Thursday, 1 February 2018

Red Carpet on the Snow: The Cambridges' First Day in Norway!

The second leg of the tour officially began when William and Kate landed in Norway at Gardermoen Air Force Base, outside Oslo.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were scheduled to visit Uppsala Airbase before departing for Norway this morning. Unfortunately, heavy snow forced the cancellation of their final Swedish engagement. Due to the change of plans, they left from Arlanda Airport in Stockholm rather than Uppsala, where they received a briefing on the Swedish Armed Forces from Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. During his speech last night, William said "Your security concerns are ours, and it is hugely important that we continue to work ever more closely together to reduce threats".



The Duke and Duchess were met by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.


William and Mette-Marit were colour coordinated in their coats and red scarves.


An arrival video.


The Telegraph reports Kate has never met Haakon and Mette-Marit before today. As in Sweden, where they were accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, the royal couple will escort them on several engagements in Oslo.


Mette-Marit, 44, studied ethics in Oslo before taking courses at SOAS, University of London, in development. Last year, she openly spoke about how a sudden onset of vertigo left her fearing early menopause. The couple have two children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 14, and Prince Sverre Magnus, 12. Mette-Marit also has a 21 year old son Marius Borg Hรธiby from a previous relationship. Last year she spoke about the level of media intrusion her son has experienced: "The last few years have been characterized by developments that I as a mother would naturally rather do without. Marius has been subjected to pressure from elements of the Norwegian press that I think is beneath them."


Simon Perry shared a video of the 'Narnia' like weather conditions.


Kate's PA Natasha Archer made a run for it armed with bags and a box.


From the airport, the royals travelled to the Royal Palace, where The Duke and Duchess will stay at the invitation of King Harald and Queen Sonja.


The Duke and Duchess were officially welcomed to Norway by The King and Queen.


William is welcomed by the couple.


The King and Queen hosted a luncheon, which was also be attended by other members of The Royal Family.


Ahead of the arrival, Kensington Palace said "The Duke and Duchess have asked, as with previous overseas visits, that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Norwegians as possible. The UK’s links with Norway are extensive, and Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the people of Norway." The two-day visit will see the Duke and Duchess learning more about Norwegian entrepreneurship and innovation, meeting young people with a focus on mental health, an official dinner at the Royal Palace, and a visit the ski jump Holmenkollen, one of Norway's most iconic landmarks, which boasts dramatic views over the city of Oslo.


The royals exchanged gifts.


Laura noted the Duke and Duchess gave the King and Queen an official photo.


Oslo is a captivating city filled with stunning architecture.


These quaint houses in central Oslo date back to the late 1700s and 1800s.


The Oslo Tourism board shared the following photo with the caption "A floating sauna with a view to the Oslo Opera House. Something for Prince William & the Duchess of Cambridge when they visit."


After lunch, the royals met locals gathered outside the Palace.


A wave from the Duchess.


A sea of phones and cameras in the crowd.


The Duchess received flowers.


William and Kate took a selfie with Tonje Tejera who is celebrating her 50th birthday today. The couple wished her a Happy Birthday and Kate said "It was my mother's birthday yesterday".


Reporters described the turnout from the public as "huge".


They visited the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens, which opened last year in the name of Princess Ingrid Alexandra to mark the 25th anniversary of The King's reign.


Appropriately, Princess Ingrid Alexandra led the way.


Kate chatting with Queen Sonja and Princess Ingrid Alexandra.


The sculptures, of which there are now four, are designed by and for children, through cartoon competitions in schools across the country.


They posed for photos.


Fires were lit along the path the royals strolled past.


Next, the royals attended an event held at MESH, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-up companies to grow their businesses and thrive in a creative environment.


Encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation are high priorities for Norway and the UK, with plenty of exciting collaboration across the North Sea.


A great photo of Mette-Marit, Kate and William.


The royals met a number of Norwegian and UK companies based at MESH showcasing their work, and will see how some start-ups are tackling issues such as the environment, and mental health and wellbeing, in new and engaging ways.


Simon Perry reports "Prince William and Kate take a trip down memory lane as they watch a special film of where they met — St Andrews — while trying out an exercise machine aimed at dementia sufferers".

Kate, Mette-Marit and Haakon watch on.


Kensington Palace shared a video from earlier in the day: "Earlier today, The Duke and Duchess got a special demonstration of The Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter jet as they flew between Stockholm and Oslo".


It's a hat-trick for Catherine Walker! Kate chose another coat by the brand today. The piece has a funnel neck. I expect Kate ordered the bespoke coats specifically for the tour and with fittings and measurements at this stage of her pregnancy, it may have been the easiest option to have one brand create several pieces.


Underneath, the Duchess wore the very pretty Seraphine Marlene dress.


From the product description:

'Worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Seraphine’s Marlene Maternity Cocktail Dress is a true statement piece, perfect for special occasions. The soft woven skirt sweeps elegantly to the knee, creating a flattering A-line silhouette that’s perfect before, during and after pregnancy. The stunning lace bodice is lined in comfortable stretch jersey, while the elegant long sleeves are made in stylish peek-a-boo lace, with subtle bell detailing at the cuffs. Velvet ribbon detailing at the empire waist, cuffs and collar complete the look.'

The Duchess wore her Sumac Lacorine Luxury Alpaca Fur hat and her sapphire and diamond earrings.


Kate wore her Tod's Suede block heel pumps.

Tod's

In the afternoon, Kate changed into the £455 Russell and Bromley Half N Half Stretch Knee High Boots (with thanks to Middleton Maven).


Kate carried a suede clutch.


Sara swiftly noticed Kate's Cornelia James Clementine Gloves with Faux Fur Trim.

Cornelia James

This evening, The Duke and Duchess will attend an official dinner in their honour at the Royal Palace.

202 comments:

  1. Courtney From NC1 February 2018 at 09:56

    What a bummer that the last engagement was cancelled for everyone involved! The fans who would have been excited, the military and officials who have prepared for it and even for Will and Kate.

    A positive from this situation was them being able to get a flight out even with snow. I am sure Sweden is used to dealing with snow but weather is persnickety sometimes.

    Another positive is that it isn't a busy, floral, ruffly mish mash of styles and fripperies. Can't wait to see the whole outfit! It looks promising simply because it appears to be the antithesis of the two Erdems!

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 10:30

    Too bad they had to cancel an event but the weather not even royals can control. They get a more realistic view of our country with snow though :P I love snow, but it has it's challenges!
    Good thing they at least got to do part of the engagement with the briefing.

    I'll be away this afternoon a bit (what are the odds that me, who never leaves the house, has an appointment right smack dab in the middle of their tour! Oh well!)

    Can't wait to see them land! So much snow there too! Hopefully it will make for some great pictures!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden,
      Are you sure your appointment was not to meet them. May be you stopped by the airport today? Somehow and somewhere, I hope you have met them, or, will in the future. Enjoy your outdoor day. Have a nice one. Sweden and its royal couple had been interesting. Have you tried the vegan shoes yet?

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 15:20

      Hahah, sadly not. A semi-medical appointment!

      I hope I and many of us here meet them in the future!

      It has been really fun following the tour so far. I love when royals from different countries interact!

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  3. Oh god too bad there on norway noe. Snowing really bad

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  4. It is Catherine Walker und Seraphine for today.

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  5. Duchess fan from Downunder1 February 2018 at 12:02

    I hope we see ankle boots at some point. Tights with cute ankle boots would’ve looked on point with this outfit, and potentially warmer (or at least would not make me feel as cold seeing Kate in those shoes!)

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    1. I see she changed into boots for her walkabout. A very sensible decision given all that snow...any ID on them as yet, I wonder??

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  6. I have only been to Norway once, but it was a snowy paradise then as well. So beautiful, like a fairytale! I love Kate's coat, phew back to classy simplistic, and no curtain and sofa fabric -Surfer Girl :-). I am really excited that Kate and William will get to expand their Scandinavian connections further.
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  7. I shudder to think of the high neck ruffled monstrositys Kate and MM will wear to the dinner tonight

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    1. Wait until you see the dress under that coat then. A high-necked, fussy ruffled horror!

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    2. Zora from Prague1 February 2018 at 13:54

      Please, is it really necessary to use such strong words as "monstrosity" and "horror"?? Without even adding "IMO" or something? It seems very unkind to me. Freedom of opinion, yes, fair criticism, yes, but this sounds like utmost negativity to me.

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    3. Wow. I didn't have to wait until tonight. This one is better than the other two Erdems but that's not saying much.

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    4. I thought I was still dreaming. But no. It is another one of those silhouettes. I am astonished.

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    5. High necked and lacy, but absolutely not a horror. I think it’s quite nice, actually, and very Kate. It’s a relief to see her in actual maternity wear at this point.

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    6. I was a little disappointed that todays dress is so similar to last nights dress in color and style.

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    7. ������ Your post gave me a much needed chuckle this morning. I am certainly in the minority as I have liked both Erdem evening dresses and the today's Seraphine dress. Catherine is dressing for her position as future Queen Consort, regal and dare I say, timeless. She has gone from Kate to Catherine in my eyes. While the choices have been controversial, they will stand the test of time. Twenty years from now, we will all come to realise just how truly classic and timeless Catherine really is.

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    8. I agree Zora, and I was just about to post a comment echoing what you just said. It's fine to not care for something but to post comments with such negativity and harshness is unjustified and not what this blog is about. I didn't happen to care for the two evening dresses, but I do happen to like the dress Kate's wearing today. So you've just insulted those who - even though maybe there are not many of them - do like the dresses.

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    9. MD.๐Ÿ˜Š Me? Scared of ruffles? Not really, lol. Erdems? Yes, although appalled would be a better word.
      I have ruffled tops in my closet now. My ruffles say that they adamantly disavow any kinship with Erdem. :)

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    10. Maybe people need to invest in some thicker skin on this blog. Must we always get our underwear in a wad about what other people think or say about someone else's clothes.
      Maybe there are other worthwhile things to get upset about.

      And fyi - I actually like this dress. But I can understand why someone else might find it to be monstrous.

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    11. Using these words mean we insult those who actually like the Erdem dresses?! LOL! Thanks for the laugh!

      Rosman +1

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    12. And thru this tour Catherine the Great is developing a thoroughly tough thick skin to those who think 'monstrous. She has been showing a preference for this style lately and may she continue to stand for what she prefers.

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  8. Looks like a messy bun for me...

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    1. Ha, I was about to say the same! Love a good messy bun.

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    2. This is how you do a messy bun right....not so messy that it's an actual mess!

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    3. I don't think she was going for a messy bun look! Looks like a few pins came loose from an otherwise classic chignon?

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  9. What a beautiful coat this seems to be - hope we will get a closer look later on. I love Kate in blue! It looks as if some kind of covering has been put over the snow - perhaps it’s icy underneath? Everyone is all smiles, but poor Natasha is pretty much laden down!

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    1. Thanks again for the near real-time posts! I am enjoying them thoroughly!

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  10. Zora from Prague1 February 2018 at 12:20

    How exciting to see the Cambridges landed in Norway! Thank you, Charlotte, for the fast post. Interesting that this is the first time they have met the young Norwegian royals.
    The snowy forest is magical! Looks like Mr.Tumnus may be hiding behind any tree :) And Oslo must be a fantastic place. Norway has been number one on my travelling wish list for some time now, I'm happy to be able to "taste it" through DKB.
    Looking forward to whatever the day brings!







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    1. For some time Haakon and Mette-Marit lived in London. I think they know Cambridges but all meetings were private.

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  11. Pam from Tennessee1 February 2018 at 12:29

    I am curious as to why Kate didn't wear some kind of boot. Being pregnant and the weather being snowy seems dangerous to me.

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    1. She wore shoes for the easy walk from the plane to the car to the palace. Her shoes also have a grippy sole. It would have made the transition to the palace more seamless. Here in Minnesota I only wear boots when I absolutely have to. It's such a pain to wear the boots, bring the shoes, change into the shoes. And then there are the days when you've forgotten your shoes :o Notice that she changed into boots for the walk about.

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  12. This is an elegant coat. I am excited for this stage of the tour - hopefully the evening looks improve!

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  13. Lovely look for Kate today!

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  14. There was heavy snow in Oslo when I was there 3 weeks ago. I'm not sure it has stopped! ;) That coat is gorgeous. I have spent a lot of time in Norway, and Oslo, so I'm excited to see their various stops.

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  15. Lovely photos of Oslo! It looks like a winter paradise. My paternal grandmother emigrated from Oslo to Brooklyn when she was a young girl; Norway has long been on my bucket list of places to visit. Kate's coat is beautiful, simple and classy. I'm also enjoying her slightly messy up-do of the last couple of days ;)

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    1. Me Too with everything you said, except that I don't have a Norwegian Grandmother! lol :) I just commented below on how much I am enjoying her soft buns this tour! :) I guess we would call them a structured messy bun?

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    2. A structured messy bun is a perfect way to describe it, lol :)

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  16. Oh god bless her heart for finally wearing a maternity piece, there is a miracle once a while. And a messy bun.:)

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    1. It's like Christmas .. isn't it Anett !!

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    2. Yep, it is Rosman. What should I wish for tonight? Let's see. Erdem anyone?:D

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    3. Why would anyone want to wear maternity clothes or want to see Kate in them? I have been so impressed with how neat she looks in her third pregnancy. While I got away with normal clothes in bigger sizes for my first son, by the time I reached number 3 I was living in baggy sweaters and elastic waists by the 6 month mark. I thought the green dress on day one and the cream one yesterday which went some way to disguising the pregnancy were fantastic. However, I do like today's outfit--both the coat and the dress.

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    4. You are seriously asking that? Because, if you are, we are looking at 2 very different realities.

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  17. Oh my, all that snow takes me back to memories of Quebec, where I grew up!

    Thank you Charlotte for being more than a fashion blog. I understand that many of your subscribers love fashion, and even I, who am NOT into fashion at all, feel that her evening dresses have been unattractive to me. But fashion is not going to heal this sad world. Or give us hope for the future. But these encounters, these positive engagements over mental health, over solidarity, will. And that's why I love your blog Charlotte because you give us SO much to think about, to understand. One thought I have this morning as I looked at Haakon and Mette Marit greeting W & K is that they probably spoke English to them. And I could tell, from the way that Daniel and Victoria were animatedly speaking with W & K for the past two days, that they did as well. I wonder if W & K learned any Norwegian or Swedish for their trips? I also wonder, now that I am going down that track, whether George and Charlotte (and Kate perhaps?) have learned any Spanish from Nanny Maria? How wonderful if they have! We may find out if W & K visit Spain in the future :)

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    1. The Scandinavian people speak English perfectly.
      Felipe of Spain, his mother tongue is English, Sofia is not from Spain and struggles with the Spanish,also he studied in Georgetown. He can speak French and German also. Letizia speaks English and French as well.

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    2. Jo, I agree. I am not that into fashion much myself, and appreciate that this blog is for so much more than that. It does bother me a bit when the headline of a post emphasizes what Kate wore, but I understand it's what's of interest to many readers. I enjoy when the comments focus on the work that Kate is doing and not on her choice of clothing. Especially when there's a lot of criticism. She's not a fashion model, she's not a paper doll. So what if sometimes we don't particularly care for what she's wearing. There's a lot of "Kate should wear this, wear that, change her hair, don't change her hair, get a stylist, etc." She'll never please everyone's taste so why even bother giving it any importance?
      Having said that, I do comment when I especially like something she's wearing :)

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    3. Anglophile (in Ohio)1 February 2018 at 15:23

      We have heard several times that George and Charlotte have learned some Spanish from Nanny Maria.

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    4. I know it's been reported on that Charlotte speaks some Spanish (courtesy of Nanny Maria), so it's not hard to imagine that George speaks some as well.

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    5. There were reports around Princess Charlotte's birthday that she was learning Spanish

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    6. Yes, Jo. There was a recent story somewhere that Charlotte (and I presume George, too) is learning Spanish from Nanny Maria.

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    7. I love everything you said Jo! :) Charlotte does make this so much more than a Fashion Blog. I've learned so much about the history & culture of all the places W&K have visited. I've also learned so much about the history & purposes of the many places & charities they have visited in the UK. I have also enjoyed how Charlotte includes transcripts of the speeches that are made. I have truly felt like we have been shadowing (not in a creepy way! lol :) Kate as she has grown into her role as Royal Wife, Mother & Duchess. I of course must admit that I really like all the detailed information Charlotte includes about Kate's outfits, from head to toe, including jewelry! She even includes information & history regarding many of the brands that Kate has worn & where we can find them! It's Truly Amazing Charlotte that you do all this & have done it now since The Beginning ! :) We have all benefited So Much & for myself, some of these companies have become my "go to" places for my own personal shopping & gift giving! I think it's safe to say that Charlotte's DKB has become part of the fabric of our lives! :) Thank you Jo for the things you said, & Thank you Charlotte for gifting us This Amazing "Crown Jewel" which is The DKB! :) xoxo

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    8. As it seems, Teresa, the nanny who is from Palencia, Spain is teaching the children some Spanish...

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    9. Oh Jo, I like you! :) I cringe at too much fasion talk (especially when it comes to news sites - this blog is different because it tells you that it is partially about fashion and thankfully Charlotte spends was more "column space" on substance rather than fashion).

      Women are so much more than what we wear and one day I hope women will put less emphasis on fashion and looks and more on substance. I get why, I get that historically what the royals wear have always been a main news item but surely we will grow out if that eventually.

      Charlotte's blog strikes such a great balance between style and substance and I appreciate

      And, btw, this is making me want to visit Scandinavia so badly! How beautiful it is!

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    10. Yes. I will come out of my Erdem funk long enough to thank you again, Charlotte for what is truly “DKB, The Crown Jewel” of Royal reporting.
      Now I am going back into my Erdem funk to bolster and protect myself from any vain hope that tonight’s gown selection will be any better.๐Ÿคจ

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    11. Agreed, AZ Jo. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    12. SG, You Come Out of That "Erdem Funk" Right Now! That's An Order! lol :)

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    13. thanks mi amiga. I’m working on it, Becca.๐Ÿ˜Š
      Those dresses were Erdem kamakazis.

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    14. Let's not forget that Catherine spent time during her gap year in Chile.

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    15. SG, Me Thinks That Tonight's Gown Brought You Right Up & Out of That "Erdem Funk"!? lol :)

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    16. Oh I missed your "Kamikaze" comment! I'm still laughing!! lol :) xoxo

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  18. The outfit is very nice. Can't wait to see better pics of the dress. And my fave earrings :)
    I find it lovely that MM removed her gloves to received them. Something Kate never does.

    Sisse

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    1. Women do not have to remove their gloves for handshake :)

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    2. Kate's grandmother-in-law never removes her gloves.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis1 February 2018 at 15:56

      Actually, looking at pictures from yesterday I just realized that Daniel, Victoria, and William all took off a glove to shake hands during the walkabout. It seems like Kate is the only one who chose not to. I wonder if William always takes his glove off. Tho I suppose he very rarely wears gloves to begin with. Anyways, just found that interesting.

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    4. American Army Wife1 February 2018 at 16:38

      Well, it use to be considered rude to shake a woman's hand without gloves, even in the US at formal events, but in this case, stepping out of a warm plane into cold and snow, she would have looked awkward stopping to strip the gloves off. She is obviously a warm person, why pick at this? She touches all kinds of people including the sick with her bare hands. MM spent lots of time outdoors carrying her gloves. Kate wore hers. Personal preference?

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    5. MM is not pregnant and I'm sure Kate want to prevent illness to the best of her ability.

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    6. Yes, She does it too, you can see it the first day in Sweden

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    7. It is considered good manners to take off the glove when you shake hands - at least in Euopean upper class.

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    8. Go back & look at the pics of yesterday's walkabout. I'm not sure if the pics are here or elsewhere, but Kate did have bare hands during part of the walkabout! Check it out. :)

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  19. Kate didn't use the handrail while going down the steps, pregnant, in heels. She must have amazing balance.

    Today's dress is pretty but I just don't care for lace clothing that is pretending to be sheer.

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    1. Watching a video of the arrival I can tell you she DID use the handrail with her left hand which was unvisible to all the lenses while decending

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    2. I know !!! I think of myself as athletic but when I saw her going down the stairs with Charlotte in her arms without holding rails I knew this woman was made of better stuff than me !

      I loved everything about the outfit. She looks amazing. Most beautiful woman wherever she goes..

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    3. Seraphine dress is good!! Messy bun, youthful. Hat and coat, feels like I am looking at the last Czarina of Russia.

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    4. You know Mary, I happened upon a few photos of her disembarking & it's much easier to see that she was holding onto the handrail with her left hand. :)

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    5. Oh Anon 17:22, I Completely Agree!! I love your Czarina reference! She's Elegant & Breathtaking in that Winter Wonderland! :) xo

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  20. I like the dress and the coat, but black shoes and a black bag with a blue dress don't match, I also wish she would stand with her hands at her side, the fig leaf pose makes her look insecure

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  21. Beautiful coat, and I love her hair. It must be so cold there. Both those ladies in high heels, yikes. The weather calls for boots.

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  22. Will wonders never cease! She bought a MATERNITY dress!!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I love everything about it! Gorgeous! My only quibble is that it's clearly a cocktail dress that would have suited last night's semi formal event perfectly but it simply is not appropriate for day wear.

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  23. May someone tell me how the curtsy protocol goes?? I haven't seen any..

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 18:21

      The royals in general rarely curtsy to other royals except for the monarch and consort. They might during very formal occasions but usually they don't curtsy. And especially not in the Scandi countries or the Netherlands.

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    2. Kate would have to curtsy & William bow to the King and Queen (of Sweden and Norway). There weren't any pictures but would imagine that's what they did.

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    3. Typically royals only curtsy to the monarchs of other countries. It is simply to confusing the other way!

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    4. You're Right!? Interesting, but I surely don't know! :)

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    5. I saw deep curtsies when the King and Queen of Spain went to UK....Charles, Camila, the Princess Royal....Also Mary of Denmark to Maxima..... and I wondered..
      Many thanks

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  24. :), Royal ๐Ÿ‘‘ Watcher. Yes. let’s hope erdem is only history. lol

    I saw the maternity dress. It is the same silhouette as the erdems. similar pattern and color as the second erdem. more streamlined though. and it is maternity wear so I guess that’s progress.

    I was disappointed to know Natasha is still with them and Amanda. To be honest, I very much want Kate to have a new stylist and a new hairdresser.
    But they will probably be with Kate forever. And I think it was very weird that Amanda did that photo of her supplies. Don’t think that that helped the cause. Pampered Princess is not the best thought to convey.

    And I have wisely given up expecting Kate to ever return to the vim and vigor of her early marriage fashion flair. For me, the erdems were that reality changer concerning that and then seeing Natasha and Amanda today....

    Let’s just hope Kate doesn’t stay in her high-collared, buttoned-up mode like Anne got staid in her one style.
    Poor William, lol. :)

    Didn’t see Catherine Quinn in the photos. Is she with them on the tour?

    Kate seems to be emulating the “messy bun” style.

    I am not excited about what Kate will be wearing for the rest of the tour. But I am hopeful that friendly bonds with Norway can continue to be strengthened.



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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis1 February 2018 at 18:01

      I found the hairdresser's posting of the picture strange as well. Maybe it's just me, but I always thought the reason for using tucker is very much about privacy and trustworthiness (since she's worked with the royals for a long time) and not much to do with actual ability as hairdresser. So seems very unintelligent of her to do something to hurt her biggest strength as hairdresser to kate. And you'd think she's worked with he Cambridges long enough and often enough to know just how esp obsessive they are about privacy.

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    2. Yes, I've seen Catherine Quinn a couple of times during the tour! You can see her in some of the videos of today's walkabout and in a picture of Kate, William, Victoria and Daniel at the Karolinska institute (in the background, holding Kate's coat)

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    3. CQ is with them on tour and you can see her in one pic wearing black in front of the Swedish museeum (Kate waering green)

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    4. I agree, Maggie๐Ÿ˜Š, about Amanda’s hiring and tenure. :)

      Thanks, Caroline, Imke๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š. I’ll take a look see.

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  25. I have to say, this is turning out to be my favourite tour because I love the Swedish and Norwegian royals (they all seem so nice and warm) and seeing Kate meet them is just fantastic!
    The coat is a great choice for a pregnant woman and the weather. I adore the Seraphine dress! It is a perfect maternity dress and the perfect dress to wear in wintery Scandinavia :) The shades of blue of both the coat and the dress suit Kate very well and again, are perfect for a Scandinavian winter in my opinion.
    I love Mette-Marit's coat, belt and scarf and she has such pretty hair! Loved seeing Queen Sonja, the prettiest 80-year-old around and her outfit is lovely as well.
    From what I can see in the one picture, I like Princess Mรคrtha Louise's dress as well, so well done everyone! :)

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  26. Wow Norway looks so beautiful in the snow, I lived in Wisconsin until I was about 6, I don’t remember much but I would imagine we had plenty of days like this. kates outfit is perfect blue and snow make a perfect match.

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  27. It looks like the plane landed on snow. Did it really or does it just look that way in the pictures?

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  28. I like this dress. It almost seems like it would have been appropriate for the previous two nights' evening events, especially the first night - Kate seemed overdressed that night in the mustard Erdem.

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  29. Joy - Cheltenham1 February 2018 at 14:54

    I love the coat with the fur hat which she put on for the walk-about after lunch. The neck line of the coat is shaped so it closes in a perfect funnel shape. Lovely to see that Princess Ingrid Alexandra joined the party to, she’s suppprting her grandmother the Queen, how lovely .

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  30. Seรฑorita Dee1 February 2018 at 14:58

    The dress was ok until those sleeves. She must have a thing for ruffly sleeves right now. At least this dress is actual maternity. I don't hate the dress. Not my favorite she's worn, but I don't hate it.

    Too bad about the engagement in Sweden. I love snow when I can sit on my couch and sip a nice cup of coffee. Not so much when I have to travel. However, the snow is making for magical pictures!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 18:23

      Yeah, snow is wonderful to look at or play in but not to travel in or having to shuffle it :P

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  31. ๐Ÿค” How dare Natasha and Amanda show their faces today after letting Kate show up anywhere in the Erdem things, lol. How come they keep looking younger, fresher and more and more nicely dressed and looking prosperous while they let Kate dress like she recently has? Some friends they are. :)
    I really like the stewardess’ outfit, shoes and hairstyle and little offset hat. Tres’ chic.

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    1. nicely dressed and prosperous?? younger and fresher than what?? Kate?? The Erdem was not that bad as too insult Kate like she has no mind of her own to say yes or no to what she wears. what has gotten into you SG?? is this your personal disapointment?? how sad

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    2. My Dear SG, we may disagree, but I think that Kate knows what she likes & is comfortable wearing & that N&A just support her by finding & facilitating what she is looking for. I wasn't as taken aback by the Erdems. I tried to find any pros to the first Erdem (I'll admit it was a challenge:) & last night I did like certain aspects of it. (not my first choice either). I hope we can get past this? What's a little "Erdem" among Friends? lol :) xoxo

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    3. Thanks “ground control”.
      signed Major Tom. xoxo :)

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    4. (not to worry, ya’ll. those comments were truly said tongue in cheek. I am not on tranquilizers or anything over natasha and amanda, etc. Not yet anyway, lol) xo

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    5. Ha! You are Cracking Me Up SG! Quick With The Whip/ er I mean Whit! *wink wink* :) Run Natasha Run Amanda!!!! lol :) xoxo

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  32. I read and watched something interesting this morning. In Rebecca English’s Twitter feed, she notes that the Swedish royals pose for photogs on outings while W & K do not. And she posted a video clip of Victoria actually stopping the Royal quartet before they entered a building so photogs could take a photo! Quite interesting! I wonder if W or K asked her about that afterward.

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      The thing is, they generally don't. I tried telling her that. They usually walk right in to the engagements as well during their day to day events. This was a different situation.

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      I noticed it too, Jo.

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  33. At first glance I thought she was still wearing the Erdem dress from last night. I can’t believe she wore back to back dresses that look so similar. Disappointing, once again.

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  34. Gosh, just love Kate in these hats!! Love the coat and dress today. Adorable ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  35. Sarah from Calif.1 February 2018 at 15:21

    Again coat and hat, yummy!!!!!!
    Well done as always Charlotte๐Ÿ’

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  36. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 15:24

    I must say, I love this faux-fur theme Kate has going on this tour. Looks so cozy and elegant. I (as many of you know by now) am rather soft for retro looks so this hits right at home with me!

    So nice that they get to meet so many of the Norwegian royals! To think that Ingrid Alexandra and William are "equals" when it comes to their places in line to the throne!

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    1. I totally agree Rebecca! I also smiled when I thought about the Ingrid/William 3rd in line to The Throne parralell ! :)

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    2. Correct That.... I mean William & Ingrid are both 2nd in line to Their Thrones!

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    3. Well, Leonor of Spain, age 12, holds the same rank as Prince Charles, so...

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  37. I thought the royals were not allowed to take selfies? Maybe that's changed now that Meghan is in the family?

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    1. They normally don'T do it. In this case they gave an exception because the lady has her 50th birthday today.Listening closely you can even hear William say sthg like this.

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    2. I don't think so. I've seen W&K do them for years spontaneously going all the way back to their Post Wedding Canada Tour. I wouldn't doubt that it's likely a preference, but obviously not a major problem, since W&K have been doing them sporadically for years. In fact, I think Meghan's wording was something like " We're not supposed to". So likely a preference & wish, but nothing that would send them to The Tower! lol :)

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    3. I think they generally don’t when they’re in the U.K.

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  38. Lol now we know what was in the box Natasha was carrying - the Russian hat!!

    I love that Princess Ingrid Alexandra showed them around her sculpture park! She seem so comfortable with her role at such a young age already - fantastic! I also loved seeing her walk hand in hand with her grandmother, very sweet!

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    1. Caroline, I thought the same thing once I saw the hatbox & then the hat! :)

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  39. Cute video of the woman taking the selfie with William and Kate.
    Was William wearing a gold pinkie ring on his right hand? I think he was.

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    1. In that video I think I saw a gold pinkie ring on William’s right hand. Anyone else see that?

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    2. SG say Whaaa?? Have you been sneaking those Tranquilizers Girlfriend?? lol Don't worry, it's just a crinkle where his left pinkie folds up, as he's got a bit of a partially closed fist warming his hands. So don't worry, he's not a step away from getting anything pierced! Ha! Although I shouldn't joke... didn't he tell the tattooed guy last night that he wanted to get a tattoo? lol :) xoxo

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    3. Becca.๐Ÿ˜Š Not sneaking them yet but it’s good that the tour is a short one or who’s what I might do, lol.๐Ÿ˜
      I, thankfully, missed Wiiliam’s tattoo comment. Good thing too as I’ve had enough to deal with what with Erdems and capes. :) A girl can only take so much, ya know. :)

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  40. Kate looks gorgeous in her hat, gloves and boots. The Walker coat is beautiful. It must be so cold. Great crowd turnout for them.

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      Yes, Tedi! A superb look.

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  41. Wow, that was some welcome! I was just watching a live stream of the sculpture unveiling in the park, and it was a HUGE turnout in spite of the snow. They spent so much time meeting the people. I love how William and Kate often broke away from the royal party to say hi or accept gifts from the crowd.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 18:25

      Snow is no big deal. Here we have a saying "There is no bad weather, just bad clothes" so we're used to it. And snow is WAY better and easier to not get cold in than slush and rain in the cold!

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  42. As I said some days ago ,it's a pity we won't see all these coats after the pregnancies. ..she should wear them again!

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    1. I'm hoping when she's done having Babies, that she does get these Tour Coats taken in. They are too lovely to not be worn again! :)

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  43. Oh my, the dress choices each day seem to follow the same pattern. I am not a fan of Seraphine. Fingers crossed that in tonight there will be redemption! Lovely coat and hat.

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  44. Kate looks splendid in blue!

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  45. I like the look so far! Also concerned about the heels on the steps and the snow. I love the double-kiss greetings here and in Sweden, too! Finally- looks like Kate changed into boots and maybe pants for the sculpture park walkabout? I also noticed she took her hair down for this part of the event.

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  46. Lovely lovely start to Norway. Love Natasha’s boots, any idea where one could purchase ?

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  47. Poor Wiliam needs an Alpaca Fur hat as well! His head must have been very cold.

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  48. I like today's coat, but I don't understand why she didn't wear this blue in Sweden and instead the red from yesterday to Norway.

    Also how much better would it have been if she wore today's Seraphine dress at last night's event instead of the blue velvet Erdem? With the lace today it's certainly dressy enough for evening. Just my two cents.

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    1. The first thing I thought when I saw The Seraphine dress was the same thing. How lovely that would have worked last night! But I also was an outlier & didn't have a big problem with last night's look, until I saw today's dress. This dress I love! :)

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  49. Looks like a lovely visit. With their very close ties to the British royal family in the past, it must feel like a family gathering indeed. The group photos appear more unified than the Swedish ones in dress. The sculpture visit looks delightful and the crowds again substantial. The snow is beautiful - as much as I love Oslo (preferably in the summer) I'm happy to admire the white at a comfortable distance. Just a touch of snow is fine for me!

    Kate looks very nice. The coat is similar to her other blue ones but having had the privilege from many years back of owning a Walker coat, their coats are heavily constructed and very warm - important with walkabouts. So it doesn't surprise me Kate chose Walker for her coats - if only she had for her gowns as well!

    Although I don't believe in drawing too close comparisons Diana chose blue for her short visit to Norway - her first tour abroad alone as I recall - and was critiqued for it as the blue was thought to look cold. (Although not by me!) So fashion criticism is not new but here I will say everyone looks very nice - I liked both of Mette-Marit's outfits and Ingrid Alexandra is a lovely young girl. Diana wore a blazing beautiful 'Norwegian Midnight Sun' gown for dinner - one she first wore in Canada and later for a June Mendoza portrait - it was much acclaimed. We'll see soon what Kate and Mette-Marit wear.

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  50. First up, thank you Charlotte for fantastic coverage! I'm in awe of your research skills and writing.

    I love what Catherine is wearing today! The blue coat is very classic and I'm sure we'll see it reworn over the next few weeks before Catherine takes maternity leave. I like it better with the heels than with the boots, though I understand why she changed for the walk. But it was the fur hat and cuffed gloves that really made this a winner for me - blue and brown is one of my favourite pairings - she looks luxe and warm and, to be honest, not that pregnant!

    Also, pleased to see an updo! A little looser than ones she usually has, very flattering. The lacey dress is a great choice for luncheon with the monarch. I hope she and William got to have a good natter with Princess Astrid (the lady in the blue floral next to Haakon), one of my fave royals!

    Mette-Marit looks sublime in these swishy skirts. I can't think of another royal who wears white as well as she. Her look for the outdoor engagement is my favourite of the day so far, I think.

    Sonja is terrific as always in sleek white and two gorgeous scarves. I love that she doesn't shy away from colour too, the orange coat is cheerful and looks warm.

    A shout out to the men, of course, who look happy, relaxed and engaging. It's a treat to see Ingrid-Alexandra growing up into an intelligent and poised young woman. If you can't tell, this might be my very favourite of all of W+K tours (dodgy Erdem aside!) - they look so happy and comfortable.

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    1. "Dodgy Erdem aside"! lol Still cracking up Anon! lol :)

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    2. Sonja is a marvel. I can't believe she's 80--she's so beautiful and energetic!

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    3. She is Absolutely Amazing!!!

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  51. Lynn in SC hoping for no frills & no lace.1 February 2018 at 16:12

    Love the coat, but that dress with the frou-frou cuffs is another fail to me.

    Kate's dresses seem so busy this trip, however I do love traveling through the north countries. Just finished a mystery novel that took place in Denmark last night.

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  52. A nice cheery shade of blue that goes well with the chocolate brown furry accessories and stands out really well against all the snow. I like it, and Kate looks radiant again - the cold is certainly putting a lovely pop of colour in her cheeks.

    I'm rather enjoying the Catherine Walker show so far on this tour - it takes me back to some of Diana's tours where the label was never in question (you just knew it was Catherine Walker)! I'm just puzzled as to why Kate hasn't, as yet, asked for any evening pieces from the label - even outside of pregnancy. My only hope is that Erdem hasn't been tasked with providing all of her evening outfits for the tour - I'm not sure I (or the Internet) could cope with the disappointment of another like the last two! I'm keeping everything firmly crossed that there may be another McQueen piece to come at some stage.

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  53. Another lovely daytime look, finger crossed For this evening event

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  54. When they leave the palace to walk around and go to the park Kate has what looks like pants and short boots on under the coat. It could be a pair of slouchy boots but I am having tousle getting a good image. Can anyone else tell from the pictures? The coat is very pretty. I like the neckline.

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  55. Whoo Whoo! Such a Beautiful Country & Kate looks Incredible! I can't get enough of this look! The brown fur hat with the blue coat just frames her face & hair Beautifully! :) I love Every Inch of This Ensemble! Now "This" may be my New Fav Ensemble! (I'm obsessed with The Seraphine Dress! :) I can tell these 2 days are going to be Breathtaking! I can't get enough of Photography of Norway! I'm a Photographer & some of my colleagues are from Norway. They take The Most Amazing Photos of The Quaint Towns & The Stunning Natural Beauty! I love that both Couples were in Blue on the tarmac. I also loved the burgundy accents on William & MM. I don't know much at all about this Couple, but they seem delightful! :) I love Every Detail about this day so far! Can't really explain it. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm in Love with Norway! :) Bumping it Way Up on my Travel Photography Location Shoot List! :) I just love that Princess Ingrid Alexandra was included! What a lovely, mature young lady! :) I'm Hooked, It's All Gravy From Here for me! lol :)

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  56. Ok. She has GOT to stop wearing this huge furry hat. It’s terrible!! I love the coat but the styling with the pumps was way more successful than the boots. It’s just way too heavy of a look. She’s drowning in all of the stuff!! I know it’s cold there but it’s just too much.

    One thought- she had her hair up before going out on the walkabout. I wonder if her team really redid and recurled her hair or if she took it down and it just... did that!? If it’s the latter... I have got to know how to do that!!!

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    1. Annika, I do think she just let down her bun! I do that all the time & It always gives my hair a fresh shape. In fact when I'm out & about & traveling, I actually take time to twist & wind up hair into a messy bun & then when I take it out my hair has soften waves or a soft curl to the ends. If your hair is long enough, even just to the shoulder & it works best if it's not too layered, but if so, pins can just hold in any whisps on the smooth part of your head above the bun. You just pull your hair back, as if you are going to put your hair in a pony tail, but I personally don't use a rubber band (to avoid a crimp line) so you wind it very tight, all the way to the end tips of your hair. Then you roll the long tight ponytail type straight twist of hair around into a circle (as high or low as you want on your head) & then feed the remaining ponytail twist through (almost like pulling it through the donut you've created with your twist) then for me I just pull the remaining ponytail twist to tighten the bun & I leave the remaining hair out & release the twisted hair in my hand (after pulling in through) & let it fall naturally. You can even secure the bun underneath with a bobby pin. I hope this makes sense? Somehow I think I made it more complicated than it is? Ha! lol :) I'm sure there is something on you tube that explains different ways to do it.... much better than my lame attempt to explain! :)

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    2. I actually think she looks really good in that style hat. Most of the ladies had on fairly sturdy boots not the more fashionable style of boot so I think it works. It is a heavier look with the hat but practical.

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    3. Agree Annika about the hat. There are beautiful faux fur hat scarf combos that are elegant and inexpensive (Check them out online). I think a contrasting cream combo would be beautiful. I agree with commentary about Kate wearing boots upon her arrival. I think that look would enhance the coat and be appropriate for the weather while the shoes are indoor only in this circumstance IMHO. Kate obviously loves blue, and the coat is very pretty but I would love to see her in the suggestions I recommend. To spend money on bespoke dresses must include an allowance for accessories that are diverse and add style opportunities to Kate’s wardrobe foundational pieces, like the blue coat. The coat could probably could be styled in so many ways for future use. I am revealing my personal preferences regarding the lacy, high collar dress. As I might have mentioned before, her options are limitless, but didn't Kate wear a similar blue Temperley London Lace Midi Dress last Fall at World Mental Health Day?

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    4. Good Call English Rose! Yes, it did have a similar vibe! I hope we see that one again! :)

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  57. Also, I just love the loose buns Kate has been sporting with her updos during this tour! No Hairnets & it's especially so soft & lovely today! :)

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    1. Becca, I thought the same thing about loose buns, but after closer examination and the speed of this trip, Kate's buns are more unfinished than loose. There is a lot of work involved to create the " loose bun". Her updos on this trip are pretty severe to me. Not so much about style but convenience.

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  58. In reading about the Crown Prince and Princess, I see they are accomplished sailors. So Catherine can chat about that. But how kool if in future they went sailing

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  59. The photos of their day in Norway are so beautiful. I love all the snow. Kate's coat is lovely - not fussy and a beautiful color. I like her in blue. The dress? Meh. I'm beginning to come to the conclusion that I just don't care for Kate's style and that's okay. I love her, and she's gorgeous in everything single thing she wears, but her taste in clothes leaves me shaking my head. Occasionally she does surprise me by wearing something more youthful and edgy. I just love following her and seeing her style no matter if I like it or not! Thanks for another excellent post.

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  60. Interesting that the Crown Prince and Princess are another tall couple. Not quite as tall as William but close! The blue dress would be better without the sleeve ruffle, but it’s not bad. Kate has a glow that transcends all her sartorial choices!

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  61. Absolutely love today’s look! I think the color combination works very well for the setting. I think the dress is a bit unlike her usual style (frills and neckline) but the rest is definitely her usual style, which I love. The dress is beautiful and she looks gorgeous. I think the coat looks lovely with the boots in this setting - the neckline of it is fab! I love that she wears the bow gloves - elegant but minimalist.

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  62. I know those fur hats of hers are popular but they look so silly and over the top to me...all I can think of George Costanza.

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  63. I have also noticed that (to me) Kate's mannerisms are notably different, than on other tours. Usually she has this formalness, interacting with their hosts & talking with her hands a lot. She also, in past, has used her go to "clutch stance" as she's standing around. I have also observed her interacting with her previous hosts in a polite but somewhat formal way. During this tour she has seemed, to me, to have a more natural flow during her interactions with her hosts. To me, it indicates a different level of comfort & authenticity. I think she's Really Enjoying This Tour & spending time with These Younger Royal Couples! It's so nice to see! :)

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  64. I think this is actually her 2006 hat, as it looks too big to be a Lancorine, and doesn't have a 'dome' where it sits on the head, as all their hats do ;)

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  65. The Duchess of Cambridge looked warm today and that was important to me, her being pregnant. I’m glad she put on the faux fur hat, she wears it well. Stepping off the plane in Norway, she had a “messy bun”. Considering all the traveling; being pregnant and all the smiling, the Duchess of Cambridge is a TRIUMPH. It can’t be easy, even with support staff, these trips are tiring. Thanks, Charlotte. Great job!!

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    1. Amen! Marcia! Non Stop Schedule, Multiple Wardrobe & Hairdo Changes...... That's a lot even when one is not that pregnant! Well Done Kate! :)

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    2. The hat is NOT faux fur! It's alpaca fur and that is a real animal who needs its fur more than her.

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    3. I can't say for certain, but I don't believe alpacas are killed for their fur. Their wool is too valuable, so they only take the fur after the animal dies of natural causes. Thereby, it's technically considered "ethical" fur if that makes any difference.

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    4. I thought they sheared them seasonally like getting wool from sheep.

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    5. Alpacas are shorn like sheep. They are not killed for their fur ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  66. I guess those last two Erdem really prove Kate is most well-liked in her “classic Kate looks” such as today back in her CW/Serahine outfit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  67. Wow, they took selfies today. Maybe the rules have changed since Ms Markle took a selfie in a walk about; and wrote a note to a young child but did NOT sign her name (well done, actually). Thanks again, Charlotte.

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  68. Becca.๐Ÿ˜Š Kate seems to have been influenced by Royal family members whose mannerisms, interactions and hairstyles are more casual and free-flowing. And, remember Kate’s recent, unexpected impromptu speech. Only natural to loosen up when more formal and staid is falling by the wayside in preference to more impromptu and casual close by.

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    1. I really like this Kate! :) It's so wonderful seeing her blossom as she is, & I'm not referring to her bump! lol :) xo

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  69. Wonderful coat and dress, just lovely on her. She looks so gorgeous in blue. I am on the yes! side of the big hat and she clearly loves it. I felt sorry for William, I am sure he could have used a hat. All the royal party look warm and happy. I have Oslo envy, it looks like such a beautiful city.

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  70. I have to say, it's been so fun to see these snowy locals as a beautiful backdrop to the tour, since we usually have summery weather for tours. The cold weather has also mixed up the tour fashion, which has been fun! I am also really enjoying seeing TRH's interact with the Swedish and Norwegian royal families, who happen to be my other favorites. I loved Kate's blue coat and brown accessories today.

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    1. I agree! Such a treat, and the snow falling makes it so magical. Reminds me of Frozen, ☺️.

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    2. Courtney, I think it was People that compared Mette Marit to Elsa and Kate to Belle

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  71. Becca.๐Ÿ˜Š Maybe she and William are catching Harry and Meghan’s more relaxed vibe. Not to compare, but I think it is obvious in many ways. :)

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    1. I think it's the evolution of a sisterly bond. :) You know how when you have sisters or live with good friends, women are known to "Sync Up" in a "variety" of ways, including consciously & subconsciously! I think they will lovingly vibe off of each other. They may not swap & share clothes, but I think they will very likely rub off on each other in only the best ways! :) xoxo

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    2. Surfer girl, your commentary is legitimately interesting to me. Comparisons between all European royal ladies’
      styles are not new. Many comparisons between Kate and Victoria were offered on this blog. I like all of the discord in the commentaries, including within the British royalty, because many opinions can be heard! Fashion and style may be subjective and subject to fair interpretations. I believe Charlotte gives all blog readers an opportunity to learn, listen and provide opinion about fashion; while educating her readers about history and contemporary views- which is very refreshing to me!

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  72. Now this is a look I like. Such a bright, warm shade of blue and I like the dress too. High-collared but not dowdy or fussy at all.

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  73. Hi - first time commenting! Is she holding the same clutch in both coat looks? She's clearly wearing black shoes/clutch off the plane, but it looks like she went brown later in the day (brown hat, gloves, boots), yet the bag looks the same and seems to perfectly match her gloves. Is she mixing blacks and browns? If she is, she's doing it well. Do you have an ID or a guess on the bag(s)? Also, do you know what color her hat is? There are 2 browns on the site: Chestnut Brown and Chocolate?

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  74. ‘’The Telegraph reports William and Kate have never met Haakon and Mette-Marit before today.’’

    The Telegraph is wrong. Wiliam has met Haakon and Mette-Marit before, they were guests at Charles and Camilla’s wedding.

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  75. Becca.๐Ÿ˜Š I know. That’s what I meant. You said it like I was trying to put it. :) The same will go with the boys, William and Harry. Ha. Only in a brotherly way. :)

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    1. Hey "The Bros" are already sporting better sweaters! Maybe it's a plot by K&M to Double Team The Bros! lol :) xo

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    2. Indubitably, Becca.๐Ÿ˜Š

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  76. For the past few days, I have been traveling, and have just had time to look at the pictures and glance at a few comments. I hope everyone is remembering the Load More button when the comments number over 200. So far, the tour has been lovely. I am looking forward to reading Charlotte's excellent posts more carefully.

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  77. Surfer girl ..I do think you're right about picking up the relaxed vibe. I was shocked at the selfie. Also, It seems like Kate picked up engagements since H/M's announcement. It's nice that Kate is a great example and source of knowledge for Meghan. I hope Kate imparts her hat expertise too. I can't wait for the four of the them to do walk abouts together as I think they'll have bigger crowds.

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  78. I like this dress but would have left off the ruffle on the sleeve -- she seems to like them as they show up a lot on her dresses. Glad to see her in real maternity wear vs. that horrible gold thing she wore last night.

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  79. Sorry, Joyce. I am no FUR EXPERT at all. Thanks for the correction. Charlotte, I’m enjoying this tour, thanks to you and your diligence to posting.

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  80. Her evening dress for the Oslo dinner was absolutely lovely. I don't know if it's the camera or it would show in person, but the Duchess needs to either wear a different bra (maybe nude colored?) or have it adjusted b/c it looks a tad dowdy to me in this glam dress. Otherwise, she just glistens!

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  81. ANOTHER CW coat! Love it! And I can totally understand Kate's decision to buy this dress. It is sooo Kate. ;-)

    But more importantly I love seeing the interaction between W&K and their hosts.

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  82. Duchess fan from Downunder2 February 2018 at 04:16

    Charlotte, I think she switched to a brown clutch for the walkabout? All accessories seem to be brown at that stage.

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  83. Duchess fan from Downunder2 February 2018 at 06:29

    Just a thought but why did Kate bother with black pumps and clutch for arrival? I would’ve opted for navy - goes with the coat and the dress better than black, then she could’ve changed to choc brown for the walkabout.

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  84. Catching up from yesterday's visit. I am so impressed with the Norwegian royals. I don't remember such a welcome in past visits. It's almost like a state visit. The King looks at Willam and Kate like he's greeting long lost children. So pleasing to see.

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