Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Kate Brings Back Favourite Jenny Packham Gown for A Taste of Norfolk at Houghton Hall

It was a glittering evening at Houghton Hall, as the long-awaited gala dinner 'A Taste of Norfolk' got underway with special guests the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


The Duke and Duchess arriving, fresh from Prince William's 34th birthday celebrations yesterday. The event was hosted by the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley in support of Kate's patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices  - with all guests invited as a special thank you for supporting the charity's fundraising efforts for the Nook appeal.


William and Kate received a warm welcome from David and Rose.


Due to the high demands of the charity's specialist services in Norfolk, the team has long outgrown their current hospice in Quidenham, a very old two-storey building. Accessibility and flexibility within the building is restricted and in order to continue to provide their services it was realised a new hospice was very badly needed. EACH obtained planning permission for a new hospice - the Nook - on a five acre site, with a vision to provide the latest and most efficient services. And thus the Nook Appeal was born...


The Nook will be built on a five-acre woodland site in Framingham Earl just south of Norwich and will offer services which are either currently unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham hospice, such as a hydrotherapy pool, music studio, large rooms for on-site family support groups, larger and more accessible outside space for children to explore and play and private rooms for one-to-one counselling. If you would like to find out more or support the appeal please click here.


Tonight's event will see the charity's plans move one step closer towards fruition. The Duchess attended the launch of the Nook Appeal in 2014, and almost two years later its fitting to see her and William at tonight's event, thanking those who have supported the appeal.


Ahead of the event EACH patron and event organiser Emma Deterding said:

'Having been a Patron of EACH for over 25 years, I am proud to be part of something so inspirational. I have seen at first hand how incredible and important the development of the children’s hospice movement is since its beginnings in the 1980s. I continue to be amazed by how hard EACH works to ensure that hundreds of children with life-threatening conditions and their families in East Anglia get the best care possible. The passion and commitment that the staff demonstrates and the care they offer both in the hospices and the community is inspiring and humbling in equal measure.
I would like to thank Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for agreeing to join us for this amazing evening. Special thanks are also due to the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley for so generously offering us Houghton Hall as a venue.'

Kate and Rose chatting.


The couple exchanged friendly banter with each other on the topic of Kate's cooking.

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A special five-course meal filled with culinary delights was created by five world-renowned chefs: Galton Blackiston, Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, Tom Kerridge and Mark Edwards.


The menu.

EACH

A champagne reception featured musical entertainment by the Jefford Brothers and Sam Aldersey-Williams, and magician Archie Manners. EACH's Treehouse Choir performed after dinner, followed by a speech from parent Charlotte Markham. Charlotte and her family received care and support from EACH in Ipswich when her son Elliot died at just a few hours old.


The Duchess enjoyed meeting guests.


Guests heard speeches from critically-acclaimed author and EACH Ambassador Anthony Horowitz OBE and the Marquess of Cholmondeley.


The Duke and Duchess listened to the speeches.


Below we see Kate with Mr. Horowitz who has been an Ambassador for EACH since 2008 and is passionate about the work of the charity. He recently visited the existing hospice in Quidenham to find out more about the plans for the nook and why a new building in Norfolk is so important for care delivery.


Choosing Houghton Hall as the venue for the evening was an excellent idea. What better location to host 'A Taste of Norfolk' than the stately country house which is located just minutes from William and Kate's country home Anmer Hall. It is thought the Marquess and Marchioness, David and Rose, have been an integral part of the Norfolk set the Cambridges socialise with. Kate and Rose are of a similar age, both have young children (and a penchant for Temperley London designs). The couple were guests at the China state dinner last year and most recently William and Kate took the children to the Houghton Hall horse trials.


The Grade I listed building has a rich history. It was built for the de facto first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Construction began in 1722 and was completed in 1735. Walpole was an extravagant host; hunting parties with local Norfolk gentry would last for weeks at a time. Visits from Royalty were common, and his fellow politicians - particularly members of his cabinet - held their meetings each spring over a three-week period in the rooms at Houghton. These meetings were known as the 'Norfolk Congress'.

Houghton Hall

More on the history of the hall's residents from Wikipedia:

'Sir Robert Walpole became the 1st Earl of Orford in 1742. Ownership passed to his son and grandson, the 2nd and 3rd earls. On the death of the 3rd earl it reverted to his uncle the 4th Earl of Orford, better known as Horace Walpole. On his death in 1797, possession passed to the family of his sister, Lady Cholmondeley, who died at just 26 years in 1731, more than 65 years before. Sir Robert Walpole's daughter, Mary, had married George Cholmondeley, 3rd Earl of Cholmondeley and Houghton Hall was modified and maintained by her Cholmondeley family across a further span of generations.'

Houghton Hall is considered a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England. The exterior is both grand and restrained, constructed of fine-grained, silver-white stone. The Gibbs-designed domes punctuate each corner. In line with Palladian conventions, the interiors are much more colourful, exuberant and opulent than the exteriors.

Houghton Hall

It is surrounded by 1,000 acres of parkland adjacent to Sandringham House.

Houghton Hall

Today, Houghton is the home of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholomondleey. Born in 1960, the old Etonian is a Peer of the United Kingdom and serves as Lord Great Chamberlain. David found his passion in filmmaking and often featured on most eligible bachelor lists. Despite being linked with a number of socialites and well-known figures it was thought he would never settle down. Indeed, there was surprise when it was announced in 2009 he was marry socialite and model Rose Hanbury twenty-four years his junior. Rose's paternal grandmother is Lady Rose Lambert, daughter of the 10th Earl of Cavan: she was one of the bridesmaids at the 1947 wedding of the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and Prince Philip.


The couple, who are considered Norfolk's glamour pair, welcomed twin boys Alexander and Oliver in October 2009. According to the Telegraph the couple decided which of their sons would be the heir to the title based on their weight. Alexander, who weighed eight ounces more than his brother, will be the 8th marquess of Cholmondeley. In March they welcomed another addition to their family - a daughter, Lady Iris Marina Aline Cholmondeley. Below, we see Rose in a Gucci ensemble (with thanks to Balbina) with Prince Harry's former flame Florence Brudenell-Bruce at Ascot last Wednesday (the same day William and Kate attended).


A lovely shot of William, Kate, David and Rose.


For those interested, the Marchioness wore a colourful print gown from Valentino's Resort 2016 Collection (with many thanks to Galatee Astree).


Due to poor communication around Houghton Hall, there was quite the debate as to which gown Kate was wearing (it turns out the Palace mistakenly released stating it was a 'Jenny Packham gown first worn in LA' which led to the confusion). Richard Palmer was the only reporter covering the event and had to drive five miles to eventually share photos and info.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

Meanwhile, we were all speculating on whether Kate chose to repeat her blush sequin Jenny Packham gown or lavender McQueen from LA.


To the delight of many royal fans on social media (yours truly included) the Duchess brought back the breathtaking Jenny Packham gown she wore to the 2011 Ark Gala. It's almost exactly five years since the Duchess wore it for her first official engagement following the royal wedding. It's a gorgeous gown - and one I know many of you will be pleased to see again. :)


The gown was described as "pearlescent rose sequin gown with Swarovski crystal from the SS11 catwalk collection". The dress features layered mesh inserts at neckline, shoulders and sleeves.

Jenny Packham

A closer look at the fabric.


Kate teamed the dress with the same shoes and clutch she chose in 2011. Her striking pink Prada Logo Box Clutch.


And L.K. Bennett Agata Sandals.The popular sandals were recently re-released by L.K. Bennett in black suede, navy suede and pink marshmallow (very similar to Kate's). They are available for £250.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess added an additional touch of sparkle with jewels on loan from the Queen. Kate has been loaned the very elegant chandelier earrings for several formal occasions.


Kate's bracelet was originally a choker Queen Mary used to wear, circa 1920. It was later converted to a bracelet and worn by the late Queen Mother.


The Duchess wore the bracelet for the last year's state banquet.


What do you think of Kate's look tonight?


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We also have news of an addition to Kate's calendar. Earlier today, Kensington Palace confirmed the Duchess will present the Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize 2016 at a dinner for her patronage the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday, 6 July. The prize is awarded annually to one outstanding museum which has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement in the preceding year. The prize of £100,000 is presented each year at an awards dinner attended by some of the UK’s leading figures in the arts and culture sector.

Before that, the Cambridges and Prince Harry will visit France next week (30 June and 1 July) for events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

453 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden22 June 2016 at 22:14

    Very nice to see them thank the donors and surely a very appriciated event! What a gorgeous place!

    I love their little joke about the food! Reminds me of their engagement interview!

    What a nice appearance. I love how soft her updo is! And I am very VERY Happy to see this bracelet again! So sleek and big and royal and modern at the same time. Also nice that it got history with both Queen Mary and the Queen Mother. I wonder if this is a fellow "permanent loan" as the earrings seem to be? If so, I'm very VERY happy!

    Also, great to see this dress agian. I know alot of people have been wishing for it to reappear! I personally like it, but appearantly not as much as some people do. But I'm glad it's back and that it will make alot of people happy :D

    It's a generally romantic and glamorous look with the blush, the hair and the diamonds. Really really nice!!

    Nice seeing William being her "plus one" this time :)

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    1. Rebecca, I'm inclined to think the two pieces are on permanent loan aa well. Nice rewear! One of my top five favorite Kate dresses. Sleek and sparkly.

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    2. I think they are permanent loan also, Rebecca.
      Even though I don't like the earrings, that was a sweet gesture from the Queen.

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    3. I do doubt that Kate truly does that much cooking though on a regular basis. What with the shopping, cooking, clean up, etc. my guess is they still have the cook they acquired while living in Wales. Kate may cook once in a awhile but not often is my guess. Maybe Sunday meals to keep her Mom's tradition going.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 01:07

      I think so to and am very happy about that!! I wonder if the other bracelet is availible and it can easily be turned back and forth to a choker! Kate could probably carry that of!

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    5. Rebecca. I would love for Kate to do that.

      Not only would that be BEAUTIFUL on her but she could do a "Kate thing" in remembering Williams great, great grandmother, Mary.

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    6. I agree 00:57,

      What was the name of the lady they got from Buckingham Palace to cook and tidy at their home on Angelsey? Margaret? I think she is most likely with them.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 01:37

      They've never had a hired cook that we know of. They have a housekeeper that oversees cleaning and helps with shopping, walking the dog etc. I'm not sure but I think they have one for each of the houses. Cooking is involved in some of their duties, so is helping with the kids and general stuff. But those are more "whatever is needed" positions. And considering how often we hear that Kate loves cooking, I highly doubt that she doesn't cook the majority of the meals. If she does the dishes or shop (although, she's been seen shopping for food and has recently been regularly spotted at farmers markets) is another thing, sometimes Kate maybe does it, sometimes the housekeeper. But I very much belive that Kate does a majority of their meals based of comments and that she seem to like cooking.

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    8. I think Antonella Fresolone,

      the cook/housekeeper/errand doer, that they hired in 2013, while living at Nottingham Cottage, is most likely still with them. She was one of the Queen's three top workers and had worked for the Queen for thirteen years before being hired by William and Kate. One of her duties was to cook and she had a reputation for being an amazing cook. She is purportedly 40 something, single and dedicated to the royal family. So, unless the Queen said she wanted Antonella again, my guess is she is still with Wiiliam and Kate as cook/errand person. I think they supplemented with an additional housekeeper a couple of years ago. They do have a butler/valet for William also.

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    9. They have, the Italian cook, Antonella Fresolone

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    10. Love The "Plus One" Comment Rebecca:) Kate has Truly come into her own!:) She Is The Duchess! I also love the bracelet for all the reasons you mentioned!:)

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    11. I really loved this dress the first time she wore it and I loved it again tonight with the updo. I love the way she changes up her look whenever she "recycles" an outfit. The little tweaks make a world of difference.

      However, I was secretly hoping that Kate would wear a dress which she wore before but one which we haven't seen in its entirety before. Don't get me wrong, this dress is exquisite and she was absolute perfection at this event but I would reeeaallly love to see that white dress, with the embellished straps that she wore to a charity event at Clarence House a few years back. I have no idea who the designer of the dress was or if I am even describing it correctly but I would love to see her wear that dress again, with a gorgeous updo and jewels just like how she did with this look. (Just my opinion)

      Kate is always fabulous and I am so happy to see her growing in confidence. She is the epitome of true understated elegance and sophistication :)

      Love from Avee in SA

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    12. I have read that the royal women can borrow pieces if asked ahead of time. I feel like Kate has decided on these pieces as her favorites and maybe she is allowed regular use of them because of this. She tends to stick to certain things once she finds that she likes them.

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  2. I LOVE THIS DRESS!!! I also love that her hair is up again! She Looks Wonderful and supporting a GREAT cause!!
    Thank you Charlotte for a new post!! We got spoiled with back to back engagements and with the week of nothing I was going though withdrawal a little.

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    1. I have been going through withdrawals too. I look so forward to the day they are full time working royals.

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    2. That might not be until the Queen die.

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    3. Just another thought, did anyone else notice that Kates's pretty much stayed full the whole time?! I heard she could make a glass of wine last a party, and it sure showed didn't it!

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    4. If she's like me, one glass of wine and I'm woozy.
      She still had five courses with drink to go through.
      Even if this was just a casual get together for Kate I doubt she would imbibe much. The college days are over for she and William.

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  3. I am so happy Kate wore this dress again. It is so nice to see her wear some substantial jewelry too. I was just today thinking that it would be nice if she wore that gown again soon. Could someone answer a couple of questions for me about Rose, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley?
    1. Who designed the dress she wore in the picture from Ascot?
    2. Who designed the dress she wore to this EACH function?
    Thanks,
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    1. Hello Rachel,

      The Marchioness wore Valentino tonight. I will add the details to the post now :)

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    2. Looks like a stunning gown.

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    3. Balbina - Austria22 June 2016 at 23:26

      Rachel, the Ascot outfit is Gucci https://www.net-a-porter.com/nz/en/product/682453/Gucci/embellished-printed-silk-crepe-de-chine-midi-skirt. I think their current collection is just phenomenal. Very fresh and creative.

      The dress from tonight, I am not sure about. Could be be Dolce & Gabbana. They did lots with colourful embroidery in recent times.

      I too thought that Kate looked lovely tonight. The dress still looks great on her and even better with the updo. The beautiful neckline can really shine with hair out of the way. Imagine, 2 babies later and she can still (again) wear this absolutely unforgiving cut.

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    4. Thank you, Charlotte. I have been fascinated with the Marchioness of Cholmondeley since you showed her picture in your post about the Chinese State Banquet.

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    5. ooh. I don't care if it was Gucci and Valentino, I did not like the snakes, very off putting. And the Valentino was ............... (trying to think of a description)......... kind of like she found an old bedspread or tapestry and did a Scarlett with it.
      The gown totally overwhelms her. And her hair down with the dress just adds to that. She is a beautiful woman. She needs to re-think high fashion and actually make it work for her and not against her.

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    6. I did not like the snakes either. why would they make a fabric for a dress with snakes on it?

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 03:10

      Why wouldn't they? :) Some like it, some don't. I personally don't like the fabric, but thats me!

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    8. Vaporised.comment...hope not to repeat..
      Maybe Rose's dress represents the Garden of Eden. I just realised that is the dress from Ascot, not the garden gathering.
      At any rate, I try to imagine the objects on the dress as something else. I don't know what. I'll think of something.

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  4. wonderful dress

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  5. Glad to see Kate enjoying a glass of wine! She looks relaxed and sophisticated.

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    1. Tedi in California22 June 2016 at 22:48

      She certainly does. Also, Houghton Hall is beautiful. Loved the comment about her cooking.

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  6. Wonderful event and location, wonderful to see this dress again, too--thank you for the post!

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  7. Love this dress with the loose updo! Gorgeous!

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  8. Tedi in California22 June 2016 at 22:42

    One of my all time favorite gowns. Kate looks gorgeous, amazing, elegant and every inch a princess. She has pulled out all the stops. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the very unattractive Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

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    1. Tedi in California22 June 2016 at 22:53

      I love her hair too. Very soft updo, which is so flattering around her gorgeous face.

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    2. Tedi in California22 June 2016 at 22:56

      A very Downton Abbey look to the evening and surroundings.

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    3. I find the Marchioness to be a very attractive woman and I thought her gown was gorgeous.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden22 June 2016 at 23:03

      Well, if you have an old English country building, a Duke and DUchess and a Marquess and Marchioness and a gala, it BETTER have some Downton Abbey feel or it's done wrong! :P

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    5. Tedi, I wouldn't say unattractive...perhaps a tad Bohemian?

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden22 June 2016 at 23:16

      I don't personally like Rose's style Anon 23.01, but it is very Boho-Riche :P She seem to fit in very nicely in style with royals like the Monaco royals, and other aristrocrats. It's quite different from being a royal, I assume :)

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    7. Balbina - Austria22 June 2016 at 23:54

      Haha, good one Rebecca!!

      To me, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley has the quintessential look and style of an english aristocrat. Slightly off. Mild imperfections (or what could be considered as such) and room for eccentricity are part of the philosophy. The pursuit of perfection and doing the correct thing are rather middle class virtues.
      Historically, aristocrats enjoyed the freedom to do as they please. Ha, I guess that's what money in abundance can do to you. I think Rose is very pretty and has charisma.

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    8. Julia from Leominster22 June 2016 at 23:57

      Kate looks lovely; I'm delighted to see one of my favourite gowns again - the bracelet as well. But what a horribly unkind thing to say about the Marchioness of Cholmondeley - I think she is a beautiful woman - not perhaps as conventionally pretty as Kate but with more striking features. And I love her dress - both ladies are perfectly dressed for summer.

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    9. If I were standing next to Kate, I would probably have "little brown wren syndrome"! But I agree with Anon 23:01 that the Marcioness is a very attractive woman and her gown is beautiful. With her hair down, she has more of a bohemian, artistic aura vs. the elegance and glamor of Kate's look. A good example of how the right hair with the right dress can change the look....in this case an updo would have elevated the look and shown off the dress more. If you look at her in the picture at Ascot, she has a lovely face, not to mention that for just having a baby in March, she looks great! Love how they seem to be at ease chatting with each other!

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    10. Julia, did you like Rose's snake dress?

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    11. Albina, I think you described the English aristocrat
      PERFECTLY.

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    12. Love the dress--one of my all time favs. Loved her up-do--perfect with the dress. The jewelry was nice too. Love the setting. Wasn't a fan of the Marchioness' dress and her hair was lacking imo--nothing special for this occasion which was disappointing.That said, her generosity and no doubt her affection for the charity and the Cambridges is very nice.

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    13. Anonymous in Colorado23 June 2016 at 00:55

      I for one, think the Marchioness has an old world beauty about her! I love her eccentric, bohemian sartorial choices. You do you, Rose ;-)

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    14. I was soooo wanting Rose to knock it out of the park tonight. I was soooo disappointed.

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    15. Julia, obviously, Tedi can speak for herself, but I do not believe she meant it the way you perceived it.

      I, too, believe there's an old world beauty about Rose, as 00:55 suggests, but I would not refer to her hairstyle here or this gown as attractive. I'm more the Kate "uniform" type and this is very Bohemian. It works for some of us, but I know I cannot add MY name to the list. :)

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    16. Nicely said anon in Colorado. I find Rose so interesting. Her style reminds me of Tatiana Santo Domingo's in a way. Not necessarily one's own but eye catching nonetheless. I look now to see what she is wearing.

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    17. *Balbina, NOT Albina. Sorry. Sometimes I type way fast.

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    18. It's one thing to comment you don't like someone's gown-saying they're unattractive seems unkind.

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    19. Erika,

      I find Rose's way of dressing eccentric but kind of morose also. Like visiting the old masters in portraiture, but with a goth/techno vibe. Not my cup of tea. She seems to have kind of a melancholy way about her from the (many) photos I have found of both she and her sister. They are beautiful girls though. I particularly like the photo of bikini clad Rose and Marina, (before they got so thin), standing on either side of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. His ear to ear smile is classic. Who knew the Prime Minister was such an fan of bikinis? :)

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    20. More than an unkind thing to say. Rose Cholmondely is a beautiful young women.

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    21. RF how do you perceive the remark

      Unfortunately I can't say the same for the very unattractive Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

      Mean spirited and down right uncalled for IMHO

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    22. Balbina - Austria23 June 2016 at 02:03

      Ha, no worries Anon. You scored without knowing.
      Friends (?) actually call me just that when I walk around with reddened eyes after a night with too little sleep : )

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    23. Julia from Leominster23 June 2016 at 02:07

      Balbina, you said what I almost was going to say- Rose's beauty is very English and very aristocratic - which by birth and marriage she is.

      Kate's glossy beauty is not per se more royal - eccentricity and naturalness is more the norm in the royal family - (think Princess Anne) although some like Princess Alexandra manage both - she was very stylish in her youth but is often eccentric in dress now - sometimes a bit much so to my thinking.

      I didn't care for the snake dress but I did like Rose's hat and she has wonderful eyes. I loved her evening gown for the Chinese banquet and I like this one, although I can certainly appreciate why some might not - it's a bold dress.

      I'm not overall in love with the present 70's Bohemian revival whether it is Kate's lace dress, or most of Tatiana's clothes or some of the recent outfits of other royal ladies. But somehow this gown of Rose's works for me for the occasion - the floral look seems very country.

      I never have a problem with anyone not liking a dress, a style, hairstyle or even how an outfit looks on someone, as that is in a person's control. But how people physically look is usually off limits to me (although I confess I've broken my own standards with Camilla.) I read Tedi's remark broadly - but I trust it wasn't meant that way and was referring just to style and gown.

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    24. lol, THAT is funny Balbina.

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    25. I don't see how to read Tedi's comments other than exactly what was said which is "Unfortunately I can't say the same for the very unattractive Marchioness of Cholmondeley."

      I wish women would not tear each other down. Looks are something people don't have control over. Labelling someone unattractive is not necessary and very unkind. Is that how you speak to people in real life? That said yes she has classic aristocrat looks are dress-sense. I think she is a striking woman, maybe not conventionally pretty as Kate is but very striking and intriguing to look at.

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    26. I'll just jump in to say are we sure Tedi made the comment? There are 3 comments in a row with that handle which seems strange, could be someone up to mischief.

      It was unusually unkind and a little too "mean girls" for my liking, I thought Tedi's comments were always positive, but maybe only for Kate? It would seem odd for her to resort to name calling she would abhor if it were directed at Kate.

      If it was her, maybe she meant "the very unattractively DRESSED" and left out a word? Just trying to give the benefit of the doubt, I hope we haven't started a new low of calling people ugly.

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    27. For the rest of my life, whenever I hear the Title of "Marchioness" I will Always think of "Edith & Bertie":)

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    28. I thought both women looked very comfortable in their own skin. The best way you can dress! Their different styles complimented each other. The warmth between them is so obvious. Confidence and friendship ... the best accessories a girl could ask for!
      Cara, Australia

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    29. Tedi in California23 June 2016 at 09:58

      I have been away all day and just saw all the comments about my remark regarding Rose's outfit. My apologies to all. I meant no offense to the lady. Just her hair, and choice of gown. I truly feel terrible, as I would not speak about a person's physical attributes in a negative way. Rose has her own look, I just felt she could have chosen something more flattering to her. She is a lovely woman, with a sensitive nature.
      Once again, please accept my apology.
      Love to you all,
      Tedi

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    30. Thanks Tedi. I thought that was what you meant, btw.

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  9. A wonderful cause and a wonderful look for Kate. Great to see this stunning gown have another outing, it's one of my favourites. I wonder if we will ever see the teal Jenny Packham again, for me that is the most beautiful of all the gowns that Kate has worn, the colour was simply perfect for her.

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    1. Courtney from NC22 June 2016 at 23:06

      I so want to see the teal gown again as well. I wouldn't count another appearance of it out. It was stunning. She wore it with an updo the first time so I wonder how she could top that look the second time around. Hmm..

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    2. I would LOVE to see that gown again. It is, hands down, my absolute favorite look. The styling was perfection. Courtney, you have me thinking: how could she style it and still have the same impact that the entire look had the first time out...? (I wouldn't mind it having an outing with a tiara...! :))
      Shantel (@FashionandFaith)
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    3. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 21:27

      I sadly think the dress is too "daring" with the "open back" etc to fit into a tiara occation :/

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  10. Sarah Maryland USA22 June 2016 at 22:45

    Is the place they were at tonight the same house featured in the first episode of the 6th season of downtown abbey?
    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE DRESS! It is hands down by far and away my absolute favorite dress of hers (well besides her wedding dress lol)
    I love that she wore it with her hair up! she seems to be more comfortable and not hiding behind her hair these days!
    A 100 percent win no an 10000000 percent win!

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  11. Courtney from NC22 June 2016 at 22:51

    Rebecca - I am one of those who love, love, love this dress. I prefer this look to the first time she wore this dress. The soft updo, the earrings and bracelet work perfectly together. Plus the updo lets the neckline of the gown shine more.

    After this dress the one I most want to see is the teal Packham. She needs to make that happen, lol. Can't wait to see more pictures!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 June 2016 at 22:56

      I really like it, I'm just not one of those who love it so much that I've been super wishing to see it back. But am very glad to see it again :) She really do look great. I like this wearing more as well. It looks so great in the evening light!! But both wearings fit the time and situation :)

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    2. Courtney- pink dress from first year-check! different hairstyle-check!
      impressive jewelry-check!
      Don't be modest, Court. You nailed it last post.
      I'm with you on the teal. Plus the lilac from LA, the blue with white lace overlay from Malaysia, and the dove gray from Easter-Aus-the whole outfit.

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    3. Courtney from NC23 June 2016 at 03:05

      Anon 23:37 - Thank you! I think it was just a good guess on my part. Lol. I love this gown. I think this showing was amazing. Love the earrings & bracelet. Just enough sparkle or icing on top of the cake for me! Her hair was lovely as well. A bit different than most of her recent updos. She seems to be repeating many of her early outfits as the DoC so I wouldn't doubt that the dove gray might make an appearance soon. I think the color, cut and formality would work well for the upcoming engagements at the end of the month.

      On my reply on the Ascot post I mentioned that I would love, and that I would do this, if Catherine commissioned three or so lovely formal gowns that would work for state occasions or galas to go with three sets of jewelry she has available to her. I think it would be a lovely way to make the jewelry shine and Catherine as well. That way her ruby necklace could be worn if a gown with a proper neckline to showcase it was in her wardrobe. I know that she usually isn't flashy and three looks sounds like a lot but she attends quite a few formal occasions so they would be put to good use. I also think this would solve the red cape over the white D&G she wore that didn't look like they belonged together. One gown for warm weather, one for cold and perhaps one that would work for either. The earrings she wore to the James Bond premiere, that here mother wore, would look amazing paired with a matching necklace, or diamond necklace, with the right gown. I think most of her formal looks are wonderful but I think doing this would bump her looks up another level.

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      I am not sure I love the gown Rose wore tonight but she looked completely appropriate and is a beautiful woman.

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    5. Courtney from NC23 June 2016 at 03:13

      I checked out some Valentino to see what was available and I found a couple gowns that I think Catherine could pull off:

      First is a caped gown in burgundy, The color would look great and with the right hairstyle and earrings it could be exquisite:
      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Valentino-Jewel-Neck-Half-Sleeve-Capelet-Gown-Red/prod183610374_cat11320735__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat11320735%2526pageSize%253D120%2526Nao%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod183610374&cmCat=product

      Second is a black and nude column gown with a cape. This has less fabric in front and would work well for the reasons I put with the first:

      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Valentino-Sleeveless-Column-Gown-W-Cape-Black-Nude/prod189260103_cat11320735__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat11320735%2526pageSize%253D120%2526Nao%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod189260103&cmCat=product

      Third isn't a formal gown and I am not sure I love it but I could honestly see Catherine in a bespoke version of this:
      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Valentino-Sleeveless-Lace-Plisse-Dress-Ivory/prod183610361_cat11320735__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat11320735%2526pageSize%253D120%2526Nao%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod183610361&cmCat=product

      Fourth is a dress she could wear during the day or cocktail party if she wore the right accessories:

      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Valentino-Sleeveless-Jewel-Neck-Belted-Midi-Dress-Light-Green/prod183620037_cat11320735__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat11320735%2526pageSize%253D120%2526Nao%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod183620037&cmCat=product

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    6. Courtney- I agree with all you've said! Bring on the teal Packham too! I thought she might bring this dress out tonight. She and Rose didn't outshine each other tonight- I think they both looked magnificent. I bet Kate wishes she could get her hands on some Valentino- his classic and beautiful designs would suit Kate's style. Especially some Valentino red!!!

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    7. Courtney-isn't the red/ruby necklace (I think worn with the black velvet) convertible to a tiara?

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    8. If Kate does want Valentino she'll have to have it bespoke so she won't show up have naked. lol

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  12. hmm I love the she bring back these I remember she wore in 2013 plus the up do totally in glamorous 100 percent

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  13. What a magnificent setting. And how nice that the weather cooperated. :)

    Kate looks lovely and I'm thrilled to see this gown again. I love an updo with dangling earrings, but I must admit to wishing it was a bit tighter. Not exactly an issue...just my first impression of it.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 June 2016 at 23:22

      Haha, and I was happy it was looser than her normal ones. I like her normal ones as well, but I like seeing her branch out to more messy looks. My dream hair for her to wear at an event like this would be something like princess Madeleines "messy updos": http://katemiddletonreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Princess-Madeleine-fairytale-party-s.png

      But she's taking babysteps. She never seems one to rush into things, so her slow changes in hair seem very "in character".

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    2. I know what you mean, I wondered if it was just the angle of certain photos, giving it a bit of a matronly look in some pics.

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    3. That *is* funny, Rebecca. :))

      Claudia, I believe the sunlight (behind Kate in some of the photos) is unkind to the looser strands of hair.

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    4. Oh yes Rebecca....a "messy updo" would be the next perfect step for Kate to take!

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    5. P.S. Rebecca, Madeleine is stunning.

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    6. I would love a messy updo on Kate. That would add such vim and vigor to her gowns. Some va va va voom.

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    7. In that picture, Princess Madeleine was brilliantly dressed like a story book princess for a children's party. I loved it, so understanding of the dreams of little folk. As for Kate, in general I liked her updo, but the loose lock on the left did not match the curl on the right, and I thought both conflicted a bit with her earrings. Loose locks can be fetching, but they need to be carefully careless!

      Kate must be very slim now, since she has repeated two outfits from her Canadian tour of 2011. This Packham gown is one of my favorites, but I don't want her to overdo the weight loss.

      I wish William would just ignore the photographers and look elsewhere. His sad gazing at them does not suit the occasion.

      Question: Who is or was Sybil?

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 02:20

      I don't think William is gazing at a photographer. If you are talking about the more group like picture, in other pictures there they applaud and look up to the sky and look at David talking etc. So I think William is just looking in Davids general direction while still facing whatever they were watching.

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    9. Anonymous in Colorado23 June 2016 at 02:27

      @Anonymous 02:03: Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley. She was a prominent figure of her time & grandmother to David Cholmondeley, the current Marquess.

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      Sybil is David's grandmother, Sybil Sassoon, who lived at Houghton before David. She had wanted that particular type of garden area but hadn't accomplished that before she passed. David did the garden and had the hedge done in her name as a memorial to her.

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    11. Perhaps swilling was just a little slower due to birthday celebrations the day before? and from polo?

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    12. Yes, Anon! "Carefully careless" :)

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    13. Anon 02:03, found this on Wikipedia. "The Sybil Sassoon gardens at Houghton were opened to the public in 1996. Lady Sybil's grandson, the current marquess, David, developed the gardens in honour of his grandmother. In 2008, the garden was named Historic Houses Association and Christie's Garden of the Year.In "the pool garden", the entwined initials "SS" are represented in the outlines of the clipped box-hedge which surrounds plantings of lavender and rosemary."

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    14. *feeling, not swilling, although, if had partied the that might be appropo.

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    15. Thanks for the explanations of Sybil! A nice touch from a grandson.

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    16. Prince Charles said that, as a child, he used to often go next door, when at Sandringham, and visit with David's grandmother, Sybil. He said that, to him, Houghton Hall is the most beautiful house in England.

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    17. Sybil's mother was Aline de Rothschild. David and Rose named their new baby girl, Iris Marina Aline, after her great grandmother and Rose's sister, Marina.

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  14. Simply lovely! I agree with Rebecca about the soft updo and the addition of jewelry that just adds to the stately elegance of her look. She looks every bit a Duchess. There is a new level of sophistication and confidence about Kate lately that make you smile and say "you go girl"!

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    1. She has a lot of state visits and meeting world leaders under her belt now. That has had to have added more sophistication to her life. She has been living as a bonafide Princess, Duchess and future Queen Mother now for a very busy five years. She is what she is. :)

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    2. Since George is male wouldn t make this Kate be King Mother?

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    3. Who does her updos when she is in Norfolk? Does her hairstylist on tours, Amanda Tucker comes in from London?
      Wonder how that works.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 21:33

      Actually no Anon 12.51. It's a common misconception (I belived it myself at first). But a Queen mother is a former Queen that is now the mother to the regent. So they keep their Queen title. It's jsut a honorary title, and not a real one. I think the real one is "Dowager Queen" or something of the sort but Queen Mother have been used as a nicer one while still keeping the Queen title. (I might be off on some points so someone who know more feel free to correct me)

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    5. Yes. King mother. Is that what she would be called when George is king? Does anyone know?

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  15. Alejandra Ramírez22 June 2016 at 23:18

    Lovely day! The party looks so elegant and idillic set in the country side
    It looks perfect! And the sunlight adds to the dream-like setting of the event!
    She looked gorgeous and angelical! Serene and perfect!
    I'm still amazed that it's around 8:00 pm London time and it's so clear :D

    Great job Charlotte! Thanks for making so many people happy with the posts and photos! :)

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  16. I was just wishing yesterday that Kate would wear this Jenny Packham gown again! And so she has! This designer has provided Kate's best evening looks, and they are all so different from each other. Kate was perfectly attired for the gala.

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    1. I too had a feeling she would recycle this gown! She looks lovely and the entire look is perfect from head to toe. Its amazing she still looks as lovely as she did, five years ago! Thank You Charlotte!XOXO

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  17. I longed to see this dress again but the first photos left me a little deflated. I think the loose up do looks heavy from the front. Great in profile but off from the front. I thought the same with her Chinese banquet do too. Love the dress and jewellery though.

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  18. YES! Love everything about it. Every thing. The hair up, the jewels, the dress, the shoes, the setting.

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    1. The only thing I don't like is bare toes with evening gowns. Rose wore a pair of beautiful closed silver slippers. Kate's shoes are elegant but the effect is beachy.

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  19. i love love this gown so glad she chose to wear it again and oh that bling good to see the jewels coming out of the vault. i have no complants this time about her shoes they are beautifull and i want that bag so pretty. and i also would love to see the teal packham gown. she truly look like a princess. great day for fashion.

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    1. The teal Packham would be nice but only with some proper foundation in the front to give her some curves or cleavage.

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    2. I agree. That teal gown needs something to add curves and cleavage. Glad you mentioned that.

      I hope someone from her team reads that and agrees and follows through.

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    3. She shouldn't wear that teal gown again,

      until she gets the proper foundation sewn in for the bodice. The dress needs those curves in the front or that just draws the eye to the fact that it needs curves there and then no one fully appreciates the other details of the dress. The dress is low cut in the front to be sexy. It needs curves and some cleavage to pull that off. Who cares if it is daring and sheer in the back if the front looks lacking.

      Similarly, the mint green lace dress she wore to visit the Prime minister of India had a pronounced bodice problem also, although different from the problem with the teal gown. Kate needs a stylist, for the umpteenth time, Kate needs a stylist. She has been dressing like Kate again recently and that is good but fit and purpose of design need to be fundamental considerations going forward.

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    4. I so agree with you 15:36. It could be a beautiful dress but I thought from the first time she appeared in that teal dress that it did her no favors.

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  20. I commented on Natasha Archer as stylist in the last post and someone asked what the source was. Sorry for delay! When I got back to it, the "load more" wore me out :)

    Best sources I've seen are designers who have commented directly that Archer was their point person for Kate. The most recent, and perhaps most revealing, was an interview Anita Dongre gave the Telegraph after India. She said Archer got in touch about a month before the tour, identifying herself as Kate's stylist, and asked for some clothes. They sent her a look book and then Archer came in personally and got some pieces for fittings.

    Dongre said she was very surprised when she saw Kate in her dress, had no idea if it would be worn, but that Archer had made substantial alterations. "Her stylist had taken the stole and converted part of that into the belt and then chopped it off so it can be worn as a dress. She's amazing." Dongre said of Archer's design.

    Numerous royal correspondents have also reported that Archer was originally a KP office PA who was now working as Kate's stylist, which indicates to me it's information they've all gotten during background updates from KP staff, or even from Kate or Natasha themselves at the pre or post tour get-togethers, which are always off the record.

    Big day in UK tomorrow - I'm on edge of my seat wondering which way vote will go.

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    1. Thanks, Claudia, that's very interesting. I appreciate your taking the time to reply!

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    2. Was that you Anon! I debated whether to bring it up again, but now I'm so glad I did since you saw my response - my pleasure :)

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    3. Yes, I asked the original question, Claudia, because I could not tell whether it was one of those notions that just keeps repeating itself mindlessly, or whether it had a basis in fact. Your account makes it appear the latter. Thanks again.

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    4. I have a feeling that Natasha is the go between for Kate and the designers and she then works with a seamstress (probably someone from BP) to restructure/tailor Kate's garments to her particular tastes. If she's a stylist, she is not a very good one.

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    5. No, she isn't. I agree Melissa. She is not a stylist. I think now that Charlotte is older, (or Kate maybe read this blog), Kate has taken the reins of her wardrobe again. HOPEFULLY.

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  21. Just a note. Lady Mary Lambart is Rose's maternal grandmother because Emma, Rose's mother's maiden name is Lambart. Tim Hanbury, is an heir to the Hanbury brewing dynasty, in addition to doing web design. And, David no longer has to walk backward in front of the Queen, as Lord Chamberlain. The Queen changed that.

    Did anyone notice the snakes on Rose's dress she wore to Ascot? I didn't like that at all.

    So glad Kate wore her beautiful pink gown again and the Queen's bracelet. I don't like the earrings and never have liked them. So many other choices she could have made? She looked lovely though.

    Would love to know the menu. They no doubt had separate wine pairings with each course, with the wines most likely being very rare wines. How would you partake normally after five courses and not be tipsy. I would be more than tipsy. Two glasses and I'm done. Not the best for a formal, "business" dinner.
    What a waste of good wine to be able to only have a few sips at each course.

    I didn't like Rose's gown or hair. Her gown looked like a strange garden for the snakes on her other dress. Her hair lacked luster and looked unkept and the part in the middle didn't do her any favors. I was thinking she might dress that way. Kind of hippie, goth, wood nymph. I think the old silk wallpapers, ancient furniture and heavy curtains and tapestries of Houghton Hall might be getting to her. That place would be a strange place to live if you think about it, kinda like an old museum. I am sure her gown cost very much, but It doesn't make her look good. It is almost as if she was trying to not look nice. Not to be mean. Just giving my opinion, fashionwise. I am actually sort of a fan of Rose, actually. Wish her only the very best. She walked into some heavyweight pages of history also.

    Surprised they showed that license plate number of that Jaguar.

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    1. Victoria, Oregon23 June 2016 at 00:35

      I think Rose purposefully goes light on the makeup/hair... not sure why. But have you seen her modeling pictures? They're strikingly beautiful. She could easily do that, but chooses not to for some reason, and is still gorgeous.

      Kate looks amazing! I love everything.

      Thanks for the quick post, Charlotte. :)

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      Yes, I have seen Rose's modeling photos and others of she and her sister, Marina, and their mother Emma. Her photos in Houghton Hall are beautiful. Rose and her sister have always dressed quirky. What Albina said on this page describes that perfectly. Her sister, Marina's wedding outfit was really, ah, different. Rose could have looked really beautiful this evening but her hair, palor, and that astro turf dress just made her look beleaguered instead of beautiful, IMHO.

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    3. *not Albina, Balbina, and she did sum that up very nicely.

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    4. Victoria, Oregon23 June 2016 at 01:59

      Forgot to mention that Houghton Hall's instagram (@HoughtonHall) is really cool. There are pics of the beautiful gardens, inside the stately home, and even pictures of Rose and David in their house.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 02:21

      I love the picture of David holding the Crown at the state opeing. The caption is so witty. "Don't drop it David" So simple but so funny!

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    6. Those who the photos I was referring to, Victoria.
      very estately.

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    7. Victoria, Oregon23 June 2016 at 06:37

      Where's Bluhare? Anonymous, you're not her, are you? ;) You're writing style is very similar. And I enjoy it.

      Rebecca, yes that caption was so funny under David holding the Crown!

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    8. "a strange garden for her snakes", that gave me a laugh. And, I agree Anon @ 00:17. How many people like snakes. Kind of an anti-social statement and not so subtle.

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    9. I liked her Ascot dress and her Gala dress. Also liked here overall hair and style at both events.:) ali

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  22. What a lovely setting in which to raise money for EACH. I hope they are able to fund the new facility for the charity.

    Kate's look is exquisite for this occasion. I love that dress, and the bracelet and earrings make me happy to see again. I also really like Rose's dress. It's amazing.

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  23. Love Kate's hair this way -- and adore the Valentino dress!!! Wow! Nice to see this blush number again on Kate - and so nice she is getting used to wearing more jewels!

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  24. I love her look - all the elements harmonise together. Her hair is soft and elegant, the shoes are gorgeous and the dress flatters her complexion and figure. She looked very relaxed and comfy in it too.
    My only teeny niggle is that it is a dress which looks great as long as one is standing still, taking strides gives it a weird appearance imo. It's a bit too clingy to be taking big steps. Otherwise it's fantastic.

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  25. LOVE this look!!! This is my favorite evening gown Kate owns. That bracelet makes it so glamorous. Xx-Doran HauteBeautyGuide.com

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  26. She hasn't gained an ounce since having babies! She looks great. Loved the exchange with William about cooking, although I thought they had some help with cooking at least part of the time.

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    1. Julia from Leominster23 June 2016 at 02:16

      By all reports, they have a cook-housekeeper. I found William's teasing remark rather strange -most men joke of getting too fat from their wife's cooking - as a tease but also a complement. I'm not quite sure what he meant.

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    2. Maybe she meant that Kate cooks very healthy? I thought it was a strange comment as well.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 03:15

      I think it was his general teasing. To me it seemed like a "irony" thing. Like a huge hip hopper being called Tiny. That because they know Kate is a good cook, and she is confident in that, then they can tease her. Reminds me of the engagement comment "You liked my cooking" she said and he answered "Ah, your cooking was alright" while you could clearly see he was jesting. To me this felt of the same sort.

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    4. I think he was actually complimenting her. William is not skinny at all just his way of teasing. Go back and watch the engagement interview. They have banter
      about her cooking.

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    5. I agree Julia, it was strange. I'm not sure if William is not at ease joking about "the wife and home life" or joking around in general, I feel he has made some good quips at times so usually give him the benefit of doubt, but the quips regarding Kate are odd.

      This was really a put-down joke, "her cooking's so bad I'm starving" basically. And it reminded me of his line about "her nightmare hair" - that I found really odd considering we know it's her prize possession, she's admitted as much, even saying to Paul Emsley she wanted it to be the signature of her first official portrait.

      I know I'm playing armchair psychologist, some couples do have that almost sarcastic rapport, a lot of mutual digs. I'm not trying to stir the pot. Frankly William reminds me so much of Charles at times, Charles said numerous daft things just like this (and still does)... people laughed politely because he's the Prince of Wales but when he walked past they looked at each other and said "what was he on about?" :)

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    6. Or it could mean he was joking about not liking her cooking, so was eating less food and staying slim.

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    7. She probably prepares healthful stuff like lean meats, uncbreaded fish, healthful vegetables and not a lot of junk. That's why they are both lean and trim.

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    8. Julia from Leominster23 June 2016 at 06:21

      I know it's just banter but I sometimes make the sort of remark Kate did and wouldn't care for that sort of response from Mr Leo - it just seems a little hard-edged. I read it the way Anonymous did but it could be any of the interpretations. Claudia is right about Charles and I wonder if it all comes from Philip who has that sort of edge. But for William, for someone who talks about being sensitive to harsh bullying and teasing, it seems a bit mean. When we hear Kate's banter, it seems wittier.

      I know we all have different views on her hair but I really like this updo. It has a soft quality perfect for the occasion and it shows the dress off well. Glad to see her experimenting with new and attractive updos. I actually like Rose's natural look and liked it when Kate wore her hair that way in Canada - straight and pulled off from her face. She hasn't used that style in a while. (But my favourite remains her shorter look which I thought looked great on her - sorry she was teased about it looking old, it looked professional to me.)

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    9. The remark is being totally over-analyzed. Why hate on William so much?
      Kate probably knew exxactly what William would say when she made the comment.I doubt that Kate is super sensitive as some of you seem to be.She has made fun of his hair loss in public . Sign of a healthy relationship.







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    10. They do have a house-keeper/cook but many reports say Kate does most of the cooking, which I think is wonderful.

      As for William's joke, it is actually very English to have such depreciative banter. It's similarly a way of complimenting EACH's dinner or saying they're looking forward to it. It's refreshingly normal and shows how comfortable they are with each other. I think we all know William is proud of his wife.

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    11. Courtney from NC23 June 2016 at 08:43

      Catherine seems to be a person who likes to keep her body running in top form. It is obvious she still works out and I have read that she does yoga or pilates. I cannot remember which but she spends time trying to stay trim and fit. There was talk of her making the climb and not breaking a sweat. I have also read, and I don't remember where, that she likes to eat healthy. I took the comment as joking banter between the two of them. That she feeds him, takes care of him, with healthy food instead of him eating out all the time. When my husband and his colleagues are out of state for training they end up eating out for almost all of their meals and many of those are at fast places because they don't have the time or inclination to buy and prepare food. When my husband returns home he is excited to have a home cooked meal as opposed to junky food. He has pointed out that eating balanced meals at home helps him stay in the shape required for his job a lot better than eating out does. That is honestly how I took the comment. I could be wrong.

      My husband and I have been together 15 1/2 years and married over 13 years and we have odd senses of humor. To outsiders many of the remarks we make may seem cutting or cruel but because we know each other, know the inside jokes or information only we know, we know they aren't meant in a negative way at all. Or, like a previous reply said, he could be one of those people who gets a bit nervous in some settings and blurts out things that either don't come out right or seem odd. Regardless they have been together a very long time so whatever they do for meals at home must work for them.

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    12. I think it is a way of saying, don't you see I am not thin. It is another way of a complement. I understood it the very first time positively, and still do. I have heard such conversations in the past from others.

      Kate's dress is nice. Both W&K look happier and healthier five years ago. Marriage, children and royal life seems to have its own toll no matter what the available money. Kate carries very well here though.

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    13. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 12:59

      Claudia, considering how sarcastic they seem in joking, I think that it's exactly BECAUSE her hair and her cooking are strong points that he CAN joke at them because those are not sensitive spots for her. You guys would think me and my mum hate eachother based on our mutual jokes. But we know which subjects are fair game and which are off limits.

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    14. anon 4:03. Exactly! William is definitely Not skinny.He is lean, likely due to a regular exercise routine One does not build muscle mass with carrots and celery. And the reason is he eats
      Kate's cooking and obviously enjoys it.

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    15. They have a cook ya'll. Kate probably does some cooking also. I think it was just William's way of saying he was looking forward to the gala dinner.

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  27. I am also a fan of this look! I think we've got a winner! I like the softer, looser updo. I would love to see her in a Princess Madeleine updo like Rachel from Sweden mentioned earlier. I loved how she carried her wine glass and clutch in her left hand leaving her right hand free to shake hands. That showed her experience with these type of occasions. I do think she has got the hang of her job and is doing well at it.

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  28. Perfection from head to toe!

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  29. Sarah from Calif.23 June 2016 at 01:34

    Kate looks beautiful!

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  30. Tammy from California23 June 2016 at 01:41

    That dress looks simply beautiful on her as it did the first time.
    She has GOT to get a new hair stylist. That "do" is just too matronly and she is so young! Look at the difference in the first time she wore it vs now in the hair dept. I get that having it down long and flowing might not be the right look either, but how about something appropriate that is as beautiful as she is and as that dress is?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 02:23

      I don't see what's so matronly with that hair. And all the royals seem to be wearing it. Mary does it alot, Letizia does it. All the 3 Swedish princesses does it (including their wedding days). I think it's a very pretty and classic look and it seem to be rather "in" at the moment.

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    2. Well I have to totally disagree! That up-do is the OPPOSITE of matronly!

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    3. It's not the fact that it's an up-do that's the problem (love them!), it's this particular up-do, which is a bit too low and sort of 'hanging' if you know what I mean. Something like the one she wore to the BOA Olympic Concert would have been better, I think.

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    4. Tammy from California23 June 2016 at 18:31

      Well I'm glad you two liked it. I do not.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 21:40

      And you are entitled to that :P I'm not trying to convince you otherwise :P

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  31. Anonymous in Colorado23 June 2016 at 02:32

    I don't think I truly appreciated this gown until now...the updo really lets the ethereal shoulder/neckline details shine!!!

    What a wonderful gala for a cause that is both comforting & heartbreaking.

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    1. I agree about the updo revealing the shoulder and neckline details - the whole effect was much more polished and sophisticated (and regal) in this outing of the dress. On another matter, sounds to me as though William was being ironic in his comments about Kate's cooking and the effect it has on him...

      Ozblossom

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    2. I read it that way also, i.e. he has added pounds because Kate is in fact such a good cook despite what she said:):)

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  32. BEAUTIFUL!
    I would worry about snagging the dress with the bracelet.
    Are there any photos of the back of her hair? I'm going to wear my hair up this fall when my daughter gets married. I really like this version

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  33. Like the dress. Not my most favorite but Kate definitely looks great in it. I also prefer it with her hair up. It allows the details of the dress to shine. Same with the earrings. Big/fancy/fun but also understated enough not to fight the dress. But I am going to be the jerk that points out Kate needs to have her roots touched up. I clicked on the pic of her facing forward and the regrowth jumped out at me. Made me smile a bit. Hopefully, the dinner was able to raise(really exceed) their goal for tonight!

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    1. So do I. It's a human thing.

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    2. I posted before, not sure it showed up but I agree she has lots of grey and really needs a new colorist that knows how to cover the grey and give her hair some life. I think her hair in part looks a bit less good because she has so much grey running through it now. When I started to go grey I found it really "blahhed" my hair out and I had to work with a good colorist to find the right product and color, plus sadly some of us need to be in like clockwork every 27, 30 etc. days. ali

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  34. Beautiful look and gorgeous milieu! Thank you for the post Charlotte!

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  35. Whoot! Whoot! My Favorite Look was This Dress @The Ark in 2011!:) I loved seeing it again, & it gave me a sense of how much has transpired over the last 5 yrs. She looked So Lovely Tonight! The Definite Duchess! However, I will never forget how she Absolutely Sparkled during that First Wearing! Her Face, Hair & Her Smile all the way through her eyes Sparkled!:) I don't know what was different about her make up, during that first wearing of the dress.... but her eyes were exquisite! Not too heavy, they truly sparkled!:) Can't wait to read all the comments about this Lovely Event! Will & Kate are On Their Game, For Sure! Bravo! Thx Charlotte for such Wonderful Coverage!:)

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    1. She had just come back from her honeymoon and had a beautiful tan. I think that it might be what you are noticing.

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  36. My favorite evening gown!!! So excited for this repeat. Kate is so graceful, I'd be flat on my face trying to navigate the grass in those heels!!!

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  37. The gown is among my favorites. Like some others I assumed there would be a rewear and had a premonition this would be the dress. I noticed that the top edge along the neckline is folded differently than the first wear. Having said this, the DoC's hair from the first wear was also one of my faves. While she looked elegant today, like several other posters, I find the updo aging. While beautiful, I think the hairstyle adds 10 years to her face. I cannot speak to the other royals, but I do follow Queen Letizia's looks. Her styling is fabulous, fresh, colorful, includes rewears and is always interesting. Plus she includes trousers! But as to Letizia's hair, there is little to compare. The Spanish Queen always changes up her hair. She does not limit herself to one style.

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    1. When will George and Charlotte be out and about again? They sure did look a lot alike on the balcony.

      There was a video of the Queen tapping William on the shoulder and telling him in no uncertain terms, "William stand up" during the flyby on the balcony. The Commander in Chief was not pleased that he wasn't giving the military flyby the respect it demanded. William had been stooping beside George and had been speaking to him. William immediately stood up.

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    2. I saw that. Very amusing, AND unusual.

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  38. Those huge urns or vases in the third photo need some greenery or some flowers. They look forlorn empty like that. It is a gala. The empty urns do not look festive.

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    1. Maybe they are ashtrays LOL

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      I know. It's like the urge to straighten a picture on someone else's wall. I just want very much to put some greenery or flowers in those urns that is apparently right at the entry of that grand house.
      I can't believe they left them empty. Did anyone else feel that way? I noticed that first thing.

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    3. I noticed:) Wondered if they are normally empty or if they have something burning in them for outdoor lighting.

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  39. Charlottle, you asked what we thought about Catherine's look tonight. In one word: stunning.

    Cara, Australia.

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  40. This is my favorite look of hers! Absolutely perfect.

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  41. Are those sections of "burnout" on this dress? I mean are they sheer patches where we see through to her skin? Looks like it me.

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    1. good question 11:53. Does anyone know? Rose's gown was sheer in every place you could think of and then some.

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  42. Victoria from North Carolina23 June 2016 at 14:04

    I just love this gown so much. Just my opinion, this dress would look great with a tiara with it. It would be so beautiful if she would wear it to a state banquet. It also looks like the marchioness Rose and Catherine called each other before the reception and both decided to wear something shiny lol. Just a theory.

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  43. Being an American who has a romanticized view of English aristocracy - this event is SO Downton Abbey! Love it! :)

    Such a very, very worthy cause. Such good being done.

    By the way, what does "Grade I" house mean? I've seen that term before in descriptions of English buildings.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 21:43

      I assume it's historically marked. There are certain levels of markings (at least here in Sweden). Sometimes a part of the house is of limits to renovations (only allowed to do restorations), sometimes it's fountain, sometimes the exterior and sometimes a whole building. I assume it's such a historical grading.

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  44. So beautiful! Perfect in every way and a totally glamorous venue and crowd. Glad to see them both enjoying some champagne. I often wonder about their private social activities and whether they are ever in a position to totally relax and have a few (or more) drinks.

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  45. Stunning! So happy to see this gown again on the Duchess. One of my favorites!

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  46. What happened to the lines between threads? Without them, it is hard to find the new comments.

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  47. I just googled Valentino's resort collection 2016.

    That is all boho/goth/techno hipster stuff. Completely sheer dresses that have black panty/shorts and black bras underneath, floral sheer dresses like Rose's. Hers seems to be sheer also. Did anyone notice that? There is one almost, if not, exactly like Rose's, shown at Neiman Marcus and it is sheer except for where the flowers are, and on one side of the bodice on the one at Neiman Marcus there are no flowers where you might think there should be flowers. I don't know if Rose's dress was like that or not.

    The hairstyles on the models are also very medieval styles with the goth/techno also. Just because the designers put that stuff out there doesn't mean people have to wear their stuff, lol. To stay in business, the design houses have to come up with a collection each season whether they are inspired or not for the designs. Nice to consider before following the "trends".
    I mean, if you want to go naked, why not just cut to the chase and go naked and not pay $2,700 or more for what amounts to little more than a sheer body veil. lol

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden23 June 2016 at 21:44

      I think her was lined. And she clearly liked it and bought it.

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    2. Rose's dress looked lined to me in the photos. I really like this dress. I am not a fan of the sheer dresses with the black shorts. ali

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  48. I love this dress and as usual Kate looks amazing! Charlotte - I am one of your "lurker" followers and I adore everything that you do here - so positive and wonderful! Thank you!

    I do have one observation about this dress and it could just be the pictures - but does it look like the dress has lost sequins? Especially where her right hand/clutch hits her thigh and at the back of the dress? Perhaps the dress wasn't stored properly? Maybe it is just me... I am sure her "people" would not have let her wear it if it wasn't in amazing condition...

    Again, Charlotte - thank you for my weekly fix of all things Kate - I love seeing what she and Wills are up to and you always do such an amazing job!

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  49. Pam from Boston23 June 2016 at 15:41

    Seeing that photo of Kate wearing the dress 5 years ago makes me miss those days when she wore her hair down more often with evening dresses. I suppose she's older now and wants to look more sophisticated, but I am getting a little tired of the updos lately. I suppose I think that when you're dressing up and your hair is that gorgeous, you should show it off. On the other hand, Rose could have benefitted from a more elegant style to her hair. What a mess!

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  50. She looks AMAZING. Hair, makeup, jewellery is all on point. This is the Duchess I know.

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  51. Wow. She looks terrific. I have to say it takes a very VERY confident (and brave) woman to wear a dress 5 years old, and 2 kids later, and a dress that is very unforgiving (will show every tug and bulge possible). Its not like she could hope there would not be side by side comparisons of the last wear with this one, particularly if it were not a favorable comparison. That alone speaks volume to her confidence levels. When you add to that what you see in her posture and demeanor, well she's truly come into her own. Bravo.

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  52. Kate is elegant perfection. And I love Rose's dress too! Not on Kate, but it's perfect for beautiful Rose and her slightly quirky, totally cool fashion-forward style. LLLLLLOvE that Gucci suit and hat against that rose back drop - just so cool!!! She must feel like a walking fashion spread every day in her gorgeous manor home. What fun!

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  53. I love the elegant dress and hair like this glad she
    Is wearing it up more often

    Thanks Charlotte

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  54. Has anyone found a menu from the gala anywhere?
    I would love to know what was on the menu.

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