Monday, 27 February 2017

The Duchess in Erdem for UK-India Year of Culture Reception

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William joined other members of the Royal family for a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace tonight, kicking off 'UK-India Year of Culture' a year of events to celebrate cultural ties between the two countries and help build closer relations.


The engagement was an ideal one for the Duke and Duchess following on from their successful tour of India last year.


More on the event from Gov.uk "A year long-programme to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and UK cultural ties has been announced... The Year of Culture 2017 will see an exciting festival of events celebrating the vibrant cultural history of the two countries. Top UK institutions will partner with their Indian counterparts to strengthen cultural and economic ties between the two nations, and showcase British creativity on the global stage."


Below, Kate with chef Vikas Khanna, who features on MasterChef India.


William and Kate view a shawl given to Her Majesty by Mahatma Gandhi.


More from The Daily Mail's Rebecca English:

'As part of the reception, a number of priceless artefacts from the Royal Collection were put on display in the palace Picture Gallery. Among them was a shawl woven by Gandhi on his loom as a wedding present for Princess Elizabeth in 1947. The shawl has the words Jai Hind - Hail India- in the centre and was accompanied by a hand-written note from Gandhi, addressed to Lord Mountbatten, then Viceroy of India, which read: 'The little thing is made out of doubled yarn of my own spinning.... please give the bride and the bridegroom this with my blessing with the wish that they would have a log and happy life of service of man.....Yours sincerely, MK ' Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge spent time admiring the shawl during their tour of the gallery.'


Richard Palmer of The Daily Express added some interesting detail on guests in his article on the engagement:

'Guests at tonight's reception included stars of stage and screen, fashion, food, literature and sport. Among them were Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar and his model/actress wife Neha Kapur, British-Indian actress Ayesha Dharker, Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev, former England footballer Rio Ferdinand, sitar player Anoushka Shankar – daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar – and her husband, director Joe Wright.
There was also a display from the Royal Collection including items from previous royal visits to India and Indian gifts and manuscripts from the Royal Library. The Queen’s first state visit to India, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, was in 1961 as the guests of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India.'

And noted the food arrangements:

'A highlight of the evening was a special Indian-themed menu of canapes prepared by royal chefs working alongside chefs from Veeraswamy, the West End eatery that is Britain's oldest Indian restaurant.
Under the guidance of the Queen's chef Mark Flanagan and Uday from Veeraswamy, the menu featured the best of British and Indian cuisine - from Yorkshire rhubarb Creme Brûlée to Raj puri and even a tandoori prawn cocktail. The team of 15 palace staff and five from the restaurant made just under 5,000 canapés for the guests.
Uday said: "It has been quite a difficult challenge capturing all the flavours in one small bite but we are happy with what we have achieved." Mark added: "We have been planning to menu with Uday and the team for six weeks. It really is the best of both cultures."'

Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi Shankar) attended the reception with her husband British director Joe Wright.


Dancers performing at the reception.


The Daily Mail's Rebecca English shared a video of the performance.



Kate looked very interested as she chatted with guests.


The Queen greets India's High Commissioner to the UK, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, while Prince Philip chats to guests.


Indian actress Ayesha Dharker brought her own sparkle to the event.


A design by Bangalore and London-based Studio Carrom projected onto Buckingham Palace. It features a peacock design, which is celebrated as the national bird of India and dancer motifs, representing the country and culture.


British-Indian actor Kunal Nayyar who stars in The Big Bang Theory and his wife Indian model Neha Kapur.


Rebecca English of The Daily Mail also shared a short video of Kate chatting with guests.



Kate looked wonderful in the long-sleeve, pleated Rhona dress by Erdem, which is sold out (with thanks to Kate's Closet), and originally retailed for £900.


The midi-length dress features a round neckline, long semi-sheer sleeves, pleated bodice, hidden back zip and is made in the UK. The fabric is a metallic lace in silver. The elegant dress has also been worn by Princess Mette-Marit (with thanks to those who pointed it out).

Erdem

A closer look at the fabric.

Erdem

This is a particularly fun choice for our reader Christen who selected the dress as her 'Dream look for the Duchess' last September. Well done Christen, it was a lovely choice :)


The Duchess wore the new Oscar de la Renta Platinum Lamé Cabrina pumps (thanks to MiddletonMaven). The shimmering $690 pumps are described as "Our enduringly classic Cabrina pumps are reworked for the new season in glistening platinum lamé. This Italian-made pair has a sleek, architectural silhouette with a pointed toe, scalloped sides and raised back.".


Her earrings are by Indian designer Anita Dongre, who created the Gulrukh Tunic Dress worn by the Duchess on the India-Bhutan tour. They are part of the Pink City line. I thought it a lovely choice to select the designer again for the reception.


Evidently, Anita Dongre was actually at the reception. She revealed she chatted with Kate about their shared love of Rajasthan.

Anita Dongre Twitter

And a closer look at Kate's soft partial updo.


What did you think of Kate's outfit tonight? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

161 comments:

  1. Sarah Maryland USA27 February 2017 at 21:43

    I am not a huge fan of 3/4 length dresses so I wish this dress was a little shorter. But it is very pretty. I am not a huge fan of the hairstyle but it isn't bad.

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  2. So pretty!! I love the sparkle of the dress and shoes. I do wish her hair had been done another way. It is too casual a look for such a magnificent dress and pair of pumps. Also, I know the earrings are from an Indian designer but Kate has several better ones in her own collection that would have been a wow with this outfit. Interesting engagement nonetheless.

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    1. Both the shoes and dress have excellent reusability possibilities. I could see these shoes being very versetile for these kind of cocktail-ish events. And the dress with sleeker hair, bigger jewels and strappy shoes could work for more dressed up events :)

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    2. I do hope these shoes have many more outings to come, as others have said, they are to die for! I think these are the only shoes of Kate's that I've ever really swooned over, it must be the sparkle :)

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  3. It's Gandhi not Ghandi.

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  4. Nice to see many members of the royal family like this. Not the easiest history between the countries but very nice (and important!) to celebrate similarities and differences!

    Yes! I've seen this dress on the Erdem site and thought it would look great on Kate. I loved it on Mette-Marit and love it on Kate as well :) I love the flow of the skirt! Very pretty! It's glittery and festive, but not overly so. And quite sober with the sleeves. Nice balance! And I must say, it works really well with the colours of the room so it's kind of "blending in". Good choice, let the Queen shine!

    Her hair is also very pretty. Very light and romantic! And shows of the earrings well! How amazing for Anita to be there to see her jewlery on the Duchess!

    I really like this look!

    And shimmery shoes! Who would have thought!! And it totally works. It could look overly glittery with the dress... Who am I kidding, you can't overglitter (almost) anything in my book :P

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  5. I love the look. Perfect for her position and the occasion. Regal without eclipsing the Queen.

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    1. I agree with u royalfan. The dress is beautiful for the event and i really like the length on Kate, she is tall and slender and makes it look so sophisticated.

      Love from Avee in SA

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  6. I want to like this. I really do. I just don't. I feel like she has this same dress in other patterns and fabric and for me it doesn't flatter her body type.

    I love the shoes and think they should have been paired with a simpler dress like her black Preen so the shoes could have shined.

    Hmmm. Just not sure I love this appearance but everyone looks like they are enjoying themselves.

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    1. Now that you say it, it kind of feels Beulah-ish. But I'm very fond of that floaty kind of look so maybe that's why I dont mind it :P

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    2. The first thing I thought when I saw this was "Beulah!" Which means - - - I love the dress! Not crazy about it paired with the sparkly shoes (a little too much for me, like wearing a statement necklace AND earrings at the same time), but overall a winner.

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  7. Wow, that is the exact dress that I picked for Kate when we did the design-your-look-for-Kate-for-her-Canada-tour creative event on this blog!!! What a fun coincidence for me, and even more fun to see what everyone thinks of the look :-)

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    1. Hahah, nice choice!! :D How exciting!

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    2. Good job! Maybe someone from her team does indeed read this amazing blog and takes note of our style picks for certain events!

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    3. Ahhh...so I was right (see my post below), someone did select it for the Canadian Dream Styles. Good for you! I liked your choice back then and think it is definitely a "Kate dress".

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    4. Oh wow! Great job! :)

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    5. Sonja from Bavaria28 February 2017 at 11:01

      I knew I had seen it before! Congratulations :)

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    6. That's awesome Christen. Same thing happened to me on the Bhutan tour. It is pretty exciting to see Kate wear something you picked!

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    7. Christen, I posted my comment below - asking whether or not someone had chosen this dress in their "Style Kate Canadian edition". And last night I searched for your look. You choose the gray suede shoes and purse. It's a lovey look - especially for this event. You should be elated!

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    8. Thanks to all for the responses :-)

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    9. Oh well done Christen. I'll add the info now :)

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    10. You have excellent taste, Christen :) I especially love the grey suede accessories you chose to go with the dress.

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  8. Lovely dress. Gorgeous shoes. Very appropriate look when you're at an event with your grandmother-in-law ;)

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  9. Very elegant. The dress is remarkably close to the Armani Privé that Isabelle Huppert wore last night at the Oscars. I love her shoes as well.

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    1. Haha, now that you say it, it kind of is!

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  10. Kate is a beautiful,professional, mother of two who has evolved into a wonderful representative for the royal family.

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    1. I agree Annette!!!Kate looks simply lovely!! This looks like such a fun event to attend! Almost reminds me of the Bollywood party they attended in Mumbai. Love all the pomp and pagentry,dances and images on the palace walls,,the display of Gandhi's gift was the perfect touch, IMO. Thank You Charlotte!!XOXO

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  11. Absolutely stunning! I love the look :)

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  12. I love the sparkling dress and shoes! This is the first time I have thought Kate should throw her hair to the back and put on a necklace, perhaps a single strand of large pearls interspersed with tiny diamonds. Her earrings are lovely, though I continue to like Kate's own pearls best. She looks very beautiful, and very engaged. I hope we'll have a glimpse of the Queen.

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    1. And the glimpse appears - thank you, Charlotte! The Queen looks lovely in her all purple brocade. I noticed the Earl of Wessex and Prince Michael of Kent in the backgrounds of a couple of the pictures, and of course Prince Philip.

      Congratulations, Christen! I happen to love tea length dresses, so graceful and so perfect for a not quite formal occasion. But the Indian actresses in long dresses are very beautiful also. And Ravi Shankar's daughter, how special!

      Fact Checker believes Mahatma Gandhi made the shawl he gave to the Queen, but she can't find a reference to it. Does anyone know?

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    2. Ayesha Dharker's evening bag is very similar to the one my mother carried at my wedding. I still have it. I wonder whether Ayesha Dharker's also has a history.

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    3. My thanks again, Charlotte, for describing Gandhi's gift of the shawl in detail. He even spun the yarn! It is a very special wedding gift to the Queen and Prince Philip. I am glad to see it has been well cared for. That description should have come up when we googled; Fact Checker also thanks you. :-)

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  13. It would have been fun to attend this event. So many notable and talented people were in attendance.

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    1. I agree. Seemed like a very nicely planned event! I love the light effect on the palace!

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  14. Julia from Leominster27 February 2017 at 23:02

    I'm in heaven - I could even sing a verse of that song if it wouldn't torture Leo and the dogs. Kate looks absolutely lovely in that dress - the length is perfect - like the Preem I liked so much and the sparkling is divine - her hair looks beautiful - properly style and those shoes - I'm just thrilled to see an exciting pair of shoes like she wore before her marriage. Little things make me happy.

    A fabulous engagement too - love the chefs in the kitchen working together - all so nice - such a great beginning to this year of events where I hope to see William and Kate more - I had thought she might have worn one of her dresses from the Indian tour - that wouldn't have been bad but this is wonderful. The queen looked lovely too and regal in purple.

    After near misses lately - the ruffles on the BAFTA dress, the two short skirt, the two tight green suit - this is just so nice - back to the Kate we saw when she first married, where we just all went wow so happily.

    The only little touch of sadness I have is that Mette-Marit wore the same dress. It looked extremely nice on her - suiting her blonde prettiness - and was a touch shorter on her than Kate - (is she taller? I wouldn't have said so.) It was a nice compromise between the formal looks she never seems quite comfortable with and the hippy looks that don't seem princess-like. But she doesn't have Kate's figure - few of us do. I just hope we don't get a lot of comparison photos and that she doesn't mind.

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    1. I get what you're saying about MM, but what struck me was how great this dress looked with their very different bodies and colourings. Great dress that manages to fit that well on both :)

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    2. I like this dress on Mette more, I can't believe I am saying this but the reason is she has curves in it. Her blondness is also nice. So if we compare them, she is the winner for me! This dress looks like another nightgown on Kate. And to be honest, it would suit much better a gala or a premier rather than this event. But that's probably just me!

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    3. Sonja from Bavaria28 February 2017 at 11:06

      I thought it looked better on Kate than on Mette marit. I also have fair hair and I think neither ne nor mette marit could pull of a dress in such a light colour, unfortunately :( It just looks better on brunettes aka Kate and (no criticism for mette marit! I do not intend to offend anyone!) it just looks better on her figure.

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    4. I think both ladies look lovely in it, but I do agree with Sonja regarding the hair color factor.

      And don't tell anyone, but MM wore nude pumps with the dress (more fitting for her museum visit than a reception at BP). :-)

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  15. Oh i love the duchess wearing it seems. The crown princess merrit. Of norway. Wear them. Off i love the glittery shoes of her i love her make up. She looks. Fresh the queen look stunning. In purple. Dress she wearing Its. Seems. That princess eugeine is there too

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  16. Hi Charlotte, love this blog and how detailed you are with your information, if I may make one small correction the shawl is from Mahatma GANDHI not GHANDI. (I share the same last name so I should know)

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    1. Tammy from California28 February 2017 at 16:48

      Well good to know RG, I too have always spelled it wrong then! Thank you!

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  17. I like this dress - in fact, I could have sworn someone selected this dress when we made our stylist choices for the Canada tour. I know I remember seeing it. And those new heels are something I wish were in my closet. The new earrings are very familiar to the ones the Queen loans to Kate - aren't they? Her hair isn't my favorite but it looks nice from the front.

    What a pretty and fabulous event. I love the projection on the front of Buckingham Palace - the guests must have loved that as well. The Queen looked exceptionally pretty in that bright purple suit.

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  18. Not AGAIN Kate... Another off outfit. Each of these by themselves are indeed beautiful: dress, shoes, earrings and smile yet all together this whole ensemble looks so off and old. Kate looks like a 9 year old in her grannies Sunday best. The twirled hair pinned at the sides does not work for a mid thirty year old woman who has something to say or do. This dress is too "weak granny" looking for me. Someone must be briefing her stylist. Make Kate look dull - and doing very well. For such a gorgeous woman in a powerful position something just isn't right. If anyone is wondering I am thirty and right now Kate does not represent a woman of my generation. Period. Her outfits are portraying innocent girl wearing mothers clothing. This is so off putting for my friends and I who discuss this all the time. Kate can do so much for her generation but it feels like someone is stopping this.

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    1. Amen, Amy from Australia. What has happened to her? The long, long hair in these half-up-dos makes her look like a Sister Wife. (Do they have that show Down Under?) And this silhouette, that she's worn a hundred times of late, has not worked once. Finally, when she looks so stunning in almost every other color, why the pale yellow/cream? She looks in need of a tan and a rest and a new stylist, ASAP.

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    2. Amy Australia, I have to agree with you! Although I love the shoes! I expected a black suede pair, so I do like it's something different. I don't think someone's holding her back style wise though, she seemed to dress sort of "older" even before she was married. She seems to dress too mature, or too young, she hasn't found the in between for certain events!

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    3. Hi Darla, I haven't heard of this show down here I must look it up now! Hi Anonymous I love the shoes too but not with this dress. I am able to dress myself for semi formal events without looking elderly and so should Kate. Just look at Neha Kapur she looks perfect without "stealing" anyones light. Neha is 32 and looks in her thirties without a doubt and Kate should take note. Very diana in her black sparkle dress, blazer, open toe and chic hair. Neha exudes confidence, energy and class which I admire. Something Kate should exude but instead she gives us boring. I do get her if she just isnt into fashion and just wants to be at home with her babies and husband. Shame she is so lost mixing college girl with mature dressing...

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    4. Neha Kapur looks quite elegant, but I would have said she is older than 32. Hers is a very mature style. In any case, black would be considered too funereal for a member of the BRF at a reception. The Queen wears black only for mourning. Kate looks light and lively in her sparkling dress, yet she is suitably covered for the cultural norms of the guests.

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    5. Ha, so much for that custom - Princess Eugenie was all in black!

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    6. Hi Patricia, you have misinterpreted my comment above. I never suggested anyone wear black. I was commenting on Nehas' style for Neha and her general style as a woman in her thirties. You need only google her name and look at her images to see she does not have a "mature" style. This is why I am social media shy, this is my first time commenting on this blog after quietly following for years. People always misinterpret honest opinions as insinuations or something else entirely so I end up just giving up.

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    7. Hello, Amy, I was basing what I said on Neha's picture from the evening. Her look seemed mature to me. I think that is a matter of generation. Only her strappy sandals and dark toenails seemed a bit avant garde. The rest my mother might have worn. Kate, on the other hand, looked young and fresh to me.

      I hope you will not leave us, since this kind of debate is quite enlightening. It's amazing how styles come back around. My mother would be the better part of a century older than Neha!

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    8. When I followed your suggestion to google Neha, Amy, I saw a lot of very exotic, very bare styles. She is after all a model, and I assume many of these were working photos. I did see one off white dress with a large collar that also reminded me of my mother. Unfortunately that link does not copy well. Perhaps when she wears western clothing, Neha adopts a classical style. Most of her pictures were of beach type wear with a very eastern flair.

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    9. I hit the Anonymous button by mistake. That message is also from me.

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  19. I don't usually like Erdem designs, but this dress is beautiful!

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  20. Such a fast post! I love the dress but I struggle with this length. I'm about as tall as Kate and fairly slender, but I find this tea length to be about as unflattering as can be. Does anyone know if this is a guideline for tea length at this sort of event? I agree that no mini skirts are appropriate, but base of the knee would be much more flattering, in my opinion. Tea length ages her 10yrs. Even full length with a slight high/low hem to show her shoes and make it less formal. Speaking of... The shoes are very, em, Cinderella. So she's managed that if that's the goal! I think we'd all like to score a pair of those earrings.

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    1. I don't think there is a hemline guide for this. This midi-length is just very popular nowdays. So it's a style choice, not a protocol choice, I think :)

      I love the Cinderella effect of the shoes!

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    2. The shoes are very Cinderella!

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    3. Sonja from Bavaria28 February 2017 at 11:08

      I agree, I strongly dislike this length. Either floor-length or shortly under the knee, but no inbetween :(

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    4. It is wonderful that Catherine takes the occasion into consideration, versus simply making herself look stunning. She is appropriately elegant (longer length with a country that respects discretion), light and glittery (mirror many of the Indian outfits), and subdued to the Queen. Smart girl. It isn't always about stealing the show. Catherine made a wise choice respecting the host and the honored country. Well done!!!

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    5. Same body type here too ( couple inches taller). I think that it is why this dress looked better on Mette-Marit. She has a little more shape to fill out dress and that is why she looked better in it than Kate.

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    6. I would expect below the knee length is a requirement in respect to various faiths in India that prefer women to be covered to varying degrees. Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam require modesty in dress (we saw this reflected in Kate's choices in the India tour) so a tea-length hem is the best option for a semi-formal event like this.
      But I do agree, even on tall, rail-thin women, tea length is hard to make a flattering look since it chops the body up so much, bustline to waist, waist to mid calf, mid calf to floor.
      And we both had the same thought about those shoes!! They were a bit - glittery - for my taste.

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    7. Allison, I think Mette-Marit hemmed it to the knee right? I think it looks great on her and yes she's better suited to fill it out a bit more. It's pretty, I'm just not dying to put it in my closet.

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    8. Elizabeth: Hinduism requires no such thing. Ever hear of or seen a sari ? With a bare midriff ? Often bare arms? Bare necks? Indians cover their legs but are perfectly happy to bare other body parts.
      Don't ascribe cultural choices to religion. Very dangerous thing to do in these times.

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  21. I absolutely adore this dress!!! I am of the Duchess of Cambridge's admirers that rarely dislikes an outfit, gown, coat, etc that HRH wears but this Erdem is gorgeous and has some youth to it with so much elegance! The Oscar de la Renta pumps are perfect with this dress.
    Bravo Duchess!

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  22. This dress is everything!! Gorgeous!! And the shoes?! LOVE!!

    The only thing I could critique is the hair style. First this twisted back style is better on someone younger.. And an updo would have been better to balance off the high neck and long sleeves.

    But she looks gorgeous!!

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  23. Thought she looked exquisite and very royal tonight. Dress, earrings and hair all on point. Seemed a lovely evening of bringing cultures together.

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  24. Someone tell me that isn't really awfully applied self tanner in the close up with the shoes. Tell me it's shadows from something I can't see.

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    1. Okay. :)
      It isn't. That's the light filtering through the lace on the skirt and making a shadow.

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    2. It's shadows, bluhare :). Really. In other pictures you can see that there's no self tanner applied on Kate's feet and they are normal colour. I was also wondering at first what it might be.

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    3. I had the same cringe moment, bluhare but I think that is just the light reflecting through the lace. At least I hope so.

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    4. I think it is just the shadows, or at least I hope so! Otherwise, that picture reminds me of a bad self-tan job I did for my high school ball/formal/prom :(

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    5. Ok you guys . . . I'll take your word for it. I do see shadows! They look pretty weird though . . . says bluhare not quite willing to give up on it yet. :)

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    6. Zora from Prague1 March 2017 at 17:38

      Very Weird Shadows indeed! ... but on the other hand, I don't think anyone could achieve this with a self-tanner. Look at the long straight streak on her left calf - I think you would have to use a brush and a template to create this! 🖌😋

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  25. Balbina - Austria28 February 2017 at 01:09

    Well, I absolutely adore midi length dresses and skirts. And I adore them even more on Kate. So, I am one happy girl today. This outfit is a perfect example of understated glamour and I really like it. But all in all it's a bit on the unfinished side, almost a bit too 'natural' and bland. I would have added a component of strong colour. For example, Lipstick and costume earrings in crimson. I know, it wouldn't really be here style but I find some element to balance the look is missing.

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  26. I'm not sure if I really specifically like the dress, but found the color and the overall softness attractive. She looks much better in this outfit than she did in the last few postings but I do agree with Amy that she dresses more conservatively for her age and her figure. It does seem like something is amiss as in the last several months her clothing has not been quite as appealing as many months ago. Of course, no matter what she wears I love the postings and her engagements and charities. Thank you

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  27. Well it looks like I may be one of the only ones who doesn't love this look or the dress. I am often the oddball in my family so it makes sense lol. She looked beautiful I just wish it had been styled differently.

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  28. Kate's makeup looks beautiful...so glad she's branching out in that respect. The dress and shoes are not my thing...but princessy I guess?! Also modest and low key so as not to show up the queen perhaps. I happen to love Anoushka Shankar's look!!

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  29. I love this look all around, but those shoes are TO DIE for!!

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  30. Okay. The think the dress would be beautiful, beautiful, beautiful in black with the same shoes in a medium blue turquoise and her hair bumped up in the back just a little, in my opinion. It is a pretty dress but in the Ivory, it reminds me so much of the Ivory lace dress she wore to Ascot. I loved that dress. But this in the off-white tonight didn't seem to fit in somehow. In black with the shoes in turquoise, yes. I wasn't a fan of the earrings. I like the concept and design. It seemed the quality might have been lacking a little. There should have been more refraction from the top stones. I do very much love, love, love that she is wearing sparkly. yay. That piece from Ghandi was very sweet.
    The Queen was glowing. Is she amazing or what. :)
    Prince Phillip was glowing also. :)

    Becca Deacon's dress was beautiful. She looked really pretty. I hope she gets a clothing allowance since she is required at so many functions. Eugenie, thank heaven, wore a nice, flattering dress also. She is such a beautiful girl when she doesn't camouflage herself with whatever stuff she usually camouflages herself in. There is a way to look artsy without looking silly. She deserves a stylist also, in my humble opinion. When she was styled by that magazine in a ballgown, etc., at their home, she looked stunning.

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  31. Is there weird lighting on the ankle photo???

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    1. I hope so. Otherwise that's pretty terrible self tanner application. I know what terrible self tanner application looks like when I see it, as that's me every summer.

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    2. I see shadows from the dress and signs of cold (as in temperature) feet. Nothing more. Nothing less. :-)

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    3. Shadows from the lace overlay on the skirt.

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    4. Haha, bluhare :) I prefer to blind people during the summer after previous disastrous experiences with self tanning products!

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  32. Thank heaven she did not, did not wear the shoes the model wore. lol

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    1. LOL I agree, the shoes shown on the model are just plain hideous.

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    2. It looks like Charlotte updated the post with reasonably better shoes shown on the model, the fuzzy pom-pom ones are quite cute.

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    3. I think Charlotte replaced the original photo of the model because the hideous shoes are gone, replaced with pom pom ones.

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  33. So glad the chefs got to have fun with the menu but I had no idea what much of that food was, lol. It would have been fun to try it all. I can imagine the mountain of food on my plate had I been there. The Queen would not have been pleased. :), 🍽

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  34. Wow! Kate looks great tonight! The dress, I think is perfect for an event like this. Fancy enough to shine, with visual interest, but not so over the top that she looks overdressed compared to everyone else. Her bit of sparkle in her dress and accessories was very in line with the other ladies at the reception.

    Her hair, so similar to the butterfly clips she favors, was a fantastic polished version. It works well with the dress, done well, but not super formal and stiff.

    I love the earrings as a nod to India. Again, a bit of sparkle without being overwhelming with the dress.

    I think this was a great look. Based on the pics, they seemed to have fun and it must have been fun to chat with people, having been to visit India last year.

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  35. I have a feeling that this dress looks better in person than in photos... hard to see the details of the pattern. I LOVE that she is all sparkles but what is missing for me is a 3D aspect to the dress, like the fabric draping over a shoulder of a sari. Still she looks beautiful and enjoying herself. I have always been fascinated by the a British relationship with India.

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  36. This is a win for me - Kate looks very pretty. I love the shoes but I think I would have liked a berry shoe or maybe a navy shoe with this outfit to avoid too much sparkle (is that possible one asks??) and too much cream. I LOVE Eugenie's dress. That is killer. What a fun event.

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  37. I love, love, love the shoes! I think the dress is very pretty and I actually like the length.

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  38. Is that streaky self-tanning product in the picture of Kate's shoes? That doesn't look good at all, but everything else was ok.

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    1. I was wondering the same thing! Her legs look a bit weird, tanned in front and pale in back. Unless it's some kind of shadow?

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    2. That's the light filtering through the lace of the dress and the shadows of that.

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    3. I think it's just shadows.

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    4. You can see the pattern of the lace on her leg - it is shadows!

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    5. yep. The shadows follow the lines of the lace exactly.

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  39. Anja from Germany28 February 2017 at 07:03

    I like Kate's look, especially her new shoes! But what do you think about her drinking what appears to be orange juice? ;-)

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    1. I wondered why she was drinking juice too...??

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    2. It looks more like pineapple juice to me. Perhaps something often served in India, to go with all the special canapes. I wonder what Prince William was trying in the first picture. :-)

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    3. Patricia, William looks a bit apprehensive in that first pic, it's either a really hot (spicy) canape or maybe a shot of something alcoholic? Kate seems amused, so it must be the former!

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    4. Kiwi Gal, lol. The menu did read like an exotic menu. Quite a culinary adventure. William was game for it. :) Some of it had to be spicy. Hope they had lots of water available and yogurt to quickly cool things down.

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    5. It could have been pineapple juice. Doesn't Anne often partake of juice rather than wine or cocktails at many events?

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    6. Yes, surfer girl, I hope they had something yoghurt based (raita, I think it's called?) close by! :) I remember William saying he can't handle spicy curries, especially hot vindaloo!

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    7. I'm getting hungry. Lamb vindaloo is my favorite. 😀

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    8. royalfan, you are brave to be able to handle lamb vindaloo! I love Indian cuisine, but I think I may be in the same camp as William when it comes to spices :P

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  40. Love the dress, but not the hair. It make her looks "old".

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  41. Oh! I feel so sad to say this, but this is one of the very rare occasions I truly don't think our dear Duchess looks incredible. I've looked and looked at her "look", and I think it's the colour of the dress that doesn't quite suit her skin tone. Of course she looks beautiful, and stunning, how could she not - she's such a beautiful woman. The shoes are fabulous! Can you imagine this in red! It would have been a knock it out of the park dress. She's allowed a little misstep every now and then ... I still think she looks gorgeous, but it could have been prettier. A little like the Bond movie preview gown, it just don't look quite right? Seems like we're all a bit divided on this one. Can't wait to see her next wonderful engagement. (And, I'd just love to see those beautiful blow waves from her Engagement times). Sorry, I'm not in love with this one ... I really wanted to be xx

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    1. Dee, I said black for the dress with medium shade turquoise shoes but all red would have been amazing also, although that might have eclipsed the Queen's outfit, but all red would have been amazing.

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  42. I really really want to like this look... And I LOVE the colour of this dress, but it's not entirely working for me. I think it's a combination of the longer length of the dress and the closed up sleeves. However I love her shoes and the fact that it is sparkly! And her earrings are perfection to me.
    Also, I noticed she isn't wearing a clutch, maybe I am wrong but I can rarely remember her without one on occasions like these?

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  43. Buckingham Palace looks certainly nicely dressed also. What a clever thing to do.

    Ayesha's and Ravi Shankar's daughter's sari's were beautiful.


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    1. Yes, SG. The colors were spectacular!

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    2. Zora from Prague1 March 2017 at 08:59

      I liked everything: Buckingham Palace, Kate's look (a mixture of princessy + Indian allusions, in my eyes), the variety of guests and colours, the fact that there were so many members of the RF, the dancing, the saris... The fact that Britain and India can celebrate mutual links, despite the not-so-easy history... And it was a discovery for me that Anoushka Shankar is married to Joe Wright (I love his version of Pride and Prejudice) - I had no idea!

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  44. Julia from Leominster28 February 2017 at 10:11

    With people in everything from suits to saris and multiple religions represented, I suspect Kate found it wise to dress modestly, with long sleeves and a longer skirt. I do like the length, which I would call tea-length rather than the ballerina ankle brushing length of the Preen. I didn't like it on the poppy dress because the skirt just hung on Kate, but the flow of this skirt is beautiful. If her hair is to be this long, I like it pulled back, rather than in huge curls like a beauty queen. She looked very confident here.

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  45. Beautiful dress, shoes and accessories. Love love love them all. Thanks Charlotte you are the fastest and the best.

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  46. Absolutely loved this dress on Kate, something about it reminds me of Angelina Jolie?? I like the length & it had the right amount of sparkle, so as not to upstage HM! The shoes & earrings are both divine. The only thing letting this look down for me is Kate's hairstyle, I like how it shows off the earrings, but I really wish she wore an updo this time. She looks more matured here, I don't know if it's due to different makeup or her hairstyle. Buckingham Palace looked amazing lit up with the projections & the dancers added the perfect exotic touch :)

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  47. Kate's suit for the visit to the Ronald McDonald's House is so cute. Sparkly, suitable, feminine and it fits her perfectly. The blue is a nice compliment to the red and yellow of the Ronald McDonald House. Love the bob on the the little blonde girl who presented the flowers and her outfit. :) The facilty sounds sizable and nicely done.

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  48. Great look, love it all!

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  49. I love the dress and the shoes are to die for! You can never have to much sparkle and I have been hoping that Kate would incorporate more "glittery" evening wear into her wardrobe. I do like the earrings also. The hair probably should have been a bit different but she looked gorgeous as usual.

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  50. Nicole from France28 February 2017 at 13:59

    great great great ! matching dress and shoes, some glitter in the tune of Indian glitters like Ayesha Dharker's ! I personnally do not like round-neck design, and seeing how tall Kate is, she could surely do with a V-neck line , making the look a little more glamorous . But I think she looks very dull, just as if she could not stand beeing in the lights and looked at .... but she will definitely be more and more, so for her at her age, she has to show more self-confidence, which would not be a trouble as she is a very sweet person and therefore that would not look like complacently . anyway, I am quite happy she had some sparkles on, I hope sh will do it again !

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  51. I like this dress very much. It's very pretty. Perfect for the occasion. Her hair is also perfect for the occasion. An updo would be too fancy and/or formal and wearing it down would be too casual. I don't understand some of the criticisms. Kate has to dress like a Royal, she is not going to represent other women of her generation. She has to take many factors into consideration when choosing her clothes for an event. At an event as this one, she should choose to wear something that doesn't stand out too much, that allows the guests, and the Queen, to have the attention. I don't think it's fair to compare her to anyone, whether it be a commoner or another Royal.

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  52. I love this dress!! I think the champagne color looks great on Kate! I like the shoes, but would like them better with a different dress. Her hair doesn't excite me but I do think she looks nice , overall, here. The earrings are such a great touch and go with the outfit well! I'm loving all of these events! Thanks again, Charlotte!

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  53. I do not dislike the dress, but I don't think it is the right dress for Kate. The color washes her out and makes her look pale. The shoes are awesome, but I think they should get a chance to shine with another dress.
    I would love to have those earrings and I really love the thought she put in wearing these earrings for this night.

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  54. Lynn in SC (wearing Levis & hot pink Cros with a thermal top in grey)28 February 2017 at 16:17

    I think everybody, especially the Queen, looked wonderful. The Indian ladies got thing just right too.

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  55. Tammy from California28 February 2017 at 16:46

    I like this dress. What I think is really cool is it looks Indian enough to celebrate India and English enough for her to still be English. I think it's great that she wears the traditional clothing of the people when she visits places, but what to do when you are hosting at home? I think this nailed a compromise of both. Love the sparkly shoes.
    I loved the dress that Anoushka Shankar wore. I wouldn't mind seeing Kate in that one.

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    1. I completely agree, Tammy. The dress walks the line so well between a nod to India and maintaining her British-ness. Kate is so amazingly adept when it comes to culturally respectful, imaginative sartorial choices.

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    2. Tammy I agree. Kate and the Queen look great and both have that tone on tone look with just the right bit of sparkle and/or embroidery. An English take on an India look. Kate looks great and the shoes and earrings a very nice compliment. I love both the dresses that Anoushka Shankar and Ayesa Draker wore. Lovely engagement. cc

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  56. Tammy from California28 February 2017 at 16:51

    I just have to add: HOW does the Queen look so well at her age? HOW? She looked so much younger in that picture than her age. I just respect her and admire her so much.

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    1. Tammy, I agree a 100% with your every word! Thank you for both comments. I'd just add: how does Prince Philip do it, too? Aren't they incredible??

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  57. I hope you are feeling okay Charlotte. You are usually uber prompt in everything. No pressure whatsoever, just a little concern for you at this point. :), ❤

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    1. Yes! I was wondering too but didn't want to be a bother if everyone was asking too!

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    2. This doesn't sound like charlotte at all. She hasn't even been on Twitter in the last three days. Hope all is okay

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    3. My thoughts exactly. I haunt this page rather than look anywhere else for Kate info and wondered.
      I hope all is well Charlotte!! Take care dear

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    4. Thank you for the very kind comments everyone. I've been away and quite late catching up. Both posts are almost completely updated :)

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    5. Thank you, Charlotte, glad to hear you're OK!

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  58. I really like her dress and shoes, and I think the length is perfect for a woman in her position, and at this type of event.
    My quibble is with the hair. If she wants to wear it down or half-up like this, it should be cut to shoulder length. Right now it has a college-coed vibe.... so wrong for a woman of her status.

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  59. I love love love the dress! And the fact that she chose bolder shoes for a change. And her hair. This is one perfect look for me!

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  60. The dress doesn't excite me but it's pretty and does the job, doesn't stand out or overshadow the queen, blends in and covers her up. I think the shoes are a little odd but, again, they do the job.
    I would expect the hair pinned back is to prevent Kate from playing with it, brushing it back or twirling it, habits she falls back on when she's nervous or uncomfortable. In addition, this is a semi-formal event and with the queen present so something more than hanks of thick hair hanging around her face is required here.
    This isn't her best look but it's serviceable and she's not meant to be the centerpiece at something like this so this look works for this event.

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    1. What a fun occasion. The food sounded amazing.. This dress does blend into the background. I prefer more colorful attire on Kate rather than pale shades. Love the shoes. very interesting.

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  61. I really love this look. The dress, shoes, hair...spot on. The length isn't my favorite but it also doesn't bother me. I think in this case it's more important for her attire to match the occasion than for it to highlight her long legs. I also appreciate her hair variety. She never always wears it one way. I like that she mixes it up. I would do the same if I had her amazing head of hair!

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  62. Perfection from head to toe!!! Normaly I'm not a huge fan of this style dress but in this case it works!! And the sparkly shoes really completed it :)

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  63. It is so encouraging how many of us here LOVE sparkle. :)

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  64. I was just giddy to see her wearing this... It's so beautiful, so her, but so different at the same time! Her dress is stunning, her makeup is flawless, and she looks fantastic (as always)!

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    1. "Giddy", see....., clothes/Images are important. :) Anne could have had people eagerly, giddyling awaiting her next visits if she had had a stylish image, I think. Can you imagine what a double bonus that would have been, coupled with her full schedules/workloads. World stage wise, "She coulda been a contenda". :) In my mind though, and in the minds of all those whose lives she touches, she truly is, regardless of possible media enhancement. Granted, it could have been amplified greatly with an unweird, attractive wardrobe and hairstyles. A better public image. In my opinion. :)
      The young Queen and Diana "got it". We have images of two women who maximized their images and it worked to maximize influence. :)

      Cute, Jessica. I think we all have experienced "giddy" with Kate.

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  65. I am a long-time follower of this blog, but rarely comment. I have often wondered if the Duchess' sartorial choices for events are governed by dress codes set out for the Royals. In the late 1970s, the Princess Royal was on a Canadian tour, and my workplace was one of the stops. She visited in early afternoon, and I had the opportunity to tour her around the lab in which I worked. She was in a day dress with a matching hat, and I still vividly remember that she removed her glove to pick up one of the display items. Today, it would be rare to see the Duchess in hat and gloves during a similar visit. However, are there dressing guidelines attached to events, and could this perhaps be discussed in a post about royal protocols?

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    1. I too, saw Princess Anne in the early 70s; she visited a Welsh Business & I was in a school choir in the grounds. She wore a dress, coat, hat, gloves, thin-heeled shoes & an over-the arm bag,all in the same bright lime-green, a very trendy colour at the time. However, she was not fashionable, she was dressed/styled exactly like the middle-aged Queen with a hairstyle worn by the middle-aged to elderly also. Nobody young was interested in her or wanted to look like her, unlike the interest shown a little later when Diana came on the scene - girls flocked to hairdressers for a short, highlighted cut & there was a huge interest in dyeing eyelashes. Diana was in frumpy styles/hats too when first married, but thankfully, they soon went & she started to look more modern.
      Regarding Kate's dress, posters are referring to the colour as cream, ivory, champagne & 'blending in',but the article states the article states the colour is silver, much more of a party statement colour. I love the dress, personally.

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    2. Today, there is headline that says that Kate is following Anne's early hairstyles. So funny that we are discussing Anne and her styles here on the blog recently. Hummm. Not the first time something like that has happened.

      Heulwen, I agree that if Anne had had a modern, attractive wardrobe and hairstyles, her popularity would have been quite different, in my opinion. That's the human nature of things. Even with her sometimes gruff (yet underlyingly sweet) demeanor.

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    3. Zora from Prague1 March 2017 at 20:41

      Cheryl and Heulwen, how lovely you got to see the Princess Royal in person! What was she like, Cheryl, when you toured her around? I have a great admiration for her. She is so hardworking, so unostentatious. Plus, she looks a bit like my Mum. (When I talk about her and want my sons to know who I'm referring to, I say: you know, the Princess who resembles Granny ! :)

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  66. Heulwen, what does your name mean in Welsh? If you don't mind my asking. :)

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  67. And, do you speak Welsh? I am assuming not everyone does. :)

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  68. Before I met the Princess Royal I was told that I could not ask her a question so I explained the products we were working on which were a type of dog kibble. She was very interested and asked if we also worked on products for horses. I was struck by how her hands were obviously familiar with the heavy work of handling horses and also her beautiful deep rich voice. Her outfit was quite striking and paid homage to the early settlers from the Ukraine as she was also visiting/opening a museum of Ukrainian history. We are close in age and I had followed all news about her for my whole life. It was a dream come true to meet her but protocol at the time prohibited me from telling her that.

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    1. Zora from Prague2 March 2017 at 19:50

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience, Cheryl! (perhaps you could write to her about that dream-come-true now...? :)

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  69. Great post she looks gorgeous I love her he shoes and Charlotte thanks for all you do for us all!

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  70. I really love this look. It very pretty, elegant and princess. I really like the fit and color. Her accessories are beautiful and love her shoes with it. I would love to find a great repli-Kate. An all around win!

    The reception looked like a lot of fun and really interesting with the traditional dancers. I hope her and Will attend more events this year to celebrate.

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  71. I love this look!
    But am I the only one who was more interested in what the DOC had in her glass? It looked like juice, a completely different colour from the wine Prince William was drinking. Made me wonder if perhaps they are still planning/hoping/trying for a 3rd child despite how ill she becomes.

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  72. Alison, I didn't mention it in my response to Anja from Germany's comment above, but that was one of the first things I noticed & thought, "hmmm...could little Cambridge number 3 be on the cards?".

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