Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Royal Family Gathers for Iraq Afghanistan Service of Dedication & Memorial Unveiling

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the royal family joined the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for a service of dedication on Horse Guards Parade before unveiling the new Iraq Afghanistan Memorial on Victoria Embankment Gardens, London.


William, Kate and Harry arriving.


Other royals in attendance included The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Princess Alexandra who has a broken wrist and the Duke of Kent, ill with a chest infection, were unable to attend. 


Her Majesty arrived to the national anthem on Horse Guards.


The 2,500 strong crowd at the service included current Service personnel, veterans, representatives of departments and bodies including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the National Health Service, and representatives of various charities and aid organisations. 


Political figures included PM Theresa May, David Cameron, Tony Blair and Sir John Major.


The service is a dedication to those deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan, either military or civilian, and those who supported them at home.


Kate chats with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.


Kate and Sophie chatting.


Veterans and their families gathered for the service.


The royal family has close connections with the armed forces - so it seemed only fitting to see such a large turnout today. 


Of course, Prince Harry undertook two tours of Afghanistan. The first in 2007 as a Forward Air Controller and then in 2012 as an Apache Pilot. 


It seemed very appropriate for Harry to read from the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven".


More from ITV News:

'The number of British forces personnel and MoD civilians who died while serving in Afghanistan is 456, for the Iraq conflict it was 179, and the Gulf War 47, according to figures from the Ministry of Defence.
The service was led by the Chaplain of the Fleet, the Venerable Ian Wheatley, who gave thanks to the civilians and military personnel who served in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan. "We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror," he said. "And we remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives in wars and conflicts, past and present, have been given and taken away."
Prince Harry marked a sombre note with a Bible reading from Ecclesiastes 3: 'To everything there is a season'. Members of the clergy also read moving poems and prayers before attendees bowed their heads for the Lord's Prayer and a rendition of the Last Post, culminating in two minutes' silence.'

Veteran Tommy Roberts on what the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial means to him.


The bands playing before the unveiling.


Following the service, the royals travelled to Victoria Embankment Gardens, where Her Majesty unveiled the Iraq Afghanistan Memorial in the presence of the Memorial Trustees, together with individuals who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. 


The memorial honours all UK Service personnel and civilians who took part in conflicts in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan between 1990 and 2015. The memorial sculpture made from Portland stone and bronze was designed by Paul Day, and shows two monoliths supporting a medallion.


The Queen was presented with a posy by 2-year-old Alfie. His father served in Iraq and Afghanistan, his mother served in Afghanistan. Sergeant Mark Lunn MC joined the Rifles in 2007 and Corporal Michele Lunn joined in 2008. They both undertook tours of Afghanistan.


You can view the official brochure with more information on the memorial and messages from Her Majesty and Prime Minister Theresa May here.

Afterwards the royals attended a reception where they met veterans and their families.


William and Kate with Prince Edward at the reception.


Talk turned to Princess Charlotte with Kate revealing "She is the one in charge".


More from Simon Perry's story:

'Kate spent some time with the wife of a Royal Marine commando, swapping notes about their young daughters. “She said that Charlotte is growing up really fast. She is the one in charge,” Samantha Burge, wife of Warrant Officer Class 2 Chris Burge, told reporters.
“We have both got 2-year-olds and they are ruling the roost. It was a bit of a mummy chat,” said Samantha, who is mom to daughters Isabella, 4, and Amelia, 22 months — similar in age to George and Charlotte. “[She said] they are both becoming really good friends, George and Charlotte,” Samantha said.'

Prince William meets beneficiaries. You'll notice Kate's private secretary Rebecca Deacon in the background, earlier this week the Palace confirmed she will be moving on from her role later this summer.


Prince Harry chats to triple amputee Ben Weston.


The Countess of Wessex was delighted to meet Alfie and his parents who earlier presented the Queen with a posy.


The Duchess of Gloucester visited Basra, in Iraq, in 2008 and today attended the memorial reception.


The Duchess of Cornwall wore her 4 Rifles brooch today. Camilla is Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles.


Prince Charles meets guests.


Supporting the Armed Forces and charities which support them and their families has been an important part of Princess Anne's work.


Kate also met civilian personnel.


Another shot of the Duchess mingling with guests.


The Duchess chose her Michael Kors coatdress for the event.


Kate debuted the piece on ANZAC Day - the final day of the Australia tour in 2014 and sported it again last year for the official opening of the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace.  The indigo twill jacquard swing coat features a full skirt and front flap pockets. It's a classic piece and a very appropriate choice for the nature of the occasion. 


The piece comes from the designers Spring 2014 Collection.


The Telegraph described the look as "elegant yet appropriate" in their article:

"For the sombre occasion, the Duchess turned to a look which served her well for a previous memorial service. She opted for a fit-and flare blue tweed coat by American designer Michael Kors which first debuted during her 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand. The Duchess finished today's look with a wide-brimmed navy blue hat- thought to be by Lock and Co, navy gloves and co-ordinating suede heels. The Duchess's decision to wear the coat today is a sign of her mastery of the subtleties of national occasions. While an all-black look might have been deemed too much, blue is associated with sending messages of warmth, peace and tranquility."

Kate teamed the coatdress with the £325 navy Tiffany drop-brim hat by Lock & Co. (with thanks to Royal Romance and MF Stylist Perth).


More form the product description:

'Crafted from 100% rabbit fur felt, this 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' hat is a style saviour. The stunning, lipped drop-brim and wide Petersham band make this hat a real classic which is perfect for dressier social engagements.'

The Duchess accessorised with her beautiful G. Collins & Sons tanzanite and diamond pendant and earrings. The pear shaped pendant retailed for £8,400. 


A beautiful photo of Kate showcasing her (very Audrey Hepburn inspired) hat and jewels.


What Kate Wore received word from Cornelia James confirming Kate wore their £70 Beatrice Merino Wool Gloves finished with a front bow.

Cornelia James

Kate wore her Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.

Rupert Sanderson

And carried her navy Muse clutch.


We leave you with news just confirmed by Kensington Palace. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the 1st Batallion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Friday 17th March". It's going to be a busy day for the couple. I expect will travel straight to Paris afterwards. 

232 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden9 March 2017 at 11:25

    (Comment written after only the first look post so if something happens later and my post seems odd, that's why!)

    I know this is not an event about fashion. At all! But there isn't much to say about events like these. They are respectful, important and moving. But there is not much to discuss. So against my better judgement I will jump straight to fashion...

    Yay, my favourite jewels!! These are really, really good and I'm happy to see them again!

    This hat style is not my taste at all. (I have a irrational pet peeve of brimmed hat sitting straight down on the head. Reminds me of mushrooms). But i do enjoy her continuing playing with different shapes and styles and she pulls it off very well! And I like the more open neckline with a hat like this. Doesn't seem so cramped.

    I really like this coat, and think this might be the best wearing of it. It's neutral enough to be a good background piece, but still interesting and has a good shape!

    A good, solid look for this kind of event!

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    1. I like it too, Rebecca. I really like the coat, I like the jewelry and I'm glad she's not wearing a plate with sticks poking out on her head. If I quibble at all, it would be that the hat looks a bit too big, but overall I'm a fan.

      And Harry has a bit of a tan! :)

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    2. You made me laugh, Rebecca. I guess I've been commenting on here too long and have become complacent. I don't even bother writing a disclaimer anymore, I just jump into the fashion:)

      So in that spirit, I'm going to agree that this is the best wear of the Kors piece too.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden9 March 2017 at 15:01

      I don't write the disclaimer for anyone elses sake. More my own. It's so easy to fall into just talkiing about the fashion, because it's usually more to say. But I on purpose always sit down and make sure I comment something about the event before commenting the clothes. Mostly for my own sake, to make sure I don't loose track of what is actually important. But also because I like to make sure that there is some line of comment on the engagement that others might want to latch on to. Because I myself know it's harder to come up with writing something about the events, and sometimes easier to comment on a line of thought someone already has started on.

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    4. Rebecca, it's an admirable practice. I guess I rarely make comments on the engagement itself because I feel as if I'm repeating everyone else's remarks. As you say, there's often not much to say about them. I enjoy reading your comments:)

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    5. Anonymous in Colorado9 March 2017 at 15:56

      @Rebecca-Sweden: Your comments are always well-rounded & I tend to agree with your fashion observations! Yes, such a significant service to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifce & who serve.

      For some reason this hat reminds me of a style Rose Cholmondeley woould wear (has worn?)!

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    6. GREAT! NOW, I see it mushroom-esque too! ;) lol

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden9 March 2017 at 17:19

      Whoops, sorry florida girl :P

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    8. Anon in Colorado, I think it is the same hat that Rose Cholmondeley wore in black. It is a very dignified look.

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    9. I have started to do the same thing Rebecca. Comment on engagement and the fashion to keep the focus on the reason for the event.

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    10. I didn't like the hat. I think she is looking 10 years older 😯😯

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    11. Its not the hat. Its the updo with the hat that ages her. Its not a well executed updo either.

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  2. She looks gorgeous as usual.

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  3. Julia from Leominster9 March 2017 at 12:45

    All royal ladies and the P.M. qnd First Minister Sturgeon look appropriate and nicely dressed, except I'm taken aback by Sophie's red outfit. Like Kate's pink at the 9-11 memorial, I wouldn't have chosen that, but others may disagree.

    Kate's coat and hat look very sedate. I've always liked that coat.

    The memorial itself has a grave magnificence to it - so moving, especially for those who were injured, shattered or who never came home - but representing all who served.

    Harry's reading is most touching - I remember that chapter from Ecclesiastes being put to music when I was young.

    Amidst the solemness a sweet photo of the queen smiling when she receives flowers from a toddler.

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    1. Well, HM was in vivid blue, so I don't think red/black is inappropriate. The best part about the toddler was the fit he pitched when his part was done!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden9 March 2017 at 15:06

      I was also taken aback by Sophies look. She does look great, but the event was more of a solemn one and the red and ascot-y hat felt a bit much. Especially since the reporters were told that no clothing information would be given out since this was on par with the Rememberance occations.

      I was one who supported Kate's choice. I think it was a big difference. First of all, none of the prior royals had worn mourning or half-mourning or somber clothes. Second of all, alot of the information around the visit made a focus on happyness, moving forward and good things in darkness and such. So I thought it appropriate while I could also see why people thought it not.

      I don't think Sophie was inappropriate. Just not 100% appropriate for an event seen as a semi-solemn occation nearer the likes of Rememberance.

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    3. I thought Sophie, who was wearing her military brooch, dressed to coordinate with the hats and uniforms around her. The combination of dark red and black seems appropriate. She looks very nice. But what are those doodads on her hat? :-)

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden9 March 2017 at 15:38

      I thought about that as well Bluhare. But somehow her blue didn't feel as startling. Maybe it's because she's the Queen and Sophie is lower down the pecking order. Or maybe because the blue feels more "royal" and like it melts in more with the uniforms than the red. Or maybe because she is THE Queen and you just accept unconciously that she is right :P Or maybe no reason at all. But it didn't feel as jarring. And as I said, I didn't think Sophie inappropriate. Just not 100% appropriate.

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    5. Julia from Leominster9 March 2017 at 15:55

      I revise my opinion on Nicola Sturgeon - I thought she had a black coat but she appears in red in other photos.

      On solemn occasions, representing events and places where many have died, I continue to hold that the royal family should be in quiet choices, if not black. I accept those who support Kate's bright pink and their status to do so, but as someone who walked through Manhattan looking at signs and memorials shortly after 9-11, that will always jar me. Likewise. while I like Sophie's coat I find it out of keeping with how the other royal ladies are dressed.

      I suppose I'm thinking of the colour spectrum when I find blues and subdued greens a respectable choice and think the queen chose hers because of the need to be picked out by those watching on screens (not, I trust, because of her sapphire year.) I approved of the small brooch. But I would like to see the red/pink part of the spectrum avoided in its brightest hues.

      But nothing takes away from the importance and dignity of this occasion.

      On other royal ladies, I approve Anne's white. The Duchess of Gloucester is truly the lady, her look almost always pleases me. Camilla looks fine. Glad to see the royals bring a large group to chat with everyone. So nice.

      A completely irrelevant question of curiosity - that I intend to take nothing from the day. It's something I noticed in her blue Walker suit too. Why do Kate's clothes bulge over her back along her bra line? I just wondered what causes that. Since we discuss Kate's clothing I hope this offends no one by commenting upon. Part of me says I shouldn't notice, but I do.

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    6. Julia, I've always assumed that those were her shoulder blades but I could be wrong.

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    7. Yes, I believe they are her shoulder blades. Kate tends toward poor posture. I am hoping she will notice in her photographs and do something about it. The poor girl doesn't need "Stand up straight!" added to criticism of her hair, clothing, work ethic, makeup, eyebrows, etc.....

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    8. Julia - I've said this before. I live in NY, worked at the World Trade Center, was a first responder involved in search and recovery. I lost friends and co-workers in the attack and it's aftermath. I don't know anyone who took issue with Catherine's magenta coat on the visit to the memorial. If anything the press covering the visit gushed over the color on an otherwise dreary rainy day. And perhaps that is for a few reasons: it was not a funeral, years have elapsed since the attack, and most importantly in NY we are forward looking. While we don't forget, we seek renewal. We rise. We choose life and celebration. For that reason, if not for any other we appreciate the wearing of colors. Or maybe we are just a big bag of contradictions since we NYers wear black nearly all the time. Quien sabe?

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    9. Julia, I completely agree with you on the topic of colours that are not appropriate for certain events. Definitely Sophie looks like she thought she was going to Ascot. And (much as it pains me) Kate was inadequately dressed in NY. Even if Her Majesty was in a relatively bright colour, it was blue not red or pink.

      I will put in a great word fCamilla. I think she is looking more and more the part. I really like that shade of green.

      And Teresa May continues to impress me in terms of the sartorial choices she makes (not to mention her political guile).

      Best from Northern Ontario

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    10. I always love seeing the family out in full force, and it was quite right for this dedication. And Bravo Harry, this must have hit quite close to home for him.

      I thought, overall, everyone looked very nice. I liked Sophie's ensemble, and while I wouldn't say inappropriate, it didn't strike me as suitable perhaps. Just a little out of place. I also thought Camilla looked very nice, dare I say that? ;) I agree with Julia on the muted greens, blues if you're doing something other than black.

      Kate looked very nice but something was off for me. I love the hat so my choice would be to keep that, but maybe I would have worn a different coat/coatdress? One didn't seem to go with the other, I don't know, something just didn't fit in right. Maybe as Erika suggested it was the hair, as it so often is. I also always wish for better contrasting accessories for her instead of different shades of the same color from top to bottom.

      But there's really no reason to nitpick! It was a wonderful day overall and excellent representation from the family.

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    11. Julia @ 12:45, was the passage from Ecclesiastes turned into a song by The Byrds? I was just thinking about Harry's reading when the song came on the radio, spooky! I'm of a younger generation, but my mother listens to music from that era all the time & I picked up on it.

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    12. I had to scroll back up to look at Sophie's outfit. I think of red as an appropriate color for an event like this because I connect it to the color of British military uniforms. Looking at the pictures of the royal family, I was more distracted by the feathers on Princess Anne's hat.

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    13. Claudia, yes, you can say that. LOL. I thought Camilla looked fine today. And I don't see a problem with Sophie's dress, but the hat appears to be more spring/summer vs. the heavier fabric of the dress.

      But if you want to talk about an "Oh, nooo..." hat, me thinks the Duchess of Gloucester wins the prize.

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    14. Julia: I had almost all the same sediments as you.

      The memorial was beautiful. Hope to visit it some day. It's monumental.

      Harry's reading was moving. I have to clip it and save it.

      Really liked Kate's outfit today. I really loved that Kors coat from the beginning. Perhaps one of my favorites items in Kate's closet. I enjoyed seeing Kate in a hat that was different. I think the hat is stunning. Look forward to her wearing it again - I can imagine it with a variety of ensembles. It's very Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's).

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    15. bluhare, you were right about the epic tantrum that little Alfie threw being the best part of his interactions with HM & the PM, haha. He stole my heart!

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    16. Funny royalfan! :)

      And you just nailed it in another comment, now I know what's bothering me is the neckline here. I think if she had worn something underneath or a fabulous big choker it would have pulled everything together. The large hat, gloves, and suede accessories make the bare vneck quite out of place in my opinion. So you and surfer girl I think suggested a pearl choker and that would have helped. The neckline is really out of place with the rest of the ensemble.

      Maybe she should have called Camilla again for the loaner... ;) Though could you imagine Diana's sapphire choker with that blue hat! I can't wait to see that fabulous piece again.

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    17. I don't think Kate is a choker kind of girl. Although that sapphire and pearl necklace is gorgeous, I think it is meant more for dressy, evening events-although I suspect Camilla would not hesitate to wear it to a polo match, if she so chose. That particular necklace is so strongly identified with Diana, I doubt we'll see it worn again, at least not until Charlotte's generation.I also think Catherine is probably perfectly content to let her step-MIL dominate the choker wearing.

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    18. Claudia, any choker but one of Camilla's....pleeease. 😁😀😃

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    19. Julia from Leominster11 March 2017 at 16:31

      A little shocked to hear the hat is made of rabbit felt - I always see bunnies as pets but know not everyone does - and plenty complain about their gardens.

      I don't think a choker but a shorted pendant would have been better. I do love the tanzanite pendant - the shape of the earrings not so much.

      (I'm not a fan of Camilla's chokers because they highlight her very aged neck. I really think they are better on the young although Alexandra wears them too. I suspect the chokers are gifts from Charles and thus Camilla's private property.)

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    20. If my husband kept giving me chokers to wear I might start looking into possible unconscious motivation. Is he trying to tell me something? : ] It may not be Camilla's choice. I agree-gifts from Charles.Did she wear a lot of chokers before Charles when she was married to her first husband? Alexandra still has a lovely neck, in my opinion. I'm sorry she is ill, but she has earned her rest and then some.

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    21. I think a neckline solution might be a simple white scarf edging around the V. Or a burgundy-colored one.

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    22. Aww no chokers for Kate please! I've rarely seen one that I've liked.

      Poor bunnies! I love the hat but wish it was made of something else.

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    23. Forgive me Julia but I have to jump in here, because I don't think any woman should be put off wearing something because it shows her age, as long as it's appropriate. Women should be proud of their age, and not be constantly worried about showing lines or wrinkles which are perfectly normal. No one is 25 forever.

      Camilla will be 70 this year and I'm sure would be the first to admit she has the lines and wrinkles to prove it. The Queen will be 91 and has absolutely eye popping necklaces that draw attention to her decolletage. A long life is a gift, I know that now more than ever, and if the jewels show off an aged neck, be grateful you're alive to have that aged neck.

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    24. Thank you, Claudia! I had the same thought but am not able to express it in the excellent way you did. 😊

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    25. Julia from Leominster12 March 2017 at 20:46

      I respectfully disagree and hold to my position. Looks for men and woman change as they grow older and some things are less becoming then they once were whilst things that didn't work so well when young may look smashing on an older woman. I have no problem with necklaces, but chokers strongly emphasis the neck and pearl chokers to me are quite youthful.

      My belief is all people should be aware of their best and worst assets. My arms aren't once they once were and I avoid sleeveless dresses now for that reason, without feeling I'm limited, even though I wore such dresses when I was young. I wish I had perfect arms but I don't and see no reason to expose them to the world.

      There is always a balance - heavy jewels don't always become young women as well - which is why I believe Kate has mostly avoided them. I was just as critical of her wearing the Nazim necklace because I thought the fiddly look neither fit nor suited her.

      I've never seen the queen in a choker in recent years although there are several in her collection she wore in the past. I have not seen her with a low neckline in many years. Camilla's neck is unusually aged (probably because she is a smoker) and I simply don't find them becoming.

      I carry age appropriate views about everyone. I don't think Charles would look his best in jeans. Kate's burgundy suit was too youthful in my eyes - more appropriate for a uni girl. Camilla sometimes actually dress too old for her age in my opinion - I like to see her in outfits befitting her seventy years, not like she was ninety. But I wouldn't care to see her in ruffles either.

      I note a number of people here complain Kate dresses too old for her age. I don't agree but have no issue with people saying that.

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    26. I think the Queen tends to cover up more these days.

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    27. I very much agree Julia, as far as aesthetics are concerned, certain things are actually age appropriate and some things are not. I have seen 50 year old women trying to rock surfer girl curls, mini skirts, etc. and it looks almost macabre, like a bad halloween costume. It is best to dress to one's attributes and to camouflage or cover the rest. If someone wants to ignore aesthetics and present otherwise that is their prerogative but perhaps not the most considerate one.

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    28. I can see both sides of the argument ... Claudia's and Julia's.

      Flattering or not, however, Camilla is fond of her Edwardian chokers and Charles must be equally happy to supply her with them. Oh, well...

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    29. I personally just hate these rules about what you can or cannot wear at any age. Pet peeve!
      I think the difference is, if Julia or someone says they don't feel comfortable wearing something it's one thing, its their decision. But for someone else to say "you should never wear sleeveless clothes after age 40 cos you have flabby arms" is crazy. And it's kinda the difference between a general statement - don't wear mini skirts over 40 and a more personal catty comment - don't wear miniskirts cos you have fat legs. So that's where I think the difference is. I wasn't around for Camilla but I know she gets a lot of heat here so maybe that's it. If I had that jewelery I'd wear them no matter what my neck looked like!!!

      MM.

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    30. Rebecca - Sweden13 March 2017 at 13:49

      I agree MM. I don't think saying what people should and should not wear as a generalization often feels very judgemental. I've seen beautiful older women in hoodies and jeans, a danceteacher I had had the most beautiful waistlong hair, I know people my age that dress in very vintage clothing. People have different style. I think Camilla fits wonderfully in her style. Sure, it's borderline edwardian. But it suits her, she looks comfortable in it. That's all that matters to me. Letizia loves pantsuits and new fashion and look happy wearing it. Maxima LOVES big jewelry and colours and excentric clothes. And she looks so happy wearing it. I adore wearing skirts and never wear pants. My sister almost exclusevly wears skinny waisthigh jeans and croptops. My mum loves frilly Odd Molly-ish clothes. We all dress very differently, but we dress in things that makes us happy and comfortable. As long as you're not flashing people or such I don't see the need in judgeing and condemning peoples sense of style. So what if Camilla dresses too old or shows of her wrinkles?! It's her choice and she looks appropriate. It's one thing to have discussion on fashion and exchanging ideas based on what you or I or someone likes. It's a totally other thing going into judgemental territory.

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  4. I really like this whole look! I'm trying to find something to complain about (ha) but I can't (maybe too much blue?). The style hat looks wonderful on her and everything is very appropriate for this occasion.

    And, as always, Her Majesty looks devine. ❤

    I have always loved seeing Will, Kate, and Harry together. I hope the chemistry is still there and still obvious to us like it is now when a fourth person is added! ;)

    I have said it before and it bears repeating, no country that I know of honors its service men and women like the UK does. :)

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    1. I agree florida girl....what's not to like about this all the way around!! Kate is lovely and love the styling of this repeat. The Queen looks wonderful and that picture of her receiving flowers from the little boy is priceless. Harry's reading very touching. Love that there are pictures here depicting the other royals, it is important that they are are all present. Above all else, I concur with your sentiment about Britain being the absolute master, over all other countries, with their traditions of honoring their service men. It goes beyond just the pagentry and tradition, it is time honored and evokes a great respect and pride in me everytime I see it. Britain, your queen is truly a treasure! cc

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    2. She (and Phillip) are truly treasures, cc. What an amazing pair.

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    3. Annette New Zealand11 March 2017 at 16:20

      Sorry but I just can't get over Prince Edward wearing a whole row of commemorative medals. I know other male members of the royal family wore medals too, but the Earl of Essex resigned from the royal marines because the training was too tough! I know he was entitled by protocol to wear them, but what an insult to those wounded men who attended this service!

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    4. Zora from Prague11 March 2017 at 18:18

      Annette, could you please explain to me why you think it offensive for Prince Edward to wear those medals? I don't quite understand. Is it because he did not complete his training?

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    5. Annette NZ, AMEN. I feel the same way every time Edward wears a uniform. And, yes, I realize he is not the only royal to wear them, but HE resigned. If he could make that decision, surely he could pass on the uniforms and medals.

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    6. Zora from Prague12 March 2017 at 15:16

      I was trying to find out about Prince Edward and his medals and found this: "Despite not having a military career, the father-of-2 has numerous honorary military appointments in the UK and the Commonwealth. This includes: Colonel of the London Regiment; Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry; Royal Colonel, 2nd Battalion The Rifles; Honorary Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and Colonel-in-Chief, Prince Edward Island Regiment."
      I'm not knowledgeable about military medals and orders but if he is has these honorary military appointments, could it mean his "ribbons" just symbolise his connection with these units? (sorry if it is a silly question but I'd really appreciate some clarification on the subject.)

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    7. Kate is an honorary Colonel, isn't she? She took over from Prince Phillip.Sophie and Camilla were wearing their badges-I wonder if women wear brooches and men wear ribbons? Remember that huge brooch Kate wore for the 75th anniversary? Thank-you for trying to find answers, Zora. I had wondered about Edward's medals also. I thought ribbons were for military campaigns but the UK may have different standards.

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  5. Oooh...I love the tanzanites with the MK suit, not so sure about the hat, it's a nice colour though!

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  6. *I mean coatdress, it's very late here in NZ, I couldn't resist a peek!

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    1. After reading the updated/full post (with thanks to Charlotte), I was especially moved by Harry's reading of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, that piece is so powerful & profound. The photos you shared of all the royals in attendance were beautiful, Charlotte. I thought the memorial sculpture was quite amazing & a fitting tribute.

      As a side note, I found Kate's comments about Charlotte being the one in charge very charming, I can certainly see that aspect of her personality coming out :) It's great to hear that her & George are becoming the best of friends.

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    2. Didn't we have a discussion a week or so ago on who the strong-willed one is? lol

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    3. LOL surfer girl, I think you may be right about that, but my memory is bad! I hope we get to see the kids again soon...one of the highlights of the Canada '16 Tour was seeing the contrast in the little Cambridge's personalities. I loved seeing Charlotte interact with the animals & saying 'pop!' to the balloons :)

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    4. I hope we get to see them again soon also Kiwi Gal. :)

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    5. I think both children appear to have "strong wills" I would not bet money on which one is "stronger", I suspect it would be a tie.:):), but I am guessing William and Catherine are also the same:):).

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    6. I'm inclined to agree with you, ali, regarding who is more strong-willed out of W&K. There is definitely a competitive streak in both of them & the banter/ribbing between the two, makes me think that they balance each other perfectly.

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  7. I've always loved her MK coatdress. Glad to see it again :)

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  8. I love the new hat shape, and it's color goes beautifully with the Kors coat. No surprises as for the rest of her outfit but the coat is nice, so enjoy seeing it again.

    Perhaps, I would have liked her hair down with this kind of modified bell hat for a softer look.

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  9. I love the duchess coat and at its similar the hat I love the solemn of service

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  10. A super re-wear--I loved it the first time, too. New hat style for the Duchess, very appropriate for the day.

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    1. Yes I agree Martha. Definitely the best styling of this coat dress in my opinion

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    2. Yes! My favorite also. The comparison photos prove what an updo can do for the overall look. Kate looked lovely before, but today's outfit was mature and sophisticated.

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  11. I adore this hat.

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    1. Me too Paola! A classic and timeless look! cc

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    2. I love this outfit. I love the hat. I will probably buy this hat or reasonable facsimile. (Like I need another hat, lol.) The necklace seemed a little low in the neckline, but no big deal. :) I think the necklace would have looked lovely properly suspended from a medium width navy blue velvet ribbon worn as a choker. I think that would have set off the hat more distinctively and rest of the outfit beautifully, if done properly. Harry looked dapper. I was thinking that Meghan would most likely have loved being there today. If she is "the one", I hope she gets to join him for days like this soon. All the ladies looked lovely today. Theresa May looked very stylish. I wonder why William is holding Kate's shoulders. Hopefully, Edward didn't deliver to her a zinger. She looks a little fazed in a photo below that. (Shades of St. Paul's Cathedral, lol). The monument is unusual and beautiful. A very warm memorial service. Thank you to all who have served and thank you to your families. So happy they are headed to Ireland then Paris. Nice people doing even more good things. Diana is no doubt smiling from ear to ear. ❤

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    3. But Sophie's hat... what the hell did she put on it? an alien oddity arousing from the top and sprawling all over the surface?

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    4. Paola :) I was thinking something similar along those lines, but you put it so well.

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    5. I agree Paola, not a fan of the hat and particularly not for this occasion...an art gallery or wedding, perhaps! Good thing though that it was Sophie wearing it and not Kate :)! All of the comments about Sophie's choice (no pun intended) have been quite polite. cc

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden10 March 2017 at 00:03

      Hah, I actually really like and enjoy Sophies hat. It's fun, clever, cool and substantial. I just don't like it for the occation. Pair it with some Yellow, black and white colourblocking for ascot or something more festive and I would love it.

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    7. SG, I absolutely love your suggestion for the necklace. I'm a fan of chokers. And without a doubt, Diana is smiling... :-)

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  12. Sarah Maryland USA9 March 2017 at 14:48

    I don't like the hat style. I don't mind the coatdress but she has other blue ones I prefer over this one.

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    2. I agree. Although the coat has a nice shape I think it's is too boring. The tweed does nothing for me. The lovely cream color that Princess Anne wore would be great on Kate.

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    3. Sarah Maryland USA10 March 2017 at 00:09

      Agree anon. Kates style has been off to start this year so far =(

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  13. Amazing how it changes the look by adding the lovely hat and gloves. I really like the style for today, very appropriate for this occasion. May God Bless those families who lost loved ones.

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  14. I agree with others above--the tanzanite jewelry is just gorgeous. And I love the Kors coatdress, I think it has such a beautiful cut and structure in how it falls. Kate looked beautiful and appropriate.

    And I just loved Harry's reading from Ecclesiastes 3. It is so moving.

    What did people think about the design of the memorial sculpture? Any particular thoughts? It's respectful, moving, and appropriately honoring. I am just not sure what I think about the modernist element of the two broken pieces of stone with rough unfinished edging all around the outside. I am guessing it is somehow intended to by symbolic of the destruction caused, just not sure what I think about symbolizing it in that particular way... I hope this doesn't come across as disrespectful in any way. I definitely don't mean it to be. Just pondering how memorials are designed. For example, I love love the Canadian War Memorial in Green Park, with the water and the imprints of maples leaves underneath. To me, it is an extraordinary artwork.

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    1. I was a little taken aback by the memorial, too, but I think it is hard to get a good idea of a sculpted piece unless you're standing near it. In general it seems like people tend to question the design of memorials at first and then fall in love with them as time goes by.

      I think Kate looks fabulous! This coat fits so perfectly, and I love the hat and jewels too. The perfect princess today.

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    2. Julia from Leominster9 March 2017 at 16:43

      I'm most traditional in tastes but I do admire this. I believe it will look even amazing when seen in person. It has a power and strength, a roughness that speaks of pain, yet points upward.

      To me, most of all it speaks of the heritage of stones in Britain - the megalith sites like Stonehedge and Avebury and so many others, but also the cairns, quoits, and long barrows like Kit's Cody house. These have no link to any religion today but to the ancient past of the country - some speak of the dead, others are believe to be connected to sun worship. To me this memorial is in the heritage of those standing stones - and yet has a representative element showing war, caring and comradeship specific to these who served in the Gulf. The specific and the primal together - speaking of the past and recent times of the country.

      Other modern sites that have moved me greatly are the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, the Vietnam war memorial in Washington D.C., the 9-11 memorial. the RAF memorial in Green Park, which reminds me of the sculptor Rodin, the Turkish soldiers memorial at Gallipoli, the Tommy memorial at Seaham, and although I've never seen it in person, the Oklahoma City bombing memorial.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden9 March 2017 at 16:48

      I agree Rebecca. I kind of think one of the reasons is that a inanimate object (or even water feature or light show or whatever elese there is) can never fully capture the kind of emotions it's supposed to symbolize. So when you first see it, it can never fully live up to your expectations or wants for it. But after you and others start putting their emotions and thougths to that place it becomes a vessel for those feelings and therefore become more poignant and beuatiful because of that.

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    4. Thank you for your thoughts, Julia. That completely makes sense about there being a reference to the Neolithic heritage in Britain, to sites like Stonehenge, Avebury, and others. It makes me see the monument in a whole different light. Very interesting and lovely.

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    5. RP and R in Sweden, those are such good points. As we live with monuments over time, we develop relationships with them, and they become repositories, or vessels, for our feelings, as you say, and so become increasingly meaningful.

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    6. Zora from Prague10 March 2017 at 22:13

      Christen, I love the Canadian Memorial too. Very very beautiful and special! As for this new monument, I would like it better if it featured something more abstract and symbolic rather than the soldiers' faces and figures - but it's just a matter of personal taste plus the fact that similar monuments which include figures, guns and helmets always remind me of monuments to Soviet Army that used to be on every corner here in the communist era. I'm sure that people who don't have this "heritage" don't find anything odd about soldiers' figures and there's certainly nothing wrong about them. Still, I like the non-figurative ones better.
      The two large pieces of stone are very beautiful and impressive. Perhaps the gap between them might symbolise the gap between people caused by wars.

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    7. Zora from Prague, so interesting about how soldiers' faces and figures bring to mind for you Soviet Army monuments. There is an almost but not quite harsh or painful realism about the faces/figures to me, so it is especially interesting they were a frequent choice by Soviet propagandists--the opposite of realists. Maybe they used faces/figures to try to lend reality/truth/weight to their propaganda. Sorry for the digression!!

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    8. Zora from Prague12 March 2017 at 21:41

      Good point, Christen, and please don't apologise! Actually, the style was called "socialist realism". If you are interested in the subject, I found an article in English about post-Soviet era of communist monuments in Europe: http://origins.osu.edu/connecting-history/1142014-empty-fountains-communist-era-monuments-revisited .
      As an American, perhaps it might be interesting for you that between 1945-1990 there were only 2 monuments to American soldiers allowed in former Czechoslovakia, compared to dozen of those devoted to Soviet soldiers. Both were just plain stone monuments with inscriptions, no figures.
      I admire the way the British - not just the members of the RF of course - respect and celebrate their soldiers! It must be so important for them and their families to feel their respect and support.

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  15. Cristin from Germany9 March 2017 at 15:16

    I love the coatdress, I'm glad to see it again. It was perfect for the event.
    But I'm not too keen on the all blue-accessories. The gloves and jewellery (although I really like them!) were just the overkill for me. So speaking of how it was styled, the second outing with the cream coloured bag and shoes remains my favourite.
    I'm undecided about the hat. I just love Kate in fascinators so much, she has a lovely collection and they all suit her very well. This hat is a bit more of a statement and maybe I just have to look at it a bit more, to get used to the style. While writing this I noticed that I still don't know when wearing a hat or fascinator is required for (royal) ladies. I know it's common for weddings. Is it because there was a service or is it a must for a solemn event? Can someone please share their knowledge with me?

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  16. Love love love this coatdress, it's so regal and classic, but I feel the hat is just too large and heavy. (That said, it was am improvement over Sophie's - oh Sophie, what were you thinking?!). The necklace is sitting a bit too low for the neckline as well. I think had she worn a subtle fascinator versus this clunky hat, and no necklace, it would have pulled together better.

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  17. I think my message failed to go through, sorry if this is a repeat. I like that coat dress, so well fitted and appropriate for this kind of occasion. The tanzanites are beautiful. Strangely, I prefer the smaller hat, since generally I like hats that look like hats. Still, this one provided some sun shade. I am glad Kate wore her hair up. All in all, a dignified and graceful look.

    Thanks, Charlotte, for including pictures of the other royal ladies. I liked Camilla's green, and the Duchess of Gloucester's desert colored outfit seemed appropriate. The Queen was lovely in bright blue.

    The passage Prince Harry read is a favorite of mine, and perhaps it offered comfort to him and all the veterans and family members. The service was such a poignant observance.

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  18. Not a huge fan of the hat, but I do like it - I think it also shows Kate's growing seniority. Not that she wasn't already a senior royal, but now that they are moving back to London, she has two children, etc. she is now wearing the larger hats and becoming a full woman and queen in waiting as she takes on more and more dignified clothing. Love that jewelry too, always have. I think she looks the best at the military events. Love this outfit and the one she wore with this jewelry when she was pregnant with Charlotte.

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    1. I agree, I think that she is seemingly "growing up" in the royal family. She's really established herself as valuable and appropriate. I love the look on her face when the queen walked by, you could tell she really respects her. I'm also not crazy about the hat, I think it hides too much of her face. I think probably a lot of people that day got to see her hat and didn't get to see any of her face. The Queen doesn't often wear such a large brim and I imagine it's for the same reason.

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  19. If it were a competition. And I know it is not. Sophie for the win. Tasteful, colorful and appropriate for occasion. She looks really good in that red. Duchess of Cornwall looks lovely in the green as well. And all the hats are fabulous from the Queen, Anne, Catherine, Sophie, and Camilla

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  20. I really like The memorial, its nice that it has touch of modern into it as well all though sad that memorials are still needed.

    as for fashion im not a fan of this hat but the coat dress is one of my favorites.

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  21. Deanne from Canada9 March 2017 at 16:58

    Q: Were those tanzanite jewels a gift during the Australia/ OZ tour?

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  22. Thank you so much for your comments. KP just tweeted the following:

    "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Friday 17th March.".

    It's going to be a busy day, I imagine they will fly straight to Paris afterwards.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 March 2017 at 17:09

      I am very happy to see this :) I was one who was kind of upset but could see both sides. But them going on the same day as they fly out is big plus points in my book :)

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    2. Cristin from Germany9 March 2017 at 17:24

      That's very good news :) I'm happy that this is how they respond to criticism. And I've liked every single outfit and hat Kate has worn for this event, so I'm very much looking forward to the whole weekend fashionwise!

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    3. Julia from Leominster9 March 2017 at 17:42

      The best of news. Someone was listening. That is all I hoped for. I will look forward to seeing them.

      Somewhere I thought I read they won't be at the Commonwealth Day service. I wonder why. I don't think they're going on holiday, more likely they may have gone last week and it wasn't noticed.

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    4. Huge plus! Excellent damage control.

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    5. Thank you for the update, Charlotte. I'm also pleased to see that they'll visit the Irish Guards before leaving for Paris. I can't explain why I enjoy photos from that engagement every year, but it's always one of my favorites. Maybe it's the dog ;)

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    6. Very nice selection of photos again today, as always, Charlotte. Thank you. :)

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    7. I think that is awesome they are doing St Patrick's Day before Paris. Maybe they sensed how much people would love to see them giving out shamrocks!!

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    8. Bravo to them. This should appease everyone who was upset by their absence last year. A busy two days, but worth it for the PR effect.

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    9. That's great news :) I don't want to put a dampener on it, but I feel they may have given into pressure after the criticism Kate received when she didn't attend.

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    10. USA reader, I love Domhnall the Irish wolfhound too :) I always enjoy seeing the Duchess hand out shamrocks to the Irish Guards, so it was a shame that she missed it last year. Looking forward to March 17!

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    11. I'm wondering whether this is a question of bowing to pressure or quietly going about their business. Last year, in an article by Camilla Tominey in the Mar 22, 2016 Express, she reported that "Kensington Palace said the regiment was informed 'months ago' that the Duchess would not be going and that it was wrong to suggest that only female royals had historically carried out the annual ritual." Yet the press presented it as Kate bowing out at the last minute. It's possible that this scheduling is not due to the reaction after the Paris trip was announced but that it has been on the books for months and is just now being announced. The original information released about the Paris trip said nothing about William and Kate failing to visit the Irish Guards. Many of us simply assumed that the two events could not coexist. I'm not saying it definitely is not a reaction to criticism. I'm suggesting that there's more than one possible explanation.

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    12. Definitely the attraction is the dog for me, too. I think it is generous of him to share his spot-light with our Duchess.

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    13. Anonymous in Colorado11 March 2017 at 02:17

      @Becky: I'm more in line with your thinking about this. This sort of thing is planned months in advance & I just can't see the Cambridges bowing to public pressure/criticisms. I really didn't think Kate deserved the uproar about her not attending last year, as I don't think this was a last-minute decision to attend this year because they "listened" to the critics.

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    14. Yes, that is true, Becky. I think the way that some of the media outlets portrayed Kate as 'cancelling' at the last minute made her look bad & we were disappointed, as our expectations were that it was a female royal tradition of handing out the shamrocks. I also made an assumption that because her & William were flying out on St Patrick's, they wouldn't attend the parade, but I'm pleasantly surprised.

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    15. He is soooo cute. He needs to brush up on his "no sniffing etiquette" though, lol. No faux pas Domhnall. Your best gentleman behavior. :)
      It would be so cute if they taught him to bow on one knee like the equerry's dog in the PBS Masterpiece theatre piece "Victoria" did when they were being presented to go into dine. (That could also eliminate the sniffing, lol.) (Enameled miniature of Duchess Kate suspended from his collar is optional. Although that would be quite special, lol. It worked for Bumpkins. Queen Victoria was quite impressed.) No pressure Domhnall. :)

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    16. Becky, I agree with your thoughts regarding the St Patrick's day parade. There's definitely more to the story behind last year and Kate's continued involvement.

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    17. Kim from Washington13 March 2017 at 00:23

      For some unexplainable reason, I am uplifted by the news that William and Kate will visit the Irish Guards and Wolfhound. There's a happy sense of anticipation for Friday. Thank you Charlotte for the update. Cheers

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  23. I like this hat with this coat. The whole look is very pared back which is how I like my fashion. Clean lines, not too much fuss. Like Catherine, I'm drawn to a head to toe monochromatic color scheme so this one resonated with me for that as well. I also prefer the larger hats to fascinators. Those fripperies seem more appropriate for events like weddings, teas or Ascot.

    I often wish that Catherine would cut her hair. I'd like to see her in a long bob (to just below the collar bone). http://theperfecthairstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Layered-soft-bob.jpg

    It would still be "long" hair, but she'd look so much more polished. She could tousle that on casual days and have numerous options for full and half up dos. But then, I prefer hair styled rather than left to hang or pulled back into a pony tail.

    It has always mystified me why more young women don't understand now limiting and often less than flattering it is to cling to a style that hearkens back to Ali McGraw in Love Story. It's on par with clinging to a rotary phone. There are so many amazing style options.

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    1. Philly, THIS is the length I have in mind...wouldn't it look great on Kate?!

      And I couldn't agree more with your comments here. EXACTLY.

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    2. hmm, I think her hair would look more lank with the cut you linked to. The volume at the ends of her hair (large waves) really softens the look for her. And hair that length would be MORE in her face. Also, isn't that her mother's hairstyle?

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    3. I notice with curly hair as the Duchess has, the shorter it gets the curlier. Length may tend to add weight and help keep it manageable.

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    4. Philly that is a really great cut on the model and with her stick straight hair. I do not know if it would work with Kate's face shape but with her curly hair it also could be very difficult to achieve. But love the cut.

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  24. Kate looks great. I love the coat and jewelry and they look great together. Great choice for the event.

    Interesting about St. Patrick's Day.

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    1. Was the tanzanite ensemble a gift? Do you we have a price on the earrings?

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  25. I usually really like Catherine's hats but this one I don't particularly care for it darkens her face, she has such a beautiful face.

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  26. I liked the clothing worn today. When it comes to color, I felt that Sophie's dress was appropriate since it is a patriotic color and a military event. Had the dress had yellow, I would have found it inappropriate. The same goes for the Queen, a bright color so others could see her, but a very patriotic color.

    That's great to hear we will see W&K for St. Patricks day. I hope we see a new dress this year!

    I had tried to comment on the last post about Rebecca but it looks like I didn't submit or it got lost. It's so sad she will be leaving her role but I'm sure she's kept W&K involved in her plans for a long time. With all the behind the scenes work with correspondence and event planning, I would expect that they've been quietly grooming someone else for the role for quite some time. With Rebecca leaving "this summer" I'd imagine that includes their trip to Germany, and I think there's a good chance we might see the new assistant on several engagements with Rebecca before she leaves. I'd imagine this is a role you really have to be married to.

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    1. I disagree about yellow being an inappropriate color for a military event. I always have associated yellow ribbons with supporting our troops and with the old military song "She wore a Yellow Ribbon." Yellow may not have the same associations though outside of the United States. I'd be curious about different global perspectives.

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    2. Good point, Anne! I forgot about yellow ribbons. I was just trying to make the point that some brighter colors feel more appropriate than others, but people have great reasoning for almost every color.

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    3. Yellow has been associated with cowardness and betrayal. I believe Judas wore a yellow robe in The Last Supper painting. There is an expression from old US gangster movies-" yellow-bellied..." Sometimes colors seem to cause an emotional reaction beyond words-some of them universal and beyond the language barrier. ( look at the international reaction to Sophie's red outfit at a memorial) I think the royals, especially the Queen, are very aware of this. Yellow in another setting could evoke a quite different feeling-Spring, Jonquils, Forsythia, sunshine, joy... Red is also known to signify bravery- the story "The Red Badge of Courage," for example. "Red-blooded..."

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    4. After consulting Wiki and other internet library sources, I have learnt that at the time of the Holbein painting, yellow represented jealousy. I was actually thinking of the Salvatore Dali painting, but could find no reference to Judas being portrayed dressed in yellow in that painting, as I thought. I also read that the Red Badge of Courage refers to the wound of a soldier from battle. Sophie may have been appropriate, after all. I remember studying that book in American Lit,so I guess that is what brought it to mind. anon 17:11

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    5. In Giotto's Kiss of Giuda (Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padova) you can see how he is wrapped in a yellow cape.

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    6. This is your field of expertise, I believe, Paola. There are a number of paintings of Judas in yellow, some not as obvious as others. I had not realised the change in meaning or significance of color over the centuries. It makes me think I have been missing a lot when looking at the old Masters. Kate would certainly know. One of those paintings was among those she would have seen in Malta.

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  27. Wow, just wow. That hat is REGAL! I have to scroll back to the top again just to enjoy!

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  28. Rhonda - Wisconsin9 March 2017 at 19:07

    Yay!!!! I am so happy they will be with the Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day. I always loved that event. Can't wait for Paris. Have a great evening Charlotte!

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  29. I like the coat, love the hat. In my opinion the hat needs a more unconstructed coat, if we are comparing with Audrey Hepburn, the Givenchy coat style she wore with this style hat was looser and not as form hugging. However, the Duchess looked radiant as always. Looking forward to St. Paatrick's Day.

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    1. The hat is called The Tiffany and is modeled after a hat Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Sophie, Anne, HM/Kate- Union Jack colors?

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    2. Zora from Prague11 March 2017 at 18:07

      I had the same thought, Anon 1:31. I think it's possible. Why would Camilla wear green, though, if it was so?

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    3. Green because it's March? Several times Kate and Sophie, at others Kate and the Queen, have worn patriotic colors. Anne could be involved, with her white. It appears plausible to me.

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  30. Thank you for the post. Have the buttons changed on her coat since the first wearing? Looks like less 'dark' buttons?

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      I noticed that as well. But I noticed they seem to change quite a bit so I think they might have a shine to them or something so they look different depending on how the light hits them.

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  31. This is what a princess should look like. In my opinion one of her best looks ever.

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  32. Lovely to see the Firm together. Kate reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in this classical outfit. Love the hat. The Queen and Prince Philip are truly amazing and wonderful. Long may they reign.

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  33. Courtney from NC9 March 2017 at 21:10

    I love this look. I have always loved the Kors and love it more this time. I think the silouhette has always been very classic to me but with the addition of a proper hat, gloves and the updo I think this screams old world class. I don't mind all the blue accessories and love the hat. I also am very happy that she seems to be wearing more jewelry lately, or more substantial pieces anyway.

    I love that so many of the BRF came out today for the memorial. I think everyone looked appropriate but Sofie's red dress is questionable to me for this occasion. I also don't love her hat.

    I know there will be a lot of happy Duchess Kate followers with the news they will be handing out shamrocks on March 17th. I know there were very strong feelings of disappointment before.

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    1. I think KP's announcement said they would "visit" the parade, didn't it? I think we have to wait and see who actually hands out the shamrocks.

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    2. Richard Palmer is saying that Kate will be handing out the shamrocks.
      Really liked Kate's hat today. Thought she looked terrific.
      Also saw a report that Spanish royals are visiting at the beginning of June and will meet W/K and mayor of London.

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    3. I hope Richard is correct.

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    4. Courtney from NC12 March 2017 at 18:53

      I would honestly see very little point in them attending the parade if they weren't involved, at least one of them, in handing out the shamrocks. Maybe that is just me though.

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    5. Just down the road but unfortunately I'll be at work... still there should be lots of coverage on the local news.

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  34. I really like this coat dress and think it a great choice. I much preferred the hat from the Australian tour though. I felt like this hat was too big and hides her face and profile.

    With respect to Sophie's choices, I really loved her dress, but not the hat. Red was a tad surprising but it is subdued by the black and matches other military aspects at the event. The broach/pin was perfect. The hat was just too much for me. Maybe it's because I'm Canadian and we just don't do hats that much, but I so prefer something smaller and more subtle.

    I did love Princess Anne's hat though!

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    1. I agree about the hat,, I thought it was way too big. The coat and her jewellery accessories were perfect. Sophie wore this red dress for Christmas last year,, therefore was surprised to see the same dress for this sombre occasion. I dint like her hat either. The Queen looked regal as always, Thank You Charlotte!XOXO

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  35. The sculpture is very powerful to me. I would imagine that in person it is very moving.

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  36. Even an ugly hat looks great on Kate! She just has the flare for making anything look fun and stylish.

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  37. I think my previous comment didn't go through:

    I love everything about her outfit! I absolutely love her hat!
    I thought I'm not too keen on her coat dress but the hat makes everything right.
    In a wonderful Audrey Hepburn kind of way.

    Kersti

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  38. Kersti, that outfit does remind me of Audrey Hepburn. :)

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      "The Tiffany" and the website says it is a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" style hat. No wonder it reminded many of us of Audrey Hepburn.

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  39. I thought all the Royal Family looked very nice. Think Kate looked wonderful and I like the hat. Also loved Anne's hat and coat. The men all looked very nice also.

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  40. I love all of her accessories! The hat, gloves, shoes and the amazingly beautiful jewelry! I have loved Kate's many fascinators in the past, but now wonder if they're going out of style? In any case, I prefer the Michael Kors coat as she styled it today, with the hat.

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  41. LOVE her hat! I too thought her necklace was a little low with her outfit. A little higher up I think would have shown it off better. Love her in navy, and all the navy accessories....gorgeous.

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  42. This is my favorite coat of hers. It fits her so well!

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  43. Duchess fan from Downunder10 March 2017 at 14:07

    Smashing look from the DoC. This coat is one of her best styles and I had a hunch we would see a repeat today. The hat is classic elegance and will serve her well for years to come.

    I wonder if/when we will see her embrace the brooch like the other senior royal ladies?

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  44. Is Nanny Maria still with them? I haven't seen photos of her since she was by the pond with George and Charlotte and Charlotte was having more than a little tantrum because she did not want to be there and they quickly left then with Maria, surprisingly, looking a little overwhelmed. That was quite awhile ago. I haven't found any recent photos of her. I hope she is still with them.

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    1. I do not know what photos you are talking about but can not imagine a well trained experienced Nanny being overwhelmed and if she was and the children are that much of a handful then I am sure they would hire another Nanny to help out:) Many wealthy families have more than one Nanny especially when the children are younger. Nanny Maria came with a pretty incredible resume.

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    2. Ali, If you google Nanny Maria Borrall photos there is a whole page of photos available. (Just tap view all above the row of photos.) Those are quite a ways down on the page. Charlotte is in shorts, red sweater and red shoes. I think that might be on You Tube also. I agree about Maria. That is why I found the photos a surprise. I will look for the ones that show her expressions. That may be the video on You Tube. I will add that when I find it.

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    3. SG, it has been a while, but I believe she is still with the family.

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    4. I found some still shots, but not the video. Charlotte looked tearful and frightened of the goose they were feeding.

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    5. Geese were definitely not her favorite thing. Geese can be aggressive and very noisy. I don't blame her for wanting to be elsewhere and quickly. I haven't found the video yet or the photos that I saw before. I have just found the same four photos so far. There are more somewhere out there. Hopefully I will find those.

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  45. I love love love this coat on Kate! The color, print and fit are all perfect. She looks great in navy! The hat was such a great choice. This outfit, as a whole, works so well and was perfect for this occasion. Looking forward to seeing what the Duke and Duchess do in Paris!

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  46. Zora from Prague10 March 2017 at 22:29

    Thank you for the post, Charlotte. I was very happy to see so many members of the RF together. It must have been a beautiful and moving service.
    HM looked lovely! As for Kate's look, I like the coat dress and love the jewellery but I'm torn about the hat: it's very classical and elegant; however, in some pictures I don't like it so much, while in others Kate looks great in it!
    Although I had thought at first that other royals could present the Shamrocks to the Irish Guards just as well as Kate, after reading the comments here last month, especially Julia's points, I changed my mind and I'm really glad that Kate continues the tradition of doing it.
    Looking forward to the 17th!

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  47. Anons, love hearing from you but would enjoy it even more if you put a name of some sort with your comments (as suggested by Charlotte on the blog) so we can more easily follow conversations and also get to know you better. :)

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  48. Mary, I hadn't heard anything about Laura Baker. Thank you. Don't know the exact date of Rebecca's wedding but I am hopeful there will be some media coverage. The Royal press corps perhaps. (What is a two year secondment?) I truly wish that Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton would come onboard again in perhaps a modified position so he would be advising more and traveling less perhaps allowing him more family time.

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    1. E News, Kendall Fisher, 9/26/16, "Who is Who in William and Kate's Entourage" gives information about some of the assistants I'd not heard of previously, including Laura Baker.

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  49. I love the hat. It goes well with her jewelry and Michael Kors coat dress

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  50. Oh boy! This hat is absolutely my favourite thing the duchess has worn all year! It is the epitome of chic sophistication - truly stunning. I can't help thinking of a quote from Victor Edelstein on the recent Diana documentary on ITV when he said that she started to wear simpler styles and that's always a good sign. He was talking about clothes, but I think it applies equally to millinery. I, for one, will be thrilled if Kate finally ditches the overly fussy little 'Lady Di' hats and moves towards a bigger, sleeker look like this.

    My only little niggle is that, while I love the Michael Kors coat, I'm not sure it's the right silhouette for this hat. I think the hat is crying out for a straighter line in the outfit. I don't know whether the shades of navy would match, but I'd love to see this hat with the navy Amanda Wakeley suit from 2011 (maybe with a contrasting coloured ribbon on the hat so as not to be too matchy-matchy).

    It's great to see the St Patrick's Day parade back on the agenda this year too. Quite a surprise given that they head to Paris that day, but a lovely surprise nevertheless. Arriving in Paris wearing green then? Or will she change en route? Or will the Paris trip give her a reason not to wear green for the parade? In any case, it's great to have another event to look forward to!

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    1. Helen, I'm with you on the bigger and sleeker vs. fussy and little. I cheer when I see a larger hat on Kate. :-)

      Regarding St Patrick's Day ... good question, but I believe she will change before they arrive in Paris.

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  51. P.S. Since Meghan is dating the brother of the future king and Harry is a senior royal himself, they most likely are aware of what Meghan does and doesn't do.
    (even what her family does also, is my guess).

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    1. The P.S. was for a text that hasn't made it yet so I will try again. Many here would have no problem with Meghan's essay on menstruation and the social problems it has created in some countries. How do you think the Queen, Prince Phillip, Anne, Parliament and the Privy Council received that?

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    2. I don't think they would necessarily mind. Times have changed and a lot of issues that may not have been talked about by the royal family in the past are now part of their charity work: addiction, mental health, suicide, domestic violence & rape (Camilla). There might be others as well.
      While it is kind of a first, I think she wrote about the topic in a very professional and scientific manner. And I'm glad she did. It is an important issue and I believe most of us can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to be so very limited in our education and lives because of menstruation. It's a worthy subject to deal with as part of her work for girls in developing nations.
      The article can be found on Time Magazine's website if anyone's interested.

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    3. Julia from Leominster12 March 2017 at 20:14

      I thought it a very powerful and bold thing to do - possibly a declaration of what sort of princess she would be. Whilst I don't some of the press courting I've seen, she seems to have a lovely way with children and a willingness to embrace issues. There are some old timers who wouldn't like it but their day is slipping away rapidly. Balancing a new outlook with valued tradition will be the challenge for the next generation of royals.

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    4. When Meghan first came to my attention and various naysayers were having at her for the bracelets and bananas playfulness, I thought I would judge for myself. I went to her blog (The Tig) and read numerous posts. I found her essays so powerful and insightful that I subscribed.

      Like Julia from Leominster, I think the essay on menstruation was bold. Even for bold people it's out there, never mind the shrinking violets.

      That said, there was a time when piano legs had pantaloons because legs were too much to bear. (I kid you not.) Thankfully, things change, though it often takes much too long.

      The time for shame on account of a woman's bodily functions ought to be over. Everywhere. Sadly, in far too many parts of the world it is not. Women continue to be denied basic rights and education on account of the differences of basic biological functions between them and men. I'm glad Meghan is speaking out. It's time someone did.

      The more I see of her the more I think that she would be a splendid asset to the royal family--if she will be so courageous as to accept them if asked to do so.

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    5. SG, the *subject* may not be the problem from the Firm's perspective. But I see Meghan as someone who is a better fit for a starring role....

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    6. That is definitely a consideration, RF. That is the big question about their relationship.

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  52. As regards Kate's hat, I looked at images of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and interestingly that hat has a more gently sloping drop-brim, it's not as sharp a drop as the Lock &Co hat. And it is also has a much wider brim in terms of diameter, so much more open around the face. Both are beautiful of course, but I find the style of the original Breakfast at Tiffany's hat to be a bit more graceful and flattering to the face and head. This is just a tiny quibble of course. Here are a couple of links to photos in case anyone is interested:

    http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Hepburn,%20Audrey/Annex/Annex%20-%20Hepburn,%20Audrey%20(Breakfast%20at%20Tiffany%27s)_09.jpg

    http://cdn.everythingaudrey.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/audrey-hepburn-hat-in-breakfast-at-tiffanys.jpg

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  53. I've always loved this coatdress, it's my favorite by far. Love the hat, too.

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  54. What are the chances of a surprise appearance by George and Charlotte at the May 13 event?

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    1. Not sure that would be a good idea. Though I love seeing the kids, the event is really about the other children invited there. The focus shouldn't be on G&C.... and Will and Kate tend not to mingle with others much when their kids are around.

      If they do bring the kids, I do hope the event won't end up like the Canadian tea party :(

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    2. That makes a lot of sense, Stephanie. Will & Kate would be too distracted and the attention would be on them instead of the children the event is for. Just hoping to see them again!

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    3. Julia from Leominster12 March 2017 at 20:11

      Madeleine had her daughter with her for her tea party and it took nothing away from the occasion. It depends how it's handled. She made certain she spent time with the other children.

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    4. Including George and Charotte on the Canadian tour had to do with introducing the Cambridge family to the people. They were guests. At BP, however, they will act as hosts so I would not be surprised if the children remain at home with Nanny Maria.

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  55. It would be so nice to see G&C attend the tea party. I'd also like to see them interact with Uncle Harry more, I think he'd be loads of fun with the kids.

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  56. Apparently three underground floors are going to be added to the nearby Orangery to facilitate more room for other things so that William and Kate's team can be by William and Kate's apartment in the building that William and Kate occupy. Talk about having a home office or living close to work, lol. That kind of proximity leads me to believe that a lot more behind the scenes work goes on than we even thought before. Hopefully the planners and builders know a lot about climate and moisture control in underground structures because the historical Royal Wardrobe, among other things, is to be housed in the new digs.

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    1. That was a Sebastian Shakespeare piece and while he is known to have excellent sources, I think that was unfairly spun toward W&K, when I think it likely has more to do with Harry. It said office workers would be moved to make "suites available to members of the royal family."

      I have often wondered if Harry has his eye on Diana's old apartment where he grew up, which is now used as working space. And if room is also to be made for the Queen's other grandchildren, they will need to get the staff out of the apartments.

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    2. Julia from Leominster12 March 2017 at 20:27

      Whatever the reason, it's bound to be controversial if true since there has been a strong effort to bar that type of development recently. Many of London's rich have tried to make that sort of basement and it is not popular. We'll see what happens.

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    3. Ladies, based on the article, it does appear that the primary goal is to increase living space at KP. And it's quite possible that Harry has his eyes on Apartments 8 and 9. Nottingham Cottage may be ideal for now, but he will need more space in the years to come. It's also possible that Diana's former apartments could be divided and he may live in 8 or 9, with the other being used for as work space.

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  57. Julia from Leominster12 March 2017 at 20:25

    I thought Catherine Walker a possibility for the Paris trip with that firm's French link. I was just looking at their site and they have some wonderfully elegant possibilities for Kate and elegant would be the right look for France. I loved the trompe l'oeil coatdress particularly. It's funny though, they have a coat very similar to what Kate just wore.

    I hope William and Kate hand out the shamrocks. If the queen can hand out leeks at almost ninety-one, one would think a couple of thirty-somethings can handle it. So I'm hoping for the best they don't just flash by. Ceremony is one aspect of monarchy.

    I would imagine Kate will change her clothes. The Irish Guards might be a repeat but the arrival for a visit abroad, means first impressions are important. On that note, I thought that was one of her greatest successes on the British Columbia tour. She got it right on the first Canadian tour, although that look is slightly informal for almost six years on. The Malaysian first look was also excellent, India was all right, and Australia went wrong wind-wise. Kate's previous visits to France have been for memorials, and were all excellent.

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    1. I entirely agree about Catherine Walker on the Paris trip. I would also love to see Lanvin, and there may be some pieces that are professional enough for an occasion on this trip. I think Lanvin would suit Kate very well, similar to the way Roland Mouret has on occasions in the past.

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