Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Duchess Launches Family Action Support Line to Tackle 'Hidden Monsters'

The Duchess of Cambridge visited Family Action’s Lewisham base to launch a new national support line.


Family Action, which is celebrating 150 years in 2019, supports vulnerable children and families through some 150 local and national services, as well as supporting professionals and organisations through training and consultancy. They currently work directly with over 45,000 families. The charity is steeped in royal history. The Queen became Royal Patron of the charity in 1953, upon the death of Queen Mary. The Duchess first visited the organisation in 2017; at the time many of us thought it a very strong contender for a future patronage. Given Kate's return today and the nature of their work, I expect we'll see Her Majesty pass it on in the near future.


The Palace said: "This visit furthers the Duchess’s research and work focusing on the support available for children in their earliest years. Working with a steering group of leading practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines, Her Royal Highness is driving forwards a project to establish what more can be done in Britain to make a positive difference to the lives of children by focusing on their earliest moments in life, from pre-birth to infancy. The visit as hosted by David Holmes CBE, chief executive of Family Action, who is a member of the Duchess’s steering group." We're expecting to hear more about the project in the coming weeks.


People reports:

'Last year, Kate, 37, quietly brought together practitioners and academics from the worlds of neuroscience, mental health, nursing, perinatal care and education to form a new steering group. They have met several times behind the scenes to discuss what can be done to make a positive difference to the lives of children by focusing on their earliest stage of life, from pre-birth to infancy. Her hope for early intervention to help youngsters has been at the heart of Kate’s work on addiction, mental health and young people’s well-being.'

The Duchess was greeted upon arrival.


Their new service ‘FamilyLine’ uses a network of volunteers from across the country to support parents and carers virtually through telephone calls, email and text messaging. The campaign highlights the hidden ‘monsters’ that many families face, such as debt, addiction, lack of time together, relationship issues and mental health issues. The campaign aims to start a national conversation about the monsters that hide in the dark and grow when we don't address them.


During the visit, Kate viewed the campaign video.


FamilyLine aims to offer confidential advice and support to any family member who is struggling with aspects of family life. 


They hope to offer immediate and long-term guidance. Research commissioned by Family Action found 32% of those surveyed want to speak to someone about financial, parenting and relationship issues. The service will run weekday evenings and weekend mornings and is accessible via phone, text or email.


Kate spoke to staff and volunteers about the new service.


Kate asked volunteers about the process of helping a caller from the first point of contact. She also touched on the importance of parental help after the first year. "You get a lot of support with your baby, particularly as a mother in the early days up to the age of about one, but after that there isn't a huge amount". Kate added: "Everybody experiences the same struggle".


A video from the engagement including the quotes referenced above.


More from ITV's Chris Ship:

Ms Sarkar, a mother-of-three, said about Kate’s parenting comment: “I think it makes her human, it makes her in touch. She’s a parent, a very active parent, and I think that’s what people like about her. “Why she’s a great supporter of our service is that she does recognise that families have the same pressures and struggles and she’s no exception. She may have slightly different circumstances to the rest of us but, you know, being a parent is being a parent.”

A group of young carers shared their experiences.


If you would like to find out more about Family Action's incredible work or donate please click here.


The Duchess received flowers from Helena, a 13-year-old carer who looks after her mother.


A wave from Kate as she departs.


The Duchess selected a bespoke version of the elegantly tailored Beulah London Yahvi Midi Dress for the engagement. Note, Kate's dress doesn't have the fluted detail on the sleeve.


The £550 piece is currently available for pre-order:

'The Yahvi Tailored Midi Dress is now available for pre-order, exclusively at beulahlondon.com.
This tailored crepe below-the-knee dress has a slim fitting sleeve adorned with covered buttons, with a fluted frill cuff detail. Fitted at the waist with a full midi length skirt, this dark green dress has covered button detailing to the side with a split opening that falls just above the knee.
This style is due to arrive in 6 weeks time and is available on pre-order only. Produced in 100% Wool Crepe Fabric.'



Simon Perry reports on Beulah London's mission to empower women:

'Founders Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan traveled to Delhi, India, in 2010 for a volunteer mission where they encountered victims of human trafficking in a government-run safehouse. 
“We experienced first hand the awful effects that modern day slavery imposes on innocent lives. But we also learned how by helping others find opportunities and employment, small acts of kindness can carry a truly significant impact of providing hope for the future,” according to the brand’s website.
In addition to donating 10 percent of profits from their Beulah Heart products to the UN Blue Heart Campaign, Beulah provides jobs and education to victims of human trafficking.'

Kate teamed the dress with her green croc embossed belt. Kate's worn the piece on a number of occasions since 2014.


Kate carried her L.K. Bennett Dora khaki suede clutch.


And her dark olive green Gianvito Rossi 85 pumps


Kate completed the look with her Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond cushion drop earrings. 

We'll see you later this week with the start of the 'Best of 2018' fashion polls!

141 comments:

  1. I love her look today, and Oh.My.Word, her hair is fabulous!

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden22 January 2019 at 12:20

    Such a great event that ties in so nicely with her childhood focus! I love how she's trying to build a better world from the ground up, helping organizations that try to lay the best groundwork possible for the children! I hope this is an organization Kate will take over from the Queen in the future!

    I like this dress today. The buttons is a nice detail on a traditional workday look. And a nice pairing with her olive shoes and bag! I think I also quite like the addition of her belt! That belt has been added to quite a few different looks in the past!

    Looking forward to seeing William in Davos today as well!

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    1. I love your comments RebeccaSweden. You are positive, appreciate the DoC and understand what she is doing.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden22 January 2019 at 13:25

      Thank you so much Anon 12.52. I always try my best to be positive but not blind. I see myself as a positive critical thinker and hope that comes through :) Both blind critisism and blind adoration can be quite dangerous and noone is all bad or all good!

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    3. Agreed, Anon 12:52 and Rebecca 🇸🇪

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    4. Yes, I think so too Rebecca. That does come through. You are fair. Anon 12:52

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    5. I love these comments and this community! Thanks, Charlotte, for bringing us all together <3

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    6. I always look for your comments to start the conversation Rebecca :)!! cc

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  3. Just beautiful, love all details of this look!


    Silvia

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  4. Silvia from Tuscany22 January 2019 at 12:54

    At first glance, she's just lovely!

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  5. Oh i love the look and all the details she just. Fablous

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    1. I just saw him interviewing Sir David Attenborough at Davos.

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    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)22 January 2019 at 17:34

      Hi, Bluefire!
      I believe he has one with Richard Attenborough today.
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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    3. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)22 January 2019 at 22:14

      David* not Richard. Sorry about that! :)
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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  7. She looks beautiful! Nice sartorial nod to the colour of Family Action too ☺

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    1. It's those subtle touches that Kate does so well that are endearing.

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  8. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the work of this organization. The Duchess of Cambridge looks lovely. Thank you, Charlotte. I’ll check back later.

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  9. I love her looks; I admire her great passion for this advocacy on family action. More power to the Duchess.

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  10. I love her looks; I admire her great passion for family action. More power to the Duchess.

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  11. The dress is nice, but a bit of a colour pop would have been nice. Maybe a nice coat? She is not wearing any coats during engagements this winter, it seems to me :)

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    1. It is lovely she skips the coats. So we can see the dresses very well. She used to often not take off the coat.

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    2. I'm not quite fond of the dress. I had the same question about winter coats.,why isn't she wearing them this winter? SHe still looks lovely and confident, however I do agree, a pop of color wouldve been perfect..XOXO
      Siddhii

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    3. I like that Kate isn't wearing coats this season as it makes her seem more engaged. She received much criticism when she wouldn't take the coats off, like she was just waiting to leave. It seems that she has a new "workday uniform" for engagements of this nature, its more relatable.

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    4. It’s not a look that needs a coat, is it? I wear a coat when I need one, or want to cover a sleeveless style. You?

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    5. With a few exceptions Kate has always worn only one outfit at
      an engagement. That sounds weird but I don’t know how else to describe it.
      The coats she wears are styles that are not meant to be taken off. The coat is the outfit (she probably have a simple black sheath dress underneath). When she wears a dress (that is the feature) she does not cover it with a coat. If you think about it, none of her coats are the style that you wear over something.
      It is a dressing philosophy that works for her.

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    6. Intriguing thought, anon 12:30. It makes sense and explains a lot.

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  12. She looks gorgeous. A beautiful dress. I might have paired a different "lighter" in style belt with it.

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    1. Emmaline in the U.S.22 January 2019 at 16:09

      I agree, Ali. That dress is beautiful and may have skipped one all together! Fashion aside, What a wonderful initiative for the DoC to spotlight. I love watching her build such a strong portfolio of related interests.

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    2. I like the belt, but seeing it as the designer showed it, I agree. Something more delicate.

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    3. An aubergine or cherisse coat would have been perfect, with straight lines!
      By the way, I basically always wear a coat, also with several more layers underneath since im always cold. But why does that matter?

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  13. Kate looking professional and chic today. Hidden Monsters is an example for me of the type of organization I expect the royals in general to support with their names and appearances. There are many such organizations that truly meet the needs of the general population that have yet to be discovered that need a voice to speak on their behalf.

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  14. As a,ways, clothes perfectly tailored and Duchess, perfectly groomed!

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  15. The Duchess exudes such confidence; she never seeks out the camera to pose with a fake smile for phoney reassurance!

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  16. I love Kate in green. I like the dress, especially the button detail down the side.

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  17. Great cause! And love the colour of the dress 🤩

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  18. I like how Kate's portfolio of charities seems to be developing, with focus on childhood/family physical and mental health. I think her recent focus on early childhood is very important, and should help shed light on many issues in the future. Kate looks beautiful today, and a wonderful color on her. Notice her hemlines seem to be getting longer. I'm always amazed at how slender she is. If the camera is supposed to add weight, she must appear even more slender in person!

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  19. Zora from Prague22 January 2019 at 15:50

    Only Kate can wear a dress I'm not happy about and still look great in my eyes! 😉I do like the belt. Looking forward to the whole post. Thank you, Charlotte!

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  20. Great initiative. I think the idea of a line parents and carers can call for support from their peers is such a good idea

    Elegant and simple Beulah's clothes and they donate money to such a good cause. I like these lower heels on the Gianvito Rossi shoes.

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    1. I like that the line is open in the evenings and weekends and is accessible when people are most available!

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  21. So great to see her growing into her role as royal! She has so much confidence!
    I really, really like her dress! I want it, but expensive :)

    Does anyone know who is assisting her at this event? Not Catherine Quinn..

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    1. Yes she looks more natural and confident as well as appearing very sincere about supporting people who are struggling.

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  22. All the more reason to love dear Kate!

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  23. It’s a very “quiet” outfit. No bells and whistles. I’m glad she opted to not get the frilly(?) sleeves as it would have looked too busy. I just don’t care for the shade of green. Her hair looks good.
    As far as the engagement, I think this will be a very valuable service, I hope so anyway. I know many people who are the primary caregivers in their families and they’ve spoken about the stress to me and how sometimes you just need someone to reach out to. I hope we see what this big project is soon because I think it will be helpful to see what Kate has been working on behind the scenes. It may help with some of the “work shy” comments that always get thrown at her. Or not. Who knows these days.

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  24. Becca H in Colorado22 January 2019 at 16:20

    It's nice to hear how in depth Kate has been going with this. Working to make sure support is in place for families and children in each stage of the early years is a worthy and ambitious project. I don't doubt we'll see Kate take over this patronage from the Queen.

    I would've liked to see different colored shoes and/or clutch with this outfit, but the dress is a great color and perfect for the season. Her hair looks fantastic today.

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  25. Anonymous in Colorado22 January 2019 at 16:23

    Wonderful resource, this helpline! *applause*
    I know some feel that these ensembles are too "matchy-matchy" but I absolutely LOVE the nuances in the green shades. BEAUTIFUL! So svelte & classic.

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  26. As my favorite color is green, I naturally love this look :-).

    But joking aside, I really like the detail at the neckline and the buttons on the side of the skirt. I like Catherine's version (without the frilled cuff detail) much better than what is shown on the model. The dress is very pretty in the blush pink color but the green looks absolutely fab on the Duchess.

    I agree your commentary, Charlotte, that this would be a great patronage for Catherine and it sounds like Catherine and her behind the scenes meeting group experts have been doing a great job focusing on all aspects of early intervention.

    Border Terrier lover :-)

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  27. Looks beautiful this morning! I wish I could see her wear her hair more like she did on her and William's first canadian tour: half up and half down. I love that style on her, especially with these necklines.

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  28. Kate looks smashing today. This shade is not one that usually appeals to me but she wears in quite well. As others have commented on in the last couple of months, Kate seems to have really evolved in her role. Her confidence has grown and she is looking more and more like the future Queen that she is. She looks positively regal. Good for her!

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  29. She looks lovely but I will never understand her logic when it comes to dressing. Middle of January = no coat. Summertime = coat dress over a regular dress, and she never takes the coat off indoors.

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    1. Exactly my thoughts. .......

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    2. If she were where I live, it would make sense, in the winter the heat is on in buildings and it's comfortable, In the summer, when it's 120 outside, then inside AC is turned so low I often take a sweater to meetings.

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    3. I'm in greater London and although we got snow later on in the afternoon, it was actually rather sunny for the first half of the day. If she was just having to walk from the car to the building and back, the dress was probably okay tbh

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  30. Looks like her dress is a bespoke version of the original.. hers doesn’t have the bell sleeves.. but looks lovely, none the less. She seems to have lost even more weight.. but I love the colour of the dress a lot! And it fits her well too.. the belt and shoes are also nice, but I would have preferred a better clutch.. overall, a well-put look for me..

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  31. Kate represents the royal family with class, dignity, empathy and integrity. She deserves immense credit for her work with mental health and families. She has not put a foot wrong and the Queen should be very confident in knowing one day William and Catherine will wear the crown. I think this gives the Queen a lot of confidence in her 90's with the future.

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    1. I 100% agree!

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    2. Second the 100% agree. She exudes a steady calm that is refreshing in the current times. Her confidence allows her to use her position for others. We, and the cameras, are merely bystanders to purposeful, meaningful visits. Her focus is always on those providing or receiving services. Fantastic!

      As for the Hidden Monsters video, I had to force back tears. We all know someone, or have been, in those same settings. Really makes one pause and realize the gift of a smile, opening a door, or treating others with grace. Thanks you for the reminder!

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    3. I'm so glad you said all of that Unknown 17:03! I Completely agree & we don't give credit where credit is due often enough!! :)

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  32. Wow! What an all-encompassing campaign. I hope it does a lot of good for families in need of support. Kate looks super chuffed to be backing this! I just gotta say; I love this dress! She looks so elegant & fresh here. I like her hair longer & green is her colour :)

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    1. Ditto on all points Kiwi Gal! She is well suited to this campaign and you are right green is her color! cc

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  33. please enter my comment as Sandra from Canada.
    I was not sure how to do this....I am 60 and a little old school with computers

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    1. Hello Sandra, no problem at all. I just want to confirm this is your comment:

      "Kate represents the royal family with class, dignity, empathy and integrity. She deserves immense credit for her work with mental health and families. She has not put a foot wrong and the Queen should be very confident in knowing one day William and Catherine will wear the crown. I think this gives the Queen a lot of confidence in her 90's with the future."

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    2. Yes it is my comment.
      Thanks..like I said old school with the whole computer thing

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    3. Sandra, you're doing great. From now on, simply write 'From Sandra Canada' at the end of your comment and I'll change the name from Unknown :)

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  34. Stunning, Kate looks so elegant.

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  35. I forgot to add my appreciation for such a thorough post, Charlotte. I enjoyed reading about this campaign & it seems like Kate is getting really stuck into her work in supporting families & children. Great patronage for her.

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  36. She looks fantastic in this dress. I dislike a bell-sleeve, so I like her version of the dress much better. Plus it is a classic look that she will be able to wear for years to come. I would have added a scarf or maybe even a long necklace, but that is just me nitpicking. Her hair looks so full!

    Hope from USA

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    1. Her hair is amazing! 💯

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    2. Kate does look fantastic & what a tremendous cause! I agree with you that a chain or scarf would have been nice. Also I'm not keen on that belt it's a little clunky with the light texture & femininity of the dress. Maybe a little gold belt would have been nice with the dress since she had gold earrings on.

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    3. Not only will this dress be wearable into the future, removing the bell-shaped sleeves keeps her from looking dated if these photos are viewed thirty years from now. She is in this for the long game and her attention to detail such as this is increasingly evident.

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  37. Is the dress bespoke? The sleeves look different on Kate’s dress. I think I prefer the flared sleeves on the original.

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    1. Yes Kiwi, I emailed Beulah and they confirmed it's bespoke.

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    2. Oh cool, thanks!

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  38. Zora from Prague22 January 2019 at 17:17

    Wonderful initiative! I wish we had a similar one (nation-wide) here. It's very true that some of the monsters tend to fear light and therefore, when brought to light, flee or at least become smaller. A good video. I'm very glad Kate supports this campaign!

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  39. This is a timeless work look, she can wear this in ten years and still look wonderful. It's very pretty on her. I'm glad she left the frill off the sleeves, though it looks wonderful for a different sort of occasion. So simple and chic just as it is. Ageless.
    It seems from the reported comments that Kate truly connected with the people she met. Human trafficking is a vile, worldwide scourge. Anything the DOC can do to support this work is a great thing.

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  40. She looks fabulous!! I so hope she ordered this garment in multiple colors (like she does with some of her other favorites). The pink would look beautiful on her.

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  41. So natural, genuine, and lovely!

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  42. Royal 👑 Watcher22 January 2019 at 17:38

    Lovely outfit and another fantastic charity!

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  43. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)22 January 2019 at 17:57

    I love this look! Is it warm there right now? We are in a SERIOUS deep freeze at the moment, so seeing Kate without a coat is making me cold!
    What a fantastic organization. I appreciate that Kate’s organizations all mesh well together and am happy that the palace is letting people know that she is doing work behind the scenes. This can only help her image and agenda—I wish they’d done this on a consistent basis over the past (almost) 8 years...!
    I think I’ve said this on an earlier post, but I have to say it again: Kate is exuding a different level of confidence. She seems settled—comfortable...she has truly come into her own. It’s loveky to see.
    I don’t comment much anymore but I am still so very appreciative of your efforts, Charlotte, and still love the community that you’ve created and continue to nurture.
    Take care, Everyone!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  44. She is an absolute vision. So classy. This ensemble is gorgeous and she is glowing!

    I love how she is really digging into early intervention/children/babies/parents. She is a passionate and credible advocate!!

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  45. Ah, a color that suits Kate perfectly! This dress carries forward the color theme from her garden visit; perhaps the tweed jacket was shopped around the same time. I was expecting some posters to call the style 'matronly,' but I am happy to see 'classic' instead! My only question is about the belt, which is the perfect color but seems a bit heavy for the dress fabric.

    I hope Kate will soon receive the patronage for this charity; just as the Queen has given Meghan two of her long term patronages that were close the Meghan's work and interests, this one suits Kate perfectly. The connection with Queen Mary also makes it a historic queen's activity.

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    1. Oh wait, I almost missed the significance of Kate wearing green while William was interviewing Sir David Attenborough on the necessity to save the planet! He'd like us to preserve it for all those babies Kate is so concerned about. So would I. My youngest grandchild is still a baby, and the others are children; all of them will inhabit an injured world if we don't act immediately to save it. Even the beautiful mixed flowers Kate was given perhaps acknowledged William's as well as Kate's deep concern for the future. They were lovely with her green dress. Kate is expert at symbolic dressing, and the charity could have noted the importance of the day for both Cambridges.

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  46. Perfect dress for a great organization.

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  47. The Duchess looks elegant and appropriately dressed for this visit. Love the dress, beautiful, clean cut lines, prefer the sleeves on her dress as opposed the model. Really like the colour and her accessories are spot on. What a wonderful organisation.

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  48. I really like the shape and style of this dress, and I actually think it looks better without the fluted sleeve! The Duchess looks wonderful.

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  49. Beautiful green on Catherine and what a pretty style. Thank you for this website. I appreciate how the comments are kept polite and you monitor that.

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  50. What a wonderful appearance today. I love Kate in this colour and she really has come into her own. As I watched the video, I noticed that Kate is constantly nodding to show she is listening. It struck me that being under the microscope for your clothing is one thing but to be “on and engaged” is another (which is also being viewed assessed under a microscope). It’s made me rethink how much time the Royals must need to prepare for each event to be knowledgeable. So it’s not just one check on the Royal Calendar, it’s so much more.

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  51. Oh she looks lovely. I really adore this midi length in general (I know not always popular) but I find it so flattering. I am glad she nixed the bell sleeves- I think it gives the dress more time, rather than making it trendy- with an eye towards wearing it for a while.

    I must say I LOVE the dress in pink. Sadly, this is out of my budget. Does anyone know of a dress similar to the pink? (I'm very keen on that blush tone at the moment). Hope that's not too off topic Charlotte!

    Thanks!

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  52. Caroline in Montana22 January 2019 at 19:45

    I really like the flared sleeves on the model better, but maybe that's for more of a formal evening look? and i really like the dress in the floral pink, she seems to carry off prints very weel. it also seems her shoulders have a bit more of a poof than the model dress? she looks wonderful, great hair, great color on her and I like the button detailing. I could go either way on the belt. always a fan of all the kiki earing's:) not sure about the shoe and the clutch color combo but im not a fashionista!! great cause, as always thank you charlotte for such and informative blog!!

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    1. She's worn those shoes and clutch combo a few times this winter, and while I like that she's adding some variety to her standard black, navy and taupe shoe collection, I think she's not quite getting the color coordination with this dress or the other green one she paired these accessories with. Maybe they work better together in person, but they don't photograph well as a set.

      Does not change the she looked happy and engaged and continues to do good work with worthy causes.



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    2. One of the reasons why matchy-matchy is such a hard thing to pull off is that the exact shade of the dress kept on changing depending on the light. In the first photos I saw it looked very much olive green, but the HD photos later was more forest green. In real life the dress and shoes might have been a perfect match but because it is different material it reacts different to light.

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  53. What a wonderful post about Kate's work. I love reading about her patronages and the work that she does. Hopefully this will become a permanent patronage for her. She looks so happy today, it's wonderful to see. I don't usually comment on her style or fashion, because in my opinion she has none, but she actually looks rather put together today. Kudos to whomever to styled her for this occasion. Love the dress, whole look. I just love that she's happy and a hard-working royal. Thanks for an excellent post.

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  54. Theresa New York22 January 2019 at 20:11

    Kate looked lovely today. I am glad she opted to not have those fluted sleeves. For some reason, I can't stand them. They always remind me of Martha Washington.

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    1. Martha Washington trend setter, who knew!! :)

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  55. Excellent post, Charlotte! Thank you for the detailed info, explanations, photos & video. Such a commendable organization with direct availability & support to the public. Briĺliant! I wish all involved much success!
    Dutchess Catherine is absolutely stunning. Her dress, hair and total look is beautiful, well tailored, and elegant. Definitely, classic. Such a beautiful, strong, self-assured women. I am definitely liking these solo visits - she beems with confidence, interest, and sincerity. Looking forward to the next!

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  56. Kate looked stunning again today. Any idea when we will see Kate and William doing joint engagements. Miss seeing them together. And any talk about tours

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    1. I was wondering the same thing about tours. With the Cambridges not doing a big tour in 2018 and the Sussexes probably not doing a big tour this year, I am expecting W&K to go on tour sometime in the spring (and maybe an Autumn tour too). If there is a spring tour we should hear about it sometime soon.

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  57. I admire Kate for putting so much effort and time into researching how best to help families and where to focus her energies to do the most good. I love her dress! She looks feminine, elegant and business ready. I hope she bought it in pink, too!

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  58. Kelly from Texas23 January 2019 at 01:40

    Thanks for your wonderful commentary! I personally love this dress. But, even more, I wonder if anyone has a lead on the striped skirt in different shades of blue worn by the woman who greeted HRH as she got out of the car? That skirt is fabulous!

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  59. Lovely outfit, (love everything about the dress, especially all the detailing) love the accessories, love the hair, love the cause. Loved seeing her sitting in with the Mom's of babies.... seemed it was all very fresh for her, with just having Louis this past year. Loved everything about this day with her!! :)

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  60. I love her bouquet. Can anyone identify the pink and white bell-shaped flowers? The ones with the stalks that are bending over.

    What a gorgeous look for Kate today!

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  61. @Theresa @20:11 re Martha Washington sleeves ,🤣🤣🤣. Thanks, Charlotte for a great post. The “Hidden Monsters”, Wow!!! It moves me to want to continue to do what I can to make the world a better place. I admire the Royals who put their names out there and give their time to make the world better. The Duchess is lovely.

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  62. I really like Kate's look today and think this is a charity for her. It fits in so beautifully with the others and selecting David Holmes as part of her steering group.

    I like her belt with this dress. The fabric is a wool crepe, therefore IMHO it's a nice match to the dress. Glad she eliminated the flare on the sleeves - they are hard to keep out of the way (if she's eating, doing art, or what have you). The button features is lovely and is all this dress needs to make it a standout.

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  63. A lovely run of the mill royal visit. Even though I am not a huge fan of midi dresses Kate is slowly winning me over.
    I think it was a good idea to drop the elbow (or more wrist) sleeves, but I would not have added the belt. I think she wanted to break the all green, but as some have suggested a different shoe or a long necklace might have worked better.
    She definitely added a bit of height to the shoulders too, something we are seeing in a lot of her new clothes. I wonder if it is to counteract her sometimes stooping shoulders?

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  64. I like this focus she is developing in her work, but I think she need to reveal her “big project” now. It was a good strategy not to drop it out of the blue, but first do the ground work for it. But you can only ride that wave for so long. Come on Kate, you have made us all curious enough!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden23 January 2019 at 14:01

      I think it's better to wait until the project is done to release. When rumours first came out about it was just when she had gathered the people. After that they did studies and are planning projects before even being able to start on implementing whatever it is they planned. So things done well take time.

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  65. So many thoughts in my head right now!

    1. I have bought 2 green dresses in the last few weeks. I've recently re-fallen in love with colour, but I now wonder if this is a subconscious nod to Kate. Her look today made me think that Green is a great colour because it is lovely for work without being too corporate-y, and can work all year round dependent on the shade.

    2. Every time I read about events like this, it makes me want to move to the UK and work for these brilliant organizations. It is worthwhile to have Kate highlight their work, but Charlotte, you do such an amazing job not just explaining they work of the Duchess, but the background and hard work of the organization itself.

    3. does anyone know how flowers are chosen for bouquets? flowers are pretty all the time, but they always seem to complement the royal's outfit. Is this planned, or a happy coincidence? The orange from these photos are stunning against the green.

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    1. I love the flowers that the royals receive at engagements and would happily read a blog devoted specifically to these posies/bouquets!

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    2. I completely agree about the flowers!! Aside from being beautiful, wish somebody would identify some of the flowers!! Hope she takes them home to Charlotte!

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    3. Me too! There should definitely be a blog about royal posies. Some of the most beautiful bouquets I have seen are handed to the royals at public engagements.

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  66. Catherine looks great today, nice dress, elegant style, the buttons make the dress. Perfect earrings. Great cause to promote to support children and families.

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  67. Cathy from Kansas23 January 2019 at 13:27

    Love how we see her heart and passions coming together to encourage change that affects all families ... and ultimately their country. What a wonderful cause and one I bet the Queen does pass down to her one day!

    Love the subtle detailing on this dress especially the line of tiny buttons down the leg - so pretty and so feminine. I actually am a fan of the belt with this dress!

    I noticed that she made a point to wave at media and folks waiting to see her - both when she entered and exited. Many times she and William don't even look their way ... what a nice touch!

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    1. Caroline in Montana23 January 2019 at 16:57

      I agree Cathy, very nice touch acknowledging the media and the people who have waited to see her, I see nothing wrong with it and actually think its a good move, you need the love of the people to continue on.

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  68. Would love to see Kate receive this patronage, aside from tying into her initiatives it is an organization that can make a difference. The Hidden Messages video is powerful, poignant and sadly realistic. The young 13 year old girl who is a carer for her mother really touched me. As the oldest of five, our mother struggled with clinical depression when we were growing up. There were days where I had to care for my brothers and sisters and I was only 17 when she tried to commit suicide. I remember always trying to hide from my friends that my mother was "sick" because it wasn't a sickness they understood and always felt like nobody would understand. This happens more than people really know. So very glad that there is someone for this young lady to talk to. Excellent program.

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    1. Anon 15:58, I had a mentally ill father and it is so hard. Not only do you feel alone but you are alone. Makes it very hard to grow up. I hope this program helps a lot of people.

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  69. Yes I agree that I hope she receives this patronage. Kate struck me as very sincere. Sorry your mom was ill.

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  70. Susan In Florida25 January 2019 at 22:45

    The Duchess looks fabulous in green and very confident. I just love that the Cambridge’s are speaking up about mental health issues. Thank you Charlotte for this wonderful post.

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  71. Charlotte, I read on Instagram, that Kate and William may be in Dundee on 29th January. Have you heard anything about it?

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  72. Hello Gaby,

    There's been no official word from the Palace, but my best guess is it's true and currently embargoed. The V&A's official Dundee opening takes place on Tuesday. The museum is closed to the public all day, which is often the case with royal visits for security reasons. I could see the opening teamed with a couple of other engagements in Dundee during the day.

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    1. Do you think it may be embargoed for purely security reasons? It would be nice to see them in Scotland anyway. :)

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    2. I think that's likely Gaby. It's possible one of the places on the itinerary cannot close for the day and for security reasons it's being kept under wraps. KP are announcing engagements much closer to the visit dates now, we've also seen an increase in embargoed events.

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    3. KP just confirmed the V&A opening for William and Kate in Dundee tomorrow :)

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    4. That is a very late confirmation of what is essentially a mini away day. I wonder what the reason behind the delayed announcements of late is.

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  73. Elegance personified. Terrific look for Kate. Love the style, color, and her hair looks fabulous.
    This is a perfect Patronage for Kate. Her on going work with children and families suffering the torments of mental health issues is highly laudable.

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  74. Please feel free not to publish this if you think it inappropriate, Charlotte, but a British pottery has just launched some new royal mugs which I think are lovely and worth sharing with your international readers. I promise I'm not on commission, just a fan! https://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/collections/royal-wedding

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    1. Thank you Louise, I love Emma Bridgewater mugs :)

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    2. I'm so glad I stopped by the blog today (looking for the best of 2018 polls....). I've just checked out the Emma Bridgewater site and am absolutely in love with the mugs. I am gradually accumulating quite a collection as I have a such a weakness for a cute mug. Thank you Louise!

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  75. Off subject, but why do the Cambridges spend hardly any time at church (especially William and the children)?

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    1. I have wondered this also, but always assumed they just go to their parish in Norfolk and keep it low-key. Why do you say especially William and the children, have you heard about Catherine attending church without them?

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    2. Maybe they just don’t want to go to church very often.

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    3. I also assume they keep it low key. Not difficult to do, if you think about it. Would you take pictures of a fellow attendee at church? And if they are genuine in their faith, they must feel they do not go to church asathe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but as plain Catherine and William. One the other hand, they have occasionally attended publicly ( Christmas, Easter, Kate's birthday).

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    4. Why especially William and the children?

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    5. I can’t comment on whether they attend church privately, because we just don’t know. But over the last few years I got the idea that they have made a point of being seen attending more than just the big royal events. They have been at Easter Sunday service for the last few years, they have been photographed with HM in Scotland as well as the annual Kate’s birthday Sunday at Amner.
      As for the children, it is just not the way of the BRF. I might differ from them in that regard, but it is the way they have always done it.

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    6. I commented about this when you asked the question on Mad about Meghan. Not every church appearance has to have a story and photos. And Kensington Palace wouldn't likely announce every church attendance. Also, religion is personal to each individual. It is not our place to raise this for anyone and certainly not about the Royals.

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    7. Anonymous 16:54 - my opinion only of course, but online Anonymous posters should identify themselves and own their comments. I noticed the same, virtually word-for-word, question posted on MAM yesterday. If it's your wish to encourage a debate (and for the record I have no issue at all with debate on Charlotte's blogs, and I feel the same about all anonymous posts so am therefore not singling anyone out), then please identify yourself with a consistent, legitimate name and/or location. Just my two cents and thanks...

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  76. This is so gorgeous I love the sleek silhouette it’s gorgeous thanks Charlotte

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