Monday, 17 July 2017

Kate in Edgy Monochrome Dress by Polish Designer & Pearls!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded their first day in Poland at the picturesque Orangery in Łazienki Park.


 In honour of the royal visit, he British Ambassador hosted a Queen's Birthday Party.


It's been an eventful day, and one which saw William and Kate arrive in Warsaw with George and Charlotte before moving on to the presidential palace and carrying out several engagements focused on exploring Poland's history and supporting young entrepreneurs.


The Duke and Duchess were greeted the President and First Lady.


An artistic shot of the arrival.


The Duke and Duchess with the British Ambassador to London Jonathan Knott (in the grey suit), their host for the evening. Speaking to Sky News about the tour Mr Knott said: "I think what the visit is really going to do is accelerate that process of deepening our relationships and making sure that as we go through the process of leaving the EU our relationship doesn't weaken - actually it gets stronger."


William and Kate mingled with guests.


The couple were all smiles and appeared to very much enjoy their time chatting.


An overview of the party.


The Orangery was built by Adam Adolf Loewe and Józef Orłowski in 1860. Neo-classicist with eclectic elements, it was designed to shelter the collection of orange trees. The building was necessary because Tsar Alexander II of Russia, who purchased one of the largest European collections of tropical plants from Nieborów, could not transport it to Saint Petersburg due to climate conditions there. The collection's pride were the long-lived orange trees, 124 of them in total. Unfortunately, during World War I, they were left without appropriate care and froze. The building consists of an oblong hall, with glass walls. Today it houses a tropical garden and a restaurant in the northern wing.


Prince William gave a speech in front of 600 guests.


During the speech William said: "Tonight we have double reason to celebrate: we mark the birthday of my grandmother the Queen, and we celebrate the depth and breadth of the shared ties of our two great countries. The links between Britain and Poland go back centuries, and are steeped in a rich history of cultural exchange and close commercial relations. The Shakespeare Theatre in Gdansk, which Catherine and I will see tomorrow, is a reminder that cultural links have long been at the heart of our close relationship. Shakespeare's plays were performed in Poland – and indeed in Polish – very soon after they were first staged in London. Around the same time, grain merchants from Poland were plying their trade into Britain, pathfinders for the many entrepreneurs and skilled workers who make the same journey in both directions today. We in the United Kingdom value our links with Poland enormously.  We admire Poland as a remarkable example of courage, fortitude and resilience. You have survived centuries of assaults on your land, including partitions that were designed to wipe you off the map of Europe. Catherine and I were very moved to visit the Warsaw Rising Museum this afternoon with President and Mrs Duda; as I know we will be, too, when we visit Stutthof concentration camp tomorrow, a reminder of the suffering of Poland's people and of the Holocaust."


William added: "Catherine and I are delighted to be embarking on our first visit to Poland, and we hope to return many times in the years to come.  Mr President and Mrs Duda, thank you for your hospitality, and thank you to everyone for the warm welcome you have given us, which underlines the strength of the relationship between our two peoples."


Prince William concluded with a message from the Queen:

'Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you attending this special Garden Party on the occasion of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first official visit to Poland. We have fond memories of our visit to Poland in 1996, when we experienced its world-renowned hospitality in Warsaw and Krakow. I am delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be able to experience this for themselves in Warsaw and Gdansk.
In 1996, I spoke about the depth of British-Polish relations, dating back nearly a thousand years, and it gives me great pleasure that the friendship between our two nations and peoples has since gone from strength to strength. I have no doubt it will continue to prosper in the years to come.
'I hope you have a most enjoyable and memorable evening. Dziękujemy i miłego wieczoru.'

There was no direct mention of Brexit during the speech. You can view a video below:

William and Kate enjoying a joke after the speech.


At the reception, the Duke and Duchess were joined by people from the worlds of business, art and fashion.


Kate laughs with guests.


A great shot of Kate in the crowd in the evening light.


In the background of this photo you can see Kate's private secretary Rebecca Deacon, this will be her last tour as she departs her role later this summer.


Guests enjoyed music played by a Polish orchestra led by Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne an award winning Polish-British musician.


A glass of wine to end the day.


Kate's dress is by Polish designer Gosia Baczynska.


The Duchess tends to wear at least one piece by a local designer when touring another country and tonight's reception seemed the perfect time to choose a Polish design. The dress is really quite a departure from Kate's signature; it's a contemporary piece but also quite edgy for the Duchess. The black and white dress features a plunging neckline and leaf embellishment at the waist. Jagoda from What Kate Wore FB found a product shot of the dress.


Ms Baczynska was the first Polish designer to feature in the Paris fashion week calendar. She is known for creating bold and daring designs. What Kate Wore noted the designer was actually at the party tonight. On her Facebook Page Gosia wrote "It is an honour and privilege that Princess Kate has worn our custom made cocktail dress".


More on the look from The Telegraph:

'Aside from its diplomatic message, the dress is a bold choice from the Duchess who has shown  greater willingness to experiment with her style over the past year. The jagged, black-edge pleats on the bottom part of the dress offer a playful contrast to the delicate floral black applique at the waist while the deep v-neckline frames her pearl necklace- debuted during a visit to Paris in March- elegantly. 
Although Baczynska is now well-and-truly Warsaw based and a go-to designer for many of Poland's wealthiest and most famous women, she does have ties to London. Her biography reveals that she gave up studying Fine Arts to move to London in 1991. She then spent time working for a seamstress and honing her dressmaking skills in the city before returning to her hometown of Wroclaw to begin her business.
Baczynska- who also recently dressed Halle Berry in a silver sequinned mini dress-  describes how her fashion ethos is a "a revolt against the greyness that surrounded me" in the post-Soviet era. It will surely have impressed the Duchess that Baczynska began her business with very little funding, finding success through hard work and good reputation.'

Kate's choice of jewellery and shoes for a black McQueen dress for a reception in Paris in March served as inspiration for the completion of tonight's look.


Kate wore her very chic Gianvito Rossi Ankle Strap Suede d'Orsay Pumps. The $775 pumps are described: "These Gianvito Rossi pumps demonstrate traditional Italian craftsmanship and designs in a d’Orsay silhouette. Softly structured from black suede, the pointed-toe pair is finished with a buckle ankle strap for a slender sculpt." They remain available in very limited sizing at Barneys.

Barneys

Kate's also wearing the same statement pearl necklace with four large pearls.


And Balenciaga earrings.


Kate completed the look with her black Prada clutch.


Kate's hair was styled in a gorgeous updo.


What do you think of Kate's look tonight?


Today:

If you're just joining us you can view today's earlier post covering the arrival and several engagements throughout the day (with a serious sprinkle of cuteness courtesy of George and Charlotte) by clicking here.


Tomorrow's agenda:

  • The Duke and Duchess will visit the former Nazi concentration camp, Stutthof. Stutthof was the first camp set up outside German borders. They will meet a group of five former prisoners of the camp.
  • The next stop is Gdansk. William and Kate will join a street party where they will be offered Goldwasser - a Gdansk liqueur, and traditional Polish pierogi, while watching amber craftsmen at work, and listening to local musicians and artists who will contribute to the festive feeling.
  • Their next engagement is at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, of which Prince Charles is patron. They will watch performances and attend a small reception inside the theatre for Poles from the world of arts, culture and media.
  • Their time in Gdansk will end with a trip to the European Solidarity Centre, in Gdansk’s shipyards the birth-place of the Solidarity movement in Poland. The Duke and Duchess will tour the museum there, and meet with founding members of Solidarity.
  • The Duke and Duchess will return to George and Charlotte in Warsaw for the night.

See you tomorrow!

125 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden17 July 2017 at 19:40

    Kate is looking great! Yes, there are nitpicks, but she still looks stunning! And it's fun to see her branching out a bit (while still keeping true!) And very nice to see her in a polish designer! The seaming at the cheast is a bit.. unfourtunate.. but the rest is very nice!

    A nice first day of the tour and am looking forward to the rest :D

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    1. The chest area reminded me of Madonna's conical bras!

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    2. Don't keel over, Becks, but I like it. Even with the Madonna boob cones. :)

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    3. That seaming is reminiscent of Madonnas cone bra she wore for her Blonde Ambition tour. No offense. That's just what it reminds me of. And her hair. Could it possibly look any more austere. I don't think so. For the umpteenth time someone get Kate a stylist please. She is a Duchess and the future Queen of England for heaven's sake. That necklace does not go with the dress or hardly anything else. Only maybe, just maybe, a nice white shirt, rolled up sleeves with denim jeans, blouse unbuttoned appropriately but perfectly for that necklace to make sense. But I don't know about that even. Honestly, sorry my attitude seems so wan wah, but to me, this is one of her worst outfits yet. Her wedding gown had wonky cleavage darts or whatever and then there was the bust line of that mint lace dress when she met the Indian prime minster and other mishaps. She and Pippa seem to have some serious foundation issues. The future Queen of England? Sorry. This is a total miss for me. I cannot believe this outfit. No offense to anyone.
      The First Ladie's dress was nicely done. She looked so pretty.

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    4. I did like William's speech and the blue hydrangeas.

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    5. I almost don't mind the darts at the chest area; somehow it works with this dress. And I'm obsessed with her shoes. Glad to see them again :)

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden17 July 2017 at 21:42

      I have warmed to it, Bluhare. It works with the concept of the dress.

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    7. Was trying to come around about the outfit but the more I see the it the more I dislike it. Now I have decided to act like it isn't there. lol

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    8. *lol. By that I mean I am focusing on other aspects of the evening. (thought that might need a little explanation, lol.)

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    9. I really like this dress.. very interesting and different from what she wears. I love it. The hair is a bit big. It looks too severe pulled back and the chignon could be smaller.

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    10. I love the lower half of the dress, but yes, the bust area looks too much like Madonna circa 1987.

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    11. Those darts! Not good.

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    12. Did no one notice Princess Anne's dress from the mayor's banquet? There are few front views, but...same dart points. I thought at first ...but it was the design. There must have been a memo. Who's next?
      Thank goodness Charlotte admin included a photo of the dress on the dressmaker's model. Otherwise- well, I just don't want to imagine the remarks.

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    13. Alejandra Campos18 July 2017 at 05:43

      I agree with your comment 10000%. The dress is so cool but the seaming is not so cool :(
      She still looked great! :D

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  2. Wow,Polish designer. It is honour for us.Catherine is a beautiful ambadssador.
    She looks perfect as usual.Pearls is ideal for this event.Very smart.

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  3. Wow. What an unusual dress. I think I like it LOL I don't know if the pearls or her hairstyle go with the dress, though. Shoes + dress = perfection! Nice to see them both happy & relaxed & their hosts being so warm & hospitable.

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    1. Agree with you Kiwi Gal, at first glance I think it's a great look too and a very nice nod to the host country. Smart decision.

      The bust darts are unfortunate, as Rebecca has already mentioned...

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    2. I agree, I don't think the hair (or the pearls) works with it either. I think almost slick straight hair with one side pulled back would have worked. But I think I give up on her doing her hair anything other than what she normally does. I do like the dress though. Very unique!

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  4. I like her outfit. I bet the back is pretty too. It's very different and therefore refreshing to see. That she's stepping out now and again to try different looks/designs is nice to see. I'm glad she brought back her statement necklace and earrings too. The shoes are fabulous with the dress as is her hair. She looks beautiful. =)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden17 July 2017 at 20:14

      It IS very refreshing. It's growing more and more on me. And I saw someone say that the darting on the chest is probably a feature since the rest of the dress has such sharp angles it ties in to that. So I can even overlook it.

      I kind of like the classic styling and the classic silouette of it. It still keeps the edgy of the designer but it still looks like a Kate choice and not "fashion victim"

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  5. Wow I love this dress. I love her whole look. I did not like that necklace with the black dress but I think it looks spectacular with this white dress Like her shoes and the hair. The dress is very very sophisticated, thrilled she wore it.

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  6. Kate looks beautiful. Love her hair and pearls. William is looking good too.

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  7. Liking the overall ensemble but for the Eonder Woman effect of the bodice, a bit too pointed for my taste.

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  8. The dress details are so cool, I love the graphic/architectural lines shown in the skirt and the belt(?)/detail(?) at the waist with the leaves. The pearls are the perfect accessory with the color and neckline. I love the shoes too (and the chunkier heel sure seems like it would be more comfortable after walking/standing in the higher heels all day).

    They certainly have had a full day since arrival!

    -- btchili

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    1. I agree. Interesting and unusual dress that works well for her. The design elements are cool:) The pearls complement the dress well. Much better here than in Paris imo. Still not a fan of this cumbersome looking updo especially after seeing Queen Letizia's very pretty chignons. I would have thought the new hair cut would have facilitated a more graceful style. Does Kate seem to have lost the deep tan she sported at the NHM and Wimbolden?

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    2. I agree- I loved-loved-loved the graphic leaves at the waist and the architectural lines on the skirt, beautiful fabric. Loved the black & white accents. Pearl jewelry and shoes were perfect choices. The Polish First Lady is fabulous in her gorgeous red lace dress, loved her tan number earlier in the day. She appears to be a fashionista as well!

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    3. I love the dress as well - the skirt has a 3D effect which is so cool. It's great to see her wearing something new and different!

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  9. Really like this whole look on Kate and a lovely diplomatic nod to wear a Polish designer. Shoes, purse and especially the pearls are great additions to the look. I wish we could see the back of the dress on Kate, but that would be up to the photographers! In the first photo it almost looks as if she has gained a little weight, which is NOT a criticism! Her arms and face seem a little more rounded, but only a little – it’s very becoming, and I think she looks super! Great work, Charlotte, on keeping us up-to-date - you are the No.1 among bloggers!

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    1. I agree - the extra weight actually makes her look more beautiful. And I hope she doesn't diet down to her skeletal shape.
      I am very small - thin and short.. teeny person in real life. But in pictures I look bigger than Kate. I definitely could stand to lose a fat patch here and there, but overall I am very slim. So I can imagine how incredibly thin Kate must be in real life. She could use a bit more plumping up - would make her look softer.

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  10. Anonymous in Colorado17 July 2017 at 20:25

    I REALLY love this dress!! I'm not a fan of that pearl necklace but it's pretty with her ensemble tonight. I might dub this necklace her Brexit necklace ;-)

    I know there was talk of parenting approaches & shy George in the previous post...I just want to say that it's clear to me that those kids are obviously loved & have attentive, loving parents & hopefully grow into kind adults. It's truly what matters. :-)

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  11. Ummm, it was nice that she chose a Polish designer. And I like the pearls. The material is nice. I don't actually like the dress, don't like the shoulders or the bust line. But I like the person who is wearing it :)

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  12. I like the look of this dress except for the pointed boobs. That look should stay in the 80s. The dress looks a bit tight around her waist too.

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  13. This dress is fresh and bold, yet feminine! Great design! She looks perfect! DWLee333 in Oregon.

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  14. In many photos, the seam of the bustline is too noticeable, and distracts from the dress. I don't mind the edging on the skirt, it adds interest, but the top would certainly have to be reworked for me to consider this a win. I do like that Kate has been trying new shoe styles and different necklines from her tried and true standards.

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  15. I love the dress, it is something different than usual, but those pointy boobs need to go. Her hair could have been different but she looks beautiful anyway. I am not a fan of her jewellery, but so much better than the first time around.

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  16. Bravo Duchess a great first day in Poland. Wonderful to see how easy and relaxed Kate and William are in their relationship and both enjoying meeting and mingling with the guests.

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  17. I am glad that Kate wore a Polish designer, although I wish the the length had been shorter. They both looked wonderful. I enjoyed William's effective speech. All around a great first day.

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  18. Pam from Boston17 July 2017 at 20:45

    Oh my, just not liking this dress from the few photos posted so far. The bodice area is just too....well, it looks like she's wearing a transparent dress in a cold room, let's just say.

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    1. That was exactly my thought also! She always has such perfect taste in clothing, so I was really surprised at this choice. Not liking this dress at ALL.

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  19. Just took a quick look at the Mirror story as Kate and William were leaving for the garden party. In a couple of the photos, Kate’s white and black dress looks as if the skirt has cutouts on the pleats that are accentuated with the black stripes - almost like modern sculpture.

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  20. Love it. I like the dress, appreciate the fact she intentionally chose a Polish designer. I really like that she recycled jewelry. With the new bling earlier, wearing more new bling on day 1 may have raised some eyebrows. Plus, these pearls are some something you can just toss on and wear to any engagement. Glad thy get a second chance to shine again.

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    1. ***NOT just something you toss on for any old engagement.

      But, the more I see pics, I am not sure I love the pearls with it. I like the bolder jewelry but am second guessing the pearls.

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  21. The structural elements of the skirt are very interesting, but all I see up top are the cone boobs and the severe hairdo.

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  22. Julia from Leominster17 July 2017 at 20:55

    It's a beautiful dress with a touch of glamour to it and seems very appropriate to the occasion. Extremely nice to have chosen a Polish designer. The shape is excellent on her. Her hair looks wonderful and the shoes and necklace work well. The president's wife also looked wonderful - I liked her dress earlier as well. I wasn't as crazy about Kate's suit earlier but in a full day of engagements - some serious - it served the purpose well. William spoke with ease and polish. It was a serious and well written speech. The crowds seem very pleased to see William and Kate - it seems to have been a successful day.

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    1. Glamour is a good description here, Julia. And, yes, very nice to see the smiles and happy faces in the crowd.

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  23. I love the accessories, but I have such a pet peeve with darted seams, it drives me bonkers!! It's like a beacon. Having said that, the overall style and pattern of the dress is beautiful and I'm happy she's worn a Polish designer early in the piece.

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  24. Alaina from NJ17 July 2017 at 20:59

    I love this look, but I do agree w/ you Rebecca - Sweden, the chest seaming is unfortunate. I like that she's been experimenting with necklines. This look feels young and fresh and the statement jewelry is fantastic. She also seems a lot more relaxed lately, maybe its just her settling in as a mother and public figure but whatever it is - it looks good on her.

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  25. Okay, after the couple's little joke about "I guess we need to have more babies" I can't help but point out that, since Trooping, every outfit Kate has worn has a full skirt, most with peplums, boxy pleats and/or designs (polka dots) that distract. . . could she be hiding a bump???

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    1. I think you're right, particularly in view of the "more babies" comment *squeak*!!

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    2. Thought the same thing, Molly!:) I hope so! How they must be chuckling to themselves after that comment today if she really is pregnant haha!

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    3. Wasn't she drinking white wine at the reception?

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    4. Trixie in North Carolina18 July 2017 at 04:22

      I have been wondering that too! But she had a glass of wine in her hand at the reception tonight so doubtful. It look like William was drinking water. Lol

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    5. Trixie in North Carolina18 July 2017 at 05:26

      Love the dress! Anyone notice that the designs look like the different teeth on keys. Each one has a distinct design. It is a work of art! Could there be a meaning to this design?

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    6. Glass of white wine says differentlyrics.....

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  26. Hi, today I was at krakowskie przedmieście street to see the royals. I was not lucky to have a good place to stand and to see the royal couple, I was at the end. William and Kate werent able to come to me, because they were almost late. Someone loudly said "William, photo?" and he came to us for 30 seconds. He said that he is sorry that he cannot to talk with us, but he needs to go. But i was lucky and I saw them twice while in car. It was amazing feeling to meet the royals. I didnt expect that so many people come to see them. I didnt know that, we Polish people are so big fans of monarchy. I have been happy, because polish TV was broadcasting the evening party in Łazienki Park. It is great that Kate wears polish designer. I am looking forward to seeing them tomorrow in Gdańsk, as it is a really beautiful city. Greeting from Warsaw. Kasia

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    1. That's so neat! Thanks for your account. :) Wish I were there.

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    2. Those two are just shining lately! The UK is so lucky to have them represent.

      Princess Charlotte has my heart and I can tell she probably always will. :)

      Seeing the cut-outs on the skirt makes me like it less but I appreciate what the designer was going for. Overall 2 beautiful looks, well-accessorized, and most importabtly two people who seem calm and happy and who seem to really try to be "real" with everyone.

      I just wish someone had filed down the points on the bustline though! ;) But, again, I get it, and nice to see a polish designer.

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    3. kageia, so cool that you got to see them. :)

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    4. Oops, posted a general reply here by mistake.

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    5. kageia, that was so cool that you were able to see them! This dress is seriously edgy and not my style at all but Kate managed to carry it off very well,. Onward to tomorrow!XOXO

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    6. I am happy for you, Kasia. :-)

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    7. Julia from Leominster18 July 2017 at 11:37

      Very exciting - at least you had William come over - thank you for your account - and I agree - it's wonderful she wore a Polish designer and I love the dress! Love the warm welcome too!

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  27. Fresh. Unusual. A wonderful, polished (pun intended) summer look and well accessorized. Love it.

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  28. Personally don't like the dress. But she paired it perfectly with the black shoes and clutch as well as the pearls! And think it's very nice she choose a polish designer. Curious if she will do the same in Germany.

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  29. Emily in Midland17 July 2017 at 21:53

    I think the dress may not photograph well, but there are certainly elements I like and it is fun to see Kate trying something new! Her hair this evening reminds me very much of Princess Victoria.

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    1. Me too, Emily! I think this kind of hairstyle suits both of them really well.

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  30. For all those asking for something more fashion forward, here it is!!

    I like the dress and can imagine the excitement of the designer seeing Kate in her design. What a thrill for her.

    I had to laugh out loud at he cone bra comments. Now, I can't unsee it I quite like the dress, jewelry, shoes & clutch. I'm not sure about the hair but it's fine and let's the dress shine.

    Great day 1. Tomorrow will be very busy and emotional day.

    Thanks Charlotte for your wonderful efforts.

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  31. Enjoying the journey with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family. I enjoyed the Duke's speech and a nice nod from the Duchess to the Polish designer. Thanks again, Charlotte.

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  32. A bold choice (for her) - I really like it!

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  33. She personally looks great, but those stripes and lines look as if she was attacked by a bear on the way to the party! I also don't like the ankle straps (I think her black suede Prada shoes would have looked better) and her hair, too matronly. But oh well

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  34. Do you have the correct earrings shown yours look like diamonds but photos show Kate wearing mabe pearl type stud earrings. She looks beautiful

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  35. Don't mean to be a pest, but could someone tell me on the Wimbledon page, in the first photo, if that is Chris Evert in the red dress.

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    1. Yes absolutely! The one and only!

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    2. She was in the royal box surfer girl, a red dress with a black floral print around the arms if I remember... her hair was swept up. Chris Evert Lloyd as I remember her ;)

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    3. Not sure which photo you mean surfer girl but yes, Chris Evert was wearing a red dress and she was sitting just behind the lady who always greets Kate at Wimbledon.

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    4. Thanks ya'll. I thought it was but wasn't sure. Nice that she was there. :)

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  36. In the video of the garden party, is that Becca Deacon standing there on the perimeter of Kate's group?

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    1. saw the photo above. I like her outfit. She was glowing.

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  37. Laura in Canada17 July 2017 at 23:21

    Wow...okay so I love this look. Would I wear this dress...nope...not at all my taste But I think she looks young and hip but classy at the same time. In my view...this has been perfectly styled...you take a edgy "out there" kind of dress and you pair it with a classic chignon and pearls with a modern twist (nothing more classic then pearls) and you have the right "balance" in the look.
    I might be in the minority but I love this necklace and I loved it the first time she wore it in Paris. Did we ever Id it? Surfer girl...I would take your comment one further...most certainly would go with jeans and a white shirt but I think it works equally well in a setting like this which calls for something more formal. Dress it up or dress it down.

    I love this chignon on Kate...she really suits "up-do's" and I think her side profile is truly stunning. (Noticed it at the state banquet as well...).

    My only nit is I will join the choir of voices that are asking for her to quit using hair nets. I shudder each time I see them....way too old ladyish. We got the shorter hair...now can we please get rid of the hair nets???

    Looking forward to tomorrow!

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    1. You aren't the only one that really likes this necklace & earrings

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    2. I agree Laura and I don't think a softer do would work with this dress.

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    3. I wonder whether the chignon is fake. Maybe that would explain the hairnet. After her haircut, which I really like, I am not sure there is enough of her own hair to create that hairstyle. I love the up dos. They are classic and sophisticated.

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    4. Laura in Canada19 July 2017 at 03:05

      Sylvia in PA....That is very possible. Maybe the chignon is created with the use of hair pieces...but I think that would be more likely if she had a lot of layers in her hair...which she doesn't. And while her hair seems "short" to us...it really is not short at all. It is still past her shoulders which is a good couple of inches longer then mine and I sweep mine up into an "up do" quite often no problem. Good coat of hairspray...and it is good for the night!

      I am totally with you on the updo's being classic and sophisticated. I always feel slightly more elegant and polished when I do one. And mine don't look half as good as Kates!!

      I am off to find this necklace....surely google can turn it up somewhere!!

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  38. Daring dress and design. Lovely and generous nod to the designer and host country! She looks great and seems engaged with the guests. I expected all the worry and rant about "cones", "darts", "bodice", etc., here. So funny. Tomorrow, how will she dare to dress her upper body?
    Charlotte, you are the best!!! Thanks!

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  39. The dress is edgy, which is good. However I loathe that necklace. Borderline on the earrings. The first lady of Poland's dress is nice. A good fit for a lady her age.

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  40. I love this very "edgy" (pun intended) design, including the structured bust. It all works together very well, and Catherine wore it perfectly with the pearls and black shoes. I like it a lot though of course it is not to everyone's taste.

    William's speech was good. I love the choice of photos Charlotte has put in and all the background, of course, is most appreciated.

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  41. I love the look! This dress is positively edgy. It's wonderful to see a little style creeping into her choices - the open toe sandals of late, the daring necklines and the very design-y dress tonight. Wonder what the rest of the tour will bring!

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  42. For all the talk about whether it was appropriate to discuss George and Charlotte, they are the ones making all the front pages tomorrow, particularly George :) KP may not love the headlines, "By George I'd rather not be here" is the basic theme...

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    1. But is that a reflection on the royals or the low bar the press has set for itself? Not exactly Pulitzer Prize material.

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    2. Julia from Leominster18 July 2017 at 11:34

      As I mentioned in the other post, it's not the low bar of the press and many people who question whether it's appropriate to look at William and Kate's parenting because they 'know their child' have done plenty of critiquing of royal parenting past - it's part of royal life -

      All of us look back over the queen's parenting decisions, with Charles, with Andrew and critique and comment -many of the same people who say we shouldn't comment here don't hesitate to blame the queen for all that went wrong with her children's marriages - even though she was acting by the standards of her day.

      It's routine to look back over how Diana parented - many of us have criticised Charles for decisions he made about his sons - and Harry himself has made comments about walking behind his mother's coffin and William about photo ops - all of which most of us thought fine at the time - the press has made cute headlines about all these things, people have thought them charming at the time and by the standards of the time and then critiqued them later. It is part of royal parenting because it is one of the last places where a position is hereditary.
      And yes Pulitzers have been won by historians who analysed royal parenting. And in the future how William and Kate raise George and how that affects him as an adult will be closely looked at - he even may come out and say he loved - or hated - going on these early tours.

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    3. I have not read the comments so I don't know what the controversy is about, but I know that parenting can be a sore topic among internet commentators. In real life most moms have been criticized for some reason or other. I have felt judged and also have judged other mothers. But to me that is life. I let things like that role off my back easily. Humans always have opinions on other humans. So blooming what.
      I don't think parents should not necessarily comment on others' parenting - feedback is valuable. I know that my 'village' helps raise my kids and they often offer feedback on what my husband and I or others are doing that could be done better. So my philosophy on this is that as parents we need to be rational and develop a thick skin - it will help us evolve and improve.
      About Kate and William's parenting - I don't usually comment. But once I remarked a long time ago that I felt Kate was a hoverer. She helicopters the heck out of her kids and that makes me cringe. Telling them what to do constantly instead of allowing them to explore - the very antithesis of the montessori philosophy.
      I think that this is perfectly valid criticism and something I would tell a friend to his or her face. Helicoptering has remarkably adverse effects on children and I would want my friends to know and acknowledge that.
      I am not an ultra sanctimonious person, and have a healthy dose of self-esteem.. comments like that would not get me down but would help me introspect and become better.
      Anyway, I think it is perfectly valid to have an opinion on Kate's and William's parenting choices.

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    4. Critiquing a finished product is quite different from criticizing a work-in-progress. The true test of parenting lies partly in the sort of adult the child turns out to be. We have that perspective with the Queen's children. The Cambridge children are aged two and four.
      If one replies, ..."but the early years are so vital; the time to judge is now"..." then one must acknowledge that HM was absent for days and sometimes weeks and months when Charles was that age.

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    5. Thank you, 18:17. That is exactly the distinction I wished to point out here.

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    6. Julia, did you really think at the time that it was all right to make those boys walk behind Diana's coffin? I clearly remember how sad and disturbed they looked. They also were sandwiched uncomfortably between their feuding father and uncle. Only Prince Philip could have talked them into that walk, and I was astonished that they did it. They also looked so devastated while they looked at all the flowers at the gates of their homes. It was heart breaking.

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    7. Julia from Leominster19 July 2017 at 04:29

      Anonymous, this is again an area where my feelings come from experience. I wasn't around to make a judgement on Charles as a child - but I saw plenty of things later that troubled me, that when I mentioned them, or if I had, would have led to as shocked a reaction as I'm seeing here.
      I did mention that Diana looked horribly uncomfortable around Camilla before the marriage - and people thought I was crazy. The wedding was a joyous happy occasion - nothing must blight that. Camilla was just a long-discarded girlfriend that Charles liked to have hanging around - big deal - it was the cameras, the attention that were troubling Diana. Even I would have thought someone mad if they had said Camilla would one day be queen - but I wish I hadn't brushed off those photos so readily.

      And no one -not even me - wanted to speak out when Diana looked appalling thin after William's birth - we skirted around it - said we'd hope she would put on weight soon -
      - like now, we didn't like discussing other women's weights, and all wanted to believe that she had just dieted a bit too much or had fantastic metabolism - if we had spoken out more honestly would it have helped? Probably not, and yet it seems somehow by not speaking we contributed to the great lie.

      And no one I know commented on anything being wrong with Harry following the coffin - it seemed respectful to his mother - were any who disagreed right to stay silent? Harry stands in rebuke of us now. It frankly is a very difficult part of the somewhat voyeuristic activity of royal-watching. We see things - should we assume all is fine?

      I don't know in this situation. I truly don't. It's the fourth occasion we've seen George looked very frightened in this sort of setting. Hopefully, he'll grow up to be a confident happy child who is completely at ease with cameras and crowds because he's going to need to be. One hopes and assumes his parents know what is best. But then most people saw no threat in Camilla talking to Diana - thought the royal wedding was a glorious celebration of love in spite of Charles' 'whatever love is', assumed Diana had just dieted too much, assumed William - as he looked - was comfortable and happy going to school and being photographed. And because the truth in all these cases turned out to be terribly different - I do mention what I see - respecting others see things differently and may well be right. It's my accommodation to a crash of reality that destroyed royal fantasy for me before many here were born. I still follow royals but with eyes wide open.

      I was surprised William and Kate brought the children on this short tour after they said they weren't going to bring them in the future. Even though I enjoy royal children as much as anyone, I'm still a little surprised.

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  43. The best thing I like about this outfit are her shoes and earrings. The dress....I just don't care for it, especially the shine to it, and yes, very unfortunate the way it looks on top. The pearl necklace to me looks too casual for this dress (I like the earrings, but not teamed with the necklace...to many objects). But I guess on a positive note, it is very artsy...the skirt especially. At least her hair seems to be parted somewhat on the side. :) I'm excited to see what tomorrow's outfits will bring. Thank you Charlotte!!

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  44. Julia from Leominster18 July 2017 at 01:45

    After the rather bland suit (although I love the shape of the suit - it just needed something more than that pretty ruby necklace) the more I look at this dress, the more I love it! The shape is quite classic and a very good one on Kate but it is wonderfully outre - and of course a great tribute to the nation being visited - something we didn't fully get in Canada.

    Yes there is a dash of the Material Girl about it but it's fun - and the skirt is fabulous - yet in that length that does so well on Kate. Just such very cool detailing and yet very wearable. And the hair, the shoes and the pearls are perfect - real pearls would not have been right with this dress - it needs jewellery with a bit of dash. The updo shows off Kate's great shoulders, tiny waist and back - too often she's worn a low back and had her hair hanging over it - and the plunging neckline is beautifully offset by the necklace - the balance that was lacking a bit in the banquet gown is just right here. People are saying on OSS that this will be a one-time wear - but I tell you, if I was Kate's age and had (as I did then) her figure - I would use this dress massively. It's so original - and it invites comment and gives us a wink - but it doesn't shout and scream as so many modern outfits do.

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  45. Is it possible she didn't have a fitting with the designer and just sent her measurements? Or the fabric has a sheen that is picked up by cameras and accentuated the darts? The one side picture showing the back of the dress doesn't fit as well as her normal tour dresses. i hope she wears another new designer tomorrow.

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  46. I love these look. Looking forward Too see the royal tour progress. Hmm i love she said Too the girl. That. Make up makes her beautiful Hmm i love she discuss she wanted to have another baby. Prince william speech lovely.. Hmm looking forward What the tour brings

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  47. I love the picture of them having "a glass of wine to end the day". Just beautiful. They are wonderful representatives of The Firm.

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  48. Tammy from California18 July 2017 at 02:29

    I really, really like this dress! Her hair, shoes and the earrings look great too. I didn't care for the necklace the first time she debuted it (although from far away in pictures, I have to admit it does fill in the drop neck line very well) and I still don't.

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  49. Edgy cool looking dress needs edgy hairstyle. I, too, like that she is trying out new styles, even when they aren't a hit with everyone. And kudos for highlighting a Polish designer! Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings...

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  50. I like the dress, it is different. It is making me curious if it is an original idea of the Polish designer, or his interpretation of what Polish traditional clothes are. It looks like a dress-- arts, crafts/sawing classes etc. would love to experiment with paper.

    Kate’s “Pearle” necklace had been interesting last time and also here.

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  51. Love this look. It is simply a superb dress, perfection. And Catherine wears it with such grace and class. The entire look is stunning. She is getting edgier lately with her sartorial choices, and I've been wanting to see that for awhile. This dress is a work of art, and so it may receive mixed reviews, but I give Catherine a standing ovation for this one.

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  52. Ugh, who on earth is advising Kate on what is appropriate for state-level visits? I think she looked amazing in the cream suit when they arrived but the dress is awful. I'm sorry but it draws attention to her ..ahem..chest and not in a good way. Those pointy bits are so distracting! Interesting she went for low-cut at the state banquet too but that was pretty and not inappropriate. I know there's constant speculation over whether she's pregnant but actually I think she might be this time...maybe the plunging necklines are a ploy to divert attention?!

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  53. diane california18 July 2017 at 05:19

    I love this look-it is a bit out of the box for her. The whole ensemble is perfect-the hair, pearls, shoes-all work well together. I agree that she looks very relaxed-unlike the state dinner!

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  54. Trixie in North Carolina18 July 2017 at 05:30

    I just showed the dress to the Mister and he said it does look like a set of keys and it is mesmerizing to look at! 😊

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  55. Eve from Germany18 July 2017 at 05:40

    I LIKE this dress - it´s edgy, something different, and, believe it or not, actually underlines the Duchess´s innate elegance - it makes her somehow look much more "regal" than any "safe style" dress!! I agree with all who point out the styling "mehs" (talk about that breast part...), but it looks so fresh b e c a u s e it´s young and different. You have to feel good in your body, otherwise the dress could make you look very awkward - and Kate obviously does feel comfortable which I think is great.
    So, "thumbs up" for me, very stylish look and a lovely nod to the hosting country!

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  56. With the top of the dress and the machinery/industrial type bottom of the dress, I think I am going to call this
    Kate's Transformer dress.

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    1. Actually, I think that her "Edward Scissorhands" dress is more apropos.

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  57. Kate looks exquisite in the Polish designer dress, and I love the jewellery. Very edgy and European. Possibly my favourite Kate-look ever.
    Royal Watcher

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  58. To me that's quite the "Warsaw uprising - Brexit - tomorrow we'll be in Stutthof - How many times was it you said that Poland's territorial integrity has been challenged? - modernity dress".

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  59. Ever since I've been reading the blog I never felt the urge to comment and simply enjoyed reading the comments.But this dress really stunned me and I need to say, that in my opinion this is the best she ever looked-the elegant updo,the shoes and the jewelry were perfectly chosen.She looks fresh,young,stylish and yet princesslike-William must be a very proud husband!I'd like to think the lady wowed her prince with this appearance...I can't wait to see the two of them in Germany!

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  60. I love this look she looks stunning! i love that she wears her hair up now! thanks Charlotte.

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  61. Julia from Leominster18 July 2017 at 11:23

    Kate out in a floral dress today - looks pretty at first glance - we'll get a better look soon.

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  62. I really like these small gestures like William speaking Polish
    "Panie i Panowie, dobry wieczor" which means Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening" :)

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  63. Here's to your fantastic coverage of Day 1, Charlotte! :-)
    Charlotte, excellent evening coverage in my view. Thank you :-)

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  64. I really like this look; it is all so beautifully styled. If the dress were not by a Polish designer, there might be criticiism of it, but it was a great diplomatic move, and Kate wore it well.

    Rebecca Priestley had on beautiful shoes. I wonder whether they are from her wedding.

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  65. Kerrie from Indiana18 July 2017 at 12:39

    I like that Kate went with something very modern and different for this look. I am sure the designer was thrilled to be chosen and the look is very memorable. The necklace is one of my favorites. I usually think of pearls as a look that softens an outfit, and in this case, I love the mix of the lines of the dress with the necklace. Day 1 of the tour was a winner for me.

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  66. The only part about this look that I like is the hair and clutch. The dress and jewelry are a miss for me. Hoping for better outfits along the tour.

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  67. I love this dress! I especially love the patterning of the skirt. And I also think the A-line skirts Kate has been wearing lately look better than those sheath dresses or dress coats. They give her figure more shape and femininity. Also love her shoes (how many times can we say that about Kate?).

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  68. IMHO this is a win for Kate. Elegant all around. That's the best up-do I've seen. I bet it's easier to get her hair style given it's shorter - and I'm wondering if they use a "filler". The ankle strap shoes are perfect for this dress. And I loved the jewelry the first time she wore it so overall a big win.

    Also, has anyone else noticed how confident he isi among the guests?

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  69. I loved the dress and the necklace and earrings she paired with it. Her understanding and appreciation of art really shows with her choices. Just love it.

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