Wednesday, 22 August 2018

A Bumper End to This Year's Stylish Submissions!

We're ending this year's Styling Kate with a bumper edition of your submissions for the Dutch State banquet (view Part 1 here and Part 2 here). We have tiaras galore, treasures from the royal jewel vaults and gowns fit for a princess. A few observations from the activity: Jenny Packham remains the Queen of Evening Wear, with a large number of readers seeking banquet couture from her collections. There's a strong desire to see the return of Kate's wedding day tiara - the Cartier Halo and so much love for the two currently in her rotation, the Cambridge Lovers Knot and the Lotus Flower. Many of you proved yourselves more than adept in sartorial diplomacy with an array of orange hues, Dutch designers and subtle nods to the Netherlands included. Most importantly, it's been incredibly fun and a lovely opportunity to hear from some of our readers who rarely comment. With the royal summer break coming to a close, it seems a very fitting way to end summer on the blog!


Pam from Boston - "I found this Jenny Packham pretty quickly and I absolutely love it. I am not a lover of sequins, glitter and glitz, dresses with all that all look the same to me. Also I think a lot of bling isn't quite the thing for a state banquet. So I think this dress fits the bill nicely. I think the flowers on it are orange, or an orangish red, and it's got white and blue, so it's a version of red, white and blue. So, perfect to honor the Dutch." The Floral-Embroidered gown is teamed with the Lotus Flower Tiara.


Lili - Lili chose the Temperley London Topiary V Neck Dress for the Dutch State Banquet. "With Prussian blue-hued light georgette ornamented with oversized flat sequins, the Topiary V Neck Dress is shaped into a plunging neckline, butterfly sleeves and a maxi length silhouette." It's styled with the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, Gianvito Rossi Glam sandals, the Queen's Diamond Chandelier earrings and the Rossi Bella clutch.



Julie from NC - A strapless print couture Tony Ward gown is teamed with Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, a Garnet and Gold bracelet, custom garnet chandelier earrings, the Emmy Shoes Valerie pumps in chocolate suede and matching Natasha clutch.


Silvia - When considering gowns readers would love to see Kate repeat, I do believe we have a frontrunner. Silvia is the third reader to choose the sapphire blue gown Kate wore for a Bollywood Gala in India in 2016. Silvia paired it with the tiara and jewels from the George VI and Modern Sapphire Set.


Diane - "I LOVE this whole look for Catherine! Gown, clutch, shoes, earrings. Imagine her in this with a chic updo or low bun. It's bold, classic, stately, romantic, sparkly, chic, sexy, powerful, colorful, artful and COOL - it's amazing!" The deep orchid Alexander McQueen Crystal Flower Embroidered Evening Dress is styled with the designers Double-Ring clutch, Cage Sandals and Pearl Earrings.


Andrea from New York - "My choice is the Monique Lhuillier Illusion gown with ostrich feather skirt. I think it is probably outside Kate’s comfort zone but she would look gorgeous in it and I think the fashion forward Queen Maxima would love it." The silver grey embroidered gown is styled with the Lotus Flower Tiara, The Queen's Sapphire Tassel earrings and bracelet, champagne Jimmy Choo Lancer pumps and "the Milanblocks rhinestone encrusted skull evening bag in silver a la Sarah Burton who also favors skull motifs."



Casey - Casey chose the Carolina Herrera Strapless Embroidered Floral-Print Evening Gown. The blue print gown is accessorised with The George VI and Modern Sapphire set (very popular jewels this year) and Manolo Blahnik Allura Metallic Leather Slingback Pumps.


Bluefire - Bluefire chose the grecian style Jenny Packham Tahoe gown from the SS19 Collection. It's styled with Gianvito Rossi Scarlet pumps, Roger Vivier Crystal-embellished crushed-velvet clutch, a rose gold Monica Vinader bracelet, Kiki McDonough Imperial Topaz and Diamond earrings, Morganite and Diamond necklace and Tourmaline and Kunzite Diamond ring. The Lotus Flower Tiara and The Queen's Diamond and Rose Gold brooch complete the look.


Helena GA - "Kate wears red so well but I'd like her to change it up a touch and wear a wine or raspberry color. I chose a Talbot Runhof gown." The one-shoulder gown is described as "Elegance embodied, this floor-length gown from Talbot Runhof showcases a vibrant finish in flattering stretch crepe. Creating a beautiful fall and spectacular draping, the one-shoulder design is transformed with cape detail to the reverse." It is accessorised with Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara.



Jo from Virginia - The floor length fitted Roland Mouret Coleman gown in persian red is styled with the Queen's Oriental Circlet Tiara with Kate's hair styled in an elegant updo. The Queen's Dubai Looped Sapphire Demi-Parure, The Queen's Diamond Pendant earrings, Kate's Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals and Judith Leiber Couture Crystal evening bag finish off the ensemble.


Rebecca V - "I love this shimmery, but not too shimmery gown and would have Catherine wear it with the Lotus Tiara and pearl and diamond jewels." The Temperley London Celestial dress in Spring '18's ethereal almond hue is teamed with Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps in Stardust Velvet, the Lotus Flower Tiara, Princess Diana's triple strand pearl bracelet, the Duchess of Gloucester's Pendant earrings and The Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker.


Sunny - "I loved the gown with the cape Kate wore in Norway while pregnant, so I picked a berry gown which has a cape as well. The cape look has something so glamorous and regal to it!" The Monique Lhuillier Draped Chiffon gown is styled with The Teck Crescent Tiara, Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Brooch, Kate's black satin Prada clutch and Prada pumps.

Anne from Texas - "Since Kate and William toured Australia, I've been thinking about the blue dress that a student designed for a wool competition for Kate and regretting she never wore it. Sophie Alyward won the 2013 Wool4Schools competition with a blue merino wool dress that I'd love to see Kate in for the Dutch State Banquet. Since the lace on the dress was modeled after Kate's wedding dress, I'd like to see Kate repeat the Cartier Halo Tiara. She should also wear the Queen's 18th birthday diamond and sapphire bracelet and carry the Edie Parker Jean Solid Acrylic Clutch Bag in orange for a bit of sartorial diplomacy."


Amy A - The burgundy Verdin Bias Cut Velvet & Silk Trumpet Gown described as "A study in graceful shape and luxurious texture, this gown features a long length of velvet, fitted from the Empire waist to the knee, where it is gathered into the trumpet drape" is teamed with Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, The City of London Fringe Necklace, the Queen's Diamond Chandelier earrings and Jimmy Choo Lillian pumps in grape. An updo would complete the look.

Jen - Jen would love to see Kate in a ruffled gown by Dutch designer Claes Iversen. It's been previously worn by Queen Maxima in a bespoke yellow hue. It's accessorised with the Cartier Halo Tiara, Kate's Schtuz Dollie sandals, Queen Mary's Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet and Queen Mary's Diamond Collet earrings.


Caren - "Kate's dress is a great opportunity for sartorial diplomacy. I choose the Viktor & Rolf Rose Plisse dress. It's a Dutch designer that features a gorgeous English rose on the bodice. The "House of Orange" color would be a nice touch, but I would invert the colors. Her dress would be in cream, with a hint of orange peeking through on the skirt. Her shoes and bag are simple and sparkly. Champagne glitter "Lance" shoes and "Ellipse" bag from Jimmy Choo. She'll repeat her fabulous earrings from the 2017 BAFTA awards, which she'll pair with the Papyrus/Lotus tiara to lighten the look a bit and let the dress and earrings really shine."


The Mod Meeting Planner - The sweeping yellow silk Carolina Herrera ballgown with embroidery is styled with the Lotus Flower Tiara, the Gianvito Rossi Bella clutch, The Queen's Diamond Chandelier earrings, the Queen's Wedding Gift Bracelet and Jimmy Choo Dart sandals.


Zora from Prague - "I love velvet and I love this dress. The colour could be the soft, warm dark blue instead of black!" Zora fell in love with the Marchesa Embellished Tulle-Trimmed Velvet Gown. It's described as: "Made from plush velvet, it's cut to flatteringly hug your curves and has a tulle-trimmed boat neckline that's intricately embellished with scores of lustrous faux pearls and light-catching crystals. We love how the train beautifully skims the floor behind you with every step."



Miol Mor - Miol Mor shared her look via her blog with the following description: "The dress as shown is based on an Elie Saab gown from the Fall Couture 2018 collection and the altered bodice I'm imagining (and tried to sketch out) picks up on the sleeves of the dark teal Jenny Packham dress the Duchess wore,e.g., in New York, and the draped gauzy 'collar' of the green Jenny Packham BAFTA2018 dress.The neckline alteration is roughly outlined; alas, sleeves symmetry and a more or less radical trimming of the waist-hedge I leave to your imagination as those alterations go beyond this tyro's photo manipulation capabilities ...). I expect Jenny Packham to create the gown for October and I dearly hope she adopts a color scheme similar to the lovely burnished orange fading into silvery pinkish purple of the Elie Saab. The burnt orange would be a subtle nod to the honored guests, of course.


My fantasy dress also would go fabulously with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara; Collingwood Pearl Drop Earrings; a Diamond Collet Necklace (example pictured); HM's Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet; a Pearl and Diamond Cocktail Ring (vintage); Shoes and Clutch by Jimmy Choo. In fact, I think those jewels are far more likely to be worn by the Duchess on the occasion than the emeralds. However, it seems high time for the Greville Emerald Tiara made by Boucheron to reemerge from the vaults and spread its sparkle - which is why the pearls lost out in this running for the finals. Thus, my grabby little hands snatched it, the Delhi Durbar Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet from HM, and a vintage Cabochon Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring from the net, to go with the big cabochon emerald of the tiara. Last but not least, and not distract from the glorious emeralds of the jewels, the clutch and shoes were relegated to a platinum shade."

Priscilla from California - Priscilla chose a bespoke green version of Jenny Packham's embellished tulle Samar gown from the SS19 Collection. It's styled with Kate's emerald and diamond earrings, the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, The Jimmy Choo Cloud clutch and Lorna Platinum Ice Dusty Glitter Sandals.


Hannah - "For this look I was inspired by Kate’s solo visit to the Netherlands and her tour of the Mauritshuis museum and viewing of works by the Dutch masters. I would like to see her wear Elie Saab Tulle & Lace Full Skirted Gown, and I would like the Lotus Flower tiara to make a reappearance!"


Smiley - Smiley put together an "Ice-Princess" look featuring a cap sleeve silver beaded Naeem Khan gown, the Cartier Halo Tiara, the Queen's Diamond Chandelier earrings and the Rainbow Club Celina clutch in Ivory.


Anon 183 - "This gown is a bit extravagant, especially the big skirt, but Kate has worn Marchesa to a state banquet before so it might be possible. Also, Maxima often wears extravagant looks and Kate should not be overshadowed by her." The Off-the-Shoulder Corset Bodice Ombre Tulle Ball Gown with Velvet Flower Corsage is accessorised with Kate's Gianvito Rossi D'orsay pumps, The Five Aquamarine Tiara and the Queen's Diamond Cluster earrings.


Sun - A sweeping lavender beaded gown with a full skirt and sheer detailing by Paolo Sebastian is styled with Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau with the Kent Amethyst brooch worn on the back of Kate's chignon. The look is completed with the Phase Eight Gemma clutch.


Molly Claire - Molly Claire would love to see Kate wearing the sky blue Jenny Packham Iona gown from the SS19 Collection. The embellished gown is teamed with The Teck Crescent Tiara, Kiki McDonough Juno blue topaz earrings with diamond top, the Juno citrine and blue topaz ring and the Juno blue topaz bracelet. The look is completed with the Jimmy Choo Alia pumps.


Rachel - Rachel selected the Monique Lhuillier Off-the-shoulder satin gown with Diana's Sapphire Choker and Collingwood earrings. The Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, the Queen's Wedding Gift bracelet, Jimmy Choo Romy glitter pumps and Glitter Box clutch finish off the ensemble.


Patricia I - "Since the Netherlands is the center of the international flower industry, including the auction houses that handle all of our florist blossoms, as well as lending its fields to tulip and other bulb production, I have chosen a flowery theme. This gown from Erdem was the closest I could find to what I wanted to portray. It is admittedly a bit light in weight for autumn, though the silk must be lovely." The Erdem Petunia Floral Maxi Dress is accessorised with Kate's Gianvito Rossi d'Orsay sandals, the Jimmy Choo Ellipse clutch, the Lotus Flower Tiara, the Queen's Dubai Looped Sapphire necklace and earrings and the Queen's Quatrefoil bracelet.


P.S. - "My goal for this look was to include the colours of the dutch flag: I picked a white gown and went with blue Accessoires (clutch + sapphire jewels). To finish it off, I would have Kate wear red lipstick!" The Chiari Boni Jersey Peplum Gown is styled with the Tannery clutch bag in royal blue, Empress Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Brooch, The Modern Sapphire bracelet and the Lotus Flower Tiara. Kate's hair would be styled in a demi-chignon.


Lady Germany - The Zac Posen Off-the-Shoulder Trumpet Gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and cape sleeves with slit details is accessorised with the Queen's Vanguard Rose Brooch, a silver Oscar de la Renta clutch to match the brooch and Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara.


Sarah USA - Sarah chose a sleeveless floral Marchesa gown for the Dutch State Banquet. It's accessorised with the Queen's Fringe Diamond Necklace and Jimmy Choo Lilian Viola Suede Pointy Toe Pumps with Crystal Trim.


Stella Milan - The peach Temperley London Cannes gown is described as "Light-reflecting crystal embellishment in a French garden-inspired design falls delicately a top Peach sheer tulle on the Cannes Gown. With an elegant bateau neckline, bracelet-length sleeves, and floor-grazing hem, this regal evening dress is a subtle nod to the Summer '18 theme of the Riviera in the Fifties." It's styled with the Teck Crescent Tiara, L.K. Bennett Dorothy sandals, Queen Mary's Floret earrings and the Queen's Diamond Quatrefoil bracelet.



Anonymous - "As a Dutch reader I would love to see her wear a dress of Jan Taminiau, a famous Dutch designer - Maxima wears his dresses as well, often on important occasions (like the inauguration of king Willem-Alexander). I am thinking of something bespoke, but would love a dress like this one. Combined with the lotus flower tiara and perhaps one or two bracelets (not too much jewelry as the dress already has a lot going on) this would be really cool!"


Darla Humphries - "I would love to see Kate wear this dress dyed in bronze-orange to salute the Orange-Nassau King and Queen". A statement Marchesa gown from the Fall 2019 Collection is styled with gold Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps, the Lotus Flower Tiara and Kiki McDonough Eden Diamond Flower Lemon Drop earrings.


Shantel - "At first, I thought that I would go with something that she would be likely to wear, but then I decided to go with what I would love to see her in (regardless of whether it is feasible as far as protocol, etc.). With that in mind, here is my look: We know that Max is going to BRING IT; she always does. So I wanted to go for a little bit of edge, while keeping with Kate’s royal, princessy vibe. I chose a gown from Elie Saab’s Fall 2018 Couture Show." The gold and blue gown is accessorised with gold Jimmy Choo Lance pumps, the Double Baroque Pearl and Diamond Cuff Bracelet and Diamond Tennis Bracelet. The look is completed with the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, the LK Bennett Avona clutch in gold and Mizuki Pearl and Diamond earrings.


Grace H - "I chose this dress because it is in between red and orange and from Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf." The satin gown with rose detailing is from the Surreal Satin Haute Couture collection. The ombre plisse tulle skirt gives way to airy movement. It would be worn with the Queen's Burmese Ruby Tiara.


Alex From OZ - "I love this Zac Posen gown, but it would be fully lined. The Duchess wouldn't wear something this transparent, even though she could totally pull it off." The blue gown is styled with the Cartier Halo Tiara, the Queens' Diamond Chandelier Drop Demi-Parure and the L.K. Bennett Dora silver glitter sandals.

Meredith from Boston - "I chose this Roland Mouret gown because of the beautiful neckline, perfect for showing off fabulous royal jewels. I think a state banquet is the ideal occasion to be dripping in diamonds! Since she has already worn a red gown to a state banquet, I would love to see the Duchess in a bespoke version of the gown in a deep sapphire blue and a hidden zipper." The gown is teamed with the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, the Queen's Pear Drop Diamond earrings, The Baguette and Brilliant bracelet, scalloped Prada pumps and a satin clutch.


Vikki - "To honor the Netherlands I've chosen an orange (actually coral) gown that looks like something Kate might like. This is not an expensive "designer" dress but when I saw it I immediately thought of Kate." The Bateau Neck Lace Applique 3/4 Long Illusion Sleeve A Line dress is styled with the Cartier Halo Tiara, Kate's Oscar de la Renta Cabrina pumps and Rose Garden diamond earrings.


Anonymous - A sleeveless orange Stella McCartney gown with lace detailing would be worn with the Barberini sapphire tiara and drop earrings, the Cartier Quintet Bracelet, Jimmy Choo Ellipse Gold clutch and Misty sandals.


Audrey Mango - "I'd love to see Kate in this burnt orange Viktor and Rolf gown. It's by a Dutch designer, it's orange, and it's an homage to Queen Máxima's bold and playful style." Like Caren and Grace, Audrey adores the Rose Plisse Gown. It's styled with the Burmese Ruby Tiara, the Wedding Gift Bracelet and Ted Baker Saviy pumps.


Nicole Mueller - "In my opinion, it´s time for a Oscar de la Renta gown. This navy blue sequin-embroidered fishnet dress would be perfect." The navy gown is styled with sparkling Jimmy Choo pumps and the matching Celeste clutch. The Cartier Halo Tiara, Wedding Gift bracelet and the Queen's Diamond pendant earrings complete the look.


Unknown - The Off-The-Shoulder Silk Catherine Regehr blue floral gown would be worn with Alexandre Birman Clarita Leather d'Orsay Sandals, a Judith Leiber clutch, the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, Diana's pearl sapphire choker, Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings and the Modern Sapphire bracelet.


S - "I chose a gown by Dutch Designer Jan Taminiau who designed the GORGEOUS blue gown Maxima wore to her husband's coronation. The brown colour would look pretty on Kate, and she likes peplum and beading." It is accessorised with the Lotus Flower Tiara, the Duchess of Teck earrings, Emmy Valerie pumps and a misty rose Emmy clutch.


Liv Alba - "I would like to see Kate re-wear one of her previous beautiful gowns. It would make me happy if she would wear the teal Jenny Packham from the 2012 London Olympics gala. That dress was a perfect fit, her hair looked impeccably styled as well. I would add the emerald jewelry set she wore at the fundraising gala for St Andrews’s in NY in 2014. And Queen Mary’s bandeau tiara."


Annika Boston - An off-the-shoulder royal blue Marchesa gown with floral embellishment is teamed with Jimmy Choo Ivette Glitter sandals, the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara and Her Majesty's Dubai Looped Sapphire Demi-Parure.


Snowdrop - Snowdrop chose the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Gown for the banquet. It features a sweetheart bodice cut from Italian flocked sequins and a semi hidden layer floating in the voluminous light tulle skirt. It's styled with the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, The Diamond Pear-Shaped Pendant Fringe Necklace, Kate's grey McQueen clutch and Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps in cloud.


Emma from NC - "Hi! My name is Emma from NC. This is my look for Kate at the state banquet with Queen Maxima. I love this dress because of the embroidered flowers all over it but I would have a special bespoke version made for Kate in the blue color I attached. Kate likes blue and it would match some of the embroidery. There are so many pretty tiaras and jewels but I think Kate should stick with the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara because it looks so beautiful on Kate and because the history of the tiara. I also chose jewels she's already worn for most things. The only new jewelry is the Rose of York brooch to hold down her sash if she gets an order." The look is accessorised with the Queen's diamond and pearl choker, the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, the Queen's diamond chandelier earrings, the Queen's Wedding Gift bracelet and the Diamond Rose of York brooch.


Emma continued "I love Kate's long, beautiful hair. Since I like it down I chose a half up, half down hairstyle like the one in the picture. To hold it back I think she should use the Queen's Ears of Wheat brooches." The look is completed with a blue clutch, sparkling blue Jimmy Choo pumps and a soft make up look.

Robin from CA - "Kate usually goes full on princess at these banquets so I kept that in mind." A silk white tulle embroidered Monique Lhuillier gown is styled with the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara, the Diplomatic Corps Diamond Floral earrings, Jimmy Choo Minny Glitter sandals and the crystal swarovski Oscar de la Renta clutch.


Flora - "This dress in the royal blue, perhaps a bespoke version by McQueen?" The look is accessorised with the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara and the jewels Diana is wearing below. The look is completed with the Oscar de la Renta Cabrina pumps.


Elle - "For the Dutch State Dinner, my guess is that Kate will go with Jenny Packham. I believe that Kate is most comfortable in a full skirt gown for these events. So I went with a 2013 lovely, ethereal, dark coral gown. It's from the same collection as Kate's teal gown. There is a slight sheer wrap over her shoulders - which is another element I feel Kate prefers - maybe she would have bespoke design with a sleeve." The gown is styled with Kate's Oscar de la Renta Cabrina pumps, a McQueen clutch, the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, The County of Cornwall bracelet and Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster earrings, The Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker, Diana's Triple Strand bracelet and Diana's Collingwood pearl earrings.


Marci in Utah - "I don't know why I love House of Worth so much when it's so outdated, but still. Here's a gown I would love to see made for Kate, and since it's the Dutch royals, it could be made in blue and white to suggest Delft, or orange and cream". The gown is styled with the Lotus Flower Tiara, the Queen's South African Necklace and Bracelet and Queen Mary's Diamond Collet earrings.


Anonymous - A navy velvet Talbot Runhof gown is styled with the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, the King Khalid Diamond necklace, the Queen's Diamond Pear drop earrings, the Quatrefoil bracelet and Kate's Oscar de la Renta Cabrina pumps.


Siddhii - Siddhii would love to see the return of the black velvet strapless McQueen gown Kate wore for the 2011 Sun Military Awards with the same Mouawad jewels. It would be accessorised with a sheer black capelet.


Cveta - A bespoke Bateau Neck Floral Print Naeem Khan Gown with shorter sleeves is teamed with Queen Victoria's Emerald and Diamond Tiara, Christian Louboutin pumps and the earrings and bracelet Kate wore to a BAFTA event in 2011. The look is completed with an updo.


A huge thank you to all who participated this year. If I accidentally omitted any of your looks, please don't hesitate to let me know :)

There's a very good possibility we'll see the Cambridges at Balmoral this weekend!

114 comments:

  1. Wow, all of the submissions have been lovely. I have been particularly fond of the several burnt-orange dresses suggested and hope Kate might go with one of those. I'll look forward to seeing what she decides on! When is the state dinner again? Also, what is the time frame for Kate to resume engagements? Thank you, Charlotte, as always for your hard work.

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    1. Hello!

      The State Visit is the 23-24 October. Regarding engagements, the Palace said Kate would resume duties in the autumn. I expect we'll hear something any day now :)

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    2. O I knew it was supposed to be autumn, but I did not assume September was already autumn. What a nice surprise!

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  2. Caroline in Montana22 August 2018 at 22:26

    So many more awesome selections!! siddhi, I love the repeat idea of the dress and the jewels, I wonder if that necklace can be turned into a tiara?? would love a better look at it:)

    Cveta, I love love queen Victorias emerald and diamond tiara, it is one of my top 5 all time tiaras:)

    Also the Teck Crescent tiara is right up there as well. I really wish it could make a return to the light of day along with the Strathmore!

    Very nice job everyone:) such fun to see all the beautiful selections. Cant wait to see our duchess again!

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  3. Rebecca - Sweden22 August 2018 at 22:37

    Pam from Boston - What a great way to incorporate the colours without being too "in your face" about it!
    Lili - Very nice. Especially love the pop with the clutch
    Julie from NC - What a stunning print! And I really like the earrings!
    Silvia - Another nice styling of this repeat
    Diane - Stunning colour and details!
    Andrea from New York - Very sleek look and love the sapphires with it. What a daring choice of bag!
    Casey - Quite the unexpected dress but I think it could work really well, and the jewels pick up the colours nicely.
    Bluefire - How happy I am to see a ring involved :)
    Helena GA - A very severe look that I think would look stunning on Kate. And that colour is wonderful!
    Jo from Virginia - *Sigh* oh how I dream of seeing that tiara. And necklace for that matter! What an unexpected pairing. Clever way to do the red, white and blue!
    Rebecca V - What a pearl-y look, both the jewels and the dress! I could see it providing a great effect! I like how the jewels are mostly ones she's worn before but combined in a new way.
    Sunny - Very pretty! Especially love the brooch choice with this colour!
    Anne from Texas - That would be amazing!! Stunning clutch!
    Amy A - Very elegant
    Jen - Wow, what a special dress. I think I would have to see it on her but she might be able to pull it off.
    Caren - What a clever pairing with the earrings to this colour dress. I don't think I would have ever thought of that but when I see it in front of me it seems so obvious! Great combination.
    The Mod Meeting Planner - Wow, what a statement! I'm really inte yellow so I would be all for this!
    Zora from Prague - WOW! What a splendid dress. So extravagant and paired down at the same time. Very elegant!!
    Moil Mor - Love the jewel choices and the green paired with the rusty orange would be stunning.
    Priscilla from California - That dress would be very pretty in green and the look is all around pretty.
    Hannah - WOW! What a dress!
    Smiley - Love how sleek and still very detailed this look is!
    Anon 183 - No holding back on this one, huh? :)
    Sun - Very icily elegant
    Molly Claire - Another great and icy look!
    Rachel - Very classic!
    Patricia - Quite alot going on but I think it would actually work!
    P.S. - I love it
    Lady Germany - Very elegant. And that bag is wonderful!
    Sarah USA - Very pretty
    Stella Milan - Full on princess!
    Anonymous - Wonderful choice of dress and designer!

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    1. You are right, Rebecca. I looked at my design and thought, "a bit cluttered." I think I would leave off the diamond bracelet, at least. I'm not sure there is a really good tiara for this look; maybe it would be better for a non-tiara occasion. We'll see what Mr. Leo says, since he is known to like the gown. :-)

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    2. Thanks Rebecca! I LOVE the yellow, she would look amazing. They are all gorgeous, TBH

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    3. Thank you, Rebecca.
      Yes, I was thinking of the red white and blue. We can only hope the tiara and necklace show up sometime soon, even if not together!
      Jo from Virginia

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    4. It's still finding favour from Leo - he also liked Zora's and Smiley's and Molly Claire's choices. I don't think he minds clutter or he couldn't live with Julia! The big ballgowns didn't appeal so much to him this time, but he chose the white Packham last time - so the man is nothing if not inconsistent.

      I liked very much the contrast between the floral Erdem - one of his prettiest (Erdem at his best is quite wonderful) and the Dubai necklace but might agree on leaving off the bracelet because of the shape of the sleeves. That Choo bag is a find though!

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    5. Zora from Prague25 August 2018 at 22:24

      Thank you, Rebecca, Sonja, Julia and MrLeo! I'm so glad you like the gown. And Julia, what a fine observation about the "snowy collars"!

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    6. Thank you Rebecca :)


      Silvia

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  4. Rebecca - Sweden22 August 2018 at 22:37

    Darla Humphries - What a facinating dress!
    Shantel - What a cool dress!
    Grace H - Huh, I actually think this dress pairing would make me like this tiara. Who would have thought!?
    Alex from OZ - I love, love how the pattern on the dress and the shapes in the tiara is echoed!
    Meredith from Boston - A very classic look, for a reason. Very sleek!
    Vikki - Very prety colour choice.
    Anonymous - What an interesting colour combination. Love the dress pattern.
    Audrey Mango - What a popular dress! No wonder! Perfect for the occation.
    Nicole Mueller - Love the Choo pieces very much and a nice overall effect
    Unknown - What a great dress to showcase the necklace! A full on Diana look with this one!
    S - Great look all around! It would be splendid to see Kate wear something by Jan
    Liv Alba - This dress is really lovely! And I wish the brits were less territorial with their jewels because I think Kate would look stunning in this tiara!
    Annika Boston - Very stunning and lovely neckline for that necklace.
    Snowdrop - Very elegant, with a twist!
    Emma from NC - Love how you made a fully styled look! I'm alway rooting for more hair jewels and you made a wonderful chice! And this look would be striking in the blue colour! And WOW, the bag is stunning!
    Robin from CA - Oh my pour heart, I mourn the loss of this tiara. This pairing would have been perfect!
    Flora - I like how elegant the dress is but still has a very interesting detail!
    Elle - I love how you paired red jewels with this coral look! Very inspired!
    Marci in Utah - What a stunning dress. Made in the right materials and only minor changes I could totally see it working today. I mean, it's basically a Vivienne Westwood dress!
    Anonymous - I love velvet and ths dress is really cool!
    Siddhii - Oh I adore this gown. What a clever way to change it up with the pretty capelet!
    Cveta - Wow, what a distinct print!

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  5. Wow, talk about saving the best for last! These selections are incredible! Great job everyone!

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    1. I have to say I love a lot of selections here, it would be nice to see the Queen’s order. I think Catherine deserves it by now. She has done a lot of work for charities and everything I think it is deserved!!

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  6. Shantel, I'm gobsmacked! Exquisite.

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  7. So many lovely outfits! Everyone has done a great job.

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  8. All the designs are so beautiful and exquisite!!! I especially like Cveta's flower dress, it's so boho and stylish!!! wouldn't it be lovely if Kate actually wore a dress like that!!XOXO
    -Siddhii

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  9. My favorite gown in this group, maybe in all of the approximately 112 designs, is Lady Germany's Zac Posen Off-the-Shoulder Trumpet Gown. I would accessorize it with the Dubai sapphires I suggested for my own effort two gowns up and yes, Queen Alexandra's tiara. Purposely, I did not choose a navy blue gown this time, since I have done so twice in the past, but this one is too good to pass up! It would suit Kate splendidly.

    Snowdrop's combination of the Lover's Knot tiara with the Pear Shaped Fringe necklace is new and very nice. They reflect each other's design beautifully. I also like Unknown's Off-The-Shoulder Silk Catherine Regehr blue floral gown with Diana's sapphire and pearl jewels. I would need to see Kate in that combination to decide whether it is more Kate or more Diana, but it is lovely.

    There are so many truly princessy designs here! I can only choose a few that stood out for me.

    Charlotte, could you add the 1 to my name with my design (flowery gown, Dubai sapphires, etc.)? Small detail, but it identifies me. Thanks! Your tremendous work is superb as always!

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  10. Great ideas--lovely choices!

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  11. Sun: I absolutely adore your selection of dress! It’s classic and timeless and so like The Duchess to wear. Honestly all the choices were stunning. You all did such an incredible and I apologize for not having the time to submit my selection. But well done ladies!!

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  12. Once again, wonderful styling by all the DKB stylists this time around. In this round some stylists have coordinated a fitting ensemble for the tiaras, or the other way around. It had been a treat. Thank you to participants round 1, 2 and 3. Charlotte, your tireless contribution is always appreciated. Stay well and good.

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  13. Fantastic post! It is so much fun to scroll through all of the choices, whether I like them, or think they fit Kate's style. I so appreciate the time and thought put into the ensembles!

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  14. Great choices! I honestly dont think Kate would ever choose a yellow ball gown (mine is the carolina herrerra), I just want her to branch out and stop being so conservative! sometimes she dresses like an old lady, and not a young beautiful vibrant duchess. I wish she would step out in something vibrant and youthful.

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    1. I confess the yellow ball gown made me think "Beauty and the Beast" at first ;-) but like it for its vibrancy. I think you're right though, that she wouldn't wear this color in a ball gown. Yet she looks so good in yellow! Maybe William would take to calling her "Banana" though . . .

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    3. I love it! I don't expect her to wear yellow at all. Just wanted to envision her in something more fun. and I like Beauty and the Beast :) so I totally agree!

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  15. Loved looking through all of these submissions! Pam from Boston's lace floral dress stood out to me the most from this group. I think that dress would be perfect for sartorial diplomacy. :)

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  16. Charlotte, thank you most sincerely for such delightful and entertaining posts.I have enjoyed them so much, such a welcome respitr in difficult times. Again, thank you!

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  17. I meant to post anonymously, I am so sorry, Charlotte. Is it possible to change it?

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      No problem. Which looks is yours?

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  18. Thank you Charlotte, for allowing us all to have so much fun.
    Everyone had such beautiful and unique ideas.

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  19. An amazing collection - the largest ever group of stylists I believe.
    Pam from Boston - This is an absolutely lovely gown - I'm beyond having favourites - too many gorgeous gowns but this would be a top contender. I love the raised flowers and subtle hint of orange.
    Lili - A very sophisticated choice that would set off an order's ribbon should Kate receive it. Lovely starry sparkle. I like the use of dark blue since black is unlikely for a state banquet.
    Julie from North Carolina -I like the very subtle hint of orange. I plan a separate comment on tiaras but the Mary fringe is proving popular. Love the use of garnets here - Kate's birthstone.
    Silvia - The royal blue Packham is a winning and worthy choice for a repeat. Many people, myself included, think sapphires look wonderful on Kate and she could bring new life to that tiara.
    Diana - when I first saw a version of that gown in white - I thought it meant for a state banquet because the diamante shoulders would set off a tiara. Love it in cerise too, proving to be a popular choice for Kate - I agree.
    Andrea from New York - Lhuilliar is a designer I really like and this would be perfect for a banquet with Maxima attending - a very wearable shape but the feathers make it daring. I actually could see Kate wearing this - to a premiere also where the feathers would show more.
    Casey - That's a dazzling floral that would look great with an order's ribbon. Herrera really know how to design gowns suitable for royalty.
    Bluefire. This is lovely -that raspberry shade would be perfect on Kate, and the classic lines of the gown and the flow of the cape would work very well for a state banquet. I love the choice of Kiki designs in some of my favourite gems - Morganite and Kunzite.
    Helena GA - Raspberry is proving a popular shade because it would look great on Kate. I'd hoped to see a Talbot Runoff gown in Germany - it would be a great choice here too. It has a lovely flow.
    Jo of Virginia - This gown has proved popular - with good reason - it has a very modern feel and yet the sleeves give it an artistic timeless quality - the mix of sapphires and rubies would be an exciting choice - glad the loop necklace is finding favour.
    Rebecca - I love Temperley and have a great love of iridescence too so this lovely almond hued gown really appeals to me. It would catch the light beautifully. The choice of the Duchess of Gloucester earrings is interesting. I'd like to see the pearl choker repeated too.
    Sunny - there seems to be a unity of feeling on a classical raspberry gown for Kate - I agree - this one is a little sexier but still very elegant as we expect from Lhuillier. Rubies often pick up that pink-raspberry shade so I think the brooch would be a lovely choice. The Teck tiara remains a possibility - a tiara ready for a revival.
    Anne from Texas - Of all the thoughtful and discerning choices - yours has to be at the top of the list - such a beautiful and Commonwealth appropriate gown. Sophie has worn a gown she was given so I would think it very possible for Kate - and so appropriate being made of wool - not just for Australia - Charles is strongly promoting the wool industry in Britain - this would be a huge boost - and such a tribute to Australia. I like the choice of the queen's 18th birthday bracelet - bracelets need comments almost of their own - so many interesting ones.
    Amy A - that wine-coloured velvet would be lovely for autumn - and would be such an elegant choice, yet glamourous too with that daring back.
    I have to let some more choices wash over me - there are so many lovely ones, so will comment on more in a few hours.


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  20. Oh my goodness that floral fabric on that last Naeem Khan dress is simply breathtaking! So many untapped designers for Kate to choose from. She does tend to stick with Jenny P though because the gowns are always so perfect for her. I do love that Liv Alba chose the Jenny P teal for a re-wear. I would love to see that again with some beautiful aqua marine jewels to go with it!

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  21. Believe I'll have at least four comment on these:
    Jen - I've been so amazed by both the originality and the knowledge of stylists. Claes Iversen would be a fascinating choice - I believe his gowns have been worn by Mary as well as Maxima. I think Kate actually would look better than Maxima with the ruffles - and the soft orange-apricot would be good on her.
    Sunny - this Viktor& Rolf gown has proved popular for a reason - it's very much in Kate's style - similar in shape to the Chinese banquet gown - yet very contemporary - picking up the Tudor rose and a lovely tribute to both noted Dutch designers and the House of Orange. The centre rose of the Teck would pick up the rose on the dress perfectly - hoping for that tiara's return.
    Mod Meeting Planner - You're living up to your screen name - that bold yellow is the colour of the moment form what I've read - Kate has shown she can wear it with her Wimbledon dress. The skirt of the gown would be lovely for the entry to the banquet I like the choice of the wedding gift bracelet.
    Zora from Prague - this gown is amazing - it truly picks up the theme of Dutch art = in this case the snowy collars we see in so many paintings - set against a dark gown. The collar is just magnificent with the pearls - and it would be lovely in blue.
    Miol Mor - Finally a Saab - I was wondering. I think the burnished orange fading to rose would be lovely - I love how you have tried to make the gown bespoke - something I attempted in description in the past. The emeralds would really dazzle and I have to say should the Greville emerald tiara appear - hopefully it still exists - no one will even know Maxima is there.
    Priscilla from California - I think this would be lovely in green - a good colour choice on Kate with her eyes - glad to see you've used her emerald earrings.
    Hannah - I too was thinking of Kate's visit to the Mauritshuts museum and this dress captures the colours of those famous still-life paintings with the dark hue and subtle floral underneath - it would be a marvellous choice.
    Smiley - This captures the idea of a beaded white dress for a state banquet but in a very modern and glamourous way - by a designer who did well by Kate in India. It would show off Kate's lovely figure.
    Anon 183 - This beautiful blue gown is very Kate and has proved very popular - it would be lovely with aquamarines. You're quite right - it would be very hard to outshine Maxima - I think Kate can be daring without feeling she's casting anyone in the shade.
    Sun - I've been delighted to see Paolo Sebastian chosen as a designer - I love lavender and am pleased to see one of the queen's amethysts put into use - the idea of jewels in the hair is lovely - it would be beautiful in a chignon.
    Molly Claire - I've inadvertently awakened Leo so must stop soon - but he loves your choice - it's one of his favourites and I agree - the rose design picks up the centre rose in the Teck.
    Rachel - I really love the choice of this Lhuillier gown - it would show off Kate's shoulders but most of all it would look lovely with Diana's sapphire choker which I think should reappear - this would be the perfect platform for it - yet the gown is very much in Kate's style - the look would be her own.
    Patricia I - This would be a lovely tribute to the Netherlands floral industry - it is a very pretty Erdem that would look wonderful with the sapphire loop necklace - I've always thought that would be perfect on Kate - and am glad it's being picked up by a number of stylists here.
    PS - I love the idea of picking up the white often worn at state banquets with a dramatic modern gown - it would be a good style on Kate and the sapphires a lovely accent.

    Now I must stop - hope to comment on more in a few hours.






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  22. This is such an embarrassment of riches I don't know where to start! Will have to single out a few, but know that I've been blown away by the taste and thoughtfulness that's gone into this year's Styling Kate. Just wow.

    Third post:
    Pam from Boston: My favourite dress (along with my own suggestion ^_^). Exquisite, and a great find for the Dutch banquet (with the colours).
    Hannah: Magnificent look. And I loved the reasoning behind it.

    Second post:
    Humphreys Girl: If she choose this I would squeal with delight! The tulips! And good matching with the pearl earrings.
    PegJ: See comment above. :) Also, love that you included the Cartier quintet bracelet.
    Court: Good reasoning behind your choice. I love the whole look.

    First post:
    Kelly: I could see Kate in exactly this. Love the matching of the tourmaline earrings with the dress. And a cape!
    Anon 23: Would love to see Kate in this, and a perfect dress for showcasing a brooch. My only concern is that they would want to go with more jewellry than this at a state banquet, but still. Amazing choice for Kate.
    Julia: I loved the thoughts you posted with your look, lots of insight. And the whole look.
    Gabi K and Katie: Could easily see Kate go for either of these looks, exactly her taste.
    Ivy: The citrine jewels! What a great idea.
    Frances: A look that screams Kate (and not a lot of other women could pull it off).

    To everyone who chose the red Roland Mouret gown, the Jenny Packham gown with the lace cape and the Viktor and Rolf in burnt orange: you have got Kate's tastes down pat. I expect we will get to see her in all three of these. :)


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    1. Lovely summary, Jen. It’d be so cool to see Kate in any of these fabulous gowns. I’m secretly hoping Kate might wear the red RM gown that I & others chose ;) If not to a state banquet, to some other event which calls for a gown! But I definitely love the JP with the cape & Viktor & Rolf gown that you mentioned. They proved to be very popular & I can see why :)

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  23. Julia from Leominster23 August 2018 at 11:33

    This is my third post admiring these beautiful selections:
    Lady Germany - I love the elegant simplicity of the black gown for that great wall of diamonds - the Alexandra kokoshnik. The diamond rose brooch is striking with it - and the bag picks up the theme.
    Sarah USA - The soft colour of that Marchesa gown would be beautiful on Kate and the '3-D flowers make it most striking. The queen's fringe necklace is proving a popular choice for a loan - it would be lovely to see.
    Stella Milan - that peach hue is a subtle nod to orange and that delicate gown would make your choice of diamonds truly sparkle - a great choice for the Cartier tiara.
    Anonymous - I completely agree on a bespoke gown by Taminiau - he's a designer who deserves international attention and it would be a great tribute for Kate to choose one of his gowns. Should there be a return state visit to the Netherlands - I hope she does if it doesn't happen this time. I understand there was an exhibit of his gowns - I would have liked to see it. This floral gown would be an excellent choice on Kate - a wonderful skirt.
    Darla Humphries - Several of these gowns have reminded me of Dutch artists of various periods - this gown reminds me of the fascinating Dutch artist Escher who was one of the favourites of my youth - with the way the material swirls from sleeve, to peplum to train - it would be so striking in a bronze orange.
    Shantel - We know Maxima will do something striking - she delights in amazing us, so I don't think Kate should feel any need to hold back - and with what she wore for the Spanish visit, I don't think she will. The blue and gold dress would be a lovely choice - always fun to speculate on her wearing a Saab and it would look great with the sash of a Dutch order. The full skirt makes it seem very much meant for a State Banquet.
    Grace H - This Viktor & Rolf gown has proved popular for good reason - it's modern yet seems very wearable by Kate. I've often thought to paraphase a song from the Sound of Music - how do we solve a problem and find a gown to go with the queen's ruby rose tiara - which seems meant to go with her white dresses and little else. This gown would work for it - the stylized rose of the gown would make that tiara much less twee - it's an inspired choice.
    Alex from Oz - As long as that gown was lined, it would be magnificent on Kate - a glorious shade of blue that would suit her. I like your choice of the queen's chandelier demi-parure with it and what is truly striking is how the swirls in this dress pick up the swirls in the Cartier tiara - I love it when jewels and gowns work together this way.
    Meredith from Boston - This lovely timeless gown has proved very popular with good reason - but I love the unique idea of having it done with blue - even in blue velvet perhaps - The scalloped court pumps pick up the design and your choice of diamonds is excellent.

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  24. Julia from Leominster23 August 2018 at 11:34

    I got too excited and wrote too much so here's the rest of my third group of comments.
    Vikki - This could be an expensive designer dress if done in silk - it looks like one - and would be lovely for a state banquet - the peach shade would be a good subtle nod to orange for Kate - one that would be very becoming on her. Again the Cartier tiara really balances a full-skirted gown and the swirls pick up the design of the dress's bodice.
    Anonymous - My favourite sapphire tiara ever makes an appearance - the Barbarini - if only someone would gift it to the royal family - it deserves to be seen and who better than Kate to wear it - I love how it looks in the photoshop - it's meant for her. This group of selections really has tiara dreams of mine included. The orange Stella McCartney is inspired too - glad one of her gowns was chosen - a great choice.
    Audrey Mango - once again an inspired pairing for that difficult Tudor rose ruby tiara - with the Viktor & Rolf gown. Maxima does have a playfulness to her - and I hope that will motivate Kate to have a little fun too - she has the artistic eye to do it well.
    Nicole Mueller - I'm ending this group with how I began - Diamonds against a gorgeous dark gown - this one with lovely sparkling. I agree on Oscar de la Renta and again the Cartier balances a full skirt.
    I'll be back in a few hours for the magnificent final selections.

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  25. So many beautiful gowns & jewels! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all 3 parts :) The standouts from this batch for me are:
    Pam from Boston - I love this Jenny Packham gown. I could definitely see Kate in it. The floral embroidery is stunning!
    Diane - that Alexander McQueen is very cool & I love the colour & crystal flower embroidery on the shoulders. Kate would look great in this gown!
    Lady Germany - that gown is gorgeous! I love the cut & it’s quite a flattering silhouette. I especially love the slit sleeves.
    Stella Milan - that peach Temperley London dress is a dream! So glittery & delicate. I especially love the jewels you chose to go with the dress. The Teck Crescent Tiara & Queen Mary’s Floret earrings need to come out of the vaults :)
    Special mention goes to the Viktor & Rolf Rose Plisse dress. Such a gorgeous orange shade & I love the rose detail on the bodice. It would be such an interesting dress for Kate to wear.
    Well done to everyone & thanks, Charlotte, for bringing all these great looks to life :)

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  26. Julia from Leominster23 August 2018 at 14:47

    Finally a chance to comment on the final fabulous stylists' choices:

    Unknown - As I believe I said before, this lovely blue and white gown is a favourite of mine and particularly appropriate as it picks up the colours of Delft tiles - I must add it would be perfect for Kate's debut of the sapphire choker as it is very different from how Diana wore it.
    S- I'm so glad someone chose this Taminiau - a favourite of mine I'd seen even before we knew about the Dutch visit. How exciting it would be to see it on Kate! Love the Teck earrings with it.
    Liv Alba - For repeats the teal might be my choice.Kate's emeralds work brilliantly with it.
    Annika Boston - This royal blue gown is perfect for a state banquet and with the deep neckline would be perfect for the sapphire loop necklace - which I've long felt Kate's meant to wear. The white trim on the dress would accent the diamonds.
    Snowdrop - Flowerbomb is my favourite perfume so this dress speaks to me - love the raised flowers and it would be ideal for the Lover's Knot and for the queen's fringe necklace.
    Emma from N.C. I know where you get your discerning eye - this dress is fabulous. I love it both in the original shades - the dark against the flowers, and your choice of blue. All your details are perfect - love the idea of Kate wearing the wheat brooches in her hair, the pearl choker, and the rose brooch for holding that order ribbon we all want to see.
    Robin from CA - A look very, very close to my heart - I'm a huge fan of Lhuilliar, this dress is so lovely - the white with scattered flowers so right for the Dutch visit - but most exciting the idea of the revival of the Nizam of Hyderabad tiara - it could happen - the main elements still exist and I want it to happen - because it would be so right for Kate.
    Going to split this post - back in a moment for the final ones.

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    Last but none of these are least -
    Flora - This gown would be lovely in royal blue. I'm going to make one small alteration in your look though - very minor. I don't want to see Kate in the POW feather yet because it means our queen is gone. So why not the sapphire pendant Diana wore on that same diamond necklace? No one here has chosen that yet - she loved it and it was beautiful on her and would be beautiful on Kate and with this dress.
    Elle - that choice of a burnt orange Packham with the dark belt is something I can see Kate in and a favourite of my husband's as well. It reminds me of chocolate and orange a favourite sweet of mine. The bag is perfect with it. I love the use of the pearl choker - are we meant to have a choice of earrings? I'd choose the pearl ones myself although the ruby would be interesting.
    Marci in Utah - As a lover of vintage, I would never say Worth is outdated - classic is the word that comes to mind. Kate could wear that dress today as is although I love your colour ideas too - the blue and white for Delft particularly appeals to me. I'd like to see Kate wear the South African necklace as long as the length was adjusted - it would work well with the lotus.
    Anonymous - Talbot Runhof (hopefully this time no auto-correct!) does lovely gowns and this sophisticated and elegant blue velvet with the cape effect would be perfect for Kate and set off a grand collection of diamonds including the King Khalid necklace which I think a very possible loan as Diana wore it and the quatrefoil bracelet a favourite already-loan of mine.
    Siddhii - That black velvet was such a great moment for Kate's it's time to see it return with her hair up for a new sophisticated look - love the idea of the cape with it - and I'd like to have a better look at the Mouawad necklace - glad someone used it.
    Cveta - a vibrant gown that reminds me of van Gogh. It would be amazing to see Victoria's emerald tiara with it. Time for me to mount my box on Speaker's Corner and protest against giving away historic jewels like this tiara to cadet branches of the family. It means at best it's likely to end up in a museum - at worst sold eventually. I like to see jewels worn and wish there would be an in lieu of tax break for giving historic jewels back to the crown - where they could be worn - as long as they are protected from individual monarch's whims. I feel jewels look their best worn - they grow musty in museums - but am looking forward to seeing this tiara at Kensington Palace and shall think of your gown with it.

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    2. Oh, my! I thought that *was* the huge sapphire pendant! But upon further investigation, it’s not!!! Thank you, Julia! Yes, I intended on the sapphire, not the feathers!! (blush!)
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    3. I suspected that was what you meant Flora. It's hard to tell from the photos. I've been surprised more stylists over the years haven't suggested that necklace because Diana loved it, it went well with her ring, and would suit Kate very well.

      Although the set was never a favourite of mine, it was interesting no one chose the Sultan of Omen set that Diana also wore several times - not sure how it would look on Kate.

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    4. Oh, but someday Kate will get to wear those feathers around her neck and I look forward to seeing them there!

      The Oman set is very art deco and I've never seen Kate tend toward that style. Might be interesting to see with an "old Hollywood" vibe. Maybe it would be a better Meghan inheritance from Diana.

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    5. I agree Robin - I think that Omen set might suit Meghan very well - she is more petite than Kate and it would suit her proportions - Diana loved it by all accounts. She had quite interesting tastes when it came to jewellery - I noted a site on it below.

      Likewise I've long that Dubai necklace was meant for Kate because it's broad design needs someone with height - why it never worked well on the queen.

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  28. Since we had so many stylists this time - I've counted over a hundred, I thought it would be fun to take a tiara poll.
    The top five are:
    The Lotus - pipped the Lover's Knot at the post in spite of a strong finish for the latter - 24 stylists by my count chose it - besides being beautiful - it looks good with so many gowns.
    The Lover's Knot - this beautiful sentimental favourite got 21 selections.
    The Cartier Wedding Tiara - 13 stylists chose this one - a strong push for its return - it looks very good with certain gowns especially with full skirts and when the diamante picks up the tiara swirl design. (You can tell from my language I'm no tiara expert!)
    The Queen Mary's Fringe - 10 Stylists chose this - and since it isn't worn by the queen, it gives a big push that this should be a loan to Kate. There doesn't seem to be any immediate use for it as a wedding tiara unless the York girls use it which I think unlikely - so it would be nice to see it put in an appearance. Combined with the Queen Alexandra Kokoshnik popularity - and the popularity of the Queen's fringe necklace, quite a lot of people, myself included, think the fringe style would be a strong look on Kate.
    The Queen Alexandra Kokoshnik took fifth place as a tie - with 5 stylists choosing this glittering wall of diamonds the queen hasn't used much recently - although there's a strong chance Camilla might lay claim to it.
    The tie for fifth place with 5 stylists choosing it by my count was the queen's sapphire tiara. Not a huge favourite of mine but it would certainly look better on Kate than Camilla so I think it a possibility as a loan. Kate loves blue and looks wonderful in sapphires, and is likely to have Diana's superb pieces at her disposal - the Saudi demi-parure and the sapphire choker. Many very much including myself think the loop sapphire necklace, never a good choice for the queen and almost never worn would be ideal for Kate - especially if its length were restored. There's also popular support for the queen to loan Kate the sapphire demi-parure her father bought for her - which would be in line with previous loans.

    On possible loaned tiaras - unfortunately unlike the Swedish and Luxembourg royal families, there hasn't been a strong tradition for mixed loaning, which I think a shame, both because it allows us to see tiaras on different ladies and because it serves to keep jewels in the main line whilst allowing lower-down royals to use them. One stylist hoped to see Camilla loan her Greville - that alas seems unlikely. Three stylists would like to see Kate in the aquamarine tiara loaned to Sophie who probably does really need it. This speaks of quite a few of us thinking aquamarines would look excellent on Kate - interesting the problematic aquamarine tiara of the queen's wasn't chosen by anyone - suggesting perhaps a remake back to its original look would be better - and not wrong historically. Three stylists would like to see the Queen Mary bandeau shared between Kate and Meghan. One stylist chose the Ogilvy tiara - a lovely choice if an unlikely loan because Princess Alexandra is likely to attend the banquet and that tiara - part of a wedding gift from her husband is I believe her only tiara. It would be lovely if it would return to the crown someday though - as there is no good floral tiaras.
    Amongst the queen's other tiaras - one optimist chose the Girls of Great Britain. I actually would love to see that loaned as I think against probable opinion that's it made a charming younger woman's tiara and has become rather aged only being used by the queen -so I'd rather see it skip Camilla. Two stylists with the same beautiful Viktor & Rolf dress tackled the challenge of the ruby rose tiara - not a tiara you can wear with anything...
    I'll do another comment for the balance - the 'we can dream' tiaras.

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  29. Having made a completely unofficial tiara choice survey, I'm continuing with the 'We can dream' tiara choices which includes my own choices.

    The Delhi Durbar got two stylists attention. It's a magnificent piece that Camilla has only worn once almost fourteen years ago. Potential controversy may be the reason but it really didn't suit her either. Since Maxima isn't afraid to go big, this would be a good time for its reappearance on Kate - but I think we are in dreamland.

    Likewise, the Oriental circlet got three stylists choosing it - but presents the problem of the fact it's supposed to be limited to queens and queen consorts. The queen allowed her mother (a former queen) to retain it and has only worn it once herself. The fact it hasn't been loaned to Camilla who got the majority of the queen's mum's jewels - makes me think the queen is keeping to that restriction - but we never know.

    Very long shot tiaras long missing but still lurking possibly - include the Strathmore, chosen by two stylists - it's condition something of a mystery. The Teck - technically loaned to Camilla but never worn and not really her style - which was chosen by three stylists - it picks up floral designs very well. I was the only person to choose the Queen Mary sapphire bandeau - last seen on Princess Margaret - it is uncertain whether it still exists. Finally, we have the Greville emerald tiara - here we may well be slipping into tiara fantasy land as we don't know that it even exists - I don't believe any royal lady has ever worn it. But tiaras do reemerge - we've seen it happen.

    We are in pure dreamland with a few tiaras here. The Barbarini is my favourite of sapphire tiaras. It would be lovely on Kate and the family needs a good sapphire tiara but it was sold - it's present whereabouts unknown to the best of my knowledge. The Victoria Emerald tiara - presently on display at Kensington Palace - should belong to the mainline royal family - it's one of those crazy decisions that it went to the cadet line of the Fife's. (No offense to the Fife's who just gave their magnificent tiara to the V & A as part of a tax deal. I have muddled feelings on the issues of taxes but I prefer to see tiaras worn, not displayed. The choice of the Fife's to give over that tiara rather than the emerald one is interesting but I'm not sure I see much hope of it returning to the main line.

    The Nizam we sadly know was dismantled - but since the brooches still exist, I cherish hope beyond hopes that it could be remade - there might be some loose diamonds in the vaults to recreate the motifs around the brooches. Julia would do it in an instance but whether there is any will for the way amongst the royals is unknown. However, since there will be masses of brooches in the future - and far fewer tiaras - it makes sense.

    Finally, there's royalfan's magnificent Tiffany yellow diamond choice. We need a really, really, rich donor...I fear the days of givers like the Lady Greville are gone and even Middle East donors are problematic - although that hasn't stopped Camilla and Kate has received gifts too - so we never know,but we can always dream...

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    3. I was wondering if it could be possible the emerald parure Catherine wore at the bafta could have a tiara too, it would be to much dreaming?

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  30. Thanks to those who commented that they liked my choice! I wish I'd had time to put together more of a complete look, with jewelry, bag and shoes, but I'm not good with accessories, especially jewelry (I keep it extremely simple for myself in fear of overdoing it), so it would have taken me a long time to research all the options out there and try to figure out what would look good with the gown. I do think now that I should have chosen the Cartier Halo tiara instead of the Lotus flower - it's simpler.

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    1. I loved your choice of dress and whilst it's fun to choose the accessories if you have time, it's not necessary. I've been rushing madly to get work done so we can go on holiday and missed adding a bracelet myself - as well as countless errors in posts - some quite embarrassing.

      While I love the Cartier, I think your first choice of the lotus was instinctive. More than size, the motifs of the tiara and how they work with dresses are important - and the shaping of the lotus picks up the shape of the flowers on the gown. This is not a scientific explanation by any means! But hopefully the idea is there. Some of the other gowns had 'swirl' diamante or beading and they set off the Cartier. So your choice was wise.

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    2. The choice of the Lotus Tiara is perfect to my eye. The only other accessory I would maybe add are Kate's chandelier earrings with just the right amount of sparkle to compliment what look to be crystals around the neckline. The dress is stunning on its own!

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  31. Such beautiful choices among these three posts! I am all admiration. My favorite pick from among all three posts is the Viktor & Rolf Rose Plisse that several people chose. With the ruby tiara and other ruby jewels, it would be a show-stopper.

    My next-favorite I think came from the first post, the dark gown with the embroidered flowers - in velvet? (I didn't go back and look it up). I love the feel of Dutch floral paintings in that gown.

    I also liked the idea of Kate wearing the blue wool that was designed for her by the young woman in Australia. With sapphires, wouldn't that be a killer? She could wear that to any evening event (even minus tiara) and I'd be happy.

    I am guessing a full skirt is better for a banquet than a form-fitting gown, since she has to be able to eat something of several courses. So while I would love to see her appear at another evening event in some of these very slim gowns, I prefer fuller skirts for the banquet. And they do look very princessy.

    Again, I so enjoyed everyone else's choices! Beautiful. Thank you Charlotte, for continuing this tradition.

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  32. Oh yes, I wanted to add my votes for re-wearing the blue Jenny Packham gown from the India trip (my vote is minus the wrap); the black velvet strapless gown (loved the idea of the sheer black fluttery jacket); and the teal Jenny Packham from the Olympics event. I would be very happy to see any or all of those three again!

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  33. All of these choices are gorgeous. PS, I couldn't agree more about a brighter lip color on Catherine. I would also love to see her tone down the dark eye look.

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  34. Thank you Charlotte and everyone. These have been fantastic!! I've loved seeing them all. So many fabulous gowns and wow..the jewelry! It's going to be fun to see what she actually wears!

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  35. Absolutely beautiful! Have to say that all three groups definitely know how to dress a princess....what talent by everybody. I am having trouble picking favorites as my list for all groups keep growing. I was intrigued by how everybody paired their gowns with just the right accessories, jewelry and tiara!!

    I was curious to see what were the popular choices by the entrants so I did a quick little poll. The tiaras were as follows: 1) Lotus Flower tiara was the top choice, so it appears that many want to see it make an appearance and it would look great on Kate; 2) Cambridge Lover's Knot, of course; 3) Fringe Tiara, which in the beginning I thought this would win the popular vote, but it is a close third; 4) the Cartier Halo was fourth, which would be very nice to see Kate wear again. I see Julia did a tiara count and I am sure hers is much more accurate than mine, but my third and fourth are switched; but at least the top four tiaras are the same.

    The most popular color for a gown was 1) Dark Blue/Medium Blue (Kate's color!); 2) Corals/Oranges were the second most popular which would be a great sartorial nod to the Netherlands; 3) Florals were a very close third choice which was interesting and a great possible sartorial choice alternative; with 4) Whites/Ivory colored dresses coming in fourth. Black gowns, Pale Blue/Lavender gowns, and Silver/Platinum gowns were very close in the 5th, 6th and 7th places.

    As for designers, well it is probably no surprise that 1) Jenny Packham lead the group quite handily. It is obvious that JP has a feminine quality that appeals to many and certainly Kate's style! In 2) spot is Alexander McQueen with 3) Marchesa a very close third place. Roland Mouret, Temperley and Monique L'Huillier all tied for fourth place (love Roland Mouret on Kate always). Viktor Rolf, Zac Posen, Jan Taminiau, and Reem Acra were some new designers that were chosen by several entrants, and it would be wonderful to see Kate choose any one of these designers. Zac Posen has a very classically elegant look that would suit Kate quite well.

    Didn't even try to poll the jewelry since the options are just endless and all choices beautiful! A personal favorite of mine would the the Queen's Vanguard Rose Brooch...simply elegant. A great job by all and a wonderful tradition to continue Charlotte. cc

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    1. Julia from Leominster24 August 2018 at 08:45

      I did start to try to do jewellery - only necklaces and bracelets but am without my list - and can't look back easily, so this is even more approximate than my tiara poll may have been - you could be correct on numbers.

      Undoubtedly because of the number of blue gowns, there was a strong wish for sapphires - I believe five stylists used the Dubai loop necklace - and the earrings were also used separately. (I believe they were made from the extra links - which should probably be put back on if Kate used the necklace as I hope she will.) Another five I believe - doing this from memory - chose the queen's sapphire demi-parure given to her by her father.

      Three of us chose the Diana sapphire choker. I believe three others chose the Japanese pearl choker which has already been loaned to Kate.

      Diamond necklaces were rather split - there were two or three wishing a fringe necklace but this was split I believe with two stylists using the City of London fringe - and one the pear shaped fringe. I may be muddling fringe necklaces. Three people chose the collet necklace Kate has already been loaned - and two the King Khalid necklace which was loaned to Diana. One stylist chose the Nizam of Hyderabad which Kate has already been loaned and one stylist the South African necklace demi-parure. Interestingly, the King Faisal necklace - also loaned to Diana - was not used by any stylist this time, nor was the sapphire tassel - although the earrings were used.

      One stylist chose the queen's aquamarine set - but not the tiara.

      On emeralds besides one stylist using Kate's own necklace - and another the earrings, there were two stylists who used the very grand Dehli Durbar necklace.

      Rubies figured less - one stylist used the ruby bandeau Kate wore last time and one wished to see a return of Kate's ruby necklace.

      Bracelets are harder to tally because a number of stylists envisioned Kate wearing more than one - as she has done previously. The wedding gift bracelet by far was used the most though with the quatrefoil (my personal favourite) and the Mary bar choker bracelet also being used quite a lot. At least one stylist used the baguette and brilliant bracelet and one or two - I'm forgetting numbers now used the chain link bracelet.

      Two interesting bracelet choices were one use of the diamond Indian bangles - and two uses of the quintet bracelets - one styling a use of all of them. The modern sapphire bracelet got a couple of uses as I recall - and I'm thinking there was another sapphire bracelet of the queen's used - I'm not remembering the name.

      Kate's own diamond bracelet was used at least a couple of times, I think - and Diana's pearl bracelet that Kate wore in Germany as I recall. One stylist also chose a wider pearl bracelet worn by Diana with an aquamarine clasp. I seem to remember reading that there was speculation that aquamarine was later used for the ring Meghan wore - I don't know whether that's true or or even reasonable.

      There were several charming new necklaces used - again I scratched a list but don't have it with me so I can't give them immediate credit - but I remember a morganite necklace. The most opulent choice was a new pearl and diamond necklace. There were some lovely bracelets as well - William should have no trouble with Christmas gifts.

      I thought the choice of jewels were outstanding - there was a real effort to use jewels already in the family - which makes sense. I'm sorry not to be more precise here but we're away this weekend. I can't access the first two posts - so I'm not using any names for fear of getting some wrong. Sorry this is so vague.

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    2. Julia, I always love reading your comments and am particularly enjoying your analysis of these entries. Also, I would agree about the choice of dark blue gowns and the association with the sapphires. While I didn't count the jewelry I do recall sapphires being a very popular choice. In fact, the fifth choice in tiaras (by my count) was the Sapphire tiara (can't recall the right name). I would also agree with you about the outstanding choices in jewelry by the entrants...it is obvious that many here want to see Kate wear more of it and not just for the variety of it, but also for the sentiment and meaning behind the jewels. After seeing all these choices, I definitely feel the need to educate myself more on the royal jewelry. It is all so interesting. cc

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    3. Royal jewellery can be a great deal of fun and rather addictive! I couldn't believe I was rattling off names of the queen's jewels from my feeble memory, thanks to From her Majesty's Jewel Vault and the Court Jeweller as well as Charlotte's brilliant work. Even though I've been something of a royal watcher for decades - a few years ago, I couldn't have named them or known their stories - there were just a few books.

      Whilst the polish of the site isn't as good as many - there is also a useful resource about Diana's jewels - called simply that http://www.dianasjewels.net/ which makes for interesting reading and fun speculating what might be used by Kate and Meghan.

      I love the sentiment behind jewels - why I'm so keen on protecting them and mourn what has been lost, sometimes quite unnecessarily. The stylists here used such considered thought both in their choices from the queen and Diana's collections and in picking out new pieces - both from Kate's favourite Kiki and new designers.

      If you dare to invest, there is a stunning book on the Queen's Diamonds. I wish he would do one on the queen's brooches. As a brooch wearer, I was delighted to several used in styling here and hope Kate comes to love them.

      As an example of something lost - I forgot that one stylist wish for the Poltimore tiara - which was sold by Princess Margaret's family. It had been purchased by Margaret so it's not surprising that happened but it was a lovely tiara and still a shame. Today, having so much known on the Net is both good and bad - it's really not possible for the royal family to invest in jewels as in the past - without huge critiquing - although Charles has bought heavily for Camilla. But it does mean the eyes of thoughtful royalists are out there too - perhaps preventing indiscretions of the past.

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    4. Thank you Julia for the resources on royal jewelry. If you are referring to the book The Queen's Diamonds by Hugh Roberts, I was fortunate enough to find a used copy on a booksite. Always nice to have a book when you can't always be at a computer. As a fan of brooches myself, I would definitely love to see a book on the Queen's brooches. cc

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  36. Julia from Leominster24 August 2018 at 08:54

    I remember now - one of the bracelets was the sapphire 18th birthday.

    I was able to check and that ring and bracelet on the aquamarine are separate - they look to be a set perhaps.

    Great write-up CeCe USA - I enjoyed your analysis of colours and designers - and of course a marvellous job by everyone - especially Charlotte - who didn't choose a design of her own this time. I remember she chose Cather Regehr in the past - a lovely gown - like the blue and white this time. Charlotte really did an amazing job here - with so many submissions.

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  37. Realise I forgot one necklace the Diana Saudi gift - a slim chain of diamonds holding a pendant - either the POW - now apparently given to Camilla or the sapphire that was part of the gift.

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  38. On lengthening the Dubai sapphire necklace, I would like to keep the pretty earrings, but make an extender from the bracelet, which is rather clunky. Then thenecklace could be flexible for different wearers.

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    1. I agree - I think restoring the length is quite important as the queen is a tiny thing but would prefer to see the bracelet used rather than the more striking earrings.

      Kate has beautiful shoulders but she is also broad-shouldered - an athletic build - so it is important that necklaces be the correct length to look right. Having the correct neckline for a necklace is important too. Unless of course, You're Maxima - she tends to throw it all on regardless!

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    2. One of the advantages of the Dubai necklace, for my purposes here, is that it is set in gold. In addition to its swirling design, it has a certain warmth. Much as I like the quatrefoil bracelet, I am having second thoughts about using it, because it is cold compared to the warm colors in the gown, the clutch, and the Dubai jewels.

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  39. Sonja from Bavaria24 August 2018 at 17:05

    First of all, a huge thak you to Charlotte for investing so much time and putting together images of all these fabulous looks!

    In this batch again, there are so many creative suggestions and I just have to comment on everyone's choice (but I will split it into several parts):


    Pam from Boston:
    I like how you included the colours of the Dutch flag into your dress choice

    Lili:
    I always love the idea of a red clutch as an eye-catcher and pop of colour

    Julie from North Carolina:
    I would love to see Kate wear a Tony Ward gown, and these brown hues would look so pretty on her

    Silvia:
    I can definitely see why this dress is such a popular repeat choice

    Diane:
    The pink colour would look so good on Kate

    Andrea from New York:
    Monique Lhuillier is a very talented designer

    Casey:
    I would love to see the Sapphire set worn by Kate

    Bluefire:
    What a lovely colour, and this dress style would suit Kate so well

    Helena Georgia:
    Pink would look so pretty with Kate's brown hair and green eyes

    Jo from Virginia:
    I like how you included ruby and sapphire jewels, very representative of the Dutch flag

    (Part 1)

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  40. Sonja from Bavaria24 August 2018 at 17:05

    Rebecca V:
    I didn't even know about the Duchess of Gloucester's pendant earrings until now, but they are so pretty

    Sunny:
    I love the gown - sexy yet regal, and the colour is gorgeous  (especially in combination with the brooch)

    Anne from Texas:
    Wow, this gown is really pretty! I had never heard of this story, but would be happy to see Kate wear it

    Amy A:
    What a great idea to combine velvet and silk, and the colour is splendid

    Jen:
    Kudos for researching Durch designers, I had never heard about Claes Iversen before

    Caren:
    I love the idea of the colour change you suggested, with a cream dress and orange slit

    The Mod Meeting Planner:
    This dress kinda reminds me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast

    Zora from Prague:
    The cut and tailoring of the dress is so flattering

    Miol Mor:
    Wow, you got really creative with the changes you made on the gown

    Priscilla from California:
    I really like all the different elements of "sparkle" in your dress, shoes, clutch

    Hannah:
    I like the tulle and lace skirt of your gown

    Smiley:
    Wow, this might be my favourite gown from the entire game, I simply adore its beading, colour, shape, everything! You really picked a dress that fits the "ice princess" criteria

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  41. Sonja from Bavaria24 August 2018 at 17:06

    Anon183:
    I love the (colour) combination of this gown with Sophie"s Aquamarine tiara

    Sun:
    I love this gown, the delicate lavender colour, and the idea of an amethyst brooch in her hair!

    Molly Claire:
    The real Cinderella shoes!

    Rachel:
    Love the combination of diamonds, pearls and sapphires with the dress

    Patricia I:
    I am becoming more and more fond of the Dubai Looped Sapphire necklace every time I see it included in a look here, it is so beautiful and would look great with the right hairstyle and neckline

    P.S.:
    I love the jewellery you picked, and the blue - white colour combination

    Lady Germany:
    Wow, I adore the tailoring of the gown, and the slits on the sleeves. Also, the rose brooch is so pretty and the bag matches perfectly!

    Sarah USA:
    The dress is incredibly beautiful

    Stella Milan:
    A very pretty look

    Anonymous:
    This Taminiau dress seems to be very popular as well, it could definitely keep up with Maxima with regards to extravaganza

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  42. Sonja from Bavaria24 August 2018 at 17:06

    Darla Humphries:
    I just fell in love with the shoes you picked

    Shantel:
    Wow, that gown is quite an eye-catcher

    Grace H:
    Another very popular gown

    Alex from OZ:
    Very pretty shoes

    Meredith from Boston:
    Great idea to combine this rich colour with black, that gives it an autumnal feel

    Vikki:
    Lovely look overall, and Kate could easily have a dress like this made by one of her go to designers

    Anonymous:
    I love the orange lace dress, it would be perfect for the occasion

    Audrey Mango:
    Great evening wear shoes

    Nicole Müller:
    Perfect accessoires

    Unknown:
    The white gown with the soft blue florals is just beautiful - and so fitting for the occasion, it reminds me of some famous paintings. The sapphire jewels would be a great match

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  43. Sonja from Bavaria24 August 2018 at 17:18

    Here comes the last part:

    S:
    I love how the tiara and earrings seem to echo some elements of the dress very subtly and match perfectly. Plus, I am a fan of the little train

    Liv Alba:
    This is my favourite gown Kate has ever worn!

    Annika Boston:
    What an eye-catching gown in such a beautiful royal blue

    Snowdrop:
    Wow, that's what I call a gown - Stunning!
    I also just noticed how well the pear fringe diamond necklace would pick up some elements of the lover's knot tiara, they would complement each other perfectly

    Emma from North Carolina:
    You picked a beautiful clutch, and the York rose brooch for her sash and and ears of wheat brroches to hold back her hair are great finds! Well done :)

    Robin from California:
    Wow, the earrings look almost exactly like the flower on the clutch bag! It's so sad that the Nizam of Hyderabad tiara was broken up

    Flora:
    This royal blue is just a gorgeous colour

    Elle:
    I love all the jewellery and accessoires you picked, especially the county of Cornwall bracelet

    Marci in Utah:
    The south african diamond bracelet and necklace should definitely be seen on Kate

    Anonymous:
    How creative to pick a velvet dress

    Siddhii:
    I adore this gown, I hope she will repeat it someday. Adding a cape is a great idea

    Cveta:
    What a pretty gown, and a great nod to the Netherlands  (orange + flowers)

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  44. After viewing all of the fabulous gowns selected during this exercise, I find myself hoping that Kate does not go the route of having a gown custom designed for her; rather there are so many designer gowns shown here that would be perfect! But I have a feeling that even if not a custom gown, that we will not see Kate in any of these selections. But we can dream! I only hope she doesn’t go with something like that dull pale rose pink lace gown that she wore to a previous state dinner.

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  45. Duchess or no Duchess, these posts have been such a breathtaking delight, I've often times made little gasps at the beauty of so many of the suggestions. Some were so spot-on in terms of the Duchess's preferences, others pushed the Duchess's style envelope (so to speak), and others just had fun coming up with Princess-wear! I do wish the Duchess, now in her late 30s, would take some more daring fashion risks that she won't be able to 5 to 10 years from now. On another note, a lot of the suggestions readers made seemed absolutely perfect for the Duchess of Sussex! Thank you for running this blog and to all the readers who delighted the readership as a whole with a tremendous sartorial series! Silvia

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  46. Again, amazing work and stunning variety from the DKB community. Love the creativity in the suggestions. Again, kudos to Charlotte for allowing our fantasies run riot!

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  47. For those interested, Maggie got some good news today. She is not out 9f the woods, not by a long shot, but things are looking much better than a few days ago.

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    1. Royal 👑 Watcher25 August 2018 at 14:18

      Thank you bluhare, that’s reassuring.

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    2. Bluhare - thank you for the update - I keep checking both blogs for updates. Keep em coming. This latest news is very promising. Lets keep the prayers going.

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    3. Thank goodness -I know how up and down such things can be but will be hoping with my strongest hopes that positive news continues.

      Ask her friend please, to tell her we are all thinking of her with good wishes and are glad to hear things are better. And thank you, Bluhare to be keeping us informed. I'd wondered what was happening with Maggie.

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    4. Go Maggie! Thanks, bluhare.

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    5. Yay!!! Excellent news! Thanks bluhare!

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    6. Oh, what a relief to hear! Thank you for the update, bluhare. All the best, Maggie.

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    7. Good news! In time, I hope she will bounce back to reasonably good health.

      Maggie - Wishing you excellent recovery and brighter days ahead.

      bluhare - Thank you for keeping up and updating the the latest good news.

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    8. Thank you, bluhare. Please give Maggie my best wishes too. I hope she is back here soon.

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    9. Maggie knows her internet friends are rallying behind her. Her friend told her when she woke up once and got a big smile.

      Maggie got out of surgery, and the surgeons are optimistic. Yesterday, they weren't sure if she would be able to, and there were a couple of complications, but she came through. Now we hope she recovers well.

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    10. Bluhare, this is wonderful news. I'm so glad you have a direct contact so that Maggie knows how much we care. Wishing her a complete recovery so that she can continue her studies and follow her dreams ( and still comment here :)).

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    11. Bluhare, this is wonderful news. I'm so glad you have a direct contact so that Maggie knows how much we care. Wishing her a complete recovery so that she can continue her studies and follow her dreams ( and still comment here :)).

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  48. Nicole from France25 August 2018 at 10:03

    Whaou terrific work, from all readers and from Charlotte, who put all’ these beautiful suggestions in form , can’t believe it ! I could comment on lot of dresses, some I utterly dislike and some I like or .. really fell in love with !
    However , let’s stay to a minimum ahahahaha
    I wish Catherine could chose the gorgeous Carolina Herrera Strapless embroidered floral’print suggested by Casey , the colours, the designe, the material, the general allure of this gown make it absolutely stunning .... I am afraid that Catherine would not favour a strapless dress, not sure the protocole allow it and not sure she would dare look so ....sexy ! However’ if it was me , I would’ pair it with diamonds only , the blue shade is too special to match with saphirs, which would completely get lost in all that blue ....
    Amongst all the others, I choose the Burgundy Verdin Bias Cut Velvet and Silk Trumpet Gown by AmyA , very elegant and chic without too much glam , and quite fitting to Catherine’s silhouette and choices . I do hope she does not go into veils and embroideries and choose sleek allure designs and materials .
    And now .... let’s waite ..tadaaaam ! Thank you again for the pleasure the reading of these posts gave me !

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    1. I'm not certain strapless could be worn to a state banquet but that dress would suit a little bolero made for it in the same fabric as Diana wore with that stunning Edelstein white and gold gown. The material is scrumptious.

      And there are always premieres and such events where strapless is permissible.

      I still remember when Diana wore that strapless black Emmanuel gown and some commentator chastised her for 'looking as if she were sitting in a hip bath'!

      Strapless does remain an issue for when someone is sitting a great deal - for my eyes - a gown with an interesting bodice works very well for state banquets for that reason. But many brides wear strapless - although usually with some covering if the wedding is at church.

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  49. So many beautiful dresses. In fact I'm flabbergasted by the huge market there seems to be for phenomenally expensive evening gowns. Whoever buys them? There are only so many princesses and film stars in the world....
    Sarah UK

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  50. Royal 👑 Watcher25 August 2018 at 14:21

    I love all the gowns with a nod to the Netherlands, there are so many beautiful choices! I agree with anon 12:28, who wears them all, and when? I’d be lucky to attend one event like that in a lifetime!

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  51. This was such fun to browse - thanks to everyone who took the time to put outfits together! Some of the gowns chosen are so beautiful that I found myself hoping longingly that Kate is reading here for advice. 😁 Others, I must admit, I thought "oh no, can you imagine the bad press Kate would get if she wore that?" Obviously, I'll keep the particulars to myself. It is, after all, just different people's tastes. All in all, there are so many beautiful choices that I wish she had occasion to wear a fabulous gown once a week!

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  52. These posts have been amazing to read ! Such talent for styling from everybody. Charlotte, you found a perfect way for your community of readers to enjoy the summer months. 🌹

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  53. I just realized the same dress is accessorized by the following entries.
    This may be the most repeated dress in the 2018 DKB stylists’ posts.

    Beth W7372 (Part 1) blue accessories
    Caroline in Montana (part 1) white and grey theme
    Carlie (part 2) coordinated from shades of white / cream to soft pink

    Overall many are breath taking.

    Sonja from Bavaria has discovered a very fitting gown for the hello tiara in my opinion). That was her wedding tiara; if she will wear it with white dress, it will be interesting ( it will make a nice ten years anniversary reappearance). If the same dress will be in a different color, still that very dress especially the top themes well with the same tiara ( IMHO).

    Each entry in 1.2, and 3 has something going for it. Those commenters who took the time to comment on each entry must have enjoyed as they look and write on details.

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  54. Faye M UK (part 2) white accessories.
    Wow a fourth repeat! As I am taking my time to take a better look this weekend, once again the same gown is repeated. In fact, I noticed Charlotte’s comment also - “It's officially the most popular gown from our stylists this year - Faye is the fourth reader to choose the shimmering tulle Jenny Packham Windemere gown”.

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  55. Zora from Prague26 August 2018 at 17:21

    Unknown and Robin from CA, I love your choices of a gown!!

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  56. We are leaving for a short family vacation, so have absolutely no time for a lengthy comment that this post so deserves. So many wonderful styles for our favorite duchess here that I would enjoy going on and on about. Hopefully, I will find a little time in the next few days.

    I do want to tell Emma from NC that I love what she chose just in case I can't make it back to this post in a timely fashion. What an incredibly beautiful gown you picked out and styled with gorgeous accessories! Truly, Kate would look like a fairytale princess in your choices. Btw my daughter, Catherine, who is a little bit older than you thinks you picked amazing shoes and loves the idea of the brooches in Kate's hair. Glad you had fun Emma and like your mom, you have great taste.

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  57. What. A lovely colection cant decide which. Design is the best Hmm im glad we all have all enjoy and the third batch style

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  58. Good day
    First off, i just want to admire your articles and the way you present your findings on the blog.
    I am a boy but I've always been interested in the British Royal Family and also other foreign Royal families. I've always admired the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family.

    The way in which they conduct themselves with decorum with the ups and downs that they are prone to face being in this unusual occupation as the King of Norway had said in his speech in the Sweden-Norway tour earlier in the year.

    I digress ( I could on and on), I have a query. Okay maybe more of a question if possible to be answered?
    I know you must busy, but while compiling what the duchess might wear to the State Banquet, i was wondering if you possibly do a blog or something similar, on what the Duchess might wear on the welcome ceremony for the King and Queen of the Netherlands, ( fingers crossed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge participate formally in the welcome ceremony and in other engagements in the State Visit).
    I would really appreciate it
    Once again, i would like to say that i always try to read your blogs and articles among other bloggers that follow the life of the Duchess and her family including other members of the Royal Family, and other Foreign Royal families.

    P.S. Its important also to note how
    symbolically the Duchess will take note of with regard to the symbols like the flag color and and other national symbols like the flower for the Netherlands and so on.

    Maybe in part three you can cover some of this symbolism as well.
    I really appreciate the effort you take in the blogs and so on.
    Please,
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Thank you
    Sincerely
    Khilen Shah
    South Africa.


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  59. I love all of these gorgeous looks, but seriously doubt Kate and Meghan will ever wear each other's wedding tiaras. Now, if Kate would kindly get back to work, we'll get to see what she'll chose!

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