Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Duchess Kate Visits UCL Developmental Neuroscience Lab in Burgundy Paule Ka Suit

The Duchess of Cambridge made an unannounced visit to a University College London developmental Neuroscience Lab this afternoon.


Kensington Palace said: "One of the Duchess’ key areas of interest is championing the importance of providing solid social and emotional foundations for children to support their development and emotional resilience as infants, setting them on the best possible pathway for a happy and healthy adulthood. Earlier this year, Her Royal Highness set up a steering group made up of practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines, including neuroscience, mental health, nursing, perinatal care and education. This group has met several times to discuss what can be done to make a positive difference to the lives of children by focusing on their earliest stage of life, from pre-birth to infancy."


Yesterday, the Duchess held a meeting with experts involved in the 'early years' initiative. We expect to hear more details in the new year.


The Duchess was greeted by Professor Eamon McCrory, Co-Director of the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit in the Psychology & Language Sciences Division.


Professor McCrory said: "Our cutting-edge neuroscience research is shedding new light on how the brain develops in the early years. What we are learning has the potential to significantly improve the lives of children and their families. I am delighted and truly honoured that Her Royal Highness has shown such interest in our work and is supporting vital research in this area."


UCL is conducting world-leading neuroscience research into the critical importance of the early years, and developing new treatments and ways of supporting children and parents. Its work includes a focus on the early parent-infant bond and how it develops; on neural plasticity (the extraordinary ability of the brain to adapt in the early years); and how genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of conduct problems. This important work is helping to inform our understanding of early childhood development, providing new insights to radically reshape policy and practice in education and health, and to promote child well-being.


During the visit, the Duchess learned more about the Unit’s neuroscience research into how environment and biology interact to shape the way in which children develop both socially and emotionally. The unit aims to better understand the factors that contribute to healthy development, as well as those that are linked to the emergence of behavioural and emotional problems in children. Research into developmental risk and resilience has scope to inform professionals and policy makers in ways that can improve the lives of children and families.


Kate was shown the unit’s MRI Scanning Facility to learn about UCL’s groundbreaking research on how early experience shapes brain function. Kate was shown how the scanner is used to study the brain, and saw the resulting images that allow scientists to see differences in brain structure and function.


The Duchess heard from members of Professor McCrory’s neuroscience research team about how they work closely with children and families to shed new light on resilience following early adversity.


The Duchess then joined a roundtable meeting with leading researchers and students to learn about the wider ambition for developmental neuroscience.


Simon Perry reports: "Observers say the royal came fully prepared with questions about the “fascinating” research and its impact on families." Kate discussed studying psychology as part of her course at St Andrews. I'm very much looking forward to hearing more about the 'Early Years' initiative in the coming months.


The Duchess departing.


A video from the engagement.


The Duchess wore her Paule Ka burgundy suit for the outing. Kate first wore the outfit for a visit to Middle Temple in 2012 and again last year for a visit to Action for Children in Wales. It's a very chic skirt suit and the shade of burgundy is perfect for this time of year. Kate's been repeating a string of looks throughout this month.


Kate's suit comes from the designers 2011 collection. The double breasted jacket features modified peplum detailing at the waist. Below we see the design in a different colour. Paule Ka is a French ready-to-wear brand, created in 1987 by Serge Cajfinger.


It appears Kate's velvet bow is by J Crew (with thanks to Palace Avenue).


A closer look.


The Duchess wore her trusty Tod's black suede pumps.

Kate carried her black suede Mulberry Bayswater clutch.


The Duchess accessorised with her gorgeous Asprey Oak Leaf earrings. The £5,000 pair are described as "intertwined oak leaves in 18K gold and pave diamond".


And her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.


It was a 'Double Duchess' day in many ways; both ladies had unannounced engagements and wore burgundy outfits and ponytails. A number of people have commented on the possibility they coordinated given the recent spate of headlines about their relationship. It certainly does seem like more than a coincidence. They both looked splendid in the festive shade. Pop over to Mad About Meghan if interested in reading about Meghan's outing.


With apologies for the delay in publishing the full post, it has been a hectic day on this end. We'll see you on Friday for our annual Black Friday post. In the meantime, wishing all those celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving.

80 comments:

  1. Oh yay! Lovely surprise to see Kate today! And I'm soooooo freaking excited to see her deepen her knowledge in this area! She always seem to work in a pace that's quite slow and in deapth in the beginning to lay a good foundation before going in to things and I have great expectations that in the coming decade and more her focus in early intervention might have actual impact in the long run!

    Great with another repeat! A nice buissnesslike look with some cute twists. Perfect for the event! And I always love her in a ponytail!

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    1. I completely agree with you Rebecca. I really like how Kate seems to approach her projects, in a "researcher mode", slow, methodical, and building her foundation with which to build upon and connect it all together. I am so looking forward to her work in this area! Also these unannounced, under the radar visits are very pleasant surprises and only add to the behind the scenes work that Kate is doing. Lovely look and I'll echo what Julia has said in other posts, that Kate is very wise to be repeating her outfits. cc

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  2. Also, I just noticed on Twitter that she has a little bow in her hair!! I love it!! Such a cute detail without being cutsey! Right up my alley!! :)

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  3. Wow, this look is one of my favourite, always been. I'm not a fan of the shoes. Her hairstyle is great!
    A big win for me
    Federica

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  4. I love my duchess Kate always elegant and sophisticated, a pleasure to have this surprise today








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  5. Lovely to see both Kate and Meghan out on important engagements today. Both ladies look elegant in their autumn colours. (I'm not crossing the pond at the moment so will comment here briefly to say the Grenfell visit was very nice.)

    I love this colour on Kate and the shorter skirt works for an engagement like this where there isn't a lot of bending. A suit adds the professional look. A good repeat.

    I remember reading in the past - I thinking it was from the New York Times - something about the importance of resilience in genetics and how it can help a child from a disadvantaged home overcome adversity. I was very interested in that at the time and this appears to be related. Hope we can hear more about the work during this visit.

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  6. Kate and Meghan look like twins today! Love it, two beautiful ladies at important events.

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  7. I love, love this suit and I’m glad she has chosen to rewear it. Great fall color and although I’m not a fan of black stockings, it works with this outfit and shoes. She looks very professional and happy to be out and about today! A great surprise!

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  8. I’m loving all of these unannounced visits. They’re good surprises. This suit isn’t my favorite but I do like the color. And a ponytail!

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  9. Both duchesses are in burgundy with black tights supporting their favorite causes today. How wonderful! Lovely to see them out and about. Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating tomorrow and continued thoughts and prayers to those who have been made homeless through wildfires and wars.

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  10. Wow Kate and Meghan are dressed like twins today! They both look great and these are fabulous engagements.

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  11. Double dose of Duchesses today!

    Fantastic. I dislike the ribbon immensely but it’s a different spin on a ponytail so I’ll let it slide. Royal. Professional. Lovely.

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  12. YESSSSSSSSS!!! I love this suit so I'm very happy to see it again!!!!!

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  13. What fun to see both Kate and Meghan out and about today! And a Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! ☺️

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  14. Love her reapet today. She looks faboules and happy today.

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  15. Yes I love my lady,HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Beautiful lovely and amazing Cathérine

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  16. Nice repeat -- I think I would have much preferred some cute high heeled boots with this, but she looks much more her age than her usual work outfits have been lately. Happy to see her out and learning more about this!

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  17. I love this suit so much! I love her in opaque black tights - they look amazing on her!

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  18. love the look, love the topic of the visit. But so many questions... did Catherine and Meghan consult each other on their clothes for the day or was the burgundy, short skirt, black tights, ponytails, coincidence? This is almost too much fun. I want Catherine Quinn's jacket!

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    1. If it wasn't planned Id like to see some statistics on the possibility of random occurrence of 3-4 simultaneous events. I agree with Charlotte and I'll go one farther--I think they posed together for pictures outside on the steps of KP.
      Didn't a commenter say that's how the BRF dispels rumors? As close as WKH have been, I can't believe that they suddenly started a heated competition after the wedding.

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  19. I have always LOVED this fashion statement on Kate. I am so happy to see its return. As much as I love her ponytail, the hair bow at her age is a little to school girl for my taste.

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    1. Excuse me, I have been informed by my very fashion conscience daughter that the ponytail ribbon has made a come back and is very much in vogue for older ladies. I will have to come to terms with it except I will not give in to the return of the scrunchie for anyone over the age of 10 unless you are washing your face and need a hair tie. LOL

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  20. Love it! This is a great engagement. I love to see Kate going deeper and getting a wider base for her interest. I really appreciate that she is also incorporating scientific information and not just experiential knowledge into her early childhood intervention realm.

    Like the suit. Great autumn/christmassy color. Solid choice for a rewear. The bow makes it not a full rewear but an affordable tweak.

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  21. I know there are people who would like to be a princess for the jewels or the clothes or living in a palace, but me, I would love to be a princess who can just pop in to chat with a leader in their field and learn from them. This is my dream engagement.
    And Kate look smart, but fun while doing it.

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  22. Nice to see another repeat. Beautiful fall colour. Nice tailoring, slightly too short for my taste. Nothing we haven’t seen before on Kate (in terms of short hemlines). At least there wasn’t any bending and no windy conditions, so that’s alright I guess. Nice change in terms of earrings and another experiment with hair accessories. Not my favourite (but I will take it over the headbands she has recently sported).

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  23. Thanks, Charlotte. We get a double treat today, seeing both Duchesses doing engagements and wearing very similar colors. I’ve always enjoyed the suit that the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. She looks professional and youthful. I’m looking forward to reading about the results of this neuro-science research project. I know the findings will be made public, at some point. Again, THANKS Charlotte!

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  24. US Reader @16:29. Yes, thanks for reminding me: Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you who celebrate. I posted to the MAM blog already.

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  25. Yes Valerie @16:00. So thoughful of you to mention prayers for those homeless via the wild fires and war. 🙏🏽

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  26. She looks fresh, well put together

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  27. Burgundy and ponytails all around today! I love her bow. Bows and headbands (alice bands) and all sorts of hair accessories are definitely having a trendy moment!

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  28. She looks great have always liked this suit.

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    1. What exactly do you like? I feel that the jacket is extremely outdated thinking like 1983...

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    2. Me too! It looks cute, love the colour and silhouette - Kate looks perfect :)

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    3. For me I like the fact that it's not stuffy or fussy. One of my main complaints with Kate's fashion sense is that she often goes for fussiness and stuffiness in her public appearances. Her love of Erdem dresses kind of exemplifies her choices -- swallowed in yards and yards of flowery cloth. This is simple, cute, something someone working in London might wear to work.

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  29. Ok I have seen the Instagram images and my mind hasn’t changed about the suit...but love that Kate is so passionate about this topic and is diving in deep!!!

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  30. A good look from Catherine, and lovely repeat. She's on a roll with repeats at the moment. Not to be too picky, but I much prefer a softer hair style on her. It looks a little harsh, when it's scrapped back. Otherwise, she looks lovely, and always a joy to see her on own at these engagements. She certainly seems to be passionate on the subject.

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  31. I am so happy she is highlighting Early Invention. It is so important but it is an area that does not get enough funding and tends to be overlooked by the government because it isn't trendy and they can't hit 'targets' by focusing on it.

    Love everything about her look today. I love this suit and the tights, the shoes and the hairbow. I'm happy to see a ponytail at last!

    (And a little cheer we have not sighted the detested "praline" pumps lately)

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  32. Triple duchess day! Meghan, Kate, and Camilla all out in force to support their projects and patronages. Tickled with the idea of pony tails, burgundy, and black tights all around for Meghan and Kate. With the three of them, there were engagements throughout the day and each had their own time slot. What excellent coordination! Hurray for the royal duchesses!

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  33. Nice surprize and facinating working visit! Duchess Catherine looks gorgeous, professional, and sincerely involved. Love the suit color. Not crazy about the skirt, itself. Maybe it is just the photos, but,to me, the skirt and jacket seem a little mismatched. The jacket is lovely, fitted, cut well, and striking.
    The skirt, though pretty, appears to be more casual and lighter weight than the jacket. Not my favorite suit due to the skirt, but,the color is beautiful & striking on her. She is stunning in fall colors. Love the ponytail, ribbon, and her self confidence!

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  34. I don’t think my comment went through but I think this outfit looks ill fitting, so sorry everyone but I was hoping she would not repeat this one... the suit coat looks too small and the sleeves too short, probably my least favorite of all her jackets. I do like the skirt it’s fun and flirty, it needs to be paired with a cute sweater with some type of pattern and she needed to have worn somebtall boots, her legs are long and this skirt is too short to wear pumps!! Love love the bow in her hair though!!!

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  35. I love Kate's engagement as well as her look today! Hooray for surprise posts and surprise engagements! A welcome treat at the end of a busy day.
    Happy Thanksgiving to American fellow-readers! 🌼

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  36. Royal 👑 Watcher21 November 2018 at 22:05

    Love the repeat! Kate looks chic and the engagement is great! Twins Kate and Meghan are doing so well!

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  37. What a lovely surprise sighting! She's always so delighted to meet people and spread cheer and inform people about good causes.
    About the outfit. It's just too small. She is so thin she fits the width but the length of both the jacket and skirt don't fit her length. You can tell the jacket waist is a few inches above her natural waist and that's why skirt is so short too. Too short in my opinion. But that is just my opinion. Some like it. She does look cute no matter what and I think her smile and cheerful attitude is what is noticed and appreciated most.

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  38. I always enjoy seeing unannounced engagements from you Charlotte!! It literally brightens up my day! To see the Duchess always places a smile on my face! As always she looks incredible. As for the touch of ribbon in her hair, I thought it adorable. Her smile literally can light up a room.

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  39. I like the Duchess of Cambridge repeats too. Hoping she wears the velvet Dulwich coat again. :) Doesn't she save time by wearing repeats, and not having to work with designers? Her time is so precious with three young children. Thanks Charlotte for the website! Parthenia

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  40. I think the skirt should be a bit longer.

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  41. Love her cause!!! She looks great in a repeat. Man she really is shopping her closet since her return!!! Good on her.
    I just like seeing her. Ever since the royal wedding following her has been a fun distraction . I can’t even really explain why i like following her but I just do!!!

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  42. I love seeing the duchess Cambridge she looks great hmm surprise enagement hmm what delight to see both duchess giving special Heart the. Both know their special in. Their elements

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  43. While I like only the jacket of this burgundy outfit on the DOC, burgundy is without a doubt a color that makes her look more vibrant. I did like the bow, hair, earrings, shoes, purse/clutch, and its great to see her overall and relaxed.

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  44. The suit looks dated, and the skirt better suited to a teenager, not that Kate doesn’t have fabulous legs. I thought of the 1990s film “ Clueless”. She looks terribly excited to be there, and I feel sure they are glad of her enthusiasm and commitment.

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  45. A great look on her. Love the colour and the cut of the suit: it looks professional & flattering. The short skirt & ponytail gives her a youthful look. I wonder why she chooses those shoes, though? Comfort? She wore them quite a bit during pregnancy, not too elegant. Still, I'm being 'picky'. The velvet bow is a nice new touch, and the earrings really suit her and give colour.

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  46. I'm looking at pictures from another site also & notice how expressive she is with her facial expressions & hands. She has grown so much in her comfort level meeting people & with ALL those cameras around. Most of us wouldn't be. You can really see how genuinely caring she is. Thanks for the post, Charlotte!

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  47. I agree.
    But I do love the black turtleneck and tights. The bow is a nice feminine touch. And those earrings - so beautiful!!

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  48. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    :)

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  49. First pic: Where is her engagement ring?

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    1. Ring spin around back sometimes, especially when there is a large stone, surely the front of the ring just spun toward the back of her hand.

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    2. It’s there. The stone has just turned to be underneath her finger instead of on top. I think the ring is too big and it rolls frequently, that’s why we often see pics of her pushing it back into place with her thumb.

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    3. It has just turned around her finger so the sapphire is facing inwards. If you zoom in you can see the band.
      Her ring does that often. Either it has never been perfectly sized for her or the design does not fit the dimensions of her finger. Or she is one of those people whose fingers change size during the day.

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  50. She looks fresh, young and beautiful, nice repeat! Wonderful to see her out again :)

    Silvia

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  51. Hmm, I wonder exactly how Kate is going to go forward with this initiative without influencing public policy? Having done a degree in psychology, there is already quite a lot of research present on the bio-psycho-social model in terms of mental health and childhood development. There is already a consensus in the present academic literature that there is an interplay of genetics and the environment in play when it comes to childhood development. Genetics are not something that can be changed (we are born with it - unless you want to venture into the area of genetic editing (CRISPR/CAS gives me a headache) - which is already controversial within the field of science). The only variable that we can actually influence is the environment, but not all children are born in the same circumstances - some will be born in affluent families, some in poor income families, some with dysfunctional families, etc. Environments that are known to negatively influence childhood development - such as living in inadequate housing conditions, or living in poverty, and so on (I could go on) are due to the presence of usually poor social policies that fail to address these issues within society. I am interested to see exactly what direction Kate is going to take with this because a lot of these issues are best addressed on the political stage and resolved through the formation of good public social policy. I am not trying to be negative here, but I am just unsure how she plans on going forward without interfering in politics. Perhaps she may set up different charities or organizations to address these underlying causes, but the direction so far seems very unclear. That being said I am looking forward to seeing the progress on this project and what her plans exactly are for the future for this initiative.

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    1. Good points! Although, same could be said about their mental health focus and Williams homeless focus etc. All charities in the UK (I'm pretty sure) have to be non-partsian just like the royals so that in itself lines up with what the royals are doing. And by her bringing the topic to the forefront people will get more involved in it and she might indirectly affect funding. Their role can also help with spreading agreed upon science to the masses which are generally slower and not as read up on all the newest ideas in things. She will most likely also get involved in initiatives that teaches this kind of thing to people who need it and give support in these areas. It ties well together with many of her prior visits and causes. But I agree that it will be interesting to see how this will develop :)

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    2. Two thoughts Anon 07:00-Charles has been attempting to influence in the political sphere in aid of his projects for years. He recently tacitly admitted this and implied that he would continue to do so until he becomes the monarch. I imagine that, since William and Catherine are even farther down the line, political contacts will be tolerated in pursuing Catherine's project as well. Ends--means.

      The direction of the plan may seem unclear because it has yet to be formally announced. It was projected to be rolled out "the first of the year." People said the same about Heads Together. It is clear now that there was a well-organized, detailed set of objectives, specific goals, and means of accomplishing them. One must be patient. As you have indicated, this seems like an extremely ambitious project-especially for a royal. It likely involves multiple organizations and institutions and leaders from every area of influence.

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    3. The royals have always “interfered” in politics. I think this has gotten a bit misunderstood. The queen herself does not and should not vote. But there’s no actual legal restriction on any of the rest of them. I think many of the senior royals choose not to vote but I do believe there is more of a gray area here than people seem to think. Anytime any Royal family member speaks about anything it’s going to have influence. When the Queen visits victims of the Grenfell fire disaster it’s going to keep the story in the news and the debate continuing about the safety of public housing. The same applies here. It’s not the same thing as endorsing a specific political candidate or campaign.

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    4. The royal family generally tries to avoid partisan political issues - for the obvious reason that they are intended to represent all the people in the nation and to take a stance on a partisan issue would be divisive - the very thing that should be avoided.

      Charles has been thought to push this the furthest with his black spider memos - his current statement I believe was less to suggest he is going to continue to do so until he becomes king and more to reassure a jittery nation that he will stand back - because many doubts had been raised. But he has been able to start organisations such as The Prince's Trust which deal with poverty and youth employment without most people feeling he was overly involved with politics - it was his communications with members of parliament that caused the concern - although it turned out the memos were a bit anticlimactic.

      The further the members are from the throne - such as Kate - I believe the most efforts will be made to avoid controversial issues. William was heavily criticsed for his foreign office speech where he seemed to be involving himself with the EU referendum. There are always efforts to see what some royal's view is on the issues of the day - right down to the presence and absence of flowers on the queen's hat. (Which can get quite silly.)

      A visit such as Kate made is standard - clearly any issue can be a political one - visit a hospital, an animal charity, a care home and there may be political issues behind it but the royal won't be directly involved and the most political active charities are likely to be avoided - Greenpeace may quote Prince Charles but he isn't likely to become a patron. (I'd love to hear a royal view on PETA and the Wool issue but don't think it's likely - worth remembering the name Wool has nothing to do with wool.) There are some fairly safe assumptions to make about royals - support for countryside issues being one of them.

      It's possible the steering group could be more of an issue if it led directly to seeking government action. The biggest complaint I've heard though is that bringing together groups such as here isn't really accomplishing anything that wouldn't otherwise be happening - I won't go so far to say it is a vanity project or one trying to give a deeper purpose to being a royal - but there was unease amongst charities for instance when William stated in a speech that some of them should be combined and a sense he didn't fully individual goals. So it's always a delicate area and there's always a threat of a royal being accused of hypocrisy - whether it's a look at Charles' flights, or hunting or feminism. But there's little issue with Kate and this visit.

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    5. Overtly taking on a politicalized issue and quietly seeking support and influence from political officers for an endeavor are not the same. I agree that Kate's choosing not to fall in with the black clothing wearers to the theater event was a wise choice. There are sometimes many transient movements behind a particular issue (equality for women, for example) One must pick and chose which movements have lasting benefit in support of an issue and resist any impulse to simply go with the flow, popular and PR ready though it may be in the moment. Kate shows commitment to that cause by continually supporting a number of organizations involved in female, family, and child concerns.


      Vanity project? The very fact that there are few publicity shots featuring Kate at work on the project is one indication that should dispel that thought. This current visit has to be only one of a number of meetings, emails, research efforts she has made in building this project. It was meant to introduce the concept of genetic factors in outcomes. Stepping stones leading to the inauguration of the initiative.

      Deeper purpose of being a royal...deeper than what? Deeper than making appearances and just walking around a facility ---in short, just showing up and being photographed? Let's face it. A very large part of being a royal is just "showing up." This has been the custom over centuries. I think the Maundy Thursday distribution of coins is a case in point.

      Now it is just a symbolic gesture of royal concern for the poor but primarily the continuation of a tradition. Most royal efforts have in the past been symbolic. The idea of Princess Margaret Rose sitting at a table with children amongst glitter and glue or sitting on the ground as Kate did in a slum in India...not done then, as far as I know. Unveiling a plaque at a nursery school--yes. Dressed in hat and gloves. I think Charles got a rude awakening to the fact that things have changed. He appeared in a flooded area dressed in Saville Row to show his concern. He looked on and expressed his concern. There was a loud back-lash. As I remember, Harry and William followed that up by appearing in casual clothing and taking a part in assisting in a relief effort. (I may have my time-line skewed)

      The publicized and now iconic appearance of the monarch and his wife in bombed-out London was his model for proper royal, symbolic concern . I don't think anyone then expected Queen Elizabeth would shrug off her furs and dig into piles of rubbish that used to be homes and businesses. What it did was bolster the morale of a devastated city and country. They merely showed up. That was enough then. No need to join the fire brigade. Their older daughter, on the other hand, was photographed working on a jeep. The very wise future Queen realized that symbolic involvement was not enough.

      Symbolic behavior no longer satisfies the public and/or media. One must literally get one's hands dirty, so to speak. One must dig in the garden, go amongst the crowds, actually hugging them. One must laugh and joke with them. A royal does this now and then goes home to a palace. So I do understand their need to walk a balance between the common touch and royal splendor to avoid calls of hypocrisy.
      That much I do agree with.

      But I strongly disagree with the suggestion that Kate could be undertaking this initiative as a "vanity project." I don't understand how one could even suggest that. Her steady direction and progressive involvement in children's issues over the years as well as her commitment to her own family is proof that she is sincerely involved in the well-being of children. She practices what she preaches.

      Not accomplishing anything that is not otherwise happening...I believe the involvement of respected leaders in their fields as well as high caliber persons such as Catherine Quinn would indicate there is a need beyond what is already happening. They would not chance being made fools of professionally being involved in a useless "vanity project."

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  52. Beautiful topic of meeting and also I'm waiting to hear more how Duchess Kate develops projects with experts.
    Her outfit fits to autumun.But she didn't wear it for meeting with Action on Addiction but for Action for Children:)
    http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2017/02/first-look-kate-repeats-paule-ka-suit.html

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  53. I love that she is finally repeating more outfits. God knows she got enough (well deserved) backlash over the years for spending thousands on never to be seen clothes. Comparing the three times she wore the outfit I will repeat myself and say that her hair colouring ages her a lot in my eyes. Of course we all get older but the lighter hair doesn’t go well with her skin tone in my opinion. While I like her with a ponytail this one looks quite boring in combination with the outfit. The earrings are just the last drop to make her look more like 50 than her real age.
    I feel like the BRF is in a big PR operation with working on Charles public perception, the harmonious family photos, bringing out the two Duchesses and Kate’s increase of repeats. Wonder if that is a lead up to Charles taking in even more crown duties- maybe even being made prince regent at one point?
    C.

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  54. I love the repeats even though I am not a fan of today's outfit. I actually think she is doing it on purpose. There has been so much comparison between her and Meghan lately that I think she wears the repeats to show how little she cares or wants to participate in any rat race! Bravo Kate!

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  55. Things are very uncertain now, actually scary, and royals need to be in tune with the nation's mood - it's not a time to be debuting a lot of new clothes. (Should there be an election and a Labour government is formed, it will be quite scary for the royals too as the leader is openly republican although he has said in the past he won't press for abolishing the monarchy if the country doesn't wish it. That doesn't mean there wouldn't be changes though.)

    I think capturing this mood is Kate's main motivation and as much as I love to see new clothes I agree. There are ways of making older clothes fresh though. I tend to agree the little skirt of this outfit is girlish (the more so paired with a hair bow.) The colour is wonderful on Kate and I would have loved to see the jacket and black top paired with a black pencil skirt or a pair of black trousers - how smart would that be! Those are pieces most of us have in our wardrobes so it wouldn't create a fuss about new but would just freshen the look.

    For what it's worth - this is Julia's look - a black pencil skirt and black wool trousers worn with different blazers and tops - wonderful for travel. Diana also did the same though. Kate freshened her outfits quite often before she was married - wearing different combinations - but more often now she seems to just change accessories.

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    1. I was just reading about how often Princess Mary of Denmark wears tweed jackets and black slacks. Always looks good. I liked Kate's swingy skirt but black slacks/trousers would be nice too. Somehow (and I could be wrong) I can't see Kate in a pencil skirt.
      Times are scary in many countries.

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    2. Julia- I do not think that we should let fear be out guide-post. The royals have weathered labour governments before and will rally through it again; we British are nothing but resilient traditionalists; no made how liberal or conservative the government might be, having a dignified head-of-state is always a boon in the eyes of the world!

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    3. I wonder whether part of Kate’s reason for her current frequent repeats is that Meghan needs new everything. Her current clothing costs are considerable. Kate can lighten the overall budget by ‘shopping in her closet.’ She has needed a couple of new evening gowns, but her day wear is already chosen. And perhaps it is fun to rewear things. That said, this suit seems a bit dated. The skirt has always been too short. But Kate accessorized it well and created a new look for it. It will be interesting to see what other outfits reappear.

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  56. Wow! How many of us can wear an outfit AFTER three babies that we wore BEFORE? 😉

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    1. I can were all of them, before the 3 babies. Also clothes from when I was 15. Its not such a great thing though. Once skinny, always skinny. Thats how it works when its natural ;)

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  57. I am seeing a VERY confident woman here and am very pleased for the DoC to finally come into her own. Perhaps having some pressure off because she has a friend in the DoS , or because she she has as they put it in The Crown “finished her family”, or she at last , has control to make her role her own, it great to see! For the fashion comment : wish the skirt was longer. Love the earrings and the fashionable ponytail. Women of all ages wear them in the US . Lower down toward the nape if you are over 55, but yes with a small bow or shiny clip.

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  58. William and Catherine away day in Leicester November 28. Multiple sites--all in recognition of the helicopter crash victims and the Football Association projects that were supported by a major donor who lost his life in the crash.

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  59. Silvia from Tuscany22 November 2018 at 18:32

    I'm always happy when I find a post that I don't expect! Lovely surprise. The event is very important and I love Kate's range of interests. As for her look, I think it so young and nice. I love her ponytail and the colour of her ensamble. And I love that both ladies have chosen similar dresses and hair style to support causes they care for.

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  60. im not a fan of this hairstsyle or outfit but always nice to see kate!

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  61. Love it! She has got marvellous legs!

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