Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Kate Brings Back Favourite L.K. Bennett Dress for Day in Luton!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out a day of engagements in Luton, Bedfordshire combining their interests in young people, hospice care and mental health.


The engagements marked a return to royal duties following their summer break, during which, the Cambridges enjoyed a family holiday in France. Since their return, they have been at their country residence Anmer Hall with several sightings of Prince William working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance reported. The future king travelled to Germany yesterday for the British Forces German Military Parade and celebrated 70 years of the North Rhine-Westphalia state. He also met chancellor Angela Merkel, and during a speech became the first royal to openly mention Brexit: "This partnership will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union."


The couple began the day with an engagement at Luton's Bute Mills to see local organisations who are doing fantastic work with young people.


They were greeted by officials who were delighted to welcome them.


The building has served many roles over the past century. A hundred years ago it was a flour mill helping to feed families across Bedfordshire - earlier this year it reopened following a £3.2 million renovation, and is now converted into an award-winning space for national charity Youthscape.


The space has been designed for Youthscape as a national hub for innovation in youth work, with areas for therapeutic and informal work with young people, and also room to train youth workers and professionals from across the UK.


The Duke and Duchess received a tour of the building before an introduction to Youthscape and their work. Youthscape is divided into projects, each with their own staff team. In addition, a small central team provides financial, HR and administrative support across the whole organisation. At the heart of their work is local high schools, supporting curriculum areas as well as working with teenagers individually. It’s there they develop and pilot the new approaches and ideas that are shared through national projects. Youthscape calls this approach deep and wide - intense work in one community, leading to innovative training and resources across the UK.


Youthscape made these (very yummy looking) biscuits to celebrate the royal visit.


The Duchess sampled handmade brownies that had been homemade for her and William. Kate talked to the teenagers who made the brownies "So what are you making, this smells seriously good,' asked Kate, 'what are you putting in? Is this just chocolate? Golden syrup? Good." She added: "When I try to do this with George at home, chocolate and the golden syrup goes everywhere. He makes so much mess. It's chaos". Kate described the brownies as "delicious".


Kate told a group of young people she loved the card game Uno as a child and revealed she enjoyed reading the very popular The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. Laura Murphy commented that Kate "said it was really, really good". For those who have read it, it's an excellently written book, isn't it? Very Hitchcockian, intriguing and a real page turner. No doubt Kate will be looking forward to the motion picture adaptation starring Emily Blunt.


Holly and Ellis told William and Kate how Youthscape has supported them both through difficult times.


More from the Mail Online's story:


'Miss Jones, 18, emotionally revealed that she began self-harming after her mother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. She told the couple that Youthscape helped her cope, especially when her mother died when she was just 14.
William told her: 'What happened should never have happened to you and you should never have gone through it. 'The fact you have gone through it and got where you are now, you should be really, really proud.' 
Kate told both girls they were 'so courageous' and 'strong'. Speaking after the meeting, Miss Jones told the Press Association: 'I feel so thankful for what he said, especially because he lost his mum at a similar age. 'It meant a lot to me. He said I was really brave and strong and that I should be proud of myself. He was really nice and so was Kate.'

The Duke and Duchess took part in Self Harm UK online support group Alumina to help young people stop self-harming.


William and Kate met CHUMS (Child Bereavement & Trauma Service), a mental health and emotional wellbeing service. They discussed how the organisation supports children dealing with or affected by suicide.


The couple were also introduced to the work of Luton-based group Our Minds Matter. Luton Council of Faiths and Grassroots are working together to raise awareness and address the stigma of mental health among faith groups. Meeting several groups together affords the royals the chance to see the various approaches and strategies being deployed in the area of mental health.


A shy 9-year-old Ella Curtis presented Kate with a beautiful bouquet as the couple left Youthscape.


Next, William and Kate visited Keech Hospice Care.


Kate greeting well-wishers.


There has been great excitement ahead of the visit with ongoing preparations underway in recent days.


Staff practising their flag waving.


The royals met staff, volunteers, families and friends of the hospice.


Keech Hospice Care support both children and adults and is based in a purpose-built facility in Luton. Care is delivered to patients in a number of environments, including the family home, schools and hospitals. The services are provided free of charge - with the organisation relying on public donations for 70% of its budget.


The Duke and Duchess discussed the bereavement serviced offered with families who've lost loved ones. During a chat with a family who lost their mother, William gave them advice noting how important it is to talk as a family and said: "It's OK to feel sad." He added: "I know how you feel. I miss my mother everyday." It was the stand out moment of the visit for me, seeing William opening up on such a deeply painful subject to help a family going through the same terrible time he did. I think it's so important, particularly for our younger royals, to connect with the younger generation, something that was achieved in a very delicate and emotional setting today. You can watch a video here.


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Hello! Magazine shared the following:

'William and Kate also met Jamie and Ethan Coniam, ten and six, who lost their brother Kieran when he was ten after a battle with cerebal palsy, epilepsy and autism. Ethan asked Kate if he could have a hug, to which the Duchess replied: "Yes of course, I love cuddles." She then offered a hug to Jamie, which he accepted.'

William and Kate were given two memory jars.


More on the services offered:

"Imagine hearing the heart-breaking news that your child, spouse or parent has an incurable and devastating condition. At a time when it can feel like nothing may be the same again, Keech Hospice Care is here to help. We recognise that people diagnosed with terminal and life-limiting conditions not only experience physical symptoms, but also have social, emotional and spiritual needs as well. At Keech we offer care and support not just to the patient but the whole family. Through our specialised activities, clinical appointments, in-patient care, community nursing teams, art and music therapy, one to one counselling and drop-in sessions, we offer a holistic approach to a patient and their family’s needs."

The Duke and Duchess attended a reception.


William and Kate enjoyed chatting with staff and families.


William had the honour of cutting the cake.


Finally, they unveiled a plaque to mark twenty-five years of the adult hospice.


A lovely shot of the royals leaving.


The day concluded with a visit to Hayward Tyler, Luton.


William and Kate visited to present them with the Queen's Award for Enterprise (International Trade) and to open their newly-built Centre of Excellence.


The centre is the result of a £20m investment, the largest in the company’s history.


The company has been operating from its current site since the early 1870s, and is the global centre of design and development for its key products, the Boiler Circulating Pump and wet-wound motors. Other achievements include producing the first submersible motor in the early 1900s, the largest sub-sea motors, and providing units to all the Royal Naval submarine fleet.


The Duke and Duchess meet some of the graduates and apprentices training at the company.


The Duchess brought back one of her most popular dresses - the L.K. Bennett Lasa dress first worn during the 2014 royal tour in Queensland.


The elegant £245 snorkel-blue dress is knee length and features short sleeves. It was described: 'Let your spring style blossom with the Lasa dress. This silhouette-skimming style comes adorned with bright poppies, arranged in an artful print against a white backdrop.' It's an excellent summery choice, and I was very much hoping the Duchess would wear it again.

L.K. Bennett

For those who are fond of the dress, the very similar cornflower-blue L.K. Bennett Lara dress is currently available in limited sizing.

L.K. Bennett

The Tamara Floral Print Dress appears to be another update of the Lasa. The £250 dress is: 'Decorated with a scattering of florals, this cream style features flattering, half-length sleeves and a unique curved neckline. In addition, it’s crafted with stretch, ensuring the sleekest fit.'

L.K. Bennett

The Telegraph's Emma Speeding gave the chic look a thumbs up in her article:

'Getting dressed in a heatwave is tricky enough, let alone when you factor in overzealous air conditioning, a formal office dress code - and the world's attention on you. So spare a thought for the Duchess of Cambridge, who is in Luton today for a number of official engagements with Prince William. Ever the professional dresser, Kate has managed to look both cool and appropriate despite the rising mercury by rewearing a summery white flattering shift dress covered in a bright blue poppy print from her favourite high street store L.K. Bennett.'

It was a day of L.K. Bennett styles for the Duchess, who wore her Fern pumps. They are available in most sizes for £195.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess accessorised with the brand's Nina clutch.

L.K. Bennett

Kate completed the look with her sapphire and diamond earrings.


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It was a great day in Luton! We'll have the dream looks post next :)

97 comments:

  1. Recognised the dress right away :-)
    Kate should try different hairstyles when she is repeating a dress, just a kind suggestion.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 14:09

      I think this look was rather different. Last time was half up and straight, this time wavy. Last time was blue accessories, this time nude :)

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    2. Well she does have a different hairstyle from when she first wore this dress. Still love this dress on her and wonderful focus on various aspects of mental health and youth today. Great that William gets down and does thing with the youth such as playing video games and pool. Makes the connection so much easier for the youth. After all they are the future and he is hopefully also the future and therefore connection is important.

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    3. I love kate and this dress. I just wish she would put her hair up and match her shoes and clutch in blue. She was on spot with her earrings and Willam looked handsome. What great causes for them to be supporting seeing as William really identifies with their feelings.

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    4. She did the hair back and blue clutch/shoes the first time she wore this dress. I think she's trying to make sure the repeat isn't exactly the same.

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 13:18

    Such great events today. A good, traditional and solid royal away day! I've seen both commenters here and the town itself commenting with big focus on the areas diversity, mostly with pride. I'm glad that William and Kate got to shine a light on a town that seem to identify very proudly as diverse. It's very needed in todays harsh climate! Same with the inter-faith discussion. Very important! Also great that they are incorporating their focus on mental health into their awaydays so the focus isn't just centered in London! They seem to have managed to meet a wide variety of groups during this visit. Great that they're covering rather much ground during a rather small visit. Also great seeing Kate involved with hospice care once more.

    On the fashion side, as much as I really love Kates repeat I have to say William is pulling the focus. I am so happy he's bringing something new into his regular rotation!
    Kate's hair is looking extra good today! A walking billboard for LK Bennett today :P Hahah, nice!

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    1. William does look great! Very nice to see him in a summer jacket of a different color.

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  3. oh i love prince William grey suit and duchess Catherine bring back her favorite classic dress again looking forward to more updates

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  4. My first thought when I saw that she chose to wear this dress again was "Yes! She's finally wearing this dress again" I absolutely loved it the first time she wore it, it's so elegant and beautiful.

    What a fantastic day of supporting these wonderful causes. I'm truly thrilled to see them shining such a bright light on a cause that was once very undermined. I look forward to these engagements more than any other type of engagement. Truly fantastic support from them both and I am really looking forward to the Canada visit, esp if the kids go with them :) Fingers crossed!

    Love from Avee in South Africa

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  5. Simply beautiful, love this dress. Her hair is gorgeous as always. Kicking of the autumn engagements in style!

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  6. Anet, she is wearing the dress we both love! I was so excited to see her in the Lasa this morning. I think it is one of the prettiest dresses she owns and I've been looking forward to a rewear. So nice!!

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    1. Hello!! Yeah, you came to my mind too!:-))) And I second you of course.

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  7. Thank you very much for the speedy post containing such great information about the Cambridge's visit and the organizations.

    This is one of my favorite dresses the Duchess owns. It looks amazing on her; even allowing her to exude confidence.

    One little tidbit though, in reviewing a news article about today's visit, it appears the Duchess is wearing either her L.K. Bennett Floret or Fern heels (both in Trench Leather) and not wearing nude suede heels. Just thought you might want to know.

    Thanks for producing such a wonderful blog!

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  8. At first glance I was disappointed just because it has been a while and I was looking forward to a new outfit. But she looks simply radiant, her hair is immaculate and gleaming and the dress is the perfect combination of elegant and fresh. And today's work is so important. I am personally so grateful for it. A special day all round.

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  9. So glad to see Will and Kate back to royal duties. They have so much to offer. Have always loved Kate's dress and good to see Will dressed in something other than a blue suit. They look great together which is another positive for the royal family. Marla, New Hampshire

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  10. Never my favorite dress, but it seems appropriate for the day and looks nice beside Willam's great outfit. Excellent event. And William did very well in Germany.

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  11. I suspect William's day in Germany reflects his taking on some of the events formerly attended by the Duke of Edinburgh. It was nice to see him with Angela Merkel and the military.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 15:23

      Very true. And I think this is occations that Anne or the Wessexes often preform, but considering his talk about brexit etc I think this was a very concious choice by the government to request one of the more high profile of the royals to say those exact words. Very planned diplomacy play, I think. Royals have an important part in being "bridge builders" for the politicians, and I think this was a clear step of William entering that role (together with his visit to China)

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    2. It must be poignant in some ways for William given world history and his familie's ancestry and position in the world at those times of world war. I wonder if he ever reflects upon that. It all makes the meeting even more profound and significant and shows that peace is a very maintainable and viable force. William meeting with Angela Merkel (a woman even) is an amazing snapshot in time.

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    3. I often agree with your words, Rebecca, but I gave out a sigh of relief that someone else realised and verbalised what a significant step for William that he was chosen for
      this most diplomatic of statements -about continuing ties to Europe. Just huge.
      I can't imagine that Phillip or even Anne would have been chosen for this.
      Edward and Sophie usually represent the queen/government in more social settings such as weddings.
      The fact that Charles was not the one chosen for this is interesting to me.

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    4. Yes, I also thought it was interesting and appropriate that William made that statement. He was criticized before Brexit for talking about the values of NATO, but he has obviously been chosen for a critical diplomatic role. And he carries it off very well. I don't think he will be criticized this time.

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    5. I agree, this was a huge event. Not fluff, not PR but very serious stuff. I am surprised the "serious" media has not made more of it...ali

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    6. Ali, sometimes I think the media prefers the fluff.

      But it does add a certain chuckle-factor to some of the passionate defense of their intentions and purpose when the Cambridge's were being raked over the coals not too long ago.

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    7. And by some of the same writers and forums, royalfan 00:13.

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  12. Love to see her in this dress again! Her hair looks a little lackluster today. I really miss her hair styles of 2012-2013, I think that was her peak. William looks sharp!

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  13. Julia from Leominster24 August 2016 at 15:19

    I agree with Rebecca above - this is exactly the type of engagement I would like to see more of - covering a diverse group of people and a wide range of difficulties affecting youth today - this is the type of engagement that brings William and Kate in touch with the lives representative of so many in the nation - people dealing with financial, emotional, and grief-related issues and illness - and young people struggling to find a future.

    Fashion wise, I love the dress but wish Kate wouldn't so often wear repeats for this sort of engagement at home while saving the new for tours abroad - if she did a lot of engagements at home it would be different - but when they are few and far between - although hopefully that will change - it would be nice to feel she brings out her best for Britain - and I hold to the queen mum's view that royals should always bring out there best - because others do the same for them. (Look at the Lady Lieutenant is a classic example - I bet she planned for weeks what she would wear.) But it is a very suitable dress for the warm weather and Kate does look very pretty in it. (Love the variation on it - wish Kate would have picked that up.)

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    1. Julia not everyone follows Kate as people do on this blog and others,so not everyone realizes she is repeating a dress or other accessories. If she had come out in something new, there would have been an outcry saying that all she does is spend on new clothes. When she goes abroad she is representing her country and so she should bring out the best as the eyes of the world are not only on her, but Britain as well. Its not that she is inappropriately dressed, on the contrary she looks terrific and elegant.

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    2. I have to respectfully disagree :) I think it was incredibly smart of her to re-wear a dress as this is her first engagement after a break.

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    3. I agree 1544 and 1646,

      Wearing a repeat to this event was totally appropriate. And, this dress is just about as beautiful and cheerful as it gets. Those charities can use every bit of beauty and cheerfulness they can get. I personally don't think repeats are out of place on an official tour if the pieces are appropriate for the event. For instance, I wouldn't want Kate to wear the lace dress she wore to greet the leader of China to meet Trudeau, but she could wear it to another event on the tour. Even if she wears all new outfits for a tour and they don't fit properly then that is more of an issue. I think that is a reflection on her team more than it is on Kate though. Proper fit is far more important than whether the outfit is a repeat, providing the repeat is in perfect condition, hasn't been worn recently or a kazillion times before, and is event appropriate.

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    4. Julia, I am a bit perplexed. Do you believe that Kate should wear each of her outfits just once? Surely that would be a shame, and so wasteful. As it is, I believe she should repeat the best ones more often. I rather doubt many of her choices for India and Bhutan will appear again, but I wish she would wear some of her dresses from southeast Asia. And I would guess that many in UK are happy to have an opportunity to see some of these beautiful dresses.

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    5. Julia, your comments on the type of engagement is very well stated.

      On the fashion side I think Kate looked beautiful! I like your comment about the Queen Mum and her idea of how royals should present. In this instance, I think the repeat was warranted and believe Kate always tries to bring out her best and look polished, even in her repeats!! I daresay that the Queen Mum didn't have the Internet and new age photographers to deal with so perhaps her repeats weren't as noticable :P. Maybe Kate wears her repeats when she champions causes as a way to downplay the fashion component and give attention to the cause. At any rate both her and William look crisp, polished, and completely appropriate. I agree about the variation of the Lasa dress....its beautiful and Kate would look great in that too! cc

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    6. Wait a minute. The budget and entourage that the Queen Mum had for her appearances was
      HUGE. Comparing the Queen Mum to Kate in this regard is like comparing apples to oranges.
      I seriously doubt that the Queen Mum ever wore repeats, at least not to events, if even ever. There are public records now available showing the Queen Mum's expenditures. Even Diana rarely did repeats and most always wore bespoke. Her budget was also huge. Kate lives in a different era. And even so, I think she looks lovely always even if I don't always like her style choices, although I do most of the time.

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    7. I disagree about the dress, Julia. IMO, a recycle was quite appropriate today.

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    8. Julia from Leominster25 August 2016 at 08:31

      It was a wonderful day of engagements - especially the hospice visit. As someone who has struggled with grief over the loss of my parents - it was very moving. All the engagements were very touching.

      We can agree to disagree on fashion - for me you bring out the best for the most modest engagements is important. Kate disagrees - she more often wears repeats at home than abroad, and more often for this sort of engagement than large royal events. As I said in another post it's like whether you put out your best dishes if you're entertaining young people - some will say they will be more comfortable with the old chipped - others you should treat all as if they were the most important people you would ever meet. I don't mind repeats, it's just that they're almost always for the same type of engagement.

      Diana wore a lot of repeats but she did a lot of engagements so individual outfits were less noticed. She took a lot of heat for wearing a repeat gown to La Scala and I have to agree it would seem to have warranted a new one - the Italians were quite put out. She tended to mix new and old on tours, including at the Taj Mahal where she wore a previously worn outfit,

      The queen mum may have spent a lot later but I doubt when she made her remark about bringing out her best for the bombed East End - she was on a large budget - it was in the middle of a war. Others disagreed then too - Clementine Churchill wore uniforms - probably with the same ideas as expressed above.

      It may sound strange but I would rather have seen something new for Luton and something repeated for Cornwall and Canada - but perhaps there will be repeats there too.

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  14. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 15:21

    I really enjoyed seeing William talk to the boy who had lost his mother. Very nice to see William show this side as well. He's more guarded, but you could really tell how he sympathised with the boy! It must be very hard for him to let his guard down. He's had a lifetime of training to NOT show how you really feel or say stuff to people because you never know who will find out. So it must take alot of strength for him and Harry to talk in front of cameras about it. But I do think it helps others to open up. And in this case, I think it can be comforting for the family to hear that it actually DOES get better and easier!

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    1. I don't think the boys are guarded to not reveal stuff.
      I think it is more a factor of holding back the tears.
      Tears of empathy and/or tears of a loss that rarely ever entirely go away. William said he had bolstered himself prior to his wedding so as to not having any tears on the day. And the fact that the boys say it gets better with time is proven by the lives they now lead. That has to be a strong encouragement. They are making a huge difference.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 21:38

      I personally think they are VERY guarded. Not being able to say that you're going to a party next month because you don't know if the person you're talking to is going to leak it etc. They have been known to give out red herrings to their friends so they can trace who is leaking to the press etc. So ofc they must be guarded in who they open up to and tell about their emotions etc. I don't think they are guarded by someone else (Although, I think they have been taught not to open up by the family). Moreso it has become a part of their survival where anything they say and does can become headline news.

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    3. I had a lump in my throat when I read William's comment about missing his mother. He guards his privacy, and rightly so, but he is in touch and capable of being human. Amen to that.

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    4. Very poignant.

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    5. Julia from Leominster25 August 2016 at 18:56

      I do think men are more guarded about their emotions - more than they should be - for fear of being teased about being a sissy - so William being willing to speak about his feeling is very valuable.
      Grief can come out in quite odd ways for men - I recall being at work the day after the Challenger blew up and one of my male co-workers was almost in tears, particularly about the teacher. Here was a woman who won a contest which lead to her death. But a few days later he was making what to me were tasteless jokes about the event. I was shocked but Mr Leo said that was just another way blokes deal with grief and stress - so I suppose whatever helps.
      But having William and Harry be open about their emotions to the extent they can permit it, is very helpful. As well as privacy, and dealing with a situation where I'm sure they were not encouraged to talk about their mum, plus the general tendency of the royal family - and the queen's generation in general to think you just get on with it - makes this an important area to show changes within the royal family.
      That feeling of get on with it and that things can be too touchy-Needy still lurks out there - there have been moments I've even felt it and been angry at myself for doing so - it's part of our upbringing - just keep going. But people do need to seek help and are often embarrassed to do so - so this is a vital area for involvement.

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    6. I thought William showed sensitivity and empathy to the young man. Both William and Harry are much more open about showing their emotions, and that's a good thing.

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  15. Thank you so much for this Charlotte - a wonderful report on the excellent and essential work being done by these groups. William looked very handsome today and am so glad the Duchess chose to wear the L.K. Bennett dress again - it was perfect for these engagements. She seems more and more confident in her role - lovely to see. Although the Cambridges won't be coming to my east home coast in Canada, I can hardly wait for their trip! Am anxiously awaiting confirmation re Charlotte and George coming too.

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  16. This is a great day of engagements for both of them. They do present a wonderful togetherness on these days. Always have liked the dress- the neckline is lovely and she can bend down and not show anything. Looks like the bangs have grown out and she is back to her regular hairstyle.

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  17. The Shutterbugs are REALLY annoying with their constant clicking!! I bet William hates it too. They should be allowed to click a max of two pics

    I like what the Duchess is wearing today but much prefer the older look with navy shoes. And with so much sitting to do, I wish she'd chosen a long skirt. I really want to see her in flowy billowy pants a la princess Mary of Denmark. Maybe someday she will wear them.

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    1. I agree the fit of the dress appears problematic in some of the pictures. I especially do not like the fact that it has such a high slit in the back. In several photos she is bending down to greet people, and not only does the dress rise up but the slit becomes almost too revealing.

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    2. Wow, I thought the dress was a perfect fit. I don't think you would want it any looser or it would be baggy. I really thought the dress was beautiful and Williams jacket picked up the blue of her dress and her shoes picked up the tan of his jacket.

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    3. I agree Eva.

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    4. No issue with anything about the dress, and I am not a fan of this dress:) Catherine looked great in it today, and she and William looked really great together. I think they could not have looked better than they did for this event and as I said before I am not a fan of this dress:)

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  18. "practicing their flag waving". cute.

    What amazing charities these are. These people are not messing around. It sounds like they are organized, streamlined and effective, having taken into account histories of work done in those areas in the past and then gleaning the productive aspects and omitting the superfluous. And their "deep and wide" prospective really makes that even more dynamic. Very nice.

    I love this dress. So glad she wore it again. And, she received such thoughtful, sincere and kind words from
    Emma Speeding. How unusual and refreshing is that that? Yay, Emma. Someone should clip that and frame it for Kate. An encouragement for those rare days when she gets bad press, lol.

    Sorry Julia, but I found William's attire also refreshing. Not stuffy at all and it complimented the airiness of Kate's beautiful dress. I think, in a way, that might have made him seem more approachable to some of the youth at Youthscape.

    Most importantly though, (lest Bluhare think me shallow, :) ), I am so glad that William and Kate are associating with these crucial charities. William has more impact given his mother's passing. It is effective just as the young girl shared. Everything starts better with good mental health obviously. That is a wise choice for the main thrust of their charitable initiatives. It umbrellas many other charities also. It draws attention to the core of things and in a healthful, positive way. Diana must be so proud of both her boys and Kate. It could easily have been very different and not in a good way. Their adversity has transformed into something beautiful.
    It is such a joy to behold. Harry's Artic trek brought tears to my eyes. I so hope he finds his soulmate soon. What a dynamic duo that could be.

    Anticipating, with great excitement, the presentaion of all of our sartorial creative energy sparked by tender loving care. Fashion week in NY, London or Paris doesn't hold a candle to this for me. Like another has shared, I am designating time and special refreshments for this amazing event. :) I am so excited. :) And don't you know, my family will hear about every outfit. (They, are not excited.) :)

    Thanks again Charlotte for all your efforts. :)

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    1. good point about the tender loving care.

      many of the contributors here have been following the life and style of Kate, yes, the life and STYLE of Kate for years and I think it is fair to say, that even though we obviously have not met her (yet :) ), we do sincerely care about she and William and their family. SO, whereas any other stylists she might use, to me, wouldn't put the same caring into their efforts as we do. And, they most likely haven't studied Kate's style in detail, on an almost weekly basis like we have for many years, our style instincts being refined and honed all that time through reading input and feedback from other readers here. Quite simply put, we are the best stylists for Kate because of all of our tender loving care we put into our choices for Kate's outfits. :)

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  19. Just got back to the US from London (first time!) and saw a woman in the underground wearing the same dress. Noticed it right away. Kate and William support such wonderful causes.

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    1. lol, how cool is that. Yay, Kate for not going bespoke
      all the time. She certainly could have, but she didn't.
      I think is admirable that she shops retail.

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  20. Thank you for this. It's a truly lovely dress - and "What Kate Wore" didn't have it OR a matching style in RepliKate. However, I think I found a similar one - not cornflowers at the waist, but on the sides: https://www.amazon.com/Womens-Floral-Printed-Sleeve-Office/dp/B00JGHMTZC/ref=pd_sim_193_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=68EBH5D087JC8QYMK5ZE

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  21. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 16:57

    I know not everyone here like Richard (I've had my moments of feeling the same) but it might make these compliments even more "worth":

    Richard Palmer ‏@RoyalReporter
    Jokes about Kate's dress and eating aside, the Cambridges appear to have done some really good work with young people especially today.

    Richard Palmer ‏@RoyalReporter
    From praising the courage of girls recovering from self-harm, to sharing feelings about bereavement, the couple won friends in Luton.

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  22. So great that they highlighted interfaith dialogue. Charlotte, do you have any information about which specific topics W&K discussed during this part of their visit? Thanks so much.

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    1. Hello,

      I will have a look around and update the post if I find anything :)

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    2. Bereavement was included. William is quoted to the effect "it takes time", comforting a young man about the loss of this 20 years old person. Having lost his own mother and her departure's anniversary next week, I can imagine how William related to the bereaved man.

      They looked good together, and Kate seems to have some youthful touch in looks and presence.

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    3. 23:02
      I don't know what is discussed in the interfaith visit. I hope you will find out, or may be that was all a part. In a rush, did not realize the specific point of your question. Of their visit, the part I posted touched me much and ended up responding.

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  23. I personally admire Catherine for using repeats. She respectfully gives emphasis to what matters, the charities she is visiting. Likewise, the joint appearances are brilliant. The youth and families have the comfort of Catherine and the experience of William. If one notices, the joint visits usually center on teens. The impact is significant. Solo visits may not have the same family, relaxed feel. Bravo!

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  24. I really don't mean to come off as Negative Nelly but why can't Kate give a few nice soundbites and sentences at these engagements. Whenever she goes with William it is his words that we get to read. I wish Kate would speak up a bit more. How is she supposed to pick up any kind of mantle when all she does it tag along to these things. People need to see that she is more than a pretty face.
    I am getting really impatient about her development. Just upping the number of engagements is not going to be enough in this day and age.

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    1. Obviously you have not read enough. Plenty of quotes coming through on not enough info on parenting older children, courage, etc. Watch videos and you see she is constantly speaking and engaging to whom ever she is with.

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    2. If you watch a couple of the videos you will see she does quite nicely in the casual conversation department.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 21:41

      Kate did speak about as much as William from what I saw. Neither of them held a speech or talked to reporters so its just what's being reported that they said to the people. I've seen quite a few comments in the sstories from Kate. William clearly spoke more during the hospice visit since he was the one with the experience, and obviously the Diana comment becomes the headline.

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    4. 1729,

      She did speak, and I for one, do not think for one second that she was just "tagging along". I think what they both did today is significant.

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    5. It seems to me that as KP continues to up the overall ante, the criticism simply shifts in a new direction.

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    6. It seams to me some on this site want Kate to become what they want her to be, however, why can she not just be what "Kate" wants to be. Why does she need to "develop" into anything else. I dare say if someone said to you "you need to change and become what I want" or "you need to do everything this way" you would not be very happy being made to fit into a mould that some else fashioned. I think she is doing a great job first as a wife and mother and then supporting her husband as he moves into his major role of a future King. Please let her be Kate and not try to change her. Accept her for her!

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    7. Amen Eva Amen

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    8. Julia from Leominster25 August 2016 at 08:42

      Actually, most of us who have held down employment have been told "we do things this way" it's part of working life. Gaining confidence in areas such as public speaking is also part of working life - and it comes from experience. I see nothing wrong with mentioning that. Royals are representatives of their nation too and need to fit in with the lives of their subjects. Kate married into a job and like all people who do that - she may need to step out of her comfort zone and develop more confidence - many royal ladies and political wives have done so -

      Having said that, I do think spontaneity is very nice in royal family members and Kate did seem to be very relaxed today - and very charming. I would love to see more of this type of engagement and hope we will.

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    9. I believe she will naturally do more public speaking as time goes by. Not a problem, IMO.

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  25. My mum has ALS, a disease with no known cure, and to see William talk so openly about losing a mother, or a parent, I think is really wonderful. He is able to truly connect with young people who have gone through a similar experience and that is always really comforting as well.

    I also just saw on twitter that the lady sitting in the floral dress at the computer with Will and Kate at youthscape is actually James Corden's sister!

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  26. I think it is great that part of their visit focused on self-harming. This is a topic that we have not previously seen them focus when discussing mental health, but it is such an important topic. I have personal experience with self-harm and I can tell you that within the mental health community self-harm is often even further stigmatized. It is often viewed as an attention seeking behavior, when in reality that is rarely the case. The further stigmatization of self-harm means it is not being talked about as much as it should be, and therefore continues to be misunderstood. The royals drawing attention to this topic is a step towards bringing it to the public's attention and facilitating discussions about self-harm.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 21:43

      I agree! And I love that Williams comments to them focused on them being PROUD. Not proud that they were self harming ofc. But proud that they have made it through it. I think that is very clever and I think William did very well in not showing sympathy in a way that can feel belittleing, but he did it in a way that is empowering. Kate also mentioned that they were strong and brave. Very nicely done by them!

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    2. Yes, anon 17:50-It is a behavior often excused, covered up, or disguised and probably more prevalent than even the healthcare workers suspect. it is painful enough to acknowledge one's child or friend is suffering a mental illness-the
      guilt-what did I do wrong? but to have to face the fact that the loved one is
      hurting himself is almost too much to bear. I think self-harm involves more than
      just cutting. There are many ways a person can bring harm to himself, both
      emotionally and physically.
      I think the hospice visits should always be the last of the day. They can be
      extremely difficult.

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  27. http://www.racked.com/2016/8/24/12402684/kate-middleton-style-bloggers

    In case you are interested in bloggers who are behind the style blogs.:)

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    1. This piece is quite interesting . Thanks for sharing it!

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  28. First, thank you Charlotte for posting this so quickly! I am currently vacationing in Somerset UK and had I been on my own might have been tempted to journey over. But my non-Royalist husband and friends would have thought me mad had I suggested it.
    What struck me particularly in the video is the easy camaraderie between Kate and William as they listen and speak to people. I feel that William is lucky to have a wife who so encourages him to speak to people one-on-one and who seems happy to exchange little tidbits of things that show her as wife and mum. Reminds me of the movie The King's Speech and the rapport between King George and Elizabeth the Queen Mother. But far more relaxed.

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  29. My previous message just disappeared. Sorry if this is a duplicate. I think the highlight of the year is William sharing that he misses his mother every day and him comforting the young man there today. His asking for a Krispie treat was casual and real and Kate actually ate in public after William was automatically kind in sharing his sweet treat. Then Kate shared about herself and George. (Uno, novel, cooking, spaghetti).
    Sweet.

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  30. That is James' Corden's sister showing the Duke and Duchess Alumina!

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  31. Hello,

    thank you all for your comments. It was a great day!

    Rebecca and Natalia CA, I owe you both an apology as I accidentally deleted a comment from each of you (my multitasking skills are lacking today). I'm so sorry and would be delighted if you could leave those lovely comments again :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 August 2016 at 21:34

      If it was me I have no clue what I might have posted :P If I remember it I'll repost it :P No worries :D

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    2. Hi Charlotte, thank you for the chance to repost!! I said that I was happy to see Will and Kate bring awareness to causes that are very difficult to talk about but so important. Also, I loved the dress this time with her hair all the way down! It changes the look quite a bit. At first I was disappointed to see the repeat, but after a while I really appreciated the cheerfulness and simplicity of the dress.

      Thanks Charlotte for all of your work on this beautiful blog!

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  32. I thoroughly enjoy when William and Kate (and Harry too) do joint engagements. It is fun to see them interact as a couple, as a team, and I prefer the joint engagements. Mental health is such an important focus and it requires a lot of emotional investment and vulnerability, on the side of the visitors and those being visited. As someone who struggles with severe depression and PTSD, I know how hard it can be to open up and talk about challenges and feelings. I'm proud of William for being willing to express his feelings about his mother's death. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable with strangers, not to mention the press. Charlotte and George are blessed to have two parents and an uncle who care about their mental health, as well as that of others.

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  33. What a great event they attended and they both look smashingly beautiful

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  34. Sarah Maryland USA24 August 2016 at 23:23

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress!

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  35. What an excellent away day. Both William and Kate appeared very relaxed and Kate no longer had the tired slightly strained look she had shown prior to going on holiday. Clearly the 10 days in France had been a good holiday for them both. The organisations they visited were all such worthwhile causes and hopefully will have benefitted from the publicity their joint visit has brought. Luton is not a town that attracts Royal visits but from the information provided during the time with the organisations dealing with mental health and at the Hospice it showed just how much is being done in the town for the people. Judging from today it is clear just how much value William & Kate can bring to the many organisations particularly Charitable ones with such joint visits

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  36. Wonderful return for Kate. Great post, but Charlotte, you missed out the best part!!!!! - of Kate giving a little boy a HUG and offering his brother a hug as well. I think it is so sweet. You can read it here http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/703578/Prince-William-Princess-Diana-Duke-Duchess-Cambridge-miss-mother-hospice-royal-visit

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  37. Two ITN videos from today...

    http://itnsourcenews.com/

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  38. We all loved this dress it's first time out and seems still the same today -- but applause to Wills for NOT wearing his traditional all blue boring suit! He looks great in the sport coat! I would have preferred Kate had some something else with her hair - it's too juvenal when she wears it this way.

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  39. hi charlotte its nice too see them together hmm I think would be good if the have more joint engagement just like these solo engagement are good too but joint engagement are the best hmm loving the duke talked about his late mom princess Diana such are good man misses her mom and the duchess talked prince George about messing up with the baking really enjoy the videos in fashion department the duchess looks nice I think she loves these outfit that favorite outfit as well the duke is learning to recycle her grey suit he wears in Wimbledon finale love he changes his suit once in while

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  40. The Duchess at her beautiful best---classic look and she not only looked splendid, but she seemed incredible at ease AND incredibly connected with people (very rare to see her sample food in public, I loved that). But, I must say, let's all get up and give William a standing ovation for FINALLY discarding that horrific, heavy blue suit. He looked AMAZING and was rivaling the Mrs. as fashion plate du jour. Go William!! Silvia

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  41. I love everything about this visit. I love the dress. Of course I love that Kate recycled such a pretty piece. I love the sheath dress silhouette on her, it's so much more flattering than the A-line dresses. I love that William seems to have livened up his wardrobe and purchased a sport coat. I love that Kate looks like she's put on a bit of weight - she looked positively gaunt and skeletal at the Houghton Hall event and an extra bit of weight and some tan suits her, she looks 10 years younger today than she did in June at Houghton Hall!
    I love that William spoke about missing his mother. I love that Kate actually ate some of the brownie that was offered. I love that they visited Luton, which has not had the best reputation in recent years.
    This was just a good way to start their fall round of events. I really, really hope we see a busier royal schedule for William and Kate. I expect we'll be hearing a royal pregnancy announcement later in the fall/winter. Kate has said she wants three children so her kids have the same kind of sibling closeness she enjoys with Pippa and James. She is 34 and would be 35 when her next baby is born and I'm sure, with the exceptional care she takes during her pregnancies, that she's eying a sooner pregnancy rather than later, when the risks to the baby increase for birth defects, etc. And seriously, what a better way to cement the loyalty and alliance of Canada than with the conception of a royal baby during the tour? I'm trying not to project here but with the past two pregnancies, we've noticed Kate looking a little healthier than she had been prior to the announcement. I'd also expect that they want to have all three children be able to meet their great-grandmother the queen. Not to be morbid but that does put a certain urgency on things and also to have a third baby, if that's the plan, and be able to spend some quiet time with that baby and George and Charlotte before a succession elevates their status - and greatly changes their lives.
    And on a side note - I'm glad to see and hear William talking about his mother. I think he's got far more in common with these young people who have suffered the loss of a loved one and then have been maybe afraid to talk or forbidden to talk about their loss for various reasons. I think we can all expect that William and Harry learned fast that their late mother and her loss and their own grief and loss were taboo topics among their famously dysfunctional (and equally notoriously Diana-hating) immediate family. So I'm delighted that he's talking about Diana and not just using her name when it's convenient to whing about the media. William seems to have done a bit of growing up in the last few months. He seems less pouty and moody than he did at some of the events earlier this year.
    But seriously, Charlotte, this was a perfectly wonderful way to break the drought of royal appearances!! Well done to all involved!

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  42. are they making z surprise public engagement


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3757964/Duchess-Cambridge-stuns-scarlet-joins-William-helpline-London.html

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  43. Thank you for your post Charlotte. A day of quiet achievement with good attention being drawn to some very worthy causes. I thought both William and Catherine interacted well with the people they met. They seemed both engaged and very compassionate. The fortunate ones amongst us often forget just how lucky we are. I was once unexpectedly confronted with recent self harming in a woman well into her sixties who had been harming since she was in her teens. Decades of hurt piling on hurt and no interventions seemed to help now, perhaps if she had had the help as a teenager that the Cambridges are promoting her life would have been very different. I for one am so pleased with the path the Cambridges are taking in their public lives and I do think that the world headlines of what they are doing does make for a change in attitude. One needs to remember that Diana 's big impact on HIV AIDS came when she picked up a child with AIDS without gloves. From that day forth AIDS patients were no longer lepers.
    The LK Bennett dress is one of my favourites. I thought good colours for the events today, white for hope and peace; blue for calmness. William looked a very modern royal. Repeats are fine. It is the appropriateness of the look that matters. I is veryy enjoyable to see new looks but sometimes just as enjoyable to savour a favourite. I was interested to note the change in tone of the media, admittedly I have only read twitter and reported comments, but not nearly as sarcastically negative as they can be.
    I am enjoying the progress of Catherine's development as a senior career Royal

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    1. Alimai, I also think they are doing a great job.

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  44. William and Kate visited Young Minds Helpline this morning.

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