Friday, 17 June 2022

The Duchess in Polka-Dot Alessandra Rich & Princess Diana's Earrings for Royal Ascot

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded a very busy week with an unexpected appearance at Royal Ascot. It is the first year we've seen the couple attend on a later day (Day 4 traditionally sees a marked drop in royal attendance). Thus far, Her Majesty has been unable to attend. Given the Jubilee year significance and the Queen's passion for horses -- it is said to be as important to her as it was at the start of her reign -- it seems fitting to see family members making an effort to represent on her behalf.

This week has seen the Duchess of Cambridge beginning the week with Order of the Garter ceremonies on Monday. On Tuesday, William and Kate joined a multi-faith service on the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy where they laid a wreath and spent time with families. Yesterday, Kate convened leading political figures including Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid, Minister for Families Will Quince, officials from the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Education to share early years research conducted by IPSOS. The Duchess addressed guests during the roundtable discussion: "There is more we can all do – every member of society can play a key role, whether that is directly with a child or by investing in the adults around them – the parents, the carers, the early years workforce and more. If we come together to raise the importance of early childhood development, we’ll soon see that healthy, happy individuals make for a healthier, happier world."

It's a big weekend for the Cambridge family with Prince William's 40th birthday on Monday. It had been long rumoured the couple would host a joint bash at their Norfolk home as Kate enjoyed a low-key celebration with pandemic concerns in January. There has been no official confirmation on the family's plans, however I expect we'll hear more in the coming days.

The Royal Procession arrives.

The Duke and Duchess travelled with William's friend Arthur Vestey and his wife Martha. Arthur's father Samuel, 3rd Baron Vestey was a close friend of the Queen's, and sadly died during the pandemic in 2021. Arthur's brother William is now 4th Baron Vesty.

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A sea of amazing millinery on display in the background.

A video of the foursome chatting.

Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips travelled in the second carriage with his girlfriend Lindsay Wallace and the Duke and Duchess of Bedford. Lindsay, dressed in pink, accompanied Peter to several Jubilee events. A longtime school friend of Zara's, I think it's safe to say it's a very serious relationship.

The Duchess photographed with Lindsay later in the day.

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The full procession list.

Stepping out for an afternoon of racing.

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A video of the royal arrival.

Despite the very warm weather, Royal Ascot issued a little reminder about the dress code: "The Dress Code for your Enclosure still applies for entry to Royal Ascot today. Following the Royal Procession, hats and jackets will be permitted to be removed due to the high temperatures expected".

William and Kate met trainers and jockeys. 

The race list for the day.

Enjoying the action with Martha Vestey.

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A splendid photo of William and Kate.

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Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making this Europe’s best-attended race meeting. 

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It is a major event on the British social calendar.

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There are three enclosures attended by guests on Royal Ascot week.

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The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three, with recent visits by the Queen and Royal family members. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day.

Attendance is steeped in royal history. Below, the Queen watches on as her horse Choirboy wins the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot, 17th June 1953.

Guests can enjoy luxury food and entertainment.

Not only is Royal Ascot a highlight on the racing calendar, it's also synonymous with sartorial elegance. Royal Ascot notes: "Our dress code is traditional, woven into the very fabric of our history. It was Beau Brummell, perhaps Britain’s first fashion icon, who at the turn of the 19th century dictated the dress for men in the Royal Enclosure. His sense of style is still reflected in Royal Ascot fashions today. In 2017, Royal Ascot successfully welcomed the jumpsuit as an acceptable item of clothing for the Royal Enclosure. Ascot continues to recognise key trends in the ever-evolving world of fashion."

It's been a week filled with style. Earlier in the week, Michael and Carole Middleton enjoyed a wonderful day. Carole did a little 'shopping' in her daughters' closets, sporting a hat worn by Pippa years ago and the same ME+EM bubblegum pink shirt dress Kate wore in Scotland last year.

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Kate sharing a 'princess moment' with darling Mila last summer.

Then it was time to present the Commonwealth Cup.

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Jockey Christophe Soumillon looked delighted.

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Congratulations from the Duke and Duchess.

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The couple presenting racehorse trainer Richard Fahey with a cup.

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Fashion is always a highlight of the week, so let's take a look at Kate's previous looks. For her first Ascot appearance in 2016, the Duchess donned a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress.

In 2017, the Duchess selected a white lace Alexander McQueen dress.

Kate selected the one and only Elie Saab in 2019. The look was exquisite in my opinion, bringing all of the designer's feminine and whimsical design touches whilst creating something unexpected for Ascot. The macramΓ© trim and silhouette lended itself beautifully to a sparkling princess look.

The Duchess evoked throwbacks to My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman in an elegant asymmetric brown and white polka-dot Alessandra Rich dress today.

The sold-out piece was described: "Alessandra Rich's Spring '19 lineup is inspired by '80s yacht club culture, so naturally there were plenty of retro patterns and ladylike silhouettes. Cut from floaty silk crepe de chine, this polka-dot dress has a ruffled overlay that drapes elegantly from one shoulder, and a belt to accentuate your waist."

The Duchess wore a custom version of milliner Sally Ann Provan's Naeva Boater hat (with thanks to Gabi). The £750 piece is described as 'perfect for Royal Ascot', with details on the website adding: "One of our favourite designs -- hand-made hand-blocked herringbone weaved straw hat with a small round crown, vented brim, and trimmed with handmade silk duchesse origami flowers. There is one large five petalled origami flower on the back."

The hat is a favourite for me and very much makes this look.

Kate accessorised with Princess Diana's South Sea pearl and diamond earrings. The Duchess has changed the pearls for a smaller pair. 

Another view of the statement pair.

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Diana wore the striking earrings on numerous occasions throughout the 1990s. They often added a finishing touch to black-tie and white-tie events. It seems their provenance is unknown; they were likely a private gift. Kate's worn them on several occasions including the 2019 BAFTAs.

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Middleton Maven suggests Kate's pumps are the suede Gianvito Rossi pair in 'Texas Brown'. They look like a perfect match.

A very nice end to an interesting and busy week in royal watching. I always enjoy seeing the royals at Ascot!

100 comments:

  1. Simply gorgeous !

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  2. I think I have run out of adjectives to describe how much I love this lady. She just keeps knocking it out of the park. Elegance, class, sophistication. I just adore her!

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    1. I agree, I cant wait for her to be Princess of Wales!!! ( obviously not wishing ill health to the queen)

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    2. And I think she makes the Queen proud too!

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  3. Kate looks beautiful. I can't seem to warm up to this style of hat.

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  4. Absolutely stunning. The Duchess looks very elegant today. I love her dress and the detail on her hat. I watched them arriving on TV. I think Diana's diamond and pearl earrings are a perfect choice for today. Perfection head to toe. S. ☺

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  5. This hat style on her is STUNNING!!

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  6. Just beautiful

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  7. Absolutely love both the dress and the hat. A happy picture for sure.

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  8. Just perfect! My Fair Lady comes to mind. Can you imagine what a queen she is going to make! Knocking it out of the park.

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  9. Perfect. Elegant, harmonious and fresh. Lovely hat and the bronze accents are gorgeous

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  10. Andrea in London17 June 2022 at 16:53

    Have we ever seen her in chocolate brown? What a great colour combination and such a gorgeous, floaty dress, perfect for the occasion and the weather. If I remember correctly she wore a boater style hat the last time she wore an Alessandra Rich dress which was for Prince Philip's memorial ceremony. Personally I don't like silk flowers on a hat (or anywhere at all, come to think of it!) but they do look great here.

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    1. Yes, she's worn brown in various shades. I can think of a chocolate-brown shirtdress, for one thing, plus a chocolate-brown and beige LK Bennett dress, a very juvenile-looking dress in the same shades from Orla Kiely, and at least one brown coat. From Hobbs? I'm not sure. And there was a light-brown sweater dress in there somewhere, if I'm remembering correctly.

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  11. Hmm. I like Alessandra Rich but am not a great fan of her polka-dotted dresses. I prefer her tweed pieces and have felt that a couple of the AR dresses the Duchess has worn haven't been as flattering on her as they could have been. This one is more successful than others, though, and makes for a good Ascot look.

    I love hats but am a serious minimalist when it comes to their design: I don't care for floral trim or veiling, and any bows have to be unusual for me to admire them. I'd like this hat much better without the flowers, partly because I think that the flowers and polka-dots together look a bit busy. A plainer hat, perhaps with the crown encircled by a simple white ribbon, would have balanced all the dots.

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    1. I would be inclined to agree with you, Vittoria, about the flowers not being needed on the hat. Your idea of a simple white ribbon is a good one. However, this is Ascot and overly embellished hats are the norm. Kate's hat is somewhat tame compared to what some ladies are wearing. So in this case, I'd say that the swath of flowers goes with the occasion.

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    2. I've always been a great believer in not following the crowd. When it comes to fashion, when others are going all out, elegant minimalism can make quite a statement of its own. The most striking Ascot looks I've ever seen eschewed the overly-embellished hats and opted for sophisticated simplicity.

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    3. Vittoria, I agree, a white ribbon on the hat would have been perfect. The flowers look cheaply made and just not right to me, although of course the hat is expensive.
      I would have preferred the dress in a solid color to better appreciate the design elements. I'm glad she didn't go for another lace dress this time.

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    4. It can be fun to simply do what you want re fashion, with a sense or what is appropriate and not pay attention to either following or not following the crowd:):). I thought her look was lovely and fun and she looked wonderful. Ali

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    5. I loved the flowers on the hat, lovely whimsical touch. A ribbon would have been elegant but boring.The flowers are a touch of milliners genius.

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    6. I rather like the flowers on the hat, they are whimsical and feminine, a nice juxtaposition to the style of the boater! A ribbon for me would have been a bit 'twee', but get that perhaps some would have liked a more tailored look. She was appropriate, not overly done, and yet in her very distinct style!

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    7. I think Kate is very much her own person and doesn't follow the crowd in her choices, and whether or not we agree with her choices, she ALWAYS is elegant, poised, and photographs extremely well in all her looks. She has her own art in dressing that just works!

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  12. I just love it !!!!!! Very my fair lady. Wish William had coordinated with her like Mike T is doing- a brown tie for example.

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    1. I agree. I always wish William would coordinate more. Would look much better in photos.

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  13. What a WONDERFULL couple !!!!!

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  14. What a treat to see them and thanks for recapping their busy week. They make such an elegant pair. Wow! The hat with flowers is lovely and the dress suits her so well. :) Sue

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  15. She looks fabulous. The one fashion choice I don't understand is her constant wearing of suede shoes--suede is not a spring/summer or really much of a daytime fabric. Leather is the daytime choice. She is just lovely and has matured into even more of a beauty now. Love those earrings; now, that's a little bling!

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    1. Living in N. America, I too think that suede is for winter wear. However, in the UK, suede is worn year round. There are even those who don't wear suede in the winter, because the snow and slush can ruin the shoes. So you see, in Kate's case, it is more of a "cultural" thing, for wants of a better word. Ladies in the UK do wear suede in spring and summer.

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    2. Suede is definitely for daytime wear in North America. I wear suede shoes during the day all the time in the fall and winter. I agree that Americans tend to regard suede as cold-weather wear, but I've seen these fashion shibboleths discarded more and more often, and by a lot of people, in recent years. In fact, I now own some pairs of light-colored suede shoes that I wear in the warmer months. I just bought a pair in pistachio-green for a wedding in August.

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    3. Fashion “rules” have changed - suede is very much appropriate for daytime and year-round wear now.

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    4. Vittoria,

      Pistachio green sounds beautiful in a suede shoe. Wear them in good health and enjoy the wedding. I bet you get many compliments on your footwear!

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    5. I live in the southwest of the USA and I wear suede shoes year-round, in fact it's considered by my co-workers as my signature look so to speak. I love Kate's suede shoe collection, and am i agreement with G.A., Vittoria, pistachio green for a suede shoe sounds divine!!

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  16. The 2017 is definitely my favourite look. Charlotte, she replaced Diana's large South Sea pearls for smaller ones. I'm wondering are they Diana Collingwood pearls but can't call it. What do you think? S. ☺

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    1. I checked, definitely not the Collingwood pearls. The setting holding the pearl is different. S. ☺

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    2. The South Sea pearls are a different shape from the Collingwood pearls. The Collingwood pearls are a teardrop shape while the South Sea pearls are a more organic shape and don't match each other perfectly as the Collingwood pearls do.

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    3. These earrings are beautiful, glad she wore them and they work beautifully with her outfit.Ali

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    4. Wow - can't believe you caught the difference in the pearls. Wonder why Kate changed them out? So glad she wore these - I love these earrings. Her outfit today is lovely (especially a different style and color of hat) but the Elie Saab is my favorite with the silver shoes and clutch. I love the hat from 2016 and hope we'll see it again.

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    5. Elle, I wonder why she changed the pearls as well. I hope its a style thing and that Diana's pearls have been stored correctly. S. ☺

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  17. Kate can really wear any type of hat. She wears them all gracefully. I wish she took more risks because all shapes are extremely flattering on her.

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  18. Kate looks stunning as she always does and I love everything about her outfit today. One thing bothers me, though. Are the horses' welfare taken into account during this very hot weather?

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    1. From experience at horse events the horses are usually treated with gold service. Ice cooling blankets, fans and all sorts of things to help. You usually see the trainers suffering from the heat but the horses always look cool and relaxed.

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    2. Thank you! That makes me feel a lot better :)

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  19. Zora from Prague17 June 2022 at 19:44

    The Cambridges did not disappoint! I thought the sequence of this week's events very wise: first the really serious (Grenfell), then work+looking ahead (First Years) and finally fun+tradition - Ascot. Kate looks fantastic!

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    1. Zora, not to forget the Garter parade, ceremony and lunch.

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    2. Ditto Zora!!

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  20. Wow!!! She looks absolutely divine! My first thought was My Fair Lady in an instant! Simply gorgeous look from head to toe. ♥️πŸ₯°

    -FloridaGirl

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    1. But not polka dress in this film ! White lace dress.

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  21. Zora, I couldn't agree more. I also thought how busy their week had been. I put it down to getting as much work done as possible before the holidays. I also think very good PR, it's very important now more than ever that they are seen more and meeting the people. Obviously their work is very important to them but so is finding the balance working for The Crown. How very thoughtful and kind of Prince William to take the time to write to that poor police man's partner, who sadly lost his life fighting to protect democracy in the States. S. ☺

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  22. Absolute perfection! The Duchess carries herself with such grace. Never a misstep from this beautiful lady.

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  23. Not my favorite style of dress but she carries it off. You can tell she loves this time in her life. And William looking at her is clearly thankful for her as a wife. I wish I knew how she did it (well, aside from the nanny and hairdresser, etc.)

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    1. I think that's a beautiful observation Amy! Truly a self assurance and air of enjoyment she exudes. A woman who's found her groove it seems. I wish it upon us all

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  24. Mic Drop!! Nuf Said!!! Boom!!! :) xoxo

    Becca USA

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  25. Border Terrier lover17 June 2022 at 21:10

    This entire look is perfection!

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  26. The hat is beautiful but sadly I am really not a fan of these Alexandra Rich polka dot dresses. The white lace dress from previous year much more beautiful and classic.

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  27. HRH is beautiful, as always! I very much admire how she and all the other women wear hats with such grace. My favorite dress is still the blue Elie Saab. It's an all-time favorite. Just gorgeous.

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  28. This is extremely pretty -- I am enamored with those earrings. And this is a good time yo say that I don't think Kate or Meghan tries to dress like Diana -- with the hundreds of outfits among them, similarities are bound to occur. Just my opinion.

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    1. Allison in US, agree I do not think either lady tries to dress like Diana. Ali

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  29. Kate looks as presentable and appropriate as ever but what really struck me, looking at these photos, is how happy she is. She looks like somebody who just generally has a positive disposition and an inclination to be cheerful and optimistic. I'm so glad William found her and that they've created a happy family life together (particularly poignant because of his family history).

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    1. I wrote in another post, that it really seems to be in Kate's nature, to be good natured! Think you are right on her cheerfulness and general positive attitude. Thought these comments from some recent articles speak to William and Kate's relationship and the impact she has on him, and as you say particularly because of his family history. If ever somebody was perfectly hand-picked for someone, it was Kate for William, love watching their relationship evolve and grow.

      "The friend told the Daily Mail: "They honestly couldn’t be happier as a couple.

      "You can’t get a cigarette paper between them. They are so tight, just inseparable.
      He wanted it to be with the right person and [for it to last] forever.

      "William is still very protective of his wife. The way he sees it, she is as important to the institution as he is.

      "He genuinely admires the way she has just dug her heels in and stuck with it."

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    2. Awww, that’s really lovely! They do seem like best friends and I’m so glad that they found each other :) I hope they have a big joint bash to celebrate their 40th birthdays together πŸ₯³

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  30. I wasn’t sure about the brown polka dots and accessories at first. But when I saw photos comparing K to Diana in a similar outfit the brown dots actually soften the look and are very pretty. The hat is gorgeous.

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    1. I couldn't quite tell about the polka dots but think you are right celticgirl the slight change in color has softened the look and is probably why it works so well.

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  31. So very elegant, as always.
    Tedi

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  32. Stunning one can not ask for more. Great outfit.

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  33. Looking at these pictures of the Duchess I can’t get the Pretty Woman comparison out of mind. Brown & white polka dots - check. Hat - check. Horse event - check. Facial expressions - check. I almost wish you could have included a picture from the movie in this post, I feel like a lot of people commenting may not have seen that movie. While I don’t necessarily love this dress by itself, overall I think today’s look for the Duchess is one of her all time best. Simply fantastic!!

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  34. Catherine and William looked so great! They also seemed to being having a lovely time with old friends and just enjoying the event. Catherine looks beautiful. Always fun to see the hats! Ali

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  35. the duchess is simple beautiful in that outfit she seems happy

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    1. Yes! Not to be cheesy, but her smile is her best accessory :)

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  36. I always eagerly await Catherine’s Royal Ascot appearance! She always stuns at this event! This outfit is beyond gorgeous! What a nod to Pretty Woman and Princess Diana! Up there with the Elie Saab pale blue outfit!

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  37. Both William and Kate look so joyous in the photos! Really enjoying themselves. It does my heart good to see them like this!
    Beth in SF

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  38. I actually really dislike the hat. The rest of the outfit is very nice but the hat throws me off. I think the flowers make it look a bit cheap? It’s definitely in the top 5 of her worst hate for me. I hope we don’t see it again.
    And I think suede shoes are worn in summer all over Europe to be honest. I mean we also wear shorts and short skirts with suede ankle boots in summer (it’s like standard festival gear). I always find it a bit strange when people judge only by their own fashion culture and completely ignore that other countries have their own “rules”.

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    1. Anonymous 8:13, I totally agree with you about the flowers on the hat. I hope we don't see this hat again.

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  39. Simply simply amazing!

    Duchess Kate is a classic portray of poise and confidence, always gentle and not over the board.

    Her outfit today totally nails it! Perfect!

    Loves everything about her!

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  40. These last two weeks have been such a treat for Kate followers. (And a lot of work for Charlotte.). These two weeks have given us chances to see her participate in the very traditional ceremonies that define the British Royal Family, engagements that show support for the public, a business meeting the spotlights one of her most important endeavors, and and playful moments as a mum. In all of these, she appears fully engaged and glad to be exactly where she is.

    Kate has always had a knack for looking both appropriate and stunning, but over the many events since the start of this month, she’s really showing that she’s found her place as a senior royal, and ready for the next steps in her royal path.

    Just fashion-wise, I’ve been so excited to see where her shoe game is going. New colors and styles, woo-hoo. Next up, maybe she’ll experiment with some lower heel heights and non-stilettos, styles we’ve only occasionally seen on her. (Zipzipzippy)

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    1. What a nice comment and agree with you on all points. It has certainly been a great two weeks and have enjoyed seeing Kate in so many of her roles.
      I too am excited to see where her shoe game is headed, because I really like what she has shown us so far.

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  41. In addition to her beautiful and stylish fashion choices, Cather is so authentic and confident in who she is. She shines from within and she & William truly enjoy each other even when conducting the profession royal duties. The are refreshing, engaging, and relatable members of the Royal family.

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  42. I was certain we would not see them at Ascot this year, so what a lovely surprise that they did pitch up and especially later in the week.

    When it comes to fashion, I’ve never warmed up to “Kate at Ascot”. She just look too much of a combination between Pretty Woman and Eliza Doolittle. The only time it worked was the blue Elie Saab. Not that she doesn’t look good, that woman can wear a sack and still look gorgeous. I suppose like some don’t like her coatdresses, I just don’t like her Ascot outfits and this one is no difference.

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  43. I thought I recognised that pink shirt dress on Carole! She looks pretty chuffed to able to fit into her daughters’ clothes :)

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    1. I don't think they've shared the dress at all?? I think Carole has her own they look to be both different sizes. Unfortunately Carole's dress doesn't look as polished the sagging belt makes it look untidy and I think it would have looked smarter buttoned up to the top.

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    2. I would agree that it's not a shared dress. Can you imagine the uproar if Catherine's mother had access to her closet as a matter of principle; am sure that each has their own dress but have very similar style and tastes that they would have similar clothes. I am remembering a Christmas shoot with Carole that she was wearing another dress that Catherine also had. Carole is a beautiful woman and has an enviable figure, but also agree that Catherine has a more polished look to her in all her clothes and it shows.

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  44. I personally don't like the polka along with the front pleats but she does stand out in the crowd and looks distinguished. Kate is looking exceptionally radiant here. Future Queen indeed.

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  45. My goodness she could not BE more beautiful! The dress, hat, and accessories are sheer perfection. So fresh, so elegant, and her radiant smile just carries the day. I also loved that Dolce and Gabana white lace dress she wore with that great waist line and hat! She’s just gorgeous and such an asset to the Royal family and looks like just about the perfect mother too. Love her!

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  46. Always so polished and refined. Another great look and the earrings are the perfect finishing touch.

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  47. Just noticing her lipstick -- does it seem pink? It is a great shade for her. It seems like there were more royal attendees than usual, and the women really looked great! I, for example, really loved all of Beatrice's looks. I think this was a family collaboration for the Queen, a personal extension of the Jubilee. I'm sure she really enjoyed watching them arrive.

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  48. Hooray an Ascot appearance.... Stunning she looks very fresh and Kate carries this Alessandra Rich dress well the styling really suits her frame. I like the hat the flowers help take it into fun where a plain ribbon on the boater would have made the look boring and I like the choice of shoe colour as it could have been white and that would have taken her outfit straight to the 80"s. The earrings are fabulous but why would you change out the most beautiful pearls??? I hope they have been put to good use! I do love love the D&G dress from a few years back I hope she wears it again one day. Wimbledon next can't wait to see what Kate wears. Sue in WA

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    1. I have always really loved her Wimbledon dresses except for a green one, that I just hated. I remember one that had a fascinating print but I don't remember more details.

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    2. It was the McQueen dress, caused a bit of a stir but as always she looked fresh and beautiful!

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    3. Could it be a McQueen dress she wore in 2016? I really liked that dress so different to what we normally see her in. And I agree not a fan of the green dress either 😊

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    4. It was that dress! I just loved to look at it. Thanks! Allison in US

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  49. Hello, Thanks a lot for this beautiful article Charlotte. May I point out the jockey is Christophe SOUMILLON. Kindest regards, Sophie

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  50. Susan in Florida21 June 2022 at 01:19

    She looks SO confident . I’m happy she finds moments of joy in all her engagements. I also think they had a good time at this Ascot. The way PW looked at her is precious . I have been looking at this post for two days. I decided I love this look. I bought a polka dot dress for myself with a base color of navy and white dots for the summer , so the pattern is on trend. I LOVE her hat ! Thank you Charlotte for the info on the enclosures.

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  51. I love it. The hat is fresh and fun, sometimes I think Ascot hats are too heavy and fussy looking but this one is perfect with the cheerful polka dot frock.

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  52. Typo in your header - should be polka not poka.

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  53. I'm a bit late to the game here! I simply want to contribute saying that Catherine is astoundingly gorgeous. This is an extra pleasantry regarding the RF, so I feel comfortable in remarking about her style. It.Is.To.Die.For. Catherine has that much grown into her role - composure, elegance, loving, joyful, kind, cheerful, and impeccable manners. I tell you - this woman was born into this role. Is there another who could demonstrate her confidence? Her manners? Her composure? I'm extraordinarily happy that HMQ is able to rest easily knowing that the crown will endure, given the love between William and Catherine. Nevermind the horse races......these 2 are where it's at. thanks for this post...it was filled with joy....

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  54. Prince William has had a very low key 40th birthday today. He released one photo from the Jordan holiday last year with he and the kids wearing the same clothes we saw on their Christmas card (photos likely taken at the same time) but nothing like the scale of Catherine's beautiful 40th birthday photo portraits. I'm really surprised we didn't get a formal one of him (maybe in military uniform or something).

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    1. I was surprised at that as well Anon. I was hoping for some official marking of his 40th birthday with a photo, and like you thought it would be in his military uniform. Who knows, it probably happened, but he opted to be low-key.

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  55. Perfect! So elegant and classy. Kate looks radiant.

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  56. she looks gorgeous and reminds me of julia roberts in the movie pretty woman when she wore a very similar earring. nice to see her keeping Diana's memory alive by wearing her earrings.

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