Thursday, 20 July 2017

Kate in Bird Print Markus Lupfer Dress & Diana's Pearl Bracelet for Clärchens Ballhaus Reception

The Duke and Duchess attended a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus tonight.


Ahead of the reception the British Council said: "Both the British Council and Their Royal Highnesses William, the Duke of Cambridge, with his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, share the same passion about strengthening the intercultural and international links between Britain and the world. During their visit to Germany, Prince William and his wife Catherine aim to learn what makes Berlin such a strong magnet for artists from all around the world - especially for British creative professionals."


A warm welcome upon arrival.


The Duke and Duchess were joined at the reception by some of the most creative, innovative, and exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology in the city.


Opened in 1913, Clärchens is one of the last remaining old ballrooms in Berlin.


An interesting review of the venue from The Guardian:

'Amid the sleek new cafes, offbeat shops and modern art galleries of the buzzy Mitte district, one cultural icon looks much the way it did a century ago. Founded in 1913 by Fritz Bühler and his wife Clara, affectionately known as Clärchen, this two-storey ballroom has an air of gracefully faded grandeur.
 I’d heard about this peculiar urban timewarp long before I stumbled across it one afternoon while looking for a bite to eat. The attached beer garden, decorated with exposed bulbs and dense greenery, looked so intriguingly out of place that my friends and I stepped in without thinking. After brusque bow-tied waiters served us schnitzels that dwarfed the plates beneath them, we took a peek inside the building’s well-worn facade. There, under the neon lights and silver streamers, a group of maybe 20 people were enthusiastically tangoing away. It felt oddly like trespassing on a high school dance from decades past.
I’ve since been back to Clärchens Ballhaus as a participant rather than a voyeur, doing my best to cha-cha with two left feet. But as much as I love the nostalgic vibe on the ground floor, it is the chandeliered Spiegelsaal (mirror hall) upstairs, all towering ceiling, baroque detailing and huge mirrors, that draws gasps, and crowds. This hallowed hall has witnessed raucous 1920s nightlife, covert sword duels, allied bombing, balls for war widows and, more recently, a dramatic revival, thanks to David Regehr and Christian Schulz, who saved it from dereliction in 2005.'

Looking inside is like stepping back in time.


The building has protected status as a Berliner Kulturdenkmal (cultural monument).


Well-known faces included Sam Riley and Game of Thrones star Thomas Wlaschiha, who plays Jaqen H'ghar on the hit show. During their chat on BBC Radio 1, William revealed they are both big fans of the show. Richard Palmer reports "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attempted to persuade Mr Wlaschiha into revealing the closely guarded secrets of what happens next in Game of Thrones after season seven premiered on Sunday. But even the popular royals could not wriggle out any hints from the tight-lipped actor. The 44-year-old thespian said: “They said they really liked Game of Thrones and have watched every series. “They wanted spoilers but I said I couldn’t tell them. I’m surprised they have time to watch such a long running series.".


Mingling with guests.


A great shot.


Kate enjoyed a look around with British Council director Rachel Launay.


An overview of the party. Can you spot the Cambridges?


A highlight of the evening was a performance by Sam Hall, aka DJ Goldierocks.


With years of DJ experience and a theatre degree from Goldsmiths, University of London behind her, Sam is known for her theatrical flair as well as her cutting-edge playlists. As host of the British Council's radio show The Selector, Goldierocks reaches a global audience of over three million. Each week she brings listeners the brilliance and diversity of British music, promoting the sounds, talents and musical culture of modern Britain to an international audience. The award-winning radio show covers all styles of music from indie, dubstep, folk, soul, electro and everything in between.


William and Kate with DJ Goldierocks.


The Duke and Duchess leaving.


Kate selected the 'Wild Sparrow Dress' by German designer Markus Lupfer tonight (with thanks to HeavenQRF). The teal jacquard dress is from the Pre Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection. It's a very fresh choice for Kate; quite different from the usual styles she favours.

Markus Lupfer

Kate's dress is not available yet, but for those fond of the print the Markus Lupfer Melissa dress featuring the same print is available at Harrods.

Harrods

Markus Lupfer graduated in 1997 from London’s University of Westminster with a first-class honours degree. With his refreshingly unique style and artful way he redefined everyday basics; his critically-acclaimed final year collection was immediately bought by London boutique Koh Samui. It was in quick succession that he was awarded the British Fashion Council’s New Generation Award in 2001, providing the platform to begin showing on an international level the label that bears his name. Markus Lupfer became a regular on the London Fashion Week schedule before becoming Design Director at Spanish fashion house Armand Basi in 2006. In 2008 Markus Lupfer won ‘Best Designer of the Year’ at the Prix de la Mode Awards in Spain. Fans of the brand include Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Cara Delevingne, Olivia Palermo, Anna Kendrick, and of course Pippa Middleton.

Markus Lupfer

The Duchess added her own chic belt, which really complemented the look.


Kate teamed the dress with her  Prada Scalloped Suede Sandals from last night. They are described: "Prada's sandals have been made in Italy from smooth black suede. Set on a vertiginous stiletto heel, this pair has three precision-cut straps that are strategically placed to flatter your foot." They remain available in limited sizes at Net-A-Porter.

Prada

Kate accessorised with her Soru Jewellery Baroque Pearl earrings.

Soru Jewellery

A closer look.


Kate wore a triple strand pearl bracelet.


Initially it was thought to be the same one she wore for Order of the Garter in 2008...


Upon closer inspection, the eagle-eyed Order of Splendor and (our) Rebecca noticed it's actually Diana's Triple Pearl and Diamond Spacer bracelet. Diana wore the elegant piece on a number of occasions - most memorably with her Catherine Walker 'Elvis' outfit and Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara. The bracelet features very distinctive 'spacers'. It would certainly seem William has gifted Kate quite a few pieces from his mother's collection. It's a beautiful bracelet.


And Kate carried a new clutch.


Today's earlier post:

Today's earlier post covering the Cambridges' day in Heidelberg and the fun rowing race can be viewed here.


Tomorrow's Schedule:

  • The Duke and Duchess visit Hamburg which is Germany’s second largest city, and home to its largest harbour. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Maritime Museum on the bank of the river Elbe. Here The Duke and Duchess will celebrate the joint UK-German year of science, which this year is focused on oceans.
  • William and Kate will make their way further through Hamburg’s dockside warehouse quarter to the Elbphilharmonie. The Duke and Duchess will join the orchestra on stage, before listening to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
  • The Duke and Duchess will then depart by boat and travel down the River Elbe to their final destination for this tour: Airbus. The company’s base in Hamburg is home to production, maintenance and training facilities. The couple will tour the complex and meet apprentices, both German and English. The Duke and Duchess will then visit the final assembly line of an A320 aircraft and view the cockpit of a near-complete plane.
  • Afterwards, William, Kate, George and Charlotte will return to London.

To view all of the Royal Tour Poland/Germany coverage, click here.

136 comments:

  1. Cristin from Germany20 July 2017 at 20:11

    Woop woop I did get to see them! I'm so excited and happy! We waited 90 minutes for them to arrive and go inside in like 30 seconds, but nevermind, I got to know some lovely new people while waiting. We got a few royal waves; Kate waved from the car and than twice on her way inside, William once (he did most of the talking to the waiting officials).
    Charlotte, I did tag you in a few photos on twitter - please feel free to use them. But I guess you have better quality photos at hand.
    Kate is soo petite and pretty in person, and her smile is simply beautiful. I actually can't say too much about William as I had only eyes for her and it all happened very quickly.
    Thank you to everyone who had their fingers crossed for me (and all the other Polish and German readers that got to meet them!)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden20 July 2017 at 21:21

      Wow! How great!!

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    2. Cristin from Germany20 July 2017 at 21:36

      Thanks Rebecca :)
      If anyone is interested, we also saw German actresses Jana Pallaske and Alexandra Maria Lara (she is best known for her role in the war drama "Downfall") arrive. Lara is the woman standing next to Sam Riley and the GOT actor in the photo Charlotte has posted.

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    3. Great!! Thanks for the account. I've loved living vicariously through some of you who have gotten to see them

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    4. Cristin from Germany, did she seem thinner than in photos then?

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    5. Wonderful that you got to see them up close!

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    6. Good for you!

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    7. So glad you got to see them!
      Could you perhaps post your twitter handle here? I'd love to have a look at your pictures! :)

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    8. Oh Cristin you are SO lucky!!! I just read this morning that our new Taoiseach (kind of like a Prime Minister) has said he is asking the Irish Embassy in London to sound out the possibility of W & K visiting Ireland in the "near future." Well it better be very near or I shall have to go down on my knees to plead with Mr Jo to postpone our move back to Arizona in October. I don't think he could face another Irish winter though :(

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    9. Thank you for sharing, Cristin. How wonderful for you!! :-)

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    10. Cristin from Germany21 July 2017 at 12:42

      Thank you all soo much <3 I'm so happy I have this platform in the comments to share my joy with all of you! My Twitter handle is @dear_christin (I spelled my own name wrong, can you believe it?). The quality of the pictures is not great as my phone isn't the newest, but I hesitate to replace a working phone with a newer model, just because of a bad camera.
      @Jo: fingers crossed they'll come to Ireland in time!

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    11. Cristin, That is so exciting!!! So happy for you!!!

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    12. Thank you for providing your twitter handle, Cristin! Dankeschön ;-) I enjoyed looking at the whole scene from your perspective! It's interesting to see the whole scenario - people around them, police and all that.

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    1. Second thought: Kate looks so beautiful tonight. I love the dress and shoes, and her hair is fuller on top, which enhances this cut.
      The DM posted a gorgeous picture of them gazing at each other.

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    2. Yes, I saw the photos, Tedi. Very sweet.

      AND she's wearing Diana's bracelet. AMEN, says this tickled pink RF. ;-)

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    3. Tedi, I agree with you! Kate looks fantastic! I love this dress and Diana's bracelet, much better than the red dress she wore the night before!

      Love Avee in SA

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  3. I apologize for my ignorance in royal matters but may I ask if anyone here knows what exactly happens to all the clothes this lady wears?
    All in all, there seems to be a ton of them and I am starting to wonder whether even royal closets could hold that much sartorial load. I assume one day some of these clothes would go to charity; but in the meantime...where do they sit? She seems to change an awful lot of them and most are only seen once.
    I am not a royal follower in the sense most people who post here probably are... but I am intrigued by certain aspects related to contemporary aristocracy.
    Thank you in advance for your answer.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden20 July 2017 at 21:23

      I doubt that she has a wardrobe in the traditional sense. More of a storage room, and probably a good inventory system. She has worn quite a few new things this year but she has been known to store her things well since even before the marriage because she has shown up in things 12 years old or such. So some things might pop up out of the blue 5 years from now :)

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    2. Hi Rebecca, do you think she chooses the outfits by herself? Or maybe her staff does the research and pre-selection? Think that assembling all the different outfits for the tour must be quite time consuming...

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    3. Rebecca, I really admire her for hanging onto things for so long and getting a lot of wear out of them! You never know if she's going to show up in a brand new designer coat or one she had altered from 10 years ago. I bet the Middletons have a big closet at home.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden20 July 2017 at 22:57

      No clue. And those who know are not telling, Allegraflora. My guess? A mix.

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    5. Yes I have wondered where all of Michelle Obamas beautiful clothes are stored as well. She rarely repeated an outfit either.

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    6. I assume everything is stored with records kept regarding where the clothing was worn and with what accessories. And we know that Kate has recycled items several years later so we can expect to see other items eventually... :-)

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    7. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 02:42

      I do think she chooses her own clothes, with advice on tours for generally what's appropriate - formality, possibly symbolism (although that went a bit off here) climate and so forth. The film in the eighties on Charles and Diana included a sequence on picking out clothes for a tour of the Middle East -with discussion of fabric, requirements and so forth, with the Emmanuels showing Diana sketches. It was discussed in Tim Graham's book and Catherine Walker's.

      I don't think it's impossible that some clothes - particularly those that aren't bespoke - are disposed of discreetly second-hand if Kate doesn't think she would use them again - other royal ladies are known to have done that as have first ladies like Jackie. The majority I would imagine are stored carefully and labeled as royalfan says for when they were worn. I've noticed some tour dresses have reappeared at events like weddings or Wimbledon - some have shown up on engagements, others have never been seen again. Some may be used privately - I would think the Indian tour clothes might mostly be worn privately. Surprisingly few from the Malaysian tour have even been worn again with the exception of the green. More from New Zealand/Australia.

      Just for fun, I put forward ideas for possible reuse for clothes from this tour below. I wouldn't be surprised to see the French gown Packham did turn up for the diplomatic reception where Kate has twice worn repeats - it would seem perfect for a tiara.

      Kate's worn quite a lot of new things this year - I wondered if her figure had changed slightly - although there have been a few repeats.

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    8. Kate's clothes, like that of all the British Queens, also has immense value and interest to historians, costume designers, museum curators and the many people interested in the history of fashion. In fact, I believe her wedding dress has already spent some time on public exhibit.

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    9. Julia, I have been thinking too about Kate's wearing new clothes, wondering if her figure had changed. The white suit (dress) she wore earlier in the week looked so much like the dress she wore in Canada and at Charlotte's christening I wondered why she didn't choose either of those. But if her figure had change.... When my cousin lived in Connecticut we would sometimes go to a hospital charity shop where the "rich folk" donated their clothes, including mink coats!! I found a few really beautiful pieces there and my cousin was always trolling through the Royal Albert, Limoges, etc. I move so often that china is one luxury that is just too problematic.

      Oh and Julia did you ever read a book by Paul Gallico called "Mrs 'arris Goes to Paris?" It's about a London cleaning lady who falls in love with a Dior dress she sees in her employer's dressing room. And she determines that she HAS to have one. It was also made into a TV movie with Angela Lansbury. So she scrimps and saves for a year and finally goes to Paris and.... Honestly, that's the way I feel about this dress of Kate's. I went to the website and am more in love with the dress than ever. The material is SO beautiful!! BUT the largest size it comes in is a US size 6. Waaahhh! I haven't been a size 6 since I was 13. If I worked an extra 2 days a week as a substitute teacher I could afford the dress (it is a fairly moderate E607.) but even 20 pounds lost wouldn't bring me to a size 6.

      Sigh.

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    10. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 22:53

      Once upon a time, Jo, there was a girl named Julia who was teased for being a scrawny thing. Her mum said don't worry, other girls will envy you when you're older and she was quite right. For a brief halcyon period Julia was a size 10-12 or an American size 8 - and she mostly wasted that time buying business suits, Laura Ashley and Diana replicate sailor dresses! She must have been mad! However, she did go to the charity shops and better second-hand ones and found some lovely cocktail dresses with the stylish labels of the day. Then something happened, it might be turning forty combined with Leo's cooking but all of a sudden Julia was a Brit 14 and then a 16. She's never going to see an American s8 again, or a Brit twelve (talk about he twelfth of Never) - although she dreams of that and stops eating chocolate for a day or two!

      Although I copied Diana - and have the fake pearl choker, an imitation sheep jumper and pale tights somewhere to show for it, there is no point in replicating Kate. The online sites never have her dresses, or even other pretty ones I see in my size, or on the rare occasions they do- the biggest size is sold out instantly.

      I loved that cocktail dress Kate wore to the Indian reception and Mette-Marit who must be at least a 16 too wore it - but it must have been specially made for her. Maybe it's just as well, now I'm retired and Leo would faint at the cost of most of Kate's dresses. (I thought of showing him the red boho and then mentioning the price just to give him a thrill!) Since Leo and I aren't planning to move house soon, I do console myself with Limoges and silly bits of china clutter the house.

      I never read that Gallico story but will look for a copy on Amazon. I loved Thomasina, (the cat who thought she was god) and the film as well with Susan Hampshire, and I was thinking of The Snow Goose, now the new film is out on Dunkirk - it's been decades since I read it but I remember weeping over it.

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    11. My mother was all caught up in the "bonny baby" syndrome in the 1950s--she believed she had to feed me masses of creamy mashed potatoes and all kinds of other "fattening" things so I would have lovely rosy cheeks. So I grew up looking like the female version of Mickey Rooney whereas my blonde sister was Grace Kelly. I suffered badly from that comparison between us even though we were ten years apart. It is hard to grow up in a goddess' shadow.

      But speaking of gods, yes, I loved Thomasina as well and the film. I couldn't understand why the little girl wouldn't take the cat AND the puppy though. My London godmother (who was the only one of her family to survive a bomb in the East End) gave me a copy of Snowflake one I was quite young--young enough to be shattered when Snowflake was run over by a sleigh. Dh was for years so sorry that no copies of The Snow Goose film were available (Gallico's family had it embargoed) so we finally watched a very grainy copy of it a few months ago on Youtube. Cried buckets.

      I have my tissue box with me today as we are going to the 11:00 showing of Dunkirk. Mr. Jo is an old British movie buff and we have watched so many movies that were made in World War 2 as morale boosters for the home front. Mrs. Miniver of course. And one of my favorite series of several years ago, Foyle's War, had a most poignant scene on the beach at Hastings and when I visited Hastings I went there and teared up all over again.

      There's a memorial weekend coming up in our area called "Friend And Foe" about a U Boat sinking and capture in 1917 in Waterford Harbor. The Kaiser's Navy laid mines and had submarines in the Harbor (sorry spellcheck automatically goes to the U.S. spelling) and several fishing boats were blown up during the War. Two ships, the S.S. Coningbeg and S.S. Formby were torpedoed within days of each other. Fathers on one ship, sons on the other, 67 men and women killed were from Waterford.

      One of my great uncles, who was fighting with the Canadian Army, was wounded on Vimy Ridge and another died in a hospital shortly before the war's end of influenza. Although Dunkirk is of course about World War 2, in my mind those two wars are sadly and inextricably intertwined.

      Okay, end of another one of Jo's trips down memory lane. Time to walk the dog before we catch the bus to Waterford for the movie.

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    12. Making one's clothes is quite fun, as we discovered perforce in a mildly impoverished vicarage when we were teenagers in the Sixties. The Elisalex design by In Hand could be easily adjusted. It might be an interesting exercise to trawl through the various pattern books, or even to encourage Vogue to put some of the Duchess's frocks into their Designer range.

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  4. Not to sound repetitive, but I like it! It's completely a classic Kate dress. Stylish, appropriate, I like the birds(twitter said maybe eagles?) and the belt keep it from being completely bland. And she's wearing a bracelet!!

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  5. Wait to see more photos of the dress. No German designer so far?

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    1. Cristin from Germany20 July 2017 at 21:33

      I suppose by now, the Hugo Boss shirt is all we'll get.

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    2. Orange County Grandma21 July 2017 at 00:22

      T he dress is by a German designer. I just saw a photo of him in an article I just read. i think in the DM. He is fairly new designer.

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  6. I love that color on her!

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  7. The dress is Markus Lupfer Pre Fall 2017yhttps://goo.gl/images/WS3SmH

    Imke

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  8. I really like this on her! Looking gorgeous.

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  9. Kate sure is knocking it out of the park on this tour! Fabulous :) Linda

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  10. It seems there are several pieces in this print on the Markus Lupfer twitter page in May: https://twitter.com/markuslupfer

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  11. Um, no. Just no. She has finally taken the national dressing theme too far. What a shame. Her hair looks very pretty and she's absolutely stunning when she smiles. Still love the shoes and the clutch is very nice. And btw--who is the gentleman standing next to her? He has very stylish silver loafers on. That made my heart beat fast!

    (Sorry-I'm having computer problems and I'm unable to sign in or use an Open ID--but this is Laura)

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    1. Cristin from Germany20 July 2017 at 22:02

      I will have to respectfully disagree, Laura - I don't think she has taken it too far. To be real, probably nobody who isn't reading this blog will recognize it's an eagle print or even if they do, see the connection to the German eagle. In my opinion it's a very pretty dress, it suites her very well and she looked beautiful.

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    2. I think the dress is pretty but I do not think the sandal color works at all. The green dress seems to have white, gray, and black in the eagle print so black sandals would have been better IMO especially given the belt and clutch choices. 

      I know Kate likes to have "national symbols"/flag colors in her clothes when on tour and this dress is no exception. When other female members of the BRF go on tours do they try to include symbols of the host nation in EVERY outfit? The only things Kate has worn on this tour without supposed symbols were the dress by the Polish designer and the striped top from a German company. And those were symbolic on their face. I ask because during the most recent state visit made by a female royal to the UK (Letizia) I'm not sure there were any symbols of the UK in her outfits. Her red dress could represent either the Spanish flag or the UK flag (or just a love of red) her yellow dress the Spanish flag..I guess the dark blue blouse worn with the flowered skirt could represent the blue in the UK flag but that seems a stretch. I seem to remember when she made foreign visits QEII often relied on brooches or other small touches for symbols but not with every outfit. Sometimes Diana's outfits contained "nods" to the host nation but not always. I wonder because like Laura it seems there has been more than enough symbolism on this tour (with the cornflower blue not working out too well.) It also seemed a little overdone in Canada.


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    3. Hi Lizzie, I agree with you. I don't think the shoes work well either. They're a warmer tone than the beige in the dress. I think the black ankle straps of the other evening would look better than these. What I really think would look great is a pair of gunmetal grey evening shoes (if there is such a thing!). Would pick up some of the greys in the bag and dress.

      And Laura, I'm so glad someone else noticed silver shoes guy! He rocks his outfit!

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    4. I agree- I loved the dress color and the accessories with the exception of the color of the sandals. I believe the sandals also come in black and silver, either of those would have looked nicer than the nude. It's nice Kate has been wearing pieces from Diana's jewel collection...very respectful for the anniversary of Diana's passing.

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    5. The bird is definitely not an eagle, rather a sparrow.... I do not think it carries any symbolism. The material does complement the setting.

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    6. I agree with you. Nods and symbols everywhere, what about a speech?

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    7. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 23:01

      I don't believe Letizia used colour as a tribute - I'm not sure she ever has. The Burberry coatdress she wore was her way of honouring British fashion. I actually prefer royal ladies to choose designers from the country they are visiting to colours - because that is unambiguous and so many countries' colours are awkward for clothes. I do think it is wise to look at what a country believes is good luck or bad - and that Kate made a good choice in choosing red for the Chinese banquet.

      I would have loved to see her wear more clothes by Canadian designers or especially jewellery, there were more amazing things I found when we were doing the fashion bit than I could put in my choices - but alas, she didn't ask me! Maybe next time she'll choose more - this time, I believe there was special attention because of Brexit.

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  12. Charlotte!! You missed the awesome guy's look full length! Those silver shoes . . . I swoon!

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  13. Oh Charlotte you are SO quick off the mark! Can't find descriptions on any other news site yet but here you are!!

    I really like this dress. It is simple but very chic. And if I could lose these 20 pounds I would be very happy to wear it myself (or a knock off that looked like it.) Is she wearing her shell earrings? I can see a glint of silvery white.

    Judging from the other people standing listening to the DJ it was an informal affair after all. I think she looks very good.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden20 July 2017 at 21:24

      I think it looks like those Soru (I think it was called) pearl-ish earrings.

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    2. Thanks Rebecca--I think that's the pair that is similar to a pair that I have (and love.) Also, I think her bracelet is a similar silvery weave to her belt. Although they could also be small pearls, can't tell from the photos yet. Maybe she bought them together?

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    3. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 02:44

      When I lose twenty pounds we'll share it!

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    4. Julia it will be the Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress! I bought Spanish espadrilles that I can actually walk in so it shouldn't look like I am standing in a hole :)

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    5. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 10:22

      I'm on the tall side but would need the espadrilles - my days of wearing heels like Kate have sadly left me. I still like them but my feet don't.

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  14. If it is indeed Markus Lupfer, it is worth noting Pippa has been seen in his dresses on several occasions!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/07/pippa-middleton-steps-out_n_1000654.html
    http://www.emcblue.com/nautical-and-nice/
    https://www.fashionbase.com/5245c718e4b04a7175707193/pippa-middleton-wearing-markus-lupfer

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    1. TY Ali, (for the links) - I was curious to see more by the same designer w/o doing the googling myself. Personally, I don't care for clothes with animals and vegetables. The dress itself and the belt is nice here. The birds/eagles are for those who see the art in it, and dare to wear it.

      What looks like deep green and silver color theme is beautiful otherwise.

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  15. I love Kate but I have to say not sure if I am liking her hair parted in the middle .

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    1. Agree, she looks so much better with the updo or high pony...or anything with a bit of a structured style. This loose curl is just not photographing well. That said, I do give credit where it is due -- she did much better today with all the looks.

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  16. Rebecca - Sweden20 July 2017 at 21:20

    What a nice end to the day! Hope they and everyone there had a great time.

    Perfect look for the event. Just perfect. Not in the sense that it's the pretties ever, but it just fits so well. And nice to see her try some other british brands!
    I also really like the clutch. Still not sold on the shoes but they work better with this. And oooh, a new bracelet. She really is branching out and trying things. Very fun!

    Looking forward to tomorrow. Can't belive how fast it has gone.

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    1. It is a German brand.

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    2. Completely agree.. the whole thing top to bottom is perfection. including bracelet etc.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden20 July 2017 at 23:00

      Thanks Anon 21.42.

      I think I misread :P

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  17. Rebecca - Sweden20 July 2017 at 21:25

    I just noticed that she added the belt herself. Really cool and a great choice. I wonder where it's from :)

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    1. I agree! Think the belt adds a bit of a sparkle to the "dark" colors of the dress. And even the clutch does. Well done )

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  18. All great choices today! Appropriate, well-tailored and fine accessories.
    Jane



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  19. This comment is purely speculation...That said, I am wondering if her original plan was to switch the dresses from the last two nights. There is a part of me that thinks they would have worked well switched. (That is not to say I think she has made a mistake of some type. I think she has done well on this trip)

    I have appreciated the subtle ways Kate is experimenting with her style and even incorporating elements that are more "Kate" into what I call the professional wardrobe of "The Duchess of Cambridge"

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  20. Finally, a German designer! And I LOVE it!!! She looks stunning!

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  21. Those shoes!! To die for! I'm glad she wore a shorter dress so we could get a look at them (and so she could show them off). Major major shoe envy over here.

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    1. They're fantastic. I would have gotten all the colors too! I wonder how the purple pair would have looked with this dress.

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  22. Love it. This is like old kate of 2011. I have loved everything she has worn so far. She looks amazing.. like a goddess. Perfection. I hope she keeps it up and I hope that once back in the UK she will start recycling like nobody's business.

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    1. Me too!! Hopefully she will keep it up when she returns home!

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  23. I would love to know where the belt is from! Love this whole look! I wonder if bracelet and belt are a set?

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  24. I love this dress! I don't think the dark colors are the greatest for Kate, but I love everything about the dress and the print.

    I was expecting a German designer even though I have no idea who any are.

    This tour has been great!

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  25. I don't like this dress at all but it's appropriate for the occasion and by a German designer, so I won't complain ;-)
    Clärchens Ballhaus looks like a very interesting place!
    I'm looking forward to tomorrow. This week has been a lot of fun!

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  26. I have loved all of her outfits so far this tour. She can pull anything off and I realized that when she wore that red dress yesterday. It looked awful on the rack, but when Kate wore it, it looked fabulous. Some people have commented they don't like her middle part...I don't think Kate has a specific hair part, because pre-engagement she wore her hair parted different ways and it looked good.

    Excited for their last day tomorrow and hoping to see the children again. This tour went by way too fast!

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  27. In photos at least I am not fond on this dress. Never liked those earrings but they do work with the style of the dress but not with the bracelet. The bracelet seems an odd add on and I would have gone with a different handbag. I like the shoes but again would have chosen a different color for the dress. She looks completely appropriate and glad she wore a German label.

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    1. It seems there is some coordinated artistic balance among the belt ( like it a lot, one moment looks like honey comb, another moment a fence, or a circle to fill with the pearls), the earrings, and the bracelet.

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  28. Keep wondering why she is not wearing any hats this trip? Any ideas?

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    1. She didn't wear hats in France either. I think hats are more of an English fashion statement.

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    2. Thanks, I thought she had worn hats on all her previous trips, so much for my memory:).

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    3. Kate's worn hats on both her tours of Canada, in New Zealand and Australia, and in the Solomon Islands - all Commonwealth countries, but I don't think the people of the Commonwealth appreciate a hat appearance any more than anyone else. I think the reason may be just that her shorter tours in Europe (or the United States) have simply not had the more formal day engagements that call for a hat.

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    4. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 02:25

      British royals have traditionally worn hats on tours but Kate may be slipping away from that. She did wear a hat to much praise (it won best outfit as I recall) on her tour of British Columbia. She also wore one in New Zealand on arrival.

      I feel here she needed a hat with the white suit - that it would be the making of it. (More for the suit than the arrival - it lacked character in my eyes without a hat.) I've been thinking where I would like to see outfits used again - just for the fun of it - and I think that suit would be perfect for Garter Day with a striking broad brimmed hat.
      Other idea: The floral print would be great for Wimbledon - the Polish cocktail dress could be worn anywhere. I think this green dress would be great for a London wedding - with a hat. (But not with a bird on it!) The blue coat should prove very useful with or without a hat for any engagement, the yellow Packham would be nice for a school visit, cheerful and not too formal - (whoever said it, it does remind me too of a matelasse bed coverlet I have but it's such a pretty coverlet - banished to the cupboard because of the spaniels.) I could see Kate commiserating over losses with Ben in the Boss top at a sailing event. And the red Macqueen - by the tennis courts at Anmer House with a pitcher of Sangria and Linda Ronstadt singing Different Drum playing in the background.

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    5. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 10:27

      Surfer girl - that was your comment about the bed coverlet - and you've got a point! It does remind me of that (the gold dress) but I liked it anyhow.

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  29. That ballroom is amazing! William & Kate looked like they had a fantastic time :) I'm totally in love with this look, I adore the bird print & the cut of the dress. Kate looks great! She accessorised this outfit perfectly. Well done, Kate :) I'll be sad when this tour is over :( Thank you so much for the wonderful posts & coverage, Charlotte.

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  30. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 00:01

    I love this dress - the colour and style are perfect for Kate -and using a designer who is German with links to Britain seems so nice and appropriate - especially given the purpose of the tour - although I believe it is always a good thing. This shows off her lovely slim figure and fits the space so well. And a wonderful space it is. This has been a tour with an interesting mixture of styles. I'm not always a lover of prints (sorry HM) but I do like animal prints (no big surprise) and I do like this one. The accessories work very well - her belt and shoes are perfect.

    Thrilling for you to get to see them Cristin - the wait two hours for twenty seconds is an unfortunate part of royal watching - but how exciting those seconds are! It really has been a great and mostly well-planned tour. Hamburg has had a rough time of late - this should be a much happier occasion for them. Such a beautiful city, as is Heidelberg.

    As all interested can tell here, I'm much more a lover of sleek sophisticated looks than boho!

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  31. I really love this look. The accessories are all quite different, yet work together. My only quibble is that I think this shoe in black would have worked better? Maybe. It's a really funky look for an artsy evening. Especially love the belt.

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    1. I agree with you. I think she should have worn black shoes.

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    2. I agree about the shoes, Dayle. Just said so up ahead!

      But that room is beautiful; I hope I get to go one day!

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    3. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 10:20

      Glad to see you still posting Dayle - I'm not sure if you're a regular but I was shocked at the way Katefan referred to you appropriately worded post and am surprised Charlotte let her remark stand as it violates her rules. I'm fine with the sandals but black would be nice too - it is a funky look in a good way.

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    4. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 10:24

      Isn't it stunning - I know we were at the outside of that building but I don't remember seeing pictures of that room before.

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    5. Julia, I think that post is now gone, as it should be. It was awful.

      And that room . . . if I were getting married, I would want an evening reception in that room. It's stunning.

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  32. WOW! She hit it out of the park with this outfit. She looks so beautiful! Great accessories! I feel in looking at her in all her outfits this trip that she's pregnant. Just somehow the fit of the clothes seems different than usual.

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    1. Doubt it...she's been publicly sipping alcoholic drinks the entire trip.

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    2. I can't imagine she'd be drinking the wine and beer as she has been photographed with, if she were pregnant.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis21 July 2017 at 02:08

      I also don't think she would publicly joke about having more kids if she were already pregnant now...although I suppose she could always not know...
      I dk, I'm hoping the weight gain is just weight gain, because she looks happier and gorgeous with the slight added weight.

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    4. Well the thing was that I didn't see her actually drink the alcohol. She looked more like she was holding it up toasting. Of course if she did drink it they're is little doubt.

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    5. If she is pregnant it's early and she wouldn't want to give away the news by declining the alcoholic drinks. She would probably just take a sip and barely drink anyof it.

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  33. Kate looks amazing! I love this dress and the way it is styled! I am really loving her new haircut and wishing mine could look like hers!

    Lisa M.

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  34. Kate probably picked the design to honor the German Coat of Arts

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    1. typo at 00:59 Should read, Coat of Arms

      By the way the scalloped sandals heels seem a twist on the theme of accessories of shapes especially rounds and circles. Her clutch has optical illusion of geometric shapes. This is all getting better and better.

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  35. I really love how Kate has embraced a more continental fashion sense on this tour. "Less lace, more couture". The edgier German fashion suits Kate well, and she looks like she is enjoying the freedom that comes with it. Her shoe choices are fun and elegant. I'm so impressed, it's been an excellent tour. I hope George and Charlotte have had a good time too.
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    1. I love the edgier German designs, too. They're more to my personal taste. I'd love to see Kate go edgier with her fashion in future. It really has been an excellent tour.

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      I agree - she really shines in the European fashions.

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    3. I agree. I loved all of it whatever little I have been able to follow. I really hope this is the harbinger of new fashion. No lace, more edgy stuff. And repeats. I shudder at the thought of what this is costing folks.

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  36. I love everything about the duchess looking fablous and glam im really love. Her new hair cut wverythig. The duchess she always suit her

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  37. To me,,the entire event had a very edgy vibe to it,,especially the interior of the venue. Kate's dress was not my favorite but it worked well with the theme of the event and the connection to the German history. I know I'm in the minority here :)

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    1. I agree on the edgy vibe. Completely! Kate's dress was on the money here and I love how it shows off her arms. She's a beautiful lady - inside and out.

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  38. What a fun tour to follow. Catherine always looks so classic, classy and quite at ease. I have a question to throw out to all on this site - do any of you wonder if some of the clothes are loaned for the trip? I wonder this about all the royals and heads of countries who have such beautiful clothes on overseas trips but then we just never see them worn again - certainly this is not the case with all of them but I do wonder about some that we never see again. Just wondering.

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  39. This is my favorite look to f the tour!!

    Love the whole look. Silver scrappy Sandler would be the only thing I would change. Finally those earrings found their soulmate dress. They have never looked better.

    So great to see Diana's bracelet. I hope Harry also has pieces to give to his future bride too.

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  40. So happy to see Catherine wearing more of Diana's jewels!

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  41. Julia from Leominster21 July 2017 at 02:51

    Oh dear -prayers for Marmaris one of Leo's and my favourite places. I hope the death toll isn't high.

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    1. We had thought of going to Crete in September as a "farewell to Europe." Like you Julia I hope the death toll in Marmaris isn't high and that folks aren't homeless.

      Everything else becomes so less important when we see how in a few minutes life is changed. Let me never be uncaring toward the suffering nor unfeeling.

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      I've not been to Crete but always wanted to go - I think you would love it - Rhodes is lovely too.
      I agree with what you said.

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  42. She was wearing Diana's bracelet. wow. Will be fun to see other Diana pieces emerge on Kate. I like the fact that she has been given Diana's bracelet. Don't know that it went with the outfit. Moot point for me though as I didn't like the outfit anyway.

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  43. I agree with the comment about the edgier look. I loved the first night dress by the Polish designer and I think this dress worked well for this venue and occasion. The earring suited the look and I just love her shorter hair. But oh my goodness how can she manage in those Sandles? I would last about two minutes in heels that high.

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  44. Now this outfit to me is flawless. It's appropriate, classic, modern and fresh without drawing too much attention to itself. Perfect. I've commented on here before when I've been taken aback by how "off" things are - such as the chest darts earlier this week, the glaring prints or the super high hemlines or split thighs. So now I'm delighted to have a comment that is nothing but positive!

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  45. Enjoying every detail of the tour. Happy that it has been a great tour for the Royal couple. One more day! Thanks, Charlotte,

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  46. In looking back at the pictures of Kate in that flowered dress at the concentration camp she just looks stunning and the dress rally stands out aagainst the backdrop of muted colors. I just personally thought it stunning and memorable

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  47. I love her dress it is very elegant one I would wear to dinner. This tour has been great as has your coverage Charlotte.

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  48. Nicole from france21 July 2017 at 08:02

    Whaou she is lovely ! The perfect match with this amazing non conformist place, to me . Lovely dress , with a beautiful and unusual belt, paying hommage to a German stylist, and ,,, and ,,, wearing a bracelet ( and what a bracelet pearls and diamonds), which is a lot nicer with a sleeveless dress . I quite agree with Amy saying yesterday and to day dresses could have been switched, regarding the situations and places where they were worn. And I also liked the yellow dress ( although not being keen on such a vibrant yellow .....) it is perfectly tailored , I just wish it could have been slightly shorter (knee length) to suit Kate silhouette. A good day , and they visited very diverse and interesting places !places

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  49. Although this dress isn't my favourite, it is an elegant silhouette and I agree that it seems to suit the event. I wish she would have worn the silver Vamp (Jimmy Choo I thin) sandals with it though!

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  50. Cara, Australia21 July 2017 at 08:46

    Goodness, having the bracelet id as Diana's brought a tear to my eye. I read this post just after seeing photos of Diana's desk set up by Prince William and Prince Harry in Buckingham Palace. Think that is why. A lovely tribute from two boys to their mum.

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    1. I saw that on the news! I almost shed a tear, too. So sweet that they're paying tribute to her in that way, since she used to spend a lot of time at that desk writing letters to people.

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  51. Natalia, did you get to see Kate? :)

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  52. So excited to see the children again.

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  53. wow i love seeing what Kate wears! i'd love to know how she chooses her dresses!

    Missy
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  54. Mr D, United Kingdom21 July 2017 at 11:13

    Thanks Charlotte for your great posts on this tour as usual. I really think it's been a great, well planned and diverse itinerary, and the people have been flocking to see them which must be a good boost. Really loving some of these edgier looks by Kate, still not sure about the centre parting, but I'll live with it. Credit to William too - couple of changes of jackets and he seems to be co-ordinating ties with Dates outfits on this tour? nice touch.

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  55. Charlotte, thank you for your excellent coverage of Day 4!

    "Is everyone aware of the Load More button below the comments? You need to keep clicking it until it disappears, in order to see all of the messages. It appears when there are 200 comments, and continues in 50 message increments until the current number is reached."

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  56. Kate looks beautiful! The addition of the belt was a great choice; it suits the dress so well! I love those earrings and I have no idea how she continues to walk in those shoes but they look great! I know she's worn some sapphires of Diana's before and she wears the pearl tiara Diana wore, (and who could forget that engagement ring) but I wonder why she doesn't wear more of Diana's jewelry? Diana must have had just tons. This pearl bracelet is classic and beautiful. I hope someday Princess Charlotte wears it!

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  57. I love this look! But really, love it or hate it, she is actually taking a bit of a chance on her outfits as of late. And all this sandal wearing with the red toe nail polish?! May be something normal for us, but for her, it's quite risque. I hope she continues down this path! As I've said before, with the appearance of Megan on the scene, I do think Kate has been encouraged to step up her game just a bit on the fashion front. She had fallen into quite a rut over the last year or so.

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  58. Totally random question/comment but I wonder how Kate gets to work out when they're on tour? There can't be much time at either the start or the end of the day and I don't imagine she's someone that likes to take a few days off! As someone who has to go on a look of work trips, with dinners in the evening too, I would love some inspiration as to how to make it work and stay as fresh as Kate looks!

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    1. Tasha I have the same problem. Over the years I have found a few things that work for me.
      I do pushups, tricep dips, ab exercises every day on work trips. Two or three sets after I wake up and then two sets before bed. Along with stretching right before bed.
      If I am crossing the Atlantic the first thing I do after checking in to my hotel is go for a run. I try to run before anything else including meetings because I find that helps with jetlag more than anything. The first run helps reset my body clock, even if I cannot work out again. Hope this helps.

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  59. Tasha. Elastic resistance bands like they use for physical therapy are very versatile and easily packable, combined with running in place in the hotel (or palace) room works in a pinch. Plus they have lightweight, portable mini-gyms that you attach to the inside of your closed (and locked) hotel room door.
    I won't mention the brand. You can probably google travel excercise and find a lot is available there.

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  60. I love everything about this look! Young, hip,different colors fo her. Gorgeous hair. I don't love those shoes as much as she seems to, but I like the height they give her for this outfit. Perfect!!

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  61. She looked just lovely on tour, but that red beach party/picnic dress was an odd choice for the occasion. The white dress was nice, but the pointy bosoms were distracting, just as the droopy bosom was distracting on the dress she wore to her sister's wedding. Reassuring somehow that even the usually perfect Duchess can have a "miss" once in awhile!

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