photography and portraits. Kate has worked with several important photographers recently, not to mention those who rcorded the tour of India and Bhutan. She must be in her element now.

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  19. I'm very happy to see this outfit again. The color is flattering and Kate looks gorgeous.

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      My thoughts exactly Royalfan. I love the dress and her hair and makeup are perfect. She is just beautiful.

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  20. Nice outfit but why oh why is she wearing the heavy black eyeliner again I thought she would have learned from the vogue makeup artists that this style is outdated and she looks younger and fresher without it?!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden5 May 2016 at 00:59

      My guess? Because she likes it.

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    2. I'm sure I will look like a "shameless-and-blind-lover" but I think that her eyeliner is ok, it makes her eyes larger. Maybe because I am 60 years old and this eyeliner reminds me my young days, who knows...

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    3. I agree Rebecca plus I wonder if there is a difference when being photographed up close in a formal photography shoot versus photos gained by the long distance lenses used by the pap's and media photographers. Perhaps you can better see her eyes with her heavier eyeliner.

      Mellie, not she I would follow her advice given those heavy eyebrows. I quess you have to decide if you like the heavy eyebrows or heavy eyeliner.

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    4. Tedi in California6 May 2016 at 00:08

      Black eyeliner is not out, just look at the fashion magazines. You see both options, some models wear no eye makeup, some a small amount, and then there is the dramatic eye, with lots of shadow, and eyeliner. I believe that whatever a person is comfortable wearing, and what makes them look good, should be followed. Obviously the big dramatic eye is better for evening events, which this was.

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    5. I'm with you, Tedi. I see very different looks out there. Time, place, and personal preference. :)

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    6. thanks for the opinions guys. im not saying she isnt beautiful she is but i believe the heavy eyeliner is too much for her and ages her personal preference i guess.

      cheers

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden7 May 2016 at 19:46

      Yeah, I get it Mellie :) It's a matter of personal taste :)

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  21. Balbina - Austria4 May 2016 at 22:52

    Ahhh, the heavy eyeliner is back. Sadness .. ; ) But Kate looks so gorgeous anyway. The lighter eye makeup probably emphasises the country theme. But I like it, I really do. Minus the brows.
    This is one of my favourite ensembles from he 2014 AUS/NZ tour and it's styled nicely this time with the shoes and clutch. Im one of those slightly annoying advocates for updo's of various kind. I find it just so much more stylish in most cases. And a somewhat extravagant neckline like this beautiful deep V does ask for hair to be kept out of the way in order to shine in all it's glory. Especially with the delicate jewellery. The half up in Australia was just perfect. But I have to say IMO the current length and cut of her hair is the best since her engagement in 2010.
    I believe Kate is a preppy dresser at hart. Preppy and appropriate above all. And that can sometimes be in the way of stylish and fashionable. That's why I am so excited when she has a more daring moment and does something unexpected in the fashion department. But the librarian in me also sympathises with the preppy approach.

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  22. Tedi in California4 May 2016 at 23:18

    Wow, just absolutely beautiful.

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  23. Liked all three outfits. Have no issue with seeing the dress under the MK coat. If anything I liked the asymmetry. Loved the jewelry worn with the pink dress because it lends more interest and character to the overall look. When worn in Australia, I found the jewelry too plain. I agree with Alejandra, I miss the sledge; I also am not a pointy toe fan. Lastly, happy to see the return of the usual makeup; especially the eyeliner. Catherine looks fabulous.

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  24. Much better evening color :) And for those who say the Vogue spread was too casual, ever hear of Ralph Lauren?

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    1. Valerie I didn't realize this was directed to me.

      Funnily enough, I have heard of Ralph Lauren. What does that have to do with anything?

      I was giving *my opinion* on Kate's photo shoot for the Vogue Centenary Issue, just like everyone else here has, just as people share opinions after *every* post on everything from hair to shoes to make-up.

      To each their own.

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    2. Kate appears regularly in Ralph Lauren and has for years, as have most of the other "Turnip Toffs," the young English aristo set. What's your point?
      That's the point of why people are yawning at these photos - that Vogue is known for going outside the box and this was definitely not that. It's Kate appearing in clothes she might wear every day in a setting she's in every day (the country). There's nothing "Vogue" or stylish about these photos. The only think out of the ordinary is her makeup, which was a change for the better, actually, and made her look 10 years younger.
      Kate in a studio setting, her hair pulled back, her makeup lightened up or barely noticeable, in a strapless gown and sky-high heels, a bib necklace, in a casual, direct-camera pose, in a mid-thigh belted trench coat and stiletto thigh-high boots, in a slinky, shimmery royal blue gown (think Lupita Nyong'o's gown at the 2016 Met Gala but in royal blue!), THAT'S a royal photo shoot in Vogue.
      But Diana's first Vogue cover was yawn-worthy as well so here's hoping Kate's next Vogue shoot will be as memorable and unique as Diana's was.

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    3. Julia from Leominster7 May 2016 at 18:09

      I can see why people mention Ralph Lauren, the cover photo reminds me of one of their adverts. (This isn't the only time William and Kate photos have reminded me of adverts - the butterfly set did too.) I love someone’s idea of the gown in a plowed field - but royal photos are seldom that innovative - even at its best and most original, it's a conservative genre. Margaret was the main one who branched out more but she was married to a photographer.

      The thing that surprised me was what Claudia noted - how autumnal the scene is - I know it was probably freezing when they took them - that's how it works with magazines - the striped shirt is less wintry (and Norfolk can be quite cold at the best of times) but it just doesn't feel like a June cover.

      It is a very conservative beginning but it is a first time cover for Kate too - Diana's first was also very conservative - and I don't think Kate has yet found a photographer with whom she feels a strong connection. The only reason this is surprising in a way is because she read Art History and did her paper on photography - that's the only reason I might have expected a bit more edge. But except for the seasonal aspect - I do think they are pleasing photos.

      I love the pink on Kate - and while not a big lover of peplums on her, the low neckline draws the eye away from that - and very appropriate for an evening engagement. I'm glad they evened the hem - that uneven look was briefly fashionable but never looked right on anyone.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden7 May 2016 at 19:52

      Good points Julia :) I didn't know she wrote her paper on Photography. I think though, that she is way more comfortable being behind the camera than in front of it :) So it makes sense. And I thought alot of her looks were rather fashionable. The dungarees, the coat, the thick brow, the hat, the belly bottoms. All of that 70s feel is very up and coming in fashion right now. It's just not haute couture or red carpet fashion. But still fashion forward in my mind :) Within the royal constraints and Kate's style :) She'll probably do a few more things like this, this was a good start :) And she isn't on the cover to be groundbreaking, or even much because she's pretty (which she is). She's there because of who she is, and that is all that mattered. Her patronage got some spotlight and Vouge scored a big fish and Kate got some PR and spread. Win-win-win to me :)

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    6. Thank-you, Julia 18:09- _for a tactful, even-handed critique.

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    7. Julia from Leominster8 May 2016 at 01:41

      My understanding is that Kate did her paper on Charles Dodgson - that is Lewis Carroll - of Alice and Wonderland and his photographs. Here's a link. As the article says - the dissertation is not available.

      http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/adam-helliker/298739/The-Duchess-of-Cambridge-s-dissertation-is-locked-away

      Kate's interest in photography also shows in the fact she attempts it herself and publishes the results. Mr Leo, with almost no interest in royalty but much in photography, does not care for her lighting or her backgrounds on this current set (I showed him not saying who the photos were by (he doesn't pay the slightest heed to royal news, or I sometimes think, any news) and suggested thinking it was some friend's child, that I should tell her to take a class in lighting. I doubt Kate would pay much attention to Julia on this subject, and personally I like her simple style and the hint the cluttered backgrounds give us about her decor, so tastes differ.

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  25. This morning, I was thinking that this dress would be perfect for this engagement and here it is. I like it better this wearing as it looks less severe than last time for some reason. Her hair and makeup look especially nice.

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      Haha, someone must have read your mind :P

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  26. Valerie I did not find it too casual I just am not a fan of that style of casual:) ali

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  27. Looking lovely as usual. My question is this (and it's probably a dumb one) why are there so many posts by people that don't us a name? so many "Anonymous" It would be so much easier to respond to a name instead of "Anon 2215" Look I told you is was dumb! LOL Thank you as always Charlotte.

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  28. Love the colour & understated elegance of this pink Alexander McQueen.

    I like that she's surprised us again with the Vogue photos and is open to trying different approaches.

    When I first saw the Vogue cover I immediately thought of the great American photographer Ansel Adams' photos of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. I wasn't sure why because they're different poses, different ages and the Vogue photo is a fashion shot whereas the Ansel Adams photos are informal & as close as he ever got to 'snapshots'. But when I looked closely at the Adams' photos I realised it was the south western look, the hat, the heavy eyebrows & that the Duchess & Georgia O'Keeffe have similarly shaped faces. Anyway for me it was a lovely resonance & connection between two unique women & two sets of classic photos.

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    1. I live in Santa Fe, and was also struck by these similarities! These photos actually look they were taken here in NM, not "English" at all. Very interesting

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    2. Blue Wren, do you mean this photo? http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/picture-desk-the-faraway

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    3. Paola yes this photo is the most famous one of Georgia O'Keeffe from the set but there are others & they don't seem to be available on line. I love the expressiveness of O'Keeffe's face here.

      Amanda at 19:49 awesome that you could see the connection too. And how wonderful to live in Santa Fe with that light & colours that somehow manage to be dramatic & subtle at the same time. We have small pieces of NM in our home here in Canberra - pottery from Acoma pueblo, a painting from Santa Fe, Christmas decorations from a tiny shop in Jemez, blankets & rugs from the Navajo lands. It's on our bucket list to get back there and LOL my husband says that next time we have to buy extra baggage allowance before we leave Australia!

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    4. The southwest is a wonderful area. I own Navajo rugs and jewelry, Hopi pottery, Navajo copies of Hopi kachinas, a sand painting, and a Georgia O'Keeffe print. The best thing is watching the crafts people at work - women weaving or taking pots out of their kilns in their dramatic mesa homes, silversmiths making jewelry. The land is amazing, with all its colors and alternations of sheep pastures, desert, canyons, and forests. I also love the ancient ruins. One of my European visitors said she was homesick until she got to the southwest, which was the way she expected America to be (too many westerns!). She was very surprised that most of it looks much like Europe. I think Kate would be striking in that environment.

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    5. LOL! When you get back here, let me know--I know lots of little shops for great artwork. :) I loved the Vogue photos because they reminded me of home, but it would have been nice to see more "Englishness" in them, too

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      Agree, I wanted English not American West. If you do not mind I will take you up on your offer of little shops if we are in Santa Fe in the near future. I spent a year in Phoenix and I appreciate the beauty of the region even if it never grabbed me the way it does so many. The desert is truly unique and gorgeous, but I grew up near mountains,ocean,lakes,rivers,and evergreens in the Northwest and i just could never attach to the SW landscape, but I do get it, my Mother was a huge SW arts and native Indian arts fan and so I still love Native American pottery, rugs and woodcrafts, O'Keefe and the beauty of the desert, just am not able to live there year round. ali

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  29. I like the way the McQueen outfit is accessorized today better than I did the first time I saw it. The bib necklace works well with the deep V neck top.

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  30. In my opinion, this was her best look of the day. I love every detail.

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  31. Catherine looks fabulous but I think the pink heel lace sandals she wore to church with her pink coat, (when she was pregnant with Charlotte) would've matched this dress better than the cream shoes she wore. The jewelry worked beautifully with this dress, a 10/10 in my books!XOXO

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  32. Sarah Maryland usa5 May 2016 at 02:07

    This look images her. I didn't like it two years ago I don't like it now. I think she looks lovely in pink but not this outfit. On a positive note her hair looks much improved from this morning

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  33. I love the dress the dress was stunning indeed her hair and make up is so nice charlotte where can buy the British vogue outside the uk probably

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  34. Beautiful woman in a beautiful outfit. Wouldn't change a thing.

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  35. Maryland Moxie5 May 2016 at 02:39

    It seems to me she wore a conservative day dress to an evening event to honor a magazine about artistic fashion in which she was photographed wearing country casual clothes. There is nothing about that pink dress that screams Alexander McQueen viewing a Vogue exhibit. Color me unimpressed. I do like the photo of Charles with the chicken.

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    1. I'm laughing over here because the first thing I noticed was Charles and the chickens!!

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    2. Can you ever once say something positive? I wonder why you join this blog....

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    3. Me too! Best photo of the event, I think! Also couldn't help comparing the live Kate with the photo Kate. Live Kate looks 10 years older than photo Kate.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden7 May 2016 at 19:53

      That is called photoshop, Elizabeth :P

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    5. I didn't realise live tv was showing the event in the US. Or perhaps you were there with her in England?

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  36. Hey, she's out and about more. Doesn't anyone care? or notice? Not being work shy.

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    1. Maryland Moxie6 May 2016 at 04:12

      This marks the 13th day she's been out and about in the UK. Day 20 when you add the tour in India/Bhutan. Only 19 more days and she'll reach her totals for the year when she had her daughter! 39 days in 2015 - and 2 of those days were giving birth to her daughter and christening her daughter. And 4 days were attending church with the family. May 5 is the 125th day of the year. Which makes her schedule 16% public and 84% private. (with 2 church services in the mix!) It's probably going to work out to 90% private and 10% public like last year.

      I don't really care. But since you brought it up.

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    2. Well that is a good regurgitation of Duchess Kate Tracker.

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    3. you took the bait Moxie. I knew you would. Statisticians never wear out they just keep on calculating. :)

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    4. I love it when you talk statistics, Moxie. What do you think our odds are of winning the gloves?

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    5. Gosh I missed you Moxie. Please stay now.

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    6. Let 'em rip Moxie!:) When you've got the Stats, Flaunt 'em!:) What would we do without you!?:) Hope to Never find out! You are much appreciated!:) Keeps us on our toes!:)

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    7. Maryland Moxie7 May 2016 at 02:23

      Aww... I'm just telling it like it is! I do think her visits to a charity and playground opening on the same day she visited her pictures of her relaxing in the country (playing with her dog and riding a bike) were intentional. Press would have had a field day if that was the only engagement she did. Very smart strategic planning by her staff.

      bluhare, I think my odds are slighter better than getting invited to one of the queen's garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

      Here's some fun facts - the only charities she has not yet visited this year are Action on Addiction, Natural History Museum, and her sports charities! We've got 1851 Trust and Sports Aid to look forward to. (Anyone think they might be going to Brazil to the Olympics to support Sports Aid?!) And then there is the much rumored Wimbledon announcement - in which she'll be able to attend as many matches as she desires "for work".

      More interesting notes... Besides her charity visits, she's only done two engagements without William - Hampton Court and the Tennis workshop - and those were done on the same days as a charity appearance. Said another way - we've only seen her 5 days by herself. All other events were with her spouse. Wonder if that trend will continue.

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    8. Is there a defined amount of time that the wife of the 2nd in line is supposed or expected to spend in public outings (truly, is there? I don't know)? Don't forget she is likely spending time working that is not known to us.

      PLUS, she's raising children. That should count as her most important work as her children will one day be helping to lead the UK and they need to be as emotionally balanced and stable as possible.

      Honestly, we in the US don't scrutinize our First Lady's every move, every hair style, every outfit. We don't begrudge her private time or even discuss how much work she does yet she, like the royals, are being supported and protected by our tax dollars and represent us to the world so I have a hard time relating to some opinions.

      I don't mean to imply the US gets things right (look at our current political situation and our debt) but man, people seem to pick the royals apart in a way that other world leaders who are supported by tax payers are not.

      Not mad. Just a tiny bit perplexed. :)

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    9. I have never been good at statistics. Happy to see Moxie has better skills.:-)

      Welcome back, by the way! Since, you don't care I know but many is happy for you to be back, I am sure!:-)

      For Anon, why should we exactly feel the same way like you? Just because she had a shoot for a day in January? Where she probably spent more time while doing it than any other engagements.

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    10. Just remember statistics can be made to say anything you want. They can be made to twist whatever you want to prove and is not actually representing reality. You chose to concentrate on "days" not on number of engagements or the amount of time prepping for the engagements. You chose to overlook other areas of what she does in order to her portray her negatively as usual.

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    11. If you really "don't care" then why are you back? Why do follow Kate at all?

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    12. florida girl 02:45-excellent point! How can one criticise the amount of work
      she does when the required amount has not been stated? Now There would be an
      interesting statistic.
      And she does spend hours off camera tending to details-she was actually quite busy in January while those who don't believe anything that they don't read in the DM whined and made dire predictions for the future of the
      monarchy.
      I honestly wonder if some of the Kate critics are living in some kind of time warp or Groundhog Day scenario.I can be away for days or weeks and when I
      come back the same people are making the same complaints, completely oblivious to
      what has actually transpired.
      I will say there are little pauses during which critiques are made with kindness and tact. Everybody congratulates fellow commenters with generous
      back-patting all around.I think those who will admit it realise exactly what/who else is absent during those times.

      The pattern seems to be to criticise work activity except when one would look like a total fool doing it. Sometimes past work habits are then brought up-like post-Uni.work.
      Or predicted future lack of work. "I know she's working now; let's see if she keeps it up.“ I've also noticed when she has several solo engagements they cry,
      "Where's William? They do so much better together. "If Kate appears with William.-" why cant she do anything on her own?" When all else fails, they make personal, rude remarks about her appearance. Honestly, I am embarrassed for our writer. What must her
      royal contacts think of tactless comments being made about their employer?

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    13. Michelle Obama is raising children as well, and no one uses that as an excuse that she should not contribute.

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    14. Ah, Moxie, I'm glad you're back. All it takes is a couple of statistics and look how excited some people are to see you!!

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    15. Excellent points 21:24 and 21:27. excellent.

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    16. Anon 00:38, your comment is loaded with million dollar questions and observations. You nailed it!

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    17. Michelle Obama is not out and about every day. She has work to do overseeing the White House, as Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush documented in their memoirs. Her public role is supportive of the President, and she encourages good childhood nutrition. She is also raising daughters, with the help of her own mother. Michelle is busy, but she is not constantly visible, and should not be.

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  37. I liked this McQueen the first time I saw it and I like it just as much this time. I thought it was clever of Kate to pair it with this necklace. A little bit of bling for the the evening. How wonderful that the necklace was borrowed and that Kate must have like it enough to add it to her collection. I wonder what it is like to pull out dresses or coats that you might have worn a year or two ago and think "wow, this coat is beautiful." It must always feel as though you're "shopping" in your own closet (an enormous one at that!). Even though there were repeats all day I thought they were great choices - and favorites of mine. I would assume we'll see some repeats given the tour wardrobe that was just purchased - don't you agree? Maybe we'll see the gray Easter McQueen for Order of the Garter.

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  38. I actually liked this better the first time around - I think it was one of her most stunning looks to date! However, since I did like it so much last time, I was happy to see it again, even if I preferred the styling from Australia! Of course, she looks gorgeous!

    It must be so surreal to see photos of yourself hanging in the National Portrait Gallery- and from Vogue, no less! I still find it hard to believe she goes home from things like and puts on her PJs and throws up her hair like the rest of us do after work-- but I'm sure she does!

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  39. I never liked the Ilincic dress. It looks like someone came across a nice piece of fabric, cut some holes in it for the arms and neck, did a quick drape, and called it a dress. I especially didn't care for this dress under the Kors coat. It doesn't have an appealing neckline underneath the open collar of the coat. And when she took the coat off for the Anna Fraud engagement, the Illincic looked especially rumpled. On the other hand, my takeaway from the observations from the Vogue shoot is that Late really wants to be known for more than being a Barbie fashion plate, so I am starting to get used to her sort of quirky sense of coordinating outfits. She wants to look appropriate, but she isn't really going to spend a lot of time pulling together the perfect look.

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    1. I sort of understand this approach. She can not please everyone so she has chosen to be more sedate, most likely pleasing the Queen and not necessarily the fashion world

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    2. I wouldn't ever call her fashion sense "quirky." More like uninspired. And I loathe the Ilincic dress too and for exactly the same reasons you cited, Zipzipzippy. It looks like someone took a bolt of cloth, threw it over one shoulder, belted it and sewed it that way. I think it does better as an evening cocktail dress than a day dress anytime.
      And there's a gulf of difference between "sedate" and "boring." She dressed very appropriately, "sedately," before her wedding and in the months after. She's definitely plunged into the "boring" pond.

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    3. Perhaps boring to you Elizabeth but not to me and others. I in no way think her outfits are boring. This outfit you refer to was done by a designer, it is different from the normal type of dresses she has worn - so she has gone away from the traditional and you call this boring. As for the "evening cocktail dress" - well it was for a more formal afternoon luncheon so very appropriate.

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    4. The Ilinic dress is really quite edgy and forward in terms of fashion and for that style of dress quite well done, that shabby look, which looks like I draped some cloth around you, is popular but very hard to do. I think this designer did a good job with it. I did not think it was the best choice under her coat in the last outing this week, but I like the dress and find it quite sophisticated. ali

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  40. Anon 00:32 (Ali) -- I was thinking of Claudia's remarks actually.

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  41. Happy to see this skirt set again. Very nice!

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  42. Fantastic. LOVE this. It had been a while since we saw HRH at an art-patronage related event so this was a real treat. And very interesting. Gorgeous hair, just a mane of silk (and that hair shade she uses is divine). Silvia.

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  43. The eyeliner might be here again but the bushy eyebrows are GONE. yay

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  44. Julia from Leominster5 May 2016 at 06:50

    First of all, all the engagements have been wonderful. I've always thought the "Catherine" part sounded stiff - glad she used Kate. Marvin sounds very cute - we couldn't have him around with our spaniels - they would be far too keen for a chance to do a spot of hunting - their favourite thing in the country. Lupo must be mostly an outdoor dog. In Hello! there is a charming photo of Pippa with Zulu - the Middleton's black spaniel. The playground looks like much fun as long as it doesn't interfere with the lovely gardens.

    As for Kate's daytime clothes, she always strikes me of the sort that would put chipped dishes out for family rather than using her best, and save the best for people she doesn't know. She wears exciting new clothes on tours but at home, her clothes are often much less interesting. It's not just that they are repeats, that's inevitable - but some of the combinations look tired and not thought through. The tweed coat I loved when she first wore it to greet a foreign visitor but it doesn't look right with that thin mauve or grey dress underneath it with that neckline. The neutral shoes do nothing for it either - why not a spring white or pastel coat? She wore several cream coats when she was pregnant.

    The mauve dress I liked on its first two appearance but it really looked best with her hair up (one of her best updos) and it somehow looked tired here. It needs something - perhaps a pair of statement earrings to liven it up - but that would be awkward with the earlier look.

    The pink repeat in the evening I do like very much - her hair looks better and the jewellery makes it seem fresh - although somehow that big watch doesn't do much for it. But nice to see Kate out - that's the main thing.

    Been busy working so no time to respond often until this project is done, but I did like the photograph's style - although her eyebrows did seem heavy. The casual look is good for her. I have all the Vogue covers of Diana - I used to take the magazine when they covered royal news more - it's rare as hen's teeth these days. I remember how excited I was with that first cover, although the later ones were frankly better.

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    2. Great to read your considered thoughts, Julia! And I agree about the repeat outfits in the UK that were fresh on tours abroad.

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    3. Great thoughts, Julia, and I quite agree and confess that your "chipped dishes" comment made me laugh, but so true!
      My thought, for what it's worth? She needs to get rid of Natasha Archer. Apparently "Tash" is her PA and is doing some styling, I read that it was Natasha who shortened and tailored one of the dresses Kate wore in India so I am presuming that Tash is also serving as stylist. When Kate was doing her OWN styling, her selections were a little more chic and young.
      She's dressing like she's 50! If you don't think so, compare her style to Pippa, who's only a few years younger. A world of difference and yes, yes, yes, I GET that Kate has to dress a certain way due to position and such but honestly, she needs to kick open the doors of her comfort zone and get out of there for a day or a week.
      This style - along with the style on the Vogue shoot - is just - dull. Not unattractive, not distasteful but ... dull. Compare her style now to that before her wedding. Along the same lines but before her marriage, she had some style and some freshness. Now ... bland as vanilla pudding. The queen, at 90 and with virtually the same style for six decades give or take, has more flair than 30-something Kate. It's sad.
      I look at the photos from their Canada/US tour and from the Asian tour and I YEARN for those days when her style was young and fresh and fun.
      Kate has been a royal for five years now. She's still coming across as stiff and uncomfortable and that's just strange, given that she dated William and was in the public eye for seven years before her marriage.
      There was a definite turning point in her style, when she downgraded to this lifeless, dull, bland stuff and I'm putting out there that has been due to Natasha Archer.
      Hopefully, as you mentioned, Julia, we WILL see the change we saw with Diana, after she was taken in hand (and was open-minded enough to TAKE the advice they offered!) by fashion editors like Tina Brown and stylists at Vogue, took their advice, updated her hair, lightened her makeup and updated her style from the rather dull 1970s ruffles and kitten heels she sported early in her marriage.
      And please, I WISH someone would convince her that the thick ledge of heavy, dark, "raccoon eye" eye makeup does NOT do her any favors!!

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden7 May 2016 at 19:59

      I think there is a very natural reason for her dressing more "dull" although I would more call it uniform dressing. (And she does pull out stops!) When she was unmarried, she was carefree and had huge amounts of time and energy to put on shopping and clothing. And even then she dressed rather "normal" while pretty. Now, she has her engagements, 2 kids, a husband, a household etc. Even with the amount of time she has and the help, it is bound to show in her clothes. And that is OK. Even on her worst days she still looks good, appropriate and clean. And that is all that's needed for her role. Ask Anne and the Queen, and Camilla. Kate does pull out stops, she does experiment, but she also has a uniform style that works for her. And that is fine. It might not be the most interesting thing for fashion followers (although I personally like it), but those are not the only demographic she has to cater for. And that as well is ok :) I think she is doing good :)

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    5. Annette New Zealand8 May 2016 at 00:16

      Maybe there is some subtle pressure from the Palace about dressing for formal occasions which has had an effect. For example we now see longer skirts, weighting some hems, tights not bare legs, no trousers (more casual outings excepted), modest necklines and no see through tops etc. On the other hand maybe it is just Kate getting older and deciding for herself not to dress as she did before she was married. She doesn't wear hats as often as the Queen does and much less jewellery, so this might be a personal preference. Overseas trips seem to be the occasions she tries out different things. The idea of wearing clothes associated with the places they visit seems to be firmly established now. We are unlikely to find out who if anyone has influence on her. The Queen herself did wear more fashionable clothes when she was younger, but now gets her personal dresser to organise the regular coat/dress combinations with toning hats she wears to daytime events. The Queen's everyday shoes, handbag and gloves are much the same with every outfit. In fact I wonder if she has lots of pairs of those black shoes in exactly the same style and colour. From experience, as you get older confort becomes more important!

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    6. Julia from Leominster8 May 2016 at 01:59

      I don't disagree Annette - there's the old saying - to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and Kate does seem to be strongly influenced by royal advice given her - that came through in her interview with her "taking too long with the public" something no member of the public would agree with! I suspect Kate is both hypersensitive - and probably is getting inconsistent advice which could be very hard to filter.
      I've never been the one to say she shouldn't take Diana as a model where appropriate - yes certainly she should be her own woman and will be - but the idea that Diana did something "wrong" simply because she was more popular with the public than with the palace - long term the public is who not matters, not whether Charles was jealous or the queen put out - we saw how wrong the queen's judgment was with the public reaction to Diana.

      I have a wicked little spaniel and I always say she can be so naughty because she knows we will love her and keep her regardless. I suspect Kate - who had a very long courtship with William and according to this new book Bluhare is reading and I plan to, may have faced people like Camilla saying things against her - may have started being cautious especially when criticised for things like that roller skating party - and it has now become a habit. But she is married to William now, he clearly loves her and isn't the least jealous of her - and there is not much that the older royals can do to her - especially since, William is known to be stubborn.

      The more daring the royal, yes the more likely there will be comment and yes, part of being royal or in public life at all means facing criticism that can sound quite harsh - the benefits are in balance with that, especially for royals.

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    7. Totally agree with you about Natasha Archer Eluzabeth.

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    8. Annette, agree with what you have written. The Queen did wear some spectacular clothes when younger. She is and was gorgeous. I think it must be hard if you are not a clothes fanatic to suddenly have the focus be so much on what you wear. I think Kate likes clothes and has fun but is not overly focused on them. After having kids most of us for several years just do not think about our clothes or hair much, we gradually return to it over the years but I truly think Kate is like me, loves to sometimes pick out a fun outfit, loves gorgeous clothing but 9 times out of 10 will just pick out the familiar and the comfortable for an outing. But, because of this nature she would do well to relax and give some control of her clothes and styling to someone who is a bit obsessed with those things, and not who is doing it now:) Then she could relax and go with the flow and still look great I did not get to that point till after 40, so maybe she will get there.:):) FWIW I take advise but am far from being able to afford a stylist, but I would love love one. ali

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    9. I agree Ali. "not who is doing it now."

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  45. Zora from Prague5 May 2016 at 07:03

    I think Kate really enjoyed the exhibition. She might have been a bit tired after such a busy day but the sparkle in her eyes clearly shows she was in her element and very interested.

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  46. Kate looks beautiful. But i think she might look more gorgeous without the necklace. Well overall kate is looking absolutely gorgeous. It would be a very nice feeling for one to view her portraits in any gallery and if it is in NPG celebrating Vogue's hundred years of style..... but remember she is "kate the great".
    faiza, Pakistan

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    1. Kate The Great... Faiza, you are an "image maker"!

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    2. Hahha well isn't she? I am not an image maker profassionaly but may be for kate, i am.

      Faiza, Pakistan

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  47. Kate looks lovely - her hair looks so bouncy! I like all of her outfits today, however I'm in the camp that thinks this is a tad bit too casual for the event, and I thought the dress at the AFC luncheon was a bit too dressy. However, they're both gorgeous pieces and I'm happy to see them!

    Is it just me, or is she waving to the press more often? Maybe I'm just noticing it more. Either way, I like it.

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    1. Rachel- she turned and waved at the entrance to Westminster Abbey, on her Fathers
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    2. She waves. Ore when she's on her own.

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  48. I've never cared for this dress although the fabric must be very fine. The color photographs too close to her skin tone and the neckline is not flattering on her. It does seem to fit better than the last time. Her hair and make-up look great though and she seems very engaged. Was not a fan of the earlier coat and dress combo although I like them separately.

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  49. I think she looks beautiful. I wouldn't change a thing.

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  50. Is there any info on the photo that hangs above Kate's in the gallery?

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  51. Off topic but if you're interested, Harry gave an in depth, heartfelt interview with People magazine to promote the Invictus games here in the USA. He talks a lot about his mother and his desire to stay relevant to youngsters.

    Dear Kate, almost everyone adores you! You keep doing you. Your job is not to be a model but is a serious job and you're doing great. The UK is so lucky to have you.

    I'll wait patiently for your response, Kate...... ;)

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    1. Julia from Leominster7 May 2016 at 18:18

      Haven't seen People but I saw a report on this in the DM and so many people were blaming Diana for leaving him with nannies and so on - and saying that's why he has few memories. But actually there was just an article in Tatler - very interesting - about a girl who lost her young sister suddenly - no boarding schools, nannies or so forth involved - and why she has no memories - memories are formed by reinforcement after a traumatic event - and if everyone just carries on, what memories there were will fade - especially with a sudden loss. I'm sure Harry is aware of this article - and the reason he doesn't remember what is almost certainly Charles and Tiggy and the queen, not to mention those at school were not talking about Diana and reinforcing his memories. Quite possibly even William wasn't as blokes often don't speak of loss. So I think the point Harry was making was very much lost - although I'll have to read the interview.

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    2. Julia from Leominster7 May 2016 at 18:30

      I haven’t seen People but I did read about this in DM and people were saying that Harry didn’t remember Diana because she was never around and he was left nannies and so forth. But there was just an article in Tatler about a girl who had lost her young sister very suddenly – no nannies or boarding schools or anything like that – and how she realised she didn’t have many memories because the important thing about memories is whether they are reinforced after a sudden and traumatic loss – it has nothing to do with how close they were to the person before – but everything to do with how much the person is talked about after the loss.
      w I'm sure Harry is aware of this article - and the reason he doesn't remember what is almost certainly Charles and Tiggy and the queen, not to mention those at school were not talking about Diana and reinforcing his memories. Quite possibly even William wasn't as blokes often don't speak of loss. So I think the point Harry was making was very much lost - although I'll have to read the interview.

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    3. Julia, I think that's an excellent point. Diana would not have been spoken about; not only because of the warm and fuzzy deficit the RF tends to suffer from, but also because of the climate that resulted from her death. On so many levels, it must have been a taboo subject. Also, the boys were uprooted from their KP apartment and moved into CH with Camilla acting as lady of the house. And after the divorce, all reminders of Diana had already been removed from Highgrove. It isn't shocking that William and Harry are so close, or that the Middleton's are so important to William. Nor is it difficult to see why Kate is very conscious and respectful of Diana's memory.

      I truly hope that Harry is equally fortunate at some point.

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    4. I pray that for Harry also RF.

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    5. I frankly am not surprised Harry does not have many memories, but not because of Nannies or trauma but just because many of us do not and many of our memories are from stories and photos etc. I come from a large loving family but my one to one memories of my Mom are very few, they are mainly based on story telling and photos. Some of my family have stronger memories but it really just has to do with the way our memories work, not based on good or bad or more or less.

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    6. Harry was a young teenager when Diana died, and William was in his mid-teens. They are not dependent on others for their memories, as Harry demonstrated in his interview. And they would have reinforcd those memories for each other. After all, even the Queen spoke of how close Diana was to her boys.

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  52. She looks great in these outfit plus bi love the baby pink dress

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  53. Seriously, can the girl EVER win??????????
    Glad she stays true to herself.

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    1. Marci in Utah7 May 2016 at 00:11

      I'm glad she stays true to herself too, but seriously, would you really like everyone to think exactly alike about Kate? The implications of such a situation are truly frightening! I don't mind people who condemn her. It means free thought and speech are still alive and well.

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    2. Well, some of the condemnation shared here would suggest that other things are missing from today's society.

      Different opinions and critical thinking is one thing, but I cannot celebrate freedom of speech by using condemnation of Kate as an example.

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    3. Just glad she is true to herself.

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    4. Technically, freedom of speech is protected by law from slander, etc. It isn't anarchy or a license to harm. There are boundaries and for good reason.

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    5. Freedom is great, but I sometimes think freedom is abused by those that want to impose their negativity on others. When someone uses their freedom to impose restraint on someone else thus impinging their freedom then it is not acceptable.

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    6. Exactly, RF. Nicely said.

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  54. All we are saying is give peace a chance

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  55. I agree with what you said Paola @ 05:07. I think it is a definite plan that Kate utilizes. Remember all the visuals she has already used. Wearing the green silk dress with the peace signs in the fabric when she and the other senior royals hosted a media cocktail party at the palace, dressing George in heritage outfits for events, the feathers in her hat when her two Prince of Wales were on the balcony, incorporating the border of the historic room in which her wedding cake was displayed into the design of the cake, using heritage poses for her family photos, using the heritage pram for Charlotte's Christening, the blue and white polka dot dress after George's birth, etc. She speaks by creating her own personal art history.

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    1. Well spelled out & noted! She truly is amazing in how she incorporates so much meaning into so many things she does & wears! Clearly a very thoughtful, intelligent & creative young woman! :)

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  56. Not to be off topic. Just some background information and food for thought. Remember the woman in the Ice blue gown at the Chinese state dinner? The woman that caught everyone's attention, Rose (Hanbury) (Cholmondoley) Rocksavage. Her paternal grandmother, Lady Mary Elizabeth Lambart, was a bridesmaid at Queen Elizabeth's wedding. I just found some photos of her. In some of the photos of Lady Mary Elizabeth, she and Rose could be twins they resemble each other so much. The media just said that Rose's father is Tim Hanbury, a web designer and her mother a clothes designer. No mention about Lady Lambart. (Funny how they leave those things out.) Rose is also now married into both branches of the Rothschild family through her husband. It is a small world in their stratosphere. Lots and lots of interconnections where you might least expect to find them. Remember that Calvin Klein model Camilla's daughter married? It wasn't widely reported but he is an Astor and related to the little bridesmaid from Kate's wedding, the one who covered her ears? She is an Astor. One would need a wall map to keep track of it all really and about 3 PhD's but it is all there for anyone interested in connecting all the dots. Not unlike playing Mr. Twister. :)

    Rose lives directly next door to Wiiliam and Kate in Norfolk, and in addition to having twins boys who are about four years older than George, Rose just gave birth in March to a daughter, Iris, who may become a childhood friend of Princess Charlotte. I would be very surprised if they don't become close friends. George and the twins might become friends as they grow older
    and may even attend Eton together at some point.

    And to carry the speculation just a bit further, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Queen Elizabeth hosted a baby shower for Rose's second pregnancy (with Iris) since Rose's grandmother and husband are such close friends of hers going way back.

    I think little tidbits like this help us to better understand the world in which Kate now finds herself. Of course she has been in that stratosphere actually since Marlborough but now it is definitely all around her. I am amazed that she is staying as "normal" as she is.
    Remember, her environment now is one where everyone treats her as "HRH". It is a very lofty and real environment, historical and, as much as they might try to normalize it, it is still a Royal environment.
    and it is just going to get more and more Royal. Imagine that. :)



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  57. correction. Some sources say that Lady Mary Elizabeth Lambart is Rose's paternal grandmother.
    She is Rose's maternal grandmother through Emma Longman.

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    1. Rose's daughter, Iris is Iris Marina Aline. Marina is Rose's sister's name and Aline is the name of Rose's husband's great grandmother Aline Catherine de Rothschild.

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    2. Aside from being a web designer, Tim Hanbury, Rose's father is an heir to the historic Truman, Hanbury and Buxton Brewing company. Rose's sister, Marina, married Ned Lambton, the Earl of Durham. They have a young daughter around George's age.

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    3. Ned and Marina also have a son named Claud, born in 2015.

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  58. whew, I am SO thankful I have the freedom to express my thoughts, opinions, and feelings. Freedom is a good thing.

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  59. I just had a thought & don't know if it was intentional or not..... British Vogue began in 1916 right? Smack dab during WWI. Burberry designed their now Famous & Iconic Trench Coats originally for The British Armed Forces for WWI. On The Vogue 100 Cover, Kate is wearing a suede variation of The Iconic Burberry Trench Coat! Intentional or Coincedence? What do you all think?

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    1. It makes sense, Becca. :)

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    2. Ohh how thoughtful you becca. Its a lovely tribute...

      Faiza, Pakistan

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    3. Intentional, I expect. Good sleuthing, Becca!

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    4. Excellent observation, Becca - and the barren fields may also be a reference to WWI.

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  60. Hi ladies (and gentlemen of course), two days ago I had my final examination and my CLIL class is over! Now I can teach Art History in English, could you believe it? I have to say thank you for all the conversations in this nice community, learning English was so easy with you; you gave me so much food for thought, and fun, and (Charlotte especially) also so much history.

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  61. Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow Moms. Hope you all have many blessings today.

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