Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Duchess Kate Strikes A Pose During Evelina London Creative Workshop Visit

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in London this morning to join a creative workshop run by the National Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Programme at Evelina London Children's Hospital to see how the creative arts can support children’s health and wellbeing. 


The Duchess was presented with a lovely posy by Anna-Victoria Amoafa-Sennie who has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism.


Today's event saw one of Kate's first patronages the National Portrait Gallery collaborating with one of her most recently chosen patronages Evelina London. Below, the Duchess closely followed by her assistant private secretary Natalie Barrows (we should soon hear news on Catherine Quinn's replacement) and her longtime Royal Protection Officer Emma Probert.


Kensington Palace said: "The National Portrait Gallery works in close collaboration with play specialists from Evelina London to take artists into the hospital to deliver workshops to children of all ages, along with their siblings and parents. Activities take place on the ward or in play rooms. The Hospital Programme runs in three other children’s hospitals in London – Great Ormond Street Hospital, Newham University Hospital and the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, working with nursing staff, hospital teachers and specialists. Over the past 15 years over 20,000 children (aged 0-18) have benefited from the creative workshops which include photography, animation, sculpture and textiles."


Kate was presented with "Rag Wreaths" created by a group of children she met including Savannah Wheeler-Wadison. She told the little girl she would put the pink one in Charlotte's room.


Savannah's ten-year-old brother Luke is a heart patient at Evelina and quickly asked to take a photo of Kate holding the wreath. She was more than happy to oblige and looked delighted to pose for the budding photographer.


Luke was thrilled with the results. Rebecca English reports he said he would "take it home and keep it forever".


I think you'll agree Luke did a fantastic job :)


More from the Mail Online:

'Luke's mother, Joanne Wheeler, 47, later explained that she discovered her son had a congenital heart condition in the womb and he was first operated on just five days after he was born. He still attends regular check-ups at Evelina and may require further surgery in the future 'This place saved my son's life, it's as simple as that,' she told Kate.
'We would do anything for the staff here. ' In fact Luke, from Rainham, Kent, has managed to raise more than £14,000 this year to donate towards the hospital's work by selling the rag wreaths he and his sister make, doing a sponsored swim, auctions and standing with collecting boxes at The Oval .
He said: 'We just really wanted to say thank you to her for coming an spending time here. She was really touched, I think. I told her that I had the same birthday as her son, George, and my sister is four, like Charlotte. She said Charlotte would love to have the pink wreath up in her room. It would be amazing if they did that.
'Not many people get to see a princess in real life and she is going to be the Queen one day. It was really exciting.' 

Kate joined a group of  young children receiving care at the hospital for a range of activities including illustration, photography and 3D set design.


The Telegraph reports:

The National Portrait Gallery gives each of their patients a free book, Playful Portraits, in an effort to encourage them to spend their time on the ward pursuing creative activities. 
She first sat down with artist Jessica Rosenfield, who was instructing the children.  Chatting with the artist, the Duchess said: "It’s wonderful to see what art therapy adds. To be able to paint, to draw, to be able to tell your story."
"Who is this here?" asked the Duchess as she pointed to a photo of six-year-old Kallum Stuart, who is being treated for kidney failure. "Are you all friends here?" she said as she looked round the table. "What a treat it is for me to meet you all today. What a treat! I am so pleased."

Kate enjoyed seeing the results of their efforts.


The children told Kate about making characters for their pop-up theatre.


Kate spoke to Clive and his dad to learn more about delivering workshops to children at their bedsides.


A video from the engagement.


The Duchess brought back her bespoke Dolce & Gabbana bouclรฉ skirt suit for the engagement.


Kate first wore the ensemble almost one year ago for the Mentally Healthy Schools conference.


The jacket is very similar to the D&G Double-Breasted blazer shown below. It features a lapel collar, multicoloured pattern and snap button closure.


Kate accesorised with her Mappin & Webb Empress pendant and earrings.


And completed the look with her Gianvito Rossi Piper shoes. They are available at My Theresa.



Kate removed her engagement ring as she was visiting a hospital.

On Sunday evening, William and Kate will attend the BAFTA awards. All guests are being encouraged to wear sustainable clothing. It's been suggested a large number of attendees will opt to re-wear gowns from previous years. If Kate chooses a repeat, which one of her gowns would you like to see again? The stunning black velvet strapless McQueen she wore for the Sun Military Awards back in 2011 gets my vote.

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  1. Beautiful and hardworking Duchess of Cambridge. I love her

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    1. I agree! And she seems to do it all with such grace and style.

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  2. Charlotte, thank you for your timely blogs. You have been busy of late! I was wondering if Kate will be doing more engagements than originally planned, due to Meghan and Harry's departure. Also, we saw Sophie at the palace reception for African leaders, and I was wondering if she will take on some extra engagements to help the queen. Lastly, I read that it's possible that Beatrice and Eugenie will be asked to assist. Personally, I'd love to see more of Sophie. She seems capable, as well as quietly popular. What do you think? Thank you again for all you do.

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    1. I agree, Abby, I like Sophie very much. She works very hard for the causes for the monarchy. She and Kate compliment each other when working side by side. I hope to see much more of her!

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    2. Sophie reminds me a lot of the Princess Royal in that respect--she does a lot of work that is valuable but hardly noticed. I can see why the Queen likes her so much.

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    3. Caroline in Montana28 January 2020 at 22:07

      Im with you Abby, I think it will be Sophie that will step in and I really enjoy seeing her. her and Edward are tried and true and her and kate seem to really balance each other. Im not sure about Eugenie and Bea, seems like they would not be asked to step up with the monarchy streamlining down. To me E&S make more sense as the son/daughter in law of the current monarch while E and Bea the granddaughters then nieces of future monarch? my 2 cents.

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    4. Charlotte, we may need a Sophie blog! :-)

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    5. I'm Sophie's age, and I'm wondering if anyone else on here would like to see what a-dare I say it?-mature woman wears. I love Kate's fashion, but it is nice to see an older member of the RF who is also stylish. Our culture now is so youth obsessed, but I think women of all ages are beautiful.

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    6. Abby, I'm definitely interested in a Sophie blog by Charlotte. I've followed another Sophie fashion blog for a while but it wasn't of the quality Charlotte provides. As "older" women will stay longer and longer in the workforce, we need role models.

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  3. Just perfect Love Kate’s look today Highlighting another great cause x

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  4. Theres no nice way to say it: this outfit with its low waist makes her torso look even longer than it is. This is a cute outfit but not right for her proportions.

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  5. She's dipping back into her short skirt closet again!! Looks very flippy!

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    1. Caroline in Montana28 January 2020 at 19:24

      lol been thinking the same for a few days:)

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  6. This is one of my favorites -- I like the short flirty skirt. And I like her hair styled that way.

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  7. Continuing to wear Dolce and Gabbana.

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  8. Very very good to see that in the world of social sites and hashtags you're still writting typical blog. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜

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  9. Royal ๐Ÿ‘‘ Watcher28 January 2020 at 16:20

    Kate is really coming into her own of late. She is an experienced royal, it’s very obvious. Well done!

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  10. Charlotte, I've been imagining the BAFTA gown since the news. What do you think the options are for her? I love your choice!

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    1. Caroline in Montana28 January 2020 at 19:25

      Not only do I want to see that dress again, more than anything I want to see those jewels again!! I think the necklace could be a convertible tiara??

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    2. Velvet McQueen came to my mind as well, but personally I think we won´t see it. With Kate shifting towards more elegant sillhouttes and even more modest cuts (what I mean is long skirts, flowy midi - long dresses, loose fitting trousers etc.) I think it is somewhat unlikely that she´d choose strapless tight-fitting velvet gown.

      I hope for either 1) pink-burgundy Gucci from 2019 Women in Hedge Funds or 2) white Self Portrait dress from Street Cat named Bob premiere, but with forest green accessories. Last but not least it would be great to see silver one-shoulder Jenny Packham from 2011´s National Memorial Arboretum event at St. James Palace. I feel like this gown is very underrated, it was one of her best IMO and it is compatible with Kate´s current style.

      Ella

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    3. I hope she picks the aqua Amanda Wakeley gown. It was so pretty.

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  11. She is a beautiful woman, both inside and out!

    —Jenny; an American who loves following Catherine and William and their beautiful family!

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  12. Always so engaged with people young and old no matter the event. I would like to see her repeat the Jenny Packham worn in 2017 in Paris.

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  13. Of course the strapless McQueen!

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  14. Her hair looks absolutely glorious. I love how she pinned it back. The outfit isn't my favorite, but that's ok.

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  15. Kate looks great again today. The little girl with the pigtails and jeans is so precious! All the children are cute. Charlotte, the velvet McQueen was my first thought too, accessorized of course by lots of bling!

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  16. Kate certainly does shine at these events with children! LOVE the little photo of her, and what a treasure for that young man!! Another favorite is the photo of her looking at the little girl, the look on the little girl's face says it all, so cute. Liking that Kate has worn repeats for the events this week, very work oriented and appropriate. Have always liked the style and material of this suit, but would prefer the jacket to be a tad longer. Her hair is beautiful especially in the photo where you can see it from the back. As for BAFTA, I'm definitely with you Charlotte, that is the dress I hope that she rewears....so many options on jewelry, hair...can't wait to see. A great week of meaningful events for the Duchess!! cc

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    1. Zora from Prague29 January 2020 at 17:59

      Lucky little Luke! ๐Ÿ˜ƒWell done him!
      I also noticed the photo from the back and how lovely her hair was styled!

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  17. Kate is a marvelous woman to watch in action. She has grown into her role beautifully. She is so at ease these days. I love how she interacts with children, she is a natural. She looks beautiful and relaxed. I'm overjoyed that the BRF has William & Kate to guide them towards the future with promise and progress. Thanks for a wonderful post.

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  18. Great cause! Although she's lovely not keen on the suit. It's just weird where the jacket meets the waist & the pockets look lumpy. Although I'm not apposed to short hems on her actually I rather like them this suit looks cut off to short for the overall look. Not great when bending over with children either. Not her best look for sure!

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    1. I agree. I'm not a fan of the skirt. The jacket is fine, but like you said, the skirt is a little short for bending over to talk to kids.

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  19. I agree with you Charlotte. I have always loved the McQueen Black Velvet, and have been disappointing not to have seen it again. Here’s hoping.
    Great two days of working events for the Cambridges’.

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    1. Zora from Prague28 January 2020 at 19:24

      +1. Tedi! The black velvet McQueen was stunning.

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  20. Love the repeat from head to toe!

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  21. The DOC is such a natural with children. I love this event and her suit. Love the tailoring and rich asthetic. Great to see her legs 2 days in a row!!

    I would love to see her repeat the white long sleeve Han Chong gown - I think she wore it in 2017? Really looked great on her.

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  22. This outfit is ok, it isn’t one of my favourites. I don’t like how the pockets sit on her hips, it makes her look like she has a “muffin top” or “spare tire” which she doesn’t. I thought it was just today but it looks like that in previous pictures too, it’s still a nice suit, I think it’s a design flaw

    I thought a possibly pregnancy(with the look of the suit and not wearing her engagement ring, possibly swelling?) but the suit looks the same in the previous wearing of it as well so I no longer thing that lol. Curious why she isn’t wearing the engagement ring, I like the jewellery and I like the suede with the shoes, but I really don’t like the thick chunky heel. I guess I haven’t been converted to the chunky heel yet lol.

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    1. Anon 18:29, just from experience as a registered nurse it is most likely due to the hospital setting. I work at a nursing home and never wear my rings.

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    2. Why don't you wear your rings? Is it for sanitation reasons?

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    3. Lisa, for sanition, possible injuries or scratches to patients, and because that's what I was taught in nursing school. Lol

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  23. When I read the suggested dress code for the BAFTA awards, I too thought of the beautiful black velvet McQueen gown. The Duchess of Cambridge looked absolutely breathtaking in this gown and I would love to see her wear it again. Time will tell.

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  24. Orange County Grandma28 January 2020 at 18:34

    Noticed Kate was not wearing her engagement ring or her other ring. Could it be because her is visiting a hospital and small children

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    1. Rings with stones/diamonds can carry bacteria inside (because wearing it everyday and everywhere) and can increase the risk of infection which of course nobody wants at a hospital.

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    2. Caroline in Montana28 January 2020 at 21:59

      Thank you Anon 19:46, I was wondering why and that never even crossed my mind. so many things to take into account when she does a visit. thank you for explanation.

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    3. Exactly, Anon 19:46. My daughter is an RN at a children’s hospital, and she never wears her engagement/wedding rings to work for that very reason.

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    4. Think she;s very purposeful in that when she does these sorts of visits she is not trying to be a princess. She doesn't want the children thinking she's this princess with these fancy diamonds.

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    5. Caroline in Montana29 January 2020 at 19:52

      lol Ivy Lin. all nurses agreed its for sanitation purposes, not because she does not want to be a princess!

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  25. That 2011 gown is just beautiful on her, plus the necklace and bracelet!

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  26. Most days I read this blog for two reasons-one because it covers a topic that I am genuinely interested in and two because it is a bit of escapism. Today is different. Today I had the great honor of being in the lobby of the Evelina London Hospital and helped to greet the Duchess of Cambridge as she arrived. I had purchased Yellow Roses in honor of the Princess of Wales to give to her. I opted instead to give them to a boy named Adam who I had met while waiting. In turned I was given the opportunity to hear her conversation with Adam. It was one of the most genuinely caring conversations I have ever heard. Admiring people from afar can be a bit tricky. For those of us that usually admire HRH Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, from afar, I can tell you our admiration is not misplaced.

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    1. What an amazing experience! How lovely of you to purchase the yellow roses

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    2. Thank you so much for your comment!! I think one, if not the best, of Kate’s qualities is that she is sincere, she listens, cares and talks to people because she’s interested in them, not because she has to.

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    3. Zora from Prague28 January 2020 at 22:12

      Wow, Unknown, that's amazing!!๐Ÿ˜Š

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    4. What a wonderful experience! Thanks for sharing!

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    5. So nice to hear, Anon 19:16! Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

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    6. Thank you for sharing your experience with us! How nice that you were involved today.

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    7. That is such a lovely comment & gesture x She really does seem so genuine & caring.

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    8. I really love her outfit today, even if I'd paired the dress with a pair of flat boots. For Sunday I really hope to see the Roland Mouret Cold-Shoulder Fluted Gown in Royal Blue, for me it was great!
      Federica

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    9. Thank you Unknown, for your comment! It’s nice to get an eyewitness account! So great that you were there.

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    10. Thank you Unknown, for your comment! It’s nice to get an eyewitness account! So great that you were there.

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  27. As you have said in the past, Kate is marvelous with children. The video you included in the blog was wonderful, esp. the part with the little boy who is chatting away to her and the mom who is so earnestly talking to her--and Kate is earnestly listening. That strapless black velvet would be so beautiful again at the BAFTAs but I would even like to see that glittery blue gown she wore in India.

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    1. Yes, Valerie, the blue India gown was beautiful!

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  28. Caroline in Montana28 January 2020 at 19:34

    She is such a natural with children and she does these events perfectly, you can see she really cares about the cause and isn't just there as a celebrity. so much class.

    I have always liked this outfit, but me thinks the skirt is just a tad short. im sure its really not but ive gotten used to her wearing the longer dresses and skirts. although it does make her look more youthful and damn that girls got great legs:) These are one of my favorite earing and necklace combo! love her hair up like this and love love the shoes, im a chunky heel kinda gal:) I love the top but I feel like the top would look absolutely smashing with some slim black trousures! still dreaming of cigarette pants in MT :)

    Oh yes, and I am also confused as to why no ring? have not noticed before that she does not wear when she goes to hospitals? why would that be?

    Please let her wear the 2011, but more importantly wear the jewels again. the bracelet alone was to die for! I think they were a wedding present but cant remember? Charlotte do you know where they came from? I think the necklace could convert to tiara? that is such a beautiful photo of her, sigh:)

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    1. They are by Mouawad, I'm almost certain they were a wedding gift.

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  29. The black velvet McQueen is gorgeous and a great choice, but I'm hoping for the bright pink gown she wore to Charles' 70th birthday party. I'd love to see more than just the shoulder!

    Hope from USA

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    1. Me too!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  30. For the BAFTAS, I'd like to see a recycle from way back. Yes the black velvet, but also the McQueen lilac, the Wakeley pale green, a Roland Moulet or one of the two Jenny Packhams: the pale grey one shoulder chiffon or the slim light blue from Paris. Or maybe the dress worn to the 007 film premiere if the top layer was reworked to be more flattering; that would certainly meet the event's theme of a recycle. With some creativity, that dress could be totally transformed.

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  31. Lovely! Charlotte, I wanted to ask if you would reconsider wording on of the first sentences. "Suffers from achondroplasia" to "has". As the mom of a special needs kiddo with multiple diagnoses it is easier to read and use. (just having a disorder or disability doesn't necessitate suffering, ya'know?) I hope you don't mind my nitpickiness. I do appreciate that you did person first language! (Person then disease/disorder/disability).

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    1. Absolutely Katie. I really appreciate your comments because I'm constantly learning, thank you for the feedback.

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    2. I appreciate the feedback also Katie. I have a chronic (from teen years on) disease and I also work at it not being my identifier with either others or in my own language about myself.

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    3. Katie, thank you very much for pointing this out. I have definitely learned something new through your comment and I am sure many of us will incorporate "has" now. :)
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  32. Sorry but I don't like the outfit. I don't know it looks old and odd with her slim figure. The color is dark, i wish she would wear some colorful when there are kids involved. I can't wait for sunday - last year outfit was amazing.

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  33. The sapphire blue Jenny Packham gown that Catherine wore on the India/Bhutan tour is one of my most favorite of her evening gowns.

    Border Terrier lover :-)

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    1. Zora from Prague28 January 2020 at 22:08

      Mine too, Border Terrier Lover!๐Ÿ˜Š That look took my breath away!

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  34. Love her look today. She looks wonderful. I like this suit and the jewelry is a favorite of mine. Hair looking great. Have to agree she has looked very at ease over the past year in her engagements. Bet she is also getting more sleep with her youngest a bit older.

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  35. What a lovely outing. Completely agree about the black velvet gown!

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  36. As always, she glows with joy when she's working with children. I think she looks angelic with her hair in curls!

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  37. How about one of two gowns we never got to see, except for the necklines? There was the pink/coral gown she wore to Charles' birthday bash, or the white one with a boatneck, for an occasion that I can't remember. It appeared to have pearls sewn all over and she wore it with one of Queen Mary's diamond necklaces.

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  38. MizBev in Colorado28 January 2020 at 20:59

    I would love to see her re-wear the blue gown from India.

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    1. That is another great suggestion!

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  39. Even before you completed your post I was hoping for the black strapless gown. On a separate occasion it would be good to see that necklace again too because I'm not sure she'll wear it as she gets older because the little flowers are a bit twee. But I could definitely see Charlotte wearing it for a portrait for her 18th birthday or something!

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  40. Ooooh! I love this on her, and think it's totally appropriate for what she was doing today. As far as re-wearing outfits for the BAFTAs... Here are my top three choices (outside of the divine black velvet dress already mentioned several times!):

    The red dress from the Diplomatic Reception in 2016

    The blue dress from the Bollywood Gala - without the shawl and with one of the sapphire necklaces of the Queen's, maybe the Dubai Looped or the Sapphire Tassel Demi-Parure

    The white and gold dress from the Malaysian State Dinner.

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  41. I'd like to see that pinkish-lavender gown with the beaded belt she wore to a film premiere in Los Angeles. There was another one she wore in the early days that I liked. I think it was off-white with beading on it.

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  42. Oh My... Kate looks absolutely lovely with a lightness & brightness about her! Such a wonderful program & such a delight to see her interactions. The thought of Kate bringing home the pink wreath home to Charlotte & having them hang it in her room just makes my heart smile! I love this ensemble & I'm with you Charlotte... I too hope Kate chooses to re-wear that lovely black strapless gown, it's one of my all time favorites! :)

    Becca USA

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  43. Beautiful as always! Did you notice that at her ‘24’ hour event and today-no purse. She has become so comfortable she needs no ‘clutch’( pun)

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  44. She absolutely beams when she's around children. Love her hair this way too.

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  45. Kate did not follow the baftas when everyone was to wear black to speak out against sexual assault. As such, I think it would be unfortunate if she did suddenly decide to follow them now and wear something recycled.

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    1. This is why I am not a fan of organizations “telling” people what to wear. I am always up for Kate recycling an evening dress, but not for setting it as a dress code.
      This just put people in a difficult position. Do you support every cause somebody links to an event, or do you not support any cause?

      Although technically this is different to #MeToo. #MeToo is a separate movement that have no actual link to the BAFTA’s but as a third party asked people to support them with what they wear. In this case the hosts (BAFTA’s) put a suggested dress code in place.

      As I said, Kate is finding herself in a difficult position, as with #MeToo I think she is damned if she do, and damned if she don’t. If it was me I would go for an unseen repeat. That way she is sticking to it, but it could also just be what she planned to wear in any case.

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    2. RachelZa - my understanding is that the BAFTAS did not say it could only be a recycle, but that it could comport with the theme of sustainability.

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    3. Since I had no idea what sustainable fabric could be used in an evening gown, googled this article on the most natural and futuristic fabrics used today: https://goodonyou.eco/most-sustainable-fabrics/ I am sure there are plenty of creative designers who could whip up a 100% cotton or bamboo evening gown, but I tend to agree with RachelZA that Kate would do well to wear an unseen repeat, it makes the most sense. If she were to take on the challenge it might be intriguing to see her rework an old gown, much like she did with the black Alexander McQueen. Anxious to see what Kate comes up with, I doubt she will disappoint.

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  46. There is zero scientific evidence that rings carry bacterial loads. Depending on the hospital policy nurses wear them all the time even in the OR. However people sometimes do feel it is best for infection control to error with over caution. So that could be why. Being a royal jewelry watcher...who would give her right arm for 5 min of looking in the Queen's vault (hehe) I'd be sad if I met her and she wasn't wearing it.

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  47. I meant to comment that I particularly liked the new unique twist Kate had in her 1/2 updo today! So lovely! :)

    Becca USA

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  48. I'd like to see Kate wear the green Jenny Packham gown she wore at a reception during the Royal tour of Pakistan, accessorised with emeralds.

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  49. Charlotte, Kate has to wear the strapless velvet McQueen to the BAFTAs...that was truly a stunning ensemble with the ruby jewels! ๐Ÿ˜

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  50. Wow, Kate blew me with her appearance. She looked pretty exhausted and tired the last few days but here she looks at least 5 years younger.
    I love her half up hair. Not the biggest fan of the outfit- I prefer more colourful clothes around children but she radiated so much, it overshadows her outfit completely.

    And I agree- I would love to see a repeat of the black vlevet. But I also think that the inevitable comparison to 2011 might be bit cruel. She was 9 years younger then and I fear the comparison might not be in favour of present time Kate. Maxbe if she donned it with a updo and some royal diamonds.......
    C.

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    1. I beg to differ. If anyone can pull off wearing an outfit 9 years later it would be Kate!

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    2. C., while I - as I wrote a few posts above - don't think we'll be seeing this gown either, I really don't think it has anything to do with "cruelty" of Kate's appearence comparison in 2011 vs 2020! IMHO she looks better than ever, obviously I am not saying younger, but she definitely does not look old, her hair is still on fleek and she is in amazing shape, and most importantly, she radiates steadiness and confidence.

      It is not a matter of Kate's appearance, it is a matter of her style, and we know that her style has evolved (but probably everyone's did since 2011).
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  51. The Duchess of Cambridge is doing fantastic work. Very focused. Thanks, Charlotte.

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