Friday, 11 June 2021

The Royals Gather for G7 Leaders Reception at 'Eighth Wonder of the World' Eden Project

Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception for G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The appearance follows a joint engagement for the Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Dr Jill Biden earlier today, which saw the pair attend a roundtable discussion on early years and education. Afterwards, Kensington Palace tweeted, "It was great to host Dr. Jill Biden and experts from the UK and the United States for a discussion on the importance of early childhood on lifelong outcomes, on the first day of the G7 Summit." In response, the First Lady tweeted, "We could have kept going for hours! Thank you for having me today to talk about an issue we both care deeply about, and one that is critical to the future of both our countries."

The rare gathering of the five senior royals in Cornwall tonight was described by People as "a historic demonstration of royal partnership with the U.K. government in support of global diplomacy by senior members of the Royal family". The royals deployed a touch of soft diplomacy at several events held throughout the day. 

They were welcomed upon arrival by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson.

The Queen was regal in a floral dress and and her Botswana Sorghum Brooch. Camilla also opted for floral in a blue print. Carrie Johnson sported a ruffled floral dress by The Vampire's Wife (a brand previously worn by Kate).

The Duke and Duchess with French President Macron.

G7 leaders posed for a photo with the Queen. Below, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel and US President Joe Biden. The image from the summit is affectionately known as a "family photograph".

Her Majesty made the leaders laugh by asking, "Are you supposed to look as if you are enjoying yourselves?"

Her Majesty with President Biden and the First Lady. Jill wore her Gabriela Hearst trench (with thanks to Heaven).

Often called the "eighth wonder of the world", there was simply no other venue as commanding and memorable as the Eden Project for tonight's reception. With climate change a central theme of talks, it is fitting the Eden is home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world.

Located in a reclaimed china clay pit, the complex features two dominant complexes with adjoining domes housing thousands of plant species. The famed visitor attraction (in 2019 it welcomed over a million people) features an outdoors botanical garden which is home to a plethora of wildlife and flora native to Cornwall. Run by the Eden Trust, the project's work is "dedicated to breaking down the barriers to communication, encouraging the sharing of information and ideas with the widest possible audience. The Trustees catalyse collaboration in science, arts, technology and commerce, creating a constituency for change and then putting it into action."

Vegetable gardens, plated landscapes and sculptures, including a giant bee, fill the project.


The Biomes and Link building showing the Field of Light installation by Bruce English and Australian artist Munro.

Afterwards, the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge attended an event in celebration of the Big Lunch, an initiative spearheaded by the Eden Project. Celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 will include the Big Jubilee lunch (there are substantial plans for the jubilee which we'll be discussing at length in a future post).

Founded in 2009, the Big Lunch is the UK's largest annual get together for neighbours. Held over a weekend in June, the idea was conceived as a simple act of "community, friendship and fun". The Duchess of Cornwall has been patron since 2013. When Camilla took on the role, she shared the reasons she was drawn to support the effort: "Being a friendly neighbour has always been the keystone of community life and just saying “hello” can sometimes make a huge difference. For some people, particularly the elderly or those who have to cope on their own, it can be a vital lifeline."


If interested in participating, you can sign up for a pack here.

The Queen with two future Queen Consorts.

Light-hearted moments and laughs as the Queen cut the cake. When an aide said a regular knife was available rather than a ceremonial sword, Her Majesty replied: "I know there is! This is something that is more unusual."

The Duchess thanking volunteers for their efforts.

The UK has hosted the G7 six times since its formation in the 1970s, beginning with its third meeting in 1977. Below, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret hosting leaders at the palace.


It is believed Kate's fit and flare ivory coatdress is an Alexander McQueen piece. It features structured shoulders and a wrap-effect closure. It's very much reminiscent of custom McQueen styles we've seen the Duchess favour previously.


Kate's shoes are the Aquazzura Bow Tie pumps (with thanks to Middleton Maven). "These beige-nude suede Bow Tie pumps from Aquazzura are well deserving of the bow detail at the rear. You'll always be putting your best foot forward in these." They retail for $676 on FarFetch US.




The Duchess accessorised with her striking Robinson Pelham Aspen earrings from the Oxygen collection. The £4,000 earrings are set with white diamonds in 18ct gold. 

Kate debuted the pair during the Sweden 2018 tour.


The Duchess also wore the late Diana's triple-strand, pearl bracelet -- another piece we saw during the 2018 Sweden visit.


To catch up on the Duchess' earlier engagement with the First Lady, please click here.


It was a lovely day and splendid to see a large presence in Cornwall. As shared earlier today by Kensington Palace, we can expect a "major announcement" about how the Duchess will "elevate the importance of early childhood and continue the conversation on this vital issue".

60 comments:

  1. Susan in Florida11 June 2021 at 23:50

    Thank you, Charlotte for all these photos and such a positive post. I ‘m avoiding the news cycle because of the summit , but your news is always , always welcome.

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  2. Wow love her look. Gorgeous dress. She and William look great. Those earrings are fantastic. Love seeing her wear family jewelry. With the attendance at the Big Lunch event right after the cocktail hour the attire gets tricky, but all three women did it well. Does everyone think that all the Royal Family members went back to their own homes that night or stayed over in the area? Maybe they all flew in?

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    1. I know. I instantly thought of Meghan. I'd like to think that this was a subtle (okay, very subtle) nod to her sister-in-law. They do say the copying is a form of flattery!

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    2. I am sure Catherine was inspired to buy these shoes by Meghan's choices. I am not sure she wore/chose them for this occasion as a conscious nod to Meghan though - I'd rather deny this.
      My feeling is she simply loved their design and as one can/could observe the past year or so Kate was venturing out of her "normal" fashion choices quite a bit. So this might just be exactly such kind of experimenting. Any other thoughts on this?

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  4. The royal ladies look super. Mrs. Johnson's dress is pretty, too. But why is Mrs. Biden wearing a trench coat??

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    1. She might have felt chilled. It was quite hot in Washington DC when they left there, and it was over 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in Cornwall today than she has been used to in the past few weeks. I know when the weather changes a lot here, I can suddenly need a jacket that I thought was safe to put away for the summer.

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    2. I really, really like Dr Biden but I agree - the coat was an odd choice and I felt her look earlier in the day wasn't particularly polished either. However, more important than her clothes is the fact that she comes across as a really sincere and likeable person, really approachable.

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    3. Because Dr. Biden dresses as she wants. That’s refreshing in the 21st century.

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    4. I don't follow clothes in the US -- people who are wealthy and dress well do not interest the public, and celebrities often dress in unrealistic ways. We don't have Ascot and similar outings where people dress to be seen. At the inaugural, Dr. Biden looked superb, as did all of the families, but it was still a "dress as YOU like" situation. There were many printed comments about the clothes/jewelry but no criticism particularly. I think Dr. Biden is a beautiful woman with a lot of enthusiasm who is busy with her job, supporting her older husband, maintaining the family (they talk to each of their children and grandchildren every day), getting her naughty German shepherd trained so they can add a cat to the WH, doing the functions required of the first lady, and pursuing her special interests as the president's wife. President Biden has already said how strange it was for him to have staff that tended to his clothes. I'm sure she had a lovely dress under the coat that we can't see. And notice the very business-like and low-key outfits of the female G-7 attendees. Even the spouses of the attendees were dressed subtly, except for Johnson's wife. So maybe it's a reflection of UK vs US expectations.

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    5. Maybe she simply has been a little cold at the seaside? Underneath she wore a beautiful floral dress and when she wore the red Maxwell pencil dress (I think the other day) ther was one pic where she had exactly this trench coat put around her shoulders right after the pictures were taken... probably for the same reason. And by the way the trench coat itself is a really chic choice.

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    6. Women’s wear trenches have been a part of women’s style forever. I point your attention to similar styles worn by Audrey Hepburn or Jacqueline Kennedy. A neutral trench is about as stylish a staple as they make. Not to mention famous British brand Burberry is essentially known for this look. Everyone looked great and appropriate for the moment. :)

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  5. I do bead embroidery as a hobby and I am in LOVE ❤ with Catherine's vintage micro beaded clutch. The smallest beads I've used are 15/0 and those can be tricky with needle size and being able to thread the eye. Microbeads would be so much more challenging to work with, wonderful artistry.

    Border Terrier lover

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    1. I liked her bag too and it was a good way of adding interest to a plain, but very elegant coatdress. I thought she looked wonderful. It fills me with joyous hope to see my Royal Family out en masse after so many months of restricted freedoms.

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    2. Zora from Prague12 June 2021 at 10:31

      The clutch is a masterpiece!!!😍I love it too!
      Wow, I admire your art and skill, Border Terrier Lover!!

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  6. Interesting to see Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the 1977 photo and his son Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the 2021 images. And the same Queen in both!

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  7. Valerie in Arizona12 June 2021 at 03:20

    Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin's father, standing beside Princess Margaret at the formal G-7. Speaking of present day, thank you Charlotte for your as always spot on post. I think Justin should have worn a dark suit for the G-7 photo, he rather sticks out with the gray. But just my fashion opinion, I like darker suits ;)

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  8. wow would love the shoes the royal ladies are absolute stunning in the look im so glad that in their area their back on

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  9. How lovely to see the Queen out with her closest family. I have to say she is looking like her old self again and looks very happy to be out. The Duchess looks absolutely beautiful in white. I hate to say this but I really do not like those earrings. They just look wrong, it's the shape and size I think. Diana's pearl earrings or the Queen Mothers sapphires would have been a better choice. The bracelet was a very good choice, it's beautiful on her. I really wish she would wear or have access to all Diana's jeweller. I wonder will we see them at Windsor tomorrow. S. 😁

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    1. I REALLY wish both of Diana's daughters-in-law would find occasions to wear all of the jewelry they received. I am just so curious as to what she left the boys, and each daughter-in-law wears one or two items and them repeats them later. There must be more. :)

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  10. Add Eden Project to the list of places I want to see in person!

    I was struck by how ordinary the G7 leaders looked as they made their way to the photo call platform. Just a bunch of professionals at a conference, mingling around and making small talk. :)

    On Kate’s looks today, very pretty dresses and accessories. Classic Kate style. The shoes she wore to the reception are stunning, but I’m not sure they’re a great color compliment for the coatdress. Mainly, I have no idea how she walks so gracefully in them, especially on a brick walkway. I can’t figure out how she manages to avoid getting those stiletto heels stuck. But then again, I haven’t put anything resembling a heel on my feet in 15 months, so I doubt I could manage even the Queen’s footwear for that outing! :)

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  11. Kate is giving a masterclass (again) in how to be the supporting actress, when the occasion calls for it. Both in her outfit - sticking to her standard “royal uniform” of coatdress with beige shoes - and in the way she lets everyone, especially the Queen, get the lime-light.

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  12. Love love love everything about Kates look today.. HM cutting the cake was funny but did she have the sword the wrong way around?? 😆 so lovely to see the three together at this event but one wonders how even lovelier it would have been had the DoS been able to have been there too I still feel it has been a missed opportunity….

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  13. Yay! Real engagements are starting to come back! Love this with all three of the royal ladies looking marvellous. I think Her Maj was itching to get out of the house! If the western world can conquer the pandemic, surely we can do some sort of concerted effort for climate change. I think my bucket list must include a trip to Cornwall...

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    1. I am obliged to respond partly because I’ve heard this before and want to prevent confusion.

      The western world hasn’t conquered the pandemic. It’s called a pandemic because it is a global infection. Our PM is hesitant about opening up completely because of the delta variant and the increasing infection rate.

      The only thing the western world can say is that rich nations are doing far better than poor nations. Wealthier countries are still fighting the pandemic in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, and the US. It’s something that has frustrated the US administration because covid is not conquered in America with its lowered vaccination rate. This despite the availability of a large vaccine surplus. Many nations are envious of the US vaccine surplus and people are befuddled by the unwillingness of Americans to get vaccinated.
      -Carys

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    2. There are many reasons for the problems in the US, and none of them are good reasons. One thing that has changed in the past few months is focusing on neighborhood-scale initiatives that will help people who do not drive or perhaps cannot leave home to get a vaccination in their neighborhood. More outreach being done. I can't write more on the blog because of the political aspect, but it's been a combination of extreme misinformation and lack of access despite the increased availability. The false rumors about the actual vaccine are amazing! Everyone is opening and I just hope we don't get hit by waves of variant viruses.

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    3. Valerie in Arizona14 June 2021 at 18:27

      I respect your concern Allison, here in my small corner of Arizona we seem to have been out of surges for several months, since the vaccine became available. Our local Episcopal bishop (includes the area around Tucson) delayed lifting the "mask indoors' requirement until this coming Sunday, two weeks after Memorial Day, in case there was a surge. But so far, so good. Still, I have friends who, despite our local grocery stores offering "no wait" vaccines at their pharmacies, have still not got vaccinated. This despite their admission that they don't know anyone who has suffered a severe reaction from the vaccination while they DO know of serious consequences from COVID. Well, I have been vaccinated since February and take comfort from reports that the vaccine is holding up even against the Delta variant.

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  14. I think it’s unfair to pick on Jill Biden’s clothes compared to the royals. Even Carrie Johnson is known to rent her clothes. The royal family has a huge wardrobe allowance along with treasure trove of jewelry. The royal family is far richer than anyone at the G7 summit.

    Jill Biden can’t accept jewelry and expensive clothes, unlike royalty.

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    1. I for one thought Jill Biden looked great! Looking a her compared to the royal ladies, I really think she held her own. I as well don't know why people are picking on her. If we all dressed the same it would be so boring.

      Kate's Aquazurra shoes reminded me of a similar style worn by Meghan previously which I loved. I think the details in the shoes, clutch and jewelry pulled her outfit together nicely.

      Ramona

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    2. I thought royalty couldn’t either? I’m pretty sure everyone present at these events have paid for their own clothes. And they all have their own styles. That’s all.

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    3. I am sure that most heads of state have some sort of clothing allowance and definitely the Royal family are not meant to accept gifts of clothing but I am sure that they probably get some sort of discount behind the scenes. After all it is wonderful publicity for the firm concerned.

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    4. I am extremely fond of Jill Biden, although I didn't know as much about her when she was the "second lady." I am just happy when she shows up anywhere -- I don't think about her fashion as really being important.

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    5. Royalty can and do receive valuable gifts. Some of the jewelry and art in the Royal collection are gifts. There’s a list of dos and don’ts as far as allowable gifts. But there’s a bit of grey area as well. Gifts are allowed also from personal friends and from heads of state.

      https://www.therichest.com/most-expensive/10-most-expensive-gifts-given-to-the-queen-of-england/

      It’s one of the big perks of being a royal. Unfortunately or fortunately - depending on how you view things,
      spouse of US President or VP do not receive clothing allowance or expensive gifts. For example Jill Biden can’t accept expensive jewelry from the King of Bahrain while a royal member can. The royal collection has been a sticky wicket because of its value and vastness and it’s under the control of the royal family vs. a national museum or archive.



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    6. Royals might receive valuable gifts (jewellery. No clothes. Maybe a special fabric but I haven’t heard of that) but they will be listed and are not their private property. So they are technically a loan.
      I don’t get why Jill Biden wearing a trench and people pointing it out/thinking it weird is such a controversy? It has nothing to do with how much money who can spend on clothes? She has worn a more airy outfit the day before, so I doubt she hasn’t acclimated accordingly? She will have fashion missteps, or rather make fashion choices a minority might dislike. That’s completely normal? I mean, who doesn’t? Kate and the Queen made some pretty bad fashion choices (the ice blue nightgown or the Harlekin dress).

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    7. The US presidents do not have a clothing allowance; in fact, they have to pay for their own food unless it is a state dinner! Biden receives $400,000 a year plus a $50,000 expense account. The Bidens are not paupers but they do not spend as much on clothes, etc. as Charles pays. :) I also don't even think about Merkel's clothes -- part of the thrill of seeing the RF is what they are wearing, so that is a part of their "job." It is exciting to see Kate wear something affordable but in turn we hope to see something spectacular, too. I also think clothes help keep people's interest for both Kate and Meghan.

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  15. Very exciting area to hold the reception! Kate's dress was perfect -- the royal ladies no doubt realized the simplicity of the female G-7 attendees' outfits and did not get too glamorous. Kate's bag is a work of art, and her shoes and earrings were beautiful. I am still confused as to whether Charles had a separate reception.

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  16. The RF members looked great. It seem the Queen lost some weight, no wonder her worries and loss of her beloved husband of 73 years. But as always duty first, self second. I do like the combination of Mrs Johnsen dress and accessories. I just can't get over the PM's hairstyle, always looks undone, this must be his trademark? I am glad life is getting back to normal and people can interact with each other. Today was also the Trooping of the Colors, the Queen was without her husband, but escorted by the Duke of Kent. Nice outfit, I like this one every time I see it.

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    1. Oh, he always looks like that. It’s actually quite sad- I heard him in symposiums around the ancient Greeks and Romans he would be a fantastic lecturer. Like the slightly disheveled and confused professor. But as a PM that picture is really not translating well.

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  17. Marie from France12 June 2021 at 20:07

    Hello !
    Kate's two looks from yesterday are amazing! I love the pink-red dress and the cream coat is perfect. Just like the jewelry and her hair although with the cream coat a bun would have been fantastic too. Kate seems to have more and more responsibility and she just looks like a future Queen, she will be great one day.

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  18. It seems Kate and Jill are going to keep working together in the near future! Fantastic ed by both of them
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/12/opinions/jill-biden-kate-middleton-g7-early-childhood-covid-19/index.html

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    1. That was interesting to read. Thanks for the link!
      -Victoria in Oregon

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  19. As I’m stuck on an all nighter rotation here, I need a little levity to stay awake. Can I just say Germany’s Angela Merkel rocks her pantsuit? Can we just talk how well she appeared against the dudes? Chancellor has the cool factor down with her stance in that photo of the G7 leaders.

    As the only woman world leader once again at the summit, Chancellor Merkel needs to be profiled more next to the royals. She has such innate gravitas, political acumen and brain to boot (PhD in quantum chemistry). This will be her last G7 summit as she leaves office and boy will the world miss her. Talk about a life of service, this woman sets the bar.

    - team pant suits (heh!)

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    1. I agree Chancellor Merkel has been an important leader in a very male dominated arena. Barack Obama’s biography spoke glowingly of his interactions with her. She is also an example (similar to Hillary Clinton perhaps) of a woman who is maybe not the epitome of style? But always looks professional and is carried so much further by their accomplishments and role than their clothes. And not to some female leaders are not also stylish, but I do appreciate the shift from clothes and accessories when serious international policy is being discussed. I admire Ms. Merkel very much.

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    2. Valerie in Arizona14 June 2021 at 18:32

      I read where Chancellor Merkel refused to live in the fancy apartment set aside for her but prefers her own apartment and does her own shopping. To me, she is such a good example for both women and men on how to be powerful without having to appear "powerful".

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  20. Well, I think today and yesterday proof that Kate’s “old” style isn’t dead yet and that is in fact her best look. How can she look so youthful, cool but elegant in a coat dress? I would have loved to see a repeat as I think she has much nicer ones. I am not too impressed with the buttons and look of the waistline. The earrings were quite underwhelming- but I am underwhelmed with her jewellery picks 90% of the time.
    And I have to say- The Vampire’s Wife is really not a good look for the occasion. I actually think the brand is highly overrated. The dresses can look cool when styled a bit more edgy but neither this occasion nor Kate’s Ireland trip were the right time for this.
    I agree, HMTQ looks frail. I really noticed it when she got the Rose a couple of days ago. But her dress today looked extremely happy and beautiful.
    C.

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    1. I haven't liked any of the Vampire's Wife clothes, on anyone.

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    2. Agree with you Alison. Which is why it is called Vampire’s wife I believe😊

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  21. Catherine's coatdress is so predictable as she's worn that style over and over again. But I think that's the point as she doesn't want to be in the spotlight with Her Majesty and the Duchess of Cornwall in attendance. Well done, Duchess. An elegant look that's not going to be the center of attention. As always, a class act.

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    1. Definitely predictable- but oh so pretty. I think there is no chance a young and pretty royal will not share the spotlight. That is just how it goes. There is reason there are many blogs/accounts around Kate and I think no around Camilla and just a handful about the Queen and mostly her jewellery.
      I think it's great that she picked a classic rather non-controversial outfit, but because she looks fantastic in it (because about bad fashion is much more to say than about good picks).
      On the other hand- her coatdresses are not even that predictable anymore- she had some quite surprising outfits in the last years. if you ask me- she should bring them out more. Better boring but beautiful intead of fashion forward but missing the mark.

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  22. It's so wonderful to see the Queen out and about, and with her sense of humour intact! She's such an inspiration.

    All three royal ladies look lovely here, and Mr & Mrs Biden appear relaxed and very personable in conversation.

    There are so many very important considerations for these world leaders at this time in history, but there's also something wonderful about seeing them enjoying the simple freedom of being together in person. I hope it is something our generation will never again take for granted.

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  23. So lovely to see them together again. What a team. The Queen looks pretty and in cheerful spirits, and Catherine is beautiful and displays perfect behavior and manners, as always. So refreshing. She and William always give me hope for the future, somehow.

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    1. I agree Lauri, they are uplifting!

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  24. Much to love about this event! Kate is stunning, and love all the the accessories, the clutch is exquisite. She so artistically pulls it all together and in her neutral palette is the epitome of understated elegance. Just received my Hold Still today and wow, its very very well done. Not sure I want to read and part with this just yet, may 'hold' onto it a little bit and soak it all in. God bless he Queen, she is mighty for being so tiny.

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  25. Personally, I think Kate knocked it out of the park today with her outfits. She looked so happy and radiant in the coat dress, the jewelry was perfect- subtle enough to let the outfit take center stage but noticeable. I really do love the shoes- they remind me of a pair she wore when it was announced she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte. All of the women looked amazing for the occasion, it was lovely to see all Camilla, Kate and the Queen on an engagement together- they haven't done that in so long.
    I have to say, I also love the bright yellow of Carrie Johnson's accessories to be honest too. They really suit that dress.

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  26. Ascot has begun! I really hope Kate attends one of the days... I am longing for hats. I thought Camilla looked very nice.

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  27. Dear Charlotte, I’ve followed your blogs, both Kate’s and Meghan’s, for years now. I appreciate your untainted, uplifting and graceful report on the issues and displaying both ladies as a wonderful role models for young women around the world. I’ve recently grown to be a big fan of Countess of Wessex, Sophie. She embodies such compassion, poise and class. It would be wonderful and much appreciated should your time allow you a new blog that focuses on her work. Her style is also something to admire and look up to - very understated yet feminine and elegant. It is my sincere hope that you start the blog and grace the world with your insightful reports on this amazing lady, Sophie. Thank you kindly

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  28. Recent events this past year have changed me and my views on so many things. So here goes.

    British Royals are not ‘“understated” by any definition. The British monarchy, by choice, is the most famous, the most talked about, and the most on displayed worldwide.

    While I love having the BRF, this family is very, very privileged. I would argue that most midwives, care workers, and lorry drivers have far harder and harsher jobs and do the work that benefits people more directly and with greater impact. British society can’t do without their labor. These people are the truly “understated” and under appreciated ones. These brits don’t need praises as much as they NEED a bigger pay raise.

    While the royals may bring attention to obvious social issues because we can all agree things like poverty and violence are bad, the fact is the country suffers from over a decade of budget cuts, tax laws shielding the very rich just like in America, and serious institutional problems like systemic corruption with the MET, news media and government. Justice stalled is justice denied. Burying harsh realities for pretty photos and hollow talks about reform ensure injustices will continue.

    So as much as our royals talk about the horror of sex trafficking, sexual harassment on public streets, the violence on women, none of this will go away without real institutional and societal changes. The recent Daniel Morgan murder report, the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, the ongoing Grenfell Tower inquiry addressing the big problems of inadequate social housing and so forth unfortunately haven’t right this ship much. Why? It didn’t escape many women here that Kate attended the vigil for Sarah Everard in safety while ordinary women who were at the same vigil were tossed to the ground and arrested. The reason why is because there are two kinds of justice and two kinds of world.

    This monarchy is on a different trajectory along with Britain’s and the world’s wealthiest. What the younger generation here sees is a lot of empty speeches, treaties, and gestures. Young people in the UK are discovering they can’t find adequate housing and face rising costs and rising taxes and low paying jobs, despite years at uni and student debts. Their pay isn’t keeping up with expenses putting them at a financial and social disadvantage. They are deferring having children. Opportunities abroad in the EU have disappeared. This is the reality many people face. They work hard, pay a lot of taxes, are compassionate, display grace in spite of the hypocrisy of their betters, while underneath, there’s a lot of disquiet and anger.

    The BRF can lead bravely by instituting much needed changes within its own house that will bring it into the 21st century. It needs to be more transparent about how it lobbies parliament to shape laws to benefit the monarchy, update its HR so that its employment practices fall under UK laws for starter and addressing lies and misinformation in the media directly. None of this is a big ask. Other European royal families remain well loved and well regarded while being more understated.

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