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The Duchess Debuts New Dolce at Wimbledon

Monday, July 3, 2017

Kate mixed one of her favorite sports today with one of her favorite styles when she arrived at Wimbledon wearing a polka-dotted dress from Dolce & Gabbana. With Rebecca Deacon on duty, Kate made her first appearance at Wimbledon as patron of the All England Club:


Kate has been a spectator at Wimbledon for well over a decade, first as a private citizen up in the stands, then as a royal girlfriend with added press scrutiny, and then as a princess in the royal box.



But it was last year that the gears seemed to shift toward greater formality. In 2016, Kate came a little early (pictured below) to meet with players and staff at the venue before the game. With the press snapping away and the royal world already rife with rumors that Kate might take over as patron, her more official visit gave momentum to the rumor.


Then in December of 2016, Her Majesty officially passed on dozens of patronages to members of her family, including the All England Club to Kate. So, this is the Duchess of Cambridge's first visit in her new and official capacity.


Kate arrived today and met various tennis stars as well as Wimbledon's ball boys and ball girls.



Kensington Palace also shared this snap of Kate meeting with the medical and safety staff.

KP Twitter

The princess has been promoting tennis for some time now. She made a visit to Judy Murray's tennis clinic "Tennis on the Road" while visiting Edinburgh in February of last year. Today she chatted with some of the youngsters about their ambitions for the future:



Unsurprisingly, Kate is at Wimbledon to watch Andy Murray who is playing Alexander Bublik of Russia this afternoon. She joined other guests, including the Duke of Kent, in the Royal Box to watch the game:

Elliot Wagland

The Duchess debuted a mostly new ensemble today. This Dolce & Gabbana is in an elegant silk-blend charmeuse with Kate's favorite a-line flare and 3/4 length sleeves. Subtle tailoring give it a feminine and fitted silhouette. 


Her dress joins a host of other Dolces in Kate's closet. At this point, I would move Dolce & Gabbana from wildcard in Kate's closet to a really solid third tier placement, knocking on the door of Tier II. The first tier is reserved for perennial labels like Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen and it's a pretty small group up there, but anything can change! Maybe D&G will keep climbing! 

Elliot Wagland

Kate is carrying her Victoria Beckham Quincy tote, which made its debut here at Wimbledon last year. We have talked a little about Kate and VB. In a past post I noted some of the reasons Kate might have avoided the label when picking full ensemble pieces, but I think Victoria's style really suits Kate and I am still holding out hope that she will one day wear a dress or skirt from the label. Time will tell! In other news, did Princess Charlotte sit on Kate's bag before she headed out the door this morning?


Several have already emailed me to point out that Kate has trimmed her hair for Wimbledon today. It does appear Kate has cut her locks a little, and no better time to debut a new, lighter look then on your way to a sunny pastime like Wimbledon. We can still see through the waves to her ears where her Oscar de la Renta pearl studs are visible. 

Kensington Palace Twitter

Kate wore the Office Nina Block heels, which feature wide block heels and an ankle strap. Kate has been wearing more and more ankle straps in the past year and a half. At just £62 these clock in at the more affordable end of the spectrum--her other strappy sandals/heels are Gianvito Rossis. 

The game is still ongoing and more pictures will emerge. The Duchess has debuted a new pair of sunglasses. These are Bulgari, and they tip her ensemble to majority Italian. ;)

I will update later with more pictures. Inevitably, we will see the faces for which Kate is famed. :) It is not, however, too early to hand down the fashion verdict. It's a big, big win. Kate loves polka dots. It is an arresting print without being too busy, and obviously a very appropriate choice for Wimbledon, both because of the white base color and the circular shapes that complement Wimbledon's tennis balls!

Elliot Wagland

The dress itself is flirty and fun for a summer afternoon, but also elegant enough for Kate's debut as the new patron of the club. I am looking forward to the pictures we will see throughout the day!







145 comments:

  1. Love the dress and the bag. Hair looks great. Not too keen on the shoes, but then I don't like ankle straps--probably because I am not very tall and they seem to make legs look shorter, but that is not a problem for Catherine.
    She always seems to enjoy Wimbledon and this year was asked to nominate the charity for the fortnight. She chose Place2Be.
    Once again matching up two of her patronages

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  2. She looks great but I am up in the air on the dress and hair. Never liked the earrings, love the shoes and bag.

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    1. That seems to be where I am with this look, ali. The shoes and bag are fabulous. I don't like these earrings all that much. With all the pairs that she owns, I don't know why she would grab this pair in the morning. So far, the dress doesn't thrill me either. The spot pattern is crowded and the design nothing special. It could grow on me. I have to say that I'm a little bit sad about the hair cut. Its a neither here nor there length or style. I feel like she gave in to mummydom ( not a criticism_ Im a mom and have been fully indoctrinated in the look.) I think it was not well styled today and will see if it looks better for her next engagement.

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    2. I am on the fence about her haircut too, Faith. I like it shorter without a fringe (and think even shorter would be even better) but I'm not crazy about today's "big curl" style.

      It seems like her hairdresser knows how to do only a few hairstyles--beauty pageant curls, half-up pin-backs, and low chignons. I'd like to see waves not roller curls and think waves would look fresher.

      I think she looks very nice but I'm not crazy about the dress (not a polka dot fan though.)  I do like the general fit, it's a youthful style without being a teenage look & it's not high-waisted! I think the original scoop neck looked more in keeping with the dress style though than the bespoke square neck (that's more of a sheath neckline to me) I really do wonder why Kate makes some of the bespoke changes she does. (I understand modesty changes but not the odd style tweaks like this on a $2600 dress that we'll probably not see again!) I also think the wider square neck affected the fit in areas of the bodice near the arms.

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    3. Faith I felt it was a "mom cut" too. With her thick, curly hair I think shorter lengths are very tricky for her. Hoepfully the new cut settles down when it isn't so "fresh".
      As for the earrings, I'm not sure she picked them out in a rush this morning. I'm sure sometimes she changes her mind last minute, but I feel like her outfits are planned in advance.
      ~ A

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    4. I like this shorter cut better than her past variations but agree it is somehow off. May be the style of the cut or the extreme side part. I love that she did not do the "wings" with it. I think curls or straight could work. I also agree with the dress it maybe the fit of the top and the sleeve length, maybe the length with all those dots.

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    5. I agree with all your comments. This look is neither a miss or hit with me. As Faith mentioned, the spots are bit too much here, but I do normally like polka dots. Just not this particular pattern. Her hair looks OK, much better than when she first cut it shorter with the fringe. I love the shoes, VB bag & those Bulgari sunglasses are to die for! She looks fresh & happy - the perfect patron :)

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    6. I agree with many of you all. I feel the bag works and the shoes are on trend (they look like the Sam Edelmans that's every fashion blogger has in every color) but everything else is a bit 80s frumpy. I was shocked that the dress was a Dolce....it is nice but blah and a bit too retro for me in not a good way. I'm also sad about the hair cut. Her hair was AMAZING, almost 2011, at the last outing and now it is a drab mom cut. Hopefully it just was reacting to weather or from it being too new of a cut. Her long hair makes her look so glamorous and youthful just like Diana's shorter cuts did. That said, Kate on an eh day is still fabulous.

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    7. I agree with all of you and this is where I am a frustrated fashion watcher! I'm American so don't care what she works or doesn't work, I understand why the Brits worry though. But I'll freely admit I'm here for superficial reasons. She's stuck in this rut where it's not a hit, not a miss, it's just fine. And who gets excited for fashion that's "just fine" ?

      And considering how much she spends, she should look AMAZING. (Charles provides a nice budget) She's circling the target but not hitting it IMO and that just seems increasingly odd anymore. Maybe she's overthinking things? I don't know. And now this hair, it's when you want it short for maintenance but "I don't want to lose my length!" So this is what you end up with. I had this length for a while, afraid to go shorter, finally ended up going bob and it made such a difference, just set my face off so much better. (lol I'm no model just saying it was more flattering, many compliments)

      So I don't know I'm rambling. But I feel like she's lost and taking a lot of wrong turns trying to find her fashion route again.

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    8. Ohhh, me thinks this look hit the target alright. 👍

      I don't see mom hair; I see a woman in her thirties wearing a length that is more flattering and youthful than the length she has favored since university days. And while I'm generally not a fan of ankle straps, here they do add a touch of vintage to a very classic dress that has a bit of fun to it given the setting. Granted, I'm a polka dot fan, but I am loving this look from head to toe.

      And speaking of toes, how many here have expressed a wish for her to change it up from her go to pumps? 😜

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  3. Absolutely love this look! The bag, the shoes and the dress are amaze!
    She's really been trying to up her fashion game recently I feel; in the last few weeks/months I've liked almost all her outfits. She's brought back old style features I used to love and she's also introduced new styles to her wardrobe that I'd been hoping she'd wear. Fingers crossed she continues on this fashion path. :)

    Side note: Not sure if I like the shorter hair. I think I do, even though I'm a huge fan of her long locks.

    Side note 2: What happened to her bag? It looks completely dented on one side.

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  4. Love, love, love the shoes! Dress is fine, but the hair just seems off. It seems a bit too "girly".

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    1. Anon 11:00am - What about it seems "too girly"?
      I think shorter hair is tricky for Catherine, since her hair is so thick and naturally curly, when she loses the weight of long hair it is much more voluminous (almost puffy). If it's a new cut it will probably take a couple weeks for it to settle down.
      ~ A

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    2. I think the shorter hair is tricky because IMO it's never done properly. I think it should be straighter and sleeker like CP Mary, these beauty queen curls don't fit at all, I think it makes it very very dated, or yes, girlish is another word.
      But she loves her curls and wringlets so maybe should stick to longer hair. Personally I think it's odd for a 35 year old but hey what do I know.

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    3. 5:19,

      I wonder if she would look good in straighter, sleek hair because her face is very thin, even with her high cheekbones. I wear my hair straight and curled, it's about Kate's old length. I just don't know if that would work on her.

      I personally miss Richard Ward's (or was it his assistant?) blowouts on Kate with slightly darker hair. I don't mind her long hair at 35 because, IMO, most people don't have Kate's hair so they couldn't wear it like she does. But I miss the full volume blowouts.

      This looks off because they aren't bringing it, they are trying to tame it down and go half-way. That doesn't work. Rock your gorgeous hair, Kate. Don't Mom it up.

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    4. Moms and matrons certainly have a wide choice in hair styles and attire. Perhaps a pixie or braids would be less Momish? Ha! Then again, that might be too young or twenty-something or girly or childish. It seems we go through this Goldilocks scenario every post-with Baby Bear's "just right" never agreed upon by the critics.
      She Is a Mom. She IS a matron. When did being a Mom and looking the part get to be a bad thing? I call it appropriate. Contrast her look to some other well-publicized Moms who should feel more at home in a bordello than at the PTA or a tennis match. Is that what you're going for anti-Mom folks?
      I think an interesting project would be finding a hairdo that is agreed to be non-Mom And would it be appropriate for all occasions. Baby Bear.

      This is the exact hairstyle some of the same group of people effusively praised when it appeared on at least two other royals. They looked great, too. Incidentally, they are both Moms and apparently proud of it..

      Kate had a great, appropriate outfit. Some criticism must be found. Oh, yes! Her hairstyle; the bump in her bag; uncolored toenails....
      Question: would it be considered a lost opportunity if one could not find anything to fault? There is always the cost if all else fails. Seriously, and the irony of my remark does not escape me, as I criticise away...I, too, am a product of the internet find-fault, look for what's wrong not what's right mind set as much as anyone here. I was raised to say nothing if I couldn't find something nice or kind or pleasant to say. Assume everyone is doing the best he can with what he's got. A bit Pollyannaish for some.
      But perhaps a touch of Pollyanna, just here and there, now and then.... I must admit: I have lost my inner Pollyanna.

      Really, it is getting nasty out there. The polite restraints that used to keep politicians and neighbors off each other's throats are fading fast. Back to barbarism. The Dark Ages. I am only partially exaggerating. anon1

      PS ---JC, you see I have been trying to fill in for you whilst you are missing. Ha! Please come back.

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    5. @Anonymous July 4 at 10:26 AM If you cast your eyes further, you will discover that I have spoken for myself! And perhaps you are the same Anonymous I answered. Who knows?

      I'm back, altho the truth is I never left. I ALWAYS visit this site, read what Jane has to say, and then make a decision re whether it would be wise to comment, taking into consideration my mood, the tendency of this site to ignore certain touchy topics I prefer to follow...eg. the upset over Prince Harry's recent interview in Newsweek...etc. But, I do want to acknowledge your notice of my absence.

      JC

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    6. I signed before the PS, JC. If you read the whole comment...
      Glad to see you back commenting. Channeling Evita?. ..."the truth is I never left..." Isn't that from "Evita?" Or not--and I should leave immediately, and not pass Go -for a long rest. I am thinking of a sabbatical. :+) anon1

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  5. Love, love, love this - I want that dress!! Linda

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  6. Get out!!! This is awesome! New hairdo-A+. New shoes A++. I almost cheered when she wasn't wearing pumps (yes, I need to get a life). LOVE the dress and bag. This is my favorite Wimbledon outfit ever.
    --J

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    1. Haha, I love your enthusiasm for the sandals! :P They're a refreshing change from her usual nude heels.

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  7. Loved the dress, shoes & the bag. Absolutely delightful to see Rebecca Deacon with Kate today. She is a class act & has been a lovely compliment to Kate always enjoy seeing photos of her with Kate.

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  8. I love the whole outfit. With the shoes and bag I think she's channeling Ivanka.

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    1. Funny you say that...I've been thinking Ivanka has been trying to emulate Kate since she became first daughter. Ivanka even had her kids wearing clothes from a brand G&C wear.
      :-)
      ~ A

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    2. Lol. YES! 👍

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    3. Ivanka has always had that shoe and dress style in her eponymous clothing line. Definitely, Kate has been paying attention to her.

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    4. MK I stand by my statement...Ivanka and Kate have been seen in some similar trends because they are simply trendy. Since becoming first daughter Ivanka has gone for an increasingly classic, conservative look. Ivanka has dressed nothing like an affluent, political American and more like a British aristocrat or royal. My opinion is she's channeling Kate :-)
      Ivanka also doesn't design her clothing and shoe lines. I believe she may approve final sketches, though. With her recent shoe lawsuit her lawyers have said she only lends her name, has nothing to do with design, and therefore cannot be held accountable for any plagiarism of styles.
      As for the similarity in shoe, this style is VERY trendy right now. I was wearing an almost identical shoe at work when I checked my phone and saw what Kate was wearing at Wimbledon. I think to some extent we have to accept trends are trends and therefore easily found for us all to purchase - just at different price points.
      ~ A

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    5. I could see Ivanka wearing this particular outfit and likewise for Kate with *some* of Ivanka's clothes. But I've also seen both ladies wear clothes that I cannot imagine the other one wearing. There is some similarity, but I think the common thread here is trend/classy/conservative.

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    6. Royalfan: I agree they both favor classy and conservative. I don't think Ivanka would wear some of the suits Kate has. I don't think that style is in Ivanka's clothing line. The shoes Kate is wearing are very Ivanka. I like that Kate mixes it up sometimes and looks to others for inspiration.

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  9. I love the whole outfit. With the shoes and bag I think she's channeling Ivanka.

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  10. I love this ensemble! Her hair looks great, love the VB bag, and the shoes are such a fun departure from her normal stilettos - so great for walking on grass.

    If you scope out the DM article, there are some shots of a woman in a very similar polka dot dress about three rows back. :)

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  11. Well Jane, now we all want the complete listings for Tier I + Tier II!
    Loved your "In other news.."comment.

    And how nice to see Rebecca Deacon Priestley ~ she will be so missed.

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  12. I think the shorter hair is very flattering and I like the bag and shoes. I can't quite put my finger on why I don't like the dress- the neckline, sleeve length...?

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    1. The scooped neckline is what I like best about this DG dress -

      Too often it seems the DoC (aka Cate) wears neck-binding necklines,
      often a little on the dowdy/matronly side.

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  13. This is a very appropriate outfit for Wimbledon and she looks lovely and happy to be there. Being a tennis fan, I was excited when she was selected as Patron - it is such a fitting selection due to her genuine love of the game. She looks smashing in her polka dot dress and the shorter hair is a nice change. The shoes are cute - but so open that only women with very pretty feet should wear them...

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    1. My thoughts, too, anon 1:22. I appreciated your restraint with the shoe comment. See, it can be done tactfully and kindly.

      I am so glad the exposed zipper phase has passed. I think the tailoring and design are both flawless and functional for the varied activities required in her roles as Patron and spectator-the stairs and the sitting-no wrinkles or flipping--., as well as just classy enough to set her apart without making an obtrusive statement. If that makes sense.
      The overall tone of her outfit had an accessible feel to me.
      I enjoyed seeing HRH and the Duke of Kent enjoying each other's company. Some had conjectured that she was usurping his job, which is not true at all. I wonder if Kate should have been seated between the Duke and the AECLTC man. It seems he was a bit sandwiched..:)
      I have never seen RD in the Royal Box before, at least not seated so that she could be photographed in the same shot as Kate. She was too far away to be whispering advice in her ear or handing her items from a bag, but since Kate has a good sized bag, no need anyway. It was an interesting change from RD's appearances the last few months where she has been considerably in the background most of the time. I thought her featured appearance at the Paris Embassy might have signaled her last tour . We'll see how future engagements work out. Is there any photo at all of the two speaking or interacting in any way? At any time the past few months? They used to interact, laugh, have their heads together quite a bit---is what I mean. There was just something different here ...anon1

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    2. Just because the camera didn't catch the same types of shots that may have been snapped in the past doesnt meant there's been a shift in Kate (sorry I'm confused what to call her because you directed us all to call her Catherine but here you call her Kate) and Rebecca's relationship... or certainly not enough evidence to suggest we should start any rumors.

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    3. There is also no evidence to support an on-going relationship as in earlier years.


      The Duchess apparently wasn't at the wedding or reception and there was no report she was present when RD received her award from the Queen. No sign of RD at Pippa's wedding, although the Nanny was there and Kate could have used an extra hand. I am sure there are tons of photos showing them laughing and talking together or next to each other the past few months. They just haven't been published while this one, for some reason, was.
      I wonder if we can consider Kate's behind the scenes work in a similar way you wish to consider the evidence of BFFs Kate and RD the past three months. Just because there were no photos snapped doesn't mean it didn't happen. There were certainly plenty of rumors started about no proof of behind the scenes work. The difference is, people -leaders of charities and other organizations-have spoken about letters and visits W&C have made.
      I am interested in this dilemma, for one reason, because the same people who rush to defend Kate's PA also rush to Sophie's defense or Eugenie's. I can actually understand the desire to defend RD because she is somewhat of a Cinderella story. On a cleric's salary, her Mother managed to send her to good schools where she met people she might not have met otherwise. She attended but did not complete university. She had no known training or related education yet managed to become an assistant to royals, including one of the most famous women and families in the world. She apparently learned on the job, as many do. Rebecca has made a place for herself that can never be removed from history, whether she continues with the job or not.
      I have nothing against Rebecca. No need to summon the Cavalry to defend her. My question is what happened to the apparent congenial working relationship? I saw months ago, before the announcement, that she was not going to be in that job much longer. I said that here. I also thought she likely would not return to the job after her honeymoon, which was wrong. While some were trying to picture what Kate would wear to the wedding and whether she would bring the children, I doubted W&C would be there.
      Something has changed. Since she is now married and seems to have no difficulty showing up at some events, I doubt her marriage had much to do with the end of the job as was assumed. The two announcements were made nearly simultaneously and somewhat out of the blue, and that may have caused confusion. However, KP or CH stated that she was making other career plans, not that she was going to focus on her marriage. She supposedly has other career plans. Perhaps she will return to university and complete her degree. I wish her luck. I just don't think there is any reason to assume that she and Kate share a friendship at this point. If so, they have a strange way of showing it these days.anon1

      You wish to continue the Kate/Catherine discussion then? Please read my comments first, particularly what I said about the use of Kate in fan blogs and the fact that it was a simpler form of her name for the media to use. If you take a good look at various forums that discuss or write about Kate/Catherine you should probably discover that the ones most critical of her are also the least likely to use her title or proper name, while news articles from many respected sources have ceased using Kate and more frequently adopted the more respectful, formal address. Read beyond the tag lines on Google-Kate Middleton is used mostly as a secondary reference name. It is only appropriate that with the increased royal responsibilities the Queen and government have given William and Catherine should come a more respectful tone in speaking of the Duchess. I really don't understand why some are so resistant to this natural progression or why some want to hold her to practices from her single, earlier life.
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    4. Why does it matter so much if they are friends or not? Maybe they were close at one time and now not so much. Rebecca's life doesn't revolve around Kate, she has her own dreams and personal goals that I'm sure she wants to achieve (just like any young woman). There's no need to insinuate drama.

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    5. Rebecca Deacon was seated in the Royal Box at Wimbledon last year. She was even in the special dining area with Kate standing on a balcony. This was all on the day Kate recycled her yellow dress from Australia.

      For me a telling sign of where RD stood with Kate was at the NZ rugby match when Kate seated Natasha Archer next to her and RD behind her. I could be wrong, but I think royals determine who sits right next to them and that it isn't left to chance.

      I think the "closer relationship" we saw between K&R in the early days had a lot to do with Kate's confidence. She has blossomed and probably doesn't need that "crutch" anymore - we see Kate confidently walk up to people, approach barricaded crowds and keep moving down the line, etc.

      Kate has missed so many weddings of close friends, I think it is wise with "staff" that for equality they don't get too personal (I.e. Weddings). What message would have been sent if they attended Natasha's wedding but not Rebecca's or vice versa? I think the use of the palace chapel for Rebecca was a nice gesture, and I'm sure both Natasha and a Rebecca received a lovely gift/note front W&K (not meaning expensive, but a token of appreciation).

      Rebecca leaving the Cambridges at this time makes sense to me - the travel, demanding work schedule, etc doesn't allow for the same consistency she may desire as a wife. If it's stressful she may want something lower stress, with having kids in mind (pregnancy, being avaible to her kids, etc). To me it was sad, but made sense.

      I never felt K&R were close or friendly. I think Rebecca was loyal and dedicated. When she had a "misstep", like shorter hemlines, she corrected that. I hope both at least leave their working relationship with respect and appreciation. Rebecca really helped Kate through those years of a steep learning curve, and if R wasn't good at her job I think she would have been gone sooner.

      ~ A

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    6. RD was at Pippa´s wedding. There are pictures at DailyMail...

      Soometimes you develop in different directions and both are in very different stages of life.
      I think they have a friendly employment relationship...
      No need for conspiracy theories ;)

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    7. I wasn't "summoning the cavalry" to "defend" Rebecca anon1. I was objecting to your attempt to draw conclusions and start rumors based on random photographic "evidence."

      Anon 5:54

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    8. Anon 5:09am - I haven't seen photos of Rebecca at Pippa's wedding, but I wouldn't be surprised. I think/assume Carole is a consummate host.

      Remember the private Goring party the Middletons hosted for those on their guest list that weren't invited to the BP private evening reception? Invited were the owners of their local corner store, owners of their local pub, neighbours, etc. Not all were people they probably socialize with, but was a thoughtful gesture to thank those who used their discretion (I.e. Not sell stories) and probably treated them and William as normal people/customers.

      I maintain my opinion that Nanny Maria was an invited guest to at least Pippa's ceremony (she probably watch G&C during the reception). I think Maria wears her uniform with pride and she arrived and departed separately from Kate and the kids. Plus, we briefly saw Maria with the kids, but Kate did most of the corralling.

      So with Rebecca being loyal to Kate, and I'm sure the Middletons having many interactions with Rebecca, I would believe she'd stand a good chance of receiving an invite. To me it seems very much in line with how we've seen Carole be.

      ~ A

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    9. Agreed - I don't know how you can draw conclusions based on pictures from one event. I don't know the state of their relationship but I'm not going to guess based on pictures. Nor am I going to guess based on Kate (Catherine?) appearing at Rebecca's wedding (especially considering she's skipped quite a few weddings of her own friends). I guess at the end of the day, I'm not sure why we're trying to start rumors. I personally don't think they were ever BFFs and neither do I think they are on the outs now. They probably have a friendly working relationship and mutual respect for each other.

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    10. Excellent points and logically expressed statement, A. anon1

      I agree...Except, there were more errors than just hemlines as well as what I feel was inappropriate behavior on her tour without Kate to Malta.-(the hemlines she returned to at the museum recently- much shorter even than Kate's)---errors during her time of responsibility as Private Secretary to Kate at KP-which were thoroughly covered here and elsewhere ,but blamed on "KP" or Kate at the time.

      If she ever were to write a "fictionalized" version of her time with the royals, I imagine it would be a best-seller. As many have done with their time in Diana's employ, sometimes without the change of names. It is probably best for the royals to curry RD's loyalty and goodwill, keeping in mind lessons learned. Diana's butlers and other employees weren't given honors and perks as a rule by the royal family-or by the Spencer family, I would imagine- after leaving her employ following her death. Were they allowed to serve out their contracts, pensioned off, or unceremoniously dropped? They were taken to court when they did claim recognition. No honors or perks for them. The result? a number of intimate tales of their time knowing Diana. No professional or friend-like loyalty.
      Personally, I think Kate outgrew RD some time ago. However, it would not have been wise to dump her too soon. Perhaps the honors and perks will soften the blow.
      The "retirement" and marriage were announced somewhat precipitously to have been part of a long-range plan. I could have understood if they had included an announcement of plans for various employees to move on when the move to KP and expansion of the Cambridge royal role was first announced. It would have been an appropriate time for such an announcement. When the news did come it seemed ill-time and out of synch to me.
      The Cambridges are moving on. So are some of their employees. End of story. That would have worked for me.
      My opinion all, of course. anon1

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    11. Agree about not making assumptions based on lack of photographic evidence. i.e.-Kate's behind the scenes work.
      What rumor did I start? Perhaps it is in your mind, but not mine and not meant.

      I am just "critiquing" RD as Kate has been evaluated--drawing conclusions from possibly erroneous assumptions based on partial or incomplete information. Will you come to Kate's aid and protest when this process is again applied to Kate as well? Since some of you insist on remaining anonymous, and this clearly illustrates an advantage of anonymity, I will never know if you decide to treat Kate as fairly as you wish RD, Sophie, Bea etc. to be treated.anon1

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    12. Yes I will defend Kate (again, is it Catherine?) if and when the need arises. I've been following her since she and William were dating and I thoroughly like her. If I choose to defend (your words) RD, or Sophie, Bea, etc., that doesn't mean I'm not in Kate's corner. I'm confused as to why you think liking Kate involves not liking the others?

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    13. What you *imagine* to be happening is beside the point anon1. You are starting rumors about Rebecca Deacons ability to do her job, how her employers view her, what her personal and professional relationship Kate is and has been. You claim to be "critiquing" Rebecca but to what end? *You* brought her up, *you* made insinuations about her, and *you* continued to insist (rather hypocritically given your frequent rants) that what you are saying is appropriate because you imagine it's how others think about Kate. *You* are the one stirring a pot that does not need to stirred and then trying to blame it on other anonymous commenters.

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    14. anon1 @ 11:33 - what was Rebecca's poor behaviour in Malta (I only remember the short hemline shots when she was sitting) and the things she did others were blamed for? I don't think she's been faultless, I guess I just ignored those stories.

      It's a fair guess/statement that Kate may have outgrown Rebecca - this can happen in any work relationship.

      As for honours, use of the chapel, etc it could be out of the goodness of their hearts or strategic. Many things in the workplace are strategic so I'm not fussed either way. It's nice to reward loyalty, and of course you hope it means continued loyalty (even if just not selling stories).
      ~ A

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    15. Everything Anon 5:54 said. Thank you. btw, this is not the first time anon1 has shared her "theories" on Rebecca. I really can't figure out what you have against her?

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    16. 3:03 & 10:20 - good points. What we've seen, I believe, is Rebecca being loyal and hard working. No one is perfect; we all keen on the job, to some degree. She's moving on soon so why send her off with ill wishes especially if Kate isn't.. It will be interesting to see what this next chapter in Kate's life holds!
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    17. Just WOW. So anon1's apologizes for saying that Rebecca was forced out of her job... clearly those are kaput and now she's back to making even stronger claims against her.

      I just find anon1's comments sad.

      I think Rebecca is leaving to start a family.

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  14. Fresh and fetching is our Kate! Just lovely.

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  15. Sandrine (France)July 3, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    What a fabulous look !!! I love her dress, her shoes are really beautiful... and her hair, whaouh !!!

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  16. Love the shoes. In the US it's the style to have a pedicure with polish on the toenails when one wears sandals. Is it not so in the U.K.?

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    1. I don't think we've seen Kate with coloured toe polish since she was a newlywed - she stepped out at an official event with dark red toes and that was the last I've seen nail colour on her!

      I'm not sure if someone counselled her it is wasn't conservative enough for the BRF or if she made that choice herself.

      Interestingly, today Sophie had pink (or red?) toes at her blind veterans engagement. So maybe not a total faux pas for The BRF?

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    2. If you google weird things like Kate and toe polish (LOL) you'll see she sported it in her pre-Cambridge days and early marriage.

      http://whatkatewore.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Kate-Team-GB-Teal-Jenny-Packham-Gown-Purse-Shoes-Closeups-May-11-2011-.jpg

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/a6/d7/09/a6d70985ebe0993ff88bd00860eefb23--duchess-kate-duchess-of-cambridge.jpg

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    3. If Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie can wear bright colors why can't Kate? Eugenie has sported a Union Jack manicure in the past!

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    4. Think about that, anon 8:46. The answer is clear. She Can and May, but chooses not to do so. anon1
      A-10:23- in the interest of political correctness, I will not respond to your last sentence, although my very politically un-correct sense of humor has an obvious response.

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    5. It was rhetorical anon1. If it's a choice, and other women in the BRF clearly aren't shying away from colored polish, then it is highly unlikely that someone counseled Kate that only clear/neutral polish is "conservative enough for the BRF." If Kate is the only woman in the family "following the rule" then maybe it's not actually a rule....

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    6. Anon1 11:41 - I didn't realize how weird it sounded. Truth is, it's a weird thing to google, but confirmed my memory. I'll blush, slightly embarrassed and laugh at myself. *hand smacks forehead*. Im not that weird. I promise.
      ~ A

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    7. A - anon1 wasn't replying to your comment about googling Kate's toes. She was replying to your comment about Sophie Wessex wearing colored polish. Her "politically incorrect" comment she refrained from sharing was likely a snarky judgment about Sophie. Correct me if I'm wrong anon1 but that was what I understood based on your time stamp reference.

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    8. @ A, just a thought...both links that you provided were evening looks. Not sure if that was the reason for the nail polish...

      And perhaps Union Jack manicures are better left to the York sisters. Future Queen...not so much. ;-)

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    9. A-4:31- there is nothing I see about you that is weird. :)
      I enjoy your comments, which you own and for which take responsibility. You seem t0 carefully read and then think abut a comment before responding to it. Your replies are appropriate and make sense, even though we often differ.
      As with my comments, royalfan's, and those of many others who post under a consistent name, we know what you have said. It lends the feeling of knowing you. Sometimes that also means we become targets.
      My 11:41 comment? Not an attack on Sophie at all. My point was-who would see the polish? Beyond tacky, I know. Terrible attempt at humor. I only clarified as my remark was misconstrued, although it puzzles me how "snarky judgment" about Sophie was arrived at. As royalfan would say, "methinks" it was an attempt to rile me. anon1
      PS For those who need it-"CAN" indicates ability; "MAY" indicates permission re: my above remark. May indicates she( likely) has permission i.e. no rule against-

      It is apparent that one anonymous is choosing to play games with my remarks for some reason. Otherwise, I can't believe that anyone could be that obtuse. The person is obviously fluent in English. If not, I would have understood the continual misinterpretation of my remarks and those of others, when I am not available.

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    10. Anon1 I don't have a problem with respectful frankness so I enjoy your posts :-) I feel some may be getting over sensitive trying to protect the "culture" they are hoping the comments section has, thus doing some of the same behaviours they say they do not like. We all have free will to scroll past comments we don't like, or we can engage in respectful agreement or friendly respectful debate.

      Sometimes not seeing eye-to-eye is what makes the comments section fun. We find common ground, but we're also exposed to different perspectives.

      ~ A

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    11. Anon1,

      No needs to play games with your comments. To say that you will come after Rebecca Deacon because you think others have come after Kate... speechless. That's the definition of a mean girl. Congrats.

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    12. I appreciate your comment A. I know very little about fashion but I enjoy looking at pretty outfits, especially hats, and hearing others who do understand fashion discuss it.
      I like Catherine and respect her for being who she is honestly, finding her niche and purpose, and sticking with their wedding vows to honor and serve each other and the family they planned to form. She and William also have really cute children. I am beginning to think Charlotte is the one to watch of them all. And maybe Mia. They exhibit a confidence, spirit, and determination needed in a leader. Right now, they are just fun to watch..
      The Mom/parent in me hurts a little when I imagine Michael and Carole being faced with the ugly things that are printed about their children. Also the references to stewardesses and Carole's humble beginnings. Another Kate fan blog that is patting itself on the back for being understanding, friendly, and congenial is ripping into Pippa now. I don't understand how the one can exist in the presence of the other. How can they claim such altruism and yet allow some of the acidic remarks about Kate and the Middletons? I have noticed when Catherine is looking good and providing plenty of pictures of activities, the people who usually dissect every aspect of Kate's appearance and activity tend to turn to the Middleton family to feed their need to feel superior, I guess. Perhaps I should feel sorry for those commenters as they obviously are either very unhappy or maybe just bored cowards and feeling the need to take it out on someone who is not around to answer back. Sort of like those who still speak ill of Diana, twenty years after her death.

      I would like Kate to be given the benefit of the doubt that is claimed for RD, Sophie, others-just about anyone other than the Duchess. I tried to show, by turning the tables and using RD and Sophie as examples, how unfair it is. I think some have understood my efforts. A couple apparently aren't able to see the parallel and paradox. Perhaps they just refuse to acknowledge it.
      My sense of fairness shouts at me--Do something! when Kate is castigated for what others are given a pass.
      It really is a double standard, very unfairly so.
      Finally, I enjoy this international community and Jane's sometimes poetic, sometimes frank and pithy posts.. There are so many interesting personalities expressing themselves here. Some are a lot of fun to quibble and discuss with. (you are one, A.) Some not so fun.
      I know trolls and commenters who may or may not travel from blog to blog looking to cause dissension and intentionally mis interpret remarks are a hazard of the internet. I think the best way to deal with them and with consistently negative commenters is to ignore them. That sometimes just makes them more aggressive, however.
      I'm not sure what the answer is.anon1

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    13. Anon1 clearly your multiple attempts to make rude comments about Rebecca Deacon and Sophie as "examples" to underscore your argument that people should comment about Kate in a particular way clearly isn't working since it has backfired consistently. Perhaps if you want to talk about Kate you might consider making a comment about Kate, rather than making a comment about another woman.

      You also seem to react in this comment section to the comments and reports you read in other forums - other blogs, gossip magazines, etc. I find this confusing since you frequently mention what little respect you have for those sources. If they upset you then perhaps avoid them? Or at the very least give the commenters on this blog the benefit of the doubt - there is not some single anonymous troll who spends her time roaming from blog to blog to attack you when she isn't writing mean-spirited nonsense at her day job as a tabloid journalist.

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    14. Clearly, Rebecca Deacon is looked upon highly by Kate since she was allowed to marry at Chapel Royal.

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    15. So--if one dislikes comments on a forum/source , one should avoid the source and/or give them the benefit of the doubt? Sounds like a plan!
      Also, one should not mention here items read in other sources/forums?
      Got it!

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    16. 2:55-

      I think the point was to say that slandering Rebecca Deacon is mean. On top of that, anon1 has a history of attacking other commenters. She certainly has me. Until I quoted from this very blog to prove her wrong about Kate having help with baby George. She accused me of having (British) Republican leanings and taking my points off of anti-monarchy sites. She had this whole profile of me that wasn't even close and really quite mean. Similar to what she has done to Rebecca.

      But alas, I'm American. I guess you just have to laugh.

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    17. Anon 2:55 my point was that if a certain source causes significant distress why continue to engage with it? Surely one cannot claim that a gossip tabloid is so fundamental to ones existence that it cannot be ignored. I personally do not read certain publications because the quality of writing frustrates me. Anon1 frequently bemoans the rumors spread by gossip tabloids. Gossip tabloids make up rumors to sell papers - if you don't buy them they will have less incentive to make up rumors.

      And I never said thou shalt not mention other forums in this space. I said perhaps anon1 should consider that when she lashes out at commenters here for comments made by other people in other places that it may not be the most productive (or fair) exchange.

      Finally my reference to giving someone the benefit of the doubt was in reference to commenters on this blog not other sources (other blogs, tabloids). Give anonymous commenters *on this blog* the benefit of the doubt that they are not a single person (because they aren't) who also comments on other blogs (I can only speak for myself but that means at least one commenter here doesn't read anon1's comments on other blogs).

      Anon 8:45

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  17. Joan, not sure I agree that it is the style to have polish when one wears sandals in the US. Many do but many do not:)

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    1. Bright colored nail polish is somewhat out of style in where I live in the U.S.

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    2. I agree that polish or no polish (or what color of polish!) can be regional ins the US. I also thought Kate might have chosen a neutral shade rather than opting to go sans polish. Either way I love those shoes and am so happy to see her expierment with footwear! (I'm the commenter who made an apparently controversial remark about her footwear choices several posts ago)

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    3. Never said anything about bright polish. That color choice is not appropriate, obviously. Bright colors are for the younger girls. If you want to present a put together, polished look from head to toe, a pedicure is in order. Most people's feet are not pretty!

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    4. I have to speak up for bright polish.:) My toes are pedicured professionally all the time and I also cream at night and wear socks to bed. I wear either a French tip or pinks/reds. Throughout the summer, I wear shoes that you can see my toes and I get compliments all the time.

      Bright polish can be done in a sophisticated way and I think Kate should have worn a red or pink with this outfit. I like a polished, tailored look in clothing and I think a beautiful painted toe nail adds to it. I also keep my toe nails on the shorter side.

      Kate's not a little things person and I have never seen her toes done, which is too bad. It would look adorable.

      So breakout the bright toe polish, ladies! You will be glad you did!

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    5. I'm not sure how you are defining young but many women opt for bright color polish where I live in the US and it's not considered immature or inappropriate.

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    6. I think she probably is wearing clear polish which is fine. Personally I think colored polish draws too much attention to ones feet.

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    7. 8.27, I'm with you! 💅 😉 Nice feet and pedicure combined with a classic red polish (my favorite) *can* look sophisticated and sexy.

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    8. A pedicure and well maintained toenails are off course more attractive with sandals, but you do not need polish, just a buffed nail.

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    9. You need polish.;)

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    10. Did anyone notice her toes at tonight's natural history museum event? ;)

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    11. Hey ladies-wait until you see Kate's appearance today...beautifully manicured toenails, as it should be!!!

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  18. Lovely change of hairstyle! I've been wanting a few inches lopped off of her hair for awhile now. I think it frames her face much better.

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  19. As always Kate looks lovely, but I'm not a fan of the outfit. I don't find large polka dots attractive and the dress is a little matronly for me - case in point the older lady 3 rows behind Kate wearing a similar dress.
    The earrings are a miss for me as well. They remind me of earrings Diana wore in the late 80's/early 90's.

    Cute shoes though.

    Cute Dominic Cooper behind Kate as well! :)

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  20. Catherine looks fabulous and has dressed wonderfully for the occasion. Love love love the haircut and wavy look. Fingers crossed that she doesn't ever grow it back to that overly long length more appropriate for a girl in her teens or twenties. She looks a million times better - much fresher look; more updated that the very long tresses. Also love the sandals; a nice change from her usual nude court shoes. Kate looks fantastic. I hope we see more of this type of look. She looks happy too, which is very nice to see.

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    2. Agreed, much better haircut! I'd love to see what it looks like bobbed at some point too.

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  21. This dress looks great on her, and it's appropriate for the event. Love those sandals, and want some for myself! That's a nice bag, but I think it's puckering in the corner due to being mostly empty, so it doesn't have a lot of structure to it obviously.

    I like her new hair length. That's the length of my own hair, which looks great whether I wear it naturally wavy, or straight. I would love love love to see her with a smooth, straight blow-out or even a sleek flat-iron 'do in that length. *fingers crossed* But jumbo-curling it the same way she did when it was longer, does not work for that length at all imo. I'm sure she just needs time to play with the new length and find something that suits her.

    Belle

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  22. Love the outfit; the dress, shoes and bag. Don't much care for the haircut. It's boring. The longer hair gave Catherine some character & personality. And I will also add that I miss her natural hair, such as she wore in the early days or on the South Asia trip. Perhaps she now only wears her hair natural in her private life. But I miss seeing it.

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    1. I so agree about the hair. Kate's hair is her beauty signature and this is too common. I secretly wonder if those who clamor for her to cut it are a tad jealous. She is still a young woman, in the overall scope, and her hair looks healthy and shiny. When fully done, it's amazing.

      I think sometimes women are afraid to embrace their beauty. (And I don't mean in a tacky or trashy way.) I mean in a standout from the crowd sort of way. Kate's hair is beautiful, why try to take that from her?

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    2. I agree with some of your points  Anon 11:31 but not all. I agree men and women are held to different standards particularly in the workplace. Men can appear sexy and still be seen as competent whereas that may not be true for women. Fair? No. True? Yes. I agree women often become complicit in supporting that double standard. But we do it because ignoring reality (e.g.,dressing to emphasize certain physical features) may hinder our success and subject us to the wrong kind of assumptions. And not all the negativity would come from men. If Kate hired a PA who wore her hair in a super-long blow out and wore short skirts, I expect even some who are clamoring for Kate's hair to stay long and her hemlines to stay short would question the PA's professionalism! On the other hand, in addition to stereotyping in the workplace, stereotyping also leads us to often assume feminine beauty/sexiness must involve long hair. Sure long hair can be beautiful at many ages. Jane Seymour wears her hair long and she's in her 60's (although it's hard to think of many successful women over 35 with very long hair who aren't actresses or models) But short hair can be gorgeous and sexy too. Demi Moore in Ghost? Audrey Hepburn's pixie cut? Or maybe more relevant here---Diana. Her hair was different from Kate's but it was also an attractive feature. IMO Diana really came into her own when she cut it very short.

      It looks to me Kate trimmed only a few inches off. IMO that hardly "took away" her hair. And while I'd like to see a straighter blow-out, even with roller curls I think she looked *years younger* at Wimbledon than a few days before. She has thick hair but it was looking kind of scraggly at the museum. And while our faces change as we age, age and pregnancies may change our hair too. Kate's hair is very pretty, but I think it HAS changed since her pre-marriage/early marriage days. Getting that super-full super-long healthy blow-out look is probably harder and more time-consuming these days. She also has alot of gray (probably more now than we saw during her last pregnancy.) Having colored my hair, I know that hair cut even 3 inches shorter is less time-consuming to color and to touch up. So to expect Kate's hair at age 35+ to look like it did at 28-29--almost as if she's frozen in time--may not be fair. And to tie Kate's beauty to the length of her hair (as though she's a female version of the biblical Samson) doesn't seem fair either. To me that's the other side of the same stereotype coin that leads many to assume a long-haired short-skirted woman must be sleeping her way to the top if she's successful. 

      I'm not "jealous" of Kate's hair. The last time I was envious of anyone's hair I was 12. My hair was brown. My best friend's was blonde. And it did seem like blondes had more fun! (And had more lenient parents and better after-school snacks..the kind of things 12 year olds really covet.)

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    3. I enjoyed your comment, lizzie. Some interesting thoughts. Especially " female version...of...Samson." I just think William likes it long. And I think Kate likes to please him. If you compare these pictures to the museum photo views from the side, it appears to me to be 5-6 inches shorter now.There is an obvious, simple answer for her sudden hair ups and downs. Hair pieces. Many frequently- photographed women use them, I am sure. The Queen looks like she is wearing a wig at times. Not "helmet hair," as she won't wear one. Ha!
      And your blonde friend. I had strawberry blonde hair for about 30 seconds once. I went from long brown to short blonde hair in a fit of whimsy and at the whim of my hairdresser.I startled every time I looked into a mirror,as though a stranger lurked there. I did not have more fun. :+) My co-workers said they liked it. anon1

      Of course, the grandma in me hopes the gray hairs and new-do reflect past occurrences when she had the same.

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    4. What makes you think that William prefers Kate's hair long and that she is inclined to let his preferences dictate her hairstyle choices?

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    5. I see no reason why she should aspire to dress or look like an accountant, CEO, attorney, teacher,insurance underwriter, or anyone else deemed to be a professional. Her role is different, and unlike most others. You didn't see Michelle Obama dressing exclusively in pencil skirts, sheaths, with bobbed hair. Likewise with Melania Trump.

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    6. I agree, 7:45. And even for those careers you mentioned, ladies can dress and look beautiful and professional especially in this day and age. It really is a career attribute IMO.

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    7. I don't think US First Ladies are an apt comparison. True, First Ladies aren't elected or chosen because of their own professional strengths and are only in the position they are because of who they married. And that's true of Kate, I guess. But that's the only similarity I see. (And the US presidential term is for 4 yrs, 8 yrs max, not a lifetime term so it isn't a perfect match.) A more apt comparison for Kate might be to compare her to other women who have married into the BRF or even women who have married other European royalty. But I'm also not sure it's realistic to assume Kate won't be judged in the same way ALL women are judged regardless of marital connection. Sure her life is different from most but do we really want to view her as having nothing in common with other women? If so, just what IS her role?

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    8. I think we can agree that there's no magic number (age-wise) when a woman should say goodbye to long hair. Obviously. It's about finding out what works best and is the *most flattering* at any given age.

      And by the way, short hair can be quite sexy if a woman has a nice neck and shoulders. And, yes, some men get that!! 😉

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    9. I did not say she had nothing in common with other women. That's ridiculous.

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      Oh, I hear ya! My comment was twisted and tattered beyond recognitionon on this thread. So, I don't respond. Some on here write a thesis with 10 supporting points, none of which even remotely resemble the comment to which they are supposedly responding to!:)

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  23. I am so happy to see the shorter hairstyle on Catherine, and agree with anon 8;39 in the hope that she doesn't grow it back to a longer length. Love the dress, shoes and bag but not the earrings. The shoes suit this event so well, being a little less formal than the court shoes she so prefers. Courts are elegant but not for every occasion. I hope she keeps experimenting with shoe styles.
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  24. My only quibble is that for a top tier label, D&G really should have tried harder to match the pattern of the dots along the seams. If they'd done that, the print wouldn't have looked so busy.
    What a shame, as everything else about the Duchess was lovely.

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    1. Mismatched patterns at prominent seams drive me nuts too Anon 4:06. I don't buy designer :) but even nicer dept store offerings frequently do offer pattern matching at the seams (and pay attention to placement of large pattern motifs near the face, at the bust, on the bum and so forth, another pet peeve of mine.) And for the price of this dress one could buy 10 nice dept store dresses! That said, given its type of construction/style (fitted bodice, loose pleated skirt) I am not sure the pattern COULD be matched at the waist. Say in a horizontal row the dots are 3 inches apart. Say a vertical seam above the waist for bodice fitting takes in 1/2 inch (for ease of visualization assume the seam falls between dots.) Now the dots on each side of the seaming are 2 1/2 inches apart while the other bodice dots that don't have a vertical seam between them are still 3 inches apart. Unless each pleat below the waist takes in exactly the same amount as the vertical seam above (1/2 inch in this example) AND there is a vertical seam above for every pleat below, all the dots cannot be matched at the waist. And all those things can't happen given the appearance of the final product (and the shape of the human body!) So I give D&G a pass on the lack of match here although I'd probably not buy a dept store dress with the same problem. I agree it looks busy and "messy."

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  25. Love the outfit; the dress, shoes and bag. Don't much care for the haircut. It's boring. The longer hair gave Catherine some character & personality. And I will also add that I miss her natural hair, such as she wore in the early days or on the South Asia trip. Perhaps she now only wears her hair natural in her private life. But I miss seeing it.

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  26. Love the outfit; the dress, shoes and bag. Don't much care for the haircut. It's boring. The longer hair gave Catherine some character & personality. And I will also add that I miss her natural hair, such as she wore in the early days or on the South Asia trip. Perhaps she now only wears her hair natural in her private life. But I miss seeing it.

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  27. Happy 4th of July. 🇺🇸

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  28. Absolutely love this look! The hair cut is polished and appropriate and even though I am not a polka dot fan, the whole ensemble was perfect for the DoC and the event. Loved the shoes and bag, not a fan of the earrings.
    I agree with you Jane, she has been hitting it out of the park lately. Personally, I think her style has really matured (not meaning matronly) and that she has been working hard to blend an edgy youthfulness with princessy appropriateness!
    Happy Independence Day!

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  29. This is one of more black polka dots on white which Kate has, but the best of the bunch, I think. However, too pricy. I have come to the conclusion, until otherwise persuaded, that bottom-of-the-line, off-the-rack dresses put out by big fashion brands, are produced to draw the gullible into spending more $ than the item warrants; ergo, the unsuspecting may be purchasing the label not the garment. And as it happens, I prefer the rounded neckline of the original off-the-rack over the square Kate must've requested. Lastly, If I were Kate, I'd make this the last polka dot dress for awhile.

    I can't make up my mind about the new length of Kate's hair. The cut seems to lack...something, altho Kate may well have got caught in a Wimbledon rain shower, or perhaps lacked the time, if she travelled in from Anmer Hall, to have a proper wash and blow-dry. (It just lacked the lift that I would've expected. Better to wait on that.

    I might've preferred that chic wine Chanel handbag today over this large Beckham tote. It would've added a bit of colour to her ensemble.

    Re the black sandals, didn't Kate wear the same once before, in Bhutan--she wore them with an ankle-length American label and an orange shawl. Anyone else remember them? I didn't much like them then--too narrow for her foot--and they're still just as ill-fitting.

    Well, that seems to be quite a negative list I have compiled. But there was just something off this entire look, IMO.

    Onto the positive! Kate looked happy, really pleased with this new patronage. I would wager that she'd go to Wimbledon, rain or shine, no matter the seat or court, if it weren't for three things, namely, George, Charlotte, (get the feeling that she'd want to spend as much time as possible with George and Charlotte before school/nursery school intervenes) and the additional cost of security, should she venture beyond the Royal Box.

    And it was lovely to see the overt welcome Kate received from the Duke of Kent, in the Royal Box.--I confess to being a tad confused, tho; since they have two different functions, he as honorary President of the AELTC, and she as the new Royal Patron, why would there be any friction, as has been suggested, by segments of the press?

    I am looking forward to the Finals--don't ask me which--when Kate will be presenting trophies.

    And, it's equally lovely to learn that George and Charlotte will be accompanying Mum and Dad on their up-coming Tour. Can't wait to see all four!

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    1. JC, I totally agree on so many levels, why not black with white polka dots or dinner variation!!?!?! I also agree about the bag, simply bc she wore it last year, and about the shoes, they seem too small?!

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    2. JC, her hair did look flat. I'm waiting to see it styled better on the next outing. The Chanel bag would've completed this look.

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    3. The President presents the trophies. Has forever. It would be highly unorthodox for the patron to do so. If Kate does I would understand the Duke being peeved. I would be stunned if anyone other than the President presents.

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  30. I'm not as keen on polka dots as Kate is but except for the earrings she looks just beautiful!!!

    Jane would you continue with your tiers? We all know the 2 top spots..

    Is it just me or has Kate pretty much abandoned High Street in favor of mostly couture, bespoke, $2-5,000 pieces??

    I'm also not loving her hair yet.. But I'll know more by the time the tour is over ... I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!

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  31. @ Anonymous July 5, at 8:51 AM. Yes, I am aware of the fact that the Duke of Kent normally presents the trophies. However, I am inclined to wonder when the position of honorary President was created. If it was initiated during this monarch's reign, because the Queen was disinterested in tennis, preferring horse racing, yet wanting a royal presence at Wimbledon (her father, George VI was a very keen tennis player) then, perhaps, the Duke acted in her stead, and perhaps, with Kate being so keen on tennis, an opportunity was there to amalgamate the two roles back into one. Further, the Duke of Kent is no spring chicken, and must've been feeling the heat.

    This is all speculation on my part, but IF the above is the case, the Duke--think he's 80ish--might be relieved; at any rate, he very noticeably welcomed Kate. Well done to the Duke!

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    1. I don't mean to keep correcting you but it is inaccurate speculation or assumption.

      I think you're confused as to the role of President and Patron. He's President of the AELTC it's not an honorary position, he is the actual President of the Club. Whether there's a royal Patron or not is something entirely separate. He has been since 1969 or so and nothing to do with the Queen, his mother was a passionate tennis fan, he took over the role from her. There's much to do as President year round that has nothing to do with the Championships. Kate would have to be interested in that actual position which I doubt. The Duke of Kent is a very hands on, hardworking man, very involved. Royal fans may want to see Kate but anyone in the tennis world would see it as a tremendous slight if the AELTC President did not present. And the Duke is highly regarded in those circles, as was his mother.

      He and Kate would have lots to talk about though as Anmer Hall was also his previous residence.

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    2. I suspect the genial greeting was a happy moment for the PR people, but looked sincere to me. I did get the distinct impression that the key players in the royal enclosure were instructed to enter smiling and keep it relaxed-looking-no evidence of strained relations. Rebecca was certainly smiling broadly at no one in particular, it seemed. The general mood was actually jovial. Or it could have had something to do with the Champers beforehand. Ha!
      I think your intrpretation makes a lot of sense, JC. It would clear up the strange situation for me. I believe Catherine will be handing out a few trophies.
      I am fairly certain that the Duke will hold his position until he decides to give it up. He is a main-stay of Wimbledon and has ably represented the Queen, whatever his actual role. At one time, it was felt by some that Sophie might take over as President when the time comes; but you make a good point about consolidating the roles of President and Royal Patron. I believe the role of patron of many organizations is largely honorary and promotional anyway. Catherine appears to want to expand the role, while respecting the Duke's position at this point. anon1.

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    3. What I understand from Anon @ 4:56 the Suke is the President of the organization, which like any functioning organization needs someone in the role of President (just as I am sure there is a Secretary and Treasurer). In contrast, the role of Patron is honorary and the Patron is not involved in the operations of the organization, so there can't really be a "consolidating" or roles but if Kate started presenting trophies it would be a realigning of responsibilities between President and Patron.

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    4. Correct 6:36 :) The Wimbledon Championships is but one aspect of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.


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    5. The Queen as royal patron was rarely at Wimbledon. When she did appear, she presented trophies. When she was absent, the President did.
      As I understand it Catherine was named patron of Wimbledon, not the AELTC. Wimbledon is an event sponsored by the organization. It is not the organization. As I also understand it, the Duke of Kent is President of the organization, which includes Wimbledon. That may be a cause of confusion. His is a year-round job. I'm not sure how Catherine could handle her young children and other responsibilities as well as the job of President. Actually, I think the man sitting next to Kate is in charge of the Wimbledon tournament. More confusing.
      From watching Sophie and Kate interact at Ascot, I get the impression that they might enjoy working together on a project as President and Patron. Sophie's background in PR would be very helpful.
      Meanwhile, the Duke appeared to be still very much a part of the scene. anon1

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    6. I had everything backwards. Phillip Brook, the man seated next to Kate, is chairman of AELTC. The Duke of Kent is President of Wimbledon. Kate is royal patron Of AELTC. That is probably why she is seated next to Mr. Brook and not the Duke. The other makes more sense to me, but it is incorrect. The chairman takes care of the overall functions, while the Duke sees to Wimbledon, which is likely a year round process. PR is very much a part of the job. I think Sophie would do a great job, if she is interested and when s new President is needed. anon1

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    7. I believe that Rebecca was very happy to be there. Perhaps as excited as Kate! And in one of the photos, I almost think she was responding to the other woman's reaction at seeing the Duchess in polka dots. Wish I could find a better shot of that...

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    8. All of this speculation but a lot of it is incorrect and some of it is partially correct. The charities in the UK usually have a President (a celeb or, in this case the Duke) and they all hope to have a Royal Patron (in this case it's Catherine) as part of their organizations. BOTH of those positions are honorary. The business end is usually run by a Chief Executive who has a staff that will usually include the usual finance and other workers. There is also a Board of Trustees who is overseen by a Chairman. I don't expect that there is any tension or "ordered" politeness going on at all - nonsense. Years and years ago Princess Michael of Kent used to present the trophies at Wimbledon in the Queen's place even though the Duke was with the AELTC long before then.

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    9. This is my second correction to my 4;59/8:11 comments. I got the previous info from another Kate blog post. Big mistake. This time I consulted the official AELTC site.
      The Duke of Kent is President of the club.
      The Duchess of Cambridge is patron of the club.
      Phillip Brook is chairman of the board.

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    10. Incorrect. The Duchess of Cambridge is the new royal patron of the AELTC which hosts The Championships.
      She replaced the Queen who only attended four times:
      1957
      1962
      1977
      2010
      I believe she presented the first 3 visits, usually when a Briton was competing, in 77 because of Virginia Wade.
      In 2010 she attended to watch Andy Murray.
      Sophie would likely make an excellent President but not sure she has long enough ties with the club (as the Duke had) to be considered.

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    11. For the love of God if you're commenting on this blog it means you're already online and can open a new page and do 2 mins of research!! Who threw Princess Michael into the mix???? What????? Please take some responsibility and verify your information before you post on open forums and spread misinformation. Go to OFFICIAL sites, biographies of the Duke, historic articles by the BBC, figure it out!
      Princess MARINA of Kent, the Duke's mother, presented before he took over in 1969.

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    12. So is Wimbledon a "subsidiary" of AELTC or separate organization that overlaps with AELTC for this one event?

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    13. I think I came upon a basis for the rumors of ill-feeling between the Duke of Kent and Catherine over Wimbledon. I was looking for information on trophy presentation when I found a May, 2016, article from the DM with bold headlines that indicated that she would be taking over Wimbledon and presenting trophies, forcing the Duke out. That was after another reporter and source had come out with an "exclusive" that the Duchess would be taking over as royal patron-which, of course, turned out to be true when announced in December, 2016. Further down in the story it states that he would be allowed to present in 2017, but after that Kate would present.
      It could be an example of typical tabloid manipulation and distortion of facts to gain clicks or the story could have some basis in fact.
      Some how I doubt that the members and board of AELTC would sanction that. On the other hand, I also read private comments from members that indicate they basically have to follow the Queen's wishes in patron choice and possibly choice of president.
      Since it is still considered a private tennis club, although recently incorporated, I suspect the board selects the president. I also can not believe that the Duke would be "usurped" of his trophy presenting duties in 2018, the year before his 50th anniversary as President-2019. I expect and hope there will be an appropriate celebration at that time. anon1

      PS One item I came upon in my "research" said that in 2003 the Duke had eliminated participant's bowing/curtseying to the royals when present in the royal box, as had been the custom --except for the Queen, of course. A story from the 2010 championship made much of Andy Murray's debate over whether to bow to the Queen, who was present for what turned out to be her last visit. He did, quite prominently and a touch on the exaggerated side. In 2012 the POW and wife attended and he reportedly requested that he and his wife be bowed to. Apparently, the POW is also included in the bowing protocol now.
      I think the limitation of this recognition of royals, which he could have demanded for himself, I believe, could give an indication ,among other things, of HRH's involvement as a tennis fan and promoter and not as a royal in an honorary position. anon1

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    14. Well thanks, folks, for replying, but I think I am more confused than ever, and have decided to wait for the Finals to see who does the presenting. Might help to settle my mind--altho, if BOTH present, as a Team, I will be as bemused as ever, and will have to await further developments in 2018.

      The problem, as ever, resides with the shoddy Palace press office, which could've cleared up this confusion,. as to roles, but chose not to do so. Instead of simply worded transparency, it chose to go opaque.

      I see no reason why there need be two royal positions at Wimbledon. Waste of manpower, IMO. There is no sensible reason not to combine the two functions--and if Anonymous @ June 5, 4:59 PM is correct--and I have no cogent argument--I would ask a followup question. or maybe two; to wit, in which year was the post of Royal President created, and in which year was the Royal Patronage? The answer might begin to clear the the haze in my mind. Or might not.

      Bottom line: one Royal as the royal face of Wimbledon is enough. Certainly, if Kate holds that ONE position. I would expect her to be gracious, and to extend more invitations to the Duke, as Past President of the AELTC, and to Sophie of Wessex, who seems to be salivating at the opportunity to replace the Duke. (Just my impression.)

      JC

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    15. I meant to say Katherine of Kent but thank you for the extremely rude way of pointing out my error 7:55. How very civil of you. The point is that the duke is not, and has not ever been, the sole presenter of trophies. Sheesh!

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    16. The duke is the president of the AELTC (wimbledon) and has been for years. For many years he presented the trophies with his wife until she became ill. Similarly the Duchess of Gloucester is president of British lawn tennis, a separate entity to Wimbledon. Catherine is patron of both these organizations. The duchess of Gloucester travels worldwide as president of British lawn tennis to support British players in Davis cup ties and so forth. The duke may vey well invite Catherine to help present the trophies. Any tension is as usual media driven.

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    17. JC I think your confusion arises from the fact that you're thinking of him as the "Royal President" he's just the club President. There has always been a club President. Prince Edward (the Duke) has been President since 1969 because of his long membership and involvement in the club. His mother, Princess Marina, was a passionate tennis fan and was also a member and eventual President of the AELTC for almost 30 years. The Duke succeeded her. He's a club President who also happens to have a royal title. The AELTC has merged and evolved over the years but was always a very exclusive sport club for the wealthy and aristocratic. It's not odd that a member of the aristocracy would be President.

      The Queen and the Duke of Kent are very close, she calls him Eddie. He is very popular within the family. But it is not up to the palace press office to announce who's handing out trophies at a private club. I suspect if there is a change the club will make an announcement. I also think the Duke may step down in 2019, his 50th anniversary.

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    18. Thanks anon. July 7. 2017 at 12:24. If there has always been a club President--of course; what club doesn't have one?-- I guess I am really asking what the role consists of; is the Duke of Kent--think he's 82--a hands-on executive, or is the Chairman? as can sometimes be the case. I am slowly making my way through Google, and through the Wimbledon site, which is quite detailed, but, so far blank on the Executive roles.

      At any rate, I think it's almost time to let my imagination take over; and dream of a Camp Cambridge set up on the Sandringham Estate to promote Sports and the Arts with a bit of "hands-on" farming and gardening thrown in, for deprived inner-city kids from the UK. I visualize 8 cabins, each holding 8 kids and one counsellor, to run through July and August. Swimming and boating lessons--William; drawing, choral (Kate's a good singer), field hockey and tennis--Kate; rugby, appeal to Mike Tindall, football. well, William has a position with the FA and would be in a position to solicit the best coaches. Big dining hall and kitchen and another hall for drama, drawing, music (instrumental and voice)-- or maybe, dance. Set up an evening campfire site--I'll spare you the program and menu. I know W&K could do it once they become Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, if the financing remains as is, but maybe not before.

      I would also like to see W&K set up a few food banks, and appeal to their aristo friends to help stock the shelves.

      These are definitely hands-on projects, designed to provide some kids with a camping, sports. arts, gardening experience and to provide some of many who need more than the pittance they have, with food.

      I have most of the details worked out in my head, but not gonna you.

      JC

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  32. Love the shoes, the dress is ok, but I like her hair longer. Kate is always beautiful though.

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  33. love the look except the earrings and am very excited the children are going on tour will make it an exciting one for sure, still say she looks like she expecting her face is a bit fuller and tummy too but maybe not it would be wonderful though, but I guess they wouldn't let her go on tour if she was expecting even if its early on..thx for a wonderful post Jane!!!!

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    1. Don't forget New York City, anon 2:40...anon1

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  34. p.s. don't like the hair quite so short though

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  35. Jane I hope you'll allow a little diversion - any idea who made the blue and white dress Ivanka Trump wore the other day? With the ruffle hem? It was stunning for summer I'm hoping it's in my $$$
    Actually it's the kind of modest but sexy summer dress Kate should wear! With a big hat it would be awesome!

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    1. I think I heard it was a Russian designer.

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    2. Ivanka or Melania?? the last wore a navy dress with a white ruffle by the Colombian, Esteban Cortázar..

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  36. Jennifer from the SouthJuly 7, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Maybe someone has already made mention of this, and if so, I apologize. I haven't read all the comments yet.

    But I do think it's interesting that, in the past, when The Queen was Patron, Kate always wore closed toed shoes and stockings to the Royal Box in Wimbledon.

    Now that she is Patron, she has relaxed her dress code to include sandals and no stockings.

    I am very interested in these nuances of protocol and propriety!

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    1. I honestly don't think it meant anything. Kate's probably more relaxed now in her role so she does what she wants. I don't think anyone is telling W&K what to do aside from a very few things.

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  37. I'm a total Kate fan, love her dearly.. This isn't in any way trying to bash her.. Had she not married Wills what type of job could she have gotten with her college degree? What types of jobs require History of Arts? ( I hope I'm correct about the type of degree) But seriously what are the other people that took the same road as she did, doing now?

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  38. DM has pics of the state dinner. In one of them, in the background, is Harry and Kate standing. If you zoom in with your phone, you can see her dress. Looks good. And I think she had her make-up done for the dinner, much improved.

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  39. I hope Kate will show interest in Johanna Konta!!!!! Girl Power..........

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  40. Hi: I've been following this website for quite a while. Love it so much, Jane.
    Diana is so achingly lovely in her Lover's Knot and those pearl earrings. It brought tears to my eyes. I still can't believe she's gone.

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