Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Kate in Red Philosophy Blazer for Valentine's Day with RAF Cadets & A Trip to Paris!

The Duchess of Cambridge visited RAF Wittering near Peterborough to meet with local air cadets today.


Of course, today is Valentine's Day, a fact Kate didn't forget when choosing her ensemble for the engagement. I imagine it's very likely William and Kate have plans for a romantic dinner at Kensington Palace this evening.


From arrival, Kate appeared to be having a wonderful time. Those expressions are priceless :)


Before returning to KP to spend the evening with her pilot, Kate met another pilot who showed her a tutor aircraft. 


Kate was shown the controls. 


The Duchess became Royal Patron and Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation in December 2015. The Duke of Edinburgh passed on his Patronage, after 63 years as Air Commodore-in-Chief. Today marks Kate's third visit since.


The RAF Air Cadets, which is made up of the Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force promotes a practical interest in aviation among young men and women, providing training while encouraging the development of life skills including leadership and teamwork. The organisation currently comprises 42,000 air cadets aged 12-19, and 15,000 adult volunteers across the UK and abroad. It was first established in 1941 during the Second World War, with the aim to train young men in aviation skills before they joined the RAF.


The Duchess met air cadets from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Air Training Corps, who are taking part in a half-term skills development camp. The week acts as an initial “camp experience” for cadets who are in their first six months of membership.


Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore McCafferty said: “It was a delight to see the Duchess again and to witness her engaging with our young cadets and adult volunteers in such a relaxed manner. “Her personal support of the RAF Air Cadets is very much appreciated and I am sure those lucky enough to meet her today will keep those memories for a lifetime.”


Kate joined join the cadets as they participated in a personal development training session.


The Duchess quickly got into the spirit of the session. The young cadet beside her will have quite a story to tell about how he spent Valentine's Day!


Kate chatting with the air cadets.


The cadets were learning safe weapon handling.


The Duchess took to the skies for an air cadets flight training simulator session.


Kensington Palace shared a video.


More from the Express:

"But then the Duchess had a go in a training simulator. During her ‘flight’, Kate reached a speed of 60 knots at an altitude of 4000ft as she took the controls of a flight simulator. The simulator mimics the performance of a Vigilant motor glider that the air cadets use - vibrating like the real thing and showing a screen of terrain ahead. 
After about five minutes of gingerly trying the controls, she gradually took over after instruction from Fl Lt Michael Salter. He revealed: “She was gentle on the controls. Very often people are too rough but she had it exactly right. “The controls are extremely sensitive and she was extremely sensitive.” Kate told him she had not flown before “but she wanted to understand what the feeling was like in the air. He said: “She now realises how the controls alter the sensation in the air. She was a natural.” Kate told Flt Lt Salter that she felt the movement in her feet on the pedals. “It flies exactly like the real aeroplane. She said ‘sometimes it sways’."

Kate signed the visitors book before leaving.


The Duchess opted for a 'smart casual' look with a sartorial nod to Valentine's Day. I thought it a very nice touch to select a red military inspired blazer.


The talented Kate's Closet swiftly identified the piece as the PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Double-breasted twill blazer. The £760 claret blazer is part of the Resort '17 collection, inspired by the work of French designer Jean Bouquin who is famed for dressing the St Tropez jetset in the '60s and style icon Brigitte Bardot.


Woven with touches of wool, this twill piece has a double-breasted front, peak lapels and embossed gold buttons. The garment was made in Italy. It's currently available at Net-A-PorterBarneys and FarFetch.

Net-A-Porter

A closer look at the garment.

Net-A-Porter

The blazer also comes in blue. It's available at Browns Fashion and Farfetch (Take 10% off your first order with code v10cff)

Browns Fashion

Renowned Italian designer Alberta Ferretti founded Philosophy in 1984 with a focus on soft, feminine dressing for day and evening. In 2014, Lorenzo Serafini assumed the role of creative director, adding a touch of glamour to the label’s romantic roots. We first saw Kate wear the label last year when she sported a chic ivory jacket for a new official portrait.


Kate teamed the jacket with a black polo neck sweater, black jeans and her Stuart Weitzman boots from Russell and Bromley. Middleton Maven notes the US version of flat black suede boots are available in very limited sizing at Farfetch.


Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings. Again, the heart shaped earrings were a nice reference to the day.

Kiki McDonough

And Kate completed the look with a pair of black bow gloves.


I think the blazer is very chic and a great choice for today. The choice of earrings, sleek ponytail and boots are all win for me, however I'm not sure the skinny jeans work particularly well with it. The blazer is quite weighty and with the skinny jeans the proportions seem off. What do you think? Do you like it?

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We have all been awaiting news of a tour or overseas trip for the Cambridges in 2017. Yesterday, Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess will undertake a two-day trip to Paris on 17 & 18 March. 


The Palace released the following statement "Their Royal Highness' visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Full details of the visit will be announced in due course, but the itinerary will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France". The Mail Online reports the couple will carry out around eight engagements over the two days. It will be somewhat similar to the Cambridges 2014 trip to New York.


The visit is set to be a poignant one marking William's first official visit to Paris since his mother died there in 1997. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her passing. More from The Times:

'The Duke of Cambridge is to make his first official visit to Paris next month, 20 years after his mother was killed there in a car crash. Accompanied by the duchess, he will travel to the French capital for a two-day trip on March 17 at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Although William has not been to Paris publicly since 1997, he has made more than one private trip there, according to Kensington Palace. It is not known whether those trips included a visit to the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, where the accident took place on August 31, 1997. The couple are not expected to visit the tunnel next month.'

Richard Palmer notes the couple were initially invited by the Welsh Rugby Union and the Foreign Office asked Kensington Palace to build a visit around it:

"The royal couple, who have enjoyed several holidays in France, were initially invited to Paris by the Welsh Rugby Union - William has just taken over from the Queen as the WRU's patron - but the Foreign Office then asked Kensington Palace to build an official visit around the match.
They are expected to meet senior French politicians but sources insisted the trip would not be overtly political and was part of a wider remit to use the Royal Family to maintain close ties with Britain's European neighbours. The visit on March 17 and 18 comes in the month that Prime Minister Theresa May hopes to be able to trigger Article 50, beginning Brexit negotiations. A senior royal aide said: "We have a very strong relationship with France and the French people and this visit will celebrate those close ties."

It has been reported they will stay at Hotel de Charost, the official residence of the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn.


I'm very much looking forward to seeing the full itinerary. With Brexit, it has been suggested we'll see an increase in European royal visits. There will also be significant interest in Kate's wardrobe during the trip. Will we see French designers? I imagine at least one. We'll keep you up to date as further details become available :)

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William, Kate and Harry joined presenter Nick Knowles at St. Mary's University yesterday for filming of a new BBC show 'Mind Over Marathon' that will air in April. The show will see Mr. Knowles work with those with mental health issues who are participating in the marathon. From what we can see from the photos, it looks like he chatted with the royals about Heads Together before they took part in a warm up routine. I initially thought it was filmed the same day as the London Marathon Training Day as Kate wore the exact same ensemble. Kate once again sported her Perfect Moment Jacket, Zara Jeans and Sweaty Betty / New Balance trainersClick here to visit the Mail Online's article which includes a selection of photos.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed/Mail Online
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And finally, Kensington Palace announced The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Ronald McDonald House Evelina London on Tuesday 28th February, officially marking the opening of their purpose-built 'home away from home’ accommodation for the families of children being treated at Evelina London Children's Hospital. On arrival the Duchess will hear more about Ronald McDonald House Charities, and what the new House will mean to the families and children being treated at Evelina London. Kate will then be taken on a tour of the House, meeting families who are currently benefitting from its new facilities and services. Before departing, The Duchess will attend a short reception in the Day Room, and unveil a plaque to mark the House's official opening.

A very Happy Valentine's Day to you all :)

335 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! ❤
    I love this military-style blazer. It's a good length on her.

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  2. She looks so warm and cozy today. The opposite of the other night. Not sure if I love the blazer.

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    1. I like the blazer much better than those painted on pants. Looking at the fit, they might be those Zara jeggings she wore last week.

      I'm wearing a pair of slim cut pants today that would look so much better with that blazer than skin tight pants and boots.

      Sorry everyone. Those skin tight pants she always wears are a pet peeve of mine. Fine at home when you're casual. Not so great when you're working representing HM.

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    2. I commented when there was just one picture. I like the blazer more now that I've seen it in more pictures.

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    3. Agree. It is time to retire the skinny jeans to relaxing at home. There are so many slim pant offerings. The skinny's are just unprofessional.

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    4. I really don't mind the skinny's that much. Given that she did some hopping activities and in and out of an aircraft, not sure a sleek pant would have worked today. These are a jegging type pant and have a lot of give in their movement. Love the Blazer though.

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    5. Over here in the US, we call those leggings, not skinny jeans (no pockets, no top stitching, etc). I agree with everyone that slim, tailored trousers would be a lot better. And note that her young pilot has modestly averted his eyes, rather than gaze at her bottom as she climbs out of the plane.

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    6. Ahhhh, the inevitable "jeggings" debate peeks it's ugly head once more :P

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    7. Sonja from Bavaria14 February 2017 at 15:00

      Well, I personally love skinny jeans, both on Kate and on me myself.

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    8. Sorry, Rebecca, I don't think they work today, and I don't think she should wear them at work. My opinion, and if people don't share it that's OK with me. I know I wouldn't wear pants that tight at a work appointment and I wouldn't have when I was in my 30's either. I like whoever posted the slim slacks and ankle boot idea. That would have looked great I think.

      And now you know why I hardly ever talk about clothes! :P

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    9. I noticed the airman looking the other way too. :)

      The skinny jeans will continue to stir up "controversy" as she continues to wear them to professional engagements. I'm of the opinion that there are things she could wear that have similar fits to allow for movement, etc without looking like she is at home and playing with the kids when she is working.

      Anyway, they bothered me less this time. Maybe because I just LOVE her hair today! It looked great in every shot (even the funny "jumping" ones) and she just SHINES with that relaxed smile and happy face! Enjoyed these pictures very much. :)

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    10. I was kind of joking Bluhare. You know I don't fully agree with you on this issue, but I do see your point. It was more of a "here we go again" groundhog comment :P

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    11. I feel like these are not skinny jeans but jeggings. I think even just a proper pair of skinny jeans, not super skinny or jeggings, would make a huge difference. Or a pair of cigarette pants.

      That said I don't might her jeggings most of the time but with this blazer it doesn't work for me. The proportions are off. Looks like she is gett9ng ready to go riding and has breeches on.

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    12. I like the fact that she went for a more informal look today, it suited the occassion. Unlike (almost) everybody I don't mind the skinny jeans. The are good for movement and work with her boots. What I don't like is the lenght ofnthe blazer with them. I think a short coat (mind thigh) in the same glorious red would have made this outfit a winner.

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    13. What a fun event! It looks as though she had a fabulous time.

      I understand the need in many of her events to be comfortable, casual and able to easily move about. She certainly has the athletic figure to wear skinny jeans. My issue is in how many pictures that you see her pulling up her jeans. The Daily Mail has quite a few of them today and at past events, there are many as well. Not really a professional look for a royal. Unless you wear a thin belt with skinny jeans, their tendency is to slip simply because of the fabric they are made of. I would love it if she found a slim trouser that stayed put around her waist for these official events so there were not as many photos of her hiking up her pants.

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    14. I think it is only Kate who can spoil a really nice blazer with skinnies. Pity!

      Agree with you Bluhare, too tight, it is time to retire them. Hope the Queen has already suggested to ban them:))

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    15. There are definitely some things we can count on around here, Rebecca. My dislike of skin tight pants at work, Julia's dislike of Camilla/Charles, your perkitude (:P), and Moxie's stats!

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    16. They are definitely skinny jeans. In other photos not posted here you can see the back and front pockets. So I would NOT call them jeggings as others from the states have suggested. Whether skinny jeans were the right choice or not is another matter but they are most definitely skinny jeans.

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    17. Theresa, from Paris14 February 2017 at 22:35

      I agree with bluhare :) ! Too tight for a working appointment.

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    18. Its the 44th day of the year and Kate's been out officially 7 of them! So we've got a 16% viewing rate -- and she's getting plenty of privacy with 84% of her life unknown to the public. She's getting plenty of time with William too as she's only been in public alone for 2 of the 7.

      It's funny how it was advised that they don't go for an "official" visit to a foreign country just to watch a sporting match.

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    19. Ah, Moxie, what would we do without you? I think these stats seem pretty close to prior years if I recall correctly. Yet it seems like she's out and about much more. And 8 announced engagements between now and May with nothing in April yet, although I imagine there will be more added to the French trip and others announced. Still not a bad schedule for full time perks.

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    20. I'm actually waiting for Austin Powers to turn up :-) - she looks like Hurley, stepping out of that plane; boots, gloves, polo neck ... all black.

      Now that would've been great fun!!!

      Heidi

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    21. Moxie, I checked the Court Circular for Kate's activities between Jan 1 and Feb 15, 2016. She had had exactly one day of activities: a church service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet Organization with a reception following. So when Bluhare says it seems like Kate's out and about much more this year, in objective fact, she is.

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  3. Julia from Leominster14 February 2017 at 12:28

    I do love the blazer, the jeans less so, wish she'd wear proper trousers, but a nice engagement.

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    1. Anett what does that mean? I've seen it several places and I keep meaning to ask one of my daughters but I forget till I see it again. That "+1"

      Thanks in advance for bringing me up to date :)

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    2. Caroline in Montana14 February 2017 at 23:38

      Julia, im with you all the way on this one. Those skinny jeans need to go, they are starting to look a bit foolish out on public engagements. Like the idea of cigarette pants as someone else called them and some short boots. liked the blazer and really liked her hair but the bottom half was just way off!!

      Here's a question, at what age should these women stop wearing the "skinny jeans"?

      Claudia, im assuming that "+1" means just that "plus 1" as in Anett agrees with Julia as well...

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    3. It means I second that, I agree. I learned it like a month ago too.πŸ˜€

      It comes very handy when you don't have a lot of time to answer.πŸ˜€

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    4. Thank you Anett - and Caroline! How clever, I like it! A way to support a comment without adding any more to it. I assumed it was something like a thumbs up but just wanted to be sure - You know what they say about assuming! ;)

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    5. Caroline, I think one's figure has far more to do with it than the age factor, no? Kate may look better in her skinny jeans than some gals in their 20's.

      I'm in my early 50's, work out each day, and wear a US size 4. Trust me, I have no intention of giving up my skinny jeans. :-) As a matter of fact, I have a few pairs of Ralph Lauren skinny jeans and, whether I add a blazer to dress them up or wear a simple wool sweater, I do feel good about wearing them. And trust me, overall, my taste runs along the lines of conservative and classic.

      Sorry, but I do not believe that Kate looks foolish; I believe that this lady...this trio...is doing things differently than Charles or the Queen's generation. Don't we all, royal or not. If society is increasingly casual (and sometimes I agree and sometimes I don't), then how can the royals remain relevant if they don't evolve beyond the stiff and starchy era? :-)

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    6. Julia from Leominster16 February 2017 at 17:58

      I'm not a fan of skinny jeans, or whatever they are, in general on Kate and others because the knees are always saggy (don't know about you royalfan.) Kate had more conventional jeans she wore before her marriage and looked nice in them. Having said that, it's a personal opinion and there are engagements where I think jeans, with saggy knees or otherwise, are appropriate. Those are when the people at the engagement are dressed very casually.

      Here, the cadets are dressed in trousers, so to me a pair of good-fitting trousers would have been more appropriate. Kate was the only person there in jeans. But the biggest issue for me was that the blazer and the jeans didn't seem to go together - the blazer looked considerably more formal than the jeans. A bit like those celebrities who wear a formal gown and then throw a denim jacket over it. Some blazers might have worked, but, to me, this one didn't.

      But my main feeling is that if you have worn something that didn't fit quite right and needed adjusting, that should be remembered in the future. In my working days, I often wore trousers (wouldn't have dreamed of wearing jeans to work, then or now, I was a professional woman) and I would have been mortified to need to tug up my trousers when in public. Since going to the loo isn't an option for royals, they do need to be extra careful.

      For what it's worth, I accept but don't care for this present trend of wearing intentionally torn jeans, but don't like the look and wouldn't want to see any royal lady in them - think a Dutch princess did wear something like that but it was a sporting event and she's a teenager.

      I don't think a nice pair of trousers would have made Kate look stuffy but that just's my opinion.

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    7. Caroline in Montana16 February 2017 at 18:59

      Those are some good points RoaylFan, always make me think! you are right about the skinny jeans as they just don't flatter everyone (some folks should have a pic taken from the rear!) but Kate and you are in great shape! its just that ive read comments people have made about her wearing styles and saying she look "old" or "matronly" and i thought she looked great!? go figure:) it made me laugh as i am younger than you but i must be very conservative:)

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  4. Eh, at first glance I dont think I like this. The scale is strange--slightly oversized everywhere--a bit long, exaggerated shoulders, oversized lapels. IMO, it's not very flattering. I do love Kate in red, though!

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    1. I second that and I do not like the visible front pockets either.Imke

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  5. The blazer is smashing, beautiful color and the longer length is necessary when wearing skinnies! The black top and gloves accent the jacket perfectly. Not sure about the lower half however. I think it is possible to find a slim fitting pant that is not a full fledged skinny, and wear with black ankle boots. That said, I'm always glad to see Kate in a new piece, especially when it is of very high end quality. 2017 has seen a movement in that direction.

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  6. So fast, Charlotte! First reaction here -- I really like the blazer and side pony tail, but I'm a little confused by the rest of the outfit. The tight dark pants and boots brings to mind a circus ringleader? Maybe seeing it in additional context will help. I'll keep scratching my head for now.

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    1. Circus Ring Leader was my first impression as well! Not my favorite look...

      Brooke in South Carolina

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    2. Agreed! Circus ringleader nails it! First I thought it was a take on the beefeaters.

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    3. Emily, that was funny! The look does resemble a circus ringleader.

      On a positive note, Kate looks happy to be there and is always a good sport.

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    4. Hahha, now that you say it. It does has a certain Circus ring leader feel to it :P

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    5. I have to agree. The look was a bit off. The jackets fit is odd, the bow gloves and odd choice also. No problem with black stretch jeans but these are a bit tired and too tight looking. Think a new pair of slim black jeans not leggings would work better. She does look lovely and very happy.

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    6. Absolutely. She looks like she had a lot of fun today! It just seems like two different outfits smashed together. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

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    7. Anonymous in Colorado14 February 2017 at 16:08

      Hahaha, Emily! Now I can't unsee Kate the circus ringleader ;-)

      I don't mind the black jeggings but perhaps black ankle booties would have rounded out this look better. She looks thrilled to be there though!!

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    8. Sarah Maryland USA14 February 2017 at 19:24

      The sleeves of the jacket didn't seem long enough.

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    9. That's hilarious and I have to agree with Anon in Colorado, now I can't unsee it!

      But, in all my complaining about fashion I should have also mentioned Kim's point, which is she looked very happy and was a good sport. And that of course is most important :)

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    10. Forgive me, but as soon as you mentioned a circus ringleader, I immediately thought of Christoph Waltz in "Water for Elephants" (a great movie). I think he wore the same outfit.

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    11. I loved that film.

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  7. I can't say this does much for me. It literally is hanging on her. I can't imagine that's the intended style is it?

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  8. The gloves look like a pair of Ralph Lauren gloves. I use to have an almost identical pair and lost them in travel. They were my favorite! If you get an ID I will be repliKating and buying them!

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  9. Sarah Maryland USA14 February 2017 at 13:48

    Dear Kate
    Please get rid of those jeans. PLEASEE! They are faded and not dressy enough for a public engagement! You are wearing such a nice fancy jacket and those jeans fall far below their standard
    Additionally, you should have kept your hair in a nice ponytail for the whole visit
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    1. Gee Sarah, I guess we are looking at different pictures as I don't see the jeans as "faded". I also don't see the Jacket as "fancy", but as totally appropriate for a visit to a windy airfield and with the young air cadets. So I guess we all see things differently. Also not sue how someone is suppose to keep hair in a ponytail when jumping up and down. A little difficult as I see it.

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    2. I also agree that the blazer does not look fancy. To me it looks like it has quite a thick material. It looks more like a jacket to me than a suit, if that makes sense.

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    3. The jeans do looked faded, especially compared to her boots, and her black shirt.
      Im not liking her hair today.

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    4. Caroline in Montana14 February 2017 at 23:42

      Oh bunny, you made me laugh! Um the point of a pony tail is that your hair stays back, so not sure how you see jumping up and down with one as "difficult"? otherwise all these girls in sport would be in a heck of a mess....

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  10. I personally think everything about today's outfit choice was a fail. Felt like the jacket was from the 80s (especially coupled with a turtleneck) and she needs to lose the black jeans. With such an amazing figure she has the world of fashion at her disposal and needs to up her casual wear game.

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  11. It's weird, I wasn't so sure about this outfit when Kate had her hair down but when her hair was in the the ponytail something clicked and now I really like the overall ensemble

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  12. I'm with Emily, she looks like a circus ring master. Kate desperately needs a real stylist. Her themical dressing it getting tiring and she always looks like she's playing dress-up

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    1. I agree on the stylist part.
      Natasha Archer may be good at many things but Kate needs an actual professional stylist, someone from Vogue or one of the other high style magazines or from one of her favorite designers' houses, someone from McQueen or Packham, to take her in hand, update her style from head to foot, including hair and makeup, and she needs to heed what they say and put it into practice.
      She dressed and looked better in the years and months leading up to the wedding and in the few months following it, than she does today - and she was doing that without the benefit of a platoon of staff and without access to the best and most expensive couture in the world.
      She doesn't have to go crazy but she desperately needs an update, even to maintain the rather bland style and look she favors.

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    2. lol I agree! My first pick would be Queen Maxima as style helper!

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  13. The upper part of this outfit is professional dress. The lower half is casual. It doesn't work together. I wish HRH would wear trousers rather than skinny jeans. She needs to take inspiration from HM Queen Letizia.

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    1. I agree. She really needs to work on her business casual look - there are so many great options out there. I was really surprised to see her wearing those black jeans again and the outfit just doesn't go well together at all.

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  14. Bailey from North Carolina14 February 2017 at 14:29

    Happy Valentines to everyone. If William and Kate do have a romantic dinner planned good for them lol. Me and my husband have been married about five years like William and Kate and we too have young kids, I'll be lucky if I get a box of candy lol. But it'll still be sweet. I love the blazer she is wearing. One question though, I read that William and Kate are going to Paris next month? Is that true?

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    1. awhhh, Bailey. lol. I think every Mom here can definitely relate. It is isn't candy from your hubby, but hope it helps, 🍨 :)

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    2. I got my husband a valentine from the dog. The dog ADORES him and it's mutual. Follows him everywhere and looks at him devotedly. I call her his mistress, so she sent him a valentine and got him a new journal. :)

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    3. Anonymous in Colorado14 February 2017 at 16:09

      @bluhare: That's absolutely the most adorable thing I've heard this morning lol.

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    4. Julia from Leominster14 February 2017 at 16:46

      Love that, bluhare and such a generous pup - fortunately whilst the two bitches are definitely Leo's dogs (one of them goes to him when I call her!) the boy is all mine. Did the cat offer Valentine's greetings.

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    5. Bailey from North Carolina14 February 2017 at 16:57

      Aww thank you surfer girl. Very sweet of you.

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    6. That is so funny, bluhare. sweet about the card and journal.

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    7. The cat? Hah. SHe's probably at the door now waiting for catnip treats. My Valentine gift will be herself getting in my way as I try to read. I have a photo I could post but I don't have it uploaded anywhere. It is my life.

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    8. Bluhare, lol! What an idea, a valentine from the dog! :) I can well imagine those devoted dog's eyes 🐢and I wonder if one of you girls got an extra treat from your husband in return :)

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    9. Mr. bluhare and I are not the most romantic couple these days. He used to make me these giant cards (and still does occasionally) complete with drawings and bad poetry, but I didn't get one today. I've saved every one of them. I was the envy of many a woman back in the day.

      But the dog is sitting next to him right now, with one paw on his leg. She's absolutely besotted.

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    10. Can't resist sharing--when I visited my parents on Valentine's Day with my dog (the gift to them was bringing the dog, whom they adore), I was greeted by ten minutes of lavish attention, laughs, and affectionate words for my dog, but not a glance, much less a word, directed towards me :-) It was quite funny. At least I made them happy!

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    11. Hahaha, Christen. Sounds like my mother and our dog. She loves her too, and the dog likes mom because she brings her treats. Everyone loves the bloody dog! And the dog looks at me smugly. She thinks if it came down to her or me, she'd win. :)

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    12. You just need to perfect your tail-wagging and joyful yipping, Christen.

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  15. Kate is so beautiful in red! Love the whole ensemble. Very chic, comfortable and modern. I love skinny jeans on her. I don't agree with the comments that these look off. She wears this style well, even during official visits. At least they do not have holes or tears on them; they look professional and proper. And, If she wore "trousers", I can see folks commenting on how this trouser look "ages" her and looks too matronly. She's outdoors and climbing in and out of aircraft at today's event. You'd want to be comfortable too. She also has the physique for this clothing and she's a modern young woman. So why not? Thank you, as always, for your awesome posts Charlotte! Love the content and the visuals.

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    1. Robbie from Hampton VA. USA14 February 2017 at 15:16

      Agree with Charmaine. She needed good flexibility for getting in and out of plane, et al. She is a young, modern, beautiful, fit woman and dresses the part! She exudes happiness.

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    2. I am definitely in the skinny jeans camp. The pictures Charlotte posted are terrific. She looks great, and seems to be having a fun time. In general this was a very active event, and she certainly needed flexibility. I love Kate in red, also loved her hair today. Overall effect A+!

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    3. When she was in Australia she climbed in a plane while wearing a dress, so I'm not sure why slacks and cute boots would be a problem. I personally liked what she wore on one of the last days in Canada -- it was when she wore the glen plaid J Crew shoes. She looked neat, professional and really put together.

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  16. What a great event! I imagine alot of these kids will sometime in their life tell the story of how they spent Valentines with Kate/a princess/the Queen :)

    Nice to see her at a more "grassroot" version of an event connected with this patronage! And she looks like she had a splendid time.

    The look is.. OK. Nothing particularly wrong about it. But nothing outstanding either. It's practical, it has a nice colour and military feel. It felt young, which works well for her "audience" that day. So a good enough choice but will win no fashion awards. Which is totally fine by me :)

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      Rebecca and others - I took a slide of a First Dibs pair of morganite earrings and put them next to a photo of Kate's from the BAFTA's and I do think morganite is the most likely gem - although wish they were peachy diamonds.

      Also from that event, I loved Penelope Cruz's hair cut. (and dress for an actress.) I think a variation on that cut, possibly with less fringe, would be nice on Kate.

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    2. I think it is likely as well Julia, if they are real. Hhahaha, coloured diamonds like that is a biiiiiit hard to come by in that size.

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    3. Could you imagine how much they would be worth if those stones were actual pink diamonds? Good lord, they'd need their own security detail!

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    4. A commenter joked on the other blog that Miguel Head & Rebecca Deacon were in charge of guarding one earring each at the event, I find that totally plausible if they were actual diamonds!

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    5. Hahaah yeah.. It seems highly unlikely :P

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    6. If only they were argyle diamonds...but morganites do seem the most likely suggestion if they are real.

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    7. I think pink amethyst is possible, although that is such a large stone. From the Elizabeth Taylor collection?

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  17. To anyone who is feeling alone, neglected or sad this Valentine's Day, I am sending you flowers and a huge hug, πŸ’❤ Truly, :) Know you are loved. :)

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    1. That is such a lovely sentiment, surfer girl. I heartily second it :-)

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    2. Thank you Surfer Girl. That is so thoughtful of you. My husband died 3 years ago and Valentine's Day is still a bit difficult to deal with. x

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      I echo that.

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    4. Lovely thought Surfer Girl, and I send hugs to you all❤️

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    5. SG, you are a kind soul. Truly. I hope you are enjoying Valentine's Day. xx ❤❤❤

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    6. thank you RF. I got to have a nice leisurely lunch with family, so I'm good. :)

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    7. p..s. And out of the whole group, I got to choose the restaurant. yay. score one for moms. :)

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    8. That is so sweet of you to say that, surfer girl! I hope your words gave some brightness to others, as they did to me x

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    9. SG, good for you! I'm glad you had a great Valentine's Day. :-)

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  18. Well said Charmaine! Although I do also feel that the skinny jeans need to be not quite so skinny...there is a threshold even for us young and athletic women, that once crossed is just plain immodest. My father always told me that if one can see your straps or underwear line, it is too tight. And if she did not have that coat strategically (mostly) covering her rear, I am pretty sure we would see some lines. Like it or not, Catherine is not a normal, modern young thirty-four year old...she represents the queen and the monarchy of Great Britain. I do not think it is too strict to expect that she ought to remember that and dress the part at every official engagement.

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  19. Would love to see the inside the Hotel de Charost. It must be very magnifique'. Nice to know they sort of have a home away from home anywhere there is a British Embassy. I think I would be asking the foreign office for a reason to visit each. :)

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    1. Also agree with you here, surfer girl! I saw the picture of the Hotel de Charost and my jaw dropped. I was just in Paris this past summer and am now wishing I'd known to go by this building! William and Kate certainly get to stay in some beautiful places.

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    2. William & Kate are very fortunate to stay in magnificent places such as Hotel de Charost, I am jealous! I would love to visit Paris one day.

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    3. It does look like a lovely place to stay. I, too, am jealous. ;-)

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  20. I agree... The blazer Is too weighty for the jeans. I kind of get the skinny jeans thing - I have only in the last year felt confident to wear a slim fitting trouser. Used to make me feel fat/old/not fashionable.
    Hair fabulous as always! Nice engagement.
    Great news re. Paris!

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  21. I have a feeling that Kate's paternal grandfather, Peter Middleton, was looking down from heaven with a particularly big smile on his face today.

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    1. Peter Middleton would definitely be proud :) Prince Philip must also be happy to see that his patronage is in capable hands! I think Kate may have a natural ability for flying, judging by the comments made after her flight simulator experience.

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    2. I would think it possible that Kate may have taken over the controls whilst flying with William at some point,

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    3. Yes, carole, he must have given Kate a go before, that's why she seems such a natural! I'd also like to think she could have inherited some skills from her late grandfather, Peter :)

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  22. I agree with your sentiment, Charmaine, although I must say that there is just something off about this look for me. Military blazers are always a win for me and I love red, but it looks a little bulky on Kate. I, too, am not a fan of the bottom half. It's not that I have anything against skinny jeans, but the material doesn't match the quality of the blazer, here. Kate has two different looks going on. I also might be the only one who didn't favor the ponytail today. Overall, a nice engagement and just an ok look for Kate.

    I hope everyone has a nice Valentine's Day! Treat yourself to some chocolate :)

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    1. Right, Becca. The quality of the fabric in the skinny jeans does not come up to the quality of the fabric of the blazer. I think that that is the biggest distraction, plus the leggings look faded. If the quality of fabrics matched, and the leggings didn't look faded, I think it would look much better and add ankle boots instead also. I have had favorite black leggings that faded over time :( and had to relegate them to more casual, just kick-around times. She still looks beautiful as always though, and as always, a good sport. What a fun visit.

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    2. Agree, Becca and surfer girl.
      It looks top heavy to me. That blazer is vibrant and substantial so it needs an equally substantial bottom half - a straight-leg jean would have worked perfectly here and maintained the uber-skinny silhouette Kate favors. This just looks - awkward. I'm not a huge fan of jeans, which are more casual, tucked into these particular boots, which favor a dressier look.
      Also, you're right about the fading. Whether on purpose or by accident, these particular pants look like they've seen better - and darker- days. Sort those to working in the gardens at Anmer or playing with the kids at Kensington Gardens!!

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    3. Yes, exactly. If the fabric of the pants had been darker and less..worn looking?...it would've coordinated much better. I like the suggestion of the ankle boots. While I do love a good riding boot, it would be great to see Kate experiment with some different boot styles, especially with these more casual outfits. She did look pretty and as though she were having a good time!

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    4. That's the best way to put it, the quality of the fabrics is completely mismatched.

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    5. I think that is actually why I am okay with the whole look. The blazer has weight so to me, it's more of a jacket than a suit blazer. I do adore skinny pants and wear them to work all the time but I think if she has been wearing skinny trousers, they would have been too refined(best word I can come up with) and I would have been waiting for her to take the jacket off. As is, I am okay with the whole look(though I am ready for her to move from skinny jeans to a more polished skinny trouser).

      I think the black gloves kick it into the ringleader for me!

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  23. This was such a charming post today! I think this outfit was planned with the intention of getting involved. The jacket is professional and gives a military nod, but the pants and boots allowed her to climb out of planes and jump around with the cadets. A more formal trouser wouldn't necessarily allow that.

    This is just a personal preference, but I don't like the colors red and black together. I've noticed Kate (and most people) only accent black and red together. I'd love to see her add red with another color besides black or another shade of red. Perhaps navy or grey. Again, just a personal preference.

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    2. Caroline in Montana14 February 2017 at 23:51

      Im confused as to why people think you cant do things easily in other kinds of pants? Ive never worn the skinny jeans as i think you don't need to show off your body that much but i don't see how wearing a slim trouser or real jeans would hamper any movement? and it was nice the airman averted his eyes from her bottom, but really when you wear clothes like that isn't that the point? the look at me factor? i must be getting old!!

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    3. Navy or grey would look amazing with this shade of red! Black does tend to look a bit severe or bland sometimes.

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    4. I think that young cadet has excellent peripheral vision.

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  24. I guess I don't see what some others here do. This look looks ridiculously professional to me. The jeans are not faded or worn out, look wonderful with the jacket, and are not immodest in the least. I love the beautiful boots, gloves, and side pony. She is just so beautiful.

    I'm always struck by how happy she looks and how much fun (especially with the children) she always seems to have during these engagements. Wonderful, wonderful work. Cannot wait for Paris!

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    1. I agree with both Alex and Charmaine. I really like this look too, although I would have preferred the jacket to be just a bit longer. I think the look evokes more of a riding look of a young English woman, polished and elegant. She is appropriately dressed for the activities of the event, formal with the jacket buttoned, yet casual. The ponytail, the gloves, boots, it all works. Particularly like the picture of her stepping out of the plane, she cuts a nice figure and its almost like a photo shoot as it displays the outfit very well. She really is beautiful and just exudes happiness in all of these pictures. Above all else, even if you don't like the look, you have to love her smile and the way she engages...its infectious.

      I've always liked this type of look and it reminds me of one of my favorite pictures of Diana....its the one where she, Prince Charles and the boys are on a picnic in the country. I love how Diana is wearing riding pants (80's version of leggings), boots, a blouse and blazer. The effect of this look has a casual elegance to it that feels stylish yet easy and comfortable. I think Kate's look strikes the same chord. cc

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    2. Cece, Kate's ensemble so reminds of what Diana wore in that portrait with her family. That portrait remains one of my favourite :)

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    3. Well..I am going to throw my vote in favour of the skinny jeans. I agree with Alex and Cece. Nothing wrong. With them for this type of occasion.

      I am old enough to understand those that feel these are inappropriate for work, but young enough to appreciate how very stylish they are. I own several pairs in various shades of grey and black.

      What is acceptable in the work place has really changed in the last three years. I work in a very conservative field of professional services. I remember when I started I had one navy blue skirt suit which I would pair with a different white blouse every day!! Now we are business casual (which includes jeans) everyday unless we have client meetings. The rule is they must be clean (no rips or tears). I have not yet worn skinny jeans to the office but have a pair of dark denim boot cut jeans that I pair with different blazers and blouses. (Ya for Smythe!). So I have to say I think for this event these skinny jeans especially tucked into a pair of gorgeous boots is absolutely fine!

      The thing with trousers, is they absolutely need to be worn with a heel (imho). Otherwise they look very dowdy. And heels would have been tricky to maneuver on that grass jumping up and down.

      My issue here is with the blazer. It seems that the bottom of the jacket just hangs very awkward...it kind of loses its shape. Maybe it is the big pockets that cause the problem but some how it just doesn't hang quite right.

      I also thought the gloves were a lovely touch. I agree with Rebecca of Sweden...not going to win any fashion awards but a solid look for the events of the day!

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    4. Cece-
      Just wanted to pick up on your comment about the Charles/Diana picnic portrait. I too recall that photo well and read some years later that as it was taken on or about 1990, by Lord Snowdown (Princess Margaret's then former husband) and used as their christmas card that year. There was much talk later that there was quite a subtext going on in that portrait. Diana famously disliked riding, but by 1990 was in teh advanced stage of her relationship with Capt. Hewitt (whom she had gotten to know well initially through riding lessons), and of course by 1990 Charles had returned full time to Camilla - whom he had stayed in contact with in the early years of his marriage to Diana through various hunts. So while all of that was hidden from public view, it was very much "common knowledge" in royal circles, including presumably Lord Snowden. Diana Her True Story would come out about a year later and change all of that. IN any case the comments I read later about that portrait in hindsight was that it was a deliberate comment by a very gifted and talented photographer." The point not being that it was in any way meant as an unkindness, but as an attempt at layers of truth ....Anyway...a bit of interesting royal history there...

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    5. Ariagirl thanks so much for the very interesting information. Now I think I love the picture even more!! They say a picture is worth a thousand words. It is amazing that a truly talented photographer like Lord Snowdown can convey so much meaning so simply. The picture has ever been a favorite of mine and now knowing the back story I can appreciate the feeling and complexity of it. Pretty clever. I also appreciate that one of the side benefits of this blog is the sharing of opinions and information amongst "cyber" friends. I have learned so much from this group of articulate, intelligent women (and men) who have definite and distinct points of view. I think its great! cc

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    6. I second that, CeCe, everyone is so informative in the comments section of this blog. ariagurl, thank you for mentioning the background story of that portrait, it's interesting to look at it now & know what was going on behind the scenes in hindsight. I love Lord Snowdon's styling of the shoot.

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    7. Cece and Kiwi Gal - Thank you, i was hoping no one would be offended by the added info. I do apologize I gave the wrong year, it appears this is dated 1992 so it was likely taken in 1991 or 1992...but it was still before they separated and certainly before the Morton book was published in June 1992...In any event, I love that there is a place for all my trivial knowledge on this subject to be put to some use!

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  25. What a lovely engagement. I love the blazer, with the nod to Valentine's Day and the theme of the engagement. I agree with you, Charlotte, that the proportions of the blazer with skinny jeans are a bit lop-sided or top-heavy or something. As Barbara U.S. suggested above, a slim-fitting but not skinny pant with ankle boots would have looked better proportioned, I think. That said, she looks so happy and the blazer is such a great piece, it is very hard not to be thoroughly charmed by the photos anyway.

    And what wonderful news about the Paris engagement. With the discussions, at times contentious, that have taken place about the number of engagements that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do/should do, this Paris engagement seems noteworthy because here they are undertaking a trip on behalf of the Foreign Office, doing essential diplomatic work at an important time for Anglo-French (or Franco-British?) relations. (As a U.S. citizen, I keep thinking how spectacularly lucky the U.K. is to have ambassadors for foreign diplomatic missions such as William and Kate. :-) )

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  26. We should always remember the nature and tone or each of the Duchess' visits. This is not business casual. She looks great. Skinny jeans and all. I am sure, for her at least, this was a nice outing to not have to be dressed to the nines and be comfortable with the cadets she was meeting. I thought she looked great and comfortable.

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  27. HER HAIR IS GLORIOUS.

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  28. Not loving this. Theoretically should work. At least the top part. There's no theory by which those skinnies would work.

    But I concur with those who said before me that it gives overall the impression of a circus entertrainer. Although even for that those skinnies wouldn't be appropriate.

    Good intentions, but not a look I can get behind. Can't imagine nobody had the courage/ guts to tell her about those pants. Bewilders me how she keeps wearing them. Big sighs (several).

    Happy valentines anyway-and all the from Northern Ontario

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  29. Happy. Valentine everyone. I hoping. You have a great day of ahead of you i love the blazer feeling blue. Oh i love Paris enagements im sure. The grandad peter middleton. And smiling down in heaven. Beaming to her

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  30. I agree that the jeans are not the best fit with the blazer, but I like the blazer and the nice boots (which are hard to combine with straight jeans).
    I think it is a little weird how she always holds her hands in front of her... I can not understand why you would do that while jumping over a rope.

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  31. Most everyone (including me) certainly has a consensus on Kates choice of pants today, it's interesting when people all over the world come to the same conclusion independently. That must mean we are all on the right trackπŸ˜‰

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  32. No St. Patrick's Day appearance this year!

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  33. I really wish Kate would do an engagement with Princess Madeleine who is also in London since they are both interested in children!

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  34. Side note: imagine the street cred the pilot will get when he tells his buddies he hung out with Kate today.

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  35. Julia from Leominster14 February 2017 at 16:41

    First of all a great engagement, a lot of fun activities. Glad to see her visit the cadets.

    As for the outfit, sorry I just don't think the two pieces go together. If she had worn the Zara trousers from Canada, the look would have been better - and still tight enough. (if cadets can jump in trousers, Kate can.) Or her red jumper with the jeans. But whilst some blazers go with jeans, this one doesn't. I also think the shape is wrong on her - the shorter Zara shape from Canada is much better. But red is nice for Valentine's Day.

    There, I'm grumbling, but we do talk fashion on this blog. I looked at the blue blazer because I thought the colour quite pretty but I'm not going to spend that much for a blazer made of rayon! I want wool for that price.

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    1. Ha, very funny! I entirely agree with you, Julia, about rayon vs wool (or silk, or some cottons, etc.) Expensive designer clothes in not-expensive synthetic fabrics are a bit of an oxymoron :-) ... Of course I understand that the expense can also come from the work/workmanship put into the quality of the design, tailoring.

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  36. I would have like to see her in a pair of smart dress trousers, but oh how I LOVE that blazer. The double breasted style with military style buttons is right on target for this engagement. I do think the sleeves are just a bit too short, both on Catherine and the models shown in the linked site. A nice casual look but perhaps the skinny jeans are a bit of a miss.

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  37. Love the blazer and her hair. Great interactions with the cadets. She is doing a great job as patron here.

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  38. Thank you, Charlotte, for the post! I like Kate's look, both the colour combination and the overall look. I was wondering why I din't mind these jeans and I think it's 1) because she is so slim and 2) also because I'm so used to seeing her in them that I can hardly imagine her in any other kind of trousers. :)
    I hope the pilot has been able to celebrate his teaching session later today! ;)
    I suppose Prince Philip was pleased with Kate. No doubt he also had a couple of humorous remarks, such as that she did much better in hopping than he would have.

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    1. Haha yes, Kate makes jumping up & down & hopping in/out of planes look elegant! Prince Philip must be relieved he doesn't have to do that anymore at his age! Kate is the perfect choice for patron of the RAF cadets, considering her grandfather was a pilot & flew with the Duke.

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  39. I love the whole outfit except for the jeans. I don't think they work well with the blazer. If she must wear skinny jeans, I think it would have been better to wear black velvet ones. They're more elegant. Though frankly I don't understand why she insists on wearing (skinny) jeans for engagements. I'm a student and I wouldn't even do that for my job as an intern. I think it's fine for an engagement that involves an activity like fishing as in Canada or the scouts but for anything else: no!

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  40. She needed a belt, there are a number of photos of her hiking up her pants or leggings or whatever they were.
    I love the blazer and I get that she had to factor in some physical activity but this particular pair of jeans or leggings isn't the most flattering. A great straight-leg jean over some flat-soled booties would have been perfect.
    There's been a lot of conjecture and consternation around the upcoming Paris visit and why, for the second year in a row, Kate and William will shun the Irish Guard and refuse to hand out the St. Patrick's Day shamrocks, a decades-old tradition.
    For all the work that goes into these events, they and their staff and the scheduling teams could have found a way to include the Guards event or make time for it. It's a nice tradition and one that keeps this generation in touch with the traditions of past royals.
    It seems deliberate that they are not going to pass out the shamrocks for a second year in a row and I think we all have to wonder why.
    The Paris visit is a PR effort ahead of the Brexit negotiations.

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    1. William did hand out the Shamrocks last year. The schedule is because of the Wales France game which William was invited to as new Patron and the governments request for further diplomacy.

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    2. The Cambridges are not the only members of the Royal Family who can had out the Shamrocks. I understand it was made clear last year this engagement would not be just "theirs" - it would be even a bit tactless to monopolise it. I believe they are far from shunning it or refusing to do it; the trip to Paris certainly doesn't seem like an "minor excuse" for any other engagements. They were asked to go to France and they are going there. Surely, there are many responsible and knowledgeable people in Buckingham Palace whose task is to plan such events. There's no reason to question their work, IMO.

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    3. Julia from Leominster15 February 2017 at 08:07

      As one who was the most unhappy about the guards last year - and indeed it changed the way I felt about Kate - I won't repeat all I've said, known to most here.

      I'll just say in these extremely uncertain times, I believe certain traditional royal events of the last fifty years, if not more, should be handled with consistency and that the shamrocks should be handed out to the guards by the same royal lady who can build a public relationship in connection with them - as the queen mum did. As Kate's diary is not permitting this, I believed she should be relieved of this duty and it be given over to another royal lady with a more open schedule. Anne or Sophie comes to mind. In the long run, perhaps Harry's wife, Megan or whoever she may be.

      My understanding is that William and Kate first accepted an invitation to attend a six nations rugby final match - the patronage is William's not Kate's - and that they were then asked to extend their engagements in France - I can see multiple ways this could be handled and perhaps it will be - but it doesn't look that way.

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    4. I noticed the conflict for the St. Patrick's Day event too. If the driving force was the Wales/French match, that apparently is taking place the next day - March 18 in the afternoon. I think its a short flight from London to Paris, one would think if attending the Guards St. Patrick's Day event were a priority some accommodation could have been found to get the Cambridges to Paris late Friday, or first thing Saturday the 18th. I am sure other events have been scheduled since for the 17th in Paris given their presence, but my point is that it appears that both events could have accommodated their involvement. So, perhaps there is different long view approach in mind. I agree Sophie could do a nice job with this on ongoing, or perhaps one of Andrew's daughters. Harry's future wife might also be a nice fit given his strong connection to the military. I think it a shame but perhaps its better to simply not see DOC there at all going forward so this narrative of "will she or won't she" reaches its end.

      On another note - I liked her outfit today and her enthusiasm. I wear skinny jeans quite a bit myself but am always keen to balance it with a longer top so it doesn't show too much. She can get away with this more than the average gal, but I agree some variety in pant selection would be a welcome change. So, she looked great, I'd just love to see what she'd choose if she was going to select something other than skinny jeans...

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    5. Julia, I agree. It's funny, people defending the monarchy often leap to the "it's tradition" argument, and yet many people don't seem to see that here. It's odd to me.

      What usually gets taxpayers past the cost and burden of the monarchy, is the feeling that you could set your clock by them, the royals and the official routines become part of the very fabric of our lives and British society.

      It's hard to see a well loved tradition seem to fall by the wayside. (particularly if I may say one that pays tribute to Ireland, a long and difficult history there) So many remember the images of the Queen Mother every St. Patrick's Day, and it seemed Kate was assuming that. If she hadn't started, it wouldn't be the same issue. It was the starting then stopping. Should have left it in Anne's hands.

      I understand younger people thinking this may be silly to care about, but I remember one commentator saying last year, if the royals aren't going to keep up with tradition, what's the point of them?

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    7. Since William is the Coronel, I'm surprised he won't be there. If any royal should hand out Shammrocks it should be him. I believe I read that the Queen Mum did it because they did not have a royal colornel. Is that true?

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    8. Claudia, I do not believe that anyone thinks of tradition as being "silly"; perhaps they simply believe that it isn't totally unreasonable or irresponsible for William, or other royals, to do the honors.

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    9. Julia from Leominster16 February 2017 at 18:23

      The queen is colonel in chief of the guards. There wasn't a royal colonel until William as I understand it.

      The role of handing out shamrocks started as being one for royal ladies who have most consistently taken on that duty - one the Queen Mum made her own, even sacrificing her beloved racing to do it. I believe the role has the most meaning when the same person does it - it brings a connection between that lady and the guards. The relationship between the Queen Mum and the guards was truly memorable. When it's done by whoever has an open slot in their diary, it loses that sense of connection, which is much more important today where royal duties are being closely scrutinised and not just accepted and where the forces face both as great danger as even and challenges unheard of in the past.

      I like to see traditions remain. Not all are old (such as the investiture of the Prince of Wales) but all give a certainty and meaning. Honouring the forces to me is always extremely important and this has been one of the most notable of those events.

      I've never felt Kate is a young woman with much inherent sense of tradition - whether from giggling at the Garter Ceremony, or saying she "enjoyed" handing out the shamrocks, with the word honoured no where mentioned. And although William is said to have wished to do so, Kate never had a husband posted in a war zone, or has had to manage and support a household without assistance when he was overseas.

      I don't put rugby in the same category and am sorry there was this conflict. Apart from that engagement, the French tour seems as though it could have happened at any time. Hope Kate has fun at the match.

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    10. Caroline in Montana16 February 2017 at 19:15

      Christen from New York - I really have to disagree, i dont think they should do away with presenting the shamrocks just because its not william or kate giving them out. this started long before them and their are several members of the royal family that could do this, maybe on a rotating basis, i think its ok if the same person is not locked into doing this for the rest of their life unless they would like it to be so. this is not the end of the world in my opinion, but im sure there will be much much more about this in the next month :(

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  41. Just saw on KP's Twitter feed that Kate will be opening a new Ronald McDonald House on Feb. 28. :)

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  42. Joann Aldrich Amercia14 February 2017 at 20:32

    I love the Blazer and the black turtle neck the black pants and gloves ,I think everything looked great on her ,she looked warm and as always the Duchess was beautiful. Happy Valentines Kate.

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  43. I think Kate looks terrific. I LOVE this military style jacket and honestly don't understand the reaction to the jeans. If the Queen objected to them, I have a feeling that a whisper, or a perhaps even a gift card, would have landed at Kate's front door by now. πŸ˜„ And since not many of us wear couture gowns one day and climb into an airplane the next, I would trust her judgment.

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  44. PS

    the model is wearing snug, faded jeans with the gray blazer. ☺

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  45. I'm sorry to say this is a fairly awful ensemble in my mind. The blazer is very nice, but totally out of place with her gardening jeans. It reminds me of times when I'm at home dressed down and someone calls for me to meet them, or I have to drop something at the office, and I don't want to change completely so I add a nice blazer hoping it will fool everyone into thinking I look much smarter than I really do!

    Please tell me what's wrong with a pair of nice slim cut trousers? These jeans or jeggings or whatever are inappropriate, not to mention faded, not even a rich black. But black is so unimaginative! Nice camel trousers would have looked wonderful with the red, or how about a grey, a rich brown? She needs to discover that things can be paired with items that aren't just black!

    Really a shame, at first glimpse I was so happy to see the blazer which I wish she'd embrace more. Then I saw the rest. Sigh.

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    1. I completely agree - she needs to expand her wardrobe to include proper trousers - they don't need to be wide leg - just something that is NOT skin tight leggings style!

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  46. I'm with those that find this outfit appropriate for the event. She looks glorious. And I love it. And here's the tickle, I'm wearing the exact same outfit today! Red blazer, black leggings, black suede knee high boots. Except my buttons are silver and am wearing a black beret.

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    1. Laura, did you & Kate conspire to wear similar outfits? :P I love the addition of a black beret...maybe we will see Kate wearing one in Paris next month! If I recall correctly, doesn't she already have one in her closet?

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    2. Your outfit sounds wonderful and I especially like the beret!

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  47. Theresa, from Paris14 February 2017 at 22:32

    Well, the Duke and Duchess coming to my home town, that is what I call news :-) !!!!!
    Will keep an eye out !!!

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    1. La chanche! J'espere que tu peux y aller! Ca vaut la peine!

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  48. The blazer isn't my favorite, but she wears it well. Her hair looks incredible.

    Not too much to add to the conversation here, but I'm in the camp that thinks the skinny jeans look a little ridiculous. There are so many nice slim or even skinny-cut pants that are made of trouser material: J. Crew is one retailer who has excellent selection of this. I'm sure many British brands do too. She can still wear skinny pants that are not jeans. I really don't get it.

    This outfit would not be acceptable in many offices, schools, or workplaces.

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  49. I love the blazer and her hair. But I think the jeans are embarassingly tight. Why is that necessary?

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    1. Caroline in Montana16 February 2017 at 19:23

      I guess its the "fashion". i don't understand it either, but people say it is very comfortable and id imagine a great confidence booster! ill never forget my sister in law saying to my niece (15, who was wearing skin tight high waist-ed shorts) "honey, more than your lungs need to breath!" was glad i was already sitting down, made me laugh till i cried. (sorry if that's too inappropriate Charlotte!?)

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  50. What a cool engagement! I love seeing Kate getting involved during these interactive engagements, she seems really enthusiastic & happy :) I love the red shade of the blazer & the buttons. I must admit, this ensemble is giving off circus ringmaster vibes, as Emily mentioned above! But I like it, especially with the gloves and boots. She just gets away with wearing these jeans here due to the length of the blazer...just. Her hair is looking fabulous!

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  51. LauraT I bet you look/looked fabulous:) I am not a fan of her look but I believe having to do with what several posters mentioned that resonated with me. First the jacket seems an odd fit on her. Second the jeans/leggings do not balance in weight the fabric of the coat or heaviness of the design of the coat. Perhaps tight black jeans that are heavier in denim and look more like a jean in finish and texture would have helped. Those type of skinny jeans are easily worn under a tall boot.There are a few there details but really I have decided it is something about the fit of the jacket and the weight/feel of the two pieces that is not working together.

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  52. Fabulous engagement, smile, hair, jacket and- I guess I'm in the minority- jeans. I think this is quite appropriate for the outing. She looks like she is having a great time and so do the cadets.

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  53. The blazer is great -- I just wonder if she is ever going to wear a pair of proper trousers? The super tight jeans look with boots is getting more than a tad old - that first full length photo of her today's outfit is really horrible - I would think if she saw a few like that, she MIGHT finally get into a few trouser sets.

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  54. Alejandra Ramirez15 February 2017 at 04:31

    I really liked today´s look, with the exception of the color of the jeans. They should have been darker, but other than that, it was perfect!
    I am thinking that during the French visit she will wear, without doubt in my opinion, Roland Mouret because he is a designer that she has worn. Maybe Nina Ricci? Queen Letizia wore a stunning ensemble consisting of Ricci´s clothes and it was awesome! :)

    Good job with the post!

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  55. I love the blazer! Really wishing skinny jeans become unfashionable as I do not see one redeeming quality about them. They look horrible on everybody. Like thick, bulky leggings. So unpolished and frumpy.

    Kate did look to have an enjoyable day. It's wonderful to see so many expressions. Makes me wonder what the conversation was about.

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  56. Julia from Leominster15 February 2017 at 14:38

    I doubt the queen would offer any opinion on what any family member wears - it just doesn't seem like her style.

    My own feeling is a royal should always dress equal or above what the majority those at the engagement are likely to be wearing - not dress less formally than what they are wearing - so in this case, trousers would have been more appropriate (the cadets being in trousers as a uniform) - although the dressiness of the jacket somewhat mitigates that.

    Whatever she wears, Kate - or any royal - should not need to tug at their clothes to pull them up. This has happened more than once with Kate recently. (once can happen to anyone but should be a learning experience.) Unfortunately, these days, any royal, or anyone in public life, is likely to be photographed throughout an engagement.

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    1. Hey Julia. I agree about tugging on clothes. However, if something is new and if the Duchess is wearing the item for the first time, those quirks in a garment can be hard to predict. Stretchy fabrics can be particularly bad in this regard. I have been disappointed more than once with something that was just fine when trying it on, but did not perform well afterwards.That holds for stunningly expensive things I've splurged on, too, which annoys me no end.

      Unless you test wear everything in advance (which I doubt is practical for Catherine) you really can't predict those nuisance flaws in something. So, I don't fault her for that. I didn't notice the other times it happened; however, I suspect that there could be a similar reason for it.

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  57. I saw a lovely new engagement posted for W,K,H - a tea party at BP for children whose parents (or parent) died in service to the country.

    I can't help but wonder if Meghan Markle will soon attend one of these, seems right up her alley as well and I am certain Harry would adore that. Maybe not till they're engaged (if that happens) but I don't know, maybe all the prior rules are out the window now...

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    1. I don't think it's a matter of "rules" but a matter of cost. Technically, the Duchy of Cornwall or Buckingham Palace pays for all the expense for royal appearances - including cost of clothes. Kate's wardrobe isn't coming out of "her" pocket. Nor is the security for these events. To secure a 4th person adds cost to the event and if the person is not a member of the family or announced to be a member of the family -- they have no business there. In so far as this is royal "work" - do you bring your girlfriend/boyfriend to work? They are there to greet the public as royals. Not to entertain friends.

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    2. Easy Moxie, I was just thinking aloud really :)

      Those are good points, but joining him as a guest for a more social work event (like the tea party) I could certainly see as a possibility. I don't think Charles would begrudge covering any additional costs (and the Duchy is his private income) and certainly Harry has the bank account to cover one event himself as well. But again the tea party, like a garden party, is already going to be hosting thousands I would imagine, so one more won't break the bank! It's entirely possible she could just attend as an invited guest.

      I'm just thinking if they're as serious and moving as fast as they seem to be, a joint appearance of sorts is certainly coming soon, though likely in the stands at a sporting event and not an official engagement ;)

      And yes, many moons ago when I was a girlfriend, I was asked on a first date with "I have this work thing to run, it's a fundraiser, probably be a bit boring, but I can bring a guest, would you like to come?"
      I'm still wearing his ring :)

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    3. I think it's lovely too. I hope they play it up for them . . . I keep thinking of Madeleine of Sweden all princessed up for her tea party with little girls last year!

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    4. I doubt it very much, Claudia. Can you imagine the media frenzy over Harry's girlfriend attending ANY engagement with him? I just don't see it happening until he decides that this (or any) girl is "the one" and she has the ring to prove it. :-)

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    5. Julia from Leominster16 February 2017 at 18:29

      I don't believe royal girlfriends attend events until they are engaged, except perhaps for family occasions such as polo matches, the Diana memorial or weddings. After all, Harry has had previous long-term relationships with Chelsy and Cressida that didn't work out so getting them too involved would not have been wise. Sophie undertook no royal engagements until after her marriage, even though she was living with Edward.

      The tea party does remind me of Madeleine's in a very positive way. That was one of my most favourite engagements ever, just delightful.

      William just had a very nice engagement with Centrepoint.

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  58. Funny how everyone is talking about the pants whereas i only can think that a red coat and heart shaped earings on valentines day is just too cheesy...!?!?!

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    1. I love cheesy!

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  59. Not a fan of this outfit but thanks for a great post Charlotte and I look forward to their Paris visit!

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  60. I think Catherine looked happy and engaged at this visit, but OH NO the skinny jeans!! I am not a fan primarily, because they look so casual and they are faded and worn (she obviously loves them). I think they would have worked better if the coat was longer. Look at Princess Mary here (http://us.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014050918663/princess-mary-children-eurovision/) also in skinny jeans but the longer coat covers more and it's a more sophisticated look.

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    1. Mary looks terrific but was she climbing into an airplane? Not sure the coat would work.

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    2. I agree with Royalfan. The activities Catherine was engaged in called for a shorter jacket. And Mary looks great and Catherine looks great

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  61. Prince George at the tea party this May?

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    1. What a great thought πŸ€—

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  62. I really liked the blazer and turtle neck, gloves. This is really the first occasion she has worn those earrings that I felt looked great. Loved her boots as well and she looked warm and comfortable.

    I am not a fan of the skinny jeans with this look. A great pair of black dress pants or black straight leg jeans would have looked much better.

    She clearly enjoyed the day with the cadets and I am sure that all of the cadets enjoyed having her there as well.

    Love the amount of announcements and engagements that are being added to the calendar and being released by KP. Almost everyday is something new for both her and William. Clearly reflects their desire to step up their royal duties.

    Can't wait for the tour, sounds really interesting and I am sure there will be great fashion.

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