Sunday, 11 November 2018

The Cambridges Mark Armistice Centenary at Westminster Abbey Service

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty and other members of the Royal family for a service at Westminster Abbey in honour of those who lost their lives in the First World War and the Centenary of Armistice Day.


The Duke and Duchess arriving this evening.


The Royal family led the nation at a host of Remembrance events in marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. Kate had the opportunity to learn more about her family's connection to the war and to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War at the Imperial War Museum a couple of weeks ago. Kate was also shown her great-grandmother Olive’s registration card. Olive and her younger sister Anne were both VAD nurses with the Red Cross during the war.


Last night the Duke and Duchess joined Her Majesty for the annual Festival of Remembrance. This morning, Kate joined the Queen on the balcony of the Foreign Office for her eighth Remembrance Sunday appearance.


An arrival video.


Kensington Palace shared this beautiful image from the abbey before the royals arrived.


The service was the finale of a day of national events to commemorate Armistice Day.


The Palace posted a lovely photo of the Cambridges and Sussexes on their social media accounts.


The foursome make their way to their seats.


The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving.


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex tonight.


President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender. It was a historic day marking the first time a representative of Germany has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.


The Queen and the President of Germany placed fresh flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. The flowers are brightly coloured to symbolise celebration, and include heather, gerbera, lilies, roses and chrysanthemums.


The Grave of the Unknown Warrior (often known as 'The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior') holds an unidentified British soldier killed on a European battlefield during the First World War. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, London on 11 November 1920, simultaneously with a similar interment of a French unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in France, making both graves the first to honour the unknown dead of the First World War.


Nine young people placed flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. The nine have been involved in commemorative events over the past four years, researching the lives of members of the Armed Forces who served during WW1.


Actor Sophie Okonedo OBE read from the diary of socialist Beatrice Webb, 11th November 1918: "Peace! London to-day is a pandemonium of noise and revelry, soldiers and flappers being most in evidence..."


The Prime Minister read Isaiah 58: 6-12: "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that he break every yoke?"


German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier read 1 St John 4: 7-11 in German. Below, the English translation from the Order of Service.


During his address, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: "The final verdict on evil is defeat...On this day we remember, in order to act...Enemies have reconciled and that is hope for the world."


The Prince of Wales read St John 15: 9-15: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."


Other royals in attendance included the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.


William and Kate sing a hymn.


Click here to view the Order of Service in its entirety.


Her Majesty shakes hands with the German president, marking the end of the service.


The royals leaving the abbey.


The Duchess chose her dark green, military-style Catherine Walker coat with velvet trim at the collar, pocket flaps and cuffs for the occasion. It's a classic piece and a perfect choice for the service. We've seen the Walker brand added to Kate's rotation on a much more frequent basis over the past couple of years. It was a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales. We're seeing Kate select their designs for more weighty royal engagements in particular.


Readers may recall the Duchess debuted the coat for St Patrick's Day in 2017, and later wore it for her arrival in Paris the same day.


Kate sported a black velvet hatband. It's one of several we've seen the Duchess wearing this year.


Anna from the Countess of Wessex blog quickly identified it as the £890 Jane Taylor Headband. The piece is described: "Beautifully handmade headband in a sumptuous velvet to create this luxurious, elegant piece."


Kate accessorised with the Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs she wore this morning.

The Duchess carried her black velvet Jimmy Choo Celeste clutch.


And wore her black velvet Jimmy Choo Romy pumps.


Kate completed the look with a poppy brooch.


To view this morning's post on the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph please click here.


It's been poignant and incredibly moving to see the tribute paid to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War throughout Britain this week. I often say it's times like these the importance of the monarchy as a whole comes to the fore. We saw the royals representing the nation at a host of commemorative events marking Armistice Day. Millions gave their lives in the fight for their countries and the freedom we have today. It is vital we continue to commemorate all who gave their lives.


It feels like an appropriate time to look back on some of the First World War commemorations and events the Cambridges have attended. In 2014, they travelled to Belgium to pay their respects and and attend several events marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war.


William, Kate and Harry viewed a sea of poppies at the Tower of London for the official unveiling of 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red', an installation of poppies in the Tower's moat. It featured 888,246 ceramic poppies upon completion in November, each representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war.


In 2016, William, Kate and Harry travelled to France for WW1 Commemorations.


They commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.


Last year William and Kate visited Belgium for a two-day visit to attend commemorations marking the centenary of the first day of Passchendaele, the third Battle of Ypres.


For our tomorrow, they gave their today. We will remember them.


We'll see William and Kate on Wednesday when they will carry out several engagements in South Yorkshire ahead of Charles' 70th birthday celebrations that night.

125 comments:

  1. Seems like Kate shares my fondness for the velvet trend! Very pretty especially at winter and gives a nice sheen for an evening event. Nice repeat, subdued and pretty! And I love how retro the hatband looks. Perfect for an event of rememberance.

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    1. That’s funny because my first thought was “oh no, she’s got one of those band hats in velvet now”. The coat looks good on her, but I can’t get behind the headband hat. :-(
      She’s still lovely, regardless.

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    2. She started a trend!! Queen Maxima wore one later. I personally like it. It’s different without being over the top. And a more solemn occasion doesn’t need a large whimsical hat

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    3. It makes sense that it would not be to everyones taste. It's hardly basic and is quite unique so people are bound to have thoughts :)

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    4. TO me it looks more like a pill box hat

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    5. The hatband is one of her current signature looks, and I think she wears it well!!

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    6. I think the velvet touches she is wearing are very luxe and make an elegant statement. While quite on trend right now, the look has been around for awhile. I agree that she wears these new headbands quite well and I for one like her signature style. IMO the look shows off her face more...she really is very pretty. cc

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    7. I totally agree, Rebecca. I just love the retro headband look with her hairdo, too. So classic and elegant. Perfect for this occasion. And have always loved the coat with the velvet trim. Wonderful choice, IMO.

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    8. I love the headband too, but I also get it is not to everyone's taste. It has a very retro vibe to it which is something I love.

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    9. I agree Anon 23. I hope it won't go past just two headbands--anymore and I'll start to worry. LOL.

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    10. I guess I'm looking at it with older eyes :-) and by that I mean that a touch of velvet is a classic, rather than a trend. Bottom line … trend or classic, I was happy to see this CW coat again. It's so elegant and the design is very appropriate for the occasion.

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    11. CeCe, she is very pretty. A gorgeous face and also approachable.

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    12. I agree, CeCe. Not everyone could wear this kind of hatband but Kate can. When she wore it the first time the look was a bit surprising for me but now I really like it! It is very elegant and appropriate for her role.

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  2. The Duchess looks beautiful. This is a gorgeous coatdress, stylish, elegant without being too much. She looks very well groomed. She is really coming into her own since the birth of little one. Well done

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    1. Kate is magnificent - a true queen in waiting

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  3. The green in the coat really brings out the green in her eyes. I really don't like the hat band. Wonder if she has the same updo from this morning?

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  4. She looks amazing, as always. In my next life I want her genes!

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  5. Coat is gorgeous. Love the velvet accents. No go on this particular hat band. I’ve like some of the versions she’s worn, but I’m not liking this one. In this lighting it blends in with her hair too much and just looks odd.

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    1. I agree that the floral hatbands were better. They lent themselves more to an airy halo kind of feel. This is a bit more compact.

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  6. Love it! The hair looks PERFECTION up, with that sweet hat and killer coat! Nailed it! xoxo

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    1. Oops - I must amend my former rave - I just realized that what I thought was a hat is actually a big puffy hairband. I detest it. The only one I liked that she's worn like that was the cream christening - it seemed appropriate then, but now two more of them....no thank you. She looks amaaaaazing in hats (and not huge furry ones either) there is no one who can rock a percher better than Kate. Except perhaps Meghan - her hat game is on point!!!

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  7. Think the hatband looks great straight on - looks wonky from side angles.

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  8. Oh my goodness, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Kate. Seriously, what has Louis done to her? She has so much confidence and elegance these days! She looks so regal and dignified - and I had never thought she could be even more so. Since she is back from maternity leave I can't take my eyes from her!
    I am thinking it might be some sense of accomplishment of her new amazing family of 5 she'd always wanted? Is it relief from having Meghan to share pressure and young-royal-lady position with? Anyway, she is wonderful!
    Ella from Europe

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    1. Anon 19:20, I just posted a comment speaking to your very same points, but you said it all so much better! :) I couldn't agree with you more! :) xx

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    2. Meghan could be the key. All the focus is not on her and she can relax a little. Also, she and Meghan can commiserate about what it is like to be in the public eye.

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    3. Becca, I thought exactly the same about your post below (I read it before this reply). :) I am happy we both see the same thing!
      Ella from Europe

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  9. Wow - this weekend's looks were fab - would give remembrance & centograph A+ - service a A-

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  10. Extremely happy with this repeat. This coat has the perfect fitting, the velvet details give a subtle shine to the look and this shade of green suits Kate to perfection.
    IMO the hatbands work very well with the Duchess features, they’ve become a signature in her style and I love them!

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    1. Eleonora, I agree that the hatbands look striking on her & very regal! Color me a fan! :) xx

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    2. JustCallMeMrsDarcy11 November 2018 at 22:59

      She's always great in green, funnily enough I always thought the cuffs and collar were black! But here they are definitely green. I wonder if her hat is black or green? I hope it's green, black velvet and then green velvet seems a bit patchy.

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  11. Noooooo!!! The thick Anne Boleyn headbands are back. And all this does is make Kate look like Anne Boleyn which. If you think about it she does have many of the same features -- the slightly olive complexion, the dark eyes, long face.
    https://images.immediate.co.uk/volatile/sites/7/2018/03/anneboleyn-4-b558b63-56115ae.jpg?quality=90&resize=556,556

    I also am not a fan of the Dynasty-era sheer black hose. I think black hose look better when they're more opaque. Gives a nicer silhouette. I do love the coat and the poppy broach though.

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    1. I love Anne Boleyn so that's a compliment in my book!

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    2. Yes! Yes! Yes! That's exactly who it reminds me of, especially as I think she looks a tad like the actress who played the character on The Tudors Series! However, I looooove the hatbands on her! They look beautiful to me & striking on Kate! Tho every time I see one, especially this one, they remind me of the medieval "French Hoods", which is what they were called. They were chic & new in style as the "Gable Hoods" worn by Catherine of Aragon & The Spanish Court were beginning to go out of style.

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    3. JustCallMeMrsDarcy11 November 2018 at 22:55

      Oh I so disagree!
      The barely black tights are so grown up and smart, opaque would be too informal. It's different with someone...cough cough...like me....with less shapely legs. The sheen of the barely black can be unflattering but I think they really accentuate the contours of her legs.

      By the bye....I'm 22 and if I'd her legs I'd wear them. I think they're effortlessly chic rather than old fashioned.

      My word has anyone ever written such a spiel on tights? Haha sorry!

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    4. I disagree that opaque tights are less grown up. It's also a question of how cold it is!

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    5. I disagree about opaque tights. I find the "barely black" sheer-but-not-sheer tights unflattering on almost all legs and Kate is no exception -- she has nice legs for sure but IMO those tights of tights show every bump and muscle. I think sheer tights are best for some occasions, but if you can't go sheer/nude, going opaque gives a firmer silhouette of the leg. That's why ballerinas usually wear opaque tights -- to give a firmer silhouette of the leg.

      As for the headband, I guess this is personal opinion but it works if she's going for the retro Anne Boleyn look. With a modern pea coat and makeup and jewelry ... not so much. And especially not with that low chignon. One thing about Anne Boleyn was she was famous for wearing her dark hair loose. So that headband would have be surrounded by her signature black hair. Kate wears it with a low chignon. It's a fussy look.

      Too bad because her coat, shoes and outfit are otherwise aces.

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    6. I disagree. The sheer hose are perfect for an evening or overall more formal look. Opaque hose make me think of a short skirt and sweater combination, for example.

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    7. Anon 23:36, Hee hee agree if it is cold those thicker tights are a help, but I never wear thick tights to a formal event, no matter how cold it is.

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    8. I don’t personally care for the headband....regardless if it’s in style,regal, looks like Anne Bolelyn, etc. I just think it looks rather silly sticking up straight from the head.

      But I do think the sheer tights are perfect, I like those.

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    9. I don’t understand the hatred of the headband. British hats of perched disks, squares, feathers, etc. often look odd from the side, or one side or the back. If I were facing a lifetime of hats, I would try every variation I could. I thought the floral one and the one from christening added clever variety. She has worn many beautiful hats and will again, I’m sure because it is her culture.

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    10. JustCallMeMrsDarcy12 November 2018 at 19:15

      Ali, yes that's what I mean about opaque tights, cosy and comfy but not formal.....also barely black tights....if they were good enough for Audrey Hepburn....

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    11. I think it's one of my most frequent complaints about Kate's choices: she lets the clothes or accessories wear her rather than the other way around. The headband IMO overwhelms the outfit. Your eyes go straight to the headband. So the lovely green coat, nice shoes (no brown socks this time! Love these pumps), and cute earrings are overwhelmed by that big black headband.

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    12. JustCallMeMrsDarcy12 November 2018 at 23:58

      Ivy lin, brown socks?

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    13. Oh that;s the name I give to my least favorite staple of her wardrobe: the praline pumps. It always looks like she's just pulled on a pair of brown socks.

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    14. @Ivy Lin: Joins our regular no brown socks cheer \o/ These shoes ARE nice. I'm usually 'eh' about pumps as they all look mostly the same to me except for color but I compared the cut of the Choos and the Rossis and I much prefer the look of Choos.

      I really like the hairband but I do agree the hairband I would love to see her wear it with her hair down rather than the fussy chignon everytime.

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    15. At least for me Ivy Lin my eyes do not go first to the headband. In fact I barely focused on it till it became a discussion. Sometimes Kate's clothes might "wear her" but I rarely, have had that response to her clothing and accessories. I do sometimes really dislike her choices.

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    16. Anne Boleyn was the mother of Queen Elizabeth I.

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  12. She looks so amazingly retro, like someone from the 1940s. Really beautiful.

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    1. Yes - she is able to wear this retro look. Perfect.
      Anne

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  13. I love this coat! Absolutely one of my favourites Catherine owns. The whole look is perfect including the divisive hat band. She looks so classic.

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  14. What an amazingly gorgeous outfit. Wonderful to watch the celebrations of such a historic day by the living historic figures we have grown to love so much! God Bless! XOXOXOXOXOX

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  15. She is more gorgeous with every day.
    So elegant and regal!

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  16. Her eyes with this dress are wonderful ❤️

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  17. I would’ve liked to take a better look to the coat of this morning, but I’m really glad about this repeat. This coat fits the Duchess to perfection.

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  18. The hatband reminds me of what you see in Tudor/Elizabethan times such as this:
    https://www.thehollywoodarchive.com/stock-photo/genevieve-bujold-174255.html

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  19. Duchess Catherine, Queen Consort, that is what Cathetine has omnunicated this entire weekend. "Kate" just doesn't suite her anymore. She has come into her own beautifully. The process was not rushed, but I feel as if it happened overnight. I believe that this is a testimony to the Queen giving William and Kate their space and allowing them to grow into their roles. BRAVO! This is how it is done !

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    1. I always felt they were playing "The Long Game" & always knew what they were doing, with the full support of The Queen. Now they are a Family of 5 & They are both stepping into their roles organically.... William & Catherine, future King & Queen Consort! xx

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    2. & SDR, while we still think about it in terms of them having had some really important time for William to work & fly & for Kate to have 3 children & establish their "normal family" roots..... it's only been 7 & 1/2 years..... which in the perspective of their lifetime roles, hasn't been a crazy long chunk of time... but I think it will have proven to make all the difference in the world!! :) xx

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    3. Very well said SDR! cc

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    4. JustCallMeMrsDarcy12 November 2018 at 00:02

      Absolutely Becca, people criticised her for working less etc. but I've always felt she's been wise. Taking the time now, before the full weight of Princess of Wales falls on her, to raise her children. To ground them. She won't have this time ever again, when the Queen dies Kate will have her hands full. A huge workload will land on her shoulders and won't let up until either she or William dies or the monarchy crumbles (Heaven forbid). These years have not been wasted, she, William and the children will be the better Queen, Kings, Princess and Prince for it.

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    5. Good to remember that the Queen had a few precious years of privacy and freedom to be a newlywed and a mother before the burden of monarchy fell ion her. She of all people would want her grandson to have this gift.
      Probably when William becomes King, his children will be young adults and Catherine will look very much like her mother. Sh will have had a long apprenticeship. She appears to be making a splendid start.

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    6. I feel like we're seeing in action what so many of us have tried to put into words over the years. The BIG picture is becoming clearer...…………………………..

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    7. I couldn't agree more, JustCallMeMrsDarcy /MrsDarcy! 🙂

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    8. Could not have been said better! William and Harry forfill their current role beautifully, without stepping on the toes of or attempting to overshadow the duties of Charles & Camilla or the Queen. When the shift occurs and they become the Prince and Princess of Wales their duties will increase tenfold and there is no reason to doubt that they will rise to the occasion. The reason why they do not currently carry out more events is because their role ar present does not call for it; even though they are senior royals and will one day sit on the throne, presently, as the grandchildren of the monarch they are fulfilling their roles beautifully!

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  20. I don't know if it's just me, but since the birth of Prince Louis & since Harry has married.... Kate has a sense of gravitas to me. She just looks more than ever like a Queen in waiting! I find it harder & harder to see in her the young college girlfriend from St. Andrews. Her carriage & presence seems to have just sealed into a definitive composer of a future Queen! These 2 Windsor boys could not have fallen in love with 2 more perfect partners for their given paths & roles in life! xx

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    1. I agree with you Becca USA. Every time we see her she looks perfect for the occasion!

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    2. She will be wonderful as the Princess of Wales, too. Another layer of royalty between Charles and Harry and Meghan. Fun to watch. Though I love the Queen and hope she is around for years to come.

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    3. I agree, Becca. Their wives are perfect for them. As we Southern football fans in the USA like to say, those boys outkicked their coverage.

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    4. Rachel, I love that phrase! It says it all! lol :) xx

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  21. Kate looks so beautiful & elegant, the headband gives a regal touch to her look! Stunning!!xx

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    1. I agree, Becca. I love the headbands, a lovely new style which some of the other royals in other countries are now wearing. Kate is a fashion icon.

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    2. It is a style, I think she looks good in it.

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    3. Royal 👑 Watcher12 November 2018 at 04:08

      I love the headband too Becca! They look really stylish. I think I have seen it on Princess Mary as well.

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    4. You ladies are right, I forgot that the royal ladies of the other countries have worn them for some time. I'm a fan! :) xx

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  22. Please make a decision, a pill box style hat or a true headband. It looks like a crown atop her head without the sparkle. This is a real "miss" for me after an obvious decision to change direction in fashion statements.

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    1. I don't like it either. I think maybe the size and how high it sits?

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  23. I’ve enjoyed the coat the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing since the first time I saw her wearing it. Thanks, Charlotte and looking forward to reading the full post.

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  24. Love this repeat, with the velvet touches and the shiny poppy nice and visible. I believe she's wearing the same updo she was sporting earlier, which, as I said before, is a lovely change from that hideous chignon she usually wears.

    I'm in the minority here with the headbands. I've never liked them and really hope she retires them soon, which is probably unlikely.

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    1. JustCallMeMrsDarcy11 November 2018 at 23:54

      Sadly not the same updo, no plaits (braids to our friends across the pond) this time! Loved this morning's look! Reminded of me of when she wore the turquoise Jenny Packham the first time. Like she wore the dress this week and said "I liked my hair that day! Let's do something like that again!"

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    2. I thought the braids might have been added in pieces this morning, so maybe they just removed them for this event? But I have not studied the two hairstyles closely so maybe many other differences.

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    3. The headbands she has been wearing latelybreallybelevate her look to regal status! The will be a lovely Princes ps of Wales and anesquisite wife for the future Queen!

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  25. Lovely write up about the service. Remembrance events are always so moving.

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  27. Thank you. I don't see why it is necessary to wear a military inspired dress for such an event. Does the queen follow this route? No. We are remembering the victims, but I hope, as well peace.
    Hence, I don't think it is necessary to wear military inspired clothes.

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    1. William and Harry are not wearing military styled clothing, they are wearing military uniforms! It is not only necessary but also respectfull to see service personnel in uniform, particularly on Remembrance Sunday!

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    2. It's not necessary, but I do think it's a thoughtful gesture.

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  28. Kate has certainly come into her own. Gone was the shy Duchess we saw in her early years. Her style choices have a certain elegance these days. We are the same age and in her early years as Duchess, her fashion choices are more or less what my age group would wear, a little bit experimental. Nowadays, I can see a certain maturity and confidence in her choices. Anyway, I love all her fashion choices (even the headband) and I must say, impeccable tailoring on all of her outfits.

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  29. Charlotte, I have finished reading the post. Thank you so much for the history lesson and history reminders. Great job.

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  30. Hmm i love the overall fashion of the duchess cambridge she looks regal and elrgsnt i love the she grows axs a royal girlfriend to the next queen Hmm overtime she steps up the public and don't see The duchess before she more regall just like the queen elizabeth

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  31. I don't know what it is, but the times Kate has been seen since Louis birth, she has exuded this regal confidence and assurance that I have never observed in her before. She has developed a presence. She is perfectly elegant and appropriate and is truly coming into her own. She truly looks like a future queen!!

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  32. Royal 👑 Watcher12 November 2018 at 01:49

    Love the photo with The Fab Four. They look happy to be in each others company, hopefully putting to rest stupid rumours of a "split". Where the press offices reside or don't reside is obviously irrelevant.

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  33. So elegant, love this look. Kate has certainly come into her own, such a regal, self assured manner.

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  34. I'm totally pro headband and tights and agree that Kate looks better than ever. I think maybe she is doing Pilates -- her posture is amazing, and as someone who had 3 kids at almost the exact ages/ intervals that she had her 3, I am completely in awe of her figure. It is remarkable and a credit to her wanting to represent the UK and the Royal family so beautifully. Not to be political, but you are so lucky over there to have them carrying out the ceremonial roles over their lifetimes and not having your elected officials doing it.

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  35. The headband is absolutely frumptastic. Horrid! What is she thinking? It’s a combination of little girl and old lady. No and no.
    Beth in SF

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    1. Nicole from France12 November 2018 at 15:55

      I more than approve , I already hated the ones she wore before, but that one is the winner .... I remember her wearing a pillbox hat once (visit to Canada , maybe ?) and she was absolutely beautifull ..... saying that in case’ she looks for small but elegant hats .....

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  36. Love all her looks in the last 24 hours....minus the headband hat. They just look weird! Like, it can’t decide if it wants to be a hat or a headband so it just kind morphed into both but also neither. But anyways, not the point of the weekend. But her confidence and elegance is lovely to see.

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  37. From my observation the headband, purse and pumps are all black velvet and very on trend for fall/winter this year. It looks great with green coat that has very dark hunter green velvet accents that almost looks black, that works well with the black velvet accessories. I think a interesting combination. Admin you need to change Jimmy Coo hand bag from suede to black velvet, if you look online some other photos where the light hits the material a certain way you will see the material is velvet. Always a great job presenting this blog so quickly.

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    1. Now that I am looking at the whole look and not just the dark hunter green velvet ascent and black velvet accessories to see how well they go together, I just notice why they go so well together, if I am right the buttons were change to a shiny black bottom, so it all blends together.
      That is a dressmakers secret, without replacing other items on an outfit and give it a new look and to make the colors blend.

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  38. Thank you for the beautiful post, Charlotte. The British do honour their dead in an incomparable way and the presence of the Royal Family is a part of it. Just a note - this year we went to see the graves of British and Commonwealth soldiers who are buried in one of the main cemeteries in Prague. I didn't even know of their graves until now. There are British, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders... They are mainly soldiers who died in captivity after having been taken prisoners in the area of the German Reich. I was so glad to see the place... and I truly felt much more connection thanks to this blog and posts about Remembrance. I am very grateful. And I'm also happy because my youngest son (14) was in England last week (a school trip) and brought me a poppy from Windsor! (It is slowly becoming a habit to wear them here too but I'd say only about 1 out of 50 people would know what they mean - it's quite new, we never did it it the past). So I'm wearing it with, feeling both humble and proud, and... belonging.

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  39. Perfection in every sense of the word.

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  40. wonderful post Charlotte.
    I love the outfits the Duchess has worn over the weekend, she has such poise and elegance. Seems few like her choice of hatband, but I love it. I think it's perfect for her and simply gorgeous.

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  41. Firstly, can I say a huge Thank You to Charlotte, for covering in detail,both blogs ! Not just the fashion but the information.Greatly appreciated ! x
    Loved that Catherine wore this coat again, I loved it first time round, and loved it with headband tonight. Catherine really has found her 'mojo' of late. Even to the little details of carrying a pair of gloves with her clutch. These details I think all add up to a perfect turn out. If I was being picky. I would have preferred if she had changed her earrings, to something more fitting with her ensemble. But overall, both of Catherine's outfits today was on point. And as many have commented, she really is starting to look more and more like a Queen in waiting.

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  42. A wonderful picture of the four young Royals standing together. There is strength in family love and respect. Charlotte, there is an interesting article titled, “There Is No Reason to Pit the Royals Against Each Other. But These Headlines Keep Trying To”. The article may be of interest to this blog. It is already posted on Mad About Meghan. The well written article is by Meagan Fredette of Refinery29.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Marcia USA, it is an interesting article. I think it puts into writing what perhaps many who support this blog are thinking. Love the last line "God save the duchesses from false narratives." Amen!! cc

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  43. Nicole from France12 November 2018 at 15:50

    I do like the repeat of the coat, which seems to have been designed especially for Catherine , but oh god, headband again .... is that the new fashion trend in London ? This looks terrible , albeit ridiculous .... and the price ......
    Charlotte, I do appreciate the way you make different comments and add a few differences between the two blogs , as we say in France « true lace » !

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  44. Seriously? £890 for this headband? It's not worth it... what is valuable in it? Beautiful earrings, beautiful coat but this headband is so ordinary, it suits to cloth but it's not worth it. I've seen better headbands in lower prices. It is a pity that she paid so much for it.

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  45. Caroline In Montana12 November 2018 at 19:09

    This coat has never been a favorite, but she looks great. I like the way the hem flows when she walks. I don't mind the headband, its almost tiara like. Believe its very much in fashion at the moment and she is not the only royal lady wearing the style. I think this confidence was seen before she had louis IMHO. just love how comfortable she looks walking into Westminster. Do however wish the boys would wear something other than the Windsor blue, it would be so complementing to their wives outfits:) (as if that's what all the events are about, lol)

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  46. Good evening Charlotte and other readers/bloggers, I agree that it was the perfect choice for this occasion. I did like everything about it from head to toe. And like this church service, I've also noticed how she's chosen Catherine Walker for church services in the past as well. I did enjoy following all of these Remembrance Day events, known as Veteran's Day here in the U.S., on this so important year. Thank you.

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  47. I was sad to read that racist slurs about Meghan were posted on Kensington palace’s Instagram site

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6375795/Vile-comments-Meghan-Markle-Kensington-Palaces-Instagram.html

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    1. Hi Melissa, why didn't you post this on the Meghan Markle or Duchess of Sussex (DOS) blog??? This blog relates to the DOC's engagements and wardrobe choices, not the DOS's, even if they're together at any engagement/event.

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    2. It's horrible - and I know that Charlotte and other blogs are faced with these hateful comments too. There is no excuse for it. Much that happens on social media is vile.

      Having said that, I'm troubled by the timing of attention being called to this - right after there was a critical article about the duchess that hinted at the possibility of insider leaks. Coming so close, there appears to be an element of deflection.

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    3. The racist comments are vile. Absolutely no argument there!

      Julia, you read my mind. With the hoopla regarding aides leaving, I did think of deflection.

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    4. To anonymous I totally agree with you!!! I should not have posted it here and did it late at night with both blogs I was reading open. I hope Charlotte will delete this comment so it can be posted at the appropriate place. All the best

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  48. Kate and William behaved with dignity and decorum - making the event about those who it was honouring, not themselves and their relationship. I once took that as a matter of course for the royal family - that they stand for good breeding, high standards and respect - now I feel I need to comment favourably on it.

    Kate look very elegant. I've always liked this coat. The headpiece I like less well - I would have preferred the hat she wore originally with this coat.

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    1. Once again, I agree with you.

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  49. Renee from South Africa13 November 2018 at 16:17

    I jus saw a photo that was released for Prince Charles's birthday!! Prince George is sitting on his lap. Princess Charlotte is sitting next to Camila and Kate is holding Prince Louise!!!

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  50. It appears that Prince Charles was photographed with his family on the day that we saw the picture of him with Louis and Kate. A beautiful picture of Prince Charles with the Cambridge's and Sussex's has posted on instagram. Louis is adorable!! cc

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    1. Those are great pictures, both the formal and laughing ones.

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    2. Very nice photos. The children are adorable!

      Now we have a better understanding of why an updated photo of Louis was not released earlier; they wanted it to be associated with Charles' birthday.

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  51. This headband looks like a travel neck pillow! And the coat looks dated! Don’t like anything from this outfit- sorry Kate

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    1. I don't understand what you mean by dated. This is a classic silhouette and style. It's not supposed to look contemporary, fashionable or modern. This is a classic coat style that could be from any decade and will stand the test of time.

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  52. Catherine looks elegant and regal in this ensemble. Green really suits her! Thank you Charlotte for your hard work.

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