Wednesday, 7 February 2018

"You're Very Special to Me": Kate's Tribute to Action on Addiction at Essex Centre Opening!

In her role as patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess of Cambridge officially opened a new treatment centre in Wickford, Essex. The centre opened its doors to clients in October and hosts a rolling cycle of nine week-long addiction recovery programmes.


William and Kate wrapped up their four-day tour of Sweden and Norway last Friday before returning to London to enjoy the weekend with George and Charlotte. The Duchess, who is nearing the seventh month of her pregnancy, will likely begin her maternity leave at some point next month ahead of the baby's arrival in April. Prince George's school, Thomas's Battersea, is on half-term for a week starting Friday. I imagine the family might decamp to their country home Anmer Hall for a few days.


Kate was welcomed by representatives from the charity and locals.


The Duchess briefly got her heel stuck in a metal grate and laughed it off.


Kate caught up with Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jonathan Douglas-Hughes.


He took a tumble when he met William and Kate in Harlow in 2016. Prince William rushed to help him to his feet. Douglas-Hughes told People: “I reminded her about the fall. My wife told her that she would ensure I didn’t do it again. Then she caught her heel. She said, Oh…do the same as you!’ ”


An arrival video from Victoria Murphy.


Action on Addiction offers life-saving treatment to individuals and families at its flagship treatment centre, Clouds House in Wiltshire, and at its community-based treatment centres in Essex and Liverpool. It also offers education to degree level at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and funds and promotes research into effective responses to addiction. The Duchess has been Patron since 2012.


Speaking about Kate's role with the charity, they described her support as "unwavering":

"We are extremely grateful for the unwavering support HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, gives to our charity which plays such an important part in keeping the serious issue of addiction at the forefront of people’s minds. Action on Addiction was one of four charities of which The Duchess became Patron in January 2012. The Duchess' patronage continues to be pivotal in helping us develop and promote practical solutions which enable more and more people to live their lives free from addiction, and to challenge the stigma that surrounds it.
The Duchess has been instrumental in helping Action on Addiction to work in partnership with other like-minded charities so that notions of stigma and shame around addiction and other mental health issues can be challenged. Her visits to our treatment centres shine a light on the life-saving work of our expert staff, as well as providing a wonderful opportunity for our clients to tell their moving stories of living with addiction and their truly inspirational journeys to recovery."

Victoria Murphy shared a photo of the centre.


The Duchess also launched the charity's community-based recovery programme 'Clouds in the Community'. It is is a Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme (SHARP) that provides an effective alternative to residential treatment, and enables the charity to provide services for more people in more places. 'Clouds in the Community' is the starting point for long-term recovery and abstinence, and leads to improvements in participants’ physical and psychological health, self-efficacy, and overall quality of life. Independent evaluation of the programme in Essex showed that almost 80 per cent of clients did not return to any treatment service upon completion of the scheme.


At a reception, The Duchess chatted to clients at various stages of their recovery about the benefits of 'Clouds in the Community'.


The Duchess chats with guests.


Kate's impromptu speech was very nicely done today. She looked back on the six years since she began supporting the charity and credited getting involved with Action on Addiction as "the start of my learning" which led to her work in mental health. She added: "You're very special to me."


More from Kate's speech from the Mail Online:

"It seems like a long time since I first got involved with Action On Addiction, I think it was six years ago, but they have a very special place for me and were really at the start of my learning, particularly now, with the development of my work into mental health. You are very special to me, so it's great to be here as well as seeing the development of where the charity has gone over the years gone past. Huge congratulations, I believe so passionately in community projects to I wish  Clouds in the Community all the best of success in the future."

Kate was given flowers by 21-month-old Myla Clancy. As Myla reached out for the petals, Kate said: "Have you smelt it? Let’s smell. Ah, is that nice? Thank you very much."


The moment was reminiscent of the very sweet photos we've seen of Princess Charlotte smelling flowers.


Before leaving, Kate met locals who waited for hours to see the royal. It appears the lady chatting to Kate below admired her engagement ring.


Photographer Mark Stewart tweeted "The Duchess of Cambridge told a member of the crowd in Essex today when asked if she was looking forward to Harry's wedding "Yes and now we have two with Eugenie's it's very exciting".


Kate receives a helping hand from her RPO Emma Probert.


A very nice wrap up video with footage from the arrival, reception and Kate's full speech.


Kate looked stylish in the marine blue Goat Ellory Bow Detail Coat (with thanks to Middleton Maven).


The coat falls down the body in a straight shape and has a funnel collar with a fixed bow. The piece is described as "Transition your wardrobe into the new season with our Ellory coat. The stunning marine shade echoes paradisiacal oceans and the pretty bow detailing ensures this is more than just your everyday coat". It's currently reduced from £660 to £330 on the Goat website.

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A closer look at the bow-tie detail.

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Kate carried her Beulah London Aspinal Blue Heart Clutch today.


The Ellory coat also comes in cameo pink and black.

GOAT

The £275 limited edition ‘Blue Heart’ clutch in black croc is described as "a beautiful collaboration between Aspinal of London and Beulah using Beulah’s iconic blue heart print on the interior lining. The Blue Heart clutch is a grown up classic with a timelessly elegant silhouette that works effortlessly and includes Aspinal of London’s distinctive signature shield lock clasp. The intricate metal chain is in a gold finish and adds to the functionality allowing the clutch to be held in the hand or elegantly draped over the shoulder."

Beulah London

Kate brought back her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps.


And accessorised with her gorgeous G Collins & Sons Tanzanite and Diamond earrings.


I very much enjoyed today's engagement. Wishing Action on Addiction all the best with their new centre!

206 comments:

  1. Gut reaction on the looks before I have to work: super cute coat, but her hair should be pulled back to show off the neckline and bow on the coat. Whatever dress she is wearing is way too short. Pants would have been a great option.

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    1. I agree. Leaving the coat on inside must be something the Queen does? Very worthy cause, glad to see her there.

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    2. LOL. Same gut reaction on the neckline and hair, but I do not agree about the dress being too short. I think Kate looks elegant and I'm loving the combination of sheer black hose with this color.

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    3. The Queen does not leave her coat on indoors. In fact, when she removes the coat she removes the brooch on the coat and pins it on her dress. Is this coat on thing really royal protocol?

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    4. Lol. I agree about the hair if this was for a runway to the purpose of the visit was to sell the coat and show all it's features. But the point was to visit the organization wearing something professional that she felt good in. I say this as someone who once though an evening look a few years ago was all wrong with hair down (I seem to remember pink sequins?) bit I think the difference there was it looked messy with the dress. This doesn't look messy, we just can't see the bow! So that said I like it. If she's more comfortable with hair down, I can see the bow on the retailer's site :)

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    5. Caroline in Montana7 February 2018 at 20:08

      Anon 19:32; I just had to hold in such a laugh as I'm sitting at my desk at work, all I could visualize is Kate striding down the runway trying to sell this coat at a fashion show! this coat would sell out:)

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    6. I thought Kate looked lovely. She was comfortable in her demeanor and manner of dress. Precisely agree with Anonymous. It is about wearing something to complement the person, not to showcase the clothing.

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    7. Given that this facility opened in October of last year, is it possible that this engagement was postponed because of Kate's HG? That originally she had planned on showing public support of Action on Addiction last year by attending an October opening event?

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    8. Anett 18:06: I guess you didn't see the comments from the charity that Charlotte posted where they call Kate's support "unwavering" and "pivotal" and that she has been "instrumental in helping them partner with other like-minded" charities. Hardly the words of a charity that has had it's box "ticked" for the year.

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    9. Me in V

      Correct if I am wrong but normally she visits charities once a year, except for those which are less "special" to her heart, such as sailing or tennis.

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    10. I agree with Me in Van. Even though we may only see Kate physically at a location once or twice a year, it appears they may know more about behind the scenes support she provides. They specifically mention help in partnering. That indicates behind the scenes networking, rather than being front and center.

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    11. Anett: Okay, I will. I think it's best to refrain from condescending comments when you don't know the full story. You may be right about her public appearances, but I think the truth should lie in what the charity actually says about her involvement rather than diminish her contribution in the way that you appear to be doing. I support your right to your own opinion that you don't think Kate is doing enough, but "ticking the box" is over the line in my opinion given the evidence from the charity itself.

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    12. Condescending? :) Rosman was right when stating people should grow thicker skin here.

      I asked correct me if I am wrong but normally she visits charities ONCE a year, exceptions above.

      And you come and keep talking about her involvement, which in my eye two very different things. I did not say a word about her relationship and involvement with the charities. So I would be utterly grateful if you weren't mixing these two and throwing them into a conversation to back up your full story.


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    13. Caroline in Montana9 February 2018 at 16:01

      Me in Vancouver, I'm wondering if you have been around here long? there are some here who don't really like kate and make comments with criticism constantly. my advice is to not read them, you will get to know their "handles" and learn to skip over them.

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    14. Agree Caroline. I believe some people are prejudiced against Kate.

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    15. 00.01, I think that is a very reasonable observation. If Kate wears a floral print midi dress, she is categorized as being frumpy and old before her time. And I couldn't help but notice that a recent floral dress worn by Victoria did not inspire any of those comments. And if we see Kate's knees, she is not following Royal protocol. How very confusing.

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  2. 🎉KATE’S OPENING A NEW TREATMENT CENTER FOR ACTION ON ADDICTION.
    Nuff said. DROP THE MIC

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    1. I like that this engagement involved a lot of conversation. That's how addiction is cured. That Kate spoke to so many people, gave that heart warming speech and interacted with the staff is of primary importance. And that video with Myla is so sweet! She's a mum through and through.

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    2. While recovery in addiction is always possible, there is not a cure for addiction. This is very important to understand. Just as with many mental illnesses, addiction is a lifelong illness. Recovery centers are truly the best places to begin to get the professional help and supports one needs, because they can offer the medical and psychological resources that foster the recovery process. But recovery is precisely that, a process and not a cure. Sometimes it is straightforward and sometimes there are peaks and valleys. Conversations are certainly important, especially with counselors, physicians, and with peers who are going through similar challenges. I'm glad that Kate was able to learn more about the program and to hear firsthand from those living with addiction. That is where we learn so much about addiction and mental illness...by being willing to sit and listen to someone with lived experience, who can teach us what it is like to live with mental illness and/or addiction day to day. We gain understanding, empathy, compassion, and awareness from these types of conversations. I will always be grateful for the person who was willing to walk the journey of severe depression with me. And, I will always be grateful that I have the unique privilege as a counselor, to walk similar journeys with others who are living with mental illness, addiction, or are suicidal. I like to think of recovery as a lifelong process of realizing and claiming who you are and using your strengths to become all that you were meant to be.

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  3. Lovely hair today, and I love the bow detail on the coat.

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  4. Rebecca - Sweden7 February 2018 at 15:16

    Such a worthy cause! I cannot imagine how hard it must be to no only fight an addiction but also have to find your way back into a functioning part of society. I'm trying to do that last part myself but I cannot imagine having to deal with withdrawl during that time so places helping these people along are so important! A big applause to all the people there attempting to take change! Impressive and I'm very proud of them!

    As for the clothes it's a standard and pretty Kate-working look. I like the little bow at the neck! And my favourite earrings once again so soon! Lucky me! And nice to see her having a rotation with her black clutches. This one is quite pretty!

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    1. Rebecca, I'm so sorry to hear you are dealing with these issues. I always look forward to your comments and I hope that being part of this dialogue is helpful for you. If there's anything we can do, just say the word!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden7 February 2018 at 19:52

      It absolutely has been helpful! It has helped me keep up some kind of social connection outside my family, on my own terms. It has given me things to look forward to and to think and ponder over. And it has helped me keep track of what day it is since it can all start to blend together. But as it feels now I'm at the start of the finishing stretch. A long and hard stretch but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and the people on this blog has been a part of my recovery. So has the Cambridges, actually! So if anyone has wondered how I can "always" comment so fast on these posts the reason is quite simply that I don't have a life :P Hahah!

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    3. A big hug to you, Rebecca! You are such a valuable contributor to these forums and I hope you find it therapeutic for your own challenges. Whatever they are, know we are all wishing you the best!

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    4. Pam from Tennessee7 February 2018 at 20:30

      Rebecca, it seems to me that you do have a life and you're embracing it as best you can. It is sweet of you to give some credit to your fellow commenters and even the Cambridge's.Congratulations on your continued journey. You are inspiring.

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    5. Your energy that comes through in your comments is just great! Rely on that wonderful magical true self inside of you when times get rough. I always look forward to your comments. Don't let the pain of this world dim your light, Rebecca. ❤😊

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    6. Best wishes on your finishing stretch Rebecca. Based on your comments on this blog you really seem to be a positive, kind, thoughtful person.

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    7. A very BIG hug, Rebecca. You're very brave.

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    8. Brava, to you, Rebecca. I applaud your courage, your unflagging positive attitude for the Duchess, and your honesty. Please know your efforts are worthwhile, as are you. Well done!

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    9. Rebecca-Sweden,
      Actually for as long as I can remember you have been confident enough to share the “anxiety” issues you have had. What I consistently found out is how well you know what you are dealing with, your optimism especially your outlook and maturity for a 20 something, who deals with health dilemma. You seem aware of what makes you happy and embrace it full heartedly like your posts here. To find your well balanced, sometimes informative, other times outstanding opinions had me think of your strength. So much so that, I had wondered if you can have your own blog in whatever interest you consider. You had built strength against the health factors which challenges your days. I think the end of the tunnel can be bright. All best wishes; I continue to look forward to your much appreciated posts.

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    10. Rebecca, you have provided such a valuable contribution to the world by contributing to this blog and seeking to make it a more positive, welcoming, safe, and inclusive place. Everything you have done here has created a ripple effect that, while no one can see the final consequences, has been spreading your positivity (is that a word?) infinitely. Thank you for being you and for sharing yourself with us.

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    11. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2018 at 11:32

      Aww, you guys! Aren't you the sweetest?! To think that a throwaway line in my post could get such a kind response. Charlotte, you've really built a nice community here!

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    12. Rebecca, I am so glad to hear that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. To be able to see that light, no matter how small, seems to give hope to anyone in the midst of dark times. Besides, I hardly think you don't have a life!! it just looks different than other people's. I always appreciate your comments and insights.

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    13. Rebecca-Sweden, I just want to second everyone here. I love reading your comments and you are a valuable part of this community!

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    14. Rebecca, so glad you are doing well. I remember the first time you discussed your struggles on this blog. Surely, your transperancy has helped others within this community as well as exemplifying the whole premise of The Trio's Heads Together initiative. Best wishes in getting back out there. Glad DK blog has been an oasis of calm for you. I hope you know your contributions here are appreciated and that we are behind you 100%.

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    15. Rebecca, thank you so much for your part in making this and the OoS blog such lovely, warm corners of the blogosphere. Our community is so enriched by your presence. I'm glad you are seeing the light at the end of your tunnel. Best wishes!

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    16. Congratulations on great progress Rebecca - I hope you soon have a life at a level you're happy and comfortable with - as someone who has struggled with a flying phobia, overcoming such issues is no easy thing. You write with such joy and discernment - the world must surely be a better place when you step out into it.

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    17. Rebecca, I love your contributions in the comments section. I hardly ever comment, but just had to say: Wouldn't it be amazing if Kate's assistant saw this blog and this particular thread, and saw Kate's Effect on you, and you ended up getting to meet Kate? That's what I'm hoping for for you!

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    18. Zora from Prague9 February 2018 at 12:27

      Rebecca, finding your comment(s) soon after Charlotte publishes a new post has become a part of my DBK "ritual" and I always read your words with delight. Thank you!

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    19. 🌸 Rebecca. You have now received admiration on your courage and always insightful comments from SIXTEEN, that’s 16 people, so far, who are all in agreement about this. (I think that’s a record for number of kudos, btw). And, lol, how often are that many of us ever in agreement about anything?? :)
      Congratulations on your progress in getting stronger. As I have said more than once before, you are a ray of sunshine here on this blog and always have been. Be encouraged by all the love. 🙂

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  5. Yay! She is continuing the straighter hairstyle she was sporting in Scandinavia!

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    1. Caroline in Montana7 February 2018 at 19:49

      I second the hair, this is a good length for her too!

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  6. I adore this color blue. I do so desperately wish she wasn't so fond of shorter hemlines while pregnant, but that's a minor quibble. Coat looks lovely. Excited to see more pics later!

    I know not everyone is a fan of the shorter hair, but I love it.

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  7. I'm sorry, but why does she need another blue coat? At first I thought it was a repeat as its similar to the blue Catherine Walker coat she just wore in Norway. Couldn't she have worn that instead? Not to be negative or anything, but how many blue coats does she have now in her closet? LOL!

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    1. I was wondering the same ... I imagine a room full with blue coats 😁....

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    2. I was wondering that too. .....

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    3. I don't know, but she has them.

      I have more pairs of black shoes and jeans (and other clothing items, too) than I NEED, but I like the variety. And each pair of shoes is different and worn for a different purpose or occasion.

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    4. I don't think most of them are maternity coats though, so there's that.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2018 at 07:02

      Haha true hrhdhd. I have sooo many navy polkadotted things in my wardrobe! And somehow petrol/forest green skirts! Noticed I had 3!!

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    6. I googled "Kate Middleton in blue coats". It's really not as many as I thought. My memory was tricked because of the varied styling on the different appearances.

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  8. She has fabulous legs and should continue to wear short skirts.

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    1. Agree, Anon. I love the shorter hemlines and hope it's a style for the future for all of us. I'm from the 60 and 70 era and have waited years for the shorter styles to return! Love the shorter hair but miss her beautiful long locks also.

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    2. No arguement from me on the shorter skirts either!

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  9. Love the color but agree with the commenters re: the short hemlines and her hairstyle hiding the coat’s bow detail. Her chunky heels might have saved her getting stuck in the grate, too!

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  10. She looks lovely for a great cause and I love that coat!

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  11. Out of curiosity, how many blue coats do you think the Duchess owns?!

    Not a criticism, I love coats and I would wear a new one every day if I could!

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    1. I'm curious as well. I'm also one who loves coats. As a "normal" working person, I have at least 10 coats, different colors, shapes, etc. I love them all and have had many for years!!

      Lorrr from US

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    2. Some of the ladies on Order of Sartorial Splendor are putting together a google doc! I'll see if I can find it but there are A LOT :D. I think she looks smashing in blue and they are all so beautiful .

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    3. Last time I counted it was 22, but she’s added a few maternity ones since then.

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  12. Rebecca - Sweden7 February 2018 at 16:05

    She's really getting good at these short speeches. Somehow she's one of those few people that are better at off the cuff speeches than reading them so this is a great strategy to have her say a few heartfelt words when visiting places like this! She has grown so much in this area and I'm really proud of her progress. It's never easy to improve something that you might not be naturally talented in so good on her!

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    1. I wish you good progress with your return to society, Rebecca. I have read your descriptions of anxiety, which I understand, for several years. You are such a wise young woman and so talented a writer, that I know there is a niche for you to contribute your ability to the world. Good luck!

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    2. I completely agree. She's MUCH better at impromptu than prepared speeches.

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    3. And she has the plus of a lovely voice

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    4. I would argue this was not an impromptu speech. If she knew (or figured) that she would be making remarks, that's by definition not impromptu.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2018 at 07:04

      I agree hrhdhd, but it's not the written down and more off the cuff. But not spontaneous, I would not think!

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    6. Rebecca,
      I read this comment of yours yesterday morning when I first saw this new blog. When I came home in the evening, I had a chance to listen to Kate's short speeches. Then I remembered your 16:05 comment and thought, Rebecca put it correctly, and I was looking for 16:05, when I stumbled at your other comment.

      You are right; Kate is spontaneous, natural, interested and better connected with her audience when she was not reading her speech. I hope she will deliver her written and longer speeches the way she did with her speech today.


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  13. What a beautiful coat and color! It appears that the Duchess is wearing a black turtleneck dress or higher collared dress underneath from the videos. And she gave a short speech. It was fabulous!

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  14. Love the coat and happy to see the shorter hemline. A longer hemline when one is pregnant just adds to the visual bulk.

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    1. Agreed, Suzanne. IMO this coat hits above her knee in just the right place, it’s not as short as some others that she wore earlier in this pregnancy.....

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  15. Gosh, how many coats altogether does Kate own? It would be fun to go through all of the posts going back to the beginning and count them!

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  16. Love the coat. But, honestly how many coats does one need at this point especially while expecting. Repeats are more then acceptable as most of us do all the time. Love Kates hair today. It actually looks like it is getting longer and she is not going to give it a trim.

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  17. I love the coat and agree it would have been great if her hair had been pulled back to see the collar detail which makes the coat. I also think the light pink color would have been a nice change to all the blue coats she has.

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    1. EliSay, I agree with both of your points. The bow at the collar makes this coat, so it would have been nice to see Kate's hair up to highlight it. Also, I think the pink color would have been a better choice as Kate has numerous blue coats, one of which we just saw on the tour.

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    2. EliSay, the light pink coat is pretty. I bet she actually DOES have this in pink as well! She’s bought the same things but in different colors before. Maybe one day soon we’ll see it!

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  18. I find it surprising that people who follow a fashion blog would be critical of her wearing different coats. It's certainly beneficial to UK retailers.

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    1. I don't follow this blog to follow Kate's fashion, although it certainly is interesting and fun to see what she is wearing. There's so much more here than fashion. I didn't intend my comment about Kate's coats to be critical, just an observation! I'm sure we're all aware of the boost Kate's sartorial choices give to the designers and retailers.

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  19. I think she looks so lovely. This coat can be used post pregnancy and the colour suits her. But most importantly, BRAVO to the off the cuff speech and the interacting with others. So proud of Kate.

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  20. I love this whole look. Kate looks very professional and gets better and better with her speeches. The is a wonderful 2018 documentary Kate: The Making of a Modern Queen which shows her evolution up to now that I highly recommend. It s 51 minutes and available to rent or buy on Amazon.

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    1. Thank you for your recommendation. I took a quick look at the trailer, and it's on my watchlist.

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    2. Caroline in Montana7 February 2018 at 19:46

      Thank you! Will get it on my list.

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  21. I very much liked the blue Walker coat in Scandinavia. This one is a rather intense color, especially with Kate’s reddish hair coloring that is safe in pregnancy, but it is a pretty design. I don’t find it too short, but it’s interesting that one model wears the coat with a knee length skirt. That is a style I like and haven’t seen for awhile. Maybe Kate will try it one day.

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  22. upstate diva USA7 February 2018 at 17:35

    She can have as many coats as she wants, but this one is too short, given what is underneath. She is bending over to greet children , sitting with the coat open, and she is not doing her heavy tights but mid-sheer hose. I think this one is shorter than the other Goat coats, but I could be wrong about that. Would have worked much better with pants, skirt that comes down below the coat, or (last resort) heavy hose.

    Her hair looks cute.

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  23. Kate looks beautiful today. She certainly has great legs, and I love that she is wearing shorter styles to show them off. The color of this coat is gorgeous. Her confidence is really growing in the public speaking area. She made it sincere and personal, which is a winning combination. We are going to have Kate withdrawals in the very near future!

    Hope from USA

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    1. Caroline in Montana7 February 2018 at 19:45

      LOL I though the same thing about the withdrawals!! maybe a tour poll or what William is up too? baby name poll? :)

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    2. I loved the baby name poll last time!

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  24. Speaking extemporaneously gives Kate an opportunity to express her natural warmth, and her personal relationship to the cause she is visiting. I love her reference to her history with this charity and her appreciation of its contribution to her deepening interest in mental health.

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  25. Rhonda - Wisconsin7 February 2018 at 17:42

    Loved everything about this visit today. Kate looks lovely as always! My all time favorite picture of Kate and Charlotte is the one from Canada above. Love it and the look on Kate's face with the cute little smile watching her girl take in the flowers. Thank you Charlotte for the quick post!

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  26. A woman showing a little bit of skin above the knees? Call the police!
    Lol, Seriously, Kate looks great and not indecent. It's 2018 and women should be allowed to show their knees and even a inch of thighs without being shamed for it.

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    1. Caroline in Montana7 February 2018 at 19:44

      Its more than an inch of thigh. but she has great legs. curious who is shaming her for it?

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    2. Julia from Leominster8 February 2018 at 02:33

      Why would a professional woman who wants to be taken seriously in her work want to 'show off her legs'. You don't see professional men 'showing off their legs.' A bit of sexiness at evening engagements is one thing - but professional daytime dressing is another matter.

      Knees are one thing but Kate showed a great deal more trying not at all gracefully to get out of the car. To my mind her coat should have been worn with something longer underneath - as shown on the right side model - the left side is uni girl cute - the right side is professional woman in her mid-thirties - which is what Kate is supposed to be.

      If that's shaming - so be it. I call it having standards of dignity.

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    3. Having an opinion is not shaming.

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    4. I think she looks Great.

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    5. I think there is a generation gap when it comes to comments on hemlines. There is no need for Kate to dress like an accountant or a lawyer. She does not have the same role. People try to pigeon hole her. Shorter skirts have been around for fifty years.

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    6. On more than one occasion it has been suggested that Kate should take a page out of Letizia's or Victoria's book and both ladies have worn dresses that were a lot shorter than Kate's.

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    7. Those ladies may not have the same protocol established by the present monarch.

      That is the point. It is not about the length, her age, or the present time. It is the protocol in place *by the monarch for whom she is representing*. Not Sweden's. Not Spain's.

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    8. Julia from Leominster9 February 2018 at 18:20

      Kate may not be limited to the restrained colour and style choices of the professions but the need for dignity and discretion for a royal lady is even more vital - we're talking a future queen - a diplomatic role of gravitas - not a Hollywood star or glamour model. Flaunting her legs - however good, is not part of her role, especially on a visit that is about a charity and important issues.

      As someone who was a very young girl during the mini era - short skirts have indeed been around and have dated very badly. Few people look at them as an example of timeless style - unlike the looks of the thirties and fifties. They tend in retrospect to look girlish and even silly. For me, this was the start when fashion turned to using gamine girls - instead of dressing sophisticated women.

      Speaking of sophisticated women, Letizia has developed a wonderful style in my opinion - especially in the last few years, mainly because of her polish (we rarely see her scrambling out of a car) and the unity of her look which comes in part from using most often three designers who have done well by her. But that doesn't mean I like every look she wears and I didn't like the few short skirts I could find online - (no winter coats amongst them and I don't count cocktail as I think a shorter look can be acceptable there.)

      I admire Victoria but not for her fashion sense which is more mixed.

      As for length of skirts and coats - it's perfectly acceptable to wear a shorter top coat over a longer skirt as shown on the model above. It was not generally considered good for a bit of skirt to peeking out unintentionally under a coat - as has happened several times to Kate.

      Overall, I like Kate's style very much but like it least during her pregnancies when skirt tends to go too high and strange outfits tend to appear.

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    9. How many pictures are there of Letizia exiting a car, scrambling or no? Photographers rarely photograph the Queen climbing out of a car. I think a little discretion is called for on the part of the photographers who have been allowed close enough to Kate to make such a photo possible . I would expect that sort of behavior from a pap, not from a photographer who is a regular royal photographer. Imagine Chris Jackson taking that photo. I don't think he did, nor would he take advantage that way.

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    10. Shorter hemlines feature in most current designer collections. They are hardly out of style. She is not flaunting anything. She is wearing a length that is flattering to her.

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    11. For Kate, I take the length of this dress anyday over the midi lengths we've seen her in. The latter doesn't flatter her and make her look frumpy . Here she looks like sophisticated woman in her 30s.

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    12. A generation ago, Diana wore outfits that were a lot less conservative than what Kate wears today. I honestly don't understand the ongoing fuss over some of Kate's choices. How can this young woman be frumpy and not be adhering two protocol at the same time? How can we celebrate some young women for going out of the out-of-the-box while condemning a consistently classic and conservative young woman for not dressing appropriately?

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    13. Amen royalfan! The latitude extended to some for their choices and not others is hard to understand sometimes. cc

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  27. Wearing a coat that's longer than one's dress/skirt always strikes me as something that royals wouldn't do. That somehow they would think it's gauche or unseemly. And yet, Kate does this (maybe other royals do as well). Not a criticism, just a thought.

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    1. I don't really understand. When/where I grew up, if your skirt showed below your coat's hemline that was a no,no. I never heard of it being considered gauche to have a coat longer than a dress or skirt.

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    2. Etiquette says your coat should be longer than your dress. Having a bit of your dress visible below your coat is gauche.

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    3. Does she ever take her coat off? It is the strangest thing

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    4. Hmm, I know even less than I thought I did about fashion. I've never heard of that rule.

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  28. I am glad how she grew in confidence. Her speech is perfect -short but frankly,lively and without any helping ! As always she gives a lot of happines and exicitation for children.I love her interaction with children. Meeting with Mayla is so sweet.
    Also I love her blue coat (another but Duchess looks beautiful in blue ) with sapphire earrings.

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  29. Oh my gosh, that video of her and the toddler smelling flowers is too cute! She is so sweet with little children. I love people like that!

    And what a great day for everyone involved. I’m sure this new center has taken A LOT of work (as most things do) and it must feel so good to be finally celebrating their progress.

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  30. Kate's exchange with little Myla shows us just how fortunate George and Charlotte are to have her for a mother.

    This post truly brightened a cloudy, rainy day. Kate continues to shine and I love it!

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    1. It has been a cloudy, cold and rainy day here too in my side of town ,and this post totally made my day :-)

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  31. I’m confused about the clutch Kate used today. “Black croc?” Does that mean it’s made out of crocodile leather? If it is, why is there no outcry the way there was when people thought her hat was made with real fur? I fail to see the difference.

    I never wear fur and I try hard to be a conscientious consumer when it comes to animals and clothing or makeup. But I don’t understand why some animal products seem acceptable while others are so controversial.

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    1. MizBev from Colorado7 February 2018 at 19:25

      The pattern is croc the material is leather.

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    2. It is made of calf leather and she has used it before! In fact this particular clutch donated 25% of its proceeds to UN's Blue Heart campaign. Beulah helps fight human trafficking http://www.katescloset.com.au/outfit-chronicle/duchess-kate-in-familiar-missoni-coat-for-service-of-hope

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    3. That's really good to know it's not crocodile, although it would be better if it wasn't an animal product. I know that leather (suede, these incredible handbags that I covet, beautiful shoe) is absolutely gorgeous, but it always looks better on its original owner. :)

      Kate did look terrific. I love that blue and she is really so pretty!

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    4. Ah yes, I vaguely knew of Beulah’s support in fighting human trafficking. I’m not too familiar with the brand.

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  32. First thought was, how lovely her hair looks. This style is so much more flattering. Second thought, was, the stockings were too thin. A thicker of pair might have been a better option, especially if she's wearing a coat above the knee. The coat is gorgeous, blue is definitely a good colour on Kate.
    The impromptu speech, shows a more confident and comfortable Kate, than what we've seen with previous speeches. So pleased she has found her voice !

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  33. I like the blue coat. She has wow legs. Still I don't think it is a good idea we can see half her tigh when she leaves the car. It is either the wrong car or the wrong length.
    She should stick with inpromptu speeches. Great!

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  34. I think Kate looked lovely today. Love the coat, the color and the bow. I noticed in one of the pics that she is crossing her legs, as she also did on the tour I believe. Noticing this since it was stated that she makes every effort to not cross her legs. To me that only seems natural that she would want to cross her legs. Just an observation.

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  35. This is my favourite hair style/length of hers! Sophisticated, healthy. Not too long, not too short. It looks much more natural, to me, than any of her previous looks!

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  36. Love her impromptu speeches. What's the fuss about her shorter hemlines? She looks great, chic and young. It's 2018, not 1918.

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      Agree. She looks young, professional and happy! She always does love the black and blue combo. I'm thinking she will make it to St. Patrick's Day and then go on maternity leave - anyone else agree? Thoughts?

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    2. I think she's farther along than we realize, she certainly looks it. I'm predicting baby comes more towards early April. I was just thinking when I saw these pictures today that she won't make it to St. Patrick's Day. Charlotte says in the blog that she's nearing her seventh month, but she's actually currently in her seventh month and nearing her eight month...meaning she's currently six months almost, if not already, seven months pregnant.

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    3. I'm with you on Kate's pregnancy timeline, Pam. I think she's due around April 2.

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    4. SierrafromMontana8 February 2018 at 22:03

      I do as well. I remember reading a story last early August when Kate was reportedly hospitalized - way before she announced her pregnancy. Which would also make sense for Harry's wedding date - give Kate time to recover after new baby Cambridge arrives. I'm a March 30th baby - maybe the little one will arrive earlier than planned! Do you think sh'ell attend the Trooping in June?

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    5. Pam, I always thought she's due very early April. The wedding is on 19 May, thus if we deduct strictly six weeks precisely, it cannot come later than 5 April. And knowing she was overdue with both George and Charlotte, I think probable the due date is even sooner, end of March. I think we will know soon, when the start of her maternity leave will be announced.

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    6. Pam-My guess is if it is a boy, on, or around St Patrick's day ( March 16-18), and if it is a girl, around April 20-22. Final guess, is April 21.

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  37. Caroline in Montana7 February 2018 at 19:41

    What a great visit! cute how she got her heel stuck, note to self, Don't Step on Grates! I liked the coat, not too sure about the bow, but it seems mostly hidden anyway behind her great hair! Wondering what fabric the jacket is made of? love the shoes and earrings are awesome! Not a big fan of panty hose in general, the black trousers on the model wearing the coat would look great/awesome/perfect on Kate!!

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  38. Wonderful engagement. Decent wardrobe, but what stood out most in how confident Kate has become in speaking not only in public but to people. That impromptu speech was sweet, natural and heartfelt. Bravo Kate!

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  39. This is a great cause, addiction is a serious problem and addicts need all the help they can get to try and come out of the addiction. That said, I wonder if William and Kate know the gender this time.

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  40. I really like her look today. Love her hair, the stockings, her shoes. Very polished looking. She may have a lot of blue coats but how many of them fit her while she's 7 months pregnant? She's getting pretty heavy in the front now. Thanks for the post.

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  41. Hmm great impromtu speeches i love the quote i really love her speeches very naturak and heartfelt looking forward to these kind enagement i think opening was postponed in order the duchess can attend in terms od the royal baby in st patrick day will be her last enagement she will be in maternity leave and resume her enagement prince harry wedding as for everyone the duchess always love weddings

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  42. Oh, no! Kate, what are you doing? Has her stylist gone on vacation? Debuting another new blue coat after a tour of all new things – including a new blue coat. And this after wearing two blue coats before the tour AND debuting another new navy coat in January. They’ve been getting very good press in the past few months, please try and not give reporters something to criticize on a platter.

    And wearing her hair down when the only interesting detail of the coat is a neck bow.
    She looks beautiful as always, but I have to call this choice and styling a fail.

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    1. Caroline in Montana9 February 2018 at 16:09

      She looks wonderful, how is that a Fail?? good thing you cant see me in my blue sweater, I own more than one...

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    2. Wearing the same or very similar clothes several times in a row is not a good styling choice for someone in the public eye, imo. Any stylist worth their salary would not make this mistake.

      And you are not going to be criticized by the press or on the internet for rashly spending public money, true or not.

      And honestly, as someone who likes following fashion I find it boring and uninspiring to do this. I feel the same about other royal ladies who always wear the same thing or the same colour.

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  43. Kate looked so gorgeous today. I really liked her style of fashion. Her hair looks so much better with less curl. Wow a great impromptu speech. She will always be my favorite royal wife.

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  44. I'm always curious why she does not take off her coat when inside. Seems more times then not, she keeps her coat on, even if she is there for a time. I like this coat, but think paired with a dress, it's a bit too short for Kate. I suspect in today's case, her dress is probably too short as well, but we didn't get a peek at the dress did we? I did like this coat paired with slacks as shown by the designer. I would have put Kate in more opaque tights today, to better pull off the too short of coat length.

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  45. Julia from Leominster8 February 2018 at 02:51

    It was a great and important engagement - I thought Kate spoke very well and the walkabout was delightful too. Clouds in the Community sounds like a very productive programme and I'm always very happy seeing Kate visit one of her patronages.

    As for the look, I'm less enthusiastic - a very similar coat to others, even one she has worn just days earlier (the blush in this coat would have been lovely), and if it's a case of late pregnancy, she has coats from her two previous ones. The skirt was too short to get out of a car elegantly, the coat was left on when no one else was wearing one, the hair is back to going everywhere - just not my favourite polished look. (And the queen didn't leave her coats on until she was much older - and her formal style with engagements is not what I would expect with a royal of this generation.)

    Couldn't get on for the poll but I voted for the Mcqueen - I thought it lovely and appropriate - very princess-like.

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    1. I completely agree with your comments about the length of this coat/dress combo, Julia, and the amount of thigh revealed as Kate tried to get out of the car!

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  46. Is it not Royal Protocol for dressing that dictates skirt length?? maybe this why she dosnt have badges, or sashes or orders or the other things duchess or princess wear after this many years as a wife of a future king or 3 kids later. I just think a royal duchess should show some decorum about showing thighs getting out of a car. she knows this, what is wrong with her??she dosnt care?? i think it takes away from the progress she is making with public speaking and her efforts to show up in a dress or coat 5-6 inchess above the knee. it cheapens her status. she is a royal lady right??

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    1. Is that really a thing? Is there a dress code that dictates dress lengths for royals at official events?

      I’m genuinely asking, not trying to be sarcastic.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2018 at 16:03

      No, there is no proof that any such thing exists Natalie. A big dose of common sense (which differs between generations and such!) and following set dress codes (like black tie, white tie and tiaras, black for Rememberance Day etc). There is no proof that any such thing as "no coloured nail polish", "No skirts over knees", "No heels over 4 inches or with an open toe", "No all black" etc. If it does exist, all the royals have broken there "protocol", including the Queen. It's just one of those thing people seem to swing around to put royals down and/or show royals as being out of touch! As I said, ofc they have to use common sense and dress for their role (a topic we in the comments and probably among the royals, different working groups etc disagree on but try to balance as good as possible).

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    3. The Queen wore dresses above the knee when that was the style and she was young. Kate seem to go for the shorter hemlines when she's pregnant (although I agree with Ivy that the GOAT short, rounded shape is not as flattering to her in the third trimester). You can't be serious, to imagine her hemlines put her our of favor with The Firm. If that were so, I think word would quietly come down through the ranks. In fact, her hemlines have dropped considerably and appropriately as she's taken on motherhood and a more senior role. I doubt you'll see her in short skirts when she's 70. Decorum is mostly in the eye of the beholder. The hemline would be shocking on Queen Rania of Jordan, for instance. I thought Kate's low point,sartorially speaking, was long skirts flying up in the breeze.

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    4. The Queen learned a hard lesson from the failed relationships and unhappiness of her sister Margaret and her sons Charles and Andrew. She's obviously taking a "live and let live" approach to the Royal Family as long as nothing egregious happens. She's 91. She's got more things to do than worry about Kate's hemlines or Kate crossing her legs.

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    5. The proof is what other royal ladies have described. There is protocol regarding the wearing of all black when not at a funeral, skirt length, heel height etc. Even Diana spoke about it candidly, but so have other members of the royal household. When representing the Queen Kate does not adhere to the protocol, unfortunately.

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    6. I am stunned at some of the criticism over the length of the dress and coat. She is in her 30's, has great legs, and maybe she wanted to feel good about herself as a woman. Considering some of the contemporary "painted on" maternity wear, I find this to be in very good taste.

      As for exiting a royal car, well, this is how a pro did it. :-)

      https://parfait.cc/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/c4ca4238a0b923820dcc509a6f75849b.jpg

      https://media.vanityfair.com/photos/54caa02e494254fc09962559/master/h_590,c_limit/image.jpg

      https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2c/b2/60/2cb260c0141db80bc5cf4163252088ce--princes-diana-diana-spencer.jpg

      https://cdn.images.dailystar.co.uk/dynamic/1/photos/812000/princess-diana-949812.jpg

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    7. Caroline in Montana9 February 2018 at 16:15

      "maybe this why she dosnt have badges, or sashes or orders or the other things duchess or princess wear after this many years as a wife of a future king or 3 kids later."

      really you think the reason she doesn't have the royal family order is because of her Hemlines!! Or that her Hemline destroys her great progress in public speaking?? its just a hemline. some days i feel so sorry for her, people will make something out of noting all day long. must get tiring

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    8. Thanks for sharing these links royalfan...what a treat!! Had never seen the burgundy look....actually all are stunning, elegant and very classy. cc

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    9. Maggie - Minneapolis11 February 2018 at 00:05

      I'm not sure why having nice legs has anything to do with appropriate length...

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    10. Caroline in Montana12 February 2018 at 22:10

      so I watched the video of her getting out of the car a few times, she kind of slides out sideways, and her coat is covering most of her leg. I really don't see what the big deal was?? I think it just looked awkward since the car was so high off the ground.

      appropriate length, seems to be up for debate, as in to each their own.

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    11. Thanks for the photos of Diana royalfan! :) It also reminded me that Diana (especially at Kate's age) favored a shorter hemline, definitely shorter than Kate wears, Pregnant or Not! :)

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    12. CeCe and Becca, you're most welcome. 😊

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  47. Charlotte - a question - your post never actually names the center. Is that because it's a community center that hosts the Action on Addiction programs - or because their are privacy considerations in naming which center Kate visited? All I can glean from this post is she is at a center in Essex. Or is the name Essex Centre? Thanks for clarifying.

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    1. Hello Moxie,

      The only information provided in the official press release and from AoA is "its new treatment centre in Wickford, Essex".

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    2. The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron, Action on Addiction, this afternoon officially opened the new "Clouds in the Community" treatment centre on Runwell Road, Wickford, Essex.

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  48. The Duchess of Cambridge looked very lovely today. I so appreciate the charities the young Royals support; charities that focus on mental health, addictions, self-esteem among children and teens, and help for the wounded soldiers and their families. I hope they can keep it going. The greatest way to impact positive change in communities is to effectively address the issues surrounding the younger generation. Thanks, Charlotte. I am always appreciative of your excellent work.

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  49. Alejandra Campos8 February 2018 at 04:13

    Great post! Loooooooooooooooove Emma's photo with Catherine!

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  50. She looks lovely, I just wish she would try one shade darker lipstick

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  51. We are now seeing a little more of the real Kate. Her impromptu speech came from the heart and was so genuine and I am glad she is now gaining in confidence to say a few words when appropriate so much better than some written remarks in event programmes.
    The write up from the charity about her strong support I feel indicates that quite a lot goes on behind the scenes which no one knows about and also indicates the value of the Royal Foundation in enabling charities to contact and work with one another.
    It certainly appears that W & K are once again spending half term with G & C as they did last term the Wessex's have done that with their children so I very much hope that W & K will do that for as long as possible. Family time is so important.
    I noticed that Kate was accompanied by the same young lady who as far as I am aware has still not been identified CQ did not appear to be present.
    Kate's continued support for children's mental health is proving invaluable in raising the issue but I do feel that she does need to widen her interests W is passionate about wildlife homelessness & mental health I feel it is time she took on another cause as well and other patronages. I hope she may eventually become Patron of GOSH when the Queen decides to hand it over like William is patron of the Royal Marsden hospital.
    I now look forward to her next engagement in 10 days time.

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    1. Hello Mary G,

      The lady is Laura Baker, she's Kate's assistant private secretary now.

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  52. I was stuck on the photo where Kate crossed her legs at the knees. Admittedly, it must be more comfortable than the Dutchess Slant. I can't help but wonder if she would receive criticism for that.

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    1. I am continually baffled by all these made up rules people actually believe. The Queen crosses her legs at the knees all the time.

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    2. I have seen the Queen cross her legs at the ankles, but never at the knees. She's so short, it would be quite difficult. Not crossing your legs at the knees is standard etiquette even though so many do not abide by the rule. Myself included.

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    3. The Queen crossing her legs at the knee:
      in 1957
      https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ea/88/99/ea889901b6e857f083bba5f081187948.jpg

      in 2017
      https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/20/590x/secondary/The-Coronation-Queen-Elizabeth-II-and-Royal-commentator-Alastair-Bruce-1194401.jpg

      I really wish people would just google things before sprouting lies.

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    4. And here we have Princess Anne:
      http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/bg/Queen+Elizabeth+II+Princess+Anne+Braemar+Games+EIayr62ncMql.jpg
      https://images.static.press.net/v2/image/webpreview/fcd68569a5886692879af014d7db6b37/2.7777596.jpg

      The Queen and Prince Andrew
      http://c8.alamy.com/comp/B4WMJ5/royal-family-at-the-races-queen-elizabeth-ii-the-queen-mother-prince-B4WMJ5.jpg

      The Queen
      https://www.sundaypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2016/04/GettyImages-71774264-1024x895.jpg
      https://media.vanityfair.com/photos/559eb5a49e9755183d96e523/master/h_590,c_limit/queens-corgis-history-dogs-ss03.jpg

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    5. Lies? You found two pictures from sixty years apart! The Queen is not often photographed with legs crossed at the knees, and in both of these she was at home. I don't think "all the time" and "sprouting lies" are either kind or accurate.

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  53. Kate looks lovely, but it's like a parade of blue coats - no accessories, nothing to spice it up - blue earrings, blue clutch...it's so boring. Sophie is a much more interesting dresser than Kate...sorry. Also, I find it amazing that you see video of her speaking to people at all these engagements, and you can never hear a word she is saying. was she trained to speak very low so the press can't hear her?

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    1. Haven't you heard of the expression "less is more"? I love a simple, monochromatic ensemble.

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    2. I love her simplicity. As for her speaking, are we looking at the same videos? I understood most if not all of what she said. Besides, it's about talking to the people and the rehabilitating addicts, not talking to the press.

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    3. Yes indeed! Less is more. :-)

      And as far as her being heard on the videos, I think it has more to do with the placement of the microphone and video quality than it does with Kate.

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    4. The photos and videos are made with long lenses. The sound doesn't reach the microphones on those cameras very well.

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  54. She is just perfect. Love, love love the pics of Charlotte smelling the flowers. Do you remember the first times as a little girl you did that? It was magic. It still is.

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  55. Hmmm. For my part, this coat is all too similar to the one she just wore on tour, not to mention to the myriad other blue coats she has. I think it would be one thing if she broke up all the blue by taking off her coat at each engagement and showing her dress underneath.

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  56. Kate is joining William to the BAFTAs again! Happy claps from me. I know this blog is not about William but I wanted to point out his surprise engagement today talking about cyberbullying and artificiality online. I think it is so, so important and he was just wonderful with the teen students. He was very warm to the photographer Arthur Edwards too, you can see how he asked how he was doing at the end of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI_ZVDmdFFg I thought that was really kind.

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    1. Caroline Rose thank you so much for sharing this video. I agree that he seemed very relaxed and natural with the teens. Someone commented that it reminded them of his mother. :) Very important message and note to the teens about being yourself! I believe that William has a quiet warmth and sense of humor that doesn't always get the attention that it should. It can't be easy talking and showing interest when you have a camera directed at you or shutters clicking all the time, but he does a wonderful job. Very nice little video of William. cc

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    2. Zora from Prague9 February 2018 at 15:23

      Thank you, Caroline Rose! A very nice video. I think the teenagers can feel at ease with William.

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    3. Thanks for sharing! I love how sweet William was with Arthur.

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  57. Thank you Charlotte for the interesting well researched post. I wondered if you follow Lucy Worsey and if you had seen this tweet. It amused me. Check out @Lucy_Worsley's Tweet: https://twitter.com/Lucy_Worsley/status/961245470285758464?s=09. I wondered if she was have a bit of a dig on the coats off brigade.

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    1. Thx alimai, that's really cute! :)

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    2. Caroline in Montana12 February 2018 at 22:13

      I thought she looked cold? is she not just cold? is she mocking the duchess? I sit in a vest with a heater on more than 1/2 of the winter. sometimes people are just cold.

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  58. Since the heels of her shoes were dusty, I believe Kate was getting into her car when her skirts rode up. The heel she caught in the grate on arrival was clean. Not that it matters, it was awkward either way. The real problem was the running board, which doesn't work with high heels and makes it hard to get into the car. Being pregnant in short skirts, Kate is a bit challenged, but the DM’s headline is unkind. I haven’t figured out what Kate was doing when Emma gave her a hand.

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  59. I haven't read the comments here yet, but I wonder if her new(ish) Private Secretary, Catherine Quinn, is responsible for helping/influencing Kate to speak 'off the cuff' without notes.

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  60. Owing to Kate's short coat, and even shorter dress underneath, she seemed to reveal a bit too much leg when she got out of the car, and the cameras went wild!

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  61. She looked wonderful. Her hair looked gorgeous today. More fullness at the top and I like it below her shoulders. I like it longer also but this length without the side sweeps is very pretty. I like the coat and found the look professional and attractive. I actually do not like the earrings but they worked well with the coat and hair.

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  62. Charlotte I'm still trying to see if anything I enter is getting through. I seem to be having trouble. Thx for any feedback, if you get this?

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  63. After the number of comments reaches 200, watch for the Load More button in order to read the new comments. Happy Weekend, everyone!

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  64. Maggie - Minneapolis11 February 2018 at 00:15

    Nice to see kate speaking at another engagement! Do wish I could hear her better - if someone taping can't pick it up, then that means some of the audience could not hear either, so that's unfortunate. Could be a bad microphone setup, although given that it's the 21st century I find it hard to believe they could have outdated enough tech for this to be an issue lol. But could be wrong. Either way, like I said, nice to see her speaking again. Makes me wonder that if she had just started practicing more like she seems to be now earlier in her royal career, if she would be even more relaxed and improved now. There's no reason to think otherwise. I wouldn't even be surprised if she had a speaking coach whom she can practice with more regularly now that they live in London and not in the country. Im just curious about the sudden uptake in speaking at engagements - in a positive way!

    Anyways, not really sure why another blue coat, or really any new coat, was necessary, especially after such an expensive tour wardrobe, along with very expensive 2017 wardrobe as well. At least this one is relatively cheap I guess,and not from a high end designer like many of her new clothes over the past year.

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  65. Maggie - Minneapolis12 February 2018 at 01:20

    Is it just me, or is it strange that KP has been completely silent about the Winter Olympics? For three royals heavily involved in promoting sport in general, and also the Olympics (at least the Summer Games), it seems odd not to even really wish them luck or talk about them at all. This feels esp true after just having the Cambridges participate in major tour event involved one of the sports of the Games, in one of the typically successful countries at winter Olympic events.
    Not necessarily criticizing - just seems weird but wondering if there's some cultural something im missing bc of living in the US. Of Britain is anything like us though, and mostly cares much more abt the summer games, then it seems like the royals bringing more attention to the winter athletes is even more important to honor their achievements, rather than spending time shining spotlight in Summer Games athletes who get plenty of love anyways. But like I said - I don't know the dynamics of all this in Britain.

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    1. In the British Royal Family Princess Anne is in ‘’charge’’ of the Olympics and Prince Edward of the Paralympic Games. Anne is currently in Korea and Edward is going later.

      From what I’ve seen in previous years, the other family members only get involved when the games are in the UK, or when they are a patron of a specific sport organization that is competing. Also, usually there is a reception for competitors at Buckingham Palace after the Games and other family members attend.

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    2. Buckingham Palace has been tweeting about the Winter Olympics. It would seem out of place for me to see KP tweeting about it

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    3. I am looking forward to the BAFTAs with Kate and William. So much fuss about the black dilemma. She's stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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    4. Renny,a dilema indeed. I wouldn't know how to address it. I'm curious, how will she manage?

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  66. Love the model’s outfit with the coat, bow not covered, white top, black pants and double strappy shoe. Really cute. I like the outfit with that coat and the skirt also.
    Same coat two different looks. Hope Kate saw those outfits.

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  67. Caroline in Montana13 February 2018 at 21:57

    on another note, I got my "repli Kate" sorel snow boots today and tried them on at lunch and they are heaven! highly recommend them! now I'm actually glad we are due for snow the rest of the week! :)

    cant wait to see the outfit at the BAFTAS!!

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    1. Caroline, we must have ordered them at the same time, my "repli Kate" sorel snow boots came today too!! Saw somebody at the store with them this weekend and couldn't wait....they are very comfy and light. These and the Aquatalia Rhumbas have been my "repli Kate" footwear indulgences...worth it! cc

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