Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Kate in LK Bennett for Visit to New Patronage Evelina London

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London Children’s Hospital and homeless resource centre The Passage.


Shortly before the couple arrived, Kensington Palace announced the Duchess has become Patron of Evelina London Children's Hospital. "The new patronage has been announced ahead of Her Royal Highness' visit to Evelina London later this morning with The Duke of Cambridge. The visit will see Their Royal Highnesses learn more about how the hospital supports children and their families, and the specialist services provided to children with rare and complex conditions."


The Palace added: "Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children. Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years." The choice is very much in keeping with Kate's other patronages and interest in working with children.


The hospital, which is next year marking its 150th anniversary, is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, of which The Queen is Patron.


Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. The hospital provides a range of services to children across south London and south east England. Evelina London also provides community services for children and their families in Lambeth and Southwark.


Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, said: "We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron. The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients."


The Duke and Duchess met a number of children receiving care at the hospital, and heard more from staff and parents about Evelina London’s life changing care and support for families.


William and Kate joined some of the children as they participated in a number of Christmas-themed activities, before joining celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the hospital.


Kate was in her element with the children and appeared particularly taken with this little girl.


The Duke and Duchess meeting staff.


Evelina London revealed: "Debbie Thompson spoke to The Duchess about the care her four-year-old son, Cruz, has received at the hospital. Cruz has a rare kidney condition and has been an Evelina London patient since he was born. He visits the hospital three times a week for dialysis. Cruz is featured on a special Evelina London 150th anniversary banner and helped The Duchess to unveil it. Debbie, a mother-of-three, said: “The Duke and Duchess were very down to earth and personable. They were interested in the care that Cruz has been receiving at Evelina London. They also said that they very impressed by the slide in the outpatients department and said that it looks like a lot of fun for the children. It feels like a real honour that Cruz has been chosen to represent Evelina London on its special 150th banner."


Kate delivered remarks at Evelina. "It’s always such a pleasure to come and meet patients and families who are here. A huge thank you to everyone here at Evelina for doing such an amazing job on a daily basis in supporting children and their extended families both here and also out in the community." Kate added: "Early years is such a big part of that work I am really interested in and that's really the main focus that you have here, supporting children at the earliest stages of their lives but also seeing them through to adulthood and supporting them in every way you can so it's a real privilege to be part of this organisation and I look forward to many happy years, hopefully ahead and congratulations to everyone here."


The video below features footage of Kate's speech.


The Duke and Duchess then travelled to The Passage, where they heard from frontline workers about some of the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues.


Established in 1980, The Passage provides resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to make lasting and long-term changes to their lives. The organisation runs the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people, a number of homelessness prevention projects and two innovative accommodation services. Since its inception, The Passage has helped over 130,000 people in crisis.


They were joined by Chief Executive Mick Clarke. 


William and Harry first visited The Passage with Diana in 1994. William spoke about the "deep and lasting impression" it left upon him.


The Duchess looked festive in the green polka-dot LK Bennett Mortimer dress.


The £325 dress is described as: "Designed in understated green and cream patterned silk, the Mortimer dress is a key style to wear through the season. The fitted waist helps shape an hourglass silhouette, while the pussy-bow detail adds a feminine touch to this button-down design." It's available in limited sizing at LK Bennett and John Lewis (where it's called the Montana).


Kate teamed the dress with her LK Bennett Dora clutch.


And dark olive Gianvito Rossi pumps (with thanks to Heaven).


Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls and Kiki McDonough hoops.


With apologies for the delay in publishing the full post. I was very poorly yesterday, thankfully it seems to have subsided now. What did you think of the engagement and Kate's new choice of patronage?

124 comments:

  1. How nice to hear of a new patronage for Kate. One that fits very nicely in with her main focus! Very nice! I look forward seeing her incorporate them into her future work and maybe we'll see them involved in some collaborations with other patronages in the future!

    The look is... ok. It's pretty, it's standard Kate and a good working dress. Nice to see her in LK Bennett again! And she as I seems to have a sweet spot for polkadots!

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    1. I share your feelings, Rebecca (with one exception - I'm not a polka-dot fan but I don't mind them on Kate). Looking forward to more pictures and info. Thank you, Charlotte!

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    2. I'm always happy to see her in high street again too. I think I prefer this polka dress to the burgundy Whistles one. She definitely loves her polka dots!

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    3. Me too! I love vintage style polka dot dresses.She looks lovely.

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    4. Polka dots! Such an uplifting print for being near unhealthy children. As a cancer survivor, I always welcomed "happy" prints during chemo - just lifts the spirit. Her use of high street, work-wear places the focus on her solidifying platform. Really enjoying her professional growth. Catherine is becoming more like Countess Sophie every day.

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    5. As always, the picture of royal perfection- the Queen must be so proud of this Duchess!

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  2. Really lovely dress but I need more! It's always so sanitary, so predictable..

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    1. Well, she's visiting her new patronage, a children's hospital, so I think sanitary and predictable are perfect for today. Not the time for having people talking about her clothes instead of the event.

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    2. But people say that every single time she makes an appearance; surely we all realize everyone will talk about what she wore no matter what...? We’re all reading this blog after all. I personally love the dress, and I love her style.

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  3. I like the dress a lot. Very Kate, very polished and professional.

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    1. I like the dress too! I believe a guest at H&Ms wedding wore a polka dot dress as well.Kate wore a polka dot dress at the photo session of Charles' 70th birthday. I'm glad she wore polka dots again, very classic Kate! XOXO
      Siddhii

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    2. It reminds me of the green Beulah London tea dress she wore to the butterfly garden for George's first birthday. It remains one of my favorites.

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    3. I think that one was Suzannah, if I'm remembering correctly?

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    4. Not Beulah! Susannah.

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  4. Royal 👑 Watcher11 December 2018 at 11:33

    Classic Kate, patronage and dress. And I love classic Kate!

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  5. Wow, these olive pumps do not really match the green of the dress.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing...wondering if the lighting was bad this morning in her amazing walk in closet! 😊. Oh well, pretty dress and the little girl looks very happy to see Kate.

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    2. The fashion objective is not to have to colours match, but to have them coordinate!

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    3. Rachel from Cape Town11 December 2018 at 12:15

      Agreed! Lovely dress but would have looked so much better with navy shoes and bag. One needs to be careful of putting two different greens together and particularly olive green! This world is full of beautiful shoes. It would be great if Kate could embrace some more styles and steer away from the 'safe' court shoe options she chooses. All good, except the shoes!

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    4. I think they are supposed to match the olive clutch. Personally I think black shoes and clutch would have worked better. But as long as I don't see the praline pumps I am happy :D

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    5. I think it might be on purpose - since the clutch has the same colour as the shoes. Tidefi

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    6. This look is classic Kate, which I adore, but the shoes and dress are a mismatch. Anything would have been better than olive.

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    7. Royal 👑 Watcher11 December 2018 at 14:15

      OH BUT...BUT... the shoes match the clutch!! 😊 It must be the lighting.

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    8. different greens can coordinate well with each other. I personally don't like matchy matchy. I would rather see these shoes than the nude ones she used to wear so often.

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    9. Accessories are meant to match each other, and coordinate with the dress - this is what she has done ever so beautifully!

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    10. I would have liked the outfit much better with black accessories... but I love the dress!

      I wish she would pull these different colored shoes out with something they went with. A navy or black dress with the fun heel would change it up without taking her out of her comfort zone... I think she’s has some burgundy and red ones too. I wish they would make more appearances- just with the right clothes!

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  6. Oh charlotte your so fast i love the duchess im looking forward To the day the pass till the engagement today they i will comment later

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  7. I ❤️ Kate in green!

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  8. Great choice of patronage, by the way! 👍

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  9. Design-wise, I like that she can take it down a peg or two. Not a fan of the look, but a good working outfit for an important charity.

    Heidi

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  10. Wonderful charity to support. I have been involved with the Evelina in a professional capacity and it is an incredible place.

    I like this look. It's nothing groundbreaking but she is visiting a children's hospital and homeless shelter so it is appropriate for both. The green makes it a bit more festive and the pearl buttons and earrings are a lovely bit of detail and accessorising. Her hair looks smashing and she looks so healthy and happy :)

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  11. Is it only me, or is Kate wearing much less coats than usually? I guess that it is by now also reasonably cold in the UK, the weather should not be the reason not to wear a coat.
    We haven’t seen her for a while arriving with a coat and not taking it of during the engagement.
    I have to say that I prefer it much without the coat (although I miss seeing a new coat every now and then), sometimes it seemed a bit strange to keep the coat on during the entire engagement. Tidefi

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    1. Yes, I was some times missing a coat for her wonderful officials engagements. In my opinion, a door has the function of a door for a house. Without a door the house is not ready. With the door the house is completed. The whole ensemble would win and could give more importance to every detail.
      But Kate is brilliant with her personality and in every outfit. Probably she doesn't want to give focus to her clothes. That's wonderful. She is working and I appreciate that she gives importance to the people and subjects and wants to bring a warm atmosphere.
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    2. Anon. 21:06, my correction:
      ... In my opinion, a COAT has the function of a door for the house...
      With the coat (like a door) it is completed.
      The whole ensemble would win with a coat.
      But Kate is brilliant...

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  12. Less is more! Lovely outfit! XOXOXOX

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  13. Kate’s smile is beautiful. She looks nicely dressed and very engaged with the people she met. Thank you for the post Charlotte and as this is probably the last K & W event before Christmas, I wish yiu a very happy Christmas and prayers for a lovely New Year.

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    1. Anglophile in Ohio11 December 2018 at 19:02

      Hopefully photos of arrivals and departures at the Queen's family Christmas lunch next week!

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  14. There are some absolutely stunning portraits of Kate from this event that really show her beauty and her happiness. Frame worthy. The photographer captured her so well.

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  15. Great new patronage. There really seems to be a different air about Kate since coming back from maternity leave. She just seems more confident, assured and settled into her niche in the RF. She’s always been fab but now, she really be oming the queen she will be one day.

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  16. Beautiful dress, very affordable and very classic Catherine. Nice to hear of the new patronage.


    Silvia

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  17. Excellent patronage for the Duchess. Children, early development, is definitely a passion for her. She is appropriately dressed and always presents as a lovely person. Thanks, Charlotte. I’ll check back later for the full post.

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  18. Absolutely love her! Great patronage, great look and I'm sure she enjoy the day!
    Federica

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  19. Hmm the duchess cambeidge is very good in her element

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  20. A very special engagement and a special new patronage. Kate looks very nice - appropriate for the occasion and for the times.

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  21. Kates dress is professional and appropriate today. Her continued need to match from head to toe escapes me. On this day I would prefer that she took HM lead and simply worn a pair of black pumps and carry a black handbag.
    The matchy matchy is so outdated. I hope that her recent path of sophisticated dressing hasn't taken a wrong exit beyond today.

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    1. I appreciate her choices because she is not aiming for fashion points. The photos with the children and homeless depict a kind and caring person. She is elegant enough to show them she thinks they are important, but is not wearing designs with a wink to the posh crowd. She has a lifetime role and is settling in. I admire her and she is allowed to dress as she pleases, just as other public figures do. I doubt she has a NEED to match anything, haha.

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  22. It is wonderful that the Queen is gifting Duchess Catherine with so many worthy patronages!

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    1. I am pretty sure in 9 out of 10 cases Catherine choses her patronages herself.

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  23. I just walked past the LK Bennett store in the mall 2 days ago and saw the red version of this dress in the window and thought to myself that that looks like something Kate will be wearing!

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    1. Caroline in Montana11 December 2018 at 16:56

      I hope she bought it in red too:)

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  24. Rhonda - Wisconsin11 December 2018 at 14:06

    I really like this dress and Kate looks awesome. Nice that she has a new patronage too. As others have said she just seems to be “more” after Louis’ birth. Loving everything about her!!!

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  25. Love ❤️ this, so proper and poised, a Perfect Duchess look for daytime!! Way to kick it Kate!!! Love her in the 40’s and 50’s styles!!

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  26. My first thought was thank goodness it’s not the praline pumps! The dress is ok, it’s not to my taste, but she looks nice. I’m glad to hear of a new patronage for Kate.

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    1. She ALWAYS looks the perfect royal!

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  27. Very pretty! Wonderful new patronage.

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  28. JustCallMeMrsDarcy11 December 2018 at 15:01

    So so beautiful, effortless elegance! What colour is it? Black or dark green? Just when she's wearing the green heels

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  29. She looks wonderful. Pretty dress and I am fine with the shoes and clutch. Her hair looks great. Great new patronage.

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  30. Love it! Well, the new patronage and the engagements today anyways. The dress is fine. It’s work appropriate, it’s new, which is nice for a first engagement at a new patronage, it’s not overly fancy so it fits the tones of the engagements, it’s color appropriate for the season(a bonus with kids), it’s reasonably priced. It’s not as fussy as some previous ones, so that is a plus in my book!

    I will be excited to see what partnerships come out of this new patronage, especially tying into her EACH and Early intervention patronages.

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  31. I love a colored shoe, but I'm afraid these do not match well enough to be matchy-matchy, and simultaneously they do not contrast well enough to be coordinating. I've never been opposed to her preference for a neutral shoe but here I'm really wishing she would have gone with the Praline Rossi's. If she wont go all out contrast- if we can't get a metallic, those grey suede ones would have been an option, no? Then she should lean back to the nude.

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  32. As always Kate is stunning some absolutely stunning photos Kate’s is certainly in her element Wonderful patronage too Kate has definitely become more assured

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  33. Is it known when the luncheon will take place? Tidefi

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  34. I don't love the two greens together, but she looks smashing. I love this look, I love the engagement, and I love the new patronage. She looks beautiful. Her smile lights up her face.

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  35. Perfect—she can do no wrong. Always looks appropriate.

    Sharon—USA

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    1. Caroline in Montana12 December 2018 at 15:47

      I agree! not sure why folks are thinking she should be groundbreaking with her CLOTHES when she leaves her house? Its about the charity and she looks happy, healthy and overall great!

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  36. SierrafromMontana11 December 2018 at 16:53

    Did she cut her hair?

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  37. Caroline in Montana11 December 2018 at 16:59

    love it from head to toe. her hair looks great! I like the shoes and the clutch matching. glad its not black or navy shoes (or the brown socks!! lol) and was an unpredictable choice. :) green is a great color on Kate. so nice to see her smiling face! will be interesting to see more photos showing those buttons on the front, but I think I will still love it! thanks charlotte.

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  38. I'll never understand why the pussy bow keeps coming back... but that's my only quibble with this dress.

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  39. Polka dots is certainly becoming a staple part of her wardrobe. Not my favourite dress, but Kate looks good is almost everything she wears. Her hair is absolutely stunning, much more flattering and youthful, than the 'wavey' look she's styled it of late.
    A brilliant a worthy new patronage for Kate. She is in her element and shines when she is surrounded by children.

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  40. Quintessential Kate!! Classic, ladylike, professional and overall a respectable look that is appropriate for the event. i like her shoes with this dress and would agree with another comment while not "matching", they complement!! Great new patronage for her that will tie in well with her support of children. cc

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  41. Standard Kate -- pretty, nothing new or groundbreaking. This patronage also makes perfect sense, given her focus on children.

    It seems she was trying to be a little fashion-forward by mixing greens (matching the olive clutch with the olive shoes against the emerald dress)...it kind of works? I think different colored shoes and clutch would have looked much better. Kate does have a tendency to be very matchy-matchy.

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  42. As always Kate is stunning some absolutely stunning photos Kate’s is certainly in her element Wonderful patronage too Kate has definitely become more assured

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  43. Maggie - Minneapolis11 December 2018 at 18:41

    Interestingly the director of her new patronage said today that they haven't sat down with Kate yet to discuss what she'd like to pursue with the new patronage, which makes me wonder how much, and what, goes into picking a new patronage. Wouldn't she want to talk to them about her vision of how she can help them, before deciding to be patron?

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    1. I would be interested to know the source of that quote from the director , including the context. Both KP and Catherine's remarks seem to indicate the Cambridges were already acquainted with the work of the hospital. I think the process of fleshing out a patronage occurs over time. That may be what was meant. I am sure there has been contact between the charity and the Duchess/Ms. Quinn. Maybe not a formal face-to-face sit down meeting with the director but surely there have been emails, phone calls and other communications. Perhaps even a written outline of a plan and goals. Formal meetings would not take place prior to the KP announcement, at any rate.

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    2. Maggie, your question is a fair one, and I for one don't see anything negative about it at all. I'm not sure why Caroline in M. is suggesting it is. It would be very interesting to know the entire process of becoming a patron. Is it the same for all patronages, or is it different if Kate sort of "inherits" one from another royal?

      If Charlotte comes across enough information, I would love to see this included in a separate post, maybe fitting in with the "Kate Loves . . ." series as "Kate Love . . . Patronages."

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    3. I would think it is the other way around. It is not the job of the patron to come in and say how she would make things better. By all accounts this is an already successful organization so it would be up to them to say this is out vision for the next couple of years and here is where we think out patron can make a difference.
      That isn’t to say that Kate can’t put her own ideas on the table, but I think she is very sensible in saying here I am, how can I help you?

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  44. The dress is very Kate (cut, style, pattern) and she looks lovely in it! Nice to see her in L. K. Bennet. I haven't checked out other photos online and I thought that perhaps she choose her gray suede heels to wear. Regardless of the color of her heels and clutch, I do think the dress is polished and professional.

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  45. Love Kate’s dress, I get L.K. Bennett emails all the time and happen to get this dress on a email last week showing it in Green & Navy and I immediately said that Kate would wear this dress, it is her style, I would wear it in the navy, more my color. She has now three pairs of green suede pumps, so it is a good choice. Also I just read that the next time we might see Kate is on Christmas Day, we have a long wait for the next site of Kate and her fashion choices.

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  46. Not too thrilled about this dress, I guess because of the polka dots, although it's a nice green for this time of year. But worthy patronage all the same, which is more important. I would like to see the return of the Vanessa Seward Cai red & green dress, that I think she only wore once to a public engagement.

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  47. I think this dress is a lovely and appropriate choice. I'd have chosen nude clutch & pumps, and I am surprised she didn't wear a coat coz it's cold...but this retro-classic-style is perfect for her and type of engagement. I must admit in some photos, she looks a bit tired on her face, and with wrinkles on her forehead...And -just saying in a selfish way ;), I am pleased she is 'normal' in this, too.
    Great new patronage for her, she looks radiant with children!

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  48. I love everything about this event, this patronage & Kate's look & the joy that she gives off!! She just seems to be in such a peaceful confident joy filled place in this new chapter of her life! :) xx I love the look too! :)

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  49. It's great that they are adding a new patronage. The dress is really attractive and a good "working" dress. The photos do't show it in green for me, but green sounds very nice The shoes do not match or coordinate in my mind; maybe maroon would have been more festive. Even though the point here is the organization, the maroon or some shade of red would be holiday-ish. I hope they are able to keep up the pace after the holidays. :)

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  50. Beautiful and chic! Love it!

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  51. Beautiful choice for an event with children. It's very soft, feminine, and she looks very approachable and motherly. I love Kate's olive green pumps, although not with this dress. I'm a fan of tone on tone, but this combo to my mind, seems a bit off, although it's always hard to tell how the camera is interpreting different shades. This new charity seems to dovetail nicely with her other children's charities.

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  52. Sigh. Kate will never be able to pair fabulous shoes with a fabulous outfit. It's always one or the other. Those olive pumps are smashing. Trendy. Something I'd actually wear. The slightly lower heel makes it look very professional.

    The dress on the other hand ... bows. Buttons. Polka dots. An awkward hem length that manages to highlight maybe her biggest figure flaw: her extremely long waist and thighs and rather short calves.

    With that being said I am really glad the royals seem to be working well into December right up till the holidays. Of all the royal "traditions" maybe the one that most sets them apart from "normal folk" was their holiday hiatus that tended to start a week or two before everyone else's and continue a week or two after everyone else goes back to work. In times of such uncertainty I am glad that everyone is still out and about and working.

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  53. When I see how the Duchess dresses and carries herself, I think into the future when she will likely be Princess of Wales (I think) and then, if things go as planned, the Queen Consort. (Forgive me if I'm not quite getting the titles right.) Just as we have seen images of Her Majesty from decades past, history will have these images of a lovely, polished, graceful, yet very human woman who likely will continue to mature into the important roles set for her by destiny. Just my perspective.

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  54. Compliments to you Charlotte for your post. :-) One character trait of Duchess Kate I so appreciate is that she's so relatable. Outside of her job as a wife and a mother, Kate is extremely engaged in carrying out work in areas of public and charitable service, a role where reasonable and affordable clothing is greatly appreciated. Grandiose spending on clothing and shoes certainly isn't a fit when addressing charitable organizations. I can only imagine how comfortable patrons must feel, with Kate blending in nicely without airs. Such a joy!

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    1. So well said! Completely agree!

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      I agree with Isabella: well said Anon!

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  55. Fantastic a new patronage. The Duchess looks lovely in this silk dress. Colour suits her so much. Love the accessories a win for me !

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  56. I'm so happy to hear about Catherine's new patronage. Charlotte, can we hope for a Christmas photo of the Cambridge family with their 3 bundles of joy? That would be so nice!

    Elisabeth, Carcassonne, France

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  57. Very sorry to hear you were poorly Charlotte and glad you are better. It's a miserable time of the year to be ill but sadly all too common. Stay healthy everyone!

    I loved the vintage snap of the queen's visit. Those were the days of the true nursing sisters.

    A lovely visit of Kate's, a very nice speech - she and William truly seem to enjoy their visits with children.

    From a fashion viewpoint, I thought Kate's hair looked splendid - not too bothered about the shoes not being a perfect match. The dress looks like something I owned in 1988 - are the firms raiding the back of my wardrobe for inspiration these days - but it works on Kate. It makes the focus on the engagement, not the clothes and although I've always believed Kate loves fashion as much as the rest of us - I do think she is dressing with great care with an eye on her position.

    Over at the Telegraph - one of the comments said Kate is like a white Ford Mondeo and you know there is truth in that! There have been times I've wished she would liven things up just a bit - but at this moment when things are quite lively enough - the royal family's role should be to provide assurance and stability and that is what Kate is doing. My New Year's wish is that she and William will continue to be out there even more because now is the time to do that.

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    1. I agree with everything you say here, Julia, thank you!

      I echo your sentiments that I hope Charlotte is better.

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  58. Observing Kate's interaction with children and her interest and passion in their physical and mental wellbeing throughout childhood, I often think that she would have been a wonderful teacher or pediatric mental health therapist/counselor. She (and William as well) has natural gifts of empathy, compassion, gentleness, the ability and desire to actively listen to others, and a non-anxious presence. William and Kate have many deeply important reasons for choosing to support the challenges of mental health, addiction, early childhood intervention, and homelessness, and I believe that their personalities, character traits, and natural strengths are well-suited for working in those areas. As an introverted, reserved, and quiet individual myself, I found that my strengths, passions, and personality, combined with the desire to help others, have assisted me greatly in my work as a minister (clergy) and mental health counselor/advocate. We are all drawn to areas of interest and vocation based on our personalities, and those interests within that motivate and inspire us. William and Kate have certainly found theirs and I'm grateful for their work and outreach. Their work is the reason I follow them. And, their engagement with mental health awareness, stigma, and treatment for children, teens, and adults is a cause very close to my heart. I would enjoy conversing with them at length about these issues. I look forward to their continued involvement in these areas over the years to come.

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    1. I agree, Sarah, that William and Kate have a lot of gifts that enable them to work with people in need, whether children (Kate), adult men (William) or others. I believe they are truly inspirational. Being parents themselves, they became more aware of certain problems such as children's mental health or cyber bullying. Let's hope that as they grow in their roles and responsibilities, they will be able to reach out to a lot of people and their knowledge and passion will grow even deeper.

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    2. Tammy from California12 December 2018 at 16:59

      @ Sarah: I agree with you completely! I definitely could see her as what you described, especially the teacher part! William and Kate remind me of the quote from Pride and Prejudice "They will always be loved by their servants" (the father said this when Jane got engaged) NOT to imply William and Kate have servants, but just that they will always be liked by the people they work with. They both are kind, compassionate and humble people.

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    3. I enjoyed your comment, Sarah. Hopefully, you were not too inconvenienced by Diego. I thought of our North Carolina and Virginia commenters during the recent storm.

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    4. To Anonymous 17:41...
      Where I live in NC, we received 14.5 inches of snow from Winter Storm Diego. It was a beautiful snowfall, especially when it makes everything look so peaceful and calm. We haven't had this much snow in 90 years. The city shut down (except for vital stores, hospitals, and emergency services) for about 48 hours, to allow time for snow plows to shovel the streets and interstates. Being in the South, we don't have the volume of winter equipment and resources that other states have, so a tremendous level of patience and caution is required when there is this much snow. There is still a lot of snow on the ground, and whatever melts during the day refreezes at night, making the streets icy for the next morning's commute. I have a feeling our public schools will be out all week.
      I haven't tried to get out because I'm recovering with a broken foot right now. I don't think icy sidewalks and steps go well with crutches and a non-weight bearing injury. I'm enjoying the "White Christmas" from inside the house, but I dearly missed being able to play in it with my children.

      Charlotte, I am so sorry you were ill yesterday. I hope you are feeling better today.

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    5. Thank you for your thoughts of us here in North Carolina. Our area got between 12 and 16 inches. We are still digging out! :-D

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    6. Appreciate the update Sarah (ouch!) and Trixie. I have lived further North and enjoyed Winter play as a child. We made snow forts and back yard ice rinks. Snow ice cream. One year Dad had to tunnel the way from the back door to the garage. Now, I live fairly close to your area. Not only is snow removal equipment sparse but getting on the road can be hazardous due to the lack of experience of some driving on snow pack. I remember Dad hauling out the snow tires and sometimes chains. Most cars here don't have those handy. Nothing stopped due to snow. We just put on our boots and kept going. There was also removing window screens and replacing with storm windows. 17:41

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  59. Glad you are feeling better Charlotte!

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  60. hope you are healthy again charlotte!
    Thanks for your post. the outfit for me it way to old for her.

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  61. I was worried about you, it's good you hear you are better by today!

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  62. Be well, Charlotte!

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  63. I must say, Kate has the most glorious hair!

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  64. Charlotte, I thought of you and was worried you might be ill. Hope you continue getting better! It's so kind of you to work on this post even though you were poorly!

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  65. Tammy from California12 December 2018 at 16:56

    Oh Charlotte, I am sorry to hear this! I hope you are lots better and taking it easy!

    ahhhhhhh...Kate. She will make such a wonderful queen consort. Just beautiful inside and out.


    On a different note, I think during the winter when Kate's skin is a little more pale, I'd really like to see her eyeshadow in a lighter brown color, or even something else to make her beautiful eyes pop. I like the saddle brown in summer when she is darker. In winter I'd love to see what other colors she could pull off!

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  66. Kate looks amazing as always!

    Is the unbuttoned look in fashion for men now? I'm surprised William is showing so much chest hair!

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  67. Thank you all so much for your kind comments. X

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    1. Was worried about you also Charlotte! Glad you are better! <3

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  68. On the bright side: Kate seems to be much more comfortable with her role since she came back from maternity leave. I love that she does more repeats and invests in more affordable items again.
    On the downside: I don’t get why she started to dress so frumpy. She will be Queen on day but when you look at the younger Queens or CP Victoria or P Mary, they all dress less frumpy. Kate really had a lovely style once but it got lost on the way. At least she can wear the new style well into her 80s and repeat the hell out of them.
    C.

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    1. I would agree with you about the “younger” royals with two exceptions - CP Victoria can sometimes veer off into frumpdom and so can CP Mette-Marit. I really enjoy CP Mary’s style and Queen Letizia’s as well.

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    2. Anon23: I agree. I didn’t include Mette-Marit because she definitely is the ‚frumpiest of them all“ ;-)

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  69. She looks great but not my favourite. She is young and this looks matronly to me.

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    1. I agree -- very "mumsy" look all around. I wish Kate would avoid the pussy bow altogether.

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    2. Royal 👑 Watcher14 December 2018 at 01:05

      It has been a tumultuous week in the UK with Brexit and political leadership issues taking over the news. Maybe seeing some favourite royals out and about doing their thing in a stable, kind and methodical manner is not such a bad thing. Kate looks the pillar of royal stability in this dress, with her handsome Prince by her side. It may not be the latest fashion, but it is tradition, it looks Christmasy and I like it!

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    3. I really like this, Catherine is at the point in her life where she is accepting her age, she's not a young girl, she's an accomplished professional woman with a lot of responsibilities. I really appreciate it that she is dressing appropriately for a woman who is over 35.

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  70. Charlotte, I was very concerned for you when there was an update gap. Hope you are feeling more well.

    It is lovely to see Kate more and more relaxed with being herself, this is so evident with her inclusive kindness to children.

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  71. That is indeed a lovely photo of the Queen -- she looks so friendly and relaxed. I see one of her hands is in a pocket -- seems very normal, but it makes me think of how excited people get now when a royal family member uses a pocket. :)

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  72. she looks lovely as usual and i love seeing all her charity work
    thanks charlotte

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