Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Duchess in Flowing McQueen Gown and the Queen's Jewels for Glittering Dinner!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded their first day in Norway with a glittering dinner held in their honour at the Royal Palace in Oslo.


The royals posed for photos before dinner. From left to right, Princess Martha Louise, King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette Marit and Princess Astrid.


The Duchess was escorted to dinner by King Harald.


The royals were joined by 104 guests including members of government, leaders in business, those from the Norwegian creative industries and serving members and veterans from the Norwegian Armed Forces.


Crown Princess Mette-Marit in a gorgeous sparkling gown.


The Duchess also sat beside King Harald during dinner.


The event was held in the Great Dining Room.


During his speech, Prince William said: "Thousands of people cross the North Sea in each direction every year. Friendship is the hallmark of what prompts them to make that journey."


William's full speech:

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished guests. Vi ar veldi glaa for vairer ee Norga
Thank you for the wonderfully warm welcome we have received.  We have a splendid programme and tonight’s dinner will be especially memorable for us. Your Majesties, I bring warm greetings from my grandmother The Queen to you both and to the Norwegian people.  Her Majesty has very fond memories of her three State Visits to Norway, and of hosting visits by Your Majesties and King Olav.
For the United Kingdom, our relationship with Norway is extensive and very special.  We are North Sea neighbours.  We are allies.  We are close partners in all sorts of enterprises.  But above all we are the strongest of friends. I don't know if this story reached Norway but, last year, we had a fine illustration of what good relations between our two countries mean in practice. The story – which is true – is that some under-19 players of the Banks of Dee Football Club in Aberdeen lost control of their football.  The ball ended up in the river, which led to the North Sea.
The ball was later found over 1,000 miles away - on the shores of Vanna, in northern Norway. Kind people in Vanna found the ball, and saw from the markings who had lost it.  These people not only contacted the club – but then travelled all the way to Aberdeen to return the ball in person. The story warmed many British hearts, and made us appreciate all the more how lucky we are to have Norwegians as our neighbours.
Geography and history have made Norway and the United Kingdom not only North Sea neighbours, but the staunchest of allies. In Britain we will forever admire the courageous spirit of Norwegians during the Second World War. King Haakon’s staunch resistance to the Nazis resonated strongly in Britain, a beacon of defiance, as Europe lived through one of its darkest periods. Defending freedom is a core value for both Norwegians and Britons. The cherished symbols of our freedom and friendship are the Christmas trees sent from Norwegian communities to Britain each December.  These remain as warmly appreciated today, as they were 70 years ago when the generous tradition began.
The war years and their immediate aftermath convinced both our countries that we must maintain strong national defences.  Britain and Norway were among the founding members of NATO in 1949.  And in the 21st century, we continue to be in the NATO vanguard, adapting our alliance to the threats of today. British and Norwegian armed forces serve together on NATO missions.  They train together.  They will soon be operating the same sophisticated fighter aircraft and maritime patrol aircraft.
The relevance of our alliance is demonstrated by the part our countries are playing in the coalition that is countering the challenge of Daesh.  We have also stood together to try to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and Sudan.  And we have not shrunk from tackling daunting humanitarian tasks in countries such as Syria.
The number of pressing global matters is growing not diminishing. From climate change, to sustainable development, to ensuring the effectiveness of international institutions – the views of the United Kingdom and Norway are similar and often identical, as is our determination to act together to meet these challenges. Our economic partnership is hugely valuable to both of us.  The UK is one of Norway’s most important export markets; and notably Norway is the UK’s most important energy supplier.  Norwegian oil, gas and renewable energy all keep British kettles boiling – and you can imagine how important that is to a nation of tea-drinkers.  I learned earlier today that you power 22 billion cups of tea each year in the UK!
In a range of other sectors, I am delighted to say that British companies are doing excellent business in Norway.  We want these economic ties to grow.
We both face environmental threats to our future success.  We are both maritime nations whose prosperity has been shaped by the sea.  We are now both thinking about how we protect our oceans from the terrible damage done by human pollution. We share the same goals of de-carbonising our economies, building smarter cities, and being prepared to take full advantage of the next wave of technological developments.
Your Majesties, we are so pleased that our visit to Norway is allowing us to meet so many Norwegians who are thinking about our joint future. Norway has been, and will continue to be, enormously important to Britain both as a friend and a partner.
Thousands of people cross the North Sea in each direction every year.  Friendship is the hallmark of what prompts them to make this journey.  Catherine and I are delighted that, now, we too have made that journey; we too have experienced the warmth of that friendship on this very special visit. Your Majesties, thank you for your hospitality. We look forward to our two countries' friendship deepening even further in the years to come.
Toosen takk

Kate listens to speeches.


Richard Palmer notes King Harald referred to the Duchess as Kate.



King Harald said:

“Dear William, dear Kate, I admire the way you carry out your duties and the way you support he majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Queen and I know from our own experience how valuable it is to work together with the younger generation and how important it is to support one another on this rather unusual profession of ours.”

Time for a toast.


The King's daughter, Princess Martha Louise posted this photo on her Instagram account just before dinner began.


At the end of this video you can see the royals arriving.


I think, without question, when it came to Kate's evening wear during the tour she saved the best until last. The Duchess looked regal in a flowing blush Alexander McQueen gown with cape detailing and crystal flower embellishment around the neckline. For me this is the very definition of a gown fit for a princess, and Kate looks every inch the future queen.


There's only one item I would add to complete the look...ahem...


A closer look at the embellishment.


The Duchess added the Queen's sparkling diamond pendant earrings to the look. Her Majesty's Jewel Vault reports: "This pair of diamond pendant earrings includes a pendant of separate stones hanging within a diamond frame. These appeared at the 2012 State Opening of Parliament, but have no publicly known provenance as of yet." Kate has worn them on several occasions.


Kate also wore the Queen's wedding gift bracelet.


Prince Philip gave the beautiful piece to his wife as a wedding present. It is encrusted with diamonds from a tiara which belonged to Philip's mother.


Kate carried the Jimmy Choo Celeste Crystal & Suede Clutch tonight. The clutch features a distinctive crystal-trimmed frame.


Kate carried the clutch in burgundy in Sweden.


And it appears Kate wore her Oscar de la Renta Cabrina pumps.

It was a big night for Alexander McQueen. Back in London, Kate's future sister-in-law sported a black trouser suit by the brand. With the two looks side by side one can see why McQueen is a masterful fashion force. From a sweeping gown fit for a princess to a sophisticated tailored black suit, the brand truly does it all. You can read more about Meghan's appearance on my other blog.


In her piece for The Telegraph, Bethan Holt writes: One night, one designer, two very different looks:

'Tonight the two women both appeared at separate evening events in different countries in entirely different outfits- but by the same designer.
For the duchess it was very much business as usual with a caped gown by Alexander McQueen, the design house which created her wedding dress in 2011 and which has been a cornerstone of her official wardrobe ever since, at a dinner held in the Cambridges' honour by the Norwegian royal family in Oslo. Adhering to her tried and tested formula of flowing chiffon and delicate embellishments, the choice won a rapturous response from her armies of style acolytes on social media. 
Back in London, it was a suit for the Suits star. Markle was attending her first evening engagement as fiancée of Prince Harry as the couple honoured members of the military at the Endeavour Fund Awards. But rather than sticking to the usual royal protocol of an appropriately feminine dress, the former actress wore a black tuxedo jacket, cream silk shirt and cigarette trousers which were also by McQueen; under creative director Sarah Burton, the British label is as renowned for its meticulous tailoring as its exquisite couture-level craftsmanship.'

A look at the itinerary for the final day of the tour:

Friday, 2 February, Oslo -

  • The final day of the tour will begin at the Hartvig Nissen School, which was the location for the hugely successful Norwegian television programme 'Skam'. Skam is a drama series highlighting teenagers and the challenges young people can experience growing up, such as identity issues, bullying, relationships, sexual assault, and eating disorders. Following on from the theme lines of the show, the characters started their own social media profiles to engage with the audience watching directly, creating an international following and fan base. At the school, William and Kate will meet the stars and producers of Skam to hear more about the series, and will then meet students to learn about the effect Skam had on bringing these issues out into the open, and the role played by social media.
  • Later that morning, The Duke and Duchess will travel to Skaugum, the official residence of The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway, for a private lunch.
  • The Duke and Duchess will firstly visit Holmenkollen's most iconic landmark – the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. With panoramic views over the city, the ski jump is truly impressive in its size, and has capacity for more than 70,000 spectators. Here, they will walk through the Holmenkollen ski museum and then watch a demonstration from some of Norway's top under-18 ski jumpers, before meeting them at the top of the ski jump. No country has won more Winter Olympics medals than Norway, and as excitement builds around the forthcoming Games in South Korea, Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to learning more about how the Norwegians have maintained this record. 
  • The Duke and Duchess will then attend an event organised by the Norwegian Ski Federation, at which Their Royal Highnesses will see a group of local nursery children taking part in an afternoon ski school session on the slopes. The Duke and Duchess will join children taking part in a number of outdoors activities, from experiencing Sami tents, to roasting sausages on an open fire. Their Royal Highnesses will also speak to some of the ski instructors that deliver sessions throughout the year to keep children active and engaged with sport as well as visit the adjoining nursey.
  • From Holmenkollen, The Duke and Duchess will depart for the airport, and on to London. 

To catch up on today's engagements in snowy Oslo, click here to view the post!


Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Kate's gown. Do we have a winner? I think so.

231 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Gosh. I can't even!!! Kate looks outstanding!! Knocking it out of the park. A true Queen in the making in this dress.

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    1. I agree! So dreamy! I really like it and also conclude she feels GOOD in these flowing, or busier type, dresses while pregnant - she feels so so different in her body shape that this feeling has shaped all 3 of her evening wears on this tour. I I hope William keeps adoring her and enjoying her amazing and queenly-like self especially tonight.
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  2. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 18:56

    WOW! Yaaaass! This is what we were hoping for!! So glamorous! A pregnant godess!

    And she has the Queens wedding gift bracelet!

    Yippie!! The dress kind of reminds me of the gown Princess Madeleine wore to her brothers wedding when pregnant. The perfect look for an expecting mother! Clearly a more glammed up dress code all around! Love it!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.1 February 2018 at 19:15

      A pregnant goddess! Yes! Gorgeous! She is stunning!

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    2. Rebecca you are too funny! A goddess indeed. Or maybe a superheroine? :)

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    3. Yes, it does remind me of Princess Madeleine`s gown. I loved that dress. :)

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    4. my same redaction, just wow! I am loving the two McQueen dresses from this tour. Perfection.

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    5. Goddess is the right word.. She looks ethereal.

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    6. Yes, this is beautiful!! By far the best. The only thing I would change is the embellishment. It looks too heavy for the dress. But love the look anyway! :)

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  3. Phew!!!!! I was a little worried after the past two nights but this is MUCH better. Only one quibble, the chest area is a little too floppy (sorry if I offend, I don`t know how else to put this.) I think she needs some support but other than that - well done Kate! You look classically royal in the best sense. Just needs a tiara. :)

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    1. I 100% think that this is the reason for all of the high necks and I wish people were more sympathetic (not you!) to the changing pregnant body. Especially for a woman in her third pregnancy. Without getting too personal, her chest is much bigger this time around and for a woman who usually doesn't deal with that, you just don't know how your body is going to change from one day to the next and man does it during pregnancy! So to be safe, high necks are definitely the way to go.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 19:24

      A bit floppy when you might be sore and heavy is totally OK with me :P But I see what you mean as well.

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    3. Oh, no, I completely understand that Kate probably is feeling, as you say, a little sore and heavy. I didn`t mean it as an insult or trying to pick at her. :)She is beautiful as she is. :)

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 20:28

      I didn't think you were Maple Leaf, don't worry! :)

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    5. Maggie - Minneapolis1 February 2018 at 20:39

      Kate wears high necks allll the time though :P not saying that she might not be wearing them now for that particular reason, just that I don't think we can say either way since it's been a constant. That of course doesn't deny the realities of dealing with that area of your body getting bigger during pregnancy.

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    6. Maple Leaf, I agree with your commentary and it was not indelicate. Foundation pieces can make or break an outfit. It’s part of the fashion dynamic that is important for any woman; however I believe a higher standard is expected by the critics who review fashion styles of the very weathly, including the Monarchy. I believe my opinion extends to Mette-Marit at this event. Love the shashay of erethal pale pink gown worn by Kate. I think it transcends any pregnancy use and hope to see it again.

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    7. Well, yes, a better bra is called for here. It would also probably be more comfortable for her to have better support. But it’s a quibble.

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  4. From the one photo I have seen this to me is a no. The beading looks too heavy on that fabric. The bracelet I love. It has been fun to see Sweden and Norway on this tour.

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  5. Emmaline in the US1 February 2018 at 19:00

    Wow -- the first look is beautiful! Can I staple Will's tux jacket shut? This is a common problem with him at events.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing lol!

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    2. Totally agree with you about Will - and no cummerbund either?! There should be no white visible below the chest. Cummberbund, buttoned jacket.

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    3. I just looked at the picture...just got out of the car and didn't button it up?
      he should know better, he has a lot of years to go wearing dinner jackets

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    4. And his bowtie is crooked :)

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    5. That was also my big complaint!! will needs to step it up in his formalities.

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  6. I'm going to have to eat my words. Both Kate and MM look great!

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    1. Lol, maybe they saw your post court. :)

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  7. I don't know what to think about this outfit.

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    1. Wow, it is so much better, lovely blings!! Her bra and the flash don't work together.:(

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    2. Looks really lovely in motion, I have decided!:)

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    3. It does look nice in motion, but I think it's dull.

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    4. bluhare *heart*

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    5. I agree Anett--it's pretty sheer. But it's overall lovely. Definitely not something I would've though she'd chose. The crystals are very pretty. Any sighting of her shoes?

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    6. I'm going to say it. Kate has style and she looks great most of the time. But we need an exorcism. Now she's living in her old apartment Kate is controlled by Princess Margaret's ghost! All she needs is a turban and a cigarette holder. She is not an old woman. She's in the prime of life and looks fabulous pregnant. Yet she's dressing like a matron. Something Princess Margaret would have worn, in fact. I thought that the other night when she wore that dress made from a couch cushion, and I really think it now.

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    7. I agree. It's a pretty color and fabric but the style ages her again. It's like a 70 year old Princess Grace style. Kate is a beauty but it's simply not youthful enough for her.

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  8. OMG -amazing fairytale connects with real princess! Perfect,stunning, gorgeus...

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    1. I always wondered what she would wear if she were ever to attend an elegant event with any of The Scandinavian Royal Families. They tend to wear more majestic statement gowns than the BRF. My question has been answered. She's Absolutely Stunning & the Dress stands up to all the rest around her. She reminds me of Jackie Kennedy as she sweeps through The Palace Ballroom on the arm of The King! She truly looks Divine! It's at moment's like these that I love to think back to where W&K began, hanging out at St. Andrews! :) Then I have to pinch myself that it all worked out & that he we are awaiting Baby #3! A True Future King & Queen! :)

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  10. Oh. MY. GOD. She looks like an ethereal goddess. I can't stop looking at these pictures she just looks absolutely positively stunning. And that BRACELET! I am in awe of this outfit.

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  11. Yeah now she hit the floor. she looks absultly beutyful on this gown.

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  12. Yessss this is it! Perfect!! A+ to Kate, Mette-Marit and Sonja! Wonderful gowns and all special & reflecting the style of the royal lady wearing them :)

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  13. Her gown is simply beautiful. I'm so happy to see her in the same design like Princess Madeleine in 2015 when she was pregnant with Prince Nicolas. Kate looks stunning. I will remember this dress for such a long time - i know it now! Simply perfection :)
    Greetings Charlotte and thank you for fast post! ;)

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  14. Maggie - Minneapolis1 February 2018 at 19:23

    Very pretty!!! She looks elegant and regal, and not at all like she got her clothes made from nearby furniture ;)
    Only thing throwing me off is well...the breast area. I'm not sure if it's just that with an empire waist and so much material in the skirt, having such a short/small solid upper part of the dress under the sheer shawl thing maybe looks a little out of proportion? Imo that solid part should extend up a bit more or something otherwise the tinyness of the upper part of the dress is either making right under the empire waist look bigger than it is (which I assume isn't what kate considers ideal given she doesn't usually like emphasizing her bump even it's actual size) and/or the tinyness is making it look like she's lacking support or something. I clearly know very few actual terms for parts of a dress so apologies if mh attempts at describing what I mean are super confusing :P and btw I have no problem with a big baby bump or w/e - just looking out of proportion a bit.
    But overall I love it! Can't tell how much of this is just relief after the erdems :P but I think I'd like it mostly anyways haha.

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    1. Re the breasts. She's pregnant. 'nuff said.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis1 February 2018 at 20:34

      Yeah I'm obviously not asking that she somehow transcend science and make her body immune to the usual pregnancy-related changes. But if more support is not possible due to soreness or smthng, then maybe a different material/style that wasn't so soft/unsupportive and didn't drape so exactly over that area would have been a better option is all im saying. But while I'll critique fashion choices, how parts of her body look during pregnancy is not something I would ever expect for her to consider others' opinions - if she doesn't care if certain parts of her body look like they might not be supported in usual way, then that's all that matters.

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    3. I think most people find that more support is more comfortable than less, during pregnancy, but everyone’s different, I guess.

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  15. Now this is an evening gown! Stunning! The shape and flowing fabric remind of the 60s or 70s.

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  16. Same Here. But at least there's no chintz in sight. Waiting For more pics.

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    1. Great look, but the cape is too much. Why is she adding unnecessary volume to her beautiful silhouette?Great jewels, lovely colour.

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  17. A big improvement from the last 2 nights. Having said that, I am torn on this gown. I like the idea of it, but the look of the cape gives this gown a old look. It looks like something my grandma would wear. I could see this on Queen Elizabeth. I think the dress would have been lovely with sleeves instead of the cape. But again, much improved from the last 2 nights. Her day outfits have been gorgeous, but her evening outfits have been misses for me.
    --CuriousKat

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    1. You expressed My thoughts perfectly. This evening, I love the color and the jewels.

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    2. I don’t think you would have seen QUEEN Elizabeth wearing this type of gown, nor did Diana.. it is only in roughly the last ~ 20 years that pregnancy fashions have going to be even this fitting. Even this style is modest in relation to some out there. I think you will find that 30 + years ago the style was either one piece flowing from the shoulder with no fitted area around the breast or waist (Kate will sometimes a modified version of this) or a 2 piece of a loose flowing top over a skirt with a cut out area around the belly held in place by a stretch panel or string.

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    3. Sleeves would've been so much more polished and elegant than that massive cape.

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    4. I totally agree. This gown ages the Duchess terribly. Reminds me of the type of gown Peggy Lee and Elizabeth Taylor wore in the 80’s. Could have been bespoke for the Queen Mum. Too much material creating volume and floatiness — not pretty. All it needs is a bit of marabou trim and some “mules” with pom poms to be totally “lounge wear” looking. Have a look at the Queen Mum here and tell me it’s not a dress for a much older woman. Whoever helped the Duchess with evening wear this trip has lost the plot. https://www.google.ca/search?q=queen+mother+gown&client=safari&hl=en-ca&prmd=isvn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAxda124XZAhUURGMKHcAVA3sQ_AUIESgB&biw=320&bih=454#imgrc=mzW7AF7n4nidqM:

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    5. Yes, the cape is a little voluminous from the front, but if you look at the video the movement of the train is magnificent. I think this might be the first time she’s worn a train since her wedding.

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    6. Anon 22:11. Glad I’m not the only one that got the Queen Mum vibe. I know I have seen photos of her in a gown like that that she wore in her later years. And the seam on the sides of the cape? Not good tailoring as someone said.

      To me this gown and cape look like a costume
      for a theatre production. 🎭 (a low budget theatre production) No offense. This one is a trophy head scratcher for me.

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    7. I should have scrolled down, Kat. I totally agree with your assessment. I'm older than Kate and I wouldn't wear that for fear I'd look matronly.

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    8. Anon 22:11, I thought the gown looked better in motion and much better in some different lighting
      were it was clear it was a sleeveless dress with a sheer cape over it. But I had the exact same thought that it looked like something Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney or Elizabeth Taylor wore in the 80's. I also do not like the beading on the cape or the seams over the shoulders and down the arms on the cape. I am hoping that in person it looked softer and less bulky.

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    9. Anon 22.11 Maybe the Queen Mum vibe got you hyper links jinxed.

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    10. I have to agree, my thought was it swamped her. Too much material, kind of like the gown from the bond premiere. And yup it was also aging.
      I think people are overly impressed because the last couple of nights have been so bad, so they're more excited about this one than it really deserves. IMO.

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    11. Anonymous in Colorado2 February 2018 at 04:10

      +1 surfer girl! It does look ethereal in motion but I don't know about the cut of that cape....nice in theory but poorly executed in my opinion & sort of overkill. Nonetheless Kate looks stunning (albeit older than her years).

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  18. Maggie - Minneapolis1 February 2018 at 19:26

    Scratch most of what I said in my last comment :P just saw me pics and turns out the lack of dress under the shawl was just an optical illusion in the one pic. Seems like the material extends pretty high up tow her collar under the shawl. So I guess it's just looking like more support could be good in that area :P

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  19. How good would this outfit look with a tiara!!!!!!

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    1. I know!! I was just thinking that!! She will just have to be due with baby number 4 in February 2020 or 2021 so she can re-wear this gorgeous gown with a tiara to the diplomatic reception. A girl can dream, right? :-)

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    2. Are there any state visits between now and when the baby comes? Cause I think a tiara would be the crowning (pun intended) finish!

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  20. Now THIS is what royalty wears!! So much better than the last two evening...idk what to even call them lol. So lovely.

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  21. Kate looks stunning and regal on the arm of the King. Beautiful.

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  22. Usually wait to post after updates, but so anxious to see this look and WOW....stunning, sophisticated, and elegant. Love the earrings and necklace from the Queen, a very nice touch! Both Kate and MM look very regal. Love the picture of the King entering with Kate. Happy dance!! cc

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  23. Stunning. I watched it live on FB and her sweeping along on the arm of King was very dramatic.The way that gown flows with the train is pure elegance. What a knock out. Again a dress maybe that I wouldn't have expected and out of the norm a little?

    I'm in the minority here I know but I've loved all her looks this tour and how she has moved to trying some interesting and new fashion pieces. Not everyones cup of tea obviuously.

    Tonights look is regal and appropriate for a formal dinner in a palace. Thankyou Charlotte for all your hard work these last few days it's been brilliant coverage - looking for ward to seeing more images and comments later.

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    1. I couldn't have said it better Mr. D.! :) Cheers to Catherine The Divine Duchess of Cambridge! :)

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    2. MizBev from Colorado1 February 2018 at 20:31

      Very well said Mr. D. I think she has looked wonderful in everything she has worn this trip. This dress is a dress fit for a future queen and she looked like one. I often wonder what her parents think when they see their little girl looking so regal. Their buttons must be bursting with pride. Well done Duchess.

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    3. I'm another of the minority who liked the Erdems, but this I agree is a more beautiful gown in every respect. She reminds me of the image of a ship, triumphant, sailing into harbor with all flags flying and the trumpets sounding.

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    4. As Charlotte remarked... all it needed was the Lover's Knot Tiara LOL.
      I'm sure this will make another appearance at some point in the future.

      I did chuckle though as one of my first thoughts was - I hope she doesn't splash gravy on her sleeve lol .....but I think that's more a reflection of my table etiquette and clumsiness than Catherine's!!!

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  24. It's interesting to see the different colors, really shades, on Twitter with this dress. I guess it's the lighting and the flash.

    It's kind of funny that MM wore a lace gown with a sheer underlay. I wonder what she thought when she saw Kate's dress this morning

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  25. Hooray!! This is so much better - less fuss, no chintz and no ruffles. This is the kind of thing I tune into royal tours for - the glamour. As Maple Leaf said, if only she was wearing a tiara, it would be absolutely perfect! (We can but dream - maybe she'll start wearing them more when she becomes Princess of Wales?)

    I wonder how the best evening gown poll will pan out at the end of the tour? Will this be the first ever 100% winner?

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  26. My word...what a stunning entrance! The DOC looks absolutely ravishing. Brava ♥️

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  27. CP MM looks simply stunning,as well! ♥️

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    1. She does indeed - lovely and completely different for a different event.

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  28. I kept thinking.....surely in Fashionland, there is ONE designer who can make a couture maternity gown! I should've known it'd be McQueen... She never looks bad in McQueen.

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  29. This is perfection. Absolutely perfect for her body and the occasion.

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  30. After watching the video, I think that my problem with the outfit, although it is very beautiful in design, is that it ages the Duchess. I'm certain that it's very difficult to find formal wear while expecting that is appropriate, comfortable and flattering. This isn't hitting any of those marks for me.

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  31. Wow. So beautiful. And to you ladies re the breasts. I don't know how many of you are well endowed or remember what it was like to be pregnant. I can tell you as someone who has put on a sad amount of weight is that, short of wearing a very uncomfortable corsetiere, the breasts are going to be out there until the weight is gone. Who wants to sit through a formal dinner feeling that ##%% corsetiere digging into her. Why should she suffer because someone doesn't like seeing her breasts outlined. There are so many other beautiful areas to focus on. It's as bad as we used to accuse the men of. Sheesh!

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  32. LOVE THE DRESS!! Ethereal and slightly retro. So Jackie O! BUT, here I go again, THE HAIR!!!!!!!!! Even Jackie O wore a more stylish updo back in 1962. Kate, enough already! It literally ruins every look of hers.

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    1. I know! Her updos make her head look so flat and weird. I wish she'd change it up...add some volume or some curls in her updos. Remember her hair when she wore the absolutely stunning turquoise Jenny Packham dress for the London Olympic gala concert? It was so pretty then.

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    2. Sigh Becca... that was one of her best looks ever! I miss those days.

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  33. This one dies nothing for me! It's too matronly and too much material. She's swimming in it. She has a great figure, even pregnant. Show a little arm or even a fitted sleeve. It's regal, I won't debate that. But it's not flattering. Poor girl. Time to go home and wear yoga pants for a few months.

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  34. The skirt is similar to that other McQueen gown from LA.

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    1. I was thinking that, as well, after having just looked back at some of her previous evening wear looks. The lavender McQueen was gorgeous.

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  35. Heck yeah! That’s the Royal look I’ve been waiting for! Stunning! I love it!

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  36. Oh she is exquisite. A bit more covered up than we're used to, but back to our regal fabulous Kate! That's "our" girl! So much better.

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      She really looks REGAL!

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  37. SierrafromMontana1 February 2018 at 19:59

    Now that my friendly readers is a gown!!! Yes - she slayed. It's fantastic!!!

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  38. This is the best of the three evening gowns Kate has worn, and it wasn't the greatest of surprises that it's McQueen, she always looks phenomenal in McQueen ! The sparkle is an added bonus :-)
    It has been a jam packed few days for her, all whilst heavily pregnant, and yet she looks absolutely stunning !
    A busy night for Charlotte, between Kate in Norway and Meghan at the awards ! Thank you so much for all your efforts, truly appreciated !

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    1. Indeed, to all that you said Annabel!!! Charlotte You Are Amazing!!! We Send You Are Deepest Fondness & Appreciation!! :) xoxo

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  39. This is stunning. Watching the video, there is a real train to this dress that flows beautifully around her. Yay!!

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    1. I agree, Nica - the still photos don't do it justice! It's a lovely, regal gown (as opposed to *that which shall not be named* abomination of recent memory) I truly felt waves of relief! (and may I go on record to say that, that despite my recent snarky commentary, I am a BIG fan always of the DoC)

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  40. Both Kate and Meghan are wearing mcqueen For an event tonight. I wonder if it's a mere coincidence or it was planned.

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    1. Lella, I wrote a response to Greybird below, do read it! :) I see Kate & Meghan as the new sisters that are syncing up already, as women are known to do. Whether intentional or not, & having 2 distinctive styles, I see them as inspiring & rubbing off on one another. I'm so tickled for Kate that she has such a wonderful Royal Sister to share this Royal Life with. I also am so tickled for Meghan that she has such a Gracious Royal Sister in Kate. One who will always be there for her & help her navigate things. William & Harry have both chosen well & The Royal Sisters will only enhance & celebrate each other! :)

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  41. Ew. Just ew. I remember when this look was popular for the mother of the bride set in the late 70's. This is a McQueen, but resembles a matronly bridal shop dress. The dress is lovely. It's that cape.

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      I LOVE the cape! It's so stunning and etheral, especially on a pregnant woman. I loved it when Princess Madeleine wore a similar one! Although, I'm generally fond of capes and way too young to have lived through the 70s so my view is probably coloured by that :P

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  42. This is so much the best evening look so far that it seems a shame to quibble but....I wish it was a stronger colour!

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    1. The pale, soft color was divine!

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis1 February 2018 at 20:45

      Yeah this color really washes her out...its not too bad in full length pictures but when it's just her face and a bit of midriff area, she looks so pale. If not a bolder color (she does seem to be quite attached to pastels), maybe some more color on her face could help with the washing out a bit? I wonder if a bolder color could also address the concerns of some ppl that its too matronly. Not sure.

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    3. I was thinking the same thing. She looks so gorgeous in jewel tones, or even her favorite baby blue. But it's a beautiful gown, and she looks like the very pretty princess she is!

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  43. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 20:21

    I loved the speeches and I love how the Norweigans always airs parts of dinners like this! Harald is such a big teddy bear and his speech was great. I mean, the man quoted Love Actually! It was so sweet how he said he was proud of how William and Kate (Yes, he called her Kate!!) support the Queen and of their mental health work. It was so sweet and clear that he sees them as extended family!

    The speech writers should have checked more with eachother because when it was Williams turn he had basically the same tea jokes and such written in his speech. Oh well, bound to happen :)

    All in all, this was a wonderful evening event. Both satorically (much nicer with a proper black tie and gowns dress code than the more casual and harder to get right ones in Sweden) but also just the event itself. Kate and Harald looks like they were having a blast, I like how William are Kate were at different tables to get some more reach and I love how regal Kate looked. This is basically the most princess she has looked and she's not even wearing a tiara. I hope this gown can be taken in later so she can wear it with a tiara in the future!

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  44. I totally like the look of the Norwegian Royal family. Decent,laid back, modest. Lovely.

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  45. Kate is just so beautifu. She looks magnificent entering on the arm of the King. Just perfect.

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  46. I'm torn, I like all of the elements of this dress and some shots of it look fantastic and others not so much. I think it might have worked better in a darker hue. One thing that consistently throws me is Kate's makeup. It always looks a bit overdone, the colors just seem to clash, and it just doesn't seem like there is any technique going into the application. Even when I love her looks, the makeup just always takes it down a notch or two for me.

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    1. Kristin F. agree. Her make up does appear hit and miss over the years. Not sure if it the photos or what. Agree with your take that a different hue might have made a big difference. And if the same dress color maybe a different make up palette.

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  47. YEEEEEEEEEEESsSSSsssssssssss!!!!! That is all I can say!

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      She - Slayed!!!!!!!!!

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  48. This is how a future Queen Consort should look. I do hope she has this gown restyled later on, absolutely crying out for a tiara. Love her look and her bearing, she has grown into her role. They all must be celebrating at McQueen tonight, with both Meghan and Kate in their clothes, and such a wide range, but all perfection.

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    1. Greybird, you are so right! She is every inch The Future Queen Consort! I love that both Kate & Meghan are sporting McQueen Tonight. I feel they have sync'd up very very well as Sisters already! Although, Kate has Pippa, there is so much in her life that she will only really be able to share & experience with Meghan. They are both such wonderful women & while they have their own distinct styles, as Sisters, they will/& seems already are inspiring & rubbing off on one another. Thinking back to Christmas Church at Sandringham, Meghan was looking to Kate for those sweet nods & cues & I already suspect that Kate is just as protective of Meghan as she has always been of Harry. These new Sisters have a wonderful life to share together married to Will & Harry, including raising their children together as cousins. This is Everything Diana wanted for her 2 Boys! She planted the seeds & the harvest is coming in! God Bless Them All!. :) xoxo

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  49. The Queen & Princess Martha Louise look marvelous. ♥️

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  50. She is beautiful, I adore her

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  51. Sarah Maryland USA1 February 2018 at 20:41

    Thank god. One of my favorite evening looks of hers ever!! Finally Kate!

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  52. All I can think is what Carole and Michael Middleton’s reaction must be to have such a gloriously beautiful, intelligent and thoughtful daughter. They must be shedding tears of joy and I am sure Diana is in Heaven looking down with abundant joy, God has surely shined down upon Harry and William, I can only pray that my own two sons will be so blessed, I think she is more beautiful here heavily with child and how special this must be because I suspect this could be their last pregnancy. He most royal look ever!!!

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    1. Oh Indigoisle, Your words are so Beautiful & True! As the Mother of Grown Children. There is Now Greater Gift than to see The Woman your daughter has become & the role she fills in life, especially that of Mother. As well as The Men your Sons become & to welcome the women they have chosen to share their lives with into one's family! Other than Grandchildren, their is no greater gift for Parents, once the raising of them is done. :) xo

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    2. Indigoisle, what a beautiful comment.

      It's difficult to not think of Mike and Carole, isn't it, as their daughter and future Queen is escorted to dinner on the arm of the King of Norway.

      Kate looks beautiful, serene, and regal.

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  53. Stunning- and not an Erdem in sight!! Loving the candle-lit chandeliers, too!

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  54. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)1 February 2018 at 20:50

    Absolutely beautiful look! I love the cape and the flow of the gown. Just perfect! I agree with Rebecca: I hope that this can be taken in so that we can see it with a tiara one day!
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  55. Kate looked magnificent! Charlotte, the CLK Tiara would’ve been the perfect finishing touch :)

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  56. Interestng to see the women arriving in Sami dress.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2018 at 21:36

      Black tie tress code also include military or national dress so there is always alot of people in those choices at events like these :) I love it! (Also, I might have missed it but I didn't see Sami dress, just regular Bunad. But I might be wrong)

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  57. Beautiful! Today Kate is the future Queen of England! Stunning!

    Crown Princess Mette-Marit looked so beautiful!

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  58. The past two nights are forgotten. Kate looks amazing! Graceful, elegant, and so regal. The flow of the gown is beautiful. I believe she knows she looks marvellous too because she radiates a serene confidence we don't always see.

    Mette-Marit looks lovely too - avoiding some of her past excesses and the rest of the royal ladies very nice. The flowers are lovely and the room magnificent. William made a fine speech. Being out of superlatives, and having been wined and dined quite grandly myself (we're on a cruise) I shall end this feeling very happy all around.

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    1. Julia, I just posted a comment above only to find that you used the word serene as well. I guess that makes it official!
      Enjoy your cruise. Lucky lady!! :-)

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  59. This might be a duplicate. This is a no for me. I find the beading too heavy for the fabric. Love the bracelet.

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  60. I think Catherine is wearing her Oscar de la Renta Glitter pumps :-)

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  61. I think the cape detracts from the overall look, but I'm glad to see her in something flowy. This is MUCH better than the past two nights. McQueen is a favorite of mine and one which Kate usually looks great in. She and William seem to be having a great time with the Norwegian royal family. I'm 1/2 Scandinavian, so it's been great to see a glimpse into my heritage haha!

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    1. Me, too, Becca! Such a beautiful part of the world. Especially in winter! Do you love snow? I think it is in the DNA when Scandinavian!

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    2. So is that why I love the cold so much? It must be in the DNA/Viking blood! :) It has been great to see parts of Scandinavia through William & Kate’s eyes...I would love to visit this part of the world one day.

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  62. Melanie from California1 February 2018 at 21:16

    Yes!!! Beautiful!!! She should have done more looks like this during the trip! Love!

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  63. Do you suppose she ever pinches herself to make sure it's all real? What a classy, beautiful, elegant gown, fitting a classic, beautiful and elegant queen to be. Love this look!!

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  64. I agree, LAKate.😊 This dress is a total no for me. The cape is a quandary. oh dear. a huge wall of white. A cape could have been done attractively off the shoulders, not over the shoulders and around the arms then accentuating the tummy in an odd way. Yay and HalleluYah for the tummy but this design is as bad as the Erdems but only in a different and never dreamed of way. I am astonished and perplexed. This one is a trophy head scratcher to me for sure.
    And, please don’t hate me, lol, but to be honest,
    I don’t like the earrings either, never have. And, I do not like the school marm hairstyle. She wears that a lot. I like chignons, messy buns, updos but with a little oomph and feminity to them. Not so wadded up and plastered there. That look is just not attractive in my opinion. No offense to anyone.

    On a brighter note. I DO LOVE that Kate wore the Queen’s ever-so-special wedding bracelet. That is an uber special sign of love and respect from the Queen and Prince Phillip and truly Kate deserves it.

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    1. Very much agree about the cape! It had such an odd cut at the bodice. I think it would have been more effective if the detailing were cut out around the edges, laying over top of the bodice, with the cape trailing from the shoulders, underneath the detailing. Hard to explain; hopefully you get the idea! Also not sure about the color. Seems to be washing her out a bit. And I agree with what someone else was saying about the heavy make-up application. I think a lighter eye was called for with this dress. Love the bracelet, though.

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    2. I agree. The volume of this dress is wrong. It adds bulk rather than slims. The cape and the lines are something the Gabor sisters and Elizabeth Taylor would have worn in the 1960's. It's caftan-esque. Reminds me of my mom's honeymoon attire. Having said that, no doubt Catherine is beautiful and has acquired a regal bearing that serves her well.

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  65. I just now watched the video. Still not a fan of the beading but the dress looked much better. In the video it looked very much like a sheer overlay on top of a fitted sleeveless dress. Seeing a solid looking full dress on the top really helped to reduce what initially looked like an odd undergarment under yards of fabric.In the video it clearly looked like a sheer cape over a dress with a fitted top and full layered skirt.

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  66. Goodness, I almost feel like I have to be apologetic, but I don't like the gown at all. Too voluminous, too pale, too much. Her hair looks nice though.

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  67. Yes! Yes! Yes! I love this. But I feel like there have been opportunities to wear a tiara, both here in Norway and in Sweden. Why not just pull them out of the vault ladies, and SPARKLE! What is the point of having so many jewels and not wear them? If I were a Princess, I would wear them 24/7 ;-)
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    1. There haven't been any white tie evenings, therefore no tiaras. I do think the important bracelet, with its diamonds taken from a tiara, is a statement from the Queen and Prince Philip.

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    2. Yes, I know all that Patricia. I like tiaras, and think they could make it an event where the tiaras got pulled out. Lord knows there were enough royals! I was being light hearted..
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  68. Rhonda - Wisconsin1 February 2018 at 21:45

    Woo-hoo!!! Regal, magnificent, stunning, gorgeous, amazing!!!! I love everything about it and she - just - kills - it!!!! Very well done Kate!!!! You look so beautiful. {{{SIGH}}} All it's missing is the Tiara. Love it, love it, love it!!!! The other royal ladies were just beautiful as well. Love the grey lace dress Mette-Marit is wearing as well. All around, a fabulous event.

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  69. You guys! I just don't know about this....I'm starting to feel like a bit of a downer, but I'm not crazy about this dress. Beautiful blush colour, love the flowing hemline. I don't like the seam running down the side of the cape. I know it seems nitpicky, but I think it cheapens the whole look. I also don't like that the way the fabric is laying across the bust, it makes it look like we can see her bra...
    I'm mentally editing out the cape, and I think it would be so much better without it. Still with the embellishment at the neckline, but minus the cape....and I usually love a good cape. Her makeup and hair look amazing though. Love the earrings. Again, she is glowing and beautiful. Looking so healthy and happy.

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  70. Hm I do not like this dress either :( it just reminds me of something between sleeping gown and wedding dress. And the applications on the shoulders, o dear...
    Her daylooks were all very nice, the evening looks not so much.

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  71. Zora from Prague1 February 2018 at 21:56

    Kate looks gorgeous!! So regal! What an evening. And I sincerely admire her for looking this way, smiling, talking, being attentive, as well as kind to people waiting in the crowds to see her, when at the same time she must feel REALLY tired and she would probably need to put her feet up or lie down and take a nap more than once a day! Brava Kate!

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  72. I hope this gets published, lol. This is a place to discuss Kate’s life AND style, right. So please don’t hate me ya’ll but LAKate and I seem to be the only ones who don’t like this gown. (lol, I am ducking all the rotten tomatoes being thrown at me as I speak.)

    The cape is a quandary. One just off the shoulders might have worked instead of going over the shoulders, around the arms and then showcasing the sweet baby bump in the most unattractive way.
    Even on a non-pregnant woman, the cape, with the pleated dress, with the light-reflecting light color would not look good. It is very mother-of-the-bride to me. Something that I can picture the Queen Mum would have worn in her later years. (And if I look, I think I can find a photo of her in a similar one.) And, to be honest, I don’t like the earrings either. Just my preference. And, I have never been a fan of that hairstyle that Amanda keeps repeating. I like chignons, messy buns, updos but with some oomph and more feminity to them. That looks to me like a hair helmet. Zora has worn some beautiful chignons and updos in the past. They are possible.
    On a brighter note. I LOVE that the Queen and Prince Phillip have loaned the Queen’s dear wedding bracelet to Kate again. That’s a joy to behold and very special.
    And Kate deserves it. :)

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    1. Surfer girl, if Charlotte is so generous to let me touch on your point, I revisited this blog for further updates and saw the picture of Kate seated at a table listening to speeches. What struck me were two ladies, one at Kate’s table and another in the background, who wore beautifully classic yet modern trending updos. I could not help but notice that Kate’s hairstyle is reminiscent of the Queen’s daughter Anne and her signature updo. Perhaps Kate and her team have set in stone updo styles. Thus may be a blueprint Kate and her style team and palace advisors have established and what we can expect to see as Kate’s signature style in the future. This is not a criticism but an observation. I do love the other women’s updos in the picture. I think that these styles are regal and timeless, and I wish that Kate’s hairdresser would take notice.


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    2. Ok SG, Ok I'm pushing you off The Tour Bus! (Te He!) You state your opinion well! I love that while many of us can seem to like the same things Kate wears & then we can come upon a new choice & Pow! We that have previously agreed, can find ourselves on different sides of the fence! That's what's so wonderful about the safe place Charlotte has created for us & Kudos for how you explained your thoughts without any nastiness or attacks on others' opinions! I thing That's the best way we can Thank & Honor Charlotte's, Hard Work..... by being diplomatic in sharing our differing opinions! :) xoxo

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  73. upstate diva USA1 February 2018 at 22:26

    Very lovely. In the video, she seems almost to be floating. I like it.

    Side note: I loved the McQueen dress from yesterday also. Classy. HOWEVER, I don't associate either of these looks with the McQueen looks that made the brand when he was alive. Sarah Burton should just take credit for the current work and de-McQueen the name.

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  74. Mette Marit brought her A game, too! Lovely gown!

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  75. This white Alexander McQueen evening gown with all its ensembles is magnificently beautiful on her. In a way it celebrates their third child in the best sense of maternal princess image. The white McQueen dress from the day’s engagement in Sweden was another outfit which looked best on her with comfortably youthful presence.

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  76. William’s speeches have become something to look forward to. The substance of their tours, and / or engagements locally also is finding meaning in his well-done speeches. Who is/ are his speech writers? The Sweden speech remarks in observance of their tour experience there. Chances are, there is a speech writer while they are busy touring, and then coordinate with William for the final draft.
    It seems he tolerates cold? In all that cold and snow in their outdoor walk about, he did not wear a hat, and sometimes no gloves.

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    1. To me, William has become a different person since he has become a full time Royal! Truly embracing his destiny! Bravo William! :)

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    2. I completely agree with you Anon15 about William and his speeches! They are well written, substantive, and well delivered. You may be right about the process. At any rate, whoever is on his team in that regard is on point. The tone of the speeches evokes the feeling of the entire Scandinavian tour; one of friendships and bonds that are both newly developed and long-standing....silver and gold!! cc

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  77. I love her outfit tonight. I think she looks like an angel in it. While I liked the other dresses, this one looks a lot more formal than those, so I think it's more fitting for the occasion.

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  78. Charlotte, you have done an amazing job on this blog this week!

    Can I ask for one additional thing? I would love to see the back of each of Kate's updo hairstyles

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  79. I have loved all of Kate's day dresses on this tour, as well as the hockey outfit, but I am so surprised by her three evening looks. I like that she pushed her fashion boundaries with the gowns, but I am not crazy about the results. While beautiful, I think the McQueen gown is suited for an older woman and has a bit too much of a retro negligee look with its layers of billowing white fabric. Maternity evening wear may be throwing her off, which I can sympathize with. In fact, it makes her more relatable:)

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  80. Let's call this what it is, the best of the worst evening gowns. While much better than the god-awful pieces of the last two days, this piece still has too much fabric and swamps her. She's trying to hide her pregnancy but hiding her arms and back makes it look like she's disappeared. I think without the cape this gowns would be lovely, and if she really wanted a cape, maybe get one without a distracting seam down the arm. Her daytime pieces have knocked it out of the park, but the evening looks are all wrong.

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  81. She looks as though she feels beautiful. She looked like she wanted to shrink right out of the hideous mustard Erdem, poor thing. She should have embraced elegant maternitywear sooner, she would have looked and felt so much better! And it would be great if she would put the focus on maternity fashion, for fashion's sake. She has the resources...

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  82. King Harald and Queen Elizabeth are second cousins so family ties are strong. I think that King Olav, Haralds father used to attend Rememberence Sunday in London. Its so lovely to see the young generation continuining the friendships started through Queen Victoria and King Christen. The Duchess has looked amazing throughout the tour and maybe in hindsight the first Erdam will be forgiven.

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    1. So that means William & King Harald are 2nd Cousins Twice Removed! Then William & Prince H are Third Cousins Once Removed! :)

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    2. The first Erdem was stunning.

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  83. I have not had time to comment on the other posts but I had to comment here. This look is divine! I’m not a big fan of the cape or really capes like that on dresses in general. She looks every inch the future Queen.

    I do hope that they’ll alter this dress for post-baby use. It is a great color on her and it would look spectacular with a tiara. 😉

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  84. Everytime the duchess outing she looks stunning and she is slaying it for two days i love Mette -Merrit looks lovely to the only thing the she miss is tiara

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  85. Dearest Charlotte
    Many thanks for your excellent reporting on this tour. I join the others in expressing my absolute joy that our Duchess looked so regal tonight.

    A toast to Charlotte for her diligence and dedication to this wonderful blog, our small community spanning the globe.

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  86. She is stunning! Head to toe perfection. Would love to see dress w/o cape! Maybe next wear 😊 NJ Kathy

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  87. This more like it! Yes! Absolutely beautiful and royal! And just love the pink blush. Wonderful! Her hair and the beautiful jewels from the queen. Perfect!!

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  88. I have a question I've wondered about for years. How does the press know instantly (seemingly) what designer someone is wearing?

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  89. Sarah from Calif.2 February 2018 at 00:57

    Lovely, lovely beautiful Kate! and William looks very dapper too!

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  90. Pregnant Goddess!!!!! Beautiful.

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  91. I love the blue coat, in both ways Kate styled it. And by the way, no one who has visited Scandinavia in winter would ever complain about her wearing fur hats, collars, cuffs, gloves, and boots! I have been surprised that at times Kate went outdoors in an open coat with none of the above.

    As for the evening dinner in Oslo, Kate could be wearing a beautiful nightgown and peignoir, but she does look like a very elegant ice maiden. The style of her gown and cape might be a compliment to Queen Sonja, who often wears gowns with wings. I was surprised to see the Queen's wedding bracelet worn (again?) out of Britain. Perhaps that is in honor of the Queen's closeness to the Norwegian royal family.

    Speaking of compliments, the red and white tablecloth coat is made from a fabric with the exact check of a suit Princess Diana wore for Princess Eugenie's baptism. Since the coat is a Walker, perhaps they still had or could copy that fabric. Maybe Kate was celebrating Eugenie's engagement by wearing the coat, but it would seem more appropriate at home.

    I look forward to reading through all the posts from the tour, now that I am at home. Remember the Load More button!

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  92. Simply stunning. Kate looked perfectly beautiful!!

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  93. LOVE the photo that Martha Louise posted. She’s keeping real. :)

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  94. It's a winner! Kate's look this evening is perfection - her make-up, jewelry, hair, the gown, everything. She is so regal looking, she's stunning. I love the color of the gown & the flow of the fabric, along with the cape. Finally, a look on this tour that I really like. Sartorial choices while pregnant can be a challenge. Thanks for another excellent post.

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  95. So not a fan of this gown - it looks like it's a hide it all, maternity dress -- too much fabric. The bodice only makes her pregnant full breasts look fuller they way the fabric engages over them. I am not a fan of the cape. I would rather have seen her in a long version of the day cocktail dress for this dinner and found something else to wear in place of the blue cocktail dress. A big fail for me other than the color is beautiful.

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  96. Kate, Texas, USA2 February 2018 at 01:48

    Amazing, incredible, gorgeous, stunning, and as Charlotte said, every inch the future Queen! Everything about Kate from head to toe is absolute perfection. The gown is beautiful! Wow! Just perfection!

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  97. On the video of them arriving, Kate and the Royal party don’t arrive until the last minute of the video, literally. All that is before that are just a few people we don’t know walking in. So you can just fast forward to the last minute if you like.
    The video contains flash photography in case you need to know that.

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  98. One word: PERFECT! She is jaw droppingly beautiful tonight.

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  99. Yes, Sarah, JACKIE O all the way. The Duchess of Cambridge and McQueen are WINNERS tonight. Magnificent!!!! Oh my how beautiful. Yes! Yes! She nailed it tonight!

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  100. Oh, I got so excited I forgot to say, thanks Charlotte. 😁

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  101. Kate absolutely knocked it out of the ballpark here. But I'm equally impressed with how warm the Norwegian royals are. King Harald's speech was sweet. He almost looked like a proud father escorting Kate there. I think W&K are really forming strong ties with their Scandinavian counterparts.

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  102. Andddddddd she's baaaack! Ka-pow! Kate back to her best with this stunning look! How could she possibly have packed this beauty next to those other two ghastly excuses for dresses? It's like she was teasing us with those monstrosities, getting us good and scared and then tonight, "Just kidding, kids! Thought I was going frumpy, huh?! Fooled ya!;)" But seriously though, so good to have classy Kate back! It's a big YES (!!!!) from me!:)

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  103. Charlotte-It is so good you posted the images of Kate and Meghan from today, side by side, on both blogs. Here on this blog, I was fascinated by Kate’s Alexander McQueen evening gown and presentation. It seems the right thing for her at the present time especially. Then on MAM blog, there was Meghan in her girl power smart suit. My immediate thought was, their contrast in style at times is going to be a treat. Between the two ladies styles, which can be different, there will be enough for more people’s taste. Meghan nailed it as her own, so upbeat that, it is The Meghan. She looked smartly beautiful with a bridal glow, and a personality to go with it. Sara Burton may do her wedding gown as well.
    The gown looks more off white, and sometimes white on my computer.

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  104. Perfection!!!!!!!! I hope she wears it again...with tiara! 😉

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