Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Duchess Brings Back Barbara Casasola Dress for Action Awareness Week Gala Dinner

Following an away day in Cumbria yesterday, it was back to London for the Duchess of Cambridge this evening for the first annual gala dinner in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week, hosted by Action on Addiction and chef Skye Gyngell.


The Duchess was in attendance in her role as patron of Action on Addiction. The national charity offers high quality, effective residential rehab and community based addiction treatment. They provide residential and day treatment for addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling and other behaviours. The charity offers life-saving treatment to individuals and families at its flagship treatment centre, Clouds House in Wiltshire, and its community-based treatment centres in Essex and Liverpool. It also offers education to degree level at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and funds and promotes research into effective responses to addiction. Action on Addiction is the only UK addiction charity that works across all the areas of research, treatment, family support and professional education.


Ahead of the engagement Kensington Palace touched on Kate's work with the organisation and the role it's played in preparations for her upcoming project focused on supporting children in their earliest years. "Her Royal Highness’s experience with Action on Addiction has helped lay the groundwork for her work and understanding on mental health, and is currently helping inform her work in developing a major project around support for children in their earliest years. Experiences in these earliest moments, before the age of five, are proven to have significant impact on adult lives, including resilience and the ability to cope with adversity."


The Duchess meeting guests.


Before the dinner, Kate met Action on Addiction clients Jay, Otty and Melanie who are working as apprentices in the kitchen, and worked with Spring Restaurant’s head chef and owner Skye Gyngell to prepare the evening’s meal.


The dinner was held at Spring Restaurant in Somerset House, a commanding Georgian building on the Thames.


The restaurant is known for bringing "warmth and elegance within a beautiful dining space set in the New Wing of the iconic Somerset House, in the arts and cultural heart of London. At Spring food is celebrated for its conviviality and the joyfulness of sharing seasonal produce. Cooking is heartfelt, wholesome, produce driven, and cooked by a team of people who are passionate about what they do and who feel truly privileged to work with beautiful ingredients."


Skye Gyngell, originally from Australia, is now one of Britain's most acclaimed chefs. Following years of training in Sydney and Paris, she moved to London where she became known for her elegant cooking and seasonal dishes. In addition to penning several cookbooks, Skye opened Spring in 2014.


The Duchess gave a short speech in which she described her work with Action on Addiction as the "catalyst" for her interest in early childhood development.


The video below features footage of the speech.


Kate's full speech:

'Action on Addiction was one of my very first patronages, and as such, it is very close to my heart. I’m hugely passionate about the support it provides, especially for parents,children and families who suffer from, or through, addiction. And in some ways, it was the catalyst for my interest in early childhood development too.
For the last few years, I’ve been focusing on the importance of prevention:how can we all really support the earliest years of life, build foundations, and help avoid adversity later on in life. Having met so many people who’ve suffered from addiction, I have seen over and over again that, sadly, the root cause can so often be traced right back to the very earliest years of someone’s life.
Trauma experienced in early childhood, in some cases, as a result of separation, abandonment, abuse, or even emotional neglect, can have a lasting effect. What we experience during our earliest years, even while we’re still in the womb, shapes the developing brain. It is therefore vital that we support everyone who cares for children in those formative years, especially if we want to help with the inter-generational cycle of addiction. Sadly, for many who are suffering with addiction, they just don’t receive the help they need early enough. They have already reached crisis point before they find the support they need.
What’s remarkable about Action on Addiction is that it goes beyond helping those who are suffering on the courageous journey into recovery – it also lends direct support to the children and families affected by addiction – for as long as it takes.
This evening’s dinner not only marks ‘Addiction Awareness Week’, but it also provides an opportunity for us all to remember the vital work being done to help all those affected by addiction feel able to access help, hope and freedom from their addiction. There was never a more important time for Action on Addiction to succeed. And I, for one, could not be more delighted to support such a special organisation.
Graham, I look forward to working together, and, as your Patron, doing all I can, to help your important mission in the future.'

The Duchess with Action on Addiction Chief Executive Graham Beech.

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Addiction Awareness Week (10-16 June) aims to bring addiction out of the shadows and to encourage those battling addiction and their loved ones to discuss the elements and challenges involved. It is hoped awareness will be raised across the UK and more individuals in need of support will learn about the availability and services offered by organisations such as Action on Addiction .


A recent YouGov poll revealed 60 percent of people know an addict, whilst 27 percent say they have a relative with an addiction. I was shocked to see a recent BBC Panorama investigation found just 14 out of 100 alcoholic products included proper guidance and health advice recommending the maximum number of units men and women should consume weekly. I've long thought labeling within the alcohol industry certainly needs to be addressed as does the self-regulatory system.

Below, a searingly honest account of living with a relative in the grip of addiction from MP Caroline Flint: Click here to read the full piece on The Guardian's website.

'Addiction is a life-threatening condition. It affects those around the addict who may never have touched a drink or taken drugs. As a child, I lived with an addict – my mother, Wendy.
She was hardworking, great fun and loving. But I saw her struggle during, and in the aftermath of, failed relationships, with three children in tow. As a child, I could start the day loving my mum and end it hating her. Alcohol changes people. Addiction invades the homes of rich and poor alike. Its effects are far-reaching and its causes run deep. From mental health, abuse, debt and homelessness the daily challenges of living with addiction are multiple and complex.
Looking back, I think my mum turned to drink because of low self-esteem. She didn’t deserve to be alone. She deserved to value herself more. As a child, I had no idea who knew that we had this problem under our roof. You didn’t talk about it to friends. I hoped no one at school knew. It was a secret problem. Our problem. And, even as a child, we knew it had to stay hidden.
My mum did know she had a problem. We once had a family meeting arranged by a social worker. My mum chose the meeting place – the local pub. It wasn’t a success. But she tried. She attended Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups; she even spent time in hospital. Years later, I found a diary from 1986. For months she wrote a daily entry: “1, 2, 3 …” Wendy was trying to stay sober to support me during my pregnancy. On Day 86, the entries stopped.'

Moving onto Kate's style tonight.


The Duchess brought back the very popular off-the-shoulder mesh-paneled dress she debuted in 2016 for the Art Fund Awards by London based, Brazilian designer Barbara Casasola.


The $2,210 midi dress is cut from figure-sculpting stretch-jersey and paneled with sheer mesh inserts for a sporty feel. Made in Italy, it it designed to create a flattering, feminine silhouette.


The dress is from the designer's minimalist Spring 2016 Collection.


Kate styled the dress with the drool-worthy Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Silver and Dusk Blue Fireball pumps she wore for the BAFTAs. The $725 style are described as: "The classic Romy heel gets a contemporary update in silver and dusk blue fireball glitter dégradé. Leather lined with a leather sole, the 100mm heel height creates a leg-lengthening effect."


In fact, my only quibble with this look is the shoes rather outrank the dress in terms of formality and sheer sparkle factor. The Choos are screaming 'Take me to the ball'. I love them both separately, but I do think the dress worked better with the sandals the first time round.


Laura quickly identified Kate's clutch as the Wilbur & Gussie Charlie Steel Classic Silk Clutch. The light grey bag features a silver crystal bee brooch.


And Kiki McDonough hoop earrings.


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Blue Peter fans are in for a special royal surprise tomorrow! Kensington Palace just confirmed the Duchess has filmed an appearance for the landmark CBBC show which will air tomorrow at 5.30 pm.



Kate joined a group of children for den building and pond-dipping, which she described as "massively up her street". The Duchess is wearing her Troy London Tracker jacket and Superga Cotu shoes in 'Sherwood Gum' (with thanks to Middleton Maven).


More from The Telegraph:

'The Duchess, who last month unveiled her “back to nature” garden at Chelsea Flower Show, is taking part in a special segment to be broadcast on Blue Peter on Thursday night to make the case for spending "ten to 15 minutes" playing outside as often as possible. 
She will also launch a “once-in-a-lifetime” competition for young viewers to design a sculpture to put in her garden at RHS Wisley in September, with two runners-up invited to design their own activity cards to help their peers into the garden.
The programme will see the Duchess speak about the importance of outdoor play, confessing her own children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are “dragged outside” come “rain or shine”.
“It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time - 10-15 minutes outside - makes a huge difference to physical well-being but also to our mental well-being,” she said, in discussion with presenter Lindsey Russell.
A seven-and-a-half minute segment of the show, which is broadcast on CBBC, sees the Duchess introduced as a "gold Blue Peter badge-holder” before taking part in three outdoor activities children can try at home'

I'll post the full segment once it becomes available.

We'll almost certainly see the Duchess at Windsor on Monday for this year's Order of the Garter. There's going to be quite the turnout with Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands expected to support their husbands. King Felipe became a Stranger Knight of the Order in 2017 and King Willem-Alexander was appointed a supernumerary Knight last October. Royal Ascot kicks off next Tuesday, it's possible we'll see the Cambridges there on one of the days.

92 comments:

  1. Robbie from Hampton VA USA12 June 2019 at 20:14

    Love, love, love this dress!

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  2. Wow stunning Kate Love her look tonight x

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  3. Breathtakingly gorgeous! Her hair, outfit...stunning! Can’t wait to see more pics. She has just been even more radiant lately. Happy and beautiful 💛

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  4. Annika- Boston12 June 2019 at 20:19

    LOVE this dress. LOVE LOVE LOVE these shoes. Together? Eh, I preferred the strappy sandals she wore with this dress last time. But she looks GORGEOUS none the less. Stunning!

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    1. Suzanne from Colorado12 June 2019 at 21:02

      I agree about the shoes! The style of the dress does not go with the style of the shoes. The sandals were much better last time.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden12 June 2019 at 21:13

      Haha true! I mean, they're not ugly together, but not the best pairing. But as you, I love both pieces!

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    3. I agree....but she still looks very pretty

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    4. I really liked the sandals, too, but these are nice. Those sandals had some HIGH heels, though! I wouldn't want to wear them. I don't think she has worn them since. Love the dress. It looks great on her.

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    5. Completely agree, Annika.

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    6. Yes, the shoes don’t go at all! I think minimal black sandals would have looked chic with the white. Not crazy about her hair either.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden13 June 2019 at 00:13

      If I'm allowed to play some on the spot stylist I would choose these shoes for a repeat for her in the future! Her pink kind of strappy ones!
      http://www.katesclothes.com/shoe/agata-strappy-sandals/

      Maybe with these earrings that she wore to the Baftas and some other events?
      https://i.pinimg.com/originals/38/62/64/386264f41ee9dece4a4f97ad926cd163.jpg

      And this bag:
      http://www.katesclothes.com/purse/mystery-bead-clutch/

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    8. Agreed her shoes and clutch don't go with this dress. This dress is so stunning on her not sure why she matched with these accessories when it was perfect first time around.

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    9. Great choices Rebecca! The mystery bead clutch looks like the one she held the first time she wore this. Love your idea of it with a pale pink.

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    10. Rebecca - Sweden13 June 2019 at 12:10

      Yeah, I noticed that she wore that bag with this dress after I had choosen it, anon 01.08! Guess she agreed with that choice!

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  5. Rebecca - Sweden12 June 2019 at 20:20

    Oh, I have been hoping to see this dress again! Nice to see her pull it out for such a good cause! I like that she changed up the styling a bit too! Looking forward to seeing/hearing more from today!

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  6. Kate looks lovely. The last time Kate wore something I did not care for, was... I cannot remember. She has been winning the fashion game and doing some impressive events.

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    1. I'm with you, Anon. Hard to remember something I didn't like! Since I'm a big Kate fan, I really don't look too hard. She just is so fashionable!!

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  7. What a smart and lovely repeat with a nice twist on the accessories, and of course her beautiful hair. Simply stunning! cc

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  8. Thrilled to see this repeated - it is an all time fave of mine!!

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  9. Love the shoes and earrings together!

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  10. Ah, this is one of my favs!!! Love the shoes! Kate looks just gorgeous!

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  11. Rita in Florida12 June 2019 at 20:42

    Hip hip horray! Just gorgeous!! Love this dress and the shoes/earrings are perfect for it. Well done Kate!!

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  12. I love her hair...but this dress wasn't my face 1st time she wore it....I think I'm not a fan of the ribbing detail

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    1. Amy: Detroit, MI12 June 2019 at 23:25

      I'm not a fan of the bunching of the under arm area, it makes it look ill fitting.

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  13. I saw a picture of her in this dress a few days back and hoped that she would repeat it some day soon. That day is here!!! Beautiful. Love her sparkly shoes and the clutch is adorable too.

    Hope from USA

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  14. I adore this look! Her hair is stunning tonight!

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  15. Courtney from NC12 June 2019 at 20:55

    One of my favorite Kate dresses ever!

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  16. I 'm so glad to see that dress again with glittering accessories. I love how Kate gives second and another life to her clothes.And her hair - wow.

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  17. I love this dress! But I do not think it goes with the shoes...

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  18. oh how great. I wished for this dress back. It is so outstanding and so modern and so terrific she is. I like both versions of the shoes then were to die for. Killer Heels:) but this are also perfectly reinterpreted with the silver and glitter shoes.

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  19. I too was hoping she would repeat this dress. I remember the first time she wore it, I loved it. Amazing that it still looks great on her, and I love the contrast of accessories. She is so fashionable! And always for a great cause.

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  20. Love this look, especially the sparkling surprise of the shoes.

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  21. One of my favorite dresses with one of my favorite pairs of Kate shoes but somehow they dont go together. The sparkly gray pumps needed a brighter dress. This dress needed a neutral shoe. I guess Kate is just not the type of person who endlessly ponders the right shoe to go with the outfit the way many women (myself included) do.

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    1. Forgot to add: when Kate finds some style that catches her fancy, she really goes all in. I guess she's decided she loves maxi dresses now because this is like the fourth maxi dress she's worn this month.

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    2. Neutral shoe? As in the Praline pumps? ;-)

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    3. No no not the praline pumps :) But the strappy pink sandals she wore last time were perfect. Black shoes might have worked too.

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    4. I agree with strappy pink sandals. I called them something else below, but the shoe tone from the first appearance of this dress is so much better than silver. Good call, Ivy Lin. Thanks. Katherine USA

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  22. The Duchess of Cambridge looks lovely. She wears “repeats” very well. I look forward to the full post. Thank you, Charlotte.

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  23. Duchess kate looks amazing once again. Love the dress but the shoes not so much maybe a great sandal like the ones she had on previously on another occasion. She looks radiant irregardless.

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  24. Oh my gosh I love this entire look! I have been wanting her to repeat this dress and I just love it, love the accessories, the hair....just everything!!!!!

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  25. Tammy from California12 June 2019 at 22:08

    Love that she brought this dress back- it’s one of my faves! She looks so stunning in it!

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  26. Courtney Providence Village12 June 2019 at 22:12

    I truly love this dress and thinks she looks impeccable but it’s a bit of a “sporty” looking dress to me. Not really my personal favorite for a night gala but she looks gorgeous no matter what :))

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  27. I like the sporty tennis-like vibe of this dress in cream and the beautiful silhouette, however the shoes are too glittery - they would be perfect if the dress were navy.

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    1. Valerie in Arizona13 June 2019 at 00:04

      Although this was a gala, it wasn't a formal-formal one so I think she did well with this. It is fancy without being over the top :)

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    2. I love the dress, love the clutch but agree the silver "fancy, glittery" look of the shoes and clutch does not work well with the dress. the idea of the dress in navy with the shoes and clutch would be a great look.

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  28. Wooow!!! I LOVE Kate's hair! It's very vintage-Kate. It reminds me of her dating years. Just the right amount of volume and curl for interest and refinement.

    Not sure the shoes work but I like them better than the peach ones. They were too old for such a modern dress. I'm very happy to see this rewear, specially since Kate fills it out a little better now or she had it taken in. It fits to perfection!

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  29. She has been busy lately. So nice to see her winning smile spreading cheer! She looks fabulous! This is one of my top 5 favorite dresses of hers. Love it! I would really like it myself😁

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  30. The length of this dress is so elegant. So much better than the midi style that has made a come back.

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  31. I like the dress more this time around, I think because at least it doesn’t have a high neck or lace like so many dresses she’s worn since but those shoes are a miss. Her makeup looks incredible!

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  32. Caroline in Montana12 June 2019 at 22:58

    I like the accessories with this dress. im not sure I loved the dress the first time, I don't remember how she was styed. but I like it this time with her hair and the silver accessories. is that a new clutch? cant wait to see more pictures. whatever she is doing she looks great and happy and glowy! every inch a princess.

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  33. Barbara Casasola Spring 2016 dress, Kiki McDonough Lola blue topaz and diamond hoop earrings, Jimmy Choo Romy 100 pumps, and Wilbur and Gussie Charlie Steel Classic Silk clutch..

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  34. The duchess looks stunning in her re wear the classic dress that secondary though i love the her speech

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  35. Anonymous @23:28, you have done your homework😊. Thank you.

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  36. Kate looks just great in this dress and her hair and makeup are perfect. Can't say I'm a fan of the shoes or the clutch. I might have rather seen a black clutch and shoes to match. Creamy pearl earrings with the diamonds set in the pearl and perhaps a pearl pin .

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  37. The Duchess looks lovely. I really like this dress, it suits her figure so well. The shoes are lovely but don't go with the dress, sandals would have been better. The silk clutch with crystal bee is gorgeous. Her hair and makeup are just right.

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  38. I didn't like the dress the first time and I still find it more suitable to Wimbledon or some sporty events and I prefer the styling from the first time.Her accessories are good in their own but don't go with this dress.Her Prada Sandals from Berlin's trip with her diane von furstenberg clutch would be more suitable And yay she gained some weight and it suits her.

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  39. Rebecca - Sweden13 June 2019 at 00:37

    I love that Kate has made this Blue Peter appearance! As I've understood it Blue Peter is like a staple in British television so it seems like a great choice for a TV program for a royal to be involved in as well! She sounds so confident and comfortable in these clips! She's really in her element with both kids and nature! And how clever to involve "the public" in a design choice to make the next garden different and also extend/add some coverage about it! Very cleverly done.

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  40. Frankly, I was expecting a little more glamorous dress, but this dress works, nevertheless. I was wondering if Kate researched the décor of the restaurant,, because she got that spot on!! The image where she's giving her speech, with the white roses on the wall, totally works with her dress!! She looks lovely, as usual. Thank You Charlotte!!XOXO Siddhi

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    1. I think even though this was advertised as a "gala" dinner if you look at the other people at the event they were in business clothes or at most cocktail dresses. So it doesn't look like a very black-tie event. Which is why this understated dress was perfect ... and the glittery blinged out shoes not so perfect. But as I said, I've given up hoping Kate will ever be good at matching shoes to clothes. She's just not a shoe person.

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    2. But on the upside Ivy Lin, they weren't the "brown socks"!! Progress. :)

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  41. I love that clip!!!
    It is fun hearing her more and more speaking and showing a bit more.
    She has a beautiful voice.

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  42. She looks gorgeous in that dress, even though I don’t love it otherwise. She looks much better in it than how it’s shown on the models, and it’s nice to see her trying something a little on the edgier side. The shoes and clutch are stunning but I don’t think they really “go” with the dress. I think the texture miss is off - the dress has sort of a sweater (jumper) look about it, and those glam sparkly pumps have a different vibe about them. I agree with the poster who said the shoes would go great with a bold color dress, and the dress might work better with a more neutral shoe. But she looks so fantastic, it doesn’t really matter.

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  43. I think she looks gorgeous. thanks so much Charlotte for this great post

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  44. Could someone tell me who the fellow is that is holding the umbrella for the Duchess. I see him helping the Royal Family at occasions greeting and guiding them but I don't know his official job.

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    1. I'm also curious as I feel like we see him a lot, but I don't know who he is. Does anyone know?

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  45. Absolutely FABULOUS dress. Great shoes but for me not a good match for the dress. What is different about Kate's features? Is it her eyebrows? Does anyone else notice something different in facial appearance. I just can't put my finger on it but something is different.

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  46. My first comment didn't make it but I'm glad because seeing the additional photos makes me realize that I do indeed remember this dress! I first thought it was a cream sweatery dress but it's much more. :) I just love this dress, and she definitely wears it well. She looks incredible, and her hair really is beautiful. My first comment suggested black or bronze or plum or jade shoes/purse, but now the "grooves" in the dress look silvery and I like what she paired with it. This is just such a great dress and I love that it lacks ruffles at the neck, etc, as another person commented.

    Addiction is so awful. Both my parents were alcoholics and my father was addicted to prescription pain pills. They never even considered, that I could tell, that this was not a good way to live. I can say that the alcohol killed them even though they lived, remarkably, into their early 90s. I hope some progress is made -- the worse part is how children have to live with addicted parents.

    We are really having some treats with all of Kate's activities! With Meghan getting back soon, and all the activities of William and Harry, there is a lot for royal watchers to enjoy. Thank you, Charlotte!

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  47. I love the entire look. The shoes make the dress look more elegant. I love her hair down with this dress. She just looks gorgeous- esspecally after birth of Louis!

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  48. I love how she looks! Honestly she could wear a sack of potato’s and still look stunning 😂. I love that her hair is longer now, huge fan of it. Great event!!

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  49. I'm surprised by the number of people who think the shoes don't go. I think they are a better choice than the sandals she wore first time, but importantly, we've had a lot of rain and strappy sandals wouldn't have worked even for a short walk from the car. Imagine sitting through dinner and making a speech with wet feet!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 June 2019 at 12:12

      Oh ick! I could feel that sensation with your comment! I agree that closed toed shoes might have been a good choice on this occation!

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    2. I was surprised as well that people did not like the shoes, I actually liked the shoes since in my opinion it took the dress from day wear to evening just by switching up the accessories. It's one of the main reasons I love her style, she always knows how to make an outfit that she has worn before look different just by changing little things.

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  50. Great dress that really flatters her, but I agree with all the comments about the accessories just being wrong. The sandals last time round looked far better. Also, I'm not a fan of mixing the cream tones with grey/silver tones... that doesn't work for me. Kate's hair was awkward too... kind of the style you get when you release your hair after it's been in a pony tail all day. Usually, it looks absolutely fabulous... so perhaps just an off day for her. She's allowed to have them :)

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  51. Nicole from france13 June 2019 at 08:37

    According to the brand itself, the dress has a sporty feel .... so what about those shoes and cluch acccesorizing a sporty feel ? Never liked this dress which makes Catherine’s torso look way longer than it is , a total miss imo , including her hair backward ....

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    1. Aren’t some of the shoes in the designer’s photos of this dress, sparkly? I think if may have a “sporty feel” but be meant for special events. Other designers, even French ones do this sort of thing...

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  52. I do hope she will support free transport for kids to the nearest woods as part of this initiative. A lot of children live on blocks surrounded by parking lots and freeways.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden13 June 2019 at 12:18

      I'm not sure if she supports that exact thing but I know she supports inner city scouting groups and other organizations that bring inner city kids out to nature. She also designed activity cards with free or cheap things to do in nature to make it accesible for families that might not be used to it. I'm not sure, but I also think the UK and London and such has surprisingly good and many parks for inner city areas so it might be more accessible than other countries might have. (I don't know facts on that last part, but that is the impression I've gotten about the UK compared to for example New York or such? I might be totally wrong)

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    2. Yes, London has lots of parks as do most towns & cities. Many school playing fields have sadly been sold off but there is lots of green space around.

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  53. I love this dress and it was perfect for this kind of event. Enough glam to make it special but not too formal. And that photo of her speaking with the white flowers against the wall is awesome.
    But I agree that the shoes and clutch, while great on their own, did not work here.
    The dress has a warm cream undertone that will go better with gold than silver/grey. Same with the blue jewelry.
    Same shoes but with a gold glitter would have been much better.

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    1. Yes, RachelZA! Gold with the cream undertone is right. That's why I liked the stacked heels she wore with the first showing of this great dress and felt less enthusiastic for the shoes, clutch, and earrings here, tho they are great pieces..

      I'll look forward to a third wearing with gold accessories to highlight the warm cream undertones.

      Katherine USA

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  54. What a wonderful event highlighting help for people affected by addiction. Without help the generational cycle just continues unabated. Was so pleased to see that Skye has apprentices from the charity and is providing practical help. Skye is an interesting chef I have one of her recipe books and enjoy her instagram account. Kate looked so engaged in promoting this charity. She really seems very much in her stride with her royal role now. I liked her dress and thought the shoes etc fine for an evening event. She looked as always lovely and appropriate for the occasion.

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  55. Royal 👑 Watcher13 June 2019 at 11:46

    Yes yes yes!!!! This is such a gorgeous dress, and the shoes add a bit of fun! It is an important charity, and Kate does very well to support them. Whilst we cannot help avoid every trauma that may happen to us in childhood and adulthood, it is well worth the effort and also having care and help available when trauma related to addiction does strike a family. I am so impressed with this.

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  56. I'm a bit bored and waiting for the Garter.Most of the time,Kate wears repeats and coats for this event.Why not predict her clothes -if Charlotte allow it- until Monday.I will go first and choose the Catherine Walker coatdress from Thanksgiving commemorating the Queen’s 90th birthday with new hat.

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  57. Zora from Prague13 June 2019 at 17:36

    I think Kate looked great. I don't mind the silver shoes - I agree she's not a "shoe person" and she just thought: let's get silver shoes and a silver clutch - and she did.
    She spoke very well and this is such an important charity.
    From talking to the farmers up in Cumbria and wearing boots, to supporting Action in Addiction wearing 10cm-heeled silver shoes - well done Kate!
    Thank you so much, Charlotte!

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  58. I've always loved this dress on Catherine; it shows off her sensational figure. The shoes - well, they lend some fun bling IMO. But lets talk hair - all I can say is wow! Her hair is gorgeously full and bouncy. I agree she spoke very well for such a deeply important cause.

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  59. I was impressed that Kate chose this charity, I thought she had common sense and was brave, for it isn't a easy cause. In fact, while I understand her focus is on early childhood, I was a bit disappointed. Not in her, what she said was very true, but I got the impression the elephant in the room was not addressed. Addiction has awful consequences and breaking the cycle is a very worthy endeavour, and addiction always causes bad mental health, but one shouldn't forget or hide the fact that the cause of addiction is very simple: drugs are addictive. Someone who is introduced to drugs becomes an addict regardless of previous mental health. And IMO there is a normalization of drugs and alcohol that are given a cool and fun image that is very dangerous and should not be encouraged. The Cambridges have managed to destigmatize mental health, I hope they and others contribute to create a stigma against taking drugs...

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    1. Hmm, I agree that the ugly truths about addiction were not really addressed by her speech, but then again, it sounds as if other speeches spoke more clearly about the complex reasons behind addiction. Kate might not have wanted to take away attention from those keynote speeches.

      This is off topic but if anyone wants to read a chilling book on addiction, I highly recommend "The Five," which is an autobiography of the five canonical Jack the Ripper victims. All five women were alcoholics, and their addictions ate away at their lives until they were reduced to essentially homeless drunks wandering around the streets. One woman (Annie Chapman) even spent a year in an expensive alcohol rehab center which was very progressive for its time. It called the women "patients" (so as to "not wound the soul") and gave them art therapy sessions.

      The chilling thing is I live in a big city and I see people like "the Five" every day. Drunk, stumbling, not a pretty sight, often begging for money. Nothing has changed.

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  60. She looks better than the models!!! Impressive! Three kids and looking like this!!!

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