Thursday, 17 October 2019

Kate Praises The "Vital Role of Mothers" in Lahore & A Very Special Tiara Appearance

It was a great day of varied engagements in Pakistan's largest city Lahore for the penultimate day of the Cambridge's tour.


Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and their families greeted them at Lahore Airport.


Before the tour, I heard a rumour William and Kate planned to visit SOS Children's Villages - I was delighted to see that was the case today. SOS is the largest independent, non-profit development organisation operating all over the world. The villages provide alternative families to children without proper parental care. Typically, children of all ages live together in a house with a 'Mother' who is responsible for meeting the children's physical needs. These women are often single or widows, and able to fully commit themselves to the responsibilities included. The ethos of SOS is all about fostering a sense of belonging and family which is why several children are raised together and brought up as siblings. I first heard about their work some time ago and was really struck, in particular, by the women essentially dedicating their lives to raising children from difficult backgrounds and ensuring they get a childhood filled with love, stability and safety.


Headquartered in Austria, the first SOS Village was founded by child welfare officer Hermann Gmeiner in Tyrol, Austria, in 1949. During the course of his work, Gmeiner saw how children orphaned as a result of World War II suffered. Hermann passed away in 1986 with the knowledge his vision had grown to help children all over the world. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times for his groundbreaking efforts.


I'm sure Hermann could never have imagined SOS would be active in 136 countries. In 2017 alone, over 85,000 children and youths were raised in 572 SOS Children's Villages and over 700 SOS Youth Facilities. Another 3.8 million children and adults received services from their other programs. The structure in Lahore is home to over 150 young girls and boys.


The royal visit coincided with a very special birthday party for Iman, Ibrahim and Daniyal. Celebrations included cake, music and a host of activities. Iman told Simon Perry: "It was very nice to meet the Prince and Princess. I am so happy and thankful to have them to celebrate my birthday."


During a speech, Kate praised the "vital role of mothers" and shared a few words in Urdu. "I’m aware that many of you have experienced extremely difficult times in your lives, but it is inspiring to see how you have used your strength and positivity to help transform the lives of so many young children here."


People reports:

'“Assalam O Alaikum,” she said. “Iman, Ibrahim aur Daniyal apni salgirah pur bulanay ka bohat shukria.” (Translation: “Hello. Peace be upon you. Iman, Ibrahim and Daniyal, thank you for inviting us to your birthday celebration.”)'

More on Kate's speech from The Telegraph:

The Duchess said: 'Being here in Pakistan this week, William and I have seen on several occasions how family is at the heart of your culture. Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents all play important roles - you have reminded us exactly what family means. You have shown us too that it is not simply a term that describes the relationship between blood relatives.
"Instead it describes those special bonds we share with those who make us feel safe and supported. It is the quality of those relationships that matters. Earlier this year I talked about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. The village we have seen here today is the best representation of that ideal that I could have possibly imagined. Together as a village you are transforming children’s lives and providing them with strong foundations to support all their families.
You have created a home, where children are given the love, protection, and support that will enable them to have a fairer chance in life. Here, women who were once vulnerable, now play the most vital of roles as mothers and it is most heartening to see that you are not doing this alone.'

During story time with a group of children, William asked a young boy how old he thought he was. He was quite impressed when he responded "21". The Telegraph reports the Prince replied: "I am a little bit older than that. I have my own children. A little boy called Louis and then there is Charlotte and then George, who is six. He’s almost as old as you." I imagine they are both missing the children quite a lot now, and greatly looking forward to seeing them tomorrow. After reading Kate said "that's quite a sad story". This is such a sweet video...



From there, it was time to get into the spirit of Pakistan's most popular sport...cricket!


At the National Cricket Academy, Kate told players she's a fan of the game, but particularly loves tennis and swimming.


William revealed he hasn't played since his school years, but was looking forward to testing his skills again.


Kate met children benefiting from a local sports programme.


They were given bats for George, Charlotte and Louis  and were told "You might apologise to Prince Louis, the bat is bigger than he is".


More from The Telegraph:

'The Duke of Cambridge took to the crease at Pakistan's national cricket academy and impressed his hosts by hitting a six.
The notoriously competitive Royal couple both joined in a match with budding players during a full day in city of Lahore, visiting the National Cricket Academy. While the Duke scored big, the Duchess was caught out twice.
Waqar Younis, former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, was umpiring and said: "I'm glad that they came - it was a great encouragement for these young kids. On their skills, he joked: "They probably need some homework! William told me he has played a lot of tennis - and that he really only played cricket when he was younger. But he said he can work on it."

For her first look of the day, the Duchess wore a Shalwar Kameez by Pakistani textile company Gul Ahmed and a matching shawl by Maheen Khan.


Sarah Daud Junjua revealed it's a custom look based on a white, embroidered, box-style shirt and matching trousers. It retails for roughly £55.


You'll notice Jasmine - the national flower of Pakistan - embroidered on the tunic.


With thanks to Kate's Closet and Kate Middleton Style, it appears Kate wore a pair of J Crew Colette D'Orsay pumps. The shoes could also be the almost identical Lucie style, however from looking at photos the Colette appear right to me.

Kate accessorised with her Asprey Oak Leaf earrings.


For the cricket, Kate took inspiration from Princess Charlotte, sporting a pair of Hampton Canvas Shoes from Trotters. We've seen Charlotte in the children's version of the shoes a couple of times.


Following a change of attire, William and Kate visited Badshahi Mosque.


Located west of Lahore Fort along the outskirts of the Walled City, the mosque is widely considered one of Lahore's definitive landmarks.


Built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671,  it is the largest and the last of the grand imperial mosques built by the Mughals.


It's an outstanding, historic piece of architecture.


It is renowned for the carved marble and elaborate plasterwork that are used throughout the interior.


The Mosque has a long tradition of royal visitors. Over the decades, the Queen, Diana, Charles and Camilla have viewed it during tours.


William and Kate toured the courtyard before meeting faith leaders inside to discuss encouraging unity within their communities. They sat down and listened to a prayer from the Holy Quran.


More from the Mail Online:

'William is understood to have asked a question of the group about how interfaith issues are promoted amongst young people.
Dr Ayesha Leghari said afterwards that the couple had been 'interested and empathetic listeners', saying: 'You have people who are interested listeners and people who are also empathetic and they were very empathetic. We were really pleased. They were very responsive and very charming.'
The first to speak was Dr Leghari, a Sunni Muslim scholar, explaining the verse. 'I was telling then how it is compulsory for us to respect other religions. God sent a messenger to every part of the globe and peace is to be attained through the process of growth. When we don't give importance to negative emotions like jealousy, violence and greed and we move towards a higher level of being where we are more loving and compassionate. It is part of our belief to respect other religions.' She said: 'They were interested in finding out about how the youth thought about interfaith interactions.''

Simon Perry reports before they departed, Honorary Consul, UK Fakir Aijaz Uddin told the couple "If there's one word to describe your visit it is "joy." You have radiated joy wherever you have been". William replied, "We are very happy people".


William and Kate's final port of call saw them retrace Diana's footsteps at the Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital.


Earlier this week, we chatted about Diana's visits to the country, where she spent time with close friend Jemima Goldsmith, the former wife of Prime Minister Imran Khan. In the 1990s, Mr Khan was determined to build the hospital after his mother succumbed to cancer. During her illness, he witnessed the plight of cancer patients in Pakistan and knew a purpose built centre was absolutely vital. Diana supported the effort both in the country and back in the UK. Today it is Pakistan's largest tertiary care cancer hospital.


Kensington Palace shared the following via Instagram: "In 1996 and 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales visited the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, a state-of-the-art cancer facility located in the centre of Lahore."


William and Kate spent time with several patients and their families. They played a fish hooking game with Muhammad Samir, who has Hodgkins Lymphoma.


The best was saved until last when the tiara moment we've all been waiting for happened. William and Kate joined seven-year-old Wafia Rehmani for a tea party. Wafia has a kidney tumour and told the couple she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.


The little girl gave Kate a tiara matching her own. I can only imagine what it meant to Wafia to have a real life princess there. I remember some years ago Princess Madeleine of Sweden invited a group of children to the Palace for a special event, and she was dressed in a flowing gown and sparkling tiara. The children loved it, and I've always thought it would be great to see something similar from Kate. This may beat any Lovers Knot or Lotus Flower Tiara appearance for me :)



“Her father calls her princess and she likes to wear a crown. Now she is looking forward to meeting a real princess,” her brother, Hedyatullah Rehmani, said as they waited for the couple to arrive at the children's chemotherapy ward.'

The Duchess wore an elegant bespoke turquoise and gold Shalwar Kameez and matching headscarf by Maheen Khan. Kate's chosen several looks by the talented designer, known as Pakistan's first couturier. 


The Duchess was barefoot as she was visiting the mosque, she wore red nail polish on her toes.


Kate accessorised with her Catherine Zoraida Fern Hoop earrings.


Afterwards, William and Kate boarded the RAF Voyager with their staff and the press pack to return to Islamabad. Due to weather conditions, a change of plan was necessary. Simon Perry reports:

'After a busy day of engagements in Lahore, the royal couple were traveling back to Islamabad on a jet when a terrifying electrical storm hit. At one point, lightning could be seen over the right wing as the plane bumped and rolled side to side over stormy Islamabad.
Despite the best efforts of the pilot to land the RAF Voyager at two different airports, the plane had to turn back to Lahore. The flight was meant to take about 25 minutes, but the plane was in the air for two hours.
After landing, experienced pilot Prince William reassured members of the media at the back of the plane — and joked that he was the one doing the flying. He suggested it was either going to be a night out in Lahore, or they would return to the capital for the evening.'

Reporters and photographers on board said "That was the most nervous I've ever felt in a plane" and "I hate flying". Thankfully, they were able to safely return to Lahore.

William and Kate will return to the UK around lunchtime tomorrow. Before that, they are due to carry out engagements in the morning (presuming they can return to Islamabad). Many thanks to you all for your patience regarding posts. Logistically with the itinerary under wraps and delays in images and videos, it's taken longer than anticipated to complete posts. 

141 comments:

  1. Oooh la la!
    Yes, indeed, I just knew she must have packed a white ensemble in her suitcase. How delightful. The embroidery is exquisite. Of course, I had hoping for a nighttime event with diamonds, pearls and tiaras. This though is perfection. What a fun tour! Thanks so much, Charlotte. Kudos to you.

    Looking forward

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    1. I, too, love the embroidery. Kate has really knocked it out of the park on this tour.

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    2. She really has... her outfits have been absolutely beautiful!

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    3. Zora from Prague17 October 2019 at 10:44

      +1. Kate looks lovely in white and the embroidery is so delicate!

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  2. Oh thank you for these posts!

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  3. This just look so comfortable for royal engagements, she looks elegant and she can comfortably sit and chat to kids.

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  4. The fashion statement of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge really is a compliment to soft diplomacy. Nicely done. I look forward to the full post. Thank you, Charlotte.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful!!
    p.s. Now these are the style of pants we've been wanting Kate to wear all along...

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    1. Yes! I completely agree, and hope she will continue wearing them! They are exactly the right shape for her.

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  6. She is beautiful as always, but she looks tired. This tour must be really stressful for them.

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  7. I love how her clothing colors compliment the places she visits. People really look down on fashion commentary, but this is truly a skill and a big part of what they do. Everywhere they go they are photographed or recorded. If they weren’t, they couldn’t bring awareness to the causes they champion. Every outfit on this tour has made for spectacular photos. The blue ombré effect of the arrival outfit. The periwinkle blue. The green Catherine Walker coat. The emerald Jenny Packham. Even yesterday the brown outfit that wasn’t as big of a hit,.. look at the pics. Against the glacier and in the village it made for spectacular pictures where you can see her but she isn’t the focus. This white against the cricket and with the kids and for making a speech is perfect.

    It really shows how much thought and study Catherine puts into her engagements and tours. Or at least takes the advice of those around her... both are admirable and necessary traits for the roles they have.

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    1. I agree Señorita Dee. I am not big on fashion, and especially on some of the personal preferences that can become pet peeves in commentary sections, but this tour does really showcase how powerful Kate’s fashion choices can be for highlighting a country and supporting the tour. She has just knocked it out of the park this tour. Her ethereal arrival, the bright colors of her clothes in Islamabad, the outfit yesterday I thought just lovely for the terrain and location, and the perfect backdrop for the colorful garb she was gifted in the village. And today has just continued. She radiates not only beauty and enthusiasm but respect for and a desire to highlight the culture she is visiting. The care of the choices has been evident and is lovely. I thought her demeanor and attire at the mosque especially respectful.

      I appreciate, too, Kate’s focus on the importance of family and the essential nature of the close knit support of extended family. Children need the love and stability and support of family, and when that breaks down, they need people who will become that for them. I loved her speech today for that focus.

      As many others have said, it seems like William and Kate are really stepping up their game as far as diplomacy goes. This was undoubtedly a challenging tour, but they have done a wonderful job highlighting the beauty of the Pakistani people and country. It’s been lovely.

      The few pictures I’ve seen online from the visit to the cancer center have been heartwarming, too. They do a wonderful job connecting and caring. I think that would be one of the hardest things to do in their position—to see such heartbreaking situations and work to bring hope and joy is emotionally challenging. I’ve always thought that must be such a challenge for all the royals who do work with cancer centers and hospices, etc.

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    2. Agree. The few pictures I’ve seen from the cancer center deserve a post of their own so they can be truly appreciated. Imagine how happy this girl must have felt when Kate wore her tiara. Even is if it’s only for minutes, the hope and happiness Kate may have given her is truly what royalty is about.

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    3. Senorita Dee & TeaKay,
      I completely agree and couldn't have said it better myself. Wonderful tour! Just love them & their relationship.
      Thanks so much , Charlotte, you are doing such a great job once again:)

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    4. Well said Senorita Dee and TeaKay! Kate's clothing choices are important and on this tour her choices have hit the mark in showcasing and highlighting a beautiful country. The clothes today continue in that manner, her attire is serene and respectful which is the tone I think she is trying to achieve. cc

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    5. Senorita Dee, how wonderfully expressed & I completely agree with everything you said! It truly is an art & a gift to put such care & planning into her ensembles, especially for tours! :)

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  8. What a wonderful look today. Kates colour and style are adequate and fresh. The Duchess of Cambridge is shining like a light.
    But I don't like the outfit from William. In my opinon it doesn't show enough respect for the people of Pakistan. Why doesn't he wear a jacket and leather shoes (like the other people on the airport)? I think his shoes are street-shoes for family time but doesn't work for representing as a royal on a red carpet. Can someone please explain me the casual look of the Duke of Cambridge? Thank you.

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    1. He is wearing a suit in another of the photos. I am sure he knows how to dress, his father Charles would have taught him.

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    2. I love William and I understand that they want to be more approachable but I also wasn’t impressed on Tuesday when Kate wore that beautiful periwinkle outfit and William looked like he was doing the school run.
      I often feel a tie or a better pair of shoes would come in handy.

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    3. I agree and made the same remark on Tuesday post

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    4. Both William and Kate mirrored the children´s school uniform colours as William was wearing black trousers and a white shirt like the school boys did.

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  9. She usually makes one fashion hommage to the host country. But this time all her wardrobe is a hommage. Like Camilla (she wears them to every trip in a hot country) she seems to love shalwar kameez and this green is really so good on her. Jewel color favour her and those slim trousers should become a constant in her wardrobe. Thanks Charlotte for the coverage.

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    1. Anne-Sophie de Paris17 October 2019 at 23:39

      Anonyme 17 oct 12h38
      Le couple fait un parcours Royal et est en beauté.
      Seul bémol pour moi.
      S'habiller uniquement en mode pakistanais me dérange un peu.
      Est ce que la pareille est réciproque ?
      Les pakistanais ou musulmans des Pays du golfe ou d'autres pays non européens se mettent- ils systématiquement en tenue européenne quand ils font une visite d'État au Royaume-Uni ?
      Même si c'est très beau ,le prince William second à l'accès au trône est le premier à porter une tenue traditionnelle lors d'un voyage officiel contrairement à son père et à son grand-père !
      J'espère qu'il portera un kilt lors de son prochain voyage en Écosse. Néanmoins, le voyage s'est bien déroulé et ils ont été à la hauteur.

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  10. i just love the fashion statement of the royal couple my favorite part is the speech of the duchess she speak their native language they are good dimplomacy and a great asset to british monarchy

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  11. Show the world how we should treat our neighbors. THERE!
    XOXOXOXOXO

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  12. the duchess kate looks more heavenly divine in that tradional outfit the duke compliment each day field with exctiment

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  13. Kate looks beautiful. I have observed she is one of few people who can look natural and proper in any kind of garment, including the ethnic like these. By the way, I love how the tunics make her figure even more elegant.

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    1. Yes, she owns the garment totally, it looks natural on her. Also agree she looks elegant in anything.

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  14. Kate looks stunning in anything she wears, but honestly, I think she is overdoing it with the traditional garments this tour. It's starting to feel like a costume party.

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    1. From what you can read on twitter and Instagram, Pakistani people are loving it so I guess that’s what matters.

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    2. But what a beautiful costume. This is the best thing about a Royal Tour. The clothes of another country.

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    3. Totally agree, it's overdone in my opinion! !

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    4. I expect we will see her in Shalwa Kameez everyday of the tour (like Camilla does as well). For me it actually makes it less of a costume and more of a decision of when in Rome.
      In a way it is a lot easier that trying to be appropriately dressed in western clothes. Pants are out and so is her normal coatdresses, sheath dresses and even midi’s. So she is left with maxi dresses which could end up very cumbersome. And would in any case have been a departure from her regular royal clothes.

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    5. I agree Rachel. She is very limited in what she can wear. It makes sense to stick to local attire. I love the white outfit, so fresh and so youthful.

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    6. Interesting dilemma. She didn't go all out with national dress in India but mixed it up with boho chic and local designers. When the Trudeaus (Canadian PM & family) travelled to India they got no credit for showing respect. Rather they got a lot of flack for looking as if they were attending a costume party and trying to be more Indian than the Indians who, for the most part, were in Western biz attire. That said, I don't know where the severe criticism originated. Was it the Canadian press or was it Indian? The source of that bias is important.

      If W&C were in Japan would they be wearing kimono? If so, what might the response be then? There's so much chatter nowadays about cultural appropriation of clothing. Where exactly do the lines get drawn? More important, who gets to draw those lines?

      Nice for them that their clothing choices are getting the thumbs up from the locals. Personally, I would guess that it would be the most comfortable way to dress for the climate and the engagements as well as hit all the required modesty elements. The comment above about the outstanding way Catherine appears in the photographs is bang on.

      With all due respect for the vastly different eras and expectations of that age, I can't imagine the Queen or Queen Mum (even in their younger years) batting 100% in this environment the way the Cambridges are. They are anything but remote or seemingly irrelevant. A factor we might attribute directly to Diana.

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    7. It just comes across as a costume party to western people because we are not used to this kind of clothes. I don't believe the people in Pakistan think about their clothes as costumes at all, so it might be quite normal for them seeing Kate and William dressed like themselves.

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    8. Hmm I think if Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson or Emmanuel Macron visited (or, in the past, the Obamas) they would be in suits. That symbolizes that they're there to work, not to wear traditional clothing. I think when every day there's multiple clothing changes, each a form of Pakistani wear (whether by British designers or Pakistani designers) it looks like a Halloween party, and the fashions overwhelm the message. W&K are not tourists. They said this tour was going to be "diplomatically sensitive." But if all anyone's talking about is how great Kate looks in her Shalwar Kameez's then whatever diplomacy was on the agenda gets lost in the sauce. JMO. I think that's why Queen E. always sticks to one style no matter where she's going, and so do world leaders for that matter.

      Having said that I really love the slim leg pants Kate's been wearing this tour. At home she wears either skinnies or baggy leg trousers. This tour the styles have been sort of cigarette pant in cut and they look amazing on her. I hope when she gets home she buys more cigarette style trousers. I also like the dresses she's worn -- some of her best yet.

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    9. It is the difference between ‘standing’ out and ‘sticking’ out. The difference between trying too hard and making it all seem effortless, natural. Trudeau chose Bollywood wedding outfits — very ornate, flashy, and silly for everyday wear.

      W&K stand out, Trudeau stuck out. Trudeau looked pretentious and desperate, W&K are filled with joy. As William said, “we are happy people.” It shows. Their joy is delightful and contagious.

      Looking forward to more.

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    10. I do remember the fuss about the Trudeau family in India and their attire at the time, but like you, Philly, I am not sure of the origin of the criticism. I seem to remember, though, that part of the criticism was that they were dressed in traditional attire while the people they were meeting were in more western attire.

      To me, this is why Kate’s attire has been so successful on this tour. When I look at the people they are meeting, I see Kate as being dressed in the same style as the women they are around. Therefore, it seems a more natural way to dress as opposed to a costume to me. Its not so much traditional dress as it is how women dress in that area right now—at least based on the pictures we are seeing.

      It has seemed to be a very successful tour for showcasing the beauty of the country and people of Pakistan.

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    11. Philly, concerning your query of would Kate wear a kimono if in Japan: Not likely, as the kimono is now used for ceremonial occasions, weddings, festivals. It is not what women wear to the office, or to do jobs around the house. But what Kate is wearing on this tour is what you see women wear in Pakistan in their daily lives. That is the difference. Kate is merely fitting in with the local dress code.

      As far as the Trudeau's go, they tended to overdo it when in India. In India the women wear western clothing as well as Punjabi suits or saris, but the men, for the most part, tend to wear western style clothing.

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    12. Very interesting questions, Philly! I love them!

      "If W&C were in Japan would they be wearing kimono? If so, what might the response be then? There's so much chatter nowadays about cultural appropriation of clothing. Where exactly do the lines get drawn? More important, who gets to draw those lines?"

      I think the difference between Japan and Pakistan is religion and culture. In Japan, it's acceptable for Kate to show up in her uniform of coat dresses and office chic. She might throw in some homage pieces but no one will get offended by seeing her bare knees or her arms. In Pakistan it would be considered against their religious beliefs and create a back-slash from the locals. I'm not sure if they do this in Pakistan but in some Middle Eastern countries, women who are not dressed to their very strict religious standards, they are literally photoshopped or cropped out of media coverage. What would be the point of Kate attending if she were to wear Western clothes but be "erased" from the events? I think Kate made the very wise decision to conform to Pakistani standards. The same way she would be expected to dress modestly and cover her hair if she were meeting the Pope at the Vatican. People in Italy may not dress that modesty but she has to dress for the occasion :)

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    13. Here is a National Post article, explaining why the Cambridges were praised, but the Trudeau's criticized, for their dress on an international tour.

      https://www.msn.com/en-ca/lifestyle/royals/duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-praised-for-the-type-of-clothes-that-earned-trudeau-ridicule-opinion/ar-AAIW6kx?li=AAggNb9

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    14. No one actually wears kimono in Japan except for very specific, ceremonial occasions, so of course that would look ridiculous. This is a completely different situation.

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    15. I understand the concern that what Kate is wearing might seem costume-y to some...however, I am from Pakistan and I can tell you that I loved seeing her wear the Shalwar Kameez. It's as if she was making an effort to put us at ease, to make us more comfortable even though we were the hosts. In Pakistan, we have a saying that if someone comes to you one step, you go to them ten steps. And this is what happened here...both William and Kate made really thoughtful gestures and the people in Pakistan just unloaded love and praise on them. We understand they came a long way, leaving their children behind and with all the security issues, it must have seemed daunting to them to meet so many new people in just 4 days but they earned our endless prayers for their safety and for their family. As far as too much focus on dressing goes, it would have been there no matter what she wore. Trudeaus made the mistake of choosing really flashy, Bollywood wedding type clothes that not even Indians wear often and it just made everyone uncomfortable. What Kate wore, we wear everyday in the market place or on Eid or at a birthday party...so for a moment, she was one of us. Diana, btw, also wore shalwar kameez whenever she came to Pakistan. I hope William knows what a special place his mother holds in our hearts and now him and his lovely wife.

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    16. Thanks to the Pakistani reader for her comment! We’ve been said since day one that people Fromm Pakistan were loving Kate’s (and William’s) choices and yet people keep commenting about the same thing. The only explanation is that this is the only thing they can criticize so they refuse to let this topic go. Why not focus on Kate’s wonderful speech today? Is it because she had notes and you don’t like it? Or the beautiful visit to the cancer center? Kate and her little friend with her Tiaras while William takes a sip of tea can easily be the picture of the tour, so meaningful and moving. I could go on and on highlighting moments from this visit but it seems some people here are only interested in a controversy they have created in their minds.

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    17. Wow Anon 21:57, what an absolutely lovely comment! Very moving and heartwarming to hear. Love your saying....something that should be practiced everyday!! We all have so much to learn from one another. cc

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    18. Dee, Adelaide Australia 🇦🇺18 October 2019 at 02:04

      Hello Anon 21.57, your beautiful, touching comments bought tears to my eyes. I’m so thrilled for Pakistan that all has gone so beautifully well. I had the great joy 3 summers ago, to accidentally book my cricket tickets on the boundary at Adelaide Oval, right in the middle of the Pakistan cheer squad. I learnt so much that day about Pakistan ... the most fun I’ve ever had at the cricket.

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    19. Anonymous 22:27, You definitely said it right. I understand that people are entitled to their opinion but some of these comments are getting ridiculous at this point. So if Kate wore her regular style to Pakistan just to stay in her roots many people on here would call it "beyond boring" and accuse her of cultural appropriation but now since she's wearing local designers to pay respects to the country she's visiting people think she's doing "too much" now. The people of Pakistan have been praising and loving her looks so I don't understand why people are getting so offended. I do agree that people are obsess with drama and controversy that its up to a point where people are making unnecessary fake narratives.

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    20. Zora from Prague18 October 2019 at 06:52

      Your comment pleased me so much, Anon 21:57! It's so good to have feedback from a reader from the host country, and so good to know that the Cambridges struck a cord with the Pakistani people. Thank you!

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    21. Thank you Anon 21:57 for your beautiful insight.
      Let me put it this way: hats are never worn for weddings where I am from. If I attended British high-society/royal wedding, I would wear a hat though. Because everybody there would be wearing one. Would that make me Halloween-ish? I don´t think so. I think it would only show respect and knowledge of culture.
      Maybe, if someone back home saw me in the hat, they´d think "what a weird costume", but it is not a costume, it is just what is usually worn for that occasion in that place/culture. Wearing it and knowing it is a sign of respect and a kind move (gesture maybe).
      Ella

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    22. To me, it's more that she wears the "costume" and he is not (one night only). We're closing in on 2020, so maybe less focus on women's "vital role" as mother, and more on equality - even in Pakistan - would have made more of an impact.

      But I'm sure this trip has been a success. Diplomacy is far more than dressing up, which is probably why Angela Merkel sticks to her trouser suits with only the occasional exception. I see you point Ivy Lin.

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  15. LOVE the white outfit. So gorgeous and fresh and elegant.

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  16. I actually love seeing Kate in these modest clothes -- they are beautiful and colorful and look wonderful. Someone said that she could wear Western clothes because one would not expect a visitor from Pakistan to change clothes to visit the UK. I think the point is that there would be no reason to change to visit the UK; if clothes/modesty is important in an area of the world, it is polite to participate. That is not an issue in Western countries, so there's no reason to change. I'm sure she's been told what would be preferred attire.

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    1. Caroline in Montana17 October 2019 at 17:10

      really well stated about the wearing of the clothes at home vs away, I think you nailed it Allison!!!! I think she looks beautiful in her host country's clothes.

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    2. I agree, Allison. She has looked just lovely and appropriate throughout the tour. I actually adore tunics and pants together. And I love that she wears pantyhose with dressy clothes. I have always loved them and wear them, too. This has been just a wonderful tour.

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  17. She looks so happy, relaxed, and truly engaged in every sport she tries, no matter what she is wearing. I find that both charming and amazing.

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  18. Kate has worn so many pairs of nicely tailored trousers on this trip. I wonder if it will impact her pant and jean choices when she returns home.

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    1. One can hope But really not my business what I like on her.:) It's her choice alone. I do think the looser slim fitting pants would be most flattering on her slim figure though. Queen Letizia often wears this style too.

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      my fingers are crossed!! :)

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    3. Mary, that's my thought and hope too: theese trousers are looking wonderful on Kate. She looks modern, young, elegant and feminin... perfect. I would like to see her wearing more from this style in GB.

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    4. She has looked stunning in the slim pants during this tour. Then again, she looks lovely in everything she wears! :)

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  19. Another stunning day for the Duchess. My only complaint is that she is wearing pantyhose and not truly barefoot. I only say that because I personally hate pantyhose :)

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    1. Maybe they are knee-high stockings. I hope so for her comfort's sake. I believe as the Queen's representative she must wear stockings. One of the royal protocols.

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    2. I think that is the case - I wonder when that became protocol as it doesn't appear as if Diana was wearing them.

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    3. I agree with Philly that perhaps they are knee-high stockings. If you see her when she arrives off the plane in the white outfit it doesn't look like she is wearing stockings. Perhaps when she changed for the visit to the Mosque she put on knee-high stockings for comfort so she wasn't completely barefoot. IDK but I know that I don't like it when I travel in the summer and have to walk through barefoot through security, I just don't like to be barefoot in public areas. So I always wear pants and knee high stockings, then I take them off once I am through security (the knee high stockings that is :)) cc

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    4. I also read a bit after creating a reply, that wearing stockings or socks is a sign of respect in a Mosque. As for Diana being barefoot and royal protocols, I wonder whether that may have been on trips to Pakistan after she lost her HRH status. (So many details to keep straight!)

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    5. I think it is very important to distinguish between protocol and preference. Within the royal family, protocol refers to behavior and etiquette at official events, such as who stands or sits next to whom, who makes the first speech, etc.
      Protocol does not include things like wearing tights/hose, nail polish, sitting cross-legged or not, etc. Those topics are preferences and not royal protocol.
      The Queen has a PREFERENCE for (among many other things) wearing bright colors, gloves, and nude hose. Whenever in her presence, the other royal ladies wear tights/hose out of respect for her. But, in their own time and on their own engagements (be it public or private), they are free to follow their own preferences.
      The words "royal protocol" are overused and they are also used incorrectly. This is especially true of the British press, who seem to relish pouncing on some of the royal family members about protocol when, more often than not, it has nothing to do with protocol. Hose/tights are a case in point.
      Let's please not contribute to the misuse and overuse of "royal protocol."

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    6. I agree about protocol, but there is another layer between protocol and preferences, that is manners. It goes from table manners to dress-code, including how to sit, how to greet... What is considered good manners, particularly regarding the way to dress, changes with time. 50 years ago, it was considered rude to walk in the street without a hat. IMO wearing tights is still something to be done when at formal occasions. We all have certain standards of behavior, that may differ depending on country and culture... The BRF has its own, combined with those of the British upper class

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  20. Not a fan of the white. I think it looks like pajamas....

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    1. Ironically the word pajamas comes from Hindi and Urdu (language of Pakistan)..."The humble pajamas come from a Hindi word, pājāma, which itself comes from combining the Persian words for leg and garment."

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  21. Love your posts! Thank you for keeping us current with their trip. Kate is magnificent and I enjoy watching them make their impact globally.

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  22. Thank you Charlotte. Kate looks great!

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  23. I don’t really like the white salwar kameez, it’s very plain and simply and looks like a pajama. I do like the green salwar kameez though.

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  24. Not only does Kate look great in the traditional outfits, I think she really likes this style! They look so comfortable and versatile, and show such respect. She and William are indeed ROYAL in every way, just as Diana was.

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  25. They have knocked it out of the ballpark on this tour. Just flawless. What a wonderful couple.

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  26. Their plane didn't land in Islamabed due to weather I hope they stay safe.

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  27. Caroline in Montana17 October 2019 at 17:13

    I love the white outfit, the embroidery looks exquisite! love the photos of her playing sports. as for the pantyhose and the comment that she is not barefoot, none of them are - the men are all wearing socks. I'm not a big pantyhose or knee high fan but I think it looks fine, might be more comfortable?

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  28. Both outfits look absolutely STUNNING! Graceful, elegant and classy...

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  29. Kate really shines when she is doing sporty things. I think she and Harry are the best at that kind of thing. I know cricket is really big in Pakistan, so wonderful that William and Kate participated in the way that they did. I think Kate wears the Pakistani styles very well- she looks stunning in them.

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  30. Love all the engagements! Really like both of Kate's outfits. Think they are both beautiful and she looked wonderful in both. The plane ride sounds awful.

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  31. Congratulations, Charlotte, for your great, great work during this very special tour. It must be extremely difficult for you to cover it as you did. We enjoyed your clever and heartfelt posts enormously! Thanks!

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    1. Claude, I'm going to piggy back on your congratulations to Charlotte! Charlotte you have absolutely out done yourself & I suspect under very challenging circumstances, per the nature of this tour! Blessings to you & your devoted teammate!! Blessings to you both! :) xx

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  32. Thank heavens the airplane scare was just a scare! That is something I hate about tours -- all the airplane, small plane, and helicopter use.

    Regarding Kate's clothes, I have not seen women wearing Western clothes where Kate has been -- children maybe, but not women. (Of course, I have not seen many women at all.) I just love the pants and hope she incorporates some into her usual style.

    Wonderful visits today. Will and Harry are determined to not let people forget about their mother. They have made such a good impression on their hosts, which we knew they would.

    I wonder if we will see anything related to new technology and jobs?

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  33. Anonymous in Colorado17 October 2019 at 18:16

    What an incredible tour this has been. Pakistan's people are beautiful inside and out. The Duke & Duchess have been flawless. Yikes I would've been terrified on that plane!

    Charlotte, you've been amazing. I imagine it's challenging with the daily itinerary under wraps, preventing you from doing research for the posts in advance. Thanks a million for doing what you do!!

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  34. Zora from Prague17 October 2019 at 18:17

    What a full day, and what a relief that they landed safely in the end! The idea of spending 2 hours in the air during a storm (instead of 25 minutes of smooth flight) makes me literally sick.
    I loved their interactions with the SOS village kids and "mothers", Kate's speech and the cricket moments and, most of all, their empathic presence in the hospital. I second Charlotte's words that this tiara appearance may be the best we've seen. ❤️ What could be possibly more important than bringing joy to those kids and making them feel better?
    As for the hairstyles, I think Kate looked particularly lovely in the ponytail.
    Thank you so much for your splendid posts, Charlotte. No need EVER to apologise! The waiting (which was not caused by you) was well worth it.

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  35. Stunning. Absolutely stunning outfits and events today.

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  36. Wow! Kate really knows how to highlight local designers. Her turquoise dress looks amaaazing on her! I also love that she's such a good sport and put on the toy tiara. I don't think she would've felt comfortable in her role of future Queen consort to wear it when she first married into the family.

    The while outfit's embroidery is amazing, I'm so glad for the internet and high-res images. 20 years ago, we wouldn't have been able to see all the exquisite detail.

    I'm so glad to see William and Kate happy and relaxed. THIS is the kind of soft (but effective and important) diplomatic work they're good at AND enjoy doing.

    A quick shot-out to Charlotte for keeping up with the tour! :) It's a lot of stuff to cover, specially with the time difference.

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    1. Kate is such a gift to all she touches & reaches on the world stage! :) xx

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  37. I thought I would share this article I just read about William. This tour has had more impact than it's 'complex' beginning might have suggested. There seems to be a new global understanding about how he is defining his role in the monarchy. The strength of Kate and William's relationship is more evident as time goes on and it shows in their style of leadership, slow and steady, and kind and compassionate. The comment by the Honorary Consul, UK Fakir Aijaz Uddin is very telling about the success of this tour for William and Kate. "If there's one word to describe your visit it is "joy." You have radiated joy wherever you have been". William replied, "We are very happy people". I agree with Bridget and will enjoy continuing to watch them grow and make their 'impact globally'. cc

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/17/asia/prince-william-pakistan-royal-tour-analysis-gbr-intl/index.html?fbclid=IwAR36TCBbmzBbRB4UYoQowSO8nzz7MzbDmxivcx6kjIjRxNMrxNfQgw7hn8o

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    1. CeceUSA, Thank you! Thank you! For all of us who have been here on Charlotte's Blog from the beginning we plodded away during some very tough years supporting Will & Kate & believing in them & knowing there was a reason & a plan to the path they had chosen. It made for some sticky & heated debates between those who believed there was a plan for the couple pacing themselves & those who believed they were just lazy. They are clearly a devoted couple & have stood the test of time during all those years when people questioned their life choices. I have the greatest of admiration for them as a couple & as individuals & I do believe they are the greatest example for young people, that there is a benefit to focusing on the big picture & not immediate gratification & also they are such a wonderful example of what a long term committed loving relationship looks like, full of fun, kindness, joy & respect. They are truly happy, purposeful people & on the world stage they are a gift to us all! :) xx

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    2. I’m so happy with the feedback of this tour. They truly deserve this. After years of people relentlessly criticizing them and their choices it’s good to see everybody recognizing the good job they are doing. William especially gets little attention and his work is understated. I was happy to see the other day the spontaneous applause he got when he arrived at Oxford to open a new facility. I think he is well respected.

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    3. Great article, CeCeUSA. Thanks for the link!

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    4. Zora from Prague17 October 2019 at 23:02

      Thank you, CeCe! An excellent article with a really interesting take on William's role. And I agree with what you and Becca say about the Cambridges! Very well put! 🌼

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  38. Agree Charlotte, my favorite tiara engagement also! What a precious child.

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  39. oh, Kate's poor little toes!
    my podiatrist has ME moving to different shoes because I have the same kind of hunched toes. Those elegant pointed pumps are really doing a number on her feet :(

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    1. She is wearing nylons. Her toes are fine.

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    2. Comparing her feet in other photos walking & standing etc, I think in that close up she may have been curling her toes to hug the rug & secure her stance on the edge of that step. Just my 2 cents.

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    3. On the photo when she is sitting in the mosque with her feet sidewise I also see hammer toes and corns - like we all have when wearing too much of those tight and pointed but oh so elegant pumps...

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    4. I saw a picture of her feet a few years ago (maybe in India?), and even then, you could see that she had hammer toes and bunions from wearing heels. I always wonder how she can stand being on her feet so long in those high heels. At least she wears flat shoes now and then so her tendons don't shorten.

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  40. Sarah in Wiltshire17 October 2019 at 19:18

    Thank you Charlotte for another wonderful post. I am enjoying following this tour immensely and think you are doing an amazing job given how little advance preparation you can do for embargoed engagements. We all really appreciate your efforts!

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  41. Charlotte- how do you know they are the J. Crew Colette heels vs the J. Crew Lucie? They look the same to me, so I am curious how you know the difference? (sorry if this posts twice, I am having computer issues )

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  42. This is a wonderful tour. Happy that they are receiving such wonderful welcomes wherever they go. I love Kate & those that she so elegantly represents. There is no other. William & Kate are the future of the monarchy and what a promise that brings to the world.
    Kate is the future. She's moderate in her dress, conscious of her affect, and dresses accordingly. Just like Diana, and what better woman to represent her!
    Simply wonderful. The UK Monarchy is so blessed that this humble woman will represent them for years to come.

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    1. Therese, how beautifully said & I whole heartedly agree with everything that you expressed! :) xx

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  43. Thank you for all your hard work during this tour, I have to say I have loved everything so far.
    I was not aware of the scary plane ride back I am so glad everyone is safe.

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  44. Working for the International Office of SOS Children‘s Villages (in Vienna, Austria) myself, today’s visit makes me feel so proud.

    I always hoped there would one day be a connection established between the BRF (preferably W&K!!) and SOS, and I can hardly believe that day has come.

    So happy they are shining a light on the amazing work my colleagues are doing on the ground, and on the mission of SOS to provide a loving home for every child.

    I‘m over the moon! :-)

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    1. Zora from Prague17 October 2019 at 23:08

      I'm happy for you, Lotta! We have SOS villages in my country too and my family supports them (in a small way but isn't an ocean made of drops?) They are such a wonderful thing. Congratulations and I wish you and your colleagues all the best!

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    2. I'm also very happy to see this wonderful charity getting some publicity. I hope many more people across the globe will read more about SOS Children's Villages and choose to donate. Thank you, Lotta, for the important work you do.

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    3. Loved learning about this organization today.

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    4. Thank you all for your kind words! @Zara, I love to hear about individual donors like your family - they are what keeps SOS going!

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  45. I find the outrage about the eastern clothes uncalled for.Unlike kimono and sari, shalwar kameez are more simple and trousers with tunique is the closest to western clothes and are modern yet modest.as for why Eastern people don't wear occidental clothes when visiting Europe I find That not true when Ties, suits, skirt and dresses are everywhere.Even veiled womens in my country wear occidental clothes not jebba or sefsari and following Kate since before her wedding I know that she isn't the type to overdo it. I think that she loves the style and maybe she was asked from the host country or the foreign office to have this kind of clothes for diplomatic reasons or it is a form of camouflage for personal reasons.

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    1. I'm puzzled. Was there outrage, 21;11? I perceived comments I read (and any I made) as very level-headed and genuinely interested discussion. People responded to questions regarding boundaries pertaining to the cultural appropriation of clothing, why the Canadian PM was criticized in India while the Cambridges are being applauded in Pakistan with pertinent information. They provided links to other articles on the subject (many thanks) as well as their own insights without ever taking on any tone of disapproval.

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    2. Just ignore the criticism. This tour changed things for the BRF.

      When Charles’s reign is over, William has proven that he will be a worthy king, much like Felipe who weathered much criticism with aplomb (and still is). Kate is certainly up to the task. W&K’s outstanding tour was filled with so much positivity, professionalism and poise that there is no doubt they are ready to serve the UK and do what royalty does best. Congratulations and applause to them.

      Looking forward to more.

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    3. Caroline in Montana17 October 2019 at 23:25

      +1

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    4. I tend to agree with you, but I also find reading everybody’s differing opinions about it fascinating. It gives us a small window into why this tour is so complex. Whichever way she went with her clothing somebody have something to say. So I can just imagine the hours spent considering and discussing this beforehand and that is just one tiny facet of the tour.

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  46. Kate's speech was lovely. It highlighted the best of Pakistani culture, family solidarity and support. I think this tour shows Pakistan in a very good light.

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  47. Theresa, from Paris17 October 2019 at 21:51

    Stunning... Beautiful tour. The Duchess is just wonderful : elegance, poise, manners. What a success ! Wonderful to have seen this couple grow in strength since their wedding. So royal and dignified. Perfection.
    Must have been awful on the plane during that terrible storm... !

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  48. I saw a few more pictures from her hospital visit. She's wearing the D'Orsay pumps again with the teal outfit.
    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/542448-prince-william-and-kate-visit-shaukat-khanum-hospital-in-lahore

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  49. Loved William drinking that tea with the little girl. Also, Kate wasn't barefoot, she was wearing hose.

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  50. Caroline in Montana17 October 2019 at 23:25

    that airplane ride sounds scary:( do we know where they ended up? wouldn't that be a big problem if they did not make it back to their night accommodations and would they really stay somewhere not vetted? that would be nerve racking!

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  51. CHARLOTTE do not apologize. You have done an incredible of feeding us royal junkies. The way you put each day together pics/history/commentary amazes me - honestly.

    Kate has hit it out of the park and not just with her fashion. If I were British I would be over the moon knowing she will be the future Queen.

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  52. Kate always seems most herself at sports. The turquoise ensemble is beautiful and I notice they were both diplomatic and respectful with their feet. This has been a successful first major tour for the future monarchs. They can feel proud of their work. It will be their life work. Good job, kids!

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  53. Oh, what a wonderful day.
    A little child gives Kate a princess-crown. This heart-project touches my heart. Kate and William are shining like a light in the world of the little one, of the hospital and of more people. Fantastic.
    I'm deeply touched. The pictures from Kate in the Moschee are looking for me like peintures of Maria (from the Bible). The pictures (I found some more in the newspapers) reflect her dignity and humbleness. Much more than in other situations. Kate doesn't try to take center stage but to give other people respect and attentions. Amazing.
    William must be lucky. He looked excellent in his second outfit for this day... They "are very happy people".
    Wonderful.



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  54. wow she looks so beautiful in that lovely teal outfit in the mosque with head scarf. Reminds me of when Princess Diana went there. I Heard their plane got turned around twice due to bad weather.

    What a great tour and great coverage Charlotte.

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  55. Sarah from Calif.18 October 2019 at 02:04

    Charlotte, thank you!!!!!! Love it!💖

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  56. Glad to learn about the SOS Children's Villages, and wonderful for William and Kate to include them in the tour. Kate's speech was very on point. Love William having tea, and Kate wearing the tiara (reminds me of a picture of President Obama wearing a tiara with a group of little girl guides, I think. He looked adorable, and Kate looks every inch a princess). A delightful day of the tour, and glad everyone made it safely back to Islamabad.

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  57. I have absolutely loved every exquisite outfit Duchess Catherine has worn this tour!
    She continues to represent the U.K. in an exemplary manner. Perfection!

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  58. Royal 👑 Watcher18 October 2019 at 05:06

    The turquoise outfit is to die for, but I also love Kate's white outfit. The embroidery is exquisite!
    I wish the Cambridges and crew a safe trip back to Islamabad, lighting whilst on a plane is terrifying. Kate and William must be looking forward to seeing the children now. I hope they can catch up with the Sussexes (spelling?) over dinner and talk about their trips and tours. I would like to be a fly on the wall for that one, hoping they play Toto's Africa and dance the night away lol

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    1. Royal 👑 Watcher18 October 2019 at 10:51

      That should be lightning!! Lighting is probably a good thing :-)

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  59. Her dignity and poise is unparalleled. Kate has proved herself with this visit to Pakistan. She is an excellent addition to the British Royal family !

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  60. Tammy from California18 October 2019 at 15:52

    And THIS is the crown of a true princess!

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  61. Wow, what a special thing for Kate to do! I am sure it made the kids at the hospital very happy to be able to be with the royal couple.

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  62. The hosts were ready to high light their own identity, places and people. It was less about poverty and charity - more about national identity and future. William and Kate were gentle observers and participants in complementing the culture at many turns with their costumes and especially the green matching one is unforgettable (matching soul mates in matching outfits). I will remember Kate in the teal costume to the mosque, her look at William on the way there (it is as if she absorbed the culture, became it for a moment and gave him a glimpse of another side of herself). Her sitting style in the mosque was typical in conservative traditional churches where you take your shoes off, and if seating on the floor, bend knees sideways. Her selection of costumes does not only make her memorable, it recalls and enhances the experience of Pakistan. I have friends from Pakistan; I see them in their daily American ways. This tour takes it to a deeper level in “knowing” them better. The glacier is memorable. It may look like a small world because of the internet; it is actually a big world so varied when it comes to living in its environment.

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    1. Having followed a lot of recent tours I have realised what a fine balance is needed when setting the agenda for a tour like this. The global audience the Cambridges bring is a great opportunity to shine some light on important issues, but it can easily tip over to showcasing a country of issues.
      Whoever set up the itinerary did a good job of highlighting some issues Pakistan face while at the same time showcasing the best of Pakistan.

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  63. Thank you again for all you do, Charlotte. A lovely tiara event - and tour - indeed.

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  64. What a great video! Prince William actually didn't take off the friendship bracelet. That must have meant a lot to the kids. (:

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    1. Oops, I apologize. I meant for this to be for the post where William and Kate revisited the SOS Children's Villages. Not quite sure how I managed to mix that up! (;

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