Friday, 10 June 2016

Kate in Catherine Walker for National Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen

A weekend of celebrations for Her Majesty's 90th birthday began this morning with a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrived together.


They were welcomed by the Chapter, the Bishop of London, and the Archbishop of Canterbury.


It's a very special day for the Royal family - not only with the official celebrations of Her Majesty's landmark 90th taking place - but today is also Prince Philip's 95th birthday (sending him many happy returns). The day will pass off with little fanfare, in accordance with his wishes, and I imagine the family will enjoy a private get-together to mark the event. Seeing our monarch and her consort arriving at St Paul's, at 90 and 95 respectively,  their stamina, dedication and ceaseless sense of duty, is nothing short of extraordinary. Unusually, a temporary rail was installed to help the couple negotiate the steep steps - a rare sign of their advancing years.


An overview from St Paul's.


There was an enormous turn out from the immediate and extended members of the royal family with the Daily Express estimating 53 members in attendance.


The youngest was James, Viscount Severn, who is 8. He's the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Below we see Sophie and Lady Louise.


Princess Eugenie arriving.


A smiling Princess Anne.


The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.


St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most famous and recognisable sights of London, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, dominating the skyline for 300 years. It was an excellent choice of venue for the service.


The service, which was broadcast live on BBC, included a host of high-profile guests including Prime Minister David Cameron and new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.


The royals were all smiles as they greeted other members of the family. An enormous amount of planning and consideration went into choosing hymns and readings for the service. The opening hymn, 'O Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness', is sung at Epiphany, recalling the Queen’s strong sense of Christian faith and her ‘humble devotion to Christ’. According to St Paul’s a subsequent hymn, 'Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us', is set to a German tune, ‘reminding us of the Queen’s ancestry’.

Information on the service from the Mail Online:

'The service includes three musical ‘birthday gifts’ for the Queen, the first being the anthem, 'I love all beauteous things', written by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, which sets a poem by Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate in the year of the monarch’s birth, to music.
Former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Martin James Bartlett, will perform 'Burlesque' by Arnold Bax, who was George VI’s last Master of the King’s Music. The Queen also learnt to play the piano as a child. Prayers will be read by six people, five of whom represent aspects of the Queen’s life and role.
As well as Clare Balding, whose family has trained some of the Queen’s own horses, there will be a member of her household, a trainee barrister representing the law and a member of the armed forces.
Baroness Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth will offer another, while Hilda Price from Cardiff, the widow of an Anglican priest and a leading light in the Mother’s Union, will offer another. Mrs Price was born on the same day as the Queen – 21 April 1926. According to Mrs Price’s daughter, Mary, her mother was given the middle name Alexandra in honour of the Queen – christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.'

Much-loved broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, who celebrated his own 90th birthday last month, gave a reading reflecting on passing years from the perspective of one born in 1926. It was written by nonagenarian Michael Bond, who created Paddington Bear.


It can be viewed on the Royal family's twitter account.


Whilst the service is very much in honour of the Queen, I thought it a lovely touch to include a prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh:

God our King,
we give you thanks for the ninetieth birthday of Elizabeth our Queen,
sustain and strengthen her
that her reign may continue to bless us all.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

God our Strength,
we give you thanks for the support of others,
bless Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
that this birthday may be a day of joy.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

The order of service can be viewed in its entirety here.

St Paul's Cathedral

The Duchess curtsies to The Queen after the service.


The royals leaving the church.


After the service, William, Kate and Harry joined guests at the Guildhall for lunch.


The royal party take their seats.


Below, Princess Anne, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, the Duke of York and Prince Harry.


The royals listened as the Lord Mayor of London paid tribute to Her Majesty.


Kate discussed Princess Charlotte's "feisty side" with guests.


More from the Daily Express story:

Mrs Double said afterwards: “The Duchess was saying how happy she was to be here and how lovely the service was. 
As a mum myself I asked her about her children and said what a pretty little thing we all thought Princess Charlotte was. She said: 'Oh she is very cute but she has got quite a feisty side. I then asked her about George and she said he was a really lovely little boy. She said she hopes that George will keep Charlotte in order.
Mrs Double said she had no idea the Duchess and other royals would be mingling with guests and it had been a real honour to speak to her. She said: ”It was such a surprise to be introduced to her and she was just lovely - and very, very beautiful. She kept on asking if we had enough to eat - and I told her we hadn't stopped since we arrived! As my husband has been involved in organising the event I really couldn't be prouder. What a fabulous day.” 

Prince William chatting with guests.


Harry told guests the Queen "should really be putting her feet up" but wanted to be there for the people. He added the best birthday present she could get would be "a day off so she could lie about and do nothing".


The Duchess wore a bespoke, mist blue, wool crepe coat dress with white lace embellishment all the way down the front by Catherine Walker.


The coat has a very fresh, summery feel to it, and was a perfect choice for the occasion. What Kate Wore and Perth Fashion noted the garment encompasses elements from Rosa and Melrose styles by the designer.

Catherine Walker

A closer look at the white lace appliqué.


Several readers noted similarities between Kate's coat dress and Catherine Walker designs Carole Middleton has worn to events including the royal wedding.


Kate teamed the coat dress with the pretty cream Jane Taylor hat she wore to Princess Charlotte's christening.


This photo offers a closer look at Kate's updo today.


Kate accessorised with her unidentified aquamarine earrings and a new pendant.


Kate wore her new suede pumps.


The pumps are by Gianvito Rossi. It is thought they are the pair shown below in antique-rose suede (or a very similar shade, the shoes come in an abundance of colours). They retail for £450 at Net-A-Porter.

Net-A-Porter

And carried her L.K. Bennett Nina Clutch.

L.K. Bennett

You can watch a video at YouTube.


We'll see you tomorrow for Trooping The Colour. Perhaps George and Charlotte will make a surprise appearance :)

173 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2016 at 13:15

    So great to see so many of the royals together and interacting. Kates happy smile when entering towards Bea and Euginie. William chatting away with Camilla. Sophie explaining to little James. Very nice!

    I also have to say that William scheduel yasterday really shows his continuing increase in his more official role! Nice to see!

    Kate is looking great. Nothing groundbreaking but very classic and regal. The coat reminds me of the coat Carole wore at Charlottes christening. And that is not a bad thing. I don't think it looks matronly, but rather timeless and a very good coat she could pull out in 10 years without looking dated. Like seeing the hat from Charlottes christening. Very pretty and suitibly understated :) She has gotten a good formula going for these events with her hair up, a classic silouette, earrings and a pendant etc. Very nice.

    I also have to say Euginie looked great! Appearantly wearing Eponine!

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    1. I completely agree with Euginie. I think this is one of her best looks ever.

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    2. I always look for your comments because I totally agree with you. You make constructive and complete comments. And yes Kate has a very classic yet regal coat. I enjoyed yesterday and today's outfit so much!

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2016 at 22:53

      Aw, what a nice compliment Giulia!

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  2. Thanks for the post! I love when the whole family gets together. I love seeing them interact especially Harry and Kate ;)
    When I first saw her dress, I thought it was her gray one, but when I saw the front of it I knew it wasn't. I really like her outfit today.
    I can't wait to see more pictures of the RF today!

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  3. Many happy returns to HM! Wonderful entry, as always, Charlotte! Everyone looks their best! DOC - A++++

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  4. Many happy returns to the Duke of Edinburgh. What a joyous occasion it must have been for them both, especially with so many members of royal family attending. That prayer was also touching. And I enjoyed David Attenbourgh's reading very much.

    On the fashion note, all of them looked fabolous, there were some hits andd misses as usual. I liked Eugenie's dress,red agrees with her. The Queen was impeccable as usual. Zara's hat was great too.

    I didn't care for Kate's coatdress to be honest, as it is very much the same like the grey she wore earlier with lace. I think her shoes did not suit this coatdress very well, and as much as I love updoes, the styling is definitely not my favourite.

    Thanks for the post!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2016 at 17:04

      I think these nude shoes are her best ones yet. Because they are very close to her skintone and therefore doesn't have to match the clothes. They "are just there" compared to some others that seem beige, hers seem to actually be her nude.

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    2. i don't think the shoes go at all with the beaitfull coat dress i don't like the clutch bag or the color the whole outfit would have been so much better with white or light blue shoes and bag. when it comes to shoes she just misses

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    3. Agreed. A very pretty nude shoe for her as it is so close to her skin tone and hosiery shade. They make her legs appear even longer. :)

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    4. I love the shoes and bag, and I like them with this lovely dress, which seems both youthful and elegant to me. Where are the posters who always want a contrast of color in Kate's accessories? ;-)

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  5. It's a beautiful coat dress, but it would be more suitable for Camilla or Carole, it's much to 'old' for Kate in my opinion.

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    1. I agree. I liked the Rose design better, rather younger looking.

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    2. I agree, too. Someone 60+ would look lovely in it. On Kate it is just a little boring.

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    3. Could not agree more! Even though it is beautiful, I could see Camilla in it more than Kate.

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  6. Another winning outfit! And, we can see her knees again! Lol!

    Thank you, Charlotte, for the quick and thorough post! I'm so looking forward to the rest of this weekend!

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous garment and perfect for the day. It's fabulous!

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  8. Another winning outfit! And, we can see her knees again! Lol!

    Thank you, Charlotte, for the quick and thorough post! I'm so looking forward to the rest of this weekend!

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  9. I think she looked flirty and fresh, so lovely. I like the scalloping of the hem on the coat dress.
    It was very appropriate for the occasion and was very complimentary to her figure and coloring.
    She is coming up with more new Jewelry. yay
    Loved that she was having fun at such a formal gathering.

    WHAT was Beatrice thinking with that, that, should I even call that an outfit? God help Beatrice and Eugenie, truly.

    Prince Phillip looked quite dapper and handsome. The service seemed like it was a beautiful tribute to the Queen.

    Lady Louise's outfit was not so good. She could look so pretty. Let's hope she finds her style quickly and that that is way different from what she has been dressed in the past and today, no offense.






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    1. That's funny - we have opposite opinions. I thought Lady Louise looked lovely - a pretty pink swing coat and floral dress was modern and youthful and her hat, hair and make up looked really pretty. I also thought Eugenie won best dressed for the day - that red dress was beautiful! (I agree with you on Beatrice though!) Kate's dress was nice but too old for her in my opinion.

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    2. I think that is a bit unkind to Lady Louise. She is only 12 and very few individuals really have a sense of style at that young age. I thought she looked very appropriate for a young lady.

      I agree, that what Beatrice chose to wear is not my cup of tea. I thought it made her look larger than she is and like she was wearing some sort of protective gear instead of a coat.

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    3. The funny thing is, I think Beatrice always thinks she is at the height of fashion.

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    4. I think she borrowed it from a navy signal ship.

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    5. I actually like the way Lady Louise is dressed, today and usually. It's wonderful to see a 12 year old dressed like a girl, rather than a woman. Sophie seems to do a great job of encouraging her not to rush into her teen years. Loved Sophie's hat and dress today too - appropriate with a fashiony edge to it. I agree with other commenters that Kate's coat dress was a bit too old for her. She should have stuck with the Melrose...much more interesting!

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    6. Courtney from NC10 June 2016 at 22:12

      I think we need to remember that Lady Louise is a child and being critical really bugs me when it comes to children. Secondly, as a child her parents have the final say in any clothing choices. Especially for occasions like this one. It was a very important occasion and one of her very first times in the public eye. I thought she looked beautiful and carried it off with aplomb. I wouldn't have wanted to be in the public eye at her age. I thought she looked quite wonderful and has poise that is unnatural for someone so young.

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    7. Oh, btw.

      Lady Louise's outfits, George's outfits and even Princess Charlotte's outfits have been critiqued on this blog before.

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    8. Sarah Maryland USA11 June 2016 at 05:45

      I loved lady Louise's look!

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    9. Courtney, what a lovely thing to say! I couldn't agree more.

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    10. I did not think you said anything wrong 13:31.
      Not at all. I actually agreed with what you said.

      And you are right. Children's outfits have certainly been "critiqued" on this blog more than once.

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    11. Yes, children's outfits have been critiqued, but the one thing we can agree on, I hope, is that it is not the *child's* choice or decision.

      Regarding Lady Louise, I believe Sophie dresses her with the Queen's approval in mind (and not just for formal occasions...important distinction here). Don't get me wrong, I do like to see children dressed like children, but she's at that age where a gentle transition from "girl" to "young lady" would suit her.

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  10. This is a beautiful coat worn by a beautiful woman. So why was I underwhelmed? It looks like a coat Camilla would wear, and the color washes out Kate. I much prefer the colors and lace applications of the Rosa and Melrose coats.

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  11. I may be in a minority here, but I don't love pastel colors (or at least this color) on the Duchess. And this is my least favorite type of updo on her. It looks like what I do to my hair while I get dressed and put on makeup to give it a bit of bounce. And I was never a fan of this particular hat.

    That said (it does seem a bit negative). She pulls this off and looks lovely. It's just not my cup of tea and that is fine. I can't love everything she wears. ;)

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    1. Truthfully, I'm not a big fan of her hair also. It looks a little boring up front.

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    2. I like the dress but agree the colour doesn't do a lot for the Duchess. it would have looked brilliant in navy or emerald. But it was a nice fresh design and she looked very comfortable in it.

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  12. Sarah from Calif.10 June 2016 at 13:52

    Beautiful!

    Charlotte I'm in London! Maybe some day we will meet. Thank you for all your hard work!

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  13. why couldn't it be a bespoke pair of earrings together with the pendant from Kiki McDonought?
    http://kiki.co.uk/index.php/jewellery/earrings/candy-blue-topaz-and-diamond-earrings.html somehing like this. It surly looks like their style. And Catherine wore a pair of bespoke Earrings in Buthan, right?

    CU Amy

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  14. She looks very very pretty but after last night's total win on all points, this ensemble is slightly disappointing. She really shines in brilliant colors but pale patels just wash her out. Also, I think I would have preferred this dress with a straighter skirt, more like the lines of the dove grey McQueen worn for Easter in Australia. However, the length of this CW is perfect.

    I don't know why but I liked this hat much more
    at the baptism. I think it's today's angle or lack of angle that is leaving me cold. In addition, although I like her hair up, when it is gathered low at the nape of her neck and centered. it tends to look a bit pioneer school marmish. I wish her stylist had more expertise with updos.

    Sorry for the negativity. I was anticipating a look that equaled the nude lace McQueen and it didn't happen.



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    1. the nude lace McQueen is absolutely gorgeous. It is hard to top that one!

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    2. It really is. The bar is set high with that one. I'm eternally optimistic however:-)

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  15. Kate looked perfect both for the dinner and for the service! Her choices for both were lovely, and I liked her speech very much. Also, I love her current hair color, which is more natural than it was in India.

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  16. What a lovely look for a wonderful occasion. I thought Kate looked so elegant, as did the majority of the Royal ladies.

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  17. Kate looked beautiful today, I also thought her dress reflected on her mother's outfit on her and William's wedding day. How wonderful to see so many of the Royal Family together, the Queen must've been very proud to have her family celebrate her (and Prince Phillip's) birthdays.

    Fiona in Australia

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  18. Something is off for me and I think it's the hat. I think a cleaner, brimmed hat would have been better, a custom piece made to match the coat dress. (Diana did that to perfection.) This hat is not quite right in my opinion, and makes the entire ensemble fall flat when it could have been just the opposite.

    However, the bright red cut-out dress Eugenie is wearing is an awful choice for such a historic church service! A total miss.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2016 at 17:08

      I wonder if it's a case of Kate will probably wear at least 3 hats (maybe 4) this week and is planning on debut something new this week and didn't want to have a new hat for each day. I like the trimming of this hat with the lace, it's just the more creme straw base that is a little off but not off enough not to work, in my opinion.

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    2. I kinda like Eugenie's dress, way better then what her sister is wearing!

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    3. Emily I was trying to be brief but clearly this time I should have elaborated! I do like it and think Eugenie looks great, but I think it was completely out of place for *this* particular event. Not appropriate for the venue, though maybe I'm being a fuddy duddy with church attire :)

      Rebecca, all I'll say is these are truly a "once in a lifetime" series of events! It would be ok to wear an entirely new ensemble from head to toe for every one :)

      As Erika said, I just found it underwhelming. Something like that grey-blue Easter outfit from the Aus/NZ tour would have been superb. But just my opinion, means nothing in the grand scheme of things!

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    4. I don't like Eugenie's dress. It is more of a cocktail party dress. She needs to dress for her body type, height and skin tone. She very rarely, if ever, does. Beatrice, ahhhh, probably shouldn't go there, so I won't. What planet do those girls live on fashion wise?

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    5. I think Eugenie looks great! Anything goes as far as color to wear to a non-funeral church service. The dress is not risqué at all.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2016 at 22:57

      I think this dress is really flattering on her and I think she is dressing exactly for her shape etc on this occation. I can see why some think it's not occation appropriate, but I like it!

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    7. Kate, Texas, USA11 June 2016 at 00:29

      Claudia and Rebecca, I agree with both of you. While I like Eugenie's dress and it is flattering on her, I don't think this was the appropriate occasion for the dress. I also always wonder why her hats never match her dresses? This is a petty thing, but a navy hat, red dress, and black shoes. She looked pretty, but just a thought. I know it's not always "in style" to match, but I do like a great ensemble. I suppose that's why I think the Queen always dresses to perfection! As far as Princess Beatrice, oh my goodness. In my opinion, her ensemble was way too loud. It also did not fit properly. A couple pictures I saw of her from the side, the belt was hanging down (one is from the Daily Mail). She is so pretty and has a lovely figure. I think there would have been option for the occasion in my opinion. On a different not, I thought Princess Anne, Sophie, and Zara looked lovely!

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  19. Could be the same dress of mother and daughter... arms made tighter and a zip put in at the front... and the collar off. Lace could be put on.. Kate feels better in recycled stuff anyway... .I am sure...

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  20. Sarah Maryland USA10 June 2016 at 14:44

    Perfection!!!

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  21. Another stunning choice--reminiscent, as people have pointed out, of Carol Middleton's choice as mother of the bride as well as the Easter Sunday look on the NZ/Australia tour.

    While I love the bespoke elements in this ensemble, I also love the Rosa--a little more minimalist in an elegant yet seductive way.

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  22. Well, I guess this may be my favorite dress ever!

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  23. Wow, wow, wow! I love this look and it seems perfect for this sort of occasion. She looks fabulous. I know some harp on the nuede heels, but they make her legs look amazing and miles long. Love that she wore the hair back and love the hat. Sophie, Anne and Zara all look nice too. I do think Eugenie looks good but that dress seems inappropriate for an 11 am church service! A cocktail hour or dinner yes, but it seems so loud and out of place to me. But glad the DM has been nice to her as I do think the York girls get picked on when they don't deserve it. Beatrice's outfit I actually liked too though with her hat it was a bit loud. Also those colors also didn't seem like the best choice for an 11 am church service. In terms of seating, it looks like there were two variations? In one picture Kate is next to Harry but in another he seems on the other side of the room. Would seating be dictated by order of succession at an event like this or some other protocol? Thanks for the speedy post!

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  24. I don't like this hat on Kate - I had hoped it would have been retired after the christening. The coat dress however, is lovely.

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  25. She just looks so SOPHISTICATED. I love everything about this look. The color, the cut of the coat, the little details, the hat, her hair, that pendent! Gorgeous from head to toe

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  26. Eve from Germany10 June 2016 at 15:21

    Bright (although not really a "bright" colour in itself like HM´s yellow), fresh, young, yet really elegant, too!! LOVE it!! Reminded me of the one she wore at the Easter Sunday service in Australia which I absolutely loved, too (although that one was not by Catherine Walker, if I remember correctly). Catherine Walker´s dresses have always been my absolute favourites - I fondly remember all the "Power Dresses" Princess Diana wore back in the day....
    I absolutely loved HM´s dress, too!! The colour and the embroidery?- Gorgeous!!!
    And Prince Philip at 95? Absolutely amazing!! Long may they both live!!
    Looking forward to this weekend of celebrations and many more dresses - so "bring it on, ladies!!!!" ;-)))))))

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    1. Eve, I agree with you on Catherine Walker's designs. I have always loved them and thought it was a CW outfit as soon as I saw a photo of Kate. (Granted, the green coat Kate wore to the CFS is not at the top of my list.) :)

      And to those who wish Kate would dress younger or more trendy, I understand where you're coming from, however, it's Kate's responsibility to dress appropriately. All eyes are on her anyway so I think she is wise to avoid being too fashion forward, especially on occasions such as this.

      Camilla and Sophie looked very nice. Eugenie's dress was very flattering, but I wish she had chosen accessories that would have softened the red a bit. Gabriella Windsor achieved it with flying colors (what a classy and stylish young lady).

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/lady-gabriella-windsor-attends-a-national-service-of-news-photo/539177606

      I thought Beatrice looked fussy and the dress wore her, rather than the other way around.

      Did anyone see Samantha Cameron today? Beautiful dress...stunning look. Interesting choice for today's service, however. IMO! ;)

      http://www.gettyimages.com/galleries/search?phrase=samantha+cameron+st+pauls&family=Editorial&sort=mostpopular

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    2. Gabrilla also wore suede pumps in a nude color! And a matching rubber band around her pony tail. :-). Her red coat dress is lovely. The hat is a bit too ornate and hides her face. Gabriella looks a great deal like her aunt Princess Alexandra, who is always elegant.

      Poor Beatrice sometimes looks elegant and sometimes clueless, as she does in this outfit. I like Eugenie's dress but wish it fit a bit better. The senior royals are careful not to overshadow the Queen, thus the pastel colors. Note Camilla, Kate, Sophie, Anne, Birgitte. But Louise in her pretty pink coat seems to have been the only younger royal to follow the code, probably because she sat in the main row and was under Sophie's direction.

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    3. Correction: Gabriella (who, the last I read about her, was studying for a PhD)

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  27. Kate, Texas, USA10 June 2016 at 15:22

    Happy Birthday again to Her Majesty! What a wonderful celebration with family to reflect on a glorious 90 years. Happy Birthday also to the Duke of Edinburgh. May you have many more birthdays to come!

    The Queen and Prince Phillip look amazing at 90 and 95! Two lovely, hard working, dedicated, and quite simply amazing people. They are both such a strong example of love and commitment to so many. To think of what they have seen in their lifetime is astonishing. They have carried out their lives with an unwavering commitment to serve. Simply amazing.

    Kate looked beautiful for the service. Her smile is just radiant! The coat dress is beautiful and the color was very pretty on Kate. Her hair was gorgeous and I love the aquamarine jewelry she accessorized with. A lovely day to celebrate HM!

    I am looking forward to all the wonderful celebrations over the next couple days! It is going to be a busy and wonderful weekend!

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  28. Princess Anne is sitting with her legs crossed! I thought that was against royal protocol? Knees together, and only crossing legs at the ankle....?

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    1. i agree i think it should be at the ankle not the knee i read that somewhere

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    2. Anne's outfit resembles a Catherine Walker design.

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    3. If we have to take the crossed legs to get the smile, I don't care if she turns into a pretzel.
      She has nice legs. Who cares. She is pretty much as untouchable as the Queen. She makes her own rules.

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    4. When I first read Anon 1:33's message, I thought it was about the picture of Kate curtseying to the Queen. Kate's smile is almost a wink! I think it says a great deal about her relationship with the Queen. :-)

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  29. I love the duchess wearing I love the sides of blue in her coat I love the princes eugeine dress and lady louise and amellia dress

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  30. Thank you as always for putting this together Charlotte. Kate's outfit was perfect for blending in with the other royal ladies. I find it a bit too "chocolate box" but it suited the occasion perfectly. My husband passed by me as I was reading and made his usual crack about my being Royal obsessed. Tosh on him--occasions like this are what England is about in presenting itself to the world. Leave the drama of Brexit and culture wars to another day.

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  31. She looks stunning! Thank you for the post. Love all the information!

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  32. Caroline in Montana10 June 2016 at 15:38

    I really like this outfit and am a fan of Catherine Walker. But there was something off to me about the nude clutch and shoes, i dont think they helped pull this together. Lady Louise's outfit seemed to swallow her up, looks like she was swimming in those sleeves, but pleased to see her looking more grown up. Everyone looked happy and relaxed though so that's nice to see.

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  33. I love Kate's look today, she looks smashing. I especially love those new rosey-beige pumps; a nice change from the regular "nude" and the color looks superb with her skin tone (or the color of her hose, whichever).

    Two hits in a row for Kate :)

    And may I commend you, Charlotte, on such a swift posting!

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  34. It seems like the Royal ladies don't ask each other "what color are you wearing?" �� The duchess looked very beautiful indeed in both occasions recently however I'm really tired of seeing her in blue all the time. Yes it's her favorite color one can tell but c'mon does she have to keep repeating the color?

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  35. This look is stunning. She looks lovely and the soft color is just beautiful. I especially love the hemline! The only odd thing seems to be the tailoring on the shoulders - it seems too pointed and stiff. I'm not a fan of her tailor, in general, but wonder who actually fitted this particular dress - the designer or Kate's own tailor. All in all, however, she looks spectacular and these photos will probablu become iconic the way some photos of Diana remain more popular than others.

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  36. Kate's whole essemble has me a little bit confused like it it a splash of different colors thrown together. I love the silhouette of the the coat tho and she looks good in it! I wish shs would have worn the Melrose coat, that is one gorgeous coat!

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  37. I think this is beautiful. It looks like a piece of Wedgewood china. Everyone looks fantastic. Happy birthday to the Queen and to Prince Phillip!

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  38. I wrote a long piece & it was gobbled up, am testing to see if this goes through?

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  39. Happy "National Day of Thanksgiving To The Queen" To All:) Something about This Day & This Service leaves me Misty, in The Most Reverent Way! Nothing lasts forever, but I wish that these 2 Lovely People, HM & HRH could & would! I can only imagine the emotions that these Services & Celebrations bring to The Whole Royal Family.... HM's Family. What a Guiding & Comforting light She has been for Her Country & The Commonwealth, as well as for those of us in the rest of the world! The passing of time can be Bittersweet! The Queen looked lovely today in her Bright Quintessential Outfit!:) The Queen & The Duke are...... I have no words.....

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  40. Charlotte, I have to ask if you've considered a better/newer method of moderating comments? I assume you approve all comments manually right now, which means it's basically impossible to have a discussion in the comments section since there's often a long delay before a comment goes live. It also means many comments go overlooked by site visitors if they are approved hours or days later while meanwhile everyone has moved on to the next post. I know a better method of comment moderation is possible and I think it would improve the comments section immensely.

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      Thank you so much for the feedback. In terms of comment moderation there are two options: I manually publish them or they are automatically published without being moderated. Believe me when I say, nobody wants the latter option; the comments section would be a deeply unpleasant place if everything that comes through for moderation went straight to the blog.

      I usually try to check comments at least three or four times daily and more often when there's an engagement. I'll try to keep a more regular check. :)

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    2. You do a GREAT Job Charlotte. Thank you.

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    3. I think you are doing an amazing job here, Charlotte!! Thanks for that!

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    4. Let's all remember Charlotte does this in her own free time and for our enjoyment!

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    5. Charlotte, may I say thank you for the incredibly hard job you do keeping this blog the lovely place it is to visit. More especially, thank you for your in-depth reporting style and quick turnaround times. We all appreciate how labor-intensive it is and the results I think fully justify this decision you describe.

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    6. First of all Charlotte thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I totally agree that the comments need moderation. What I wondered if when you are approving if it would be possible to flag new comments within the body of comments quickly say for example by changing the text colour? One doesn't always have time to reread all the comments to continue with a thread and some commentators have very interesting things to say. However I do not in any way want to add to the work load in maintaining the blog. Once again thank you so much for this very informative blog

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    7. Just go by the dates. That helps a little.

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    8. Different time zones factor in, as well as other obligations. :)

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    9. Charlotte, thanks for replying. I do agree you do a fantastic job with this site. You always have the best information and photos, and I appreciate it so much. I don't mean to disparage that. I just simply wondered if you've considered other methods of comment moderation. Thanks again.

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    10. When you press the comments button, they are shown starting at the bottom. If you read up from there, you will come to the newest comments first in each thread. And there are usually several fresh comments, often on new subjects, down there. Makes it easier to read quickly.

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  41. Kate looked lovely today in her Absolutely Beautiful Cathrine Walker Coatdress!:) I'm not one to voice critical opinions about her ensembles, so it feels awkward to even comment on a possible Improvement.:( However, while I loved her hat, when she wore it for Charlotte's Christening...Today it just seemed a bit off? It was as if it wasn't White enough? I also felt it didn't seem to enhance her face & updo, the way it had at The Christening? Does this make sense to anyone else? Her hair was gorgeous!:) The other thing that jumped out to me were her shoes:( I feel so petty, but It seemed to me that this Graceful CoatDress just cried out for a beautiful pair of White Pumps. I just saw a Gorgeous pair of White Patent Leather ones with the same silhouette that would have been Stunning, along with a White Clutch! However, that's just me. I loved the White Eyelet Trim on The CoatDress, as well as The Shade of Demure Blue & The Lovely Scalloping of it's edge! I almost wonder if Kate went with Katherine Walker as a nod to Diana? Odd or me stretching? Looking forward to reading all the comments, & It's good to be back. Still convalescing, but this is Just the distraction that I Need!:)

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      I really feel she needs a new hair stylist. Someone could really make those hats look just perfect if her hair was right.

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    2. i so agree about the shoes white would have been stunning. kate just doesn't pick the best shoes or color

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    3. Welcome back Becca. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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    4. Thx Rose:) Nothing like oodles of Events to Perk All of us up!:)

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  42. Oh & I loved reading Kate's comments about Charlotte!:) Charlotte wilder than George? I Can't imagine!:) Looks like they will have their hands full & lots of fun while doing it!:)

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  43. What a wonderful occasion! Everyone looked delighted to be a part of the day. Princess Beatrice's dress certainly grabbed attention, which was probably what she wanted. I wish she had used a little more restraint with her choice of attire today.

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  44. This is another great look for Catherine. I love this neckline on her. It is very flattering and I really like the christening hat with the coatdress. This is one of the few current pieces from Catherine Walker that I really like. It is very regal and elegant. I wonder if this is another jewelry set that we are just now seeing that she has had for quite some time. It looks like the two pieces match quite well.


    Happy Birthday to the Queen and to Prince Phillip. I hope to be able to reach 95 one day and be as active as they both are.

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  45. I just went back to look & the body of the hat is what is jumping out at me, as being more cream this time then at The Christening? The side by side photo of the hat alludes to that, & I don't know what it is, but it doesn't seem to compliment her as it did before? Is it the different updo? Is it how it's sitting on her head this time? I'm baffled. Also, in the Christening photos the hat seems to match the white floral detailing. However, today in many shots, I can see a difference.... The body of the hat is more cream, while the floral detailing is still bright white. I'm interested to read if anyone else picked this up? I feel so awkward critiquing her look, as She is of course as lovely as always.... these few things just hit me as detractions from The Perfection, which was The Kathrine Walker CoatDress! So what do you all think?
    Oh & I love her Aquamarine Jewelry! Perfection with her CoatDress!:)

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  46. I'm trying hard to ID her new pendant necklace. The design and structure of it reminds me of her emerald and diamond halo earrings.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2016 at 22:59

      Hmm. now that you say it, there is some similarities. My first thought was G. Collins and sons because it reminds me of a pendant Sophie has. Sophie has a tanzanite pendant which is almost the same as Kate's from G. Collins but with "edgier" diamonds around and this neckalce reminds me of that one!

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  47. Not a huge fan of this coat dress today, but Everyone looks very nice and happy. I really liked princess Eugenie dress.

    I just love St. Paul's Cathedral. Its beautiful I wish it was used more...and for weddings I feel like the gusts get to see more of the wedding then at Westminster Abby all though its still lovely.

    Thanks for getting this all up for us to see it.

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  48. I hate the shoes. Hate. I wish they were a lighter color. I know pointy-toe is the way the trend is going, but I REALLY miss the Sledges!!!!! Dress, hat, and hair were very nice, not overly exciting, but very appropriate for the event.

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    1. The Sledges are a lighter, more summery shoe. These have a heavier look although they do match her skin tone perfectly which I think is the draw for her.

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    2. When I look back at older photos the sledges look so outdated! I'm glad she has new shoes.

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    3. I agree with you, Cee!

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  49. Alejandra Ramírez10 June 2016 at 17:21

    Mega excellent post! Great outfit!
    When I saw the necklace my first thought was Kiki McDonouhg but the shapoe doesn't match,
    A bespoke maybe?
    http://kiki.co.uk/index.php/jewellery/necklaces/candy-blue-topaz-and-diamond-pendant.html

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  50. Her updo is lovely - so glad we were able to get a good look at it!

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  51. Catherine looks PERFECT!!! She is the epitome of elegance. So stunning!

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  52. I believe Kate's grace is authentic and that is what makes her stand out from the crowd.

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  53. Thank you so much for the speedy and detailed post, Charlotte! What a wonderful occasion today - it's hard to believe these rwo are 90 and 95 years old. Thought Catherine looked absolutely beautiful today - this has to be one of my favourite looks for her so far.

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  54. Tammy from California10 June 2016 at 18:30

    Loved all of it: the color of the coat, the jewelry with it, the prayer! Happy day! LOVE the queen. A true definition of public servitude, something the generation today could use an example of!
    That ginger Harry, I just look at him and smile.

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  55. I love the aquamarine colored coat dress, that's the exact color of manicure nail polish i got! I love how her attire blended in with the other royals,, instead of standing out.. this year has been full of surprises in terms of her fashion statements, and I can't wait to see what she will wow us with next!XOXO

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  56. Tedi in California10 June 2016 at 18:56

    The Queen and Prince Philip are truly amazing, 90 and 95. God Bless them. I just can't imagine one without the other. From their early rapturous days to their golden ones, they have supported one another. The memories they must have.
    The Cambridges were stunning, as usual. Kate has had a glorious week so far. Of course that spectacular dress from last evening's event, can't be beat.
    Out of courtesy, I shall refrain from saying anything about the York sisters. It was nice to see Princess Anne smiling. Thank you, as always Charlotte.

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  57. I think that Kate's look today is very pretty. I agree with Rebecca, these are her best nude shoes - they are very pretty and sexy. Many have commented on preferring the Melrose or Rosa but I like Kate's version. And I'd be willing to bet that in person this coat dress is stunning. That lace is quite beautiful and not something that would as well in photos as in person. And the fabric looks like it has a beautiful texture and the zipper in the front makes is younger and modern. I liked Kathryn's comment about Wedgewood china - maybe if it was slightly darker?

    At first, I thought the hat was lovely but I can also see the point several - including Becca - have made regarding that the base is "cream". It is a very delicate hat and therefore is fitting but I wonder if the white "saucer-like" hat she worn - last year? - for Trooping would have worked. It might have made the entire outfit a little more modern.

    All in all, very pretty especially with the new necklace.

    Charlotte, it would be great to see a side-by-side comparison of the various outfits Kate has worn to this event - you often share that in your wonderful posts. Other than the nude lace McQueen there was the peach ensemble she wore while pregnant I believe. Not sure what else. Thanks!

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  58. Kate looks lovely as usual. The color of her coat dress is gorgeous, but I don't care for the white decoration down the front. I think she could use a personal stylist, just my opinion. She's still dressing as if she's 60 and not 30 something. Having said that, Kate overall looks stunning. Thanks Charlotte for another fabulous post.

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  59. It would have been nice if the Middletons had been invited.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2016 at 23:02

      Why? If that was the case, Camillas family and the family of the spouses of the 50 royals in there would fill the church :P

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    3. I have to agree with Rebecca. Earl Spencer is William and Harry's uncle and one of the Queen's 30 godchildren and he wasn't invited. The list could have been never-ending if all extended family, friends, etc. had been on the invite list.

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  60. I would love to know who bought her those two Cartier diamond pieces shown yesterday. Anyone have any guess?

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  61. Can you identify the woman in the pale pink coat with collar & large brim hat, sitting between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? I have no idea who she is.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2016 at 23:03

      I read its the wife of the Lord Mayor of London.

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    2. Isn't that Camellia??

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    3. Emily, you mean Charle's wife? No, it isn't Charle's wife.

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    4. Camilla, Charle's wife had on a light blue outfit.

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    5. I must have not looked at the picture correctly...

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  62. She looks fantastic and perfectly appropriate for the occasion. I like the way the shoes match her skin tone. Can't wait to see photos of the rest of the weekend's events.

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  63. She looks gorgeous and elegant some fashion blogs have been criticizing saying she looks too old and baby blue was wrong but I love it. Eugenie also looks lovely in the red and the nice hat

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  64. I wish Kate would have worn either of the other two Catherine walker dresses shown. No need to have this bespoke one made. Someone said it looks like wedgewood China. That's exactly why I don't like it. Wedgwood China was popular like 60 years ago?!

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  65. This coat/dress is beautiful and she looks stunning. But I just cannot get past these suede shoes!! The shoes are great, and I'd wear them in a heartbeat don't get me wrong, but with this?? Total miss. I think it would have looked more put together with a cream show that matched the hat and lace. Suede is such a fall material, to me it just doesn't make sense here. But overall she looks great!

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      If you got part Beatrices's dress, you can make it past Kate's shoes.

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    2. i have been saying for a long time that it to hot in the summer months for suede shoes you have on a beatufull spring or summer dress why would you want to wear suede does not make any sence

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  66. Wonderful post, Charlotte! So appreciated!

    I love Kate's outfit. This is easily one of my all-time favorite looks for her. It's gorgeous.

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  67. This outfit is perfect for this occasion. There have been comments made that the coat dress may be too matronly or old for Catherine. I understand what these people mean, but given the bigger picture and the reason for today's gathering, I believe the outfit is entirely appropriate. It is a timeless piece that could be worn in 2 years time, 5 years time, 15 years time.

    Lovely seeing the royal family come together like this; an historical occasion with many photo opportunities that will be looked at for centuries to come.

    Cara, Australia

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  68. a very happy birthday to HM and to prince phillip the queens coat was just perfect she looks like sunshine when she wears yellow the princess look god offull what were they thinking and at church of all places. kate looked beautyfull as she alaways does i really liked this dress hat not so much the shoes and bag do not go at all wrong color.

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  69. Virginia Burton10 June 2016 at 21:29

    That coat dress is now my very favorite garment she has ever worn! It is perfect for her in every way and she's never looked more lovely.

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  70. Catherine looks great in this coat. The colour fits her perfectly. And I like her jewelry, can't wait to make similar to myself :)
    Thank you Charlotte for a great post and pictures :)

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  71. The coat is something that would be appropriate for her mother of Camilla. I give up on her with shoes. The most she branches out is from almond toe to pointed it leather to suede. Awful. Even though I don't like the coat, she looks nice. Hat seems a bit off but I love her hair.

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  72. Not a fan of the lace. I am not opposed to lace in general. But somehow on this dress it just not right. It looks I guess dated or almost put on as an afterthought. But her hair is lovely.

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  73. And so to the elephant in the room....where was Prince Andrew??

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    1. Andrew was there - he arrived with his daughters and sat up front with the rest of the family. I loved Eugenie's dress she rocked it! I also loved how Kate looked today. Very special event in a weekend of special events!

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    2. He was there, with his daughters.

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    3. He was there. He is in many photos. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3635101/Princess-Eugenie-Lady-Amelia-Windsor-stun-Queen-s-birthday-service.html
      All of the Queen's children and grandchildren attended as well as her niece, cousins and most of her extended family.

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    4. I'm not sure what you mean...he was there.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden11 June 2016 at 10:08

      With his daughters, right front and center on the other side from Kate and co.

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    6. Rebecca, I think that was at the Guild Hall reception. They were in the second
      row, with Andrew seated behind the Queen at the St. Paul's service.
      Again, C&C and the cousins with the Queen at BP.The cousins seem to be shown
      preference over other royals fairly often; which emphasises to me her loyalty
      to her extended family over succession protocol.

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    7. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were behind the Queen at the cathedral. Across the aisle, Princess Anne was on the edge of the front row that included the Yorks.

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    8. Correction: At St. Paul's Cathedral, the Duke of York was seated across the aisle from the Queen, at the beginning of the other front row. The Duke of Gloucester was seated behind her.

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  74. I love Kate's outfit today. And I think Lady Louise is perfectly dressed for 12 year old royalty.

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  75. I like Kate's outfit. Love it? No, but it's far more in the like than dislike column for me. In comparison to the other 'young people' Kate dresses for her role. She's married to the future king, so she's always going to lean towards conservative and reserved, maybe even moreso than her natural tendencies. But since Beatrice and Eugenie are not likely to ever end up on the throne, there's a lot more freedom for fashion. I liked Eugenie's outfit and although I might not pick her choices for myself, I can appreciate them on her. I think I read somewhere she leans towards art, which I feel like is reflected in her choices.

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  76. The coatdress in original former is nicer than the bespoke version

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  77. Art? Then she should know about form following function and what styles work and what styles don't, regardless of how artsy-cute the piece is in the store.

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  78. Kate looks like a traditional duchess. The entire presentation looks complete, the lace on the coat dress says home, feminine, and a nice fit for high profile church service.

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  79. Oh, I forgot. Eugene and E&S's daughter look nice. Princess Anne has her own uniquely comfortable style for her self. She looks good in what she is wearing except the distracting feathers. Sophie and Beatrice may be wanted to look traditional for church, but looked much older in their out fits.

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  80. hmm I love the duchess outfit I love the junior royals eugeine and bea seems taking more likely to dress own comfort rather legal than others

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  81. Julia from Leominster11 June 2016 at 05:14

    Commenting before I read the comments as we were out yesterday - love the coat - it is so gorgeous and regal. I've also wanted to see her in more - and better (thinking of that green coat) - Catherine Walker. Her hair looks perfection too and love the hat. The only quibble I would have is a longing for cream shoes rather than neutral.

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  82. Prince Andrew was there. The Daily Mail had a shot of him with his daughters.
    I am also not a fan of Kate in pale colors. I loved the silhouette but a slightly brighter color would have please me more. Although it was probably wise that she didn't stand out.

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  83. This time I think her accessories are all beautiful and spot on, including hat and shoes but I think the dress would suit an older person (thought carole wore similar at the wedding and looked really smart and age-appropriate, this just ages Kate). Think Sophie Wessex as usual looks amazing.

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  84. The length of the dress and the way she coordinated it passes as a modern and appropriate duchess for the occasion in IMO. Then again, taste and judgement is a combination of other factors, including a personal choice. Millennials vs. generations,X, Y, baby boomers and pre World War II generation. A person may have a taste for a cross section of choice in products from vintage to the present, and still be a young adult, or vice versa. What has an influence on "preference" is most likely peoples experience of their own generation. Well, Kate @15:58 you made me think for a while, including the fact that I remembered to include modern duchess after the post. By coincidence, your post was here when I returned.

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      On the Trooping the Color page, if I touch the word "reply" nothing happens. It works fine on this page.
      I rebooted my phone and that usually works but not at the moment. Don't know if anyone else has had that problem or not.

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    Never mind. It is working now.

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  86. I do think most of the "royal" women wear pastel colors knowing that the Queen will be wearing something bright and vibrant. It's more important for HRM to be visible from a distance, especially when standing on the balcony.

    I think Kate's outfit was pitch perfect. The hat was stunning and so was her hair. I don't know how she walks in those heels. I've tried similar shoes on and can barely stay upright! I bet she can't wait to kick them off when she gets home.

    Princess Anne does try, but never quite hits the mark. That hat! Oh my! It looked like a bird crash landed on her head. Anne doesn't seem to care about fashion. And, what was Beatrice thinking? Her dress was not flattering, made her look larger and reminded me of the Queen of Hearts from the Wizard of Oz. Eugenie was a little better, but not much. I think they inherited their mother's sense of fashion which is not meant to be a complement.

    Fashion is just small dot on the radar compared to the day's events. The queen and Philip are truly amazing! Watching both of them walk up the steps at St. Paul's unaided is truly remarkable. I know a number of people who are younger who use canes or need help. Long may she reign!!!

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  87. Wish I had been as poised at age 12 as Lady Louise appeared to be at this event. She is going to be a stunner!!

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