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Princess Kate at Westminster Abbey for Service of Hope

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Today at noon, William, Kate, and Harry attended a prayer service at Westminster Abbey. Called the Service of Hope, it was scheduled in the wake of the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament exactly two weeks ago today.


Upon arrival, the trio were escorted to the side of Westminster where Prince William laid a wreath at the Innocent Victims Memorial, which apparently has been there since 1998. It stands as a tribute to innocent casualties of  war who "have suffered death, torture and oppression throughout the world." That's a number that has certainly skyrocketed in the last five years.
 

Prince William's note said, "In memory of the innocent lives lost to us all on the 22nd March 2017."

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The royals then were escorted into the Abbey and to their seats at the front of the nave as the service began. The Duke of Cambridge was the lector for the second reading, which was the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Because victims, their families, and first responders were present today, this reading was quite apropos. Every terror attack has several constant variables. A few are quite dark and evil, but a beautiful one is the outpouring from those who rush to aid the bleeding, the injured, and the dying. Often times perfect strangers comforting fellow humans in some of their most painful or even final moments. 

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Here William and Kate sit along the right side, where the Queen and the DoE sat for the couple's wedding, which made me think of how every so slowly the transition is slowly progressing. 

Westminster Abbey 

After the service, the royals met with first responders, victims, and families at a reception at Cheyneygates, the medieval house of the Abbots of Westminster. It is part of the Westminster complex. 

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I'm going to run through the fashion quickly here. Kate recycled her Missoni "snake-stitch" coat that she debuted at the Somme commemoration. 



I love this coat to bits, but it needs a new name. Snake-stitch is not doing it for me. Name aside, this is such a gorgeous coat. I am particularly drawn to the way it combines very simple and clean structure and colors with an intricate print. It fits Kate like a glove and flatters her figure, which admittedly isn't hard for a coat to do, but sometimes... Are those patch pockets?  I completely missed that on the first wear! 


Kate wore the pearl and diamond drop earrings that she has on loan from the Queen. 


She first wore these in Vancouver and has worn them a number of times since. 


A quick close up. The photos today from James Whatling really captured these earrings well:


The Duchess carried a new clutch. This is by Aspinal of London in collaboration with Beulah London. The lining of the clutch features Beulah's blue-heart pattern, but has been discontinued.




The Blue Heart Campaign raises awareness and funds to fight human-trafficking. This is the second time that Kate has subtly supported the initiative. In 2015 (on my birthday!) she carried a Beulah Blue-Heart scarf to the Rugby World Cup.  


Kate is wearing a black dress underneath, as she did in France, but I don't have any ID on that. I don't recognize it off the top of my head from her closet. I think it is a base dress that she wears with a number of ensembles that we may have never seen without a coat.


Finally, the hat. Kate recycled her "Salsa" topper from Sylvia Fletcher at Lock & Co. Here you can get a peek at the back of it, and at Kate's flawless chignon, with only a hairpin out of place. 


I can't remember if I liked this or not when it debuted. I was probably so deliriously happy for the imminent arrival of George and excited by Kate's Dalmatian print coat, which I still love, that I gave it a pass. I don't know.


The Duchess wore it again in 2014 for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Again, memory isn't clear. I think this has always been a kind of prime matter hat for me, but today finally snapped me into decision. 


Today the straw broke the camel's back. I just don't like this hat. It might be that having seen Kate wear this Missoni with that understated and sophisticated pill box really threw the "Salsa" into perspective, but I hope this gets the out-of-reach shelf in the closet tonight.



There was a positive side to Kate wearing this hat and that is that I just now, as I write this, see that when I built Kate's Clothes I never came back and fixed my description. So for the several years that Kate's Clothes has been live, this has been the very professional entry under the Salsa hat:

I am your favorite blogger, right? Heaven help me. To quote the ever quotable Mr. Bennet in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice: "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?" You have my permission to laugh.  Anyway, back to the hat. As you can see here, Kate modified it and added those two loops (I am going with loops, final answer) and I am at a loss as to why she did that. Maybe if the loops had been just a little more on the subtle side, more like graceful arches than enthusiastic bunny ears. 


Oh well. Quick photo for Meghan Markle's viewing pleasure and we will wrap it up:



This was a somber and difficult day. Unlike the Somme commemoration or the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, today mourned an ongoing crisis for society. We haven't put to rest terrorism and we know we will be back at Westminster, or Notre Dame, or even in an American cathedral, to mourn more death and more horror in our homelands. It is not even so much of a fear issue; it's a dispassionate reality. This unstable and dangerous environment is the world into which we have developed. It isn't however, the world I was born into and unless you are quite a few years post-9/11, it isn't a world you were either. I believe in the power of prayer, of course, but I also believe in the power of good men and women to find a solution and overcome evil. I hope today and in the years to come we don't forget that this doesn't have to be the way it is. It has not always been this way, and together we must search for a way back to peace. That's my hope and my prayer tonight. 







119 comments:

  1. Kate also wore the hat to a D-Day event. I noticed it's missing from the inventory at Kate's clothes as well.

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    1. You are right! I am going to fix that now...

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    2. Duchess fan from DownunderApril 5, 2017 at 8:18 AM

      Jane, I've noticed a few small gaps on Kate's Clothes. I can't help it. Attention to detail is what I do. Would you like me to send you a note?

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    3. Absolutely! Sometimes I think "I'll get back to that," but then I don't and then I forget. So, if you see anything missing, a note would be very helpful. You have me email? It is on the Welcome page if you don't. Always better to send to my main email, rather than the Kate's Clothes email. Thanks for taking the time!!

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    4. Duchess fan from DownunderApril 5, 2017 at 8:32 AM

      Will do! It's such a fab database :)

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    5. You two are adorable ... making sure that we FBTB fans are fully informed. It's very appreciated.

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  2. As a general rule, I love Missoni! And I love this coat!!

    The clutch being a Beulah collab makes a lot of sense for her to own it.

    I always love it when they attend Westminster services and we see them with the priests that married them. It brings back good memories of their love and commitment - brig said out the sentimental romantic in me.

    ~ A

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    1. I am so with you on this, though! I am always excited when they head to Westminster Abbey!

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  3. Duchess fan from DownunderApril 5, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    I think the clutch is new? The green Etui was St Patrick's Day.

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    1. You were right! I thought initially that Kate's St. Patrick's Day accessories were black, but by the time she got to Paris I had been straightened out by readers and pictures with different lighting. I need to update that clutch...

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  4. Jane, I was just wondering. Isn't this the coat Kate debuted last year in France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme? And the one she wore to the cruise ship christening was the one with the Dalmation print? What do you think?

    Besides this, I have read your blog for years now and while this is the first time I write a comment, I would like to say "Thank you, Jane!" I really love your thoughts and witty comments! :)

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    1. Yes, you were right on there. Somme and the Princess Cruise ship christening.
      It is always a treat to hear from a silent reader. I see you guys are out there, though, even when you don't comment and I appreciate you! Thanks for your sweet words; I appreciate them!

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  5. Very appropriate and lovely for the occasion. Great clutch! For the life of me I don't know how she walks in heels on those cobbled streets. It always impresses me.

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    1. I know. She must have strong ankles.

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  6. I am not a huge pattern person, so sometimes that part of Kate's dressing drives me crazy.

    But, I have always liked this coat! The pattern is still sophisticated and classy. I like that the purse brings out the darkest black in the coat. Looks good together.

    I think the hat needed to be bigger though, for more balance with the coat. Her hair down with no hat would have been better IMO.

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    1. The ladies of BRF always wear hats at official church ceromonies

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    2. I agree on the black drawing out the black. It is such a beautiful coat. (If you don't like patterns, it's been a rough winter for you! :)) I didn't love this hat, but I do love the hat-wearing tradition and I hope the monarchy never modernizes away from it. I don't think they will, since hats in western Europe in general are pretty par for the course.

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  7. I'm always so curious about what she carries in her bag!

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    1. A few tissues, a lipstick, a hairpin....

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    2. I think this is the best pairing for that hat. I didn't think it went as well with the other two outfits. Didn't she wear that broad-brimmed hat the first time with this coat? I did like that one. I think that may be my favorite clutch. That's a lot of money they are giving to their cause.

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    3. A panic button and a lolly...

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    4. Anon 1, I responded to your question on the April 3 post. So far Jane didn't publish it although I didn't say anything controversial. Maybe she just wants to close the topic. I just wanted you to know I didn't ignore you.

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    5. Faith, I don't have anything in my queue from you, and I checked spam. :(

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    6. Really? I hate when that happens... and, of course, it was lengthy. Ok, I didn't save so I may or may not rewrite depending. Thanks for checking though Jane:)

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    7. Faith, sometimes no response is the best response. An opinion given, an opinion returned...anything more can become a senseless argument. At any rate, I don't feel ignored. But thank-you for the follow-up.

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    8. Well, you did ask me a question, so I responded. Anyway, Jane found my comments, so they are there.

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    9. Anon 1, I think you might be thinking of her grey Erdem? It has lace.
      The first wear for this coat was the Somme commemoration with the pillbox.

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    10. I keep getting those coats mixed up. Still love the big hat! News on TV now related to your hopes, Jane. Scary times.

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  8. I think Kate looked classy, appropriate, and polished. Amen re: the heels, RobinfromCA!
    For some reason (my own neuroses) this coat doesn't work for me. It *looks* fine, Kate looks good in it... Bah! I can't put my finger on it, but I'm trying to like it. Great accessories and look overall.

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    1. We all have those outfits. This isn't one of them for me, but I know the feeling. :)

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  9. What a different tone from last night's theater engagement. I wonder if people stop to consider this aspect of her job. It must be difficult to switch gears.

    I was happy to see this coat again; the hat, not so much. ;-) I prefer the pillbox style from last time, but I can appreciate wanting to change it up a bit.

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    1. Yes, it was a little whiplash on the moods between the two events.

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  10. Jane - this is simply a terrific blog and once again, you've done an excellent job commenting on the event and Kate's outfit and providing great pictures too. Well done!

    I agree with you on both the coat (it's gorgeous and fits well) and the hat (it's very odd and does not compare at all with the sophisticated black pillbox hat Kate wore with the first outing of the coat). The earrings are also beautiful and it's nice to see the Queen loaning items to Kate.

    I hope Kate has another engagement soon otherwise we won't see her until May 11th!

    What a sad, solemn occasion in London today. It is a scary world we live in and unfortunately, these horrible, violent attacks are a reality. Prayers to all those families who lost loved ones on March 22.

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    1. I am sure we will get an event for mid-April and maybe even end of April. The Palace likes to portion the announcements out.
      Thank you *so* much for your opening comments. Really came at the right time for me!
      xo, Jane

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  11. I sort of love that hairpin out of place - haven't we all been there at some point :)

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    1. Her hair is so think, it's incredible. Actually there were multiple hairpins sticking out just a tad, and yes, I liked to see them too. :) What I think is incredible is how she has almost no flyaways. How does her stylist do it and maintain that soft natural look. It's amazing and gorgeous.

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    2. I would love to know more about how she takes those tresses to perfection too - particularly because the texture contrast between her official event and off-duty (By that I mean pap shot where she really might not have anticipated she'd be photographed) hair suggests to me that she has some serious product or technique I'd love to get my hands on!

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    3. It's not the right stylist ladies it's the right product. A top shelf product is a miracle worker. It's an example where the expensive products do make a huge difference.
      Google it, there was an article some time back on products they believe she uses, I think it was Kerastase.

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  12. Jane, this is the funniest post I've ever read from you and it's balanced with touching words that I fully agree with. Thank you!

    The hat is almost a non-entity. Time to retire it and find a snazzier or classier option, like the original pillbox. Love the dark stockings and the higher heels though and that hair is a work of art.

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    1. Thank you, SM! When I saw that entry on Kate's Clothes, my jaw dropped, but as anyone who reads this blog knows, it happens with me. I am working on proof reading more. One of the peeves a reader expressed in the questionnaire was the typos and little errors, so I am trying to reform! :)

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  13. Lovely post, Jane, thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Kiwi Gal! Always lovely to hear from you. :)

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  14. Alejandra RamirezApril 5, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Great words and great post!
    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for reading, lady!

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    2. Seldom do I feel comforted after reading a fashion blog. Thank you for your very multi-layered perspective, so well written.

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  15. Some beautiful pictures you've chosen that tell their own story. I especially like the one with Kate standing in front of the iron fence. Her expression is hard to read-pensive? Also, the photo of the three ascending the stairway-what did they see that prompted such looks, almost numbness or shock. Was it the victims in their wheelchairs?

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    1. The photo of the three of them walking up the staircase is from the Somme. You can tell because Kate is wearing the pillbox hat and mabe pearl earrings

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    2. Thanks, anon. Yes, I realised that after posting. But there are similar photos from this occasion. I think they had just reached the top of the stairs and could see the whole valley laid out before them. I may be wrong. Still a great photo to include in this post (even though it does also illustrate the coat) I think that photo reflects Jane's concluding paragraph-at least to me.

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    3. Plus, very similar occasions. Marking loss and destruction. :(

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    4. Live conversation is so much fun and gives a sense of community. Enjoyed the visit, Jane. I'm over at royalfan's place dipping into the Merlot. Ha!

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    5. Ha! Anytime... 😃🍷🍷🍪🧀😉

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  16. Hello to the FBTB family....

    Work has been a little crazy so no time to comment but have been following all the posts and enjoying all the comments!

    What a difficult day and sad times. Given the somberness of this event, I found your post a perfect balance of respect and humour. Very well done. Your ending words expressed what many of us are feeling and thinking. We must remain hopeful.

    It took me a minute to get your MM joke! But when it hit me I literally LOL! And speaking of MM I broke down and bought a Maya Brenner necklace....that is the one she wears with the sideways letter H on it. I wanted to let everyone know...how much I really love it. I have the initials of the two men in my life on mine. It is very dainty and subtle but beautiful and chic. Haven't taken it off since it arrived over a week ago.

    Finally I too like this coat. Not a pattern I would wear but I like it and agree the fit is perfect on Kate. I thought the pillbox hat on the original wear was wonderful (love pillbox hats) but somehow this fascinator seemed slightly better with it. Not sure why. I think it is because the fascinator has some presence and its is a break from the business of the pattern in the jacket. The Duchess look today was the classic Kate that made me a fan in the first place....


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    1. Laura, thanks for the MM mention ~ I tend to skim instead of reading carefully and missed it, so your post encouraged another look. I think Jane is one of the few writers who can so deftly combine a very somber subject with gentle light-heartedness.

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    2. So lovely to hear from you, Laura!! It always brightens my day to see a comment pop up from someone who has been silent for a while. I understand busy--hope you are taking some you-time, too!
      Regarding the necklace, I have been kind of coveting one, so you are nudge me closer to pampering shopping spree.
      Kaye, thank you! ;) These are always weird posts to straddle, but... I am glad to know I hit the right balance.

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  17. I like the Duchess's up do, it is very nice, I know she has worn that style before but it is very becoming on her and nice and neat.
    The earrings are beautiful, love pearls.
    The coat is lovely but about 20 years too old for her.
    A very moving service and such a terrible event.
    Thank you for a lovely post.

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    1. Thank you, Sophie! Yes, she has worn this chignon a lot, and I think we will see more and more of it as the years tick by. It is very sophisticated and flattering on her.
      I am sorry you didn't love this coat, but hopefully she scores for you on her next engagement!

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    2. Thank you Jane I am sure she will.
      Yes the chignon is more flattering on the Duchess, I much prefer her hair up more elegant.
      Thank you for a wonderful blog, I love reading it

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  18. OK, here's my take on the hat. I think it's basically a bad but not irremediable piece. What I mean by that is that it seems to be made or broken by the rest of the ensemble: I didn't think it worked at all with the Dalmatian print because the busy coat, paired with a busy hat, just didn't work; similarly, it was just out of place in terms of colour and style with the blue Mcqueen - it looked Kate couldn't figure out which hat to wear and just reached for a black one; but, I do think it works with the Missoni, particularly with Kate's hair pulled back in the amazing chignon. Overall, I think no one would be loosing if she retired it but I do think it worked on this most recent wear.

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    1. I will say that the only thing I liked about this hat for this event was the color, and...that it left so much of her hair exposed. So definitely agree with you there!

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  19. Jane, I just came back to this post as I'm laying in bed, wide awake, two hours before I need to get up. I love all the additional detail you have added!

    I think the addition of the loops (aka bunny ears) to this hat is a nod to Beatrice's hat from the Cambridge wedding. In jest, of course (me making this point, not Kate's attempt of jest at B's expense). I am still shocked into awkward laughter/smiles when I think about how intentionally attention grabbing those girls were that day. But, as I like to see, the quiet strength of Kate has prevailed.

    ~ A

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    1. Totally agree regarding Kate's quiet strength. Otherwise known as class. 😉

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    2. All so true. Class and quiet strength - perfect description.

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    3. First of all, Anon 4:25am, I hope you sort out your insomnia. I have it a lot when I am transitions schedules and I hate it. I am suffering from it a little right now, so I am with you in the pain, but thanks for checking the blog to pass the time!! :)

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  20. The "snake stitch" is also referenced as a "flame stitch" weave or pattern.

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    1. I like "zig-zag." Or stylized lightning. Anything but snake.

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    2. Two great options. It will be renamed effective today.

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    3. Can I add a vote for "stylized lightening"? Love that anon 1

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    4. :+) anon 9:15---The pattern reminds me of old super hero comics, "fLASH! BANG! Marvel Comics? Also, some Native American pottery designs. I had to come up with these images to overcome the snake image. I do like the ooat much better now. Ha!

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  21. Lovely post! I loathe this coat with a passion but Kate still manages to look elegant overall. Jane, did you happen to see the pap shots of Carole yesterday?! I too was bummed not to have seen any of the Middletons in a while so it was quite a treat to see pics of her at the daily mail!

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    1. Carole looks great! Love the shoes.

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    2. Is there a link to the photos of Carole?

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    3. Carole's pics are in the DM. I thought she looked bad. Those pants? Not her shining moment. But obviously, she doesn't have a team checking her over and helping her like Kate. Carole's a regular person and normally looks wonderful. This was just a bad pap pic.

      She needs to burn those pants or wear them with a longer less bulky top or sweater.

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    4. I thought the pants were fine but the top not so great.

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    5. OK, I found it. Horrible pants that could have been saved with a longer shirt and jacket. She's usually pretty perfectly turned out so she's allowed this frumpy misstep.

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    6. Anon 8:06. I had not seen them! Thank you for alerting me; I went straight away to find them and was so excited! Everyone should check them out. I posted the link on the Facebook page and on Twitter.

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  22. Lovely post. I join you in your prayer for a way back to peace.

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  23. Loved her look. I really like the hat and the coat. Her hair worked well for the event and her clothes. Love those earrings.

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    1. I am liking them more and more. I really enjoyed getting great resolution on them.

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  24. I like this hat and think it went very well with the coat.
    She looked elegant and appropriate for the occasion.

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    1. I think the color worked well. I didn't react to it the moment I saw it, so I accept the difference of opinion. :) Hope you are well Jean! When I chat with people about the blog and my readers, you often come up as my history lady. I always appreciate your input.

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    2. Thank you Jane, I am well---just an old crock.
      Love history, but the present BRF is not history to me; just events I remember well.

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    3. You remind me of the Maurice Chevalier song, "oh yes, I remember it well..." Only you would be his lady love who reminds him how it really was when they first met. "It was a night in June...it was May"....something like that

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  25. A sad occasion. I thought William spoke eloquently. It was nice to see the three as the senior royals representing HM. I thought Kate looked appropriately attired for the event, but I agree the bill box hat would have been my preference. Thanks for the great post Jane.

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    1. Thanks, Tedi!! Yes, it was very interesting to see these three headlining a big event all on their own. I am sure the Queen is very proud.

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  26. Just got the chance to read your full post, Jane, and you said everything so eloquently. I'm not sure where the turning point was when violence became the way for others express every feeling but we do live in uncertain times.

    I guess I never cared enough about this hat to read your description of it on Kate's Clothes but that is so funny! I don't care for perchers in general so I tend to ignore them and, you're right, the pill box is definitely a better choice.

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    1. I liked the broad-brimmed hat. I do think the pill box worked well for the Somme.

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    2. So glad you got a moment to read, Robin! I appreciate it!!
      It really is a strange world. I am planning a trip with my younger brother soon, and it is surreal to be running through security risk analyses in my head about a vacation. It just is so sad.

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  27. I'm with Jane ((Barr); I don't like this hat--it's the bunny ears; perhaps another example of Kate insisting that the decent style be changed up, and making a right royal mess of it? (I think Kate does this so as to ensure that she doesn't run into someone wearing the same article, when out-and-about. She shouldn't.)

    Of the three black-grey coats Kate has recently worn, this is my favourite--but I liked it a lot better when she paired it with a black pillbox hat in France. What posses Kate to change up an excellent outfit, only to make it look worse?

    I'm really looking forward to Kate's trips to Luxembourg, then Poland and Germany. Am personally hoping to see three new suits by Catherine Walker, one for each country, all belt-less.

    Liked Kate's new clutch; with any luck, she'll wear a new pair of smooth leather pumps or even patent leather shoes--just not suede--with the clutch on one of her upcoming overseas trips. Naturally, my preference will be proven wrong.

    Expect that many have seen the Kate-candids of her arriving at her sister's current London address. And I noted that James Matthews, Kate, Carole and a designer were amongst those who were invited. Hmm...IS Kate going to be part of her little sister's wedding party? Was Kate there for a fitting? Matron of Honour, keeping her two children from wandering off? Makes sense, altho--someone please correct me if I'm wrong--the Queen never did this, not even for her own sister. Another mini-break, by Kate, of protocol? God forbid that I should offer an incorrect prediction--but is it possible?

    JC

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    1. I will eat my bespoke hat when she wears patent pumps ;) Seriosuly though I think she did wear patent once before they were engaged or shortly after their engagement. Maybe she will rediscover them in the back of her closet and surprise us all!

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    2. Given all of the recent sitings of members of Pippa's family, I wonder if the wedding may actually be sooner than May 20th. The truth is, that particular date was not given by an official source. Rather, an "anonymous" source told several press outlets that "reportedly" May 20th is the date of Pippa's wedding. The wedding could be this weekend or any upcoming weekend, and given the family's desire for privacy, I don't think they would have shared the actual date. This is also why I don't think we can assume or know (with any certainty) ANY details of Pippa's wedding. As we all know, just because a tabloid or press outlet reports something from a "source", that doesn't make it reliable or true. The fact that the family has worked very hard to keep this a private event makes anything the press reports that much more questionable. The family doesn't owe the public any information and I hope the wedding will happen on their terms, with the privacy they deserve.

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    3. JC, I'm with you on the possibility of a fitting...and the wish to see patent pumps.

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    4. Agree, Sarah..however, I am still contemplating a public hat-eating on the village green (FBTB) come May 21. Or we may have a discreet announcement after the fact with pictures to follow. Whenever and wherever, I hope Pippa's big day is everything she and James have hoped for.

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    5. And on the 29th of April?? The same day Kate got married??

      Anon2

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    6. Oh, wouldn't that be the best coup of the century? "Here are some pictures from Pippa & James's marriage It happened last weekend - sorry you missed it!" It's highly unlikely, however, since the second a big white marquis goes up on the Middleton property the paps will be haunting the place like disgruntled ghosts.

      I don't think it's outside the realm of possibility that Kate would be her sister's maid of honor and not necessarily a break with protocol. The Queen didn't do this for her sister but she was already Queen by the time Margaret got married. Kate is only next in line to the next in line to be Queen Consort. I say "go for it" no matter what anyone else says. When it comes to family relations, hang the protocol.

      Another vote (once again) for patent leather shoes!

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    7. I agree Robin the Queen was in a very different position when Margaret married. It was my impression though that it is rare in the UK to have matrons of honor vs maids. So for that reason (not royal protocol) I wouldn't expect Kate to serve. Still, with all the coverage of Pippa and her wedding these days, I don't think we've seen an unmarried female friend or other relative mentioned by name or photographed with Pippa or coming to her house. If the reported "hen party" occurred it sounded like it was arranged by the Middletons not by a maid of honor as would be done in the US. I also wonder if it would really work if PG *AND* PC are to be in the wedding to also have Kate. The children are awfully young for those roles even by UK standards, particularly PC. And Kate in the wedding party might not work to "coral them" but might do the opposite (if they are attending to, calling for, and running to Kate) I don't know if it is true Kate avoids weddings to avoid taking attention from the bride. I kind of doubt it...she attended lots of weddings with Will before marriage when she was in the spotlight. But having a family group (KG&C) if the group is interacting with each other likely would draw some attention from Pippa. 

      I vote for patent shoes too as I have before!

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    8. Robin, I too can see Kate being Pippa's maid of honor, especially if they keep the wedding itself as private as possible. IMO, they are sisters first, ahead of Kate's position in a case like this. I also believe that it's this healthy balance that appealed (s) to William.

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  28. I like this hat, just not with this coat. The hat seems made for something a bit more springlike, flimsier. I would've preferred the pillbox too or the saucer hat that she wore to France with the lace dress. I think the coat was perfect for today and for future somber but not funereal occasions. Can't wait for the next Kate sighting. She's stepping up her game this year for sure!

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  29. A bit off topic but relating to the carrying of scarves. Why not just wear the scarf, for example, the Beulah Blue-Heart scarf? It would have looked beautiful with the blue coat.

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    1. Anon Apr 7th ~ I think we did see her wearing it once when she was a passenger in a car (I think William was driving). But, YES, I wholeheartedly agree and have brought this up before! It's like she thinks just holding it is a nod, which is really weird to me. Alas, it works, as the fan base goes crazy trying to identify what the meaning of a scarf I s. So while her strategy is effective, I still don't like it - just wear the scarves, or don't! LOL
      ~ A

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  30. Jane please start blogging about Meghan Markle if they get engaged! I think it will happen sooooon!!!

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  31. I just dropped in on a very wet dark melbourne evening and it was lovely to see all of Jane's replies. It made it feel like listening in on a "girly chat"
    Thank you Jane for maintaining a blog where the tone is always moderated.
    I really appreciate it :-)
    On another note I am going to London (hometown for me and first time trip for my Aussie husband) and Stockholm in about 3 weeks time and such awful news for both cities.
    My cousin lives in Stockholm and whilst I'm sure she will be ok it's still worrying ...
    I went to church and lit a candle today as I was so overwhelmed with sadness for all the families who's loved ones will never come home.
    Simone

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    1. Simone, I wish you a safe and happy trip. I cannot comment on Stockholm, but I do envy the London leg of your trip. Stay safe.

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    2. Thank you Royal Fan
      I am so excited to see my family and friends too.
      Simone

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    3. You're welcome. Enjoy! ☺

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  32. I've read your blog for quite a while now but haven't commented until today (no real reason). I do love reading yours and the comments in both agreeing and disagreeing with the clothes and hair style choices but did anyone notice that she used a hairnet to contain today? Or am I seeing things? I thought the bunny ear hat was cute so close to Easter but there are others I like better.
    Her coat is amazing in how fitted and complimentery to her figure and the sad occasion. I hope she has a less somber reason to where it again.
    I am also amazed in how she can wear those heels on cobblestones!

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    1. Kerri, I think Jane has commented before that a hair net is used when Kate's hair is up like this. So you're not seeing things :-)
      ~ A

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    2. Oh good! I'm unfortunately getting to the age of needing bifocals and still denying that fact. :)
      I am amazed that the duchess needs to look nearly perfect to step out the door in case of photographers. Even if it takes a hairnet I would do it too!

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  33. I love the coat and seeing how she continues to evolve in her role as a future Queen of England. I think what struck me most about the day was seeing them take their place as they will one day in the future as the ruling Monarch. It was quite startling to see them in the position the queen and DE usually occupy in the procession and in the seating arrangement. I am at an age where I don't think I will see this in reality, but I got a glimpse of it today. As many of have said "when the time comes William and Kate will step into their roles without hesitation" and I think we saw that today.

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  34. Jaaaaaaane! Where are you? we are (I am) waiting till you put the new post about Kate's solo visit to pippa's place :D

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  35. Jane. I have question for you. Some are starting blogs about Meghan if she does marry harry. Which I don't think will you start a blog or will you solely just do Kate only?

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    1. I won't be writing a blog about Meghan, no. I have nothing against her, obviously, and actually really enjoy her fashion, but I barely have the time to write this blog. I look forward to the other blogs that will pop up, though. :)

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    2. Just curious. I've been reading your blog for about 4 years now I don't comment cause I enjoy reading things on kate but don't like to comment. So for now I'll just keep reating your blog

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    3. Well thank you for reading the blog and I am sorry I don't have a better answer for you! :)

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  36. Oh la la, I must respectfully disagree with you about the hat Jane! :) J'adore the hat!!! I loved it the first time we saw it - with the dalmation print dress - Kate looks amazing with a percher like this, angled forward over her eyes, showing off her beautiful hair - it suits her to a 't'! This chic little number is classic but modern, feminine but edgy - it has it all going on! I've loved every wear of it and I hope she wears it again. Too many big, heavy hats or too much big billowing hair don't speak "Duchess" or "Princess" to me as much as these beautiful, clean, sharp, and very classy creations do. IMO. This ensemble - the coat, the hat, the earrings, black dress underneath, and black heels - and new clutch - is perfect for the occasion and so beautiful on Kate - love it all!

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