Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Duchess Kate Packs A Punch For SportsAid Visit

Following an evening on the West End last night, it was a decidedly sporty morning for the Duchess of Cambridge, who visited the Olympic Park in Stratford, to join a SportsAid event dedicated to celebrating the role that parents and guardians play in their child’s sporting success.


SportsAid is the only national charity of its kind - helping young British sportsmen and women aspiring to be the country's next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champions. Every year SportsAid supports over 1,000 athletes - the vast majority aged 12-18 - by providing a financial award to help with training and competition costs. The charity also helps develop other vital skills for professional athletes, such as media training, nutritional advice and performance lifestyle guidance. Kate has been patron of the charity since 2013.


Almost two-thirds of the British team at London 2012 were former – and in some cases current – recipients of SportsAid’s support, winning 20 Olympic and 27 Paralympic gold medals between them. Alumni include Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Ben Ainslie and Paula Radcliffe MBE. The organisation celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2016. Kensington Palace said: "Most young athletes also rely heavily on their parents and guardians, who are often the ‘team behind the team’, providing financial, logistical and practical support. SportsAid runs sessions for both athletes and their family members, allowing parents and guardians from across sporting disciplines to meet each other, share their stories and experiences, and benefit from the guidance that the charity can provide."


Kate was in sporting form and participating in a number of track and field activities.


On the starting blocks with Jessica Ennis-Hill.


Earlier, Kate viewed the application Jessica Ennis-Hill submitted to SportsAid as an eager teenager. She wrote her long term ambition was to "compete in the championships". Jessica certainly fulfilled that dream. As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion, and the 2010 European champion. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to athletics. Now retired, she supports a number of charities and has become a sought after columnist.


The Telegraph reports:

'Known as a keen sportswoman, she won praise for her technique from the athletes after asking to have a second go at coming out of the blocks and beginning to run down the track.
“I think she did really, really well,” Ennis-Hill, 34, one of the heroines of London 2012, said after coming out of retirement to show off her technique.
“I felt really nervous. I hadn’t been in a pair of blocks for years.” Tokyo Paralympics hopeful Oyinbo-Coker, 18, agreed. “Not bad for a rookie,” he said, after admitting: “I didn’t want anyone to see her beat me.”
His coach, Coral Nourrice, gave the future Queen some tips on pushing off from her more powerful foot, her right, to improve the start. “I think she enjoyed it. You could see by her face. She wasn’t fazed by it at all,” she said.'

The Duchess packs a punch during a training session :)


SportsAid shared this video: "Taekwondo, judo and laser shooting - which features in modern pentathlon - are all on display here today. The Duchess is watching the sports in action and has just been given a short tutorial by Lutalo Muhammad on how to complete a reverse punch!" Olympic medalist Lutalo Muhammed said Kate's "punch had power" and offered to give her future lessons.


The Duchess spent time with parents and guardians of SportsAid athletes, past and present, to hear about their experiences, the challenges that they face, and about the impact of the support they receive from the charity.


Today's visit comes just months before Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games get underway with athletes and alumni preparing vigorously.


During a speech the Duchess praised the role of parents and caregivers in supporting young athletes:

'Thank you so much. It’s been fascinating to speak to so many of you here today and also to hear, just now, about some of the experiences you all have, as young athletes and as parents.
SportsAid are a shining example of how organisations can reach out and listen to families, and provide the best support possible to enable their children to flourish The crucial role that parents and caregivers play in our children’s lives cannot be underestimated.
For all of you here, you go, and have gone, above and beyond the call of duty; you’ve committed your time and devotion to nurturing your children’s exceptional talents. And as a parent, I have a huge admiration for you and I know just how complex and time-consuming your role is.
You are simultaneously the transport and logistics managers, nutritionists, laundry service, psychologists, financiers, and crucially, the ones that provide love, support and encouragement when things are tough.
You may not always feel appreciated, or sometimes even noticed on the sidelines, in the car park or sitting high in the stands. But I am so proud that SportsAid recognises how key your role is and that they understand the challenges and worries you face.
On behalf of SportsAid, I'd like to thank all the parents and guardians who have played, or are playing, their part in developing this country’s young sporting talent.
Finally, I know this is an incredibly exciting but daunting time for many of SportsAid’s young athletes, so I’d like to wish the best of luck to all those aiming to participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games this year. We’ll all be cheering you on. Thank you for having me.'

A very nice wrap up video with footage of Kate's speech.


A group photo to conclude the visit.


The Duchess selected a navy and green casual look for the engagement.


Kate arrived wearing her trusty Smythe Duchess blazer. The staple piece has taken Kate from her very first tour to Canada in 2011 to today's SportsAid event. The one button wool blazer is available in multiple colours at Saks Fifth Avenue retailing for $695.


Middleton Maven identified Kate's green top as the Mango Ribbed Knit Sweater. It's currently discounted from $40 to just $20 on the Mango website.


The eagle-eyed Liz from Kate's Closet identified Kate's green culottes as a ZARA style. The £29 high-waist, wide-leg trousers feature invisible zip fastening at the side.


Kate's trainers are the Marks & Spencer Ribbon Detail Lace Up style (with thanks to emg collins). They are described as: "Striped ribbon trims with a dash of sparkle give these clean-cut trainers a personality boost. This lace-up pair is made with our Insolia Flex® technology, endorsed by the UK College of Podiatrists for comfortable walking. Made from vegan-friendly materials." They are available for £29.50.


The Duchess accessorised with her Monica Vinader Siren wire earrings.


And her Daniella Draper G, C & L personalised necklace.

A reminder, William and Kate's three-day trip to Ireland kicks off on Tuesday.

79 comments:

  1. This green ensemble looks wonderful on Kate and I love her hair! πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. It's a nice twist to 'sporty' Kate!! Love her trainers and Kate is definitely 'hair goals'!! cc

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    2. Love, Love, Love! :)

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    3. Thank you for another interesting article. Enjoy the history too, which fills in the background of the engagement.

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  2. I love this look! A nice upgrade from skinny jeans or track suit for a sports engagement, but still appropriate for participating. I think green is her best color.πŸ’š

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    1. I'm almost sure we'll be seeing her in green again next week in Ireland! ☘️

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  3. I am sure the skinny jean haters will love this outfit, but I have always liked Sporty-Kate in skinnies, so these wide legged culottes with trainers does not work for me.
    Add to that the fact that I don’t like two different shades of green (or any other colour) together and this look will not find a place on my favorite list. But Sporty-Kate always look like a lot of fun and she did not disappoint.

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    1. Caroline in Montana27 February 2020 at 15:36

      RachelZA, you would think right?? lol, im one of the skinny j strong dis-likers and I really really dislike these pants too:) I do like it when she wears the sport windbreaker type pants. this was such a versatile event that it would have been hard to pick something you could run around in and then make a speech. not into the 2 different shades of any color either. kudos for her doing these types of events, I mean really, think about it - when's the last time any of us ran? its been a while for me!

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    2. I agree--the pants are such an odd length, and the two greens are too close to look like separates but too different to match. I'm not a fan of the skinny jeans, but this is going too far the other way.

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    3. Always had mixed thoughts toward skinnies, as a royal. Now roll out the skinnies Kate! Or, a terrific track suit, JLO style!!

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  4. Wow, she seems such a strong, active, cheerful, warm person! Lovely smile and openness always. What a good sport!

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  5. Love the look Practical for the occasion Kate is such a classy role model highlighting great work behind the scenes x

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  6. Omg, why is she wearing pantyhose with sneakers??? I know she loves her pantyhose but I will never gt behind the sneakers with pantyhose look.

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    1. Probably knee highs not pantyhose

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    2. Maybe because she wants something covering her feet and legs? I don't see why it's such a big deal.

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    3. Because they tear really easily if you're doing something sporty. It's much more practical to wear trainer socks.

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    4. Caroline in Montana27 February 2020 at 15:33

      I think the trainer socks would have totally ruined the effect of the blazer and so knee highs worked better. im not a fan of knee highs or panty hose, at least im not wearing them:)

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    5. Ivy Lin how can you tell she is wearing pantyhose?? I don't see it and for sure they aren't knee highs because of the picture of her running. What is your clue cause I'm just not seeing it?? :P.

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    6. Knee high or pantyhose, its bitter cold in UK at the moment although she could have worn secret socks.

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    7. You can see the smooth shimmer of her trademark pantyhose.

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  7. I usually love Kate’s style but I am so confused by this outfit. Mismatching greens? Culottes for sports? What is happening here?

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    1. Ash, when you find out please let us all know as many are wondering.

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    2. I think she needed to wear something versatile so that she could wear it both for a bit of sport and for a more formal activity, such as a speech. Neither skinny jeans, nor sweatpants would have been suitable. I actually find this not-so-common combo very attractive. :)

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    3. I thought this was one of the most ingenious & clever outfits! It was so cute & different for her & then... she whips her jacket off & runs in the rest of the ensemble..... then back on goes the jacket & poof, she's as ready as ever for with a business professional look! Brilliant! :) xoxo

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    4. @Anonymous, I agree about the jacket adding versatility, but the mismatched greens and too-wide, too-short pants are a rare fashion miss for her.

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  8. Nice photos, but I don't like the outfit much, especially the culottes.

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  9. Picture perfect. The picture with her all in motion and up in the air is my all times favourite! Thank you for your excellent choice.

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    1. I agree Imke!! She's such a good sport and she always manages to have a smile on her face! Only Kate could look good running and and be happy at the same time; great shot by the photographer. cc

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    2. Good point, CeCe! 😊

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    3. Oh Imke, I Totally Agree! I Absolutely Love That Photo!!! :) xoxo

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  10. Love a monochromatic look. In this particular case I think a white shirt with the blazer and green wide leg trousers would have been my choice as the particular green top she is wearing is really off. As usual Kate has tipped the scales in her accessories of green earring and green trim on her sneakers. What could have been a very smart casual look in my opinion resembles a fashion statement ready for a pub crawl on St. Patty's Day in NYC.

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    1. USA Granny, you made me burst out laughing over the pub crawl image!

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    2. Allison US, thank you. Its good to be appreciated

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    3. I thought so too on the all green - great for a Paddy's Day pub crawl! (PS it's Paddy not Patty, Patty is short for Patricia :)). I love and want her shoes!

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    4. I actually like the outfit for the event...but...your pub crawl comment is pretty funny! It made me laugh.:)

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    5. Shannon W. Thank you for the correction in my spelling. Not having much time I type very quickly and often make mistakes but get the general thought across. And by the way I am as IRISH as the day is long and have a grand child names Patrick and I have a middle name of Patricia. With that said, it was simply a type O which there will be many in the future.

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  11. Kate the Great. Looking lovely as usual and cheering us all up.

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  12. Caroline in Montana26 February 2020 at 17:16

    oh my. just no, No. these pants are not so good on her. the high waist combined with the wideness of the pants just don't do much for her shape at all IMO. also the fabric of the shirt and pants does not jibe for me either. when i first scrolled down the top and jacket was ok together until I saw the bottom half. I love kate, but anyone else have a Gumby moment?? I do like the shoes:)

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    1. I agree 100%. Those pants don't good on anyone.

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    2. Bahahahaha Gumby! I didn't even think of that until your comment, but YES!!!!!

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  13. I appreciate the fact that Catherine can go from glam to sporty and everything in between with such ease. I may not always agree with the look she is wearing but she always looks confident and appropriate for the activity. I do like this look. It looks professional yet casual.

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  14. Fantastic all the way! Great outfit, great organization - I love it when Kate goes casual.

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  15. What a wonderful event and it is clear that Kate is a real sport!

    I love Kate so much and I hate to be negative, but this ensemble belongs on a 60 year old woman. I do not like this at all.

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    1. Rita in Florida, In my opinion not any 60 year old I know! LOL

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    2. Good gracious, only a lithe young woman like the Duchess could pull off an outfit like this!

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  16. I purchased those earrings so I’m always tickled when she wears them!

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  17. I have a feeling that this outfit looks better in person than in photographs. In some of the photos Kate seems drowning in all the green a little, but probably in person the colors and structure of the garments (pants and sweater) were distinctive enough for the outfit not to look overwhelming.
    Ella

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  18. When I first saw the pictures, I thought it looked like Kate was wearing a jumpsuit, so on the plus side, I was wrong about that. If those pants don't look good on her, there is no hope for them.

    Very interested in the back story of the charity. What an amazing impact.

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  19. I really dislike the pants -- the length and width are both off for me. I would have preferred either a track suit or a pair of her skinny jeans. Other than the blazer, the other pieces of clothing/shoes are all very reasonably priced. I do love this blazer, and props to her for having since she was first married and it still fits! I love those earrings!

    Hope from USA

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  20. She certainly seemed to be enjoying the chance to try her hand at some sports. Great cause. Not a fan of the pants. I do not mind the different shades of green and she may have been trying to find a way to do some sports and yet still look more professional and thus the culottes that she could wear with the blazer to look more finished. The main issue I believe is that they are just not well made pants, they are inexpensive and I think look inexpensive and hang oddly, probably due to both the cut and the fabric. The sweater is inexpensive and looks fine, suspect it may not look so nice after a few wearings. Someone mentioned a white shirt with the pants and that would have been nice also. The all green look is a bit much for me.

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  21. For anyone in Kate's generation, head to toe monochrome neutrals is already an advanced fashion move. Non-neutrals is another fashion atmosphere entirely. Props to her for attempting it. This execution, however, is dragged way, way down by the cut of these trousers paired with the trainers. I don't like wide-legged crops in general, the only time I think they look good is with a more slender cut overall and tall heels.

    That said, she is absolutely such an amazing good sport. Love seeing her out and about. Her hair and makeup both look fab today too. And while I don't like those shoes with that outfit, I do want those shoes in my own closet :)

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  22. Judith of Michigan26 February 2020 at 21:24

    What struck me from these pictures is her joy in what she was doing, her level of personal connection with the athletes and her energy! All of that seemed to transcend what she was wearing! I often try to think about what contributed to her clothing decisions (it’s fun to speculate but of course we’ll never know). For example last nights theater outfit - the evening suit look to me reads very “theater” but what if she was trying on several different shoes and Charlotte popped in and said “oh the sparkly ones, wear those”! I know maybe silly but ... Now for today, I’m wondering if she had on a navy shoes in the car with plans to change to the sneaker inside but changed her mind! The outfit to me reads both professional and I’m ready to participate - that’s a tricky combo! Notice in the meeting picture and the group picture, the jacket is back on and her hair is down. The only thing I don’t care for are the culotte style bottoms but she is so tall and slender, she can carry them off! The culottes and wide leg pants are very on trend right now but I so wish they weren’t. Whether we give her clothes a yea or nay vote will always vary by our personal tastes and preferences. However, I believe Catherine is more concerned that her work is valued rather than her clothes admired!

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    1. So well said, Judith! I completely agree with everything you say (with the exception of the wide leg pants πŸ˜‰).

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    2. Completely agree Judith, particularly love your last sentence! cc

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    3. Well said Judith! :) She's Tops!! :) xoxo

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  23. She looks so adorable and also looks like she is having great fun!

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  24. She is glowing with confidence which is great. Unfortunately I’m not a fan of the culottes and top combination. She could have worn a white shirt with the culottes as on Zara model or the top with skinny jeans. The navy jacket always a classic and does help the all green out fit. Sue in Aus

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  25. A very pretty casual look for Kate. As usual everything is accessorized perfectly from the earrings to her shoes. Most of all, she seems to enjoy what she is doing and so do those around her.

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  26. I am ready for Kate to buy another navy blazer. I don't like the Smythe blazer with that cut-out in the back. I think 9 years is long enough. Now, put it away or auction it off to charity and buy a regular blazer, please. :-)

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  27. Great organization, love seeing Kate out at events like this with young people. But these pants are just heinous. So ugly. Of course the Duchess looks lovely as always, and she looks happy, so there's that. But man, these pants are just bad.

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  28. It’d be lovely if they would visit Wales or other parts that got flooded. Mebbe after they finish the oversea tour. Kate looks lovely in boots and outdoorsy clothes and those outfits would be perfect for an outdoor visit. She’s looks gracious, kind and really perfect. She is a true princess.

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    1. Annette New zealand2 March 2020 at 04:22

      The Prince of Wales already visited some of the flooded areas. I think they will be sorting out who goes where, now there are fewer of the senior royals to share the visits out.

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  29. She looks so cute when she is boxing I like green on her -great colour but I hate the pants too short and wide for my liking. Her smile is so radiant and she's a cutie

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  30. hmm the looks good as far as concern she value her work rather than outfit

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  31. Mmm... she looks happy and fun, but the trousers really don't do her any favour. Miss the skinny ones.

    Camilla

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  32. Thank you Charlotte for as always an interesting post. What a wonderful charity helping young people achieve their potential, which perhaps for many would have been unrealised without the help. Such a good charity for Kate to support. She herself is athletic and partakes of the day with such enthusiasm and joy. Would it not be wonderful if one day one of her children can achieve success in the sports field. I think we might have progressed to the point where it would be possible for the children of the heir to follow that path should they wish.

    I have followed this blog almost since its inception and was once struck by a commentators view on the fashion. She assessed the fashion first and foremost on suitabilty for event rather than a fashion statement. So on that basis the outfit is perfect allowing participation in the events of the day both sporting and the more formal conclusion. Yes the white trainers don't exactly complement the blazer but very much on trend for young sports people. It was a nice mix of reuse and affordable and for the event haute couture immaculate expensive tailoring , in my opinion, would not have been appropriate. Kate looked lovely and very relatable to the people at the event.

    On a different note. Lent started this week and I read Pope Francis has asked the world's Catholics to give up verbal violence especially internet driven for Lent. Perhaps we can all try to make the internet kinder place by checking our posts for #noverbalviolence before we press post.

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    1. I dont think there is anything wrong with talking about the fashion and whether the pants are ugly or not. We are not criticizing her as a person for wearing the pants. I dont see any "verbal violence" in these comments, and no one is being unkind.

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    2. Hi Zoe. I was referring not to comments here but the toxicity of the internet in general which has been a big topic on Charlotte's bloogs. That toxicity will in history be viewed as one of the scourges of our times as bad in my view as the witch hunts of the sixteenth century.

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    3. I believe that most people that follow this blog adore Kate and are genuinely interested in her patronages and causes. Certainly I root for her in all things. In addition she is a fashion icon. Fortunately she gets it right 90% of the time (certainly better than most).

      I agree with Zoe in that I find all who post here do it with sincerity and a light heart, regardless of perspective.

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  33. Honestly, the pants seemed an odd choice at first, but she really looks cute in them. And as she needed to be prepared for something active, they'd work for pretty much anything.

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  34. These colors would have been perfect for her trip to Ireland :) I am still gutted that they are going two weeks before I will be there. Just crossing my fingers that there is no further embargo on international travel because of the coronavirus!!

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  35. Annette New Zealand28 February 2020 at 09:00

    Obviously we don't all agree on what Kate should wear. It would be amazing if we did. I personally prefer these culottes to the skin tight jeans she often wears. However it seems we all agree that an outfit should be suitable for the occasion and this choice allowed her to take part in all the activities, while looking a bit more dressed up in her blazer for the more formal part of the event. She is seen as a role model so it was great to see that she was wearing inexpensive items this time plus something she has worn before (the blazer). Most of us wear clothes more than a few times and can't spend a fortune on clothes.

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  36. i really love Kate’s more active engagements, it’s evident from her huge enjoyment and eagerness to get stuck in that her sporty, outdoors side is very much “her”. The green colour looked fabulous on her but in all honesty, I have never liked culottes on anyone. No matter how good a figure the wearer has, I’ve yet to see a woman they really flattered. They’re an item I’d like to see consigned to the fashion history books! Annie, UK

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  37. Love the Navy jacket, the fit is perfect. Excellent tailoring.

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  38. Not Kate related but do you think her sister Pippa will have another baby

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  39. Am wondering if we will see Kate wearing gloves on her trip to Ireland for walkabouts. I hope they have walkabouts although there is all this talk about crowds and the coronavirus.

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  40. Zora from Prague2 March 2020 at 20:43

    Looking forward to the Irish tour so muchπŸ˜ƒ

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  41. This one works so well for her. I don’t get the “mismatched greens” complaints because this looks like two tonally similar greens to me. It’s not hunter green with lime. It’s fun and different from not suitable for work skinny jeans.
    Has anyone ever referred to The Queen as “classy”? So tacky.

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  42. I do enjoy watching “sporty” Duchess of Cambridge. Thank you, Charlotte.

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