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Kate Recycles Kors for Afghanistan Memorial

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today, the royals gathered for a memorial at the Horse Guards to pay tribute to the service members and civilians who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts that have spanned more than twenty years.  Both members of the Royal Family and leaders of government were on hand for the solemn tribute that preceded the unveiling of a new memorial. 



As senior royals, William and Kate stood in the first row, separated from the Queen only by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. (I am sure the PM and Secretary were surprised to discover they had married without realizing it...sorry. ;)) Here Kate beams as the Queen arrives and William completes a respectful bow to his grandmother. It is sweet to see the obvious affection between these three.


Because this was a solemn remembrance event, the Palace did not give details on the ensembles to the royal reporters as they almost always do now. But, that didn't prove to be much of a problem for Kate fans, because the Duchess was wearing some old favorites.  More on that in a moment. 


Although both Wales boys have served in the military, Harry has seen active combat. He spent several months in Helmand province, Afghanistan guiding fighter jets to Taliban targets before his cover was blown by an (cough) American news outlet (I think it was Drudge). In 2013 he made headlines by candidly discussing his time in combat, revealing, unsurprisingly, he had killed to protect his fellow soldiers. In a moving moment today, he read portions of Ecclesiastes 3, "to everything there is a season..."





After the service, and close by at the Victoria Embankment, the Queen unveiled the memorial with Philip by her side while a minister read a blessings. 


A moment of levity in a solemn morning, when this little guy gave his parents distress as he flailed and squirmed while the Queen and the Duke were trying to chat to his parents.


Members of the royal family, including William and Kate, attended a reception afterward to meet members of the service and their families.

Kensington Royal

During the reception, Kate chatted with Samantha Burge, according to People. The two mothers talked about their children and Kate revealed that Charlotte rules the roost at home, bossing Prince George about. This gave me a chuckle a day after International Women's Day.  Kate also said, though, that the two little Cambridges are good friends, so put your mind at ease, Charlotte's reign is benevolent one. But, don't think this cute little peanut doesn't have it in her:



Speaking of funny pictures that deserve a caption contest, this was one of my favorites of the day. William found an abandoned burrito and thought it was HILARIOUS.


Ok, time to talk fashion. The Duchess tapped a number of pieces that we are familiar with and added a new hat to give the ensemble a twist. 


Kate recycled her Michael Kors coat that she first wore in Australia for the ANZAC Memorial and the final tour farewell. This is a beautifully flattering coat on Kate and I love that she has brought it out again for another memorial of remembrance and thanks to the armed forces.


Kate also wore her tanzanite inverted pear drop earrings and pendant which complemented the blue of the Michael Kors suit and the new Lock & Co. hat, while also adding some royal flare to the entire outfit. 


These stunning jewels, combined value of at least £15,000, are by G. Collins & Sons and they debuted at the Afghanistan Service in 2015, where Kate also wore a blue ensemble by Beulah. Again, fun continuity wearing jewelry that many closely associate with the Afghanistan service. Which is the perfect excuse to share this loved-up photo again:



The Duchess wore a new hat from Lock & Co. which Katie on Twitter pointed out bears a marked resemblance to Audrey Hepburn's elegant topper in her iconic role as New York socialite Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Appropriately, Lock & Co. have named their hat the "Tiffany" Drop Brim. It retails for £325. The difference between the two hats is while Kate's crown is deep and her brim is on the shorter side, Audrey's crown is shallow and the brim larger. I think that might be a little bit of a more graceful silhouette. If I could change one thing, it would be that--not to the oversized extent of Audrey Hepburn's hat, but a little more in that direction. 



The verdict is absolutely a win. I love when Kate wears broader brimmed hats. We have seen her branch back toward broad brims in the last year, which has been a real treat for me, and I am sure many of you as well. because Kate has worn these full hats for big ticket events like the Commonwealth Day Service, Trooping the Colour, and Remembrance Sunday, I suspect that Kate feels they carry a little more gravitas and are more appropriate as she steps more and more into her role as a senior royal. This isn't to say that we can't or won't wear perchers to these days, but I think we will see more and more of a mix.



Finally, very exciting news for fans of St. Patrick's Day at Aldershot! The Duke and Duchess will attend the parade on the 17th before they fly to Paris! It should be a busy few days! 






71 comments:

  1. I really liked the hat with the coat/dress. I thought she looked lovely. I too am a fan of the bigger hats on her. She certainly has the stature to carry it off!

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  2. Oh Jane, I loved this post! Still giggling from the hilarious shot of Wills and the abandoned burrito!!! He's right, that is a hoot! And that picture of Charlotte also makes me LOL! She looks like a little Queen Elizabeth - it will be verrry interesting to see how she grows and what she does. I wish we could see the children soon, I'm sure they've both changed a lot! LOVE LOVE LOVE the hat, and that Kors suit, she is radiant and sharp. Lovely Duchess, no ill-fitting, slightly dowdy looks here - it's pure, streamlined elegance. I also love the navy gloves - have we seen those bow gloves in navy before? I remember the black ones of course, and I think she has pink ones too? I want them!

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    1. Diane-agree about Jane's post. My head is literally spinning with thoughts on her choice of pictures and text. Too many for me to unload here. Ha! By the way, I was reading someone's link and saw a post I believe you wrote about Harry. You said you thought he should marry an American. Was that you?

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    2. Diane,
      I totally agree! Loved Kate's Look from Top to Toe! :) & speaking of toes..... I think charlotte will be keeping them on theres for years to come! :)

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    3. Anon 1 - I don't think that was me, I think Harry should marry whoever he wants, wherever they are from. :) I approve of Meghan, she seems perfect for him, doesn't she? I wish we could fast forward a little...btw haven't seen Pippa lately - isn't her wedding coming right up?

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  3. I hated the hat! Maybe if it was a different color (to match the coat better) and with a narrower ribbon it would have been better. And if the top part was rounded instead of square-ish. Just didn't really suit her imho.

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    1. I thought Kate looked very pretty but I didn't like the hat either, Am. I do like seeing Kate in larger hats sometimes but this one was just SO blue and didn't match the other blues she wore to me. (A ribbon might have helped) I don't think everything has to match but the shoes and gloves seemed to match the coat very well (in lots of photos, not just the ones here) so the different "Big Blue" hat color was a bit jarring to me. But overall still a nice look.

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    2. Me too. I like her in great big hats or little teeny fascinators. The medium sized brim is not my favorite. As Jane pointed out, the larger brim would have been a little more graceful. Oh well.

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  4. I generally am in agreement with the bigger hat, but in some pictures this particular one seemed a bit of a miss. Perhaps it's because in other wears of this coat she went with jaunty, smaller head wear and the comparison is throwing me off. It's a great hat, I think, but maybe... Undecided. The "royal blue" trend of all the royals at this event worked well, and I think Kate looked polished and beautiful. I love the jewelry!

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  5. Jane,
    The man seated between Prince William and the Prime Minister is the Minister of Defence.
    Just mention that because I was struck by how confident Catherine has become at these major events. with senior members of the government.
    There was a lovely picture of her smiling and chatting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer who was on her left.
    I liked this coat each time she wore it, but this was the best. The hat was a lovely frame for her face.It is great to see a "serious" hat on these occasions.


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    1. Jean, I agree with your assessment of Catherine's growth.I also thought the seating arrangement significant and meaningful, representing the cooperation between monarchy and the government. I also noticed an equal number, more or less, of each. I'm not sure government officials would agree with that balance. This may be usual protocol or a figment of my highly active imagination. I also noticed in video her bobbing curtsy to the Queen. Something about that photo with William barely suppressing a grin and Kate's broad smile-and smiles of others nearby-makes me think HM had let loose with one of her incredibly funny, but terse, dry remarks.

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    2. Jean,
      It truly is a joy to see how she has grown & evolved in her Royal Role, within The Royal Family & with her interactions with members of The Government! Bravo Kate! :)
      Anon 1 - I too suspect the same with all the smiles! :)

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    3. Thank you Jean! I wrote this while on the road for the weekend and was too rushed in more than a few places. I am sure that Theresa May the Defense Secretary would be surprised to healthy are now married. ;)

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  6. Elegant perfection. Love the look from head to toe. And what a difference an updo and large hat can make. ๐Ÿ‘

    And I'd love to see a recycle of the brown St. Patrick's day outfit. I really liked the elegance and simplicity of it.

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  7. Again, well worth the waiting, Jane. Totally fresh approach to this event.--------- I think I need to take a quick course in British Memorial and Otherwise Solemn Events. They are all in a muddle in my head. I know I need only consult the B2B archives, but somehow I still can't keep them straight-I have the same trouble remembering the countries in Africa. I learnt the names of 50 years ago and they remain firmly planted in my memory.--------------- PS I LOVE the hat as is. I do think the angle of that photo may make the Audrey brim appear smaller or shorter. I actually think the fascinators look out of place with that very elegant, no-nonsense coat. Kate has done her version of Jennie in Love Story with her black turtlenecks, black tights with mini skirts; now she is Holly, complete with Audreyesque eyebrows. Come to think of it, Allie MacGraw may have been an up-dated Audrey. I'm having visions of the Kate team lounging around in their pajamas watching old movies and getting fashion inspiration. Please, no Marily Monroe references. Ha!

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    1. LOL! No Marilyn Monroe and no Jane Russell, please! But Kate can carry off Audrey and Grace with great aplomb! When I think of the black turtleneck I think of Audrey in Sabrina. Audrey's wasn't quite a turtleneck but it was a very high round neck.
      http://images1.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Sabrina-audrey-hepburn-824943_1300_1629.jpg

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    2. Don't forget, Robin, the Eliza dress she wore at Royal Ascot. Maybe this wasn't a coincidence. I'm wondering who she will be next--in Paris. I'm thinking another Jackie theme. ( arrival dress in Sydney-the pillbox) William can be the man who accompanied Catherine to Paris. Didn't you say something like that, Royalfan?

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    3. Oh, but Kate's Royal Ascot dress missed the mark so very definitely. Where Audrey's was so wonderful in My Fair Lady, Kate's looked like a tablecloth Scarlett O'Hara might have absconded with a la the velvet curtains. Her arrival outfit in Canada would certainly fit the occasion but I hope she emulates the classic with a slight edge that is French fashion. For me, oh, how I would LOVE to see Kate in Chanel!

      http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/products/ready-to-wear/g/s.look-2-spring-summer-2017-pre-collection.17P.17P2.c.17P.html

      http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/products/ready-to-wear/g/s.look-83-spring-summer-2017-pre-collection.17P.17P83.c.17P.html

      http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/products/ready-to-wear/g/s.look-46-cruise-2016-17.17C.17C46.c.17C.html

      http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/products/ready-to-wear/g/s.look-76-cruise-2016-17.17C.17C76.c.17C.html

      http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/products/ready-to-wear/g/s.look-49-spring-summer-2017-pre-collection.17P.17P49.cat.jac.html

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    4. Yes, Anon 1, I suspect that William will be very happy and proud to accompany "Jackie" to Paris. They are a team...not adversaries. ;-)

      Robin, I, too, keep coming up with Chanel options for Kate. Oh, the possibilities...... :-)

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  8. I love the hat but not with the MK coat dress. I would like to see it again with a different outfit. I am very happy that they're going to Aldershot for St. Patrick's Day before flying to Paris!

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  9. I love this entire look and I am even giving the suede pumps a pass here. This is one of my favorites of Kate's coats and I love the addition of this hat. The wider brim suits her so well and the bow at the back really gives that little bit of pop without being over the top. Perfect for the occasion. Sleek and classic - just like Audrey!

    Had to laugh at her description of George and Charlotte's relationship. My oldest grandson and granddaughter are about the same age difference as the two Cambridge children and my granddaughter bosses her older brother around all the time. She is the little bossy pants in the family but the two get along great. How fun to know the little Cambridges are the same!

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  10. Jane, I'm dying to know the end of your incomplete sentence up there, where you've mysteriously written 'The only thing that I wonder about' but left us hanging!

    I love this hat. Classic and beautiful and something I myself wouldn't have considered wearing before but have now considered with new eyes after seeing it on Kate (which is my favorite thing about following her style). This coat is so gorgeous, and I would love to see her in more Michael Kors.

    That burrito is cracking me up. Who snuck a burrito into a reception with the Queen!? Surely burritos weren't on the menu.

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    1. I feel terrible that I published this post in quasi draft state. I was away in Williamsburg and my party was waiting for me to tour some of the historic sites and I thought I checked the post before it went live and I ran out the door, but I guess not. I can't remember what I was thinking when I wrote that. :)

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    2. I hope you enjoyed Williamsburg, Jane. It's on of my favorite places to visit!

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  11. Love the burrito shot! Kate looks very pretty, but i think she got a dose of Botox as her eyebrows are staying put in a rather exclamatory position. I'd get Botox too if I were photographed as much as she is! Thanks for your posts Jane. I like that you are not always a royal brownnoser and give your honest opinion at times.

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    1. I really hope at newly 35, she hasn't had to do Botox. Although, honestly, Middleton women age quickly in the face-Carole and Pippa too. So maybe you are right.

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    2. How do you know the Middleton women are aging in the face if they use Botox? Or maybe it's simply good diet and skin care. along with lucky genes. (as Royalfan would say) Her eyebrows looked like the Vogue shoot ones. Tribute to Audrey? She can't
      have noticeable wrinkles one day, wrinkle free the next, and then back to wrinkles if she is using Botox. I think we need to consider other factors here-lighting, angle, a little air-brush? Some of the photos of Camilla are amazing. Something was going on.

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    3. A couple of comments. So many men and women use fillers, botox, skin exfoliating treatments, lasers, etc etc on their faces that it is very very difficult to sort out who has done what. A good dermotolgist can really do a lot these days to "refresh" and make younger looking faces. The comment about the Middleton women looking older than their actual ages is I think accurate from photos I have seen. If it is because of lots of sun or prior smoking or genetics I can't say. I am all for using anything you want to make yourself look better:)

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      You can tell because their skin is inconsistent. It alternates between more tight/smooth, and less so.

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      I completely agree! There is absolutely no shame in utilizing treatments to enhance ones appearance.

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  12. I really like that Michael Kors coat--always have. And, IMO, this was its best wear, accessorized extremely well. Loved the hat, both the colour and style; it punched up the coat. The shoes were great, the clutch O.K. altho I would've preferred it in somewhat smaller, smooth navy leather, ditto the gloves--and lose the bows! The tanzanite and diamond jewellery is very, very pretty, altho I do wonder if the look might've been improved if Kate had worn pearls--earrings with a single short strand of fat white pearls around her neck.

    Still, these are mere quibbles, just my overactive imaginings. This outfit is a big win in my book. Two thumbs up!

    Can't wait for Paris! Am hoping to see a new suit from Catherine Walker for Kate, and a new black suit--not cut too tight, for William, with a new pair of smooth, black leather loafers--no tassels or other ornamentation, please--to match, not to mention an umbrella for Kate and a Mac for Himself. Yeah, yeah, in my dreams.

    JC

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    1. I wonder why Kate doesn't wear pearls more often. They are so classic and would compliment so many of Kate's outfits. Maybe she's distancing herself from something HM and Camilla wear so very often.

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    2. She wears pearl earrings frequently. Has she ever worn a pearl necklace?

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    3. True on the earrings. I was thinking about pearl necklaces. I don't think I've ever seen her wear one.

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    4. Agree, Robin. I've never seen Kate wear a pearl necklace, either. Initially, I put it down to an avoidance to seem too Diana-like--Diana wore pearl necklaces frequently. Now, I rather think that she just doesn't favour pearls, or that, like myself, she associates them with older women, or perhaps she simply doesn't like the old-fashioned pearl strings available to borrow--maybe she prefers the more modern, and more youthful, IMO, single strand FAT pearls, the big guys.

      JC

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    5. Not to be a troublemaker here (ha!), but how about Diana's pearl and sapphire choker? Diana loved pearls and enjoyed so many different styles.

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    6. The Duchess may like matching colors but when it comes to Diana, it is more remind and honor than match. Royalfan, I think you are right about Diana's wearing of pearls. Sapphires were also a favorite. We have seen tanzanite , topaz, citrine...but no sapphire or pearl necklaces on Kate. She also wears more subtle jewelry. Part of the difference s a matter of differing tastes, perhaps, as well as different times and royal position. I look forward to seeing her in amethysts. ...... Of course, I also thought the Lover's Knot tiara was stowed away, too.

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    7. I forgot the emeralds! There must be a necklace in that set. And whatever those red stones were in the necklace she wore with the black velvet gown, I believe. I think someone talked her into wearing that and the Hyderabad- the Queen's giant diamond necklace. Not her usual taste. Although, she did go big with the aqua stones recently-earrings, however.

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    8. Diana was gorgeous in sapphires because they matched her eyes. I would love to see Kate in more emeralds and I would really love to see her in some rubies. I think the vault will become more and more open to her as she continues on in her duties. Maybe it's time for William to gift her with some more substantial pieces. Mappin and Webb has some lovely things.

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    9. royalfan, that choker was a stunning piece, no doubt about it. However, whenever I see a choker, my gut kick in and has this to scream, "Hey, where's the leash?'

      JC

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    10. Anon 1, the Lover's Knot tiara *was* a wonderful surprise. I expected it to collect dust for another two decades. Perhaps we will see other items worn by Diana. Many of her sapphire and diamond pieces would look fantastic on Kate and they are not too ornate (given Kate's preference for simpler jewelry). Fingers crossed......

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    11. JC, that's too funny!! Your pooch must be better off than my furry friends because *my* gut says, "Lucky lady." ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Robin, I guess I am anxious to see some of Diana's jewelry again, but you make a great point about Kate's coloring. Ok...I should start thinking in terms of EMERALDS...

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    12. I have to go with JC on chokers and Queen Mary's dog-collar type necklaces. And with Robin and royalfan on the emeralds. The emerald and diamond necklace Diana wore in the Art Deco style across her forehead....I can't see Kate wearing the larger royal collection pieces, at least not willingly. I honestly think some of the Queen Mary era jewelry is actually gaudy, as well as a few of the Arab-gifted ones. Precious stones alone do not a tasteful design make, in my opinion. I would rather wear good costume jewelry than some of the hugely ornate styles Queens often wear--not that I'll ever be faced with that choice. Ha! I wonder how many actually like that stuff? I don't think there is any reason Kate would have to adapt the "I am QUEEN, hear me roar" clunky royal jewels some of the other European monarchs also still wear. That said, I would likely not feel at home commenting on that Royal Jewel site associated with the Order of Splendour blog, but I do so love to read and dream over it.----anon1

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    13. I spoiled my little chewy terribly, I'm afraid, and had to be talked out of buying her a pair of diamond studs, as ridiculous as that may sound. She died just recently, plunging me into a world of regret--why hadn't I done this or that? Ye olde guilt trip when someone beloved dies, unhelped by my well-meaning family, who urged me to get another dog. My reaction was, "What?! And put myself through this again?? You bunch of sadists!" But you can bet your sweet life that if I am ever fool enuf to fall for another pooch, she'll prance through the neighbourhood sporting those diamond studs! Or, maybe emeralds--depending upon the colour of her hair.

      JC

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    14. Oh, JC, I'm so sorry to hear that; I know how difficult it is to lose a furry member of the family. Take it one day at a time and perhaps the day will come when you are ready to give another lucky animal a good home..........

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    15. Anon 1, what can I say, I *do* like chokers as part of an overall look. I think they are a nice combination of classy and sexy. ;-)

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    16. A sweet story JC. Pets sort of grab hold of our hearts and run with them. Perhaps some day you will be able to welcome another waggly-tailed friend into your home. BY all means, something sparkly.

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    17. royalfan-they certain worked for Diana. I don't think everyone can carry off the look, however. I think it has more to do with neck size and length more than age. Sometimes a choker wearing reminds me of that African tribe that progressively elongates necks by adding neck rings. And that reminds me of the Oriental foot-binding practice. Looks painful and a bit extreme.....anon1

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    18. Oh yes, Anon 1, the neck matters! ;-)

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  13. I was always so-so on the jacket. Nothing wrong with it, just never found it that exciting. But I LOVE this hat. Love the weight and the glamour of it. With the neatly coiffed updo at the back...it is pure elegance. I like fascinators too...but sometimes they look awkward....like a saucer about to slide off your head. This hat looks proper for the event and gorgeous on Kate.

    The only thing I would have changed is the matching earrings and necklace. I appreciate these are gorgeous pieces of jewelry but I think it is too matchy, matchy and a graceful drop earring would have softened the severity of the hat.

    But that is really a small nit pic. Overall she looked absolutely lovely. Can't wait for the 17th!!

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  14. The lone burrito is a hoot, love that picture. Great to see the Firm together for this moving event. The Queen and Prince Philip are simply marvelous. Kate looks elegant and very Audrey Hepburn in her stunning ensemble. A big win today for all.
    I'm glad they are going to appear at the St Patrick's Day event. It will be a very busy two days, but well worth the positive PR.

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  15. Love the coat--always looks great! The hat is just not working for me. I like when Kate wears hats with a broad brim, but not this one. Maybe a worn at a different angle? With a more rounded crown?

    I think the jewelry is uninspired and boring. Too matchy-matchy when worn together.

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  16. I too love Kate in wider hats that frame her face in pictures. It creates a stunning look.

    I'm not a fan of the constant recycled looks. I yearn to see the bespoke outfits that were point on when she had big events while heavily pregnant. Those were so good. But the hat helps overcome the coat we have seen several times before.

    Here's hoping for something new on St. Patrick's Day. And please, dear God, not brown!!

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    1. Somehow don't think she will wear something new for for the St. Patrick's parade as she potentially has to make two outfit changes in France on the same day. One for meeting government officials and one for a black tie event.
      Some critics feel she has not been recycling enough.

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    2. I agree her maternity wear was usually nice. But the total time we saw her appearing at official functions *heavily* pregnant was pretty short. With 2 pregnancies, maybe 6 months total? I do think there would be criticism if everything she wore was bespoke and never repeated on a day in, day out basis. And even for those who weren't critical, it really would make *everything* about her clothes.

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    3. I'm with you on the brown. I don't like brown clothing on anybody unless it's a pair of leather shoes/boots or a belt.

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    4. Duchess fan from DownunderMarch 10, 2017 at 6:13 PM

      I'm tipping we might see the Green sportmax coat with black (?) accessories. I think (and hope) there will be a new coat on arrival to Paris with some repeats over the 2 days :)

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    5. Duchess fan from DownunderMarch 10, 2017 at 6:13 PM

      I'm tipping we might see the Green sportmax coat with black (?) accessories. I think (and hope) there will be a new coat on arrival to Paris with some repeats over the 2 days :)

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    6. Kate was gorgeous in that green SportsMax coat. I liked the green hat, She could always wear her Paris arrival outfit underneath a St. Patrick's coat. She has used that method of dealing with multiple same day events before. I wonder if it is confirmed that they will fly into Paris first? Is there an itinerary yet? I know the Duke and Duchess will be meeting with survivors of terrorists'attacks. Security will be tight.

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  17. Not a fan of Kate's hat here personally. Also I know how you like to have things correct - can't see Theresa May's husband in these photos - do you mean the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon who is to William's right. To Kate's left is Chancellor Philip Hammond.

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  18. Love her outfit and hat. Thought she looked wonderful. Hope to see something fun on her for St Patricks day.

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  19. Jane, thank you for this post, your sense of humour is refreshing! That photo of Charlotte does remind me of the Queen, haha. Burritos with soda & lager, seems like very relaxed fare for a reception, I can see why William was amused :)

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  20. I enjoy reading all the different entries commenting on Catherine's sartorial choices. One man's meat is another's poison... or to suit the blog, one lady's gem is another's paste jewel :):)I love this look myself, from head to toe. Catherine looks chic, modern, fresh and perfectly lovely.

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  21. Kate looked very nice here. This is one of my favorite coats and the hat is a nice change from Kate's usual fascinators. I think she looks so much better in a wide-brimmed hat. Personally, I would have preferred if Kate had worn her hair down. But all in all, this look is a win for me.

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    1. I was wondering how this hat would have looked with her hair down as well. Perhaps, blown out stick straight. It would have
      been less predictable at any rate. Also, I think this hat calls for a lovely pair of drop earrings. These tanzanites as shown in the company's catalog with the diamond drop would have
      been perfect. That said, I love this new hat. The shape is such a departure from what she usually wears and the rich blue gives new life to the understated print of the Kors coat which is one of the nicest pieces in her wardrobe. In some photos, the hat does look clunky but I honestly think its her posture. Wider brimmed hats call for impeccable posture because they do emphasize the shoulders and the line from hat to shoes becomes broken when they are rounded. All in all a complete win however.

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    2. You might be right Faith. Hair down also might have disguised the hat/shoulder gradient. On the other hand long straight hair with a big hat might have looked juvenile. So hard to say.

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    3. Hmmm... Long hair with this hat would be a bit "Gone With the Wind".๐Ÿ˜‰

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    4. It is hard to say lizzie. I'd have to see it to compare. A poster on WKW suggested that the low oddly shaped bun in the back creates an awkwardness and her solution was to position the hat lower on Kate's forehead and pile the hair up under the crown of the hat. I thought it was a great idea and would clean up the look but commented that I wasn't sure Kate's long thick hair would fit under the hat. Kate looks great here but something is a bit off for me with the hair and the hat.

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    5. Ha! I think Kate would be light years away from a head of barrel curls and a Southern bonnet, royalfan. I admit though, long hair may not work with this hat

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  22. Jane,
    I love the selection of photos that you chose to share! :) I too think this hat just says "Senior Royal" & that we are in the midst of seeing her transition. I think it's wonderful that W&K have had these past years to ease into things, have their spot of independence & as they always said.... step in & up when called upon. I have only & always believed that their every decision was based on what HM wanted. It is my belief that HM wanted W&K to have a bit of what She & Phillip shared during their days in Malta. Charles & Diana was just an awkward situation from the start. However, I see in W&K the Honest True Love & Companionship that we have seen for years with Her Majesty & HRH. Especially now that we are all able to enjoy "The Crown". So many parallels between The Queen/Prince Phillip & Victoria/Albert & now Will/Kate. Love & Duty/Duty & Love. For all the loveless, arranged marriages throughout the centuries.... these Treasured Unions based on Love are to be Respected & Honored. Of course there were other Loving Married Kings/Queens & some unexpectedly stepped into fill Roles they had not planned on.... But these 3 Couples went into their marriages knowing what lay ahead & therefore really looked for ways to navigate having as normal a life/marriage/family as possible, inside the impossibly big bubble that they found themselves in. I Tip My Hat to HM, as to me She has done a very gracious job in letting W&K find their way & their footing as Senior Royals, while starting their marriage & family. So now it's time for The Big Leagues & I thing they are Truly Ready! I so look forward to watching this transition, because I think they will do it with grace! I love Kate's Hat & I think it just says & does everything perfectly for this event! :) I truly appreciate the sartorial choices & thought that she obviously puts into all her engagement ensembles. W&K are a True Asset to The UK! :)
    Fondly,
    Becca USA

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  23. Naughty William ... a boy's trip is one thing ... having flirty, fun lunches with other women is quite another. Kate tolerates a lot from him, sometimes.

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