Sunday, 11 November 2018

The Duchess Joins the Queen for Remembrance Sunday Service

The Royal family gathered at the Cenotaph for this morning's Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in London.


This year, the Duchess joined Her Majesty and the Duchess of Cornwall on the balcony of the Foreign Office in Whitehall.


In previous years we've seen Kate with Camilla and Sophie. The scene marked the end of an era with the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh and the beginning of a new chapter as the Queen was joined by two future queen consorts for the poignant event.


As the clock struck eleven, a two-minute silence was observed. The silence represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, when the guns of Europe fell silent. The time is marked by the firing of a field gun on Horse Guards Parade.


In another sign of changing times for the monarchy, Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of his mother for the second consecutive year. An equerry laid a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh. Ahead of the ceremony, the Prince of Wales said: “We owe that enormous debt of gratitude to those who gave literally everything for our tomorrow. We don’t have enough moments of silence to reflect. It’s the greatest tribute you can pay.”


William and Harry lay their wreaths.


Prince William wore his RAF Uniform.


The Argus reports: "The President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, also laid a wreath on behalf of the German people. It is the first time since the Cenotaph was inaugurated in 1920 that a representative of the country has taken part in the UK’s national service of remembrance. President Steinmeier’s presence was a symbol of the friendship that exists between the two countries today, a representative of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said."


The Duchess of Sussex joined Germany's first lady Elke Büdenbender on an adjacent balcony.


This year is particularly poignant marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.


On the 'eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month' in 1918 the Armistice was signed.


“The greatest day in the world's history. The armistice was signed at 5. a.m. & fighting ceased at 11… & at 11. we went on to the balcony” – Queen Mary writes in her diary on 11 November 1918. The flag below was waved by Queen Mary on Armistice Day.


The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall is a unique expression of homage devoted to the memory of those who have given their lives in war. It was originally conceived as a commemoration of the First World War's dead by King George V in 1919, but after the Second World War the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the dead of both wars. Remembrance Day or Memorial Day is observed in Commonwealth countries.


An overview from the Cenotaph.


Beginning from Horse Guards Parade, today’s March past the Cenotaph was led by the Royal British Legion.


The march is an annual event for British and Commonwealth former military and civilian service personnel to honour the fallen of the British Armed Forces involved in the two World Wars and all conflicts since.



The Argus reports:

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “To be at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is a privilege and provides us with the opportunity for reflection along with millions of people in countries that continue to be strong allies.
“The First World War touched communities across the globe and I commend all those who have helped us remember the First World War generation.
“We will never forget them or the sacrifice of thousands of British and Commonwealth troops who have given their lives in other conflicts.”
Among the thousands paying their respects was Lieutenant Commander Sarah Bligh of the Royal Navy. She said it was her grandmother’s stories of the war that inspired her to join the forces. “The thought of it being 100 years is really poignant. I’ve got a photograph of my great grandfather taken 100 years ago to celebrate them all coming back from the war,” she said. “It’s incredible to be here 100 years on.”

It is the eighth consecutive year Kate has attended Remembrance Day ceremonies.


The Duchess wore a McQueen military-inspired, bespoke coat with a white collar and red epaulettes. Michelle from Perth Fashion correctly suggested the piece is a custom version of the Military Lace Insert Jacket. It is described: "This fine design nods to the signature military trend seen for many seasons on the runways of Alexander McQueen shows. The virgin wool composition of this cropped jacket forms a comfortably tailored fit, featuring metallic button fastenings." It also features element of the brand's black Military Jacket.


Michelle also suggests Kate's hat is the £795 Lock & Co Abney style.


A closer look at the hat and Kate's updo.


Kate accessorised with the Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs she wore to Louis' christening.
The £4,360 pair are described as "set with seven pearls set with diamonds (0.3cts). Inspired by the clusters of young flower stalks of the cauliflower (cavolfiore) in the market. From the Journey to Sicily".
Kate wore her Women of the First World War brooch.

And three poppies.


Last month, Kate visited the Imperial War Museum to learn more about the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War. It's likely the three poppies are in memory of Francis, Maurice and Lionel Lupton who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.


Lest we forget.


This evening at 6pm, William and Kate will join the Queen and other royals for a service to mark the Centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey. The service will be televised on BBC One.

121 comments:

  1. Wow! What a dignified look for Kate!

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  2. It is interesting look (and will probably be divisive) but somehow it works.

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    1. I agree, the military styling is perfect for this event, without appearing too ‘costumey.’

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  3. As always, this is such an important and solemn event done very well by the british royals! And it also feels silly to comment on fashion but I'm going to anyways!

    Kate's look is so military! How perfect for this event! I like how it is not solid black but still manages to come off as totally respectful! She really looks like a future queen! Nice to see these earrings again! I liked them quite a bit at the christening!

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    1. I totally agree, Rebecca. Her look is elegant and dignified. Two future consorts together with the Queen. I think at moments like this one the weight of her future role must be almost tangible for Kate. This year, somehow, Kate seems to have come to the stage when she is ready for her role. As many commenters have said, she seems more confident after Prince Louis' birth and more in agreement with herself.

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    2. Well said Zora from Prague.

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    3. I completely agree Rebecca & Zora! You both said it so well!! :) xx

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  4. Could I just ask why is the queen wearing 5 poppies where as Kate's wearing 4? Thanks

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    1. My guess is it represents loved ones who served.

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    2. The royal ladies where poppies in honnour of Rembrandt. The Queen wears the most poppies because she is the most senior royal; the top three ladies wear the most poppies so that they will be visible and more identifiable.

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    3. I think it's probably the number of children plus one for the 'unnamed soldier?' Just a guess...

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    4. From what I read, no one really knows why. Several theories out there, though.

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  5. So military chic, so modern..I’m in love with this outfit. It really marks a change from the past years!
    Our Duchess has done some great fashion choices lately, it’s like she has “grown up” and I love it.

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    1. Totally agree. This look is a wow from me. Modern, fashion-forward and bold but still appropriate for the occasion. A welcome change from her usual coay dresses. The braided updo is a beautiful touch as well.

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    2. I so agree and so appropriate. She is growing into her future role as queen. And what a resplendent and dignified queen she is going to make! So agree with others the importance of this commemoration, and none do it better than the British. Thank you for this post.

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    3. One more thing. Just love her hairdo for this occasion. Notice braiding back. Very elegant and appropriate.

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    4. Kate is strikingly elegant! She looks every bit the Future Queen Consort!! Breathtaking! :) xx

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  6. I find her look over the top sorry.

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    1. Over the top??!! Hardly

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    2. So sorry you find it over the top. I find it edgy and very much in line with her RAF patronage.

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    3. I don't think there's much that's over the top for royal ladies, as long as everything is appropriate. By the nature of the job, they usually dress more elegantly and put in more effort than regular people would. It's kind of expected.

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    4. Anonymous & Wecy, sarcastic remarks directed at Annett’s comment aren’t necessary. This is meant to be a blog about fashion (though Charlotte has made it so much more, thank you), so Annett has a right to her opinion about the Duchess’ choices.Snarky responses such as “Hardly” and “So sorry...” take away from our kind, enjoyable community.

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    5. Putting it into perspective, Kate's military suit is very understated when compared to Diana's cream and gold military suit which was more costumey. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/AS4IUcWSq7F4N2wA5vJ0VK03YU2-JCEwNSYR0XAfpZ778cTDmsQUDx8/

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    6. Filbertsheep, how on earth are the two comments you referenced "snarky"? I don't see it. However, defining them as such is exactly that, no?

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  7. She is simply future queen.Pure perfection.

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  8. Kate looks most elegant. A beautiful coat. All the ladies look very nice. It's a most moving ceremony as always - the more so because the generation that fought - my father's generation - is disappearing.

    I thought Kate was wearing three poppies - possibly because of her three relatives who were lost - but there are four if you count the brooch. Don't know the reason for the number of the queen's poppies - perhaps Charlotte or someone else does.

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    1. I think the women of WWI brooch could represent her Great Grandmother who also served as a nurse (if memory serves).

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    2. That sounds good Anon, I'll take that thought. Very moving ceremony - and good to have the German president attend - we have close German friends who will be pleased to see him there - we all extend the hand of peace.

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    3. Five poppies for thé five military corps.

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  9. @Elizabeth my guess would be it represents loved ones who have served.

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  10. I love the regal. Look of the duchess catherine i love how regal and solemn event these queen lookds regal too

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  11. I love this look because it's stylish and bolder than her usual look. Kate looks sad and tired. I hope everyone in the family is well.

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  12. I Love this outfit! I love the nod to the military in it's styling and that bit of red trimming and the poppies is lovely. The contrast of the white collar sets the look off nicely. She looks tired today though, maybe just because it was a late night after the Royal Festival of Remembrance. I can't imagine what time she must have to get up to get hair, make-up, wardrobe done in time for an early start.

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  13. I've always knew Kate had everything to be a perfect queen, but idk why, in this outfit, I can actually SEE her as a Queen. Her posture, her look, everything is so royally elegant. I got a glimpse of future Queen Catherine today and I'm not disappointed.

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    1. I totally agree with you. She is studying as a future Queen.

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    2. I agree with you Larissa. You said word for word what I too was thinking. We've had a glimpse of late, at what to expect from Catherine, and like you I'm not disappointed.

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    3. I completely agree Larissa. That was my reaction when I saw the photo!!

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    4. Jessica in los angeles11 November 2018 at 15:10

      I came down to the comments to say the same thing. Something about this look just says “future queen”. William is lucky to have found her.

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    5. I agree too! She has grow on her role so much, she is just wonderful today.

      Silvia

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    6. Yes! She is magnificent!

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    7. Larissa, I'm right there with you!! Effortlessly regal to the core!! :) xx

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    8. Well said, Larissa. She's regal from head to toe. :-)

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    9. I couldn’t agree more Larissa! There is a new, but still warm confidence about her, that is distinctly hers. We hardly ever see Catherine Quinn, but I’ve wondered sometimes if her discreet support has not been crucial to this lovely development in Kate’s assurance as she grows into her role as our future queen. I realize that I haven’t expressed this very well, and I hope nobody takes this to mean that I see CQ as a manipulative person at all, but Kate is intelligent as well as beautiful, and to have someone like CQ at her back may very well be regarded by her as a gift! This is not meant to detract anything at all from Rebecca Deacon, who did a wonderful job as Kate’ personal assistant (it’s too bad she couldn’t have stayed on!).

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  14. I just gotta say; the Queen is amazing! Must make the Brits feel proud to be British. I saw a glimpse of Kate’s updo & it is beautiful. What a very sombre occasion...the laying of the wreaths is always moving for me. It is sad to think that the generation that experienced WWI have died off & WWII veterans are almost gone, too. I hope we never forget the sacrifices those who fought & died made.

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    1. Well said Kiwi Gal!

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    2. Kiwi, I love The Queen!!! I also love the wonderful smile Kate is giving her! You can see her immense fondness for her Grandmother in law & Monarch!! :) xx

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  15. On such a solemn occasion, I feel a little silly commenting on her outfit, but I’ll give it a go...I am liking this coat - a nice departure from her usual style - but that hat, not so much.

    Most importantly, she represents her family, the BRF and her country with grace and dignity.

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  16. I love the beautiful tailoring of this outfit.

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  17. Kate's coat reminds me of a nurses uniform but I think it looks great. Very elegant and is a perfect look for today.

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  18. She's looking more like a Queen everyday!!

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  19. Eep not a fan of this look. I find the neckline too severe and the military style makes it look somewhat like a costume. The focus is of course not on fashion but in terms of whether I like this coat ... not a fan. And the dreaded low chignon is back.

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    1. I’m not a huge fan either, but this has interesting braided detail. I think with her hats her updos are always going to be low, I wish with formal wear/tiaras she would branch out more. Or make it look more like a bun with a hat. But I think there have been some small improvements,

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  20. Duchess Kate is truly engaged in this most solemn occasion. She represents her place in the Royal family with grace. Her outfit is most appropriate very much in keeping with tradition.

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  21. Pure charm and elegance. RESPECT!
    XOXOXOXOXo

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  22. She looks every bit the future Queen. She nailed it and looks fantastic.
    Sharon—USA

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  23. The Duchess of Cambridge looks lovely and appropriately dressed for the occasion. Thanks, Charlotte. After church services, I will check back to read the full post.

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  24. Stunning look for Kate. Senior royals need to dress in a way that stands out. They shouldn't dress like lawyers or accountants. This outfit highlights her natural beauty and has some interesting elements. There is some nice coordination with the three senior royal ladies. This is a strong statement about Kate's future role.

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  25. Love her updo and her whole look, well except for the cauliflower earrings, they’re a bit much. I guess she figured out just last year that she lost three relatives in the First World War? That is interesting to me that she wouldn’t have known that before. She looks so beautiful.

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    1. Just speculation ... there is a very outdated royal "tradition" in that when someone marries into royalty they are supposed to forget their family and completely immerse themselves in the royal family. Goes back to the days when princesses were sent off to another country and told by their parents that they'd never see them again. Marie Antoinette was only 15 when she was sent off to France. She spoke no French, her husband Louis was as much of a kid as she was.

      Thankfully this "tradition" is gone. No one expects Kate to cut off all contact with her family. But my guess is that she's now senior enough in the royal family that she feels comfortable honoring her own family in these sorts of ceremonial occasions. All positive changes IMO that HM has made to the RF in her lifetime.

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    2. That updo is great. I especially love the braid detail!

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    3. Why you said that ? That's the fourth consecutive year that she wears three poppies(the first family casualty of the war was in 1915 ans she began wearing the three poppies in 2015) and in 2011 she wore two I guess for her Middleton grand-parents who served both in the second WW.

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    4. Caroline in Montana12 November 2018 at 18:26

      just because we just found out about it last year does not mean she didn't know, I think she well knew that she lost relatives in the first world war, and I think its great that the BRF is highlighting that in a relatable way for the current generations and I agree with ivy lin that this is a great change in the BRF that these brides do not have to forsake their families anymore!!

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  26. Love the coat! Looks kind of Mary Poppins-esque...

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  27. Royal 👑 Watcher11 November 2018 at 14:15

    Kate is Queen Catherine to be. I absolutely adore her look today, it’s the most elegant I have ever seen her. This time of year is so very special, and my thoughts are with the fallen. Lest we forget.

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    1. RW, I love that.... "Queen Catherine to be"!! :) xx

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    2. Royal 👑 Watcher12 November 2018 at 01:44

      Thank you Becca!

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  28. Fashion-wise, it seems too busy to me. The buttons and collar and earrings and brooch. But it's the ceremony that counts. Hard to imagine it without the Queen. Sigh---I feel like there will be queens but only one Queen.

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  29. Wow!!!!! Wow!! Best look to date!! Obsessed with this jacket and hair. Kate has really been exuding serious confidence lately and I love it. She seems to settle in and know who she is! Love it. Charlotte thanks as always for your coverage!

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  30. Such a moving remembrance.

    Catherine looks regal and lovely.

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  31. Last night and today, the Duchess is looking incredibly regal. You can almost see how she is moving towards her future position. Her "new" aura even comes through in photographs. Love the coat, hat and updo.

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  32. What a moving ceremony, this and last night's Festival of Remembrance, which was beautifully and sensitively produced, has really been extremely poignant I think more than many others. Thank you Charlotte, for the usual high standard of your coverage!

    With the unfortunate absence of the DoE this year it feels, to me, like there's a shift in positioning of the family, the Monarch and the future Queen Consorts all aligned in that window was a powerful reminder of the destiny of Catherine. She's always had a dignified elegance but she looks so regal today.

    I would agree as many others, since her return to duty, she seems more confident and seems to be dressing more with an 'edge' ( sorry my fashion language is'nt right and I maybe reading too much into this though, but I think her choices in style have been faultless and more fashion forward?) Even the hair today although is swept up in her classic up-do - she's introduced some interesting plait detail.

    Even to see her singing so confidently was lovely. Look forward to seeing them all tonight at the Abbey.

    Charlotte - I've always wondered - do they all have lunch together with some of the dignitaries now or do they all go off their separate ways until meeting up later?


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  33. Last night and today, the Duchess is looking incredibly regal. You can almost see how she is moving towards her future position. Her "new" aura even comes through in photographs. Love the coat, hat and updo.

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  34. The Queen, flanked by two future queens consort, depicts the future while commemorating the past. She sat between the two future kings last night. It is poignant but somehow cheering to see her surrounded by her heirs.

    Kate looked very beautiful at the Remembrance event. I am a bit less impressed today, though I like the military cut of her coat and her beautiful braided chignon. I don’t understand McQueen not setting a collar in properly; it should have been black. The hat makes Kate tower even more over the Queen. But she is regal and wonderfully sober and dignified.

    I suspect the Queen’s poppies represent the service of her father, her husband, and her three sons. And she herself is a WWII veteran.

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    1. Later I noticed that the Queen wore her poppies with the “waterfall” brooch, which depicts water streaming out of a shell. Possibly she selected that brooch as a reference to the Navy, in which her father, her husband, one or two of her sons, and her son in law served.

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    2. I agree would have liked the collar better if dark (or no collar!), I feel the white is distracting. Love the braided chignon just to remind you all she had that braid detail in the 2012 Olympic gala she wore the teal JP dress to originally, I know it’s the photo I googled for my hairstylist to copy.

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  35. Have you heard that Will&Kate will miss Prince Charles's brithday party?

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    1. They have an away day, but I don’t see that preventing them from attending the party the evening. I would be VERY surprised not to see them there. (That is of course if we see anybody) I have a feeling the headlines were trying to benefit from the consistent rumours that William and Charles are not very close.

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    2. If Camilla can miss a royal wedding of her husband's niece because of an event in Scotland I suppose W&K can miss yet another Charles birthday party for an away day full of engagements. Interesting scheduling, as this party has been over a year in planning. I am sure save the date cards were sent. ;)

      However, I, too, would be extremely surprised if they missed it completely.

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    3. It's a misleading headline. They are missing his birthday as in most of the day while they're away in Yorkshire but not the actual birthday celebrations in the evening.

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  36. Since ending her maternity leave in my opinion Kate has pushed her fashion statements into a new direction. I say this as a very positive note. She is now looking very much the role she is to play moving into the future. Gone at least for now and I hope permanently are the repetitive A line dresses and coats that have become the norm in Kates dressing except for color or pattern change. Her new found edge in fashion has created a very charming confidence photographically to my eye. I do however know that it is not just fashion that creates this look. She has grown and matured over years now in leading to the role. It is not an overnight process for anyone regardless of personality and desire to represent an institution. In dressing for the occasion as we all attempt to do she has hit the mark since her return to public life.

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    1. It's as if her return to public life was her stepping into her future role with both feet. An emergence into her new phase in life! Queen Catherine to be! :) xx

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  37. Beautiful Kate - a queen in the making. She is lovely

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  38. I love the three poppies that probably represent her great grandmothers three brothers who lost their lives in WWI. What a great tribute!! Kate's look today is nothing short of perfection!! I love the touch of red on the coat and her hair is AMAZING!!

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  39. Tammy from California11 November 2018 at 16:14

    We do nothing like this for military here in the US. Breaks my heart.

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    1. Hi Tammy from Calif.: actually, we do, though not broadcast nationally. Every year there is a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and today there is a rather large parade going down Fifth Avenue in New York City, among others all over the nation. In California there are parades in San Francisco, San Diego, and a celebration/event at the Ronald Reagan Library that's free to the public. You can see events every year on www.military.com for the U.S.A.

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    2. Tammy, I was shocked when I scanned through the channels & did not find any stations featuring coverage or documentaries about WWI & the Armistice Day Centenary?? The History Channel didn't even have a marathon of Historical War Coverage?? Plus TCM was playing a weird assortment of movies with only 1 or 2 having a military story! I know Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is running a mini marathon of military themed Holiday Movies..... that's as much as I could find??? So disappointing! :( #LestWeForget

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    3. I was just going to post a comment on this. In the US, we do have a federal holiday, Veteran’s Day, and there are several large parades. However, the US does not honor the military sacrifices like Britain does. Many people take the day off and do nothing to honor those who lost their lives. There is nothing like the Poppy Appeal where the entire country comes together to remember by wearing a poppy. I lived in Scotland in 2013 and every village had a remembrance ceremony at the local cenotaph. It is sad there is no countrywide remembrance.

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    4. Caroline in Montana12 November 2018 at 18:33

      I am involved in my local American Legion Post Women's Auxiliary and they do the Poppy Appeal every year (as do all posts) and have a dinner for the veterans at the hall and everything. I also saw a lot of shows on the war over the weekend, but as I am interested in history I watch them quite frequently. I do wish it was a bigger thing in the US, televising the Arlington ceremony should be required, its a moving place to be -As an eighth grader I went on a trip and got to place a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier and that is a highlight of my young life for sure, has stayed with me and impacted my life for sure. I find that folks no longer join things as the American Legions, sad that they let these traditions go, maybe if more folks joined the movement would swell and become great again.

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  40. I am really missing the DoE at the ceremony today. But having said that I am glad that we got the photo of the current and future queens together. It is such a historical photo on such a historical day.
    And it is a subtle way of saying things are changing but they are also staying the same.

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  41. Nicole from France11 November 2018 at 16:37

    The photo of’ the three women, the Queen Camilla and Catherine , reminds me very much of a photo of the day of the Queen’s father funerals, three women were to be seen behind a window , Queen Mary’s, Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother, and Young Queen Elizabeth II .... she then was at the beginning of her life ans supported by two persons so dear to he rhaert , she now is in the autumn of her life , still on duty , and supported by two person who learn from her .... quite impressive and emotional .

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    1. A very good point, Nicole!

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    2. Beautifully stated Nicole....a very symbolic moment. Very moving, impressive, and emotional on many levels. cc

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    3. Wow, Nicole, I would love to see both pictures side by side. I learn so much in the comments section!

      I agree with everyone who's said Kate has come back into her role so much more confident and regal since the birth of Prince Louis.

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  42. Such a solemn and moving ceremony.
    Kate is really becoming more and more regal. I can definitely see the senior royal in her now. I like the coat and I actually saw the hat before online and thought it would be good for a Remembrance service. Not totally on board with the hair, but at least the braid is something new to the dull chignon.

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  43. Kate looks gorgeous. Love the hat.

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  44. The Duchess looks beautiful. The coatdress is very unusual but elegant and it suits her. The look works well with the event. Her makeup looks terrific, just right. Love her hair. It is great to see her starting to go outside the box so to speak and try different designs and not the same or near exact. Yes she seems more confident. She is doing well. Bless her. Thank you for a great blog.

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  45. I look at these pictures of Kate and I see a Queen. Not in the sense that she is upstaging the Queen, she is not, but in the sense that if Kate were to become Queen tomorrow, she'd be ready. It's unlikely but nonetheless, it's good to know that she'd be ready should she need to.

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    1. Anon 18:50, I get what you're saying & I totally agree! :) xx

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  46. I think my comment got eaten 😝 just said that this is my new number one all time favourite look on Kate. Absolutely beautiful and regal. Gorgeous coat, perfect hair. Stunning.

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  47. A very moving and important service. Thank you for all the effort put into this post

    Catherine looked incredible today. I even quite liked the dreaded low chignon as the plaited detail was very nice.

    It is very sad Prince Philip was not in attendance but it is so iconic seeing the three Queens on the balcony.

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  48. Why on earth would her outfit be disrespectful to those who served. She didn’t wear anything that would offend anyone. My goodness. She supports the military so why not honor them with a military style outfit.

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  49. Charlotte, thank you for this post. I especially appreciate the "lest we forget" closing line with the image of the poppies in the field. <3

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  50. Love this look. Military has always been a favorite style of mine on Kate and her updo is finally something other than that hideous frumpy chignon. She seems comfortable and elegant.

    WW1 has always been my favorite era of history to study -- I'd love to be able to attend some of these remembrance events in England. We don't really have anything like this in the States.

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    1. Memorial Day in May is our remembrance day. Veterans Day, November 11, is to honor all who have served. The nearest large city to where I live had a parade today that included 90 to 100 units. That is typical of cities, and towns have their own observances. The US national celebration is at Arlington Cemetery, across the river from Washington DC. The tradition is different from Britain's, but we do observe the day.

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  51. I am so baffled by the "costume" and "dreaded up-do" comments. She looked regal and very beautiful. It seems [to me] there is this constant need to criticize from some commenters on DK and I wonder why they come here to a site dedicated to those who enjoy the lifestyle of the DoC and her family just to complain. It's baffling?!?
    I can't say enough how remarkable the Duchess is in her sartorial choices, it is a significant part of her role as a future Queen and she rarely misses the mark. Today she knocked it out of the park and IMHO it was a grand slam!

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    1. Amen, Mel !!. My thoughts exactly. It is indeed baffling.

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    2. Caroline in Montana12 November 2018 at 18:37

      I agree 100%. I guess some folks need to feel better by putting her down? She was right on the mark today, future queen indeed!

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  52. Beautiful and perfect in my opinion.

    I found it interesting to see that the President of Germany laid a wreath today. I think it was the perfect time to signal to the world that the nation's have moved on in their relationship. It also seems to me that this was a chance for Germany to recognize and perhaps apologize for their past wrongs. It all seemed very respectful and fitting on the 100th anniversary.

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  53. I really love this look, but I wish we could see the whole outfit!

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  54. A moving and important day. All the Veterans, who gave their lives in the name of freedom from tyranny. We owe them more than words can say.
    Everyone looks regal. Kate is every inch the fire queen.

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  55. Rhonda - Wisconsin12 November 2018 at 03:52

    WOW - This is by far my favorite Rememberance Sunday outfit ever. I loved everything about it and thought she just rocked it! I also agree with everything people posted above - Kate post maternity leave is coming into her own. She’s definitely showing signs of the future Queen she will be. Bravo Kate!!!!

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  56. Was great seeing all the royal women.

    Loved the hat. I wanted to love the coat (because the tailoring is perfection!) but it was a little too “obvious” of a choice. So it comes off as uninspired (or lazy). A military coat for a military engagement. That’s like doing florals for spring... Groundbreaking.

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  57. Caroline in Montana12 November 2018 at 18:43

    I loved the hats of QE2, Camilla and my fav duchess!! I get Kate's outfit choice today, very fitting for the occasion. I envision the rest of the coat as full length with a bit of flair with a killer pair of black boots:) William and Harry look so dignified and the whole event is beautifully choreographed. I think it came off stronger than last year which was tinged with a sadness that QE2 was done laying the wreath, but I really think the BRF is looking so solid these days and its a pleasure to see.

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  58. Thank you. This is probably the nicest of all the Remembrance Day coats so far that the DOC has worn because it was not just plain black; the collar and shoulder trimmings made it more military-like. I did enjoy following along this particularly moving Remembrance Day event, known as Veteran's Day here in the U.S. I was moved to see the DOC moved (in the photo with her eyes closed), as well as the Queen, looking sorrowful and deeply taking in the moment of remembrance.

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  59. Agree with all the positive comments above, Catherine looks amazing every inch the future queen.

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