Tuesday, 30 January 2018

A Very Royal Affair: The Cambridges are Joined by Swedish Royals for Afternoon of Engagements!

Following a fun-filled morning in snowy Stockholm, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to the Royal Palace of Stockholm where they attended a luncheon hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia to officially welcome the couple to Sweden.


Approximately fifteen members of the Swedish Royal Court attended the luncheon, including Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel. Victoria and Daniel will be accompanying William and Kate on a series of engagements during their remaining time in Sweden. The two royal couples have much in common.Victoria is the heir apparent to the Swedish throne, she and her husband Daniel are a similar age to the Cambridges and parents to Estelle, 5, and Oscar who is two in March.


Since William and Kate got married, we've often discussed how interesting it would be to see them meeting the young Swedish royals. It's important for the couple, as the future King and Queen to build relationships with their royal counterparts. Communication Secretary Jason Knauf said "From our perspective, it's a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to build a strong relationship with the Royal families of each country, and particularly the Royals of their generation who they will know throughout their lives. Those close relationships between countries on a people-to-people level are something that Royal visits are particularly good at highlighting.”


Hannah Furness elaborated on this in her story for The Telegraph:

'As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embark on their tour of Sweden and Norway this week, they will aim not just to perform their formal public duties, but finally forge personal relationships with some of their closest European counterparts. The visit will see them join a glamorous set of young European Royalty, meeting the generation they will grow up alongside until each eventually inherit the throne.
It will be the first official trip to either country for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their first opportunity to spend time with their Royal counterparts. Although Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were at their 2011 Westminster Abbey wedding among 1,900 guests, it is understood the Duke and Duchess do not know either well.
They are likely to bond over their families: the Swedish Royal couple have two young children, while the Norwegians have three. Each are widely photographed in their home countries, with glossy magazines around the world poring over glamorous photographs of the two princesses with much the same interest as those of the Duchess of Cambridge. Both Scandinavian women have enjoyed an extensive education. Victoria, 40, studied subjects including political science, conflict resolution and international peace-building at Yale, completed work programmes around the world, speaks four languages fluently and has completed basic military training.'

The Royal Palace of Stockholm is the official residence of the Swedish monarch.


The combination of royal residence, workplace and culture-historical monument open year round to visitors makes the Royal Palace of Stockholm unique amongst Europe's royal residences. The palace was built in baroque style by the architect Nicodemus Tessin and is formed as a Roman palace. It has more than 600 rooms divided between seven floors with a state apartment facing the city and smaller living rooms facing the inner courtyard. The palace contains many interesting things to see. In addition to the Royal Apartments there are three museums steeped in regal history: the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum that portrays the palaces medieval history and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.


After lunch, Victoria and Daniel joined William and Kate for a walk through the picturesque cobbled streets of Stockholm from the Royal Palace to the Nobel Museum.


A video from KP.


A lovely photo of the royals leaving the Palace.


A great shot of Victoria and William - a future Queen and King.


The royals had an opportunity to meet members of the Swedish public in Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm, and a charming public space outside the Nobel Museum.


Crowds waited for hours to meet the royals.


The Duchess received a selection of flowers.


As did Princess Victoria.


It was a particularly exciting day for two of our readers who saw the royals and kindly shared photos.


Reader Luisa shared the following from the walkabout "We were a bit afraid that the royals wouldn‘t come over to our side anymore because they already spent so much time on the other side. But at the end all of them came over and she even shook my hand! I was so excited. She looks exactly like in the pictures and was very elegant and kind. A woman said she had a beautiful coat on and she said she found it difficult to find something to wear. She was very thankful to the woman next to me who gave her flowers. William shared a little joke with a small boy whose name is also William. They spent about thirty minutes meeting people before going inside."


Karolina was also there and shared her snap via email.


People reports:

'Karin Wahlgren, 75, from the suburb of Järfälla, handed William a special glove to wipe their dog Lupo’s paws with. “You hold the dog with one hand and use the glove on the other to wipe him,” she told PEOPLE. “He said, ‘The dog always comes in with dirty paws, so it will come in handy.’ Wahlgren was also awestruck by Kate, who she says “was more beautiful in reality than I imagined she’d be. She has a sort of radiance.”
Staci Cunningham, another member of the crowd, told PEOPLE that she chatted about the bitter Swedish cold with William and Kate. “We asked them if they were enjoying their visit,” she said. “They are. They were friendly and sweet. It was kind of them to take so much time in the cold.” Also among the crowd was math teacher Niklas Schild, 33, who told William that he’s planning to travel to Windsor to join the festivities surrounding Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19. “William told me, ‘You’ll be very welcome — it will be a very happy day’,” said Niklas.
The couple also chatted to British 7-year-olds Tia Hart and Eva Rouse, who live in Stockholm. “Kate asked us if we like living here and what kind of things we like doing,” said Tia. “We said we like tobogganing and she said that her children would love that too.”

A great photo of Kate after the walkabout.


The foursome posed for photos before heading inside.


A closer look at the historic square.


A wave from the Duchess.


The royals met a number of Nobel Laureates, and heard more from the Museum's curator about Science in Sweden and the Nobel Laureate system. Princess Victoria wore a floral print dress and coat by Swedish designer Ida Sjostedt today


More from Richard Palmer:

'British Nobel Laureate Professor Duncan Haldane, a Princeton physicist, told the Duke of Cambridge today: “You don’t have to be a genius to get a Nobel Prize.” Professor Haldane made William laugh, telling him the secret of winning a Nobel Prize: “You have to be in the right place to see something strange. All the really interesting discoveries were made by accident.”

The Duke and Duchess leaving the museum.


William and Kate's next stop was ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design.


The couple attended an event celebrating architectural collaboration and the best of Swedish design, from the most iconic and global furniture brands, to up-and-coming homeware designers with new takes on sustainable furnishings.


William meeting guests.


William and Kate met representatives from IKEA. Founder Ingvar Kamprad died earlier this week. During a chat with head of design Marcus Engman they revealed, they have IKEA pieces for the children's rooms.


They also tried out chairs.


The Duchess wore a new bespoke Catherine Walker coat and dress. In our recent polls, you awarded the brand the title of 'Kate's Best Designer of 2017'. What do you think of Kate's Walker pieces today?


Kate's dress appears to be a customized version of the Bea dress. The luxurious double wool crêpe coatdress is tailored with a saddle shoulder, funnel neck, fitted sleeves and swirling skirt.

Catherine Walker

Kate accessorised her coat with a faux fur collar and faux fur cuffs from Troy London. The brand was set up by Rosie Van Cutsem and her sister Lucia Ruck Keene. Rosie's husband William Van Cutsem is one of Prince William's oldest friends and godfather to Prince George.


Kate wore her Peruvian Connection Vallnord Alpaca Fur Hat. The Duchess last wore the hat on Christmas Day.


Kate carried a gorgeous new Mulberry handbag. Middleton Maven noted it is their Mini Seaton style. It's available at House of Fraser. A larger version of the bag is in stock on the Mulberry website.

Mulberry

It is described as:

"It is described as The Mini Seaton's sleek lines and streamlined silhouette are sized down from the regular style, ideal for a day-evening bag or to pack away for a trip. Featuring equestrian-inspired detailing such as raw-edged construction and the signature Rider's Lock, the Mini Seaton can be worn on its adjustable shoulder strap or carried by its neat top handle.

A closer look at Kate's bag.


Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Special Edition Green Tourmaline, Green Amethyst and Diamond Earrings. They were specially made to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte.

Kiki McDonough

And for her choice of footwear, Kate chose her Tod's Suede Pumps and briefly changed into her Russell & Bromley Half N Half boots for the walk.



This evening, The Duke and Duchess will attend a black tie dinner at the Residence of the British Ambassador, attended by members of the Swedish Royal Family, and representatives from government, and popular culture.

156 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2018 at 12:34

    So nice to see the royals together! Look at that look between Kate and Victoria. They are both very "bubbly", chatty and smiley personalities so I think they will have alot of fun!

    Everyone look pretty and appropriate within their own styles.

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    1. Everyone does look nice in their outfits. Kate & Victoria both look mischievous & like they’d get along great! :)

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    2. They all look like they are having such a wonderful time together. So happy for this. They all look great! Catherine's choices are perfect!

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    3. I agree Rebecca, Kate and Victoria look like they could have a lot to talk about. Victoria is beautiful and I like her dress.

      Kate looks lovely in Catherine Walker. Elegant, sophisticated and I simply love this shade of green on her! It reminds me of the D&G dress she wore in Canada. I can see Kate getting a lot of use out of it, lovely style and fit.

      Can't wait to see her look for tonight!

      Love Avee in SA

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    4. Rebecca, I have been a longtime reader and comment now and again. You must be so excited to have them in your home country! Will you be able to see them??

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2018 at 15:58

      I am very excited, indeed :) No, I don't live close to Stockholm so I decided not to.

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  2. Great photo! Love the look between Kate and Victoria ;)

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  3. What a lovely group photo with Catherine & Victoria smiling at each other.

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  4. Everyone seems to have picked up on the lovely look between Victoria and Catherine ! You can imagine they'll get on really well. William and Daniel met recently in Finland, and there were some lovely photos of them together. Loving the tour so far ! :-)

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  5. That dress is dull. Could really have used a brooch or necklace to liven it up a bit.

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    1. I agree, something from the royal collection could have made the difference. Back to basics.

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    2. Yes, she looks really plain next to everyone else. Nice dress but boring.

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    3. Hmmm, I agree as well. A longish necklace would have brightened it up no end and broken up the solid green. I'm assuming that the matching coat will jazz it up a bit for the walkabout.

      Thinking laterally - I wonder if this outfit will still fit her for St Patrick's Day?

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    4. Yeah, the dress is pretty but plain. She just needed to accessorize well and this would have gone from ordinary to something special. Nice photograph though.

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    5. Kate looks lovely- but I agree! A brooch would have been great here.

      Can’t wait for more photos. Especially of Victorias dress! Looks beautiful!!

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    6. Laura from Milan30 January 2018 at 14:33

      Apologize for Kate but this time totally agree. The dress seems to be “empty”. A brooch would have been perfect!

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    7. The plainness of the dress made more sense to me after I saw her coat. I think the coat was meant to be the showpiece of that ensemble. It’s absolutely beautiful!

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    8. I agree - next to Victoria, this dress is as bland as can be. Victoria really knows how to dres And clearly enjoys fashion.

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    9. I like the dress. Less is more.

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    10. Queen of the South30 January 2018 at 17:20

      Just to bring in an opposing opinion, I think a brooch would look really out of place. The dress has quite a young modern feel which would clash with a brooch.

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    11. Less is more, true but it can't be "lesser" than this.

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    12. Queen of the South, I have to agree. When I first saw the dress without the coat I immediately thought that it looked like it needed a brooch or something but you are right. The Queen would have worn the brooch on her coat and then transferred it to the dress when she removed the coat, That's perfectly fine for the Queen but we cannot expect Kate to dress like a 91 year old woman. Her Maj does rock those brooches, though.

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    13. It looks from several pictures that the dress hem is shorter in the front and longer in the back. The dart tailoring on both the dress and coat, which is lovely, seems to be poorly constructed. The model's dress has refined and smooth tailoring. I'm not a fan of the dress length as it looks to me like the dress shrunk. Tailoring is really important when you are constantly being photographed.

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    14. I agree. The dress has a modern and minimalistic feel to it. And it should be judged right along with the coat. US Reader said it best.

      But look at the bright side ... at least she took her coat off. :-)

      Personally, I'm cheering that it's another CW design.

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  6. I was excited to wake up this morning before heading to work and see some photos of Kate and William watching bandy hockey--and getting a few shots on goal in too. Gorgeous smiles, they seemed the perfect guests. And thanks for this photo Charlotte, and for all that you do. I agree that a brooch would have been good on this dress but the smiles and the smiling look between Kate and Victoria, IMO, make up for any sartorial shortcomings. I look forward to seeing more photos Charlotte although I may not be able to comment as I will only be on my phone.

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  7. hmm i love the duchess looks ao green and i love the floral look for croen princess victoris there something about the look and they look great

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  8. I’ll be the Lone Ranger and start the mild complaining about the length of Kate’s green dress/coat. Victoria looks gorgeous!

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    1. you are not the lone ranger. i noticed it right away. i was so hoping she would avoid the short dresses on this tour, not as short as some she wears while pregnant, but in my opinion, very un royl while working. the look between her and the princess is lovely, but these picture are historical and i feel Kate really dropped the ball in stubornly clinging to school girl clothing

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    2. If it were any shorter I would join you, Lone Ranger ;)
      But IMO this length is fine as it hits right at the top of the knee, even with the ‘bump.’ And she seems to prefer shorter hemlines when pregnant. Also, just my opinion again but she may have been going for a simpler look for the luncheon so as not to outshine their hosts, although a necklace would’ve been a nice addition. Btw, Victoria’s dress is lovely.

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    3. How can a dress hitting just above the knee can be considered too short?

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    4. Oh, interesting. I think it is completely appropriate in length.

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    5. I think the length is 100% appropriate. I'm surprised this length would raise questions.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2018 at 15:59

      We all have different styles, uppbringnings and "inner rules", Kara. I agree with you that this is perfectly elegant and appropriate, others disagree :)

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    7. Kara, it boggles the mind. I honestly cannot believe estate someone says this is "un royal"... I'm guessing it's not the intent but it seems incredibly misogynistic to me.

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    8. Jessica in Los Angeles30 January 2018 at 20:58

      I can see her whole knee! How scandalous! ;)

      She looks appropriate to me. And I like that she chose a simple look to avoid commentary and comparisons with her hosts. She still looks lovely as always.

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    9. I honestly don't see an issue with the length of Kate's dress. Ironically, had she worn Victoria's, me thinks she would be encouraged to dress her age and not wear granny's curtains. :-)

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  9. I'm not a fan of the dress and am not surprised to find that it is Catherine Walker who, despite the improvement this past year, continues to produce a lot of boring clothes. As everyone else I love the look between Kate and Victoria though!! I've been so excited for them to meet and am very much looking forward to seeing more pictures of them together this afternoon :)
    I do like Princess Victoria's dress and would love to know the brand.
    Thank you for your coverage, Charlotte, this is so exciting!

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  10. If I have to be home sick with a stomach bug I can’t think of a better day to sip ginger tea and read all About the tour!

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    1. Oh no, that sounds rough. Hope you feel better soon! :)

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    2. Im sorry to hear that you are sick, but fab that you get to watch this happening :-)

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    3. 💐 feel better soon, Rhiannonirene. :)

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  11. Just two royal houses hanging out for lunch. I love it! And Kate and Victoria seeming to have that connection though they are the furthest apart - priceless! I hope the two ladies have time to chat. They could learn a lot from each other.

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    1. Anonymous in Colorado30 January 2018 at 14:45

      No biggie, just a luncheon with other royals, pass the rolls please ;-) Love that look between them! Crown Princess Victoria is one of my favorite royals; she looks lovely.

      I'm realizing how much Kate & Princess Madeleine have in common, too! Both pregnant with their third child, both due this spring, both have a boy & a girl, & doesn't Princess Madeleine live in London part of the time?

      I just adore these two royal families!

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    2. Colorado.😊 If she does, wouldn’t it be a lovely gesture for Kate to invite Princess Madeleine to the Palace for an unofficial girl’s luncheon, with Meghan and Sophie and Autumn and Zara there. 🌷

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    3. Yes, Princess Madeleine does indeed. It's a pity she couldn't be there today, I would have loved for them to meet as well!

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  12. First impression? - A little plain but looks like she has some new emerald earings which may add something. I'm hoping they will be an elegant coat to go with this then (being a Catherine Walker) with some flashy buttons or details to lift the outfit. I'm suspect the Fur hat from Christmas and hopefully the white gown we caught a glimpse of at the Diplomatic Reception in December may make an appearance at some point over the next few days

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    1. (The earrings are bespoke I think, Mr.D.
      To commemorate the birth of Princess Charlotte.) :)

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    2. (and, they are green tourmaline, green amethyst and diamond.) :)

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  13. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2018 at 14:35

    Nice to see them meeting some locals and hanging out with Daniel and Victoria. It was fun to see in the video how chatty both William and Kate are. They got a bit behind :P Cute.

    Kate looks super elegant! Good choice to have a warm hat on, I don't know how the others didn't! Although many people seem to do it. I always freeze my ears of if I don't have a hat or at least my hair out! Either way, a perfectly elegant and warm maternity coat. She looks retro in the look, like something Queen Elizabeth might have worn when pregnant as a young woman. And I mean that in the best possible way! Super elegant!

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    1. Agree Rebecca. Kate's hat/ coat combo is quite elegant. While the unadorned dress was a disappointment for me, this is not. The purse is especially nice and I think William looks dashing in all black.

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    2. Elegant & Timeless! That's our Catherine! :)

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    3. Yes it's retro like some coats from the anime princess Sarah (victorien london).

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  14. That is one lovely coat from Kate. I suppose it will come handy in March. Both couples loooked smashing!

    And Kate's bag is a huge LOL and wearing British designs too but love it!

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    1. Hey Anett, I love her bag. :( It's a nice departure from her usual clutch & I think much more practical while out & about & going to a museum. Seems they did a spot of shopping? Is this weird, but ever since Meghan came on the scene with her handbags, I've been obsessed & so now a handbag looks actually more normal to me than a clutch on Kate!? :)

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  15. Gosh, just loving Kate’s outdoor looks. Love the green coat, and hat! Adorable!

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  16. I love the coats Kate is wearing today! Love the green of the second one and the dress. I really feel like that's her color! Goes so well with her hair.

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  17. So I guess Kate CAN change fashion styles as it seems the tiny clutches are gone for good and solid purses/handbags are now her thing. I like it. For one she can probably fit much more essentials in the bigger bags. And second of all her always carrying that clutch in front of her when she stood put a barrier between her and everyone else. The handbag allows for a handshake from being blocked by the clutch.

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    1. For good? It is the first time in a long time I see her carrying a purse and not a clutch. And I do not think she will stop wearing clutches.

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    2. Ivy, I totally agree & just posted a response to Anett above, expressing these very same type of thoughts! These days I'm Obsessed with the size & types of handbags that Kate & Meghan have been sporting! Add this to my Wishlist Please! :) xo

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  18. There's lots of footage from today on the Kensington Palace instastory if you want a fast way to keep up!

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  19. The plain dress looked very very nice when the coat, hat etc were added. The earrings are gorgeous. And a handbag---has she ever had a handbag? Could it be a gift from MM? Just kidding.

    Princess Victoria certainly sounds accomplished! That's very interesting. And her dress is so frilly. She looks like a fun person.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2018 at 16:01

      I get so confused when people shorten Meghan to MM. To me, that is Mette-Marit of Norway when talking about royals :P

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    2. Allison.😊 Kate has carried a bag similar to that once before. I forget when. And I don’t think that this is that same bag. (I thought of Meghan too.) :)

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    3. She carried a Chanel bag in Paris & sometime recently (the same one). I love both the Chanel and this one! Clutches are fine but Kate (almost) never carrying a handbag has caused many of us to be really excited when she does, I think. Myself included lol :)

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  20. Kiki McDonough, check, Catherine Walker, check, shoes she's been wearing for months now, check, hair, check. The Kate uniform ... and a bit ... staid. Then again, next to Victoria's floral paradise, most would look a bit off colour.

    Heidi

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    1. I think that was the point, Heidi. It would have looked in poor taste if Kate had out-blinged her hosts. I believe Queen Sylvia was plainly, though brightly, attired.
      A diplomatic choice.

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  21. Love seeing these two couples together. It's sometimes hard to believe that Victoria and Daniel are next in line like Charles, and William and Kate (who are their age) are in the same category as Estelle. Lol. I saw the live video and there were was a very large crowd to greet them. Twelve deep according to one reporter!

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  22. I’m afraid for me the dress is incredibly plain. Agree with everyone that some type of jewelry on the dress was needed desperately. Loved seeing a new bag, and I’m guessing that was inspired by Meghan’s choice of small handled bags.

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    1. Mcm.😊 I thought that too. Not fierce competition or anything but having another stylish woman around just naturally keeps one on one’s toes, don’t cha think? lol It’s only natural, even for confident and secure women. It’s human nature.

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  23. I love the picture of the four of them together!
    I much prefer the coat to the dress and love Victoria's coat (and her burgundy accessorizes)!
    Sorry but why is Kate leaving the museum without her coat on? We've much discussed her keeping her coat on on several occasions but somehow this is even weirder. Why would she leave without her coat, especially when it is cold outside and she has made it a point to stay warm up until now? I

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2018 at 16:01

      She removed the coat and changed shoes so I assume she changed in a room inside and they would be driven off so no coat needed.

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    2. I wondered that also, Caroline.😊 It made me feel chilly just knowing she was in minus 1 degree weather with a mere layer of dress over her. Baby was probably going, “mmmmoommmm”. :)

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    3. Yes, you're right, Rebecca but even if I was just walking to the car and then from the car to another place, I would always put on my coat in winter. It's not an important issue obviously ;) I just find it strange because I've noticed that during her pregnancies she makes a special effort to always stay warm: more boots, thicker tights, furry hats etc but then she walks outside without her coat on in rather cold weather. I give up on trying to understand when she feels cold and when warm. It is not meant as criticism but she wore a coat during one of the hottest days of summer in Berlin, she often keeps her coat on inside and then there is this: walking out without her coat when it's cold. I just don't understand ;)

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    4. Did William wear his coat? I think since they both were without coats, there must have been a reason.

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  24. Totally agree with the majority. A long statement necklace ir a broch what is needed here. Maybe a broch and these earrings. She looks way too casual compared to the others. The coat is great! And Victoria's dress is wonderful :)

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  25. Both ladies changed shoes before their walk. Nice to know even royals have a hard time with heels and cobblestone 😊

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  26. Love, love, love Kate’s coat, hat, earrings and boots.
    My kind of outfit, lol. Love it. Definitely at the top of my favorites list.
    I thought the dress was pretty except for the positioning of the darts and the dress needed more accessorizing although with what I don’t know. With her substantial earrings, more accessorizing would have to have been done thoughtfully. A brooch perhaps? (Remember. Lepley had brooches play a prominent role in her designs. They may be making a comeback.)

    I enlarged the photo and, no offense, but I don’t think Kate was looking at Victoria at all. She was looking at the King while he was speaking.

    I hope Kate’s boots had good tread as it looked very icy as they walked in the video. I wish the Prince had taken Kate’s arm. And William Victoria’s. Some cultures are more reserved than others. Are Scandinavian cultures reserved or no?

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    1. I don't want to comment on how reserved Scandinavian cultures are in general as I'm not Scandinavian and don't presume to know all about that but from what I've seen, the Swedish royal family touch each other a lot more than the British royals do. And when they have banquets, they always walk out arm in arm with each other or their guests, whereas in Britain, they walk out next to each other but don't touch (from what I've seen).

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  27. Lovely to see both couples enjoying each others company. I've often thought why W&K haven't visited the European royals more often and I appreciate that Sophie and Edward get to do the weddings and represents the Queen, Hopefully this maybe the start of more interaction between the families.

    The outdoor look, coat hat and bag, is beautiful and makes up for the simple dress underneath. I get that she wanted to co-ordinate both dress and coat but I think there should have been some detailing on the dress, stitch work or simple button work to lift it or as suggested some bling/ something like the Cartier Trinity Long Station Necklace? But maybe she was being gracious/modest and not wanting to outshine her guests.

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    1. I think it will be Mr.D.😊 My initial impression is that William and Kate will do the bulk of International and that Harry and Meghan will do inter-Commonwealth more continental stuff. Not all inclusively of course.

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  28. Is it me or did she change from shoes to boots too?

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    1. It appears that Kate started with heels for lunch, changed into boots for the walk and back into heels at the museum. Not sure why she just didn't stay in the boots at the museum.

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    2. Looks that way to me. :)

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    3. Yes she did change.

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    4. Yes, I can't tell if they are the ones from this morning or not? I thought that was not only smart but cute! Practicality! :)

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    5. They are NOT the ones from this morning.

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  29. When I look at the luncheon photo of the royals, I find Queen Silvia and Catherine to be dressed to the occasion. Catherine looks chic, although like many others I would have preferred some jewelry. The length of the dress is perfect and in proportion. Victoria on the other hand appears the outlier. Her dress is too long, fussy and perhaps better worn at a garden party. Her updo is too stiff. This look is something I want Catherine to stay far away from. In the walkabout Catherine's hat and coat are a classic. I hope we see them again. So flattering.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2018 at 16:03

      Victoria often goes for these frilly looks and her bun is her go to. They are both appropriate, although a smidge mis-matched.

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    2. That's how Victoria always wears her hair. A really tightly slicked back updo. I don't think it's very flattering, but she seems to like it!

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    3. I feel that Victoria is not the kind of person who cares how she looks. She gets fulfilment through other things.

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    4. Personally, I think it looks too severe, she could do with a better updo but I think she does it because it's something that her hairdresser can do in the morning and then it stays in place for the whole day, so she doesn't have to worry about her hair. You have to remember that unlike the other royal women many of us are watching (Kate, Letizia, Mary etc) she is not a consort, she is the heir and her workload reflects that. She is the only female heir of her generation but if you look at the female monarchs of the older generation - Elizabeth, Margrethe and formerly Beatrix - they all have a hairstyle that stays in place.
      I think cutting her hair to shoulder length and wearing it straight could work similarly and be a more modern take on this but it's her choice. And I think she and her husband are well-matched, because he always slicks back his hair too :)

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  30. I am fascinated by Princess Victoria’s dress. Has anyone named the designer?

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    1. Victoria's dress and coat are by Ida Sjöstedt, a Swedish designer. I looked them up and they make some really beautiful clothes! :)

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  31. Dark green always looks so good on Kate, but I agree that the dress is a little plain on its own. Not too short, but close. I love her coat and despise the hat. It looks nice and warm, but I just can't bring myself to like those big fluff-poof hats. I'm sure Kate will wear this dress/coat combo again for St. Patrick's day.

    Getting to see William and Kate interact with other royals their age is fascinating. Catching a glimpse of the inside of the Swedish palace is fun, too.

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  32. Also, Victoria must be used to the weather to be able to pull of sheer sleeves! I'm cold just looking at them.

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  33. Charlotte, LOVE the new banner!! I liked the morning outfit a lot - so fun and cozy. The dress - I bet it is one of those items that looks better moving than photographed. The green is pretty but doesn't pop. Her Cartier trinity necklace would have looked awesome with it, although I know that would probably be too flashy for this type of event.

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  34. This looks much better now, with the coat over the top of the dress and the furry hat, and I just love the handbag instead of a clutch (the Meghan effect perhaps?).

    Also, has anyone identified Crown Princess Victoria's coat yet? I love that! She's looked really gorgeous today so far.

    I've never really been able to put my finger on why, but I've always had a soft spot for the Swedish royals too, Anon in Colorado. They manage to strike a really lovely balance between regal formality and normality with their regular photos of their children. I'm always thrilled when another picture appears! It's a shame we won't get to see George and Charlotte with Estelle and Oscar this time around - that would have been priceless!

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    1. Princess Victoria's coat is by Ida Sjöstedt, a Swedish designer.

      I love the Swedish royals as well! They seem like such a warm and loving family and like they all get on really well :) I especially love Victoria and Daniel. I like Victoria's outfits and she appears to be very intelligent and hard working. Her husband seems to be very nice and comfortable with his supporting role, which isn't always the case with the husbands of powerful women, so I applaud him for that. I also love Madeleine who always seems so princessy. She once curtsied to the pope while pregnant, in heels and holding her young daughter and I just thought 'Wow, that's a princess!'

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    2. The coat, boots, hat, handbag are stunning. Then....she took off her coat 😔
      Wonder who was charged with carrying her “indoor” shoes?

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  35. Her Cartier loop necklace would have been the right jewellery imho.

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  36. Tammy from California30 January 2018 at 16:20

    I never thought about how these two royal couples have so much in common! What a fun trip for all of them. I imagine it will be one that creates a great friendship. Victoria seems so proud to show off her country and I think that is so wonderful.

    And, oooooooohhhhhhhhkaaaay, the hat looks good for the outfit. (You all know I hate that hat).

    I must say the snow is magical. In California it was 87 degrees yesterday. Winter has been so non-existent that even the chickens are confused and laying eggs. So to see snowfall...mmmmmmmnnnnn get out the cocoa and marshmallows.

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  37. Suzanne.😊 I agree. Victoria’s dress was just a wall of flowers and took away definition of design lines. The dress was more of a summer garden party dress for sure. Perhaps if the sleeves had been more form-fitting and not flouncy, it’s design would be better. The bodice and skirt were flouncy enough. Her hair so tight with such a voluminous flouncy dress didn’t go with the outfit.

    Her resume’ though is quite impressive. As Charlotte noted, Political Science, Conflict Resolution, and International Peace-making Skills from Yale sound like the perfect courses for a future Queen, yeh? Plus she completed various work programs around the world, speaks four languages fluently, and completed basic military training. Kudos to Victoria.
    I kind of wish that Kate had had some basic military training and, now, Meghan also, particularly since they are senior royals and since interacting with the military is prevalent in their royal duties and other obligations.

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    1. I think military training is not for everyone but I think Kate, being the outdoorsy type and sporty would be fine doing it. I think for Victoria it was more of an imperative because she will be the monarch but Mary of Denmark has also completed basic military training, so it's definitely worth considering for a consort also.

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    2. Surfer girl, you made me smile! "Royal Boot Camp" takes on a whole new meaning!! :) cc

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  38. Love Kates Jacket, hat and boots. She looks warm, comfy and sylish.

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  39. Love Kates Jacket, hat and boots. Looks comfy, warm and stylish.

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  40. Ok, I'm just jumping in without having read anything yet. I'm So Excited! This is So Awesome! I don't know if anyone else is picking up this vibe, but Will & Kate seem to be Authentically Really Enjoying Themselves! Almost like they are on vacation! I mean, being excited & soaking everything in, not just from a duty perspective, but because they are really excited & enjoying themselves! I loooove the cute look between Victoria & Kate, at either end of the group photo at The palace! These two have Soooo Much in Common & I can imagine them Really Hitting It Off! I looove seeing the four of them together as they leave The Palace! Daniel & Kate (the original commoners) having an unspoken bond, having gone on similar journeys to marry into The Royal Life & Responsibilities. Victoria & William both know the life of being to The Throne Born. The burdens & other aspects of their pre-destined life, that they have both had to come to terms with & that they are devoting themselves too, as adults. Both married Commoners. That says a lot to me. It says they share something in the way of their priorities & about who they are as people & Future Monarchs. Both Couples are trying to give their Children as normal a life as possible. Wouldn't it be great if a little of Victoria's style (re: sharing videos & special moments with the people) would inspire William & Catherine to possibly emulate? I had asked this question in an earlier pre-tour post, that was lost in the ether.... So I was wondering, what if the two couples really hit it off & want to get together with their children, (like regular couples) how does that work? Can Royal Family Members, from different countries, just hang out together for fun?
    I was thinking how cute it would be if both Victoria & Daniel & kids met up with Will & Kate & kids for a ski vacation or something? Charlotte what are your thoughts on how this works being Royals? Are there always issues of state to consider? Does a potential close friendship give fodder for favoritism? Inquiring Minds (or at least mine:) want to know! :) Ok, I Absolutely Positively Love Everything Kate Has Worn From Head To Toe So Far!!!!! Hands Down All 10's! I also think it's a cute coin-ki-dink that after all the broo ha ha over Meghan's last outfit, Here Will & Kate are wearing all Black for the first outdoor event & then Kate steps out wearing the flip side of what Meghan wore in Wales. Hunter Green with Black Accessories! Kate looks Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant! Now I'm not at All implying that there was any communication between the two, soon to be Sister-in-laws, but knowing Kate's gift for sartorial diplomacy...... Could she be having Meghan's back? We've of course seen Kate in Black before, but this is just such a "Sister" Moment! Maybe Great Minds Just Think Alike! :) I do think if she see's Meghan getting a bit of flack for wearing something or certain colors, she may very well don similar things to say "back off"! Kate's been known to be very protective of Harry & I can see her being the same way about Meghan! So anybody who's gonna smack down Meghan is gonna have to deal with Kate! :) Charlotte I love love love your coverage so far & can't wait for all the rest! It's like Christmas All over again! :) xoxo

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    1. They could definitely be friends and meet up privately. Actually a lot of the European royals do, it's the Brits that don't really participate in that - well, at least Charles and the younger British royals don't. Queen Elizabeth does have a friendship with the two other Queens of her generation, Margrethe and Beatrix. I think a big reason why this hasn't continued in the younger generations is because the British royals always send Edward & Sophie to European royal events whereas for the other countries, monarchs and heirs are attending. Also Charles doesn't seem to be interested in friendships with the European royals.
      I do think this should be changed, mainly by having William & Kate attend these royal events, plus Harry & Meghan perhaps. But this is definitely a great first step.

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    2. Thanks Caroline! :) I do hope they have made an authentic connection & continue to grow their friendship beyond this tour! It'd be nice in many ways, Will & Kate haven't had the benefit of Royal Friends their age who can understand & share what it's like to be Royals in Waiting trying to raise young families & have their home lives be as normal as possible! I really hope this can grow into a life long friendship for both young families! ( it'd be great for George, Charlotte & Baby #3 to have friends who understand what their lives are like too!) Thumbs Up! :)

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    3. That would be so cool, Becca.😊

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  41. I love the picture of the four outside the Nobel Museum. Kate looks beautiful in the Walker Coat and the faux fur hat and accessories.
    I also like the chic, simple dress.

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  42. I am so sorry to quibble, but I feel it would have been more courteous had your headline for this posting referred to the Cambridges joining the Swedish royal family, rather than vice versa. The United Kingdom is not the centre of the world.

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    1. Cecilia, this blog is about Catherine so her headline makes perfect sense :)

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    2. Perhaps I am old fashioned. It would still be possible to mention the Cambridges first in the headlne, by simply using the active rather than the passive mood. My point is simply that the Sewdish royal family are the hosts. Of course, if the meeting had been at the British embassy, it would have been a different matter. I feel quite sure that diplomats and those advising the Cambridges would be alive to the nuance, and would strongly deprecate the negative impression, or impression of entitlement, that is given by this form of words. But I am loath to criticise the writer of this blog, who does such a tremendous job, and sets herself, it would seem, impressively high standards of accuracy.

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  43. I'll be the outlier and say I like the plain green dress, the earrings are jewelry enough. Scarf? I like Victoria's coat and boots, but her 74 year-old mother looks more youthful than she does in the group photo. The granny frilly floral and bun are too much.

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  44. I think it's turning out be a smashing first day. Kate looks radiant. I loved her outdoor look and for the formal events, even if some here think her outfit is a little bare, I think it's simply, elegant and classy. I prefer it over Victoria's ensemble, which I think has too much going on. I think these two couples are wonderful representatives of the future of European monarchies.

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  45. No no no, this gorgeous dress does NOT need a necklace! The interesting collar should be the focal point of the dress and it's simple but streamlined build shines without any other jewelry. A small broach could have been fine but I think it stands alone so well. LOVING her looks today and she looks so so happy and healthy.

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    1. I agree, Alex. It is similar in construction to the lavender dress in Germany. I don't believe she wore a necklace or brooch with that and it was greatly admired.

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  46. Thanks, Charlotte; I really enjoyed the pictures and captions. Upon closer look at the green dress, I like it. The Duchess of Cambridge wearing the coat and hat looked beautiful today.

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  47. The Duchess looked super elegant and very relaxed today. Loved the dress and coat with faux fur trims, classic hand bag . I thing that this dress might have looked better with some accessorising, perhaps a broach, but its possible that in real life up close with just the earrings was enough. Looking forward to the evening wear and the rest of the tour.

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  48. This is my Favorite Ensemble To Date! It's Royal & Lush & looks Amazing on Kate! Head To Toe, A Wow!!! I may be an outlier, but I love that Kate kept it understated with the CW Dress! The focus was brought to her face & hair. I think Kate's facial expressions are her Best Feature! :) Sometimes I think "less is more" & that's how I saw the dress today. Then it served as an underpinning to that Fabulous Coat with The Amazing Fur Collar, Hat & Cuffs! Every bit The Future Queen! :)

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    1. Agreed Becca, I also saw her CW dress as less being more. Kate is absolutely glowing right now, and it was a perfect idea for her to wear the face-framing fur hat and collar with that gorgeous coat.

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  49. Sabine California30 January 2018 at 17:16

    There are a couple of shots of the coat on other sites - it is a gorgeous one. We always wonder what is worn under the coat. This time we get to see the matching dress. I love the combination. Yes, a piece of jewlry or a scarf would have added a bit of oomph. But I also love the simplicity of the lines. It would help to see her move in it. At this stage of her pregnancy, simplicity of line may be what she prefers to emphasize.
    As always, thank you Charlotte, for all the prep work you do. I love the armchair travel view you provide with your excellent background research.

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  50. Oscar will be two on March 2.

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  51. I was waiting for pictures of today's engagements to come out. When I was in Sweden two weeks ago, I did the same walk between the Palace and the Nobel Museum. Of course, I also stopped for a fika at the cafe in the orange building seen in the picture of the square :) I was also excited to see the interior of the palace since that was seemingly the area that was blocked off when I toured it.

    I'm so glad I finally got up the nerve to post here. Charlotte- I love this blog (as well as your other one) and I have learned so much about the Royal family and British history from the posts. Now if only I can move to England...I also love reading the comments from all of the regular contributors!

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  52. Too matchy matchy and plain for my liking. I also dislike that hat on Kate immensely! Especially with the collar. It looks costumey.

    I like how Victoria isn’t in head-to-toe one color and while her dress may not be to some people’s taste, I like how delicate and feminine it is. She kept her hair simple and pulled up to not distract from the details. I think she looks wonderful. The coat with the fur collar on Victoria.... perfection!

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  53. Charlotte, I'm sure you're swamped & am sorry to be a bother. Have you seen any of my comments come through for this particular post? I'm still trying to check & make sure things are working on my end. Thx if you get a chance to check! :)

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    1. Hello Becca,

      I just posted all waiting comments :)

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    2. Thx so much! I see they have come through! Now I think it's safe for me to post again & my laptop won't send my comments into the atmosphere!:) You are so sweet to get back to me in spite of how busy you are! A Real "Crown Jewel"! :) xoxo

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  54. I wasn't sure about Catherines outfit when it was just the dress, but when she put the coat, hat, gloves and bag with it - she looks so stylish. Crown Princess Victoria has always had an eclectic style, quite formal and strict but also flamboyant at the same time (althought that sounds like a complete contradiction). I love that they are getting to spend some time with other royals who are at a similar stage in life and share the experience. I do feel that Catherine and Victoria could get along quite well, but also Princess Mary too - just image the 3 of them! These 3 ladies would be a powerful force if they colaborated.

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  55. I love everything about this outfit and Kate is so so gorgeous !! She is just the epitome of beauty and grace. I LOVE the coat and the accessories. The dress - I didn't care for. It's too plain especially in contrast to Victoria. I wonder how they are getting along.

    I found the physicist's comments to be so typical. Samuelson famously attributed his theories (Economics) to luck in his Nobel speech. Typical .. The most impactful scholars are often the most humble.

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  56. Sarah from Calif.30 January 2018 at 18:51

    On my gosh, that coat, hat and earrings are delicious!!!!!!!!!

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  57. I like the dress, but I LOVE the coat, especially with all of the faux fur accessories. I've loved Catherine Walker since the days of Diana and I continue to love most of her creations.

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  58. Zora from Prague30 January 2018 at 20:10

    I like Kate's look, as well as the four royals together. Stockholm must be a very beautiful place, and so many interesting things to see! Wish I could visit it one day. The best pictures for me are the ones taken by the lucky readers Luise and Carolina. Thank you so much for sharing, how exciting that you were able to see W+K in person, even to shake Kate's hand, Luise!!!

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    1. I agree!! Luise and Carolina, it must've been super exciting meeting W&K in person!! Kate looks so lovely in this look, its a 10/10!!

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    2. Thank you Zora and Siddhii! It was indeed very exciting to suddenly see them in person. And I still can't believe I actually shook Kate's hand!!! William was actually quite funny and said he could tell we had been waiting in the cold for so long because he could see a lot of blue lips. :-) Which is true, it got very cold after waiting for over an hour.

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  59. The green dress has raglan sleeves. Does the red Bea dress have them too? I can't see them.

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  60. I love everything about Kate's look....everything, the offset buttons, the faux-fur accents...beautiful. I don't mind Kate's unadorned dress, the color and the fit are good on her. Both women look regal and elegant in their own style. They both seemed to transition from an indoor lunch to an outdoor walk with their boots quite easily. Victoria's burgundy accents and boots are smashing. Both men look particularly dapper and handsome in their coats and scarves. The picture of the four together walking in the streets and the one from the back where Victoria and Daniel are showing William and Kate their city are marvelous. A big 10 for everybody!! cc

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  61. I love everything about this look - colour, simplicity of style, fit, fur trim - all gorgeous!

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  62. This outfit is perfection. Stunning silhouette. Gorgeous color. Perfect accessories. She is lovely in every picture. The fur adds a touch of glamour. Love it!

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  63. Any info on crown princess Victoria's evening outfit and shoes?

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  64. Caroline in Montana31 January 2018 at 02:49

    On the fence a bit about this look, I like the jacket but the hat made it seem “heavy”, not sure that’s the right word?! Those are some of my favorite shoes and I am a fan of all of her Kiki earrings!! The dress was great from the bust down, it had too high of a neck in my opinion, just didn’t really pop with such full hair. Loving the new purse!!

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  65. Two for two! I feel that Kate chose well. The lines of the coat and the lines of the dress are simple and elegant. Smart of Kate to change from heels to boots and heels. Keeps her steady on her feet.

    Will and Kate appear to be enjoying themselves. What a lovely start.

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  66. Beautiful outfit and perfect for the occasion! Love the green color on her and like the way the dress fits her silhouette. The furry hat was a perfect choice for the Nordic climate and was accessorized perfectly with the gloves and the furry scarf. Thumbs up for the little bag 👌 for me a perfect outfit!

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  67. Does green have a special significance in Sweden? I ask because Catherine wore both a green dress and green coat today.

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  68. Kelly - South Africa31 January 2018 at 08:46

    Wow - I really love this blog so much.
    Thank you!
    I love these tours - its so exciting to see the clothes and the reactions of the crowds.

    I always wonder if they bring their own security team or if the hosting country supplies them?
    Also the Duchess carries her babies so well, she barely looks pregnant in these pictures. So neat and tiny right till the end - how lucky!

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  69. I adore this look so much. I'd wear every piece. Every one. Not as big a fan of the hat, but that's because it would never work on me... on Catherine it looks perfect. I love this shade of green on her.

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  70. Can anyone ID the pants/tights that Kate was wearing for the Sweden Day 1 Bandy Hockey Event?

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  71. The green and black outfit looks great on the Duchess! My favourite is the handbag, which I will order soon.

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  72. Fantastic post thanks charlotte and Kate looks fab

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