Sunday, 7 January 2018

UPDATED: The Cambridges Join the Queen for Sunday Service!

A smiling Duchess of Cambridge was photographed arriving for Sunday Service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate.


William, Kate, George and Charlotte enjoyed Christmas with the Royal family on the estate before reportedly ringing in the New Year in Bucklebury with the Middletons. It was thought the family had returned to London ahead of the beginning of term at Charlotte's new nursery last Thursday. It now looks very likely Charlotte will start during the coming week as Prince George returns to school at Thomas's Battersea. Below, William and Kate arriving with the Duke of Edinburgh this morning.


Kate's sister Pippa Matthews and her husband James were in attendance. Pippa wore The Fold Clarendon Coat with a navy fedora Jess Collett hat. With Kate celebrating her 36th birthday on Tuesday, I expect the Duchess is once again enjoying a low-key celebration with family and friends at Anmer.


William and Kate's close friends James and Laura Meade also joined them.

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William and Kate's neighbour the Marquees of Cholmondeley was photographed; I expect his wife Rose was also there.

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Her Majesty arriving in vibrant pink.


Locals and well-wishers gathered to greet the royals.


Kate selected her popular Moloh Turpin Coat today.


She debuted the coat on Christmas Day 2014.


The £685 eighteenth-century style garment is from the 2013 collection and comes in brown and cream check with flecks of orange.

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Kate wore it with a Russian style fur hat. The eagle-eyed What Kate Wore suggests it's the Lacorine Sumac Style in chocolate brown. Susan referenced a Claudia Joseph story which revealed the following "Kate bought the Sumac hat in black, chocolate brown and champagne, while Pippa wore a brown one to the Cheltenham races in 2013."


Kate teamed the coat with her £267 Tod's Pumps with fringes. The shoes feature an almond toe, fringed detailing and metal buckle on the toe, with leather insole.


In the photo below, we can see Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings.


Kate wore the brown Cornelia James Clementine Gloves with faux fur trim. I received an email from the brand confirming.


And Kate carried her gorgeous burgundy Chanel bag from Paris.


A closer look at the bag today.


Wishing the Duchess a very Happy Birthday! 2018 promises to be a very exciting year for her. I expect we'll see the release of a photo or two to mark Charlotte's first day at nursery over the next couple of days.

94 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden7 January 2018 at 13:50

    How nice to see them again joining the family to church! Great to se Pippa and James joining as well!

    And a perfect british country look on Kate! A good repeat of the coat! This brown look is very flattering and pretty but still muted and rather unassuming! Good choice! And I still love those shoes!

    Looking forward to seeing them at their upcoming engagements and Charlotte starting school! I assume that the nursery might do as they do here. The regular kids start earlier and they get back into the swing of things before the newcomer kids starts getting schooled in!

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  2. Love those Christmas with the Royals! Have a great new year!
    XOXOXOXOXO

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  3. Oh this is my favorite coat of Kate's! So much so that I see about trying to find a similar one this year (at a slightly lower price point!). Indeed, my Christmas church outfit was identical to what she wore today- fur hat and all! What an exciting way to wake up this morning!

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  4. The look on that woman's face as pippa walks by!

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    1. Anglophile in Ohio7 January 2018 at 15:38

      The same woman had the same expression in a photograph in the Telegraph, only in that one the Queen was getting into her car after services. I don't think it "means something."

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    2. I noticed that, too, bluhare!

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    3. What look? My grandmother always looked like that in public. I always called it her "composed" face--like she had taught herself not to frown but not to grin either.

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    4. Don't you also notice Pippa's expression? She somehow doesn't seem very happy...

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    5. The lady appears to be looking at the photographer, and so does Pippa.

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    6. Maybe, she is thinking about her avocado breakfast later that day :)

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    7. Patricia I, me thinks we are looking at the same photo.

      I see the woman looking to her left, and Pippa actually appears to be trying NOT to smile at whatever may be going on to her right. :-)

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  5. Lovely to have an unexpected outing and loving all the recycles. I think a fur hat suits this coat better than the Christmas day outfit and it all looks great with the block-heel Tod courts, they make a great winter pick.

    I love that coat but I notice it didn't have a fur trim on the cuffs last time. Does Kate have fur trim gloves, I'm familiar with her penchant for bows on her gloves but don't recall a fur trim other than for skiing.

    Thanks for a Sunday post!

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  6. It is so nice to see Kate and Wiiam with member of both family.They must spend beautiful and warm time in Sandrigham.
    This coat is so british and classic.She looks lovely and as always perfect.

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  7. Love Kate's outfit. Loved everything about it. Definitely wish Prince Phillip had worn a hat and scarf. He looked like he was very cold.

    I wonder if Kate will get any bling for her birthday?
    Maybe we will see some new pieces? Hopefully not Kiki, although I like her pieces, I think something different would be nice.

    Glad Pippa is helping celebrate Kate's birthday. πŸŽ‚ The Daily Mail was reporting a while ago on renovations she and James were doing to their house and included diagrams of their home. A huge spread for the city. Apparently she has household employees.
    I wonder if Jame's parents have been able to restore Eden Rock after the hurricane? Not sure about Pippa's hat. I like the coat though.
    What do you all think of that brooch on Pippa's hat?

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    1. I think it’s odd, not a fan of the hat or its ornament. Could Pippa be expecting? Her silhouette has a bit of a bulge.

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    2. Surfer girl, to say that I have mixed feelings about the brooch would be an uderstatement... I think it looks so much out of place and childish and cheap. I don't know whether there is some background or meaning to it, and if so, I apologize for bashing it. For me however, it is a huge miss especially for such occasion as today's service and probably for any other as well...

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    3. I felt exactly the same way about it, Ella. I thought it very odd and out of place. Not a fan of the hat with the coat either. Too harsh and business-like.
      I like the coat though.

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    4. Just saw the earrings. I don't like them with this outfit even though she might have on a dress that would match. Kate has worn earrings a couple times that seemed out of place with the outfit she had on. :)
      The outfit is photographed on the way to church so having the earrings match both her outerwear and dress would have been nice. :)

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    5. I think the brooch breaks it up a little. As in not "too much navy", lol. And it appears to be a free form star which is not totally out of place, is it? :-)

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    6. The star just does not quite work as a design element....if it was part of a PR fundraising event, then Yes, but it is just very odd looking....I may be wacko in my design sensibilities, but when I look at that hat with that very odd looking gold star , I think WHAT!!!! It just makes no sense except for a fundraising or marketing product.So I blame the haymaker for just adding a seasonal or fun element to try and del hats... so maybe do not buy hats from this business.

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    7. ali.😊 From the website of the milliner, Jess Collette, it seems the designer is somewhat bohemian and prides herself on wacky design. Personally I am not a fan. I haven't liked any of her designs that I've seen.

      What was Pippa thinking in wearing that silly hat?
      No offense to anyone who likes it. It makes me think of the television series Batman and Robin
      ✨Pow. lol

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    8. Pippa's hat is awful and that brooch, bad choices.

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  8. lol. bluhare. I had the same reaction. :)

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  9. Nice to see them again in a private setting. So they are still enjoying private time at Anmer.

    Seems Kate has a faible for that Russian kind of furry hat 😊

    Look forward to the January engagements and the Sweden tour.

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  10. I love Kate's shoes and the fuzzy hat.

    Has it been confirmed that Charlotte hasn't started school yet? Do you think she will start tomorrow (Monday)?

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    1. Hello,

      I've heard several rumours but no one seems to know definitively. I'm guessing Charlotte will definitely start this week. George is back on Tuesday.

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    2. Thanks. I'm really hoping to see a new picture of her when she goes to school. I was disappointed that they weren't at the Christmas service and that the Christmas photo was an older picture. The only one we've seen lately is just them in the back of the car for the Queen's lunch, but that's not quite the same.

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    3. Well if George goes back on Tuesday then I say Charlotte starts school Tuesday or Wednesday. She may only go 3 half days or even two half days to start. She is still very young, it is more like daycare at her age than school.But she may be more than ready for some other kid interactions and lets face it, living at KP does not mean having neighborhood friends....

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  11. This coat is one of my favorites. It’s so understated and chic. I despise these huge Russian style hats, though. To me, it just looks like a big animal decided to use your head as a (rather precarious) perch. At least it must be warm!

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    1. Kate Brown Fur Hat is probably borrow from inter Pippa, because Pippa wore it a few years back with wool yellow coat.

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    2. Thank you Blondie :)

      I've added a couple of additional photos to the post.

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  12. Kate looks really pretty and appears very content and happy. Pippa's hat with the star is not that attractive.

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  13. So lovely to see the Cambridges spend time with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Also with the Middletons! I can't emphasise how important family is. We should never take them for granted. Also old friends. Other articles showed James Meade and his wife there. So it looks like a little birthday get together got Kate, who by the way just looks radiant.

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    1. So agree, love to see the family time and old friends in the group also.

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    2. She really does! Such a lovely looking time for all of them! :) xo

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  14. I've got a feeling that Pippa is also pregnant. Any thoughts? I know it is often unkind to speculate on pregnancy, but I would be so thrilled if she was!

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    1. Sumo.😊 Perhaps they've just expanded their house for a reason? 🍼

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    2. You know, I could see that as being another reason Kate might have wanted to have a 3rd child. So that she & Pippa could have babies that were closer together in age & could grow up together. (whether Pippa's pregnant at this time or not).

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  15. Those profile pictures demonstrate how much Prince Philip and Prince William look alike. They are all three obviously enjoying each other’s company. I like Kate’s wintry outfit, and also Pippa’s, especially the hat with the star.

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    1. Zora from Prague7 January 2018 at 17:48

      Patricia I, I also noticed the likeness! It's so lovely and heart-warming to see Prince Philip's features in William, isn't it? At the same time, William looks very much like his mother. A wonderful mixture!

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    2. Oh My, as one gets older those common features do appear, in facial and personality features.

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    3. You Know.... With all the excitement over "The Crown", I have been re-watching all the documentaries & shows that surrounded The Queen's 90th Birthday. Whenever I see that film reel played from her 21st Birthday in Africa, when she pledged her service whether her life be long or short, I am struck by how much of her (at that moment in time) that I see in William's face when I watch her, from her nose, cheeks, mouth & chin. Check it out! I'd love to know if anyone else sees it too?

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  16. Who was with the Queen? One of her cousins?

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    1. Zora from Prague7 January 2018 at 17:49

      One of her ladies-in-waiting, I'd guess?

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    2. It looked like the person who has been her Lady in Waiting person forever:)

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  17. Not a fan of the hat w/ a star that Pippa's wearing. Like the coat though. Wonder when we'll hear a pregnancy announcement from her?

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  18. Iam so in love with her hat and the gloves. Any ID? All a very happy Sunday-and thank ypu for this lovley post <3.

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  19. I believe Pippa has worn one of those 'star' brand fedoras before at Wimbledon. I think it might be by Jess Collett but I'm not certain. I don't believe it's a brooch but part of the hat. No doubt she is there for Kate's birthday.

    Kate looks very nice - I've always liked that coat. I'm glad to see her and William going to church with the queen and Philip.

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    1. You're correct, Julia! Not sure it it's exactly the same hat, but a JC it is.

      https://www.jesscollettmilliner.com/products/electra-fedora-navy

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  20. Not sure what the star means, but Pippa has worn it before on a hat.
    https://www.jesscollettmilliner.com/blogs/news/pippas-wimbledon-hat-is-jcm

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    1. The star doesn’t mean anything, it’s part of the milliner’s design.

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    2. The website calls it "our signature star pin."

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  21. Yay for the Chanel bag! Kate looks a whole month further along in this coat now than when she wore it during Charlotte's pregnancy. Very early April baby, I'd say.

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    1. Agreed, Erika; my money is also on very early April. That gives her plenty of time to recover before May 19. I suppose we’ll have a better idea of the due date when her maternity leave is announced.

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    2. Yes, definitely, US reader.

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    3. My thoughts as well. I was wondering if she had to move the buttons even.

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    4. I was wondering if she had the coat altered as well, Elle. It didn't seem to have that much extra room last time

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    5. Yep! I say Early April Too! :)

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  22. I love this coat but hope Kate is not going to regard it as 'maternity clothing' now and retire it after her pregnancy. I also love the outfit as a whole - especially the bag - but hope that the fur isn't real.

    I like Pippa's coat and shoes but not her hat. To me it is more of a 'cool' hat - a hat to go shopping with but not a hat for going to church with the Queen.

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  23. I love Pippa's hat. I've always been a fan of fedoras ever since Humphrey Bogart . . . Well. Anyway, I like it. I wonder what the star means, if anything? She's worn it before I understand, so it must "mean" something. Kate looks great; I like how the fur trim on the gloves complements the hat. I love that coat. Prince Phillip, who is such an amazing man to be walking to church at his age, I hope wasn't cold without a hat or scarf or gloves. William's hands looked cold, see how the one is clenched as he walks. Either that or he doesn't like having his picture taken.

    It will be lovely to see Charlotte start nursery school. Maybe she will be the boss of the entire classroom within a week if reports of her personality are correct.

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    1. LOL at the image of Charlotte being the nursery school boss. She does rule the roost by the looks of it. I can imagine her as being a very competitive athlete one day. Maybe tennis, if the stories are true! Although she also seems to like books very much and might turn out to be an academic!

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  24. It's good to see and hear that Kate and William are spending time with the Middletons. What a wonderfully close family they are. Kate looks very pregnant now. I am excited for the baby and see how they are as a family of five. As for the wardrobe, I think Kate looks nice and cozy. But I agree that Pippa's hat seems a bit strange.

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  25. lol, Marci.😊 Princess Charlotte will immediately assume leadership πŸ‘ΈπŸΌ of her little group and then the entire class. I have no doubt. :)

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  26. I love this whole look today on Kate. I remember her wearing a similar hat back when she was dating William, I believe, and I liked the look on her then. Here is a pic....I hope this link works! Thumbs up on todays look.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/362680576213040733

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    1. The link works. :-) I love this style hat on Kate. IMO, it frames her face beautifully and it is sooo classic.

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    2. I agree with you royalfan :) I too think it frames her face beautifully....and I know for myself, I couldn't pull off that style hat. It's a great fit/look on her. Glad the link worked :)

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    3. She wears it well! So lovely & sharp! :)

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    4. Ladies, I think this style is my favorite "off-duty" hat. :-)

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  27. Laura Meade was also present. The Sun has that picture of Pippa and James arriving, and you can see a slight glimpse of Laura’s head.

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    1. Yay for family and good friends! Kate is blessed with both. I hope they have a very lovely birthday celebration with her. I suspect Michael and Carole were watching the kids as it's common that they give Maria a holiday off.

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  28. Anonymous in Colorado7 January 2018 at 22:21

    Happy Birthday to the Duchess! I've always loved this coat & the hat looks incredibly cozy. Hey she's not carrying a clutch! The Meghan effect?! ;-) (I'm only kidding, people are pitting these two wonderful women against each other in so many aspects, I don't mean to add fuel to the fire lol.)

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    1. I thought of the same thing when I saw the Chanel purse,, The Meghan effect!!!It was lovely looking at all of them attending church service, did Michael and Carole attend as well, does anyone know?

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    2. Didn't Kate have that purse from before though?

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    3. Yes surfer girl she introduced it during The Paris Tour! :) I do hope Kate can continue to explore her fashion options & introduce new items & styles without anything being attributed to Meghan. As well, I hope Megan can explore & play with her new & possibly more conservative style without any reference to Kate! We can dream can't we? :)

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  29. Charlotte.😊 Thanks for the photos of James, Laura and David. Would loved to have seen what Rose wore but she seems uber camera shy. Nice to know they are getting to spend some time together.
    Thanks for the research and photo on the gloves. They are beautiful.

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  30. Like the outfit except for the brown hose. I just don't think brown hose flatter anyone.

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    1. I can certainly agree with that!

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  31. (The Electra Trilby hat is what Pippa's hat is called.)

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  32. Rhonda - Wisconsin8 January 2018 at 00:49

    I really like Kate’s outfit today - especially the hat! She looks lovely and happy. Hope her birthday is fabulous.

    Charlotte - what would you think of starting a baby pool? We would guess the date of birth, sex of baby and the weight. Closest to it wins. Just a thought...

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  33. Charlotte <3 I really enjoy your posts. About the large hat the Duchess is wearing. Absolutely lovely, but does she wear it during the church service? It seems rather large and warm for the service.

    Thank you,
    Marna from Texas

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  34. Charlotte lovely too see the duchess and im glad too see pippa and james too its nice too see too hmm i love the idea of famiy the middletons knows how family. Is important and i know the duke and prince phillip are close too i love the duchess coat and fur hat I think piippa looks great roo i love fandora hat hmm the duchess and the duke closed family ties each family

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  35. Gorgeous! I love her winter style. That hat looks so cozy.

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  36. Wonderful to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at church with the grandparents. Also nice to see Pippa visiting her sister. The Duchess of Cambridge looks great and happy. Thanks Charlotte.

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  37. Kate looks very elegant. I love that type of Russian hat. Just gorgeous. I hope Prince Philip was warm enough, he is amazing. Nice to see them all together. Happy Birthday to Kate.

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    1. I agree with you Tedi! Kate looks lovely and the hat is elegant! Shades of Dr. Zhivago. Everybody looks very happy. Ditto on the Happy Birthday to Kate! cc

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  38. Both Peruvian Connection and Lacorine have those warm alpaca fur hats in various colors. I wonder which brand Kate is wearing.

    http://www.peruvianconnection.com/product/890001-vallnord+alpaca+fur+hat.do?sortby=ourPicks

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  39. Charlotte would it be possible to do a royal baby poll?

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    1. Hello!

      Yes, we'll be doing a poll on possible names for the baby during the next quiet period :)

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  40. Kate shines with her baby bump and small weight gain she is glowing and beautiful as ever.

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